Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

Five friends tied together by a role playing game travel to a cabin in the woods to play one last game. But suddenly, it’s not just a game anymore. Someone has died, and anyone could be next. 

Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp is out today, so if you like the sound of it please don’t forget to add it on Goodreads or buy a copy from your local indie, QueerLit, Hive, Waterstones or Amazon!

What I Liked: 

-This was so exciting! The plot really kept you on your toes as the stakes got higher and higher, it was properly creepy at times, and there is so much attention to detail that made it even more tense because it was so well crafted. As more and more got revealed, we start to understand the dynamic and past of the group and question what we thought we knew, and I ended up binging the second half of this book far too late at night cause I was so caught up. 

-The characters! I won’t tell you which characters I like best in case that spoils it but they were all complex, interesting and with their own personal troubles and turmoils. I really liked seeing their dynamics, of friendship and perhaps romance, and how and who stuck together in the end. 

-The representation! Of the five characters we have Finn, who is trans and has arthritis,, Ever, who is non-binary, Maddy, who is bisexual, autistic and suffers from chronic pain, and Carter who is also bisexual. The representation was wonderful and I really appreciate how much of themself the author put into these characters, as they too are nonbinary, autistic, queer and suffer from a chronic illness. I’m going to link my friend Izzie’s review here as she is disabled and talks about the rep: 


-Atmosphere! The setting and atmosphere for Even If We Break made it so much more tense, exciting and unique. It’s set at a remote cabin in the woods where the five friends go to play their role playing game. The author builds an incredible sense of tension tied to the setting and a further atmosphere surrounding the role playing game – it was so spooky! 

-The writing, it was well written and easy to binge but with some really impressive imagery and, as I said previously, building of atmosphere. 

What I Didn’t Like As Much: 

-The ending. Who the killer was was pretty predictable, though it isn’t that that I minded. The ending felt almost repetitive, dragging out a bit. I liked the overall idea but it wasn’t as well executed as the rest of the book.

-The killers motive. I felt that the motive the killer had was relatively flimsy, it was believable that they were cruel and wanted one person dead but killing the others was a bit of a reach. 

Oveall, Even if We Break by Marieke Nijkamp is a heartstopping thriller about friendship and secrets, tied to a role playing game. It was exciting, capturing and wonderful, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. With a diverse cast and #ownvoices representation, an intriguing plot and unique storyline, this is a book you don’t want to miss! 

DCeased: Unkillables by Tom Taylor

Hiya everyone! Today I’m bringing you a review of a DC comic book. In case you didn’t know, I love the DC world and it’s characters, so fellow DC fans, welcome! Today I’m reviewing the sequel series to one of my favourite series, DCeased! If you want to read my review of the original series, click here! And if you like the sound of this book, you should definitely add it on Goodreads, or buy a copy from your local comic book store, Hive, Waterstones or Amazon! Enjoy! – Sasha ❤

DCeased: Unkillables is perhaps even better than the original DCeased. After the anti-life virus infected earth, turning its inhabitants into zombie killing machines, the Justice League did everything it could to save the world, but now they’re gone, and the villains are left behind to inherit this corrupted world. Deathstroke and his team of villains must team up with the last heroes – Jason Todd, Cassandra Cain and Jim Gordon – to save a group of orphans and, of course, themselves.

DCeased: Unkillables is similar to the original DCeased in that it focuses on humanity and what it takes to survive, but in an almost opposite way. While DCeased showed it’s heroes descending into madness and having to abandon their morals to save the world, Unkillables shows the humanity villains can have and how compassionate they can be.

This was one of my first introductions to Slade Wilson and his daughter Rose, AKA Deathstroke and Ravager, and I really liked them, this book made me want to read more about these two. For a book with so many characters, it was impressive how Unkillables made me become attached to most of them and showed character development for most! I would say Deathstroke was the main character, and though he may be a deadly assassin, here we also see he is kind, incredibly resilient, brave and even loving. Unkillables shows us more about who DCs villains feel attached to, and the heart they have left. 

I loved that Deathstroke and Gordon basically became the dads of the ragtag group that stars in Unkillables! Their dynamic was actually great and it’s a shame they don’t team up unless faced with death because I’d like to see more of them together!
Another character I loved meeting was Lady Shiva, Cassandra Cain’s assassin mother. She’s badass and brilliant and I’d love to see more of her! 

Past all the zombies and the themes of this book, Unkillables was basically about villains being soft and adopting orphans. It’s kind of adorable! Even Cheetah warms to the children, going so far as to let one of the kids she becomes attached to call her Kitty! DC comics are often full with humour despite the odds and Unkillables was no exception, with scenes that made me laugh out loud!

The only thing I disliked about this comic was the art. Overall, the art was pretty great and I loved the colours, but the artist simply cannot draw faces, which isn’t the greatest weekend. The faces he draws are far too symmetrical, it’s kind of odd. I can definitely look past that to enjoy the story and characters but it did affect my overall enjoyment, which is a shame.

