author check-in: anna-marie mclemore

Hello everyone! It’s time for the second Author Check-in! I’ll be talking about the books I’ve read, haven’t read, and upcoming releases by that author. As it’s Pride Month, I want to spotlight an author whose writing is beautiful, lyrical, and atmospheric. Ever since the first book that I read from ✨ Anna-Marie McLemore ✨, I quickly became a fan of theirs. Today’s post will only be standalone novels since the author has not ventured into writing stories longer than one book’s length. Anna-Marie McLemore writes about queer characters and their stories.


when the moon was ours

status: completed
published in 2016
read in 2020

I didn’t start reading from Anna-Marie McLemore until 2019, and their debut was my third book. By then I was already familiar with their writing style with magical stories starring fascinating main characters.

Wild Beauty was my introduction to Anna-Marie McLemore’s writing. Honestly, I was a little apprehensive since I’ve never truly enjoyed flowery writing. However, the author just turned the table and I was hooked with the legacy of the Nomeolvides women.

wild beauty

status: completed
published in 2017
read in 2019

dark and deepest red

status: completed
published in 2020
read in 2020

This novel threw me into a retelling of the Red Shoes, mixed with a historical event called The Dancing Plague, both of which I had only vaguely knew about. I look the longest time to read Dark and Deepest Red. It spoke more about my reading slump than the book itself.

Having read from both authors previously, I knew I will be enjoying Miss Meteor. Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Kay Mejia brought out issues within beauty pageants within the book. This collaboration is pretty awesome.

miss meteor

[co-author: tehlor kay mejia]
status: completed
published in 2020
read in 2021

the mirror season

status: completed
published in 2021
read in 2021

This was a heart-breaking retelling of The Snow Queen. That night shattered the two characters in different ways. It is one of the hardest books I have ever read, but finished it quickly because I was propelled by Anna-Marie McLemore’s writing. They delicately explored the event throughout the whole book.

Do read the author’s note when you pick The Mirror Season up.


  1. panaderia~pasteleria in hungry hearts: 13 tales of food and love
  2. liberty in serendipity

to be read

  1. the weight of feathers 🌈 released in 2015
  2. blanca & roja 🌈 released in 2018
  3. lakelore 🌈 released in 2022

upcoming releases

  1. self-made boys (remixed classics) 🌈 coming in september 6, 2022
  2. venom & vow 🌈 coming in 2023

I’m done with my second author check-in with Anna-Marie McLemore’s books. The author has participated in many anthologies that I might not pick up any time soon, but if I do, they will be added to the list.

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