Has anyone heard of "Captive Prince" by C.S. Pacat?? (Sorry if this has been posted before..)
I just read the first 2 books this summer and they're just amazing!! I can definitely recommend them if you haven't read them. The third (and last) book comes out in February next year.
Here's the description from Volume 1:
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the truthful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else...
Hey guys, I'm back with another review. I just finished this book and it was simply amazing.
Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane
Synopsis: Mackey Sanders and his brothers live in a shit hole of a town and they can't wait to get out. So when the opportunity comes knocking with a contract for their band Outbreak Monkey, they are ecstatic. That is until they find out one of their own won't be coming with them and it might just break Mackey.
Travis Ford didn't know what he was getting into when he accepted the position of managing Outbreak Monkey. He didn't expect the band to be full of snot nosed kids with the tendencies to fuck anything that moves and blow coke at any given moment and he certainly didn't expect to fall for the snarky and charming lead vocal, Mackey Sanders. But after finding out about all of Mackey's baggage, straight-laced Trav doesn't know if he will survive the fall.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
I've always been drawn to books with musical elements to them, so Beneath the Stain quickly became a must-read for me and I was not disappointed. The songs that Mackey writes are filled with so much heart, soul, and pain that I wish I could hear them being sung. It was a nice touch that Mackey sometimes could not find the words to say but would instead write songs for what he meant.
In saying that, Lane does a fantastic job in creating the characters and building the bonds and relationships between them. My favorite characters outside Mackey and Trav are Jefferson and Stevie (or as everyone else calls them: the Twins). It's so easy to see how much these brothers (and friends) have gone through and how much they love and support each other because they grew up in a place where they only had each other.
The only reason this book didn't get a higher rating is because of this minor (not so minor) issue I had with Mackey and Trav's relationship. Just one singular part near the end in which sort of gave me a what-the-f*ck face. I really do recommend this book, though be warned - it's an emotional roller coaster filled with sex, drugs, first loves, heartbreak, and growing up.
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So, I've recently read a book that I normally wouldn't have ever thought to. It's called A Poet of the Invisible World by Michael Golding. It hasn't officially come out yet, the release date is sometime later this month but I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone if they are interested in the magic-realism genre. Anyway, let's dive into the review:
Synopsis: Nouri is a boy born in 14th century Persia but he is no ordinary boy. He is born with four ears. Afraid that her son would meet his demise in their small village, Nouri's mother flees with him in which he ends up in the hands of a crippled dervish (a member of a Sufi order - an Islamic relgious order). There, he becomes aware of his affinity to the spiritual world and his talent for writing poetry. He also begins his spiritual journey there and along the way, Nouri is met with many obstacles and transformations, getting lost and finding himself many times before his journey ends.
Rating: 4 / 5
The book had a rocky start for me. I am not religious in any way or form so in Part One of the book, it was a barrage of information on the Muslims' way of life in the lodge and their cultural beliefs - it was a bit overwhelming to be learning so much because I had never participated in anything like it. I had no experiences or knowledge to build on. But it quickly picked up pace near the end of Part One and the beginning of Part Two. Nouri is an interesting character in that he has four ears and he is also gay. The time the story takes place affects both of those qualities in him and obviously makes him struggle a bit along with a variety of adversities he comes to face. There are so many times that he loses his way that it's easy to root for him to find his path again. And despite being seen as a spiritual prodigy of sorts, he is very human, humble with much humility. He's a bit odd but he does his own thing yet is so curious about the spiritual world and about love. Anyway, the novel was quite a surprise in that I found myself turning page after page. It was well written and it even had me tearing up at the end.
It's been a very good year for gay authors. Well last award season was very good too, Marlon James won the Booker and James Hannaham won the PEN/Faulkner.
The nominations of Adam Haslett for Imagine me gone probably go in that route. Haslett got nominations for the National Book Award, the Kirkus award and the Carnegie Award. While Haslett generally write gay characters (one of the three main characters in Union Atlantic was gay) he generally talks about other themes (like what happened with James and Hannaham). And that's exactly what's surprising of Garth Greenwell or Tim Murphy nominations. Greenwell is nominated for the Center of fiction (best first novel, last year the winner was the same than the Pulitzer, something that happened with Junot Diaz some years ago too) and the National Book Award and Tim Murphy's Christodora is nominated for the Carnegie. What's different in those cases is that apart of both being gay the themes of the novels are very gay related, something that in the past was destined to a very specific niche and that didn't receive too much attention from the mass media (What belongs to you received great reviews in all big papers) and of course didn't get nominations to mainstream literary awards, specially when you don't have a known name in literary circles