In light of recent events with a certain author who will not be named, it’s important that as a book blogger, I shout about some books written by trans and non-binary authors. As I have a long list, I’ve decided to split each post into nine books. Here is a mix of YA, fantasy, sci-fi and contemporary (all released) and I hope you find something you like. Make sure to head over to the author’s social medias and show them some love and support!
Dreadnought by April Daniels
In this YA fantasy playing on the superhero trope we follow the story of Danny, who has lived her life trying to stop people finding out she’s transgender. However, that all changes when a superhero known as Dreadnought died and passed the mantle onto her. Although now equipped with his powers, there’s no more hiding that Danny is a girl and between her father wanting to ‘cure her’ and her best friend now thinking he’s entitled to date her, Danny must also find time to master her powers and defeat Dreadnought’s killer.
Goodreads | April’s Twitter
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
This sci-fi novel takes place on a spaceship called HSS Matilda, responsible for rescuing the last of humanity to the mythical Promised Land. We follow the story of Aster, used to the constant names she gets called and struggling to deal with her mother’s suicide. Aster is an autistic, intersex characters and the book is Own Voices. The rest of the book hosts a big variety of diverse characters both in sexuality and gender and challenges the idea of cisheteronormative environments aboard the space ship. Subjects such as slavery, systemic oppression, racism and sexism are also explored. Hard-hitting but definitely worth it.
Goodreads | Rivers’ Twitter
The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta
This YA fantasy follows the story of Teodora DiSangro who has lived her life hiding her ability to turn her family’s enemies into any object from mirrors to music boxes. She is what is called a Strega but her magic is believed to be nothing more than a fairytale. However, when her land is threatened by a new ruler and with her father ill, Teodora must travel to the capital not only disguised as a boy, but transformed into one. Joined by Cielo, a fellow Strega who can flip easily between boy and girl – the two journey together and develop feelings along the way making Teodora realise how much she struggles with keeping her true nature hidden.
Goodreads | Amy’s Twitter
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
If you’re now looking for a replacement magical school, you will find one in this fantasy that follows the story of Ivy Gamble who has always struggled living with magic. Happy being a private investigator, she is miles apart from her estranged sister, Tabitha who happens to be a gifted professor. However, when Ivy is hired to investigate a murder at the academy Tabitha works at, it’s not long before she is deeply invested in the case. Mostly, it’s a story about sisters and all the troubles and love that come with sisterhood. Also featuring a large cast of diverse characters, this is one to add to your TBRs.
Goodreads | Sarah’s Twitter
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
This YA fantasy is fit to burst with diversity including our main character, Jam being a black, trans girl who is selectively verbal and communicates with sign language, a black cast of characters and polyamorous representation. In the town of Lucille, the children have been taught that monsters no longer exist. However, when Jam meets Pet, a creature who emerges from her mother’s painting, she soon realises that they haven’t been told the truth. Pet’s mission is to hunt a monster and it isn’t long before Jam’s best friend, Redemption’s house is targeted. Jam must protect her best friend as well as convincing the world that monsters do exist and uncovering the hidden truth.
Goodreads | Akwaeke’s Twitter
Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
It was hard to pick just one of Anna-Marie’s book but I’ve decided to go with this one as it’s the Snow-White and Rose-Red retelling we all need in our lives (but do go and read all their books please!) This tale of magic realism follows the story of two sisters – obedient and graceful, Blanca and vicious and manipulative, Roja also known as the del Cisne girls. Their family has always been bound to the swans deep in the woods and one day, the swans will enter them into a dangerous game which will leave one of them trapped in the body of a swan. However, when two local boys become intertwined in the game, the spell changes and the fate of the four of them depends on each other.
Goodreads | Anna-Marie’s Twitter
The Disasters by M.K. England
This YA sci-fi follows the story of Nax Hall, a hotshot pilot who has spent his entire life making the wrong choices so it surprises nobody when he’s kicked out of Ellis Station Academy in record time. However, his trip back to Earth is soon jeopardised when terrorists attack the academy and as Nax and three other people are the only witnesses, it isn’t long before they’re blamed for the crime. Now on the run, Nax and the three witnesses must work together to find out what actually happened and clear their names. The cast is beautifully queer and diverse and this book needs a lot of love.
Goodreads | M.K’s Twitter
The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy
This fantasy/horror novella tells the story of Danielle Cain, a queer punk rocker who’s on the road searching for clues about her best friend’s mysterious suicide. However, she soon finds herself in the town of Freedom, Iowa and it’s clear something bad has happened here as residents have summoned a protector spirit to serve as their judge and executioner. And Danielle arrives just in time to see said judge, a three-antlered, blood red deer, turn on its people. She must join with the residents and save the town before it gets destroyed around them. Despite being such a short book, it manages to touch on important topics such as the correct use of pronouns, homelessness and the love that comes with found-families.
Goodreads | Margaret’s Twitter
The Fever King by Victoria Lee
In this YA fantasy, in what was once known as the United States, we meet 16-year-old, Noam Álvaro who is the sole survivor of a viral magic that killed his family and left him with technopathic abilities. However, it isn’t long before his ability takes the attention of the minister of defence and Noam is soon entered into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia. Being the son of undocumented immigrants, Noam sees his arrival at Carolinia as a way to make change and fight for the rights of refugees and to do this, he accepts training to show the science of his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. However, this plan soon changes when Noam meets the minister’s son and his feelings for him become hard to ignore.
Goodreads | Victoria’s Twitter
Lots of Love,