As always, thanks very much to Mary for letting The Novel Approach take over her blog today so we can share our love of some of the outstanding books we read in the month of February. BJ, Tina, Lana, Kim, Lynn, Jackie, and I never have an easy time of it, whittling our reading lists down to just one book, but we’ve done it again, so without further ado: Booyah Books for February.
BJ’s choice this month is Lex Chase’s Conventional Love, book three in her Sci-Fi/Fantasy series Checkmate. Here’s a snippet of what he had to say about the book: “I’ve been following Lex Chase and this awesome little superhero series since it first exploded into Dreamspinner Press in early 2013. It’s rare in the genre to find something so completely original that caters to a gay boy’s inner nerd, but Chase, true to form, has delivered another offering that had me shaking with excitement at the mere thought of going balls to the wall with another tasty geek-gasm courtesy of Garth and Rook. If you haven’t read parts one and two of this series, then take a few hours to fill yourself in on the creative backstory that led to the star-crossed lovers and their mission operandi to save the good folks of Axis City, and then you too can join me on this action packed journey into the darker side of the superhero life and comic book capers as penned by a woman so sincerely talented it left me awed.”
For more of BJ’s review, click HERE
Tina’s choice comes from newly minted author Johnny Williams and his debut semi-autobiographical novel Klub Kids, the first book in the series. Here’s a little bit of what Tina had to say about the book: “I didn’t want Klub Kids to end. When I swiped the last page I kept swiping, desperate to find out what comes next. I wanted more of “Johnny” and his friends, interacting in ways only true friends who really know and love each other are able to. I wanted more of the club scene and the music and the city by which I felt surrounded, thanks to Johnny Williams’ detailed descriptions. Mostly, though, I wanted to see “Johnny” find love. He may be looking in all the wrong places, but as I am writing this on Valentine’s Day, I have to believe it is out there for him.”
For more of Tina’s review, click HERE
Lana’s choice is the third book in Brandon Witt’s Men of Myth series, Clashing Tempest. Here’s an excerpt from Lana’s review: “Brandon Witt can tell a complex and entertaining story, using just the right words to create a perfect picture. The story flowed from one chapter to the next. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: he needs to write a Men of Myth screenplay!
Clashing Tempest is a must read for anyone who read the first two Men of Myth books. And if you haven’t, pick up all three ASAP!!! I can’t wait to read more!”
For more of Lana’s review, click HERE
Kim’s choice belongs to none other than B.G. Thomas and his latest release Hound Dog & Bean. Here’s a snippet from Kim’s review: “Here comes the really sweet part…so Bean starts the slow process of courting Hound Dog. Oh… now you’re singing my song, because I. Love. Stories. Like this! Plus, I have the added bonus of learning more about my favorite beverage…Coffee!
So if you’re in the mood for a sweet romance with a little bit of angst and a touch of mysticism, this one comes highly recommended. For me, it’s a 5 Star read. It just pushed all the right buttons.”
For more of Kim’s review, click HERE
Lynn’s choice this month is Mark Zubro’s moving and heart wrenching story Safe. Here are a few words from Lynn’s review: “I really liked where the author went with this story. It takes a direction I wasn’t expecting, and I was fine with that. Instead of it being just about teen suicide and bullying, the author takes it a step farther and shows us exactly what hate, homophobia and ignorance can make a person do. I don’t know how many times my heart rate accelerated while reading this book. At times I wanted to reach in and grab certain characters and cause them physical pain. Yes, I was that angry.”
For more of Lynn’s review, click HERE
Jackie’s choice for February is Dawn Kimberly Johnson’s contemporary coming-out story Button Down. Here’s a snippet from Jackie’s review: “Dawn Kimberly Johnson did an absolutely wonderful job of balancing the extreme views of some of the characters to the more mainstream views of others. I was also seriously impressed with the fact that Ford, the closeted lawyer, had zero self-loathing. He was fully aware of himself and loved himself unconditionally. The only worry he had was completely believable: he was worried about his family’s acceptance and nothing more.”
For more of Jackie’s review, click HERE
Lisa’s choice for top read this month is Vaughn R. Demont’s Urban Fantasy perfection Coyote’s Creed, book one in the Broken Mirrors series. Here’s a review excerpt: “Narrated by one of the freshest voices I’ve come across in quite some time, Coyote’s Creed is, by turns, a riotously funny, poignant, sexy and suspenseful roller coaster of an Urban Fantasy, told by eighteen-year-old Spencer Crain, whose life is scripted in the bold strokes of questionable reality television, corny sitcoms, supernatural dramas, heist films, and dysfunctional family soap operas, not to mention the fear of the imminent zombie apocalypse. You wouldn’t think that’s a good thing, would you? Well, it’s not. It’s a brilliant thing when tied together with all the folklore and mythology Vaughn R. Demont has woven into this fantastical world he’s created, one filled with all sorts of legendary beings.”
For more of Lisa’s review, click HERE
And that’s that for the month of February. Until next time, happy reading!