Book Review: Not Your Sidekick by C.B Lee

I listened to this book on Audible as I do with most of my traditionally published reads these days.

Also, has anyone else noticed my penchant to read Asian Authors who write LGBT? Malinda Lo, Stephanie Ahn, Natasha Ngan, and now C.B Lee.

Not Your Sidekick is a book that follows Jessica Tran, a very awkward disaster bi (who is openly bi in the book) with a crush on the beautiful Abby Jones.

Now with the whole crushy crush business out of the way, allow me to tell you, while there is plenty of cute mushy (and awkward) moments between Abby and Jess, most of the story revolves around Jess trying to find out if she has superpowers.

There has been a crazy influx in superpower books being published as of late. I know, because I’ve read a bunch of them. Because for some reason, and thank god for this, a lot of them are LGBT (with a focus on FF) and this one did not disappoint.

Not only is bisexuality represented, so is homosexuality, transsexuality, and heterosexuality. Hell, there’s probably a few ace people sprinkled in, but I’m only listing what people openly identified as in the book.

The story is excellent. There are times where I felt it was a little too juvenile for me, but since I’m well over the age of the main characters, this was to be expected. This is an excellent YA title with LGBT themes.

I absolutely adored the awkward slow burn between Abby and Jess and the side flirtation between Bells and Emma. I am really, REALLY looking forward to the second book with Bells as the narrator: Not Your Villain that is on my TBR next!

Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
(4/5 Stars.)

Rating breakdown:

Prose: 👍👍👍👍
Plot: 😄😄😄😄
Characterization: 👩👩👩
Boredom meter: 🔥🔥🔥

I loved this book, but sometimes the characters could come over really whiny or one-dimensional. And I’m really mad about what happened to Claudia.

Book Review: Lucid Dreaming by Heather Blair

This book brought me to Quinn Kaneko levels of obsession. I rarely read anything this fast, but holy heck I devoured this book.

I don’t think the word “enrapture” is too strong a word for what this book dud to me. Every single word on the page screamed to be read. There was not even a single letter out of place and very few passages that gave me pause.

Every second I spent reading this book was rapturous. Heather Blair’s prose is delectable!

I absolutely adore Alison and her family (with one obvious exception). It is so rare that I find a book with a well-written female character in a story with a predominantly romantic plot, but Alison is IT. She is strong-willed, she is smart, she is everything I want my female MCs to be. She gives as much as she gets and even a little more to Quinn and everyone around her, but she is by no means perfect. Her flaws are what make her so well-rounded and incredible.

The love scenes were otherworldly good. Blair definitely knows her way around well-written smut. I have not read a smutty book I’ve enjoyed the way I enjoyed Lucid Dreaming in years. The love scenes were exciting and full of description and care between the two characters.

God, I especially loved how Blair handled the break up between Alison and her first boyfriend, Logan without demonizing him. Sure, Logan has his moments where he isn’t a great guy, but Blair never takes him too far. She never makes him abusive or shitty and she definitely doesn’t kill him off. That meant the world to me.

Thank you, Heather Blair, for your astonishing novel, Lucid Dreaming. I cannot wait for the sequel.

Flash Fiction: Summoning Demons and Other Bad First Date Ideas

From my upcoming novel: A City of Glass & Sand

“Jonas where are we going?” P asked, struggling to keep up. Jonas was standing just ahead of her, holding both her and Willow by their wrists and dragging them along.

Both women exchanged a glance, Willow’s golden eyes were squinted, her thick lips pursed, and P looked pissed.

“I’m taking you two on a date,” he said excitedly.

“What?” Willow and P asked in unison.

“A date!” Jonas said again, turning over his shoulder to flash his teeth at them in a quick smile. “We’ve been together for forever and we’ve never really been on a date what with all this Efeara bullshit that went down and I think that right now immediately is the perfect time for us to do this.”

“Jonas have you lost your mind?” P asked.

“Plus the moon is full and the book I read said the moon needed to be full for this,” he continued on, ignoring P and Willow’s protests.

