Genre: urban fantasy
Representation: Lesbian protagonist, several lesbian/sapphic major and minor supporting characters, minor gay supporting character
Content Warnings:violence, depression, cutting/ self-harm to cast magic, elements of BDSM (semi-sexual without sex or after care)
Publication date: May 15th 2018
Disgraced witch Harrietta Lee has made a lot of mistakes in her life; there’s a reason she’s got a sizable burn scar slapped across the side of her neck and a formal letter of excommunication from the international underground magical community. But who has time to dwell on the past when you’re trying to make rent in New York? Things are mostly clean and simple, until her next odd job is brought to her by a representative of a powerful corporate family—a family she once had close personal ties to. As she unwillingly digs through six years’ worth of personal baggage, she’s also got to contend with an inhuman admirer shadowing her in the street.
But hey, maybe it’ll be worth it for the beautiful women she gets to kiss…
Deadling was a lot of fun but not without some faults. For this review I’m going to split the review into pros and cons (don’t worry it will be spoiler free!)
For a self-published book this was very well written
The Harry is unapologetically queer
Like so many lesbians and many lesbian kisses
The magic was lots of fun
Fast paced and action packed!
Monsters, sprites, demons, witches!
The world building and the magical societies, while not widely explored was interesting
I liked Harry’s sister Lucille! She was so sweet and quirky and fun!
Considering the stakes and the deadline, the Harry didn’t seem all that worried and took her time with her work. I never felt the urgency, that I think I was meant to feel.
Everything seemed a bit too easy. All her magic seemed to work a bit too well and she found things she needed to find a bit too easily. Sometimes the solution to her problem would show up right at her door.
People are a bit too nice to her. There was this strange dissonance between people not liking her because of her bad reputation and her mistakes but also still allowing her a lot of freedom and letting her help fix her mistakes. There were reasons in the story but it still feels off.
Might just be me, but I found the flash backs a bit confusing.
Deadline was a lot of fun! It’s a fast, action packed, magical, queer story with a lot of heat and nice writing. If you’re in the mood for a quick easy read consider picking this up! There are some dark parts to the story so be aware of the CWs before reading.
I would not recommend this to everyone but if you want to read a f/f story with witches, monsters, action, magic and hints of romance this is definitly worth a read.