Diversity Spotlight

Diversity Spotlight Thursday (June 8)

dstDiversity Spotlight Thursday is hosted by Aimal! It’s a weekly post to shed a little light on a set of diverse books- one you’ve read, one on your TBR, and one releasing soon.

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30171491THE MARAUDERS’ ISLAND by Tristan J. Tarwater was sent to me by the author for review in 2016.

I’m really not even sure where to begin with this book.

No, I do know where to begin. If you haven’t read this book, you need to go do so. Right now. Buy this book.

I hadn’t heard much about The Marauders’ Island until I saw it on twitter and even though the person had given it a glowing review, I didn’t think that I would be as entertained by the book as I was. You will fall in love with these characters as you get to know them but there will also be times where you dislike their actions. I mean, these are well-rounded, fleshed out characters, so that’s how it’s supposed to be.

This book follows Azria, a teenage mage, as she is reunited with her mother Apzana, a runaway pirate with a ragtag crew and pretty sweet pirate ship. It seems like a simple adventure story when you realize what Apzana wants Azria to do but as you read the text, you will discover that above the adventure is a story of a mother and daughter healing old wounds and mending their very frayed relationship.

My favorite things about this book is how gender roles play no part and the ease with which sexuality is discussed. There is no big ‘coming out’ for any of the characters, just casual mentions of their same-sex partner or partners (“His husband and wife pine for him…”) and it was so refreshing to have a story that involved Queer characters without their Queerness being front and center stage.

There were a few times the dialogue seemed clumpy, mostly in the beginning when the author was trying to develop the back history of Miz but it honestly took nothing away from the story to me.

I am very, very excited to see where Tristan Tarwater takes us in the next book!

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28245707I bought QUEENS OF GEEK by Jen Wilde on a whim last month… so you can imagine how excited I was to realize I had accidently bought an LGBT book.

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

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25062038LITTLE & LION by Brand Colbert is another diverse book I’ve heard a ton of positive things about.

When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.

 

Do any of these books sound good to you?

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