Review: 4⭐ Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

Review: 4⭐ Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Long review: Spoiler Alert
Author: Olivia Dade, 2020
Disclaimer: ARC via Edelweiss, links affiliate

Content/Trigger warning(s): fatphobia and toxic family, both of which are addressed and dismantled in this book. The below review will touch broadly on these topics, and I’ll flag before I delve into anything specific.

This book is an homage to fat girls and fanfic and hero worship and, also, Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth’s scuppered romantic arc. But it’s mostly the first thing.

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Review: 4⭐ Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins

Review: 4⭐ Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Long review: Destiny’s Captive
Author: Beverly Jenkins, 2020
Disclaimer: links are affiliate

The below contains very minor spoilers (like, ‘in this scene she did this’, kind of spoiler, not ‘Darth is Luke’s dad’ level spoiler).

Content/Trigger warning(s): rape (off-page historic, but it’s a detailed recount), PTSD, abduction, abuse

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10 of the best* feminist historical romances

10 of the best* feminist historical romances

*According to me
*As of today

Here are ten of my favourite historical romance novels. All of which appeal to me for their various feminist statements or attributes.

Compiling this blog was difficult. I lost sleep debating placings with myself — and I don’t mind telling you, I made some pretty compelling cases every which way. Bottom line is, it was foolish to try and pick ten favorites from a genre in which I’ve easily accumulated fifty favorites in a two year window.

BUT I DID IT.

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Review: No Offense by Meg Cabot

Review: No Offense by Meg Cabot

Image: 1 star

Long review: No Offense
Author: Meg Cabot, 2020
Digital Review Copy courtesy of the publisher

The below contains minor spoilers (like, ‘in this scene she did this’, kind of spoiler, not ‘Darth is Luke’s dad’ level spoiler).

Content warning: this review has general reference to police crime and brutality, no specifics.

Where to start with this one.

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Trigger warning: sexual assault in romance novels

Trigger warning: sexual assault in romance novels

Earlier this year, I did a discussion of sexual assault in romance as a Close Friends story series.

I did it as a Close Friends thing because I knew it would take more than a few slides and I didn’t want those who didn’t want to see this discussion to have to skip lots of stories and not know when it was safe to come back.

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7 Instagram hacks for Bookstagrammers

7 Instagram hacks for Bookstagrammers

I spend a shit load of time on Instagram.

‘Shit load’ is the metric measurement, Americans; it’s legit, I swear.

Anyway, one of the most satisfying feelings in the world is when you discover a new little hack that makes your gramming easier or more beautiful. I suspect it’s the same feeling as having a bench without any dishes on it, or all the kids falling asleep at their actual bedtimes, or finding the perfect change for the bus in your pocket. I have to assume these things, as I don’t personally have them. I’m a childless hot mess, but if you’ve seen my gram stories, you already know that.

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Review: 1⭐Bridal Bootcamp

Review: 1⭐Bridal Bootcamp

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

Long review: Bridal Bootcamp
Author: Meg Cabot, 2019
Stars: 1.5

The below contains medium-level spoilers (like, ‘in this scene she did this’, kind of spoiler, not ‘Darth is Luke’s dad’ level spoiler).

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I’m a huge Meg Cabot fan; have been since I was in Year 9 (8th grade).

I was a Meg Cabot message board member way back, and I even wrote fan fiction for my favourite of her books. I spent all my pocket money on her new releases; I could quote beloved passages from memory; THE WORKS.

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Review: The Hating Game

Review: The Hating Game

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Long review: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne, 2016
Stars: 4

I posted a shorter review on my Instagram, @feminist_romance. But this is the full hairy take.

Have you ever been entirely put off something because so many people recommend it to you? It’s a perverse kind of hipster instinct that makes me rebel whenever too many people tell me to do something.

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