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Book of Orlando

(Mortal and Divine #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  257 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Henri has a policy of not interfering with human affairs—he’s a courier of souls, no more, no less—until he happens upon a boy who reminds him there is goodness and light amidst the sorrow.

Orlando is in a vulnerable situation when Henri intercedes on his behalf and initiates the bond between them. Despite being punished in the past for similar transgressions, Henri finds h
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 358 pages
Published February 7th 2020 by Laura Lascarso
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Infinity Duh! Stars

To a human, time is fleeting. Like daylight in the winter months. Or a powdery dusting of snow on the ground, only existing until the morning sun burns it away.

Gushing! Ahead!

This is the best paranormal book ever. Mortals and Divines for the win. I freaking loved it. Everything works from the beginning. GAAAAAAHHH!!!!!


We get the POVs of both characters, it is so satisfying, I can’t even explain. I said it once and I will say it again Laura owns my heart. This book is like
Xia Xia

You, dear reader, have not read anything like this before. A paranormal unlike any other paranormal stories out there.

It was an honor and a dream come true to be one of Laura's betas for this book. Laura had been my favorite YA LGBTQ author for the past 2 years, so when she asked if I could beta BOO, I was over the moon. Then, she said there would be a bloodsucker MC and I panicked. 

You see... In the past decade I have DNFed or skimmed through every single vampire, werewolf, fairy or demon ins
Feb 15, 2020 marked it as dnf
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All the stars in the fucking sky! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

RARELY does a book tick ALL my boxes, but this one did. I didn’t move a muscle until this was done. Laura out did herself 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

Now how the hell do I move on from here?? Are there other books out there like this? Someone please tell me there is 😩

P.S. This has got to be the worst review but when a book is this good, I can’t find my words 😕
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
My already hummingbirdlike attention span has taken a SERIOUS hit due to recent events so it's difficult to say whether it was that or if the first part was actually a slog. Regardless for this hummingbird the struggle was real.

I considered abandoning it altogether especially after getting squicky while reading this:

He's nurtured you from a very young age, tended to you lovingly over the years, and now that you've reached maturity, he wishes to reap the fruits of his labor. There may be billi
Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)
To have kept you as my beloved was both my greatest joy and my deepest sorrow.

I have truly, truly, truly never read a book like this. M/M or otherwise. Yes, I have read books of vampires, demons and angels, but never with Lascarso's unique touches. The emotions were palpable, and sensuality twined sinuously around words and through the pages. It was exotic and all encompassing. From the moment I read the synopsis about an angel falling in love with a ballet dancer, I knew, knew, knew I had t
h o l l i s
July 1, 2020 : sale alert!! .99$ for the entire month of July.


I am not sure where to begin with this one.

I want to impress upon you how this isn't quite like any other paranormal you've read; sure, you might be familiar with the usual angels and demons in your fantasy, but this is something new. Are you tired of the same old immortal bloodsuckers, sparkly or otherwise? Lascarso's got you covered. Want all that and for it to be hot and.. well, scorching hot? Yep and yep.

I find writing
Sometimes I’ll read a book with well-written, well-developed characters I never grow to care about. It’s not a case of disliking them; it’s analogous to the real-life situation of meeting someone who seems like a decent enough person — but I just don’t click with them.

That happened to me here with the MCs, the 2000-year old disembodied demon Henri, and the child-to-teenage Orlando. I made it almost halfway through the book before DNF-ing, without ever feeling emotionally invested in them. Why? W
Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Starr (AKA Bam Bam) by: Claudie ☾
This is a recommendation from Claudie. If she didn't rec it, never would have caught my attn. Good thing it's on KU! Will begin soon...

Alright, @ 11%, here's some inspiration pics of Orlando... enjoying so far! Good writing. Interesting that it's 2nd person dual POV.





And now the bloodborn body of Henri:





So, here's the review.

The writing is good. The suspense and mystery and plot movement was good sometimes, and slow as hell other times. That slow part was essentially the endless pages in between w
On one hand, I think my reading experience with this book suffered, if a 4-stars rating can be called suffering, from bad timing. I read it on the tail end of a massive book hangover and I think that played a part in the difficulty I had to connect with the character(s).
On the other hand, I read this book on the tail of a massive hangover and yet, despite the few things that didn’t work perfectly, I’m here to say that I’d like the next book right now, please, if it’s not too much to ask.

