Keepsake Self Storageby Marianne Banks…
I love quality children’s literature. Books for children, in my opinion, require all of the elements necessary in producing a good book for any other age group (a plotline! characters!), but also: whimsical rhymes, eye-catching illustrations, and maybe maybe maybe a gentle nudge in some moral direction.
Steff F. Kneff’s Emlyn and the Gremlin has 2.5/3 of these things, making for a pretty quality…
This is the cheapest they’ve ever been — it’s to celebrate the 11th anniversary of Prizm’s parent company. (Individual prices $4.49 and $4.12.) So if you’ve been curious about them for a while and been holding off for money reasons, they’ve just made it a tiny bit easier for a few days. And if you liked the books and think your friends would, too, please reblog so they can take advantage of the deal.
Coupon code is TORQUERE2014 and only works on the publisher’s website, not Amazon. The eBook package contains pdf, html, mobi, and ePub formats. If you’re not from the US, leave the country as US and click to the next blank because the website is slightly broken. (It will still work.)
The Second Mango: It’s hard to find a girlfriend when you don’t know any other lesbians, so the young, nerdy Queen Shulamit hires the legendary warrior Rivka to take her around the kingdom on the back of her dragon in search of other girls like her. But the simple quest quickly turns into a rescue mission when they discover a temple full of women turned to stone by an evil sorcerer.
Climbing the Date Palm: Queen Shulamit is eager to help Kaveh, the youngest prince of a neighboring country, when his father throws his engineer boyfriend in jail for leading his workers in protest over underpaid wages. But if she can’t find a peaceful solution that will keep everybody happy, the two countries could wind up at war.
Coupon expires on Sunday, 9/21.
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Published by Dutton on 15th May 2014
Genres: LGBT, YA, contemporary, romance.
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Blurb: A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.
A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.
Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.
Review: Not only does this book have one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen (I kept stopping reading just to look at it again), it’s beautiful inside as well.
It’s a lovely, angst free, happily-ever-after fluffy love story and it felt fresh and new and like coming home all at once. This is the kind of book that you reread, just because it makes you feel happy and content all over.
I wish there was a film of this book, because I would watch it over and over.
It’s also a love story to production design, which wasn’t a job that I’d ever thought about before, but now I’m going to notice the sets in every film I ever watch. It’s so interesting how much thought can go into something that is literally just scenery- and it’s always nice to have a protagonist with real talent and interests, something that often gets waylaid due to plot in books.
I just love this book so much, it has everything: secret letters and long lost families and romance and celebrities….I can’t wait until it comes out in paperback, because I can think of at least 3 people I need to buy it for.
Ginger’s goal as a college freshman is to maintain her 4.0 GPA without being driven batty by her roommate Amy’s obsession with Greek life. But when she agrees to look at them to get Amy off her back, she can’t take her mind off the gorgeous girls of Alpha Beta Omega. Somehow, she finds herself invited to their secret initiation ritual, and that’s when things get weird. Everyone expects odd…
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Published by Simon Pulse on 23 Sept 2014
Genres: YA, fantasy, contemporary, paranormal, ghosts, thriller.
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Blurb: Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…
Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.
Review: So, I’m not really sure who this book is aimed at. It’s about a young author, which should be interesting to read for teenagers who are interested in writing, but it used so much technical language- copyediting, page proofs, ARCs, BEA- that it was a little alienating. I’m a YA author, and even for me it was a bit weird.
It was also boring. Every conversation in Darcy’s sections was about writing, and it was just like reading a dull blog entry about working with editors, for a whole book.
I don’t know whether the publishing industry is hugely different in the US, but from what I’ve experienced it’s also really wrong. Her agent is a millionaire who lends her a flat, YA authors have monthly boozy gatherings where they intimidate ‘debs’- debut authors. The authors wear t-shirts with their publication year on them and…yeah. It was a bit Gossip Girl.
The other side of the story is the book that Darcy has written. To be honest, I just found myself skipping these a lot of the time. I’m not really a fan of paranormal YA anyway, and the Behind the Scenes stuff kind of spoilt the magic of the story. There were some cool parts though, because Darcy would discuss edits that she was doing that you’d realise you’d just read, or where she learns the word ‘bungalow’ and then uses it in the next chapter. If you’re interested in that kind of minutae of book drafting, then maybe this is your perfect book.
I just can’t see a teenager loving the endless, endless conversations of authors discussing their book sales and rewrites and plotlines.
Darcy is a lesbian- or maybe bisexual- which I didn’t know when I started reading it, so that was a pleasant surprise. The love story happened waaaaay too fast, with no build up. It really took me by surprise, but it was very real once established, with a really great dealing with the disparity that comes with a not ever very large age gap, where one person has had relationships before but the other hasn’t. If you crave real LGBT relationships, then this might be a good book for you. It is very well written, and the characters are great.
hello! I was wondering if you had any recs for books with nonbinary characters? It really makes me sad that I can't find ANY books where nb people are protagonists... thanks!
Yes, we do! No where near as many as we’d like, i’m afraid, but I can point you in the direction of a few at least. As someone who is cis and not non binary I apologize if I get anything wrong in the following recs. The recs below are a mix of non binary and genderfluid, I hope you don’t mind.
First is Static, with a genderfluid main character who can literally shift between male and female genders, we’ve written a review on it here if you want to check that out. There is also a trans character who’s in it pretty often. Make sure you pay attention to the trigger warnings because there are quite a few. I’m not 100% sure if this is what you want because the main character goes between identifying as male and female rather than being non binary.
According to riptidepublishing “Blacker than Black by Rhi Etzweiler is a non-traditional vampire novel (they eat chi) set in a sort of dystopian future, and that features non binary characters who tend toward androgynous.”
Wallflower by Heidi Belleau is a new adult self-discovery/contemporary romance novel that features a genderqueer character. Again, not precisely non-binary, but the character explores being both male and female and ultimately does not put a label on anything. (description of this and blacker than black taken from Riptide’s tumblr.)
Every Day by David Levithan has a non binary character who switches bodies every day though I don’t think the fact that the character is non binary is touched on much, I haven’t read it personally so if anyone else knows let us know.
Xavin from the Runaways graphic novel series is an alien who doesn’t see gender in the same way as humans, while she uses her female form most she does take male form pretty often too. Xavin becomes romantically involved with Karolina who is a lesbian.
Compared to the rec list I published earlier this is so short, and I’m sorry about that, I wish I had more for you. I’m opening this up to any followers who might know more so keep an eye on the tags in case they reblog this with suggestions.
Ooh, I’ve got some! Being non-binary myself, I make it a point to search out books that have them as protags. Unfortunately, there really just aren’t that many, buuuut I do have a few more.
Brooklyn Burning by Steve Brezenoff - this is like MY BIBLE. I’m not even kidding. It’s a romance between two characters whose genders are never revealed. Neither are explicitly stated as non-binary, but it’s pretty clear they are both gender-variant. It is the best. THE BEST.
Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block - in this one, the character is a trans guy, but he never really explicitly defines it, and I read him as more non-binary than fully male-identified. Read our review of it here!
Personally, I would not recommend Every Day, even though David Levithan is one of my favorite authors. I actually could not finish it, because the non-binaryness of the character was too tied into the fact that they constantly changed bodies…which was something that was forced upon them, and it caused a lot of difficulty, and they wanted it changed. So… I might feel differently while reading it now, but that was when I was still figuring out my identity, and that kind of narrative was too difficult to deal with.
I hope that all helps!
Just adding this Goodreads list: Non-Binary (Genderqueer, Genderfluid, Gender-Unspecified, etc)