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Review: Delilah Green Doesn’t Care (Ashley Herring Blake)

Rating: 4 Pfoten

„I’m very, very queer,“ Delilah whispered, releasing the words slowly while her bottom lip brushed the shell of Claire’s ear. The other woman inhaled softly, the sound fluttering low in Delilah’s stomach.

Now that’s how you build tension between two women! Honestly, I think I finally read an f/f book that delivered on that front, because so far the sapphic stories I read were either too tame or not as cute as the m/m books I usually read. I think that’s mostly due to the fact that it’s not easy to pull off a female romantic relationship. Women are just generally more touchy-feely and have a stronger connection to their friends than men. For once it’s actually a gender thing and in Europe you’d never see men kiss each other on the cheeks or cuddle. (Might depend on the country though. *shrugs*) Usually it’s just not done here and if men do it everyone automatically assumes they are queer and in some sort of relationship. (I don’t like it but it’s the way it is over here and it’s something that’s kinda ingrained into our social norms. Things like that are hard to fight because you’d have to fight them on a socio-cultural scale and that’s just… tough. XD)

Anyway!!! What I’m trying to say is: Women cuddling, hugging and holding hands is considered to be normal. No one would bat an eye in my country if they’d see two girls walking down the street holding hands. So whilst it’s fairly easy to write down tension when it comes to two boys or men, it’s extremely hard to do the same thing with two girls/women. I don’t make the rules, it’s just the way it is and a lot of authors who write sapphic stories seem to have a hard time to convey the sexual or romantic aspect of their MCs relationships. It’s not easy, but it obviously can be done because for me Ashley Herring Blake nailed it!

”Claire shifted. Closer. The finger on Delilah’s chin slid to her jaw, then Claire’s whole hand skated across her face, to her neck, and around to her nape. Delilah’s eyes fluttered closed, every inch of her skin covered in goose bumps.”

I mean, wow! The sexy times those two women spent together?! They were amazing! Also since this is a romance and everyone knows that the two MCs will eventually end up together I don’t think it’s a spoiler when I say that the sex scene was one of the best f/f sex scenes I’ve ever read. It was done so well and wasn’t only relatable but also felt extremely realistic! As did the entire book for that matter. From the struggles Claire has to face as a single mom right to Delilah’s troubled past and her career as a photographer. Everything about the story felt real and true-to-life.

”You’re what?” Delilah asked. “The mom? The woman? So that means you have to give up your whole life and he doesn’t?”

Also can we acknowledge how self-assured and strong all those women were? Not to mention them all being out and proud and secure in their sexuality. It was so refreshing to read about women that know exactly what they want and I totally appreciated this adult approach. Then again, Delilah is 30 if I remember it correctly and Claire is about the same age so this automatically makes them more mature than characters in a YA book. Still, I loved to read about characters that already had their coming-out and had figured themselves out years ago. They just lived their lives the way they wanted to and that was so nice to see. No questioning, just them being them and being content with it.

”She’d definitely feel more comfortable approaching a woman or someone nonbinary. Since coming out as bi when she was a junior in high school, she’d always felt more drawn to other queer people or femmes. Josh being one of the few, albeit huge, exceptions.”

The friendships in this book were so much fun as well and I couldn’t help but fall a little in love with Delilah and Iris. *lol* Those two were so funny together and I’m really glad there are two other books in this series because I can’t wait to see more of their shenanigans and antics. I’m especially looking forward to Iris’s story and hope the other characters will have cameos in it too. Iris might have only been a side-character in here, but boy did her interactions with Claire, Astrid and Delilah give me life. This woman is great and definitely deserves her own book! I’m very happy she got it. 😉

”Did we ever like him?” Claire asked. “Like, when Astrid first introduced us?”
“Hell no,” Iris said. “I mean, okay, he looks like a god with that hair and those biceps, so maybe we were a bit distracted by that at first. You know, beautiful people getting away with murder and all that.”
“God, I hope he’s not a murderer.”

