Book Review: Bloodline (Whyborne & Griffin #5) by Jordan L Hawke

Bloodline (Whyborne & Griffin #5)Bloodline by Jordan L. Hawk

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What the last book lacked in personal feelings this one had in excess!

Bloodline has us joining Whyborne and Griffin on the eve of a horrible event that shakes the Whyborne family to the core. Little did I know that, as the book progressed, the horrific toll this entire ordeal would take on the Whyborne family as well.

This book had everything that I’ve come to love about these books, relationships of all sorts, mysterious plot twists you don’t see coming, ‘how will they survive this?!’ action sequences, and this one has those things all in a far larger scale than the previous ones have. I love how this brought back some of the threads that had been introduced all the way back as far as the beginning of the series and finally it all made sense. I confess, I realized what was coming when the poem was revealed, but it still was a shocker to actually see it all unfold. I genuinely didn’t expect the sweet ending of this one, but there were moments I nearly cried I was so sure all was lost, so that was a very nice touch.

Once again, this series is like someone took my wants and put them on pages for me. I cannot express enough how much I love this book, which was easily the best of the entire series so far.

Eagerly heading onto the next one RIGHT NOW!

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Book Review: Stormhaven by Jordan L. Hawk

Stormhaven (Whyborne & Griffin)Stormhaven by Jordan L. Hawk

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Still As Wonderful As The Last

Every book further I read in that series I expect has to fall in quality, because I rarely give 5* reviews, but I really think the author just shares my tastes in literature.

In this installment’s adventure, Whyborne’s co-worker is accused of murdering his uncle in a fit of madness and is condemned to Stormhaven asylum. When Griffin takes the case, it quickly becomes apparent that nothing is what it seems.

I really felt for poor Griffin in this one. We got more of an insight into his past, his family, and the horrors of his time committed to an asylum, and all of it was so, utterly heartbreaking. This book leaves you so happy for him that he found Whyborne to care for him when he needs someone to make him feel whole.

Also, no spoilers, but that climax was incredibly dramatic and not at all what I expected (in the best way of course!)

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Book Review: Threshold by Jordan L. Hawk

Threshold (Whyborne & Griffin, #2)Threshold by Jordan L. Hawk

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, I immediately bought the next book, just like I said!

After Whiddershins, I kind of wondered how the story could go on, what would happen, and if it would be nearly as good as the first… it was. It really was.

Threshold follows our favorite philologist, detective, and archeologist trio as they go to investigate the strange happenings at a mine Whyborne’s father has a stake in, a mine in a godforsaken gorge in the middle of the wilderness at the base of Threshold Mountain. With frightful stories of disappearances of anyone who goes into the woods – and some who didn’t – after the discovery of a cave in the forest, I knew that this was going to get creepy, but DANG it got dark!

I would say this reminds me of Hound of the Baskervilles meets At The Mountains of Madness. It gets very creepy and super dark. There’s some really frightening stuff in this book and I loved every second of it. Also, Christine is still my favorite person in the whole book.

I cannot WAIT to get to the next book.

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Book Review: Whiddershins by Jordan L. Hawk

Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin, #1)Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s like the author knows me!

What are my top 3 favorite genres?

-Mystery
-Historical Fiction
-Queer Fiction

WHIDDERSHINS tells the intriguing story of Percival Whyborne, a philologist at the Ladysmith museum, who gets dragged into a world of mystery, supernatural, and even love upon the arrival of Griffin Flaherty, a private investigator looking into the murder of one of the museum’s board members’ son. Along with his very interesting and amusing friend, Christine, a woman archeologist who doesn’t let anybody tell her how to live her life, Whyborne must help his handsome detective discover the truth before it’s too late.

Basically this book is all my favorite things wrapped into one thing. If you like mystery, this has a very intriguing one! If you like historical fiction, this one is an interesting setting! If you like queer fiction, this is a lovely romance that’s very believably done, not rushed-feeling or anything! Add the lady archeologist who is independent and badass, and it’s basically the perfect book for me. After a few real stinkers in queer romance there I’ve read this year, the standouts have all been historical romances.

I’m definitely going to go instantly buy the next book in this series right away!

