Sapphic Book Club 2019 Sum Up

Hello friends!

Today I want to sum up my participation in Sapphic Book Club in 2019! 

I’ve been with this club from the very beginning and it’s been a start of my life as a book reviewer so I am very fond of it. I think it’s been over 2 years now? Maybe you’ll decide to join us as well!

So, how does that work?

Each month Lara gets us a free sapphic book — we know the title beforehand and fill in a request form.

No, it’s not like NetGalley/Edelweiss — you’ll get all the books you request and the request form is so Lara knows how many potential reviews there will be. 

Then you get it sent to your email address and we can chat and read together! 

Of course, you don’t have to request ALL the books but you can still chat with us on our discord channel about other books or whatever.

Come join the fun! 

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JANUARY

43358652._SX318_goodreads-add-e1547065951898The Poison Within by Rachel Marie Pearcy

FANTASY || YA || LGBTQ+

Just like a coin–there are two sides to every story.

The Black Queen is known across Kelda for her ruthless heart and wicked nature. Rya has spent years living up to the image people have of her, only to find it threatening to end her life. Accused of a murder she did not commit she is forced to flee her kingdom, and the trained assassin chasing her. With nothing but the clothes on her back, and without the use of her magic, she seeks solace in the one place for people like her–the Ashen Forest.

For years Princess Cam has spent her time memorizing the Ashen laws and perfecting her archery, all in preparation for the day her father hands the kingdom down to her. She’s worked hard to be everything that’s expected from her when a chance encounter puts it all to the test. Saving the unconscious queen was an easy choice to make, but dealing with the fallout won’t be as simple.

A killer lurking outside the castle walls, a surprise find in the forest, and a lost prince further twist the young women’s lives together. At the end of it all both Rya and Cam will have to confront what lies in their hearts, and decide once and for all what they are willing to fight for.

★★,5☆☆

Unfortunately, I didn’t like this one.

Too many excuses. Too many dumb decisions. Not enough character depht.



FEBRUARY

36561484._SY475_goodreads-add-e1547065951898Of Gryphons and Other Monsters by Shannon McGee

FANTASY || YA || LGBTQ+

Taryn, a young shepherd from the mountains, is more than happy with the life she has been dealt. On the other hand, it is no secret that her twin brother longs for more than the drudgery of shepherding. When a mad gryphon begins to ravage local livestock a band of mercenaries is called to town to deal with them. As the twins become embroiled in a magical conflict that threatens to tear them apart, Taryn must decide who it is she can truly trust.
A novel set in a whole new world, one populated by warriors, monsters, and magic, ‘Of Gryphons and Other Monsters’ is the first in the ‘Taryn’s Journey’ quartet.

★★★★☆

This one though? Takes some time to get into but worth it

The relationship is rather slow burn and we don’t meet the other girl until about half in but they have great chemistry and the plot is engaging as well.



MARCH

43588354goodreads-add-e1547065951898Hooked on You by Jenn Matthews

CONTEMPORARY || ROMANCE || LGBTQ+

Anna’s life’s in a bit of a rut. As a teacher with two great kids and a boyfriend, she seems to have it all. Except…she’s bored as hell. Perhaps a new hobby’s in order? Something…crafty?
Divorced mother and veteran Ollie has been through the wars, emotionally and physically. To relax, she runs a quirky crochet class in her London craft shop. She can’t help but notice the attractive, feisty new student. A shame Anna’s straight as an arrow.
But somewhere between the chain stitches, doubles and trebles, Ollie and Anna form a powerful connection they never expected.
A quirky lesbian romance about love never being quite where you expect.

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I haven’t read this one but other girls enjoyed it mostly. Anyway, it has middle aged MCs and crochetting? 


APRIL

43748490._SY475_goodreads-add-e1547065951898Lest I Know Your Weakness by Taylor Ramage

POETRY || RETELLING || LGBTQ+

A twisted love story told in alternating poetic snapshots.

Intrigue, tension, darkness, beauty–Carmilla and Laura experience it all as they traverse the ups and downs of their relationship through poetic dialogue. Love is alluring and terrifying.

★★★★☆

Who wouldn’t like a good Carmilla retelling? That’s it but in a form of erasure poetry love letters.



MAY

43090862._sy475_-1goodreads-add-e1547065951898Finding Aurora by Rebecca Langham

FANTASY || RETELLING || LGBTQ+

Aurora Rose slumbers in the city of Oldpass, a cursed kingdom once allied with Grimvein. The victim of a malicious spell, she is powerless to control her own fate. At least, that’s how the story goes.

