It’s been… Almost a year since I’ve done one of these (shhh), but I’m back with another edition of Fiction Cove bookchest mini reviews since I’ve finally done more reading lately (and a couple audiobooks).
Lost Boy by Christina Henry (audio)
So Lost Boy is a dark (and I mean DARK) story that tells the past of the notorious Captain Hook. I initially heard about this book around the time Peter Darling by Austin Chant came out, and it came on my radar again when Witchmark by CL Polk came out because of the narrator, Samuel Roukin (ohhhh Samuel Roukin *drool*) Ahem, anyways…
This was the first book I listened to narrated by Roukin, and let me just say he is SO PERFECT (in general, but as Hook especially). He’s got a perfect accent for the part, and I could just listen to him all day.
Plot wise, I highly recommend this book. It’s stunning. But, be prepared to hate Peter Pan for the rest of your life, because that boy is a manipulative jerk in this and you will never, never see him the same again after you come out of this book. Never.
Witchmark by CL Polk (audio)
As stated above, Witchmark is the same narrator. I’ve got a serious problem, ya’ll. I’m absolutely obsessed with Roukin’s voice (I just got another book on audible solely because he’s the narrator XD).
Witchmark has been on my radar since it was getting ready to come out, and I read the first 11 chapters preview and was hooked. I never finished the book so figured why not just get the audiobook because I like the narrator anyways.
THIS WAS NOT A MISTAKE.
Witchmark is lovely. It’s got intrigue, a gay romance, and many twists, some of which I didn’t see coming. It’s wonderfully written and the ending was super sweet. It’s fantasy at it’s finest and it didn’t disappoint!
Bound to the Beast by Kay Berrisford
I’ve been a huge fan and friend of Kay’s since her Landlocked Heart series was coming out. I reviewed all of them here and here, and did an author interview and character interview if you’re curious to check them out!
So shortly after that series was released, Kay’s Greenwood series started getting re-released through LT3. Bound to the Beast is the second in that series, but they each stand alone and feature a different couple.
These books are intense, with quirky and beautiful writing, and lots of kinky stuff (some of which involves trees and uh I sort of have a tree fetish because of these books). Bound to the Beast did not disappoint me at all in the trees department. If you like graphic stuff with some intriguing forest lore and wonderful writing, you might like these!
An Unexpected Invitation by Ceillie Simkiss
This is a novella about a queer witch with travel sickness who just wants to get to her friends wedding. It’s adorable, unapologetically queer, and the main character’s best friend is an absolute sweetheart queer man who I’m in love with. His name is Winston and he’s classy and acts like he doesn’t care but he’s really a SWEETHEART. He’s my new book boyfriend.
If you like low stakes stories and queer books, this is one you don’t want to miss!! Seriously, go get it now!
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
I’ve been waiting for this book for a year. It’s about a non-binary teen who gets kicked out after coming out to their parents, and ya’ll, it’s such an important book! It’s own voices which is awesome, and it’s definitely a heavy book (Ben deals with anxiety and depression issues after coming out to their parents, among other things) but it’s also touching and sweet and about first love. I’m so glad this book exists!
And that’s what I’ve been reading! What great books have you been reading or listening to? Drop me a comment to let me know!