Review: Part & Parcel by Abigail Roux

 Series: Sidewinder (book 3)

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance

Rating: 5/5 stars

Cover: I love the colour.

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Trigger warnings: none

Description: Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott had their happy ending in sight when a friend’s call for help almost ended with them losing it to the blade of a knife. Now, in the aftermath of near-disaster, both men are trying to heal and move on.

Moving on together, though, is harder than either of them realized it would be. Kelly struggles with simply being a lover instead of the Doc, while Nick is mired in his recovery. The distance between them inches along in stilted silence.

Desperately seeking solace, Nick finally gathers the courage to sort through the possessions his dear friend and fellow Sidewinder teammate Elias Sanchez left him when he died. Instead of comforting memories, Nick and Kelly find a stack of letters and strict instructions from Eli that prompt them to send out a call for assistance. With Eli’s letters in hand, Sidewinder sets out on one last mission together, seeking peace and absolution from beyond the grave—and from each other.

Review: It’s been some time since I read a book of this series, but I could get right into the story again with absolutely no problems at all

Sidewinder is at its best in this book. It’s funny and so emotional and I love how Eli becomes alive again (through memories only of course). He was always this phantom, but now he is ‘real’.

There is no happy ever after without doing something for it, so the work Nick and Kelly have to put into their relationship is very real.

Brownie points for Digger! Don’t know why? Go and read it. Now.


Review: Queer Wars by Dennis Altman and Jonathan Symons

 Series: Standalone

Genre: Nonfiction

Rating: 2/5 stars

Cover: Why…?

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Trigger warnings: rape mention, abuse mention, homophobia

Description: The claim that “LGBT rights are human rights” encounters fierce opposition in many parts of the world, as governments and religious leaders have used resistance to ‘LGBT rights’ to cast themselves as defenders of traditional values against neo-colonial interference and moral corruption.

Queer Wars explores the growing international polarisation over sexual rights, and the creative responses this is prompting among social movements and activists, some of whom face murder, imprisonment or rape because of their perceived sexuality or gender expression.

Drawing on international relations, anthropology, cultural studies and the burgeoning literature of the global LGBT movement, this book asks why homosexuality has become so vexed an issue between and within nations, and how we can best advocate for change. It argues that western activists must listen carefully and support local movements, rather than trumpet a universal ‘gay rights agenda’ that risks endangering those it seeks to empower.

Dennis Altman is Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University
Jonathan Symons is Lecturer in International Relations at Macquarie University

Review: I’m really happy I didn’t have to read this book for university. If I had to… getting information out of it would have been so much work.

To me the information was rather superficial (I expected more than an overview) and really, well, messy. Let’s take AIDS for example. It is mentioned in so many chapters and then suddenly it gets its own chapter. I would have liked it more if the book would have been sorted either chronologically or themed or country orientated. But not everything everywhere together.

If you want to get an overview, this might be the book for you.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Review: Daylight again by SE Jakes

 Series: Hell or High Water (book 3)

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance

Rating: 5/5 stars

Cover: The eye creeps me a little bit out

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Trigger warnings: rape, suicide

Description: Before Prophet Drews can have a future, he must first put his past to rest.

Prophet Drews is a man on the edge, and he’s pulling Tom Boudreaux, his partner on the job and in real life, right over with him. When his old CO calls in a favor, Prophet asks Tom to join the off-the-grid rescue. But the mission raises all of Prophet’s old ghosts: CIA assassins, the terrorist Sadiq, and most importantly, John—traitor, former teammate, and Prophet’s first love.

To help bury those ghosts for good, Prophet and Tom gather the members of Prophet’s former SEAL team . . . and a spook named Cillian who’s been tailing Prophet for years. In the process, Prophet is forced to face his team’s shifting loyalties, ghosts who refuse to stay dead, and scariest of all, his own limitations.

With everyone’s lives in danger, Prophet and Tom must unravel a tangled knot of secrets, including their own. Prophet must decide how much to reveal to Tom, while Tom must decide how far he’s willing to go to help Prophet lay his ghosts to rest.

Review: I love this series so much! The characters are loveable, it’s fun to read and there is so much chemistry.

