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Slaying Isidore’s Dragons by C. Kennedy, Excerpt & Review!

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Hi guys, we have C. Kennedy visiting today with Cody’s newest release Slaying Isidore’s Dragons an edgy young adult story. We have a tasty except and my review, so check out the post and enjoy! <3 ~Pixie~

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Slaying Isidore’s Dragons

by

C. Kennedy

5 Best friends
4 Vicious brothers
3 STD tests
2 Guys in love
1 Car bombing
Nowhere to run

Follow the burgeoning love of two teens during the worst year of their lives. Irish-born Declan David de Quirke II is the son of two ambassadors, one Irish and one American. He is ‘out’ to his parents but to no one else. French-born Jean Isidore de Sauveterre is also the son of two ambassadors, one Catalan and one Parisian. His four half brothers have been told to cure him of his homosexuality. Both teens have lost a parent in a London car bombing.

5 Weeks of hell
4 Attempts on their lives
3 Law enforcement agencies
2 Dead high school seniors
1 Jealous friend
A love that won’t be denied

Declan and Isidore meet at the beginning of their senior year at a private academy in the United States. Declan is immediately smitten with Isidore and becomes his knight in shining armor. Isidore wants to keep what is left of his sanity and needs Declan’s love to do it. One is beaten, one is drugged, one is nearly raped, one has been raped. They are harassed by professors and police, and have fights at school, but none of it compares to running for their lives. When the headmaster’s popular son attempts suicide and someone tries to assassinate Declan’s mother, they are thrown headlong into chaos, betrayal, conspiracy, allegations of sexual coercion, even murder. And one of them carries a secret that may get them killed.

5 New family members
4 BFF’s
3 Countries
2 Extraordinary Psychologists
1 Courageous Mother

A new beginning for two young men in love

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Becoming Andy Hunsinger by Jere’ M. Fishback

914J0Okg8VL._SL1500_Title: Becoming Andy Hunsinger
Series: N/A
Author: Jere’ M. Fishback
Genre: Historical/ Edgy Young Adult
Length: Novel (283 pages)
Publisher: Prizm Books, Torquere Press (December 30th, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: It’s 1976, and Anita Bryant’s homophobic “Save Our Children” crusade rages through Florida.

When Andy Hunsinger, a closeted gay college student, joins in a demonstration protesting Bryant’s appearance in Tallahassee, his straight boy image is shattered when he’s “outed” by a TV news reporter. In the months following, Andy discovers just what it means to be openly gay in a society that condemns love between two men.

Can Andy’s friendship with Travis, a devout Christian who’s fighting his own sexual urges, develop into something deeper?

ISBN: 978-1-61040-858-5

Product Link: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=92

Reviewer: Tina

Review: This book was a little different than I was expecting…it read very much like an autobiography or a memoir of Andy, although I believe it is a work of fiction.

The writing was good although at times the author was very verbose, giving a lot of detail that I found myself skipping over. It wasn’t bad but it just seemed like too much. There were several really great characters in the story and some not so great characters (I especially loved Biff and Jake).

Andy was pretty sure of his sexuality from an early age but it was confirmed over with a summer fling. When he got to school, he found a place to fit in with a few friends and really came into himself. He continued to gain experience, both sexual and emotional, with men and became pretty promiscuous for a bit. He ran through the gamut of emotions and experiences before he finally figured out not only who he was but what he wanted to do with his life. I loved his relationship with his parents and brother, they were very close and his family was very accepting of his sexual orientation.

Travis suffered a traumatic experience a few years before he met Andy which shaped his desire to just be, not actually live. His family was extremely religious and frowned upon his sexuality, going so far as to threaten to send him to therapy to make him straight. He was not being true to himself in life…he was doing everything his parents wanted of him. By the end of the story, he was closer to being true to himself but I think he still had a way to go…

Overall a very good read that I would definitely recommend.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Weathering the Storm by Caitlin Ricci

WeatheringtheStormLGTitle: Weathering the Storm
Series: N/A
Author: Caitlin Ricci
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult/ Interracial Romance
Length: Novel (180 Pages)
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press, Dreamspinner Press (April 2, 2015)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts
Blurb: Robbie’s dad has always been hard on Robbie and his brothers, but when their mom dies on Robbie’s sixteenth birthday, he becomes downright abusive. Robbie doesn’t understand why his dad is so mean to him or why his brothers resent him for their mom’s accident, but he desperately tries to hide the bruises. On top of that, after his dad’s horse training jobs run out, he moves them to Colorado to their uncle’s ranch in the mountains.

