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Baker Thief

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  48 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 424 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by The Kraken Collective
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Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqiap, aspec
4.25 stars
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

I liked Baker Thief a lot more than I expected - I struggled to get into it for the first 25%, and I was then surprised by how much I liked the rest.

The beginning wasn't my favorite. Not only it was slow, which can happen and usually doesn't bother me, I also really didn't like the writing. It didn't flow well, at least at first, and it employed a lot of telling instead of showing, which isn't my favorite style: it keeps me at arm's length from the characters.
I don't know what happened
Shira Glassman
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
...starring a baker who turns thief in order to help tear apart a brutal system, and the detective assigned to catch that thief – but for an arrest or smooches, we’re not sure yet!

When I tell people the elevator pitch for Baker Thief is that a quiet, cuddly baker finds out that the city's utility company is trapping any residents that happen to have magical abilities and using them as a municipal power source against their will, I've had people say, "Oh, so it's like The Matrix plus Soylent Gree
Ceillie Simkiss

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Sinead Anja (Huntress of Diverse Books)
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I received a copy of Baker Thief from the author. As most of you know, by now, I am a huge fan of Claudie Arseneault’s writing. There’s something so welcoming about her writing style and it just makes me feel happy. When I was given the chance to read her newest book, I knew that I just had to say yes!

This book is #ownvoices for aromantic and asexual representation.


Filled with baked good mentions that will make your mouth wat
RoAnna Sylver
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gems, reviews
“They didn’t need more precise rules any more than they needed romantic love. They had faith—the kind that destroyed industries and changed the cityscape forever. All they needed was to keep communicating, and they would get through it fine.”

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UGH I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. An adventurous half-detective story, half-heist, all wrapped up in magic and soul-powered industry, cover-ups and machinations, actually good government employees with the peoples’ best interests in mind (HOW REFRESHING) and an
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantasy action-mystery story with a lot of heart, a city that feels real enough to visit (and delectable baked goods that made me want to do more baking!) and a solid and delightful aromantic partnership story at the center. If the mystery sometimes left me wondering about some things ((view spoiler) ...more
I received an ARC through from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

If I had to sum up my feelings in one sentence, it would be this: I loved most of it, except for one thing that really took me out of the story.

There is a certain feeling of acceptance, understanding, safety and validation that (so far) seems unique to the works of indie queer authors. A sense of understanding that can only be found in a book with an aromantic bigender protagonist, a biromantic demisexual protagonist,
Nicole Field
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Baker Thief was a surprisingly standout read for me. I say surprising because I wasn't sure how I was going to take this one. I'd accepted it as an ARC, but all I knew about it was the name of the author, the fact that there was an aromantic protagonist and what I had gathered from the title itself.

What I hadn't heard was the gorgeous world building and word craft that Claudie Arseneault had under their belt. I was shocked to find how easily I fell into this world, how completely immersed I
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
*I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

This is hard to review because I liked it in theory 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.

But 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 sa
Jess Crafts
I picked this one up for two reasons, the aromantic rep and because it said thief in the title. Anyone who follows my reviews should probably know by now I have a weak spot for thieves. Going in I did think it might be light on the plot as sometimes character based indies that centre queer characters sometimes are but this book is equal parts adorable characters and action packed plot. I raced through it and not only the main characters but all of the supporting characters were brilliant, the ac ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Maraia by: Lucille
This is my second book by Claudie Arseneault, and I'm officially a fan. Reading diverse fantasy makes me so happy, and this book is full of it. One of the main characters is aromantic and bigender, and the other is biromantic and demisexual. I learned a lot while watching two of them navigate a relationship together. My praise for Baker Thief doesn't stop at the great representation, though. It also has magic, an interesting mystery, a daring thief, a determined policewoman, lots of croissants, ...more
Chasia Lloyd
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heck yeah, always here for a fat, bigender aromantic lead. Baker Thief is a fabulously-written fantasy with a compelling mystery, a deep love for bread and French puns, and some pretty great cats. The author has included a detailed list of content warnings at the beginning of the book--always appreciated!
evelyn hugo’s #1 fan
Apr 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
This sounds really fucking cute and right up my alley? My library's ordering in a copy and I am!!! Excite to read!!! Also nbd but that cover is gORGEOUS
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love so many things about this book. The use of French and the occasional French-grammar-in-English. How very deeply queer it is, and in particular how aro it is (even though one of the two MCs is alloro). The value it places on people and truth together, in balance, and on many different kinds of relationships. All the tension and moments of action along with the slice-of-life moments.

One of the MCs is bigender; this character sometimes uses the name Claude and he/him pronouns and sometimes u
Dannica Zulestin
I liked the premise of center aro and ace characters within a story with the beats of a romance, and I like both bakers and thievery, so I embarked on this adventure. (Also the purple cover. I also like purple.)

Claire (sometimes Claude) owns a bakery and would love to live a peaceful life, but after discovering something shady is going on with the production of futuristic "exocores", an energy supplying device in this sci-fi/fantasy city, she becomes a vigilante out to steal exocores and
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Although it has some dark elements, Baker Thief is a charming story whose strength lies in its interpersonal connections.

