The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

โ€œ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถโ€™๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ต?โ€ โ€• ๐˜ผ๐™ก๐™š๐™ญ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ƒ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก, ๐™๐™๐™š ๐˜ผ๐™›๐™›๐™–๐™ž๐™ง ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ˆ๐™ฎ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™ค๐™ช๐™จ ๐™‡๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall offers a spin on the classic detective story. This one reminded me of A Darker Shade of Magic meets Sherlock Holmesโ€”olde world magic meets Victorian crime. Set in a fantastical world of magic and mystery, the book follows the adventures of Captain John Wyndham, a retired soldier turned private investigator, as he attempts to solve a case for his eccentric and brilliant friend, Shaharazad Haas.

The book is filled with twists and turns, memorable characters, and an amazing blend of science fiction and fantasy. The world-building was standout for me, and I also thoroughly enjoyed the witty narration from Captain Wyndhamโ€”and his prudent censorship of Haasโ€™ colorful languageโ€”his adventures with the unpredictable Haas were always entertaining and kept me on my toes! Perfect for fans of historical fantasy!

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In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune

In the Lives of Puppets by T.J. Klune

This was my first May buddy read with my bff @the.queerreader ๐Ÿ’š We have been working our way through TJ Klune’s books and I have to say this has been my favorite one yet! All of his books have blown us away but THIS ONE. I loved it.

It is so meta, and it evokes so many big questions about the meeting of technology and humans. Can machines feel? Can they exhibit free-will? What defines love? Will robots one day surpass humans, at what point will technology overtake humans? And can technology ever really become conscious? Or will it always be seeking to be like us, only ever able to emulate humans-qualities? So many deep questions are stirred up with this book, and with the rise of AI, it feels more relevant than ever.

Not only is this book incredibly profound, but also emotionally vast. In true Klune style, it is emotional, thought-provoking, and brimming with love and life. He is easily becoming an auto-buy author for me and I highly recommend everyone read this book!

thank you to @librofm for providing this ALC! I loved it!!

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Gwen and Art Are Not in Love by Lex Croucher

This is my favorite Lex Croucher book yet!

Gwen and Art Are Not In Love is a reimagining of Arthur and Guinevere โ€”with a LGBTQ twist. This was described as Heartstopper meets A Knights Taleโ€ฆ so obviously I had to request the ARC!

Set in mythical Camelot, lord-to-be Arthur Delacey (descendant of the famous King Arthur) is betrothed to Princess Gwendoline. But they hate each other. Forced to spend the summer together before their impending nuptials, the pair

I loved the relationship dynamics in this book, and of course, was a huge fan of the historical fiction element. The medieval setting felt new to me because I havenโ€™t read many stories like it, and I really enjoyed this as a retelling.

I loved Gwenโ€™s growth throughout the story, her character arc was strong. She goes from

I LOVED Lady Leclaire, she was the perfect SFL and I love that she played a part in empowering Gwen. I also loved the period representation, exploring PCOS and how womenโ€™s period pains are often dismissed.

There is a let-loose birthday scene, sword-play, and tame YA romance

I also enjoyed the dual romances, and think this is one of my favorite love-square stories Iโ€™ve found! It was a very cute, sweet YA that I would highly recommend!

Must read if you like:
-historical fantasy
-forced proximity
-retellings
-characters who show growth

I was also super happy to find one of my favorite quotes by Mary Oliver featured (and reworked): โ€œSo what do you want to do with your one slightly dull but nonetheless precious lifeโ€.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing this ARC, I loved it!

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