At Uncle Caleb’s cabin, Robbie meets Sam, a boy whose family also lives on the property. Finally he has a real friend who shares his love of horses, but Sam is black and openly gay. Both traits incur Robbie’s father’s rage. When his dad attacks Robbie in front of Uncle Caleb for standing up for Sam and himself, all of their secrets are thrown out into the open, and Robbie’s life is changed forever.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-000-3

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6227

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: There are certain types of stories that will capture your attention and have you feeling more than you have ever felt before. Half the time I was pissed when I read this story and the other half I was just numb. It is definitely not my type of story. I don’t even really know how to truly put it into words.

It was well written and had an amazing account of what life is truly like with an ass for a father. Then when Robbie finds out the secrets that his parents had been hiding will have you in tears.

Robbie and his brothers had been raised showing horses. His mother was terrific but his father not so. His father was harsh, cold and downright cruel. It isn’t till his mother was killed in a car accident that his father started the physical abuse. Knowing the times were changing, they had moved in with an uncle.

The truth starts to come out after a beating his father was intending to give him for being friends with a gay black boy. But more truths than just what his father was giving was about to come out.

Sam knew that Robbie was straight and he also knew that things were not peachy with their father. Sam also knew that he was falling for Robbie at a fast pace. Because of him, he knows that he has pissed Robbie’s father off. He just had not known the true pain that the boy he was falling for was going through. Nor had he realized that Robbie’s brothers blamed Robbie for their mother’s death. There are many secrets that this family has and it might just tear them apart.

If you love stories about the coming out stage for a young teen then this book is for you. I can honestly say that it is well told and Caitlin put her heart into it. However this book was not for me. I felt like it was missing something for me to truly get into. That and the fact that it is about a young man finding himself and the truths that were about to be realized.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Ray of Sunlight by Brynn Stein

o-ray-of-sunlightTitle: Ray of Sunlight
Author: Brynn Stein
Series: 2015 Freshman Class
Genre: Young Adult/ Contemporary
Length: Novel (180 Pages)
ISBN: 9781632168740
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press, Dreamspinner Press (March 19th, 2015)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: Russ Michaels has his whole life ahead of him but no plans beyond dropping out of school as soon as he turns eighteen. He’s been in and out of juvenile detention for the last four years and thoroughly expects to end up in an adult penitentiary at some point. He hates life and everyone in it, especially this latest community service that he earned in lieu of juvie yet again.

CJ Calhoun has big plans. He wants to bring joy and happiness to sick and injured children for as long as he can by performing as a clown. The problem is, he has stage-four cancer and a horrible prognosis.

When circumstances throw these two polar opposites together, they find they have more in common than they imagined. CJ discovers Russ’s talent for art and arranges for Russ to create a mural in the hospital foyer, which leads to a tentative scholarship to the Art Institute. As life changes in ways neither of them could have expected, Russ must work harder than ever to better himself as CJ struggles with his deteriorating health.

Purchase Link: http://www.harmonyinkpress.com/books/ray-of-sunlight-by-brynn-stein-261-b

Review: Snarky teenager with an attitude headed down the wrong path gets community service. Kicking and screaming (practically) he goes – meets the boy of his dreams and turns his life around. Yep, we’ve read that one before. Except, we haven’t, not quite like this.

Author Brynn Stein tells this story from the point of view of Russ (Mr. Snark himself), and manages to bring a unique perspective to this trope. Through his eyes we see how one person (and lots of little people) can slowly worm their way into a bitter and hardened (though young) heart and not so slowly effect that change for the better.

And of course, love, the great equalizer and the great catalyst of life is the biggest force at work. CJ (we’ll call him Mr. Catalyst) really seems too good to be true… but of course he isn’t. He’s got flaws like everyone else, but he’s a sweetheart, more positive, loving and giving than anyone in his circumstance should be. He’s a clown performing for and helping sick kids when he’s so sick himself – it’s no wonder Russ fell, and fell hard.

Their story is one of love and courage, of strength and growth. Of course, logically, I knew this wouldn’t end well, and as I watched Russ mature and grow, as I watched their love blossom, my heart began to ache for the sadness that overshadowed everything. Still, I smiled and laughed at the funny, poignant and tender moments. I was angry when things went wrong. Happy when they went right.

