[Review] My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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My Sister, The Serial Killer

Oyinkan Braithwaite

What rating would you give it?
5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Goodreads Description)

My Sister, the Serial Killer is a blackly comic novel about how blood is thicker – and more difficult to get out of the carpet – than water…

When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defense and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…

What did you think of the book?

LET ME START BY SAYING: THIS IS NOT A THRILLER, NOR A MYSTERY, NOR A COMEDY, NOR A HORROR, NOR EVEN ALL THAT “DISTURBING” (at least not in the context of the bloody title reading “My sister, the SERIAL KILLER“). At most, I’d call this simple contemporary fiction showcasing mildly disturbing content.

That being said, I still ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK, but I DO believe it has been mislabeled and falsely advertised, which is why it’s getting some low star or “bad” reviews. People are going into this book looking for a thriller or murder mystery and getting… a confession? A “this is what happened – take it or leave it” sort of book, and it’s not what they expected??? If they could separate themselves from their initial disappointment (maybe even put the book down, walk away, and come back when they’re in the mood to read a different kind of book and not a nail-biting thriller-mystery) they’d realize the the book itself is GREAT. The hints of humor amidst a darkly cast scenario of two sisters struggling to keep it together and take control of their lives in world where women can be bought and sold into marriage no different than selling cattle to the highest bidder, is wonderful.

But is it thriller or nail-biting or have-you-at-the-edge-of-your-seat? Absolutely not.

This book reads almost like a “fictional” memoir than anything else. (Which is, I think, what it should have ACTUALLY been marketed as, jus’ sayin’…)

It’s a quick-paced, easy read that I finished in a single midday sitting. My three favourite aspects of this novel were (1) the message of strong family ties between the sisters, (2) Korode (the older sister)’s dry, almost sarcastic humor, and (3) the wholly entertaining interactions between the sisters: their bickering, their compromising, and their love. The characters are wonderfully developed, and the plot — though relatively predictable — was clear, well-thought, and still had a few surprises throughout, with insightful and illuminating flashbacks to the sisters’ childhood that 100% shaped them into the… *ehem*… killer women they are today.

I absolutely LOVE books that showcase strong bonds between siblings, and this book definitely fits the bill. It goes up there as a newly minted-five star favourite and I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a quick read novella or cozy thrillers/fictional memoirs/literary fiction with strong themes in: family, women supporting women, and African culture.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Nothing particularly out of the ordinary.

There’s blood, killing, some mildly sociopathic behavior, and more killing (and cleaning up the murder scene), but I mean… with a title like that, what else did you expect?? xD

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Three, this time!

Thaaat’s right, folks! This was the book I decided to read in honor of Hannigram Day 2019 xD It actually came across much milder than I thought, but it was still a good choice.

Would you recommend this book?

Definitely, definitely, definitely!

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Just heed my warning and don’t be misled by all the crap advertising.

I REPEAT:

THIS IS NOT A THRILLER, NOR A MYSTERY, NOR A COMEDY, NOR A HORROR, NOR EVEN ALL THAT “DISTURBING”. At most, I’d call this simple literary fiction showcasing mildly disturbing content.

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Doubleday Books
Publication Date: Nov 2018
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 226
Genre & Themes: Fiction, Contemporary, Cultural > Africa, Mystery > Crime, Thriller
Age: Adult (??) I mean, as a teen I’d definitely read it no problem…
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Borrowed from local library
Challenge: Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge, 2019 N.E.W.T.S., Hannigram Day 2019

[Book Review] As Spring Rain

As Spring Rain

Valentina Heart

What rating would you give it?
1.5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from Goodreads)

Michael only wants for his twin brother to be safe as he picks one bad boyfriend after another, never even lingering on the thought of loving Michael the way Michael loves him.

All Gabriel wants is Michael, each morning when he faces the day, and each night when he pulls a stranger’s face in for a kiss instead of the one he wants the most.

Fixing Gabriel’s boyfriend problems is a way of life for Michael, but what he doesn’t know happens behind closed doors, where Gabriel welcomes each kick or hit, and where he numbs his pain with the sharp edge of a razorblade.

Can they find a solution to their situation and make both of them happy?

What did you think of the book?

I decide to round up only because… well… ugh… Story wasn’t utterly horrible, but everything else was.

