It may sound superfluous, but the first thing I have to say about this book is that the cover is absolutely gorgeous. It’s beautiful, it grabs your attention. If I saw this book in a book store I would immediately grab it and try to see what it is about from the cover alone.
That ability to hook you from the start extends to the words as well. from the prologue I was already invested and dying to read all of it.
When I decided to start writing Book Reviews on this blog in an effort to share with more people the amazing and wide array of sapphic books available, I knew one of my first reviews would be about Monica McCallan. She introduced me to the world of contemporary lesbian romance books, and I can’t thank her enough.
But we will get back to that later, let’s focus on her books first. I debated about which one to talk about and settle for Then & Now. It wasn’t the first book by this author than I read, and it’s not her most recent work as she is incredible prolific and I, instead, take ages to get around to do the things I want to do. But it is my favorite, so far, from her.
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Before delving into the book itself, as this is my first time writing a book review, I want to point out that it’s just my perception as a reader. I’m not a professional critic nor do I want to be. I’m just a lesbian woman that has always loved reading and recently has started focusing most of her reading time into stories with LGBT characters as protagonists.
There are so many great books out there telling all kinds of stories and focusing on diverse and LGBT characters, I feel grateful every time I find one and If my humble opinions can help someone find their next book to read, I’m happy.
Now, as for the Athena Protocol. I found this book because I follow the author Shamim Sarif in Social Media since she wrote and directed two classic lesbian movies, I Can’t Think Straight and The World Unseen. These movies also have their novel version wrote by Shamim.