May 142015
 
Review: Being Emily

This is such a powerful story about a girl born in a boy’s body. The reader really gets to journey with Christopher as she fights to become Emily. It felt like an insider view to a very personal and emotional struggle. I liked that the focus was on the psychological side, with Emily learning to embrace herself, and really coming to terms with the person she wants to be. The story is primarily about Emily, but I really like the addition of Claire. Her character wasn’t just a vehicle to push education about transgender issues, she was fully developed with […]

Apr 232015
 
Review: Suspected

The first book in this series blew me away with it’s incredible look at, and treatment of, gender. This second book does something similar with technology. The book showed two very different extremes of technology use, with East Country almost completely tech-free, and Mid Country totally tech focused. It was an interesting contrast, and helped to show how extremes of any nature are not healthy. Some of the technology that Mid Country employed were interesting and amazing. But some options were extremely scary, and extremist in the worst possible way. Being able to draw the line between the two types […]

Nov 122014
 
Review: Just Girls + Giveaway

Simply put, this was an amazing story. It is heartfelt and honest and is the perfect mix of drama and emotions. Ella’s story is very remarkable. I would almost say that Tucker’s is as remarkable since she takes it upon herself to protect a stranger with no benefit to herself. That is the action of a modern day hero, and one that should be applauded and respected. While there is a lot of talk of gender in the book, I enjoyed that the focus was on the story of Ella’s first year at college. I learned a lot reading the […]

Jun 162014
 
Review: Shadows & Dreams

It’s hard to believe I read the first book in this series 6 months ago because I still remember most of the characters quite easily. Of course, Kate Kane is hard to forget, just ask the numerous ex-girlfriends that litter the story. Like the first story, this book is full of action with multiple overlapping plotlines. There are a multitude of paranormal creatures, with Kate being an interesting mix of Fae and human herself. This book delivers well on snark and sass. The action is non-stop, while still being easy to follow, and the characters are well developed individuals. I […]

May 062014
 
Review: Elected + Giveaway

This book is awesome! There, review done. Not enough? Okay… This is the most subtle and mind provoking story I’ve ever read about gender. Aloy is a girl who has been raised as a boy since she was four. As soon as she turns 18, she is expected to marry a woman and become the country’s sole leader. As a result, her concept of self and her gender is a bit conflicted. Aloy’s fight to be the best leader she can be is the main focus of the plot, but her actual story is the highlight. Aloy’s battle between being […]

Dec 092013
 
Review: Iron & Velvet

This is a dark and gritty Urban Fantasy story about a half-Fae PI who is hired to investigate the murder of a werewolf outside a vampire bar. The book has a lot of elements I say I don’t review, like tons of profanity (mostly f-bombs) and some graphic sex (of the lesbian variety), but it was still very enjoyable, in a kickass paranormal with lots of humour way. The element that made the book great, and made the profanity and sex fade into the story, was the attitude of the main character. Kate is sarcastic and snarky, and isn’t afraid […]

Apr 252013
 
Review: Rumors of My Death

Have you ever had a bad day that just seems to keep getting worse? That is what happens to Dizzy, and it’s hilarious to read. This book is funny, sarcastic and over-the-top in exactly the way you want a comedy book to be. Dizzy seems like a nice enough person, but she’s a magnet for bad luck. How else can you explain losing your job, losing your girlfriend, setting fire to your kitchen and killing your canary, all within a span of a couple hours? I felt bad for her, even while snickering and giggling at her misfortune. This is […]