And when the inevitable occurred, well, sad as it was, it was just so beautifully written. I don’t cry easily, but the tears, they did fall. Angst doesn’t get me there – sadness does. Is this an HEA? Not exactly. But Russ does find his own way, and his love for CJ, that never dies. True to the title, CJ really was and is his Ray of Sunlight.

Usually when I think of epic love I think of love that transcends all, through years and hardships and just about everything two can stand. I think of lovers starting young and ending old. It was actually this author’s first book “Through the Years” that last gave me that ‘epic’ feeling. But… what if the lovers were young, didn’t transcend, didn’t last ages and beyond, but the love did? Who says young adults can’t have an epic love?

Brynn Stein has found her niche; she pens that epic love that grabs you by the heart and makes you feel ever so deeply. I find myself wanting to read more, much more of her work. I absolutely loved Russ and CJ, and I highly recommend them and this book. I also highly recommend you have some tissues next to you when you read; you’ll need ‘em.

** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://www.mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com **

The Grim Life by K.D. Worth

o-the-grim-lifeTitle: The Grim Life

Series:  2015 Freshman Class
Author: K.D. Worth
Length: Novel (186 pages)

Genre:  Paranormal
Publisher: Harmony Ink (March 12th, 2015)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Max Shaw is dead.

Well, sort of.

After dying on prom night, Max was recruited by a mysterious tattooed angel named Slade to join a group of teenage reapers. Cocky and sarcastic, Max thinks he has his afterlife together, but the moment Slade assigns him to his first suicide case, everything changes.

Christian college student Kody Michaels is struggling to make sense of his life and his faith. After a failed suicide attempt at an antigay camp, Kody is determined not to fail again. Tired of disappointing his family and God, he is going to end his life once and for all.

But in a split-second decision, Max saves Kody—defying the rules of a reaper.

Max believes his only concern is convincing Kody that God loves him just the way he is, so he can save him from a hellish afterlife as a shade. Little does Max know, some shades have found a way to walk among the living as wraiths. These evil wraiths know Kody has been slated for death, and they have another, darker purpose for him.

Max has only one night to save Kody before one of Slade’s team finishes the job Max lacked the courage to complete.

Purchase Link: http://www.harmonyinkpress.com/books/the-grim-life-by-kd-worth-259-b

Reviewer: Tams

Review: Max Shaw is frozen in time having died at the age of sixteen, on prom night of all nights. He now lives his afterlife as a reaper, collecting souls at the time of their death. The job has always been simple enough and Max has never broken any of the rules, but his latest charge changes everything. When Max finds a guy, not a boy but not quite yet a man, about to jump off a bridge, something inside him shifts. Instead of leading Kody into his afterlife, Max saves his life and puts them both in danger.

After coming out to his ultra conservative parent’s, Kody was sent to a “camp” that was supposed to get his head on “straight”. All it did was screw his mind up and make him think there was something wrong with him, that he is bad because he is gay. This was not his first suicide attempt, but Max is determined to make sure it is his last. That is if he can keep Kody safe from his boss, the Grim Reaper Slade, and the evil Shades that possess bodies at the time of their death to elongate their own miserable existence.

This book deals with a few dark and dangerous aspects of young, gay life. Parents that fail at their number one job, to love their child unconditionally. Suicide, dying before your time, the darker side of the spirit and coming to terms with who you are. Worth did an amazing job of balancing every negative in the story with something positive though, which gave the story as well as the characters depth. While Max’s life was far different from Kody’s, Max kept the truth about his sexuality to himself. Now he will stop at nothing to protect Kody, keep him alive, and convince him that it is okay to be attracted to someone of the same-sex.

I was very intrigued with this story, there was a huge spiritual aspect to it, sometimes fanatical, but it was ever-present throughout the story. Yet, I only felt like I was being preached at once, with Kody’s neighbor who I wanted to “fix” Kody. And then there was the life, death and afterlife trifecta of the story. Who is the mysterious Slade that governs over the Reapers? And why is he so hell bent on delivering Kody to his afterlife when Max feels that him saving Kody was the right thing to do. Is Slade really on God’s side, or are his machinations starting to run darker?

Well written, intriguing and while this is a YA story, I never lost interest or felt the content was immature or lacking. The characters are young and face real problems other teenagers their age and in their similar situations face. They just don’t usually face their death by being offered a job as a Reaper.

If you are a fan of stories that are raw with a fantastical kind of reality behind them, then I think you’ll enjoy this light read.

