Review: “Outcast” by J.S Frankel

TITLE: Outcast
AUTHOR: J.S Frankel
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Devine Destinies
COVER ARTIST: Martine Jardin
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 217 pages
RELEASE DATE: Feb 16, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book

BLURB:

Mitch Kessler, teenage high school dropout, jobless and mostly friendless, lives a life of solitude, but not by choice. Endowed with the ability to bring wings out of his body as well as claws, and transform himself into a fierce creature of the night, he’s picked up a nickname from the general public that he hates: gargoyle.
However, that’s the least of his worries. His girlfriend, Callie, can’t keep her genders straight, his best friend is a spinning top, and his other acquaintance is made of rock. It’s obviously a government plot, but Mitch doesn’t know who’s behind it or why. Worse, various and sundry creations have now appeared out of the woodwork and are out to kill him.
Aided by his friends, the four outcasts attempt to find out who’s running the show. They’re out to stop the forces of evil before they can do more damage. That is, if they survive.


Mitch is different. He can change into a creature that looks like a gargoyle. Since he had his first change, Mitch was outcast by everyone, except his mother.
But he’s not alone, his best friend Joe is a spinning top, his girlfriend Callie can’t keep his/her gender and switches from male to female, and Neil is made of rock.
They try to be normal, to have a normal life, but people don’t trust them, they fear them and want to chase them out of their town, and worse, some weird creatures/monsters, try to kill them.
How do you live like an average teenager when you’re not? That’s what Mitch and his friends will have to figure out, if they survive.

I liked this book.

Mitch lives with his mother, spent all his free time with his best friend Joe and wants to be the new quarterback of his football team. But suddenly, he changes into a creature of the night with claws and wings, and his face changes into a kind of monster face with red eyes, and his life changes forever.
Joe is Mitch’s best friend; he also changes with him. He’s a human spinning top, he has a fast metabolism too, and he’s a great support for Mitch when they don’t argue.
Callie is born Cal. She’s born male, but she’s always felt like a girl. At sixteen, Cal changes and becomes Callie… without any treatment or surgery. Like Mitch can fly, Callie can change her gender. Great! You’d think she can finally be who she truly is, but nope, because Callie can’t keep her gender straight and can’t control her change.
Neil is the rock man. He has a human face with a rock body. Yep, rocks, stones, he eats them too.
I had a good moment with these four outcasts. I liked it a lot.

The author doesn’t write a story with super-mutants against super-villain with a lot of explosions and epic battles. In this book, we follow them, especially Mitch who tries to have a normal life. How he’s judged, excluded, and mistreated by people. How those kids are cast out. The plot is focused on Mitch and his team, and the government’s conspiracy against them in the background. I love the way the author, with this story, treated the difficult subject of the exclusion. How people can judge you, how they can hurt you because you’re different. Callie’s character express what transgender people must be feeling every day. I really like all the messages that the author put in his book.

I recommend this book for you but also for your young ones.

4 OptimuMM’s for this band of misfits.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Wight Mischief” by JL Merrow

TITLE: Wight Mischief
AUTHOR: JL Merrow
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Tiferet Design
GENRE: Mystery / Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 216 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jun 1, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback

BLURB:

A ghost of a chance at love.
Personal trainer Will Golding has been looking forward to a getaway with his best friend, Baz, a journalist researching a book on ghosts. But on the first day of their camping trip on the Isle of Wight, Will takes a walk on a secluded beach and spies a beautiful young man skinny-dipping by moonlight. Ethereally pale, he’s too perfect to be real—or is he?
Lonely author Marcus Devereux is just as entranced by the tall athlete he encounters on the beach, but he’s spent the years since his parents’ violent death building a wall around his heart, and the thought of letting Will scale it is terrifying. Marcus’s albinism gives him his otherworldly appearance and leaves him reluctant to go out in daylight, his reclusiveness encouraged by his guardian—who warns him to stay away from Will and Baz.
The attraction between Will and Marcus can’t be denied—but neither can the danger of the secrets haunting Marcus’s past, as one “accident” after another strikes Will and Baz. If they don’t watch their step, they could end up added to the island’s ghostly population.


Will is a personal trainer, and he’s looking forward to spending a week on the Isle of Wight with his best friend Baz, a journalist researching ghosts for a book. His first night at the beach, Will saw a beautiful naked young man, with white hair and an ethereal skin. Will doubted he was real. Maybe a ghost?

Marcus is a successful writer who lives as a recluse in the old fort on the Isle of Wight. He’s lonely, and his albinism gives him this ghostly appearance so he’s reluctant to go out on daylight. But Marcus is clearly attracted by the beautiful athlete and hopes to see him again.

Marcus and Will are strongly attracted, but everything seems to be against them, and they’ll have to trust each other if they want a chance of a future.