With a thrilling and emotional plot, this follow up to DCeased, one of my favourite comic series, did not disappoint. So many of the things I loved about the original DCeased are also present here – the incredibly high-stakes, with no holds barred on who dies. The themes of morality, humanity and sacrifice. Unexpected alliances, twists and turns. I loved DCeased: Unkillables a lot, and seriously recommend it! 

Underhyped Sapphic Romance Books You NEED To Read

Hi everyone! Sapphic recommendation posts are something that we post quite often, so today, I’m bringing you some sapphic romance books that you may not have heard about and that have less than 1000 ratings on goodreads (at least they do at the time I’m writing this lol)! – Amber ❤

*almost all of these books are either indie published or self-published and therefore not usually available in physical copies, but you can find them on kindle!*

Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M. Cameron

Marriage of Unconvenience

Childhood best friends Lo and Cara cook up a crazy plan to get married in order to claim Lo’s inheritance money and avoid debt. But everyone around them thinks their ‘fake’ marriage is real, and Lo has to convince herself that she can’t be falling for her straight best friend, can she?

Meet You at the End of the World by Natasha West

Meet You at the End of the World

In a ruthless world ravaged by a pandemic, an accident of fate draws loner Rachel and idealist Alice into a mission to find Alice’s lost brother. On a journey that will take them through a land full of dangerous people and hard choices, it will take everything they have to just to stay alive.

Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

Drum Roll, PleaseThis summer brings big changes for Melly: her parents split up, her best friend ditches her, and Melly finds herself falling for a girl at camp named Adeline. To top it off, Melly’s not sure she has what it takes to be a real rock ‘n’ roll drummer. Will she be able to make music from all the noise in her heart?

Love Like This by Melissa Brayden

Love Like This (Seven Shores, #4)

Hadley Cooper believes in happily-ever-afters with her whole heart. Spencer Adair has a passion for fashion, but hates the fact that it rhymes. What she didn’t plan on, was the unsolicited opinions of that overlyfriendly blond boutique manager. Or the way her heart beats faster every time she’s around.

Something Tragic by Jessica Yeh

Something Tragic

Follow Addison Warren as she begins to unravel different layers of Crisa Grayson. Something Tragic is a coming of age, LGBT novel about self-discovery and finding love.

Back to the Start by Monica McCallan

Back to the Start

When Remy’s grandmother dies, it means leaving her life in San Francisco and returning to a town she swore she’d never revisit. She’s already dreading it, and she definitely didn’t expect her first love to still be there…

The Road Home by Erin Zak

The Road HomeGwen discovers her mom is sick and might not have much time left. She stays home to help and repair the emotional rift that has kept them apart for so long. That’s easier said than done, though, because Lila Machowicz has all but replaced her as Carol’s surrogate daughter. Gwen and Lila are forced to work together, and the last thing either expects is an attraction as undeniable as it is inconvenient.

South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf

South of Sunshine For Kaycee Jean McCoy, life in Sunshine means dating guys she has no interest in and avoiding certain girls at all costs. Girls like Bren Dawson. Unlike Kaycee, Bren doesn’t really conceal who she is. Kaycee knows Sunshine has a darker side for people like her, and she’s risking everything for the chance to truly be herself.

Back to September by Melissa Brayden

Back to September Hannah’s bookstore is struggling, but when world famous romance novelist Parker Bristow accepts her request to come in for a signing, Hannah might finally be able to drum up some much-needed attention and save the shop. What she didn’t anticipate was an unexpected evening and a woman she wouldn’t soon forget.

We Were Promised Spotlights by Lindsay Sproul

We Were Promised Spotlights

Taylor Garland’s good looks have earned her the admiration of everyone in her small town. But Taylor is actually desperate to leave home, and also? She’s completely in love with her best friend, Susan.

Bring Her On by Chelsea M. Cameron

Bring Her On

Ten years after a random cheer-camp hookup, rival cheer team leaders Kiri and Echo are thrown back into eachothers lives. As the pressure builds toward Nationals, they can’t get each other out of their minds and, after a huge argument, they end up right back where they started: in bed.

The Girl Next Door by Chelsea M. Cameron

The Girl Next Door

A no-strings summer fling seems like the perfect distraction for both Iris and Jude. Jude rides a motorcycle, kisses hard and gives Iris the perfect distraction from her tangled mess of a life. But come September, Iris is still determined to get out of this zero-stoplight town. That is, unless Jude can give her a reason to stay…

200 Hours by Natasha West

200 Hours

What could poor troublemaker Lola Morgan and clueless rich kid Abby Granger have in common? Not a lot. Beside both having the misfortune to find themselves on the wrong side of the law. But it’s only 200 hours of community service, right? What could possibly happen between two girls from such different worlds? Accidentally falling for each other, that’s what.

