LGBTQIA+ Books Featuring A-Sexual (Ace) Characters

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As members of the community, Mireille and I are always looking for solid LGBTQIA+ representation.  It’s not always the easiest to find but luckily it’s getting better and better every year in the YA category.  Mireille identifies as asexual (ace), so she is ownvoice for the ace representation.  We were super excited to put this list together for you guys! Hopefully next year we’ll be able to add lots more to the list – we have a lot of upcoming titles with ace characters to read!

every heart a doorway

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
The Wayward Children Series is one of my all-time favorites and this has amazing representation all through it.  I think this was the very first time I saw someone identify as asexual on paper and not just imply or hint around at it.

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All Out : The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell
I am a fan of anthologies and overall I really enjoyed this read.  There is only one story that features an ace character but I thought it was done really well.  If you want to skip ahead and just read that story, it’s called: And They Don’t Kiss At the End by Nilah Magruder 

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Both of us fell in love with this novel and with the character of Felicity.  It wasn’t directly said that she was ace, but it was heavily implied in a few scenes.  The author later confirmed that Felicity is ace and I believe it is talked about more when she gets her own novel. The only reason that the companion novel (The Ladies Guide to Petticoats and Piracy) is because both of us are behind and haven’t read it yet – but I’m sure that one would be listed instead of this one otherwise.  

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Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria
Alys was such a great character. Not only does she represent the ace spectrum but she also representing the plus size girls!!! She was probably my favourite character from that book. 

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I love this series so much and I am so happy that there is an ace character in it and that she is one of the most badass female characters ever. Liraz doesn’t have a big spot in the first book but we get to see her a lot more in book 2 & 3. When Liraz reflects on everyone’s relationship she starts to think about her own sexuality and from that introspect we do get to see that she is on the ace spectrum. 

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Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Though it is not brought up in the book, Ahsley Poston has said that Ana, the main character, is on the asexual spectrum. 

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Vicious by VE Schwab
I don’t remember it being mentioned as per se in Vicious but VE Schwab has said that Victor is ace and that being known I think that I can see it looking back on the story. 

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Do you have any a-sexual book recs to give us? Have you read any of these? Leave us a comment!

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28 thoughts on “LGBTQIA+ Books Featuring A-Sexual (Ace) Characters

    1. I’m starting that book next week. Glad to know you loved it. I’m really excited to see an ace book where the character has a romantic relationship. I feel like we see not a lot but mostly aro/ace characters. So it’s exciting to have an ace character being romantically involved.

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  1. Thank you so much for this list! We definitely need more ace rep out there 🙂 I need to try Every Heart A Doorway. I also highly recommend Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann and Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee for their ace rep.

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  2. Hm…because of her relationship with Ziri, and the fact that her reluctance to love is generally just treated as a manifestation of her fear of being hurt, I never considered her to be ace. I mean, maybe she is gray-ace or demiromantic–hard to say–but nothing seemed to canonically suggest asexuality to me. Just my two cents, though! (As someone who is demiromantic asexual, I guess her experience as a character just didn’t seem like good or intentional rep to me.)

    As for some of the others, though, I loved Every Heart a Doorway, and Felicity from Gentleman’s Guide is freaking awesome. Adding a few of these others to my TBR now!

    And I am so, so excited for Beyond the Black Door, coming out later this year–fantasy with an asexual protagonist, and her asexuality is apparently enough of the plot that it is literally mentioned in the blurb!!

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    1. Mir read that book, so I’m not really sure on that character. I wish there was more on the page asexual representation, so it didn’t leave readers guessing frequently.

      It really sounds like we are going to be getting some good stuff this year though. We are both excited for Beyond the Black Door – praying the representation is solid. We really need more rep!!!

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  3. I believe the MC Cassandra in Dare Mighty Things is also Ace. There is a sequel, but I haven’t read it yet. I’d have to find my copy to be sure. But I remember there being a scene where someone asks her about it, and I’m pretty sure it was confirmed.

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  4. Yessss, give me all the ace books! I’ve read some of the books featured on this list, and I loved them so much! And I have a copy of Vicious that I can’t WAIT to read because I’ve heard such good things, and the ace rep is a definite plus ❣ as for a book with ace rep, I recently read and enjoyed Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman, which is about sexual fluidity, and along with the questioning ace rep, there’s questioning aromantic rep too!!

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