I think I should rename January to “Review Month”. Why?
Because I have four reviews planned for this month and two more that are a maybe (waiting for the ARC to be sent). I have a couple of things by favorite authors and a few that are by people whose books I’ve never read before. Ready to get readin’?
Ganymede: Abducted by the Gods – The Fantastic Immortals, Book 1
Author: Wendy Rathbone
Themes & Genres: LGBT, Fantasy, Gay Romance, Alternate Myth, gods
WARNING: Mature Content
Sold by his father. Abducted against his will.
My name is Ganymede, and I have been betrayed.
Every boy my age dreams of leaving home to embark on a noble adventure, but never does any boy imagine it happening as it did to me. On the evening of my 18th naming day, when I expected no more than a chalice of wine and a few drunken flirtations to tempt my innocence, I was instead sold by my father to the god, Zeus – not because of anything particular I had ever done or said, but solely because I am considered beautiful among mortals, and my father found more value in a few gold coins than in the well-being of his youngest son.
To be honest, I never believed in the gods, but my lack of belief held no power in Olympus or on Earth. Now under Zeus’s influence, I am kept drunk on ambrosia in the sun-lit halls of the immortals, alternately amazed and horrified at the power these beings hold over others, and how darkly they influence the progress of humanity itself. How very much I want to hate Zeus for kidnapping me, and yet he shows me mostly kindness, even on that fateful night when we shared a bed for the first time. Kindness, yes, but also a godly and unyielding refusal to take no for an answer… probably because he could read my ambrosia-fevered curiosity as much as my naive, inexperienced terror. He owns me, after all, just as he owns everything else, so perhaps it never occurred to him that a captive and a slave might not make the best of lovers.
Throughout my time at Olympus – who’s to say how long I’ve been here, for time on Olympus is not the same as that on Earth – the only thing that gives me hope comes to me in dreams and visions. His name is Sable and he is a magnificent shape-shifter in the form of a giant raven. When he first spoke to me in my mind it was with a resonance unlike any I had ever known – his mind and mine sounding a single note together, a song without words, a promise of freedom, a glimpse of some distant but very real possibility of this thing we humans call Love. But now he is silent. Perhaps I dreamed his voice. Perhaps I have finally lost my mind…
Date of my review: Wednesday, January 03
Add Ganymede: Abducted by the Gods to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)
The Sea Stone – The Dragon Saga, Book 2
Author: Nicolette Andrews
Themes & Genres: Fantasy, Fairytale, Japanese Myth, magic, dragons
The fate of the world rests on Suzume’s shoulders – if she doesn’t set it on fire first. As she struggles to master her abilities, she must also contend with an overprotective dragon. Kaito only sees her as a princess in need of saving, but she is anything but.
Date of my review: Sunday, January 14
Add The Sea Stone to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)
Author: T.E. Mark
Themes & Genres: Sci-Fi, Cyberpunk, human augmentation
In the early 21st century, in an effort to increase human productivity, science granted mankind wearable AI headsets.
By 2016, these early versions were cast aside and replaced with more reliable, Nano-sized, implantable devices tuned to human thought.
Infants received their implants at birth. Total human connectivity was achieved in March of 2201.
Governments, militaries and schools were abolished, and the world was handed over to a network of intelligent computers called AHNN.
Now in the 31st century, or 9th, depending on who you talk to, AHNN has pretty much had it with running the world and has decided to give it back.
This is AHNN’s story.
Date of my review: Sunday, January 21
Add AhNN to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)
Expect an interview with this author on Friday, January 19.
Dream – Skins, Book 1
Author: Garrett Leigh
Themes & Genres: LGBT, Contemporary Romance
WARNING: Mature Content
I can’t sleep…
When unrequited love leaves Dylan Hart sleepless and nursing his wounds, instinct draws him to the one place he’s found mindless respite in the past—Lovato’s. It’s a place for every fantasy — for crazy-hot encounters — where a night of insane NSA sex brings relief to Dylan’s fragile feelings.
It should be a perfect escape, and for one magical night it seems that way, but then worlds collide, and reality bites when his hookup desperately needs a friend. Surely Dylan can’t trust his instincts when friendship has bruised his heart so badly before?
It’s burying me alive…
The deck is stacked against former ballet dancer Angelo Giordano ever finding real love. At least visiting Lovato’s offers respite from a life defined by illness; a glimmer of light in the dull grey of his so-called life without dance. But then he encounters Dylan — a glorious ray of the brightest sunshine — who makes his heart pound once more with purpose.
Angelo’s mind is blown by this man, but the disease that ended his career won’t let him bask in new love. He’s drowning, and Dylan can’t save him while insecurities swamp them both. The only way to make it means confronting their demons.
If Dylan can turn his back on the past, and Angelo can face his uncertain future, maybe they can chase their dreams together.
Date of my review: Tuesday, January 23
Add Dream to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)
These are the ARCs I already have. As I said, I might add two more. What are you reading this month?