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3.5 & 4 Stars for The Need to Touch by Brooke Johnson and Natalya Parks – #M/M

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Title: The Need to Touch
Author Name: Brooke Johnson and Natalya Parks
Publication Date & Length: March 12, 2014 – 220 pgs

Synopsis

*Warning: Mature content*

You can only win someone’s heart once you’ve captured it.

Nineteen year old Ryder Harrison grew up on the outskirts of a small town in Montana. He was working on the family’s ranch and in love with his best friend, Landon Pennington–and as happy as a pig in shit. That was until his grandfather ships him off to ‘the big city’ in California, to attend a college he had no desire of going to. Regretfully Ryder promised his mother before her passing that he’d finish his education. Staying true to his word, he packs up his shit kickers and heads out. With the mindset that every dreadful thing he could think of was bound to happen to him, he faced the new challenges, Hook-Line-and Sinker! However, the one thing he didn’t plan on was hooking the biggest catch of his life, Bentley Carter!

Twenty year old Bentley Carter has more emotional issues than the Diagnostic Manual for Mental Disorders has treatments. Living through an abusive childhood, he made a personal promise to always stay true to himself. He promised himself that never again would he let emotions over rule his common sense. Satisfied with his current ‘friend with benefits’ he was ready to chase his new college roommate away. The only thing he didn’t expect was to literally chase Ryder back to Montana. Ryder is everything Ben didn’t want, yet can’t live without.

As young adults living in a cruel and unforgiving world, they are devoted to unmasking the truths about falling in love…

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Review

ThreeandHalfStars

This is a relatively quick, easy read, perfect for a relaxed afternoon. Despite a few hints at heavier subjects, it’s mostly light, fluffy, steamy fare. The characters are likable and the story isn’t difficult to follow. If you’re looking for something mostly for escapism, this book is a good option.
My one hesitation is that the plot mostly seems like filler between the sex scenes. That’s fine, except that the authors seemed to be hinting at the troubled pasts of both main characters yet glossing over it and offering unrealistically quick resolution. At times, Ben in particular came across as though he’d had years of therapy and knew how to identify all his issues, though he didn’t seem in a hurry to actually resolve them. The relationship between Ryder and his grandfather also seemed shallow and unrealistic. I also wasn’t impressed by multiple uses of implied rape to make the characters more sympathetic. That’s a common trope in romance novels with female protagonists, creating the “flaw” that the male hero needs to save his woman from. Not that I think rape doesn’t happen to men, I just wish the authors had used a different plot device to create emotional drama.
The other problem I noted was that the copy I read had numerous grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors. It could have benefited from a good copy editor or beta reader. That might also have resolved some of the issues I noted in terms of the story as well.
One thing that did impress me was how seamless the writing was despite being penned by two authors. They did an excellent job blending their writing. After reading their bios, I assume that comes from their lifetime of friendship. It’s definitely a strength.

Readers should be forewarned that the book ends with a cliffhanger. I personally like books that end that way; it makes me look forward to whatever comes next. In this case particularly, I expect the authors will grow as writers. But some people may be disappointed that the story isn’t sufficiently wrapped up at the end.

I give it 3.5 stars.

~Amy

FourStars

Ryder and Bentley (Ben) are great characters who learn to come in to their own throughout this story. It was a refreshing read with true life complications, past hurts that both characters have to come to terms with and a few past lovers who may or may not have created jealousy amongst Ryder and Ben. However, in the end, each character learns something new about themselves.

I enjoyed the relationships throughout the book that were outside of Ryder and Ben’s – I thought that it helped in the character development of each individual character and then helped in their relationship with each other as well. With Ryder’s reluctance to leave his home in Montana and Ben’s reluctance to devlope more than a simple friendly connection – they each take a journey that will break down what they think they want and rebuild them into who they were always been meant to be.

I enjoyed the relationship between Ryder and Pop a lot – I thought it went a long way for Ryder to be able to leave MT even though he might not have wanted to – It was at Pop’s insistance that Ryder attend school and even though Pop is slightly rough around the edges, I couldn’t help but love Pop’s support of Ryder.

Ethan was another character that I learned to really like – despite his somewhat odd relationship with Ben, I came to realize that even though Ben would never love Ethan the way that he loved Ryder, Ethan was an important support for both characters in the end.

