Deadline (Harrietta Lee #1) by Stephanie Ahn: Review

Genre: urban fantasy

Category:General fiction(Adult)

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

Book links: Goodreads 🔥 Amazon

Rating: 4/5

Summary

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…

Review

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!)

PROS:

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!

CONS:

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.

Overall:

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.

Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥/5

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Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron: Review

Genre: Fantasy

Category: Upper YA, Young Adult

Representation: All characters are people of color. supporting character has PTSD. LGBTQ+ rep: two of the major supporting characters are in a lesbian relationship , gender fluid supporting character, reference to gay character (characters don’t seem to face any discrimination based on their gender or sexuality and are open about it. yay)

Content Warning: violence, murder, gore, mutilation, self-harm, torture, abusive parent, toxic parent-child relationship, references to sexual assault, off-page rape of a major supporting character, victim blaming

Publisher & Publication date: HarperVoyager, September 3rd 2019

Book Links: Goodreads🐍 Amazon🐍 BookDepository

Rating: 3.5/5

Summary

Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

Review

I think the more time I spend thinking about Kingdom of Souls, the more time I let the story settle in my mind the less I like it. When I finished reading it I was on a high and so excited and rated it 5 stars which I have since reduce to 3.5. I did enjoy the story a lot! It was very entertaining and a lot of fun! But I don’t love it like some other books I’ve read recently and some of the things I disliked about the story become more undeniable, like curd settle on top of milk.

The writing was nice. It had a great flow and descriptions were detailed and vivid without being too flowery or confusing for me. I did however find some descriptions a bit repetitive, which once I noticed it, I couldn’t stop notice is. Other than that the writing was very pleasant and clear.

I liked all the characters even the antagonists I found very interesting. The major supporting characters and the love interest Rudjek were developed and well done. I loved reading about the relationships (both familial, friendship and romantic) between characters. Arrah and Rudjek are star crossed lovers which lead to A+ angst and pinning. Honestly the amount of time they were 🐓 blocked by the plot was so frustrating lol.

The world building and magic was easily the best part of the story. It was vast and detailed and meticulously planned out. I think however, it was so expansive and detailed it was a bit hard to grasp. There is tons of explanations in the story but I don’t think I still get the magic system yet. I was never confused but it was hard to understand the limits of magic or what a character can or can’t do. Maybe it will be explored later in the series.

The plot was really intense and well paced. However I don’t think it is possible to say what the book it about without spoiling it. Yes, the story is about stopping the Demon king from being released but the whole plot about saving the missing children is only a small part of a larger narrative. It is similar to A Spark of White Fire where it is more like several plot lines which create, influence and lead into each other than a single straight forward goal.

Problematic Aspects (contains spoilers)

There are several heavy and dark things in this story but most were handled with care and treated as terrible things by the narrative. There were however a couple things which I think could have been handled better or the narrative may not have realized was problematic.

There was a scene about a ritual/ceremony of one of the tribes which included barely clothed women dancing. While in context I understand Arrah was jealous but the way that she looked down on the dancers and low key slut shamed them for exposing their bodies and other girls who showed interest in her love interest made me a bit uncomfortable.

Later the love interest is sleeps with another girl while thinking it was Arrah (due to illusion and possibly compulsion magic). Arrah spends a lot of time feeling upset and betrayed but very little empathy is given to her love interest who was essentially raped since he did not know who he was sleeping with.

Spoilers over

Overall, I really enjoyed Kingdom of Souls and highly recommend it. It reminded me a great deal of both Children of Blood and Bone as well as A Spark of White Fire so if you like one or both of them I’m sure you’ll love Kingdom of souls as well.

However, the story is dark at some points and can be triggering so be aware of the content warnings before reading.

I received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley, HarperVoyager and Rena Barron

I (tried to) write like Brandon Sanderson for a day- Inspired by Kate Cavanaugh

This is 100% copied from Kate Cavanaugh’s video which I watched yesterday and thought yes! I can totally also do that (spoilers I could not)

Here is Kate’s video which is excellent and you should definitely watch! She has a whole series where she writes like a different authors (i.e. follows their writing schedule/method etc)

I really love her series and it is super informative and inspirational. Lots of them include waking up early and writing for hours at a stretch which is impossible for me (because I am a night owl, waking up in the morning takes…effort)

But Brandon Sanderson (according to Kate who did all the research) wakes up at 12 in the afternoon and works until 2 am which seems more my speed. I didn’t follow his writing method to a T like Kate did! I didn’t write on the couch because that would include sitting in the living room without convenient access to the correct power socket to charge my computer (and also my parents would be confused/suspicious as to why I am outside my room) so please forgive me deviating from Sanderson’s writing method.