This installment offers you more development and more interaction with Prophet’s team (which I love as well). I really like how far the characters have come and how there are no repetitions even though it’s the third book.

Only downside is that there is currently no fourth novel. I need it so much!

Review: How many letters are in goodbye by Yvonne Cassidy

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT, YA

Rating: dnf at 9%

Cover: Gorgeous

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Trigger warnings: I don’t know

Description: Seventeen-year-old Rhea Farrell carries the scars of a childhood accident in which she lost her arm. But she also carries scars that aren’t so visible—the loss of a mother she hardly remembers, the impact of her father’s drinking, and her confusion and pain around accepting her sexuality.

When Rhea runs away, she turns to the person she always wished she could confide in—her mother. And just like she used to do as a little girl, Rhea starts to write her letters—to tell her things she can’t tell anyone else, to share her fears, to ask for help. Rhea’s journey on the streets of New York brings her deeper into her mother’s past, where she uncovers buried family secrets. And as she finds out more about the woman her mother truly was, Rhea also discovers just what kind of woman she wants to be.

Review: 9% sure isn’t that much, is it? But this book has over 400 pages so… it still isn’t my usual ‘at least 50 pages’ approach. But I didn’t enjoy the writing style at all and all I could think while reading was ‘boooooooring’. So I gave up.

This book is written letter style – big surprise there. But it isn’t really letter style. If you take away the beginning and end of each ‘letter’ and take out the occasional thrown in ‘mum’… it doesn’t read like a letter anymore. I was really confused how unbelievable detailed her memories were… it’s been years and she still knows what people wore? I don’t think so.

I don’t like books, which have too much words in them without really saying anything, but I know a lot of people do, so if you like dramatic YA LGBT novels, give this a shot? The idea itself is very interesting and heartbreaking as well, but like I said, I sadly couldn’t get into it.

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


Review: How not to summon your true love by Sasha L. Miller

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (m/m, asexual character),  Fantasy

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cover: Reminds me of a comic. But not a good one…

Buy: Less Than Three Press

Trigger warnings: none

Description: Though it doesn’t really come as a surprise, Cy is still crushed when he’s dumped. His relationship with Alex had lasted longer than all previous attempts, and started promising when Alex had proclaimed he was perfectly okay with Cy being asexual.

On impulse, convinced no one will ever really see him as worthy relationship material, Cy turns to a book that belonged to his late mother, a grimoire of magic spells that obviously won’t work. It’s a stupid idea, and even if magic was real there’s no way a true love summoning spell would work for him.

Review: Asexual magician? I couldn’t resist! And I don’t regret not resisting. Well, maybe a little. But only because this is a novella and I really, really want a series made out of it. There are some things I’d really like to know more about – the whole magic thing for example and I really want to read more about Cy and Dig’s relationship.

It’s a rather funny, easy read, but not boring, even though it’s mostly about a car journey. The characters develop nicely (great’s just not possible with a few pages) and are realistic. Seriously, Cy’s reaction to summoning Dig was totally understandable and funny.

I remain with my demand for a series.

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

Review: After the fire by Emily Smith

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (f/f), Romance

Rating: dnf at 40%

Cover: Best thing about this book.

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Trigger warnings: none

Description: Paramedic Connor Haus is good at two things—saving lives on the streets of Boston and holding her past against every firefighter she meets. The tragic loss of her partner, Kam, has left her bitter and angry, her work and fellow -EMT Jake O’Harrigan the only pieces of her life she still cares about. Until rookie firefighter Logan Curtis moves to town, and onto Connor’s scene, and threatens to rattle the walls Connor has long since put up.

Review: I obviously didn’t like this book – otherwise I wouldn’t have dnf-ed it. There are a few reasons why:

  • I hated the characters. Yep, all characters. Didn’t care at all for them.
  • apparently all men are stupid
  • stereotypes (female/long-haired/passive/dress wearing etc. woman and masculine/short-haired/ dress pants wearing woman)
  • an 8 yo girl has to be gay if she has no interest in kissing boys
  • anti-asexuals and anti-celibates (everyone has to have sex y’know?)
  • too much lust interests (you can’t call them love interests)
  • too much information/memories about Kam
  • why are they suddenly interested in each other?!

