5*, LGBTQ, Reviews

Review: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

CW: Homophobia, transphobia, forced outing, deadnaming, parental abuse and neglect, drug and alcohol use, cyberbullying

I have put off writing this book for far too long because I wasn’t sure how to put into words how I felt about this book, a book that’s not for me, but that I feel so incredibly happy to have read. But as a much wiser friend is so fond of telling me — the only way to do the thing is to do the thing. So. Today we’re going to do the thing and talk about why I loved Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender and why I think you will, too.

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5*, LGBTQ, Reviews, Romance

Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

CW: internalized fat shaming, references to child abuse (off the page), xenophobia, depictions of anxiety

There are so, so many romance tropes in the world to choose from that, simply stated, picking a favorite is a losing battle. BUT. If hard-pressed to pick one, having to go with “the prickly rules-y one falls for the unbuttoned kindly rebel” wouldn’t be the worst possible decision. Add to that a heaping helpful of adorable precocious children you’ll actually like, an island home that seems to have a magic all it’s own, and several lessons in appreciation over tolerance, keeping secrets, and when to make good trouble, and you’ll walk away with the absolutely darling The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. 

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Reviews, Sci-Fi

Review: To Be Taught, if Fortunate by Becky Chambers

There is no such thing as too many hopeful, optimistic narratives in fiction. Not now, in 2019, and not in science fiction specifically, a genre whose existence is dedicated to the imagination of potential futures. And while she is no stranger to bright, character-based science fiction adventures, Becky Chamber’s most recent novella, To Be Taught, if Fortunate is a step away from her Wayfairers universe into a different kind of story – one with a heart that beats so loud it screams, an enduring love letter to the mysteries of science, with an ending that will strike like lightning as a divide between those who loved it and those that didn’t. 

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LGBTQ, Reviews, Romance

Imperial Stout (Trouble Brewing #1) by Layla Rayne

Imperial Stout is the first book in Layla Reyne’s romantic suspense series Trouble Brewing, which exists as a companion/spin-off series to her previously published Agents Irish and Whiskey series. The book is hot, hot, hot, and the reading equivalent of the summer’s action blockbuster, with way more sex. Steamy, powerful, dynamic sex.

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