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Book Review: The Morning Star: Shadow of the Templar by M. Chandler

The Morning Star: Shadow of the TemplarThe Morning Star: Shadow of the Templar by M. Chandler

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A book with a promising start and a somewhat entertaining ending, THE MORNING STAR: SHADOW OF THE TEMPLAR is a decent read about an FBI agent and his team who start out hunting an art thief and end up trying to stop a terrorist plot.

The opening heist is so fun and I was so into this book, ready for more intrigue… and then the entire middle is just very uninteresting characters complaining about their jobs. The end gets better, but the issue is that the main FBI dude and the art thief sexual tension is completely devoid of sexual tension. Honestly, the MC comes off as pretty close to homophobic for the whole first two-thirds of the book until suddenly he wants to make out with the art thief. It’s just not a well-developed shift in their characters. I don’t really understand why that happened and I really don’t buy the attraction.

The climax of the terrorist plot foiling is pretty cool, even though the terrorist dude is pretty vague in his purpose. There’s no real explanation for who he is or what his goal is. It’s like a cookie-cutter cartoon villain.

All in all, it’s not a BAD book, but I’m not sure I want to read the next one, especially not if I have to pay for it.

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Book Review: The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic

The King's Men (All for the Game, #3)The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you want a questionably written yet absolutely engrossing queer fiction series, this series is for you! The third and final book in its series, The King’s Men is just as dark and twisted as the previous book, and yet somehow easier to handle. I think it’s because the second book had rape in it, however undescribed and not really ‘on screen’ it was, and this one doesn’t. Torture is hard to read, but it’s not as horrific as someone being RAPED, you know?

Anyways, while the book isn’t the best written thing ever (pretty sure at one point the author forgets which hand was originally dominant on the dude whose dominant hand was broken), it’s a serious page-turner. I read this last book in ONE day, 8 hours of which I was at work and 4 hours of which I was asleep…. because I stayed up until 3am reading it. I couldn’t put it down.

I really liked Andrew in this one. In the first book I was kinda ‘eh’ about him, and in the second book when I started to get the feeling Neil was gonna end up banging him (I didn’t know anything about this series before I read it) I was really put off by it, but I really like the way the author progressed him in this one. Honestly, the characters are all very well developed in this final book of the series. I think that that’s really why these books are so good. The characters are all very well fleshed out and developed. I can forgive kinda ‘meh’ writing style and such a far-fetched and over the top story when the characters are all so very real feeling.

I rate books harshly. For me 3/5 is a great rating for a book that isn’t absolutely ASTOUNDING. What I’m saying is I recommend this book and I think you should totally give it a shot!

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Book Review: The Raven King by Nora Sakavic

The Raven King (All for the Game, #2)The Raven King by Nora Sakavic

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Duuuude this book got DARK.

The sequel to The Foxhole Court, this book continues the story of Neil Josten (aka not really Neil Josten) from the first book in his journey to play the (I’m still assuming) fictional sport Exy for a team made up by of a rag-tag group of rejects. Formerly, Neil had been on the run from his father and the crime family his father associated with. However, in this one, all bets are off as his running has come to a screeching halt when faced with some of the very people Neil’s been running from all along.

First off, without spoilers I can’t say all the things I want to say, but I don’t do spoilers in reviews, so we’ll just go with this took a very dark turn. Whereas before we had memories of violence and death and torture and stuff like that, and the single, off-screen death at the end of the first book, this one has some really dark things. There’s violence, there’s terrible threats, there’s torture, there’s psychological torture, there’s death, and there’s even rape. I can’t say I ever saw any of those things coming. I mean I expected some violence and dark stuff, but I sure as hell never thought there would be someone getting raped in this book, and definitely not who got raped.

It’s a hard book to read, shit got very dark, and yet I couldn’t put it down. I read the whole second half today instead of working on NaNoWriMo. This is just a real page-turner. I still feel that some stuff is dragged along for too many pages, so I can’t quite give it a 4* review, but if you know me, 3* is nothing to sneeze at.

It’s good. I definitely recommend it if you can handle those dark themes. I’m off to buy the 3rd book on Kindle as we speak, that’s how intrigued I am.

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