Review: Coming Up by Al Stewart and Debbie McGowan

Coming Up

 

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Dear Dad,

God, how to start?

I’m not really a girl. I know I look like one, but it’s all a horrible mistake.

Every day I try to hide it, but I’m so tired. I don’t want to hide it. I don’t think I can much longer.

So what I want, Dad, is a sex change. They won’t let me have one until I go to counselling, but that’s okay. I don’t mind that. I’ve got nothing to lose.

Dad, I’ve got a girlfriend. ‘Cause I’m a boy. Only, she doesn’t know.

But, Dad. If I have the operation, she need never know.

Dad, I love her. So much.

 

REVIEW

This was such a beautiful and bittersweet short story. I really loved it.

It is a bit short, but in those few words manage to create a lovely story full of strong emotions. It was so easy to fall in love with the main character and it was absolutely heartbreaking to see his struggle for acceptance. The letters he made are so hard to read, so simple words and yet so strong and hard to say.

Danielle was an interesting character too, I had a lot of doubt about her and I must admit I was very fast in judge her. She gave me an interesting lesson.

Anna’s family was also an interesting element, they felt absent, even in the short appearances some made, they still feel like they weren’t present, I guess it would be what it felt like for the MC.

What I liked the most of the book was the emotions it transmit. It was very easy to feel what they feel, and manage to do such thing in few words, was great. I don’t think I would forget this story anytime soon. I would recommend it to any reader, it’s really good.

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His Kiss of Darkness (The Kaldr Chronicles #2) by Kody Boye

His Kiss of Darkness (The Kaldr Chronicles, #2)

 

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After contracting a dangerous and mind-altering form of Lycanthropy, there seems to be little hope for Jason DePella. His lover, Guy Winters, a member of an ancient race of ice people, infects him with Kaldr magic, believing that the combined strains will allow Jason to maintain his humanity by living as a Wendigo.

They soon learn that the fabled Wendigo is nothing more than a myth. Instead, it’s slowly killing Jason from the inside out.

Jason’s only hope involves either perilous risk or unthinkable sacrifice. In order for Jason to possibly survive, he must venture into Howler territory to kill the man with lycanthropy or allow the man he loves to sacrifice his own life.

 

REVIEW

 

This was an exciting book to read, It’s very intriguing and hard to know where it would go. I had fun with it.

I had a little problem at the beginning, because I read the first book a while ago and it took me around a third of the book to remember what was going on and what every term they used meant. But once I remembered I was again trapped by the story. I don’t think it would work too much as a standalone, I recommend to read His Touch of Ice before reading this one.

The plot was nice, very intriguing, some action, I missed the family element that was so strong in the previous book, but it was nice to see where everything was going with them.

The relationship between the main characters was ok, I wasn’t too convinced about the love they had for each other. Individually they were nice characters, but as a couple I have my doubts. There are some moments in the relationship that I just wasn’t ok with it. Still I really enjoyed the story, and the ending leaves the possibility open to something else in the future, which would be great.

Review: The Cobbler’s Soleless Son by Meredith Katz

The Cobbler's Soleless Son

 

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Everyone expects Renart Walker to follow in his mother’s footsteps and become the cobbler for their little demon-ruled town. That’d be the proper thing to do: keep his head down, live his quiet human life, and try not to get too involved with demons. But Renart has never been terribly concerned with proper, and he isn’t interested in a quiet life. His interests are a little more ambitious: he’s aiming to catch himself a demon prince.

As a human, he’d never be allowed to even get close to Prince Hrahez. The only solution is to make a bargain with a demon, and everyone knows what they want. Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained, and he’s got a plan—but it involves tricking a demon. If it doesn’t work, nobody in town would want to be in his shoes.

 

REVIEW

A fun fairytale-like dark story of deceive and and lust.

Renart is the cobbler’s son, and everyone expects him to follow his mother’s footsteps becoming the new cobber. But he had his eyes on a different life; he is looking to meet a demon prince and become his lover. But it is not an easy task and, in order to achieve his objectives, Renart has to take a risk making a deal with a demon in hopes it’ll work as he has planned it.

The story was very entertaining. It felt sort of like a fairy tale but with some dark touch in it. I like how creepy the demons look like, it was fun trying to imagine them. The plot was very good, I was surprised by how everything went, so unexpected and it also had some humorous moments I really enjoyed.

The characters were a bit of an issue for me though. I didn’t feel like Renart was likable, he just acted without thinking of the consequences and that was very annoying. He seemed to be moved only by lust and I didn’t felt like there was any real emotion coming from him. Prince Hrahez was a nice character, fun and enigmatic. I don’t think I got to know him too well, but it worked fine in the storyline. The relationship they had was a little too short to get too much involved in it, but the time they had together was very nice.

