Looking for some YA books with queer main characters to
read during pride month? Here’s a list of titles I’ve read and/or heard great
things about. Most of these were published within the past year or so. Feel
free to add on!
Know Me Well by David Levithian and Nina LaCour
Two classmates, one gay and the other lesbian, meet during
pride month in San Francisco and help each other through relationship problems.
me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
Finally! A cute F/F novel where no lesbians die in the end!
The main character is an Iranian American with traditional parents.
Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Mystery/thriller about a closeted gay boy who’s girlfriend
goes missing, and he becomes the focus of her disappearance. I can usually
figure out what happened in mystery novels early on but this one had me
guessing until the very last page.
Abyss Surrounds Us and The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie
Lesbian pirates and sea monsters. Need I say more?
the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
This one’s like reading a modern day fairy tell starring a
trans boy named Sam, who’s family immigrated from Pakistan, and a Latina girl
named Miel who grows flowers out of her wrists. And there’s a glass coffin.
It’s super creepy.
of Geek by Jen Wilde
Y’all, this is set at SupaCon (like Comic Con!). There are
two narrators. Charlie, an Asian movie star who is bisexual, and Taylor, a
blogger who has ASP.
by E.M. Kokie
This one’s a little darker. It’s about a butch lesbian
doomsday prepper who accidently gets involved in a dangerous plot that could
get her and her family into some serious trouble. I liked this book because
Bex’s views about guns are completely different than mine. But that’s why we
read, right? To learn about people who are different from you.
Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
This book was pitched to me as a fantasy book about a
princess betrothed to a prince but she falls in love with his sister. It’s
PS: Dear Mrs. Coulthurst, thank you for Chapter 34
Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac
A f/f story set in Vancouver about a girl with anxiety who
goes to live with her dad and falls in love with a musician.
Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
Like Sarah Dessen? You’ll love How to Make a Wish! It’s
about a girl, who’s bisexual, who falls in love with a biracial dancer. It’s
part love story, part mother-daughter story and super amazing and emotional!
Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Keep your tissues close. You’ll need them. Griffin’s
ex-boyfriend, Theo, drowns and he’s left devastated. He grows close to Theo’s
boyfriend, Jackson, who is one of the few people who knows what he’s going
Okay by Nina LaCour
Speaking of tissues, you’ll also need them for Nina
LaCour’s latest YA/NA crossover. Marin is staying at school alone for Christmas
holidays and her best friend Mabel comes to visit. It’s a tear jerker but also
amazing and beautifully written.
Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
I’m gonna cheat with this one because the main character
isn’t queer. BUT she has two moms, they’re a biracial couple, her twin sister
is a lesbian, and the sister’s girlfriend is pansexual. And her moms’ wedding
is a big part of the plot. Great book to read during pride month!
by April Daniels
Superhero novel with a main character who’s transgender and
a lesbian. I’ve read this and heard mixed reviews but for the most part, it’s a
good book if you like superheroes.
Better to Kiss You With by Michelle Osgood
This is a f/f story that I’m not entirely sure how to
categorize. It’s part paranormal romance, part mystery/thriller, but could also
be NA. The love interest is a butch lesbian who’s a werewolf!
Mans Up by M-E Girard
Main character is a butch lesbian who comes from a
traditional Portuguese family.
Queen by Sarah Fine
If you’re a Clexa shipper, you’ll love The Cursed Queen. A
fantasy novel with a bisexual main character who falls in love with her
chieftain’s daughter. You can’t help but fall in love with Ansa and Thrya. And
the best part? No dead queer girls!
My focus half remained on the High Lord whose hands and mouth and body had suddenly made me feel awake – burning. It just made me… alive. Made me feel as if I’d been asleep for a year, slumbering inside a glass coffin, and he had just shattered through it and shaken me to consciousness.
- Chapter 42, A Court of Mist and Fury
Finally finished! A project between commissions :) I even did a speed painting of this, so go check it out :) In the beginning youll see how I set up the scene. Its from a program called Daz Studio and I am absolutely obsessed with it. Expect more dynamic paintings in the future :) (once I finish this list of commissions).
Based off of course, the best Feyre and Rhysand out there, Barbara Palvin and Toni Mahfud.
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.
Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.
“Everyone thinks of fairy tales in terms of poisoned apples and glass coffins, and forgets that they represent girls who walked into dark forests and remade them into their own reflections.”
