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book review | Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness

over the top jonathan van ness book reviewAuthor: Jonathan Van Ness
Title: Over the Top
Series: –
Genre: Biography; LGBT literature
Pages: 273
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Since I remember old Queer Eye with nostalgia, announcement of the new crew got me very happy. The fact they turned out to be so passionate about what they do made it all even better. So I’m slowly going through their biographies as I find it. Today I’ve discovered “Over the Top” by Jonathan Van Ness and it was a magical read.

About the Book: Jonathan starts early and tells a tale of life full of love, joy, tragedy, addiction, and illness all the way up to Queer Eye. Power of will, love for life, and an infectious positivity in every, even the very darkest page.

My Opinion: A beautiful and magical soul, inspiring with the tales of beaten struggles, problems solved, and a choice to work for better, authentic life, despite all the odds. I love me a survivor story, but this was more. This was a story of life itself.

A very worthy read, 5 out of 5.

Categories: 5-5, Biographies, Books: Everything, Books: LGBT, Books: NonFiction | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

book review | King Slayer by Layla Reyne | Fog City 2

king slayer fog city layla reyne book reviewAuthor: Layla Reyne
Title: King Slayer
Series: Fog City 2
Genre: Romance; Crime
Pages: 195
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Didn’t I say I won’t read book 2 of Fog City? And yet here I am, having read “King Slayer” by Layla Reyne, having needed something not demanding of brain power.

About the Book: Betrayal and dark secrets put a wedge in between Dante and the King of the Madigan criminal empire. Neither can trust the other, it seems, being sword enemies and all. And yet, as threat to the Fog City rises, they have no choice but to work together.

My Opinion: A very overused tale. Vengeance for dead partners, partner’s dark past bubbling up, the no-surprise surprise of who the culprits were and all that.

At least it was short. 2 out of 5.

Categories: 2-5, Books: Crime, Books: Everything, Books: LGBT, crews, gangs, etc, Crime Books, LGBTQ+ Books, M/M Literature, mafia | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

book review | Flash and Bang by Patricia Logan | 2

Flash and Bang book cover reviewAuthor: Patricia Logan
Title: Flash and Bang
Series: Death and Destruction 2
Genre: Action literature; LGBT romance
Pages: 347
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Eh, alright. I’ve finished “Flash and Bang” by Patricia Logan, second book in Death and Destruction series. It was alright.

About the Book: A former marine with a past that comes back to bite him in the ass at the worst possible time. Just as he warmed up to the idea of being in love with his partner, amidst a wild chase of a terrorist cabal. Someone is trying to kill him and by doing so – keep endangering Wolfe, his partner. Time’s ticking and the list of suspects is thinning out…

My Opinion: I don’t enjoy long inner monologues of why the other person is so great and amazing. But the whole action was great, the chases, the explosions, the shooting. It’s half-half kind of situation here.

Book ended on a miniscule cliffhanger, so I’m considering the third book. Even if just to read about family reunion or something. But this one gets a 3 out of 5.

Categories: 3-5, Books: Everything, Books: LGBT, Books: Other Fiction, LGBTQ+ Books, M/M Literature, Mystery Books, Thriller Books | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

book review | Among the Living by Jordan Castillo Price | PsyCop 1

among the living psycop jordan castillo price book coverAuthor: Jordan Castillo Price
Title: Among the Living
Series: PsyCop 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance; LGBT Literature
Pages: 156
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Since there’s less time to read before the holidays hit, I’m on a hunt for shorter books. The first one I found that required some virtual dusting is “Among The Living” by Jordan Castillo Price. Pretty good for the paranormal mystery detective that’s this short.

About the Book: To solve crimes police force uses teams of two. A psychic detective, someone able to communicate with the dead on scene. And regular, someone able to keep cool and match unheard testimonies to evidence. But the new cases leave even someone as strong as Victor – baffled. There’s just no one on the scene to talk to. As if the soul moved on or…

My Opinion: Simple but good, easy to read, with pretty good protagonists. Though I somehow ended up liking the side characters better. They just had more dynamic to them, more story, more substance. Detective itself was nice, a little bit scary, a little bit twisty, just enough to keep you interested in what’s next.

Pretty good, will read more, 4 out of 5.

How’s you with time for books as holidays creep in?

Categories: 4-5, Books: Crime, Books: Everything, Books: Fantasy, Books: Horror, Books: LGBT, Books: Other Fiction, Books: Romance, Books: Supernatural, Crime Books, Detective Books, ghosts, LGBTQ+ Books, M/M Literature, Mystery Books, Nosferatu Books, Paranormal, paranormal romance, Thriller Books, urban fantasy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

book review | Carnival Row: Tangle in the Dark by Stephanie K. Smith

carnival row a tangle in the dark stephanie smith book reviewAuthor: Stephanie K. Smith
Title: Carnival Row: Tangle in the Dark
Series: –
Genre: High Fantasy; LGBT Literature
Pages: 4h
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

I really enjoyed Carnival Row, so I picked up “Carnival Row: Tangle in the Dark” by Stephanie K. Smith when I saw it in my recommended.

