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Fugly (connected by Jackson Spey #9)

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When a wizard is happily in love, he tends to get complacent. When he gets complacent, he tends to let magick fall by the wayside. Jackson Spey hasn't thrown around any mojo in a while. Here's his chance.

What happens to a young man's self-image, and his sex life, when he wakes up one morning to see his good looks significantly altered for the worse? In this modern fable, t
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ebook, 59 pages
Published August 2nd 2010 by Liquid Silver
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Daisiemae
Aug 10, 2010 Daisiemae rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All of my friends
Recommended to Daisiemae by: Night Owl Reviews
WOW! Fugly by K.Z. Snow is AMAZING and took me by complete surprise! It’s hard to believe the book falls just under sixty pages, because it really packs an emotional punch. I thought the plot was creative and very thought provoking. It’s a story that stayed with me hours after I finished it.

The story is a combination first and third person. At the beginning of the story it’s told by David’s point of view, and then it changes to third person so we can follow the lives and strange happenings of D
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Zach
Aug 29, 2010 Zach rated it it was amazing
I was clueless to how much I would adore this book. Holy f*cking sh*t! I loved this book and the message it gave. I think everyone should be able to identify with some of the characters and how it feels when we are made to feel insignificant sometimes. Loved it, loved it!
Jeff Erno
Aug 01, 2010 Jeff Erno rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-fiction
David Ocho is a journalist who’s a member of a circle of four friends. Todd, Fallon, and Jake refer to themselves as “The Hunt Club”. They are a hot-looking threesome who go clubbing together, and David is more-or-less their sidekick. Each of them is professionally successful in his own right. Todd’s a mortician, Jake’s a publicist, and Fallon is a movement coach. As is often the case with attractive, young gay men, they are very focused upon the superficial matters of life. They’re proud of the ...more
Jenre
Aug 07, 2010 Jenre rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, paranormal, romance
I have to admit I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for ages, ever since KZ put up the cover and extract on her blog. It sounded just a great idea for a book and I couldn’t wait to see how it was all going to turn out. I wasn’t disappointed.

The book begins with 1st person narrator, David, meeting with his three friends at a club. Fallon, Jake and Todd are handsome men who are used to picking up, and competing for, the most gorgeous man in the room. When a beautiful man enters (named b
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Casey
OMG! Fugly was awesome! I didn't think I would like the different narratives, but I did. I swear I KNOW people who are exactly as superficial as the gang. Loved watching them change from total assholes, to decent and worthy men.
Bark's Book Nonsense
Aug 12, 2010 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I liked this novella a lot but felt it was far too short to successfully tackle three budding and complicated romances. Just when things were getting good the book came to an end. I'd read this again if it were ever expanded 100 pages or so.

I wrote up a review for JERR which you can find HERE . You may have to click the "enter here" button and hit my link again. Sorry, a pain the butt I know, but I can't repost it here.
Damon Suede
Feb 17, 2011 Damon Suede rated it it was amazing
A good old-fashioned romantic fable that is shorter than I might wish, but perfectly written for all that. Structure, pace, and pathos aplenty.

You can almost see Snow's flashing, floating pleasure in the high-concept germ of this story: a curse that opens up three shallow bar-hounds to the possibility of real, human connection. And SNow is unwilling to just crank out a formulaic M/M. Along the way, she gives us little snippets of tantalizing character detail, peeks into odd jobs and odder peopl
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Kris
Aug 14, 2010 Kris rated it really liked it
Why I bought it: Author + cover + blurb = Sold!