I wish I would have known this book ended with a slight cliff hanger – now I want to know what is going to happen in the future!

There were a few different formatting issues, but I loved the nail polish spacers.

~AvidReader

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Brooke Johnson lives in Louisiana with her husband, five children and their many pets. When she’s not working on her novels, she can be found hunting, fishing, and playing games with her family.

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A Tooth for a Fang – @LiviaOlteano #M/M #LBGT

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Title: A Tooth For a Fang
Author Name: Liv Olteano
Publication Date & Length: September 3, 2014 – 216pgs

Synopsis

Three days. Three dead bodies. One newly turned, broken-hearted lycan tracker to figure out the connection.

The one summer Rick Barton takes a vacation, all hell breaks loose. Running from an abusive relationship leads him into the arms of hard-nosed lycan Travis Chandler, who gives him little choice but to become a lycan too and join the Paranormal Bureau of Investigation. Out of options, Rick joins the weird organization, expecting some two weeks of training and an adjustment period. Tough luck, he doesn’t get either. On his first day, his new partner offers to promote him to field agent if they get mated – less time wasted on training, more time on the field, and considering Rick is the only tracker the Bureau has on hand when a wave of strange murders hits the community, time is of the essence.

Someone’s killing the leaders of the paranormal world and mutilating the bodies. Investigating and tracking clues is enough of a challenge, and Rick must contend with an impatient Council, Travis’s advances, and actually adjusting to being a lycan. Only one thing is certain: Rick’s new life promises plenty of interesting adventures—as long as he can survive.

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FourandHalfStars

When I picked this up, it was with some hesitation that it might be more or less just another werewolf novel. I was pleasantly surprised and delighted to find it was nothing of the sort.

There’s almost nothing I didn’t love about this book. It was a fun, sexy read with plenty of plot to hold my interest. I enjoyed the detective/murder mystery aspect, though I did think the person caught in the end was a little predictable.

For such a light read, I thought the author explored issues of power abuse, control, and intimate partner violence were fantastic. Though the abuse the main character, Rick, had been through was central to the plot, it came across as realistic rather than preachy. It’s a sensitive topic, but the author managed to convey some deep feelings woven nicely among the more lighthearted and steamy moments.

I was worried the end might be too much of a cliffhanger, but the elements came together nicely. And if this is part if a series, I look forward to reading more about these characters.

My only concern was that there were some minor formatting issues in the Kindle version I read. Otherwise, it’s very well-written.

Overall, this was a terrific read, and I recommend it to anyone who likes detective stories, non-human creatures, hot sex, and powerful-but-loving men, served with a side of social issues.

I give it 4.5 stars.

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Voracious reader, music lover, and coffee addict extraordinaire. And occasional geek. Okay, more than occasional.

Lover of diversity and quirky character, spamificating the world
Be afraid, be very afraid. 😀

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3.5 Stars for Ancient House of Cards by Bryan T. Clark @bryantclarkx2 #MM #romance

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Title: Ancient House of Cards
Author Name: Bryan T. Clark
Publication Date & Length: Feb 21, 2014 – 196 pgs

Synopsis

Sebastian Morales is smart, gorgeous and has just turned 30. He is also one of the youngest Priests to be assigned to the sleepy little town of Morris Colorado, nestled just below the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Born in a remote village in Spain, Father Morales’ life had been perfectly scripted as he obtained his dreams. Now in America, he is at task with revitalizing an aging congregation. The job seems easy until he meets Ian Stephens. Ian is troubled, good looking, openly gay and trapped between his own dreams and the responsibility he feels for the care of his aging mother.

Escorting his mother to Sunday Mass one morning, Ian and Father Morales’ life intersect, changing both forever. Ian believes he has seen something in the Father’s eyes that morning, a spark, an intuition, or was he just fantasizing about the seductively alluring priest.

Ian is willing to risk it all in order to find the answer, in turn feeding his own sexual desires and causing boundaries to be questioned by everyone.

After an unforeseen yet unforgettable kiss between the two men, will an Ancient House of Cards be toppled when they are faced with confronting the moral dilemma that neither of them can escape?

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Review

ThreeandHalfStars

I chose this book because I can’t resist stories with spiritual or religious themes. For the most part, I enjoyed it.