By Any Other Name by Natasha West

By Any Other Name

The Whittakers and the Goodwins have been at each throats forever, tearing the small town of Bishop’s Crook right down the centre with their endless fights. But when Lane Whittaker and Casey Goodwin, the eldest daughters of the feuding families, meet for the first time, hate is the last thing on either of their minds.

Of All the Girls by Michele L. Rivera

Of All the Girls

The last thing Ashton Daniels wants after graduating high school is to spend the summer in Boston with her estranged father and his other family, but once she arrives in Massachusetts and meets Chloe, her intriguing step-sister, what Ashton wants suddenly becomes unclear.

Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicholas

Keeping Her Secret

The last person Riya Johnson expected to run into at her new summer camp is Courtney Chastain—her childhood best friend and the girl who broke her heart after a secret, mind-blowing, life-altering kiss. She definitely didn’t expect to be sharing a bunk bed with her for four long weeks.

Just Married? by Natasha West

Just Married?

When uptight British bookshop owner Emily Bartlett goes to Las Vegas to get over a humiliating breakup, she’s expecting to make a few mistakes. But when she meets Ruby Knight, a pessimistic American C-list TV actress with designs on a movie career, she makes a whopper. The pair get so incredibly drunk together that they end up getting accidentally married.

Life Begins With You by Erica Lee

Life Begins With You

Rebecca and Cassie were childhood best friends until their lives took different directions. By the time they reached high school, Rebecca became interested in soccer and running with the preppy crowd, while Cassie was more interested in skipping class and shoplifting. Their lives cross paths again when Rebecca ends up teaching Cassie’s little sister.

How Sweet the Sound by Evelyn Dar

How Sweet the Sound

From the moment five-year-old Kat met seven-year-old Sienna, she knew they were destined to be best friends forever. After a summer spent connected at the hip, a trauma in Sienna’s home life separates the two. Twelve years later, their lives cross paths again, but the memory of their childhood friendship has long since faded.

The Princess and the Prix by Nell Stark

The Princess and the Prix

This book is part of a series, but each can be read as a standalone. Her Serene Highness Pommelina Alix Louise Canella of Monaco has lived her life as the “ugly duckling” of her glamorous family. Prima donna Formula One racer Thalia d’Angelis knows she’s been hired as a publicity stunt, but that only fuels her desire to be the first woman on an F1 podium.


Kiss Me Every Day by Dena Blake

Kiss Me Every Day

A freak thunderstorm rages during the night, and Wynn finds herself catapulted back in time to the day she made the worst decision of her life―stepping aside to let her sister romance and marry Carly. Reliving the day over and over again, Wynn must decide what is most important: success, loyalty, or love. Given a second chance at happiness, will she take the opportunity and change her destiny?

Captive Hearts by Natasha West

Captive Hearts

TV news reporter Ashley Quick has an eye for a story. So when she hears about a hostage situation, she runs right towards it. Because when Ashley sinks her teeth into a story, nothing can stop her. Not good sense, not the threat of danger, and certainly not her incredibly laid-back, yet annoyingly sexy camerawoman, Gina Tucker.


The Space Between by Michelle L. Teichman

The Space Between

Everything’s great for Harper Isabelle, the most popular girl in grade nine. That is, until she meets Sarah Jamieson. Sarah is a reclusive artist, a loner who wears black makeup and doesn’t have any friends, but for some reason, Harper can’t stop thinking about her.


Queerleaders by M.B. Guel


Mackenzie is used to being different from other kids―and to being bullied for not fitting into the rigid social expectations of her Catholic High School. Until something very mysterious happens―Mack becomes a cheerleader magnet. Even she has a hard time believing it. Is Mack being set up for an epic fail? Or is she finally headed for acceptance–and maybe even romance…


Hairpin Curves by Elia Winters

Hairpin Curves

Megan Harris had hopes of seeing the world, but at twenty-five she’s never even left Florida. Now a wedding invitation lures her to Quebec…in February. When her ex-friend Scarlett offers to be her plus-one and suggests they turn the journey into an epic road trip, Megan reluctantly agrees to the biggest adventure of her life.


Cute Mutants Vol 1: Mutant Pride by SJ Whitby

Cute Mutants Vol 1: Mutant Pride

CUTE MUTANTS by SJ Whitby is a hilarious and adorable novel about a group of teens who all mysteriously develop mutant powers after a party one night. I adore this series so much and the author is so incredibly kind. This book is all about a misfit group of teens who get thrown together when they all discover they’ve got crazy unique powers, it’s full of so much humour and love ❤

Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez | Blog Tour

Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez was a stunning and ferociously feminist novel about a rising soccer star who must put everything on the line for her career. Set in Argentina, this #ownvoices novel has a distinct voice that shouts loudly about injustice, passion and love. It’s empowering, gorgeously written with a protagonist I immediately fell for.