This was really bad. I mean, I understand it was a short story, but… this is ridiculous. So much went wrong, it isn’t even funny. And not to mention the writing. It was… *rubs at eyeballs and tries to erase image of horrible writing from my mind* I just want to forget the last half hour of my life ever happened.

This is how NOT to write a twincest book.

NEVER. AGAIN.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

There is SO MUCH to warn my readers away from. How about this? JUST STAY AWAY FROM THE BOOK COMPLETELY.

The end.

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Look, see? I’m smiling.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Tons and tons, hah ha~

Would you recommend this book?

DEFINITELY NOT. I just don’t know how a book could go so wrong. Really. I get the idea behind most of what happens in this book, but it’s just done in such a… fucking ridiculous manner that it all came across as some sort of twisted, demented, sick thing when it shouldn’t be. I get it. One brother wants the other, but in no way does it need to go down LIKE THAT just to get across the idea that he’s tormented by his feelings. Furthermore, who the fuck FUCKS SOMEONE “LOVINGLY” after finding them BLEEDING ALL OVER THE BATHROOM FLOOR in attempted suicide/trying to hurt and punish themselves? HUH? WHO THE HELL DOES THAT?!

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Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Silver Publishing
Publication Date: October 2012
Format: ebook, e-ARC
Pages: 85
Genre & Themes: Novella / Novelette,
Romance, Contemporary, Dark Fiction,
Twincest,  Incest, Attempted Suicide, Self
Mutilation, Cutting, QUILTBAG / LGBTQUIA
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
Challenge2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (27),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
2015 New To You Reading Challenge,
NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge,
2015 LGBT Reading Challenge

Books ‘N Tunes #4: Mind The Gap

Look’s like it’s time for another installment of my Books ‘N Tunes Reading Challenge! 😉

I’ve only got one song for this book, but honestly? It’s not like it should be all that surprising.

Mind the Gap, Volume 1: Intimate Strangers
by Jim McCann; Rodin Esquejo & Sonia Oback (Illustrators)

Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: October 2012
Format: ARC, e-copy
Pages: 168
Genre & Themes: Comas, Mystery, Thriller,
Intrigue, Rich Families, Comics & Graphic
Novels, Fiction, Fantasy, Surrealism,
Paranormal, Media Junkie, Whodunit,
Memory Loss, Existential Crisis
Age: OT / Young Adult / New Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
Challenges: 2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (36),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
Read A Million PagesEthereal 2015Books N Tunes,
105 Reading Challenge (Category: 1, 2, 4, 10),
2015 Graphic Novel and Comic Reading Challenge,
2015 New To You Reading Challenge (New Series &
Author To Me), NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge,
2015 LGBT Reading Challenge (GN/OTHER)

SUMMARY

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Elle Peterssen is young, wealthy, and beautiful – and there is a reason someone tried to kill her. Only, Elle doesn’t remember any of this.

Mind the Gap, the new series by the Eisner Award-winning writer JIM McCANN (Return of the Dapper Men), is a mystery with a paranormal twist.

Elle, in a spirit form detached from her comatose body, must not only unravel the mystery of her attacker’s identity and motive but her entire life as well.

Who can she trust, in both this word and in the gap she exists in that lies between life and death? Filled with twists and turns, Elle’s life isn’t the only one turned upside down by the attack on her life.

Deceit, secrets, and hidden agendas are everywhere in a story where everyone is a suspect, and no one is innocent.

*Collects Mind the Gap #1-5.


REVIEW

This one gets 4.5 Stars.

Ho boy! I was NOT expecting to like this one as much as I did. I honestly thought this was going to be another scenario of me falling for the cover and rolling my eyes at the contents, but asdfghjkl;lkjhgf I’m SO glad that wasn’t the case. XD What really surprised me was the complex story and phenomenal mystery element that ran through the story from start to finish. An excellent combination of gorgeous artwork and captivating storytelling that brought to life the characters and world of Mind The Gap.

So far, I don’t really have a character I don’t like. I mean, even the nasty characters are being perfectly spot-on to their role as antagonists. I will admit that I might absolutely be in love with Jo, if for no other reason then for what she did [HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILER]on page 90, 91, and 92 with the freakin’ candles and altars and proclaiming she’ll chant and dance naked if it’ll help get her friend back. [/HIGHLIGHT] Power to you, girl! You’re totally rockin’ my world. That’s a real friend for ya.
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I’m really curious as to where this story will go next. The classic whodunit routine is peppered with some newer elements but sticks closely to the typical mystery theme, with a bit of X-Files type drama to go along with it. I’m liking where it’s going, but only so long as it keeps me interested. Some things were predictable (at least to me) so I’ve got a feeling that I might have some idea as to what will go down in the next installment. Nonetheless, it’s definitely worth waiting to find out.

