Book Review: Aces Wild by Amanda DeWitt

Book Review: Aces Wild by Amanda DeWitt

As someone who likes to read and promote queer books, a book about a group of ace teenagers committing a casino heist together was obviously going to be my thing. I’ve known this book would be a load of fun from the second I heard of it, and I’m glad to say I was right.

Jack Shannon is the son of a Las Vegas casino mogul, and he spends his school days running a secret blackjack ring. Until the day his mum is arrested for the family’s ties to organised crime. Jack knows who would have ratted her out, and he wants revenge. But that’s not something he’s going to be able to do alone. Luckily his only friends, an asexual support group he met online, join him in his plans. Jack has to try to save his mum, whilst also learning what it means to be in love when asexual.

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Book Review: A Lady For A Duke by Alexis Hall

Book Review: A Lady For A Duke by Alexis Hall

I’ve made no secret of the fact I’m a massive fan of Alexis Hall. I’ve read a few of his books in the past and will be reading so many more. I’m not a massive historical romance fan usually, so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about that one, but since this had a trans protagonist and was by an author I love, I wanted to give it a go. And I adored it.

A Lady For A Duke follows Viola Carroll, a woman who was finally able to live as her true self after everyone thought she died at Waterloo. Now she’s back home, and her sister-in-law convinces her to visit her former best friend, the Duke of Gracewood. He’s a mess dealing with the grief, and Viola wants to bring him back to himself. It’s difficult though, and both Viola and Gracewood will learn to love themselves again as they fall for each other.

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Book Review: I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

Book Review: I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

You all expected me to read this book, right? I Kissed Shara Wheeler is a highly anticipated book for many. I wouldn’t say I was excited as some people, but as soon as I saw it on NetGalley, I knew I had to request it. I’ve currently only read Red, White and Royal Blue, but One Last Stop is also on my TBR. I wanted to try McQuistion’s first YA book as soon as possible, and I’m glad I did. However, I didn’t love this book quite as much as I’d hoped.

I Kissed Shara Wheeler follows Chloe Green, who was shocked after being randomly kissed by the principal’s daughter, Shara Wheeler. Chloe and Shara have been academic rivals for years, but after she tries to track her down at prom, Shara promptly disappears. Now Chloe is having to follow clues alongside Shara’s boyfriend and next-door neighbour as they try to find out where she’s gone and how to bring her back. Chloe has a bone to pick, and she’s determined to prove she’s better than Shara.

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Book Review: Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White

Book Review: Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White

I’m obviously a big fan of queer books, so this was always going to be a book that I was going to read. As well as that, I’ve followed A.J on Twitter for a few years, as part of my foray into writing Twitter. I might not have written for a while, but I’ve still been following him and enjoying doing so. A.J seems like a great guy, so I also knew that I wanted to support him by writing a review.

Hell Followed With Us follows Benji, a trans teen who is on the run from the cult that has destroyed a lot of the world and transformed him into a bioweapon. All he wants to be able to do is just live his life as the boy he is, but after being cornered by monsters when trying to escape, he is rescued by teens from a local LGBTQA+ group. Their leader Nick is gorgeous, autistic and deadly, and he knows exactly who Benji actually is. But he agrees to let Benji stay, provided he can control his inner monster and help them. Benji agrees, but soon he finds out that Nick might not be telling him everything.

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Book Review: Misrule by Heather Walter

Book Review: Misrule by Heather Walter

I’m obviously a big fan of fairytale retellings, and I also read a lot of queer books. Both of those things meant that I was going to read Malice by Heather Walter when it came out last year. It was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed, so I thought I’d see if I could get an early copy of the sequel to read… And I did! Thanks so much to the team at Del Rey for both the ARC and finished copies of this book. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great ending to a fascinating duology.

Malice followed Alyce and Aurora as they tried to break Aurora’s curse. But though true love’s kiss saved Aurora once, she was put back into a magical sleep. Anyone would be able to kiss her awake, apart from Alyce. 100 years have passed, and the Briar Kingdom is now home to Alyce’s Dark Court. Over the years, she has been destroying the fae courts for her people whilst secretly trying to find a way to remove the curse from the woman she loves. Alyce would do anything for Aurora, but when she finally awakens, will she be able to love the villain Alyce has become?

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Book Review: If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich

Book Review: If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich

Both Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich are authors who each have a book that I adore and another that didn’t work for me. But this first project they’ve worked on together? I loved it! If you’re looking for a fun contemporary about two boyband members falling in love, then this will be the book for you.

Ruben and Zach are two members of the band Saturday. Ruben is gay but hasn’t been allowed to come out, and when things start to happen between him and Zach, it seems unlikely that things will change. As well as their blossoming romance, they have their bandmates to contend with, and the path to success has never been rougher. This was a super fun book but one that deals with darker elements. So if you’re looking for a new queer contemporary that you won’t be able to put down? This is the book for you.

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Book Review: Fall of the Argosi by Sebastien De Castell

Book Review: Fall of the Argosi by Sebastien De Castell

I said I was reviewing the first in the duology in preparation for reviewing this one, and I’ve finally gotten around to it! I adored this book so much, and I’m so honoured that I was able to participate in the bookstagram tour for this one. You can find my post and mini-review here.

Set months after the first book, Ferius has been living with Durrall and Enna. She was learning the way of the Argosi, but after making a mistake, she ran away. Now she’s stumbled upon a mysterious curse known as the Red Scream. With the help of an Argosi her own age called Rosie, she tries to hunt down the person spreading it.

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Book Review: Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark

Book Review: Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark

I’ve been reading more adult fantasy recently, it seems, and I’m really getting into it more. We’re getting more diverse reads by some amazingly talented authors, and Master of Djinn is one example. I was very lucky to get a finished copy of this book early thanks to the wonderful Nazia from Orbit.

Master of Djinn is technically the third book in a series. But as the first full-length novel, it can be read as a standalone. In this book, we follow Fatma, the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities in 1912. This book is set in Cairo, and after the members of a secret brotherhood are killed by a man claiming to be al-Jahiz, the long-dead man they worshipped. The ministry is pulled on the case to find out what’s going on. They need to stop it from hurting Egypt’s place on the world stage. With a new partner and her girlfriend, Siti, Fatma must unravel the mystery of what is really going on.

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Book Review: Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall

Book Review: Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall

This is the second book I’ve read by Alexis Hall, and it’s safe to say that I was very excited about it. There was part of me that was a little nervous. I loved Boyfriend Material because it read like lad-lit. And this book definitely has chick-lit vibes about it. But I was unsure that it was going to work this time.

I wasn’t disappointed. I read this book in a single night. It wasn’t as much of a favourite as Boyfriend Material. But I still adored it.

Rosaline Palmer is a single mum, who deciding she needed to do something with her life. Entered a baking competition. There she meets two attractive guys, deals with her own family and has to work hard to win it all.

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Book Review: Out of Character by Annabeth Albert

Book Review: Out of Character by Annabeth Albert

I read and reviewed the first book in the True Colours series last year. Conventionally Yours was pretty fun. But in some ways, Out of Character appealed to me a little more. I’m glad I picked this up to read but in some ways… It wasn’t quite what I expected.

Jasper Quigley wants to be the hero in someone’s life. He cosplays as his favorite Odyssey character to visit sick kids in the hospital and works part-time in a game shop. When his ex-best friend Milo Lionetti comes to him to ask for help? Jasper doesn’t want to say yes, but he’s never been able to resist Milo. So they make a deal, Milo will help Jasper at the hospital, and Jasper will track down the rare Odyssey cards that Milo lost.

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