Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania #3) by TJ Klune
Book Reviews , Coming Soon / November 19, 2017

I will be able to download my preorder from Dreamspinner Press in less than two hours!!!! So I have yet to write a review of this series, and I really, really should. I fucking LOVE these books. The Consumption of Magic is book three in this series and it is releasing Nov 20th. I can’t wait. This is possibly the funniest, most awesome series, I have ever read. No kidding. Author TJ Klune’s writing, in general, makes me laugh out loud every single time, but these books, holy crap! I could write an epic poem to their awesomeness and it still wouldn’t come close to explaining how very much I have enjoyed these books. So if you haven’t read the series, go do that. Right now. Seriously. Here is the link to the whole Tales from Verania series. There are wizards, and hornless gay unicorn best friends, and sweet half giants and pervy dragons. There are Fairy-Drag Mother’s and actual fairies too. Also- In book 1, The Lightning-Struck Heart, there is so much angsty love that you will scream. There is so much heartbreak that you will cry, (because TJ Klune is a bastard like that) and so much sass that you can’t read this…

The Midnight Gardner by R.G. Thomas

Penny’s Rating: B It’s been a while since I read a YA fairy-tale that I really enjoyed. This is a super-cute quick read, that just happens to have an inter-species (Gnome/Human) age appropriate romance. This is also book one in a series: The Town of Superstition, so if you want to read something that doesn’t end on a to be continued cliffhanger, this is not that book. There are going to be three in the series, and if you read, you’re going to want to read all of them, and you’ll have to wait for them to come out. Like I have to now. Thomas has successfully created a modern-day fairy-tale, that ties together witches, werewolves, dragons, garden gnomes, with one very unusual small town. There were twists and turns that I didn’t expect in this book, and given that the book is written with young teens in mind, I find that incredibly refreshing. So many LGBTQIA YA fiction novels often fall into those tragic archetypes of familial rejection, rebellion, tragedy, prejudice, or angst. I’m not knocking that at all – we all learn from tragedy and pain, but sometimes that is not what we need. Sometimes we need the fairy-tale. Sometimes, we need simple, clear-cut,…

John Goode’s Tales from Foster High Series

Penny’s Rating for the Series: A+ ~I’ve been meaning to write something about this series for a while. Since the tale of Foster High is now finished, I thought it was time. By the way, this whole post is basically going to be a love letter to author John Goode, combined with me rehashing my own coming of age, so if you want to skip it, I understand, but seriously, these books are awesome, and you should read them. I would  love to see copies of these in every junior high and high school library, because there are some kids out there that need to read this stuff. Like maybe they will not kill themselves if they read them, or maybe they’ll realize that they have the power to make things better, make a difference, change the world. It does get better. These books make me want to be better. Not magically bright and sunny, with rainbows and unicorns better, but be a better person. Expect more from myself, better. Do better. Take a stand, kick some ass, change the world, better. Not many books do that. I wish that this series had existed when I was in high school….

To Scribd, or Not To Scribd? That is the Question.
Musings , Notes From Penny / February 3, 2014

So… I signed up for Scribd. I am still in my trial month. In case you have been living under a rock and are thinking, “Penny, what in the dickens is Scribd?” Scribd is an essentially a digital library via tablet and web app. Subscribers can pay a monthly subscription fee of $8.99 to have access to Scribd’s library to read an unlimited number of books a month. Check out Scribd’s about page for more information. I love the concept of a “Netflix for books”, but I was and still am a little uncertain of the execution. I went with Scribd because unlike similar app Oyster, which is only available as and app on Apple devices, Scribd is available for Android and Apple users. Oyster also costs more, but that wasn’t really a consideration for me, since I have an Android tablet. I hope that by signing up for Scribd, I am not contributing to the decline of the publishing world, or robbing participating authors and publishers blind. So far, in order to validate my subscription, at least in my mind, I have approached my reading of books on Scribd by choosing to read things that I probably would not…

Who We Are (Bear, Otter, and the Kid #2)

Penny’s Rating: A+ Note: If you have not read TJ Klune’s Bear, Otter, and the Kid (BOATK), go do that first. This is the sequel, and it is as amazing as BOATK, so if you haven’t already read Bear, Otter, and the Kid , go do that, then come back for this utter awesomeness. Publisher description: “Sequel to Bear, Otter, and the Kid Bear, Otter, and the Kid survived last summer with their hearts and souls intact. They’ve moved into the Green Monstrosity, and Bear is finally able to admit his love for the man who saved him from himself. But that’s not the end of their story. How could it be? The boys find that life doesn’t stop just because they got their happily ever after. There’s still the custody battle for the Kid. The return of Otter’s parents. A first trip to a gay bar. The Kid goes to therapy, and Mrs. Paquinn decides that Bigfoot is real. Anna and Creed do? well, whatever it is Anna and Creed do. There are newfound jealousies, the return of old enemies, bad poetry, and misanthropic seagulls. And through it all, Bear struggles to understand his mother’s abandonment of him and his brother, only…

Trial, Tribulation, Triumph (Appearances Trilogy)

Penny’s Rating: B If the ghost of Ayn Rand ever decided to write gay romance novels, they might go something like this. Welcome to the elite society of Atlanta. Where problems of oppression are solved by money and some kick-ass lawyering. Not only that, but insta-love exists, bad people get punished, and capitalism really works, even for kids who just want summer jobs mowing the lawn. Libertarians everywhere will rejoice, and closeted doomsday preppers will squeal with glee. So….this series (The Appearances Trilogy by Etienne), probably doesn’t sound like your typical HEA gay romance. And it’s not. Most of us are not so fortunate as to live in a world where money is not an issue,  I know I certainly don’t, but like everyone, I wouldn’t mind living there someday either. TRIAL, TRIBULATION, and TRIUMPH were absolutely fascinating to me not only thanks to the compelling plot, but also as an anthropological study of a slice of our wealthier American society that really does exist, but is completely different from the America that I inhabit. Note: I am reviewing all 3 books in this post, so if you’re worried about spoilers for the book you have not read…don’t look down…