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  1. RoAnna Sylver RoAnna Sylver says:

    Disclaimer I was sent an advance copy of this book for an honest review Evenhonesty I m also a friend of the author but I was a fan of the series long before that And everything readers love in the Mangoverse, they ll find here Between the lighthearted but emotionally rich fantasy and inclusive, loving representation, The Olive Conspiracythan stands on its own.The book stands on its own in another way I don t think you have to have read the entire series to enjoy it, even tho Disclaimer I was sent an advance copy of this book for an honest review Evenhonesty I m also a friend of the author but I was a fan of the series long before that And everything readers love in the Mangoverse, they ll find here Between the lighthearted but emotionally rich fantasy and inclusive, loving representation, The Olive Conspiracythan stands on its own.The book stands on its own in another way I don t think you have to have read the entire series to enjoy it, even though this is 4 in the Mangoverse series You might even be able to start here One interesting note though you may want to read the series of 5 very short, very sweet stories, Tales of Perach first, especially if you re new to the Verse They re companion pieces to this book, and go along really nicely I actually read part of this book before Tales, and part after, and while your mileage may vary, my enjoyment of Olive was actually a little deeper after having read Tales, and knowing everybody in it a little bitJust a thought The Olive Conspiracy is very kind to new readers, though, catching them up on who everyone is and the social dynamics of Perach, its friends, and neighbors who may or may not have friendly intentions The characterizations are strong and consistent and even if you re unfamiliar with a major character like I was, having inadvertently skipped a book where he entered you ll get to know and, likely, love everyone very easily thanks to the lively prose and endearing interactions You ll also get a sense of Perach a lush sub tropical setting, world built on Jewish culture, in everything from food and festivals to magic systems and Imbrio which seems to be Portuguese Flavored ha, you ll get that joke soon and their differences very well and quickly, thanks to the rich descriptions of the time, place and mood of the kingdoms Joy and sorrow permeate the settings, as well as the people within them More than any Mangoverse book so far maybethan any book I ve read lately , emotion is a tangible force at play here, a constant presence that hangs low over everyone and everything, effecting movement and events like weather or the tides.I m emphasizing feelingthan the literal plot events, because they ve been pretty well covered by other reviews and the actual synopsis , and atmosphere is where Shira Glassman s writing shines the most This, and the absolutely sumptuous descriptions of food even if you run into something you re unfamiliar with, I pretty much guarantee you ll be hungry at some point gorgeous princess clothes, and a simply amazing garden sequence that borders on dreamlike even if it quickly deteriorates into an equally intense nightmare This stark contrast from the teenage hormone fueled rush of joy and excitement in a wonderland of flowers and glittering pretty things to the sudden drop into harsh realities of brutal caste systems, casual abuse, and deadly ignorance that can leave memories of the sweetest fruits rotten on the vine might be the most memorable in the book The shift is nauseating But necessary.The much happier counterpart to the impact of this devastating injustice and its associated specters damaging systems, secrets, old shame, new fears, adversity, grief that hang over the story, are the brighter, warmer presences of the friends and found family who stand around Queen Shulamit as she makes her emotionally vulnerable but determined way Their interactions, their personalities and their love for their country and each other just ring true And very real They feel like friends, and eventually family To each other and the reader I keep trying to think of a better way to put it, and I keep coming back to warm Reading the books of the Mangoverse feels warm It feels like coming home, even if Perach in no way resembles anywhere you ve ever been It feels like a place you would like to call home More than that, it feels like a place that might let you In this increasingly frightening world, this is a very important thing indeed If you have need of a place like this and I know a lot of readers do, particularly young LGBTQA and otherwise marginalized readers I highly recommend giving the Mangoverse series a try


  2. J.L. Douglas J.L. Douglas says:

    Disclosure I am friends with the author, but have been a fan of the Mango series before that, so feel free to read my review in light of both of those things The core story is an excellent, grand scale mystery with plenty of plot twists that I genuinely didn t except, and adds depth to the long standing Mangoverse cast for long time readers I can t spoil anything, but I genuinely enjoyed seeing the Mangoverse having to deal with the much darker theme of ecoterrorism than what they face in th Disclosure I am friends with the author, but have been a fan of the Mango series before that, so feel free to read my review in light of both of those things The core story is an excellent, grand scale mystery with plenty of plot twists that I genuinely didn t except, and adds depth to the long standing Mangoverse cast for long time readers I can t spoil anything, but I genuinely enjoyed seeing the Mangoverse having to deal with the much darker theme of ecoterrorism than what they face in their usual adventures.The plot rockets along, except for the three chapter flashback which I felt slowed it down The flashback adds some romantic tension, but slows down the exciting mystery This wasn t a huge minus in my opinion, and your feelings on those chapters will likely come down to whether you wantaction orromance.Some really lush descriptions of Perach the main setting and other regions, so if that s the kind of thing you enjoy you ll get swept up in returning to this little world, or seeing it for the first time it might be fourth in a series, but you could easily just start here Overall For general readers who haven t read Mangoverse, this is an excellent mystery romance set in a rich fantasy world For Mangoverse fans, Olive Conspiracy offers a darker,mature return to the world and characters we ve come to love while staying true to the things that brought us here in the first place


