A wild ride with magic and demons, all while still finding time to discuss ace and aro feels 💜🖤💚
The sequel to LITTLE BLACK BIRD is filled to the brim with magic, Slavic demons (and even some non-Slavic 😏), and as said: all the ace, aro, and questioning rep. It was amazing and has plenty of little Easter eggs for people in those communities, making it extra special when reading and feeling seen.
The story itself is fast-paced and you can feel the time-pressure Wiki and her friends are under all too well as they run from one thing to the next as they try to save the world (even if they are still in doubt what saving it would actually entail).
Longer, more in-depth review:
Where Little Black Bird started with the questioning and ace rep, Tall White Tenement continues. There’s more ace rep, aro rep, and all the commentary on amatonormativity, heteronormativity, and allonormativity. Of course, there’s also more questioning rep as labels are vast and it’s okay to not know what describes you best. There’s more queer rep too, and a little content warning as not everyone is as accepting as our main characters are.
On magic and demons:
I really love the magic system in these books and how tangible it feels. The way it also describes how different kinds of magic work, and how other cultures/religions have basically made their own is really on point with how things went down here in Europe. The demons mentioned are also a real treat, featuring some more well-known ones and some you may know with a completely different look. (I’ll admit: I looked one up because I had such a different image in mind and was happily surprised to learn otherwise.)
The book is written in first person and is fast-paced. There are a lot of Polish names/terms, but the front has a very handy list of all these and how to pronounce them, for anyone who wishes to know. There are also a few Polish treats/dishes mentioned and you might look those up as some sound really tasty. Overal, the addition of all these things add to the vibe of the book and really make it stand out ♥
If you enjoyed the first book, you’re going to love this one even more. The aspec-rep, the demons, and dare I say… dragon 😏 Get yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee, maybe a nice jagodzianka to go with it, get comfy under a blanket, and dive back into the magical world and find out if Wiki and her friends will break the curse or save magic…