“Why does the moon need to be full for us to go on a date?” Willow asked, sounding skeptical.

“We’re going to summon a demon.”

Both Willow and P stopped at the same time. Jonas nearly yanked their arms out of their sockets pulling them forward again.

This was probably the absolute worst idea ever, but they both loved him. So they allowed it. 

When they managed to summon the evil spirit of Efeara and she destroyed the whole town, they instantly regretted it, but in the end it was probably the best first date any of them could have asked for. 

Short Stories: Apple Orchard

From my upcoming novel, Tranquil.

Lysan had saved her from obscurity. He had whisked her away from a life inside of a tower, protected her, watched over her when her brother could not. He was good to her, but this life never truly felt like hers. She was constantly being painted and plucked and shown off to the public.

“Did you see?” The news often said, “The Lord’s son is dating an elven woman. The Windsor family cannot possibly be as racist as everyone claims.”

Every time the media claimed that it made her chest ache, her inside squirm. She was nothing more than a prop for Lysan’s father Leonard Windsor to win the upcoming minister election.

“Lady Avalon?” Lysan’s bodyguard, Faron says, rapping on her doorframe. Avalon sucked in a sharp breath.

The man was so gorgeous he was almost hard to look at. He wasn’t conventionally handsome, or so she thought. He was sort of hulking, muscular with short brown hair that sat atop his head in a mess of curls if he let it grow too long. His body was covered in scars, including several deep ones on his neck and face. Avalon was head of heels in love with him.

Lysan had his place. She was grateful to him for saving her. Or for at least thinking he saved her. But Faron actually saw her. She was more than a prop to him and maybe that’s how it started with Lysan too, but that isn’t the way it is now.

“Faron,” she said, her whole body softening as he looks at her. She could live in those brown eyes forever. “Are you here to take me to the apple orchard?” She asked.

He quirks a smile at this, making the scar on his upper lip more noticeable.

“Apple Orchard” had become sort of a code between the two of them. There was no apple orchard on the grounds of the Windsor mansion, not really. There were a few apple trees and the first time she had seen them, she’d thought they were an orchard. Lysan and his father had gotten a good laugh out of this, but she had spent her entire life in a tower with other magically inclined people, what was she supposed to think?

This was the first place she had actually spoken to Faron. After living in that tower for so long, she spent a lot of time outside. She was an elf after all, it was sort of their thing to commune with nature (and unfortunately, be magical). He’d been picking some apples from the tree, a soft smile on his face. When he turned and looked at her, his face open and soft she knew she was done for.

The “apple orchard” was the first place she had ever spoken about the tower. Where she talked about all of her resentment for her mother, for her brother, and how she’d felt so caged her whole life. She even felt caged now. He felt caged too.

It was the first place he had touched her hand, ran his fingers all the way from her wrist to her shoulder. Where he cupped her face, their voices lowering to whispers, eyes half-lidded. Where he kissed her.

He offered her his arm, that same coy smile still on his lips. “Let’s go to the apple orchard.”

WIP Post Meme

Tagged by my beautiful girlfriend

Post the names of all the files in your WIP folder, regardless of how non-descriptive or ridiculous.

Pick out the title that most intrigues you, or interests you and I’ll post a little snippet of it or tell you something about it!

OKAY GATHER ROUND CHILDREN BECAUSE THIS IS ABOUT TO BE A HOT MESS.

I am already cringing and I haven’t even opened the folder. No screenshots cause those contain ALL the spoilers.

Y’all ready?

