Here the Whole Time

A queer story taking place in Brazil focusing on Felipe, a fat teenager that struggles with self-love and confidence. When his school break is crashed by the attractive neighbor who is staying for the whole week, Felipe must figure out how to not only talk to Caio, but also make him his friend (or maybe more????)

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Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms

This was hands down one of the sweetest things I’ve read in a long time. From page one you have Annie this spunky, angry, defiant person who is forced to try out for the cheerleading team so she can soften up and make some friends. Then you have Bebe, a trans girl who is just trying to fly under the radar and not cause any problems. She gets named captain of the cheer squad and uses her new powers to let Annie join the team. The two of them used to be best friends so when they start hanging out with each other again, new feelings start to flourish. With a lot of heart and a ton of girl power, this book shows that love and friendship are all the power we need to get anything done.

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The Dead and the Dark

Creepiness takes on a new form in this dark, YA horror novel. Logan just wants a normal life with her dads. They travel around the country hunting ghosts and visiting spooky places and Logan is tired. So when her dads tell her they’re leaving their home that they’ve lived in for a while, Logan is mad. Especially because they’re going to some small, isolated town called Snakebite, which just so happens to be where her dads grew up.

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Katrina Leno is one of those authors that I’m going to pick up whatever new book they come out with because she always impresses me with the stories she creates. In Horrid we focus on Jane and her mother as they move across the country after her father’s untimely death. They drive all the way to Maine where they move into Jane’s grandmother’s home, North Manor. The moment they get there, Jane notices that some things are… off. The smell of the roses overpowering her senses and the noises the house makes during the night. As she meets more and more people in the town at school, Jane notices how weird people act when she says where she lives. Turns out, North Manor is considered haunted, a scary tale told through the town. The more secrets Jane uncovers, the more she realizes she doesn’t know. It all seems fine, until it’s not.

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The Dating Dare

The Dating Dare is about Tara and Seth, two people in their late twenties who live no-strings-attached lives. Tara only does fuck buddies, Seth only does one night stands… it’s a match made in heaven. So when attending the wedding of Tara’s best friend and Seth’s older brother, the two of them get a little drunk and make a dare. Four dates, no one can fall in love, and it’s for the month that Seth has left in America before he moves to Paris. They’re both more than willing to participate in this dare if it means they get to tear each other’s clothes off, and who’s to say how long that will take?

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The Abyss Surrounds Us

The world as we know it is completely changed. Imagine an apocalypse that focuses on water and is slow. It’s more like when global warming finally starts to actively destroy our infrastructure and people can’t deny its existence anymore. Cas, our main character, has grown up on land and has been training her whole life to be a reckoner trainer. Reckoners are kaiju that are specifically used to safely transport ships across the waters. Why are they so important? Because in this new world, pirates are a plenty and are powerful. They conquer ships and steal and kill and it is the reckoner’s job to bring down pirate ships and keep their crew safe. And Cas would love nothing more than to be on a boat directing a reckoner.

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