If it wasn't for the blog, I wouldn't have read...by Lorix ....also GIVEAWAY!

Back in the Autumn of 2013 one of the unicorns - and I'd be hard pushed to say who - came up with the idea of starting a blog to let the world know which books we loved. I don't know about the others, but it certainly hadn't occurred to me that we would be getting authors contacting us with arcs, but this is definitely one of my favourite blogging 'side-effects'. The joy of reading, and loving, authors I would otherwise perhaps not have is wonderful. As part of our one year celebrations some of us are writing about just those books. Here are mine.

Firstly I would have to go with Here's To You, Zeb Pike by Johanna Parkhurst. This review was posted virtually a year ago, which surprised me when I looked, and I remember just falling for Johanna's writing style immediately. As well as Zeb Pike, I also read and reviewed Every Inferno by the same author. Johanna writes fantastic characters - some of the best I've read. I do love me a  fully rounded character, something I often find I get more in YA books which is certainly the case with this author. I love how the focus of these books, though quite angsty, is not just the MC's sexuality. It is always a part of the story, but not the whole of the story and, just as in real life, these teens have other issues to deal with. I always feel so invested in this author's stories, so in love with the characters that I can really lose myself in the book. I would absolutely highly recommend this author to anyone looking for some good YA to read. Or even just a good book to read, don't be pigeon-holed, try something new! I dare you!

My second choice is, maybe not surprisingly, another YA book, Arrival by Chris O'Guinn. Though I do like YA, this is sci-fi-ish and it is certainly not a book I would have read without the blog. Chris O'Guinn contacted us with this book for review after I'd reviewed Fearless, a book I loved, but I remember the contact came with the caveat that it wasn't a love story (though I beg to differ) so it may not be what we are looking for on the blog. The thing is, we really don't have boundaries, if we love the book or story, we'll review it. We've reviewed fan fic from unknown authors, to full length novels by highly popular authors and, as I knew I already liked Chris O'Guinn's writing, I was more than a little intrigued. I think the reply was something like I'll give it a go and see how I get on with it. And how I got on with it was like a house on fire. Refreshingly different with a great story and again, so important to me, fabulous characters. Characters who won my heart. Between disappointment, betrayal and heartbreak the MC's in this story fought for what they believed was right, even if it wasn't the easy option. The love story stemmed into loyalty and belief in others. It really was a fab story. It is again a book and author I would highly recommend, especially if you're tired of the same old, same old!

Here's what Chris O'Guinn had to say:
Thanks so much to Lori and BoyMeetsBoy Reviews for the awesome support of Hybrids: Arrival. Part sci-fi adventure, part superhero origin, part growing-up drama, Arrival sets the stage for my humans vs. aliens saga. I'm really proud of this one. It's a fun action story that just happens to star Mexican American teens, two of whom are gay. And yes, there is some interstellar romance happening. Hope people come and check it out.

My final choice is KC, at Bat by Tom Medicino. This one caught my attention because it doesn't wrap everything up in a HEA bubble - it shows a slice of the MC's life, warts and all. It reminded me of an Indy film in amongst Hollywood blockbusters and I thoroughly enjoyed that. This book covered the events of a summer, with a little bit afterwards. The events were hard to read sometimes and fun others - it was just a real slice of life caught in the pages of a book. I appreciated the different style, the risk it takes not to write a formulaic ABC novel. It is still the only book I've read by this author, though I feel the urge to check out his other stuff since I've reminded myself of the enjoyment I got when reading this. Again, I'd recommend it to those looking for something a little bit off the beaten path.

Here's what Tom Medicino had to say:
The most satisfying words a writer can hear are “What happens next?” and "I hope there will be a sequel!”   On behalf of KC and Charlie, thanks to all of you who asked.   And, yes, two more novellas in the KC, AT BAT trilogy, “Travelin’ Man” and “Lonesome Town,” will be released by eKensington in Summer 2015.  And look for my next full-length  novel THE BOYS FROM EIGHTH AND CARPENTER (Kensington) next September! 

And now to the giveaway - I would like to offer one lucky blog reader the chance to win one of each of these books (ebook format only), kindly gifted by each of the authors. Comment below, telling me about an unexpected treasure you've found, reading wise that is. What book took you by surprise and became a favourite? Don't forget to leave a way to contact you (email, social media etc) and one winner will be chosen at random. You have one week to enter and all winners will be contacted by Dec 6th at the latest. Thanks for stopping by - here's to the next twelve months. :)


  1. All thanks to you guys - "Claimings, Tails and other Alien Artifacts" by Lyn Gala. Without you, I would never have this rare gem.

    1. Have to admit - it's one I've only read because of the blog too (not to mention James Cox!)

      Good luck Lorraine. x

  2. I would have to say the V unit my Max Vos. so good and I just finished it last night. I don't know what i wa expecting but it blew my mind in a good way.

  3. I'll have to check it out Roger! Good luck. :)

  4. I would have to say Of Gods and Monsters: Menoetius by Wulf Francu Godgluck.

    I probably wouldn't have gone for it, but I was the editor during Don't Read in the Closet.

  5. Drumroll please....

    and the winner is...Lorraine Lesar! Congratulations Lorraine, we'll pass your details on tot he authors and they should contact you regarding receipt of these e books. :) Thanks everyone for taking part - there's loads of giveaways yet, so keep trying!

  6. Thank you! Three new authors to read - what could possibly be better? and all down to this blog! xx

  7. Yay, I hope you enjoy them. :)

  8. Just wanted to thank Johanna Parkhurst, Chris O'Guinn and Tom Mendicino for making my Thursday night and all day Friday, so enjoyable! Would never have found you guys without the help of this stable of Bloggers, so also want to thank Boymeetsboy Reviews as well!