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T5W – Favourite LGBTQI+ Reads

Top 5 Wednesdays is a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to participate, join the Goodreads group here.

I haven’t completed a book meme in months but I wanted to jump back on the bandwagon when I found out this week’s topic …

Favourite LGBTQI+ Reads!
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.

For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I adore this series. The first book is a little hard to get through, but the last two books more than make up for it. Incredible world-building, intense character development and relationship … what more could you ask for?

Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.

An incredibly well-developed series about a made-up sport, and some intense romance. This series is slow – so slow that the main romance doesn’t take place until the third novel – but it is so worth it.

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Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear. 

Again, if you follow my blog, you know how much I love this book as well. A superb, romantic and tragic retelling of the Trojan War from the perspective of Patroclus, Achilles’ lover. Another slow one (I’m sensing a pattern), but so worth it.

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Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.

Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.

Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.

Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.

It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

Such a unique story about werewolves that I was unable to put down. The romance, the plot, the characters – everything came together seamlessly.

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Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here – it’s their last year at Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a love letter to love stories and the power of words – to every ‘chosen one’ who ever had more on their mind than saving the world…

One of the best YA LGBT novels I have ever read – the fact that it is like a gay version of Harry Potter definitely helps. So sweet, lovely, and magical.

What are some of your favourite LGBT novels? Let me know and get involved in T5W! 
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10 thoughts on “T5W – Favourite LGBTQI+ Reads

    1. I myself didn’t find any issues with it and I fall somewhere on the LGBTQI+ scale. Could you elaborate? It is a retelling so there was always only one way it was going to end. 🙂

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      1. Some members of the community feel like it follows the “gays die in the end” trope. There was a lot of stuff on Twitter a while back, some people even said that the ending should have been rewritten, which as someone who identifies as Greek was quite bothersome, as the book is historically and culturally accurate.

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      2. Hmm, I’m not sure I would agree with that. I understand that queer-baiting is an issue, and it has angered me in the past, but I honestly did not get that impression from TSOA. I guess we all have our different opinions 🙂

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    1. Yes read it! I love converting people! The first book is a little hard to get through, but the next 2 are freaking incredible!!
      Yesssss, TSOA is so beautiful, and I really loved Wolfsong. It was so interesting and unique! 😀

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