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Netgalley Review: Contact by M.D. Neu

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Title: Contact
Author: M.D. Neu
Series: Book 1
Genre: Science Fiction
Page Count: 300
Publisher: Ninestar Press
Type of Book: Arc, Kindle Ebook
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 4/5 stars
Received: Netgalley
Notes: Death of an lgbt character, but makes sense for the plot. Harsh swearing from two different characters, and a bomb attack about halfway through the book in a populated city.

This is a hard book to review. While I flew through the pages, there’s several things that I didn’t much like about the book-the harsh language, and the death of an lgbt character made it a bit darker for me to read. The harsh language was almost off-putting for me, though I skimmed through a lot of that.

There wasn’t much in the romance department, though the obvious love between the main gay couple was evident and real, and I liked it. There were some issues that I had Jerry and his attitude towards Todd, but it made the character seem more realistic as well.

There’s small handfuls throughout this book of characters bashing LGBT characters, but it improves over time. Todd’s brother started out as hateful and mean, but eventually grew out of that, into something that was a bit more bearable.

The science, aliens, and first contact approach with this book was great. I really liked the detail that the author put into the storyline; it was almost as if I was living it, though unfortunately that’s not the case. I think the coolest thing was Faa and the purple mountains comment.

I definitely look forward to reading book two. The ending was a little bit of a cliff-hanger, though without a lot of ‘must have book two now’ it was more of a, what will happen next kind of thing.

4/5 well deserved stars.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

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ARC Review: Undertow

Undertow

Title: Undertow
Author: Brooklyn Ray
Series: Book 2
Genre: Fantasy, LGBT
Publisher: Ninestar Press LLC
Page Count:
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook, Netgalley Read
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: I got book two without reading book one. Whoops.

I really liked this one. At first, I was hesitant in reading it because it was book two, but once I started I could not stop. While there were several confusing moments, such as not knowing who certain characters were or why they mattered to the story, I essentially liked it. I especially loved the character Liam and Ryder, though I identified more easily with Liam.

Warnings: this contains LGBT gay characters, strong sex scenes, blood magic, some light swearing, and lots of drama

This book also contains selkies, witches, warlocks, and so much more! The story was fascinating, and I am definitely interested in getting book one to discover more from this really talented author. I could not begin to describe how much I liked this book once I really started into it.

I’m giving this a four out of five stars, mostly because I was an idiot and requested book two without realizing it, and you kinda do need to read book one to understand some of the things going on in the book. Otherwise, it was beautifully and emotional roll-coaster ride.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

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LGBT Book Reviews, Romance

Edelweiss Review: The Unbinding of Mary Reade

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Title: The Unbinding of Mary Reade
Author: Miriam McNamara
Series:
Genre: YA, LGBT, Adventure
Page Count: 300
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook, New Release
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Get your box of tissues ready!

Wow, this book! This book definitely tops my LGBT pick of the month! With pirates, adventure, and heartbreak around every corner, it’s hard not to fall for this little treasure. (See what I did there?)

Warning: physical abuse between husband/wife, cheating, and at least one blink and you miss it attempted suicide towards the end of the book

Mary Reade is a girl who disguises herself as a boy so that she can have more freedom. After her mother helps her to become a man, Mary lives her life as a pirate, learning how to fight and sail and survive out on the high seas.

It’s there, out in the open ocean on board a ship that they’re battling, that she meets Anne Boney, a beautiful woman that Mary falls hard for.

This book sparks so many emotions, that I had to have the tissue box close to hand several times. There are so many unfair things about women back then that infuriates me as well. And I’m still not to happy with all the forced religion either. Such a horrible time, but also such a magical time. It’s hard to describe exactly how this book made me feel when reading it, I’m sad that I put it off for so long, but I had quite a few other books to get to first.

I highly recommend this book, especially if like an honest feel-good lesbian pirate story that showcases the good in people as well as the bad. It’s an epic romance that deserves higher praise and isn’t getting nearly enough attention as it’s been getting. Being Bi myself, this book hits hard and is completely merciless in examining just how horrid men can be about women in disguise.

5/5 stars and I am definitely adding this to my automatic ‘to buy’ list!

-Until next time,
Pass Me That Book.

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Netgalley Review: Under the Midnight Sun

 

Under the Midnight Sun

Title: Under the Midnight Sun
Author:  Lore Graham
Genre: Fantasy, LGBT
Page Count: 150/200
Publisher: Less Than Three
Series:  ?
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Format, Netgalley Read
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 3.5/5 stars
Notes: Possibly this might be my LGBT pick of the month book?

I received this book from Netgalley after requesting it based on it’s title. The title was intriguing to me, and the cover was interesting as well. I wasn’t expecting an lgbt fantasy with Norse mythology however. It was a pleasant surprise, and a lovely read as well.

The eldest son of Thunderhill’s warrior-kings, Otto Johanson lives for battle but has forsaken love since the death of his partner three years ago. Still when the Midsummer festivities bring nomadic reindeer herders back to town, Otto can’t help but notice the handsome, if sullen, Lukas.

Tension rises between them during the annual tournament, but when a terrible attack devastates Thunderhill, Otto and Lukas must put aside their burgeoning rivalry to embark on a dangerous quest that may be the town’s only hope of survival.

-as described on Goodreads

The book was a bit short, with only about eight or nine chapters, I flew through it with ease. The characters were likable, the storyline was interesting, but I wished there was more. Granted, I didn’t really need more for the story to be complete, but I just wished that there was a bit more in general, because it just felt like a really fast read and I wanted it to last longer.

That being my only complaint, really, I found that the writing style of this book is almost lyrical. The characters are quite vivid, and I really liked Otto most of all, he was an fascinating character from the start. I do hope that there’s a sequel to this, though I’m not holding my breathe if there isn’t.

I give this book 3.5/5 stars, rounded up to 4 for a beautiful short novel that left me feeling lost in another world for a few enjoyable hours.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

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