Category Archives: Fave Five

Fave Five: New Queer Holiday Romances (2023 Edition)

For the 2022 edition, click here.

Finding My Elf by David Valdes (m/m YA)

It’s a Fabulous Life by Kelly Farmer (f/f)

Mistletoe & Mishigas by M.A. Wardell (m/m)

The Christmas Swap by Talia Samuels (f/f)

Secret Heir for Christmas by LaQuette (m/m)

Fave Five: Queer MG/YA Set at Magic School

Gallowgate by K.R. Alexander (MG)

It Ends in Fire by Andrew Shvarts (YA)

Scholars and Sorcery series by Eleanor Beresford (YA)

A Hundred Vicious Turns by Lee Paige O’Brien (YA)

My Name is Magic by Xan van Rooyen (YA)

Bonus: These are all prose novels, but for a YA graphic novel set at a magical culinary school, check out Basil and Oregano by Melissa Capriglione

Double Bonus: The anthology The Grimoire of Grave Fates ed. by Hanna Alkaf and Margaret Owens is set at a magic school and has plenty of queer content


Fave Five: Trans Historical Fiction

The Companion by EE Ottoman

Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg

All the White Spaces by Ally Wilkes

Wrath Goddess Sing by Maya Deane

A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall

Bonus: These are all Adult, but in YA, check out The Spirit Bares its Teeth by Andrew Joseph White

Double Bonus: Coming in 2024, The Woods All Black by Lee Mandelo

Fave Five: Demisexual Romances

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun (m/m)

Better Hate Than Ever by Chloe Liese (m/demi f)

Far From Home by Lorelie Brown (f/f)

How to Be a Movie Star by TJ Klune (m/m)

That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert (demi m/f)

Bonus: Coming next month, For Never & Always by Helena Greer (demi m/f)

Fave Five: Queer Fiction Set in the Middle Ages

Gwen and Art are Not in Love by Lex Croucher (YA)

Teach the Torches to Burn by Caleb Roehrig (YA)

Emry Merlin by Robyn Schneider (YA)

One Night in Hartswood by Emma Denny

The Scottish Boy by Alex de Campi

Fave Five: Queer Indigenous Fiction, Part III

For Part I, click here. For part II, click here.

Those Pink Mountain Nights by Jen Ferguson (YA, Métis)

Into the Bright Open by Cherie Dimaline (YA, Métis)

Godly Heathens by H.E. Edgmon (YA, Seminole)

Between Earth and Sky by Rebecca Roanhorse (Fantasy)

Coexistence: Stories by Billy-ray Belcourt

Fave Five: New Queer YA Horror with Male MCs

For new queer YA horror with female MCs, click here.

The Pledge by Cale Dietrich

Your Lonely Nights Are Over by Adam Sass

The Spirit Bares its Teeth by Andrew Joseph White

Beholder by Ryan La Sala

This Pact is Not Ours by Zachary Sergi

Bonus: Coming in 2024, Malicia by Steven Dos Santos

Double Bonus: While it’s not Horror, The Forest Demands its Due by Kosoko Jackson is a paranormal thriller that definitely fits the vibe of spooky season!


Fave Five: New Queer YA Horror with Female MCs

For queer YA horror recs from 2022, click here.

She is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran

You’re Not Supposed to Die Tonight by Kalynn Bayron

This Delicious Death by Kayla Cottingham

The Narrow by Kate Alice Marshall

Monstrous by Jessica Lewis

Bonus: For a whole anthology full, check out Night of the Living Queers ed. by Alex Brown and Shelly Page

Double Bonus: The Last Girls Standing by Jennifer Dugan is maybe more psych thriller than Horror, but check it out anyway