biandlesbianliterature: Trans WLW Books Here a…

biandlesbianliterature:

Trans WLW Books

Here are some lighter trans wlw books:

And then these ones are a little darker, typically dealing with a lot transmisogyny:

* I have read and can recommend these. The others I am basing off recommendations, so there might be trigger warnings I’m not aware of.

Also check out the Goodreads list Trans Lesbian & Bi Women Books

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan Review

Title: In Other Lands

Author: Sarah Rees Brennan

Age Group: Teen/Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Standalone

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

               I borrowed this book from my local library and reviewed it.

               Sarah Rees Brennan has been one of my favorite authors for a long time; I read her first series, The Demon’s Lexicon, when my husband and I first moved, and I’ve been obsessed with her ever since. When I saw In Other Lands sitting on the shelf of a library I go to, I snatched it up. It had been sitting in my library stack, and since I couldn’t renew it anymore, I began it as soon as I was finished with The Best Lies. I wasn’t quite sure to expect, because this book was different than any other in Brennan’s body of work. But regardless, I adored In Other Lands. Full of wit, humor, romance, a fair amount of blood, gore, and death, this book kind of reminded me of the Harry Potter series, with more of a focus on the war aspect of things. Despite that, I was immediately entertained by this hilarious, sarcastic book about an altogether different kind of chosen one. This made me realize just how much I missed Sarah Rees Brennan, and exactly why she’s one of my favorite authors.

               The Borderlands are a magical place, in which modern technology does not properly function, things such as pens are practically unheard of, and I haven’t even mentioned all of the fantastic people and creatures. Elves, harpies, and mermaids are all real, and a war as old as time has been raging. And then there’s Elliot. He’s an obnoxious, nerdy thirteen year old teenager. His best friend is a beautiful elf warrior named Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of Battle, and his other friend, Luke, is perfect in every way. Though Luke is more of a frenemy than a true friend. In Other Lands follows the redheaded, snotty teen through four years, as he ages. This is fantasy at its lowest, and I mean that in the best possible way. I was laughing throughout the novel; one of my favorite things about Brennan is her humor. Elliot was a hard character to root for at times, but I liked him and his character development throughout the novel. I also adored Serene, Luke, Dale, and the rest of the characters that populated the Borderlands. One of my favorite things about SRB is that the worlds she builds are always original, and I loved her take on a Harry Potter style tale. The bottom line: Fizzy, funny, romantic and original, I loved In Other Lands! One of my favorites of Brennan’s work! Next on deck: The War Outside by Monica Hesse!

https://literatureobsessed.blogspot.com/2019/08/in-other-lands-by-sarah-rees-brennan.html

The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu Review

Title: The Best Lies

Author: Sarah Lyu

Age Group: Teen/Young Adult

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Series: Standalone

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

               I
borrowed this book from my local library and reviewed it.

               I’ve
had The Best Lies on hold at my local library since before it came out; I’d
heard of the premise from a few other book reviewers I follow, and I was
curious, especially when I saw the pale pink cover, adorned with a
sticky-sweet, pastel-hued lollipop. It was sitting on top of my library stack,
and it was one book that I didn’t want to return without reading. Normally, I’m
leery about mysteries and thrillers; I can usually guess what’s going to happen
within fifty pages. But The Best Lies was totally unique, in that it featured a
love triangle gone horrifically wrong. I loved it, even as I waited with bated
breath for the ending that felt like a punch to the gut. I could see what was
coming, but it still blew me away. I finished this book over a week ago, and
I’m still floored. Just absolutely stunned. A tragic, heartbreaking and
realistic portrayal of a close friendship gone the worst kind of sideways, The
Best Lies is one of my favorite books of 2019, and I can’t wait to see what
debut author Sarah Lyu has up her sleeve next!

               Remy
Tsai has never really had anyone who’s really loved her. Her parents are
absorbed in hurting each other, and only use her and her brother, Christian, as
bargaining chips in their arguments. Overlooked, lonely, and shy, her life
changes forever when she meets Elise. Elise understands her like no one else
she’s ever known, and soon the two become entwined, inseparable, ride or die. But
Remy begins to feel that the love that has kept her safe and sheltered for so
long is suffocating her. The feeling only intensifies when Jack enters the
picture, who Remy is immediately smitten with. But Remy’s new love and joy is
shattered when Jack dies, and it’s Elise’s hand that held the gun that killed
him. From the police station, Remy struggles to piece together the tragedy that
destroyed her life…

