• Erotica Book Review

    The Cost of Pleasure and Sexotherapy

    My Review: This one’s from the vault, one of the earliest ARCs I had ever read. The Cost of Pleasure and Sexotherapy are two short stories in which two women find themselves the unknowing participants in secret pleasure groups, making all of their fantasies and so much more come true. I liked the first story, The Cost of Pleasure, just a little bit more. I thought the rumors of the company founder and the intrigue of the office worker’s activities made for an interesting concept. With just the slightest touch of BDSM, this story is fun with a narrator who is comfortable in her sexuality, and it was refreshing to…

  • Book Review

    The Perfect Nanny

    Warnings: Child Death I really struggled to put my thoughts together on this book, partially because The Perfect Nanny was not what I had expected and one of the more unique stories I’ve ever read. I feel that it is mismarketed as a mystery thriller when it was neither, to me this is a horror novel through and through. I think I would have liked this book better if I had known this beforehand. The plot is slow and very intense as a portrait of Louise is formed from the point of view of other characters and their interactions with her. It occurred to me after a time that the…

  • Horror Graphic Novel Review

    Beautiful Darkness

    My Review: I don’t think that there is anything that could have properly prepared me for the dark themes that are presented so capriciously in this graphic novel. The corpse of a dead young girl lay decomposing in the woods, and out of her head springs forth tiny people that look like a mix between fairy tale stereotypes and regular girlish toys; dolls, ballerinas, princes, you name it. The little people are forced to survive in the woods, going hungry, and needing shelter from the elements. Yet they are products of the fantasy of youth, many barely care about survival and act on their base instincts. Childhood gaiety gives way…

  • Book Review

    Now You’re One of Us

    My Thoughts I have found a true Japanese gothic and I am head over heels in love! Now You’re One of Us is the story of a young woman that marries into a very large, traditional Japanese family. All members of the family live under the same roof in a sprawling estate, they welcome her with open arms and heap constant praise on her. She comes to love the family, but Noriko can’t help but feel that there is something off about this family. Despite now being part of the family, Noriko feels like there is a wall between her and the Shito family. As she gets to know them,…

  • Book Review

    The Memory Police

    My Thoughts The Memory Police is one of the most disorienting and haunting novels that I had ever read. It felt like watching a black and white movie on a projector with film that is slowly deteriorating. The story centers on an island where things disappear, both physically and from memory. The forgetting is enforced by an ominous police force known simply as the memory police that ensures that every forgotten thing is eliminated entirely. The narrator is a young woman, afflicted with the same memory loss as many of the island’s inhabitants, that covets forgotten things that have been hidden away in her house. She is accompanied by an…

  • Queer Graphic Novel Review

    Blue Is the Warmest Color

    My Review: I don’t know how I had missed out on this beautiful graphic novel until now, but it is one of the most emotional and true-to-life love stories I’ve ever read. The story centers on Clementine, a high school junior that finds herself entranced by a mysterious blue-haired woman named Emma. Clementine struggles to come to terms with her budding sexuality and her attraction to the blue-haired woman. This graphic novel was beautiful in that it explores a number of issues that young people face when they begin romantic relationships: emotional cheating, betrayal and forgiveness, fear of change, differences in personal or political views, growing up, growing apart. Many…