Review: Long Macchiatos and Monsters by Alison Evans

Review: Long Macchiatos and Monsters by Alison Evans

Title: Long Macchiatos and Monsters (2015)
Author: Alison Evans
Expect: New Adult, Trans and Non-Binary MCs, Visible Disability, Slice of Life, Short Fiction
Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Summary

Jalen, lover of B-grade sci-fi movies, meets the far-too-handsome P in a café while deciding whether or not to skip uni again. When P invites them along to a double feature of Robot Monster and Cat Women of the Moon, Jalen can hardly believe that hot boys like bad sci-fi, too. But as their relationship progresses, Jalen realizes P leaves them wondering if they’re on the same page about what dating means, and if that’s what they’re doing.

My Review

Finding queer New Adult short fiction is slowly becoming my new favorite pastime. I feel like there’s a bit of an age gap sometimes in our fiction that forgets humans live a life after turning 18 and before the big 3-0 (but that’s a story for another time). I’m going to try not to make this a hype review, but I seriously love Long Macchiatos and Monsters. I’m so glad I decided to reread this one before writing the review because I had more of an appreciation for it when I knew what to expect.

This is very much a character-driven story, and you won’t be disappointed with following Jalen around. I fell in love with P and Jalen from the jump. Jalen was the perfect main character, and I found their love of cheesy sci-fi movies to be endearing af. Tbh, 100% would cuddle them in a heartbeat. Also, P and Jalen’s relationship was so refreshingly real and relaxed— from all of the jokes between the two to their moments of doing absolutely nothing but being in each other’s presence— that I was glad to just be along for the ride.

But while we get bits of Jalen’s life outside of the relationship, P remains a complete enigma. I know this was probably to put the reader in Jalen’s shoes of not being able to for sure define the relationship between the two, but this was a plot point that was never resolved. Hell, by the time the story ended, I felt like Jalen… “Bro, I know nothing about you. Tell me something right now, or I’m stepping.” And just when we’re about to get something of a backstory from P, the book… ends which just left everything seeming unfinished.

I did have some issues with the cohesiveness in this novella. It was a hit it and quit it story that tried to give so many different scenes and time frames but took away the cohesiveness of the story by doing so. There was too much jumping around for me, and it didn’t feel like all of the scenes always flowed together. I mean, I get it. It’s a short story, and there’s so much ground to cover; but it just got distracting. Scenes that could have been extended to better understand the characters– like Jalen’s life with their sister or P’s interactions with his mother (or any friends he may have had). By the time everything really started coming to a head, the book just ends. There isn’t a resolution. There isn’t really an explanation. There were just so many missed opportunities for expansion. I also need some sort of conflict to keep my interest high. While there is a little bit of tension waiting in the wings with P’s mom (which is never really explained), it wasn’t enough.

This book was short and sweet, but perhaps it was too short and sweet. Novellas are my thing, yo, but Macchiatos needed to be longer (because I’m utterly OBSESSED with P and Jalen and need more). IS THERE MORE? WILL THERE BE MORE?!

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Honestly, more of everything, please.

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Review: Peter Darling by Austin Chant

Book Review: Peter Darling by Austin Chant

Title: Peter Darling (2017)
Author: Austin Chant
Publisher: Less Than Three
Expect: New Adult, Trans MC, M/M Romance, Visible Disability
Rating: ★★★½ and ★★★★

Goodreads Summary

Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.

But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.

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ARC Review: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Arc Review: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Title: History is All You Left Me (2017)
Author: Adam Silvera
Publisher: Soho Teen
Themes: Young Adult, M/M Romance
Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads Summary:

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

My Thoughts:

Adam Silvera is the king of realistic YA fiction. Yeah, I said it.

How do you even begin a review for a book that made you feel so much? It’s been a while since I’ve read something with tears in my eyes, so thank you, Adam Silvera, for making me feel human. From page one, I was hooked and ready to dub History is All You Left Me (referred to as HISTORY moving forward) my fave read of the year. Seriously, the first 222 pages were so good and emotional that I went into a bit of a reading slump… So, I demand a support group to help me get over my hurt feelings.

