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review 2018-03-01 00:44
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages - Saundra Mitchell

I've never been a big fan of short stories, so a collection has to be really special in order to entice me to pick it up. I'm also not usually terribly fond of historical fiction. What I *am* a big fan of is excellent queer representation in my books, especially those written for teens. When I saw Anna-Marie McLemore was in this collection that tipped the scales for me, and I dove in. I'm so very glad I did. Not only did I discover some new authors I'm interested in reading, but this book made my heart very happy.


While most of the stories are straight up historical fiction, some range into magical realism and pure fantasy. Each of them takes on a different time period and flavor, and explores a different teen experience. I was happy to see many different facets of the queer community represented - while most of the stories have gay and lesbian characters there are also trans characters, bisexuals, and an asexual. Including a wider spectrum of inclusion made this collection extra special to me.


All of the stories are fairly short, and the writing was good throughout (and occasionally exceptional). Anthologies are always going to be a little lopsided (you're going to like some pieces more than others), but this one had far more gems than not. There was really only one story I didn't care for, and the rest I either loved or liked, which is pretty impressive given there are seventeen. My favorites were:
Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
Burnt Umber by Mackenzi Lee
Every Shade of Red by Elliot Wake
Three Witches by Tessa Gratton
The Inferno and the Butterfly by Shaun David Hutchinson
Healing Rosa by Tehlor Kay Mejia


There was a lot in here to love, and I can't wait to recommend this book far and wide. I wish this collection had existed when I was younger - I am ever so thankful it exists now.


Gratitude to Harper Collins for providing me with a review copy.

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review 2018-02-28 17:10
She Won’t Drink The Kool Aid – To Tame A Wild Heart by Gwen Mitchell @Gwen_Mitchell
To Tame A Wild Heart - Gwen Mitchell



The cover for To Tame A Wild Heart by Gwen Mitchell is gorgeous. I love the colors that pop off the page. What do you think? Does it catch your eye and make you want to know more?


To Tame a Wild Heart (Zyne Legacy #1)

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Tonight’s the night. She’s leaving this shithole dungeon that is Parkview Sanitarium.


Start by shedding the straight jacket she is wearing. Time to put her powers to work. I love her ability to become invisible. I think that would be so cool. Just think of all the things you could do.


Corvin has been trained in the way of the Synod, but he wants no part of it. He is a falconer, a bird whisperer, if you will. He just wants to take care of his birds and be left alone. UNTIL…


His mother demands that he do his part by mentoring someone and Audrey just happens to make an appearance. Snatched out of the sky after jumping from a window to escape the sanitarium, she ends up here. But, where is here? Secrets will be revealed in due time. Til then…


She will take the knowledge they can teach her, but she won’t drink the Kool Aid. She curses a lot…and, well, I can relate to that. lol


Audrey is strong, patient, determined, loyal, and though she is damaged, she knows the difference between right and wrong. She keeps her guard up, sleeps with one eye open, and trusts no one. She will do what is necessary to achieve her goals. Her and Corvin have more in common than either knows.


I think a romance is brewing. The attraction is mutual, though they both try to deny it. It is a slow brewing love. As they train together, learn to work together, finally trust each other, she reveals her mission. Lilly. She promised Lilly to return for her.

“Please…be good.”

“No promises. I don’t play well with others.”

“Neither do I.”

To Tame A Wild Heart by Gwen Mitchell has all the goodies I look for in a paranormal romance. Heroes, demons, battles, good and bad and in between, love and romance, sadness and happiness and lots of action from the opening pages to keep me reading.

There will be more to this series and I am eagerly waiting to see what comes next.


I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of To Tame A Wild Heart by Gwen Mitchell.

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review 2018-02-14 04:45
Review: Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell
Silent Victim - Caroline Mitchell

Published by: Thomas & Mercer (1st March 2018)


ISBN: 978-1503948983


Source: Netgalley 


Rating: 5*



Emma’s darkest secrets are buried in the past. But the truth can’t stay hidden for long.


Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother…and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen.It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a buyer lined up for their old house, Emma can’t leave without destroying every last trace of her final revenge…


Returning to the shallow grave in the garden, she finds it empty. The body is gone.

Panicked, Emma confesses to her husband. But this is only the beginning. Soon, Alex will discover things about her he’ll wish he’d learned sooner. And others he’ll long to forget.



Ooh, I do love to get well and truly stuck into a book by Caroline Mitchell...which is precisely what I've done with Silent Victim as it's now a little past 4 in the morning and I've been reading solidly for the last several hours! I simply couldn't go to sleep until I got to the end of the book and found out what happened! 


I've been a fan of the author since her first book, and thoroughly enjoy both her crime/police procedural novels and psychological thrillers. Regardless of genre, Caroline nails the plot, drawing you in with ease and making it look effortless. Her clever attention to detail, combined with an intelligent style of writing weave the intricate details together exquisitely. 


There are such complex characters in this deliciously dark tale! Emma is wonderful. Luke...what can I possibly say? Alex, Theresa and Josh all support well. I can't give any more details without any spoilers! Just when you think you have worked a character out... it all gets turned on its head. Masterful Mitchell at her best!


Silent Victim is a fast-paced, on the edge of your seat, biting your nails kinda book. It's dark, shocking, a rollercoaster ride of twists and turns that has you clinging on for dear life! Brilliant! 


Thanks to Caroline Mitchell, Thomas & Mercer and Netgalley for the advanced readers copy.


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text 2018-02-06 13:35
February Kindle Firsts aka free ARC for prime members aka now Amazon First Reads
Bone Music (The Burning Girl Series Book 1) - Christopher Rice
White Rose, Black Forest - Eoin Dempsey
Neighborly: A Novel - Ellie Monago
Tough Tug - Margaret Read MacDonald,Rob McClurkan
Go: A Coming of Age Novel - Kazuki Kaneshiro,Takami Nieda
Silent Victim - Caroline Mitchell

See https://www.amazon.com/firstreads to get one free if a prime member.  Yes, still all Amazon imprints.


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text 2018-02-03 19:13
My January 2018
Elias & Laia - Eine Fackel im Dunkel der Nacht: Teil 2. - Sabaa Tahir,Barbara Imgrund,Felder Rushing,Gabrielle Pietermann
Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo
The Demon in the Wood - Leigh Bardugo
Where I found You - Heidi R. Kling
The Punisher Vol. 1: Black and White - Mitchell Thomas Gerads,Nathan Edmondson
Die Fährte: Harry Holes vierter Fall - Jo Nesbø
Elias & Laia - Eine Fackel im Dunkel der Nacht - 5 stars
Ruin and Rising - 4 stars
The Demon in the Wood - 4 stars
Where I found You - 4.5 stars
The Punisher Vol. 1: Black and White - 4 stars
Die Fährte - 4 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month: Where I Found You


Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Mörderische Hingabe, Renegade Red


How is january already over? How does time work?
No but seriously, I had so many appointments this last month and if you know me, I'm not one for leaving the house, having appointments always throws me off and my mind makes everything a bigger deal than it has to be. But anyways, I'm actually surprised how many books I have read this month. I mean there is a short story in there and a comic, also an audio book but still...I'm happy with myself!!! I'm also very happy with the quality of the books I have read, I wanted to put them all as my favorite books but there is actually only one book, that I'm still thinking about a lot, so I just wrote that one down.

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