  3. Kayla Bashe Kayla Bashe says:

    Basically, this is the fourth book in the Perach series, and if you liked the preceding volumes, you ll find this one just as comforting and cheery Shulamit continues to be the biggest sweetheart ever, although she s no longer the youngest person in the palace she s toting a smol For my own sanity, I ve decided that Perach is somewhere between Israel and Long Island in terms of size if her kingdom isof a principality, it makes sense that she d be lending out her court wizard anyway, Basically, this is the fourth book in the Perach series, and if you liked the preceding volumes, you ll find this one just as comforting and cheery Shulamit continues to be the biggest sweetheart ever, although she s no longer the youngest person in the palace she s toting a smol For my own sanity, I ve decided that Perach is somewhere between Israel and Long Island in terms of size if her kingdom isof a principality, it makes sense that she d be lending out her court wizard anyway, there are some really lovely discussions of grief and loss that feel hopeful without being too cloying, and some charming descriptions of cooking, as well as this series usual themes of queer found families, equality, and acceptance.This book also has a detective angle, putting the cozy in cozy mystery I honestly never thought there was anything romantic about olive oil, but that s Shira for you


  4. Drey Drey says:

    It isn t the first book from Shira that I ve read and like always, I wasn t disapointed Shira knows how to write a rich and interesting worldbuilding with a cast of diverse characters I m always a sucker for political intrigue and this one is pretty much my favorite from Shira Not just because political intrigue is often a win with me but because we see how Shira s writing grew Her characters are lovely and she succeeded to make them unforgotable Her well rendered mysterious intrigue is als It isn t the first book from Shira that I ve read and like always, I wasn t disapointed Shira knows how to write a rich and interesting worldbuilding with a cast of diverse characters I m always a sucker for political intrigue and this one is pretty much my favorite from Shira Not just because political intrigue is often a win with me but because we see how Shira s writing grew Her characters are lovely and she succeeded to make them unforgotable Her well rendered mysterious intrigue is also a win If you want a cozy book this one is a good choice view spoiler I kept smiling at the end when Shulamit was summoned by all the people she loves It was a great feeling and I was so happy for her XD hide spoiler


  5. Abi (The Knights Who Say Book) Abi (The Knights Who Say Book) says:

    3.5 stars I basically feel about this book as I do about the others in the series it s a little unpolished in terms of its writing and simple plot, but it s a pretty fun and charming read anyway It s a quick read full of queer and Jewish characters We have TWO beautiful, happy wlw relationships, the first trans woman in the series, and a little visit from our mlm couple thrown in at the end Since I don t have so much to say about the book itself, I d just like to add a cool thing I notic 3.5 stars I basically feel about this book as I do about the others in the series it s a little unpolished in terms of its writing and simple plot, but it s a pretty fun and charming read anyway It s a quick read full of queer and Jewish characters We have TWO beautiful, happy wlw relationships, the first trans woman in the series, and a little visit from our mlm couple thrown in at the end Since I don t have so much to say about the book itself, I d just like to add a cool thing I noticed about the characters Jewish perspectives This thing in particular I think speaks to the nuances of what ownvoices Jewish writers can achieve, because they re aware of these things.While traditionally Jewish prayers use he him pronouns for G d, it s not uncommon for feminist or social justice oriented prayer books other materials to use different pronouns for G d I m telling anyone who might not know that because in this book, while Shula s father uses he him pronouns for G d in the flashback, Shula herself uses she her pronouns for G d in her prayers I can t remember if we see her do that in this book, but we definitely see it in A Harvest of Ripe Figs Which totally makes sense, because Shula is a feminist, lesbian woman who focuses her life around women, and she would see G d that way Meanwhile Yael refers to G d as both king and queen, which shows her different perspective of G d and possibly that she saware of nonbinary genders than Shula is And it s just a cool, thoughtful touch to the way these characters practice Judaism


  6. Eliana Eliana says:

    It s always such a breath of fresh air to visit Shira Glassman s Perach I usually think of reading her books like watching a Disney movie, except it s a Disney movie about Jewish LGBT people The Olive Conspiracy did not disappoint it was full of characters that made me smile and lines that made me laugh, and I loved every minute of it


