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read the rainbow #4 | orange books


Hoohoo, friends of the blade.

It’s been three long years since I started the “read the rainbow” series, planned to definitely continue and then never did. Until now. For this one, we’ll change it up a bit, though, and instead of picking books for every colour of the rainbow, I’m going with orange books first. Listen, I do plan to do posts for the other colours. Might take days, weeks, years, but I’ll get around to it, I promise.
So now, years after writing the first read the rainbow post, I’m back. With one of my favourite colours and beautifully queer books and yes, I’m also counting orange spines because there are not nearly enough orange books…

perfect on paperPerfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

Darcy Phillips:
• Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes―for a fee.
• Uses her power for good. Most of the time.
• Really cannot stand Alexander Brougham.
• Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke…who is in love with someone else.
• Does not appreciate being blackmailed.
However, when Brougham catches her in the act of collecting letters from locker 89―out of which she’s been running her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service―that’s exactly what happens. In exchange for keeping her secret, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to become his personal dating coach―at a generous hourly rate, at least. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.
Darcy has a good reason to keep her identity secret. If word gets out that she’s behind the locker, some things she’s not proud of will come to light, and there’s a good chance Brooke will never speak to her again.
Okay, so all she has to do is help an entitled, bratty, (annoyingly hot) guy win over a girl who’s already fallen for him once? What could go wrong?

Perfect on Paper is one of my all time favourite books. It captured my own bi experience extremely well and reads so quick and fun! Read my review for Perfect on Paper here.

the electric heirThe Electric Heir by Victoria Lee
Feverwake #2

Six months after Noam Álvaro helped overthrow the despotic government of Carolinia, the Atlantians have gained citizenship, and Lehrer is chancellor. But despite Lehrer’s image as a progressive humanitarian leader, Noam has finally remembered the truth that Lehrer forced him to forget—that Lehrer is responsible for the deadly magic infection that ravaged Carolinia. Now that Noam remembers the full extent of Lehrer’s crimes, he’s determined to use his influence with Lehrer to bring him down for good. If Lehrer realizes Noam has evaded his control—and that Noam is plotting against him—Noam’s dead. So he must keep playing the role of Lehrer’s protégé until he can steal enough vaccine to stop the virus. Meanwhile Dara Shirazi returns to Carolinia, his magic stripped by the same vaccine that saved his life. But Dara’s attempts to ally himself with Noam prove that their methods for defeating Lehrer are violently misaligned. Dara fears Noam has only gotten himself more deeply entangled in Lehrer’s web. Sooner or later, playing double agent might cost Noam his life.

I can’t remember much about book one in this duology, The Fever King, except that I really, really enjoyed it. I definitely need a reread so I can pick up The Electric Heir! This has a very orange spine and portrays mlm characters!

what if it's usWhat if it’s us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?

The way this has been sitting on my shelves unread for five years now… What if it’s us has a light orange spine and features mlm characters.

kings queens and in-betweensKings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju

Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark is bored with her insular community of Bridgeton, in love with her straight girlfriend, and trying to move past her mother’s unexpected departure. After a bewildering encounter at a local festival, Nima finds herself suddenly immersed in the drag scene on the other side of town.
Macho drag kings, magical queens, new love interests, and surprising allies propel Nima both painfully and hilariously closer to a self she never knew she could be—one that can confidently express and accept love. But she’ll have to learn to accept lost love to get there.

Don’t be surprised by the blue cover, this has a very neon orange spine! It’s such a great coming of age summer book with a big cast of queer characters that I highly enjoyed!

ophelia after allOphelia After All by Racquel Marie

Ophelia Rojas knows what she likes: her best friends, Cuban food, rose-gardening, and boys – way too many boys. Her friends and parents make fun of her endless stream of crushes, but Ophelia is a romantic at heart. She couldn’t change, even if she wanted to.
So when she finds herself thinking more about cute, quiet Talia Sanchez than the loss of a perfect prom with her ex-boyfriend, seeds of doubt take root in Ophelia’s firm image of herself. Add to that the impending end of high school and the fracturing of her once-solid friend group, and things are spiraling a little out of control. But the course of love-and sexuality-never did run smooth. As her secrets begin to unravel, Ophelia must make a choice between clinging to the fantasy version of herself she’s always imagined or upending everyone’s expectations to rediscover who she really is, after all.

The way I absolutely love Ophelia? Unreal. I really don’t talk enough about this wonderful book. It has such a great friend group and support system, it is beautifully written and portrays queerness in so many facettes. One of my all time favourite books!

the song risingThe Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
The Bone Season #3

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population.
But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.
Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…

I just reread this book and it absolutely destroyed me again. I love this series so incredibly much, it just gets better and better with each book and I also suffer more and more with each book. Fun times. Please read it. This features a demi MC, important trans, wlw and mlm side characters. And it has a very orange spine.

the mask fallingThe Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon
The Bone Season #4

Dreamwalker Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion’s downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim’s puppet empire.
The mysterious Domino Program has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim-her former enemy-at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war.
As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them-and could end with them…

*Bangs fist on table* Please read this series so I don’t suffer alone. It’s so good, introducing more and more wonderful characters while shaping the ones we already know so well. In addition to book three, this also has a queer LI and more mlm side characters, as well as an aroace side and several queer side characters.

the priory of the orange treeThe Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.
The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door.
Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.
Across the dark sea, Tané has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.
Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

Samantha Shannon going strong in this list and she deserves it. Her books are so good! And Priory is no exception. It has amazing world building, complex characters and such gorgeous prose. I know why Samantha Shannon is one of my all time favourite authors. Priory features a gay MC, a bi MC, an a-spec MC and several queer side characters!

i was born for thisI was Born for This by Alice Oseman

For Angel Rahimi, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world.
Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band is all he’s ever dreamed of doing. It’s just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare.
Because that’s the problem with dreaming – eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.

Ugh, I love Alice Oseman and I love this book! It’s so well written, really capturing that fandom spirit in all its positive and negative sides. This book features a trans MC and bi LI as well as queer side characters.


Have you read any of these books? What’s your favourite book in your favourite colour? What colour should I feature next on “read the rainbow”?

Until next time,


    1. Yes!! I was Born for This is still my favourite novel in the Osemanverse, I love it so much!! And it’ll be published in German this month which also makes me very happy 🙂

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