4 out of 5, Reviews, Uncategorized

Review: The Subs Club by J. A. Rock

Warning: This book is gay erotica.

the subs clubSummary: A year and a half ago, there was an accident that shook the BDSM community. David’s been holding his group of friends together the best he can. He blames himself for the death of their friend as he wasn’t there when the death occurred. Feeling increasingly guilty, he comes up with the idea of the Subs Club, a website forum where the Subs can talk in a safe place on how some problematic Dom’s participate in scenarios. Shortly after, David meets and falls in love with a no-nonsence Dom on FetLife, and decides to meet with him in order to rate him and warn other Subs of his behaviour. Things go awry for David, who only had the best intentions, and he even falls in love, which is worse and confusing. Add in the Dom’s find out and David finds himself in a growing rift, threatening to pit friends against each other.

My Thoughts: This was an online burrow from my Library, via Libby. The title  and book cover caught my eye. After reading the summary, I quickly settled down to read. I’ve never read gay erotica, and was gearing up for a really bad imitation of fanfic, but I was happily surprised when it wasn’t so. David’s character, though a bit whiny and incredibly petulant at times due to his lack of maturity, had an interesting growth of character. I rooted for him the entire book. There are graphic sex scenes, due to it being gay BDSM, but well developed. Much better developed that Fifty Shades of Gray. I don’t know much about the scene, but I know enough that the author is well versed in various play, and knows a great deal about kinks, etiquette, and vocabulary dealing with BDSM. I learned a lot, which I enjoy doing, even if the book is a work of fiction. 

The intricate plot developed with good pace, quickly but not so fast that you felt your head spinning. The language was well suited for the intended audience, with swearing and liberal amounts of sex talk. I have to say I did enjoy most things about this book. As I said before, David seemed immature, but towards the end he was really working on improving himself, which I admire. It’s always hard to realize major faults in oneself, but to go head on with them as he did, I must give him credit!

There are mentions of enema’s, paddling, spankings, and caning. Proceed at your own discretion.

However, if you are not bothered by such, I recommend this book! I will say I’m not planning on reading the rest of the series, as each book is each character’s point of view. I enjoyed the story that this one told, and that’s good enough for me.

 

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I give the Sub’s Club four out of five fox heads. It was a fun read!

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1 out of 5, 3 out of 5, LGBT, Uncategorized

Let’s Talk LGBT

When I was growing up, there was no internet. I had to find a subject I was interested in the hard way. By reading and looking for clues. I was fifteen when I found out I didn’t just like boys. Throughout my life, it has evolved into something so much more. I’m old enough that it no longer defines me, and I no longer get the heart thumping when anybody mentions the gay word. That’s not to say that I was never called vile names, or teased and bullied. No. However, I was lucky enough to grow up fearing the worst; that people would say that I was a lesbian. Or whatever the trendy word was at the time. In high school, this was devastating. After high school, I simply laughed and went about my way.

I look at today’s youth and I’m just so damn happy that they have the amount of information at their finger tips. I realize it’s still scary. I realize it’s still dangerous for some, that people are getting killed daily. I am and have been privileged to live in Canada, where the worst is people stop talking to you if they are homophobes. (I’m not speaking for every Canadian. I’m talking about my own personal experience. If there any Canadians out there who have had it worse; my heart goes out to you. And in no way am I trying to belittle or invalidate what you have or are going through.) That being said, today a lot of us know we are NOT alone, that there ARE people like us, and that  YES WE MATTER!!! We have our community that lifts us up, that stands behind us! We have our allies, that are constantly fighting with us, FOR us! Stand strong, and be proud!

(Please note: I dislike labeling myself personally, as I don’t believe I need it. I have the ability to love anybody. That’s all I feel comfortable saying. Thank you for your understanding.)

The first book on the list, is the first ever book that ended up in my hands on the topic. I was twenty-two at the time, and fell in love with the story. After that, I scoured the bookstore for more, and found the second and third on the list. These three are near and dear to my heart. The last two, I have yet to read.

