ARC Review: Blood Sport

Blood SportI  received a copy of Blood Sport from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blood Sport by Tash McAdam is a hi-lo (high interest, low reading level) young adult contemporary/mystery centering on trans teen Jason. Jason is about to age out of foster care, and has no idea what his future will hold. The plan had always been to move in with his older sister Becca once he was out of the system, but her sudden death turns his life upside down. Jason is convinced Becca was murdered, although the police maintain it was a simple drug overdose.

Jason finds some suspicious articles and photos in Becca’s belongings, and decides to do some investigating himself. Those investigations lead him to a boxing gym, where he finds a place he feels he really belongs – where his fighting skills (developed over a lifetime of defending himself) are respected, and where his masculinity is never questioned.

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Best of Rainbow Reading 2019

My favorites of the 347 LGBTQ books I read this year! To squeeze in as many of them as possible, I’ve organized them into favorites by LGBTQ identity and favorites by genre, and I also broke down some categories by audience to get a couple more books in there… and yes, I still had to throw in some honorable mentions as well.

Finally, these lists are based on my own personal enjoyment of the book – not necessarily the book’s literary quality or critical merit. Without further ado (since this is several days late already!)… my favorite LGBTQ reads of 2019!

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Carnival of Aces: Literature, Academia, and Storytelling

The theme for the December Carnival of Aces, hosted by Aria’s Hollow, is Literature, Academia, and Storytelling.

I’m a voracious reader; I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember. I was one of those kids reading under the covers with a flashlight when they were supposed to be sleeping, a kid who always had a stack of books checked out from the library, a kid who played the summer reading game to win.

I was also a kid who started having a hard time finding books to read around age 13. I remember asking a librarian for a recommendation and having her lead me to the young adult section. My public library had a tiny YA section at the time – one bookcase – and it was almost entirely “chick lit”. The librarian asked how old I was and decided 13 was the perfect age for Truth or DairyThat book horrified me. There was kissing! There were jokes about Viagra! There may even have been…sex.

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