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[Cover Reveal & Excerpt] Dear Martin — Nic Stone

Hello friends! I rarely feature books in this capacity but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to spotlight Dear Martin, an upcoming novel written by my bud Nic Stone (October 17, 2017, Crown Books For Young Reader). That’s all I have to say, really. The story and voice of Dear Martin needs no further introduction.

Be the first to see the book cover and read the first full chapter below!

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[Review] Last Seen Leaving – Caleb Roehrig


Book Title: Last Seen Leaving (Standalone)
Author:     Caleb Roehrig
Number of pages:  272


last seen leaving - caleb roehrig - book coverFlynn’s girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?

Flynn’s girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can’t answer, and her friends are telling stories that don’t add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January’s boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

(re: Goodreads @ Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig)

Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:

– Premise feels like YA Gone Girl
Character driven novel mainly as it concerns the protagonist; can be considered more of a contemporary LGBTQIA+ centric story
– Secondary characters and their development doesn’t really exist (re: best friend), also the police are completely useless
– Even if you read with skepticism, the expectation versus reality of the resolution may not be one every reader will enjoy

Initial Thoughts

I forgot to review this in a timely matter.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of LAST SEEN LEAVING from Raincoast Books.

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[Review] Boy Robot – Simon Curtis



Book Title: Boy Robot (Trilogy?)
Author:     Simon Curtis
Number of pages:  432


boy robot - simon curtis - book coverThere once was a boy who was made, not created.

In a single night, Isaak’s life changed forever.

His adoptive parents were killed, a mysterious girl saved him from a team of soldiers, and he learned of his own dark and destructive origin.

An origin he doesn’t want to believe, but one he cannot deny.

(re: Goodreads @ Boy Robot by Simon Curtis)

Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:

– Plot reads like a cat-and-mouse thriller; lots of running away and downtime for self-discovery, followed by more traveling
– Multi-POV through vignettes used to world build and give historical [robot] context
– Explosive action that drives the conflict-driven narrative
– Diverse and intersectional characters; although the lead protagonist was underwhelming in framework
– While there is romance, it does not take precedence to the plot

Initial Thoughts

Though I have heavily promo’d this book on Twitter (and in passing conversations with people about a killer vagina), I’m still going to critically assess this book as I would normally.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of Boy Robot from Simon and Schuster Canada.

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