Jun. 26th, 2017

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1) Great book, great worldbuilding, a tad too much info dump. But I loved it.

Coins Not Accepted Chris Quinton
Gay - Fantasy Romance
File Size: 3226 KB
Print Length: 185 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press (May 1, 2017)
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
Amazon: Coins Not Accepted Chris Quinton

"Bring me the contents of the security box from the bank, and make sure you're not followed." Miles Carter carries out his grandfather's instructions, and finds himself caught up in a dangerous tangle of family mysteries - and the unexpected return of Allan Warwick, his childhood friend. Add to that a parallel world and a plot to overthrow its government, both of which seem to involve his grandfather and Allan. Miles' life will be changed irrevocably, but only if he and Allan can stay together and survive the coup.
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1) This fast paced, stream of consciousness first person story of a teenage genius and her posse of four friends explores the sinister dark web and its interface with the Live Action Role Play (LARP) and cosplay cultures.  The plot moves quickly, especially in the second half, taking the reader on a runaway romp that at times strains credibility but is greatly entertaining.
2) This is the kind of gem you join the Rainbow Awards for. A fantastically well written young adult novel - although adults should absolutely read it too - with a stand out heroine. Sid is amazing, and now I want to read all of her exploits. An exceptional character in an engaging novel.

On a Larp Stefani Deoul
Lesbian - Young Adult
Series: A Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventure
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Bywater Books (April 11, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1612940951
ISBN-13: 978-1612940953
Amazon: On a Larp Stefani Deoul

Question: Do any of you know the truly scary part about being seventeen?

Answer: Your brain doesn't actually know, understand or care what it can't do; and, while this sounds great in theory, in my particular case, my under-developed brain apparently didn't know I couldn't fly.

So I jumped . . .
And I plummeted . . .

And I promise you, if I somehow manage to survive this act of immature-brain-encased-in-unbelievable-stupidity, I will gladly tell you exactly how I got here.

Which, for the record, is chasing a dark-web killer through the middle of a live action role-playing game, better known as a LARP.

On a LARP introduces readers to teen coder, Sid Rubin, a smartass—and super-smart—high school kid with a strong conscience and a knack for solving problems. This high concept, frenetic ride dives into the fascinating world of interactive role-playing when Sid recognizes the photo of a murder victim during an AP field trip to a police station. What starts out as an Aha! moment soon finds Sid and her unlikely posse of friends chasing a dark web killer through the middle of a live action role playing game. Sid and the gang work to unravel a deeply encrypted mystery while simultaneously enduring pop quizzes, endless Ted Talks, teenage heartbreak, suspicious parents, cosplay, and the irresistible lure of the NYC Public Library.

Stefani Deoul is the author of the award-winning novel The Carousel. She has produced TV series such as The Dead Zone, Brave New Girl, and Haven, and was also the executive in charge of production for the series Dresden Files and Missing.
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1) Even though this book was pretty heartbreaking at times, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters felt so real and I just couldn't stop reading. This is one of those books that will stay with me a long time. Also the writing was excellent. I can't wait to read more by this author.
2) I liked this story a lot. The setting stood out in a bright away and helped me connect with the story and its protagonists. The writing style was really good. The two things that probably need a bit more work are plot, because sometimes it is too predictable; and characters development; because the story progress in a way that don't let them breath enough.

The Second Wave Jean Copeland
Lesbian - Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 18, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626398305
ISBN-13: 978-1626398306
Amazon: The Second Wave Jean Copeland

Alice never imagined that meeting co-worker Leslie would lead to an all-consuming love affair. But even in the anything-goes 1970s, feminist attitudes and the sexual revolution can’t change the fact that Leslie is a traditional married mom of two who won’t chance losing her children to follow her heart and divorce her husband. Their year of risk, passion, and heartache takes its toll on both women. Tired of only receiving crumbs from Leslie, Alice makes the toughest choice of her life and moves on.

Although their affair is short-lived, their desire to be together never dies. Nearly forty years later, Alice returns to Connecticut after learning Leslie has suffered a stroke. She soon realizes that time and distance haven’t doused the fire for Leslie that’s always burned in her heart. But is it too late to pick up where they left off?

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