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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ARC Review: Monster of the Week

I received a copy of Monster of the Week from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Monster of the Week by F.T. Lukens is the second book in The Rules young adult fantasy series, following 2017’s The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic.

I’ll try to avoid spoilers for book one in this review, but be aware that you absolutely need to read Rules and Regulations before this one! The story picks up right where it left off, so the background is necessary. Also, Rules and Regulations is a ton of fun and you should read it anyway!

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ARC Review: Trans+

Trans+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being YouI received a copy of Trans+ from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Trans+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You by Kathryn Gonzales and Karen Rayne is a young adult nonfiction book aimed at trans and nonbinary teens that covers a wide range of topics. The book is divided up into six main sections – introduction, body, transitioning, relationships, sexy times, and life – which are then further broken down; for instance, the “life” section includes chapters on family, school, work, and spirituality.

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