LGBTQ+ Books

book review | The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson

kai ashante wilson the sorcerer of the wildeepsAuthor: Kai Ashante Wilson
Title: The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps
Series: The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps 1
Genre: LGBTQIAP+ Literature; Fantasy
Pages: 212
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Damn, I’m so happy right now. Friend recommended me “The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps” by Kai Ashante Wilson, and it was just the right book for me. In a sense, it felt like one of those Earthsea books, but the story was much more interesting to read.

About the Book: Demane is a healer of the caravan, making their way towards a far away kingdom. But his brothers tend to call him sorcerer instead. Due to strange speech, stranger still abilities, and in general – due to his unusual self as a whole. But they have no idea just how much more and how much less than a sorcerer Demane is. He is a demi-god, one of those who once left the earth for heaven, but is now earthbound. And just how much does it take to keep them all alive. For out there in the wilds there’s a horror of a creature born of necromancy, who doesn’t seem to follow any rules all other predators keep to, such as: avoid the roads, feast on those who stray, don’t waste food… No, this beast does what it wills, and right now the caravan is heading towards it.

My Opinion: Interesting writing style, pleasantly different, stronger than the regular stuff we tend to get when it comes to deep philosophical fantasy, where the hero expresses the complexity of the world in monologues, thoughts, and senses. The story was amazing too, kept me on the edge of the chair no matter where the caravan was – outside the walls, in a city, on the road, events never stopped, they just changed pace. And characters are well written too, I kept hopes of survival up for each one of Demane’s brothers, something I rarely care about.

It’s beautiful, different, and I can’t wait for the next one. 5 out of 5 from me.

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book review | Where the Devil says Goodnight by K.A. Merikan | Folk Lore 1

where the devil says goodnight k.a. merikanAuthor: K.A. Merikan
Title: Where the Devil Says Goodnight
Series: Folk Lore 1
Genre: Dark Fantasy; M/M Romance
Pages: 362
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Sometimes even the best of annotations can trip you over. I thought “Where the Devil Says Goodnight” by K.A. Merikan will be just for me. Turns out it’s really not for me.

About the Book: As times move on, people abandon superstition and with it – old religions, old gods. Even to the most remote of places New Age eventually arrives. Such is this village looming in the middle of an ancient forest, where Father Adam was sent. Just barely touched by modern world, with wounds still raw, it’s full of little rituals meant to appease the pagan gods of nature. Strange lack of balanse among its people leaves Adam at unease. As if the land still remembers the dues and the debts.

My Opinion: Slavic lore, especially that coming from the Poland, is very similar to our own, Baltic lore. Interesting descriptions and curious magic was what got all three points in this book. Because the rest didn’t hold up. The story was very dragged, with the final day – far away, and the days in between – filled with nonsensical stuff that barely added to the plot. Romance was boring and even upsetting. And every side character presented this stereotypical good-guy / bad-guy portrait.

It’s okay. A 3 out of 5.

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book review | Love Bites by Ann-Katrin Byrde | Thicker than Water 1

love bites thicker than water ann-katrin byrde vampireAuthor: Ann-Katrin Byrde
Title: Love Bites
Series: Thicker than Water 1
Genre: LGBT+ Romance; Vampires
Pages: 289
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Oh boy. Read “Love Bites” by Ann-Katrin Byrde, first in Thicker than Water series. This was very, very far away out of my alley.

About the Book: Vampires and witches are barely keeping up the fragile peace they have by hating the common enemy – dhampirs. Half witches, half vampires. It was Talon’s job to hunt them and kill them on his master’s orders. Until he met Collin. Instead he chose to hide the man by erasing himself out of his memory. Twice. Unsuccessfully. The gorgeous man doesn’t even know what trouble he’s falling into and dragging Talon with him.

My Opinion: Again, vampires and witches at each others throats. Again, a pair of would be rivals – fall for one another. Again, there’s lost or hidden memories that, upon revelation, show one of the parties in incriminating situation that somehow wrecked the life of the other one. Sounds bland, familiar? Don’t worry, it’s all spiced up with male pregnancy. I wish all romances, straight or lgbt always came with pregnancy trigger warnings.

Nope. A 2 out of 5, sorry. Basic, simple, points only for smooth author’s writing. There’s definitely skill in that, so as long as they like their own work, my opinion doesn’t matter.

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book review | Pretty Perfect by Riley Hart and Christina Lee | Boys in Makeup 1

Apretty perfect boys in makeup riley hart christina lee lgbt romance lgbtqiauthor: Riley Hart and Christina Lee
Title: Pretty Perfect
Series: Boys in Makeup 1
Genre: LGBT Romance; Contemporary
Pages: 261
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Ah, there we go, I think I found my new chill-reads. Got through first book in the brand new Boys in Makeup series by Riley Hart and Christina Lee, called “Pretty Perfect“. It’s very simple story in the best kind of way.

