Review: Silent Woods by Ofelia Gränd

Silent Woods

 

Do you believe in myths and ancient creatures? 

Daniel has never felt the need to leave the city behind, so when his husband suggests a camping trip for their holiday he agrees with reluctance. Even before they step out of the car, Daniel has the feeling of something being wrong. Something about the forest is turning his stomach into knots.

He wants nothing more than returning to the safety of their home, and when their five-year-old son goes missing his fears turn into full-blown panic. What awaits them in the depths of the forest is far more sinister than anything Daniel ever could have imagined. Will they be able to find their son before it’s too late?

 

REVIEW

 

I had ambivalent feelings about this book. At the beginning I had a lot of issues about it, I find it a little hard to keep my attention for nearly half of it but I forced myself to keep reading, which pay its effort because it get a lot better.

There were some great moments, some very angsty ones that I loved and I just couldn’t stop reading. The kids were nice. I’m not too fond on reading books with kids but it was lovely to see how the family manage the circumstances presented to them.

I did liked the paranormal element on the story but I wish I would know a bit more about it. I felt like that part of the story was a little unconcluded, not the main plot, but something about the mystery,  but it was still very enjoyable.

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Audiobook Review: Camp Hell (PsyCop #5) by Jordan Castillo Price

Camp Hell (PsyCop, #5)

 

Victor Bayne honed his dubious psychic skills at one of the first psych training facilities in the country, Heliotrope Station, otherwise known as Camp Hell to the psychics who’ve been guests behind its razorwire fence.

Vic discovered that none of the people he remembers from Camp Hell can be found online, and there’s no mention of Heliotrope Station itself, either. Someone’s gone through a lot of trouble to bury the past. But who?

 

REVIEW

 

I’m having a great time with this series. Victor is a very entertaining character and I’m really love his relationship with Jacob. It’s great to see a M/M book that doesn’t only center on the romance, that is not absent, but it has a great plot.

This has been one of the most interesting so far. I really loved to see what Camp Hell was about. It gave enough information about it to understand what was going on, but not too much to consider the whole mystery is solved.

I had the best time with Vic’s regressions. It was so fun to see how he was a little bit younger. I didn’t care so much for a character introduce on this instalment, not mention anything more about him for possible spoiler, but he was a little plain, not as nice as the others characters on the series.

I listen to the audio version of the book and it’s been a great experience, I really liked the narrator. I’m getting very used to his voice and way to narrate the story, I have no complains on this area.

Review: My Anti-Valentine by D.J. Jamison

My Anti-Valentine (My Anti-Series #1)

 

Jaded by relationships gone wrong, Bret throws an anti-Valentine’s Day party to celebrate being single and burn his ex-boyfriends belongings. Who needs a commercialized holiday that only serves to make you feel bad about your relationship status, anyway? But not everyone at his party agrees. The cute blond guy who could be a member of a boy band challenges Bret, calling him bitter, and the truth comes spilling out: Bret’s low interest in sex has destroyed every relationship he’s had and tarnished his view of romance.

Harry is tired of fast hook-ups and meaningless sex, but finding a guy who wants a serious commitment has been a challenge. When he meets the cute hipster throwing an anti-Valentine’s Day party, he’s immediately charmed. But when he learns Bret is graysexual — willing to have sex only occasionally in the right circumstances — he’s leery of making promises he can’t keep. He doesn’t want to break Bret’s heart or his own, but can he really walk away from a chance at real love?

This s a novella of approximately 17,600 words.

 

REVIEW

This was short and fun to read. Just what I was looking for. There was something about it that got my attention very quickly. It was different from what I was expecting. I was expecting Brett to be a bitter unlikable character but he was just the opposite, he was really sweet. I liked both main characters, but sometimes Harry was a little bit annoying. I got to learn something new and getting a little bit inside Brett’s mind was enlightening. It was very fun to read and free of angst.

Review: Neon White E1 (A Tooth Claw and Horns Chronicle #1) by Wulf Francú Godgluck

Neon White E1 (A Tooth, Claw and Horns Chronicle, #1)

 

It’s been a weird day for Detective Raven White, which is really saying something, as he is the only detective dealing with Paranormal and Supernatural cases in Quebec. First there was the stranger in the coffee shop who sucked Raven’s finger and then licked him. Then there was the missing person’s report.
Which is how Raven finds himself paying a visit to Freshán Chetlér, with no clue as to what awaits him…
Raven’s life is about to undertake a monumental shift.

 

REVIEW

 

Well this was different. I’m not too much into paranormal books, I do read them from time to time, but when I think of paranormal, I never think of reading about demons because that is something really out of my comfort zone. This book pushed a little those boundaries I have, and it was really good.

I’m not familiar with the author but I’m always looking for new authors to read. This was a nice first impression. I didn’t liked that much the main character, but the story was really good. I am very intrigued by the plot, especially what the detective is investigating.

The relationship between the main characters was nice, very intense, but way too driven by lust to my taste. I liked it but I want more, so much more. I’m truly hooked by the story. I hope I would care a little bit more for Raven in the next instalments that I definitely plan on reading. Overall a very interesting book.

Review: My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange

My Zombie Boyfriend (The Undead Canadian, #1)

 

Edward Grey is a medical student by day, necromancer by night. He lives alone with the first zombie he ever raised, his childhood cat, Boo. Edward’s life is simple: studying medicine, training his necromantic powers with his mentor, Mariel, and having weekly dinners with his parents. When he finds a very attractive corpse in a park and brings it home to reanimate, he creates a sassy, free-willed zombie who believes Edward is the one who murdered him.