Haha! Them bitching about Spence behind his back was just hilarious. And if I’m already talking about Spence: THIS MAN WAS SUCH A DOUCEBAG! Like seriously! How could Astrid even consider marrying him? If I would have been Claire and Iris I would have tried to get rid of him too. You probably couldn’t find a more misogynistic and macho numpty even if you tried. XD His actions and the way he behaved and treated Astrid. Oh boy, I wouldn’t have been able to keep my mouth shut. I was really thankful Delilah didn’t take his shit and subtly but aggressively gave him in kind. *lol*

”And Delilah had gotten through life by putting herself first; only concerning herself with what she knew was true, because she’d learned a long time ago that she couldn’t control anyone but herself.”

Despite all the coven fun and the sexy times “Delilah Green Doesn’t Care” could be pretty serious as well and the grief representation was something I didn’t expect. I was positively surprised to find one in this book and the fact it was done so well only added to my enjoyment of the story. It’s hard to lose your loved ones, especially when you’re as young as Delilah was and the way she shut herself off from the people around her was very realistic. If you grieve you’re in your own world and it’s not easy to break out of it because no one feels the way you do. Grief is an individual thing and Delilah, her step-mother and Astrid all grieved in their own way. They couldn’t comfort each other because they were all too preoccupied with their own feelings. Plus Delilah’s step-mother wanted to keep the perfect façade intact and therefore most definitely didn’t ask for help. Which makes her a pretty bad mom because not matter how hard it is and no matter how difficult it might be to accept help, if you’re suffering and your kids are suffering too, you should at least do everything you can to lessen the pain of your children. Adopted or not, Delilah and Astrid both would have needed someone to talk about their trauma and to sweep all their grief under the carpet obviously didn’t help. Could have told her that this would bite them all in their asses later on.

„Delilah Green didn’t care. Because they’d never once cared about her.“

Last, but not least, I’ve to mention Ruby, Claire’s daughter and a constant presence in the book! As it should be! Honestly, it happens way too often that adult MCs have kids in books and then they are barely even mentioned and always only appear when they are important for the plot. Or it seems like they are not important at all and therefore barely get any page time. Which is so unrealistic it hurts. If you write about a character that has a kid you have to allow the kid to be present on page because if you’re a parent you know that your kid is your life and everything you do revolves around it. (At least if you’re a good parent. ;-P) So it was really nice to see that Ruby was an active and important part of Claire’s life and that there existed some valid reasons if she wasn’t at home for a night. Like having a sleepover with her friend or spending time at her father’s place etc. Ruby was woven into the plot so effortlessly it was amazing! I can only give kudos to the author for pulling this off as well.

”Literally, for a few seconds as Ruby rested her head against Delilah’s chest, arms tight around her waist, she couldn’t find enough air, her eyes stinging with a swell of sudden tears.
But then she moved her arms around Ruby, pressed her cheek o the top of her hair. She exhaled what felt like a decade’s worth of anxiety, and accepted the girl’s love.”

This said “Delilah Green Doesn’t Care” was an awesome story and I enjoyed every single moment I was able to spend with this book. It was a more mature narrative with a lot of humour, a good dose of serious topics and sexy times that restored my faith in great f/f romances again. So all in all just the right story for me. I’m very curious about book two and three now and I’ll make sure to pick them up soon. 😉

Allgemein, Bookish Fox Knowledge

March Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

It’s March Wrap Up time and this month wasn’t any less busy than the ones before. How come I’m always so busy? You’d think I would have more time but it seems like I have less and less time each month? It’s kinda weird but it is the way it is. I honestly don’t even know what to say about March because I had so many appointments and did so many things that it all kinda blurred together and now my mind is blank and I can’t even think of a single thing I did even though I did plenty?! Do you ever have month like that or is it just me? *lol*

Reading wise I didn’t get done all too much either because me being so busy made it hard to find some reading time. The fact I read two classics probably didn’t help as well because I just realized that I’m no big fan of classics. XD So if March taught me anything then that I better should only read a few classics every once in a while and not read them in one month. It took me 7 days to finish „Of Mice and Men“ and this book had like 171 pages. Haha! And I took „The Three Musketeers“ with me from February. So it took me 2 months to finish this beast of 567 pages. Classics are either short or super long but I never seem to enjoy them as much as the other books I read. >_< At least I didn’t enjoy those two as much as I thought I would. Anyway!