About the Book: Jesse and Dane are the polar opposites. A fact their boss happily used, having them dance at the bar together every Friday. Visitors and clients enjoy the sexual tension they perceive between the two. And the pair can’t complain about the tips they make either. They’d like to, though, complain. When you’re hurting – it’s easy to assume the worst about people. And both guys come from pretty painful backgrounds: unaccepting families, nasty exes, heartache, loss. It took them bumping into each other outside the bar environment to realize maybe they’re not so different after all.

My Opinion: It’s a very simple story, with very basic events that work together well, and make for a light, pleasant read. First third or even a little more of the book was pretty slow though, and at times I wondered if I really want to be reading this right now. But later on it all picked up. We got to know their stories, their families, watch them grow out of hurt, and tackle problems with sense and determination. A fairly rare event in romance books, if you ask me.

Not a masterpiece, but a fine read nonetheless. A 4 out of 5 from me.

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book review | The Necromancer’s Dance by S.J. Himes | The Beacon Hill Sorcerer 1

the necromancers dance sj himesAuthor: S.J. Himes
Title: The Necromancer’s Dance
Series: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance; LGBT Literature
Pages: 284
Rating: 3/5 | Goodreads

I’m determined to make a dent in my TBR, so here goes the quarantine reads. Finished “The Necromancer’s Dance” by S.J. Himes, first book in the series. A book that fell in my lap during my sudden fascination with Necromancers. For which I blame Elder Scrolls Online.

About the Book: Angelus and his brother Isaac are the only Salvatores who survived the attack of vampire army. Brothers then took different paths in life. Isaac chose to abandon magic. While Angelus had to pick it up for two, to protect himself and his brother. Because during the war Angelus killed dozens of vampires, a feat unheard of. Many would like to have a weapon like that. And many more would like it gone forever.

My Opinion: This is a semi-interesting book with good world building, great magic system, and a superbly woven plot against the protagonist. The story itself is mediocre, with little to no new to offer, but it’s still readable and is entertaining.

It’s alright, definitely not bad. 3 out of 5.

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book review | The Vampire’s Club by X. Aratare | 5

vampires club x aratare lgbt mm romance literatureAuthor: X. Aratare
Title: The Vampire’s Club
Series: The Vampire’s Club 5
Genre: Vampires; M/M Romance
Pages: 151
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Finished fifth “The Vampire’s Club” book by X. Aratare. It still reads like chapters, but at least it’s easy to read.

About the Book: Lucas is trying to settle in Club Dyavol as his new home. All would be great and easy were it not for unfinished business outside the club. It seems he only needs to take a step through the door and trouble comes running. All the while Konstantin is trying to resist the perfect temptation to turn Lucas into a vampire. Truly, all the pros, and not a single con against it. But due to witches constantly trying to get in through Club Dyavol’s doors, his suspicions are up, and so he must resist.

My Opinion: Witches are coming in rows, and I don’t really get why they started doing that. It’s clear why they’re doing it now though. But there’s apparent and growing gaps in logic scattered through the plot, filled with angry, stupid, and ever plotting characters. Which isn’t a bad thing until they start acting completely irrationally, to a point where you can’t even write it down as natural behavior. And yet… The books are easy to read, and are entertaining enough in a gay vampires telenovella kind of way. So, I remain.

These aren’t bad books, really. 3 out of 5. Might be easier to real all as one big book though.

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book review | Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir | The Locked Tomb 1

gideon the ninth tamsyn muir the locked tombAuthor: Tamsyn Muir
Title: Gideon the Ninth
Series: The Locked Tomb 1
Genre: Fantasy; LGBT Literature
Pages: 448
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

This might be the first time I call a book atmospheric. In the best sense of the word. “Gideon the Ninth” by Tamsyn Muir is something entirely else, and everything I ever wanted from a book about necromancers.

About the Book: There lies a stone on a tomb, placed there by a God Emperor, and nine houses of necromancers pray daily it never rolls away. Nobody knows what or who lies within, but they all know Emperor could only save Universe this once. Yet… The houses are crumbling, power is getting diluted, weaker, if appears in the lineage at all. So when Emperor calls his necromancers and their cavaliers for a trial that could grant them power and immortality, not one hesitates. Among them stands the mysterious living reverent daughter Harrowhark of Ninth house, and her cavalier Gideon the Ninth. They might just need this resurrection of power the most. But the game requires the pair to work together. And these two loathed one another from the cradle…

My Opinion: Epic Fantasy and Sci-Fi. Necromancers who are afraid of travel in deep space for there is just no death there. A murder house with no one to trust. And desperate need to get this power, to wash away the sins, the stains of their name. Schemes, secrets, all kinds of buried nasties, and locked away constructs. It was like a good Agatha Christie book, but with planet-wide clans, and constant requirement of bones and blood to be present, accompanied with deep atmosphere weather. It sounds like a lot, but it really wasn’t. Author successfully contained it all within one house, and well timed confessions.