  7. Meira (readingbooksinisrael) Meira (readingbooksinisrael) says:

    2.5 stars


  8. Jess Jess says:

    This is another concise, colorful, self contained mystery that takes place under little Queen Shulamit s rule in the warm kingdom of Perach I ve enjoyed all of Glassman s Mangoverse books, and while all of them have very minor flaws in pacing and tone, they continue to make me smile.Out of all the books in the series, this one divides its time the most equal among the characters My favorite parts, as always, belong to Shulamit herself, along with her lover Aviva and their daughter Naomi Shul This is another concise, colorful, self contained mystery that takes place under little Queen Shulamit s rule in the warm kingdom of Perach I ve enjoyed all of Glassman s Mangoverse books, and while all of them have very minor flaws in pacing and tone, they continue to make me smile.Out of all the books in the series, this one divides its time the most equal among the characters My favorite parts, as always, belong to Shulamit herself, along with her lover Aviva and their daughter Naomi Shula is just such a good character She s smart, focused, awkward, affectionate, childlike, and steady in equal measure, and I m always looking forward to her next move Isaac and Rivka, the husband and wife duo who make up Shula s guard as well as a father figure and best friend , have some excellent small moments of romance and fluff, and we even get to see Kaveh and Farzen again, two of my favorite characters from Climbing the Date Palm A labor rights love story The mystery plot in this one is a littlefar reaching and a littleserious The stakes for Perach s future are set higher than ever before when a mysterious blight starts attacking the kingdom s olive trees, making it so people may have to start importing oil from the cruel neighboring kingdom Imbrio I won t give too much away, but the severity of the mystery plot still holds the same humor and sweetness that always comes with Glassman s writing I thought the plot got a little muddled and slow around the 75% mark especially after the excellent, tense flashback scenes , but it picked up nicely by the end.Glassman is well known in the WLW community on Tumblr for following her true creative path while still listening to her readers This is why she included Yael, a trans restaurateur in Perach who first alerts Shulamit to the dangers befalling the lands crops But Glassman s characters, who fall on a wide range of sexualities, genders, races, religions, and body types, never feel two dimensional or shoe horned into the story They are real characters who all factor into the story s plot and further our understanding of the made up kingdom of Perach She doesn t include them to be diverse, she includes them because the world is diverse, and fantasy worlds should reflect that.You can say the same for very few current fantasy authors right


  9. Chasia Lloyd Chasia Lloyd says:

    The Olive Conspiracy is a gorgeously written blend of romance and mystery in a Jewish fantasy setting All of our beloved friends in the Mangoverse are back, and we re introduced to some new members of our ever growing family And they re super queer and fabulous The story opens up with a blackmail towards trans Chef Yael and leads us to an olive grove run by a lesbian pair The twists and turns are exciting and for me unpredictable.Queen Shulamit gets plenty of attention in this story, and we The Olive Conspiracy is a gorgeously written blend of romance and mystery in a Jewish fantasy setting All of our beloved friends in the Mangoverse are back, and we re introduced to some new members of our ever growing family And they re super queer and fabulous The story opens up with a blackmail towards trans Chef Yael and leads us to an olive grove run by a lesbian pair The twists and turns are exciting and for me unpredictable.Queen Shulamit gets plenty of attention in this story, and we re treated to a backstory of her first love It s a slight bump in tension from the main mystery, but I loved reading it and sympathized with Shulamit s heartache of loving someone who might not be so great I also was so starry eyed every time Shulamit and Rivka were together their friendship is the best and Rivka too, my eternal fave And it was great to see some sweet family scenes with Aviva and Naomi.While I m raving about how great all the women, I have to say the dragon really captured my attention in this book He s always been a close second fave, but man, he s almost tied with Rivka now So flirty and intelligent and sneaky While it s a perfectly fine standalone novel by itself, TOC could spoil surprises in Second Mango and Climbing the Date Palm e ARC provided by the author in exchange for a review


  10. Claudie Arseneault Claudie Arseneault says:

    First, how amazing, that I finished this book on the very same day it ends, in universe Some coincidences givedepth to a story filled with it.I kind of want to continue this review with Shira Glassman strikes again Except it s not a strike, it s a warm blanket around your shoulder, a comfortable evening with friends around a campfire OLIVE is everything I ve come to love about the Mangoverse rich characters who love each other and respect their quirks and strengths, ample diversity, First, how amazing, that I finished this book on the very same day it ends, in universe Some coincidences givedepth to a story filled with it.I kind of want to continue this review with Shira Glassman strikes again Except it s not a strike, it s a warm blanket around your shoulder, a comfortable evening with friends around a campfire OLIVE is everything I ve come to love about the Mangoverse rich characters who love each other and respect their quirks and strengths, ample diversity, unapologetic jewishness I learn so much every time , and thoughtful storylines.And I want to talk about this last element , because I thoroughly enjoyed the scale and depth of OLIVE plot wise, the interweaving of moral dilemnas, personal stakes, and state politics into a coherent story and tough choices.I remember well grief stricken Shulamit from MANGO, and much like its queen, it seems to me that the Mangoverse keeps becomingandmature, and that is deeply satisfying


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The Olive Conspiracy [Epub] ❥ The Olive Conspiracy By Shira Glassman – Thomashillier.co.uk A love story between women, between queen and country, and between farmers and their crops When Ezra tries to blackmail Chef Yael about her being trans, she throws him out of her restaurant and immedi A love story between women, between queen and country, and between farmers and their crops When Ezra tries to blackmail Chef Yael about her being trans, she throws him out of her restaurant and immediately reports him to the queen But when police find Ezra stabbed to death, Queen Shulamit realizes he may have also tried to extort someone dangerous than a feisty old lady The royal investigation leads straight to an international terrorist plot to destroy her country s economy and worse, her first The Olive PDF \ love, Crown Princess Carolina of Imbrio, may be involved Since she s got a dragon shifting wizard at her disposal, contacts with friendly foreign witches, and the support of her partner Aviva, Shulamit has hope What she doesn t have is time.