I was lucky enough to get an eArc of that thanks to TBR and Beyond Tours, so thank you! As you’ll see, I adored this novel, so you should really add it on Goodreads and buy a copy from your local indie, Hive, Waterstones or Amazon! Hope you enjoy reading this review! Sasha ❤

What I liked: 

-Camilla! I loved everything about our main character. She’s so fierce and ambitious. I love how she put her aspirations above everything. She shouldn’t have had to choose, but I love that it showed her choosing her own destiny, her own dreams, over everything else. She is SO strong, a wonderful character in every way.

"I’d leave this house the first chance I got, but not by chasing after a boy, including my brother. I’d do it on my own terms, following my own dreams, not someone else’s."

-The feminism! Furia discusses feminism in many ways, which I love. Not only is there a central feminist plot about Camilla pursuing her soccer dreams despite the sexism in the football industry and the expectations that she, as a girl, shouldn’t be doing this sport, but Furia also brings up sexism in other forms, showing the reality of life for girls in Argentina. This book discusses domestic abuse, misogyny and sheds a light on the fact that so many young girls and women go missing or get murdered in Argentina, with no one to look for or avenge them but their family and friends.

-The prose! Furia is absolutely gorgeously written, lyrical throughout and creating an atmosphere seeped through the page! The palpable heat of summer, the stifling confines of being a woman, the pressures Camilla feels from those around her, the butterflies in her stomach around Diego – all of it transferred right to the reader, so that we felt we were right there with Camilla. 

-The setting! I’m part Argentinian but I’ve never been there myself so I loved how vividly the author built the barrios, cities and streets of Argentina in a way that made me almost homesick. As I said, Yamile Saied Méndez has a real talent for building atmosphere and setting. I also liked the Spanish incorporated into this book, I don’t speak it myself but I got a little teary when Diego says to Camilla “sana sana colita de rana” when she’s hurt, because my Abuela and mum used to say this to me when I was hurt, so that was a little piece of culture I could connect to, even if it was small. 

-Female friendship! I loved Camilla’s friendship with Roxana, how they always had each other’s backs, as well as with the rest of their football team! I liked how every female character was nuanced, even side characters, and how they weren’t without their flaws, and didn’t have to be perfect to deserve protection and love.

We’d made the space. We’d filled in the cracks of the system and made room for ourselves where there was none. No one had given us anything. We had taken it.

-The romance! Me, enjoying a heterosexual romance? Who would have thought! But I did, I really liked Camilla and Diego’s rekindled love and how clearly they cared for each other and connected. I loved how real their romance felt, not rushed and still a little awkward, despite how long they’d known each other.

What I didn’t like as much:

-I genuinely can’t think of anything, so you should really read this book! I didn’t understand the football scenes and references, but that’s completely on me.

-I loved the storyline and mentioning of the missing women in Argentina and I appreciate how it was there because it is an every day reality and it’s important to recognise that, but I do also wish there had been a little more development of that plot line, in some way.

Overall Furia was a phenomenal novel that sport fans are bound to adore, fiercely feminist and bursting with gorgeous writing and vivid imagery. I deeply recommend this book!

Each of Us A Desert by Mark Oshiro | Blog Tour

Hiya everyone! Today I’m on the blog tour for one of my most anticipated releases, Each of Us A Desert! Thanks to Coloured Pages for including me! I loved this one and really recommend you add it on Goodreads or pick up a copy from your local indie or Amazon!! – Sasha ❤

Each of Us A Desert by Mark Oshiro was a vividly imagined tale of storytelling, faith and humanity. It was so vividly written and imagined with lush imagery and poetic and lyrical prose. Each of Us A Desert was so emotive, the plot was unique and wonderful and odd, and the f/f romance was gorgeously slow burn enemies to lovers, though I would have loved some more angst and yearning. 

What I loved: 

  • Xochital is such a great main character! Her story of trying to find her own place in the world away from her duties and responsibilities is one that really resonates and I loved her character arc as she sees the possibilities for who she can be, comes to terms with her gifts and accepts certain realities that change the way she sees the world.

‘Because while I missed home, I knew I had left for the most important reason of all: to become myself.’

  • The world was so vividly built and atmospheric, the heat of the desert seems to almost seep from the page, it’s amazing how real it felt. It’s a world that is at once magical and unimaginable and also deeply realistic and grounded. 
  • The magic of this world was so unique and gorgeous and though it wasn’t always completely explained it fitted seamlessly into the world and story. 
  • Just like Xochital feels people’s emotions so deeply and vividly, Mark Oshiro portrays them in the same way so that the reader too, feels almost overwhelmed by the desperation, longing, regret, guilt or love that the characters feel.
  • The romance between Xochital and Emilia is incredibly slow burn, and it may not be the focus of the book but you could really feel the longing between these two and the chemistry they shared. Their connection to each other was so deep and natural that as they slowly gravitated closer and closer together, it made complete sense. Also I love sapphics, as we know. 

