Kacey loves to read fiction of all kinds, mostly literature, sci-fi/fantasy, romance, and young adult. She will ocassionally pick up non-fiction if it grabs her attention. She's particularly enjoying various sci-fi and fantasy series at the moment, so ask her for a recommendation if you're looking for a new series to read!
One of my favorite reads of 2022. It's action-packed with many layers to the story and the relationship that develops between the main characters is indescribably beautiful.
cw: alcoholism, violence, misogyny, sexual assault, torture, suicidal thoughts, rape
A fun romance that flies by about friends taking a vacation together. I loved the characters & how they explored complex emotions from the past as they figured out their future relationships.
cw: acephobia, panic attacks, alcoholism
A queer historical friends-to-lovers romance featuring just the right mix of slow-burn pining, emotional complexity, and witty character drama. I will read anything by Alexis Hall, and this one doesn't disappoint!
cw: addiction, drug abuse, deadnaming
This is the kind of book you'll read half of, and then not be able to put down until you finish. If you like The Hunger Games or Black Sun, pick this up next!
cw: violence, bullying, dysphoria, child abuse
This story is a Camelot re-telling, yes, but it's also a journey of self-discovery that you, me, any of us really, could insert ourselves into. Who do you trust? Who do you love? What's waiting for you around the next bend in the road? The lush, descriptive prose will pull you in and never let you go.
cw: death, death of parent, infertility
Fast, fun, full of heart (despite being about an accidental murder). The Aunties are the best!
cw: murder, death
Every single person should read this book. It's super informative, engaging, and eye-opening. The concept of sexual attraction touches every facet of our society, and Chen challenges readers to see the world through the lens of asexuality instead.
A slow burn of a book that's kind of like The Hunger Games + Red Rising + Vicious. But Gideon's voice and story is also wholly unique. The set up takes a bit but the pay off is worth it (and there's a helpful glossary in the back!)
Run, don't walk, to pick up this King Arthur-in-space story. The authors improve upon every single character and trope in the original version. The second book is even better than the first!
Parallel Londons, magic, unlikely friendships, and utterly vile villains. V.E. Schwab writes like no other. Read this next if you liked The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.
Fast, fun, action-packed and surprisingly, the characters and emotions are what hooks you. Pick this up if you're in a reading rut! Many more books in the series if you like it.
Read this if you're looking for non-fiction that reads like fiction. Harper shares beautiful, heartbreaking, and emotional moments from her career as an ER doctor.
content warning: domestic abuse, child death, mental illness, medical content
This Great Gatsby re-telling is haunting, thought-provoking, and filled with dazzling moments of magic.
content warnings: racism, alcohol use
Modern day Hollywood + a boarding school with a haunted past + twisty-turny Gothic horror.
content warnings: death, violence, sexual assault
A satisfying, strange, sea-floating dystopian world is at the center of this sci-fi book. The story hits all the right notes - interwoven character perspectives, suspenseful action, and myths come to life. I loved it!
Content warning: terminal illness, mental illness
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Red, White & Royal Blue in this historical romance featuring an unhappy lord and a reformed highway-robber-turned-coffee-shop-owner. I flew through the pages on this one!
Content warning: child death
Blackmail. Love. Lots of back and forth on horseback. Slightly unscrupulous characters that you can't help rooting for. Bi/pansexual protagonists. Read the first in this series too: The Queer Principles of Kit Webb.
cw: gun violence, pregnancy
Flavortown is the imaginative, delightful, nostalgia-inducing ode to Guy Fieri and Midwest food joints that you didn't know you needed. It's also a perfect break from novels and non-fiction.
A beautiful and raw collection of speculative fiction stories centering queer and Two-Spirit Indigenous characters. The stories pull you in immediately and if you're a fan of speculative fiction, make sure this is on your TBR!
content warning: violence, confinement
Emezi's debut novel is unforgettable. As a reader, you are taken on a spiritual journey along with the beings that narrate this book, and it's a perfect exploration of the fragments of our inner selves.
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A beautiful, honest, and moving memoir about showing up for yourself and for your family.
Dystopian fiction at its absolute best - heartbreaking, emotional, and gut-wrenching.