Great short story, but Josh Lanyon put me through the paces again, not on the small mystery embedded in the story, but once again on the MC's4.5 stars
Great short story, but Josh Lanyon put me through the paces again, not on the small mystery embedded in the story, but once again on the MC's lonliness and sadness. Though his characters almost always have a spine and really soldier on, sometimes they're so heartbreaking, and you can feel their abandonment and pain....more
I can't believe it took me forever to read this. You know, I think that if I had read this story (that character, JP) written by anyone but J4.5 stars
I can't believe it took me forever to read this. You know, I think that if I had read this story (that character, JP) written by anyone but JCP, it just wouldn't work, but somehow, some way, she won me over to him in the end after I'd just spent the whole story making nasty faces as his sickly sweet fake charm. It is such a strange plot, a modern-day snake oil salesman looking for a quick buck before he can high-tail it out of town and dicking over the naive residents of whatever small town at the same time. Add in a totally charming, yet still naive boy (Ryan) to this surprisingly anachronistic town and the secret ingredient (secretive Chance, who we get to see much more of) and this turned into such a surprising and great story. JCP always seems to write these stories that take me by surprise for whatever reason, and they become unforgettable. This is another one!...more
What can I say besides the inside of Ethan's head must be a three-ring circus? (Only in the nicest way possible, of course!). Seriously, though -- I fWhat can I say besides the inside of Ethan's head must be a three-ring circus? (Only in the nicest way possible, of course!). Seriously, though -- I fell in love with Boone and Wade in Sno Ho and I was a bit afraid to read LIF, simply because they were so dear to me. I'm sure I needn't tell anyone, but that was obviously a mistake. LIF accomplished the second part of Boone and Wade's story in such glorious spastic perfection that I was instantly smitten all over again. Besides (and for all I love Boone), though I've never been attracted to big or very muscular men, if one had the winning personality of Wade, I'd swoon into those giant arms any day....more
This is my favorite story by Josh Lanyon so far in the Petit Morts series. While I got caught up in the story and felt like the mystery wrap4.75 stars
This is my favorite story by Josh Lanyon so far in the Petit Morts series. While I got caught up in the story and felt like the mystery wrapped up pretty quickly, the real spark in this story is the relationship between naive, small-town book geek and new writer Ethan and quiet, steady and badly scarred Michael, the new resident to Peabody and dojo owner with a real heart of gold. The scene where everything finally comes out in the open between them really showcases how utterly sweet and genuine Josh Lanyon's writing can be. The two of them together just makes me want to smile. Also, a shout out to a really great secondary character who leapt off the page, Ethan's twin sister Erin, who is charmingly upbeat and funny. Well done....more
Brilliant! And the best book I've read in a long time...
I'm not going to write a proper review, because there are several of them that are wonderful aBrilliant! And the best book I've read in a long time...
I'm not going to write a proper review, because there are several of them that are wonderful and say everything that I could say. Plus, I felt so connected to this story and these characters that I feel as if this story took me in and spit me out. I'm all turned around, trying to organize my thoughts, but only thinking that this is the best book I've read of Eden's so far, which is saying quite a lot considering they're all wonderful and diverse.
What I will say are two thins that made this story extra special. What I first started reading was a story that I assumed I'd read before. There are no shortages books of the seedy underbelly of the streets and the endless cycle of victims it perpetuates. The pacing and characters swept me along, but somewhere around the last third, I started to see all the threads weaving together, forming a poignant story of redemption, courage and the contrast of goodness and evil and the choices we make to serve them.
Tying into that is the second, the characters. There are four first presented in dichotomous fashion: Jeremy and Noah, and Willie and Trent, but whose later choices blend them into a sort of hazy symmetry of the blindness of young love and the harsh reality of adult consequences. The further I read, the more excited I became watching these characters, learning bits about their past that shed light on who they are now. Noah, the star and narrator (also, the "Angel") holds the spotlight here, but it is Eden's character Willie, the antagonist, though in his own way maybe an anti-hero, who is perhaps most well written. This is most likely because he is seen through Noah's eyes, which is at one moment regretful and the other loving.
I could see the love for the characters and attention to detail so much in this book. Eden Winters has so much talent that I almost can't believe how much she grows from book to book, and this from a book near the beginning of her career... I can barely wait for the book she's yet to write....more
This was definitely the most fun I've had reading any of the Petit Morts stories! Sean Kennedy really hit a home run with this funny, delight4.5 stars
This was definitely the most fun I've had reading any of the Petit Morts stories! Sean Kennedy really hit a home run with this funny, delightful story. For the first time, Chance really takes a more active role in this story, not only in his matchmaking, but with his abilities. And what a riot it was to see the changing behavior of the Conway family! I'm looking forward to reading more of SK's stories in this series, for sure....more