Tour Book Review: Imago by N.R. Walker

Imago (Imago, #1)

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Provided by Signal Boost Promotions
Publication Date:February 25th 2017
Publisher:BlueHeart Press
Point of View: First Person (Jack & Lawson)
Genres & Themes: Romance, M/M Romance,Contemporary, LGBTQA+

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Nerdy, introverted genius lepidopterist, Lawson Gale, is an expert on butterflies. He finds himself in a small town in Tasmania on a quest from an old professor to find an elusive species that may or may not even exist.

Local Parks and Wildlife officer, Jack Brighton, is an ordinary guy who loves his life in the sleepy town of Scottsdale. Along with his Border collie dog, Rosemary, his job, and good friends, he has enough to keep from being lonely.

But then he meets Lawson, and he knows he’s met someone special. There’s more to catching butterflies, Jack realises. Sometimes the most elusive creatures wear bowties, and sometimes they can’t be caught at all.

Lawson soon learns there are butterflies he can’t learn about it in books. They exist only in a touch, in a kiss, in a smile. He just has to let go first, so these butterflies can fly.

Imago is the story of finding love, bowties, and butterflies.

REVIEW:

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“I had to admit, I admired him, Okay, I more than I admired him. I was enamored with, charmed by, and attracted to him.”

And I have to admit, I was completely enamored with Imago.

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Book Review: Perfect Ten by L. Philips

Perfect Ten

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Provided by Edelweiss
Publication Date:June 6, 2017
Publisher:Viking Books for Young Readers
Point of View: First Person (Samson)
Genres & Themes:  Young Adult, LGBT+, Contemporary

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Who is Sam Raines’s Perfect Ten? 

It’s been two years since Sam broke up with the only other eligible gay guy in his high school, so to say he’s been going through a romantic drought is the understatement of the decade. But when Meg, his ex-Catholic-turned-Wiccan best friend, suggests performing a love spell, Sam is just desperate enough to try. He crafts a list of ten traits he wants in a boyfriend and burns it in a cemetery at midnight on Friday the 13th.

Enter three seemingly perfect guys, all in pursuit of Sam. There’s Gus, the suave French exchange student; Jamie, the sweet and shy artist; and Travis, the guitar-playing tattooed enigma. Even Sam’s ex-boyfriend Landon might want another chance.

But does a Perfect Ten even exist? Find out in this delectable coming-of-age romcom with just a touch of magic.

REVIEW:

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Warning: I’m going to get very ranty, and ragey, and spoilery!

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Book Review: Peter Darling by Austin Chant

Peter Darling

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Provided by Netgalley
Publication Date:February 15, 2017
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Point of View: Third POV (Hook & Peter)
Genres & Themes: Fantasy, LGBT+, Retellings, Peter Pan

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Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.

But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.

REVIEW:

This is all kinds of magical and gay, and I love it.

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Book Review:The Backstagers, Vol. 1 (The Backstagers) by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh

The Backstagers, Vol. 1 (The Backstagers, Volume One)

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Provided by Netgalley
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Publisher:Boom! Box
Point of View: Jory
Genres & Themes: Fantasy, LGBT, Young Adult

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All the world’s a stage . . . but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic—literally!

When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he’s taken in by the only ones who don’t treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Not only does he gain great, lifetime friends, Jory is also introduced to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain. With the unpredictable twists and turns of the underground world, the Backstagers venture into the unknown, determined to put together the best play their high school has ever seen.

James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Woods) teams up with artist Rian Sygh (Munchkin, Stolen Forest) for an incredibly earnest story that explores what it means to find a place to fit in when you’re kinda an outcast.

REVIEW:

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HOLD ME FOR THE CUTENESS OF THIS COMIC.

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Book Review: The Impossible Boy by Anna Martin

The Impossible Boy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Provided by Author/Publisher
Publication Date: January 16, 2017
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Point of View: Third Person (Stan & Ben)
Genres & Themes: Romance, M/M Romance, Anorexia

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This is not your average love story.

Ben Easton is not your average romantic hero. He’s a tattooed, badass, wannabe rock star, working in a perfectly horrible dive bar in Camden Town. His life is good, and he’s totally unprepared for how one man will turn it upside down.

Stan isn’t your average heroine. As a gender-fluid man, he proudly wears his blond hair long, his heels sky-high, and his makeup perfectly executed. A fashion industry prodigy, Stan is in London after stints working in Italy and New York City, and he quickly falls for Ben’s devil-may-care attitude and the warm, soft heart Ben hides behind it.

Beneath the perfect, elegant exterior, Stan has plenty of scars from teenage battles with anorexia. And it only takes the slightest slip for his demons to rush back in while Ben is away touring with his band. With the band on the brink of a breakthrough, Ben is forced to find a way to balance the opportunity of a lifetime with caring for his beautiful boyfriend.

