It was a less crazy kind of month, well busy as all hell but not filled with the same insanity that seemed to happen so far this year.
This month I managed 12 books. Not too shabby. Surprisingly a few non-sapphic books this month, and a few meh books that were ok but nothing to overhype about. No terrible horrible one star books so all in all, a successful reading month. So here we go.
Miracle Growth by Tim Mendees – Alice in wonderland meets Little Shop of Horrors with some Evil Dead thrown in for good measure, all coated in brilliant humour reminiscent of Hot Fuzz, and Shaun of the Dead. Buddy Review, and Author interview
The Principle’s Office by Jae – What a gorgeous little short about Ky and Regan. I love and adore Jae’s way of also bringing in characters from other books. Even ones you wouldn’t automatically think about, ok you all might but I hadn’t. The cuteness of this story made me smile and that’s just what I needed. A short happy read 🙂
Blue Horses by Mary Oliver – Her poetry speaks to me in ways I’ve not found before. There is beauty and sadness in this collection, with a clarity and humour that seeps beneath the skin.
Dead Pretty by Robyn Nyx – Second person, 2 POV sapphic crime book. What more could a girl really ask for. A fantastic combination of crime and love story twisted together in a well balanced flow. I adored both main characters but I am easily team Dak. I fell in love with the family dynamics, the imperfections of the characters, the red herrings, and the humour and tension.
Nyx’s writing is power and beautiful.
Win by Harlen Coben – I’ll admit. I went into this with a little trepidation. I love the Myron Bolitar series. True, I always loved Win and his psychopathic mood and humour but I didn’t know how it would go. Next minute, I’ve read the entire book in one day.
Harlen Coban is brilliant. His writing style makes the pages fly by, the mystery is fascinating, and the humour had laugh out loud moments.
The Immortal by E.G Creel – Overall the story is interesting and a really cool idea. There are some wonderful moments. For me the most noteworthy ones are the very beginning (brilliant set up) and Emma’s dream after she almost drowns.
I wanted to love this book, but in the end I struggled with the introduction of too many characters who didn’t feel unique enough and the way information was given too easily. I would have liked to have discovered the history of the Vikings in a more gradual way.The main character was a little too detached and the flow could have been better with a few chapters swapped around.
I still enjoyed moments and I love the ideas behind it.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – A brilliantly written story with characters you can’t help but adore.
Single POV (y’all know how much I love them) third person from Alex’s perspective. I adore this character. He’s so driven and smart and so ridiculously stupid at the same time.
There were some true moments of ooomph right to the feels.
The push and pull had me up at all hours dying to read more of this amazing book.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (Narrator Liyah Summers) – Amazing epic fantasy. I now understand why so many people have raved about it. Beautiful writing, wonderful stories all coming together with brilliant characters.
I did get a bit bogged down in the stories for a small time but glad it wasn’t enough to stop me from pushing through. Adored so much about the ending.
Almost Ruth by Tyler Jones – What a rush. The small town vibes with superstitions, rituals, and characters I swear I’ve met. I loved the story and the build up of things being not quite right, the tension was delightful. What I adored most about this book is the writing itself. The description of the small details is phenomenal and delicious. I struggled a little with the end, feeling like the answers only raised more questions for me, and boy do I want the answers.
The Magical Femme: A Lesbian Short Story by Fiona Zedde – Hot damn. Zedde’s words are powerful and her imagery is magical. A hot AF short story that manages to sizzle while also managing to create an entirely realistic and complete main character in just a few pages.
Bulletproof by Maggie Cummings (Narrator Paige McKinney) – I listened to the audiobook of this. I wasn’t too fussed on the narrator, the emphasis didn’t sit right for me, but once I sped it up to x1.2 speed I found it a lot more enjoyable as I could focus easier on the story. This was an enjoyable read. I liked the crime element and the tongue in cheek reference to SVU. I enjoyed the dynamics of characters and the story overall, though I would have enjoyed more risk to the crime itself, but that’s probably just me.
Pyotra and the Wolf by Elna Holst – If you love fractured fairytales, explorations of family and the monster under the bed turned on it’s head, I highly recommend this book. This is a queer retelling of a fairytale I am not familiar with. If I were I’m not sure if my opinion on the book would change. I loved Pyotra and the Wolf. It pulled me along with such ease and enjoyment. It’s a multiple third person POV story with themes of love, responsibility, family and what equates to strength. Elna holst has such an incredible way of describing the world of characters, emotions, beauty and horror in epic ways. Pyotra and the Wolf reaffirms why I love her writing so much.
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