I don’
4.5 stars and I'm knocking off the half star because though I loved them both, have mercy, did both Henri and Orlando make me crazy! *side-eyes Orlando, because really?* And because HOW COULD YOU LEAVE ME THERE, HOW???

Truly imaginative world and fantastic characterizations, even the things that made me nuts were real and true to the character.

When's the next book?? O.O
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is like a fine wine, becoming more and more divine with time.

“ like a story where one is completely immersed, wanting to know the ending, while at the same time never wanting it to end.”

So expensive and classy.
So delicate and tender.
So appealing and alluring.
So sweet and sexy.
I am drunk on it.

The author’s writing style is very exquisite and well-defined. Fancy vocabularies are common here. The MCs chemistry is off the chart. Henri, a punished demigod with no body unless possess othe
Princess under cover
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Princess under cover by: Claudie ☾
I agree with most of what Starr wrote in her review:

The 2nd person POV was refreshing. I've only read one other novella that uses this voice. The Last Vampire (A Short Story) by J.T. Geissinger . That one ended "unhappily" but was still a fantastic read.

It's different. And that makes the writing kinda unique.

It was good writing. Nothing too flashy or flowery. The relationship between the MCs was well developed. I was likely less annoyed by the "cheating" that g
One of my favorite authors!!

To sum this up:

Great beginning!
Slowwwwww in the middle...
Spectacular ending!! Wow!

All in all, this was a very satisfying angel/mortal novel and I’m looking forward to the next two books in the series!!!

Warnings: sexual abuse, extreme violence (in parts), cheating (kind of), non/dub-con, sexual manipulation.

My rec? For fans of the paranormal, this is a must-read!
Joyfully Jay
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

Creative and erotic, emotional and heartbreaking, Book of Orlando is a book that delivers. With an intriguing plot and a unique opening, we meet Henri first. The year is 1986. The book alternates between first and second person, which sounds impossible, but Lascarso makes it work. It seems at first that Henri is telling Orlando about their first meeting and then their subsequent relationship: It was on that particular bleak day in the summer of 1986, when I encou
Claudie ☾
Wow. It’s been a while since I've cried over a book, but this one broke my heart. From the very first pages until the end, I was drowning in feels. It was unputdownable. It was unlike anything I’ve ever read.

Orlando was a sassy kid with serious issues. I completely adored him. He'd been dealt a shitty hand, and my heart went out to him. For better or for worse, his chance encounter with Henri - both a blessing and a curse - shaped the rest of his life. Orlando imprinted on him like a baby duckli

The book I've been waiting for. Not that I knew that it was Book of Orlando, just that I've been asking for this kind of paranormal/supernatural book to be written. Laura Lascarso delivered the goods (view spoiler)

There is a lot to unpack in the review, but unpack it I shall. I revelled in this story and I must discuss it.
(blog review now here-)
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I really need to breathe. B
Before anyone freaks out about the MCD tag I have, (view spoiler).

I'm not quite sure how to feel at the end of this book. For the most part, I enjoyed it a lot and it has an amazing writing style of this wonderful author, and the conne
I don't think the author just shrugged her shoulders and decided 'I'm going to write in second person, just because.' It was a conscious decision, because in my opinion the story demanded it. The writing style has a purpose. It's a premonition in itself. Of course I didn't necessarily realized that immediately. XD But as I went deeper into the story I started to have suspicions. Whether I was right or wrong that's a different question. lol

Henri's character is possibly the highlight of this book
True Loveislovereview
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5+++ Mind-blowing absolutely mind-blowing!
Imagine... a guardian angel and a ballet dancer.

Henri, a courier of souls, serving as a bridge between realms, meets Orlando when he was a little boy of six years. Orlando knows of Henri’s presence. He’s the only one who can see him. At sixteen they meet again.
Against all rules, Henri builds up a relationship with Orlando. And oh my goodness, what a relationship it is. The most beautiful partnership blooms.
For Orlando there is just one, he knew from when
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
Give me a minute let me wipe this tear from my eye.

Ok, I'm back.