According to Kate Brandon Sanderson wakes up at 12 and writes until 5 pm, takes a break until 10 pm and then works from 10 pm to about 2/3 am.

I broke down my writing time into half an hour increment to track my progress. I’m trying to think of this as 30 min sprints (sprints without breaks, yikes) This will hopefully help me stay motivated when I see the progress I’ve already made!

Writing session 1

I’m going to be working on my fantasy novel Snake Princess which is a re-write of a novel I’ve been writing for a year and a half! This re-write has been going slow so hopefully I’ll make some progress. My current draft is at 16,180 words.

(I started at 1 pm because I had lunch and then had to feed my cat so I got a bit delayed.) Already off to a bad start but whatever! Let’s start!

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  • 1:00-1:30 pm @ 16,606 – wrote 426 words! Going great so far.
  • 1:30-2:30 pm I took a “break” and did some alpha reading for a friend and send him some feedback on the story he is writing. 🙂
  • 2:30-3:00 pm @ 17,219 – wrote 613 words! The heck! That is a ridiculous amount of words and definitely not normal.
  • 3:00-3:30 pm @ 17,404- wrote 185 words… maybe sprinting without breaks isn’t the best idea?
  • 3:30-4:00 pm @ 17,888- wrote 484 words. Pretty good considering my mother came in for a chat and I got a bit distracted.
  • 4:00-4:30 pm @ 18,237- wrote 349 words. I’m getting kind of spent.
  • 4:30- 5:00 pm- took a break, had tea and a snack while watching Youtube videos.

Today is the last Thursday of the month so I went to the monthly National Trust Lecture with my mother and aunt. It was really educational and kind of depressing 😦 Lots of details about how awful the British were during colonial times and how much they exploited our resources.

After the lecture we went to lunch and came home at about 10:15 pm. I started writing again at 11 pm and I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty tired at this point.

Writing Session 2

  • 11:00-11:30 pm @ 18,480 – wrote 243 words
  • 11:30-12:00 am @ 18,888 – wrote 408 words- making words still but not sure if they are good. Wrote a rambling half page about the MC’s ex girlfriend.
  • 12:00-12:30 am @ 19,202- wrote 314 words- I can’t focus.
  • 12:30-1:00 am- askjdfkdjshsfakj… I took a break! I couldn’t focus- was on twitter and watched a Binging with Babish episode.
  • 1:00-1:30 am- I’m so tired, I wanna stoooop! Sleep! I don’t have the stamina for this. @ 19,694- wrote 492 words.

That’s it! I’m done! I give up! I can’t write anymore! I’m too tired! I’m a weakling! Urg!

Total for the day: 3514 words

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I’m a bit sad I couldn’t follow the schedule properly and work for the full number of hours but I think I did ok considering I’ve been having trouble writing more than 1,000 words in a day.

Was this fun for you? I hope you liked it! Watch Kate Cavanaugh’s Youtube channel! She’s great!

I’m sorry if there are any spelling mistakes but I honestly can’t be bothered to check since it is 2:30 am and I don’t think my mind is working right anymore. Goodnight

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The Inhuman Race by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne Review

Genre: Sci-Fi, dystopian, alternate history

Category: Adult, General fiction

Content Warnings:violence, gore

Publisher & Publication date: HarperCollins India, December 10th 2018

Book Links: Amazon.In📻Goodreads

Rating:2/5

Summary

The year is 2033. The British Empire never fell. Communism never happened. The Commonwealth flies the flag of the Empire. Many of the Empire’s colonies are stripped bare in the name of British interests, powerless to resist. Upon this stage is Ceylon – a once-proud civilization tracing itself back to the time of the Pharaohs, reduced but not dead. The Great Houses of Kandy still control the most lucrative trade routes, since even dust and ashes can serve a purpose. In this surreal landscape, where technology and humanity intersect, we meet The Silent Girl – a survivor, an explorer.

Review

Since this will be a mostly critical review I thought I’d list some positives;

  • The writing was not painful to read
  • The book was mercifully short
  • The female characters were characters and respectfully written
  • My book was a floppy paperback
  • The cover is pretty. Good job

Writing:

It wasn’t painful to read. It was alright- I could read it but it wasn’t anything remarkable to be honest. It was rather amateurish. It was pretty much all telling and no showing. While I abhor the ‘show-don’t-tell-rule’ I’m beginning to realize maybe it exists for a reason- the reason is books like this. The narrative was detached from the characters (both robot and human) yet the reader was expected to care about them? Why? The descriptions were sometimes woefully lacking and unnecessarily detailed.

