Tag: lgbt

Otherbound is trying very, very hard, but just isn’t that good

Otherbound is trying very, very hard, but just isn’t that good


(2 stars)

This is a very meh book. I didn’t particularly want it to be, but it failed me in every way. There was nothing really going on, the writing was dull, the worldbuidling was clearly making an effort but explained poorly, and nothing felt interesting, legitimate, or real.

The characters are diverse, but even in the reviews that’s all anyone can talk about. Yay for diversity! Not much to cheer about otherwise.

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Only Ever Yours is an incredible modern, yet classical dystopia

Only Ever Yours is an incredible modern, yet classical dystopia


(5 stars)

I read this on the floor of a train station during a ten-hour train delay, finishing around 2am, and it was probably the perfect experience for this book. Strange, long, complicated, at times mysterious and frustrating, Only Ever Yours brought perfectly together Brave New World and 1984- but with a more direct commentary on feminism, the role of women in society, sexuality, and media. (While also having time to talk about racism, eating disorders, sex, sexism, social inoculation, brainwashing, and mental illness).

And listen, folks, I’m not a pretentious person. You won’t catch me dead giving a holler about women’s studies or queer theory. But Only Ever Yours is not some highbrow, academic commentary. It’s a solid story in an extreme dystopia, where the world has shaped the characters perfectly, and the reader never quite knows enough.

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Archangel Protocol: Sometimes, you find something unexpected(ly good)

Archangel Protocol: Sometimes, you find something unexpected(ly good)


(3.5 stars)

(About the rating: This book gets three stars, but the rest of the series is all five stars. I’ll probably review them later, and will address why this one is much lower, but let it be known: these are good books.)

Ever since I found the wonder that was mallworld*, I’ve been really riding on that fantastical hope that mysterious second hand bookstores are going to lead me to obscure and lovable stories. I don’t really think that ideal is true or false right now- it’s just my way of saying I picked this book off the shelf for two bucks and with zero expectations.

It didn’t disappoint, only because there was nothing to be disappointed with.

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Cover Reveal: Cheerleaders from Planet X! (Lyssa Chiavari)

Cover Reveal: Cheerleaders from Planet X! (Lyssa Chiavari)

Full cover below cut.

Hey hoi folks. I like to support indie authors, lgbt+ stuff, so I signed on to help build a bit o’ hype for this here book. I’ll also probably be reading the ARC pretty soon.

Official text coming, but in short: campy, ridiculous sci-fi. Sounds like a bad (good bad) cheesy sci-fi film. But with lgbt+ stuff also (specifically, lesbians). The title alone cinches it. The cover is also some pretty appealing photoshop for small press…!

Here is the full blurb:

Aliens are among us. And humanity’s only hope just happens to carry pom-poms.

Laura Clark thought she was just your average college freshman—until the day she saw a cheerleader on a skateboard get into a superhuman brawl with a lightning-wielding stranger in a trenchcoat. And the weirdest thing of all? Nobody else saw it happen. Nobody, that is, except the beautiful but standoffish Shailene, one of the mysterious (and possibly super-powered) cheerleaders from Laura’s rival school, Bayview University.

When girls start disappearing all over the City, Laura suddenly realizes that she may have seen more than she should. And if she wants to keep from disappearing herself, she needs to find some answers. But though Laura can’t shake the feeling that they’re somehow connected, Shailene is more than a little reluctant to share her secrets. With strange, bug-like creatures and a sinister man in a dark coat stalking her every step, Laura will have to uncover the truth fast if she wants to survive.

The fate of the planet just might hang in the balance.

A tongue-in-cheek cross between Marvel comics and Space Invaders, Cheerleaders from Planet X is a zany, quirky and snark-filled send-up of just about every sci-fi trope known to humankind—with 100% more lesbians.

Sounds like it could be a lot of fun. As mentioned, will post a review.

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