Romance novel reviews from a feminist POV. Specialising in recs and reckons.
Author: Feminist Romance
Hello, I'm Feminist Romance, or Esme Brett if ya nasty.
I like romance, I write funny and/or thoughtful things, and I love my cat.
You can find my shorter reviews and ramblings on Instagram, as @feminist_romance
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.