F/F Romance Recs

Welcome to a post I’ve been super anxious to share but I couldn’t postpone any longer, especially since Pride Month is approaching!

It’s no secret that F/F relationships are hugely under-represented, but that doesn’t mean they’re not there. What we need to do is find them, read them, recommend them as such, because it’s not enough to support authors if you’re not going to address other readers and tell them that the representation they’re looking for is right under their eyes.

Too many times I’ve read about people commenting under someone’s review or status, thanking them for stating that a specific rep is present in a book they’ve already heard about, but they didn’t know until then had it. I’ve been guilty of this (not making it clear what kind of rep is in a book) in the past and I still am sometimes, but I’m trying to do better.

Don’t get me wrong, F/F is still miles ahead if we compare it to books featuring, for example, enby/f or enby/m or enby/enby, but for some reason a lot of people tend to hide the fact that two women love each other within a book.

Anyway, this isn’t going to be a post about how deeply rooted in all of us misogyny is, so let’s move on to my recs! These are all books or graphic novels that I’ve read myself. Some of them I loved, some I liked, some I at least partly enjoyed and I felt like they deserve their place in this post. If you notice some aren’t here it’s because I either didn’t read them yet or I simply didn’t like them.

I tried to mention all the rep I could remember from each book, but as I said I didn’t always keep track of that in my past reviews and sometimes even after doing some research in other people’s reviews I still can’t find which rep is there exactly. Other times the book itself doesn’t make it explicit for whatever reason. Every book has a link to goodreads and to my review (if I’ve written one).

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Contemporary:

🌈 Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden

This is a rather old and one of the first explicitly queer YA novel about two teenage girls falling in love with each other and it’s also one of the best-developed relationships I’ve ever had the pleasure to read about.

Rep: lesbian MC and LI

Goodreads | My review

🏳️‍🌈 A&B by J.C. Lillis

This is technically the sequel to another YA m/m novel (and you should definitely read that one too!) but it features different MCs and the characters from the first novel are also pretty important but the central plot and relationship is about two girls who are rivals at a musical competition. One thing I loved about it other than the relationship is the discussion about artistic creativity and how the two girls approach the artistic process differently. It’s also about letting go of your idols when you realize they’re not as perfect as you thought they were. Basically, I loved everything about this book, and J.C. Lillis is an incredible writer whose writing is so clever and funny you can’t not love it.

Rep: bi MC; lesbian LI

Goodreads | My review

🌈 Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

I loved the bisexual rep and the f/f relationship in it. There is one scene that didn’t sit well with me and with others, and I acknowledge that without automatically “cancelling” the book, which is something a lot of people have done when they’re not even part of the rep portrayed here. This is not the place for a discussion about all this but basically this is one of the reasons I still haven’t reviewed this book, so all I’m saying is that I loved it but be aware of the fact that Leah at some point does try to police her love interest’s sexuality and this is not called out in the book.

Rep: fat bi MC; sapphic (still figuring out a label) LI

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🏳️‍🌈 Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

This was really fun! I don’t remember the details but I know that I loved the issues it brought up and I think the con setting was so fun to read about.

Rep: Chinese-Australian bi MC, fat&autistic MC (not the queer one but the other POV character), sapphic (bi?) LI

Goodreads | My review

🌈 The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis

I love this author and this book made for a delightful and steamy contemporary read while also touching on important issues that new adults face (like the pressure to have your life completely figured out before you’re thirty).

Rep: pan MC; Filipino lesbian LI

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🏳️‍🌈 The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

This is probably one of the absolute best contemporary YA novels I’ve read. It focuses mostly on three girls but it’s so much more universal than that, and one of the three MCs is queer and she Gets The Girl in the course of the novel.

Rep: Latina sapphic MC; queer LI

Goodreads | My review

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SFF:

🌈 The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

Pirate girlfriends fighting sea monsters, forbidden love and power dynamics. Do you honestly need me to say more?

