Leah on the Offbeat–Becky Albertalli

Good morning! Let’s talk books! More importantly LGBTQ+ books.

So apparently Simon VS the Homosapiens Agenda fans were bombarding the author with information on HER characters and one of them was that Leah is bisexual.

Sure she had a thing for Simon, but she was also interested in girls. Which is why she was always so surly. Because she knew but wasn’t admitting it quite yet to herself.

This book was so dang good. 

I think that anyone should read it because it was just sweet and shows you how to be kind and not to ever fucking say “It’s just a phase” to bi-people because BLOODY HELL JUST STOP THAT.

Why do people think it’s okay to tell other people what their sexual orientation is??? 

I never understood that.

I remember one of my friends being SO SCARED to tell me they were bi and I was like ‘Okay cool.” and shrugged. I was 14 I think. And living in a small town where that stuff “never happens.” 

(I’m sure it did but no one ever fucking talked about it because it was the 90s and my hometown was a loveable but stunted place. I say ‘was’ because the whole town has managed to grow up a lot since then. Really quite amazing.)

I’ve had plenty of people admit to having feels for members of the same sex and each time my reaction is basically the same: “Okay cool. Do you have anyone you’re interested in right now?” And basically continuing to talk to them like they are a person because (spoiler alert) THEY ARE A FUCKING PERSON. Plus I loooove when my friends are falling for people and I get very excited about it. I’m that person you need when you want to talk about who you like or love over and over again. I love that level of honesty.

Ain’t no shame ladies do your thang. Missy Elliott. Never wrong.

This book and Simons should be read in schools and be required reading because DAMN. 

They are sweet, funny, smart, and the characters are so loveable and kind and deserve everything in the world. 

I love reading LGBTQ+ books because it always opens my world a little bit more. And I love that. 

Constant vigilance.

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Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda–Becky Albertalli

Thiiiiiiiiis boooooooooooook. Myyyyyyyyy heeeeeeeeaaaaaaart. 

Simon is a teenager coming into his own, trying to sort out how to come out to his family and friends, and in general living the life of a teenager.

I love this book so much. I hugged it when it was over. 

My sisters all agreed that it ended rather abruptly for our taste. WE NEEDED MORE.

Beautifully written, lovely story, a mystery as to who he was falling in love with through email, and just all around greaaaaat book. 

Everyone should read this book. EVERYONE. 

I can’t wait to read the next one! 

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children–Ranson Riggs

We’ve made it out of the Roald Dahl vortex. Thank God.

I was originally reading this book because I had been interested in it for awhile and then the movie was coming out, so naturally, I was trying to prep myself for the movie!

And then I never went and saw the movie.

I hold all the logic in my hands, don’t I?

Anyway, this book freaked me out. But only because there were pictures of what everyone looks like in it and the pictures are creepy as all hell. Nobody likes old timey circus photos Ransom Riggs! NOBODY.

On the whole though, this book was really good. I liked Jacob, and the back story of why he can see things others can’t, I enjoyed the entire plot, the writing was great, I really look forward to reading more of these. (And finally watching the movie.)

Maybe I’m just saying that because I can’t take anymore kid books though.

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The Son of Neptune

Heyo, I forgot to post yesterday! Here we are!

Percy is back!

I love myself some sarcastic and heroic Percy Jackson sass.

Percy, like Jason in the first book, wakes up in the wrong place and doesn’t remember who he is. The only thing he remembers is Annabeth. He loves her and has to get back to her.

(Insert girlish squeaks of romantical joy.)

Enter Hazel and Frank, two centurions from a mysterious town of Roman demigods. It’s like Camp Half-blood, but you can grow up there and live a life into adulthood, go to university, raise a family, and Percy is thinking this is a great plan even though he knows he isn’t meant to be there.

A Prophecy of Seven was made about seven demi-gods having to stop Gaea from rising. Her giant sons were just the start of their troubles.

I really liked this one, not just because I got to see Percy again, but because for some reason, I really like Frank. He’s a giant Chinese baby-faced kid who is clumsy and a bit of an oaf and says the wrong things and acts the wrong way and then he just blows up and becomes a badass.

He reminds me of Neville Longbottom.

Great second addition to this series.

Constant vigilance!

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The Calling–Kelley Armstrong

Okay, so I’ve already reviewed this one before, but I had to read it again since The Gathering came out and I never got around to reading it since I’m a super freak and have too many books calling my name. No pun intended.

I’m glad that I read this one again because I completely forgot all of this until I was reading it. (That says nothing about Kelley’s writing since I’m a huge fan and remember most of her series, but these ones went by so quickly and I have a million other books I’ve read in between that it got lost in the shuffle.)

Maya is a skinwalker, her loverboy Rafe is also a skinwalker, her best friend is benendanti (as far as I can tell he hits people with power balls). There is a giant forest fire making the entire town of Salmon Creek have to evacuate.

Helicopter escape. End of story.

Seriously, that’s how the book ended, they left on a helicopter. So you can understand my super need for getting my hands on The Gathering.

Whoot whoot! Can’t wait! I love me some Kelley Armstrong.

Spellbound–Kelley Armstrong

What the what!

 

Naturally, I should’ve read the rest of the series before this. Or at least I needed to because I’m so freakin’ forgetful I swear I have a small case of Alzheimers. I shouldn’t be allowed out in public anymore because of it.

 

Alas, I’m allowed out and have the privilege of reading Mrs. Armstrong’s books.

This one though, I did have to research what happened in the last bunch to remember who was who and what they’ve done and how we got to this point. I’m glad I did because it made it so much more enjoyable!

This was a great read, I love her. I love Savannah and the plot was pretty wicked. (She loses her powers after a promise to give them up to change some kids life. And has to deal with that and get them back.)

This was definitely the lead up to the big war/battle/what have you that is coming and I can practically smell the end of the series, which makes me really sad.

But at least my favourite character showed up in this one!

Yay Clay! J