When her girlfriend of four years asks Kirby to go away with her on their first adult vacation, Kirby eagerly agrees. It's the perfect bridge between the high school life they just finished, and the lucrative jobs awaiting them—and the perfect cover to gather the pieces she needs for a machine that will stop the end of the world.But her world-saving goal is a long-kept secWhen her girlfriend of four years asks Kirby to go away with her on their first adult vacation, Kirby eagerly agrees. It's the perfect bridge between the high school life they just finished, and the lucrative jobs awaiting them—and the perfect cover to gather the pieces she needs for a machine that will stop the end of the world.But her world-saving goal is a long-kept secret, and secrets don't combine well with love and life—especially when danger is added to the mix....
|Title||:||Leigh & Kirby (and the End of Everything Else)|
|Number of Pages||:||260 Pages|
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Leigh & Kirby (and the End of Everything Else) Reviews
I received this book free from Love Bytes and the author in exchange for an honest review.This review was first posted to Love Bytes: LGBTQ Book Reviews. It has been slightly edited here for content.Before I even post my review, I'd like to say that if you send your ARC to a review site, you should expect an honest review. You don't have to like what we say, but maligning your reviewers and readers on social media makes you look like a poor sport. Especially when writing about marginalized groups.This is an incredibly fast-paced, colorful sci-fi story that never really managed to decide what kind of book it wanted to be. I was immediately drawn to Kirby, a young scientist who has come to the conclusion several times over that the world is ending in mere days, and her struggle to both stop the apocalypse and make sure her girlfriend Leigh is happy and safe. It is a good plot with plenty of potential for high-stakes drama of both the sci-fi and romantic varieties.But this story was very scattered in tone and plot. Every single sci-fi/fantasy trope you could possibly think of (including vampires, Martians, cyberpunk, robots, dinosaurs, and zombies) makes an appearance, but they disappear quickly and are never heard from again, bearing little importance to the plot. The book often feels like a series of loosely-tied vignettes that don’t come together towards the “end of the world” plot.At times, it was made painfully obvious the author is a man writing about lesbian women. The characters’ curves and appearances are constantly noted upon by both themselves and each other. Leigh’s wardrobe of “small shorts” is mentioned half a dozen times, even though I and probably many other women wouldn’t even know that that means (Daisy Dukes? Spankies? Spandex?). And Kirby’s constant insecurity about her body and appearance often rings false for her character, who seems single-minded on only two things: saving the world and Leigh. In no universe can I imagine a character as brainy and focused as her worried about her weight when the world is at stake.Despite these flaws, I will admit, these two are pretty cute with each other. Their devotion and affection are apparent from the first page, and even through conflict, we never doubt their loyalty to one another. Leigh and Kirby are the ultimate “ride or die” girlfriends, and they are fiercely protective of one another, which is nice. It’s nice to read about romantic partners who actually like each other.But the cloying, cutesy nature of their relationship could have been toned down a bit. They are constantly calling each other adorable and cute, as if they are puppies or kitties instead of women, and their romance consists mainly of snuggling, cheek-kissing, and the weird urge to “lick” each other. For two women who are dead-set on making sure everyone knows they are real adults, their relationship is startlingly G-rated. At worst, both of these characters (especially Leigh) come across more like schoolgirl anime characters who giggle and squeal their ways across situations that call for much more mature reactions.Speaking of being adults, another big issue I had with characters is their age. Both characters are eighteen years old and have just graduated high school, only it doesn’t seem like high school to me—it seemed more like university. They are finished with internships and previously lived in dorm rooms. This is sci-fi, so of course, things could be done differently in this world. But I often wondered why they needed to be so young! It would’ve made much more sense for them to be post-college and in their early twenties. To most of us, eighteen-year-olds are still kids, so when Leigh and Kirby whine how they aren’t treated like adults, I can’t really sympathize with them. They constantly reassure each other that they’re starting their “adult lives” now, as if adulthood begins instantly at one set point. And at some points, they seem both much younger and much older, making the emphasis on age very odd.My favorite part of this book was the ending—and I don’t mean that in a sarcastic way. Without giving any spoilers, I will say that the ending was spot-on for the plot of the story and ended on a much more mature, ambiguous note than I had expected. I was left wishing the rest of the story matched it in tone, scope, and stakes.This isn’t a story I ever got truly invested in. The characters and plot were never truly fleshed out and I just didn’t buy Leigh and Kirby as two bad-ass women off to save the world. It didn’t work for me.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a really cute story although it was maybe a little bit lacking in substance, but sometimes you just need something short and light and fun. It's set in a futuristic version of Earth where the protagonists basically have a small handheld teleporting device that can take them all over the universe where they alternately look for parts for Kirby's doomsday-averting machine and try to have a nice relaxing vacation like Leigh planned. There's a lot of cool futuristic settings and gadgets but there's also not very much explanation or background given on any of it as they really just pop in and out of places very quickly. Instead, most of the plot is focused on Leigh and Kirby's relationship and they are SUPER cute together. It was just fun to read about them because they were generally so sweet and in love and I like how it touched on each of their insecurities and how they each think the other one is basically the best thing in the galaxy. I would definitely recommend it if you're looking for a light F/F read set in space, but maybe not if you're looking for more heavy sci-fi elements.
I don’t know - the characters got to be so cloyingly ‘cutesie’ that they started to get on my nerves. Is this how the (male) author thinks all lesbians act all the time? I was waiting for them to have a tickle fight in their underwear - like all of us guys think queer femmes do. The story was somewhat interesting. But I don’t know how these two people kept getting easy access to such dangerous places. Dangerous places that seemed like they just existed for people to go to and almost get killed. Those were the 2 things that kept pulling me out of the story. I wonder if a lot got cut in editing - or if it needs editing. It seemed like they went from one otherworldly location to another and there wasn’t much transition. Was this location whiplash intensional? It didn’t help that stuff wasn’t explained very well. Why did the robots go crazy? Why did vampires rule a massive corporation on Mars? Why was that weird mutant going to kill them? I can go along with going on the quests - but a little more explanation - of both what was going on and what the places were might have helped. And some of there interactions were odd. I don’t know if they were supposed to be quirky. They just weren’t really believable as 2 people interacting. And sometimes Kirby cane off like a real jerk - but that didn’t seem to be the intent of the author. Overall, I don’t think I’d recommend it. Thanks to NetGalley and Less Than Three Press for a copy in return for an honest review.