One thing that kinda bugged me were all of the pop culture references and shameless advertising for actors, products, tourism, and media references. I get this is comics, and that sorta thing happens constantly, but it was a little weird.

Not to mention the heavy song references at the beginning might have been a bit overdone. I got no problem with music in mah books (I’m a music junkie to the extreme so this can never displease me), but I would really appreciate it having some purpose besides its blatant advertisement and promotional appeal. Like if the songs actually related back to anything of significance to Elle’s life or something. ANYTHING.

I mean, the references to some songs will only make sense if people know the music (or in some cases, the music video aka cue random mention of bee girl from some random music video. WTF). Otherwise it sort of jars you out of the story and the continuity of whatever is going on. I had a few moments like that, and I’m probably the biggest music whore you’ll ever meet. If it has a beat, I probably know it or I soon as heck will! And yet, I still had a problem with the odd placement of some of the music inserts.

But all those things aside, I really enjoyed seeing all the diversity in this comic. POC, lesbians (one a DOCTOR and the other a COP! AND MARRIED NO LESS!!! *does a little happydance jig*), a biracial family, social class deconstructs… NON-IRRITATING MAIN AND SUPPORTING FEMALE CHARACTERS!

Deception and mayhem! Questions upon questions!

And all the behind-the-scenes sleuthing from so many angles! *siiiiiiiiiiigh* That’s the good life. I’m happy with the turn-out.

GIMME THE NEXT VOLUME NOW.

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As to any warnings I would give…

None that I can think of. General trippy-ness, but that’s about it.

Would I recommend?

Oh yeah! Definitely! This one’s a keeper! I’ll be purchasing a copy once it comes out myself!


TUNE

Orgy – Fiction (Dreams In Digital)


Reason for choosing these songs

Fiction (Dreams In Digital) by Orgy is a song I feel captures the entire essence of the book (and probably the whole series). I especially think the first verse pertains so closely to the entire situation at hand that it’s like the song was made for this book (or more likely… the book was made from the song). Either way, Elle is lost and living in a world of her imagination, trying to figure out what’s happening and where her place in all this is. Those in the “waking world” are just as lost as to what’s actually happened. And all the while there’s someone out there hunting her, toying with her, trying… to finish the job. The control over her life is gone, but she’s still fighting, still trying to find her way back to the waking world and the ones she loves.

Also, the whole sound of this song seems to work for me. The minute I started reading this graphic novel, this song just started floating through my mind. It just works no matter which way I look at it.


LYRICS

When You’re Gone
for she’s lost in coma where it’s beautiful
intoxicated from the deep sleep, deep sleep
do you wonder what it’s like
living in a permanent imagination?
sleeping to escape reality, but you like it like that

guilty by design
she’s nothing more then fiction.
she dreams in digital,
cause it’s better then nothing.
now that control is gone,
it seems unreal,
she’s dreaming in digital.
cause it’s better then nothing.
now that control is gone,
it seems unreal,
she’s dreaming in digital.
she dreams in digital.

and your pixel army can’t save you now
my finger’s on the kill switch
i remember i used to compose your dreams
control your dreams
and don’t be afraid to expose yourself
before i shut you down
you made some changes since the virus caught you sleeping

guilty by design
she’s nothing more then fiction.
she dreams in digital,
cause it’s better then nothing.
now that control is gone,
it seems unreal,
she’s dreaming in digital.
cause it’s better then nothing.
now that control is gone,
it seems unreal,
she’s dreaming in digital.
she dreams in digital.

she’s guilty by design!

cause it’s better then nothing.
now that control is gone,
it seems unreal,
she’s dreaming in digital.

she’s nothing more than fiction!

cause it’s better then nothing.
now that control is gone,
it seems unreal,
she’s dreaming in digital.

(Dreams in digital)

[Book Review] Resounding Truth by Kate Thomas

Resounding Truth

(Book 2.5 of The Resounding series)

Kate Thomas

What rating would you give it?
3.5 of 5 Stars

Is anything special going on for this book right now?