Rep: Chinese, sapphic MC; sapphic LI

Goodreads | My review

🏳️‍🌈 Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

I have to say the f/f relationship didn’t start as something I loved, but I grew to like it in the end. I also found the world very interesting and the fact that some of the themes in this book aren’t usually present in YA novels, as they’re really kind of dark. So definitely make sure to check the TWs before you read it because this story doesn’t pull any punches.

Rep: bi MC; sapphic LI

Goodreads | My review

🌈 The Queen of Ieflaria by Effe Calvin

The relationship was really cute and my favorite part of the book, plus there’s a lot of fun mythological creatures and a kitten.

Rep: pan-coded MC/LI

Goodreads | My review

🏳️‍🌈 Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

This is the sequel to Nevernight and while Nevernight only hinted at Mia’s bisexuality, it is fully explored here. I will go as far as saying this was one of the best portrayals of bisexuality I’ve read so far in a fantasy novel. And the relationship itself is something I think about every day once a day at the very least. Plus, the whole book is a total mind-fuck until the very end.

Rep: bi MC; bi (?) LI

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🌈 Moon-Bright Tides by RoAnna Sylver

This short story is about a mermaid and a witch falling in love and it features amazing worldbuilding. It’s really sweet and hopeful and the romance is very cute.

Rep: sapphic MC and LI

Goodreads | My review

🏳️‍🌈 Come to the Rocks by Christin Haws

This is yet another mermaid/human romance that I enjoyed very much, but it also deals with heavy themes: the MC is being stalked by her ex boyfriend and there’s a constant feel of danger that makes it impossible to classify this as a fluffy romance, even though the romance itself is really cute. So, if you’re in the mood to read a short f/f thriller with a happy ending, this is for you.

Rep: fat, bi MC; sapphic LI

Goodreads | My review

🌈 Perfetto (Trilogia di Lilac #1) by Alessia Esse

This is only in Italian so sorry if you can’t read in this language, but I’m pretty sure this was the first f/f story I’ve ever read and I couldn’t not include it. I also didn’t know going into it that it was going to be f/f and that’s because nobody ever talks about it (pretends to be shocked). Anyway, this trilogy is set in a dystopian world where only women survived a disease that wiped out all men. The disease was so devastating that talking about that time, talking about men and any piece of art where men are portrayed, is forbidden. Like with any good dystopian, what the protagonist believed to be the truth is slowly deconstructed throughout the trilogy. I’ve read this ages ago when I wasn’t as much of a critical reviewer as I am now, but I remember not being able to take my eyes off the page until I finished all three books (plus the novellas), and I even gave them to my best friend as a present and he loved them too.

Rep: sapphic MC and LI

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Historical/Retelling:

🏳️‍🌈 The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara

This is weird because the book follows two romances, one taking place in the past and one in the present, and I weirdly enjoyed the past one (m/f) more because I thought it had more chemistry (until a certain point at least). I also didn’t love some of the tropes used when it comes to the relationships, and you can read more in my actual review, but the f/f romance is nevertheless probably worth checking out if the premise of the book intrigued you and if you can deal with the massive trigger warnings (that my friend Acqua helpfully listed in her review)

Rep: bi MC and LI

Goodreads | My review

🌈 All Out by Various

You all probably already know about this anthology, it’s not only f/f but eight out of seventeen stories feature an f/f romance!

Rep: ace girls, bi girls, lesbian girls, it’s kinda hard to tell sometimes because these labels weren’t used in historical contexts

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🏳️‍🌈 Ripped Pages by M. Hollis

This Rapunzel retelling made me cry a lot in a cathartic way and I think everyone should read it.

Rep: lesbian MC, pan or bi LI, side mlm characters

Goodreads | My review

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Comics:

🌈 Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill

This was SO cute and it’s a middle grade queer fairy tale (which honestly should be enough for you to start reading it right now, especially since it’s free). Trigger warnings for abusive sister and fat-shaming.

