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    Carmilla and Laura – Review

    Genre: Paranormal Romance

    Pairings: F/F

    Queer Rep: Lesbian

    Warnings: Violence, some gore

     

    Synopsis

    In the late 19th century, Laura lives a lonely life in a schloss by the forest, Styria, with only her doting father and two governesses for company. A chance accident brings a new companion, however – the eccentric and beautiful Carmilla.

    With charm unparalleled and habits as mysterious as her history, Carmilla’s allure is undeniable, drawing Laura closer with every affectionate touch and word. Attraction blossoms into a temptation Laura fears to name, a tantalizing passion burning brighter than the fires of hell. But when a mysterious plague begins stealing the lives of young women in her home and the village beyond, Laura wrestles to reconcile the truth – that the gentle, fragile woman she loves may be a monster cast out of heaven.

     

    General

    “Carmilla and Laura” is a retelling of the classic vampire novella “Carmilla” written by J Sheridan LeFanu. If one thing is certain, it is the love S. D. Simper feels for the original. This story was crafted dearly and devoutly, the essence of the original sewn between lines and pages while casting light on the queer relationship we all want to see. The prose is gorgeous—perfectly fitting and a joy to read—and the story and pacing are a sight for a sore heart. Anyone interested in vampires, sapphic tales, or just plain pretty writing should be giving this novella their attention.

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    Escaping Solitude – Review

    Genre: Historical Vampire Romance

    Pairings: M/M

    Queer Rep: Gay, Bi

    Warnings: Vampire violence, graphic injuries

    [Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]

    Synopsis

    Ancient vampire Andrew escaped his tropical island exile with his beloved human sailor, Edmund. They’ve now returned to Andrew’s home in nineteenth-century New Orleans and must navigate not only their developing relationship—and equally haunted pasts—but also a hungry coven of vampires Andrew used to call friends.

    Desperate to stay by Andrew’s side forever, Edmund examines the impressive coven library in search of an Elder, the only creature capable of turning Edmund. Although missing for centuries, Andrew believes an Elder must still survive somewhere; they just have to find him.

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    Carry On – Review

    Genre: Fantasy

    Pairings: M/M

    Queer Rep: Gay and… bi/pan?? Maybe. Not positive.

    Warnings: … fantasy violence?

    Synopsis

    Simon Snow is The Chosen One, and he’s absolute crap at it.

    He can’t control his magic, his vampire roommate, Baz, is constantly attempting to kill him, and there’s an evil magic-eater destroying the world and wearing his face while he does it.

    Cool.

    To top it off, his roommate-turned-nemesis hasn’t even bothered to turn up for their final year at Watford School of Magicks. Simon is sure Baz is plotting against him in some dark alley somewhere, but Simon refuses to be taken by surprise.

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    Escaping Exile – Review

    Genre: Historical Vampire Fantasy

    Pairings: M/M

    Queer Rep: Gay

    Warnings: Explicit sexual content, graphic violence, and some gore

    [Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.]

    Synopsis

    Andrew is a vampire and an exile. Sent to a tropical island in the 1800s as a punishment, he lives a mostly solitary and unsatisfying existence. A shipwreck changes this, bringing a beautiful new companion and a difficult moral quandary to his shore. But he’s not the only one interested in this gorgeous sailor—the cannibals native to Andrew’s island know fresh blood is among them, and a withered vampire isn’t strong enough to stop them all.