ARC Review: A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha

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 🍑

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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.

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Waiting for: March 2019

I watched How to Train Your Dragon 3 today and I cried so much, I deserve something easier to deal with now. Which made writing this post a perfect idea. Very relaxing, not gonna lie. The only downside is, it reminded me how many books I’m excited about in March!

Ugh, I hate waiting…

One of the books listed here today I already mentioned in my post about January-June 2019 diverse releases, but oh boy, I had so many more to talk about!

As always, I also want to remind you guys that Charlotte & I have a blog called Reads Rainbow that is dedicated solely to LGBT media. So check out this March releases post over there as well – it’s only for books coming in the first week, because there are just Too Many to fit in one post!!

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So you’re in the mood for books with lesbian protagonists

I’m a lesbian, I’m in Paris, this is a perfect opportunity for me to talk about books that have lesbian protagonists! Nah, I’m joking, every day is a good opportunity for that…

I mean, as someone who co-runs a blog specifically dedicated to LGBT media… Did y’all expect anything else from me? But yeah, check out Reads Rainbow, if you still haven’t! Charlotte just posted a rec list of novellas!

Today’s list is seven books long again. I was trying to decide which books to rec and which to leave out & then I realised: this is my blog! those are lesbians! Of course I should rec every single one I want to.

Hopefully everyone will find something for themself here, since we have contemporary, fantasy, science-fiction… Even one new adult book! Don’t tell me I’m not great at rec lists.

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Waiting for: January 2019

It’s the last day of the year! 💫🎇🌈 I have no idea how did the time fly by so fast… I feel like it was summer & our awful Stressful Event at work just yesterday! And yet, here we are, with people already firing off the fireworks. I hope it was a good year for you guys.

Like you probably gathered from my post about January-June 2019 diverse releases, I am very excited about the next year in books! And that means I have way more than 2 books per each month that I want to talk about! And that’s exactly the purpose of this list.

9 books coming out in January 2019 I’m most excited about! 🍑🍑🍑

Can you guess what’s on the list?

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Review: Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

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Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
Publisher: 
Open Road Media Teen & Tween (September 5th 2017) – originally in 1982
Genre: YA; contemporary, romance
Rating: 4/5 🍑

 

A landmark in LGBT fiction, this captivating story of two teenage girls who fall in love is a “classic of the genre” (Publishers Weekly).

When Liza Winthrop first lays eyes on Annie Kenyon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she knows there’s something special between them. Soon, their close friendship develops into a deep and intimate romance. Neither imagined that falling in love could be so wonderful, but as Liza and Annie’s newfound sexuality sparks conflict in both their families and at their schools, they discover it will take more than love for their relationship to succeed.

One of the first books to positively portray a lesbian relationship, Annie on My Mind is a groundbreaking classic of the genre. The subject of a First Amendment lawsuit over banned books and one of School Library Journal’s “One Hundred Books that Shaped the Century,” Nancy Garden’s iconic novel is an important story for anyone discovering who they’re meant to be.

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