Joey’s Choice by Piper Kay

81f6xiL8UVL._SL1500_Title: Joey’s Choice
Series: N/A
Author: Piper Kay
Genre: Paranormal/ Young Adult
Length: Short (27 pages)
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterflies Publishing (12 Feb 2015)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Seventeen year old, Joey wakes every morning dreading what the day ahead may have in store for him. High School sucks and so does the jerk and his pack of bullies who live to torture him.

When Joey feels there is no hope left and no chance at having peace, there’s only one choice left. He’s sure the people he cares about would be better off without him anyway. Things happen for a reason, and when Luc steps in, Joey’s faced with two decisions.

What will Joey’s choice be?

ASIN: B00THDX08A

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Joeys-Choice-Piper-Kay-ebook/dp/B00THDX08A/

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is one hard hitting emotional story and just all around excellent. It may only be 27 pages but you’ll probably need some tissues for this quick read. To me the easiest way to sum it up is that it’s the gay coming of age version of It’s A Wonderful Life, where young teen Joey is very much like George (Jimmy Stewart) in said movie. While the elusive Luc, is the Clarence of the piece (yes, I’ve watched that movie for too many Christmases with my parents).

It’s as simple as that and just a great story of a young, troubled teen making the ultimate decision.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Hideous by Devon McCormack

HideousLGTitle: Hideous

Author: Devon McCormick

Genre: Paranormal/Young Adult

Length: Novel (174 pages)

Publisher: Harmony Ink, Dreamspinner Press (June 18th 2014)

Heat Level: Mild

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: Eight years ago, Luke Retter witnessed the brutal murder of his mother and sister at the hands of his demon-possessed father. He survived but lost a hand and an eye. The demon also burned its emblem into his skin, marking him as a cursed. Those who bear this mark are at risk of becoming possessed themselves, so they are monitored and enslaved by the state-run UCIS. Working as a slave is hard, but Luke prefers it to the possibility of being controlled by the demon.

One night, Luke wakes to find his worst nightmare coming true. His father’s demon has returned. In a panic, he runs to the only person who might be able to help: Zack, a cursed who ran away from the state and created an underground community to protect other fugitive curseds. Zack helps him suppress the demon. But the city’s become a time bomb, and Luke’s demon itches to escape.

With the UCIS closing in on Zack’s underground operation and Luke’s demon crafting its own, nefarious plot, Luke realizes that he must take a stand.

Product Link: http://www.harmonyinkpress.com/books/hideous-by-devon-mccormack-91-b

Reviewer: Tams

Review: Hideous is a story set in a paranormal world where demon possession runs rampant and anyone that has been touched by or has the potential to become possessed are called Cursed, and they are treated like slaves. Luke Retter is a cursed, the only survivor of a brutal attack on his family when his father was possessed and proceeded to torture and kill Luke’s mother and sister, leaving Luke permanently scarred. Young Luke lost more than just his family, his arm and his eye that day, he lost his soul. The demon that annihilated his family now lives inside Luke.

Zack is also a curse that escaped the states “care” and started an underground railroad of sorts, where he offers protection to other cursed. Luke and Zack cross paths by accident, but it’s Zack that helps Luke keep the demon at bay, for a while at least. The necklace Luke wears seems to protect him from a full on possession, but he can hear the demon in his thoughts and see it when he sleeps. When the evil within finally takes over and shares its true desire with Luke, the young man truly learns the meaning of terror.

Oh but I absolutely loved the concept of this story! A dystopian-esque world where we, society, no longer deny the presence of evil and the possibility of possession. The fact that the demons feed off of fear, it strengthens them. How young Luke escaped and has managed to survive up until now was a mystery, but regardless of how worthless he may feel or think he is, there is someone watching over him in a way.

Not only does he find Zack and the necklace that protects him from the demon, but he eventually finds the strength to fight back. He eventually figures out that disfigured and disgraced, he is still worth it, he still deserves a life and love. When you find someone who truly cares for you they see past all the bullshit and scars and make you a stronger person.
The story definitely skirts the lines between YA and NA with very detailed descriptive of Luke’s various encounters with the demon and what exactly happened when his father was taken over. This was my first book from this author, but it will not be my last. It takes a wicked smart person with a twisted sense of humor to write this kind of story, and I do love a good mystery.

