Concoction of a review: Alex Sanchez is the author. Suburbia is the place. Lance, Allie, Sergio and Kimiko are the teens. Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender is the genre. Mad Scientist is the reader.
This small group are maneuvering through high school while trying to figure out their sexual identities. The story starts to move along with best friend duos. Lance is on the swim team and very proud of being gay. Yes, he is way out of the closet. His best friend, Allie, has been in a long term relationship with her boyfriend and is starting to question their bond. Bisexual Sergio, just got out of a relationship with a girl and Kimiko is our part Japanese lesbian who hasn't had a real relationship. Oh la la...
Our first odd couple is Lance and Sergio. The relationship is on the edge of a rocky cliff from the start due to odd relationship baggage and different sexuality views. Lance believes that bisexuality is a cop out, yet he finds himself attracted to Sergio and learns more of the this type of sexuality.
Allie is a working out a way to talk to her intended on how she feels their relationship is lacking. Meanwhile, she meets Kimiko when she goes with Lance to meet Sergio on a mall date. The girls become friends immediately. However, Allie gets that weird feeling that maybe there is something deeper going on with her.
Alex Sanchez is not a writer for all. He hits a very hard subject which some will have a hard time digesting. His style of writing is unlike anything else. He has a rotating POV that changes within chapters and sometimes even within a conversation. If you do not pay attention reading this book I do believe you will look up and say "who just said that" to yourself. However, the Mad Scientist found herself liking this style. It proved to keep my wandering mind engaged on a heavy topic in a light way.
4.01 Blasts There was a great multi cultural cast of characters who were exploring their sexuality in a cute awkward believable way. (less)
Let us just start off right away with me admitting that the Mad Scientist just LOVED The Gravedigger's Brawl. Yes, the Spooky and Sexy was just that good. A short 250 pages but Abigail Roux had me wrapped around her little finger as the plot and characters were just so well developed!
The Virginia Historical Society's head curator, Wyatt Case, is about to loose his job if he does not step up his game and come up with a brilliant mastermind exhibit to bring more people in during a renovation. He is very practical man... that is until he lays eyes on Ash, a exuberant flair bartender, at the local Steampunkery bar Gravedigger's. The Mad Scientist even thought Ash was quit lickable. A Victorian fashion sense, kohl lined eyes, and a tongue ring. *waggles eyebrows*
I loved reading about the tentativeness yet immediate attraction between Ash and Wyatt. Wyatt makes a lark out of himself when he ducks out of Ash's apartment after first nights treats. He quickly regrets his decision. Racked with guilt he attempts to make amends.
Every year Gravedigger's Tavern throws a huge costume party known as the Gravedigger's Brawl. The party is inside and out of the Gravedigger's. They are busy preparing for this occasion when appliances and radios start going bump bump in ways that make even grown men jitter.
Now, you maybe thinking what about the Spooky part is I dutifully mentioned to you. Indeed the Mad Scientist has not forgotten! Occurrences of the strange and the odd were happening around the workers of Gravedigger's Tavern yet they were brushing it off with explainable thoughts. After all, Gravedigger's Tavern was once a old Victorian house which housed secrets of its own.
The Mad Scientist thoroughly enjoyed The Gravedigger's Brawl!
I think you will too!
** Thanks to NetGalley for the ability to read & review this book which so ever did not influence or bend my thoughts in any manner. All Mad thoughts are presented in the right mind of a twisted brain of the Mad Scientist!**(less)
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The Engineered Throne just blew the Mad Scientist nearly out of her corset. Every little while when updating my progress on GoodReads there was little to say other than how much in love with the book MS was. Which was throughout the whole of the novel. Truly.
Vellem is a young gentleman who is head of the 21st Regiment, the Army Corps of Engineers who pride themselves as being the best engineers who can bring into existence as well as dismantle with use of ogre powder. Thrusting himself into his work he gradually made himself a remarkable name known throughout the lands. Due to his engineering exploits Vellem's role turns out to be paramount to the plot.
His eldest brother & minister to the King, Koit, arranged for Vellem to marry Perdith, a young princeling with only a slight chance of sitting on the throne, so that previous animosity between two kingdoms can attempt peace.
The plot is mostly action driven within a detailed world which kept all lulls at bay. MS was scrolling at such a swift rate one might have feared the lacy gloves would gain several more holes. Assassination attempts galore, mass killings, battles, and MS does so enjoy a good military skirmish. One cannot be prim and proper all the days of such a long year.
The hardcore romance was missing. However, this would be one of those reasons MS did enjoy the book. There were bouts of worry & anxiety between Vellem & Perdith. Small bits of hate & growth between them that turned into desire. Their development from arranged marriage to devotion was a perfect fit more so than falling into each others arms as strangers.
Megan Derr created an alternative historical world wherein two men being together was not prejudiced by others. Wherein dragons chirp and love flowers. Wherein sabotage and traitors had MS engrossed late into night. It has been entirely too long since MS has lost sleep over a book.
MS does look forward to more inky goodness by Megan Derr. Howbeit, warning is due. Tis being an advanced copy the copy editing is a touch tarnished with a few mistakes here and there. Nonetheless, this did not hinder my enjoyment.
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