This feels like a clean first draft which needed some more developmental editing. It had a tendency to repeat similar words/ phrases close together and could not seem to decide if it was omniscient 3rd person or close 3rd person pov. Many people would not notice but I did.

He needs a good critic partner or a few betas who can be brutally honest with him.

There were also several grammatical and spelling errors (like incorrect/missing spacing and missing hyphens) which was a bit distracting. This is the fault of the publisher who should more closely proof read their manuscripts before publication. My mother told me I should not have such high standards for Harper Collins India.

Plot:

It’s a really bad sign if you finish a book and think what was the point of it? I don’t demand the books I read be meaningful or insightful as long as they are entertaining. Unfortunately this book was neither.

The first half was about a mute girl trying to survive in a decaying city, with other tribes of feral children. Then she meets this boy who she bonds with and then follows him to a different part of the city, which he promises is a better life. Then it turns out to actually be the hunger games and then they escape to the capital.

The second half you find out the first half was pointless. They were all robots and the previous gritty world was all fake, it was all manufactured and created to be some futuristic entertainment. So all the emotional energy you dispensed for those two children were for nothing. But oh! The girl-bot is not like other robots. The people who run the robot hunger games find out if you stop updating the robots and leave them to their own devices they’ll start acting more human. And then it becomes a court room drama where they try to prove robots deserve rights?

The second half was all so boring. It was like the author started writing one story, ran out of steam or wrote himself into a corner and started writing something completely different.

World Building:

Pathetic.

No that’s a bit mean… it was wasted potential. The author had some interesting ideas like what if the British Empire never fell? What if China isolated themselves for the last 200 years only to decide one day, they’d like their old trade routes back.

How the world got to be the way it is was not explained! Nothing was explained! And most baffling was how despite history being drastically different the world itself was basically the same except there is AI and hyper-realistic robots. The same buildings were built, the same technology evolved (and then some). There was no mention industrial robotic revolution and how that should have changed everything, the world was a mix of basically now and random future tech but no real drastic social change. It’s hard to explain because it makes no sense and all shows a lack of linear logic.

The more I read, the more that was explained the worse the story got. I wish less was explained because the real reasons were so lame. The poor children killing each other for the people’s entertainment were actually robots. The tribes of feral children trying desperately to survive were robots. Everything was fake, everything was a story line in a TV show.

Themes:

Yikes. It was bad. It was lame and bad and unoriginal.

Morality of the hunger games but with robots?

Do robots deserve rights and freedom?

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Has the author watched battle bots? It is entertaining af. And honestly I was planning on giving the book 3 stars out of pity but then I remembered he kept comparing the robots situation to black slaves in America which is gross and problematic. Please don’t do that, it might seem deep but it’s really disrespectful and I hate it.

The whole central moral argument of the book is so overused it’s basically a cliche and so so boring since nothing new or interesting was done with it.

Overall:

Don’t read it, it was bad. Maybe buy it if you want to support a Sri Lankan SFF author, keep it on your bookshelf as decor. The cover is actually the best part of the book.

Blog Tour: A House of Rage and Sorrow by Sangu Mandanna (Review)

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure, Retelling

Category: Young Adults, YA

Representation: LGBTQ+ rep: lesbian/sapphic major supporting characters, references to gay couple, reference to gender fluid character. disability rep: bling supporting character, supporting characters with mechanical prosthetic

Content Warning: Violence, depressions, gore/mutilation

Publisher & Publication Date: Sky Pony Press, 3 September 2019

Book Links: Amazon⚔️Goodreads⚔️Book Depository

Rating:5/5

Review for Book 1 in the Celestial Trilogy: A Spark of White Fire

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Summary

Esmae once wanted nothing more than to help her golden brother win the crown of Kali but that dream died with her best friend. Alexi broke her heart, and she vowed to destroy him for it. And with her sentient warship Titania beside her, how can she possibly fail?

As gods, beasts, and kingdoms choose sides, Alexi seeks out a weapon more devastating than even Titania. Past lives threaten the present. Old enemies claim their due. And Esmae cannot outrun the ghosts and the questions that haunt her. What really happened to her father? What was the third boon her mother asked of Amba? For in the shadows, lurking in wait, are secrets that will swallow her whole.

The House of Rey is at war. And the entire galaxy will bleed before the end.

Review

“You’re not him.” “No, I’m not,” I agree, “I’m so much worse.”