I liked this book.
Marcus is lonely, very lonely. He’s traumatized by his past, what happened to his parents, and his guardian is a little bit over-mega-protective. He has albinism, and he’s reluctant to go out in the daylight because of his photosensitivity and people’s looks. So he lives in his fort, writes his books, but stays alone. I love Marcus, he’s fragile, lost and has insecurity, but he’s also very smart, stronger than what he thinks, and when he wants something, he fights hard for it. I like him a lot.

Will is a huge, tall athlete who became a personal trainer. He’s gay and out, but wants the real deal, not a one-night-stand. He’s happy to be with Baz, his best friend, on this trip on the Isle, but soon understands that Baz has other motives to be on the island, and Marcus the lonely author is one of his motives. Will, without realizing it, will do everything to protect Marcus. I adored Will. He touched me deeply. I found him adorable, smart, kind and sensitive. How Baz treats him enraged me, a lot, this guy is a big asshole, I hated him. But Will, oh my, he’s so sweet, natural and kind, I was completely in love with him.

I liked the plot, it was a light thriller (I say light because don’t expect a thriller with a lot of gory murders) funny with a little bit of supernatural. It was also a little bit different that my usual romance. The MC’s don’t spend a lot of time together, they met exactly 6 times, the author doesn’t write an insta-love story, so they don’t act like they were together for years when they only met for an hour. But the few times they met, the connection was there and strong. It was well written and well developed, and the “love” story between Marcus and Will mixed perfectly with the plot.

I had a good time with them and recommend this book.

4 OptimuMMs for Fish and his Ghost!

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Drama Fraternity” by Joe Cosentino

TITLE: Drama Fraternity
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
SERIES: Nicky and Noah Mystery
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Holly McCabe
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 176 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 25, 2018
PRICE: $3.92 e-book / $14.99 paperback

BLURB:

Theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza is directing Tight End Scream Queen, a slasher movie filmed at Treemeadow College’s football fraternity house, co-starring his husband and theatre professor colleague, Noah Oliver. When young hunky cast members begin fading out with their scenes, Nicky and Noah will once again need to use their drama skills to figure out who is sending the quarterback, jammer, wide receiver, and more to the cutting room floor before Nicky and Noah hit the final reel. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining sixth novel in this delightful series. Lights, camera, action, frat house murders!


Nicky Abbondanza, the famous theatre professor, is directing a movie “Tight End Scream Queen” at a college’s fraternity football house in Treemeadow. But when young football players start to be killed on set, Nicky has a new mystery and murderer to arrest.

Like usual, his husband Noah, their son Taavi and their friends Martin and Ruben are with him for these new adventures, as well for the film and for the crime.

Drama Fraternity is book 6 in Nicky and Noah mysteries series.

Nicky, Noah and the gang are back for our great pleasure. After their immense success in New York, they decide to come back to live in their small town, Treemeadow. Nicky agrees to direct a movie, even if he knows it won’t be a success, but of course, because we talk of Nicky and Noah, it can’t be a peaceful production and a murderer is in action.

I had great pleasure with this book. The author has regaled us with this new episode in the Nicky and Noah’s mystery show.
The plot is simple, a team, a murderer, and Nicky and Noah trying to solve the mystery. What’s fabulous with this book, is how the story is written, how the tale is told to us. What I loved the most in this book? The author’s style. Each scene in the book is a show by itself, like a Vaudeville, we can see in one scene, three different actions, I love it. It put a lot of dynamics into the plot.
Nicky is our guide in this new show, between the interactions with us, the reader, and his part to play, he gives us some amazingly funny situations with his big mouth and his crazy mind, and he makes me laughed a looooot.

The author pleases us with a brilliant, funny text full of sassy references to our actuality, and behind all of this, he gives us beautiful messages.

I highly recommend this book, and the entire series, it’s a pure pleasure, full of fun and love written with talent and brio (and it’s NOT an alternative fact).

5 OptimuMMs for the best modern Sherlock and Watson in books today.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Rogue in the Making” by TJ Nichols

TITLE: Rogue in the Making
AUTHOR: TJ Nichols
SERIES: Studies in Demonology
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: High Fantasy; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 284 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 22, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $16.99 paperback

BLURB:

The blood sacrifices have brought rain to Demonside, but across the void, the Warlock College of Vinland is still storing and gathering magic, heedless of the warnings of the international magical community. The underground is full of warlocks who disagree with the college, but do they care about wizards and demons or only about snatching power?
With a foot in each world, Angus is no longer sure whom he can trust. The demons don’t trust humans, and even though he is learning more magic, he will never be one of them. He is human and only tolerated. Some demons would be happy to slit his throat. It’s only because his demon is powerful in his own right that Angus is alive.
Saka only has a year to prove that Angus’s people can change and that the magic taken will be rebalanced, but the demons want action. His affection for Angus is clouding his judgment and weakening his position in the tribe. Time is running out, and he must make a choice.


