From the shadowy walls of Weep to the twisting alleys of Ketterdam to the sleek penthouses of NYC 2118, there are dozens of intriguing settings in YA lit—and we can’t get enough. Strange the Dreamer, Laini Taylor’s newest epic fantasy, features her best world-building yet—so, in honor of its release, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite mysterious cities of YA. 

  1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  3. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  4. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
  5. The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

You never know what’s lurking around the bend in these places… it could be wonders beyond imagining or dangers beyond comprehension. You’d better start reading ASAP to find out!

BOOK REC (Sci-Fi with PoC and wlw)

Why you should read The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers:

  • IT HAS A HUGE EMPHASIS ON FOUND FAMILY and also on moving forward and how you sometimes need different people at different stages of your life
  • The alien cultures, man, they are like nothing I’ve ever seen before on this scale. It’s not just surface stuff, it’s down to the belief systems and social interactions and how they view things like motherhood and violence and even board games! Also, FEMALE ALIENS WITHOUT BREASTS WHO ARE CONSIDERED VERY ATTRACTIVE TO HUMANS CAN I GET A HELL YEAH
  • Gender and sexuality are definitely way more fluid, one of the crew members is a species that changes gender across their lifetime (plus there is a crew member that goes by they pronouns, though not exactly in a nb way, it’s hard to explain)
  • Imagine Firefly, except in a universe full of aliens like Guardians of the Galaxy, and the crew aren’t criminals (for the most part) and are just generally a bit nicer. And by nicer I mean, as someone else more eloquent than me said about this book “they’re not all good people, but most of them are trying to be”. They care about each other despite all the cultural differences that sometimes have them screaming
  • most of the humans on the crew are not white
  • TWO FEMALE MEMBERS OF THE CREW BECOME A COUPLE I’m not gonna say which because it totally took me by surprise and that was an incredible thing cos I already adored this book and then it gave me the one thing it was missing that I hadn’t dared hope for 
  • polyamory is discussed frequently and is a base part of one of the alien cultures and it’s very normalised and respected
  • seriously everyone does their hardest to be respectful of each other’s culture and all the differences and even though sometimes they fail or really struggle they really TRY and that’s what makes it so great
  • the book is genuinely hilarious (“What do your crazy speciests do?” “Live on gated farms and have private orgies.” “How is that any different than what the rest of you do?” “We don’t have gates and anybody can come to our orgies.”)
  • there’s plot but it’s very character driven in a way that works really well
  • Kizzy - my favourite character who is just a joy (imagine Kaylee Frye if she was Chinese, hyped up on extreme amounts of caffeine, and totally eccentric)
  • REALLY AMAZING PLATONIC MALE/FEMALE RELATIONSHIPS
  • like seriously every damn relationship in this book is so incredible and important and well done
  • I’ve never done a book rec on here before and the fact that I feel the need to do this should in itself say something about how amazing it is

In summary: 

  • SPACE GIRLFRIENDS NEED I SAY MORE
  • amazing and compelling alien cultures
  • a crew/found family that are so beautiful in their differences and how they do their best to respect and accommodate them
  • it’s really fucking funny
  • “Ninety percent of all problems are caused by people being assholes.” “What causes the other ten percent?” “Natural disasters.”

since it’s pride month i decided to just go on a lgbt+ binge read and i thought you guys would like to too, so below are some lgbt+ books you can check out if you want to.

children/middle grade:

young adult

new adult/adult

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Book is not for the heterosexual traditionalist. Plot is good, but book is ruined with the homosexual idealism.” — verified Amazon review

Centuries ago, the necromancer Kondo-Kana left a scar half a continent wide. Now Rowan is paying for the damage done. Exiled from her home for what she is, she takes the only chance at freedom she might ever get and runs away with a wandering Knight.

Dragonoak is a character-driven fantasy trilogy that spans years and continents alike. The final book in the series, Gall and Wormwood is out on the 23rd of February and available to pre-order now! To celebrate the end of the series finally coming out, books one and two, The Complete History of Kastelir and The Sky Beneath the Sun are currently FREE from February 3rd through 7th. Grab a free copy today!

More information can be found on Instagram at farren.books!

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

He is our greatest threat. And you are our greatest hope.

Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell, revolves around the ‘Chosen One’, Simon Snow, who lacks control over his magic, and shares a dorm with his rival, Baz, who he believes is a vampire. In his eighth year at Watford, while trying to organise his happy ending, and fight off the Insidious Humdrum, he finds help, love and courage in places he never dreamed of. A spin off on Rainbow Rowell’s novel, Fangirl, focusing on the novel Cath was such a fan of.

I actually read this before I read Fangirl, and it didn’t make a difference at all. It was a beautiful book, with a quirky mix of humor and angst, it was a great read. I have never been so thankful for my best friend’s book recommendations in my life. It’s almost a semi-AU of Harry Potter, with many similarities to the legendary series, but also enough difference for it to be a completely new novel. 

The novel challenged stereotypes, with the ‘worst chosen one to be chosen’, Ebb the powerful magician just wanting to tend to her goats, and Agatha Wellbelove, not wanting to be the princess in a fairy tale ending with Simon. There’s also the fact that two of the main characters are LGBT representatives, which makes the story more unique.

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Book that made me cry like a baby: All the Bright Places - jenniferniven

“You know what I like about you, Finch? You’re interesting. You’re different. And I can talk to you. Don’t let that go to your head.”
“You know what I like about you, Ultraviolet Remarkey-able? Everything.” 

“I wondered what that was like, to hold someone’s hand. I bet you could sometimes find all of the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.”
— Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

a must read!

All right guys! I know some of you have read either The Foxhole Court and/or The Raven Cycle. Some of you may or may not also have read Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe? Yeah? Right?

I’ve got something for you: Silent by Sara Alva

It’s a must read I accidentally stumbled upon yesterday. It’s this absolutely beautiful, yet heart wrenching and unique novel about a gay kid, Alex, that gets thrown into the foster care system where he meets this other guy, Sebastian, who’s mute. It’s about dark pasts, survival, love and coming out.

After I finished it I looked it up here on tumblr and could hardly find anything. NOTHING. And it actually broke my heart a little since it’s such a beautiful story and truly deserves more attention. SO READ IT. It’s not even 4 USD on smashwords. And it’s so so so worth it!

And after you’ve read it? TALK TO ME <3

”Alex’s life as a teenager in South Central LA is far from perfect, but it’s his life, and he knows how to live it. He knows what role to play and what things to keep to himself. He’s got it all under control, until one lousy pair of shoes kicks him out of his world and lands him in a foster care group home. Surrounded by strangers and trapped in a life where he could never belong, Alex turns to the only person lower on the social ladder than he is: a “special” mute boy. In Sebastian, Alex finds a safe place to store his secrets—those that sent him to foster care, and the deeper one that sets him apart from the other teenagers he knows. But Sebastian has secrets of his own, and when tragedy rips the two boys apart, Alex will stop at nothing to find the answers—even if it means dragging them both through a past full of wounds best left buried. It might just be worth it, for the slim chance at love.” [goodreads link

reasons to read radio silence by alice oseman

  • a contemporary realistic ya novel set in england featuring characters who actually sound and act like contemporary english teenagers!!! yes this is so rare that it does deserve three exclamation marks
  • a really refreshing critique of the social and academic pressure put on young people to go to uni, even if they’re not suited to it
  • a beautiful friendship between a boy and a girl who have a typically tropey meet-cute and then DON’T FALL IN LOVE
  • you know that feeling you get when your heart flutters over an adorable fictional couple? i seriously have FRIENDSHIP BUTTERFLIES from reading this book
  • four of the main five characters are lgbtqiap - including a bisexual protagonist whose story doesn’t revolve around romance and a canonically demisexual character WHO USES THE WORD
  • eta: also three of the five mains are poc!
  • It’s all about friendship and fandom and figuring out who you want to be and doing what makes you happy :’)
Reasons to read Inheritance Cycle

