Book Recs: NA Romances

If you’re like me, then you’ll understand that sometimes, you really have to read a romance novel. And, of course, 99% of the time, you just can’t find a decent LGBT one – it’s all either sex-filled and lacking tension, or straight-up awful. So, the point of this list is to rec you ten of the best LGBT NA romances I’ve read (hopefully, to be the first part of many).

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Book Review: The Pursuit Of…

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What do a Black American soldier, invalided out at Yorktown, and a white British officer who deserted his post have in common? Quite a bit, actually. 

• They attempted to kill each other the first time they met. 
• They’re liable to try again at some point in the five-hundred mile journey that they’re inexplicably sharing. 
• They are not falling in love with each other. 
• They are not falling in love with each other. 
• They are… Oh, no. 

The Pursuit Of… is about a love affair between two men and the Declaration of Independence. It’s a novella of around 38,000 words.

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The Pursuit Of…

Courtney Milan

Rating: 4/5 🌈
Published: 26th June 2018
Goodreads
Rep: gay mcs (lgbt author), black mc

Henry held John’s hand throughout, clutching it as if it were the lowest rung on the ladder to heaven.

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ARC Review: Pulp

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In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a danger all too real.

Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby’s own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires and tragedies of the characters she’s reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym “Marian Love,” and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity.

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Pulp

Robin Talley

Rating: 2/5 🌈
Published: 13th December
Goodreads
Rep: lesbian mcs (ownvoices)

This is still a harsh world we live in, but you’re lucky you’ve found each other.

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Book Giveaway

It’s coming to the end of the year, so it’s the perfect time for a Christmas/New Year giveaway! 2019 promises a lot of amazing LGBT releases, and we wanted to celebrate this by offering the chance to win a preorder of a 2019 LGBT release of your choice.

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The Rules

  1. Retweet this tweet.
  2. Follow Anna and me on twitter, and the blog.
  3. Reply to the tweet or comment here what 2019 LGBT releases are high on your TBR.
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The giveaway will close on 31st January and is open to wherever Book Depository ships. Good luck!

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Book Review: Alice Payne Arrives

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A disillusioned major, a highwaywoman, and a war raging across time.

It’s 1788 and Alice Payne is the notorious highway robber, the Holy Ghost. Aided by her trusty automaton, Laverna, the Holy Ghost is feared by all who own a heavy purse.

It’s 1889 and Major Prudence Zuniga is once again attempting to change history―to save history―but seventy attempts later she’s still no closer to her goal.

It’s 2016 and… well, the less said about 2016 the better!

But in 2020 the Farmers and the Guides are locked in battle; time is their battleground, and the world is their prize. Only something new can change the course of the war. Or someone new.

Little did they know, but they’ve all been waiting until Alice Payne arrives.

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Alice Payne Arrives

Kate Heartfield

Rating: 4/5 🌈
Published: 6th November 2018
Goodreads
Rep: lesbian mc, lesbian li, black mcs (not ownvoices), possibly autistic li

Kiss me, and then take my hand, because I don’t know what happens next.

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Book Releases: November 2018

We may be into the closing months of twenty gay-teen but the LGBT releases are not letting up. November so far seems to be a hotbed for sapphic releases, numbering five of those on our list. This roundup includes fantasy, historical, sci fi and contemporary books, and also a non-fiction book about the lesbian world traveller, Anne Lister. So, hopefully, there’s something for everyone.

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Music Recs: Music Videos of 2018 by LGBT Artists

We told you it’s not just a book blog and so here I am with a list of music videos by LGBT artists. The list is short – ten titles – but that’s because every single song on it had to meet two criterias:

  1. the artist is an out member of the lgbt community
  2. the song came out in 2018

I also tried to use less known songs, though of course couldn’t help but mention some. But this is the reason why Hayley Kiyoko or King Princess, or Troye Sivan are not on here. Even without them, what you get is a list of really beautiful music videos that speak to our souls, I dare say.

(Also for the order: it kind of starts with my favourite vid, but I love them all, so I can’t say it ends with a least favourite one.)

Enjoy!!

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ARC Review: Girls of Paper and Fire

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Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for… and the most cruel.

But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after – the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable – she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

Girls of Paper and Fire

Natasha Ngan

Rating: 5/5 🌈
Published: 6th November 2018
Goodreads
Rep: wlw mcs (ownvoices), South-east/East Asian characters (ownvoices)

I know it now with a certainty that has fitted into the lost core at the heart of me, as hard and angular as my hope was soft and shimmering. The King will not have me.

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ARC Review: In The Vanishers’ Palace

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In a ruined, devastated world, where the earth is poisoned and beings of nightmares roam the land…

A woman, betrayed, terrified, sold into indenture to pay her village’s debts and struggling to survive in a spirit world.

A dragon, among the last of her kind, cold and aloof but desperately trying to make a difference.

When failed scholar Yên is sold to Vu Côn, one of the last dragons walking the earth, she expects to be tortured or killed for Vu Côn’s amusement.

But Vu Côn, it turns out, has a use for Yên: she needs a scholar to tutor her two unruly children. She takes Yên back to her home, a vast, vertiginous palace-prison where every door can lead to death. Vu Côn seems stern and unbending, but as the days pass Yên comes to see her kinder and caring side. She finds herself dangerously attracted to the dragon who is her master and jailer. In the end, Yên will have to decide where her own happiness lies—and whether it will survive the revelation of Vu Côn’s dark, unspeakable secrets…

In The Vanishers’ Palace

Aliette de Bodard

Rating: 4/5 🌈
Published: 16th October 2018
Goodreads
Rep: Vietnamese mcs (ownvoices), bi mc (fairly sure ownvoices), lesbian mc, non-binary side characters (not ownvoices)

And then she’d wake up, gasping, trying to breathe, raising her hands to her face, remembering Vu Côn’s touch on her skin, as wet and as cold as the oily river.

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