Time for another round of Yvonne’s Shorties! This time around a Christmas romance and a YA urban fantasy I both really enjoyed.


Title: A Cat Café Christmas
Author: Codi Gary

Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: October 4th 2022
Publisher: Forever
Finished reading: December 12th 2022
Pages: 375

“Robin Hood is an orange tabby with gorgeous golden eyes and purrs for days, but watch out! He’ll steal your heart and your food.”


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It was cover love at first sight when I was browsing for Christmas reads to read this December. I mean, Christmas AND a whole lot of cats all wrapped into a nice little romance read; how was I going to be able to resist that?! I’m glad I didn’t, because A Cat Café Christmas turned out to be an excellent story to open this December Christmas reading with, and perfect for a cat lover like myself. Sure, there were a few things that slightly bothered me, but the huge dose of cats, cat café, adoptions and Christmas cheer made up for it. I could have done without the cheating and some of the drama, and it took a while for the main characters to fully convince me. The cats are absolutely adorable though, and I loved the little introductions included in between chapters. I had mixed feelings about the ending; on one hand it felt a little too perfect and not in line with the rest of the story, but things can be said about a Christmas romance having that happy ending to promote the Holiday spirit. If you like cats, enemy-to-lover romance and a dose of drama as well humor, A Cat Café Christmas is a great match.


Title: Witherward
(Witherward #1)
Author: Hannah Mathewson

Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
First published: February 16th 2021
Publisher: Titan Books
Finished reading: December 20th 2022
Pages: 524

“Look around you, Ilsa. We’re all scared. It’s only a weakness if you give in to it.”


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I added this book to my TBR on a whim mostly because it gave me Schwab vibes, and I’m glad I did because I ended up having an excellent time with this YA urban slash high fantasy debut. I still can’t believe Witherward hasn’t been mentioned more to be honest… I mean, parallel Londons that make you think of the Shades Of Magic series, but with a whole different worldbuilding, magic, shapeshifters and a threatening civil war; what’s not to like? I love the set up of this story, with the two different Londons and the story having both an urban fantasy and high fantasy feel. The different factions each having their own magic/powers, the tension between them and the mystery around Gedeon’s disappearance all add suspense, and danger is around every corner. There is quite a cast of characters to keep apart, but once you get a proper feel for the world you will be completely hooked. Ilsa makes for a great main character, and it was interesting to see her adapt to her new reality and world and learn more about her past. There is plenty of action to keep you busy and even a hint of romance… The main focus of this story isn’t the romance though, which is always a bonus when it comes to the YA fantasy genre. Witherward is fast, exciting, packed with action and a lot of magic and shapeshifting. If you like the genre, I can highly recommend this debut! I definitely can’t wait to read the sequel myself to find out what happens next.


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