Yes, but of course! There’s a book tour and book giveaway going on until the 3rd, so go check them both out here.

Thoughts and review of the book?

Oho~ Well, well, well! This wasn’t half bad a read! I’m not sure if I’d ever get into this series (as in, actually want to pick up any more books and read them), but this book was a great introduction to the Resounding series, its characters, and world.

The ending kind of irked me a bit, but I have to remember it is a series and there needs to be some kind of hook to get you to want to read the next book. Sadly, I won’t be doing so, but it’s still a good hook regardless.

I think there’s a lot to work with here, in terms of story and plot, conflict, and all that… so I believe any follow-up books (and prior ones too) would be great reads. The thing for me, is that… well… I’m not really into books with plots and stories based on the supposed “age old war between the Vamps and the Weres” sorta thing. It’s fine. I have no problem with it, but I’m just really tired of reading it unless it’s taking a different spin on things: putting it into another genre (space vampires! or demigod weres! or… or… something. I dunno. It just can’t be the same old thing again and again), MAYBE making them allies instead of enemies (like kinda how this story is going by having some other more traditional vamps or weres or just simply humans in general not liking it and so it’s becomes like a “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” situation going on), or SOMETHING. Otherwise, I just don’t read these Vamps vs Weres stories.

Nonetheless, the story itself was wonderfully written. Kate Thomas’ style of writing is easy to follow, enjoyable, descriptive (but not too much), engaging, and witty at times. The characters, plot, and transition between scenes were well executed, and I really didn’t have any problems with anything. (Even the overdone Vampire vs. Werewolf plot-device was handled well.)

I think my favourite characters were definitely Caleb (because he was so comfortable in his own skin — a phenomenal Alpha with a kind and gentle spirit, but all the dominant, sexy attitude to make everyone around him respect him, be enthralled by him, but also want to be around him); Dru (because she was likewise very comfortable in her own skin. No silly, “But what do I do?! OH THE AGONY!” drama going on… just a cool, confident, smart, brave woman going on there); and — weirdly enough — Seth. I think it was his… idiotic innocence that got me. (And also the fact that I SWEAR TO GOD it seemed like he had the ultimate crush on his older brother. I was highly amused with the little things that came out of his mouth sometimes.) He was just so trusting, but not because he was naive or foolish… just very trusting of a brother who obviously does care for him, but sadly doesn’t actually respect him enough to not be going behind his back and messing with his mate. I do kinda wish Seth could have had the chance to maybe step up and been someone more worthy of an Alpha title, but at the same time, I’m glad he stayed true to himself. I mean, not everyone can be the Alpha… Whoever. And that’s cool too! That’s why Seth, for whatever reason, still made the favourite character list! 😉

All in all, a good, solid read! 🙂

**This complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

None in particular. There’s one heck of an aggressive Alpha in there, who’s a bit of an ass and does asinine things, but yeah. That’s about it. xD

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Well I should think so! xD

Would you recommend this book?

Although I probably won’t be reading more of the series, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a good romance, Werewolves vs Vampires plot/stories, ABO dynamics, Novellas, Paranormal Series, and the like. It’s a GOOD READ, so definitely worth recommending.

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Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Good Tales Book Tours
Publication Date: March 2015
Format: RvC, ebook
Pages: 92
Genre / Themes: Romance, Shifters, Vampires,
Werewolves, Paranormal, Interspecies
relations (or lack thereof), Vamps vs Weres,
D/s, ABO dynamics, Tribal Living, Aggressive /
Submissive Males, Dominant Females, Strong
Female Lead Character
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by GTBT
Challenge2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (18),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
2015 New To You Reading Challenge

 

[Book Review] The Daring Assignment by Victoria Bright

The Daring Assignment

(A Curvy Assignments Novel)

Victoria Bright

What rating would you give it?
4.5 of 5 Stars

Is anything special going on for this book right now?

Funny you should ask! 😛

There’s a book tour and book giveaway going on until the 30th of the month! Go check them both out here.

Thoughts and review of the book?

Now, y’see? This is an example of porn WITH plot. A very unexpectedly enjoyable read! This is not your everyday erotica, or romance! I daresay, this could be quite the delightful addition to anyone’s collection. The characters were great and (mostly) believable, as were all scenarios and happenings involved.

