Rainbow Reading: March 25

Bite-sized reviews of the LGBTQ books I’ve read in the past week. All titles are linked to their Goodreads page.

Between March 18th and 24th, I read:

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ARC Review: Princess Kevin

Princess KevinI received a copy of Princess Kevin from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Princess Kevin by Michaël Escoffier, illustrated by Roland Garrigue, is a picture book centering around Costume Day at Kevin’s school.

Kevin is a self-confident kid, and he knows exactly what he wants to dress up as: a princess. He goes all out, with a dress, heels, jewelry, lipstick, and of course a crown. He knows people are not expecting that costume, but “The girls in his class can dress up as knights and cowboys. If they can do what they want, so can Kevin”. 

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TBR Acrostic: Lion and Lamb

I read 50 books in February and my TBR… went up by 7, from 199 titles on February 1st to 206 on March 1st. So much for getting it under 200!

I highlighted eight titles on my February acrostic, and I read a grand total of three of them (Poz, Rebent Sinner, and American Dreamer).

For my March acrostic, I thought of the old saying about the month “coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb” (although with the weather the way it is nowadays I wonder how long that saying is going to stick around…)

Anyway! LION AND LAMB it is. What’s on the list?

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ARC Review: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Big Bad Wolf, #4)I received an ARC of Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing is the fourth volume in Charlie Adhara’s Big Bad Wolf series, a combination of mystery, romance, and the paranormal, which focuses on Agent Cooper Dayton and his partner, werewolf Oliver Park. When I read book three, Thrown to the Wolves, back in January, I concluded my review with “I’m eagerly awaiting publication of book four”, so needless to say I was very excited to get an ARC and cut down on that waiting time!

What I particularly like about this series is the depth of the characterization and how both Cooper and Park and their relationship all continue to change and develop, and that even in the fourth volume, when they’re an established couple, there’s still room for growth.

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ARC Review: Only Mostly Devastated

Only Mostly DevastatedI received a copy of Only Mostly Devastated from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales is a young adult contemporary novel billed as Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless, inspired by Grease

I have never seen Grease and have only a vague idea of the plot of it, so I did not pick up on any of the inspiration, references, et cetera, but Only Mostly Devastated completely stands on its own without that. The story centers around Ollie, a socially awkward teenager who has just relocated from California to North Carolina for his senior year, because his aunt is very ill and his parents want to be closer to her and her family. 

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Transcendent 4 Review

Transcendent 4: The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction

Transcendent 4 is the fourth volume in the Transcendent anthology series, which collects the year’s best transgender speculative fiction stories. I received a digital review copy of Transcendent 4 from the editor.

This volume contains twenty short stories from across the spec-fic spectrum, from fantasy to sci-fi, ghosts to robots to gods, and of course from all over the gender spectrum as well.

This is a very strong collection. Even though the stories are quite varied in terms of genre, theme, and style, they nevertheless form a cohesive anthology, related not just by themes of gender identity but identity in all senses – the sense of self and society contained in and communicated by culture, language, socioeconomic status, religion, mental illness, and more.

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