The Shield Road – a review

The Shield Road: A Collection of Fantasy Short Stories by Dewi Hargreaves My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Shield Road is an enchanting collection of intertwined stories, with characters that climb into your heart and pull at your emotions. The Bladekin was my favourite character, and his chapters were central to the overall story.DewiContinue reading “The Shield Road – a review”

Not Quite Out – a review

Not Quite Out by Louise Willingham My rating: 5 of 5 stars Not quite what I expected. I thought this would be a light, comical escapade of romantic near misses and innuendo. How wrong could I have been. Not Quite Out is a serious tale of self-acceptance, romance, abusive relationships, tested friendships, bi-phobia, and foundContinue reading “Not Quite Out – a review”

Date Me, Bryson Keller – a review

Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow! I read this book and immediately wanted to travel back to my teen years and date Bryson Keller myself. While he is the titular character, and well worth the investment, it is the main character Kai Sheridan, who is theContinue reading “Date Me, Bryson Keller – a review”

Honeybee – a review

Honeybee by Craig Silvey My rating: 5 of 5 stars The themes in this story seem too many, and too deep, to be dealt with in one book. But they are. Starting with suicide, proceeding through dysfunctional family dynamics, drug abuse, family violence, homophobia, transphobia, assault, death, friendship, found family, self-discovery, and ending with theContinue reading “Honeybee – a review”

Served Cold – a review

Served Cold by Alan Baxter My rating: 5 of 5 stars Another exciting, and at times unsettling, read from Alan Baxter!This collection of short stories had something for each emotion. There’s the hauntingly sad Her Grief In My halls; the unnerving The Goodbye Message; the creepy They All Come Through London In The End; andContinue reading “Served Cold – a review”

Lesser Known Monsters – a review

Lesser Known Monsters by Rory Michaelson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Bloody hell! What a ride!As a long time lover of horror and monster lit, it was exhilarating to see this combined with queer lit in this exciting story.Rory Michaelson has created an interesting ‘other’ world, where monsters exist in secret alongside humans.The veilContinue reading “Lesser Known Monsters – a review”

They Both Die At The End – a review

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera My rating: 5 of 5 stars The enjoyment I received from this book was a complete surprise!The story is set in an alternative reality, where an early-hours phone from a mysterious organisation called Death Cast informs people they will die that day. The two main characters,Continue reading “They Both Die At The End – a review”

Surrender Your Sons – a review

Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was a thoroughly enjoyable queer YA story. Sass expertly explores the ‘negative’ of being queer in society – from religious judgement and family rejection, to teen pregnancy and first love, to suicide and conversion therapy. Adam Sass uses humour and adventure toContinue reading “Surrender Your Sons – a review”

Arcadia Falls – a review

Arcadia Falls by Ken Stark My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a thoroughly enjoyable YA sci-fi/fantasy/thriller mash-up. The high-schoolers at the center of the story are relatable, facing the everyday struggles of all high-schoolers across the world. Except, of course, for the monsters trying to kill them!Stephen King-esque that no-one else can seeContinue reading “Arcadia Falls – a review”

Merry Christmas & thanks for all the trauma

What a glorious time of year! Trees swathed with tinsel. Carols playing on and on and on. people rushing about buying things, giving things, getting things. Families coming together to pretend everything they really like each other. Excuse my sarcasm. Christmas has been a challenging time of year for me. I don’t begrudge others theirContinue reading “Merry Christmas & thanks for all the trauma”

Cemetery Boys – a review

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas My rating: 5 of 5 stars Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas is a unique YA fantasy novel, delving into the world of Latinx trans and queer kids, alongside mystical arts.I was enthralled with the main characters from the start: trans-teenager Yadriel, his cousin Maritza, and the spirit Julien. They wereContinue reading “Cemetery Boys – a review”

A Threat From The Past – a review

A Threat From The Past by Paul Cude My rating: 4 of 5 stars A Threat From The Past is book one in The White Dragon Saga.Paul Cude sets the scene here, building a world in which dragons co-exist secretly with humans. Dragons influence human development and policy, guiding humankind to make better choices forContinue reading “A Threat From The Past – a review”

Manifest Recall – a review

Manifest Recall by Alan Baxter My rating: 4 of 5 stars A good page turner. I was really lost at the start, and really sucked in to the story, then all the horrible trauma started revealing itself. Eli Carver doesn’t have any redeeming characteristics, except maybe being a good shot, yet Baxter still had meContinue reading “Manifest Recall – a review”

What doth make a writer?

It’s been a little over a year since I quite my management job, became a part-time shit kicker, and focused my attention on being a writer. Over this past year I have been devouring resources about writing. I have completed courses on plot, characters, dialogue, structure, and planning. I have subscribed to blogs and newslettersContinue reading “What doth make a writer?”

Swimming in the dark – a review

Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski My rating: 5 of 5 stars From the opening sentences, I felt the sadness of this story like a weighted blanket, comforting me through the book. This book is poetry: melancholic, innocent, hard and unyielding. The main characters, Ludwik and Janusz, share a love and passion that isContinue reading “Swimming in the dark – a review”

Invisible Boys – a review

Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a compelling read. Well written, using simple, emotional language that takes you instantly into the heads of the three main characters. A coming of age tale for gay boys. Gritty, hard, reality based stories. Highly recommended.I found it took me longer toContinue reading “Invisible Boys – a review”

Eat, Gay, Love – a review

Eat, Gay, Love by Calum McSwiggan My rating: 4 of 5 stars Calum McSwiggan spins an interesting, heartfelt, sometimes cringeworthy, tale of his travels in this compelling memoir. The locations are exotic and varied, providing a theatrical backdrop to his very personal experiences. His interactions with the people he meets brought back many fond memoriesContinue reading “Eat, Gay, Love – a review”

Too many ideas! 5 ways I decide what to work on next.

There’s been many a moment during the past 5 months of this pandemic craziness where I have felt stuck, unable to write. I would go to work (thank the goddess I still had a job), come home, watch Netflix, exercise, and go to the supermarket a couple of times a week. Lots of my energyContinue reading “Too many ideas! 5 ways I decide what to work on next.”