Dislike/like (ending on a high note):

Dislike~ I've said a number of times I'm not the greatest fan of first person POV so when I started reading Fugly my initial response was 'bugger'. Happily, for me at least, this POV was limited to the prologue and epilogue. Even better, despite my gut reaction I was glad for David's (the first personee's) insight into friends' behaviour as well as the opportunity to revisit, albeit briefly, two of my favourite K
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Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Nov 11, 2010 Bubbles Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions rated it it was ok
Recommended to Bubbles Hunty by: Bubbles
The writing was good

IMO it felt like we got 3 unfinished stories instead of 1 complete story. Also I never warmed up to Jake and probably could have enjoyed it more without so much Jake. I didn't really like any of the guys but Jake was least favorite. If more time had been spent with the other guys I probably could have started to like them more
Shell
Sep 09, 2010 Shell rated it it was amazing
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Monica
Dec 30, 2010 Monica rated it really liked it
Shelves: gang-bang-q2
After reading this story two morals come to mind: beauty is only skin deep and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It was a cute modern day fable about three gay guys who were only concerned with looking good and how hot the men they pursued looked. Their shallowness and inappropriate pawing of the wrong man prompts a wizard to "through a little mojo around" and drastically alter all three mens appearances. This is why I gave this story 4 stars. It was a unique twist on the old fable and for t ...more
Tracy's Place
Aug 06, 2010 Tracy's Place rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
This is a novella that I think every person should read whether they read m/m romance or not - it was so wonderful I can’t tell you how much I loved it.

The story involved characters Adin Swift and Jackson Spey (from Snow's Adin Swift/Jackson Spey story arc) but they were in it just a bit. It told the story of 4 gay friends – 3 of whom are always on the hunt for the most beautiful men to sleep with. They’re condescending to those they don’t feel are pretty enough or up to par and never ever look
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Rick
Jun 02, 2011 Rick rated it really liked it
Unusual story which uses magick to illustrate the old saw that beauty goes much deeper than the skin. KZ Snow is an amazing writer.
Kira
Oct 04, 2016 Kira rated it liked it
Short-ish and rather sweet. There was a bit too much fairy-tale simplicity, a bit too little substance or development to go with the overall message for my liking, but this book caught me at a good time, and I ended up liking it.
Angel Martinez
Jan 27, 2011 Angel Martinez rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-fantasy
I was, in the first few pages of this book, quite prepared not to like it. Oh, great, I said to myself with wrinkled nose, the boys are going to learn their lesson that beauty isn't all on the outside. How predictable.

For my rash jumping to conclusion-ness, I owe K.Z. a sincere apology. On the surface, yes, that's the lesson our three young snark-meisters have to learn, but we aren't left to wallow on the surface. Oh, no. K.Z. creates three complex, damaged characters, whose motives and emotion
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Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Dec 10, 2010 Emanuela ~plastic duck~ rated it really liked it
I don't know why I postponed reading this book so much, I think I was afraid it would be too angsty, but it wasn't. Many complained about the length of the book, saying that it's too short, but I appreciated the way it focused on the pivotal moments of the lives of the characters.