Overall it was very fun to read, I think it can be enjoyed by any reader.

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Review: The Maddest of Men by Ofelia Gränd

 

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To prove his loyalty to Cham, Grayham is willing to do anything, and he does. He helps Cham run his empire by finding out the truth by any possible means. It’s not as hard as it may seem, all he has to do is ask the right questions, and his internal polygraph will tell him if someone is lying or not. And when they lie—well he deals with that too. Life as an executioner can get quite lonely, not that Grayham plans on doing anything about it. It would kill him to have to off a lover.
Creed is a retrieving agent on a mission. He is to infiltrate one of Carona’s drug organisations to get to the inquisitor. Rumour states the man with the fiery red curls has supernatural powers; it also says anyone coming close to him disappears. Creed has no idea how he’s going to make it out alive or why his supervisor sent him in without backup. But, when an opening to work as a waiter on one of the drug lord’s parties presents itself Creed sets to work.

In a world where people compensate for the years of bombings and starvation with clinic bought physical perfection a man with crooked teeth and mismatching eyes stands out. Grayham notices the waiter watching him straight away. If he’s there to harm Cham, he’ll deal with it. Creed knows he must get his hands on the inquisitor so when he is invited to the man’s flat he agrees to come even though he knows it might be the last thing he’ll ever do.

Note: This story contains graphic violence, on page death of secondary character, and sex acts between male adults.

REVIEW

This was such a nice book to read, I loved it. I think it meant to be a little darker than it actually was but I still had a great time reading it.

The book was sort of darkish, it does feature a killer as the main character, but he seemed rather bored doing his job. It was the other aspects of Grayham that made me feel so attracted by the beautiful character. He was just too cute, so truly sweet that I had a hard time trying to find his dark side. I felt the same way for almost the whole book, but near the end I stared to see his other side. The moments of secrecy he had help to create the feeling of darkness I was expecting. I loved this character he was amazing, he was what I loved the most of the book.

Creed was also fun to read, he felt a little incompetent in his job, I think I felt this way because he was so easily scared, but he was also a nice character, maybe not as sweet as Grayham, but still a nice one.

One of the things I found very intriguing was the relationship between Grayham and Cham, I wished I would have more time of them together, I loved them.

The plot was nice, some intriguing moments, It kept me guessing until the end. But more than the plot I enjoyed the relationship between Grayham and Creed, I loved the way they interact, and I’m not always to fond on relationships that start so fast, but I did loved this one, such beautiful characters, I really enjoyed reading this book.

Another thing I liked  was the cover, I think it captures perfectly the essence of the book, I get from the cover the exact same feeling I got from the book.

In general, a great book, I would recommend it almost to any reader, the only reason I wouldn’t recommend it to all is because it has some graphic violent moments that not all readers will be ok with, so beware of that before reading. But other than that, it was great, I really enjoyed reading it.

Review: Tempest (Playing the Fool #3) by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

Tempest (Playing the Fool, #3)

 

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Something wicked this way comes.

FBI Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness and con man Henry Page are on the run again. This time they’re headed back to where it all began: Altona, Indiana. Population: some goats. Henry’s not happy about lying low at the McGuinness family farm, but they’ve got nowhere else to go.

While Mac fights to clear his name and Henry struggles with whose side he’s really on, a ghost from the past threatens to destroy everything. And those aren’t the only storms on the radar. Cut off from both sides of the law, Mac and Henry must rely on their tenuous partnership to survive.

If Henry can convince himself to let Mac see the man behind the disguises, they’ll stand a chance of beating the forces that conspire against them. The course of true love never did run smooth, but for the two of them, it might be their only hope.

 

REVIEW

 

I had so much fun with this book, it was great. Just as entertaining as the other, I think this has been my favorite in the series.

I love the main characters, Henry is just so fun, but there was something about this book that take a little from him, I felt like he was a bit more serious than he was in the others, but still some very funny moments. It was interesting to see Mac in the situation he was in, and the interaction with the new characters was just so amazing, I loved them all.

It was very intriguing, it’s the plot I liked the most in the series, I just couldn’t have guess the twist that were coming, it was very good. I’m very mad with some of the events that happened, but I still appreciate the way the authors had the ability to create such strong emotions. I won’t say more for possible spoilers.

The relationship between Mac and Henry (I keep thinking about them as Mac and Cheese, I can’t help it) has growth so much, there are still some issues but is great to see where they are standing now. Hard to believe the relationship has developed in such short time, but is still very believable how they care for each other.

I listen to the audio book, I’m not used to it that much, but since I listen to the previous books, I just felt like I should keep doing it for this one too. I think the narrator made an amazing job, it was so easy to perceive the emotions from the way he was telling the story, especially from Henry, who seemed to show a greater range of emotions. I loved everything about the narration and the book.

