February is over! It was a great month for readathons, and I am especially proud to have read five books for the F/F February challenge. A lot of these I’ve been wanting to read for a long time, so I’m glad to finally having had a chance to get to them. Without further ado, here are the F/F books I got to this February:
The Unbroken by C.L. Clark is the first book in an epic fantasy series following Touraine, a soldier for the empire, and Luca, the princess who will take the throne if she can prove herself. It delves into colonialism and it’s gloriously Sapphic. I enjoyed this a lot, even if the writing did not quite work for me.
It Is Wood, It Is Stone by Gabriella Burnham is a contemporary written by a Brazilian author about an American couple who moves to Brazil for a year, where their relationship changes and Linda having an affair with a Brazilian woman. It also touches on racism (although not enough, in my opinion). I also liked this one, but I wanted so much more out of it – I would have liked it a lot more if the main character was Linda’s maid (a Brazilian woman fluent in English after teaching it to herself) or even Linda’s lover.
The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo is a quiet fantasy novella about a young northern royal sent south for a political marriage. This was so beautifully written and lovely to listen to, although a bit confusing in the beginning because it jumped from present to past. It focuses on the empress reclaiming her power in a place where she is expected to have none, and I really enjoyed it!
The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starlin is a sci-fi horror – I am finding out I love Sapphic horror – about a young woman who does cave explorations in foreign planets for a living – she just needs enough money to find her mom, who left her many years ago. She pay is good, so she lied on the CV to get the job, but she’s finding out this exploration is far more dangerous than she expected and the woman who hired her is not to be trusted. This is a very good psychological thriller, I really recommend it!
Bestiary by K-Ming Chang tells the story of three generations of a family through the eyes of Daughter, who’s got a tiger tail and is falling in love with Ben, a girl she goes to school with. It’s full of secrets, magical realism borderline fantasy and violence. While This book is written is a very poetic way (which I loved), but also in a visceral, violent and often gross way (which I definitely did not love). It’s hard to say if I enjoyed this novel, but it definitely left an impression on me! But if you love magical realism, beautiful writing and the themes of this book interest you, you might enjoy Bestiary.
F/F Books on Top of My TBR
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine is a sci-fi with lots of political drama, murder and I’ve heard such amazing things about it – I’m really looking forward to this one.
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett is a book I have heard nothing but praises for. I don’t know much about the story but I think it’s a heist fantasy book and I’m super excited for it!
I have been recommended The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue a few times – I don’t read bleak historic fiction very often but I’ve heard this is So Good that I actually look forward to having my heart broken!
In the Quick by Kate Hope Day is a sci-fi adventure revolving around the mysterious disappearance of a spaceship and has lots of romance, it just sounds like a really fun read!
Trap by Lilja Sigurðardóttir is book 2 in an Icelandic noir trilogy and I adored the first book, so I’m really looking forward to this one!