I read 11 books this month! I’m pleased to say that just abotu all of them had a queer author or queer characters as the protagonist, which is my goal every Pride!
Wayward Children Books 1-3 & 5 by Seanan McGuire
I’ve grouped all four of these together because they were all rereads in order to read Where the Drowned Girls Go. My ratings of them still stand; I loved these kids and I especially love the odd numbered quest books!
Second Chance by Jay Northcote – 3 stars
I was in a romance mood, so I picked this one up! This is a romance between a cis man and trans man who knew each other years before. It’s friends to strangers to pining friends with benefits to lovers! The plot wasn’t the strongest, but I liked both characters and the smut Northcote writes has let to be matched!
Epically Earnest by Molly Horan – 4 stars
This was the most fun I’ve head reading a YA contemporary in a while! Read my full review here!
All Their Astral Light by Quinn Caslan – 3 stars
I’m glad I gave this indie fantasy a chance, even if it wasn’t my favorite thing in the world. Read my full review here!
Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire – 4 stars
This was my first time reading this book and I really liked it! It’s our first Wayward Children book set in – the sister school of Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. This story was so different than the other quest books, I love how even seven books in, these books are still so unique. I will definitely need to reread this book once book 9 comes out.
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson – 4 stars
I’m not the person to tell you this memoir-menifesto is going to save Black queer boys lives, but it definitely needs to be said! If you haven’t yet read this book, I definitely recommend it.
Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood – 2.5 stars
The Ali Hazelwood FOMO was too much, so I caved and checked out the novellas from my library. This is a hate to friends to lovers situations about two people who don’t realize they’re going to be roommates until they’re at the doorstep.
The hate to friends wasn’t the best thing in the world, but I could get behind the friends to lovers transition, that was much more believable. This would’ve been a 3 star romance novella, but the smut scene at the end was… weird. I do plan on finishing the novella series in July, so we’ll see if any other are a hit or miss.
A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark
This was Clark’s first full length novel, set in his alternate 1912 Cairo where humans and djinn share the city, as we follow the investigations of the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities. In this book, we follow Agent Fatma balance being one of the few women in the Ministry, getting a new partner, finding out who killed a room full of people, and who is impersonating the person who unleased the djinn decades ago.
This universe is so fun as are the characters! This was a really fun mystery and while I predicted some aspects, others were surprising! I’m definitely going to read the other novellas in this series that I wasnt able to get to before reading this book.
What was your favorite read of June? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!