I absolutely loved A Spark of White Fire and read A House of Rage and Sorrow almost immediately after. Much like book 1 I was absolutely wrecked by it. A few other early reviewers said it was better than book 1 and I wholeheartedly agree. The events were more epic, more personal, more painful and terribly entertaining.

It’s hard to put into words but something about it deeply resonated with me. I love how the events click into place like puzzle pieces and no matter how sure I am that I’ve got it figured out the final twist always knocks me off my feet. I love how willing Mandanna is to make the characters suffer and make them act as terrible as humans can be.

I loved the writing! It was smooth and easy to read with moments that were so beautiful and painfully emotional that it made me cry. There are so many poignant and wonderfully quotable moments you want to tattoo it on your skin so you can carry it with you forever.

The pacing was great! It never felt too rushed considering how fast pace it was with things constantly happening.
And the plot! What was the plot? It wasn’t so much as a singular quest or mission to achieve (aside from revenge and war!) but several small plots that melted into evolved from each other.

I love Esmea with all my cold heart it’s almost too much to bear. She was a ball of anger and sorrow and sweetness. Her pain was so raw and all her decisions felt true to her and I could never fault her for her feelings or expressions of it. I love her so so much. I love all the characters so so much (except for a certain few antagonist)

The world building was good in the way that it slowly built up without me noticing. The scale was so complex and epic with planets and kingdoms and political machinations but everything was skillfully laid out. One thing that bothered me, and to be fair it might be corrected in the final version but Esmae kept referring to the world instead of the star system or galaxy, like “He’ll destroy half the world” instead of “half the galaxy/star system”

Overall, it was amazing and I can’t wait for the last book. This ended (spoilers) on a cliff hanger and I honestly can’t deal with it. I highly recommend A House of Rage and Sorrow.

They would have wanted me to let go of the rage. I would have wanted to let go of it. And then I would have nothing.

Rating: ⚔️⚔️⚔️⚔️⚔️/5

I received an arc from netgalley in exchange for a honest review. Thank you to Shealea (@Shut Up, Shealea), the Caffeine Book Tours and Sangu Mandanna for letting me be a part of this tour.

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About the Author

Sangu Mandanna was four years old when an elephant chased her down a forest road and she decided to write her first story about it. Seventeen years and many, many manuscripts later, she signed her first book deal. Sangu now lives in Norwich, a city in the east of England, with her husband and kids.

Review:David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

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Genre: Urban Fantasy, post-apocalyptic, Nigerian God-Punk

Category: Adult

Representation: Two women who are supporting characters starts a relationship (which everyone is cool with yay!), one of the main supporting characters is speech-impaired (but gains the ability to speak later)

Content Warning: violence, gore, torture

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Rating: 5/5

Summary from Goodreads

Since the Orisha War that rained thousands of deities down on the streets of Lagos, David Mogo, demigod, scours Eko’s dank underbelly for a living wage as a freelance Godhunter. Despite pulling his biggest feat yet by capturing a high god for a renowned Eko wizard, David knows his job’s bad luck. He’s proved right when the wizard conjures a legion of Taboos—feral godling-child hybrids—to seize Lagos for himself. To fix his mistake and keep Lagos standing, David teams up with his foster wizard, the high god’s twin sister and a speech-impaired Muslim teenage girl to defeat the wizard. 

Review

This was so much fun even though there was a serious learning curve (I had no idea what was going on for the entire first story). The writing itself was great but many of the characters spoke in (I’m guessing) a dialect of Nigerian English which made it difficult to understand what they were saying. I’m sure it would be lovely for people from Nigeria who speak this dialect and I don’t doubt it is 100% authentic but I found it difficult to read :/

Something which I wish I knew going in was that the story is split into 3 parts Godhunter, Firebringer, and Warmonger which are a series of short stories. While I didn’t have an issue with the story being in this form I wish I knew it before hand because when the first story was reaching the climax I was so confused because I was only 30%. The summary on goodreads only describes what happens in Godhunter but it is not possible to gives summaries for the other two without spoiling what happens in the previous stories.

All three stories were very entertaining and action pact and were tightly plotted and paced well. To the point it felt a bit formulaic and as if the author was following a beat sheet. David often goes through very similar ordeals in the stories which are resolved in similar ways. While there were clear arcs for David to go on they were more about mastering his powers and opening up to people rather than maturing in any real way. There were lots of external influences forcing him to do certain things such as be more heroic and responsible but I always got the sense he wouldn’t have done it out of his own free will if if both him and everyone else wasn’t in life-threatening danger.

