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Screaming Down Splitsville

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Screaming Down Splitsville takes place in an alternate 1950s where two groups of people with magical powers fight for dominance. Flip, a young lesbian, thinks her healing powers are completely useless. After her escape from a lab, she's been grounded to a safe base, and while everyone else is on important missions, she keeps the fridge stocked and fixes the plumbing. ...more
Published February 28th 2016 by Torquere Press (first published February 23rd 2016)
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Shira Glassman
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ppl who want queer or f/f stuff without erotica
"Heaven, Emma decided, was being held by someone who cared enough to wake up when you cried."

Screaming Down Splitsville is a fast-paced adventure about lovable, nurturing butch lesbian with superpowers (Flip) who thinks her abilities aren't as good as the other mutants', rescuing the girl (Emma) who used to be imprisoned beside her in one of those "oppress the mutants" facilities. I love the "alternate 1950's" aesthetic. I love the "girls falling in love while one rescues the other" plot. I love
J.L. Douglas
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
SCREAMING DOWN SPLITSVILLE, aside from having the best title I've seen in a book this year, is a fun, quick read featuring two lesbian magic-users and their attempts to escape a mysterious organization that wants to suppress their powers for good.


- The prose is incredibly poetic by times, and it really sings when it hits its stride near the end.
- The conflict is enticingly mysterious, and hints at a world much more complex than the part of it we see in this too short story.
- Emma,
Claudie Arseneault
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie, lgbt
I am a big sucker for evil scientists and characters finding love/companionship while imprisoned and experimented upon (not a surprise to anyone who's read my book). AND I love Kayla Bashe's writing, so when I heard she now had a f/f take on this trope? Let's just say I was thrilled.

SCREAMING DOWN SPLITSVILLE didn't disappoint. I can't be properly eloquent tonight, but I had fun from beginning to end, want to send endless cuddles Emma's way, and am infinitely glad Flip is there for that. And
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic, quiltbag, romance
I kind of randomly received an ARC. there's your disclaimer. Also, I'm writing this on my phone so it's not gonna be super long.
I enjoyed so much about this. I found the world building intriguing, the villains villainous, and the girls *incoherent fangirl noises*. I think the thing that I liked best is that the balance of power between our girls was so well balanced. So often in stories across the genres the imbalance of power in relationships is just...accepted. I really dug that difference in
Chasia Lloyd
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Such a unique setting! This quick retro superhero F/F is infectious, charming, and beautifully written. I adored Flip and Emma both, but Emma really won my heart over. She is unable to speak and struggles to communicate with people because of it, but the way everything in her shifted when Flip made the effort to fingerspell with her...soooo goooood!! She and Flip really and truly were great together from the start.

I don't really read much F/F with a butch/femme couple. Not because I dislike the
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So sweet! I would read hundreds of pages about Flip and Emma.
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian, lgbt
The subject matter was interesting, teens with powers rounded up and experimented on in a dystopian 1950's universe, but so much of this book was left unanswered. It would have been fantastic fleshed out into a full length story, but there was not enough substance.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a sweet story and my only complaint was that it wasn’t longer. Flip and Emma were the sweetest! I can’t wait to read more from this author.
Alma Q
(April 17th, 2016)


A novel condensed into a short story.

There's a good story in here, the main characters are both symphatetic and likeable - but ultimately it lacks depth and believability. The setting (supposedly some kind of alt-1950s with magic) doesn't come to life and the central relationship develops literally in the course of two days.
I am an admirer of short-form writing, but not sure it works in this case.

There are things I liked - the author has an eye for tender little details
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
"People always said it never hurt to ask, but Emma knew that admitting to wanting something was the quickest way to lose it."

Two girls with superpowers running away from an experimenting lab. This was a great short read and I felt really connected to the protagonists. Sad girls healing and finding hope is such a beautiful thing <3 Kayla just has a way with her words. If you ever wanted to read something X-men like with two girls kissing this is the book for you.
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

This is a very short story (about 35 pages), and is a lovely magical realism F/F with no erotic content and a disabled (mute) character. Kayla delivers some stunning emotional prose, and I really loved the main character, Flip.

But here's where this story went wrong for me:

- The summary on Amazon and other retailers did not remotely match the story itself.
- The review on other sites (including GR) is also bizarre... the story "takes place in an alternate 1950s where two
Christine Close
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Mar 7 at 5:41 PM

Five Stars: f/f fantasy

I was sent this book by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved this very unique book.

At the start we are introduced to both Flip and Emma, Flip having little confidence but a great sense of humour, Emma desolate and broken. The tale soon picks up and becomes fast and furious as Flip rescues Emma. Then slowly things slow down as Flip tries to restore Emma. However the pace soon picks up again and once more moves at a
A.M. Leibowitz
This is a fast, fun read with a big heart. I love the characters and the setting, and the story held my interest all the way through. When I say it's a quick read, it really is---this can be read in a single sitting.

It did take me a bit to understand the world of the story. I'm not sure I'd have characterized it as an alternate 1950s if that hadn't been in the blurb, though I can certainly see it. I'm not sure that even matters; it's not a particularly important part of the story. Far more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It isn't the first book from Kayla Bashe that I read and I'm still in love with the way she tell her story. Her writing is beautiful and I'm impressed by how she can add such emotions in a short novella. It's intense and you care about these endearing girls. I was instantly hooked by the blurb because I like to read F/F specially when the author use an original world and I wasn't disappointed. You can easily picture it in your mind. Descriptions are well written and poetic. Maybe it's intense ...more
Megan Robison
This was very cute. The world-building was a bit underdeveloped, as can happen with speculative fiction short stories, but I liked the characters.
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