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Survival Rout

(Earthside #2)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The evening wasn't supposed to end in kidnapping, yet despite best laid plans three college students find themselves hauled out of the local bar and into another world. Imprisoned in a nightmarish fairyland where boys are forced to fight horrific monsters for the entertainment of their captors and girls are served up as prizes to the victors, a small group of human captive ...more
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published December 11th 2016 by Acacia Moon Publishing
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Crystal Eidson
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Second book in the trilogy managed to come at the story universe from a completely different angle, tie it back into the major plot threads from the first book, and leave me pounding on the table for the third one.
Part of what makes Ana's work so much fun to read is, the characters are intensely likable, and they are all complex people. Individuals you really want to dislike, who rub you the wrong way, turn out to have entirely reasonable explanations for their behavior – and ones you don't thin
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nicole Field
This book left me with shivers, let me tell you. It's a book that's going to confront some people because of dubious consent with regards to sex acts, but also with regards to violence against women.

It begins in a bar, where Aniyah and Miyuki are chatting about Miyuki's gender pronouns and Aniyah is trying to come to terms with her own attraction to Miyuki, as well as the beginnings of her leanings towards polyamory.

Suddenly, however, these two and a third unknown character are being kidnapped
Survival Rout (and Poison Kiss, Earthside #1) are so important to me. Fantasy and sci-fi, specifically non-grimdark books/series with hopeful endings, are the genres I grew up loving and are what I still come back to when I want something that feels familiar and comfortable to read.

Unlike a lot of what's out there in those categories, Mardoll's books are ones I can actually see myself and my kindred spirits reflected in: there are queer and disabled characters! SO MANY OF THEM. This is especiall
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
CW: sexual coercion, sexual violence, violence.

This one might be tough for survivors of sexual assault because it involves sex slavery, but with a big exception toward the middle (which happens off page), the sex that does happen is consensual, both in the sense that consent is asked for and sex only happens if the characters both agree. Several times one of the girls says no, and the no is respected (only the above mentioned off-page incident of violent sexual assault is the exception, read at
Jade Newcastle
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a really strong sequel to Poison Kiss. It surrounded new characters that were just as interesting as the protagonists of the first book. Survival Rout focused more on what living in the faery world is like, which I think helped to give good insight into what the others had escaped. I would say the stakes were raised for these protagonists, as well. Mardoll continued her trend of great, diverse characters. She placed disability and trans issues at the forefront of this book, to immense p ...more
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book helped me understand others. It took me in with suspense and held me with its kindness, with its empathy, with its care. This is also a Book Two that stands well on its own, and yet meshes well with the first entry in the series. I owe these words much.
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to return to the Earthside universe, and this book did not disappoint!

The first book, Poison Kiss, only dwelt briefly on the character's actual time in captivity; the bulk of the book was about adjusting to freedom, overcoming the trauma, finding a place for themselves in the world, and avoiding recapture. In Survival Rout we get a much clearer picture of the cruelties of Faerie, including how the fae lords kidnap and change people to begin with, and an intimate look at one tiny co
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The stronger of this series, I'm in love with the diverse and wonderful cast. Beautifully written, with a knowing, tight humour and fascinating character dynamics. This series is incredibly original, and the characters feel like they're speaking out of the page. If I had one small criticism, it is only that there may be a couple characters too many to keep up with. ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
** I was gifted a digital copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. **

Survival Rout is a great read that benefits from some inspired world-building and finely wrought characters; from the very beginning I cared about these people and was rooting for them. Which is a good thing, because they get thrown into a very scary situation where they can use all the support they can get! Things I particularly appreciated about this story were the ways in which Mardoll studiously avo
Emma Lindhagen
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been looking forward to reading this book ever since I finished the first book in the series, Poison Kiss. That book was one of my favorite reads for last year, and quite possibly the most personally resonant romance novel I've ever read. I had high hopes for the sequel, which is always a bit scary since you never know if something will live up to your high hopes.

Now that I've finished it, I can easily say this book was everything I hoped and more. The worldbuilding is excellent, adding
Xan West
I have so many complex feelings about this book. I can't really find words for them right now. Will try again later. ...more
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love the next book in the Earthside series. It's a little darker than the first, and I appreciate that the author included trigger warnings in the back for those that need them. This book *will* bring the feels, ultimately in a cathartic way for me.

also really appreciated the portrayal of a character with chronic pain (scoliosis) in a romance novel with fantasy elements. I feel like this book saw me.

probably going to reread over time, after I process more.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read Book 1 awhile ago, and thought it was sexy and fun, so when I saw Book 2 was out I downloaded it right away. It didn't disappoint! It was interesting to read about how these characters navigated the nightmare world they were kidnapped into, and how they still maintained a sense of self despite their loss off memory. ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, lgbtqa
Lovely queer romance and fantasy novel. Not as good as Poison Kiss, but still delicious. Highly recommend the Earthside series.
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Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The characters and primary setting are different, but if you enjoyed the first book you will almost certainly enjoy this one. There is warmth and love through adversity and trauma. There is magic, romance and a dollop of mystery. There is wonderful cuddling, and sex scenes that i actually enjoyed reading (as someone on the asexual spectrum, this means a lot to me). There's queer representation in the main cast, and outside it. The characters, in general, are wonderful to know. (Especially Miyuki ...more
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