The cast is wonderfully diverse with characters at the intersections of multiple marginalisations. No one shows this better than the titular character. Claire is genderfluid, sometimes feeling more comfortable as Claude. She splits her roles as baker and thief between her genders: by day, he is Claude the baker, by night, she is Claire, the Exocore Thief. While this works to p

I picked this up because it combined a baker and a fantasy mystery.  There really isn't as much baking content as I would have liked because Claude the baker is off being a superhero and keeps needing to close the bakery.

What I Liked:

This is a fantasy world based in a French worldview.  The author is from Quebec and it shows in the French blended into this story.  I don't know that I've seen another book where this is so well combined.  Place names, official titles, etc are French.
There are
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Marco (Barely a blogger)
This book is the most adorable, frustrating and annoyingly well-written book that I have had the privilege of reading this year. I need some of Claudie's talent for writing because I am in love with it.

The story follows our bigender protagonist and the deuteragonist from an intricate perspective. As a reader, I am left in the dark just enough that I can see something coming, but can never deduce what it is exactly. Can you see my frustration? Because I sure as heck can.

Lore is something I am alw
Stéphanie Louis
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
# What I liked
First of all, I really liked the diversity in this book. If I'm not mistaken every gender, sexual orientation and people of colour were represented in Baker Thief. I found this quite refreshing, to be honest as it's rare to find such diversity in books.

The storyline was also very interesting and I was mesmerized by this book after only a few chapters. If you are able to read Baker Thief you will probably get attached to the main characters very fast, just like I did.

Even though thi
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a lovely book and a joy to read!

The story itself was interesting and exciting with compelling characters I cared about and a world that was both interesting and well-built with very realistic-seeming problems that reflect the real world. I will definitely be looking for more books by this author and from this publisher!

I wouldn't hesitate to give this book to my young teenager to read, but I wouldn't classify it as YA either since the main characters are all adults. There's a bit about
I really wanted to love this book, because the City of Spires series is one of my favorites. Unfortunately, while there were some really fantastic parts of this story, it was ultimately a bit disappointing. I found that while the author's writing style is perfect for multi-perspective high fantasy, it was not as well suited for a story told from only two viewpoints in more the cop/superhero genre. Reading this felt like a bit of a slog at times because I wanted more action and more focus on the ...more
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
This book is unfortunately not doing anything for me. I decided to stop reading and not review it because I realise it's a case of "it's me, not you" as there's objectively nothing wrong with it. I can't even put a finger on why it's not working for me.

I love how diverse and inclusive it is when it comes to genders ans sexualities though. One of the MCs is bigender and aromantic while the other is demisexual. So do check it out if you want a good fantasy and are looking for that sort of rep. The
Aug 31, 2018 added it
I liked this. Lots of diversity. Not too dark. A book about family and friendships.

It took me a bit to get into, though. And it felt long, even though I don't think it actually is. One thing that did ping on me, as someone non-binary, is that it seemed to be only the folks using pronouns other than he or she-based ones that introduced themselves with names and pronouns. Everyone else...didn't. And that made me a little uncomfortable.

But it was nice seeing so much nonbinary and agender rep, as w
Avery Delany
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sean Crastien
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall Rating: 4.3/5
Story: 4.5/5
Characters: 4/5
World-Building: 4/5
Editing/Presentation: 4.5/5

Story: The story was fast-paced from the start, and that made it a real page-turner. At one point in the later chapters, before everything was about to go down, it became a bit slow and felt unnatural, and those pages were therefore a bit harder to get through. However, that can easily be taken as a “calm before the storm” and it was brief, so there’s not much to complain about. The plot was intriguing,
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was fun, but you can definitely tell it was published by a writer's collective rather than a publishing company--and there are probably some positive aspects of that in that it is able to have various types of representation that aren't common in the mainstream press.

But mostly it feels self-published. There is far, far too much telling not showing (for instance, the titular main character is revealed to be genderfluid/bigender when it's stated explicitly, instead of waiting a page whe
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book.

It's got bread, magic, a cute thieve, puns, friendship being just as important (if not more important) as romance, loads of diverse characters.
What more could I want?

I will elaborate more on some of these because I feel like I wouldn't do the story justice by leaving it at this.

I will start with the aspect of the importance of friendship in this story.
The love between siblings is very important in this story. But aside from that I knew that friendships would be an
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Kraken Collective for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This book has some trigger warnings, and at the start of the book, there is a page dedicated to the trigger warnings and the pages they appear in. So please take care of yourself and read this page first if you are planning to read this novel and do not want to come across anything that triggers you.

The first chapter jumps straight into the “action” and was able to hook
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Claudie Arseneault is an asexual and aromantic-spectrum writer hailing from the very-French Québec City. Her long studies in biochemistry and immunology often sneak back into her science-fiction, and her love for sprawling casts invariably turns her novels into multi-storylined wonders. The most recent, City of Strife, came out on February 22, 2017! Claudie is a founding member of The Kraken Colle ...more
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