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Talon the griffin is broken-hearted - so, can you really blame him for not-quite-accidentally trying to kill a guy? Flit the sparrow sure can. Now the sparrow has taken over Talon's life, and Talon hates it. But maybe things will turn out all right. If only Flit would stop decorating the place.

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Published April 27th 2009 by livejournal (first published 2008)
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Bookwatcher
Why you should read this FREE ebook?

1) Flit, the sparrow. He is one of the main character... you will love him! So sweet and delicate! A great character!

2) Talon, the griffin. Ok, no good words to him. I hate him, his violence and his cruelty... . So how can he be the another main character of this M/M paranormal-romance? Simple: Flit will put all his soul in the mission of making Talon a better person, no wait shifter, no I must say a better Griffin... well whatever... Talon is a big jerk, wha
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Deeze
I LOVED THIS FIC.

OK now that’s out of the way I can try to say why.

This was in my opinion a brilliantly written cute funny romantic slightly angsty read. All my favourite requirements.

I worried at times that I wouldn’t be able to overlook Talons violence, but its amazing how much the stupid birdbrain grew on me.

Flit was a simple caring wonderful funny little bird that I wanted to hug even though he proved he could take care of himself.

I wanted to add so many quotes but I realized I’d end up qu
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Heller
3.5

I really enjoyed this clever take on bird shifters. Some neat world-building going on here. I liked Talon and Flit quite a bit but Talon's constant abusive behaviour got to be a bit trying after a while so it wasn't as high of a rating as I thought I was going to end up giving it.

Still, some wonderfully well drawn characters with fun dialogue and a surprisingly hot sex scene. I'm looking forward to Roc and Robin's story.
Ami
OMG, I LOVE THIS STORY!! Talon is a brute, insensitive idiot bastard -- who needs to have his head smacked couple of times. But when is protecting his Flit, he goes all out. And when he falls, he falls hard. While Flit, he is just such a cute annoying sparrow, with a heart of gold -- I mean, with the "abuse" he gets from Talon, he STILL wants to find the griffin a boyfriend?! Awwww. This story makes me laugh and annoyed (with Talon) and frustrated (with the two of them) and want to protect (Flit ...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
The book gets 5 stars out of the sheer joy it gave me.

It's well written and the writing gets better chapter after chapter. It's as if the author is able to understand the characters better as the story progresses, adding a few layers of complexity.

The reference to birds is pretty clever and it had me laugh out loud a few times (birdbarians is my favorite). I think the quality/price rate can't be beaten because the book its free. This is one of the rare times I decide to round up my rating, becau
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Lucy
This book was supposed to be a filler in between some angsty books, something light and quick. It turns out, this very odd book about bird shifters, is sarcastic, violent and just really funny. Talon, a griffin, is rough and rude. Flit, the sparrow Talon nearly kills, is an advice columnist and therapist, with issues of his own. When Talon has to take Flit in after the near-fatal accident, they clash, argue and get under each other's feathers. It's a mess and it was so fun to read. The prequel, ...more
ttg
3.5-4 stars. Very creative m/m fantasy romance about bird shifters who live in the clouds, have jobs, and fly around. (Also, heads-up, this novel is *free* to download.)

This story focuses on Talon, an angry cop griffon shifter who injures Flit, a sparrow shifter who is an advice columnist. Talon is forced to take care of Flit as he recovers, and Flit realizes that Talon is one big case of troubles that needs fixing (and he's just the bird to do it, whether Talon wants it or not.) As they squabbl
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Arthur
One of my favorite stories. Not only because of the nice story and characters, but also because it's free (yeah, I'm cheap! :-)

The story itself is not that new but the execution is done well. All characters are bird shifters. the strong alpha male-type Talon and the smart-ass Flit. Their slowly developed relationship is nice. The scene where they finally tell each other their feelings is beautifully romantic.


Recommended.
Adriana
Good things about this:

1. Bird shifters!
2. The prequel is lovely.
3. The story has a good plot.
4. Messy sex (that's a plus, right?)
5. I love the secondary characters.
6. It's free!
7. Good length.
8. Funny

Bad things about this.
1. I didn't like the main characters: Flit is annoying and Talon is an aggressive ass.
Emma Sea
I'm glad I finally perservered with that. I gave up twice because the humour of the early chapters isn't to my taste, but once I pushed past chapter 5 I did really enjoy the MCs.
Cindi
This started out okay but took a major downhill turn for me. It has a few funny moments. There are a lot of puns that are kind of cute. I liked one of the MC's, Flit. The other one, Talon, was a complete bastard. He got a bit sappy and sweet later but he was a complete ass up to that point. I have a hard time getting into a story where one of the MC's is calling the other one a stupid bitch over and over and being abusive in other ways. (view spoiler) ...more
Karenna
Excellent free read that centers around a sparrow named Flit and a grumpy griffin named Talon. I really enjoyed this opposites attract story and I really liked advice columnist/therapist Flit. Unfortunately I had a lot more trouble warming up to Talon. For most of the book he was a borderline-abusive jerk (seriously,what was with all of the punching!) but I liked how he turned around when he discovered Flit's secret past. Overall this is an amazing story that I cannot believe is FREE!
Breann
Started cute enough. Full of banter, hot sex and punny bird puns.

But Talon calling Flit a 'little bitch' (all the time) and smacking him around puts him right on my most hated heroes list. (not that I have one, but if I did... ) Talon was a bastard. Dude had zero redeeming qualities.

