Rainbow Reading: December 4

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

Between November 27th and December 3rd, I read:

cover images of A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF HEAVEN, THE LAST HOPE, SAVING MONTGOMERY SOLE, THE WAY OF THORN AND THUNDER, and THE ONE HUNDRED NIGHTS OF HERO arranged in a grid

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ARC Review: Iron & Velvet

IIron & Velvet (Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator #1) received a copy of Iron & Velvet from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Iron & Velvet by Alexis Hall is an adult urban fantasy/mystery, the first in the Kate Kane series. This edition is “newly refreshed by the author”; I haven’t read it previously, so I’m not sure how much of a difference there is between this and the older editions.

Iron & Velvet is written like a hardboiled detective novel, with a hard-drinking, sarcastic private eye, who quips “I like my women like I like my whiskey: more than is good for me.” This is PI fiction with a twist, though, since Kate differs from the typical PI in several ways: she’s a woman; she’s a lesbian; and, oh yeah, she’s half-fae and her private eye practice focuses on the paranormal. 

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ARC Review: Master of Restless Shadows

Cover of Master of Restless Shadows, Book OneI received a copy of Master of Restless Shadows from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Master of Restless Shadows by Ginn Hale is an adult fantasy novel set in Hale’s Cadeleonian universe. It is very important to note that while this is book one of the Master of Restless Shadows duology, it is book five in the overall universe, following the Lord of the White Hell and Champion of the Scarlet Wolf duologies.

I had not properly understood that when I started this book. I have read the Lord of the White Hell books (albeit more than two years ago) but I haven’t read the Champion of the Scarlet Wolf books. While Master of Restless Shadows has different main characters, the plot, multiple secondary characters, and a lot of references are heavily tied to the previous books in the universe.

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ARC Review: They/Them/Their

They/Them/Their

I received a copy of They/Them/Their from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

They/Them/Their by Eris Young is a nonfiction guide to nonbinary and genderqueer identities. On the nonfiction accessibility scale from pop-nonfiction to academic works, this is definitely closer to the academic end; it is written for the layperson rather than the academic audience, but it does tend toward the denser side of things. That is not a criticism, mind; I personally found They/Them/Their to be a nice mix of in-depth information combined with a clear and concise writing style, but I can see being thrown off if you were expecting something lighter.

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