Rogue in the Making is book two of Studies in Demonology series.
This book starts right at the end of book 1 (Warlock in Training).

The program between the Underground and The Demon side had started. Ten wizards were sent to the Demon side to learn natural magic. But the Underground isn’t better than the college, and they threaten Terrance’s life to keep Angus in line, they want to spy on the Demon side and gain the powers retained by the college. Meanwhile, the Demons start to think that a war is necessary and humans need to bleed for them.
Angus is confused and lost. He doesn’t know who he is anymore. A human among the demons, a demon among the humans? He loves two men, Saka the demon mage, and Terrance the human warlock. Angus can’t choose between them, but he needs to find a way to protect them and to save both worlds.

Saka is also completely lost because of his feelings for Angus. He’s in love with Angus, a human. Mages don’t have family. Their tribe is first in their life. Saka, at first, rejects his feelings, but how he can be a good mage and teacher if he lies to himself. Besides, the future of his world is more important than his love life and he needs to find a way to save his world and have Angus for himself.
I really loved this book, as much as book 1. The author gives us a great sequel.

The evolution in the story matches the evolution with the characters. We follow Saka and Angus in their journey. We follow their evolutions, as wizard/mage, but also as lovers. They are a strong couple, a unit, who trust each other and protect each other. They don’t agree on everything, but they have the same goal, saving their world.

I loved the plot of the book. It’s the following of book 1, but it’s more developed, and we learn more about Vinland (Angus’s country), the human world, and the demon side too. This book introduces us to more characters, to a more developed plot with a lot of mystery too that we want to discover.

The author did a fabulous job with this book. We’re completely hooked into the story, wanting to know more, and trying to find a viable solution for their world. The end of the book opens a lot of possibilities, intrigue, and hope for book three. I can’t wait to read it, to see how the plot and the characters will evolve.

I recommend this book. It can’t be read as a standalone, so you need to start the journey from the beginning but it’s worth it.

4 OtpimuMMs for The Mage, his apprentice, and their tribe.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Orion’s Circle” by Victoria Sue

TITLE: Orion’s Circle
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
SERIES: Sirius Wolves series
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: –
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Mpreg
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 172 pages
RELEASE DATE: Nov 7, 2017
PRICE: $1.18 -e-book

BLURB:

According to legend, when humankind is at its most desperate, the goddess Sirius will send three of the most powerful werewolf shifters ever created to save mankind. However, because they are so powerful, they will need a fourth to complete them, to calm them and help them reach their full potential.
Aden, a young were, has been his pack’s omega ever since, at the age of fifteen, he didn’t shift like everyone else. Caught, reviled, and tortured because of his empathic abilities, he knew on the night he was told to run as sport for the pack hunters that it would end in his death. What he didn’t know, however, was that on the same night he’d also meet the love of his life and a pathway to answers, because Aden is far more than just a pack omega.
What begins as a hunt soon becomes a new adventure as Aden discovers that he has not only one, but three destined mates, and his role as lover is far more than trivial. The fate of all humankind rests upon it.


Aden is a young omega who’s been mistreated and tortured by his pack for years. One night, his pack decides to hunt and probably kill him when three mysterious wolves came and rescued him.
Aden understood that he’s met his fated mate. The three of them.
Blaze, Darrick, and Connor, are the Orion’s circle, and they were created by the goddess Sirius herself to protect mankind. They’re mated, but didn’t expect to meet their fourth mate, the sweet and beautiful Aden.

Orion’s Circle is the first book of the Sirius Wolves series.

Aden is young, sweet, and beautiful with a great heart, he’s an omega and an empath. After years being tortured by his pack, he didn’t expect to be saved, and most of all, to be loved. I like Aden, even if he seems fragile and weak, he’s not. He’s stronger than a lot of people. He’s a survivor and still cares for his pack and people.

Blaze, Darrick, and Connor are the most powerful wolves among all the wolves. They’ve known each other since they were born (literally), they grew up together, fought together, and love together. They’re fated mates, and after six centuries on earth, they know each other like no one else. But They’re also different from each other. Blaze is the protector, Connor the empath (most powerful empath) and Darrick is the reason.

I like this book. It the first one of the series, and it put the background, the universe, the characters and the plots into place for the series. There’re two plots, in my opinion. The main one with Aden, Blaze, Darrick, and Connor mating, the second one is more complicated and darker, with the introduction to werewolves to human and all the ramifications that it implies. It also introduces a lot of secondary characters, some are interesting and intriguing, while others are clearly despicable, and I loved hating them.
Beside the fact that it’s a M/M/M/M and Mpreg, it’s hot and sexy, and I enjoyed it a looooooooooot.

It’s a good start for the series.

3.5 OtpimuMMs for the Omega and his Alphas.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis