Rainbow Bookshelf

Novels and Anthologies by Queer Creators, for Queer Readers

  • FOXHUNT — Rem Wigmore

    December 12, 2021 by

    That was the thing about good people. They did the right thing just because it was. — Orfeus, Foxhunt Orfeus the musician is searching for hope in the heart of danger… In a lush solarpunk future, plants have stripped most of the poison from the air and bounty hunters keep resource hoarders in check. Orfeus… Read more

  • TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN — Talia Hibbert

    September 14, 2021 by

    Feeling is always worth it. — Danika Brown; Take A Hint, Dani Brown Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits… When… Read more


    May 3, 2021 by

    A showrunner and her assistant give the world something to talk about when they accidentally fuel a ridiculous rumor in this debut romance. — Meryl Wilsner, Something To Talk About Hollywood powerhouse Jo is photographed making her assistant Emma laugh on the red carpet, and just like that, the tabloids declare them a couple. The… Read more

  • PERFECT ON PAPER — Sophie Gonzales

    March 22, 2021 by

    “Self-Analysis: Darcy PhillipsIs not set in stone.” — Sophie Gonzales, Perfect on Paper This is the (mostly) spoiler-free review of this novel. If you’re also interested in a transcript of my reading journal discussing internalised biphobia and bi erasure, you can find it on my Patreon. Darcy Phillips has a secret. It’s not that she’s… Read more

  • GIRL, SERPENT, THORN — Melissa Bashardoust

    February 13, 2021 by

    “Even if she’s upset with you now, if you do right by her, she will forgive you.” — Melissa Bashardoust, Girl, Serpent, Thorn This is the spoiler-free review of this novel. If you’d like to read my full reading journal, you can check it over on my Ko-fi. Girl, Serpent, Thorn is a magic, fantastic… Read more

  • Reading Journal 001: Nina LaCour’s WATCH OVER ME

    October 20, 2020 by

    Warning: reading journal entries contain plot spoilers! After I started reading Watch Over Me and talked about it to my girlfriend, I was in the middle of talking about it when I suddenly realised: I have not read the blurb. (It’s Nina LaCour, so… insta-buy for me.) If I had, I’d have known going in… Read more

  • JULIET TAKES A BREATH — Gabby Rivera

    March 16, 2020 by

    “I wanted her to change my world.”“Mi amor, only you can change your world.” — Gabby Rivera, JULIET TAKES A BREATH An excellent story about a young queer woman from the Bronx who goes to Portland for the summer to find a new love, White Feminism, and the joy of community. Rivera’s grasp on setting… Read more

  • THE OLD GUARD — Rucka & Fernández

    February 16, 2020 by

    “War never takes the wicked man by chance, the good man always.” — Sophocles, Philoctetes Soldiers Live. They Wonder Why. The concept of The Old Guard, sketched out in the exposition and then built upon throughout, is that everyone dies — just for some, their time hasn’t come yet. The soldiers in this group aren’t… Read more

  • OUT OF THIS WORLD — Catherine Lundoff

    January 26, 2020 by

    If I said I met my vampire prince at a ball at the King’s palace, would you believe me? — OUT OF THIS WORLD OUT OF THIS WORLD is an excellent anthology — crucially in that it introduces new readers, such as me, to such a wide variety of stories by a single author. The… Read more

  • WE ARE OKAY — Nina LaCour

    July 31, 2019 by

    We were miraculous. We were beach creatures. We had treasure in our pockets and each other on our skin. — WE ARE OKAY WE ARE OKAY is a novel that does not centre its queerness in the sense that it isn’t your typical coming of age + coming out story. It is an undeniably queer… Read more

  • About Rainbow Books

    June 23, 2019 by

    Born out of a want to read and write more about queer content and content creators, I created rainbowshelf.blog. Queer authors and creators need to be seen and heard now more than ever. As a bi woman who came out only in her late twenties, I want to help and lend my own voice. I… Read more

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