• 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…

  • 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…