Imitate the Dawn – eARC Review

Title: Imitate the Dawn
Author: M.A. Grant
Series/Number: The Whitethorn Agency #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Age: Adult
Publication Date: September 13, 2022
Themes: Vampires, MM Romance, Violence, Betrayal, Friendship, Secrets

Synopsis:

There’s a thin line between love, hate, life and death in this vampire bodyguard paranormal romance from M.A. Grant, author of The Prince of Air and Darkness.

Cristian Slava and Atlas Kincaid despise each other. At least, that’s what they need everyone to believe. In truth, the charismatic vampire and his fierce bodyguard are more in love than ever. But when a powerful political faction emerges and threatens Cristian’s family, the only way into their enemy’s inner circle is without each other by their side.

From Romania to New York and beyond, though apart, their blood-bond cannot be severed—but it can be used against them. When Cristian sacrifices his life to save his family and save Atlas from having his darkest secrets revealed, only faith in that bond will keep Atlas from utter despair.

And only by facing his past will Atlas be able to accept who he is and finally defeat their most powerful enemy yet… 

Death itself. 

Thank you to Netgalley, Carina Press, and the author for an eARC of this book.

Alright friends, I cannot say much about this book because it is the last in the series, but I can scream about how much I love this series.

This is one of those series that to read it with my eyes or the audiobook, this series is absolutely amazing and it will be a series that I read over and over again. The finale is no different. I don’t even know what to talk about with this book. I was so nervous for what would happen next for Atlas and Cristian and Grant really gave me exactly what I wanted even though I didn’t know what I wanted.

I don’t want to spoil anything, but I loved how this book answered so many questions that book one and two had. There were difficult moments that were tough to read and I just wanted the boys to be happy, but they did the hard work and the ending was absolutely incredible.

All I can say about this book is that you need to read this series if you like vampires and a bodyguard romance.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Never Been Kissed – eARC Review

Title: Never Been Kissed
Author: Timothy Janovsky
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: New Adult
Publication Date: May 3, 2022
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Themes: Movies, Drive-In Theater, Demisexual Rep, Gay Rep, MM romance, Self-Discovery, LGBTQ+ Side Characters, Alcohol Consumption, First Kisses

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Hell Followed With Us – eARC Review

Title: Hell Followed With Us
Author: Andrew Joseph White
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Dystopia,
Age: Young Adult
Publication Date: June 7, 2022
Publisher: Peachtree Teen
Themes: Friendship, Religious Trauma, Body Horror, Gore, Trans MC, Autism rep, LGBTQ+ rep,

Synopsis:

Prepare to die. His kingdom is near.

Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him—the fundamentalist sect that unleashed Armageddon and decimated the world’s population. Desperately, he searches for a place where the cult can’t get their hands on him, or more importantly, on the bioweapon they infected him with.

But when cornered by monsters born from the destruction, Benji is rescued by a group of teens from the local Acheson LGBTQ+ Center, affectionately known as the ALC. The ALC’s leader, Nick, is gorgeous, autistic, and a deadly shot, and he knows Benji’s darkest secret: the cult’s bioweapon is mutating him into a monster deadly enough to wipe humanity from the earth once and for all.

Still, Nick offers Benji shelter among his ragtag group of queer teens, as long as Benji can control the monster and use its power to defend the ALC. Eager to belong, Benji accepts Nick’s terms…until he discovers the ALC’s mysterious leader has a hidden agenda, and more than a few secrets of his own.

Thank you to Netgalley and Peachtree Teen for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t even know where to start with this review. I have put off writing this review for so long because I just loved it so much I don’t even know how to talk about it. Hell Followed With Us absolutely exceeded my expectations. I expected to really enjoy it. YA horror is a genre I have loved everything I’ve read so far, but this book totally blew everything out of the water. I really enjoyed the discussions of religious trauma, being queer and trans, and being a teen trying to survive in the world. I am not a religious person, but this hit so many feels and fears regardless of being not religious. It made me feel so many things in so many ways.

This book is not for the faint of heart. It is gory and filled with a ton of body horror. It is definitely the kind of horror book that doesn’t explain everything, and for me that was totally okay. I loved being thrown into the story with no explanation and just having to figure it out as I went along. I honestly didn’t need the explanations for things because I was just so intrenched in the story and was devouring it.

This book was cathartic in a way that I didn’t know I needed. It hit the shy, scared, little queer kid in my chest that I didn’t know wanted to feel anger and revenge for the missed opportunities and for the fear of judgement. This book is all about queer, disabled teen rage and I wanted it all. This is the horror I want. I want gory, raw, and queer as hell violent horror stories that are about revenge and vengeance and rage. This book is going to sit with me for a long time and is definitely something I will need to reread and annotate going forward.

If you can handle the gore and body horror, I think you absolutely need to pick this up.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Murder Most Actual – Book Review

Title: Murder Most Actual
Author: Alexis Hall
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Mystery
Age: Adult
Publication Date: November 9, 2021
Publisher: Kobo Originals
Themes: Lesbian rep, troubled marriage, black mc, sapphic, Podcasting,

Synopsis:

From the author of Boyfriend Material and Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake comes a cozy mystery that revisits the Golden Age of detective fiction, starring a heroine who’s more podcaster than private eye and topped with a lethal dose of parody — perfect for fans of Clue, Knives Out, and Only Murders in the Building!

When up-and-coming true crime podcaster Liza and her corporate financier wife Hanna head to a luxurious hotel in the Scottish Highlands, they’re hoping for a chance to rekindle their marriage – not to find themselves trapped in the middle of an Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery with no way home. But who better to take on the case than someone whose entire profession relies on an obsession with all things mysterious and macabre? Though some of her fellow guests may consider her an interfering new media hack, Liza knows a thing or two about crime and – despite Hanna’s preference for waiting out the chaos behind a locked door – might be the only one capable of discovering the killer. As the bodies rack up and the stakes rise, can they save their marriage — and their lives?

Thank you to Netgalley and Kobo for a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very fun murder mystery! I really enjoyed following the story from a true crime podcasters point of view. It wasn’t a point of view that I’ve ever read from before, but I really did enjoy it and thought it was super fun. I also like the relationships between Hanna and Liza. Though they were struggling in their marriage they still cared about each other and wanted to support each other.

It wasn’t very obvious who the killer was and what happened in the story, which was nice. There were a lot of potential suspects so it made it hard for me to guess who the murderer was. I also liked that there were little nods to some mystery classics and it really did feel like playing, or rather reading, a game of clue. I don’t think it was the most gripping mystery, but I really did like it and had a good time reading it.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars