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Native Wind by A.M. Burns


Native Wind

Native Wind by A.M. Burns

Series: Native Ingenuity, Book 1
Published by: DSP Publications on July 19, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

After the murder of his family, Trey McAllister found a home among the Comanche. Not only did they give him a place to live and a tribe to support him, but his innate magical abilities led to him being taken on as a shaman’s apprentice. The new home also gave Trey the opportunity to bond more closely with his friend Grey Talon. And their relationship quickly became more to both of them than they might otherwise have imagined.

As part of a bargain made by the tribe’s shaman, Trey and Grey Talon find themselves on a mission to track down a dragon’s daughter. But it’s not just a simple tracking mission. It’s a task that may bring them face-to-face with people more vile and more powerful than they’ve faced before. The two of them will need to work together, and they’ll need to be willing to rely on any extra help they might find along the way.

There’s quite a convergence of genre here. There are elements of historical fiction when it comes to place and people. Then one will find some fantasy in the use of magic. There’s mythology with the mention of spirits of the elements and dragons. And the mechanical creations that show up early in the book bring in a healthy helping of steampunk. But comes together in a way that really works.

This is one that I finished in a single sitting. Not only is it a relatively easy read, but it’s engaging. I had no real desire to put it down and go do something else until it was finished. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but I am certainly looking forward to more.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Finding the Sky by A.M. Burns

Finding the Sky

Book Info

Title: Finding the Sky
Author: A.M. Burns
Published: February 11, 2016
Pages: 180
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Dillon Smith doesn’t live in the best part of Dallas. And he’s looking forward to the end of the school year, so he can spend the summer away from the gangs and the classmates who are pressuring him to join one. Even though he doesn’t have a lot of friends, a gang’s just not something he wants to be a part of. But when he stumbles into the gang’s activities, he finds himself being treated as guilty for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Though he’s never been in trouble, his mother doesn’t believe him. Dillon’s uncle, Bryan, offers to take him for the summer, giving him the opportunity to spend time at Bryan’s house away from the city. Dillon isn’t jumping for joy at the prospect, but he gets along with his uncle and at least he won’t have to worry about any run-ins with the gang for the rest of the summer.

On the way to Bryan’s house, they come across an injured hawk along the side of the road. To Dillon’s surprise, Bryan suggests that they take the bird with him–his neighbors run a wildlife rehab, and their specialty just happens to be birds. This is just the start of Dillon’s journey and the whole new world of possibilities that opens up to him. Over the course of the summer, perhaps in having the space to do so for the first time, he discovers more about himself and about life than he ever could have imagined. And his fast friendship with the son of Bryan’s neighbors, Scott, proves to be a whole new experience all its own.

A coming-of-age story with some unique twists. Too many times those stories where young people question and come to terms with their sexuality are filled with pining and crushing over the hottest jock in school, harsh bullying, and overnight epiphanies accompanied with sudden confidence. While these are all realistic situations, it’s great to read a book that looks at different challenges that a young man in this situation might face. Dillon’s journey is one that definitely has its own challenges–and some of those are heartbreaking–but his story struck me as both fresh and authentic. A great LGBT YA title!

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]