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Review - Untouchable Beauty by Meraki P. Lyhne

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 24, 2017

Untouchable Beauty

Volume 1 of The Cubi

Daniel is a beautiful high school senior. His parents expect him to go to college and study business, but Daniel thinks he can have a successful career as a model or actor. He's had some success as a model, but not much as an actor. With typical youthful enthusiasm, he doesn't take his setbacks as any sign of a lack of talent, and believes that he can get by on his looks. On seeing an ad for a photographer looking for new models, Daniel decides to skip school and chase his dream. But the photographer is just a ruse for “cubi” who kidnap humans to take back to their colony and serve them. More...

Review - Soulseeker by J.C. Owens

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 17, 2017

Soulseeker

Rian's life is not exactly that of a story-book prince. He is abused sexually and physically by his brother the king, with almost no hope of escaping. The last person to try and help him was mercilessly slaughtered right in front of him. After his latest attempt to flee the country, the king hires foreign mercenaries to watch over him. The Hawks are known as fierce and ruthless warriors, but they are also a deeply spiritual people. They believe the souls of the dead sometimes need a guide from the land of the living, a “soulseeker”, to help them find their way to the afterlife, but their people have been without one for many years. More...

Review - The Pill Bugs of Time by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 18, 2016

The Pill Bugs

Volume 2 of Offbeat Crimes

In this sequel to Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, the budding relationship between paranormal police detective Kyle and his partner Vakesh is facing a few stumbling blocks, mainly in the form of Vakesh's inability to be open about it. More...

Review - Best in Show by Kelly Jensen

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 30, 2016

Best in Show

Macavity – ‘Mac’ to everyone but his mother – comes from a long line of witches, who can also shift into cats. Unfortunately, Mac's puckish sense of humor gets him in trouble with his family, who fear some of his jokes risk exposing their secrets. His latest escapade has landed him in his “cat skin” full time, and then another little indiscretion puts him in the animal shelter, up for adoption. While he does want to lie low for a while, the shelter isn't the best place for Mac to hide out. Someone might discover he hasn't been fixed. More...

Review - Priddy's Tale by Harper Fox

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 02, 2016

Priddy's Tale

Nineteen year-old Priddy is slowly recovering from a near overdose in the small Cornish fishing town where he grew up. It isn't easy. He has a hard time focusing on anything for very long, and still seems to hallucinate from time to time. Priddy's best friend Kit, who feels responsible for Priddy's overdose, arranges for him to get a job as the lighthouse keeper. It isn't a job that requires a lot, as it's a automated lighthouse.

One night during a storm, Priddy spots what appears to be the wreck of a boat washing into the cove. Without really thinking, he runs into the surf to rescue the lone...

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Review - Kestrel's Talon by Bey Deckard

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 02, 2016

Kestrel's

Volume 1 of Stonewatchers

As a soldier for Nemarri, “Kestrel” is taken prisoner by the Pren, where he is raped by a fellow prisoner. When the war is over, the Nemarri view him as ‘unclean’ and refuse to take him back so the Pren sell him off as a sex slave. Kestrel (the name the pleasure house that owns him gave him) is on display in the market one day when he catches the eye of Count Strade, or rather, the count's rather quirky and very beautiful slave, Talon. More...

Review - Hunter & Hunted by Zoe Perdita

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 30, 2016

Hunter & Hunted (Darkvale #1)

Spence has been living on the streets for six months. He's not exactly homeless, Spence walked away from his privileged life with rich parents who haven't even realized he is gone. He is surviving, barely, when he has an encounter with a sexual predator who like to prey on homeless gay boys who have no legal recourse.

Although Spence probably doesn't really need rescuing, Hunter intercedes with the predator, who he has been trying to corner. The two form what seems at first like an unlikely friendship, which turns into love. Although just a few years older than Spence, Hunter has been on the streets a lot longer. In a city where the poor and homeless are constantly victimized, the pair become vigilantes, aided in part by Spence's secret powers. More...

Review - Beside A Black Tarn by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 01, 2016

Beside A Black Tarn

Volume 4 of Brimstone

The adventures of the demon prince of thieves Shax, his fallen angel lover Ness and their ragtag crew continues in the latest installment of the Brimstone series. Things get off to a rocky start when Shax bumps into an old flame, who also happens to be a spy. Soon after, he hears about a fantastical, yet apparently abandoned, experimental house that seems to have the ability to make dreams come true, or at least appear to. Naturally, Shax wants to steal it. And, naturally, things go wrong. More...

Review - Love for the Cold-Blooded, or The Part-Time Evil Minion's Guide to Accidentally Dating a Superhero

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 02, 2016

Love for the Cold-Blooded, or The Part-Time Evil Minion's Guide to Accidentally Dating a Superhero

It's a not-so-guilty not-so-secret that I have a penchant for quirky titles. It probably started with Dwarf Rapes Nun; Flees in UFO/a Novel of Journalism, and then there was The Aerodynamics of Pork, which introduced me to a writer who went on to give us several more great reads. So, it was almost a given that I would read “Love for the Cold-Blooded…” even before knowing what it was about. Fortunately, my little weakness didn't let me down. More...

Review - The Pirate Witch by Damian Serbu

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 10, 2015

The Pirate Witch

Alexander is born at the worst possible time and place for someone to be different, in early seventeenth century Salem, Massachusetts Colony, where the Puritans are still on the hunt for witches. Alexander's mother is brutally murdered by the townspeople, who think she's a witch, and his father dies of the shock of it. The thing is, she really was a witch, and so is Alexander. His mother's dying wish is that Alexander survive, hiding his powers from prying eyes.

The boy is given into the care of his uncle, a drunkard who makes it no secret that he considers Alexander nothing more than a slave to work his mill. Alexander bridles under the thumb of his uncle, not least because he is sure the man was his mother's accuser. His only protector is Crispin, a man from Boston who is sent by the governor to check on the goings-on in Salem. More...

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