"cuando estoy solo / when I am alone
existo para mi / I exist for myself"

  • The writing was absolutely stunning, every sentence was lush and gorgeous, it’s incredible how well this book was written.
  • The way the book is structured with Xochital telling a story to the god Solis, leading up to that hard-hitting ending…all I can say is DAMN??

What I didn’t like quite as much: 

  • The ending was very abrupt. I completely understand why it was so but I still feel like I would have loved some more closure on the story.
  • Whilst the book was perfect for what it was and achieved everything it tried to do, it’s not my normal thing, and in the romance especially I couldn’t help but want more of the angst and yearning of typical YA. 
  • I do think we could have benefitted from just a little bit more explanation regarding the world, the magic and the events of the book, particularly some things in the ending felt a little rushed and unclear. 

We stretch ourselves: to fit within the roles we are given. To make ourselves look better to those around us. To convince one another that we are good people in a world so vacant. Each of us a desert."


Each of Us A Desert was absolutely phenomenal, and I would completely recommend it, especially to fans of lyrical prose, unique storytelling and hard-hitting storylines.

Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher

Like Like Poison was a twisted contemporary fairytale with exciting twists and centring around the friendship between four kids who would do anything for each other. Lies Like Poison was out on September third, so don’t forget to add it on Goodreads or pick up a copy from your local indie, Waterstones or Amazon – where it’s currently on sale for only £4!!!!

Overall I really enjoyed this book, it was an exciting thriller with four queer main characters, a m/m and f/f romance and discussing abuse, trauma and other topics. It was full of exciting reveals, morally grey characters and most importantly queer found family!!

The first two thirds of Lies Like Poison, were a little messy. The pacing and reveals were kind of disjointed, and I wasn’t fully enjoying it. But the last third really saved the book, where it got so exhilarating and full of reveals I didn’t expect!! This was where we really saw the soft queer found family content I had been craving, and more of my favourite characters. I really wish the whole book had been more like the last third. 

I think I would have preferred this book if Belladonna was the main character rather than Jack. She had the most distinct voice of the three, and I adored her badass and witchy vibes, plus she’s a bisexual icon. I do feel all of the characters could have done with a bit more depth, but I did really like them. Belle who is ruthless and fiercely caring, Jack who is protective and loving, Lily who is badass and learning to love herself and Raven who they would all do anything to keep safe. 

The writing is stunning at times, and very poignant. It gave the whole book a lot of atmosphere, and I loved how Lies Like Poison had fairytale aspects and hints woven among the twisted and murderous plot. The tangled storylines were super intriguing, and I really like the unreliable narrator aspects, where characters keep things hidden even when it’s their POV! This takes skill to do and I enjoyed how there were was constantly threads niggling at the story until it came together at the end. It was an intense story with many interconnected parts including flashbacks, confessions and secrets, twists and turns.

A favourite aspect of mine was how the theme of being caged or trapped was one we could see in every character’s storylines in the material plot also tie into the characters being queer and their journeys with that. Their identity’s as queer aren’t super discussed apart from Jack’s, which is great cause it’s just like “we’re here, we’re queer, we might have committed murder”, but there is a lot of subtext. I felt the story was woven with queer coding and with overall themes that are inextricably linked to the queer experience.

One thing that I did not like was how Jack being a trans boy was almost a plot twist. I already knew as the author told me the rep in the book, and I found that this being a surprise wasn’t great. 

Some aspects of Lies Like Poison felt rather unrealistic but the magical atmosphere makes the whole book feel a little out of this world, so while fans of a grounded mystery may not love this, readers who prefer something fabulist and mystical with thriller aspects are sure to fall for it.

The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska

The amazing The Dark Tide came out about a month ago, and as you can see from my review, I adored this book with my whole soul, and Amber loved it too. I seriously encourage you all to pick it up, so go ahead and add it on Goodreads or buy a copy from your local indie or Amazon – I just noticed it’s on sale there!! Sasha ❤

The Dark Tide was an absolutely phenomenal, dark and complex enemies to lovers f/f fantasy that quickly became a new favourite. Once a year, the Witch Queen who rules over the island of Caldella must choose a boy to sacrifice on the full moon. A life to appease the sea that would consume the whole island. 

Led by two fierce girls who find themselves falling for each other, with a distinctive magic system and intricate world building, fierce witches, wonderful sibling dynamics and a pet sea monster, The Dark Tide is an unmissable debut that I cannot recommend enough.  

I can’t put into words how much I absolutely adore Lina and Eva and their dynamic. It was perfection, genuinely.

Lina is brave, stubborn and caring. She’s smart, has a deep passion for dance and would do anything for those she loves. Lina is a complex character with great development throughout the book as she learns what – and who – she wants, and I loved her pretty much immediately. She’s at once compassionate and considerate and sharp and bold.

