Review: The Gatekeeper’s Bride

By Eva Pohler

Available on: Amazon.

Read as part of the Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge.

Overview:

Blurb: This is the story of how Hades and Persephone met, became lovers, and bore godlings into being. An odd little romp through Greek mythos.

Trigger Warnings:

Bastardization of Culture, Bastardization of Mythology, Blood, Bullying, Death, Food, Gore, Murder, Non-Consensual Sex, Off Screen Infidelity, Off Screen Sex, Plot Holes the Size of a Canadian Province, Sexual Assault, Toxic Masculinity, Violence, Violent Imagery, War

Body Count: Oodles, he’s the God of Death

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Review: Matchmaking For Beginners

By Maddie Dawson

Available on: Amazon, Audible, and Barnes and Noble.


Read as part of the Golden Trio Reading Challenge, “Hogwarts Library”.

Overview:

Blurb: Blix knows she is ill, knows she is dying. She also knows that her great-nephew’s fiance Marnie is the one to fill her shoes while she goes on to the next adventure. Because it’s not just anyone who can see when people are a perfect match for one another. Marnie is special. She just doesn’t know special she is until she meets Blix.

Trigger Warnings:

Ableism, Bullying, Death, Emotional Abuse, Food, Infidelity, Introversion (Severe), Magic, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Toxic Masculinity

Body Count: 2

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Review: Fool’s Gold, A Dragonfire Station Short Story

By Zen DiPietro

Read as part of the Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge back in March. I was lazy about reviewing this one.

Available on: Amazon and Kobo.

Overview:

Blurb: Having his bedroom filed with contraband by his ever-so-wonderful sister is the least of his problems.

Trigger Warnings:

Questionable Morals

Body Count: 0

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Review: The Afterlife of Walter Augustus

By Hannah Lynn

Available on: Amazon

Read as part of the Golden Trio Reading Challenge.

Overview:

Blurb: Walter Augustus is dead. Has been a long time. And while he’s hanging in the Afterlife, he’s waiting to be forgotten to go on to the next adventure. And then Lettie picks up the only remaining copy of his book of poetry and reads it. It only gets more entangled from there.

Trigger Warnings:

Bullying, Dead People, Death, Emotional Abuse, Extortion, Food, Ghosts, Haunting

Body Count: 1

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Review: Your Son Is Alive (A Thriller)

Your Son Is Alive (A Thriller)

James Scott Bell

Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Read as part of the Cloak and Dagger Challenge 2019!

Overview:

Blurb: It starts with a note that tells Dylan Reeve the son that he and his now ex-wife Erin lost to kidnapping fifteen years ago is alive. This single note, written in crayon, drags him into a world of deadly games, ghosts from the past, and the hope that their son truly is still alive.

Trigger Warnings:

Ableism, Blood, Bullying, Child Abuse, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Emotional Abuse, Food, Gun Violence, Mental Abuse, Mental Illness, Murder, Non-Consensual Touching, Physical Abuse, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Self-Injury, Stockholm Syndrome, Suicide, Toxic Masculinity, Unsafe Lifestyle, Violence, Violent Imagery,

Body Count: 2

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Review: History of the Donner Party: A Tragedy of the Sierra

History of the Donner Party: A Tragedy of the Sierra

By Charles Fayette McGlashan

Available on: Amazon

Read as part of the Diversify Your Reading Challenge 2019.

Overview:

Blurb: A literal history of the Donner Party (1846-1847), the fates of the various peoples who perished, and the claims of cannibalism and murder. This book was written in 1880 and celebrated those that survived the ordeal.

Trigger Warnings:

Blood, Cannibalism, Death, Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Murder, Systemic Racism, Time Period Accurate Racism, Violence, Violent Imagery

Body Count: 42 of 90

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Review: Casket Cache, A Spencer Funeral Home Niagara Cozy Mystery Book 1

Janice J. Richardson

Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Overview:

Blurb: Being surrounded by dead bodies every day isn’t for everyone. Jennifer inherited a funeral parlor and a bit of mischief beyond that! Break-ins, and funerals, and Tim Horton’s, oh my!

Trigger Warnings:

Blackmail, Dead Bodies, Death, Gambling, Gun Violence, Murder

Body Count: many, as there is not one but two funeral parlors involved.

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Review: The Witch and the Warlock

By Elisa Covey

Read as part of the Diversify Your Reading Challenge.

Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Overview:

Blurb:
Xavier Alexandros decides to solve all of his problems by trying to magically enslave the first chick who has ever withstood his magical masculine draw or something. There’s fake dating, a murderous piece of jewelry, and mild regret for having actually read this to the end. Did someone write and publish Twilight fanfiction? Because this is full of emotional abuse and manipulation. And? It’s full of UST that doesn’t get beyond a kiss. The author can write. And she can write well. I just want better characters from them.

Trigger Warnings:

Badly Written Women, Bastardization of Culture, Bastardization of Mythology, Blood, Bullying, Child Abuse, Death, Embezzlement, Emotional Abuse, Food, Plot Holes the Size of a Canadian Province, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Purple Prose, Slavery (Magical) Slavery, Theft, Toxic Masculinity, Unresolved Sexual Tension, Unsafe Lifestyle

Body Count: 1, natural death

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