The Second Stage of Grief by Katherine Hayton [Book Review]

I freaking love Katherine Hayton’s writing. I’ve reviewed her books before (Skeletal & Breathe and Release, for example), so when this book came up as the next on my sketchy Kindle carousel, I immediately dove in prepared for a wild ride. Continue reading “The Second Stage of Grief by Katherine Hayton [Book Review]”

Let April Daniels introduce you to the most badass transgender lesbian superhero you’ve ever met. [Book Review]

If there’s one thing I’ve made perfectly clear in the last few years, it’s that superheroes just aren’t my thing.

No offense meant to people who love them, because I know you all are vast in number and fierce in your loyalties, but I just… rarely get into superhero stories. For one, I find them formulaic, and I rarely see the point of view of the protagonist before or after their miraculous change in station.

But this superhero book blew me away, and I can’t stop myself from singing its praises.

cover of Nemesis Book 1, Dreadnought, by April Daniels

Book Description

Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny’s body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl.

It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny’s first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father’s dangerous obsession with “curing” her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in their ranks, Danny feels like she’s in over her head.

She doesn’t have time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer—a cyborg named Utopia—still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.

Continue reading “Let April Daniels introduce you to the most badass transgender lesbian superhero you’ve ever met. [Book Review]”

If The Labyrinth and the Harry Potter universe had a baby… [Book Review]

Have you ever gotten the chance to read a book that seemed like it would be two of your favorites melded together? That’s how I felt when I signed on to read the first in a new fantasy series recently. Continue reading “If The Labyrinth and the Harry Potter universe had a baby… [Book Review]”

Revealing the Everyman in all of us with MJ Harden. [Book Review]

If there’s one thing that can be said about my reading habits, it’s that they’re all over the place. I can’t ever pin down one genre – or even a few – that I like more than all others. Just as soon as I think I know all the different kinds of books I read, I read another and it broadens my experience even further. That’s one of the things today’s book taught me: to never be contented with thinking that I know. Continue reading “Revealing the Everyman in all of us with MJ Harden. [Book Review]”

Have a Bite (The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles, #1) [Book Review]

I told y’all the other day that I was reading R.G. Emanuelle’s lesbian vampire novel, Have a Bite. Since I said I was enjoying it, I started to love it even more – so much so, in fact, that I read over half of it in the past two days, and finished it feeling like I don’t know why I haven’t read more of Emanuelle’s work.

cover of queer vampire novel Have a Bite (The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles) by R. G. Emanuelle

Book Description

The world of vampires is, by nature, one of darkness, secrecy, and covertness. Vampires are invincible. No one can hurt them. Except vampire hunters.

Delphine Bouchard is a celebrity chef and owner of a world-renowned restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, where the chic and elite crowd mingle with neighborhood denizens. She enjoys fame, money, and women, and lives life by her own rules. She also happens to be a vampire.

Del’s life and the local vampire community are rocked when a vampire hunter begins picking them off, and Del has reason to believe that she might be next. Del is also being watched and criticized by the vampire hive council and persecuted by a coven of witches, who are the enforcers of behavior for the supernatural set. In the midst of all this turmoil, Del meets and unexpectedly falls hard for Jocelyn, who she soon discovers is holding back a disturbing secret. Del must decide whether or not to put aside her feelings of betrayal and pursue the relationship.

Meanwhile, when a food critic with a grudge sets out to ruin her business and reputation, Del has to protect her staff and restaurant. But the situation spirals out of control when a human shows up dead, her restaurant is sabotaged, and Jocelyn is threatened. Del must save her business, protect her loved ones, and find out who the vampire killer is before she is the next victim.

Set against a backdrop of elaborate meals and passionate cooking, Have a Bite is book one in the novella series The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles. The world of vampires and hunters meets the world of restaurants, foodies, and celebrity chefs—a recipe for paranormal mystery seasoned with suspense, peppered with romance, and flavored with a dash of humor.

My Rating

This book has several elements I really love, such as:

  • vampires,
  • lesbians,
  • delicious food,
  • snark,
  • sexy exploits, and
  • angst.

Did I mention already that I loved this book?

Del is the kind of character I understand and sympathize, without being a whiny brat or an insufferable bore. She knows that life can get tough – she’s lived enough of it, after all – but she doesn’t let it keep her down. Every day, despite obstacles mortal and immortal, she gets up and goes after what she wants. She takes care of those she cares about. And she does it all while looking good, getting laid, and tossing in French phrases that make her women melt.

Her friends and family are individuals with lives that intertwine with, and run outside of, their relationships with Del. And the antagonistic forces are written well, too, but I don’t want to say too much and spoil anyone’s surprise.

This was a fantastic book. I give it five of five stars, and recommend it to fans of any of the list above.

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