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review 2017-06-15 04:42
Princess Princess Ever After (graphic novel) by Katie O'Neill
Princess Princess Ever After - Katie O'Neill

When Princess Amira stops to save Princess Sadie from the tall tower she’s been imprisoned in, Sadie almost turns her away. So many others have tried to save her, but all have failed. However, Amira is enthusiastic, determined, and in possession of both a grappling hook and an incredibly strong cookie-loving unicorn.

That’s just the beginning of Amira and Sadie’s adventures. Along the way, they make some new friends, Amira learns more about being a hero, and Sadie finds the courage to face her sister and rule her kingdom.

I bought this because I heard it was a sweet f/f graphic novel. It was super cute, although a bit too short for my tastes. I wanted more pages devoted to Amira and Sadie getting to know each other - Sadie’s “I trust you” happened very early on and was a bit jarring. When the villain appeared and disappeared in the space of about a page, I started worrying that the pacing of this graphic novel just wasn’t going to work for me.

Thankfully, the story smoothed out after that. I really enjoyed Amira and Sadie’s encounters with the prince and the ogre, as well as the flashbacks to Amira and Sadie’s pasts. Amira and Sadie were cute together (complete with blushing, rose petals, and background roses!).

One thing I hadn’t realized until I started working on this review was that Princess Princess Ever After was originally published as a webcomic called Princess Princess, which is still available on Katie O’Neill’s website. I’ve clicked through it and there are some artwork changes between it and Princess Princess Ever After, some of which I liked and some of which I didn’t.

One thing I liked was that Sadie’s sister’s magic was changed from purple to black - it looks creepier in the print version. One thing I didn’t like was that the print version’s colors were slightly less bright than in the original web comic. Not only is this the sort of story that’s practically made for bright colors, some of the panels just weren’t as clear in the print version. Considering that this graphic novel had several black characters, a bit more attention should have been paid to whether they’d still show up okay in panels with darker backgrounds. The panels featuring Prince Taji were really dark - his skin color seemed to almost be the same shade as the wall behind him, resulting in him blending into the background too much. In the webcomic he was perfectly visible, and I could see that he actually had some shading.

The print version includes a 3-page epilogue that isn’t present in the original webcomic. I’m really glad that O’Neill added it. It doesn’t just serve as extra content for folks who’ve read the webcomic, it also makes it clear that, yes, Amira and Sadie are not only a couple, they also get a nice little happily ever after just like any other fairy tale couple.

This was a fluffy and sweet graphic novel about two different princesses becoming more capable in their own ways and falling in love in the process. I wish it were maybe twice as long and that the print version’s colors were a little brighter, but overall this was a good read.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2016-02-05 14:57
Jane Fletcher has a new book coming out in June!
The Shewstone - Jane Fletcher

Considering that Fletcher's last book came out maybe 6 years ago, I was a little worried that she'd stopped writing. Then I spotted this on Goodreads. I tried not to get too excited, though, because the book wasn't listed on Bold Strokes Books' website...but now it is! Although, as usual, I'm wincing at what BSB has decided to charge for it. Why oh why is $9.99 your favorite price, BSB?

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review 2015-03-15 19:46
"Treasure" by Rebekah Weatherspoon -- A Review
Treasure - Rebekah Weatherspoon

What do I love about this book, you ask? Everything. This was my very first F/F Romance that I've read, and I absolutely freakin' adored it. YOU HAVE NO IDEA. I adored the characters. I thought they were well developed and written. There were so many times that I just flat out related to characters, whether it was due to thought or action. Like this was a black romance. And not just a black queer girl romance. And I loved that. I adored that. This is one of those few times I've really, really related to a character.

 

And I do feel like this was an actual romantic comedy. It was funny and I was falling out laughing/screaming sometimes. However, at the same time, it delved into the characters issues equally well without turning them into a caricature or anything like that. If that makes sense. Like these characters were characters, and it wasn't like I've read in some books where their personality was just their blackness or just their queerness and it ends at that. 