Rep: fat lesbian (?) MC, pan (?) LI

Goodreads | Read here | My review

🏳️‍🌈 Always Human by Ari Walkingnorth

Listen, this is my favorite graphic novel ever and I love it so freaking much and also my biggest accomplishment in my >20 years on this planet has been making all the gay side of goodreads and twitter read it and fall in love with it. Just read it!!!

Rep: sapphic MC; disabled, Chilean-Australian LI

Goodreads | Read here | My review

🌈 Rock and Riot by Chelsey Furedi

This is queer and diverse Grease and it has A LOT of different reps: aro, ace, aro-ace, pan, bi, lesbian, gay, trans, genderqueer, etc etc. I was a fool for not writing down all the specific rep for all the specific characters, but it features two f/f romances and it’s literally the greatest thing on the internet.

Goodreads | Read here | My review

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Poetry:

🏳️‍🌈 Heaven or This by Topaz Winters

This is a sapphic poetry collection and I had to include it in this post. It’s really best if you read it for yourself because I don’t know how to do poetry justice, but believe me that you need to read it.

GoodreadsRead here | My review

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And there you have it! I actually can’t wait until I’ve read enough f/f romances to be able to write another rec post. If I got something wrong about the rep or anything else please feel free to comment and I will fix it.

I would also like to know your favorite book or comic with a f/f relationship, or your favorite f/f relationship in general. Basically, give me all your recs so I can add them to my TBR! 

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Lastly, this type of posts actually takes a lot of time and research to write. I do it because it’s my hobby and it’s something I love doing, and I would never expect anything in return other than moral support and recognition of my work. That said, I ended up creating a Ko-Fi account because it’s free and Why Not! So while I’ll leave the button down here and I would definitely appreciate any small contribution, I also definitely don’t want anyone to feel obligated to do anything!

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ARC Review: The Queen Of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin // F/F romance with princesses, kittens, dragons and unicorns

I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.  

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★★★.5

Short review: this was good and very gay and it had kittens, dragons and unicorns. You can stop here if that sounds like something you need in your life (and honestly, you can never have enough of all those things).

Actual review: I liked a lot of the stuff in this, and that’s also the biggest problem of this book.

Let me explain, but first let’s talk about what I liked, because as you can see from my rating I did like it.

I liked the main characters Adale and Esofi. I liked them in their differences and on their own. Their romance was sweet, slow paced and even if there was miscommunication it was almost always resolved pretty soon and easily.

The world felt well researched and thought out, and I felt like if given more page time this could become something big and epic. Unfortunately, I think this is where the book fell short: there were a lot of elements that were interesting and I would have loved to see more of, but there just wasn’t enough time to explore everything. I would have liked fewer elements but explored more deeply. One example of this is the science vs religion thing that was only briefly mentioned. The thing is, I can live with something being mentioned in passing, but the way this was shown felt like it was going to have a lot of weigh in the story, when in fact it didn’t. The same could be said about other worldbuilding elements as well as the relationships between the main characters and secondary ones.

One thing I did love about the world was how absolutely not heteronormative this was. Everyone is pan and that’s really cool, I 100% approve.

Overall, I liked it but I felt like too many things were shoved into it, with a world that was too big for 175 pages where we also had to get to know the characters and see a relationship develop.

Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable read and it’s definitely clear that the author has very good worldbuilding skills. I think with a bigger focus on fewer elements and more page time this could easily have been a five stars read.

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What are your favorite mythological creatures?

ARC Mini-Review: A Tiny Piece of Something Greater by Jude Sierra // a healthy M/M romance with important #ownvoices mental illness rep

I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. 

