ARC Review: Maiden, Mother, Crone

Maiden, Mother, Crone: Fantastical Trans FemmesI received an ARC of Maiden, Mother, Crone from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Maiden, Mother, Crone: Fantastical Trans Femmes is a fantasy anthology edited by Gwen Benaway. The collection focuses on trans women and trans femmes in fantasy settings, and the stories are likewise written by trans women and trans feminine people, including big names like Kai Cheng Thom and Casey Plett.

I was excited to read this anthology, but unfortunately, I ended up liking the idea of it more than the execution.

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TBR Acrostic: LGBTQ Pride Month

I didn’t get around to doing an acrostic in May, but I’m getting back on track for June! I read 52 books in May and my TBR…went up by 7, from 136 titles on May 1st to 143 titles on June 1st.

As best I can determine from a quick scroll through, about 75 of those books are queer. I thought about trying to come up with some unwieldy phrase that would highlight all of those titles for Pride Month, but I quickly ran out of steam (and titles starting with vowels) and decided to make the acrostic simply LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH.

What’s on the list?

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ARC Review: In the Silences

In the SilencesI received a copy of In the Silences from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

In the Silences by Rachel Gold is a young adult novel centering around Kaz Adams, a genderqueer teen trying to navigate growing up in a world that seems increasingly off-kilter.

The backbone of the story is Kaz’s friendship with Aisha Warren, who moves into Kaz’s neighborhood when the two are fourteen. They quickly bond over a shared love of comics, and as their friendship deepens over the next year, Kaz realizes that their feelings for Aisha aren’t solely platonic. But Kaz is exploring their gender identity and is unsure if they’ll turn out to be a gender that Aisha is attracted to. More than that, their close friendship with Aisha opens their eyes to the prevalence of racism in their town.

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ARC Review: Shadows You Left

Shadows You LeftI received a copy of Shadows You Left from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Shadows You Left by Jude Sierra and Taylor Brooke is a New Adult contemporary romance novel that is difficult to describe. It is intensely character-driven; the back copy, in fact, consists essentially of brief, poetic descriptions of our two main characters, Erik and River, with no mention of a plot other than “Erik and River are both trying to escape a shadowed past”. That sounds like an active focus, doesn’t it? But really it didn’t feel like there was a lot actually happening, other than character development. I realize that sounds like a criticism, but I did enjoy the book. It’s very atmospheric and it’s easy to get sucked in just by the description, and that carries the story along without the need for a more structured plot.

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