How to Get a Girlfriend by Marie Cardno

Releases: July 31st, 2022

I received an ARC, through BookSirens, in exchange for an honest review.

Life is tough when you’re an eldritch abomination.

Trillin isn’t technically a person. She’s a tiny breakaway piece of consciousness from the all-devouring Endless, doomed to eventually rejoin it. But when a human witch stumbles into her world, Trillin suddenly has a new reason to figure out individuality–one shape-shifting tentacle at a time.

Sian is sure important magical discoveries are just around the corner, if she can just get her portals to work reliably. Reaching the dimension of the Endless without being eaten on sight is a dream come true, and Sian is determined to explore every bit of it. For science, of course, not for the strangely adorable life-form who keeps popping up and trying to… flirt?

But Trillin’s world can be a dangerous place, and keeping Sian safe might risk drawing the attention of the Endless itself–which will swallow Trillin up along with all her dreams of humanity. Together, can this unlikely duo escape the Endless, figure out the optimum number of appendages, and maybe even find love?

This is one of those books you wish was longer, at only 112 pages you’re left desperately wanting more. There is some violence within the book but I don’t feel like it’s graphically written so I didn’t create a separate “content warnings” space in this review.

We meet Trillin who’s determined to stay separated from the Endless. If the Endless were to ever take notice, of her, she’d be reabsorbed and would no longer be an individual, able to explore and evolve on her own.

Sian, a magical scientist, is excited to explore the Endless and gain as much knowledge of it as she can. Going in she knows that she must observe, maybe get some samples, but never interact…but when she keeps seeing Trillin, who looks more and more human each visit, it’s hard to keep her distance.

This was such a fun book to read as we see Trillin and Sian meet, start forming a friendship, and have feelings for each other. I adore how the author wrote Trillin and how we really get to see her learning and starting to make discoveries and decisions about her own existence. Really hoping we get to see more of Trillin and Sian in the future!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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