               This
book was, in a word, compelling. I love books about friendships gone wrong,
especially among young women. The pacing was breakneck, and I was immediately
entranced by Remy’s broken voice. I was totally spellbound by the love triangle
that formed between Remy, Jack, and Elise. I knew what was coming, from the
beginning, but even still, the ending landed like a punch to the chest and I
felt like I was gasping for breath. This book was like watching a trainwreck,
impossible to look away from. I loved watching Remy and Elise’s relationship
grow from something almost romantic and charged to terribly fraught, and so
frayed that it ended in a horrible, unspeakable tragedy. I felt sorry for
everyone involved in this book; to be frank, most of them were miserable. This
book was so very sad, but I’m glad that I read it; it’s a great example of
toxic relationships and behavior. Elise, in particular, was a study in sadness
and abusive behavior, both giving and receiving. The Best Lies is one of my
favorite books of 2019; Sarah Lyu did a fantastic job in this punchy, timely
thriller with a sticky-sweet, toxic love triangle! The bottom line: Vivid, dark,
and utterly painful, I loved The Best Lies; Sarah Lyu has penned a compelling,
necessary thriller! Fantastic! Next on deck: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees
Brennan!

https://literatureobsessed.blogspot.com/2019/08/the-best-lies-by-sarah-lyu-review.html

Wilder Girls by Rory Power Review

Title: Wilder Girls

Author: Rory Power

Age Group: Teen/Young Adult

Genre: Horror

Series: Standalone

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

               I borrowed this book from my local library and reviewed it.

               I heard about Wilder Girls through one of the sites I follow, and as soon as I read the description, I was hooked. It’s been sitting in my library stack for a while now, and since I couldn’t renew it anymore, I pushed it to the top of my stack before I even finished No Beast so Fierce. I devoured this debut in less than a day, and I’m happy to report to you all that the hype you hear about this book? Real, one hundred percent. Billed as a feminist, LBGTQIA retelling of the classic Lord of the Flies, Wilder Girls is a novel that exhibits a wholly new and distinct sort of horror. Yet the friendship and love at its center made me love it all the more. I’ve never read the novel that inspired this one, and I don’t want to, because this book was just perfect. Easily one of my favorite books of 2019! Rory Wilder is an author to keep your eye on!

               Hetty Chaplan hardly remembers a time before The Tox, a deadly disease, took over the globe, or Raxter Island, where she was certain that she would die. But the disease, with her and her classmates, is also strangely symbiotic, granting unknowable powers to them. Desperate to get off the island and uncover the truth about the virus that has been killing her and her friends, Hetty begins to dig. But she and her friends have no idea that the threat lies so much closer to home than they ever could’ve realized…

               This book was so strange, dark, and frightening. It was also thought-provoking and compelling, even in all of its horror. I’m such a sucker for survivalist stories, and I always forget it until I come across one, especially one such as this. Even in all of its gore and gruesomeness, the friendships and love between the characters shone through it all. It also screamed girl power, which I adored. Brutal, gorgeous, and I couldn’t look away. For all the horrors conjured in this book, unique and truly horrific, there were bright spots to be had. I loved the characters and the unsettling, silent chill of the abandoned Raxter Island. But my favorite thing about this book was that the scariest part about it was the horror. I won’t spoil it; it’s too good for that. But I will say that Wilder Girls is a debut unlike any you’ve ever read before, and I can guarantee it. A true gem and an amazingly thoughtful, tender addition to the YA genre. The bottom line: Thought-provoking, terrifying, and beautiful, Wilder Girls is a survivalist story unlike any other; I loved it so much! Rory Power is a brilliant force of nature! Next on deck: The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu!

https://literatureobsessed.blogspot.com/2019/08/wilder-girls-by-rory-power-review.html

No Beast So Fierce by Dane Huckelbridge Review

Title: No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the
Champawat Tiger: The Deadliest Animal in History

Author: Dane Huckelbridge

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Nonfiction

Series: Standalone

Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

               I
borrowed this book from my local library and reviewed it.

               I was
reading an article about a month ago, a book list that challenged readers to
get brave by reading the books they recommended, all without leaving the
comfort of their own home. I was intrigued by every book that was on that list,
but No Beast So Fierce was the book that caught my eye first. Normally, I’m not
a big nonfiction reader, but I’ve been recently trying to branch out into new
genres. This book was really interesting and informative, though it seems that
a lot of the facts seem based on conjecture. Nonetheless, I liked it a lot. It
taught me a lot about tigers, which was great. But even more than that, No
Beast So Fierce examines the perfect storm that created one of nature’s most
notorious maneaters. Though this book is obviously not without bias, I think
Huckelbridge did a really good job of tracking the tigress’s movements and
explaining just how this wounded but still magnificent creature was driven to
hunt, and kill, humans, with the numbers climbing almost up to the triple
digits.

