LGBTQ Charity Giveaway + Light Review

LGBTQ Push Back Charity Giveaway

Today I want to share about a current charity and reading opportunity. Instead of spending $5 on a book this week, donate $5 to an LGBTQ charity of your choice, comment at the giveaway page and be entered in a drawing to win a book from a participating donor. The LGBTQ Push Back Charity Giveaway runs through May 1.

I support equality. I read LGBTQ books. I want diversity in books, of all varieties, and I put my time and money behind what I believe.

And now, a review of a recent LGBTQ read:

Light – Review

Light by Nathan BurgoineRead Light for:
* an out and proud gay lead
* a light and fun superhero story
* relatable, funny characters

Light by Nathan Burgoine (2013)     Add to Goodreads or see more reviews
Kieran Quinn is a bit telepathic, a little psychokinetic, and very gay—three things that have gotten him through life perfectly well so far—but when self-styled prophet Wyatt Jackson arrives during Pride Week, things take a violent turn. 4 Stars - Recommended
My result: Recommended

Light is an enjoyable, light superhero story that was a lot of fun to read. With an openly gay and proud main character and events taking place over the course of Pride Week, it will find a welcome home with readers looking for LGBT characters, especially in science fiction and fantasy.

Characters are well-developed and multi-layered, and it’s easy to root for them to find happiness. The romance isn’t the driving force of the book, but it’s a strong and satisfying element in the mix of good vs. evil, character, and setting.

Light also works as a fun take on superheroes that will satisfy fans of the genre. Kieran has kept his powers a secret his entire life, and it takes an act of violence right in front of him to make him use his powers. But acting the hero in public is still a different thing than telling his friends and family. To defeat the bad guy and save the community he loves, Kieran will have to risk exposure and come clean.

Light is a solid superhero story with a reluctant hero and a villain founded on intolerance and hatred. But it’s also willing to have fun, as with Kieran’s ongoing mortification at the names he’s given by the press and the internet contest to choose his moniker. (His final choice is perfect, and a nice way to tie off the story.)

Personally, I was 100% sold a few chapters in. Kieran has telepathy, you see, and he uses it to send his cat mental images of being scratched under the chin so she purrs and heads over. Telekinesis? Perfect for floating mousie around the house for a game of chase. This is totally what I’d do with my superhero powers, if you were wondering.


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