As with any story, my favorite part is always the characters. The people populating this story were interesting and diverse, and none of them felt flat to me. I liked reading about their various struggles, all of which were relatable. Their human failings made them more, not less, likable and intriguing.

I appreciated that the characters were not all standard, white Americans. There was quite a bit of diversity. And I did think it was fun that Ian’s best friend was named Niles and had a cat called Mr. French. Those were details I found particularly charming.

I did feel that the writing was uneven at times. There were some absolutely brilliant moments, including some of the details about the setting and some of the character interactions. At other times, however, the narrative seemed flat and the dialog a bit stiff. The whole thing could have benefited from a thorough going-over by an editor or a few skilled beta readers.

The end also left me feeling a bit deflated. That wasn’t because of where the main characters ended up but because it felt rushed. I had been hoping throughout that we might see a bit more depth regarding their spirituality, but it never quite got there. Then, at the end, there was an epilogue that sort of tidied things up. Unfortunately, it wasn’t terribly realistic, and not enough time passed for the particular scenario to have been realistic.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read, and I recommend it, but with the qualifier that it may not be what you’re looking for if you want a book with deeper spiritual themes.

I give it 3.5 stars.

~Amy

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Bryan Thomas Clark is a boisterous extravert who is a proud member of the LGBT community. For the last 30 years, he has enjoyed a career in Law Enforcement. On the weekends is when his characters are born and grow into the people his readers will fall in love with. Behind his keyboard working on his next novel, he writes gay fiction with an emphasis on a moral dilemma and M/M romance.

On the rare occasions he isn’t writing, Bryan enjoys traveling, following his husband around the state of California to various equestrian competitions, lying by a body of water soaking up the sun, or watching a good movie while snuggled up with his husband and dog on the couch.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Bryan now resides in the Central Valley of California with his husband of twenty-eight years and their four legged loyal companion, Miss Celie.

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5 Stars for Amber by T. Strange – @TqStrange #M/M

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Title: Amber
Author Name: T. Strange
Publication Date & Length: January 15, 2014 – 52pgs

Synopsis

Anthony was a painter until he lost the ability to see color. Worse than color blindness, the edges of objects and people blur together, making it almost impossible for Anthony to interact with anyone or anything. After retreating from the world for decades, he sees a glimpse of yellow that leads him to a musician, Teague. At first Anthony is frightened and overwhelmed by the color, but he can’t stay away from Teague for long. He finds the courage to confront Teague and explain his unusual problem and Teague’s role in helping him. To Anthony’s relief, Teague believes him. Very quickly, they both suspect that getting the colors back is more important to Anthony than his relationship with Teague. If Anthony pushes too hard, he’ll lose Teague, and possibly the colors, forever.

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I admit that when I began reading this, I didn’t have high hopes. It began a little oddly, and it was hard to tell where it was going at first. The author’s style is very poetic with a lot of metaphors, and I was concerned that it would become hard to read. Instead, it was exactly the opposite. Once I was a few pages in, I couldn’t put it down.

This is one of the most wonderful short stories I’ve read in a long time. It’s sensual, beautiful, and emotional without being overdone. By the end, and despite–or perhaps because of–the happy-for-now ending, I was in tears.

The tension between what the main character thinks he wants (to regain his ability to see color) and what he discovers he actually wants (love) is beautifully woven into all Anthony and Teague’s interactions, from the mundane to the erotic. They are an exceptional pair, their own people yet highly relatable.

It will take me some time to process the layers and subtleties of the story. Far from being a bad thing, that makes this work masterful. It’s a must-read for anyone who enjoys taking a deeper look at the complexities of life and relationships. However, for some people, that may be a turn-off, particularly those who simply want to read a good story with a happy ending.

Because of the short length, I was able to sit down and read the whole thing at once. Rather than leaving me wanting more, I finished the story fully satisfied. It is an excellent stand-alone piece. I hope to read more from this author.

I give it 5 stars.

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T. Strange is the author of several works, all published with Torquere Press. She and her wife live somewhere on the Canadian Prairies. When not writing, T. likes to spend her days gardening, watching movies and riding her horse. One of T.’s favourite possessions is a rainbow squid hat named Dr. Squiddington.

