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Vagablonde

Vagablonde

Joined April 2018

Writer, reader.
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Three-Way Split | Elia Winters
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Mehso-so

I don't have a lot to say about this book. The characters' chemistry was great and the sex scenes were very well done, but as a whole it didn't drag me in and refuse to let me go.

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Making Up | Lucy Parker
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Pickpick

I'm not sure how to say anything I haven't already said about the rest of this series. It's a glittery pink jewel with a tangled core of emotion. The writing is lovely, the pacing is excellent, and the characters are deep and real.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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At first I wasn't sure I was going to continue reading (I had a hard time getting past the royals' names), but this book got great reviews from people with similar tastes to mine, so I kept reading.

Once the romance got started, I enjoyed it. The characters shine a little larger than life in a way that's fun. The conflict felt real (although I question some of the author's assumptions) and the ending is satisfying.

Warning: Pair outed by media

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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Another beautifully written, luxurious world from Naomi Novik, with fully-realized characters and a deep appreciation for folklore.

Unfortunately I found it a bit difficult to follow which of the five or six first-person narrators was talking at any given moment, especially if I'd put the book down for more than a day. I also found one of the character endings unsatisfying, but that's purely subjective, anyway.

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That Kind of Guy | Talia Hibbert
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An excellent ending to the Ravenswood series. I love Rae and how she interacts with everyone else. As always, Talia writes fantastic chemistry between her characters.

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Bailedbailed

I normally don't post about DNFs, but this one I found so distasteful that... Well.

There is so much thoughtless ableism, misogyny and slut shaming in this book, even from the heroine who is a sex researcher and who is herself sensitive to slut shaming. If I had any clue that the author did it on purpose and that time characters would change I would have stuck it out, but nope.

Plus, the author has no idea how academia works.

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I love this book so much. Nya and Johan are so wonderfully real, with all their faults and virtues. Their conflicts are believable and their love and attraction feel natural.

I think this might be my favorite of the series.

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A Girl Like Her | Talia Hibbert
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This is a delightful book. The heroine is as grumpy and private as any hero, leading to snarky, funny banter when the hero learns to give as good as he gets.

Excellent own voices autism rep.

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A Girl Like Her | Talia Hibbert
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Why am I only just now reading this delightful book?

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I devoured this series. It's full of delightful characters and unexpected twists and I wanted it to never end.

I haven't been this delighted by a YA series in ever.

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Honey Month | Amal El-Mohtar
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Rereading The Honey Month for February. Amal's work is so evocative, so rich. Even the descriptions of the honey she's inspired by are poetry.

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Pretty Face | Lucy Parker
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*contented sigh*

Just as good as Act Like It.

Image from Lucy Parker's website.

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Mehso-so

On the one hand, I love the anthropological bent of this collection, and the deeper dive into the world building of her novels is fascinating. On the other hand, a couple of the stories are brutal to read back to back.

I'm glad I read it, but I'm not sure I will again.

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Pickpick

Finally, a review of the actual book!

This is a quick, fun read. It's got history, ornithology, psychology, mythology, jokes, gore, and ghosts.

CaitZ I just finished this too. It really is very fascinating 6mo
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The second fantastic novella that's not in the database is Talia Hibbert's Merry Inkmas. Super hot, funny, and incredibly quotable.

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I've managed to read two excellent novellas this week, neither of which are in the database.

The first is Tikka Chance on Me, by Suleikha Snyder, which is funny and sweet and easy to read.

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Mr. Hotshot CEO | Jackie Lau
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Delightful. I did have to put it down for a while because Courtney's depression caught me in a bad moment, but the climax is everything good and right in this world.

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Band Sinister | KJ Charles
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All my favourite tropes in one book, so skillfully applied that they seem fresh and new.

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Yeesh, it's been a while. Between DNFs, general busyness, and boring reading for research, I haven't had anything to post. But now I do and I'll try to keep up better.

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I've always suspected audiobooks aren't for me, even aside from my audio processing disorder. But I've discovered that if I'm doing something else while listening I tune out the book and if I'm not doing anything else I fall asleep.

This is a beautiful book with a good narrator, and very soothing, it seems!

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I devoured this book. Portia is so much more than she seemed in the first book, and Tav is delightfully grumpy. The conflict is realistic and unforced and the resolution is very satisfying.

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This book. OMG this book. I love every woman in it. I love Elma and Nathaniel's marriage. I love the level of detail, the humour, the pain, the anxiety, the grief. Even when I wasn't reading it I was thinking about it. It's beautiful.

Brb going to the moon

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My migraine meds always leave me wobbly and unable to concentrate, so I go back to my childhood favourites. I swear three quarters of my vocabulary came from Trixie Belden books.

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Not my favourite of Cat's books, but delightful all the same. Found families will always make me happy.

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Birdie | Tracey Lindberg
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Such a satisfying book, a book about healing, about family and found family, and about the connection between memory and self.

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Next up: one I've waited too long to get to. My sister gave me the companion book for Christmas years ago, but I didn't tell her I hadn't read this one yet.

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Heroine Complex | Sarah Kuhn
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A book about sisterhood and friendship and lovers, all of whom know how to use their words.

Also it has kick-ass superheroics and it's FUNNY.

Definite reread potential.

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A Study In Scarlet Women | Sherry Thomas
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What a delightful book! A truly clever interpretation of Holmes, even beyond the gender switch, and the reveal of Watson is brilliant.

Thomas fully explores the changes necessary to make Holmes and Watson women, highlighting the difficulty they would have in finding the freedom to be detectives.

The mysteries and the supporting characters are just as engaging as the mains.

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A Study In Scarlet Women | Sherry Thomas

Only 36 pages in and this is already the best Victorian era novel I've ever read.

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I love this book. Grumpy bisexual hero, lively, witty non-binary hero(ine), and the most suspenseful trip to the happy ever after I've ever read.

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River of Teeth | Sarah Gailey
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Incredibly immersive, with an engaging cast of characters and a not always predictable plot.

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River of Teeth | Sarah Gailey
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Now reading, a hella good novella.

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