Catch Lili Too by Sophie Wittemore: Book Review

I got a ton of “Buffy” vibes while reading the premise of this novel, and that immediately piqued my interest. I was also super excited about the idea of an urban fantasy that included non-Western myths and legends, and very intrigued by the concept of a depressed, asexual siren.

Catch Lili Too is a paranormal thriller, and tells the story of Lili, an immortal siren, who gets roped into trying to catch a serial killer terrorizing Gamin, the town she’s passing through. Along the way she manages to find herself a group of comrades, including ghosts, necromancers, vampires and more.

The representation in this book is really great, with many LGBTQ+ characters and even a couple queer romances. I also really enjoyed the diversity of paranormal creatures that made an appearance in this novel. Some were based on myths and legends I had never even heard of before, which was cool to learn about while reading!

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Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon: Blog Tour & Book Review

Instructions for Dancing tells the story of Evie, who at 18 years old, is already disenchanted with love. After finding out her parents are splitting up – and that the reason causing this split is her father’s affair with another woman – Evie has had enough of the whole idea of love. But love might not be through with her.

At a Little Free Library where Evie decides to dump her collection of romance novels she no longer cares for, she winds up picking up an old copy of a book entitled Instructions for Dancing, as well as a pesky super power where whenever she sees a couple kiss, their entire future together flash before her eyes.

Unsure what to do about these visions, or what lesson their apparently trying to teach her, Evie decides to return the instructional dancing book to its rightful owner: the La Brea Dance studio. And it’s there where she meets X…

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Vulnerable AF by Tarriona “Tank” Ball: ARC Book Review

I have to admit I didn’t actually know who Tank was before starting this book. But when she mentioned her Tiny Desk performance I couldn’t help looking it up and watching for myself. And, boy, can she really perform.

The title of this poetry collection is aptly named, because if Tank is one thing, it’s vulnerable in her writing. She holds nothing back. Vulnerable AF is a collection of poems interspersed by short stories entitled ‘Tank’s Story Time’ that tell about a failed relationship from her recent past.

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Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers: ARC Book Review

Honey Girl tells the story of Grace Porter, recent PhD graduate, as she tries to navigate the world post-college. A hard-working, type A personality, Grace has always done what’s needed to stick to her plan – the one her father came up with. But she deviates from it one night while in Vegas, when she gets drunkenly married to a girl Grace doesn’t even know the name of.

Returning back to her life in Portland, Grace is faced with the overwhelming uncertainty of being out of school with no clue, and no prospects, for where to go from there. Burnt out, and struggling to find her place, Grace reaches out to the girl she can barely remember, but who has already changed everything.

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Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi: ARC Book Review

Having moved to New York for fashion school, Jayne can’t help but feel like her life isn’t going the way it’s supposed to. She’s got a shitty on-again/off-again boyfriend, no real friends, a horrible apartment that doesn’t even heat properly, and an eating disorder that’s getting harder and harder to deny. She can’t help feeling resentful of her sister, June, who’s successful and rich and her parents favorite. That is, until she finds out June has been diagnosed with uterine cancer.

Unable to take her apartment anymore, and spurred on by her concern for her sister, Jayne moves in with June. Now Jayne finds herself spending much more time with a sister that she barely used to talk to, despite the fact they’ve been living in the same city for months. But a cancer diagnosis isn’t the only secret June’s been keeping, and Jayne herself has a few locked away. But living together brings them closer, and uncovers more than either of them may be ready to face.

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