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Sparks Fly by Sarah Sanders

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The Red Queen Series By Victoria Aveyard


Okay, we know that this is more of a YA, borderline sci-fi, dystopian kind of series rather than F/F romance or focus but we just have to put this book in because we absolutely love Evangeline Samos, who initially is portrayed as the antagonist.

Before we write about Red Queen, we would like to say that we are thrilled with the fact that all new books written for audiences of all age groups now definitely have a rainbow (read: gay) character – either a minor one or a major character. This is one of the most heartening new trends in fiction writing which will surely help in breaking the stranglehold of heteronormative compulsions in the society. No, the change may not happen overnight but thanks to this trend in writing, it will chisel away those phobias. This is insidious – and very effective – advocacy.

Coming to the Red Queen Series, and Evangeline Samos in particular. Evangeline starts off as a typical Mean Girls bitch. She is beautiful, cold and a total badass. At the same time she is extremely loyal and conflicted by being pushed into various betrothals for political reasons. It is in the third book that her true feelings are revealed. She is a lesbian and in love with Elane Haven. It is also from this point that she turns from a one-dimensional caricature into a multi-layered person with feelings of her own.

The two girls, Evangeline and Elane, are willing to take on their powerful families and the rest of the world to be together. From the time the relationship of the two girls is revealed, Evangeline’s character undergoes a metamorphosis. She takes unprecedented risks and unexpected actions to be with her lover, the love of her life.

Thankfully, the two girls end up together in the end, which makes this one of our favourite YA series.

Definitely a solid four stars for this one (one star less than five because it would’ve been even better if she was the main protagonist).


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