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Summary: Reid Watsford has a lot of secrets and a past he can’t quite escape. While staying at his grandmother’s condo in Key Largo, he signs up for introductory dive classes, where he meets Joaquim Oliveira, a Brazilian dive instructor with wanderlust. Driven by an instant, magnetic pull, what could have been just a hookup quickly deepens. As their relationship evolves, they must learn to navigate the challenges of Reid’s mental illness—on their own and with each other.

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★★★★

This was exactly the kind of book I was in the mood for! A healthy and sexy M/M romance that’s never too smutty and never fetishized, with important ownvoices mental illness representation.

Reid and Joaquim come from different backgrounds. Most of the novel focuses on them learning to know each other and especially learning how to be together. Reid has cyclothymia and while Joaquim learns to be with him and be respectful of him when he’s cycling and needs space, Reid also needs to learn to let go of some of the behavior and negative expectations he’s still carrying from a past unhealthy relationship.

I think this is an important book because of the mental illness representation and how openly it’s talked about. It’s also definitely not a “love fixes mental illness” novel, far from it in fact, and I wish more novels were this honest when it comes to building healthy relationships not in spite of but alongside a mental illness.

Rep: Brazilian gay MC, cyclothymic gay MC, M/M relationship

TW (taken from the publisher’s website):
• Discussion of mental illness, therapy and recovery
• A portrayal of a cyclothymic character who experiences rapid mood cycles and anxiety
• Non-graphic discussion of past self-harm and off-page relapse
• Non-graphic reference of a past suicide attempt

20 Questions Book Tag

I was tagged by my lovely friend May @ Forever and Everly and this tag looked so fun I couldn’t not do it. Yes I know I’m bad at actually posting the tags people have tagged me in (I have about 2489 almost-ready-to-be-posted tags in my drafts that now are it’s-been-too-long-since-I-was-tagged tags) but look!!! I liked this one okay!!!!! Also in case you’re still not following May I will give you about five seconds to fix that (but then please come back and read my answers thx).

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1. how many books are too many books in a book series?

Okay look this is not an easy question to answer but I think it all depends on whether the books were planned from the beginning or not. I know that the creative process is different for everyone blah blah but if you promised a trilogy  you should stick to a trilogy (I’m fine with spinoffs and novellas unless they become necessary to be able to understand the main plot). I think readers are clever enough to understand when prolonging a series is just a money grabber or it’s something that makes sense, and that the author should do their best to be respectful of their readers and deliver the best product they can deliver, which is something that simply not always happens. And if you’ve been following me here or on twitter you might know that I have a specific author in mind.

2. how do you feel about cliffhangers?

Do I have the next book in the series? Because then I’m good. Otherwise I respectfully hate them 🙂

Bonus: some of the best-worst cliffhangers I found

3. hardback or paperback?

Hardback, but since you’re asking: ebooks > audiobooks > hardcovers > paperbacks

4. favorite book?

Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat

5. least favorite book?

I don’t feel like going on GR to take a look so I’m just mentioning the two that come to mind: A Flame in the Mist and A Court of Frost and Starlight.

6. love triangles, yes or no?

No if they’re what people usually mean by love triangle. Yes if there’s a twist on them: they have queer characters (although you need to be careful not to promote bad stereotypes about queer people) and/or the characters end up in a polyam relationship etc etc

7. the most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Officially that would be Curved Horizon but I think I’m going to officially DNF The Right Thing to Do at the Time soon because even though I like the writing style it’s really a bit Much and I feel like it takes me forever to read.

8. a book you’re currently reading?

The Pros of Cons (ebook; YA contemporary that takes place at a convention and one of the three MCs is a queer girl and I think her LI is going to be an enby character but I’m not sure yet) and The Dark Prophecy (audiobook, I’ve been reading it slowly bc I started my new job but I love it).

9. last book you recommended to someone?

Probably the Magnus Chase trilogy to a GR/twitter friend!

10. oldest book you’ve read? (publication date)

Probably all those Greek tragedies I studied in high school but I don’t feel like looking up which one is older.