There were funny scenes, cute scenes, nauseating and even “trigger”-worthy scenes (none of which sexual or having anything at all to do with the sex… one was just violent, the others were just… degrading), yet all-in-all… the book was WELL put-together. I can’t really give too much more detail or I’ll give it away, but just imagine it as a story within a story writing the story you’re reading. If that made any sense AT ALL. xD

FOR SLIGHT SPOILERS & ME BEING RANTY, HIGHLIGHT TEXT BELOW:

The only thing that started to irk me was Arianna’s neediness towards the very end of the book. It was starting to get more than a little irritating, to be honest. I mean, you’ve got what you wanted! You mean to tell me it hasn’t even been an hour and you’re already feeling lonely because the house is empty? Give me a freakin’ break already.

Also, a few pages further in, we come across this equally idiotic scene:

“A solid knock on the door brought me out of my thoughts. I glanced at my watch and saw that it was nearly 11PM. […] I cautiously made my way to the door and looked through the peephole and saw a man in a hoodie with his back to the door. I slowly cracked it open. “Can I help you?” I asked.”

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What the hell, girl?! The hell are you just opening the door to some stranger in a hoodie, and you can’t even see his damn face?! WHAT IF HE HAD A GUN. WHAT IF YOU “CAUTIOUSLY” OPENING THE FUCKING DOOR DIDN’T REALLY HELP WHEN HE MUSCLES HIS WAY IN AND RAPE-KILLS-ROBS YOU? The fuck is wrong with you??? It doesn’t matter if you’re a guy, girl, or anything inbetween or otherwise! You going to get your ass robbed being that stupid! Especially in New York City! You are on your OWN now. WITH ENEMIES, no less! DO NOT FUCKIN OPEN THE DOOR TO SOME HOODED, SKETCHY-LOOKING STRANGER THAT WON’T SHOW YOU THEIR FACE FROM THE PEEPHOLE AND KEEPS THEIR BACK TO THE DOOR.

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*BANGS HEAD AGAINST DESK IN BIGGEST FACEDESK OF ALL TIME*

*clears throat — EHEM*

But Zane. Oh Zane. You were a real man, let me tell you. ❤ Probably my favourite character in the whole book, followed closely by Gia (whom I would gladly treat to as many margaritas and dirty martinis as she wanted for putting up with our main girl). But Zane… he did things right, even when he got screwed over by manipulative, twisted people. He stuck to his guns and held to his principles, and when things fell apart? He kept to his own feelings and heartbreak, and didn’t just rush back into things because someone else wanted him to. You gotta respect him for that.

All around, dream man. ❤ ❤ ❤

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Other than that? My only real problem actually boiled down to the typos and eye-twitch-worthy editorial issues that littered the pages. However, since I know that what I read was an uncorrected proof, I’ll let those things slide for now in favour of a deliciously hot and solid story and plot.

Last, but not least, I’ve got to mention: This isn’t really my thing. “Straight” erotica, that is. It’s actually been years and years since I’ve read any straight-ero that wasn’t utterly ridiculous and downright laughable. This book here, restores all my faith in good, plot-driven, funny, vanilla, hot AND romantic erotica.

Well done! A definite keeper for sure. Highly recommended~~!

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Well… it IS an erotica, so there’s sex. Lots of sex. But other than that, there’s nothing else that’s all that alarming or anything.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Well… it wasn’t exactly supposed to, but it does. xD

Would you recommend this book?

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Most definitely. That goes without saying! >:3

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: BookTrope
Publication Date: March 2015
Format: ebook
Pages: 185
Genre / Themes: Romance, Contemporary
Fiction Sex, Nudity, Love, Betrayal, Rich Folk,
Authors, Unfamiliar Territories, Prude,
Cheating, Perfect Man, Larger Than Life Ladies,
Plus Size Women, Independent Women,
Arranged Marriages, Love-Hate Relationships,
Sex Fantasties
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by Good Tales Book Tours for an
honest review
Challenge2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (49),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
2015 New To You Reading Challenge,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge

[Book Review] When Ryan Came Back

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Devon McCormack

What rating would you give it?
3/3.5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from Goodreads)
Steven’s life changes forever the day he discovers his childhood friend and lifelong crush, Ryan Walters, standing in his bedroom. The problem? Ryan Walters committed suicide just days earlier.