I almost wish the story was longer and more slowly paced so more time could be spent of developing David and the other characters and their relationships. Plus I had a lot of difficultly understanding the magic and world building. It might just be me but I felt a lot was thrown at me at once. This were mentioned and re-explained multiple times but it took awhile for me to get a hang of things.

I absolutely loved the mythology and how the Orisha and the Yoruba religion was integrated into the story and how all the Orisha were described and explained. It might be a bit confusing if you know nothing about Orisha (and a lot of them have similar sounding names) the authors takes time to explain the various gods’ appearances, powers and attributes. But it sometimes seems like the reader is expected to have a basic understanding of the Orisha. Several Orisha were included in the story and were prominent characters which I loved (plus this included my favorite Eshu in all his morally grey, shape-shifting, portal magic wielding. trickster glory). The magic and the action was my favorite part!

The world building was interesting and detailed. I don’t read urban fantasy as much as high fantasy so I found it a bit jarring when when there was so many reminders of real life places and streets. The decay of Lagos after the falling feels especially vivid, both in terms of the environment and how people behave in their new world.

There are certain things however, which I feel a bit iffy about that I am not sure are problematic or not but feel a bit off. Fati who is the speech-impaired Muslim girl wears a hijab in the beginning of the story when she is enslaved by the wizard Ajala but later when she is free she stops wearing it. I don’t know if the book implies wearing a hijab is inherently oppressive and to not wear it is liberating but it seems to not not be saying that. Also, David mentions that Fati is hearing and speech impaired which she is stops being later on the story. I’m not sure if her disability was only psychological and due to trauma which she gets over but she was possessed by a god between being mute and being able to talk so it could also be magic healing of disabilities.

I kept going back and forth between giving this 4 stars and 5 stars while reading this but then Eshu showed up so I’m giving it 5 stars because Eshu is perfection in this story. 

Tl;dr

I highly recommend this book if you want to read a fast paced, action pact, imaginative, urban fantasy story with Orisha set in post-apocalyptic Lagos 

🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥/5

I received this as an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Rebellion Publishing

Recent Reads and Reviews to Come

I’ve been neglecting my blog recently! Which is wild because I’ve been reading but I can’t post them right a way so there will be a gap before I can post the reviews!

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  1. A House of Rage and Sorrow by Sangu Mandanna (Wonderful)
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This is the sequel to A Spark of White Fire (Mahabartan in space) and it was so great! This continues the story of Princess Esmae Rey trying to carve a place for herself in stars among kingdoms, gods and war. Review to come on the 28th of August as part of the Tour of Rage and Sorrow book tour! (You might still be able to snag an ARC on Netgalley if you’re quick)

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2. If at First You Don’t Succeed Try, Try, Again by Zen Cho (Breathtaking)

Of course I loved it! It’s by my queen Zen Cho! This is a short story about a Imugi and their numerous attempts to become a dragon over thousands of years and them falling in love with a human woman. It was so sweet! Read it! You can read online for free here. I was so lovely and heartwarming and I cried multiple times (which is impressive considering it’s only 30 pages)

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3. The Impossible Contract by K. A. Doore (Spectacular)

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This is the sequel to The Perfect Assassin and it’s so good! I can’t get over how great this was! It was action pact and filled with magic. It’s gay assassins in the desert with necromancy and undead things. It’s perfection. I’m posting a proper review closer to the publication date but I probably won’t stop gushing about it for awhile.

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4. The Night is Short Walk on Girl by Tomihiko Morimi (BAD!)

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DNF at 10%

I feel bad because I got an ARC from Netgalley but it was mis-categorized as a graphic novel so when I found out it was a prose novel I was a bit irked, but I read it thinking it would be a short fun book but- it was obviously written by a man. It felt super slimy and the female character was objectified and despite being the main character it was oddly distant from her pov compared to the male character’s pov. It was very r/menwritingwomen and kind of gross. I couldn’t get past how the book talked about women.

The final straw was a scene where the female protagonist was getting groped by this creepy old guy and when she said stop he didn’t. It was weird because rather than being scared or angry she was mildly annoyed only because of how ticklish it was. When another woman at the bar chased him off the protagonist felt bad because he was sad and pitiful, he had been nice to her and buying her drinks so groping her non-consensual ‘wasn’t that bad’. Not to mention earlier in the book the male protagonist stalked the girl he had a crush on though the streets hoping it would lead to something romantic and it was never framed as anything weird or bad.

Tl;dr thought it was a graphic novel but wasn’t. Story might have been great but it was too gross to put up with.

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Overall, recently I’ve read some great stuff and some not so great stuff! Lot’s of reviews to look forward to!

What have you read recently that have been memorable? What are you reading currently?