ARTICLE: The Rad Babes Celebrate Pride Month! Emily’s Favorite Diverse Reads!

HAPPY PRIDE MONTH

from the Rad Babes!!

Pride Month is currently celebrated here in the United States during the month of June, to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots that took place in Manhattan.  Here at the blog, we thought it would be a great idea to take a week in June to showcase some of our favorite diverse reads to celebrate!  Make sure to come back each day this week to see all of our favorites, and the end of the week will feature a joint review and our thoughts on some of our fellow bloggers favorites!

Now on to the good part.  Get your to be read lists ready because these are books that you absolutely need to read!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Taylor Jenkins Reid

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?Evelyn Hugo

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

My Thoughts

Honestly, I had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book.  Taylor Jenkins Reid is an auto buy, go to author for me, so I didn’t even question what the book was about when I ordered it.  I just knew that if she wrote it, I had to read it!  I’ve always loved books about old Hollywood, and sweeping sagas and life stories.  But the story of Evelyn Hugo absolutely gutted me and left me reeling.  I’ve recommended it to several people now, and had them all call me when they finished to both yell at me and thank me.

I know a lot of people have avoided this book because it’s shelved with the romance/woman’s fiction books, but do not let that deter you.  This book is so much more than a romance, or a book about a Hollywood author.  It’s deep, moving, and open’s up the reader’s eyes about what Hollywood was really like in the days of old.  If you read one book this year outside of your norm, definitely consider The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.  I promise you will not be disappointed!

All For the Game Trilogy

Nora Sakavic

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.
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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.

My Thoughts

The All For the Game trilogy is a hidden gem in the YA world.  The first book is free on Kindle, and the other two books are less than $2.00 total.  So even if you get them, and hate them, you’re only out pocket change, but I can promise, you will love these books as much as I did.

The Foxhole Court is the first book in the trilogy, and in my opinion, the weakest of the three.  I don’t make it a secret that I struggled a bit with this one, but in the end it was completely worth it.  However, when I reread these a while ago, I actually enjoyed this one a lot more than I did the first time around.  I think the hardest part of this book and learning and understanding the game of Exy, which is a made up sport (took me some Googling and research on my own to figure this one out, so I’ll just save you the time).  Nora Sakavic has tons of information on her website to help the reader better understand the game, if you’re curious!

This trilogy is full of great friendships, amazing mentors, all with an underlying level of deceit and lies.  Plus, this trilogy will introduce you to Andrew Minyard and I promise, you will NEVER be the same!

Also, just as an FYI, these books are dark, and deal with some pretty serious subject matters, so take caution and do your research before reading these.  There are a lot of reviews on Goodreads and Amazon that can help you decide if this books are a good fit for you!

The Captive Prince Trilogy

C.S. Pacat

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.

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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…

My Thoughts

I can still remember how I found out about this trilogy.  I was scrolling through Twitter one cold and snowy afternoon in January of last year and Sarah J. Maas was raving about the first book in this trilogy, Captive Prince.  Before that, these books had shown up a few times for me on Amazon, but I had brushed past them, because honestly, the covers didn’t hold my attention so I didn’t look any further.  Needless to say, I will be forever grateful for Sarah J. Maas and her Twitter feed!

The Captive Prince trilogy is high fantasy, interlaced with a slow burn romance that is absolutely amazing.  These stories are not action packed, but instead relay on strong character development, and strategy to move the story along.  They’re chocked full of political intrigue, bitter rivalries, and so many emotions.  However, there are mentions of slavery and rape throughout all three books, so if these are triggers for you, I would avoid this trilogy.

I really hope that C.S. Pacat will continue to grace us with more of her story telling because I love her writing so much, and these books will always hold a special place on my shelves!

 

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