Bisexual Girls & Incredible Story Depth — ARC Review: Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

33158561Title: Wild Beauty
Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Release Date: October 3rd 2017
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Magical Realism
Pages: 320

Synopsis:

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

Anna-Marie McLemore does it again… and really who is surprised.

Expressing how much I love books by Anna-Marie is difficult. Everything about her story telling skills is enthralling. I get so sucked up into it that I feel chewed up and spit out by the end (but in a good way).Wild Beauty is a spectacular, enchanting story about family, love, and the secrets in the ground below us. It’s rich with lore, queer characters, and is beautiful in every way possible.

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Anticipated 2017 LGBTQ+ Young Adult Releases (July – October)

Since my original Anticipated 2017 Reads post focused on books that were released in the first half of 2017, I thought it would be fun to share the books that I’m looking forward to for the second half of 2017. In honor of Pride Month, I’m going to only be sharing Young Adult books that I’m looking forward to which have LGBTQ+ Main Characters!

I hope you can find some cool releases to look forward to~

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Trope Tuesday #19: Happy For Now

Welcome to Trope Tuesdays, a meme/series created by yours truly. Every Tuesday, the goal is to discuss, define, and explain one trope that you feel any range of emotion for, and then give your verdict on the trope. The trope can be one you dislike, love, feel indifference or annoyance towards, ones you think are problematic, or those tropes that just make you want to throw them out the moon door à la Petyr Baelish. You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.

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#BroodyBFF Challenge 3: Favorite LGBTQIA+ YA Book

Welcome back to another #BroodyBFF Challenge entry!

If you haven’t heard about the #BroodyBFF Challenge before. It’s a series of challenges being held for #BroodyBFFs (aka the Broody street team) to participate in in honor of the swoon-worthy Brooding YA Hero getting his own book called Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me (out October 3rd).

This week’s written challenge is…….. writing a post on your most favorite (or most anticipated) LGBTQIA+ YA book.

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Review: The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys #2) by Julia Quinn

31931722.jpgTitle: The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys #2)
Author: Julia Quinn
Publication Date: May 30th 2017
Category: Adult
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 384

Synopsis:

With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He’s unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier’s life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie…

When Edward comes to, he’s more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out six months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he’d always assumed he’d marry his neighbor back in England.

Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby

As with other Julia Quinn books, The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband had endearing storyline with solid tropes. Unfortunately, also like other books of Quinn’s, The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband is unmemorable, dull story that fails to enchant.

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Trope Tuesday #18: Chess Motifs

Welcome to Trope Tuesdays, a meme/series created by yours truly. Every Tuesday, the goal is to discuss, define, and explain one trope that you feel any range of emotion for, and then give your verdict on the trope. The trope can be one you dislike, love, feel indifference or annoyance towards, ones you think are problematic, or those tropes that just make you want to throw them out the moon door à la Petyr Baelish. You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.

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