               No
Beast So Fierce is a naturalist, environmental nonfiction offering, taking
place in both India and Nepal. Dane Huckelbridge pieces together its journey
from its native Nepal, where it had already killed and eaten several people,
and follows it across the border to India, where the tigress lived out the
remainder of its life, feasting upon humans when she was unable to catch normal
prey. Huckelbridge attempts to lay out the facts as best he can, murky though
they are. He uses a lot of primary sources, but a lot of it seemed to be based
on his personal conclusions. They were certainly backed up, but something about
this didn’t seem to add up to me. Nonetheless, Huckelbridge traveled across
Nepal and India to use the information in this book, and I really enjoyed the
writing style, even if it didn’t gel with my expectations. I was intrigued;
I’ve been fascinated with animal and marine life for as long as I can remember,
especially big cats. I learned a lot about tigers, and that’s what I set out to
do.  But the story of this particular cat
was so compelling, a manmade monster that had to be brought down for the safety
of others. Injured by a hunter in the prime of its life, the female tiger
eventually had to resort to survive in an altogether different way: hunting
humans. People disappeared from the edges of villages and in the woods, gone
within moments. It proved to be a frightening and enlightening read, for this
mess was all caused by the plights of man, imperialism and colonialism. The
tiger was contained within an ever-shrinking habitat, and had injured teeth,
had cubs to feed. Really, it was a tragedy all around, to both man and animal. I
really enjoyed it, even if there were some parts that seemed unbelievable. It
was informative and really made me think. Definitely one of my favorite books
of 2019, as well as nonfiction in general. The bottom line: Despite some spotty
research, I really enjoyed No Beast so Fierce; it was a nonfiction
environmentalist eye-opener, and I learned a lot. Next on deck: Wilder Girls by
Rory Power!

https://literatureobsessed.blogspot.com/2019/08/no-beast-so-fierce-by-dane-huckelbridge.html

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare R…

Title: Queen of Air and Darkness

Author: Cassandra Clare

Age Group: Teen/Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Dark Artifices, book three

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

               I borrowed this book from my local library and reviewed it.

               So, I’ll start this review by being completely honest: I’ve been avoiding this book since it came out last December, partly because I just wasn’t ready for it to end, and half because Lord of Shadows tore my soul to shreds. I’ve checked it out at my local library a few times, and had to return it almost every time. I couldn’t renew it anymore this time, so as soon as I was finished with Queen of Ruin, I pushed it to the top of my stack, figuring that I could no longer avoid it. This book took me a week and a half to finish, and I’ve been chewing on it for almost three weeks. To tell the truth, guys, I’m still not ready to put my feelings to paper. But I’ve been sitting on it long enough, and if I keep avoiding it, I won’t write it. This book is probably one of the most emotional and intense of Clare’s books, and the last book in The Dark Artifices series is one that I will never forget. I was absolutely blown away, and I’m so very happy and sad that it’s all over!

               Queen of Air and Darkness picks up where Lord of Shadows left off, with the Blackthorn family and Emma Carstairs shattered after a horribly traumatic death. Left reeling over it, Julian makes a heartbreaking decision. Emma is desperate to keep the only family she’s ever had together, and The Clave is dangerously teetering, on the brink of a bloody civil war among Shadowhunters. One part of the family heads to Los Angeles to discover the cause of a dangerous disease that is decimating the warlock race. Meanwhile, Emma and Julian must put the thoughts of their forbidden love aside as they journey to Faerie to retrieve The Black Volume of the Dead. But the secrets waiting for them within the Court are dark, dangerous, and powerful, and may tear the foundation of the Shadowhunters apart. Caught in a deadly race against time, they must save the world before the dark power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they care about…

               This book, to be completely frank, absolutely destroyed me, which is why I avoided it so long. It was beautifully written, and I adored the black and white illustrations throughout. That was such a cool bonus! As with all sequels, it took me a little bit of time to remember what was happening. But the pacing was breakneck, and I was immediately absorbed in the novel. I also enjoyed all the different points of view; one of the things I love about Clare’s books is the scope of them. I also really liked all of the Easter eggs left throughout the book: appearances of other familiar faces, secrets that I didn’t get throughout the series until this book. I was totally spellbound by this mammoth book; counting the bonus material, it was over eight hundred pages. This book absolutely gutted me, emotionally: I was laughing, or straight up ugly crying throughout. Nonetheless, this book was a great ending to one of my favorite Cassandra Clare offerings, meaty and dark and tender, and full of surprises! Especially that ending. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO ACCEPT THE END OF THIS WHEN IT ENDED LIKE THAT?! Come on, Cassandra, you’re killing me here! The bottom line: The last book in The Dark Artifices trilogy, Queen of Air and Darkness may be Cassandra Clare’s best book yet. Next on deck: No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History by Dane Huckelbridge!

https://literatureobsessed.blogspot.com/2019/08/queen-of-air-and-darkness-by-cassandra.html

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This book is the first book in a trilogy. It’s about a group of girls who are sisters. When one sister leaves the wealthy life to make a new life for herself, she finds herself in a bind and needs to go back home. Can she find a new dream?

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When a man from Kendra’s law office gets murdered and the only witness is his parrot can she use the parrot’s clues to figure out who did it.