Eva was her opposite, cocky, brash and cold, unflinching ice where Lina was passionate fire. I was absolutely smitten by Eva – I mean she’s a morally grey witch queen who struts around her castle in suits, smoking magical cigarettes and taking care of her pet sea monster. 

These two were perfect for each other and I loved their dynamic – their banter was perfect, and it’s a trope I really want to see more – girl who believes love is the most important thing meets girl who doesn’t believe in love and convinces her it’s real. I loved how they became more of themselves around each other, Lina not worrying about being likeable or putting Eva’s needs before her own, and Eva able to be more caring and soft. I love these two SO MUCH I am absolutely obsessed with them. 

I adored the world of The Dark Tide! It was SO atmospheric, vividly described, and almost spooky. The concepts Alicia Jasinska explored were unique, intriguing and wonderful. Witches who must give up parts of themselves for magic? An island who must give over once of its own every year to save itself from the sea? A Witch Queen who must choose and fall in love with someone every year just to sacrifice them for the greater good? *chef’s kiss* all around! I was so awed by the idea of the tide as a force within its own mind, the wild sea personified. As Eva became less of the central villain and more love-interest-who-is-still-evil, it was the tide that was the antagonist, that our characters had to fight to save their world. This was just such an interesting and amazing concept to me and it was executed magnificently. 

Alicia Jasinka’s gorgeous writing just contributed further to the mystical and haunted atmosphere the world created. Her prose was lyrical, stunning and deeply evocative but without being overwhelming.

I found myself speeding through this book almost too fast – I wanted to savour it but I couldn’t help but read on! The plot was complex, tension building up to the incredible finale! My only complaint with this book is that I wish it was longer – I’d love to see more interactions between Eva and Lina as they fell for each other, a little more back story for Lina and Finley’s relationship and more of Yara! 

The Dark Tide quickly won my heart and I cannot recommend this book enough. If you’re looking sapphic A Court of Thorns and Roses but with witches instead of faeries and the atmospheric and unique world building of a Ghibli movie, The Dark Tide is for you. 

Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart | Blog Tour

Hiya! Today I’m lucky enough to be on the blog tour for Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart, an intriguing and exciting start to a new adult fantasy series, set in a world controlled by bone shard magic as the Emperor’s rule begins to fail and revolution sweeps across the Empire’s islands. This blog tour was arranged by the wonderful Your Tita Kate, and as you can tell from my review below, I loved this book! Be sure to add it on Goodreads, and consider buying it from your local indie, Waterstones or Amazon!

Led by a complex and determined princess, a brave rebel and her high ranking girlfriend and a smuggler seeking his lost love, Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart was an intricately woven fantasy with several intertwining storylines and exciting reveals. The highlights of this book include sapphics, incredibly unique magic and a stubborn talking animal.

If that doesn’t convince you, look at the stunning cover!

From the get go, the world of Bone Shard Daughter intrigued me. It was confusing at first, as such a complex and interesting world can be, but Andrea Stewart was able to relatively quickly build the groundwork for her world and then elaborate with unique details. Bone Shard Daughter is set in an Empire ruled by the Sukai dynasty, who defeated the magical creatures known as the Alanga centuries before and put themselves in charm. It’s a large cluster of Islands, with the biggest being where the Emperor lives. There are also other countries outside of the Empire and further away, that we learn of but do not visit yet. 

The magic of Bone Shard Daughter was incredibly unique and so, so fascinating. The Bone Shard Magic is one that’s knowledge is closely guarded by the Emperor, so that only those of the Sukai dynasty can work it. Each year, there is a tithing festival and citizens of the Empire are selected to have a small shard of bone cut from them and given to the Emperor, who can program these shards with instructions and insert them into things known as “constructs”, who will then follow his demands. It’s a lot more complex than I can explain, but it was executed wonderfully and I loved finding out more about how it works as Lin learned more too. 

Lin was my favourite character. The determined daughter of the Emperor and heir to the Sukai throne, Lin lost her memories five years ago, and her father desperately wants her to remember them. All Lin wants is to prove her worth to her father, so she starts to learn Bone Shard Magic behind his back. But as she learns more about the magic, she also learns more about her father, herself, and secrets that will change her world forever. She’s a wonderful character, and her narrative was definitely my favourite and the most exciting! 

"Father didn’t think I was enough. My memory was lacking. But I knew who I was now. I was Lin. I was the Emperor’s daughter. And I would show him that even broken daughters could wield power."

Jovis was the other character with a first person POV, and he actually had more page time than any of the others. At first I was like, what is this smuggler man doing here, I wanna hear about the badass princess and the sapphics, but I definitely warmed to him. He’s one of those characters who is like “I only care about myself” and then rescues children and looks after a cute talking animal and helps the commoners in their rebellion.

And yes, we have to talk about Mephi. Mephi was the animal that Jovis rescues early-ish in the book. We don’t know what kind of animal Mephi is, he seems to be a rare mythical creature with magical powers WHO CAN TALK. And he was adorable. Stubborn and loving and smart, I just want more Mephi content. He quickly becomes enamoured to Jovis, and Jovis cares for Mephi a little too much to get away with all his “heart of steel” talk. 