Now, as Grimvein faces attack, Prince Amir has been tasked with the life-threatening rescue of Aurora, his parents hopeful he will marry the princess and secure safety for their kingdom. Talia, the strongest spellcaster in the known lands, protects and guides the prince in his quest to save a woman that threatens to change their lives forever.

In finding Aurora, the pair will realise the truth about themselves and each other, coming to understand just what – and who – they really want in life.

★★★★☆

It was quite predictable but I still really liked it. Interesting take on love triangles and engaging writing style. 


JUNE

43169136. sy475 goodreads-add-e1547065951898The Sun and Moon Beneath the Stars by K. Parr

FANTASY || YA || LGBTQ+

After being orphaned and forced to work as a palace slave, fifteen-year-old Rasha decides to end her life, but when she plunges a knife into her chest, she doesn’t die. Instead, a strange, icy power possesses her. The last time it took over, someone got hurt, and Rasha can’t let that happen again.

But she’s got bigger problems. Her twin brother is alive, yet held captive by Solaris, a powerful sorcerer. When Rasha runs into Adriana, the selfish princess she once served, they discover Solaris is a common enemy since he destroyed the palace and kidnapped Adriana’s parents.

Together, Rasha and Adriana set out on a rescue mission. Personalities clash and tempers flare, but other feelings surface as well, feelings neither girl could have predicted.

And with the help of a ragtag group of companions, they might just be able to succeed on their quest…until an ancient evil emerges to wreak vengeance on their world.

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I haven’t read this one and opinions were mixed. Sounds interesting but TW for attempted suicide.


JULY

44170570._sy475_goodreads-add-e1547065951898The Soulstealers by Jacqueline Rohrbach

FANTASY || YA || LGBTQ+

Arnaka Skytree grew up believing she was chosen to bring new magic to the world. As the heir to the cult of druids responsible for keeping their floating palace habitable for the wealthy aristocracy, she’s expected to wield her power as those before her did: by culling the souls of peasant women.

But when Arnaka learns more about the source of her magic, and that her best friend’s soul will be harvested, she embarks on a journey to end the barbarous practice and to restore a long-forgotten harmonious system of magic practiced by the original druids. Along the way, she discovers she’s not the only girl chosen to restore balance to their world—many others have powerful magic inside, and with them, she will tear the floating palace from the sky so everyone can live in the sun—out of the shadow of the eclipse.

★★★★☆

This one was interesting and I loved the druid magic. Not super romance focused but the MC was unapologetically bisexual and kisses girls. 

There’s a floating castle, plant magic, and a lot of subverting tropes.



AUGUST

40407531. sy475 goodreads-add-e1547065951898Flatline by Meagan Spears

CONTEMPORARY || ROMANCE || LGBTQ+

Christa Reeves, a paramedic, struggles with the hardships of life while doing what she does best; saving lives as a First Responder. Her journey has her crossing paths with an eager journalist, Alice Underwood. Alice has been given a chance to shine a light on the sacrifice of emergency workers that keep the city safe. When she works with Paramedic Reeves on her story, she doesnt realize just how much they sacrifice or what its like to fall in love with a medic. The action unfolds, secrets are revealed, and somewhere along the road love blossoms.

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Another one I haven’t read. I did download it though and I’m planning on catching up for #StartOnYourShelfathon but the opinions of other members weren’t so cheerful so I might DNF it.


SEPTEMBER

40045715. sx318 goodreads-add-e1547065951898Curtain Call by C.H. Clepitt

CONTEMPORARY || ROMANCE || LGBTQ+

C H Clepitt has a knack for creating real, relatable characters, who face adversity with humour and humanity, and Curtain Call is no exception.

When an assistant to the director role turns into P.A. to her favourite film star, Jen can’t believe her luck. Eleanor Francis is charming, kind and funny, but she has a secret, and when tragedy strikes, things threaten to unravel at an uncontrollable pace. Despite being out of her depth Jen has to adapt to her new role quickly, to protect Eleanor, with whom she is rapidly falling in love.

This is a sweet, understated story that will have you laughing and crying in equal measure. If you’ve enjoyed C H Clepitt’s other books then this is not to be missed.

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I was so busy in September I didn’t request that one but from the reviews it was also a miss for most of the club members.


