Title: Catch Lili Too
Author: Sophie Whittemore
Publisher: NineStar Press
Publication Date: November 6th 2020
Genre: Queer Punk Fantasy
Lili is a Mesopotamian siren, and life as an immortal being is hard enough as it is. She’s asexual (which is incredibly difficult to reconcile if your entire point as a mythical being is to seduce people to death). She’s also struggling with depression from being alive for so long.
Lili is an absolutely shoddy improv-detective trying to track down a serial killer so ruthless that it makes even her murderous soul uneasy. However, there’s something larger at work than just one serial killer. A small town is hiding an even deadlier, global-scale secret. Forget Area 51 conspiracies. This one beats them all. With magic.
So, what better way to spice up her eternal life than being hired as a vigilante detective to stop a serial killer? Anything, literally anything. She’d trade her left lung to get out of this. Or, perhaps, somebody else’s.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were interesting, lovable and sufficiently fleshed out. I am also a big fan of the casual representation in the book (Character on the ace-spectrum, two f/f relationships, a trans character and a m/m relationship, all accepted).
While I do wish the lore and its history was explored a bit more, the information that was revealed throughout the story was quite interesting and definitely added to the story.
Speaking of interesting, the actual lore/ fantasy elements were done quite well. I love how seamlessly the fantasy was woven into the real world and how it was acknowledged and explained.
The overall mystery element in this book was also something that I should commend. There were hints dropped throughout the book that didn’t outright reveal the twist but made once the twist actually happened. I loved how the hints took different forms, like characters feeling something was off or a description of a scene. The actual plot twist itself was also pretty great.
Finally, the actions scenes. While there were only a few action scenes in this book and they weren’t actually very long, they were all adrenaline-inducing and flowed seamlessly into and out of the calmer scenes.
That’s All I Got, Danielle