Happy Book Birthday to all authors who released a book in May 2019! Here are my recommendations for the ones I read, plus my highly anticipated releases of 2020!
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Casey’s debut novel is a nice addition for anyone who enjoys LGBTQ+ romances. It’s a fluffy, cute read about America’s First Son and the Prince of Wales falling in love. The whole book will make your body smile with delight. It has relatable, sarcastic humor and a very charming cast of characters. The story follows the enemies to lovers in their journey to discover their relationship dynamics.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐
What I liked: Relatable humor and feel-good vibe.
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Another debut and boy, this is a gem. This book offers you a rich world that’s inspired by Middle Eastern mythologies, dark magic and political turmoil. The story follows two characters hiding their identity because of toxic masculinity while they go on a quest to retrieve an artefact that is said to restore magic to the lands.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
What I liked: Richly described setting, strong females, dark fantasy and an incredible enemies to lovers. Beautiful, lyrical writing by an author that should be on everyone’s watchlist.
Unfortunately I only read two May 2019 releases, but I’m also very excited to read the 2020 releases of this month. Here are the ones I’m excited for the most and why!
Felix Every After by Kacen Callender
This was an instant preorder. Kacen is said to have brought us an honest story about identity and self-love. As a black, queer, transgender Felix has never been in love and desperately wants to find out what it feels like. An anonymous student at school starts sending him transphobic messages and Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. But his revenge scenario brings him into a love triangle.
What I hope for: Diversity and a deep, emotional discovery of one’s identity. I hope it offers a supportive voice for everyone who needs it.
The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton
With this YA contemporary, Jamie brings us a story that slays sexism. Kit works serves at a medieval-themed restaurant but wants to be a knight, like her brother. Company policy forbids women to take on this role so Kit decides to reveal her identity and take her brother’s place. Girl Knights, Jamie writes, will not go down without a fight.
What I hope for: Feminism, duh! I hope I will put this book down after finishing this, pushing my fist in the air yelling:” You go girl!!!“.
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
With her debut novel, Adiba is chasing her dream in writing a book with LGBTQ representation within the Muslim community. Nishat comes out to her parents but Muslim girls aren’t lesbians, right? She doesn’t want to hide who she is but also doesn’t want to lose her family. And things get even more complex when Flávia, her childhood friend, comes back into her life. Both girls create their own henna businesses, creating a rivalry but also creating a romantic tension.
What I hope for: Feel-good story with characters who explore their identity and grow into their own being.
Hope you enjoyed this short post! What May release are you looking forward to?