I was reminded a smidge of the currently popular Divergent series while I was reading. Allow me to elaborate. In the divergent series the government will stop at nothing to eradicate the divergent because they are different, they can’t control them. The same could be said for Luke, Zack and the cursed. Much like Tris, Luke goes against the grain and finds a way to beat the odds.

If you are a fan of dystopian, paranormal, mystery and slightly graphic horror-esque stories then you are really going to be impressed with this book.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

At the Lake by Geoff Laughton

AtTheLakeLGTitle: At the Lake

Author: Geoff Laughton

Series: By the Lake

Genre: Contemporary Young Adult

Length: Novel (190 pages)

Publisher: Harmony Ink (February 26th 2015)

Heat Level: Mild

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Shane Martinelli and William Houghton come from very different backgrounds. They meet at a high-end summer camp in the Adirondacks, where Shane works as a lifeguard to earn some money and begin saving for college. William is one of the guests, and he doesn’t want to be there. As far as William knows, his father only dumped him at the camp so he could spend time with his latest mistress. When Shane figures out William can’t swim, he offers to teach him. William enthusiastically responds, but when an unexpected storm blows in, William is caught in the water and Shane comes to his rescue. They barely reach shore before lightning strikes the dock—close enough to damage Shane’s hearing.

The following summer both boys return to the camp. Shane doesn’t let his use of hearing aids stand in his way. William is now a counselor-in-training. The attraction between them is undeniable, but how can they possibly make it work? Once camp is over, a week at William’s family home in the Hamptons will determine if the love that bloomed at the lake can survive in the real world.

Product Link: http://www.harmonyinkpress.com/books/at-the-lake-by-geoff-laughton-234-b

Reviewer: Tams

Review: Shane Martinelli works as a counselor and life guard at the Summer Camp at the lake to save money for college, and because he loves to swim and working here also affords him time to hone his skills. When he first meets William he is shy and reserved, scared of the water. But over time Shane breaks down the walls William hides behind, befriends him and teaches him how not to be afraid of the water.

Perhaps he taught William too well, because in the water is where Shane finds him as a bad storm approaches. Shane manages to get William out of the water, but when lightning strikes the dock and Shane wraps William up in his arms to protect him, so he bears the brunt of the damage and loses partial hearing.

In the aftermath of the storm and Shane’s hearing loss, Williams’s father helps Shane and his family with the doctor’s bills and such. Call it penitence for having left William alone for his job so much, or call it a thank you to Shane for saving his son, perhaps a little bit of both. When summer rolls around again, Shane and William are back at camp, but everything is different now.

First off, William is not the shy, awkward, skinny little kid Shane met last summer. He has grown both mentally and physically and is more certain of himself now, more certain of what he wants. And what William wants is Shane.

While there are a lot of similarities between the two summers… they swim, make new friends, bond on the dock by the water under the stars. There are a lot of differences as well. Both William and Shane are growing from boys to men and their feelings for each other are growing stronger every day.

Their first kiss doesn’t go off without a hitch, but once they decide how they feel about each other is okay there are more stolen moments, more kisses and passionate night they share in a tent during a storm will set the stage for their relationship from that point on.

Definitely an age appropriate storyline, but the story is still well written, the character development is slow, steady and believable and the relationship between Shane and William is equal parts awkward and strong. I liked the aspect of the story whereas Shane and William were confused and how they hit a few road blocks along the way, but through communication and a lot of effort, they managed to find a solution and a way to be together.

I don’t think I would have enjoyed this story as much if there hadn’t been that little bit of angst, the uncertainty of where the relationship would go after that first kiss, that first disagreement, that first moment of pure intimacy.

This book was a breath of fresh air for me from start to finish and actually took me back to my own teenage years at summer camp. I do love when a story can transport me back in time. Make me think of how my life could relate to the characters. This is a must read for my fellow sappy, hopeless romantics!

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

No Big Deal by Danni Keane

NoBigDealLGTitle: No Big Deal

Series:  No Letting Go
Author: Danni Keane
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Length: Novella (159 pages)
ISBN: 9781632167255
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press, Dreamspinner Press (February 5, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: Still reeling from his father’s death and stuck in a job he hates, the only moments of happiness in Josh Roberts’ life are those he spends with his boyfriend, Bradley. The boys are inseparable, and when they lose their virginity together, Josh feels closer to Bradley than he ever imagined.

But Josh’s mum, proud of her son and his biggest supporter, expects Josh to go to university after his year off. He doesn’t want to disappoint her by telling her he’s changed his mind, and he struggles to find a solution.