With no memory of his former life, Edward names the zombie Kit and tries to win his trust. Kit slowly adjusts to his new un-life with Edward’s help, though he’s still suspicious of Edward’s role in his death and is convinced that Edward is hiding his former identity. Edward is very attracted to Kit, but understands why Kit doesn’t trust him. As they become closer to one another, Kit turns to Edward for comfort and love. The fragile trust they’ve built together will be tested when Kit unexpectedly regains his memory and seeks revenge on his murderers.

 

REVIEW

 

This was a very entertaining book, I had a good time reading it. I did expect to it to be a little funnier than it actually was but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

I liked both main characters, they were fun to read, both very likable. I wouldn’t expect this, since I’m not really a cat person, but one of the things I loved the most about it were the cute cats, they were so sweet. I liked the most the vulnerable moments Kit had, it seemed really frustrating being on his situation.

The plot was nice. I had a little trouble getting myself into it and there were moments where I lost a little bit of interest, but near the end it got very exciting and I couldn’t stop reading. It was nice to see a different kind of zombie story. Not that I don’t like zombies, I don’t particularity love them either, but it was great to see one that went beyond what’s expected. I had a little issue about some parts of the plot that felt a little unexplained, but in general it was a good book.

Review: Diary of a Teenage Taxidermist by K.A. Merikan

Diary of a Teenage Taxidermist

 

— Too cool for school. —

Ethan is a levelheaded, some might say ‘antisocial’, young artist-entrepreneur with a love for quirky taxidermy. He is close to graduating high school and at a crossroads. All he wants is to develop his business further, yet all his parents want is for him to go to law school. That is more than enough problems for Ethan, so any kind of love life is off his agenda. That is until Robert Hunter, the quarterback of the football team, comes crashing into him. Literally.

Robert drifts along in high school. He has good grades, he’s getting ready for med school, he’s even leaving potentially problematic dating until college. He’s gay, not ashamed of it, but he doesn’t want to stir up any trouble. His carefully laid plans might just go completely off the rails though, when he drinks too much at a party and causes irreversible damage to Ethan, the school’s weirdo.

Robert has to face the fact that maybe he isn’t the good guy he always considered himself to be. And maybe he doesn’t want to go to med school. And maybe, just maybe, he doesn’t actually want to wait with dating until college.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Themes: First love, virginity, bullying, fitting in, entrepreneurship, disability, high school, jock/goth, taxidermy, artist

Erotic content: explicit sex scenes, dub-con

Genre: New Adult homoerotic romance

Length: ~ 90,000 words (Standalone novel, no cliffhanger.)(less)

 

REVIEW

 

It was exquisitely morbid. I loved it. I was hoping I would like it but I was a little skeptical because it was under the Young Adult genre and I don’t read that genre too often. I was so happy with this book. I loved it so much.

Ethan was a joy to read, he was such a fun character. I loved him the most even though I liked both characters. He was able to generate such a wide range of emotions, it was a delight to read. For moments I felt so sympathetic towards him and some others he was the most annoying human being. It was so easy to understand his emotions. Sometimes he was so frustrating, he seemed like a spoiled little brat, so dramatic that I just felt terribly mad at him and sorry for the ones who had to deal with his attitude, but he always found a way to redeem himself.

Rob was also a great character, I think he might be more likable for most readers, he was very sweet and caring. It was a lovely character. What I liked about both of them is that under no circumstance they were seemed to be perfect. It was clear both of them had a lot of flaws, which made them perfect for me. I disliked so bad perfect characters, and they were so far from being that. They struggle a lot with their decision and second guessed their actions a lot. I really appreciate that.

The plot was very nice, I really wasn’t expecting some of the event, especially the one that brought them together, but it was really interesting. Another thing I enjoyed about it was the interactions with the parents. It seemed so realistic, both attitudes, the ones from them and the ones from the sons, and I also enjoyed the different types of parenting portray.

It was an absolute joy to read this book. It make me laugh so much, it was also some tender moments and some really strong emotions. I would definitely would recommend it to most readers, but beware the tags before reading.

Review: The Sapphist’s Sly Seduction by April M. Junisdottir

The Sapphist's Sly Seduction (Courtly Affairs Book 1)

 

An uptight noblewoman arrives at a debauchee’s palace – only to find out she had been mistaken for a man, and her ‘entertainment’ mistaken to match! The dark-haired seductress sent to her room doesn’t seem to mind… but horror… and curiosity… run through her ‘patron’s’ veins!

A ~5500 word lesbian tale!

 

REVIEW

 

It was a nice but very short story. It doesn’t left too much space to a complex plot because of its length, but what it has is a very heated scene between two women.

I was misled by the cover. It had nothing to do with the story and it was a little bothersome. I’m a very visual person and the cover just wouldn’t attract my attention as the blurb did.

It kind of felt like the start of something bigger, I enjoyed reading the story but I also would love to see what the future will bring for the main characters, both of them were very likable. I was mostly intrigued by Lilly, I would love to know more of her story and the reason to be where she was, I think the story has so much possibilities that I truly would love the author would explore them. Overall it was an entertaining short story that can be enjoyed by someone looking for a hot F/F relationship.