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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  14 reviews
They don’t have dragons where half-faerie Sadie was born – not living ones, anyway – but in the Grove, everyone knows that dragon eggs grow on trees like leaves and need Dreams to hatch. Without faerie Dreams, the dragons won’t survive. And neither will anyone else.

Brash, boyish sixteen-year-old Sadie thinks she can stop the worst from happening, but as a half-human, she l
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ebook, 243 pages
Published March 26th 2018 by NineStar Press
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Lex Kent
3.25 Stars. We all know never to judge a book by its cover. But NineStar Press has been putting out such beautiful covers lately, I could not help but be drawn to this book because of that. Of course realizing that this was a YA lesfic fantasy book just insured it would be a must read for me. I did like this read, I just didn’t love it like I was hoping too.

Dragons, magic and the fae, this book really should have been perfect for me. For one, I thought this was going to be more of a high fantas
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Jess
This book was provided for free by Love Bytes in exchange for an honest review.

This review was first posted to Love Bytes: LGBTQ Reviews. It has been slightly edited here for content.

This book is a denser and more mature type of fairy tale than a lot of what we expect in YA fiction. It’s complex and political, and often, the teenage characters feel much older than they actually are. There are a lot of compelling and clever aspects to the world of Lunav, but it lacked the cohesion and character d
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LibraryDanielle
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
There was a lot going on in Lunav. So much that I found it hard to engage at first. As I got deeper into the book the story pulled me in though.
I DO wish there had been a bit more world building/history in the story though. We're thrown into a world in conflict, with a bunch of different races/species, dialects, magical abilities, pronouns, etc, and there's no explanation of anything. We learn different abilities as the story goes on and sometimes it makes you stop and go "wait, what?" For examp
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B.B. Sanchez
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
There is so much to love about Lunav. The worldbuilding that Polish manages is like a technicolor painting full of lush life and unique creatures which is absolutely what I want in a great fantasy novel. The fact that a queer romance is at the center and that there are so many non-binary characters, makes this a book to happily recommend to the teens in your life, especially if they identify as queer. It does take a bit to adjust to all of the terminology and the unique pronoun of “que” so the f ...more
TransBookReviews
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: enby-rep, five-stars
Ultimately, I don’t think any of our protagonists are actually trans or non-binary themselves—they all use binary pronouns, Sadie is referred to as a daughter, and so on—but the way gender is applied throughout means I don’t know, and I would still personally count this book as one with a positive portrayal of being non-binary, and a system in which it works. - Matt

What I can tell you is that I believe this to be one of the best worldbuildings I’ve read in a long time, that the characters are m
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USOM
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)


Any book that makes me cry on the train deserves an auto 5 from now on from me. Just so you all know.

So you already know about how I embarrassed myself publicly for this book and you must be wondering why. Well there are so many reasons. The world building here is rich, detailed, and superb. There's a wealth of magic, color, and injustice. I could feel the rage simmering beneath
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Jadin
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enbies, dragons, magic, and lesbians? Yes, please! The (gorgeous) cover of LUNAV is another easy selling point, although between the fireflies, soothing colors, and back blurb, the book sells itself as more sword and sorcery fantasy (or even romance fantasy) than dark fantasy. And the book is dark. Not gory or gritty, but definitely dark. The first half of the book is dedicated to bringing the reader into the world and the atrocities taking place against the fae. Talking about downed trees as ‘b ...more
Jacqueline Rohrbach
Lunav is a story about rebellion and tyranny that never eases up on how difficult it is to escape a system of repression. It gets dark pretty fast and then stays that way until the end. Generally speaking, I like darker books and more realistic stories. Mostly, I admired the author's commitment to not glossing over the hardships of oppression. However, there were a lot of times when I had to put the book down because it was so depressing.

I'd suggest this story for people who don't want books th
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Lucas Taylor
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great read from start to finish. It's definitely an emotional ride, but it's well worth it. Lesbian fairy tale for the win.
Haven
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love it! It provides an enchanting and mesmerizing experience as you read it. I practically couldn't put the book down! And it is very well written in my opinion !
Simone Roylance
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book!!! Lunav packs a powerful emotional punch, it brought me to tears many times. The worldbuilding is unique and so gorgeous, and I love the way J Polish draws us into their world. The interconnectivity of all the lifeforms, the way they deal with gender, the animals that communicate with body language, and the dragons, (oh how I love Zaylam!) all come together to make a wonderful read. The abrupt stop at the end left me wanting so much more, and I am so glad to hear that there wil ...more
Marie
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So gorgeous. One of my favorite things I've read in a long time.
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Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lunav called my attention right away from the wonderful cover. If there is a small press that knows how to make them, this is Ninestar Press with Natasha Snow's amazing work.

The story had a nice writing and I loved how refreshing and rich the worldbuilding was. I don't think I've ever read something like this before. And even though fae stories aren't typically my kind of thing, I quite enjoyed this one.
But unfortunately, I would feel lost here and there. The huge cast of characters made the sto
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Abigail
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This was one unique book, that's for sure. Even by the end of the story I was confused but still liked it, but also had no clue how to rate it. But I'll do my best to sum up this book now. 

The main reason I read this book, and continued to read it even after being very confused by it, was the diversity. Because this book has everything, lesbian characters, non-binary characters, polyamours representations and I'm sure I'm forgetting more. It has it all and it's woven into the story so seamlessly
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Jenn Polish is the author of two young adult books, Lunav and Lost Boy, Found Boy. Their debut novella, Lost Boy, Found Boy, is a scifi re-telling of Peter Pan in which Neverland is a holomatrix, Hook is a bisexual cyborg, and Tink is an asexual lesbian computer interface. Their debut novel, Lunav, a lesbian faerie tale, features dragons that grow on trees and friendship amongst rebellion. They te ...more
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