 

595375This groundbreaking book is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings. The book has been banned from many school libraries and publicly burned in Kansas City.

Of the author and the book, the Margaret A. Edwards Award committee said, “Using a fluid, readable style, Garden opens a window through which readers can find courage to be true to themselves.”

 

 

 

316445._UY475_SS475_Regan’s brother Liam can’t stand the person he is during the day. Like the moon from whom Liam has chosen his female namesake, his true self, Luna, only reveals herself at night. In the secrecy of his basement bedroom Liam transforms himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be, with help from his sister’s clothes and makeup. Now, everything is about to change-Luna is preparing to emerge from her cocoon. But are Liam’s family and friends ready to welcome Luna into their lives? Compelling and provocative, this is an unforgettable novel about a transgender teen’s struggle for self-identity and acceptance.

 

 

220px-Keeping_You_a_Secret_coverWith a steady boyfriend, the position of Student Council President, and a chance to go to an Ivy League college, high school life is just fine for Holland Jaeger. At least it seems to be. But when Cece Goddard comes to school, everything changes. Cece and Holland have undeniable feelings for each other, but how will others react to their developing relationship? This moving love story between two girls is a worthy successor to Nancy Garden’s classic young adult coming out novel, Annie on My Mind. With her characteristic humor and breezy style, Peters has captured the compelling emotions of young love.

 

 

Brokeback_Mountain_Annie_ProulxAnnie Proulx has written some of the most original and brilliant short stories in contemporary literature, and for many readers and reviewers, “Brokeback Mountain” is her masterpiece.

Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they’re working as sheepherder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer.

Both men work hard, marry, and have kids because that’s what cowboys do. But over the course of many years and frequent separations this relationship becomes the most important thing in their lives, and they do anything they can to preserve it.

The New Yorker won the National Magazine Award for Fiction for its publication of “Brokeback Mountain,” and the story was included in Prize Stories 1998: The O. Henry Awards. In gorgeous and haunting prose, Proulx limns the difficult, dangerous affair between two cowboys that survives everything but the world’s violent intolerance.

 

51erEvChGpL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

 

What are some of the books you’ve read in the LGBT genre? What are some you want others to read?

2 out of 5, Reviews, Uncategorized

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

In this fable, the first man on earth to count the hours becomes Father Time.

The inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world – now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began – and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.

I read this in a few hours. I thought it was gonna be more to it. Not to say i didn’t enjoy it, but … The message to live your life to the fullest is pretty hard not to miss.

It’s got a religious tone to it, which I don’t mind. But Sarah, the girl, I hated her character. I found myself willing my eyes and just being annoyed with her throughout the story. I couldn’t enjoy it too much bc I simply kept swearing at how dumb she was.

For me it ruined the whole purpose of the story, which is live in the moment as that’s what God wants for us.

All in all, my verdict is two out of five foxes for this book.

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5 out of 5, Reviews

Review – The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

 

It took me several days to get through this book, only because my nephews kept coming over and demanded to play Pokemon Go with me!! I spent any spare time glued to this book.

This was from the library, and it was labelled Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I’m pretty sure this is New Adult, though. Maybe it’s both?

Paige was interesting enough. I did spend most of the time adoring Warden, though. I totally ship these two, and if they don’t become an item I will be disappointed. The characterization of Warden was brilliant. The coldness, the attitude he had towards everybody, and the caring side he had towards 40. It was sweet. Shannon did a brilliant job of building up the story and the development.

The world building was very thorough, though I ended up getting extremely confused between the ‘branded’ names the Reph had for their humans, and their actual names. I was also confused as to what some of the slang words meant, so kept having to refer to the terms at the back of the book. I’m really glad Shannon put those in. I was a bit disappointed as I never figured out it meant when Nick was calling Paige his pet name for her.

I was really hoping that Nashira would die a horrible, nasty death. Alas.

