When I heard A.C. Wise, of The Ultra-Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again (previously reviewed here) had a new collection out, I was quick to snatch up the ebook. This short story collection is even better than her first, a weird fiction/speculative melange with shades of Karen Russell, Kelly Link, and Judith Gorog (did anyone read Please Do Not Touch and end up with weird dreams forever?) Unique to her stories is a sense of hope, completion, and rightness--the good might not prevail yet, but Wise does not doubt that one day it might.
The Kissing Booth Girl has lots of queer rep, and identities as diverse as its settings: girls in love building a time machine to write their own happily ever afters over and over, an undersea foundling defying an order of aquatic nuns to bring salvation to the drowned dead. What happens if you move into a home meant for a witch (and her cat) several lifetimes over. Vengeful robots and golems, tender aliens and ghosts. Wise's writing is fluid, descriptive, and paints delightful, horrifying pictures of what could be, while reassure the readers of their worth, the stories of their purpose. An absolutely delightful collection, and I can't wait to read more of what A.C. Wise writes and recommends.