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REVIEW: A Firecracker Wish by Ace Jameson

  As patients in a mental hospital, Drew's and Artie's meeting is anything but cute. The way that shy Artie approaches Drew over their shared love of art is. The instant connection between the two during the course of their stay in the hospital deepens as they share their fears, interests, and dreams. When Drew's… Continue reading REVIEW: A Firecracker Wish by Ace Jameson

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REVIEW: Ocean’s Echo by Everina Maxwell

  Rich socialite, inveterate flirt, and walking disaster Tennalhin Halkana can read minds. Tennal, like all neuromodified “readers,” is a security threat on his own. But when controlled, readers are a rare asset. Not only can they read minds, but they can navigate chaotic space, the maelstroms surrounding the gateway to the wider universe. Conscripted… Continue reading REVIEW: Ocean’s Echo by Everina Maxwell

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REVIEW: The Honeys by Ryan LaSala

From Ryan La Sala, the wildly popular author of Reverie, comes a twisted and tantalizing horror novel set amidst the bucolic splendor of a secluded summer retreat. Mars has always been the lesser twin, the shadow to his sister Caroline's radiance. But when Caroline dies under horrific circumstances, Mars is propelled to learn all he… Continue reading REVIEW: The Honeys by Ryan LaSala

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REVIEW: Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Foz Meadows

  “Stolen me? As soon to say a caged bird can be stolen by the sky.” Velasin vin Aaro never planned to marry at all, let alone a girl from neighboring Tithena. When an ugly confrontation reveals his preference for men, Vel fears he’s ruined the diplomatic union before it can even begin. But while… Continue reading REVIEW: Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Foz Meadows

Contemporary · lgbtqia content · mental health · physical disability · read the trigger warnings · romance · self-discovery · sexually explicit

REVIEW: This I Promise You by Jordon Greene and Kalob Dàniel

  Easton Belle is living his college dream: living with his best friend, underage drinking, working part-time at a local pet kennel, and running a successful social media campaign to keep a hardline theist out of Congress. However, that dream never included his horrid choice in men causing an unhealthy need to be wanted and… Continue reading REVIEW: This I Promise You by Jordon Greene and Kalob Dàniel

5 stars · Books · Contemporary · grief · lgbtqia content · mental health · my faves · new adult · read the trigger warnings · romance · sci-fi / fantasy · self-discovery · substance abuse · young adult

REVIEW: The Dove In The Belly by Jim Grimsley

At the University of North Carolina, Ronny's made some friends, kept his secrets, survived dorm life, and protected his heart. Until he can't. Ben is in some ways Ronny's opposite; he's big and solid where Ronny is small and slight. Ben's at UNC on a football scholarship. Confident, with that easy jock swagger, and an… Continue reading REVIEW: The Dove In The Belly by Jim Grimsley

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REVIEW: Bad Wrong Things by C.P. Harris

One promise. One summer to see it through. One explosive love fueled by mutual obsession. The day Clint sees his son, Joey, off to basic training, the young man he’s devoted his life to extracts one promise from him: spend the summer doing something selfish for a change. The request seems harmless enough until Joey… Continue reading REVIEW: Bad Wrong Things by C.P. Harris

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REVIEW: And They Lived by Steven Salvatore

Chase Arthur is a budding animator and hopeless romantic obsessed with Disney films and finding his true love, but he's plagued with the belief that he's not enough for anyone: he's recovering from an eating disorder and suffers from body dysmorphia fueled by his father, and can't quite figure out his gender identity. When Chase… Continue reading REVIEW: And They Lived by Steven Salvatore

Books · Contemporary · grief · lgbtqia content · mental health · new adult · Novella · read the trigger warnings · self-discovery · young adult

REVIEW: Calm Undone by Garth A. Fowler

Calm Undone is a young adult novel that tackles many of the issues relevant to young people today (feelings of loss, a dawning sense of self, and the awakening of attraction) with a gentle, accepting approach. Seventeen-year-old Tyler wants three things from his summer at the family beach-house: Run along the beach to get ready… Continue reading REVIEW: Calm Undone by Garth A. Fowler

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REVIEW: Howl By Shaun David Hutchinson

From critically acclaimed Shaun David Hutchinson comes a gritty and raw portrayal of the oftentimes traumatic experience of growing up. Virgil Knox was attacked by a monster. Of course, no one in Merritt believes him. Not even after he stumbled into the busy town center, bleeding, battered, and bruised, for everyone to see. He’d been… Continue reading REVIEW: Howl By Shaun David Hutchinson

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REVIEW: Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

NATURE IS CALLING—but they shouldn't have answered. Travel journalist and mountaineer Nick Grevers awakes from a coma to find that his climbing buddy, Augustin, is missing and presumed dead. Nick’s own injuries are as extensive as they are horrifying. His face wrapped in bandages and unable to speak, Nick claims amnesia—but he remembers everything. He… Continue reading REVIEW: Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

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REVIEW: The Whale Tattoo by Jon Ransom

The Whale Tattoo’ is a stunning achievement - one of the most impressive and assured debuts I’ve ever read’  Matt Cain 'A bold, brilliant and beautiful debut" Susannah Dunn Cruelly beautiful, utterly authentic – introducing a searingly talented new Queer writer. When a giant sperm whale washes up on the local beach it tells Joe… Continue reading REVIEW: The Whale Tattoo by Jon Ransom