11. newest book you’ve read? (publication date)

A Tiny Piece of Something Greater, which released on May 17th!

12. favorite author?

CS Pacat, VE Schwab, Rick Riordan, Leigh Bardugo, Giacomo Leopardi, Lorenzo Da Ponte (for his librettos), idk don’t make me choose please

13. buying books or borrowing books?

Would be great to borrow if there was a library. Okay to be fair I found out not long ago that there’s actually an English Library in my town and it’s the only one in the country and they actually have a decent selection. But I usually prefer reading ebooks anyway so yeah I guess I save money by buying digital copies (but I try to “borrow” those too if I can, like on Riveted).

14. a book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

ACOWAR, Flame in the Mist

15. bookmarks or dog-ears?

B O O K M A R K S

16. a book you can always reread?

Simon VS and I’m sure something else too but right now I can’t remember

17. can you read while hearing music?

I can if it’s instrumental music, otherwise I find it very difficult unless I’m like on a train or something, but it kinda needs to fit the book.

18. one POV or multiple POVs?

I loooove multiple POVs!!! I think if done right it’s so much better than having only one POV, even though it always, always depends on the story you want to tell. Some books just wouldn’t make sense with multiple POVs.

19. do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

I wish I was so fast that reading books in one sitting is something I do, but sadly that’s not realistic for me. The last book I read in “one sitting” (which meant reading it for the whole day without barely doing anything else) was Restore Me. Otherwise I usually try to read it in as little time as possible (2-3 days) because that’s what works best for me to keep engaged in the story, but it still doesn’t count as one sitting.

20. who do you tag?

Rin @ The Lost Planet

Emma @ In Search Of Dragons

Sakhile @ Sakhile Whispers

Honestly I don’t know who else to tag because I think everyone else has already been tagged but if you haven’t then feel free to do it and mention me (reminder: to send a mention always link to a post so I can be notified, otherwise if you link to my homepage wordpress won’t notify me!) as having tagged you so I can see your answers!

Here are the questions made easier to copy-paste, enjoy and don’t feel pressure to do the tag if you don’t want to!

1. how many books are too many books in a book series?
2. how do you feel about cliffhangers?
3. hardback or paperback?
4. favorite book?
5. least favorite book?
6. love triangles, yes or no?
7. the most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
8. a book you’re currently reading?
9. last book you recommended to someone?
10. oldest book you’ve read? (publication date)
11. newest book you’ve read? (publication date)
12. favorite author?
13. buying books or borrowing books?
14. a book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
15. bookmarks or dog-ears?
16. a book you can always reread?
17. can you read while hearing music?
18. one POV or multiple POVs?
19. do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
20. who do you tag?

A Tiny Piece of Something Greater by Jude Sierra: Release Date Blitz + Excerpt + Giveaway

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Publisher: Interlude Press

Release Date (Print & Ebook): May 17, 2018

Length (Print & Ebook): 258 Pages

Subgenre: LGBT, Interracial/Multicultural, New Adult

Book blurb: Reid Watsford has a lot of secrets and a past he can’t quite escape. While staying at his grandmother’s condo in Key Largo, he signs up for introductory dive classes, where he meets Joaquim Oliveira, a Brazilian dive instructor with wanderlust. Driven by an instant, magnetic pull, what could have been just a hookup quickly deepens. As their relationship evolves, they must learn to navigate the challenges of Reid’s mental illness—on their own and with each other.

Editor’s Note: Some readers may find some of the scenes in this book difficult to read. We have compiled a list of content warnings, which you can access at interludepress.com/content-warnings

Excerpt:

(brace yourselves because this is the softest thing ever)

“All right,” Reid says. “Close your eyes.”

“Oh, is it my turn now?”