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3 Stars for Loved, Settled and Understood by @KirstyGrant2 #F/F #lesbain #romance

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Title: Loved, Settled and Understood
Author Name: Kirsty Grant
Publication Date & Length: July 24, 2014 — 126 pgs

Synopsis

Following the death of her best friend, Laura, Sophie’s life is thrown into turmoil. Torn between the stability of her long term relationship with her boyfriend, Jeff, and the unexpected raw desire for Laura’s sister, Jane, Sophie finds herself questioning her sexuality. Acting upon her desire, Sophie discovers that following her heart has unforeseen consequences and she finds herself tangled in a web of complicated love and heartache. Loved, Settled and Understood is a passionate love story which takes Sophie on a life altering journey of grief, lust, love and anger. How many hearts will be broken in the quest for true love? Is it easier to walk away from love to avoid heartache? Will the words of her late friend, Laura, echo true and will Sophie ever be loved, settled and understood?

Review

ThreeStar

This novel is a fairly quick read. I was able to finish it in a single evening. It’s reasonably fast-paced with a cohesive plotline that moves along without sidetracking and unnecessary elements.

There were some things I liked and some things I think could have been improved upon. I was drawn in by the part of the plot involving the death of Laura, the main character’s best friend. Having lost a good friend to breast cancer a few years ago, I felt a sense of solidarity with Sophie in her grief.

Second, I enjoyed the sex scenes between Sophie and her love interest, Jane. They are steamy and descriptive, but not over-the-top with either flowery language or graphic vocabulary. They were nicely sensual. I also appreciated the realism of mild experimenting between Sophie and her friend Val without them suddenly developing lust or love for each other.

As far as things that could have been improved: I think the book as a whole could have benefited from higher quality editing. At times, the style was excellent, particularly at its most romantic. However, the rest of the story often felt like lower-quality filler in order to advance to the next romantic interlude. The entire first chapter had errors in punctuation and verb tense which were somewhat distracting.
I was disappointed that Sophie assured us multiple times that she was “not gay” as she came to terms with her sexuality. She seemed to have the common mistaken belief that there are no bisexual people or that she could not be one. This might have been all right if it weren’t overused multiple times each chapter before Sophie finally accepted her identity.
Finally, I was uncomfortable with some of the plot elements, particularly those that seemed like or actually were domestic violence. It’s difficult to believe, for example, that a woman who had been attacked by an intimate partner would eventually develop a warm friendship with that person. I was also bothered by the way Jane came across as a bit of a stalker, yet the reader was supposed to hope she and Sophie made things work.
Overall, this was an all right story. It was mildly entertaining, but I don’t feel as though I’ve come away from it changed in any way. On the other hand, I believe this author has potential, and I would enjoy reading her other work as she grows in her writing.
I give it 3 stars.
~ Amy
ThreeStar

This is a quick read, but it took me awhile to get into it. The writing is not great. The novel is written in first person, but the main character is lacking in personality until more than halfway through the novel. The plot is what helped move this piece.

I did, however, have some issues with the plot. Jeff, Sophie’s boyfriend, seems to have three or four different personalities. He goes from being a douche who just wants sex and cares only about his pleasure, to a total gentleman who will do anything for his girlfriend in the span of two chapters. Later on, he becomes violent to the point of almost raping Sophie, and then he’s perfectly normal and cute again at the end of the piece. The violence is what shocked me the most. For a relationship that has lasted either 2 or 4 years, unknown as it was a continuity error, Sophie should have known whether he was an abuser or not. If he was, that should have come through before halfway through the novel. I also did not like the fact that Sophie let him back into her life after something like that

The relationship between Jane and Sophie was the driving force for the first half of the novel, and it was great to see a budding relationship that had a lot of issues to overcome and seemed to overcome them. I think this is where the story was best woven and written. The anticipation was built, the struggles Sophie faced were felt, and the scenes were most vivid and well- written in this section.

By the end of the novel, I didn’t want Jane and Sophie to be together because Jane had sufficiently creeped me out. It was hard for me to want them to be together even though I knew that was what the author had intended. I have high hopes for this author and the stories she has in her head, the characters she has created. She just needs a bit more time to let the writing technique get better to match the plots she has.

I rate this novel a 3 because the plotline is developed and the basic of the story is there. This novel could have used help from a few more edits and beta readers to flesh out the writing and make it seem more alive. I look forward to seeing where this author will go in the next few years and seeing if her writing improves.

