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The Matildas


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The Matildas lives up to its potential and has become one of my favorite reads of 2020.

The Matildas by Dave Pasquantonio is an all new favorite LGBT+ sci-fi fantasy mystery thriller novel. It's easily one of my favorite reads of 2020. I'm incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to devour it thanks to Reedsy Discovery. I honestly just happened to stumble upon it while I was going through their current review pool. The cover of the novel isn't something that would usually make me look twice, but I'm glad I did and checked out the synopsis and chapter preview because those certainly hooked my attention. I'll admit that I adored just how geeky and bookish this novel and its characters are. Plus, I can never resist a novel that incorporates the multiverse, its weird complexities and its dangers. Luckily for me, this new release hit all the right notes in my opinion. 

As I mentioned above, I loved every second of this story to the point that I totally buzzed through it all in one sitting. I absolutely could not put it down. I needed to know what was going to happen to Mattie, our leading lady. She's bookish yet certainly has got her faults, but they all round her out as a person and help her feel as if she could walk off the page. I also particularly enjoyed seeing just how different the other Earth through the Portal is from our world from their books, technology, and inhabitants. This novel walks a fine balance between twisty mystery thriller and incredibly geeky sci-fi fantasy and it brings out the best of both worlds. I also loved spotting all of the fun references peppered throughout with my favorite being Arsenic and Old Lace (seriously, if you haven't see that classic yet, I can't recommend it highly enough). 

Overall, The Matildas by Dave Pasquantonio is a total gem that deserves all the love it can get. I have a feeling you'll want to give it a try if you also enjoyed the Magic Ex Libris series by Jim C. Hines, Zero World by Jason M. Hough, and Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I need to read more from Pasquantonio in the future. Thanks again to Reedsy Discovery!

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Chapter 1: My Gun, Her Body

About the author

I'm a freelance writer and editor, book marketer, and a stay-at-home dad living in Millis, Mass. I'm a board member at The Writers' Loft, a nonprofit writing community in Sherborn, Mass., where I lead critique and genre groups for aspiring and established authors and help them to get published. view profile

Published on May 14, 2020

90000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Mystery & Crime

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