Review: Refraction: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story: Season One (Ripples in the Status Quo #6) by R. Phoenix

Refraction: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story: Season One (Episode Six)

 

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Noah is still struggling to come to terms with his unwanted new life as one of the undead, and Khaz’s attempts to reach his childe seem doomed to fail. Reese risked it all to save his human lover, Ash, but he finds that his claim of pack leader might not keep him from losing everything. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and together, Reese and Noah set off on a mission to find Noah’s old rebel group to help them turn the tables against the status quo that threatens them all.

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From light to grey to dark, follow those who test and defy the status quo’s subjugation of humans. In a world where the supernatural reign supreme, only love can set off the ripples that could change this depraved world for the better. But will the cost be too high?

‘Bought,’ ‘Ravel,’ and ‘Recoil’ feature different characters whose lives begin to come together in ‘Owned’ and ‘Temper.’

1. Bought – Jace & Elias.
2. Ravel – Ashton & Reese.
3. Recoil – Khaz & Noah.
4. Owned – Khaz & Noah, Jace & Elias.
5. Temper – Ashton & Reese, Jace & Elias.
6. Refraction – Khaz & Noah, Ashton & Reese

*Please note that the RISQ world has little place for humanity, and as a result, content in these works may contain graphic scenes of depravity, cruelty, and violence–sexual or otherwise–that could be offensive and potentially triggering to some readers.*

 

REVIEW

 

I’m so in love with this series. I think every time I finished a book, I feel like was my favorite. It keeps improving with each book. This one was amazing.

 

It won’t work as a standalone, it has to be read in the correct order to understand the position the character are when the book begin. In this one it was great to see the perfect clash of the main characters stories, previously it only had been separate stories with, mostly just the world they live in, in common, but here the stories get connected and it’s just great to see the characters interact with other people, to imagine how they would react and to wonder how much they are willing to risk to protect their love ones. I just loved it.

 

It take enough time with each couple, so I guess other reader would enjoy reading about their favorite couple, since both Khaz and Noah, and Reese and Ashton are feature in the book. I’m still missing Elias, but I was happy with the few moments he was on page and even if it wasn’t much, his presence is still an important part of the plot, what an amazing character who doesn’t even need to be in the book that much and yet he manage to alter the events.

 

What I enjoyed the most in the book was Khaz, after Elias he’s become my favorite character. In this book particularly, because he was very melancholic, it was heartbreaking to see how much he suffer and how hard he try to make things better. I just hated Noah’s attitude, I understand why he felt that way but I couldn’t help to get mad at him.

 

In terms of plot, this was very good, maybe the best so far, but I have a hard time thinking about the plot of just one book, because I see the series as a whole, but the way the stories were connected was something I really loved. It also had great action moments. Is less violent than other parts of the series.  It doesn’t have much romantic moments between the character but the love is there, is so easy to see it in the way every one of them act, it was lovely to see how much they care for each other.

 

In general, another fantastic book, I can’t get enough of this series.

Review: The Cobbler’s Soleless Son by Meredith Katz

The Cobbler's Soleless Son

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Everyone expects Renart Walker to follow in his mother’s footsteps and become the cobbler for their little demon-ruled town. That’d be the proper thing to do: keep his head down, live his quiet human life, and try not to get too involved with demons. But Renart has never been terribly concerned with proper, and he isn’t interested in a quiet life. His interests are a little more ambitious: he’s aiming to catch himself a demon prince.

As a human, he’d never be allowed to even get close to Prince Hrahez. The only solution is to make a bargain with a demon, and everyone knows what they want. Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained, and he’s got a plan—but it involves tricking a demon. If it doesn’t work, nobody in town would want to be in his shoes.

REVIEW

fun fairytale-like dark story of deceive and and lust.

Renart is the cobbler’s son, and everyone expects him to follow his mother’s footsteps becoming the new cobber. But he had his eyes on a different life; he is looking to meet a demon prince and become his lover. But it is not an easy task and, in order to achieve his objectives, Renart has to take a risk making a deal with a demon in hopes it’ll work as he has planned it.

The story was very entertaining. It felt sort of like a fairy tale but with some dark touch in it. I like how creepy the demons look like, it was fun trying to imagine them. The plot was very good, I was surprised by how everything went, so unexpected and it also had some humorous moments I really enjoyed.

The characters were a bit of an issue for me though. I didn’t feel like Renart was likable, he just acted without thinking of the consequences and that was very annoying. He seemed to be moved only by lust and I didn’t felt like there was any real emotion coming from him. Prince Hrahez was a nice character, fun and enigmatic. I don’t think I got to know him too well, but it worked fine in the storyline. The relationship they had was a little too short to get too much involved in it, but the time they had together was very nice.

Overall it was very fun to read, I think it can be enjoyed by any reader.

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