In 2012, right before I turned 15, I read the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. At the time, the series was complete and only the first two books of the Heroes of Olympus books were out. I was the perfect age for these books. I’d gotten back into reading and had recently finished reading Harry Potter for the first time (which took me four months to read) and I was ready to find even more wonders. At that age, I adored the books. As the last three Heroes of Olympus books came out, I preordered them on Kindle and read them as fast as my then slow reader self could so avoid being spoiled on Tumblr. I adored these books! Even though after some time I didn’t really like Riordan’s writing style and that ending of The Blood of Olympus wan’t the best, Uncle Rick could do no wrong!
Summary: Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.
Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.
The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?
Rep: black mc’s
Content warnings: explicit sexual content, parent deaths
Release date: 27th February 2018
I received an arc from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam from Thoughts On Tomes. This weeks topic is top 5 M/M couples. I haven’t done T5W in a while but I couldn’t pass up on this weeks and next weeks topic, which is f/f (I’ll somehow get it down to 5).
I think before we head in though, please remember if you are not a queer person to not fetishise m/m relationships. Don’t call them ‘sin’, don’t say you’re ‘going to hell [for shipping them]’, don’t spend hours going on about how *hot* their relationship is, don’t put a weird amount of focus on the smut. And please, if you participate in T5W that you do the f/f couple list. Don’t even begin to call yourself an ally to the LGBTQIAP+ community if you focus only on the G, and only men who are the B.
Rant aside, lets go into (some) of my faves! It was hard to narrow them down.
Summary: Andre Aciman’s Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time.
Rep: m/m romance, Jewish mc, bi mc
Content warnings: sexual content, misuse of peaches
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Alex Summers lives with a secret and the constant fear someone will find out. But when a new family moves to town, they bring with them their teenage daughter Phoenix Stone. When Alex falls for Phoenix, there is no warning. In a small town with small minds, girls don’t go out with other girls, even if they want to.
In fear there is bravery – you can either cling to the edge or have the courage to jump. But what do you do when you’re left spiralling through the freefall?
Rep: f/f romance, lesbian mc, Vietnamese side character
Trigger warnings: homophobia, lesbophobia, lesbophobic slurs, homophobic slurs, homophobic and abusive mother
Content warnings: mild sexual content
Release date: 1st March 2018
Arc provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Books read: 23
Summary: Chase Hillier has plans, and nothing will cause her to deviate from them. So far, they’re pretty simple: Get through her first year of college with good grades, read a lot of books, and hopefully find a cute boyfriend who could turn into her husband someday. She’s got it all mapped out. No one is going to stand in her way. Not even her roommate, Cordelia Scott.
Cordelia Scott has her own plans: Get through her freshman year without too many panic attacks, figure out what the hell she wants to major in, and meet a guy who finally makes her heart flutter.
Fate has other plans for the two when they end up as roommates and neither of them can stop thinking about the other. They’re both absolutely sure that they like boys and not girls. But their sparks can’t be extinguished and they realize there is a lot more to their connection with each other than either of them thought. How will they navigate a path that neither of them planned on taking?
Rep: f/f romance, questioning mc’s, multiple queer side characters
Content warnings: explicit sexual content, panic attack
Summary: So wrong for each other…and yet so right.
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again…
First read: 2013
Initial rating: ★★★★☆
(Attempted) Reread rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Summary: Blaze Bellamy is the bad girl of the short track speed skating world. Looking like a roller derby bruiser when she’s not in her Team USA uniform, she’s an unlikely American heroine. She’s got a punk attitude to match her provocative dress and her dyed hair, and she’s determined to get onto the front pages of the papers regardless of how she has to do it.
Maisy Harper is the workhorse of the Canadian women’s figure skating team. Serious, modest, and above all, polite, Maisy would prefer to win her victory on the ice rather than in the press, and is exasperated by Blaze’s antics. When she’s not lusting after her anyway. After they both failed to make the medal podium at the last Snow and Ice Games, they drowned themselves in gin—and each other.
Despite their hookup being drunken, they both harbor fond memories of their night together and are keen for a repeat. But they’ve got different ways of going about getting what they want, and Blaze’s willingness to go to any lengths for the spotlight could ruin any chance she has with Maisy.
Rep: f/f romance, lesbian mc, polyamorous bi mc
Content warnings: explicit sexual content
Trigger warnings: homophobic parent
Release date: 6th February
I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.