Reviews

  • 4.5-Star Review: CAROLINE’S HEART, by Austin Chant Title: CAROLINE’S HEART Author: Austin Chant Genre: Historical LGBTQIA Paranormal Romance, Horror-Ish Publisher: Pronoun Publication Date: October 25th, 2017 Rating: Links: Amazon | Amazon UK | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play | Goodreads It’s no secret that I love Austin Chant’s writing, and the smooth, effortless way he weaves a story with a powerful sense of character, atmosphere, and enchantment. His writing ...
  • 4.75-Star Review: TEAM PHISON, by Chace Verity A fast, delightful romp through dating across the internet, across the miles, and across generational gaps that can do nothing to keep Phil and Tyson apart.
  • 5-Star Review: PETER DARLING, by Austin Chant A grimly whimsical and yet delightfully uplifting reinvention of the ideas that made Peter Pan and Neverland into legends – with a legendary new take on love, identity, and belonging with Peter as a transgender man who finds himself redefining his relationship to Captain James Hook.
  • 5-Star Review: TREASURE, by Rebekah Weatherspoon Quick and sweet, with a real, refreshing look at the dynamics of love between two Black women from very different life circumstances – a story of love across the tracks in which they find their paths surprisingly parallel, and their attraction surprisingly deep.
  • DNF: COUNTERMIND by Adrian Randall Kicked to the curb after 15% for a lot of harmful, inaccurate Asian representation rife with stereotypes and poor research. Read on for a complete breakdown of the problems I ran into in the first fifth of the book alone.
  • 3-Star Review: BEAR by Marian Engel Proof that Canada must be growing the good goddamned hash up there, because goddamn. This book. I have two words for you. The first is bear. The second is cunnilingus. And this won literary awards.
  • 4-Star Review: MOONLIGHT by Ines Johnson (Moonkind #2) POC shifters, an unexpected baby, domineering families, and an unconventional heroine and hero make for a smart, funny read in an intriguing world where magic and the supernatural live side by side with humanity as part of everyday life.
  • My TBR Updated periodically as I remember to generate a new GoodReads widget. See the full list on GoodReads Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova tagged: to-read The Blazing Star by Imani Josey tagged: to-read Noble Love by Té Russ tagged: to-read A Hundred Thousand Words by Nyrae Dawn tagged: to-read Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon tagged: to-read When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon tagged: to-read Iron Cast by Destiny Soria tagged: to-read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas tagged: to-read The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi tagged: to-read A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi tagged: to-read Death ...
  • Author Fan Group Takeovers I’m happy to help marginalized authors with boosts by doing author takeovers in the McCade’s Marauders fan group. If you’d like to host a takeover event and you think the group’s readers would be interested (they’re primarily M/F and M/M contemporary readers, with some genre interests but not the majority), contact me at blackmagic@blackmagicblues.com with ...
  • Review Policy + Submissions I tend to buy whatever books I stumble across that interest me, flash by my Twitter timeline, and fit my book budget at the time; that generally shapes my reviewing choices, and I often focus on under-represented groups (whether the author or the book characters themselves are from those groups) to boost voices that don’t ...