I’ve been reading in the same vein lately, which is to say urban fantasy romance with the occasional fantasy book peppered in. I want to branch out to reading books that aren’t in the tropes I typically enjoy, particularly to LGBTQ+ characters in urban fantasy books.
When I looked through Amazon to see if there was a LGBTQ+ category for fantasy, I was actually kinda shocked to find out there wasn’t…yet. I’m holding out hope that as LGBTQ+ fiction gains traction in the next ten years (tentative prediction on my part), that more categories will eventually appear.
Ten years ago, reading about a young woman going on an epic magical adventure was still a new concept to me. Male protagonists had dominated my reading experience for as long as I could remember, and now the straight, white female protagonist is doing the same. Different stories are out there, and I want to read them. I just wish Amazon would shove them in my face a little more when I’m scrolling through looking for a new read.
While I go on the hunt for books outside my usual sphere, I do have a really cool book that’s IN my usual sphere that I can’t wait to get stuck into:
“Some truths are best kept in the shadows . . .
At nearly eighteen, I’m months away from escaping my aunt’s secrets and lies. Except, I’m harboring a big secret of my own.
A red-eyed man cloaked in shadow has been stalking me at night.
I wanted Rosewood, Maine to be my final destination before college. My chance at normalcy. But strange, unexplainable things are threatening to derail my plans.
The red-eyed man followed me here, and he’s not the only one. Two hot guys transfer to my new high school right after I do. They track my every move, especially the aloof and mysterious Lochlan D’angelo.
As I’m sucked into a dangerous world embroiled in secrets, I start to question everything I’ve ever known. Including who I am.”
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Supernaturals who don’t know they’re supernaturals is one of my favourite tropes, alongside getting transported to a fantasy world from our own, and the true potential of a protagonist being revealed (after having been considered less than by society). Escapism and self-discovery tropes at their finest.
I’m interested to see where this mystery of the red-eyed man leads, and something tells me it’ll be a journey of self-discovery.
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