Review: Close Quarter by Anna Zabo

 Series: Close Quarter (book 1)

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Paranormal, Romance

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Cover: I don’t know about the pose but the blood fits.

Links: goodreads

Trigger warnings: rape mention, gore, torture mention

Description: On a transatlantic cruise to New York, sculptor Rhys Matherton struggles to piece his life back together after losing his mother, inheriting a fortune, and finding out his father isn’t his father after all. He spills a tray of drinks on a handsome stranger, then he finds himself up against a wall getting the best hand-job he’s ever had. And for the first time in his life, he feels whole.

Rhys enjoys the company of Silas Quint, but for the eerie way no one pays attention to them even while they kiss in a crowded bar. Silas explains he’s a forest fae able to glamor the room around them—and more importantly, that he’s on the cruise to hunt vampires. Rhys thinks Silas is full of it, until he discovers vampires are real, and he’s part of their main course.

Silas Quint can’t be distracted by a human lover, even one as lovely as Rhys. Stuck in the middle of the ocean, he has barely enough of energy to hunt the vampires he’s been sent to destroy. Rhys is full of the one thing Silas needs needs most—the element of living plants. Only sucking energy from Rhys would make Silas as soulless as the creatures he hunts. How can he keep Rhys safe, without becoming like the very monsters he hunts?

Review: This was my first book by Anna Zabo but it won’t be my last.

I really enjoyed being in the book’s world. Never before have I read about fae hunting vampires but that’s not the only thing that caught my eye. Closer Quarter’s take on vampires is a new one for me and I really liked it.

Sadly Rhys and Silas have a serious case of insta-love. Like really serious. I didn’t enjoy this aspect of the story and since it’s such a big part I had to reflect it in my star rating as well… I did enjoy their sexual encounters though. Especially the way they played with each other. It still didn’t make me understand why they’re ready to sacrifice themselves for the other. Like you’ve known each other a few days tops… calm down!

Coming back to the good things: I liked Vasil and his actions I could understand totally. He is only a side character but whenever he took part in the story it was an important part, so I’m satisfied with it.

Thinking back on this story I must say that I’m surprised. The description says it, but I wasn’t expecting Silas’ reluctance to use Rhys’ energy to be so long-lasting. It felt right though and I really like the kinda philosophical aspect of it.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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Review: Love is Love by Mette Bach

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (trans* character), Romance

Rating: 1/5 Stars

Cover: Only good thing about this book…

Links: goodreads

Trigger warnings: trans* phobia

Description: Overweight and unhappy at home, Emmy gets sexually involved with a popular classmate so that people will think that she is worth liking. When she realizes that he is just using her, she decides to leave her home in Winnipeg to stay with her uncle’s family in Vancouver. Emmy has always been intimidated by her perfect cousin Paige and Paige’s cool friends, so she is surprised to find that the coolest of them is transgender. Emmy is instantly attracted to Jude (who used to be Judy), and starts hanging out at the coffee shop where he works. She even performs at the poetry slam Jude hosts there.

Emmy is never sure where she stands with Jude, and can’t believe that such a confident, charismatic guy might actually be interested in her. Both her mother back in Winnipeg and Paige warn her away from Jude, saying that he will just use her and she will get hurt. But it’s not until she almost falls again into the trap of casual sex to boost her self-esteem that Emmy realizes it’s worth it to put your true self out there for real love.

Review: This book couldn’t work.

Its 176 pages long and we’ve got a character who needs to learn to accept herself, needs to learn to trust her love interest, falls in love with said love interest and then have a lot of drama and resolve everything? How should that be possible? But I wanted to give it a chance. Maybe it could have worked out?

I’ve re read the description… I can’t remember the trap of casual sex? And again? Was there anything in it about casual sex? But let’s start at the beginning.

There is no drama in this book. I was promised drama. I wanted drama. To be honest it is very boring to read and there is not much happening. The things that are happening are way too easy. You will not be surprised that there is insta love in Love is Love.

I’m really sad about this because this book could have been great. There is a trans* male love interest and a fat girl MC. You don’t read about characters like this very often.