“Yep. Please try not to fall; we’re aiming for romantic.” Reid guides him with one hand on his shoulder and the other at the small of his back, trusting Joaquim to keep his eyes closed. “Hand out,” Reid says. He takes Joaquim’s hand, puts it on the back of a chair, and lets Joaquim fumble into it. A whispered kiss to his lips, then two more to his eyelids and Reid’s soft command to open his eyes make him viscerally aware of love, as if Reid’s touch has become a living thing, something curled inside Joaquim, something he can cherish and hold and keep.

The table is set with candles Joaquim recognizes. There’s also a beautiful charcuterie plate, chocolate-dipped strawberries dewing from the humidity, and tall drinks garnished with lime wheels.

“I’m breaking some rules with these. I did some research online and thought I’d try to make something that might remind you of home,” Reid explains. He’s twisting his hands nervously. “Also, we’re eating on the pool deck, although no one really pays attention to that.”

“Reid.” Joaquim turns and presses his cheek against Reid’s belly, closes his eyes into Reid’s fingers ruffling through his hair.

“I had a plan for something else, but I fucked it up. Um, so the drinks don’t match but, yeah. Caipirinhas?” Reid tests the word out slowly, fumbling over the pronunciation.

“Hey, hey,” Joaquim says, catching Reid’s fingers and kissing them. “This is wonderful.” It also explains the cupcakes. “Thank you.”

Reid’s eyes are bright, and his smile is shy, sweet in a way Joaquim never could have expected when they first met. “You are so welcome.” His next kiss is somehow even sweeter. It lingers, it promises, though it’s not about the heat that so often sparks between them. It’s love, is all. It is simple and full.

“Let’s eat.” Reid pulls up a chair. “Tell me what you like.”

“I want to try it all.”

“Well, then, here.” Reid selects an olive, “These are my favorite.” Joaquim allows him to slip it between his lips. He holds Reid’s wrist carefully and nips at his fingers.

“Delicious.” Joaquim doesn’t let go. Reid cups his cheek briefly and smiles again.

They eat slowly, moving to the strawberries eventually. Night begins her sweet slide across the sky, slipping over the light.

jude picJude Sierra talks A Tiny Piece of Something Greater: I want readers to walk away with a deeper appreciation and understanding of what it is like to thrive with mental illness—or strive toward it—and what it is like for two people to be and fall in love in these situations. I’d love for readers to come away knowing that love doesn’t cure mental illness, nor should it. Reid and Joaquim love each other as they are.

About Jude Sierra: Jude Sierra is a Latinx poet, author, academic and mother working toward her PhD in Writing and Rhetoric, looking at the intersections of Queer, Feminist and Pop Culture Studies. She also works as an LGBTQAI+ book reviewer for From Top to Bottom Reviews. Her novels include HushWhat it Takes, and Idlewild, a contemporary LGBT romance set in Detroit’s renaissance, which was named a Best Book of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews

All buy links or pre-order links:

Interlude Press: store.interludepress.com

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2FbYh4V

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/791892

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-tiny-piece-of-something-greater/id1348808986?mt=11

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-tiny-piece-of-something-greater

Indiebound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781945053603

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ARC Review: The Unbinding of Mary Reade

I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. 

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SummaryA swashbuckling, smart novel based on the true story of a girl who disguised herself as a boy in order to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jack.

There’s no place for a girl in Mary’s world. Not in the home of her mother, desperately drunk and poor. Not in the household of her wealthy granny, where a girl could never be named an heir. And certainly not in the arms of Nat, her childhood love who never knew her for who she was. As a hired sailor aboard a Caribbean merchant ship, Mary’s profession—and her safety—depend on her ability to disguise the fact that she’s a girl.

Leastways, that’s what she thinks is true. But then pirates attack the ship, and right in the middle of the swashbuckling crowd of bloodthirsty pirates, Mary spots something she never could have imagined: a girl pirate. The sight of a girl standing unafraid upon the deck, gun and sword in hand, changes everything. In a split-second decision, Mary turns her gun on her own captain and earns herself a spot among the pirates’ crew.

