Somehow I read twelve books this month! How’d that happen??
Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi – 4 stars
I really don’t have the words to describe or talk about this book. I had been holding off on reading it because I knew it was going to hit hard and I was right! Just, read this book!
Siren Queen by Nghi Vo – 3.75 stars
This was a great sapphic historical fiction novella with a hint of magic! I’d recommend it to fans of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo!
Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark – 3.5 stars
This book was an odd mix of memoir and advice book. If you think it’s going to be a true crime book like the podcast, you’re looking at the wrong book. I think it should’ve picked whether to lean more heavily into the memoir or advice part of the book (or maybe I just personally wanted more memoir parts), but otherwise it was enjoyable. I highly recommend the audiobook! It was read by the authors and some sections were read at live shows!
American Hippo by Sarah Gailey – 4 stars
This book is about a group of hippo cowboys doing a heist. Yes, really! It’s alternate history based on the idea that there was once a bill introduced to Congress to introduce hippos into the American south. I wasn’t expecting to fall as head over heels for these characters as I expected! They were all queer in some kind of way and there’s a m/enby romance that I adored!
Squire by Sara Alfageeh & Nadia Shammas – 3.75 stars
This was a gorgeous fantasy graphic novel! Read my review here!
Shake Things Up by Skye Kilaen – 3.5 stars
If you’ve been looking for poly representation in your adult romance, this is the book for you! Read my full review here!
Radiance by Grace Draven – 4 stars
I picked this fantasy adult romance on a whim and wow, it was exactly what I needed. Was it a work of art? No. Was it the cute arranged marriage, opposites attract romance I needed at that moment? Absolutely!
Stone Heart by Katee Robert – 2.5 stars
For all the hype this author has been getting, this was a bit of a let down. This is a novella about Medusa and Calypso getting together in the same universe as Neon Gods. The characters were very basic and plain, but I am a little interested in the world thanks to this novella, so I am willing to try Robert’s again. It might just be a case of an author not being used to writing romance in novella form.
A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow – 3.25 stars
I picked this up completely on a whim and overall, I enjoyed it! The author described this book as “Spider’verse-ing Sleeping Beauty” which is a very apt description of this novella. Zinnia, a modern woman, falls through universes into a fairytale version of Sleeping Beauty and disrupts her fairytale. From there, they try to change their stories from how they’ve already been determined.
Like I said, I enjoyed this! Zinnia is pretty self-aware of fantasy tropes and portal fantasy media, which some people can find annoying, but I enjoyed!
Heartstopper Vol 3 & 4 by Alice Oseman – 5 stars
Oh my heart!!! These two volumes destroyed my heart! I can’t believe teenagers today have books like these!! Oh I’m going to start crying if I think about it too much, so I’m just going to say if you haven’t given Heartstopper a try, you really should!
The City of Dusk by Tara Sim – 2 stars
This is Tara Sim’s first foray into adult fantasy and unfortunately it was not for me. Read my full review here!
Have you read any of these books? How did your March reading go? Let me know in the comments!