A Charm of Magpies: A Case of Possession – K.J. Charles
Magic in the blood. Danger in the streets.
Lord Crane has never had a lover quite as elusive as Stephen Day. True, Stephen’s job as justiciar requires secrecy, but the magician’s disappearing act bothers Crane more than it should. When a blackmailer threatens to expose their illicit relationship, Crane knows a smart man would hop the first ship bound for China. But something unexpectedly stops him. His heart.
Stephen has problems of his own. As he investigates a plague of giant rats sweeping London, his sudden increase in power, boosted by his blood-and-sex bond with Crane, is rousing suspicion that he’s turned warlock. With all eyes watching him, the threat of exposure grows. Stephen could lose his friends, his job and his liberty over his relationship with Crane. He’s not sure if he can take that risk much longer. And Crane isn’t sure if he can ask him to.
The rats are closing in, and something has to give…
Hooray! Finally get to meet the other justiciars! The author made it seem like a tedious, bureaucratic job but magic police are cool. Kind of wanted Saint to have a book of her own. Still wishing there was more magic, the author put most of them at the end of the book. Loved the balance of power between Lord Crane and Stephen Day. Love this series!
4 Stars – minor quibbles but I loved it to bits
I always resented books that tried to teach a lesson, where the characters are too good: They don’t swear, they tell their mothers everything.Cecily von Ziegesar
[spotify id=”spotify%3Atrack%3A6qQGxKyy6LcyZVsWn93lyS&view=coverart” width=”540″ height=”620″ /]
Endou-kun no Kansatsu Nikki – Hayakawa Nojiko
Because of changes in seating arrangements, high school student Tsuda ended up behind the quiet and expressionless Endou. Their interaction is born from a trivial incident, and he begins to see Endou who he has never gotten to know before. That mole, slender nape, and soft hair. The subtle faces that he makes and little changes in his attitude. But Tsuda, who used to be indifferent about others and never made any deep connections, now feels impatient about the distance between him and Endou, who he has been gradually getting closer to. What on earth is drawing these feelings?
When I started reading this, I was pretty meh about the whole thing. I mean what was so special about this Endou guy? Sure he is insanely cute with a mysterious aura but I had come across characters like this before. And then it happened. That big moment…right in the middle of the train station! This has one of the hottest kisses in manga. They were so pure and sweet! Plus I really love it when the author shows the perspective of each person. Oh, and the artwork is lovely.
Boy Meets Boy – David Levithan
This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.
When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right.
This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.
This is definitely a classic. This book is so damn adorable even though if you really think about it, it’s just a typical teenage love story with the requisite prom night HEA except most of the characters are LGBT. A must-read for everyone.
5 Stars – absolutely perfect
Civilized people don’t feelMervin Peake
[spotify id=”spotify%3Atrack%3A4si4TYNQZt5WRLI4t3oLAD&view=coverart” width=”540″ height=”620″ /]
Youthful Love – Junko
Every day, Haru-san meets up with his lover Ito for breakfast. But as Ito shows up late continually, he grows more and more insecure. Does this man really care for him?
A one-shot about Hiroshi’s co-worker, Haru-san, and his lover who is 6 years older than him.
Juvenile lover is too juvenile.
Captive Prince Trilogy: Kings Rising – C. S. Pacat
Damianos of Akielos has returned.
His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.
On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor’s forces are massing. In the north, the Regent’s armies are mobilising for war. Damen’s only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.
Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen’s identity—can it stand against the Regents final, deadly play for the throne?
The perfect ending to a perfect story.
5 Stars – absolutely perfect
When I’ve tried to reinvent the wheel, I get bashed for not doing the familiar things.Billy Corgan