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Gabriel didn't always have a name. Born in a mysterious facility, he knows he's not human, but an experiment with a purpose that no one is willing to reveal. His life is a routine and an hourglass of when he will disappear. He has no hopes, no dreams, until one day someone new interrupts that routine. Someone like him, someone free, and it changes everything.

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Published May 26th 2012 by M/M Romance Group @ goodreads
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Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
I really really enjoyed this free short story.

The only thing I can complain about is this felt like a prologue. An awesome prologue, but now I want the rest of the story.
Marissa
3.5 stars
Short, emotional, and intriguing. I can only hope for future books to continue the story of Gabriel & Lukas. I see so much potential on where this novella could be leading us, on their relationship, on them being weapons, on the reason & people behind all the experiments...So much more! Fingers crossed for more to come!
Serena Yates
Scary is the first word that came to my mind when I thought about describing this story. The kind of scary that shows us what human nature can be like when scientists or the military or members of any organization with some goal forget that they are human and start chasing their objectives with no regard for the consequences. It has happened before, it is happening now, and I am afraid it will happen again. And each time the stakes get higher because our technological abilities grow, and with th...more
Adara
Okay, so I requested the changling story, and I may be biased in my rating, but that story is seriously NOT finished. I want so much more than that! =)

Gabe knows he is an experiment of some kind. He's never seen the outside of this room. They come in, make him drink things, perform all kinds of tests on him, but he has no idea what they want. He finds out he's not alone, but he also discovers that if the men make you leave the room, you'll never come back from it. He knows he's a failure, and it...more
Kelly Maybedog
I really liked this story even though it had a fairly abrupt ending. I wish there was more about what happened next even though it wasn't necessary. The one thing I found confusing was their ages. (view spoiler) I will definitely read more from this author. 4.5 stars rounded up bec...more
Mandy*reads obsessively*
3.5-4*

This was such a sad and bleak story, yet ended on such a hopeful note that i really would like to know how Lukas and Gabriel continue, just to make sure they get some of the happiness they deserve.
Bettye Kanady
Dec 02, 2012 Bettye Kanady rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Bettye by: Love is Always Write List
Hoo-boy... this story was really a doozy. At least for me. It's more of a sci-fi deep friendship story. If you look at the undertones, you can see love. But, the boys in this story, not human boys, but technically that's what they were. Their age was fifteen or thereabouts. They were experimental weapons; and were to begin "shifting" to other people. I'm not exactly sure why except that they were designed to be weapons. Maybe to sabotage other military operations? I had a difficult time reading...more
David Atchley


I guess from reading the reviews, I should have realized this was a short story and not a book. I, like others, felt like this was a well-written prologue to a longer story. Hopefully, the story of Gabriel and Lukas will surface soon in a complete novel.
Victoria
4.5

Loved it!!! This was such an intriguing story, it was sad to see end. It felt like a prequel though. I would love to read more about this world. Thank you Ashlyn 'Myka' Daube, for donating your time and talent.
Finn Marlowe
Creepy (and I like creepy), but not really a romance. I'd read more of this world, though!
K.
Oct 29, 2013 K. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: glbt
This was an interesting take on experimentation and shape-shifting in a sci-fi universe. Ashlyn Daube handled this particular story request (which can be read in detail on The Ivory Prison's Goodreads page) excellently and has a knack for immersing readers into this eerily quiet, single-room world—or, at least Gabriel's room feels as though it's the whole world. And for him it really was.

I loved how easy it was to empathize with him, especially because we begin learning the outside world with hi...more
Kynthos-the-Archer
I was already fascinated after reading the 1st paragraph. It is quite a disturbing story to read about living feeling beings being treated like a thing, an object to do with as one wished and to be disposed off on a whim.

I truly wish for more of this fascinating story after finishing it. It made me thirst to know more of what fate would Lukas and Gabriel face in the future.(view spoiler)...more
Ayanna
WHOA O_O
OMG
Oh, ma frickin' G.

I got chills man. Chills.

Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Gabe literally has no good options (view spoiler)

It's short, of course. There's a lot still left unsaid. Hopefully, th...more
Wendy (wluvsbooks)
This story felt like it had so much intrigue surrounding it! Definitely a lot of mystery attached to exactly what was supposed to be happening and what all the testing was about. I’m so glad that Gabe found a little oasis in the form of Lukas in the ivory prison. Very interesting – very much enjoyed it! :)
Jessa Ryan
I was lucky and got to Beta this story. Loved it! I can't wait for her to write a novel spun from it -and if I'm lucky I'll get to Beta again ;)
Anna  Matsuyama
It feels more like prologue and not complete story.
Heller
3.5

This depressed the hell out of me but I want to know MOAR!
Monika
This one has to be made in to a book! What a great teaser....
Victoria Zagar
The Ivory Prison is about Gabriel, a young man who has been held in a research facility for his entire life. He's not even allowed to communicate with others, and other boys at the facility often vanish without trace. Things change, however, when the lab gets a new researcher in charge, who brings along her son, Lukas. Lukas and Gabriel start to form a connection that not only changes their lives, but also helps Gabriel realize his true purpose.

I really enjoyed The Ivory Prison. I've always been...more
Sarah Logan
This sweet little story has real potential to be something big and grand and really interesting. I love sci-fi and genetic experiments, and this was a good take on science interfering in the development of life.

Overall it's enjoyable enough but I feel that the author can make much, much more of this story. For a start the romance is believable but is underdeveloped. There is a hint of Gabe feeling himself drawn to Lukas because of their shared differences from 'normal' people, but it is not ver...more
Serith
Sep 10, 2012 Serith rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: GLBTQ community, dystopia and sci-fi fans
Ivory Prison was just brilliant. I absolutely loved this story, as short as it may have been. The author designed a dark and beautiful dystopia and filled it with strong and lovable characters. It was a pleasure to join Gabe through seriously harsh times, and also those touching moments of true happiness. Every little thing that happened was fascinating in one way or another. He was just so innocent and sweet that I authentically cared for his well-being and was thrilled when people entered his...more
Julesmarie
"Beautiful" might seem like an odd word to apply to this story, but it's the first that came to mind. So very beautiful!

Gabe's life is horrific, on a scale that's difficult to truly imagine. But his relationship with Lukas is good and bright and hopeful enough to make up for everything else.

The world-building here is amazing and the characters are beautifully crafted and believable. This is one that I would love to see turned into a longer work or a series. I'm left with so many questions about...more
ColleenM Johnson
I am all about giving 5 stars when I review a book. But I can't for this one as it has excellent bone structure with no filling. The concept of genetic shifting being SPOILER HERE..............non animal was fantastic. I wasn't prepared for boy/man <3 boy/man. I am not into that so sadly I will not be following this series though it has great potential for this short. Implied violence and one gun shooting along with the male love thing makes me recommend this for 18 and over. Otherwise I love...more
Cassandra
My Thoughts - 3 out of 5 unicorns - I liked it!

I liked this story, but too many unanswered questions. It didn’t feel like it should be a short story. It is a quick read only 18 pages. It is a story of what I call emotional/psychological torture and how the boy is struggling to get past it & of 2 boys who grew up different, but clinging to each other because they are the same. It will be interesting to see if it becomes a series as Goodreads suggests. Lots of questions I want answered, but I...more
Maha
I enjoyed this short mysterious story, and wish to know more about what happened before... and what will happen next.
Denise Mcanally
This was a very short book that left me wondering what was going to happen next.
Annmarie Stocker-shea
I like short books but jeez I'm like really it over already it just started to get good.
Noughty
Mar 12, 2014 Noughty marked it as to-read
waiting for 2nd book
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Ashlyn has been creating stories from a young age. From turning purple and orange plush dragons into characters, to an endless collection of notebooks and word files. Ashlyn's favorite type of story is the one that tears at your heart, even more if it includes things that go bump in the night. Her love of fantasy, sci-fi, romance, and LGBT characters fill her stories.

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