Ok children lemme tell you a story
About an underrated children series
Ok first:
-The author began writing this when he was 15 years old, FREAKING 15 YEARS OLD (AT FIFTEEN I WAS READING 200 PGS BOOKS THIS GUY WROTE A 500 PAGE BOOK)
-the narration is so well written, it’s not as straightforward as other books, but it’s also not as tedious to read as literature by Tolkien or Victor Hugo
- it describes magic SO WELL, not even Harry Potter or Beautiful Creatures or any other magic-centered book series I have read has such a detailed explanation about the nature of magic itself
Second
-Eragon is a cinnamon roll you won’t be able to contradict this
-the characters are AMAZING, their flaws and qualities are depicted in such a realistic way
Third
FEMINISM
-Eragon’s dragon is a female, Saphira is his true counterpart and her role is crucial to the survival of the dragon race
-although the main character is a male (c'mon it was published 11 years ago, we didn’t have katniss everdeen or rey back then) women play extremely important roles
-none of them are used just to give Eragon a love interest
-Eragon’s ‘love interest’ serves more as a reference to his level of maturity than as an actual love interest
-Two of the five most powerful people in the series are women (one of them is a human black female, also she has no magic which puts her with the greatest disadvantage but she still kicks ass)
COME ON IDK WHY PEOPLE HAVEN’T READ THIS ALSO IT DESERVES SO MUCH MORE THAN THE MEDIOCRE MOVIE IT GOT

A few Carry On cuties have asked me for book recs similar to it, but I want to taylor my recs to what you all want so I made this guide. There are more books I’d like to add, but this is already a hot mess. Also, below is a link to a good listopia that I think is helpful when looking for m/m fantasy reads.

Best Gay Fantasies.

A Beginner’s Guide for Feminist Fantasy

First off, we have Gail Carson Levine. She writes children lit, her most famous is Ella Enchanted aka the best retelling of Cinderella ever. This is an objective fact, not an opinion*. Her books are witty and her main characters don’t fall into the trope of “strong female character” and are all unique. They have relationships with other women. The romances are well developed, but still allow room for character development, setting, and plot. 

Tamora Pierce has created two different worlds: Circle of Magic and Tortall, both incredibly flushed out worlds and have multiple series set in both. She has mainly female protagonists, some are WOC and others are queer, and they all have amazing story arcs. In the Tortall series, each woman gets her own series and develops so much. 

Malinda Lo writes high fantasy books (and some scifi) and it’s very gay. They are very clear cut stories, with beautiful writing and plays on well known tropes in the fantasy genre. Her books feature WOC as well and she is still writing new books, although some of her newer ones are sci fi and realistic fiction. 

Robin McKinley writes beautifully written books, almost all with female leads. They center around female relationships and most are retellings of fairy tales. Most are high fantasy, but a few are urban fantasy. They are pretty open ended, and finish with a lot of unanswered questions, which I find refreshing. 

Kirsten Cashore only has three books out, but they are perfect for entering into the fantasy world. Her series can all be read as standalones, but best read in order of publication. Her books feature WOC and queer women, with healthy romantic relationships and politics and friendships. 

*jk, you can have your own personal fave

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gay books that i read recently rec
  • i’ll give you the sun by jandy nelson - centered around a pair of artistically gifted twins, noah and jude. (noah is gay.) they’re driven apart by the secrets they’re keeping and an ill timed death and try to find away back to each other over the course of the book.
  • you know me well by nina lacour & david levithan - two (gay) classmates, mark and kate, have a chance run in at a (gay) bar and form the brotp of a lifetime.
  • robins in the night by dajo jago - the story of robin hood retold with robin hood as a trans woman. dangerous vigilante lesbians are everywhere in this book. just trust me and read it its so fun
  • wolfsong by tj klune - the werewolf romance of your dreams tbh. the protagonist is the sweetest, most wonderful person and you will fall in love with all of the characters in this book. also, like no one is straight. not a lot of girls in this book though. very much a dude book.

anonymous asked:

Do you have a list of books that phoebe has read or is reading?❣

there’s so many! i’ll list some that i can think of off the top of my head:

  • mallawindy, joy dettman
  • i am malala, malala yousafzai
  • room, emma donoghue
  • the china study, thomas campbell & t. colin campbell
  • you, caroline kepnes
  • hidden bodies, caroline kepnes
  • not that kind of girl, lena dunham
  • shantaram, gregory david roberts
  • luckiest girl alive, jessica knoll
  • gone girl, gillian flynn
  • the flower boy, karen roberts
  • little bee, chris cleave
  • dare me, megan abbott
  • women who run with the wolves, clarissa pinkola estés
  • the bell jar, sylvia plath
  • the garden of eden, ernest hemingway
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The Infernal Devices: Tessa Gray +

“You know that feeling,” she said, “when you are reading a book, and you know that it is going to be a tragedy; you can feel the cold and darkness coming, see the net drawing tight around the characters who live and breathe on the pages. But you are tied to the story as if being dragged behind a carriage and you cannot let go or turn the course aside.”