“No.” Mephi rested his chin on my shoulder. “Not lonely. I am here with you.”

Part of the main reason I read this book was for the sapphics, because of course. Going in, I expected Lin to be the one in a f/f relationship, and that wasn’t the case. Our sapphic couple is Phalue, the daughter of one of the Island’s governors, and Ranami, her rebel girlfriend, who is a part of the lower class.  They’re an already an established couple and have been together for five years. Phalue wants to marry Ranami but Ranami doesn’t want to be the governor’s wife or marry Phalue until she enacts more change on their island. Both of these characters have POVs, and I loved seeing their relationship and conflicts from both sides, as Phalue is not completely aware of her privilege but trying her best, and Ranami is exasperated at the women she loves but wants to work past it. I loved their relationship, I really did, but it was a much smaller part of the plot than I had hoped, and that did disappoint me. Still, I loved the way this relationship showed the class differences and hierarchy problems of the Empire, and it was the only romance subplot so at least there weren’t any heterosexuals overshadowing it! I vote for Sapphic Lin in the sequel, too. Andrea, I believe in you. 

“It’s hard to remake one’s view of the world, to admit to complacency. I thought remaking myself for you was hard enough, but doing that was something I wanted. I didn’t want to realize how much I’ve hurt the people around me, and that’s what confronting my beliefs meant. We all tell ourselves stories of who we are, and in my mind, I was always the hero. But I wasn’t. Not in all the ways I should have been.”

The plot of this book was great, with it’s intricately intertwined storylines, exciting reveals and high stakes, though the beginning was a little slower and I didn’t get properly invested in the plot until a little way in. 

Overall, I loved Bone Shard Daughter. I was hoping for a little more from the characters and a bit more sapphic content, and the pacing was rather slow at first, so it wasn’t without it’s flaws, but it’s one I really recommend and I can’t wait for the sequel.

WLW Wednesday #3

Hi all!! We’re back with another of our #WLWWednesday posts!! Today’s has got a wide range of genres and age groups, enjoy! – Sasha and Amber ❤

Amber’s recent WLW reads:



The Kill Club

The Kill Club by Wendy Heard

(Adult Thriller) Standalone

This book was so, so much fun, but also made me want to cry. It’s about Jazz who is trying to save her brother from their horrible foster mother, and is at a loss of how she can help him when she gets a phone call offering her an exchange: she kills a random stranger, and a random stranger will kill her foster mother for her. This book was full of drama, super fast paced and heartbreaking at times, and I completely loved it!


The Secret of You and Me

The Secret of You and Me by Melissa Lenhardt

(Adult Romance) Standalone

This was one of my most recent reads that I sadly did not love,,,or enjoy at all really :(( It’s about Nora and Sophie, who were together in secret during high school but then split up when their homophobic parents all found out, now 18 years later Nora is back and the ‘spark’ between them is still there…. I really struggled to see ANY spark between these two, and they were constantly going between hating and loving each other which made it hard to believe they were falling in love all over again. Also, absolutely everyone in this book was cheating and that…. I hate.



Endgame by Zoe Reed

(New Adult Romance) Standalone

Zoe Reed, sir, pls I love you and your writing. If you haven’t heart me SCREAM about his book ‘Breaking Legacies’ yet,,, where have you been?!?!? Anyways, here he comes giving me another INCREDIBLE 5 star book which I will constantly think about. College soccer girls falling in love,,, that’s all you need to know.


Plain Bad Heroines

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

(Adult Gothic Historical Fiction) Standalone

I was incredibly lucky and got sent an ARC of this from HarperCollins US. This book was super fun, and I’m a sucker for any book with sapphics at a boarding school. This book is all about a cursed school; it’s dual timeline and flashed back and forth between the makings of a movie based on a book about the school and then back to the past at the school during some peculiar deaths.



Spinning by Tillie Walden

(Young Adult Graphic Novel) Standalone

This graphic novel is an auto-biographical depiction of Tillie Walden’s life during her teens as a figure skater and all about her finding her place in the world and wondering whether or not it’s all worth it. This book was a super quick read, I, as always, love the art style and enjoyed some parts of it, but I think this one just wasn’t for me!


Sasha’s recent WLW reads:


The Dark Tide

The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska

(Young Adult Fantasy) Standalone debut

This dark enemies to lovers f/f fantasy was absolutely phenomenal, and quickly became a favourite of mine. The concept of the world is so interesting and intriguing and I absolutely adored the characters and their DYNAMIC! two fierce girls falling for each other, intricate magic and worldbuilding, sibling relationships and witches, what more do you want?


