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review 2017-09-09 01:26
Moondrop - Katey Hawthorne

This was cute. A high school teacher meets a dragon-shifter and it's tru wuv, though not in that creepy brain-washy meant-to-be way that tends to define the shifter genre. This could've been rounded out more, but for a short, breezy read this was nice. 

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review 2016-07-11 14:54
By The River (Elementals #1)
By The River - Katey Hawthorne

The story was interesting and well written. The writing is different and engaging. Both Adam and Leith were quirky and cute. I liked it!

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text 2016-04-04 04:15
Blood and Clockwork (Katey Hawthorne)
Blood and Clockwork - Katey Hawthorne

I am not going to rate this because I genuinely thought that the issues I had were my own.

I am not a visual reader. I mean, I know other people can imagine characters in the books, like they have mental image on which actors/actresses to play the characters for example. Well, I can't. I read descriptions of characters and I can't really imagine how they look.

Same thing with settings, really. If I don't have good frame of reference in my brain, then I can't visualize them. Which might explain why I usually avoid high fantasy and stick to contemporary or urban fantasy because hey, I know what a city or car or phone or TV looks like :p

And that's the problem I had when I read this. I couldn't imagine the setting, the clockwork tower, what Alistair and Marco were doing, and such. So the whole time I was reading this, I felt lost. I liked their conversations enough to keep me going. But that was it.

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review 2016-03-28 00:00
Blood and Clockwork
Blood and Clockwork - Katey Hawthorne Book – Blood and Clockwork
Author – Katey Hawthorne
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 68

Cover – Gorgeous
POV – 1st person, past tense
Would I read it again – Yes!

Genre – LGBT, Aro/Ace, Steampunk, Adventure


Ever since I saw the cover for this book, I've been dying to read it. I haven't read enough Steampunk stories, by far, and when I saw that it was Katey Hawthorne, I just had to have it. Then, when I read the blurb, I got all giddy and excited. This was a MUST read for me.

Now that I've read it, I can say that I have no regrets or disappointments. Everything this book is and this authors name suggests held up their end of the bargain. This was a beautiful love story, of a different kind. Love for clockwork, adventure and friendship, companionship, art and affection. It was the story of an aro/ace character that felt an intellectual and emotional attachment to a gay man, who just so happened to be the first person to accept the limitation of his affections. There was no push and pull about it. Just solid acceptance and understanding, in a way that was heartwarming and sweet.

I'm not usually a fan of 1st person stories, but this one completely sucked me into Alistair's head, until I never wanted to leave. He was such a fun, interesting science-geek of a character, which I loved. Marco, with his modern day 'cool dude' attitude, was a perfect balance of cynicism to Alistair's blind faith in clockwork.

The detail and world building were genius. Combining traditional Steampunk with a modern world character was unique and brilliant. I loved the gentle exchange of information and cultures. The way that Marco indulged Alistair at first, then settled into the truth, allowing for some fantastic chemistry and bonding between them.

I'm really sad that it had to end and, like the other books that I've read from this “LT3's Solitary Travelers collection” I wish there were more of the world to read, more of the characters. Just more of everything.
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review 2015-10-28 02:35
Kanaan & Tilney: The Case of the Arm Dealers (Katey Hawthorne and Jenna Rose)
Kanaan & Tilney: The Case of the Arms Dealers - Jenna Rose,Katey Hawthorne
2.5 stars

With the promise of a three things I love in a book – whodunnit mystery, supernatural beings, and romance – I thought this could be a winner through and through. Alas, I wish I liked it more than I did because it didn’t really do much for me.

First off, the world-building… okay, I admit that the supernatural beings in this world were nothing new. We had shifters, elementalists, zombies, etc. Having said that, I still thought there were things that were not explained clearly. For example, why were the Bureau for Supernatural Protection and Defense considered racists when it came to Beast, included their stance towards Kanaan? Was it something that happened in the past, a certain history there in this world? I am bit of lazy reader when it comes to urban fantasy / paranormal stories. I like things to be explained – especially since this is a world that is totally unlike the one I’m living in.

Then the mysteries … Kanaan and Tilney had two cases going on. One was the missing Eddie Quintus and the second one was a woman who thought she was being stalked. As always, with mystery, I guess I wanted it to be pretty much front and center, or at least that the romance didn’t interrupt the flow of investigation. Unfortunately, that was what I felt here. I thought that the relationship, ESPECIALLY the sex scenes (Kanaan and Tilney got down and dirty even before reaching half-way of the book!), were highly distracting. Every time they started to rut against one another (ha, I made a pun!), I just wanted to say, “Yes, yes, finish it, we have TWO cases to solve! Jeez!”

This one was probably my fault; I tend to build up a set of expectations when it comes to anything resembling ‘mystery’ even in romance so I always feel disappointed when it doesn’t turn out the way I hope for *shrugs*

Third … uhm, okay, I need to highlight Tilney’s sexuality here. Tilney was a demisexual … I actually applauded the authors for bringing a demisexual character into a story. It was nice to see another spectrum of sexuality. Having said that, again it had something to do with a set of expectations I had (or at least the way I imagine a demisexual character is), I just didn’t get enough ‘vibe’ or differences of Tilney being one.

I read this article in Huffington Post about a demisexual teenager, and the way she said about “… can’t feel attraction towards people unless I already love their personalities and minds along with a few other special snowflake qualities.” Well, that was what I thought was missing in this case. I guess I wanted to read more about Tilney loving Kanaan by finding Kanaan’s special snowflake – or maybe I thought this kind of attraction for demisexual would take a longer time to build that intimacy and closeness, compared to the time passed in this book.

I’m not going to pretend like all demisexuals are the same – I’m an asexual and I’m sure my experience would not be 100% similar to other asexuals – and maybe Tilney did experience that closeness to Kanaan faster than I expected. But I guess I just wanted … well, more.

As always, this was my opinion, mine alone, and just a drop of water in the ocean. I’m sure there would be readers who love it way more than I did. *smile*

The ARC is provided by the publisher for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.
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