Reviews

All the Feels – A Review of Heartsong by TJ Klune

Overall Enjoyment: 5/5

World building: 3/5

Characterization: 5/5

Diversity: 3/5

Goodreads Summary:

“All Robbie Fontaine ever wanted was a place to belong. After the death of his mother, he bounces around from pack to pack, forming temporary bonds to keep from turning feral. It’s enough—until he receives a summons from the wolf stronghold in Caswell, Maine.

Life as the trusted second to Michelle Hughes—the Alpha of all—and the cherished friend of a gentle old witch teaches Robbie what it means to be pack, to have a home.

But when a mission from Michelle sends Robbie into the field, he finds himself questioning where he belongs and everything he’s been told. Whispers of traitorous wolves and wild magic abound—but who are the traitors and who the betrayed?

More than anything, Robbie hungers for answers, because one of those alleged traitors is Kelly Bennett—the wolf who may be his mate.

The truth has a way of coming out. And when it does, everything will shatter.”

I have been waiting for the third book in this series for a while. I love these characters and I love reading about how these characters end up getting together. One of the staples of this series is that the focus couple always go through a struggle before they get together. We get that again in Kelly and Robbie’s story too although with a different spin on it than has been taken in the past two books. If you have like the first two books in this series, I believe you with like this one as well. It brings some parts of our story closed while opening open another. I can’t wait for the final book in this series!

The world building in this story is always tricky to quantify. It has paranormal elements within a modern world. I gave it an average rating because Klune really does a great job about giving us descriptions of not only places of interest, but the grouping of witches and werewolves all have a bit of culture and our characters have an explored backstory that I always enjoyed. There’s a lot of magic in this book that I feel like was a bit handwavy at points compared the previous books, but I didn’t feel like it took a ton away from the story.

The characters and their bonds with one another are the true reason why I read these books. They have lots of jokes, but few books have characters that are so vocal about their love for each other outside of the romantic couple. These characters shine with love for each other and I feel like this book particularly focuses on the pack’s relationship to each other even more so than normal. Robbie finally gets his moment to shine in this book. It really is his story for a large part of the books so if you have been hoping for more of him then you’re in luck you really get the most of him. Kelly too. Oh, my goodness, the sweetest of the brothers in some respects or perhaps the softest. There is a letter in this book that will just melt your heart.  

The diversity is still minimum outside of the lgtbq+ element. Kelly is asexual. We have a latinx character that is given a bit more attention.  There is also a black woman introduced but her role is so minimal I’m not really sure why she was included at all unless she has more importance later on.

Overall, I’m just in love with this series. It has all the character feels that I crave in a book. The plot outside of the romance element is compelling and is great at keeping you on your toes. It’s the whole package really so if you like werewolves, close families, and beautiful love I couldn’t recommend this enough for you.


Have you ever read a novel in the Green Creek series? Have you ever read anything by TJ Klune? What do you think of this book? Would you put it on your TBR?

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Five Fantastic LGBTQ+ Authors You Should Read

So, it’s pride month and I thought it would be a great time to post about my favorite LGBTQ+ authors. We get a lot of straight people writing these stories and while I’m not opposed to that idea if the story is well written I think members of the community really deserve their time to shine. I must admit this is also a very limited list. I’ve only read a limited amount of #ownvoices lgbtq+ fiction, but that doesn’t make these authors any less fantastic.

  1. TJ Klune: a phenomenal author. I would say he has a great range of writing with numerous published novels. I really couldn’t recommend him enough. I especially enjoy his fantasy work. You can check him out here.


2. Victoria Lee: A newly published author, but I really enjoyed her first novel, Fever King. You can find her here.


3. Kayla Ancrum: This woman doesn’t play. Her book ,The Wicker King, takes a serious look at the effects mental illness can have on someone. Very friendly and willing to talk with fans. You can find her here.


4. Natasha Ngan: All I can say is that Girls of Paper and Fire is still my favorite f/f novel. It was really the first one that I could really connect with. Check out here twitter.


5. Amy Rose Capetta: She has written numerous books as well. I’m especially excited to read Once & Future. You can check her out here.


Have you heard of any of these authors? Do you have any new authors to recommend? I’d love to read more LGBTQ+ authors.

Reviews

Mindblowing! – A Review: Ravensong by TJ Klune

I thought that Wolfsong was amazing, but Ravensong blows it out of the water. If you like Wolfsong you are going to fall in love with Ravensong no doubts and if you were kinda meh about Wolfsong then you should still read Ravensong, because it’s worth it! If stars are your thing 5/5 and I don’t say that lightly.