Each of Us a Desert

Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

(Young Adult Fantasy) Standalone

A vividly imagined story of storytelling, faith and humanity, this was so vividly written and imagined with lush imagery and poetic & lyrical prose. It was so emotive, the plot was unique and wonderful and odd, and the f/f romance was gorgeously slow burn enemies to lovers, though I would have loved some more angst and yearning.


The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire, #1)

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

(Adult Fantasy) Book 1 in a series, debut

Led by a complex and determined princess, a brave rebel and her high ranking girlfriend and a smuggler seeking his lost love, Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart was an intricately woven fantasy with several intertwining storylines and exciting reveals. The highlights of this book include sapphics, incredibly unique magic and a stubborn talking animal.


Far From You

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

(Young Adult Mystery/Thriller) Standalone

Sophie has been clean for 9 months, but after the death of her best friend Mina, drugs were found planted on her and no one believes anything she says anymore. Sophie is the only one who can figure out who really killed Mina, and why. I binged this in one evening, it was high stakes with a capturing mystery and a biexual disabled main character!


Dangerous Remedy (Dangerous Remedy, #1)

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

(Young Adult Historical Fantasy) Book 1 in a series

Queer found family is at it’s peak in this book set in Revolution-era France, where Revolutionaries and Royalists battle for control. Caught between the two sides as they fight to gain power over a girl with extraordinary powers, Ava and her friends are determined to keep their new friend from falling into either set of hands, no matter what it takes. This one was so much fun, full of heists, squad goals and an exciting blend of magic and science.


as always, please feel free to do this tag (meme?? idk what it’s called) we would love to see more people highlighting some sapphic books they’re reading!! ❤

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Hi everyone!! Today’s post is a review of Aiden Thomas’ ‘Cemetery Boys’!! Make sure you go and buy this book because you really don’t want to miss out on this one!!! – Amber ❤

Aiden Thomas’ CEMETERY BOYS is a rich, #OwnVoices book about Yadriel who wants to prove himself as a brujo after his family refuse to let him go through with the ritual because he is trans. But in the process, he summons a spirit and one of the brujx goes missing….

I loved absolutely everything about this book. There genuinely wasn’t a single thing I can think to fault about it; when reading it, you can just feel how much love, energy and passion has been put into this book, and for that reason, I cannot wait to see what Aiden Thomas writes next!!

First and foremost, the characters in this book are *so* emotive, funny and well-written. Yadriel gives of an energy that makes you immediately want to protect him but also understand that he doesn’t need it, because he’s a badass and can look after himself. I think his character arc was incredible, and it warms my heart to think of the progress he’s made from the start to the end of the book. Yadriel is so caring and kind, yet he doesn’t receive the same treatment from the people around him. One of the most admirable things that stands out about this book is the way Yadriel handles it when he is misgendered or deadnamed; he rightfully gets upset, yet he doesn’t just brush it off and forget it just because someone says sorry afterwards. The message this sends to the readers is so, so important, and highlights that actions speak louder than words.

Yadriel, Julian and Maritza are such a fun trio and I was constantly laughing at everything they got up to. While Julian is sarcastic, grumpy (at first) and has trouble controlling his anger, Maritza is bubbly, full of life and loving – and the dynamic between the two was so funny to watch unfold. The adventures they get up to together warmed my heart, especially the parts where they had to go to school, I genuinely CRIED from laughter! I’m not usually an emotional person when it comes to book, but there were several other points during this book that made me cry too, the main one being when Julian crosses out Yadriel’s deadname in his school yearbook and changes it. WHAT A SOFTIE. Julian comes across as a typical ‘bad-boy’ but he’s actually so much more than that, he’d do anything to help his friends out, he’s so vibrant and full of life (despite being a spirit) and I adore him.

The magic system in this book was so colourful and descriptive, as was everything else in this book. Cemetery Boys, as a whole, just screams colour to me, it’s almost as if the book should glow. The descriptions and imagery in this book blew me away; while too much description can sometimes be annoying in books, the author really managed to get it right with this, he made everything so vivid and bright, I felt like I was the one walking through these stunning scenes instead of Yadriel. He also puts so much emotion into the narration of this book, which lead to me crying at multiple points xD

Getting to read about all the Latinx aspects of this book was so interesting!! It definitely challenged my Spanish, but is easy to understand what is being said whether you have knowledge of the language or not. The Dia de los Muertos celebrations were so cozy and bright and it felt like I was stepping into the celebrations alongside the characters.

The ending… where do I start??? I’m thoroughly surprised that my heart didn’t give out actually. I was SHOCKED at how it played out in the end, it was beyond unexpected and I didn’t suspect it for a second. I’ll leave it at that to avoid spoilers, but while it was unexpected, I really loved how it all wrapped up!

So, if you don’t go out and pick this book up after everything I’ve just said, there’s something wrong with you. This book is the perfect read, no matter what your preferred genre is, and you’re sure to take something away from it. Also, the names of the animals in this book are SPECTACULAR, and I will not tell you them just to add to the reasons why you should read this book ;))