About the Book: Short little prequel to the series tells us about the life before war made Tourmaline and Vignette run. Life of carefree studies, dizzying poetry and the heights of love. And then they came. With their rules and restrictions, getting ever bolder…

My Opinion: You can read it and get the story no matter where you are with the series, watched it or not. A good captivating little piece of high fantasy.

A quick little read for the busy busy times, 4 out of 5

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Categories: 4-5, Books: Everything, Books: Fantasy, Books: LGBT, F/F Literature, Fantasy Books, high fantasy, LGBTQ+ Books | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

book review | How to Vex a Vampire by Alice Winters | VRC: Vampire Related Crimes 1

how to vex a vampire alice winters book reviewAuthor: Alice Winters
Title: How to Vex a Vampire
Series: VRC: Vampire Related Crimes 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy; Paranormal Romance
Pages: 360
Rate: 3/5 | goodreads

“How to Vex a Vampire” by Alice Winters is both the most annoying and the most amusing book of this year.

About the Book: Ever since he was a teen Finn was being stalked by an elder vampire. For a while he was gone and it seemed like Finn could finally live. But now he’s back and there’s only one way to deal with this. So Finn weasels his way into vampire crime department. Just in time before all hell breaks loose. See, not everyone likes vampires and humans coexisting. Some believe it’s only a matter of time until vampires try to assert dominance. So they made two types of drugs. One gets them blindly hooked. The other one sends them into wild bloodlust frenzy…

My Opinion: Banter is cringy, filler scenes are cringy, and dudes keep losing their pants. There’s no base to character development, they just switch gears as plot progresses, which is technically fine, it just makes for poor reading experience. But the plot itself is a saving grace, for it was interesting, and I wouldn’t be opposed to reading another one.

A 3 out of 5, sorry, I can’t get past the graphic “dog stole my pants and underwear” scene.

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Categories: Books: Everything, Books: Fantasy, Books: Horror, Books: LGBT, Books: Romance, LGBTQ+ Books, M/M Literature, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, vampires | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

book review | Pretty Sweet by Riley Hart, Christina Lee | Boys in Makeup 2

riley hart christina lee boys in makeup pretty sweet lgbt knygos apzvalga book reviewAuthor: Riley Hart, Christina Lee
Title: Pretty Sweet
Series: Boys in Makeup 2
Genre: LGBT Literature; Contemporary
Pages: 295
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Pretty Sweet” by Riley Hart and Christina Lee is a continuation in series Boys in Makeup, but is told from the perspective of Seth, Jessie’s roommate. And while it wasn’t exactly what I enjoy (I don’t like contemporary in general), it was definitely a decent read anyway.

About the Book: Seth’s mother was always controlling. But it got out of hand ever since his father died. Now she puppeteers every aspect of Seth’s life she can lay her hands on, from the car he drives, to the school he goes to. Thus forcing Seth into double life of which both are very secretive and closed off. Up until he meets Jake and his wonderful mother. Two caring and loving people. Exactly the family he has been missing.

My Opinion: There’s too many dull scenes of moving and furniture shopping. Are we really our cabinets? Well, maybe we are, maybe I just haven’t found a cabinet that’d speak to me. And the whole repeated heartache stories got on my nerves too. It’s as if authors were worried we’ll forget who the assholes are, and why these people are so broken. The plot was okay though, very easy to read, so I can’t say it was a bad book.

Not my cup of tea, but not bad either. A solid and firm 3 out of 5.

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Categories: 3-5, Books: Everything, Books: LGBT, Books: Other Fiction, Contemporary Books, LGBTQ+ Books, M/M Literature | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

book review | Gilded Cage by K.J. Charles | 2

gilded cage kj charles book review historical romanceAuthor: K.J. Charles
Title: Gilded Cage
Series: Lillywhite Boys 2
Genre: Historical Romance; Mystery
Pages: 248
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Oh how I miss just reading one K.J. Charles book after another. Lillywhite boys is one of my favorite series too, so “Gilded Cage“, second book in it, was a treat.

About the Book: Templeton Lane, one of the Lillywhite Boys, notorious jewelry thief, is obsessed with opals. So when news spread of an exceptional piece out there, he can’t contain himself. But solo job went awry as soon as it began, in the eerily quiet house, with a dead man on the floor. Now Templeton is wanted for murder he didn’t commit, and there’s only one person on earth who might both believe him, and help him.

My Opinion: Opals, Templeton’s love for them, are so well described, that now even I want one or two. The story is cleverly written, with detective Lazarus, a former con artist herself, navigating intrigues, secrets, plots, and seemingly everyone’s feelings. To add to that there’s a whole bunch of lovable characters.

If you got this far, I probably don’t need to sell you on another KJC book. Go take yourself a treat, I give it a 5 out of 5.

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Categories: 5-5, Books: Everything, Books: LGBT, Books: Other Fiction, Books: Romance, Historical Fiction Books, historical romance, LGBTQ+ Books | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Categories: 5-5, Books: Everything, Books: Fantasy, Books: LGBT, Books: Sci-Fi, dark fantasy, Fantasy Books, LGBTQ+ Books, M/M Literature, Sci-Fi Books | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Categories: 3-5, Books: Everything, Books: Fantasy, Books: LGBT, dark fantasy, Fantasy Books, LGBTQ+ Books, M/M Literature | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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