I felt bad for Seb. And my stomach twisted at what happened to Liss, when Julian ended up taking care of her. Man, I really enjoyed reading so much about the world and how deeper and deeper everything seemed to go.

I can rant and rave about this book! It’s a must read! I wish I had found out about this series sooner!!

Overall, I give this book five out of five foxes!

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1 out of 5, DNF, Reviews

Did not finish


Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?


Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.


As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.
I tried really hard to push past the first few chapters of The Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. I’ce been reading it on my phone and adjusted the font so it’s easier to read. I skipped ten or so pages trying to get to a good part so I have left off on page 113 of 505.

I realize in the book community it’s a big hit. I just found it boring. I couldn’t relate to any of the characters. I feel slightly guilty for not liking it, but I just don’t.

The main character, Finn, is treated with such disdain and is always getting his ass kicked, and nobody seems to care. I don’t like violence much but realize it does happen far too frequently. I know I didn’t get too far into the book to see what happens so I’m not sure what happens to Finn, so I can’t comment more on that.

Overall it left a bag taste in my mouth. Once I start flipping through chapters to see if anything interesting happens, I realize it’s not enjoyable for me.

This review isn’t a very good one and I apologise for that. I just have too much to read and don’t want to be bogged down by something I’m not enjoying.

I may try and revisit this book in a few days, no gaurentee. I give this book one paw out of five. 14994055313861417338720

2 out of 5, Reviews, Uncategorized

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan

20316954Summary: Clay Jannon is hired at Mr. Penumbra’s bookstore, third shift. He meets all sorts of interesting characters, that all seem to be reading the same books. Secret societies, Google HQ, weird roommates that build insane dioramas, and a mystery that’s never been solved in centuries! They all culminate at the end, but will they solve the ancient riddle?

Thoughts: The beginning of the book was fantastic. I settled in, as I’d never read anything that happened at a bookstore. It had a promising start, what with the mood and mystery, but two-thirds of the way I was getting bored. There was nothing remotely sinister happening, other than the bad guy being slightly threatening. No sense of impending doom, or racing against the clock, nothing like that. At the end, it felt forced, and contrived. 

Kat, the extremely smart girl who ends up dating Clay, is a bit of a bore. She’s written as flightly and has an attitude towards people who don’t work at Google. The only time she’s really in the picture is right near the end.

If you enjoy mystery and secret societies, you may like this book! More suitable for younger readers, or people who don’t read as much. It’s relatively short and easy to read. 

All in all I give it two paws out of five. After reading it and thinking on it for a day, I wasn’t really impressed with it. It could have been so much better, but it fell short. 

 

Publishing information: 

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN 0374214913
Genre: Fiction/Mystery
2 out of 5, Reviews, Uncategorized

Review – Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must DieSummary: A girl gets swept up into a tornado and deposited into Oz. Only this isn’t the Oz she expects. She meets witches and they all tell her, Dorothy must die!

Thoughts: First book in a series. This was an interesting read. I have to admit, I disliked the movie and found it boring. I could never keep my attention on it. Dorothy seemed too good, too sweet! Seeing Dorothy in this light was satisfying! I enjoyed the backstory told through conversations to Amy, the main character. It gave it depth, even if it was a bit to swallow. The romance was off, too. A bit forced. I prefer no romance in my YA, as most of the time it’s not done properly.

My favourite character was Star, Amy’s rat that came along for the ride. Amy was rather bland compared to the other characters. Halfway through, I wasn’t too sure if I liked it or not. I’m still not sure. I’d recommend it to people that like story re-tellings dark and moody. I’m glad I read it. I’m not glad I bought it.

Two of three paws for this one, folks. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have.

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And just to give you a heads up, there’s some controversy regarding Full Fathom Five. Here it is! Because of this, I won’t be buying the rest of the series. It’s too bad, because a lot of the authors that are affiliated with Full Fathom Five will end up suffereing.

 

Publishing Information: 

Hardcover, 452 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062280678
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy