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review 2020-06-15 02:26
Out Now: Queer We Go Again!
Out Now: Queer We Go Again! - Eliot Schrefer,Kate Hart,Saundra Mitchell,Katherine Locke,Will Kostakis,Mark Oshiro,Jessica Verdi,Caleb Roehrig,Meredith Russo,Tara Sim,Julian Winters,Candice Montgomery,Tanya Boteju,C.B. Lee,Kosoko Jackson,Hilary Monahan,Fox Benwell

Out Now: Queer We Go Again! is a follow-up anthology to All Out featuring 17 new stories by queer YA authors about queer characters. There was a good mix of fantasy and contemporary stories in there.


Like most anthologies, it was a mix of stories that I really liked, ones I thought were okay, and ones I didn't like. Overall, more than half of the stories were 3 stars or more from me, and the average rating for all the stories was a little over 3 stars.


My particular favorites were:


Lumber Me Mine by CB Lee - It was a cute romance between the girls who met in their woodshop class. The love interest was ace, which was nice. I wouldn't have minded more of this.


Victory Lap by Julian Winters - This was more focused on the father/son relationship, although there was a minor cute romance for the son. But it was the father/son relationship that was wonderful. The son found out that his dad figured out he was queer and had been researching how to be properly accepting and had joined groups and everything. It was so sweet.


A Road of One's Own by Kate Hart - A group of girls go on a road trip and one of the them calls the group the GROSS Club after Calvin and Hobbes, but has it stand for Get Rid Of Sexist guyS. That made me smile, as did the rest of the story. There was a cute romance between two of the girls.


Starcrossed in DC by Jessica Verdi - The daughter of the president finds herself in a difficult position when she suddenly finds out her dad is supporting an anti-LGBTQ+ bill when she herself is bisexual, although only her best friend and the girl she likes know it. The story focuses on her struggle on what to do. With a little focus on her relationship with her crush.


One Spell Too Many by Tara Sim - The main character works in a bakery where you can order baked goods with spells in them. She gets in a bit of trouble when she agrees to help a friend by baking her a cupcake with a love spell, but gets it mixed up with another classmate's order. It's a cute story.

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text 2020-06-04 14:03
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 180 pages.
Eve and Eve - Nagashiro Rouge

I decided to go with this for BL-opoly since it was the one sci-fi book I currently had checked out from the library. Very first page tells how the apocalypse came about: First a comet appeared in the sky that caused all that saw it to go blind. Then a virus from the comet started wiping out the population and turning the dead into zombies. Then the survivors decided to build an AI to help survive, but it decided to save the planet by nuclear fire. Then aliens invaded. But they ended up fleeing when natural disasters kept wreaking havoc on the planet. And that's how the apocalypse went down.


I like how, instead of going with just one reason for the apocalypse, the author threw in all the reasons. I just kept laughing when it continued to escalate and then aliens suddenly appeared and just as suddenly decided they didn't want the planet after all since it was such a disaster.

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text 2020-04-29 01:47
Final Snakes & Ladders Book
A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope - Patrice Caldwell

This was a very good anthology and a great way to end Snakes & Ladders.

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review 2020-03-20 02:38
Bone Crier's Moon
Bone Crier's Moon - Kathryn Purdie

Bone Criers ferried the souls of the dead to the afterlife so that they didn't remain and feed upon the living. To assist in the task of ferrying the souls, they drew upon the powers of animals whose bones they wore after slaying them. But to be granted the power to ferry the dead, the Bone Crier had to kill their one true love. Ailesse had trained her whole life to take over the Bone Criers. Now she just had to summon and kill her true love.


The start of Bone Crier's Moon was my favorite part. Ailesse and her best friend, Sabine, are on a hunt for a shark so that Ailesse can gain the abilities of the shark. Their fight was fun and the dynamic between Ailesse and Sabine was engaging immediately. And the concept of this group of women gaining the powers of the animals they defeated in battle was a fun one.


Unfortunately, there's a third POV outside of Ailesse and Sabine - Bastien. He's not as interesting as them. Bastien's hellbent on revenge because a Bone Crier killed his father as he watched. Completely understandable that he'd be upset about that and would want to wipe out the Bone Criers who go around sacrificing men. His head just wasn't interesting to be in. Especially when he and Ailesse were hit with insta-love. I didn't even understand why they suddenly loved each other. They both went from literally wanting to killing one another to loving each other very quickly. They just did not click for me.


I also could not understand the actions of Jules at one point in the book. She just got firsthand proof that Ailesse had been telling the truth about Bone Criers ferrying the souls of the dead and had been told that if this doesn't happen, the souls will remain and feed on the living.

So she proceeded to take the bones Ailesse needed to see the dead and which gave her her powers, leaving Ailesse defenseless when she's surrounded by the dead who are attacking, even though Jules believed that if Ailesse died Bastien, someone Jules supposedly loved, died too, and the tool the Bone Criers needed to ferry the souls to the afterlife and ran away. As expected, Ailesse ended up almost dying and the dead terrorized the town and people started getting sick as the dead fed on them.

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I did not understand what she expected to happen or what her plan was. It felt like the book just need the problem to not be resolved right then, so Jules had to act stupid so that the plot could be drawn out longer.


Everything involving the Bone Criers was far more intriguing than the romance. Unfortunately, the romance took up quite a bit of focus once it got started.

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text 2020-02-29 17:19
Reading progress update: I've read 60 out of 480 pages.
Daisy Jones & The Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid

Started  this because certain aspects of Like A Love Story were starting to bug me. I would say I really like "gimmick " of her books of writing the fictionalized lives of her characters as if they were real people. Would have to say so far I still at this moment like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo better. This one is good so far,though, and has a very VH1 Behind the Musics vibe. 

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