Baker Thief is a book I’ve been anticipating ever since I first heard about it a few months ago and I’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint at all!
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 the energy of the future, but she knows the truth: they are made of witches’ souls.
When her twin—a powerful witch and prime exocore material—disappears, Claire redoubles in her efforts to investigate. She keeps running into Adèle, however, and whether or not she can save her sister might depend on their conflicted, unstable, but deepening relationship.
Baker Thief is, as the title suggests, about a thief who is also a baker. Claude is bigender and genderfluid so he uses both he/him pronouns and she/her pronouns (then she goes by Claire). I’ll just stick to Claude and he/him in this review. The story also follows Adèle, the investigator who is tasked with catching the thief. One aspect I absolutely adored about this story was how Adèle knew him as Claude the baker where she goes for her morning coffee and croissant and as Claire the thief.
“He liked to think every one of their interactions, even rocky ones, had contributed to the final result, and they had now reached the last step: baking.
He couldn’t wait to see what would come out of the oven.”
The storyline with Claude being a thief itself is really fun, though that wasn’t my favourite part of the story. I just loved how it explored Adèle and Claude’s relationship. Adèle is biromantic and demisexual and Claude is aromantic, and these identities and what they mean are just discussed so casually and explored in so many ways. From the start the two are attracted to each other but both in different ways and I loved how it talked about how different kinds of relationships can work for different people and that romance is not the same for everyone.
For me, as someone who identifies as aromantic and asexual it was so nice to read about this. It meant so much to me to see some aspects of myself on paper. There was this minor character that was both aro-ace and just an overall wholesome and badass person and I just love that so much! It made me feel like I could be like them too and completely own and be proud of my identity, you know?
“It makes me feel like I don’t know what I want,” she said, her gaze intently refusing to leave the spot where Sol sat. “Like I’m needlessly complicated.”
“You’re fine, Livia. Believe me, all humans are needlessly complicated.”
I haven’t read many (if any) books in which there are so many non-binary characters that use not only they/them but also other neopronouns such as ne and ol. Another thing I’d like to point out is that Claude is fat and unashamedly so.
The reason I’m not giving this 5 stars but 4.5 is because – though I loved the main characters – the side characters made me feel a bit lost. There were a lot of characters introduced and though they were all important for the story, they all just faded in the background for me. Perhaps it is because I put down the book and couldn’t read for a few days, and therefore forgot a lot of the details. But that made the story fell a bit short for me (just a tiny bit).
“Powerful love comes in many forms, and not all of them need to be romantic. I daresay most aren’t.”
Overall I absolutely adored the book and the message it spreads about love and romance and how it rewrites the overdone tropes in romance into this new trans, aro and ace-friendly story. I just heard there’s going to be more books in this series exploring aromanticism and non-romantic relationships and I cannot wait!!
Baker Thief releases on June 26th and if you pre-order now you can get a free cookbook! More info here.