- Seanan McGuire
BNC CataList updated their website with “The Legend of Korra, part 2” synopsis and information. Check this out:
Recovering from the fight and furious for revenge, Triple Threats member Tokuga solidifies his ties with the duplicitous Wonyong. Meanwhile, when Republic City’s housing crisis reaches its peak, Zhu Li sets her sights on the biggest public figure in the city—President Raiko—in a bid for the presidency! With her friend’s success, the future of the spirit portal, and the wellbeing of Republic City’s citizens at stake, can Korra remain neutral and fulfill her duties as the Avatar?
Release date: Jan 30, 2018
Written by series co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino and drawn by Irene Koh (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Afrina and the Glass Coffin), with consultation by Bryan Konietzko, this is the official continuation of The Legend of Korra!
SLYTHERIN: “Everyone thinks of them in terms of poisoned apples and glass coffins, and forgets that they represent girls who walked into dark forests and remade them into their own reflections.” -Seanan McGuire (Indexing)
Requested by Anonymous: Aelin has a nightmare about the coffin and Rowan comforts her
Rowaelin - just a short fluffy drabble
Never had Aelin hated a sound more than iron sliding against iron. The grating noise and corresponding vibration had awoken her for the weeks she was kept captive in Wendlyn, when they would decide it was time to torture her again. Never had Aelin despised a smell more than that of iron rusting under the constant applicant of fresh blood. The tangy, gruesome scent making her want to plug her nose forever that she might never be subjected to it again.
Never had Aelin loathed a feeling more than one of blood stuck under her fingernails and matted in her hair. Constantly, she would be scrubbing her hands raw and double washing her hair just to make sure they were always clean. Never had Aelin abhorred something as much as the taste of dirt, blood, and sand as it coated her tongue and teeth when she was denied water before being shoved back into that infernal coffin. But nothing did Aelin Galathynius detest more than darkness.
Each of these things, however, overwhelmed her senses at night, when she would curl up in bed, months after being rescued from Wendlyn. She tried very hard not to make Rowan aware of this fact, but sometimes, it got to be too much.
No matter how many books I read, I can get over my ToG and ACOTAR hangover. I discovered them in the end of February and there hasn’t been a day I haven’t thought of them ever since. I kind of start new books just to not reread Sarah’s books now. And made sure all of my friends read them too lol.
My mom is actually reading Throne of Glass right now.
Ultimate brotp, no one can convince me that they were more than platonic
The first night, none of the other boys take notice of Remus because he is so quiet. He is the first one up in the morning, an early riser like Lily.
At six in the morning, at breakfast, Lily sees him and approaches him with a giant grin that is so like her. “Someone else who is up at the crack of dawn,” she says.
They go out to explore the grounds together
In fact, early morning walks are their specialty. This knowledge of mapping out the grounds comes in handy when making the Marauders Map (unbeknownst to Lily)
Remus, new in first year, is the only person from the class other than Lily who has read his textbooks. In Transfiguration, Lily and him earn Gryffindor twenty points the first day.
Lily and him become study partners before he becomes friends with the other Marauders. She is there for him “when no one else was”.
She begins to take notice of the days he’s gone.
She realizes what he is, but never confronts him. She knows he is still Remus.
In second year, when the Marauders figure it out, Remus runs away, hiding. She is the one who convinces him to go back, because she could see the “beauty in others that they didn’t see themselves.”
In third year, James starts to like her. (“Moony, mention my name, please when you study”)
Later that evening, Remus and Lily discuss Cheering Charms, “Did you know, James is so good at charms,” he says. She raises her eyebrows.
“James is great with flobberworms.” When doing their care of magical creatures essay.
Because Remus is the number one Jily shipper.
Fourth year, she sees Remus staring at Sirius’ hair. She grins to herself. The next day, Sirius’ hair is braided and she sees Remus blush terribly and she laughs.
Remus turns around and he knows that she knows. Thus start her and James’ awful plans to get “Wolfstar” together. (”Potter, let’s just drop Amortenia on Black’s Head”)
Remus making them fail on purpose so she and James get more time together. (“Sorry, Lily, I accidentally messed up all my lines.”)
During fifth year, they were the best team of prefects. Although Lily disapproves that Remus would not argue with his friends, she did not blame him for it.
Fifth year, during O.W.L season, Remus and Lily were the ones calming everyone down.
Sixth year, they are the ones recklessly tossing aside their exams because they needed to protest the new ministry laws.
During the Prank, Lily convinced Remus to forgive Sirius. She also went to Sirius and punched him in the face during breakfast, tbhus earning her detention for the first time. (”Evans, will you marry me?” James Potter laughs for the first time in five days.)
