I'll be the first to admit that boy love is not a genre I actively pursue, but if it has characters or storyline I enjoy, I'll happily read it. I wasI'll be the first to admit that boy love is not a genre I actively pursue, but if it has characters or storyline I enjoy, I'll happily read it. I was gifted with an advance copy, but hadn't had time to sit down and actually read it. All I knew was that it was a coming-of-age love story featuring two boys. Over the weekend I finally sat down and started reading. I was glad I did.
You to Me is set in a modern world full of transitions. When a child is born, they are genderless (now this isn't heavily explained so I'm not sure if children are with both genders or if they are truly genderless). Around pre-teen age children go through their first transition becoming either male or female. At age 18 they go through their final transition into adulthood by becoming horned or tailed. Literally growing horns or tails over the course of a few hours.
Best friends since (practically) birth, Masa and Sota are both on the cusp of their final transitions to tailed or horned. Sota has the perfect plan. He and Masa will transition into tailed, find best friends to marry and live next-door to each other for the rest of their lives. Only things don't go quite as Sota plans. There is one major kink in the plan. There is also the added complication of Ken, recently transitioned horned and resident bully, who has his sights set on Sota and will stop at nothing to get him. Change, confusion, misunderstandings, and bullies, what more could possibly go wrong? Will Sota get his perfect plan? Will Masa be able to convince Sota that change is good?
Not only did I fall in love with Sota's spunkiness and Masa's steadfast determination, I adored the secondary characters, Mei, who is forceful and blunt, and Shiro, who is delightfully awkward and usually blurts out thoughts without a filter. It was also a surprise to have a lot of interaction with Sota's mother and Masa's parents, who themselves are perfectly amusing and sweet characters.
You to Me charmed me. I found myself laughing and worrying over Sota and Masa. I also blushed a bit because there is some adult content in this book. I know I'll be re-reading this one when I need a good popcorn romance novel. Looking forward to the next in the series!...more
Six of Crows is a book I didn't know I needed. Desperately. I'd read and adored Leigh Bardugo's first Grisha series. It was dark, forbidding, and remiSix of Crows is a book I didn't know I needed. Desperately. I'd read and adored Leigh Bardugo's first Grisha series. It was dark, forbidding, and reminiscent of old Russian fairytales. Six of Crows is nothing like that. It's dark, with a viciously delightful levity to it. It's a tale about a heist, harking back to the old 50's noir books. Each of the six characters has a depth of self that holds their fears, worries, and even loves. They are not good people. You will grow to love them.
Kaz, a thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Matthias, a convict with a thirst for revenge. Jesper, a sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. Wylan, a runaway with a privileged past. Inez, a spy known as the Wraith. Nina, a Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
In the Barrel, the criminal underworld of Ketterdam, it pays to be more dangerous than any other criminal around. Kaz Brekker, the boy from nowhere, is that dangerous. His mind is always four moves ahead. His cane is iconic. His gloves are armor. Kaz has always has a plan and the iron will to enact his plan. When Kaz is hired for an opportunity to pull of the most impossible heist, his desire for money overrides his common sense. But he has a plan.
Kaz handpicks five other unique individuals to embark on the impossible heist, kidnapping a political refugee (more likely a prisoner) from the Ice Court, a fortress full of fanatics that's never been breeched. It's a suicide mission, even from the best of criminal men. But Kaz, yes, he has a plan. If he can convince his handpicked Crows to become a crew. Their formation seems more fraught with misfortune than the heist Kaz planned. It won't be easy. They may not make it out alive. But each of the crows, Wraith, Nina, Matthias, Wylan, and Jesper, have nothing and everything to lose if they manage to pull of the impossible.
I cannot recommend this book enough. It has a complexity that snares you, draws you into back alleys and dirty deeds. The characters are so broken, your soul weeps for them, even as you cheer them on. Tiny moments of text burn into your memories. Leigh Bardugo is a master of her craft with a lyrical voice that sooth savage beast while drawing us in deeper to the story. I crave more. Try it. I think you'll like it....more
I am a fan of science fiction, advance technology, alien worlds, murder mysteries, and strong character development. It’s rare to find a book that canI am a fan of science fiction, advance technology, alien worlds, murder mysteries, and strong character development. It’s rare to find a book that can combine all of these elements into a cohesive and engaging story. Lyn Forester is one of those rare authors who can and Beneath a Holo-Sky showcases what amazing job she does! In addition to an intriguing plot, she effortlessly pulls readers into an alien world full of unique but familiar technology, amusing product placement (Go Go Now!) and characters that resonate with quirky personalities. Blending it all into an enjoyable detective story.
On a planet with a poisonous atmosphere, Humans and Halions have banded together to build cities that push back the deadly aspects of the planet. From these cities arose a new civilization, with clearly defined structure. Black Corp (aka the legal mob) controls all government sanctioned illegal activities. Blue Guard (aka the human and half-breed legal system) protects the citizens and investigates crimes. White Guard (aka the alien police) handles anything related to the Clan, or rather those who are pure Halion. Outside of these three governing bodies are the I.I. (Investigators, Inc.) who take on cases ranging from investigating infidelity to running errands for any citizen of the world. Anything and everything goes.
Reagen Thorpe is an I.I. agent, who is quietly living under the radar and taking cases that allow her to lead a happy solitary life. When a highly addictive drug called aphremore, which is strictly regulated by Black Corp, finds its way onto the streets, bodies start piling up in Roen. Mr. Black, head of Black Corp in Roen, calls upon Reagen to find out who’s behind it. Mr. Black throws a kink in her style when he saddles her with a half-breed enforcer from Black Corp, Drake Esten. She’s a loner. He’s rude. She works in the field. He works behind a desk. She views food as a means to an end. He craves food like a junkie. She could care less about sex. He’ll jump into bed with anyone, male or female. Can they put aside their differences and solve this case before they kill each other? That still remains to be seen.
One of the things that I found very unique was the way Lyn Forester wrote her characters. Reagen is always in first person perspective, while Drake is written in third person. It gives a distinctly different feel for each character and I never felt confused when the perspective changed from chapter to chapter. It helped me easily identify which character I was reading. I also liked that Reagen was very aware and alert to the world around her, while Drake was more self-involved and slightly oblivious. Both Reagen and Drake show marked character growth throughout the book, making me excited for how they will develop as the series continues.
Another interesting thing about Beneath a Holo-Sky, there is little to no romance. So many books out now rely heavily on romance and attraction between characters that it seems to be the main element in driving a story forward while leaving the plot behind. This book relies on the plot, the world, and the strengths (and weaknesses) of its characters to tell the story. There might be romance in future books, but for now I’m enjoying a refreshing plot-based book!
Beneath a Holo-Sky is an incredible book full of quirky characters, a deadly street drug, and an alien world that I’m very curious to learn about. I give it a 4 out of 5 stars. I would have loved to give it 5 of 5, but I just can’t because of its cliffhanger ending! Poison World has a lot of potential, seeing that Lyn Forester is already planning for more books in the series and the world; I’m looking forward to more from this breakout author....more