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REVIEW: On the Enemy’s Side by Hamour Baika

The Official Description: In 1980, as the world is captivated by the Iranian hostage crisis, aspiring doctor Hesam drops out of medical school in Rome and returns to Iran to serve his country. A member of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, he becomes a prison guard in Ahwaz, assigned to investigate and interrogate political prisoners. The… Continue reading REVIEW: On the Enemy’s Side by Hamour Baika

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REVIEW: I Will Be Okay by Bill Elenbark

The Official Description: The intensity of two boys’ feelings for each other threatens to be overwhelmed by family tensions that rip them apart before their relationship even starts. Mateo’s father is overly obsessed with his fifteen-year-old son’s baseball achievements to the exclusion of other interests (manga, indie rock music, and Stick—the boy from the “troubled”… Continue reading REVIEW: I Will Be Okay by Bill Elenbark

Contemporary · diverse characters · general fiction · lgbtqia content · mental health · mystery · own voices author

REVIEW: the Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukadar

The Official Description: The author of the “vivid and urgent…important and timely” (The New York Times Book Review) debut The Map of Salt and Stars returns with this remarkably moving and lyrical novel following three generations of Syrian Americans who are linked by a mysterious species of bird and the truths they carry close to… Continue reading REVIEW: the Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukadar

general fiction · lgbtqia content · my faves · satire

REVIEW: Enter The Aardvark by Jessica Anthony

The Official Description: Only one thing stands between Alexander Paine Wilson and his destiny… and it has long ears, spoon-like claws and a tubular snout. Republican congressman Alexander Paine Wilson is determined that nothing will stop him in his campaign for re-election. Not the fact that he is a bachelor, not the fact that his main… Continue reading REVIEW: Enter The Aardvark by Jessica Anthony

5 stars · Contemporary · general fiction · lgbtqia content · mental health

REVIEW: The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickles

The Official Description: Set in 1986, a year after Rock Hudson’s death brought the news of AIDS into living rooms and kitchens across America, Lambda Literary award-winning author Carter Sickels’s second novel shines light on an overlooked part of the epidemic, those men who returned to the rural communities and families who’d rejected them. Six short… Continue reading REVIEW: The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickles

Contemporary · diverse characters · general fiction · lgbtqia content · mental health · substance abuse

REVIEW: On Chocorua by Robin Reardon

The Official Description: A mountain. A blizzard. A young man new to hiking and to love, making mistakes in both. First year of college. A great time to re-invent yourself. Nathan Bartlett takes the opportunity very seriously—maybe a little too seriously. And he makes mistakes. His mistakes? Falling for a straight guy who reminds him of… Continue reading REVIEW: On Chocorua by Robin Reardon

Contemporary · general fiction · mental health · sci-fi / fantasy · suspense

REVIEW: The Subjects by Sarah Hopkins

The Official Description: As we got closer I could see behind the sandstone a curved concrete building: a purpose-built structure. But still no fence, no wire. Not a bar in sight. For this, I’d been told that morning, I should be grateful. This was a ‘lifeline…a last chance’. That is what the judge said. Daniel is… Continue reading REVIEW: The Subjects by Sarah Hopkins

general fiction · lgbtqia content · mental health · substance abuse

REVIEW: Wounded Martyr by Courtney Maguire

The Official Description: Ice is an asshole, but he’s working on it. He’s two years sober, no small feat when you front a heavy metal band facing waning popularity and dismal ticket sales. But, the pieces of a life torn apart by alcoholism are finally coming back together. His band, Wounded Martyr, has written a great… Continue reading REVIEW: Wounded Martyr by Courtney Maguire

Contemporary · general fiction · lgbtqia content · sequel

REVIEW: Find Me by Andre Aciman

The Official Description: No novel in recent memory has spoken more movingly to contemporary readers about the nature of love than André Aciman’s haunting Call Me by Your Name. First published in 2007, it was hailed as “a love letter, an invocation . . . an exceptionally beautiful book” (Stacey D’Erasmo, The New York Times Book… Continue reading REVIEW: Find Me by Andre Aciman

general fiction · lgbtqia content · suspense

REVIEW: Comes The Dark by P.A. Turner

The Official Description: Comes the Dark exposes a corrupt politician's shadowy world of human depravity. In possession of information which could blow that shadowy world apart, 18-year-old Kyle escapes a life of abuse and goes on the run. One step ahead of his pursuers, he flees the harsh realities of Glasgow's homeless underworld, to the… Continue reading REVIEW: Comes The Dark by P.A. Turner

general fiction · sci-fi / fantasy

REVIEW: The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry

The Official Description: For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can't quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. His older brother, Rob -- a young lawyer with a normal house, a normal fiancee, and an utterly normal life -- hopes that this strange family secret will… Continue reading REVIEW: The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry

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REVIEW: Survivor’s Guilt And Other Stories by Greg Herren

The descriptive bit: This is a collection of dark-themed suspense stories. Essentially, it's a collection of tales about murder and untimely or suspicious death. There are bodies everywhere! Guilty people abound! My thoughts bit: The stories in this book hit you with horror where you live. RIGHT in your own mind. It's filled up with… Continue reading REVIEW: Survivor’s Guilt And Other Stories by Greg Herren