WLW Wednesday #1: witches and dragons

Jump in, traveler!

I’ve discovered this meme while scrolling through Sasha and Amber’s blog, Sasha and Amber Reads, and I wanted to jump in! This meme is dedicated to sapphic representation in the latest books we read. Sasha and Amber decided to go for a regular publication, but as for me, I will participate in WLW Wednesday every month, sharing which sapphic books I read in the previous month.

And to start with this new monthly rendez-vous, what better than witches and dragons?? And, of course, women loving women.
Did you guess what books I’m about to share with you? (and no, this isn’t Priory of the Orange Tree, even if I loved it).

THE DARK TIDE
by Alicia Jasinska

Every year on St. Walpurga’s Eve, Caldella’s Witch Queen lures a boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking.
Lina Kirk is convinced her brother is going to be taken this year. To save him, she enlists the help of Thomas Lin, the boy she secretly loves, and the only person to ever escape from the palace. But they draw the queen’s attention, and Thomas is chosen as the sacrifice.
Queen Eva watched her sister die to save the boy she loved. Now as queen, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s willing to sacrifice anyone if it means saving herself and her city.
When Lina offers herself to the queen in exchange for Thomas’s freedom, the two girls await the full moon together. But Lina is not at all what Eva expected, and the queen is nothing like Lina envisioned. Against their will, they find themselves falling for each other. As water floods Caldella’s streets and the dark tide demands its sacrifice, they must choose who to save: themselves, each other, or the island city relying on them both.

Sapphic rep:

bisexual main character, lesbian main character, wlw main romance

My review:

The Dark Tide is a dark fairy tale full of witches, curses, and boys in distress. It is not like your average sapphic romance, for the girls play dirty and bite back: this is a dark, chaotic women-love-women story, and I’m so here for it.
This seems like a good book, and it is. Except that I wasn’t really invested in the story for the first two-thirds of the book. It was an enjoyable story to read nevertheless, but I wish I had more to read. I really hope the next book(s) will give me what I’m craving.
You’ll like this book if you’re into fairy tales, dark stories, innovating world-building. It’s worth reading.

THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY
by Katie O’Neill

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.
After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.

Sapphic rep:

hinted wlw main romance

My review:

This one was so cute!! The Tea Dragon Society is one of the 8 books I wish to read before the end of the year, and that’s now done! I really loved the cute story — about dragons making tea, ancient legacies, and the relationships we make in our lives — and the beautiful drawings that went with it. It’s just the perfect comic for a rainy evening, to read under a warm blanket and with a fuming tea. The only downside to this book: I hadn’t had enough, haha.

How about you?
What were the latest wlw books you read?


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