Ryan tells Steven that he didn’t kill himself. He believes he was murdered and that his death is linked to an article he was working on for the school paper. Steven sets out to solve the mystery, but as the story unfolds, so does Ryan’s secret life of sex with guys and depression. Steven realizes suicide is more plausible than Ryan’s conspiracy theory, but he struggles to convince Ryan of the real cause of his death. And despite revelations of his friend’s closeted life, he must face the truth that Ryan doesn’t—and never will—love him.

What did you think of the book?

My actual rating is around a 3, maybe 3.5 stars because it was okay, even if it wasn’t the greatest. I doubt I’ll ever forget it, but I probably won’t be reading it again anytime soon.

Overall, this book was alright. A sort of typical angsty teen-mystery thing with a “gay twist,” if that’s what you want to call it. I doubt I’d recommend it to anyone, unless they were really, REALLY curious. The ridiculously slow parts in the middle and beginning as well as that abrupt and rushed ending really didn’t help it any, so frankly I’m not that impressed.

However, it wasn’t a bad book. The writing was decent enough, and the story – though not particularly original – was interesting enough as well. I think I probably wanted more than just a teen melodrama, but as a YA book, I suppose it’s to be expected. (I haven’t really read too many YA books that don’t seem to focus on that, as though it’s the only thing to being a teenager. But whatever. Moving right along.) I was VERY happy with the outcome of the ending though – even if it was abrupt. I sort of wished we had gotten the chance to see more of that instead of all the other seemingly pointless run-around.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Not particu—WELL. I’d only say, be prepared for some really, really pointless filler action. You will read through areas that are solely there to fill pages. Mark my words. :/

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Yup! For a whole bunch~ xD

Would you recommend this book?

Ehhh….

maybe

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Publication Date: October 2014
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 230
Genre & Themes: Love, Love Beyond The Grave,
M/M Romance, QUILTBAG / LGBTQUI,
Paranormal, Ghosts & Spirits, Suicide, Murder,
Mystery, YA, Contemporary, Crazy Adults and
Equally Crazy Teens, Jealousy, Young/Old
Relationship & Sex, Mention of Underage Sex,
Mental Health Issues, High School Politics
Age: Young Adult (YA)
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provide by NetGalley
Challenge2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (8),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
2015 Monthly Motifs & Keyword Reading Challenge,
2015 LGBT Reading Challenge, Read A Million Pages,
105 Reading Challenge2015 NetGalley & Edelweiss
Reading Challenge
Ethereal 2015,

[Webcomic Review] 14 Nights (COMPLETE)

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Kristina Stipetic

What rating would you give it?
4.5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

This story is about a guy who is afraid of sex.

What did you think of the book?

So… the story is about a guy who is afraid of sex.

But trust me, it’s about so much more than that. This is a brilliant piece of fiction and artistry – both in the storytelling and the art – that has captivated me for over x years. I have been following this strange, and yet poignant tale from its first pages and can honestly say I am happy with the final results.

Unusual characters in an unusual story with an equally unusual ending. My only “problem,” you could say, is that Lucian is not so much afraid of sex, as he is just uninterested in it and lacks the desire for it. I mean, yes – to an extent, he is genuinely afraid of the idea of having sex with someone else. You can see that clearly in the nightmarish dreams he has so often through the pages. But it’s much more than that. Lucian is asexual, or some spectrum thereof. Probably aromantic. I’m not going to speculate further since titles aren’t used in the comic. Nevertheless, the story circles around this topic and the relationship he eventually builds with Nikita, a man who loves him and whom he too loves just as much.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Because of the obvious nature of the content: nudity, sex, cursing, and some horror-esque graphic imagery.

Is it available to read for free? Where can I purchase it?

The answer to both questions is right here.

You can read it for free here! Just click the link.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Yup! A whole bunch. xD

Would you recommend this book?

YES-YES

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Self-published (I believe…)
Publication Date: (Completed) May 2014
Format: electronic, webcomic
Pages: 128
Genre: Webcomic, Romance, M/M Romance,
QUILTBAG / LGBTQUI, Asexual, Disabled /
Handicap Main Characters, Contemporary
Fiction, Comic / Graphic Novel, Sex, Nudity,
Surrealism
Age: Young Adult / New Adult (I think…)
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: CLICK HERE
Challenge2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (18),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
2015 Graphic Novel and Comic Reading Challenge,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
2015 LGBT Reading Challenge,

[Manga Review] Aniki Joutou (complete series)

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(Aniki Joutou series, Volume #1 & 2)

Kano Shiuko

What rating would you give it?
3.75 (maybe 4) of 5 Stars

Is this series known by any other name(s)?

