Adèle has only one goal: catch the purple-haired thief who broke into her home and stole her exocore, thus proving herself to her new police team. Little does she know, her thief is also the local baker.
Claire owns the Croissant-toi, but while her days are filled with pastries and customers, her nights are dedicated to stealing exocores. These new red gems are heralded as the energy of the future, but she knows the truth: they are made of witches’ souls.
When her twin—a powerful witch and prime exocore material—disappears, Claire redoubles in her efforts to investigate. She keeps running into Adèle, however, and whether or not she can save her sister might depend on their conflicted, unstable, but deepening relationship.
BAKER THIEF is the first in a fantasy series meant to reframe romance tropes within non-romantic relationship and centering aromantic characters. Those who love enemies-to-lovers and superheroes should enjoy the story!
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This review is based on an advanced review copy of the book I received from the publisher. I really liked it in theory, because it had lots of things I was excited about. But in practice reading it felt a little like it was weighing me down. Like it was a bit of a slog because it was too slow, even with the tense mystery and action scenes. I think it could have been trimmed a little. Maybe part of the problem just comes from the format. You're getting a mystery story from the perspective of two different main characters at the same time, so sometimes you learn information from one character and then have to read through the other character figuring the same thing out, and I personally get frustrated with those kind of books. But I don't want to let my frustration overwhelm the things I liked, like having multiple nonbinary characters in one book (main character and side characters! A variety of pronouns!) and having the main couple work out what a relationship between a demisexual and aromantic person would look like. And Capitaine Koyani is my fave. There was humor, there was action, there was baking! The worldbuilding is French-based which is different for me and I liked it, though I wonder if the French words sprinkled throughout would have frustrated me if I hadn't studied French in school. But then again, I was never GOOD at French, so maybe the fact that I kept up means anyone could.
I enjoyed Baker Thief! It was a fun book. It took a little while for me to get into it, and there were a few times where I felt like the plot was trying to juggle too many aspects, but overall, it was an enjoyable book and a fun read. I also loved all of the queer characters and how their queerness was never a "thing" - it was just part of who they were. As a queer person myself, seeing queer people being able to live their lives happily (or, if not happily, at least with problems that weren’t related to their queerness) was really nice. Disclaimer: I received a free ebook version of this book in exchange for an honest review.