eARC Review: Taproot: A Story about a Gardener and a Ghost by Keezy Young

36174464.jpgSummary: Blue is having a hard time moving on. He’s in love with his best friend. He’s also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart’s content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal’s strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means . . . leaving him.

 

 

 

 

 

Rep: bi moc mc, m/m romance

Rating: ★★★★☆

Release date: 26 September 2017

I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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eARC Review: Off the Ice by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

35482402.jpgSummary: Tristan Holt is nothing if not pragmatic. Despite a flourishing career as a defenseman for the Atlanta Venom, Tristan knows he can’t play hockey forever. One day he’ll retire—if an injury doesn’t force him to hang up his skates first. His backup plan? Finishing his business degree. But he doesn’t count on a very inappropriate attraction to his standoffish sociology professor, Sebastian Cruz.

Sebastian is on the bottom rung of the Sociology Department at Georgia State. He has his sights set on tenure, and he can’t afford to be distracted, especially not by a sexy student with a body straight out of Sebastian’s dreams. No matter how much Tristan tempts him, that’s one line Sebastian won’t cross. At least not until summer classes end. After that, everything is fair game.

But Sebastian lives loud and proud, and Tristan is terrified of being the first out player in the NHL. Neither of them can afford to risk their hearts when they can’t imagine a happily ever after. The problem is, unlike hockey, when it comes to love, there are no rules.

Rep: m/m romance, gay mc, gay Puerto Rican mc

Rating: ★★★★☆

Release date: 30 October 2017

I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Discussion: The Flaw of Separating the Art from the Artist

Every now again, something may come out about an author and certain beliefs they hold. A good example would be Brandon Sanderson. Sanderson has written multiple popular fantasy series, his most well known being the Mistborn series. However, it came to many peoples attentions that he is blatantly homomisic and this turned a number of people off his books. This is a point when people would put forth the argument, “we should seperate the art from the artist”.
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Review: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

25322449.jpgSummary: What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?

Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.

But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.

Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’ dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past…

She has to confess why Carys disappeared…

Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets.

It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.

Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.

Rep: bisexual and biracial mc, demisexual side character, gay and Korean side character, side m/m romance, side lesbian character

Trigger warnings: emotional child abuse

Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: Daughter of the Zel by Phoebe Ritter

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Summary: Raised on the border between Nevda and Zel, Efa has two certainties in life.

Their country’s neighbours, the warlike Zel, are to be feared.

Her touch will kill, so she can never leave the island.

When Efa is kidnapped and discovers she is half-Zel, certainty will be hard to come by.

 

 

 

 

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I received this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review 

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eARC Review: The Love Song of Swayer Bell by Avon Gale

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Summary: Victoria “Vix” Vincent has only two weeks to find a replacement fiddle player for her band’s summer tour. When classically trained violinist Sawyer Bell shows up for an audition, Vix is thrilled. Sawyer is talented, gorgeous, funny, and excited about playing indie rock instead of Beethoven. Their friendship soon blossoms into romance, even though Vix tries to remember that Sawyer’s presence is only temporary.

Sawyer’s parents think she’s spending the summer months touring Europe with a chamber ensemble. But Sawyer is in dire need of a break from the competitiveness of Juilliard, and desperately wants to rediscover her love of music. Going on tour with her secret high school crush is just an added bonus. Especially when Vix kisses her one night after a show, and they discover that the stage isn’t the only place they have chemistry.

But the tour won’t last forever, and as the summer winds down, Sawyer has to make a tough decision about her future—and what it means to follow her heart. 

Release date: 25 September 2017

Rep: bi mc, lesbian mc, f/f romance, ace side character

Rating: ★★★★☆

I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review

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My Book Girlfriends

What inspired this post? You little ones might be asking. A lot of women (and some men) in the YA community talk about “book boyfriends” so I thought I’d give my favourite ladies some love because they deserve it. Oh, and yes, this is in a gay way (some of these girls are underage so I’m more talking about they have qualities I like not that I’d date them themselves).

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