~AJ

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My name is Kirsty Grant. I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and raised in a little town called Bonnyrigg with my mother, Eleanor, my step-father Ian and my big sister Marion and two younger brothers Jon and Chris. I have been writing for many years but it was only recently, after the death of my mother that I decided to give up a long career as a retail manager and study English at the University in Stirling, where I now reside.

I am in a happy and loving relationship with my partner, Helen, who supports me in my ambition to be a successful writer. My plan is to continue writing and studying and I look forward to all that life will throw at me along the way.

My mother, Eleanor, was an incredible inspiration to me and a talented poet and I would like to dedicate my work to her in the knowledge that she will be proud of all I achieve.

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4.5 Stars for Disappear with Me by L. Dean Pace-Frech #M/M #historical #romance

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Title: Disappear with Me
Author Name: L. Dean Pace-Frech
Publication Date & Length: Dec 4, 2013 — 261 pgs

Synopsis

Love is greater than hope or faith, but can Reverend Leander Norris convince a jury that the love he shares with another man is natural?

In 1910, the United Kingdom was in turmoil. King Edward died after only nine years on the throne. The social class system that upheld British society for centuries was being chipped away by social, political, and economic unrest across the Commonwealth. Amidst this backdrop, Reverend Leander Norris is accused of sodomy. After discovering his own self-worth and unconditional love, Leander finds the courage to stand up for what he believes is right and pleads not guilty to the charges. Throughout the trial, Leander’s past is revealed, including the temptations that bring the accusations against him. By the end of the trail, Leander is once again reunited with a romantic interest from the past by the end of the trial; it may be too late to rekindle any love that might remain, given the circumstances of the era and Reverend Leander’s likely sentence.

Review

FourandHalfStars

Once again, I’m out of my typical, comfortable box when it comes to genre literature. I’m not usually one to pick up historical fiction, let alone historical romance. However, this one piqued my curiosity for the faith/spirituality angle, and I’m glad I took a chance.

When I think of a good story, the element that is most important to me is the characters. From the first pages I was drawn to the main character, Leander, and his world and struggles. Yet I also felt connections with the other supporting players, from those mentioned only briefly–such as the jurors at his trial–to his closest companions and lovers. There are no weak, flat characters in this story.

Though the storyline itself is tender and romantic rather than exciting and action-packed, the flow was still fast-paced enough to grab my attention and hold it. I read it on and off over the course of a couple of days; I didn’t want to put it down.
For me, the best part was that it was both deeply romantic and deeply spiritual, an expert blending of both. I have no doubt this is intentional–the main character himself sees his love for his various partners as spiritual. And though other characters attempt to impose shame on him, he never accepts it, maintaining his right throughout to live his life in peace and happiness.
Reading this was an emotional ride for me. Leander’s strong love for God, his lovers, those under his care, and the Bible shine through every part of the story, as though he is simply so full of life and love that he can’t help spilling it over into every act, including standing strong in his convictions. I am convinced this is what it means to truly be like Jesus.
I have no misgivings about  recommending this book to just about anyone. Although the themes might be considered “adult” in nature, there is no explicit content, and I would not feel strange about giving this to my own children in a few years when the religious and social contexts will make more sense to them. Nor do I feel any hesitation about recommending it specifically to my religiously-minded friends.
I give this 4.5 stars.
~Amy

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With inspiration from some historical tourism sites, the love of reading, and a desire to write a novel, L. Dean Pace-Frech started crafting his debut novel, A PLACE TO CALL THEIR OWN, in 2008. After four years of writing and polishing the manuscript, he submitted it for publication and Musa Publishing offered him a contract in early 2013. DISAPPEAR WITH ME is his second novel.

Dean lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his partner, Thomas, and their two cats. They are involved in their church and enjoy watching movies, outdoor activities in the warmer weather and spending time together with friends and family. In addition to writing, Dean enjoys reading and patio gardening.

Prior to novels, Dean did some technical writing in his career. He plans to write a sequel to both A PLACE TO CALL THEIR OWN and DISAPPEAR WITH ME.

