Pride Month Recs: Young Adult & New Adult Books with Queer Main Characters

As it is Pride Month, I wanted to share some of my favorite Young Adult & New Adult Books that have at least one Queer Main Character. There’s books from multiple genres including Science Fiction and Magical Realism.

If you’re lost and don’t know which one of the many amazing books with LGBTQ+ rep that you should start out your Pride Month reading with, I have you covered~

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North To You Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway

In this warmhearted and charming debut from Tif Marcelo, a food truck chef and her long lost Army love clash when they cross paths in San Francisco.

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Title: North to You (Journey to the Heart #1)
Author: Tif Marcelo

Publication Date: June 5, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Star

Synopsis:

Camille Marino has got a full plate. As the sole guardian of her eighteen-year-old sister and the head chef and owner of a food truck, she’s used to life being a juggling act. With food to cook, social media accounts to manage, and a little sister to look after, she doesn’t have time for much else.

That is, until Drew Bautista walks back into her life.

Drew is Camille’s former high school crush and he returns to San Francisco to repair his relationship with his father before he ships out for deployment. By helping his father renovate his failing Filipino restaurant, he hopes to win back his respect. But when sparks fly between Drew and Camille—his father’s major competition and sworn enemy—Drew is conflicted. Should he join his father in the war against her food truck? Or surrender to the woman who’s given him a second chance at love?

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ARC Review: Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

❈ Huge thanks to Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair review❈

32333796.jpgTitle: Saints and Misfits
Author: S.K. Ali
Release Date: June 13th 2017
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Pages:
 338

Content Warning: Attempted Rape

Synopsis:

How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them?

Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box.

And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.

While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then?

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#BroodyBFF Challenge 2: Favorite Romance Trope

Incase you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard the news, the iconic Brooding YA Hero on Twitter is getting his own book called Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me (out October 3rd)!!

I was lucky enough to be selected to be apart of the #BroodyBFFs aka the Brooding YA Hero street team! As a #BroodyBFF, I get to participate in written and visual challenges so expect to see a lot more #BroodyBFF posts in the future.

This week’s written challenge is…….. What’s your favorite romance trope? Friends to lovers? Fake-dating? Sharing a bed platonically? Clumsy meet cute? Explain the feels this trope gives you!

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(Belated) Trope Tuesday #17: Age Gap

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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STEM Heroines in Romance ― The Master List

Welcome to the one and only STEM Heroines in Romance master list!!! There are over 150+ books featured including Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult romances from every genre. And I plan on updating the list as I find more.

As an Astrophysics Major and an avid Romance reader, seeing STEM heroines in Romance warms my heart. I love watching heroines navigate their careers in STEM along with, of course, their love life. But, finding STEM heroines in Romance is difficult. Even when there is some mention of a heroine working in STEM in the description, it is typically vague and just says “scientist” or implies they work in technology. I created this master list in hopes of making it easier for people to find Romances to read and love based off of a heroine’s specific field in STEM.

I specifically want to dedicate this master list to every other Romance reader who works or aspires to work in STEM. We deserve our Happily Ever After too.

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