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Audiobook Review: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Review: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan KielygoodreadsbadgeA bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?

There were witnesses: Quinn Collins—a varsity basketball player and Rashad’s classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistan—and a video camera. Soon the beating is all over the news and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his savior could possibly be guilty. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And again. And the basketball team—half of whom are Rashad’s best friends—start to take sides. As does the school. And the town. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.

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Review: Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole

During my ten billion year hiatus, I was determined to keep poking at my reading slump, so I picked up the shortest books I could find. I really wanted to knock out all of those $1.99 romance books I thirst-bought at the beginning of the year, but I only ended up reading two before getting distracted from the cause at hand and buying other books (because I lack the self-control). This was originally supposed to be two mini reviews, but I’m an English major. Writing so many words about something so short was literally my major.

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Comic Reviews: Sex Criminals #1 and The Wicked + The Divine #1

Mini Comic Reviews

After taking on this little project, I’ve come to the realization that I have yet another legitimate reason to not read comics by the issue (the first, of course, being that I like saving money because I’m broke af). These little 40-page snippets of a bigger story frustrate me deep within my soul. Sure, they’re quick, and they’re sort of helping me out of my current reading slump, but I need more. Coming from reading all novels all the time (hell, even coming from reading manga), I need a complete story; and these little issues just aren’t quite working out for me. How do you guys do it? Another problem that comes when reviewing these bad boys is telling just enough for a review without actually giving you a page-by-page (which would be just as short if we’re being completely honest with ourselves). Anyways, I’ll probably keep doing this because, on some level, I’m enjoying myself.

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Comic Review: Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch

Rat Queens by Kurtis Weibe and Roc UpchurchRat Queens Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery
Kurtis Weibe (author) and Roc Upchurch (illustrator)

Published by: Image Comics on March 26, 2014
Genre: Comic/Graphic Novel

Goodreads Summary:

Who are the Rat Queens?

A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they’re in the business of killing all god’s creatures for profit.

It’s also a darkly comedic sass-and-sorcery series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief. This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack! Continue reading

Mini Review: Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Fortunately, the MilkFortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
Published By: HarperCollins
Date Published: September 17, 2013
Genre: Children’s fiction
128 pages

My Rating: ★★★★★
Format: Paperback and Audiobook
Recommended for:
EVERYONE! Thank you and good night.

Goodreads

This is going to be a super short review because I shouldn’t have to pull teeth to get you to read this amazing book.

Two children left in the care of their loving father while their mother is away on business awake one morning– milkless. Without milk, they can’t eat their Toastios and their dad can’t drink his tea. Basically, no one can start their day without milk. So, dad leaves the house with only one rule: don’t forget the milk! While he’s out something goes wrong, and dear old dad doesn’t return for quite some time (according to the children). By the time he does finally make it in, he comes with quite the story. Fortunately, the milk (essentially) saved his life… at least, in his version anyway.

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Review: Under His Kilt by Melissa Blue

Under His Kilt by Melissa Blue

Under His Kilt by Melissa Blue (2013)
Genre: Romance (duh), Multiracial
My Rating:★★☆☆☆
Steam Level:

Format:
eBook

Goodreads

Jocelyn Pearson is determined to spend her last month as a twenty-something doing everything she’s too busy or scared to try. Her imagination runs wild and then fixates on Ian Baird. He’ll be working at the Langston Museum for a short stint as a consulting curator. He’s Scottish. He believes sex is fun to be had. He’s the perfect choice for a fling. She only has to get him break his rule about sleeping with co-workers. Seducing a man was on her bucket list… Continue reading

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (2012)
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Fairy Tale Retelling
387 pages

My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Format: Paperback

Goodreads

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. (via Goodreads) Continue reading