Yeah! A few! Yaizu Brothers is the most common, but others include: Yaizu Brothers Fuckin’ Cool, First-Class Big Brother, and even Gentle Green.

How did you come to read Aniki Joutou and what did you think of the series as a whole?

Well… hopefully you took a look at the themes (or in this case warnings) that I posted in the book details below, so you’ll know what to expect from this review. (If not, head on down to the bottom of this post to see them listed under the “genre” section.)

Speaking frankly, I… really didn’t know what to expect when I first picked this up. I knew there was going to be incest themes and such, so that wasn’t a problem (it was actually the reason why I picked it up/was recommended it in the first place). Prior to picking up this title, I had been compiling a masterlist of any and all yaoi/shounen ai/shota manga, manhua, and manhwa featuring incest (in any form or shape of the word) as a primary or minor theme. It was partially for my own reference, and partially because a list as such needed to be made somewhere in the universe, so why shouldn’t it be me making it? (P.S. – And since the list is STILL NOT DONE, I am just sort of holding onto it for now until I can sort it out further.)

And – because I needed to make sure that the books I added to the list actually belonged there – I then went about hunting down all titles I could find, so I could read them for myself.

Many I own. Many I “own” only as scanlations.

Then, as I was adding another name to the list, a title popped out at me: Aniki Joutou.

I was almost sure I had read it before… or at the very least owned it… Somewhere.

As it turned out, I did have a copy of it, although I hadn’t gotten the chance to read it yet. Thus… Aniki Joutou became the first of several “re-finds” I found in a batch of miscellaneous manga I had saved on my computer (from some time ago) with the explicit intent of reading at a later date.

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*EHEM* AWWWWKWAAAARD.

So, of course, remembering NOT A THING about this series outside of the fact that it must have interested me at some point in time and that it was an incest related manga, I opened the folder and began to read.

And then laugh. [And then repeatedly “WTF???!” throughout most of the pages because – really now – WHAT THE FUCK. XD ]

The story is… captivating in its concept and its choice of focus, to say the least; different, though a bit confusing, too… although that may have been due to bad translation (Note to self: Get raws or print copies of books ASAP.); and wholly, hilariously entertaining.

The Yaizu brothers (our protagonists) consist of Ichirou (30) eldest brother and owner of a night club for women clientele, gays, and cougars; Gou (24) second oldest, middle brother who freelances and part-times here and there and seems highly unreliable as a human being; and then there’s Ryuusei (15), the youngest brother still in high school and madly in love with Ichirou – though he has yet to realize it at the start of the first book. Their lives together are unconventional at best, and certainly traumatizing, in some respects to their – ehem – morality and sense of right and wrong, but strangely enough they all seem to be… pretty normal (considering), at least as families go. (Don’t look at me like that! I’m not weird. And they’re perfectly fine in their fucked up way!)

I generally don’t read these kinds of books for the sex that may or may not occur between the brothers sisters, cousins, or whatever – but more so on how the author deals with the family dynamics when one or more members are romantically or sexually involved with one another and in a relationship that most consider immoral and wrong.

I’ve seen the good. I’ve seen the bad. I’ve seen the comedic almost crack-spoof approach, too. I’ve seen the “let’s use this to our advantage and FANSERVICE (with or without a shred of substance behind it). I’ve also seen the “one is the manipulator, the other their willing or unwilling victim.” And so many others.

This one definitively followed the comedic, almost crack-spoof like approach with a hint of let’s use this to our advantage of FANSERVICE.

I’m really not complaining in the least. XD

Of the two books, I’d say the second one was better and more my favourite as it actually had substance and more of a plot.

All in all, it was a good read. My absolute favourite characters were Gou and Ga-chan (Gaku) because they were both such random characters XD So anything that featured them sort of ruled for me. 😉 The concept was an interesting one that I think was handled well, especially since it was meant to be at least part comedy. The twists of several revealing truths throughout the books also kept me interested and would keep any reader guessing.

Would you recommend this book?

Yeah, I think so! Read it, you know you wanna try!