Seventh year, when Lily warms up to James, this time it is Remus and Sirius who start hatching plans.
When she starts going out with him, Remus hugs James and whispers cheerfully, “I love you and everything mate, but don’t hurt her, or Moony will rip you to shreds.”
After school, they all rent out a flat together. He and Sirius organize the bachelor party.
During the wedding, Remus makes sure that Sirius doesn’t get too drunk, and cuts at least 35 deer puns out of the Best Man’s Speech. (”I think 64 is enough, don’t you think, Pads?”)
That is the last night he remembers them being all together.
He can’t be there when Harry is born because of the full moon, but Lily brages into his room the next day and makes him hold Harry. (”You’re his Uncle Moony,” she says, laughing. “We can’t leave you.”)
Which is why it is sad when they have to part, James and Lily and Harry going into hiding.
He goes undercover to the werewolves, and Sirius begins to think he is the spy
On Halloween night, he hears what has happened when he is for the first time, not undercover. It was going to be a relatively quiet night free of stress and worry.
Now he has no worries, because his worst worries have come true. He rushes to the dilapidated house.
His mind is blank as he realizes all that happened. It keeps playing in his kind ovr and over and over again. Sirius laughing manically, much like he used to when there were worms coming out of the Slytherins’ ears. Now muggles were bleeding. revulsion and guilt fill him, because he misses Sirius, but Sirius has killed James. James, the good one, the loyal one, the steady one.
He sees James crooked glasses in the coffin and remembers fondly when James fell asleep in History of Magic while staring at Lily when he used to stare at her.
He sees his long arms, lifeless, and remembers when they held him up after the full moon.
He stares blankly at Lily, the most of all. Her radiant hair and dazzling eyes (apparently Harry Potter’s eyes), closed forever. Her kind smile that she would never smile again. Her anger that would never be roused again.
But when he looks into the face of Harry Potter, the first thought that comes to his mind is James.
But he looks into those dazzling eyes, of one of his best friends, his dearest friends, he cannot bear it and needs to go out of the carriage.
Because one upon a time, Lily and Remus were the dearest of friends.
“Aelin” Rowan threw back his covers and crawled towards her.
“Aelin, you’re ok. You’re safe.”
Aelin had wrapped her arms around her knees, a soft moan escaping her lips. It was as if she was screaming, screams that died before they ever reached her mouth.
Her shoulders shook against his, too light, too thin, nothing like the strong, tan mass of muscle they had once been.
He took hold of those shoulders, gripping them with his fingers. He could feel every single bone as he tried again to wake his Queen.
Aelin’s eyes stared forward, open and unseeing.
He threw his arms around her, pulling her towards him. She writhed at the physical contact, fighting to free herself from an imaginary cage. A coffin.
Rowan could have wept at the desperate blows she slammed against his chest. Despite it, he only held her closer, the pain of her fists nothing to the pain in his heart, his soul, and buried his head into her hair, murmuring her name, again and again, a prayer to the distant, cruel gods.
Gradually, his Queen stopped moving, and lay, absolutely still, eyes clear, chest heaving.
“Rowan.” A question. Aelin’s voice wavered as if she couldn’t quite believe it was all real.
Rowan exhaled. But even as relief washed through him, a sickening thought blossomed in his mind, his very soul.
No fire. Not even when Aelin had lost control. Not one spark, ever since she had returned. Perhaps killing that Valg Princess they had thrust inside her had broken her. Perhaps the darkness had extinguished that flame, that light.
Anger flared up in his chest.
But even that didn’t matter. Not when Aelin was lying on her back, staring at the ceiling, while tears slid silently down her face.
“Tell me about it. Please. Let me help you Fireheart.” He pleaded.
Aelin grabbed his hand. He let her take it. Let her reassure herself that it was all real.
“Tell me about it.” He whispered again.
Aelin blinked, breathing heavily.
“I love you. I love you, Rowan.” Her voice was thick with tears.
“I know. I know, love. Tell me about your dreams.” He reached under her head and drew her into his lap, her head resting on his thigh.
Rowan’s heart stopped.
“Why not Fireheart?” He rasped. They were mates. She should have trusted him enough to tell him anything.
But even before everything had gone to hell, she had not always trusted him. She had not even trusted him enough to tell him that he was hers.
Aelin closed her eyes.
“Because I love you.”
I’m struggling to write Dust and Shadows - Part 6 so instead, I’m writing this. Tell me if you would like me to continue!