And the third week of Femslash February is over! Once again, I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted because school is the worst.
The first book I finished is Wildthorn by Jane Eagland, which is about a young woman who is sent to a mental institution, for reasons you find out later in the story. Said reasons are actually pretty obvious, though. This isn’t the kind of book that you would read for plot twists and surprises; the story is pretty straightforward and particular. The pacing is also pretty slow, and slowed down even more towards the end by the amount of infodumping and explanations. However, still very worth reading! I loved Louisa’s voice, and the fact that she knew what she wanted and not just what she didn’t want, which is a problem I sometimes run into with her historical novels. (Specifically, to be a doctor, which of course most of her family isn’t crazy about). The historical aspect is well-researched and appropriately shudder-inducing, and the romance is adorable. The ending is happy, but not clear-cut; not everything is resolved or perfect. And of course, I loved reading about f/f romance in a historical setting. If anyone has any good historical f/f, please point it my way.
The next book is Far From You by Tess Sharpe, which I don’t want to say too much about because I’m planning on doing a full review at some point when I’m not drowning in midterms, but OH MY GOD it was wonderful. The writing is heartbreaking and intense, and Sophie, the protagonist, is wonderful, full of strength and jagged edges; I loved her determination in solving the mystery and her struggle to live with all the things she’d been through. Her relationship with Mina, her best friend/sort-of-girlfriend, is developed through flashbacks that made me cry a lot. If you’re looking for happy f/f, this is definitely not the book you want to read, since Sophie’s girlfriend is dead by the time the book starts, but it’s gorgeous and powerful and broke my heart in thousands of ways.
And this morning, I just read Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Hegelson, practically in one sitting. I won’t say too much this one either, partially because Sondra has a review of it scheduled already, and partly because I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I loved the writing (can we all agree that Hannah Moskowitz is BRILLIANT at raw emotion?) and the portrayal of fandom and internet friendship, but about 2/3 of the way through the story took a turn that felt very out of place; it was almost like two books were stapled together, and I don’t know if I liked that second book. One thing I will say, though, is that this isn’t an f/f romance, not really, for all it’s marketed that way. The f/f is touched on a bit, but it never goes anywhere. That was really disappointing.
I’m still reading Adaptation (which I’m liking, but not as much as I remember liking it), Ask the Passengers (which is pretty enjoyable but I have some problems with it, and I just started Otherbound (too soon to form an opinion but I’m excited about it). I’m going to see if I can squeeze in one or two more books next week, probably Inheritence and The Scorpion Rules. And Kayla Bashe has a novella has a book coming out at the end of the month that I will probably buy and read because Kayla Bashe is great.