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Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Biblos
Publication Date: 2002-2004
Format: electronic, scans
Pages: est. 366+
Genre: Drama, Yaoi, Romance, Smut,
QUILTBAG / LGBTQUIA, Playboys / Hosts,
Manga, Actual/Implied Incest / False Incest
(“Father”/”Sons”, “Brother”/”Brother”,
“Uncle”/”Nephew”), Family Dynamics,
Brother Complex, What It Means To Be
A Family, Adoption, Host Club, Gigolo/Male Escort,
Night Club, Unconventional or Alternative Families,
Cougars, Age Gap/Age Difference,
Misunderstanding/s, DILFS, BILFS, Mature/Erotic
Age: Adult (MATURE)
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Downloaded scanlations by Obsession
Challenge: 2014 Good Reads Reading Challenge (100)

[Book Review] Promise in a Kiss

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Piper Vaughn

What rating would you give it?

3 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Provided by GoodReads)
At the age of ten, Darren promised he would love his friend Adam forever and that they would someday marry, and sealed the promise with a kiss. One month later, his friend was gone, and their promise lost to the passage of time.

Years later, Darren can’t forget that long ago promise, and at the urging of a friend, decides to take a chance and track down the boy he once loved…

What did you think of the book?

It was cute. A “Disney-fairytale-ending” sort of cute. Short and to the point. Predictable, but that’s not all that bad a thing, in this case. I liked it, but that’s about it. It lived up to the base “expectations” I must have had for it, I guess, but it’s rated just average for me because when I done I was just like, “…okay? Is that is?”

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Oh well. At least it wasn’t a complete waste of time.

*Note:  I read this book for The Eclectic Reader challenge.*

Would you recommend this book?

Ehhh, I dunno. Maybe. I’d recommend it if – and I greatly stress IF – someone was solely looking for a cutesy, feel-good short story to brighten their day a little. Then I’d suggest it as a quick read.

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: March 2012
Format: eBook, RvC
Pages: 20
Genre: Fairytale endings, Modern
Fairytale Love,  M/M, M/M Romance QUILTBAG / LGBTQUI
Age: Young Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge: 2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (13),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
2015 LGBT Reading Challenge, Read A Million Pages,
105 Reading ChallengeThe Eclectic Reader  (#5 Contemporary Fiction), New To You

[Book Review] Wonderland

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(Book 1 apparently in a series?????)

Rob Browatzke

What rating would you give it?
2.5 of 5 Stars

What did you think of the book?

Wonderland should not have been the train-wreck that it was, okay? The “gay stereotype of every single one of the characters was a little much. There were some instances when it was at least funny, but for the most part it was really annoying. Luckily, not offensive. Just annoying.

Let’s just put it this way, there were some characters who made this read bearable for me, and Alex, our hero, was NOT one of them. But the twins? Even Brandon and the Caterpillar (for the few and far in-between moments he had)? Yeah. They were worth it. The rest was not. I don’t want to say this was trash, because that would *definitely* be too harsh, but I will say… it was really REALLY all over the place, and NOT in a good “Wonderland-esque” way, either. It seemed without direction and furthermore pointless at times, dragging on and on and getting nowhere, only to suddenly throw that ranty-psychotic ending at us and expect us, the reader, to be okay with it. only to sum everything up all happy-happy for a quickly hashed together epilogue that once again seemed quite pointless and did nothing to help me like the book even an inkling more. I feel like I just wasted the last couple hours I’ve spent on and off reading this book.

Also, the big reveal as to who The Queen of Hearts actually was? BIG disappointment. I was not happy to learn who she actually was. And all the stupid run around as to who had Steven?

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I was SO looking forward to this one, too. Queer Alice In Wonderland!!! How could this have possibly gone so wrong???? Honestly. HOW.

And what’s worse? This is supposed to be the first in a new SERIES. So there will be more.

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I just have no words.

Would you recommend this book?

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This isn’t even worth a quick, “pass-the-time” read.

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Kensington eBook
Expected Publication Date: February 2015
Format: eBook, ARC
Pages: N/A
Genre: Contemporary Queer Fairytale,
M/M Romance, Alice In Wonderland retelling,
Threesomes, Foursomes, Drugs, Partying,
Sex, “Mystery” (if that’s what you want to call
it… *eyeroll*)
Age: Adult (Explicit)
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
Challenge: 2014 Good Reads Reading Challenge (100)