I have no idea what Flit and Talon saw in each other.
Don Bradshaw
Thhis book was a hoot. Funny, happy and full of gay stereotypes. The big hulking Talon almost kills the small nester Flit. Talon is obliged to allow Flit stay at his home and surrender one of his flight feathers until Flit is healed. Flit moves in and all hell breaks loose. Suspend reality and just sit back and chuckle.
Qi
It's SO PUNNY! *dies*

Talon wanted to refuse to have dinner with Flit every night, but he wasn’t about to turn down a plate of buffalo wings. (Flying buffalo was a rare enough delicacy.)


If you, unlike me, do not like puns, don't despair! There's something here for everyone.

...though there's a rather large part of me that is screaming, "OH FUCK NO" when Flit decides, after a night of reflecting on Talon telling him that it fucking makes sense why his ex would beat him, that he would stay if Talon
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Nika (Off to Neverland)
My rating: 3/3.5 stars
Tailtiu
4,5* I can't believe it's free and not published thank you Aggy Bird
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
I loved this story, it is amazing
Sala Bim
I was loving, loving, LOVING this at first! The humor, puns, bickering, redecorating, and the general level of cuteness where totally up my alley. I enjoyed the birds/flying aspects and the enemies-to-lovers theme. BUT THEN I seriously lost interest when (view spoiler) That bothered me enough that I was basically over the story at that point. Then the sex scene seemed odd to me. Out of place and rough and weirdl ...more
Aniytlia
Aug 19, 2012 Aniytlia rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: pun lover, romantics, twink lovers, happy ending lovers
Cute, if you enjoy puns you'll probably like this quite a bit, and it's free so what the hell? I feel rather apathetic toward it to be honest. I was excited about the premise, two hot boys who could shift into birds and were hell-bent after eachother. The two protagonists were rather endearing, even the 'grumpy' - otherwise known as total bitch - top of the couple. I liked the progression of the story, but I didn't find it nearly as hilarious as some others, but as i said, if you enjoy puns and ...more
Missy Welsh
For an unpublished story, I was really impressed with the writing. Not a huge fan of all the violence Talon dished out, though, and he seemed unrepentant except for what he did to Flit. I would've liked to see Talon get it that violence as a first option isn't the right thing to do. It did make me laugh several times and all the bird-related references were pretty clever. It was sexy and a little sweet toward the end too, so I'll be keeping it on my Kindle.

Oh, and the cover I made just because I
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Fangtasia
Dec 05, 2011 Fangtasia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone suffering from real-life ennui
Recommended to Fangtasia by: Td
Talk about the pen being mightier than the sword.

This story was creative beyond the usual, Jaybird Witnesses? Flipping the person? Histerically funny, caught myself snorting in laughter many, many times. The characters? Delicious! If only I could have Flit as a real-life friend. Talon? Typical emotionally-stunted, physically overgrown, adorable idiot.

Now, could we persuade the author to give us Stone and Robyn's story?

Highly recommended as a perfect cure for real-life ennui. Enjoy!
Lauren
3.5 stars - This was really well written and very original. I definitely enjoyed it, even if Talon drove me mad sometimes. Great for a free read.
Td
Ha! This was just hysterical! Don't remember the last story that had me cracking up so consistently throughout. Great, great fun. Enjoy!
Monika
It's quirky, it's funny, it's an adorable little book!

Loved the pens...I mean puns. :D
M
Why the HELL did I wait so long to read this?! That was legit incredible.
Jessa ♥dhanger♥ EvilDarkSide
What a delightfully odd story. At first I was kind of lost and wondering if I would be able to endure all the quirky puns and references to birds but it quickly became so cute and endearing that I had no problems after the first few chapters. In fact, as the story progressed it only seemed to get better and more heartfelt. Talon and Flit were the definition of opposites attract, but in this story it worked so well due to Aggy Bird's ability to make you simultaneously love and hate at the same ti ...more
Alex
Overall
Very enjoyable. Once again this is a free read (you can find it via the link above). Although it is an LJ published story, there was promise of a PDF--which I couldn't find. However, I just copy and pasted the story into a word doc, then had amazon convert it for me, so I could read on my eReader. I tend to have lower expectations for free reads, because they tend to have minimal editing and no limit of what horrors can be posted.

However, once again I was delighted to find a well-written
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Cheryl
Talon and Flit are bird shape shifters. Talon mistakes Flit for a regular sparrow and injures him, and according to local custom then owes Flit a period of caregiving while recovering. Flit, a psychiatrist and writer of a local advice column, sees Talon as a project and decides to use the time at Talon's house to help him get over his lost love. Talon objects to all the meddling, often violently. Of course there is unresolved sexual tension building in the air and neither wants to admit it.

This
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Lady*M
While I was reading this, I repeatedly had two thoughts: Where are the publishers!? AND God, what a good editor could do with this story!.

Like a Sparrow Through the Heart is original, entertaining, tongue-in-cheek story set in the world of bird (and bird-like creature) shifters. The bird slang was funny and clever and I can't even count how many times it made me laugh (Flight Club, for example). Flint was cute, tough little sparrow, and I agree with several readers that Talon didn't grovel near
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“Definitely not," Talon said. "If you screw up like that, you don't get another chance."

"But what if he really loves her and it was a mistake?"

"It wasn't," Talon said firmly. "He'd keep his cockadoodle in his pants if he loved her. He wouldn't hurt the person he loved. And she should leave his ass for her own good.”
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