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4.5 Stars for The Other Me by Suzanne van Rooyen #trans #lgbt #ya

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Title: The Other Me
Author Name: Suzanne van Rooyen
Publication Date & Length: Dec 18, 2013 — 218 pgs

Synopsis

Fifteen-year-old Treasa Prescott thinks she’s an alien. She doesn’t fit in with the preppy South African private school crowd and feels claustrophobic in her own skin. Treasa is worried she might spend life as a social pariah when she meets Gabriel du Preez. Gabriel plays the piano better than Beethoven, has a black belt in karate, and would look good wearing a garbage bag. Treasa thinks he’s perfect. It might even be love, as long as Gabriel doesn’t find out she’s a freak.

As Treasa spends time with Gabriel, she realizes she might not love him as much as she wants to be him, and that the reason she feels uncomfortable in her skin might have less to do with extra-terrestrial origins and more to do with being born in the wrong body.

But Gabriel is not the perfect boy Treasa imagines. He harbors dark secrets and self-destructive tendencies. Still, Treasa might be able to accept Gabriel’s baggage if he can accept who she longs to be.

Review

FourandHalfStars

This is a fairly quick read, as it’s young adult and not long. It’s relatively fast-paced, as I expected. The YA genre and length should not be deterrents for anyone interested in the subject, however. This was hands-down one of the best works of YA queer fiction I’ve ever read.

It is the story of a South African trans teenager, though it is also in part a love story. Not merely in the romantic sense (though there’s a bit of that too) but in a general sense, including self-acceptance and love between friends or family members. Most people, not only teenagers, would be able to relate to the themes of feeling like an outsider and of being trapped in a life or body that feel wrong.

The first thing that impressed me was that it’s about a trans boy. More often than not, trans fiction focuses on people living their authentic lives as girls/women. Of the several YA tans-themed books I’ve read previously, all were about trans girls. The second thing of note is that it’s told mainly from Treasa’s perspective and with Treasa’s feelings about actually being a boy. Other books have told trans stories mainly from the perspective of lovers or family members. Finally, the last thing that stood out was that Treasa is also not straight. Again, the vast majority of my previous readings have involved trans people who are presumed gay until they transition, but Treasa maintains a preference for boys throughout.

Another aspect to Treasa’s identity as a gay boy is that often, trans stories are incredibly binary. In other words, someone “proves” to be a “real” boy because of a love for sports and typically masculine pursuits and interests. Treasa is, even as a boy, still somewhat gender-non-conforming. I appreciate that the author didn’t go overboard to assure us just how much of a boy Treasa truly is.

Those things alone make the book an absorbing read. In addition, the two main point-of-view characters, Treasa and Gabriel, are both very different from the teenagers who populate many YA novels. They both have secrets and things about which they feel hurt and shame, however, both are highly sympathetic characters. They are the sort of people who feel like friends after reading their stories. Characters are always my favorite part of any story, and I found myself drawn to both of them.

The only things about which I had any concerns are a few minor implications. First, Treasa muses that it must not be normal for a girl to want to write fan fiction about two boys. It’s hard to tell whether this is the author’s view as well or whether Treasa just feels like an “alien” already that everything is suspect.

My other concern was that Gabriel insists throughout the book that his few very minor gender-non-conforming behaviors (mainly music and nail polish) don’t make him gay. But he does it to the point that I couldn’t help wondering who he was trying to convince–himself or the reader. Again, it was hard to tell if this was the author’s insertion of her views or genuinely part of his character, an unwillingness to question his own sexuality. This becomes particularly important towards the end of the story.

These concerns are not reasons to dislike the book. On the contrary, they provide excellent talking points. Rather than making assumptions about the author’s intent or rejecting the book for perceived flaws, we should have open dialog about what those things mean.

Overall, I rank this as one of my all-time favorite YA books. Despite the fact that I’m well past the target age and rarely read the genre, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I recommend it to anyone who has adolescents, in part because the beginning of empathy is understanding. Provided the book is still in print, I fully plan to make sure my kids read it when they are older.

I give this book 4.5 stars.

~Amy

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Suzanne is a tattooed storyteller from South Africa. She currently lives in Finland and finds the cold, dark forests nothing if not inspiring. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When not writing, she teaches dance and music to middle schoolers and entertains her shiba inu, Lego.

Suzanne is also the publicity manager for Entranced Publishing and is rep’d by Jordy Albert of the Booker Albert Agency.

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Dragon’s Teeth (Divertir)
Obscura Burning (Etopia)
The Other Me (Harmony Ink)
I Heart Robot (Month9Books)

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