1. Untitled RP Princesses

2. Takeover Outline

3. Star kisses everyone (A star vs. college smutfic that’s 40 pages of gratuitous smut i had to stop writing to do NaNo)

4. Reverse Harem Bullshit

5. Nighthawks A Monster Love Novella (it’s coming in 2019, y’all)

6. Marjorie Book 2

7. Lisa you’re the best thanks

8. KND Jealousy Rewrite

9. iZombie AU

10. 40 Days of Promises

11. Blank (1)

12. Wizards Oneshots

13. Wizards on crack The proofing edition

14. Wizards and Nut Jobs

15. Wizard Crack: Violet is not OK

16. Wizard Crack: Ultimate Orgasm Potion

17. Wixen Outtakes

18. Wixen Outtakes Book 2

19. Wixen midnight ramblings

20. Wixen crack: vis a vis

21: Wixen Crack: Ultimate Gay

22. Wixen Crack: Noble

23. Wixen Crack night time ideas

24. Wixen chapter 1 script rewrite

25. Wixen Book One: Poisons, Potions, & Propositions

26. Witchy Wixen Things

27. What Love is

28: Vi and Jas sex scene

29. The Wizard Crack: Ultimate Penis Expansion

30. The Wizard Crack: Ultimate Penis Enlargement – Love Potion Version 6.25

31. The Wizard Crack: Ultimate Love Potion

32. Teach Them How to Say Goodbye

33. Stabbity rip stab stab

34. Some fucking gay ass shit

35. Prologue: Mambo no

36. Maybe this will be smut (spoiler: it isn’t)

37. Mambo No. 5

38: In which Persephone Starts a Delivery Service

39. For Wizards Only

40. Darlings

41. You’re Already Dead

42, Woggle Boggle Portals

43. who the fuck is thantos and desdemona why

44. whatever this adorable thing is called

45. Vegan Vampires

46. Untitled Document

47. Untitled Document (1)

48. Untitled Document (2)

49. TIARN Book 2

50. This is a Reverse Harem Title

51. The Series: Never Lose Hope

52. The Legend of Hag Hill

53. A City of Glass & Sand

54. Summoning Demons & Other Bad First Date Ideas

55. Strange Harvest

56. Stitches

57. Something I Need

58. Silver for Werewolves

59. ShikaNaru (A Naruto Fanfiction I never finished. It’s a follow up to my You Are My Shadow oneshot. If you like Shikamaru/Naruto and headcanon a Poly!Leaf Village when I’m ya girl)

60. Power Patter

61. Phantom Limb

62. Orion/Artemis Virgin Goddess No more (this never became smut. Turned out it was a death scene. I got really sad.)

63. one

64. Not One of Us

65. Nimh Has Terrible Luck With Guys

66. Naming the Twins

67. Moon Cycles

68. lol

69. lesbian tomfoolery

70. iZombie fanfiction

71. i hate u, i love u

72. Highlander bullshit

73. Futanari no Jutsu (I should have never become a fan of Naruto)

74. Frayed (holy shit this one is for Doctor Who. 11/Rose)

75. Failure

76. Dark!Rey

77. college au

78. Chilly weather, bloody sweater

79. chairs

80. Caliophe and Asher

81. Beneath the mask

82. AUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGH

83. Apple Orchard

84. WillowPJonas Fluff

85. Untitled Document (3)

86. Universes

87. Tranquil

88. Thronir and Alison Jones

89. The Secret Circle

90. Summer’s Out of Reach

91. Sisters

92. Fall in love with data

93. Only 90s Kids Will Remember This

94. Futerw

95. 12 Years a Dream

96. Sincerely, Your Agent

97. Nathaniel is my brother!

98. Wolfsong

99. When it rains

100. Power

101. Persecution

102. pain

103. Beaches

104. Doctorrose

105. sexy

106. sex

107. Rainstorm

108. abreak

109. rsundayfu

110. lolthissfile

111. whycantiwrite

112. Rosie

113. Just a Book

114. i don’t dance

115. unfabulous high school au

116. shake it up fanfiction

117. Marjorie Diaz’s Unfortunate Introduction to Ancestral Politics & Foul Play

FUCK I’M FINALLY DONE.

I only picked stuff from my WIP folder (With the exception of Wixen, Nighthawks, and Marjorie which all live in “Soon to be Published works”) that I have looked at/thought about writing for within the past year.

There are too many damn books on my Google Drive.

Every single one of these WIPs is 20+ pages.

Why am I like this.