Before I try to think of more things I did or didn’t do in March, I’ll just cut my brain some slack and go for my monthly wrap-up instead! I mean that’s what you’re here for, right? 😉

Books read: 4 (4 books & 0 webcomic, I really should get back into my webcomic era. *lol*)

Pages read: 1.575 („Of Mice and Men“ was short but the rest clearly made up for it. )

Average rating: 3,5 (I blame it all on the classics. Haha! )

Books that were on my reading list: 1 ( 0 from 2021, 0 from 2022 and 1 from 2023. Okay, this month was bad. *lol* Only one book from my TBRs. >_< )

March Reads:


Here’s to Us: 4 Pfoten

Believe it or not but I’ve been dying to read this book! The minute I finished „What If It’s Us“ in 2019 I wanted to get a sequel because that ending! That ending killed me!! T_T As it seems Becky and Adam heard their fans pleas and decided to go for a sequel and boy this was everything I wanted it to be! I’m so happy I was finally able to get my hands on a copy and it was so awesome to be back in NYC with Arthur, Ben and their friends! This was exactly what I needed after finishing „What If It’s Us“ and I’m a very happy camper right now. If you want to read my full review you can do it here! 

Of Mice and Men: 3 Pfoten

I read Steinbecks „East of Eden“ a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, so I thought why not read „Of Mice and Men“ too? I mean a lot of BookTubers I follow were raving about it and said it’s a good book so I kinda expected to love it too? Unfortunately this didn’t happen and while I get what the author wanted to say with this book I still don’t like the execution of the idea?! It’s hard to explain it without going into too much detail and maybe that’s why I always had the impression that it’s a good book. Because all the YouTubers that spoke about it, kept their review very general and without any spoilers. What it comes down to is that it’s a good book but that I had my issues with it. If you want to read my full review about it (including small spoilers because I wanted to explain my reasoning for giving it 3 paws) you can follow the link above.

Delilah Green Doesn’t Care: 4 Pfoten

I really, really enjoyed this book! It’s so rare to come across well written f/f books that have a believable and realistic portrayal of a sapphic realationship and this book totally delivered on that front! Honestly, I was so happy I read this! It restored my faith in f/f relationships in books and I was very thrilled to find out that this is a series with 3 books in total! ❤ I’ll definitely pick up the other two books as well because I can’t wait to see what will happen to the other characters! Especially Iris! She’s the coolest! *lol*

The Three Musketeers: 3 Pfoten

I finally finished „The Three Musketeers“ after taking the book with me into March. I started to read it with other BookTubers as part of a readalong in February but because the book is so huge I fell behind and couldn’t keep up with the others anymore. (I blame my busy months for that. XD) Also the book wasn’t bad but it also didn’t sweep me off my feet and this made it hard to pick it up at night. If you’re already tired to read a 560+ pages classic probably isn’t the best reading choice. *LOL* And I kinda came out of this book disenchanted with the glorious tale of the three musketeers and d’Artagnan. This certainly didn’t help the books cause and I found myself pushing through it in the end. >_< I’ll make sure to write a coherent and longish review to explain what I did and didn’t like. Please stay tuned for that one. 😉


This said: How was your March? Did you read many books? Which book was your favourite and which book was a disappointment? Did you already read the books I mentioned and if „yes“ did you enjoy them? Are you a classic fan or are you like me and mostly end up not enjoying them? XD (I can’t be the only one, right?! Please tell me I’m not the only one!)

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

And as always take care and stay healthy and safe!



The Sassy Library Fox

Allgemein, Sassy Antics

SASSY Saturday

SASSY Saturday

Hey there my lovelies!

Welcome back to another round of my montly blog meme „SASSY Saturday“!

How does it work? Well, that’s easy! 😉

All you have to do is to follow those three golden rules:

1. Credit the creator of this tag (The Sassy Library Fox) and link back. (so I can see all your amazing answers!)
2. Answer the 5 questions below!
3. AND enjoy doing the blog meme! 😛

„SASSY Saturday“ is planned to be a monthly meme but if you want to do it more often feel free to go for it! This meme was created to get to know other bloggers, their new obsessions and to reflect on your own last month! Above all it was created to have fun though! 😉 If you want you can also use the banner I created! This said let’s head to the good part:

S – Series you loved this month

The Walking Dead: I’ve finally started to watch „The Walking Dead“ this month and boy, there’s a lot to catch up to. To start this series from season 1 is a commitment but for some reason I totally missed out on it when it was popular, so when I saw it’s on Netflix I couldn’t help but check it out. And I’m loving it so far. It’s great to see the human aspect of the series and I’m honestly not surprised that a lot of the problems the survivors have come from other survivors. You’d think to fight against a horde of dead people would be a priority but nope, humans do what they always did, they steal, they hurt and they kill each other. *shakes head* Very curious how this will continue. It’s definitely realistic, though.

