#IndiePride Book Reviews

This is a page for celebrating LGBT+ indie/self-published books and authors! I’m going to be updating it throughout the month of June 2022 with new reviews, as I aim to read only indie LGBT+ books that month to showcase voices that don’t get nearly the attention they deserve! I’m also including older reviews of books I read previously and loved, and which I’m going to spotlight during Pride Month as well.

For a full list of all the books being spotlighted that month on this blog and on Twitter, there’s a Goodreads list! There’s also a page I made of all the covers, and ooooh they’re so pretty! Definitely check them out!

Links to the book reviews I’ve published so far:

Book cover of The Goddess of Nothing At All by Cat Rector.

My book review of The Goddess of Nothing At All. A sneak peek at my thoughts: This book totally took me by surprise, I must say. I wasn’t anticipating the scope of the tale and so many of the twists, that’s for sure. I think I’m so used to first books in a series being just, like, the start of a romance, that I didn’t anticipate how much more of the story would come after Loki and Sigyn’s love story began, blossomed and became something so much more. 

Book cover of Bound by Kat Kinney. Small text says: Blood Moon, Texas Shifts, Book Three.

My book review of Bound. A sneak peek at my thoughts: West and Topher were just so HEART EYES the whole way through and I want more of their story. My goodness, Kat Kinney really knows how to write tension and angst and longing.

Book cover of May Day by Josie Jaffrey. Small text says 'Seekers, Book 1'

My book review of May Day. A sneak peek at my thoughts: The characterisations in this story are done so well, and I really enjoyed the dynamics between everyone, especially Jack and Killian.

I was also lucky enough to interview Josie Jaffrey, the author, which you can find here.

Book cover of A Haunting at Hartwell Hall by Rachel Bowdler

My review of A Haunting at Hartwell Hall. A sneak peek at my thoughts: 1920s! Ladies! Ghosts! Big house! Spookies!

I also got to interview the brilliant Rachel Bowdler, the book’s author, which you can read here.

Book cover of The Hidden King by E.G. Radcliff.

My review of The Hidden King. A sneak peek at my thoughts: Not only does THK set up a fantastical world that the reader only gets a glimpse of in book one, but the characters and their relationships are sure to pull readers in and give them FEELINGS (see me, here with my FEELINGS, lmao). 

Book cover of The 13th Zodiac: Book One by L. Krauch

My review of The 13th Zodiac. A sneak peek at my thoughts: With a truly unique twist on the notions of Fate, Time and Eternity, this builds a tale that feels both familiar and fresh. I was really struck by the backstory and basis for the world, and I love the mythos employed by Krauch in the shaping of it.

I also got to interview the lovely and talented L. Krauch, the book’s author, which you can read here.

Book cover of Partners in Crime by Rachel Bowdler. Text on the tape says 'crime scene: do not cross'

My review of Partners in Crime. A sneak peek at my thoughts: As always, Bowdler manages to pack a wonderful amount into a novella. There’s romance and angst and mystery and suspense. And, like all of Bowdler’s novellas, the characterisation is just wonderful. And Thea and Bryce are impossible not to root for.

Book cover of The Murder Next Door by Sarah Bell.

My review of The Murder Next Door. A sneak peek at my thoughts: Bell’s writing and attention to detail shines throughout – very impressive for a debut! What I loved most, though, was seeing historical moments through a new perspective.

I also had the joy of interviewing the brilliant Sarah Bell, the book’s author, which you can read here.

Book cover of A Walrus & A Gentleman by Emmaline Strange.

My review of A Walrus & a Gentleman. A sneak peek at my thoughts: Everything about this was just ROMANCE and CUTE and GRUMPY LIGHTHOUSE GRUMPS and COSY JUMPERS and BE STILL MY HEART. ☆_☆

Book cover of The Stars Will Guide Us Back: A Collection of Short Stories by Rue Sparks.

My review of The Stars Will Guide Us Back. A sneak peek at my thoughts: I’m supremely picky with audiobooks, and I’m delighted to say that Rue Sparks’ The Stars Will Guide Us Back was just wonderful! 

Book cover of Untouched by Jayme Bean. Small text above title says 'some places are better left ...'

My review of Untouched. A sneak peek at my thoughts: I’m so impressed by Jayme Bean’s debut novel! The rich imagery and detail is amazingly well actualised and the characters are excellently developed. David and Ben were definitely the highlight for me. OTP FEELS.

Book cover of Bloodlaced by Courtney Maguire. Small text says 'Youkai Bloodlines'

My review of Bloodlaced. A sneak peek at my thoughts: I really like how very different this book is from others in the vampire genre.

I also had the pleasure of interviewing the book’s talented author, Courtney Maguire, which is available here.