Genre: YA Horror
Queer Rep: Bi/Pan, Lesbian (maybe)
Warnings: Body Horror, graphic violence, gore, depictions of panic attacks
It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.
It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.
But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.
Lord of the Flies x Annihilation x Holy Shit Dude
I was still deep in my cave of F/F thirst when I decided to pick this up, drawn to the promise of horror with an all-female cast. The first paragraph enchanted me, and just like that I was in, diving headfirst into this haunting world full of nature that wasn’t quite natural, and girls with teeth and grit for days.
Queer Rep: Gay and… bi/pan?? Maybe. Not positive.
Warnings: … fantasy violence?
Simon Snow is The Chosen One, and he’s absolute crap at it.
He can’t control his magic, his vampire roommate, Baz, is constantly attempting to kill him, and there’s an evil magic-eater destroying the world and wearing his face while he does it.
To top it off, his roommate-turned-nemesis hasn’t even bothered to turn up for their final year at Watford School of Magicks. Simon is sure Baz is plotting against him in some dark alley somewhere, but Simon refuses to be taken by surprise.
Genre: Sci-Fi / Space Opera
Pairings: F/F (setup for future novels)
Queer Rep: NBs! Queers!
Warnings: Graphic depictions of violence.
Neek is the pilot of a run-down transport ship, where she and her eclectic crew work to make ends meet. Exiled from her home world for not transcribing to the belief of the traveling planet Ardulum and its godly inhabitants, she seeks a way to earn favor to see her family again.
It seems like a normal day when the crew stumbles across a battle between a strange alien race and the sheriffs of the Charted Systems. Growing stranger by the moment, Neek and her crew are rewarded for their (accidental) aid with the gift of a slave girl. A slave girl who bears a striking resemblance to the Ardulan gods of lore, and whose ability to manipulate cellulose could make her a force of righteousness, or a paragon of destruction.
This is another “holy shit” book. And by “holy shit” book, I mean “holy God guys, read this immediately.”
Pairings: NB/M, NB/F
Queer Rep: All the wonderful NB and queer stuff. Polyamory.
Warnings: Violence, Torture (Feels like a strong word, but there are some unsavory things going down)
Dalí Tamareia is a Sol Fed Diplomat, genderfluid changeling, and badass. Dealing with the painful loss of their family, Dalí struggles to find a purpose, especially as their home system targets changelings for their newest crusade.
That crusade and the cruel underworkings of the Sol Fed soon become Dalí’s reason for living—someone is targeting and abducting third-gender changelings, and Dalí has all the components to become the perfect undercover operative.
Honestly? Holy shit. I’ll come out and say it: I had more fun reading Dalí than I’ve had in a long time. In one of the most alien settings I’ve experienced, Dalí delivers beautifully human characters and a beautifully human story.