Tag Archive for YA Fantasy

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Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

I’m happy to say that Bashardoust delivers a richly developed fantasy world beginning with the story that Soraya’s mother tells her over and over as a child. It starts “There was and there was not,” and in so doing, Bashardoust creates not only a parallel reality that will go on to become very meaningful as the novel continues, but also gives the allusion that the story Soraya’s mother will relate is both just a story and also something that is very much not just a story, but a reality, one that could have deadly consequences if its message is not heeded. Read more →

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Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Bayron’s debut novel is one that gave me chills at times, in particular when Luke, another queer character who Sophia meets on her journey, says: “‘Just because they deny us doesn’t mean we cease to exist.’” I think it’s a story that everyone needs to read not only because it features a strong, Black, queer character at the story’s centre, but also because her tenacity will, hopefully, give both teen and adult readers the inspiration to use their voice to resist, or even destroy, the patriarchy. Read more →

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The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell

Whereas many queer narratives only show the queer characters holding hands with their significant other or kissing at the very end of the book, I particularly liked how sex positive it is. […] Cornwell creates a safe space for all readers, especially queer ones, that is completely devoid of the shame that Christianity puts on people around their sexuality. Read more →

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Cover Reveal: The Rise Of Genesis by M.R. Merrick

Announcing a new book by M.R. Merrick!     In a world where being Supernatural means you’re in danger, Ash Lawson is front and center. After years of helping others escape ATOM—a government entity known for abusing Supernaturals—he’s captured, and saving himself will prove to be the most difficult task he’s undertaken. Tryst Rivera is a Succubus and veteran at… Read more →