Contemporary and LGBTQIA+? I could not resist - and I don't think any of you would expect me to either. The synopsis itself intrigued me as well but did this novel gave me everything I hoped for?
Back when I went to YALC in July, this is one of the ARC's I succeeded at picking up. I was so pumped to read it, but.. as usual, it disappeared down the TBR-mountain. That is, until people kept saying and mentioning how they were looking forward to Girls of Paper and Fire and I couldn't not pick it up immediately! So, here's my review - fingers crossed I do this novel justice with it.
At the start of the year, I read Dear Martin by Nic Stone and rated it 4,5 cupcakes so you can say I was quite excited to hear about her new novel. Not to mention there'd be queer characters. I was sold, needed it, requested it and.. by some amazing miracle actually got my hands on an eARC?! And then I finished it and it all came crashing down.
"The air is dead with the stench of blood. Mine. His." I was hooked - right from the start. I was in for the ride of my life, but I didn't know it yet. All I have to say is: be aware of the triggers and now that this is a story about a survivor, written by a survivor.
When I first heard of this book, I was intrigued immediately. It sounded like something I would pick up but.. on the other hand, it also sounded like something I wouldn't pick up - if you get what I mean. The LGBTQIA+ part of this novel immediately spoke to me, but I wasn't really sure about the homophobic impression I got from the blurb. I'm glad I ended up requesting this ARC anyway because.. I don't regret reading The Lion Tamer Who Lost one bit!
Seeing the cover of this book, I immediately knew I was going to love it. I just had to love it - there was no way I would have it disappoint me. So, what I'm basically saying is that this book had a whole lot to live up to without me having read the blurb at that point. I couldn't imagine a story with transgender rep being anything but amazing and I was right! Or, at least I was until I'd finished the book and decided to read some own-voice reviews...
I have to admit - I'm seriously late with this review and reading this story. I had some issues with the format - couldn't get the ARC on my Kindle, then it wouldn't open on my computer anymore and.. well.. Let's just say I was so intrigued by the synopsis that I ended up buying a finished copy instead! I couldn't say no to something that sounded like a Cinderella-retelling, but contemporary and with LGBTQIA+ characters. I just couldn't. Was it worth it? Wasn't it? Only one way to find out, folks!