I can’t wait to lay my hands on the next one. 5 out of 5 for this one, and I highly recommend it to those who want a different tale.

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book review | The Vampire’s Club by X. Aratare | 4

x aratare vampires club 4Author: X. Aratare
Title: The Vampire’s Club
Series: The Vampire’s Club 4
Genre: Paranormal Romance; Vampires
Pages: 151
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

I’m not having much luck with the books this week. Finished “The Vampire’s Club“, fourth in the series of the same name, by X. Aratare. And it was… Mild.

About the Book: Time for revelations has come, it seems. Lucas step-father makes a hard pass on him, raving about a man he once knew, who looked so very much like Lucas. Konstantin tries to “fix” this situation, but only manages to find out there’s great magic surrounding not just Lucas, but his home too. Soon after this a couple of witches, out of all people, show up at the Club’s door, and too claim Lucas looks like someone they knew. The tangled web of magic and blood is finally getting loose around the knots. Yet Konstantin and Lucas can only hope they won’t get strangled in it.

My Opinion: Most plot revolved around asking Lucas to tell Konstantin things, and asking Konstantin to do something about Lucas. And while Lucas seems to not grasp the situation just yet, Konstantin is in denial about it. Plot ended up being a bit mild, with characters not acknowledging repetitiveness, or them only serving to propel the plot onto the next tile. But all in all, there were good moments, and secrets were presented in such a form that I am, absolutely, interested to read more.

Definitely readable. 3 out of 5 so far.

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book review | Lord of the White Hell by Ginn Hale | 1

lord of the white hell ginn haleAuthor: Ginn Hale
Title: Lord of the White Hell
Series: Lord of the White Hell 1
Genre: High Fantasy; LGBT+ Literature
Pages: 353
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Ah, damn. Read “Lord of the White Hell” by Ginn Hale, the first in the series. Yet it seems I will not continue.

About the Book: Kiram is a genius whose understanding of mechanisms has won him a place in a prestigious Sagrada Academy. Where this barely religious haldiim experienced a serious cultural shock. Everyone’s afraid of duke Javier and the White Hell he’s wielding. Meaning, no one lives in his room, and so since there’s no other to be had, Kiram is put in with him, on basis of religious differences that might protect his haldiim soul, or at least not cost anyone else a soul. This is where Kiram’s troubles begin. Brought in by a handsome duke, rumors, superstitions, and nonsense that surrounds him.

My Opinion: Somewhere in this kaleidoscope of events that add absolutely nothing to the plot, there was indeed a plot. Heavily slathered with all-boys-school vibes, horses, sword fights, with this legend, this myth, that there’s a secret somewhere out there. On top of it, author finished the book almost mid-paragraph, which would otherwise be a brave bold move. But since there was absolutely no bone thrown to me in the first book, I have no reason to pick up the next one.

This was absolutely not for me. Basic, if okay characters, lack of plot, lack of logic. 2 out of 5 is the best I can give it.

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book review | Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell | Simon Snow 2

rainbow rowell wayward sonAuthor: Rainbow Rowell
Title: Wayward Son
Series: Simon Snow 2
Genre: YA, Fantasy, LGBT+
Pages: 356
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Gotta love those rare-ish books that make you shift your schedules just so you could get to know what happens next. Such was “Wayward Son” by Rainbow Rowell, second book in Simon Snow series or trilogy. If I tell you the book felt “summerish” will you know what I mean? The book you want to have for summer, with which you can imagine you too can do nothing but lay back and read?

About the Book: Simon’s ex is in trouble. Apparently she got lured into a cult. And while it’s not yet clear for what purposes, it’s truly clear she needs help. So, Penny, Baz and Simon go on an adventure in America, a magical wilderness with no magical laws. And not for all the sights and experiences, no, truly, just to save their friend! Yet, they neither weighted the distances right, nor the dangers that lurk in that magical wild-wild-west. From vampire gangs, to shifters, to dragons, to handsome young Normal guys who know too much of their magical world…

My Opinion: The book is brilliant in its simplicity. A little gathering of fandom easter-eggs. A wind-in-your-hair summer adventure, a road trip with the best of people. And new, unpredictable events behind every corner and turn.

Just the right kind of book for me now. A strong 5 out of 5.

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