OCTOBER

44018852._SY475_goodreads-add-e1547065951898Safe Passage by Rachel Ford

SCIENCE-FICTION || SPACE OPERA || LGBTQ+

Go big or go home. For privateer Captain Magdalene Landon, it’s all about going big. For Kay Ellis, it’s about getting home. Together, they’re about to architect the most daring heist in the galaxy.

Kay knows too much. She knows it’s a matter of time before a Conglomerate hitman finds her. She’s desperate for safe passage back to Union space.
Then Magdalene shows up, promising a way home in exchange for that information. It’s a risky bet, but Kay is out of options. So she strikes a deal: the heist of the century for her freedom.
Kay is playing a dangerous game, and she knows it. She’s made herself Enemy Number One of the Conglomerate. She’s relying on privateers for her safety. It’s a fool’s game. But the worst part is, her fool’s heart is starting to warm to the enigmatic captain. And that’s a risk for which she hadn’t planned.

★★★★☆

This one was SO FUNNY! I loved the banter and it’s also a heist novel and I love those too. Seriously, I need more hilarious sapphic books!



NOVEMBER

35724563. sx318 goodreads-add-e1547065951898Rebirth by L. Fergus

SCIENCE-FICTION ||  LGBTQ+

Hidden deep beneath the waves of the ocean moon GX-30B is a medieval city, a new playground for the ultra-rich and elite of the United Earth Empire. But this city has a secret, it’s not just a theme park, but a prison built to house the grandmaster assassin Kita.
After defeating the Harbingers, the gods of Infinity deemed Kita too powerful and a threat to all. They stripped Kita of her memories, her Aa’Hagre companion, and her status as a god. Now, she languishes in the city protecting the rich and powerful.
An encounter with her old rival and lover frees Kita’s personality. Now, she must fight to escape the city and flee into the unknown space with a group of defectors and mercenaries. What she finds there is beyond anything she could imagine.

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So, I haven’t read this one AND from what I see only one member of our club reviewed it and it’s a DNF. Can’t say much. The cover is pretty?


DECEMBER

46659840. sy475 goodreads-add-e1547065951898Bend for Me by Jessica Yeh

CONTEMPORARY || ROMANCE ||  LGBTQ+

Avery Bennett is a bit of a player. But not without cause. After falling in love and ending up with a broken heart, she vowed never to get attached again. Hardened, Avery is determined to protect herself, not bending and absolutely refusing to break for anyone.Until now. When Avery’s best friend drags her to yoga class, she unwillingly finds herself developing feelings for the instructor, who doesn’t fall for her usual pick-up lines. In fact, despite how smooth Avery thought she was, Kadence Cooper is undeniably smoother. But Kadence carries secrets and sorrows of her own. Will they be able to heal and find love again? Or will inflexibility tear them apart?

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I’m currently reading this one but I doubt I’ll finish it in time. It’s funny but I’m not vibing with the writing style much. Feels like a Clexa fanfic a bit though?


BONUS READS

48406793._SY475_ (1)goodreads-add-e1547065951898A Duet for Invisible Strings by Llinos Cathryn Thomas

CONTEMPORARY || ROMANCE || FANTASY ||  LGBTQ+

Heledd, leader of the first violins, has been in love with her irrepressible conductor Rosemary for years.

She’s keeping a secret that means she can never be with Rosemary, but the time they spend working and performing together is enough for her – until a near miss with a speeding car forces her to reevaluate everything she thought she knew.

When the orchestra is mysteriously summoned to perform in the Welsh village where Heledd grew up – a village she hasn’t returned to in decades – the life she’s made for herself begins to unravel, and her secrets threaten to escape.

★★★★,5

I think that was my favourite of the book club reads for this year. It had older pinning ladies. Music. Magic. Great chemistry. Good tropes that didn’t feel super tropey. 

Everything a lady wants. 

My only wish is — I would like more of that.



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So, I’ve read 6/12 of book club reads + 1 bonus story. Not bad! 

Out of those I’ve read, the rating was:

★★,5☆☆ – 1 book
★★★★☆ – 5 books
★★★★,5 – 1 book

I enjoyed most of this year’s books with one small exception. Those are good stats! I’m happy with how this year went!

Also, I just wanted to mention that I made this cute logo and the header in canva for the club recently so tell me how you like it! 


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  • Have you read any of those books?
  • Are you also a member of SBC? Or a similar book club?
  • What sapphic books have you read this year?

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