Monday, 11 April 2016

Short reviews

I've got a bit behind, so here's a short reviews post - aka: Me, catching up with myself.

Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Garrett is marking time as a mechanic in the army; waiting till his last tour of duty is finished so he can head home, find a job, start a life. Kai is a gamer with severe social anxiety - he makes a living streaming games on Twitch. Kai and Garrett meet when Kai kills Garrett's character in a game they both play.

They start talking, and one thing leads to another IFYOUKNOWWHATIMEAN

I really enjoyed Strong Signal - both men are damaged in different ways but find a way to work with their issues in order to be together. Also, uh, nakedness. IFYOUKNOWWHATIMEAN (youknowwhatimean)

Rotten Beast (novella) by Mary Pearson

Rotten Beast is set in the same universe as the Jenna Fox trilogy. It's a standalone - well, short story really, about Ally who is opposed to the  way scientists interfere with the natural progression of life. Then, one day, she wakes up to find her parents have gone against her wishes and turned her into the very thing she hates most. Ally must learn to come to terms with her new reality.

I loved the first book in this series - The Adoration of Jenna Fox, and enjoyed the subsequent two books. Rotten Beast is a nice addition, though I wish it was a bit longer.

Scrap Metal by Harper Fox

A year ago, Nichol was living his dream - he'd escaped the small Scottish island of Arran to study at university, leaving the family farm in the hands of his mother, brother and taciturn uncle. But then fate tapdances, and Nichol finds himself back on Arran, grieving for his mother and brother and trying to get along with his uncle. Then, one night, a fugitive called Cam breaks into oneof the farm sheds ....

This was so good. Like. So many feelings. And Nichol and Cam are great together and even taciturn old uncle Harry is a fully realised character. Once again, warning for the naked touching. :)

Dragon Age: Magekiller #4 by Greg Rucka, Carmen Carnero and Michael Aityeh

Dorian!!!!!!!! Dorian!!!!!!!!!!! I mean. Um. DORIAN!!!! Wait, no. Marius and Tessa have joined the Inquisition and have been sent to the Hissing Wastes to investigate pockets of Venatori. Between the sand, sand and more sand, Tessa flirts with Charter, and we meet - DORIAN. DORIAN IS IN THIS ONE - and Bull's Chargers, and Rocky blows up a thing and DORIAN. There's another cliffhanger, and also, Dorian. :D

The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King

I fully believe, when Mr King is on hisgame, there are few who can even claim to strike the match to light the candle to match him. And this is Mr King at the top of his storytelling game.

Book 2 of The Dark Tower finds Roland losing some fingers to charming creatures called lobstrosities, and also calling the Three to him. And the way the Three are called is some peak Stephen King, let me tell you. The Tower is no closer, but the people, ah, it's the people that make the journey memorable....

 Eye of the Labyrinth by Jennifer Fallon

This is book 2 of the Second Sons trilogy and it's a good'n. I read the whole book in about two days, something I don't do very often these days.

Dirk Provin sets off to the ancient temple of Omaxin in the company of Tia, a girl who seems to actively hate him (until, of course, she doesn't IFYOUKNOWWHATIMEAN) to see if he can figure out the secret of the labyrinth that will predict the next Age of Shadows. Meanwhile, the Lion of Senet - basically the guy in charge of everyone - is trying to find Dirk in order to make him over in his own image. Which Dirk doesn't want. He just wants to live his life and solve maths problems.

Intrigue, romance, villains, heroes ... heroes forced to make what could be seen as villianous choices ... it's all right here.(I'd warn for the naked, but they kind of draw a tent flap over that, so no need).

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