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All Bags Go to Cleveland by C.S. Hale
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it was amazing
bookshelves: favourites, read-author-requested

I was granted complimentary access to a copy of All Bags Go to Cleveland by C. S. Hale in exchange for an honest review through Goddess Fish Promotions as part of my participation in a blog tour for this title. Thank you to both C. S. Hale and Goddess Fish Promotions for this opportunity! This has not swayed my opinion. My thoughts are my own and my review is honest.

All Bags Go to Cleveland is the story of Angela Grimalke, a gremlin hiding in plain sight as a check-in clerk for Windsor Airlines. In fact, the company is owned and run by gremlins! And if you're deserving of a little bad luck when you check-in? Your bag's going to Cleveland. All bags go to Cleveland. When one charming businessman is not only not at all upset that his bag went to Cleveland but asks the check-in agent on the other end to tag it for Cleveland this time betting it'll actually get to his destination instead, and this tidbit gets back to Angela, her interest is piqued. Then he asks her out, as friends. Neither is looking for anything more, right?

This book is an adorable slow-burn romance of the sort where the reader knows where this is all going long before the characters do, but that doesn't make it any less impossible to put the book down. I'm normally not a romance reader, but when I do read the genre, this is what I like to see. Lots of genuine emotion, a slow build, a strong female lead & POV, and not a lot of bedroom details. The fact that this is also an urban fantasy is the cherry on top of a decadent chocolate cake (you'll understand the flavour choice if you read it.)

Angela is an utter mess of a young woman who isn't happy with her place in the world and doesn't feel like she has a purpose, and her pain and frustration rang so true. I love the detail that whenever she doesn't use the magic that demands to be used (she hates using magic because of all the tricksters she grew up with) something happens anyway. She has a reputation of being a klutz or a jinx everywhere she goes, and her friends Kate and Belle absolutely love it. They find it amusing. As Angela spends more and more time with Dave, his management training skills brush off on her and her sense of self-worth grows. I loved watching her grow into a confident woman and the fact that all she needed was a few choice words to make her realize what her friends see in her.

Speaking of her friends, Kate and Belle are great! I appreciate the fact that we have not one but two strong supporting female characters, and that we get a generous number of scenes of varying length that involve no men at all, in presence or in conversation. Romance may be a strong element in this book, but this book also has time for everything else in our heroine's life.

I also wanted to note that I loved the throw-away detail that one of the passengers who gets a bag redirected to Cleveland is lamenting the fact that family obligations are keeping her from the trips she'd intended to take with her boyfriend... to St. John's. Newfoundland, represent! I had to Google just to be sure, but I doubt there's any other destination she'd have planned to fly to called St. John's with the abbreviated St. and the apostrophe left in John's other than my very own stomping ground. It was a fun little surprise to read from a book that takes place mostly in New York.

Similarly, I have one very inconsequential "complaint" and that's the fact that Angela's cousin in Ireland doesn't have to ask who Kokopelli is when he comes up in conversation. I had to look him up, and I live next door to the American action here. (Is Kokopelli a different nation's version of Coyote? The trickster god thing has me thinking of Coyote.) Irish cousin knows about Native American deities? Granted Irish cousin is also a Gremlin. Maybe there are magical being conventions, who knows.

This book is clearly meant to be a stand-alone and does wrap up neatly, but I would absolutely love to revisit Angela at another point in her life. Since she's so determined NOT to marry one of the magical suitors her parents parade in, this leads us to the question of what happens when she starts a family with a human man? How does gremlin magic inheritance work? Does a human father have to deal with a magical toddler? A magical tween or teen during puberty? Or back it up a bit, what happens when a gremlin with poor control over the magic she doesn't want to use experiences pregnancy hormones? I want to know!

I'm being completely sincere when I say this is the newest addition to my "favourites" shelf on Goodreads, and I can't stop thinking about it! This book was equal parts funny and tear-jerking, warm fuzzy romantic and devastatingly real and tragic. I will absolutely be looking into reading more from this author.

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Reading Progress

November 30, 2020 – Shelved
November 30, 2020 – Shelved as: to-read
December 26, 2020 – Started Reading
December 27, 2020 – Shelved as: favourites
December 27, 2020 – Shelved as: read-author-requested
December 27, 2020 – Finished Reading

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