content warnings: death of a loved one, mentions of a fatal car accident, references to homophobia, mentions of major workplace injuriesrepresentation: lesbian main characters, f/f main relationship, sapphic side characters, f/f side relationships “Jude definitely didn’t want to kiss me, which was fine. That was her right. It made things a little difficult since I… Continue reading The Girl Next Door review
In our times of self-isolation you would think I would be reading more but alas, I'm just terrible at reading no matter what. Luckily in May the third round of SapphicAThon is going to be held, from May 18th-25th, so hopefully it can get me back into reading. All the books on this TBR are… Continue reading SapphicAThon Round 3 TBR
Annabeth Albert’s previous series, Out of Uniform, is easily my favourite erotica series, so to get something else from her, even if it isn’t (explicitly) part of that world, is amazing. Especially when it’s something as good as this.
I've been putting off reading Call Down the Hawk ever since my preorder came in, but finally reading this short story has made me not only want to read that but also reread the whole series. That's the power of Maggie Stiefvater's writing.
We all know my undying love for TJR, evidenced by the fact that the three novels of hers I've read have all gotten five stars from me. Apparently even when writing a novella that barely cracks a hundred pages she still manages to get a five star out of me!
This is an anthology that I've needed for a very long time. In some ways it's been a great year for fat representation - Ned Leeds has now been in two Spider-Man movies without there being a joke about his weight, Barbie Ferreira is starring as a sexualised fat girl in HBO's critically acclaimed Euphoria, Kristin Chirico got her own show on Facebook Watch - but in a lot of other ways it's been a terrible year for fat people - Thor's fatness being a punchline in Endgame, Insatiable somehow got a second season that premiered this year, Grace Randolph just a couple weeks ago made certain, ahem, comments about Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz in the Black Widow trailer. So reading this anthology was the exact medicine I needed for all the bullshit I have to deal with on a daily basis, both personally and generally.
Hm, I definitely have some complicated feelings about this book. But before we get into that I would like to start this review by saying that this book does not have lesbian erasure. From what I can tell from the two minutes of research I did, there was an issue a lot of reviewers were having when the ARC of this came out because one of the lead's sexuality had been changed from lesbian to pansexual. However, this is not the case in the final copy. As far as I can tell, both the leads in this identify as lesbians. Now, onto my complicated feelings.