When we meet the three skin cursed friends - and the witness - after the fateful encounter with a wizard, some time has passed. We see how the rash has affected the lives of the shallow Fallon, Todd and Jake. Since they
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 ♥ ♥Lynn ♥ ♥
I loved this book! I think this book should be passed out to middle school student everywhere. This story is one I will carry with me for the rest of my life. In high school, everyone writes, "I hope you never change" I personally think that is the meanest thing you could ever say to someone. Change, whether we see it in ourselves or if others see it in us needs to occur to grow as a person of worth. The names in this story could easily be replaced with people in our own lives. I truely hope eve ...more
Douglas
Aug 14, 2012 Douglas rated it it was amazing
Generally I like all of K.Z Snow's books which are always original and thought provoking but this has to be the jewel in the crown. A bit like Shallow Hal in reverse. What would happen if people who you found physically attractive without exception found you unattractive? How would you win them over? Would you be more or less likely to find the love of your life? That is the premise of this story and it is a really goodread!
Jeri
Aug 20, 2010 Jeri rated it liked it
enjoyable, but superficial (odd that that was the word that came to mind for a story that's about superficial vs depth) ... I like the theme (loving the inner person -- who wouldn't like that idea?), but it never made me feel deeply involved
SheReadsALot
3.5 STARS --A great message wrapped in a fairy tale inspired short story about the downfall of three shallow men. It was cute, not what I expected (my fault for not fully reading the blurb). There were a lot of vocabulary words thrown in and a touch of a magical curse.
Tasha
Jan 05, 2012 Tasha rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, m-m
I think if I'd read the other books in the series OR skipped the prologue I might have lasted longer with this book, but the characters seemed really blah. Their 'interesting jobs' did not translate into interesting personalities for me.
Janeylou
Oct 31, 2015 Janeylou rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Ami
Aug 11, 2010 Ami rated it really liked it
Three friends: Fallon, Jake, and Tyler, are three handsome men who like pick up other men who are gorgeous to their standard. Until one night, where they hit the 'wrong guy' (who turned out to be the husband of a very powerful wizard). As a result, the three guys suffer from skin disease in their face, that will only be apparent to the people they are attracted to. The stronger their attraction, the worse it looks. But the three friends realize that there are people who will see beyond the super ...more
Meraehl
Aug 10, 2010 Meraehl rated it really liked it
I knew when I read the blurb that I would enjoy Fugly - and I did enjoy it very much. A reader can guess from the blurb what will happen in the story and it pretty much unfolds the way one would expect, but that's not a bad thing in the slightest. We know how it should turn out - this is a fairytale through and through - but the journey to get there is very enjoyable.

The only reason this doesn't get a 5th star from me is that it just felt too short for perfect enjoyment. The guys learn a valuabl
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Camilla
Dec 28, 2010 Camilla rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle

What a great short story this is..

3 guys, who like to hunt beautiful men, get their lives turned upside down, when they wake up with a nasty rash on their face one day..

Now the beautiful men they once hunted, wont give them a second look, and whats a guy to do then??

I dont think you get the theme "Its whats on the inside that matters" more than you do in this one.. Its really whats its all about people..

I loved all of the 3 guys (and David the nerdy writer too) but it was a short story, so we di
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Lorraine
Oct 31, 2015 Lorraine rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this short story. Now I admit, I haven't read any of the other books int the series, but I didn't really need to. The plot centres around 3 guys, Jake, Todd and Fallon, who call themselves "The Hunt Club" and who spend their free time cruising the clubs and bars for cute dates.
Their lives change one night, when the three unknowingly hit on the Partner of Jackson Spey, who decides to "share" a little of his love around. The three men find themselves with a skin irritation which
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Bookbee
Dec 11, 2010 Bookbee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Wow, what a fabulous book! The cover intrigued me & the blurb sparked interest but it was K.Z. Snow's deft handling of the book's theme - the beauty inside is what matters most - and her 'flawed but redeemable' characters that made me love it!

And imagine how please I was when I discovered that I can indulge in discovering more about Jackson and Adin, two character I desperately wanted to know more about!
Karen K
Aug 19, 2010 Karen K rated it it was amazing
Wow! I loved this book - unique, emotional, thought-provoking, well-written. The characters all hooked into me and held on, sucking me deeper and deeper into their psyches and issues. The uniqueness of the plot kept me reading without a break and the moral and magic was wound perfectly into the story. One thing I have a problem with - I want more of the mysterious stranger and his beautiful husband. :P
Rachel Haimowitz
No question about it, K.Z. writes beautifully. At least half a dozen turns of phrase stopped me cold with their cleverness, with a new way of framing a common thought or a recasting of a metaphor. Very, very clean and well-done.

The story, however, did little for me.

My complete review is posted here.
Lil' Grogan
Dec 18, 2010 Lil' Grogan rated it it was ok
It felt too choppy. The individual stories of the couples themselves had potential and moments, but the overall stitching didn't work for me. Felt there wasn't enough to grasp in each, and the answers too easy.
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