The sequel to Every Day told from Rhiannon’s perspective.
In the second installment of the Micah Grey series, Micah is on the run with his friend and new lover Drystan. They become the apprentices to a famous magician as they hide from the multiple people trying to find them. Micah continues to have visions of magic and horror, which may be foretelling what is to come.
Old magics are waking. But will the world survive their return?
Micah Grey almost died when he fled the circus with Drystan – now he and the ex-clown seek to outrun disaster. Drystan persuades his old friend Jasper Maske, a once-renowned magician, to take them in. But when he agrees to teach them his trade, Maske is challenged to the ultimate high-stakes duel by his embittered arch-nemesis.
Micah must perfect his skills of illusion, while navigating a tender new love. An investigator is also hunting the person he once seemed to be – a noble family’s runaway daughter. As the duel draws near, Micah increasingly suffers from visions showing him real magic and future terrors. Events that broke the ancient world are being replayed. But can Micah’s latent powers influence this deadly pattern?
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Steampunk
Non-binary/genderqueer & intersex: Micah
Cis boys: Drystan
Bisexual: Micah, Drystan
Not mentioned in the book. Presumed to be the same as the characters’ sexual orientation.
White: Micah, Drystan
Drystan and Micah travel to another country and “disguise” themselves magically as Asian. This is more or less a magical version of yellow face and is problematic.
Ownvoices: Ownvoices for bisexuality.
After humanity colonized a moon, indigenous creatures called chimeras rose up, and it has been a fight for survival since. A group of teens explore their home, finding dark secrets and dangerous facts.
“Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.
But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.
Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with her best friend, Dahlia. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn his colony’s darkest secret.
To save everyone they love, they’ll both have to commit treason.
During one twenty-seven-hour night, these four runaways must stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, or the things they fear most will be all that’s left.”
Genre: Science Fiction
Cis boys: Rumor, Jude, Braeden
Cis girls: Nyx
Trans girl: Dahlia
There is a side character who uses they/them pronouns.
Sexual and Romantic Orientation
Rumor is bisexual.
Nyx is canon pansexual
Braeden is asexual and has two moms.
Rumor is mixed Nigerian, Portuguese & Indian
Nyx has Cuban ancestry
Dahlia is Afro-Latinx
Jude and Braeden are white
Nyx is Deaf and uses ASL; her abuela is also Deaf.
Own Voices: own voices for bisexuality
Colonialism. Read Aimal’s review of problematic racial and colonialist representation here.
In the sequel to Dreadnought, Danielle has already been through a lot. Now this superhero must defend her city once again, this time against a billionaire supervillain who will attack her from all sides, and force her to confront everything about herself she’d rather not see.
Only nine months after her debut as the superhero Dreadnought, Danny Tozer is already a scarred veteran. Protecting a city the size of New Port is a team-sized job and she’s doing it alone. Between her newfound celebrity and her demanding cape duties, Dreadnought is stretched thin, and it’s only going to get worse.
When she crosses a newly discovered billionaire supervillain, Dreadnought comes under attack from all quarters. From her troubled family life to her disintegrating friendship with Calamity, there’s no lever too cruel for this villain to use against her.
She might be hard to kill, but there’s more than one way to destroy a hero. Before the war is over, Dreadnought will be forced to confront parts of herself she never wanted to acknowledge.
And behind it all, an old enemy waits in the wings, ready to unleash a plot that will scar the world forever.
Trans girls: Danielle
Not explicitly addressed.
Additional Notes: There is a secondary character who is genderqueer
Ownvoices: Queer, Trans
A magic garden is tended to by a family of women who can never leave and never love. When a boy appears in the garden with no memory of his past or who he is, they discover secrets of their garden and the power of their family.
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.
The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.
Genre: Fantasy/Magical Realism
Cis girls: Estrella
There is a genderqueer side character.
Sexual and Romantic Orientation:
Estrella is bisexual and biromantic
Estrella is Latinx
Ownvoices: The author is Mexican-American and Queer.
Hunter and Vanilla have been boyfriends since middle school, but as they grow up they discover that Hunter is allosexual while Vanilla is a sex-repulsed asexual and this puts a strain on their relationship. Vanilla explores the aftermath of a gay couple breaking up.
A bold, groundbreaking novel about coming out, coming into your own, and coming apart.
Hunter and Van become boyfriends before they’re even teenagers, and stay a couple even when adolescence intervenes. But in high school, conflict arises — mostly because Hunter is much more comfortable with the sex part of sexual identity. As the two boys start to realize that loving someone doesn’t guarantee they will always be with you, they find out more about their own identities — with Hunter striking out on his own while Van begins to understand his own asexuality.
In poems that are romantic and poems that are heartbreaking, Vanilla explores all the flavors of the spectrum — and how romance and love aren’t always the same thing.
Cis girls: Red
Cis boys: Vanilla, Hunter, Abercrombie
Gay: Hunter, Abercrombie
Homoromantic: Hunter, Vanilla, Abercrombie, Red
There are numerous reviews by asexual readers who found the depiction of asexuality in this book harmful.
Ownvoices: Ownvoices for gay representation.
Ending: Unhappy ending.
Vanni was planning to leave New Mexico right after graduation, but when her dad is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, she must put her plans on hold. She feels stuck and discouraged, but then she meets Leigh, who starts out as a friend but becomes something more.
“A gorgeously written and deeply felt literary young adult novel of identity, millennial anxiety, and first love, from the widely acclaimed author of The Mystery of Hollow Places
In Savannah Espinoza’s small New Mexico hometown, kids either flee after graduation or they’re trapped there forever. Vanni never planned to get stuck—but that was before her father was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, leaving her and her mother to care for him. Now, she doesn’t have much of a plan at all: living at home, working as a performing mermaid at a second-rate water park, distracting herself with one boy after another.
That changes the day she meets Leigh. Disillusioned with small-town life and looking for something greater, Leigh is not a “nice girl.” She is unlike anyone Vanni has met, and a friend when Vanni desperately needs one. Soon enough, Leigh is much more than a friend. But caring about another person stirs up the moat Vanni has carefully constructed around herself, and threatens to bring to the surface the questions she’s held under for so long.
With her signature stunning writing, Rebecca Podos, author of The Mystery of Hollow Places, has crafted a story of first love and of the complex ways in which the deepest parts of us are hidden, even from ourselves.”
Cis girls: Vanni
Genderqueer/non-binary: Leigh (side character)
Vanni is bisexual
Vanni is biromantic.
Vanni’s dad is diagnosed with Parkinson’s
Substance abuse and alcoholism