I was really, really bored while reading this. There isn’t anything new in it and this on top of not caring for the characters made me dnf.

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

Advanced Review: Mr. March names the stars by Rivka Aaron-Hughes

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (panromantic & asexual character, trans* asexual character, genderqueer/nonbinary/not stated character), Romance

Rating: 3/5 stars

Cover: It’s beautiful

Buy: Less Than Three Press (pub. date: 16th March 2016)

Trigger warnings: none

Description: Wes loves his life traveling the Pagan festival circuit, but he loved it more when he wasn’t harangued by women a little too fond of his picture in a popular charity calendar—a calendar that mucked up his bio by stating that he’s single, but leaving out that he’s not straight.
Wes’s appeals to the company to change the bio come to nothing until Nash, a lawyer from the company, shows up and promises to do all he can to fix the problem. But though Wes quickly grows fond of Nash, and the interest seems mutual, the calendar problem shows no signs of being fixed…

Review: I know like next to nothing about Paganism, so a lot of this book went over my head. It still was interesting enough and I can understand that if you are pagan you would be bored having those things explained to you (still, a foreword or afterword or something would be nice). Anyway, a short story can never contain as much as a novel – duh.

So I can live with the pagan-‘problem’. Sadly the developing friendship and then romance are too fast developing. Not time wise but storywise. I would have loved to read more about their letters to each other because those are very fun to read and help a lot in the character development apartment. Ivy gives the story a nice touch, even though xe is only a side character.

The title is not only poetic, but very fitting, too.

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

Review: The story of Lucius Cane by Vanya Ferreira

 Series: The story of Lucius Cane (Book 1)

Genre: Paranormal

Rating: 1/5 Stars

Cover: Little bit creepy.

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Trigger warnings: child abuse

Description: London, 1794. Lucius Cane, a peculiar sort of vampire, comes upon an opponent the likes of which he has never seen before – a brute with remarkable abilities. But not all is as it seems as their encounter unfolds in a manner that neither of them expected.

Review: This short story felt kinda unfinished. Or like a chunk ripped out of a bigger book and not only because of the cliffhanger. This story end right in the middle of something, which always feels like a lazy attempt to make people buy the next book to me. Plus there is something going on with Lucius, that gets no explanation.

Apart from this I was confused why the reader gets to read opponent’s whole life story. I thought it’s about Lucius? And a big no go for me: The opponent, Jack, is thankful for being abused as a child by his father. He’s stronger now because of this.

On a whole this story isn’t really something new, but at least the fighting scene was interesting.

Disclaimer: The author provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Review: In the beginning there was bauhaus by Bettina Busiello

 Series: Blame the Goth Girl (book 1)

Genre: Paranormal

Rating: 3/5 stars

Cover: Very fitting

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Trigger warnings: none

Description: Onyx can smell evil. No one; not even werewolves, wendigos, or vampires, can hide from her once they’ve committed a crime. When Onyx’s paranormal investigation of a local haunting triggers the death of a divorced mother, she is cut short by the provocative Detective Elliot Stevens. Now she must either tempt Elliot astray from his clean-cut, straight-edged path or change her apathetic ways and learn the truth about who and what she is — before what she doesn’t know can kill her.
Review: The book’s idea is a fun and new one. I haven’t read about a character with Onyx’ abilities before, that’s for sure. Onyx herself was a little hard to grasp. Like she is supposed to be 30? But she acts more like a hyper teenager. The dialogues were bit meh, too. I did like Frank. He is a little bit creepy, but adds a nice touch to the story.

Why has there to be instalust? And you don’t even know each other and you’re acting possessive? It doesn’t make sense in my brain (although I know lots of people like it. Don’t know why though). Apart from the lust problem, I had a chemistry problem – because there was none. Since this is not a romance book, it isn’t that bad. But still.

I really could have worked with a different ending! I don’t want to spoil you, but there were some actions I thought “That’s really clever right now” and that cliffhanger? There are cliffhangers and then there are stopping-right-in-the-middle-of-an-idea-cliffhangers. This book contains the last one.

So… good beginning, bad ending.

Disclaimer: The author provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.