You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

You’ve Reached Sam is an incredible book about teens dealing with grief and loss. The writing matches the story perfectly, and navigates the digital theme incredibly. The characters are diverse and rich, and the friendships are beautiful.

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The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

The Dead and the Dark is a wonderful, not so scary, queer ghost story. I absolutely loved the Dark in this book and the “humans are the real monster” dread that came through the entire novel. Courtney Gould definitely delivered in the atmosphere in this creepy rural Oregon town. Can’t wait for more of Gould’s books!

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The Place Beyond Her Dreams by Oby Aligwekwe

★★★★
The Place Beyond Her Dreams feels like a wonderful dream, and the story absolutely matched in a great way. The story was a bit rougher than I expected, but I did still really enjoy the story and the prose. I especially loved Luenah, and wish we dove into it more, but I was satisfied with it regardless.

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The Sword in the Street by C.M. Caplan

★★★.5
The Sword in the Street is a lovely book that takes a nice spin on fantasy by really doing a great job in presenting very real and very believable interactions between a wonderful set of characters. It touches on relationship problems and victories in a way that I never see enough of. It was absolutely refreshing.

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No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull

★★★★★
No Gods, No Monsters is an incredibly inclusive story about othering, oppression, police violence, connection and how we stay safe and fight back. Though it is heavy at times, and there are many characters to follow, it is absolutely a wonderful work of art.

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The Guncle by Steven Rowley

★★★
The Guncle is a fun, warm, delightful read. It will make you laugh, and it will fill your heart. It is definitely a wonderfully light book with lots of soul, acceptance and growth. It is a sweet and human story of one family’s love and overcoming of obstacles.

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On Fragile Waves by E. Lily Yu

★★★★
On Fragile Waves has stunning prose that matches the dreamers and storytellers of this incredibly undertold experience of a family. Though it dragged a bit in the middle, it ties off with a beautiful solution filled with tragic love that broke my heart.

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Folklorn by Angela Mi Young Hur

★★★★★
Read this book. It is important. It is beautiful, and wonderful, and I absolutely applaud what Angela Mi Young Hur was able to accomplish here.

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Livid Skies by Si Clarke

★★★★
“We can have fully automated luxury gay space communism when we find a supply of unlimited resources – until then, we’ll have to make do with partially automated queer social liberalism.”

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Malice by Heather Walter

★★★
Definitely a fun debut novel, with a fun twist on Sleeping Beauty, but perhaps missing that element of literary magic to all come together better. BUT I’m very excited for more books by Heather Walter. I can feel that she will grow as an author and she can blow us all away one day.

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