For the first time, Mary has a shot at freedom. But imagining living life as her true self is easier, it seems, than actually doing it. And when Mary finds herself falling for the captain’s mistress, she risks everything—her childhood love, her place among the crew, and even her life.

Release date: June 19th

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★★★.5

3.5 stars

This book is perfect for those who are a lot into romance and not that much into action.
I personally love books with pirates in them, but I also admit that I’m not the biggest fan of action scenes and all of the things you would expect from a book where everyone is a pirate. So, this overall worked for me, but it won’t work for you if you’re going into it expecting a lot of pirate badassery. I would have certainly liked a little more of that but I didn’t mind it this way either.

⚓️ What I liked: 
• Basically, all the “good” characters were bisexual or potentially bi.
• The two timelines showed the different struggles Mary faces
• I really liked the romance taking place in the first timeline and the trope of “forbidden love”
• I think the MC had enough depth and was well rounded.
• The happy f/f ending.

🛳️ Stuff I’m not sure what to think of: 
• There’s a lot of bad stuff in here. Homophobia, transphobia, sexism, abuse, sexual assault. I didn’t really love reading about that, but I also understand why they were there. Historical realism and all that. But… I just can’t help but wonder whether all of that was necessary. I think there should be a way to keep it realistic and accurate while not focusing the major part of the book around those things.
• I also don’t know how trans and genderqueer people are going to feel about the whole forced crossdressing thing. I legit don’t know, so I’m adding this point here. I’ve always enjoyed stories where the main heroine had to fake being a man but I’m a cis person and while I do think that this book had some depth when it comes to both gender and sexuality, in a few cases I wondered how a not cis person would feel while reading this.

⚓️ What I didn’t like (some spoilers ahead): 
• I found that there wasn’t actually that much romantic chemistry between Anne and Mary. Sexual, maybe, but I wasn’t 100% on board with the romance itself, and I didn’t like how Mary was shown to up to the very end still have feelings for Nat. It’s kind of dangerous territory for bi representation and while I wasn’t hurt by it because I understood Mary’s feelings, I can’t tell whether it won’t bother others.
• I felt like the last few chapters in the past were unnecessary. I don’t know if I’ve missed something, but I could have done without the story ending right where it began, since I don’t think this full-cycle thing really added anything to the story.

This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018 and while it didn’t fully deliver I did enjoy reading it, and the main reason I did is because it used a lot of tropes that I’ve always enjoyed that kept me hooked to the page. If that sounds like something for you, you’ll probably enjoy it too, as long as you don’t expect too much action and are aware that the pirate theme is mostly in the background.

ARC Mini-Review: Come to the Rocks by Christin Haws

I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. 
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SummaryLinnea’s only safe place is a spot on the rocky shoreline where the water can be rather vicious. It’s here where she meets, and falls in love with, a mermaid named Mren. As their romance blossoms, the escalating harassment from Linnea’s ex-boyfriend Mikey threatens the secret relationship. Mren has vowed to protect Linnea, but she’s confined to the water and Mikey is a land monster. Meanwhile, Linnea will do anything to keep Mren safe from him.

Anything.

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★★★★✩

This was an empowering short thriller featuring an f/f romance between a fat bisexual girl and a mermaid.

You shouldn’t go into it expecting it to be a fluffy romance. That’s only part of it, but there’s massive trigger warningsfor abuse, stalker ex boyfriend, violence, victim blaming (not condoned), gaslighting.

I had to put the book down for a bit because I hadn’t exactly read the blurb or other reviews (my own fault) and I wasn’t ready for all that. When I came back to the book I knew what I would face and I found it to be very well written and well developed for such a short story, plus there’s something about a mermaid/human f/f story that always appeals to me.

I definitely recommend it (just make sure you’re okay with the trigger warnings first) and it made me want to check out the author’s other works.