australian author · contemporary · lgbtqia · own voices · speculative fiction · young adult

Dragons, grief and love in ‘The Wave’ by Hoa Pham

  ‘I remember how you were, not how you are. We were we until we became you and I.’ Midori and Âu Cô are international university students tasting freedom from family for the first time. They discover Melbourne and each other. All is well until the tsunami that swamps their world… Midori and Âu Cô… Continue reading Dragons, grief and love in ‘The Wave’ by Hoa Pham

fantasy · lgbtqia · own voices · speculative fiction

Starfang: Rise of the Clan by Joyce Chng

Is a clan captain going to sacrifice everything for her clan? Tasked to kill Yeung Leung by her parents, powerful rival clan leader of the Amber Eyes, Captain Francesca Min Yue sets out across the galaxy to hunt her prey, only to be thrown into a web of political intrigue spreading across the stars. Is… Continue reading Starfang: Rise of the Clan by Joyce Chng

fantasy · lgbtqia · own voices · young adult

Peter Darling by Austin Chant

Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is. But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become… Continue reading Peter Darling by Austin Chant

contemporary · lgbtqia · own voices · young adult

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

A cappella just got a makeover. Jordan Sun is embarking on her junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts, hopeful that this will be her time: the year she finally gets cast in the school musical. But when her low Alto 2 voice gets her shut out for the third straight… Continue reading Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

australian author · lgbtqia · own voices · speculative fiction · young adult

Ida by Alison Evans

How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want? Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths. One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to… Continue reading Ida by Alison Evans

fantasy · lgbtqia · own voices · speculative fiction · young adult

Not Your Sidekick (Not Your Sidekick #1) by C.B. Lee

Welcome to Andover…where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most… Continue reading Not Your Sidekick (Not Your Sidekick #1) by C.B. Lee

book list · lgbtqia

February Books

The blog has been relatively quiet but pages are still being turned offline. Books read in February – The Voices of Martyrs by Maurice Broaddus This is a strong collection of Afro-futuristic stories. Review soon. A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman Loved this verse novel. This blog should be dedicated to Nafiza’s book recommendations. Parable of the Sower by… Continue reading February Books