REVIEW:

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I’m completely in love with this story.

I want to shout it from the rooftops, and have virtual books thrown at everyone (like their laps), so they can read it and just fall in love.

Stan and Ben captured my heart from the get-go. This is perhaps the closest book to how I picture a romance book close to perfection is—yeah. That’s how much I love it. I’m almost at the point that I don’t know how to say everything I want to say, because there is a lot that I want to say, but I’m sure I’ll forget stuff.

I’ll start at the beginning then.

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Book Review: The Summer Palace (Captive Prince #3.5) by C.S. Pacat

The Summer Palace (Captive Prince Short Stories #2)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Own
Publication Date: January 5, 2017
Publisher: Gatto
Point of View: Third Person (Damen)
Genres & Themes: Romance, M/M Romance, Fantasy, Historical, Short Stories, Novella

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“When all this is over, we could take horses and stay a week in the palace…”

Set after the events of the Captive Prince trilogy, The Summer Palace is a story about Damen and Laurent. It’s an epilogue of sorts to the Captive Prince series.

REVIEW:

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This is 30 pages of the epilogue Damen and Laurent deserved. That we the readers deserved.

I could even write a 30 page review on why this shorty was excellent, and why I basically highlighted the shit out of this book, that it reads like a christmas tree. Yet, 30 pages is really freaking short, and I know we all wanted a full fledge ending, in fact it safe to assume we wanted another book. Will Damen and Laurent get married? Who proposes to who? Do they both try to do it and Laurent messes up along the way and Damen thinks he doesn’t want to get married, but really he had the ring nearby and he just wanted it all perfect. Does Laurent top? Their kingdom is the best kingdom to ever kingdom, isn’t it? Will they have heirs? Will Damen ever meet his child? Will said child be the heir?

I mean there are is so much we all want, but what we get is honestly more than I thought we would ever get, if that at all makes sense. We get so much of out Laurent, out of Damen, out of their journey, and things that needed to be addressed. It isn’t perfect, and I think that’s deliberate as Pacat is saying this two might have ended up together, and they are happy, but I don’t forgot what has happened, and neither have they.

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Book Review: Leo Loves Aries (Signs of Love #1) by Anyta Sunday + Leo Tops Aries

Leo Loves Aries

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Netgalley
Publication Date:December 4, 2016
Publisher: Anyta Sunday
Point of View: Third Person (Theo)
Genres & Themes: Romance, M/M Romance, Contemporary, College, Roommates, Friends-to-Lovers, Slow-burn, Astrology

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A new person will enter your life in the early year, Leo. Look past any moments of frustration they might bring and laugh—this could be the start of a thriving friendship.

Theo Wallace usually laughs at the horoscopes his mom sends. Still hung up on his ex-girlfriend and practically friendless, this one begs him to reconsider. Because a friendship that stuck, that thrived…

Well, that would be a reason to leave past pains behind and look to the Bright Future.

When his sister Leone challenges him to find her the perfect date for a spring wedding, Theo uses it as a chance to make new friends. Theo’s ex economics tutor and newest roommate Mr. Jamie Cooper seems to be a possible and convenient match. Real convenient. Like written in the stars, convenient.

All he has to do is make sure this Jamie is good enough. Could really be The One for her, and the friend for him.

But watch out, Leo, the stars have a surprise in store…

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“Leo Loves Aries” is a sweet slow burn M/M romance with HEA. This New Adult college friends-to-lovers novel can be read as a standalone.

REVIEW:

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Have you ever watched or read something that left you in a complete hangover? The type of show/book that you need because an instant favorite of yours? It’s happened to me with a few shows/movies/books and there’s always this type of nostalgia. Yeah, that’s the only word I have for it—nostalgia. It’s this feeling in the pit of my stomach, and which I know I’ll never be the same, as cliche as that sounds.

Theo: It’s destiny.

Jamie: What is?

Theo: Us.

Jamie: Come again?

Theo: It’s written in the stars. 

I’d just finished watching Skam for the second time, and I did this back-to-back binge with it. And the thing is that Anyta Sunday’s Rock is a favorite of mine, and so I was absolutely stocked about Leo Loves Aries, but something kept me apprehensive. Little thing called Expectations. Except I should have had them, because it surpassed all of them.

Twins, Theo and Leone, had the worst year. Think about your girlfriend and boyfriend, respectively, breaking up with you only to start dating each other and then getting engaged, and sending you their invite. I mean, they do have to thank you for basically introducing them to each other….yikes.  Well, that’s exactly what happens to Theo and Leone. With a perfectly timed Astrology newsletter from their mother, Leone and Theo are ready to move on, and ready to find dates for their ex’s wedding.

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