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The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels

Whenever I sense a whiff of a new historical romance with fantasy, paranormal, or steampunk elements, my ears perk up and I’m on alert. And yes, this is a call to send me your recommendations if you have any. Be aware that it will take some deep cuts, though, to suggest a book I haven’t heard of or read. Set in an alternate version of Victorian-era London, the Wisteria Society is made up of a … Continue reading The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton

Book Review

The Professor Next Door by Jackie Lau

The Professor Next Door

The Professor Next Door is the third book in Jackie Lau’s Cider Bar Sisters series, and it stands alone, though it’s a bit more fun if you have already met Nicole’s friends. Like all the other stories in this series, it will make you want to go to Toronto and eat your entire body weight in desserts. Seriously, the food porn in these books is next level. Jackie Lau appears to subscribe to the idea … Continue reading The Professor Next Door by Jackie Lau

Other Media Review

We Are Lady Parts, created by Nida Manzoor

We Are Lady Parts is a British sit-com about an all-girl Muslim punk band, and it is glorious. It is sweet, empowering, and very, very funny with a diverse, female-led cast and some very clever writing. The series runs for six 25-minute episodes written and directed by Nida Manzoor, and we watched the whole thing in a single sitting, alternately cackling with laughter and hiding behind the sofa in an agony of vicarious embarrassment. The … Continue reading We Are Lady Parts, created by Nida Manzoor

Book Review

Fake by Kylie Scott

Fake

Fake is a fake relationship celebrity romance that will either really work for people or not work at all. It’s tropey, has a first person POV that limits engagement with the hero, and also is largely absent of conflict. If you’re looking for something with a lot of character development and a good bleak moment, this book will not satisfy. If you want to enjoy a largely conflict-free celebrity-Cinderella fantasy and don’t need the hero’s … Continue reading Fake by Kylie Scott

Book Review

Vengeance Born by Kylie Griffin

Vengeance Born

Bitchery, I am on a quest to bring you all of the fantasy romance and romantic fantasy I can get my hands on. As a part of this quest I finally picked up Vengeance Born, a fantasy romance from 2012 that has been on my TBR for a few years now. There were some things I quite liked about this series opener and some things that made me shake my head and sigh, but overall, … Continue reading Vengeance Born by Kylie Griffin

Book Review

The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon

The Witch King

Bitchery, I struggled with this book. Not with the reading of it, so much, but with trying to parse my feelings and opinions on it, which are complicated. I was very excited about this #OwnVoices book about a trans witch bound in a magical engagement with his childhood best friend, a fae prince. And the initial chapters really drew me in. I wanted to like this so badly!!! But I ultimately kind of did not. … Continue reading The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon

Book Review

Satisfaction Guaranteed by Karelia Stetz-Waters

Satisfaction Guaranteed

Shana: When Tara showed me the blurb for an opposites-attract rom-com set in a sex toy store, I jumped on the chance to read it together. I’m glad I did, because Satisfaction Guaranteed is my first official Squee of 2021. Tara: Isn’t it the freaking cutest? This book made me laugh out loud and gave me so many happy sighs. But let’s start by telling everyone what it’s about. When Cade’s aunt Ruth dies, she … Continue reading Satisfaction Guaranteed by Karelia Stetz-Waters

Book Review

Love and Fury by Samantha Silva

Love and Fury

Love and Fury: A Novel of Mary Wollstonecraft is one of those books that feels as though it was written just for me. As a Mary Wollstonecraft fan, I’m always happy to see her getting some attention above and beyond her role as the famous Mary Shelley’s mother (Full disclosure: I am also a fan of Mary Shelley). This historical fiction novel tells Mary Wollestonecraft’s story from when she first stands up to her father … Continue reading Love and Fury by Samantha Silva

Book Review

The Assassins of Thasalon by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Assassins of Thasalon

I love the Penric and Desdemona series by Lois McMaster Bujold, and have listened to most of the novellas while sewing over the past year or so. My delight at learning that there was a new novel length Penric story was not measurable by current methods, even with all three of my tape measures. As of this writing, I am on my third fourth (oy) day of book hangover after finishing it. The Assassins of … Continue reading The Assassins of Thasalon by Lois McMaster Bujold

Book Review

Beth and Amy by Virginia Kantra

Beth & Amy

Beth and Amy is a pitch-perfect retelling of Little Women / Good Wives from the point of view of Beth, Amy, and occasionally Abigail March. It completely captures the personalities of the March girls and their friends and family, while bringing them convincingly into the modern era. I loved it. Amy is returning to Bunyan for her sister Jo’s wedding to Eric Bhaer, and is apprehensive about seeing Trey Lawrence again. She has had a … Continue reading Beth and Amy by Virginia Kantra

Book Review

How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole

How to Find a Princess

How to Find a Princess is a playful retelling of Anastasia with a lovable cast of characters that made me smile. It pairs a reliable pragmatist with her catnip, a chaotic adventurer. If you found the first novel in the Reluctant Royals series a bit stressful, rejoice! The sequel has less angst, but it also has an abrupt ending. Makeda Hicks grew up listening to her grandmother’s stories of an affair with a man who … Continue reading How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole

Book Review

The Menopause Manifesto by Dr. Jen Gunter

The Menopause Manifesto

I didn’t expect this book to make me cry, but it did. Specifically, I got teary when I was reading the introduction and came across this sentence: “It shouldn’t require an act of feminism to know how your body works, but it does.” I felt equal parts furious, seen, and relieved when I read that. When The Vagina Bible was released a couple of years ago, I devoured it, paying special attention to the section … Continue reading The Menopause Manifesto by Dr. Jen Gunter

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