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.

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.