A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha Published: Entangled: Teen (Demeber 1st 2020) Genre: young adult; fantasy, historical Rep: mostly Portuguese cast & setting, lesbian mc, lesbian Muslim li, lesbian scs TW: religion-based self harm, homophobia, internalised homophobia, blood, murder, body horror Rating: 4.5/5 🍑
My initial review for A Curse of Roses was simply “lesbians have won with this one!”, and that’s absolutely true and tells you a lot about what you should expect from this book. But let me expand on that a bit.
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust Published: Flatiron Books (July 7th2020) Genre: young adult; fantasy Rep: Persian cast & settings, bi mc, sapphic li Rating: 4/5 🍑
Girl, Serpent, Thorn is revolutionary in more than one respect and for that we should all be grateful. It’s a feminist fairy tale for the modern times, even though it’s set in ancient Persia, even though it’s full of magic and monsters.
Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran Published: The O’Brien Press (June 1sr 2020) Genre: young adult; fantasy Rep: lesbian mc, poc lesbian mc, lesbian, gay & bi side characters, poc side characters Rating: 2.5/5 🍑
A fantasy novel featuring a sapphic relationship between a queen and her spymaster? What could be better, you ask? Well, actually…
First things first, this is not a bad book. But. Unfortunately, there’s a but. I can see what this book tries to achieve and I deeply appreciate it, it’s just that it doesn’t really reach its goals.
Shatter the Skyby Rebecca Kim Wells Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 30th 2019) Genre: young adult; fantasy Rep: poc cast, bi mc, sapphic li, side sapphic character, side wlw parents Rating: 4/5 🍑
When people recommend Shatter the Sky as a sapphic fantasy novel, they’re very much right but at the same time, it doesn’t explain just how sapphic the book. We’re not used to being fed this well, and yet it’s exactly what we deserve.
The book opens with the (bi!) mc talking about how much she loves her girlfriend. That’s revolutionary. And that love is used as a catalyst for all future events. Quite literally nothing would happen, if Maren wasn’t in love with Kaia and wasn’t determined to do everything in her power to get back together.
The Impossible Contract (The Chronicles of Ghadid #2) by K.A. Doore Published: Tor Books (November 12th 2019) Genre: adult; fantasy Rep: poc cast, lesbian mc, sapphic li TW: death, blood, violence, eye gore, body horror Rating: 3.5/5 🍑
ARC provided by the publisher.
While The Perfect Assassin was all about Amastan and the moral dilemma of being an assassin, The Impossible Contract gives us a totally different kind of hero(ine). Thana takes pride in her profession and more than anything, wants to be remembered for her work. It’s so refreshing to read in a world where we’re used to only male characters being allowed to have an ego this size. (Also in her case it’s justified…)
I changed my theme! How do you guys like it? I’m lowkey in love.
It doesn’t look like my list of November releases is very long but the truth is, those are the books I’ve been waiting for almost all year. So it’s really great that November start in two days, but also: how on earth is it already the end of October? Where did the year go?
Anyway, books-wise, November is shaping up to be pretty amazing! Also, if you want to learn about more LGBT books being published next month, check out our post @ Reads Rainbow.