2023 Reading Challenge

2023 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 5 books toward her goal of 265 books.

Book Review: Working Weekend by Penelope Hill

I liked this one! It was an original spin on common supernatural themes, offered with a generous dose of humor and a peek behind the curtain at authors, writing, fandom, and the magic that is themed conventions. I found it snarky and funny and just the right amount of dark. I wasn’t sure where things were going for a while, and enjoyed the sense of confusion and uncertainty. It built a nice tension that kept me turning pages until things started falling into place. The characters were a great blend of personalities that intermingled tropes and originality in a way I thought perfect for the story – which is, itself, such a melange. It was a cool construct that worked beautifully here.

The writing was solid and the pacing generally quite good, although there were a few spots where I felt like things were hurried along and not as carefully laid out as the earliest bits (the prime example for me being the Big Confrontation at the end). There was a bit of openness at the end that left me cautiously optimistic that we might get to join Marcus in further adventures – a trip I’d definitely sign up for, even with the attendant dangers! All in all it was a highly enjoyable tale and I’d definitely look for more from Penelope Hill.

Thanks to the amazing (and absolutely memorable!) folks at Elsewhen Press for my obligation-free review copy.

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