But then they get rushed through everything and it’s without any emotion or… anything really. It’s not been that long that I’ve read this but I feel like I can’t remember a thing about it. If it weren’t for my notebook…

Disclaimer: I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Review Tour: Iudicium by TC Orton + GIVEAWAY

Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Erotica, Interactive, Fantasy, Dystopian

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Cover: Isn’t its creepiness great?!

Links: goodreads

Trigger warnings: rape

description: After being incarcerated at a prison that leans over the edge of the world, Fayt must do whatever it takes to escape (or simply survive) the horrors that await him. You will take control of Fayt and guide him on his path, but be careful, for not everyone posing as an ally will lead you down the road to freedom.

Note: This is an interactive story, and it is important that you keep a record of your choices close by.

Fayt is in your hands…

Review: This idea is so great!

It’s been ages since I’ve read an interactive story – and back then there were no ebooks so you had to search for the next page and I always ended up spoilering myself.

But I really enjoyed ‘using’ this ebook and I had fun discovering every possible ending. I would have had more fun if I hadn’t read it in one go, though. The endings are rather similar at times. So take your time and read the different routes like maybe a month apart or so?

I have to say, the choices were really, really terrifying at times. Like, I know that nothing bad will be happening in the real world, but I still was full of adrenaline.

So you may be wondering why I give 3.5 stars… I had some problems with Fayt enjoying being raped. And the sexy scenes were not sexy to me (not only because of the rapings, because there were consensual scenes as well. Depending on your choices).

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July 3 – Queer SciFi

Giveaway time!

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Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy by Signal Boost Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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Review: The Well by Marie Sexton

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance, Paranormal,

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Cover: Sooo creepy and so perfect!

Links: goodreads

Trigger warnings: Rape mention

Description: Twenty years after prom queen Cassie Kennedy is brutally murdered, six teenagers break into the house where she was killed to hold a séance. Haven knows his cousin Elise only wants to scare the crap out of him and his friends, but he’s willing to put up with one of her pranks if it means a chance to spend a few hours with the new kid in town, Pierce Hunter.

But when morning comes, Elise has disappeared without a trace.

Twelve years later, Pierce and his twin brother Jordan are professional paranormal investigators, starring in their own ghost-hunting TV show. When Pierce calls Haven, insisting they return to the supposedly haunted building one last time, Haven reluctantly agrees. He’s nervous about seeing Pierce again, but he’s determined to get some answers. Did they really speak to Cassie’s ghost that night? What happened to Elise? And the biggest mystery of all – how did she know the secret of the well?

Review: I really should read everything by Marie Sexton!

This story is so, so great and fun to read with the right amount of creepiness. I especially enjoyed how you (or at least I) don’t know if there are really ghosts at work or not. There is evidence pointing towards yes and evidence pointing towards no.

The book changes between ‘Now’ and ‘Then’ and I found it at times a little bit spoilering. But you’ll read about the thing happening very soon after the spoiler so it’s not too bad.

I liked each character on their own, but I didn’t really root for the pairing. They were okay together, I guess, but I didn’t feel them.

But you don’t even need he romance with this book! The paranormal aspects and the murder mystery are so intriguing on their own that the romance (that doesn’t play that big of a part anyway) is not even really needed.

Now I have to decide which book by Marie Sexton I’ll read next!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Review: Tash hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (asexual heteroromantic character), YA

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Cover: I love the pink hearts in combination with grumpy Tolstoy!

Links: goodreads

Trigger warnings: Cancer

Description: After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

Review: A truly splendifying read!

Splendifying is a word that Kathryn used in Tash hearts Tolstoy (maybe even invents? I at least haven’t heard it before) and it truly describes this book perfectly. It’s such an amazing read, but at times a little bit terrifying. In a good way.

Tash is an asexual heteroromantic and I haven’t read about this orientation before. If you know my blog you know I love ace books but before Tash all characters were not heteroromantic. It’s so great that this orientation is featured in this book, because there are asexual heteroromantics and they belong in the LGBTQIA+ community (I will fight you on this!).