When Bradley moves in with Josh and his mum, Josh truly believes life can be perfect again. But before long, their still-fragile feelings of connection and intimacy are tested when Bradley becomes secretive and distant. Anxious and confused, Josh is desperate to find out why Bradley is rejecting his affections. Bradley finally opens up, but what he reveals will change every aspect of their young love and quite possibly the rest of their lives.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6012

Review:No Big Deal” is the latest in the series “Not Letting Go”. Though you don’t need to read the first two short stories (Sunshine and Buttercups, Not Letting Go), I’d suggest you do so in order to get a better understanding of Joshua and Bradley, whom I don’t always like, but I absolutely adore.

Author Danni Keane has given a true portrayal of young love, not hesitating to show the flaws of selfishness and self-centeredness, which we know, is so prevalent in those years. The very same characters that come across as cocky and know-it-all still manage to show innocence and vulnerability, often in the same scene.

Though the things these young lovers have to deal with are gravely serious and would be hardships at any age, to say they don’t handle them well would be somewhat of an understatement. While there were quite a few moments that I wanted to wring their necks, I never stopped rooting for them. One of the things that I love and don’t always find in a young adult novella – Joshy and Bradley are painfully and honestly written. Kudos to Ms. Keane for this accomplishment and for having written what is one of the most realistic ‘first time sex’ scenes I have ever read.

Whether it’s the sweet mush of Right Hand Red or the wacky British humor of The Lord of Twink’s Bottom, I absolutely love reading this author. She writes sadness and pain in such a way that it brings tears to your eyes but not horrible angst to your heart. Her refreshing portrayal of young adults hits me in all the ‘feels’ every time.

Danni Keane has become an auto buy for me; I happily recommend this (as well as the other two reads I mentioned) in the hopes that she becomes an auto-buy for you as well.

** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://www.mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com **

Maps by Nash Summers

91mDrYIYGdL._SL1500_Title: Maps
Series: N/A
Author: Nash Summers
Genre: Young Adult/ Gay for You
Length: Novella (71 Pages)
Publisher: Nash Summers (January 12th, 2015)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Reviewer: Aerin
Blurb: If Maps ruled the world, his best pal Benji would be court jester, and every day would celebrate a new experiment.

No, scratch that.

If Maps ruled the world, his best pal would still be living next door, and there wouldn’t be any gap-toothed new guy staring at him as if he’s bonkers.

Pity Maps doesn’t rule the world . . .

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RS96EYM/

Review: This is a fantastic book! I liked this author’s previous books a lot, but this…I absolutely loved!!! In fact, I still feel all gooey inside, all soft and bubbling with happiness; when a writer is capable of writing a book that affects me this way, I’m a forever fan.

This is a YA story and there’s no sex involved so if you’re looking for something steamier, you’re in the wrong place. That being said, this book is still worth reading, if only for a chance to meet these adorable and quirky characters.

Maps is a 16-year-old boy who’s being overly dramatic because his best friend Benji is moving away…..a block away. I adore Maps. he’s such a hilarious character! I started laughing at the first paragraph and I pretty much continued until right before the last one….because that one put this stupid smile on my face that doesn’t seem like it will go anywhere for a while.

Maps is geeky, smart, funny, sarcastic, overly dramatic, self-centered, and socially inapt; all those characteristics shouldn’t work together, right? Well they do and the end result is a character that’s going to stay with me for a long time.

Lane is Maps’ new neighbor, and he’s the polar opposite of Maps. Lane is a jock; he’s big and tall, manly, kind and not quite so smart. Lane and Maps become good friends but there’s this chemistry, this intensity between them that I felt every time these two were around each other. They’re both young and while Lane knows he’s straight, Maps is just now discovering his sexuality. The attraction Maps feels towards Lane doesn’t go unnoticed by anyone, including

Maps’ parents and his best friend Benji. Their acceptance and support was incredibly heartwarming. But Maps is unlike anyone Lane has ever met and he can’t help but be drawn to him. So, Lane likes girls…and Maps.

This isn’t one of those in-your-face love stories, it’s subtle and sneaky and it packs a serious punch, I’m still reeling from it. And that “ending” was so perfect…because it’s not really an ending, at least that’s not the way I look at it.
“Be mine, even just for a little while.”

I hope we see more of Maps and Lane, because I believe their story is just beginning.

I recommend this book to everyone, whether you like YA or not, I guarantee you’ll love it!

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