Book Review: The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act

Book Title: The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act
Author: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Jamie Mckelvie

“It’s not that I’m afraid my parents wouldn’t approve. I’m afraid they would. I want this to be all mine. Amaterasu’s only been around for a couple of weeks. How many of these girls have even seen her?”
Laura in The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen and Jamie Mckelvie

Final Verdict: A beautiful comic with a plot you may not always follow, but is intriguing and leaving you wanting to know what happens next.

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Book Review: Midsummer Moon

Book Title: Midsummer Moon
Author: Megan Derr

“And it was all stupid daydreaming, because even assuming for one minute there was a cure and the doctor would give it to a nobody werewolf like him, he still would have a long way to go before he was anything but a homeless, worthless nobody.”
Midsummer Moon by Megan Derr

Final Verdict: A very different werewolf story that is hard to put down, and introduces you to the wonder that is the town of Midsummer and the crazy characters that live there!

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Book Review: Risk It All

Book Title: Risk It All
Author: Megan Derr
“If it was a trap…He’d already killed one Alpha, three Candidates, and more than a dozen of the wolves that had been trying to hunt him down. That didn’t count all the death matches in the pits that he’d been forced into. Alpha or not, Kipling could best him, and it wasn’t like he’d let the man take him somewhere he and a bunch of friends could jump on Kipling. Lunch and a f*** were a risk he could afford to take.”
Risk It All by Megan Derr

Final Verdict: While not as polished as some of Derr’s stories, it is a fun, guilty read.

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Book Review: A Touch of Mistletoe

Book Title: A Touch of Mistletoe
Editor: Megan Derr

“It turned out M.C. didn’t really do Christmas the way An-An’s family did, with presents and cookies. Instead, there was a lot more mayhem and death.”
From Ad Meliora in A Touch of Mistletoe edited by Megan Derr
Final Verdict: A great collection of winter holiday themed stories that make for a fun way to take a break no matter the time of year.

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Book Review: Season’s Meetings

Book Title: Season’s Meetings
Author: Amy Dunne

This is your first Christmas without Granny Birch, I know you probably want to hide, pretend Christmas doesn’t exist, spend time drinking it away and reading books, but we’re not going to let that happen.
Beth in Season’s Meetings by Amy Dunne

Final Verdict: Fun holiday romance book that is perfect with a cup of tea and curling up on the couch.

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Book Review: Myths & Magic: Queer Fairy Tales

Book Title: Myth & Magic: Queer Fairy Tales
Editors: Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman

I want to be wicked with you.
From Bad Queens in Myth & Magic: Queer Fairy Tales edited by Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman

Final Verdict: An interesting mix of fairy tales and queer stories, but ultimately only a few stand out stories.

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Book Review: Rabbit Season

Book Title: Rabbit Season
Author: Megan Derr

“He squeaked in dismay when he saw he was not wrong, not even a little. The Hot Twins were sitting at the breakfast nook with his dad. Oh, god, what the hell were they doing there? At nine in the morning? While his hair was standing on end and he was wearing Spiderman pyjama pants?”
Sidney from Rabbit Season by Megan Derr

Final Verdict: A fun novella that packs a lot in such a short space.

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Book Review: The War Within

Book Title: The War Within
Author: Yolanda Wallace

“The truth is, I don’t know who I am. I guess I’m what you call a work in progress. I know what I want to be, but I don’t want to be defined solely by a title. Nurse. Wife. Mother. I want to be all those things, but I don’t want any of them to make me stop being Meredith.”
Meredith Moser from The War Within by Yolanda Wallace

Final Verdict: A surprisingly good read that keeps you hooked until the very end and cheering for all the characters.

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Book review: We Will Hunt Together

Book Title: We Will Hunt Together
Author: J. Hepburn

“It occurred to Helgaer then, with perfect clarity, that they would be finding ways to argue until they fell asleep or one of them kissed the other.”
We Will Hunt Together by J. Hepburn

Final Verdict: A decent book, with some good sword fights and a believable relationship, but only for adult readers.

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Book Review: Taking Fire: A First Responder Novel

Book Title:  Taking Fire: A First Responder Novel
Author: Radclyffe

“Everyone knew the consequences of breaking the unwritten rules: never discuss the danger of going outside the wire, never brag about the girl waiting back home, never count the days until the end of tour. If you did, you might mistake that buried IED for a rock, or log on to the Dear John email, or get the last-minute change in your separation orders.”
Taking Fire by Radclyffe

Final Verdict: An okay summer read that started out great and petered off by the end.

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