This is the review that made me read this book. I know I'm not going to be as eloquent as she was so enjoy Shile's review .

I haven't really been reading much MM because they suck now. Tbh every genre sucks for me now, perhaps I need to diversify, read horror or something, I don't know how much longer I can hold out. Luckily I came across that review and since I still have Hiroku on my tbr even though I added it 2 years ago, I dec
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This was interesting. The premise and the author unique interpretation about some myths is refreshing, and by the end of the book I was hopelessly hooked. The narrative pace is also different. The second person narrator, at first was confusing for me but I got used to it soon. The beggining and the final part fo the book made me invested in the story and the characters' fate. And I liked the characters' voices. I'm grateful Orlando behave as a real teen, not as a fifty something impersonating on ...more
**BR with Elena, Inma, Rosa, Shile, Teal, Xia and Moony**

Book of Orlando, the first instalment of the forthcoming trilogy Mortal and Divine, is a poignant and powerful beginning to the story and I really loved it.

Chronicling the relationship between a young dancer and a disembodied semi-god, the story follows Orlando and Henri over many years, from the moment six-year-old Orlando manages to see Henri's invisible spirit in a park in one of Miami's poor neighbourhoods.

Given the complexity of t
~nikki the recovering book addict

Ok so I will be honest in that I avoided this book for the longest time. Why? Hmm.... cos the blurb didn’t really speak to me, I suppose. I started this a few days ago and didn’t even dare to mark it was “Currently Reading” because I was so convinced I wasn’t going to be reading this long.

Well, more fool me eh 😆 I was riveted!!! Angels and demons have always fascinated me. Although, not enough to drive me to seek out the mythos but definitely something I skew towards reading if I ever foun
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I finished this book last week and have started, erased began and deleted my entire review. Here’s the thing I am not good a getting my thoughts down, more so this being a book that deserves a worthy review. I recommend reading Shile’s review

I loved this book, I was thrilled just to have a new Laura Lacaruso story, as I am a huge fan of her writing. This was a big detour from what she has done in the past, as expected up to her standards. In my opinion this is a story to go in knowing as
Jan 11, 2021 added it
Holy freaking shit! THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!

I received a copy from the author and this is my honest review...


For fans of #UrbanFantasy #Vampirism #Angels #Angst

PS.... Get a buddy reader because you will need emotional support! And VENTING! .... Mine was the awesome Nikki Simpson
PPS... heed the trigger warnings.

Why read this book....
1. The Characters....

Orlando: The ballerino, the child who was dealt a bad
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It took me time to find the right words because writing this review was very difficult .My heart hurts and I ‘m still feeling very sad at the end of this book .
Most of the time I read a book and give it just the stars it deserves because I ‘m simply a reader and not a writer .And I don ‘t know if it’s possible for me to put this book in the value it truly deserves.
What a way to ensnare people with such a magical world-building !! I just love this author’s phenomenal writing style .
I admit I was
I don’t normally do paranormal MM romance, but this was spectacular. Well developed fantasy world based on mythological origins with a unique flair. But the romance. THE ROMANCE. It was exquisite.

Hmm. I have very mixed feelings about this one. I really enjoyed how it began, so much so that I recc’d it when I was only 15% in.

Then I started to grow uncomfortable with some of the characterisation and content, for example: the dubious nature of Henri’s fascination with Orlando from a young age and how Henri would continue to infantilise Orlando even as a young adult. There was some conversation about consent and body autonomy in here and I’m really not sure how to feel about - there wa
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I loved it - it reminds me of the movie Meet Joe Black, but with a much better plot.

The story begins with Orlando playing on the swing as a little boy. He senses the presence of a spirit and talks to him as if he were a friend. The spirit, who goes by Henri, is a two thousand year old Nephilim half-God who lost his body as punishment and is now serving his “time” ushering soles between worlds.

Most humans can’t hear or sense Henri, and the
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Laura Lascarso wants you to stay up way past your bedtime reading her stories. She aims to inspire more questions than answers in her fiction and believes in the power of storytelling to heal and transform a society.

When not writing, Laura can be found screaming “finish” on the soccer fields, rewatching Avatar: The Last Airbender, and trying to convince politicians to act on climate change. She l

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