this is a (short) rec list! okay, so it’s possible you have heard of these books before and/or you know they have queer ladies in them. either way, these are books that aren’t typically promoted as having queer context (or if they are, it’s super vague). basically, these are books that are predominately marketed towards a heterosexual audience.
some minor notes: i have labeled characters’ sexualities to the best of my interpretation of the text (i have labeled them simply as “queer” if uncertain). in some cases, the sexuality of a character is merely hinted at through heavy subtext — this is usually due to books being ~arty and/or being told through the pov of unreliable narrators. also, i make no comment on the quality of these books, because that is of course open to interpretation. i love some of these books and others i was kind of ‘meh’ about. and obviously, spoilers. i’ve tried to keep it vague, however.
01. Gone (series) by Michael Grant — A main character is a POC and a lesbian. Another female character is hinted at being bisexual and yet another is possibly questioning.
02. Hex Hall (trilogy) by Rachel Hawkins — A main character is a lesbian.
03. Cahill Witch Chronicles (trilogy) by Jessica Spotswood — At least three lesbian/bisexual female characters (one main, two supporting), two of which are POC. Other side characters who do/don’t appear in the story are mentioned as being queer.
04. Generation Dead (trilogy) by Daniel Waters — A main character is a lesbian. Her sexuality is hinted at for a long time before being finally revealed.
05. Private (series) / Privilege (series) by Kate Brian — Two queer female characters appear in the first four books (their sexuality is never specifically defined). The rest is pretty heavy subtext (e.g., the main character of Privilege has an extremely unhealthy obsession with a female main character from Private that is described quite often in overtly romantic ways).
06. Fever Crumb (series) by Philip Reeve — The protagonist is bisexual.
07. Dare Me by Megan Abbott — Two characters are queer.
08. The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler — The protagonist is hinted at being bisexual.
09. I Swear by Lane Davis — A main character is a lesbian.
10. The Shattering by Karen Healey — A main character is a lesbian.
11. Perfect by Ellen Hopkins — A main character is a lesbian.
12. The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein — The protagonist is a (severely repressed) lesbian/bisexual. Two other female characters are queer.
01. The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery — A main character is a lesbian.
02. Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker — The protagonist is hinted at being a lesbian (this is not explicitly stated, mostly due the period in which the book was published).*
03. The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell — A main character is very much hinted at being a lesbian/bisexual. It is not ever confirmed, though, by the narrator.
05. October Daye (series) by Seanan McGuire — A handful of side characters are queer. (They don’t show up until later in the series, however.)
06. Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon — A main character is a lesbian. Another character is possibly bisexual.
07. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami — A main character is queer.
* It should be noted here that modern publications of this book immediately mention the main character being gay in summaries.
Under, a companion prequel to The Lux Guardians, is now downloadable/readable on Barnes & Noble and Smashwords (and should be on Sony ebooks and iBooks within a fortnight, so keep an eye out). Also it is totally free.
The Lux Guardians side stories are now on ibooks so you can get those on all your apple devices if you so wish.
I have three physical copies of The Forgotten for reviewers, so if you have a YA/book blog and want to review it, send me a message on here with a link to your blog or reply to this.
And lastly, there’s a giveaway for a paperback of TF over at Goodreads ending in a few days. Be sure to enter if you haven’t already!
When we believe and react negatively to a girl character who pushes against our expectations of what it means to be damaged, we reiterate the mythology that girls can only ever have smooth seams. If she lives and thrives despite her situation and experience, she must be wrong.
If she chooses not to live and thrive but instead needs to grieve or express anger or rage or act in a way many would consider ugly or downright intolerable, she’s still wrong. At times, she might as well just kill herself because she’s so miserable. Why can’t she just suck it up and move on with her life?
Girls becomes hard to swallow when they force us to consider an alternative to being either likable or unlikable.
When they becomes complex."
Side stories vol. 1 now available from Barnes and Noble!! Stories featuring Yosiah, Miya, Horatia, Marrin, Dalmar, and Hele.
This short story set in the world of The Lux Guardians introduces friends Melody Fylan and Tyr Dahl, residents of the contained world of Underground London Zone in 2033.
Melody and Tyr, like all civilians of Forgotten London, are forced to remain obedient in order to avoid the Officials’ wrath—but they are allied with The Guardians. They risk their lives by leaking information in the hopes that one day they will be freed of their underground existence.
Melody’s life is stable and ordinary but when something is exposed about her nature—a secret the Officials are both responsible for creating and hiding—it threatens to tear apart not only her friendship with Tyr and her carefully constructed life, but the entire Underground London Zone.
(Can be read as stand alone)
Read about the first meetings of the Lux Guardians characters in this exclusive ebook.
A New Companion:
On a dark Forgotten London night, surrounded by sirens, two people are drawn together in a desperate attempt to survive.
A Quintessential Flame:
An ordinary girl is swept into a world of wonder and danger when she catches the attention of the deadliest man in Forgotten London - the military Captain. He says he wants to help her but can she believe him? And what will happen when she begins to fall for him?
The Sufferer And The Witness:
When he witnesses an attempted murder, one boy risks his life to save a total stranger.
The side stories can now be bought from Smashwords, which is much easier than the previous Paypal button. They can be downloaded in whichever format your heart desires (Mobi, Epub, Pdf, and a boatload of others.)
Buy here for $2.99 (approximately £1.80, €2.30)
I am incredibly late in posting this to tumblr. Forgive me, my life has been very shitty as of late. But late or not, this is the title of The Lux Guardians book two!!
The cover will be revealed next year, along with a synopsis, but for now there’s a title!