Review: ‘How It All Blew Up’ by Arvin Ahmadi

A mother's job is simple: it is to love her children, unconditionally. I am beginning to realize that from the moment my children were born, I have looked at them and loved them with certain conditions in mind. Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: YA contemporary (LGBTQ+; coming-of-age)Publication: 22 Sep 2020Pages: 304 (hardcover)Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Amir Azadi … Continue reading Review: ‘How It All Blew Up’ by Arvin Ahmadi

Review: ‘Seven Devils’ (‘Seven Devils’, #1) by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May

She looked out at the stars and planned her next game.Queens kill king. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Science-fiction (space opera)Publication: 6 Aug 2020Pages: 448 (e-book)Synopsis: Eris thought she had left her old life as the Heir to the galaxy's most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Resistance throws her right back into … Continue reading Review: ‘Seven Devils’ (‘Seven Devils’, #1) by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May

Review: ‘The Black Kids’ by Christina Hammonds Reed

Sometimes people, they see your skin, and all they know of you is war. Rating: 4.8/5 paper planes Genre: Historical fiction; coming-of-age Publication: 4 Aug 2020 Pages: 368 (hardback) Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1992. It’s the end of senior year. Ashley and her friends can already feel the endless possibilities of summer. Everything changes when four … Continue reading Review: ‘The Black Kids’ by Christina Hammonds Reed

Review: ‘The Extraordinaries’ (‘The Extraordinaries’, #1) by TJ Klune

“I need my own origin story,” Nick announced grandly. “I'm going to become an Extraordinary.”“Nicky, no.”“Nicky, yes!” Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: YA fantasy (superheroes); LGBTQ+; coming-of-age Publication: 16th July 2020 Synopsis: Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. In Nova City, there are 'Extraordinaries', capable of impossible feats. Shadow Star protects the city … Continue reading Review: ‘The Extraordinaries’ (‘The Extraordinaries’, #1) by TJ Klune

Review: ‘Loveless’ by Alice Oseman

Maybe it's not the heteronormative dream that she grew up wishing for, but...knowing who you are and loving yourself is so much better than that, I think. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: YA contemporary (LGBTQIA+ coming of age) Publication: 9th July 2020 Pages: 448 Synopsis: Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never … Continue reading Review: ‘Loveless’ by Alice Oseman

#SixForSunday: Favourite LGBTQ+ romances

Six of my favourite LGBTQ+ romances: 1. The sapphic ship in 'Girl, Serpent, Thorn' by Melissa Bashardoust (not naming for spoiler-y reasons!) This was so tenderly written, and so intense, and I just bow down to this exquisite F/F pairing. I had a very similar reaction to this ship: 2. Sabran and Ead in 'The … Continue reading #SixForSunday: Favourite LGBTQ+ romances

Review: ‘Descendant of the Crane’ by Joan He

May the queen live ten thousand years, ten thousand years, ten thousand ten thousand years. Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: YA fantasy Published: April 2019 Synopsis: Princess Hesina has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an … Continue reading Review: ‘Descendant of the Crane’ by Joan He

Update: Recent posts, blog hops and signposting anti-racism posts

Well, May seems to have evaporated and the May/June crossover has just blurred into a nightmarish landscape of surreal chaos...the latest being Rowling's disappointing comments (again) about trans people. (See the JKR debacle section below for some great posts about it.) Recent posts: A lot of 'The School for Good and Evil'-related content: my review … Continue reading Update: Recent posts, blog hops and signposting anti-racism posts

Review: ‘Weightless’ by ian.

I deserve my lifeAs much as everyone elseAnd I will notLet anyone elseTake what they wantFrom me. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Narrative poetry (YA contemporary) Synopsis: If I stand still,If I close my eyes,I can see the empty skyOpenEndlessFree. Kitten has almost made it through high school, until they get drugged at a party. … Continue reading Review: ‘Weightless’ by ian.

Cover Reveal: ‘Weightless’ by ian.

I'm so happy to be part of the cover reveal for the upcoming narrative poetry book, 'Weightless' by ian.! Read on for the blurb, release date and author bio... Blurb: If I stand still,If I close my eyes,I can see the empty skyOpenEndlessFree. Kitten has almost made it through high school, until they get drugged … Continue reading Cover Reveal: ‘Weightless’ by ian.