 

I also love that both gender and sexuality were tackled in this. So, again, thumbs up there. 

 

The sex scenes were pretty smokin', 

 

I have no idea what else to add other than, I loved this, I want to read more by the author, this was the type of stuff I was looking for, and please read it. 

 

ETA: There are a few triggers though. So, I will way suicide tw/suicide attempt tw, self-harm tw, depression tw. 

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review 2014-12-24 19:00
Hellcat's Bounty by Renae Jones
Hellcat's Bounty (Rosewood Space Western Book 1) - Renae Jones

I didn't love this, but I liked it enough that I'd be interested in reading the next book in the series once it comes out.

This novella is a mix of sci-fi space opera and Western and is set on the Rosewood space station. As a bounty hunter, Anelace's job is to kill the ravenous blobs that are a constant threat to those on the station. The less-habited areas collect blobs in droves, and it's rare for Anelace to come back unscathed. The person who patches her up most of the time is Meidani. Anelace has been interested in Meidani for years, but, as far as she knows, Meidani prefers men. She also figures that a good girl like Meidani could do better than a trouble-making hellcat like herself. Then Meidani asks her out and forces her to start thinking about what she really wants out of life and her relationships.

I most enjoyed the bits before Anelace and Meidani became a couple and the sweet moments early on in their relationship. Anelace may have been a cocky badass, but she was also adorable where Meidani was concerned. Although she'd spent years noticing just about everything about Meidani, she had enormous blind spots due to her belief that someone like her couldn't possibly have a lasting relationship with someone like Meidani. I loved that it was shy, soft-spoken Meidani who took the initiative and asked Anelace out (and made sure their date ended in Anelace's bed). Every time Anelace tried to hold back, Meidani nudged things forward.

Meidani knew that Anelace was a bit rough around the edges and didn't necessarily seem interested in changing her, but she couldn’t bring herself to be comfortable with Anelace's job and the amount of danger she put herself in. It put a wedge between them, and it took a painfully long time for Anelace to realize what her true priorities were and that there were acceptable alternatives to her bounty hunting work. That was one thing I didn't quite like about this novella – I wish that Anelace's final decision had come a little sooner. As it was, it felt less like she'd had an epiphany about wanting to stay with Meidani and more like

her hand was forced by the circumstances. Considering what had happened to her, would she even have physically been capable of continuing to be a bounty hunter?

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It was so frustrating when, only pages earlier, someone practically dumped a solution to her problems on her lap and she just walked away.

When I first started reading, the blob hunting stuff struck me as being somewhat silly. The hunting scenes quickly changed my mind. I would have preferred it if the blobs had been more consistent – either dumb things that just traveled towards vibrations, or smart and vicious hunters – but there was no denying that the damage they could do was scary. I'm crossing my fingers that Jones has plans to write a Rosewood Space Western starring a scientist whose work involves studying blobs. I'm still wondering how that enormous blob Anelace encountered early on even came to be.

All in all, this was a nice read with good action scenes and an interesting setting. I liked Meidani and Anelace's romance and just wish that there had been a little from Meidani's perspective and that it hadn't taken

nearly dying

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for Anelace to get her priorities straight. Oh, and by the way, a note for those who hate baby-logues: this one has a kitten-logue. Hurray!

 

(Original review, with read-alikes and watch-alikes, posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2014-03-27 00:24
I can has the next book now?
Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel - Jacqueline Koyanagi

Start with Star Wars. Add some thrillingly poetic prose. And lesbians. Disabled lesbians. Disabled lesbians of color. In space. Luke Skywalker? Now a dreadlocked sky surgeon with a chronic illness and an absolute lust for space travel. Han Solo? Now a disarmingly sexy blonde lesbian spaceship captain with a hidden, desperate agenda. Leia? Now a spirit guide, semi-religious and mystical worker of illusions and empathy.

 

This is a marvelously fun book, not without flaws, but I'm willing to forgive flaws in a book that drops my jaw so many times. Beautiful sentences! Shocking events! Some truly gorgeous sex scenes! Highly recommended.

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