The way Tash handles her asexuality and especially the way other people handle it is so very true… I had to stop reading at times and simply breathe, because I was moved to tears. Those parts are the terrifying parts btw. And at other times I had to stop reading and simply press this book against my chest. Those are the splendid parts btw.

After asking Kathryn told me she had an asexual heteroromantic beta reader and lots of ace readers to check her manuscript and it really shows. I wish more authors would be like this!

I will reread Tash hearts Tolstoy again and again and again and I’ll probably love it more with each reread.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

A Bookworm’s Dream Lair

A few days ago I was approached by Arhaus who asked me if I was interested in sharing my dream reading space. Since I’m working towards moving out again (I do like to press the again) I jumped onto this reason to look at yet another furniture shop. And since it’s for blog work I’m not ‘wasting time’ dreaming about all that furniture I wanna have, you know?

 

So let’s start, shall we? I of course will totally ignore such unimportant stuff like how big my flat will have to be to fit everything into a room or prices.

 

Book Shelves

Most important thing in a home library – because of course I’m dreaming about a room just for books and reading! – aside from thousands of books are book shelves.

 Interestingly enough, my contact at Arhaus and I both fell in love with the Athens Library Collection. Although she prefers this one in black, whereas I want this one in white. I don’t know why, but I really, really love white or white-ish furniture. Especially if it’s dark on the inside. My newest bookshelf looks exactly like this to be honest. And I’d end up painting this one dark grey on the inside, too.

And yes, I do need a bookshelf with hiding space because

1) clutter stuff

and

2) books of shame.

C’mon, be honest, we all read some books we don’t want others to know about. May those be erotica novels, self-help books, guilty pleasures, you name it. And yes, there are some books in my room I have kinda hidden. Sue me!

 

Some place to sit

 I have forever dreamed about a big, comfy armchair to curl up in and read. So of course I dream of buying one as soon as I’ve moved out again. This one in saloon dove grey has caught my eye. It looks comfy and sophisticated at the same time, fitting perfectly together with the white Athens Library Bookshelf.

 

Pillows! All the pillows!

I always need something on my lap (I use my backpack when I’m sitting somewhere that is not home), so of course I want to have tons of them. I’m especially interested in fandom pillows. This is the first one I’ve ever bought (bonus points if you know the pairing this is relating to). Arhaus ‘surprisingly’ doesn’t sell fandom or reading related throw pillows so I would have to stay true to Redbubble and the likes. There are worse things, though.

Somewhere to put my tea or coffee mug

 If you’re interested, my newest mug is this one and I love it so much! How could I say no to a Marauders’ inspired mug? For anyone interested I’m a Slytherin. Anyway, I’ll have to put my mug somewhere and I’d choose this table out of all the tables you can find at Arhaus.

 

 Lightning so my eyes’ll thank me

The right lightning is so very important if you read a lot… my eyes could tell you stories… but I have learnt! I love adjustable lamps, because I change position a lot and I don’t like to be hindered by a non moveable lamp. So I don’t know why I keep looking at a lamp that’s put on the wall. I don’t need it, so why do I like it?!

Blogging Space  

Since I’m a book blogger I of course need a desk to write at. I could write sitting in my armchair as well, but that would not be healthy if I did it for a long time, so I’ll need a new desk. And yes, it has to be new because my own is old. Which isn’t the problem, but it doesn’t look nice anymore plus my Dad had to repair it a little. It simply broke on one side… Anyway, new desk. How about this one? It’s not too spacey but I can still storage my notebooks inside it and the like. I could use my current desk chair, but if I had the chance I’d buy this one as well.

 

 

 

I could go on and on about my Bookworm’s Dream Lair, but I think I’ll stop now. Of course there will be decor as well, but that’ll change so very often… not my Yankee Candles and Funko Pops though! They will stay forever! Well, the candles won’t really, because I do light them, but that’s beside the point.

If you want to look at more beautiful interior, feel free to take a look at Arhaus’ pins over at pinterest!

 

 

Would you shop any of this? Or maybe there is something different that you would buy if you could. Tell me all about!

 

Disclaimer: All opinions are my one and I was not paid to write this post.

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