Shadow and Bone – Season 2: I was so ready to dive into season two and I both enjoyed it and didn’t?! I absolutely loved the new cast and Nikolai, Tolya, Tamar and Wylan are amazing. Wesper is my favourite Crows ship so ahhh I got a lot of that in this season. The entire world is going to hell and Wesper are just flirting their way through all the episodes. *lol* Loved that! BUT and this is a huge but, they changed so many things and I don’t think they changed it for the better. By now it feels like this has nothing to do with the original SaB or SoC anymore. I get it, they had to adjust some things to squeeze those two different series together but uff. It’s one thing to adjust and another to change the most important things. So yeah, not really happy how far it all steered away from the original. For me this is a completely new series now and the characters are only loosely based on the original series. If I see it that way, I can deal with it. I did the same with „The Vampire Diaries“ so I guess I’ll do that now too. >_<

A – Author you discovered

Ashley Herring Blake – „Delilah Green Doesn’t Care“

I’ve seen a lot of other bookstagrammers mention this book as a great f/f read and since I wanted to dive deeper into f/f books for a long time I just decided to go for it when I saw it in my library. And tell you what?! I loved it! This was great and it was finally a f/f relationship that was done well and I could feel the tension and cuteness! I kinda wish there would be YA books like that too. I mean both of the characters in here are already thirty. So grown adults. They have a lot of serious topics going on so the cuteness couldn’t be that carefree. Herring Blake definitely gave me hope that there can be amazing, realistic and sweet f/f reps in this world though and I’ll just try my best to watch out for them now. =)

S – Song you couldn’t get enough of

Jimin – Set Me Free Pt.2

I was so ready for Jimin’s EP „Face“ and boy, it’s amazing! I really love the entire vibe of his new songs and „Set Me Free Pt.2“ is great! Alone the dancing!! Wow! „Like Crazy“ goes in an entirely different direction but is at leas as danceable as the first one. I’m so impressed with Jimin, I can’t even! Love all his new songs and instantly bought the entire EP. ❤

S – Surprise – Something that totally caught you off guard

That I actually managed to finish „The Three Musketeers“! This book was huge and I started it in February with a bunch of other readers for a readalong. Needless to say I couldn’t keep up the pace with them and therefore decided to take it into March. *lol* I said I’d finish it by the end of the month and yesterday I read the last page and put it on finished on my Goodreads. On the 31st of March. Haha! That was a precision landing. XD

Y – Your fave blog post of another blogger

„12 YA Books To Read Based on Your Favorite Season“ by Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

I loved the idea of Marie’s blog post! Books based on seasons is amazing and I was surprised to find that I actually read some of them in the mentioned season. =) There are so many great recs on Marie’s list and I can totally recommend to check out her blog. It’s awesome and I’ve been following it for years. 😉


What do you think about „SASSY Saturday“? Would you like to join the fun? Which kind of series did you watch last month and did you like them? Did you already watch „The Walking Dead“ or „Shadow and Bone“? If yes, what do you think about them? Who was your favourite new author last month and what surprised you?

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

And as always, stay healthy and safe!



The Sassy Library Fox

Allgemein, Book Tags

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring 2023 To-Read List

TTT was created by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl (click here for upcoming TTT topics!).

Today’s Topic is: : Books on My Spring 2023 To-Read List (Let’s just put every book I’m currently reading on it and take it from there *lol*)

1.) „Delilah Green Doesn’t Care“ by Ashley Herring Blake

A big city girl returning to her hometown in order to photograph her sisters wedding. Make it f/f and I’m so here for the ride. *lol* I only just started with this book but it really sounds great and a lot of people seem to have enjoyed it. Also it’s one of the few f/f books I heard about and since I want to read more of them I just had to pick this one up. Very curious how Delilah and Claire will find to each other. And even more curious to find out if the rep will be good. =)

2.) „Flash Fire“ by T.J. Klune

I absolutely loved the first book „The Extraordinaries“ and I’m so pumped for book two. I can’t wait to see what Nicky will be up to in „Flash Fire“. I missed him and his antics and I’m sure book two will be as funny as the first one. I swear, I laughed tears when I read book one and I’m so ready to see even more of those superheroes. Plus the ending of the first book!!! I need to know what happens next!!

