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Bells, Halls and Balls by Dayton Idoni

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Book Info

Title: Bells, Halls and Balls
Author: Dayton Idoni
Published: February 27, 2014
Pages: 14
Publisher: Dayton Idoni
Rating: ★★★

Review

Queen Mary’s Comprehensive has been a school for decades, with a bit of a rich history present in its walls. Kevin is very popular in the school, with so many students stopping to say hello or tell him their problems. And he’s more than fine with watching over everyone as they pass by. It’s when he spies a student who sparks an attraction that he’s at a bit of a loss. It’s unlikely that the two of them will never be able to be together…

I don’t think I can say too much more about this story without spoiling everything. The approach is incredibly creative, and the twist that comes at the end is really quite ingenious. This is short and a very quick read, and it’s definitely worth your time to pick it up and flip through it.

Not Just Friends by Jay Northcote

20626492Title: Not Just Friends
Author: Jay Northcote
Published: February 24, 2014
Pages: 200
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Lewis never really suspected he was different–certainly not in that way. He had a girlfriend in school, but they broke up as he figured it might be difficult to keep a relationship going if they were going to be miles apart. But when he meets Max on his first night at university, there’s something about him that intrigues Lewis in a new way. It might be that Max is outgoing and not afraid to be himself. It might be that Max is witty and friendly. Or it might be that he finds Max attractive–wait, what? If that’s true, he knows he has some self-exploration to do, made all the more difficult by the fact that Max lives in his flat and his room is just down the hall.

This was definitely one of those sweet, somewhat fluffy/somewhat angsty gay-realization stories. The characters are all very likable and there’s a bit of an organic feel to the flow of the story. There are a few points where it almost feels like it burns just a tad slower than is needed, but it ends up being part of the overall build to the plot. A fun read!

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

17934530Title: Annihilation (Southern Reach, Book 1)
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Published: February 4, 2014
Pages: 195
Publisher: FSG Originals
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:

Area X.  No one really knows what it is, just that it has been separated from everything else and from civilization for a number of years.  Access is restricted, though small expeditions have been allowed in to study it and report back.  Some of them have made it out and others haven’t, though everyone who has gone in has wound up dead.  But now the twelfth of these expeditions is on its way into Area X and we get to see what it’s like inside in the journal of one of its four members.  There is definitely something different about Area X, but is it the environment or the people themselves that pose the real danger?

Wonderfully written, engaging, and truly unique.  Those are just a few ways I would describe this book, the beginning of a trilogy that I’m super excited to continue reading.  Things in this book are just confusing enough to leave you wondering, but not so much that one gets completely lost.  This is definitely one of the better science fiction books I’ve read in a long time, and I expect it to become a classic…

After the Rain by Daisy Harris

18277992Title: After the Rain (Fire and Rain, Book 2)
Author: Daisy Harris
Published: February 11, 2014
Pages: 161
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:

Henri’s latest boyfriend proved to be another asshole. He cheated on him and had the nerve to make Henri feel like the guilty one. Logan, on the other hand, hasn’t a previous boyfriend to speak of. He broke up with his girlfriend after moving to Seattle because he admitted to himself he was gay. But it’s one thing to say it and another thing to actually do something with another guy. When mutual friends invite the two of them on a camping trip and the campsite runs out of tents, forcing them to share, it provides an interesting opportunity for them both to explore something new.

These two guys…I just wanted to reach into the pages and shake them both on more than one occasion. Logan is so sweet and seemingly naive, but also incredibly forthright and strong-willed. Henri, on the other hand, is understandably defensive but has an incredible heart once he lets someone in. I thoroughly enjoyed this installment–this book is part of a series, but can certainly be read as a stand-alone as well–and look forward to the next one.

The Servant Prince by Hurri Cosmo

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Title: The Servant Prince (Ice Dragon Tales, Book 1)
Author: Hurri Cosmo
Published: February 15, 2014
Publisher: Silver Publishing

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:
After reading this, I cannot wait to pick up the second installment when it releases in September.

Joron is a prince of Blade Run, but being the second (and a bastard) son, he is not the first in line for the throne. When his older brother, Diagus, returns as their father is dying, Joron has no idea what lies ahead for him. When he learns that his father intends to leave him as the owner of the Ice Dragon Pass – much to the dismay of Diagus – Joron knows he will not be safe after his father’s death. And when Diagus negotiates a deal with King Aric of a neighboring kingdom promising the hand of their already engaged sister, Joron decides to use his rights to the pass to set things right only to find that Aric wants something else Joron can offer…

Mistaken identity, murderous plots, attempted rape, arranged marriages, secret missions, incestuous advances – there is much packed into the pages of this one. It’s easy to get caught up in this world and, like me, to be left with nothing more than a desire to know what happens next when it ends.

Content warning: [attempted incest, attempted rape, dubious consent]

Title: Being Chase
Author: J.J. Scotts
Publication Date: February 23, 2014

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
Being Chase is one of those books where since I’ve finished it, I still haven’t decided exactly how I feel about it. It’s rather short, and as a result, I don’t feel like it got the chance to tell a real story. I know that it’s a serial, but even with serial fiction there should be small arcs in each installment. This one did quite a bit to set up the rest of the story, I’m guessing, but it just sort of let me going ‘Huh?’ at the end. That said, I’m intrigued. I was pulled in quickly (which is probably why I was so disappointed when the story just sort of cut off) and I’m interested to see where things go.