• Book review: Camp by L. C. Rosen

    Camp – L. C. Rosen

    Release date: 2 July 2020 Goodreads link Book Depository link Aussie purchase links Rating Camp blurb: Sixteen-year-old Randy Kapplehoff loves spending the summer at Camp Outland, a camp for queer teens. It’s where he met his best friends. It’s where he takes to the stage in the big musical. And it’s where he fell for Hudson Aaronson-Lim – who’s only into straight-acting guys and barely knows not-at-all-straight-acting Randy even exists. This year, though, is going to be different. Randy has reinvented himself as ‘Del’ – buff, masculine and on the…

  • Book review banner: Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

    Her Royal Highness – Rachel Hawkins

    Release date: 7 May 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) blurb: Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. Heartbroken and ready for a change of pace, Millie decides to apply for a scholarship to a boarding school … in the rolling Highlands of Scotland. The only problem: Millie’s roommate, Flora, is a total princess. She’s also the actual princess. Of Scotland. At first, the girls can’t stand each other, but before Millie knows it, she has another…

  • Book review: Only Mostly Devastated

    Only Mostly Devastated – Sophie Gonzales

    Release date: 3 March 2020 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Only Mostly Devastated blurb: When Ollie meets Will over the summer break, he thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After. But once summer’s ended, Will stops texting him back, and Ollie finds himself short of his fairytale ending. A family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country – Will’s school – and Ollie finds that the sweet, affectionate and comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High.…

  • Book review: The Sky Weaver

    The Sky Weaver – Kristen Ciccarelli

    Release date: 12 November 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating The Sky Weaver (Iskari, #3) blurb: At the end of one world, there always lies another. Safire, a soldier, knows her role in this world is to serve the King of Firgaard—helping to maintain the peace in her oft-troubled nation. Eris, a deadly pirate, has no such conviction. Known as the Death Dancer for her ability to evade even the most determined of pursuers, she possesses a superhuman power to move between worlds. When one can roam from dimension…

  • Book review: Going Off Script

    Going Off Script – Jen Wilde

    Release date: 21 May 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Going Off Script blurb: Sometimes you’ve got to live outside the lines. Seventeen-year-old Bex is thrilled when she gets an internship on her favorite tv show, Silver Falls. Unfortunately, the internship isn’t quite what she expected… instead of sitting in a crowded writer’s room volleying ideas back and forth, Production Interns are stuck picking up the coffee. Determined to prove her worth as a writer, Bex drafts her own script and shares it with the head writer―who promptly reworks…

  • They Both Die At The End

    They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

    Release date: 7 September 2017 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link They Both Die at the End blurb: On September 5th, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: they’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: there’s an app for that. It’s called Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for…

  • What If It's Us

    What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

    Release date: 9 October 2018 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ – 10/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link What If It’s Us blurb: ARTHUR is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a show-stopping romance when you least expect it. BEN thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things. But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what…

  • The Darkest Part of the Forest

    The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black

    Release date: 19 January 2016 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link The Darkest Part of the Forest blurb: In the woods there is a glass coffin. And in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and her brother, Ben, live in Fairfold, where humans and the Folk exist side by side. Since they were children, Hazel and Ben have been telling each other stories about the boy in the glass coffin: that he is a prince and they are valiant…

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    Top 5… LGBTQ+ books

    Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is ‘LGBTQ+ books’. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics we have coming up! Also, I can’t stick to 5 only books for this, so you’re getting a top EIGHT today. And we will start with the fantasy, and then hit the contemporaries! Starting with, the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. Precious Wylan and reckless Jesper are the…

  • The Raven King

    The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater

    Release date: 26 April 2016 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ – 17/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link 17/10 – because I can. Ratings don’t even have meanings after reading this. I’m just crying and rambling now. I knew that I was going to cry at the end of this series.  I knew it from the moment I finished the first few chapters of The Raven Boys.  Knowing that still doesn’t prepare you for the emotions and feelings once you get to that place in the story though.  In fact, I think because I anticipated…

  • Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

    Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater

    Release date: 21 October 2014 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ – 10/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link This book was probably my least favourite of the series, so I originally gave it 8/10, but then I finished it all and changed them all to 10/10. It’s not often that when I sit down to write a review after finishing a book that I cannot think of a single thing to say. Blue Lily, Lily Blue left me somewhat stumped, however. I can tell this series is eating away at my subconscious because when I’m not…

  • Book review: Leah on the Off Beat

    Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli

    Release date: 24 April 2018 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ – 10/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2) blurb: Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst. When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves…

  • Queens of Geek

    Queens of Geek – Jen Wilde

    Release date: 14 March 2017 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Queens of Geek blurb: Charlie likes to stand out.  She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with costar Reese Ryan.  Then when Internet-famous, cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives, it seems like Charlie’s longtime crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought. Taylor likes to blend in.  Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change.  And there’s one thing…

  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

    Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

    Release date: 7 April 2015 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood, #1) blurb: Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal… I cannot believe that I have not read this book before now.  It actually breaks my heart a…

  • Book review: Crooked Kingdom

    Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

    Release date: 27 September 2016 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) blurb: Jesper tapped his fingers restlessly. “Has anyone noticed this whole city is looking for us, mad at us or wants to kill us?” “So?” said Kaz. “Well, usually it’s just half the city.” Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off the most daring heist imaginable.  But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re fighting for their lives. As old enemies and new rivals descend on the city,…

  • Book Review: Blood of the Delphi

    Blood of the Delphi – M. E. Vaughan

    Release date: 28 November 2017 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Blood of the Delphi (The Harmatia Cycle #2) blurb: Rufus Merle is a wanted man.  After twelve years on the run, raising the infant Prince Joshua in secret, the last of the Delphi lie now stands in grave peril. Sick, friendless and out of places to hide, Rufus and Joshua are hunted by dangerous alchemists, a deranged assassin, and a powerful faerie goddess, who will do everything in her power to turn Rufus into a living weapon.…

  • The Upside of Unrequited

    The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli

    Release date: 11 April 2017 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ – 10/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link The Upside of Unrequited blurb: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love – she’s lived through it twenty-six times.  She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret.  Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection.  So she’s careful.  Fat girls always have to be careful. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s…

  • The Sons of Thestian

    The Sons of Thestian – M. E. Vaughan

    Release date: 24 November 2016 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link The Sons of Thestian (The Harmatia Cycle #1) blurb: “Fae thinks I can see it. The future.” “Can you?” “I hope not.” The Prince Jionathan is plagued by visions of death.  With the King on his death-bed, and the Queen in power, the Kingdom of Harmatia lies in peril.  Fleeing the city in fear of his life, Jionathan is shadowed by Rufus Merle, a young, secretive Magi tasked with bringing him home. Now, with the help of…