3.) „Call Down the Hawk“ by Maggie Stiefvater

I’ve started this book so many months ago but still haven’t finished it. Not because I don’t want to but because Maggie’s writing style is so beautiful I just want to savour it. Maggie’s prose makes me want to relish every sentence and this is a real problem because it’s partly responsible for me barely making progress. Haha! I blame it all on Maggie! But I really want to read and finish „Call Down the Hawk“ this spring so I’ll pick it up more often and stop procrastinating. I mean it’s Ronan and Adam, my two precious boys! ❤

4.) „Winter“ by Marissa Meyer

Another book I’ve had on my „currently reading“ for a while and I really want to read it. It’s the last book of „The Lunar Chronicles“ and I’ve been procrastinating way too much. *lol* All of my favourite characters will be together in this one and I just don’t want this series to end. This spring it’s time to finish the series, though. I’m ready to read the last book, even if it will make me sad. Cinder and the others need to get their happy ending! XD

5.) „Queen of Air and Darkness“ by Cassandra Clare

Ha! Another last book in a series! Do you see a trend here? Because I sure as hell do! *lol* Why am I like that and never want to finish series? >_< I love all those characters! At this point the Blackthorns are basically my adopted family! And Marc and Kieran and Christina!?! ARGH! I love them so much! Kit and Ty! Julian and Emma! Why didn’t I pick this up yet?! I will finish this series this spring because I need to KNOW! But the pain. Ahhh… I’m still not ready for the pain. T_T

6.) „Bloodmarked“ by Tracy Deonn

I loved „Legendborn“ when I read it last year and absolutely fell in love with this world and Selwyn Kane! ❤ Seriously, Sel is amazing! So I was more than just a little happy when I found this book in my library! I have about a month to read it and I’m so going to do just that. I think I’ll have to write my review about „Legendborn“ first though. Kinda makes sense before I go for the next one, right? =)

7.) „Piranesi“ by Susanna Clarke

For a while everyone on BookTube was raving about this book and after reading the blurb I’m very intrigued. I have no idea what will await me when I read this story, but it sounds like something I might enjoy. The house and setting in which „Piranesi“ plays kinda gives me „The Starless Sea“ vibes an I loved this book so much. So I hope I’ll enjoy this one as well. *fingers crossed*

8.) „Winter’s Orbit“ by Everina Maxwell

I’ve been dying to read „Winter’s Orbit“ ever since I read about it for the first time! I even requested an ARC on NetGalley about two years ago, but unfortunately ended up being declined. So I decided I’d read this book whenever I could get my greedy hands on it. Well, I got it now and I’m so going to read the hell out of it because this isn’t just m/m but also plays in space and there are many court intrigues as well. I already love the premise of this story so let’s hope I’ll enjoy it too. XD

9.) „Loveless“ by Alice Oseman

This is one of the few Alice Oseman books I haven’t read yet and since it’s supposed to have an ace rep I’m totally ready to dive into it. Aro/ace reps are still so rare and I love Alice for always giving us exactly the kind of LGBTQIA+ content we want and need to see in our books! Totally ready to read „Loveless“ and to enjoy another one of Alice Oseman’s amazing books. =)

10.) „She Gets the Girl“ by Rachael Lippincott & Alyson Derrick

And here I go with another f/f book! I have no idea what „She Gets The Girl“ is about but literally everybody in the LGBTQIA+ community who read it was raving about it. The only thing I know is that two girls who want to get the attention of their crushes make a deal to help each other out.  Sounds a lot like „10 Things I Hate About You“ and I love this movie so much! Also the cover is gorgeous and immediately captured my interest. I borrowed this one from my library as well so I better get to it soon before I have to return it again.


So what about you? Which books are you going to read in spring? Do we have some in common? Am I the only one who has troubles to finish series or do you have the same problem? Are you procrastinating too much as well? Which kind of genre do you want to read more in?

Talk to me and let me know!

And as always take care and stay healthy and safe! ❤



The Sassy Library Fox