My Personal Summary: Gordo, the witch with a grudge. Gordo paid for his place in the pack with blood, but though he suffered that wasn’t enough to make the pack stay. He was abandoned and left to keep the territory safe. Now, years later the pack is back and with them Mark, the one who truly broke his heart. While the pack worked together to defeat a shared enemy that isn’t enough for Gordo to forgive and forget. There’s something coming for the pack though and when push comes to shove Gordo has a choice to make. A choice that will affect them all.

This book!!!! I was on the edge of my set the whole read and I struggled to put it down. Now, if you know anything about TJ Klune you know he’s not above making you cry and while I didn’t cry it was a near thing. This book is packed with emotion and when I say emotion I mean you will be drowning in the feels. We get a more detailed version of Gordo’s back story which really starts to make you understand why he’s kinda grouchy all the time. It also really adds to some of our previous characters. Wolfsong painted a picture of all the characters in one way and Ravensong really makes you question whether any one character is all good or all bad. It’s that depth, that grey in the characters that makes me really love them so much. Life is hard and while we might want to think that we can all be good all the time we’re human and we can’t be and neither can Klune’s characters. They do the best they can and then they will deal with the consequences whether good or bad. They’re complex.

A note on diversity. It’s still pretty basic, but there are a few tiny moves. There’s more female representation and we do learn that there is an asexual character which was nice.

Now, the plot. There’s a lot going on in this book. We meet some enemies that we knew were coming and were introduced to a new character we didn’t expect. There’s so much action, so much. I don’t want to give anything away so I won’t really go into it, but the Mark story line is really just a fraction of all that is going on though I would still say it’s the focal point. Oh, and we find out what went on in those three years that He, Joe, Carter, and Kelly were gone for. Now, I was worried about this part taking up too much of the story when I first started reading it, but it’s just enough to really explain what happened to form them into such a tight group. Klune makes you fall even more in love with all these character and don’t worry Joe and Ox along with the rest of the family and friends are still in there too!

The ending, be prepared. TJ Klune always knows how to get you when you least expect it. He leaves you wanting more and I can’t wait for the third book, Heartsong, to come out this fall! Put it on your want-to-read shelf if you’re a Goodreads fan or just save that knowledge in your brain. You won’t want to miss it. Go read Ravensong here!

Reviews

The First Review-Wolfsong by TJ Klune. Amazing!

I bought this book from Dreamspinner Press on a whim thinking it’d be an okay werewolf story which I could enjoy over winter break. Well, I was in for quite the surprise, because this book wasn’t just okay it was so wonderful, so real, and worth every penny (honestly worth more in my opinion). While I’m not a huge fan of the star rating system if that’s your thing I’d say definitely 4/5. If you want a more in-depth review continue below!

My Personal Summary: Ox started life with a father that didn’t believe in him and a mother struggling to make things work.  It didn’t help when his father left and he was alone with just his mother. Things weren’t looking too good until he met a boy. A boy that just clung to him like glue and that’s when a beautiful friendship was born. But, while things start looking up a murder came to town and destroyed what happiness Ox had created. The boy left, running after the monster, and leaving Ox behind. It took three years for the boy to return and when he did he wanted to pick up where they left off. But, three years is a long time to wait and Ox has done what he needed to do to survive. Will they ever be able to reconnect or are they to be forever apart?

Now, I know the summary might not be superb, but don’t let deter you! This book as I mentioned is wonderful! This is a paranormal novel centered on werewolves and TJ Klune does a marvelous job.

Let start off with the characters. Ox, wonderful beautiful Ox. I must admit when I read Dreamspinner’s summary I wondered if maybe this character wasn’t very bright, but no no no. Ox is the lifeblood of this story and it didn’t take long for me to absolutely fall in love with him. TJ Klune does a really fantastic job of giving us insight and understanding into Ox’s life and why he is the way he is. I don’t want to give too much away so let’s talk about Gordo, the witch.  We don’t know a lot about him, but he has a soft spot for Ox and definitely has a major beef with the werewolves. What I enjoy most about this character is that there’s obviously a past there, and a painful one. Klune is giving us a very real person with Gordo and I can’t wait to read more about him (he’s the focus of book 2, Ravensong.) Now the werewolves.

The werewolves while your typically moon-pulled creatures have their own unique ritual that really gives them an enjoyable new spin that sets them apart from werewolves in other stories. The werewolves aren’t the only thing given a spin in this novel and you can be prepared for some fun twists in the book that keep you on your toes.

Now, one of the goals of this blog is to talk about diversity within books and I’d say this book definitely has some basic diversity in it. Many characters in the book are gay which is expected given the nature of the book and there is a tiny bit of racial diversity, but nothing too major.

While there might not be a ton of diversity in this book I still couldn’t recommend it enough as a great piece of paranormal fiction. Be prepared to fall in love, cry, and scream (both with joy and other feelings) as you read this story. So, go my bookworms and read it! You can get it here.