Here, the World Entire by Anwen Kya Hayward ★★★★☆
Read: May 5 – May 7
I read this because I follow the author on tumblr and she does hilarious rewritings of Greek myths. And this was a good book – it was short, but that doesn’t mean anything, really. But I had the same issue with this book as I had with Circe – let these women be villains! It’s Medusa, for heaven’s sakes! She was even worse than Circe! Let her be evil! Let her take revenge for her trauma! Let her be unapologetically bad! So it’s not that it was bad writing, or anything, I was just… bored, maybe? I don’t know.
All Out: The No Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages, edited by Saundra Mitchell ★★★☆☆
Read: April 18 – May 14
Why do I read short story anthologies? Why do I continue to do this? As you can probably tell from the fact that it took me nearly a month to read this, I wasn’t a super big fan. Sure, some of the stories were really enjoyable, but I just do not enjoy short stories, so I’m not sure why I keep reading them. 3/5 for not being a bad book, and if you’re a fan of the short story I would definitely recommend this, but short stories just aren’t for me.
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson ★★★★★
Read: May 22 – May 24
First off – WHAT a cover, am I right? So nice. Anyway, I loved this book. It was original, cute, great female friendships, a body positive protag. There isn’t much that I want to say about this book, to be honest, just that I really, really liked it and it was a great read.
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi ★★★☆☆
Read: April 28 – May 26
3.5 stars. I was really looking forward to reading this. It’s one of the Rick Riordan Presents, and I do love Riordan. And this was said to be very much like Sailor Moon, which I ALSO love. But I was underwhelmed, honestly. It was cute, and I liked Aru and I loved Mini, but it seemed kind of disjointed and like there was so much packed into one, and honestly towards the end of it I sort of just wanted it to be over. It was enjoyable enough that I will at the very least read the next one and see if that keeps me intrigued, but honestly I’m pretty disappointed.
Peter Darling by Austin Chant ★★★★☆
Read: May 26 – May 27
I’m not the biggest fan of Peter Pan, to be honest with you, but the premise of this book was just too interesting to pass up – Peter Pan is a trans man who fled back to Neverland so he didn’t have to continue to live his life as Wendy Darling. This was such a cute read, and it was written by a trans man so it’s #ownvoices. A nice, easy read that puts a really interesting spin on Peter Pan. Highly recommended.
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli ★★★★★
Read: May 27 – May 29
THE FAT, BI REP WE DESERVE. I liked Simon Vs., but this one was leagues above, in my opinion. Leah was AMAZING, the romance was so cute, and Leah was such a good role model. An amazing, amazing book.
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand ★★★☆☆
Read: May 30
3.5 stars. This had four stars going into the last two chapters or so, but I had to drop it down for two reasons. One, the love interest SUCKED. Ethan was a whiny little fuckboy, excuse my language, and he was horrible and I hated him and I was not at all interested in their romance, and honestly the book kind of hinged on that. And two, there were too many unanswered questions at the end, and it wrapped up neatly, completely ignoring all the paradoxes the ending created. I can’t get into more without spoiling, but the ending ruined a perfectly acceptable book for me.
Okay, I’m caught up! Back to your regularly scheduled blogging.