All posts by Nancy Ferris

Nancy Ferrer is not a professional writer, though she believes it would probably be a lot more fun than the job she is doing now. She has always loved reading and enjoys a wide variety of books, particularly fantasy, horror, mysteries and young-adult fiction. She lives with her husband in a small house in a quiet little town with a great library.

Punkzilla by Adam Rapp

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Punkzilla
Author: Adam Rapp
Genre: Young adult
URL: Candlewick Press
Price: US $16.99
Summary:[from the publisher]
For a runaway boy who goes by the name “Punkzilla,” kicking a meth habit and a life of petty crime in Portland, Oregon, is a prelude to a mission: reconnecting with his older brother, a gay man dying of cancer in Memphis. Against a backdrop of seedy motels, dicey bus stations, and hitched rides, the desperate fourteen-year-old meets a colorful, sometimes dangerous cast of characters. And in letters to his sibling, he catalogs them all — from an abusive stranger and a ghostly girl to a kind transsexual and an old woman with an oozing eye. The language is raw and revealing, crackling with visceral details and dark humor, yet with each interstate exit Punkzilla’s journey grows more urgent: will he make it to Tennessee in time? This daring novel offers a narrative worthy of Kerouac and a keen insight into the power of chance encounters.
My review: Continue reading Punkzilla by Adam Rapp

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Tigers and Devils

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Tigers and Devils
Author: Sean Kennedy
Genre: Romance
URL: Dreamspinner Press
Price: [US $16.99]
Summary [from the publisher]:
Football, friends, and film are the most important parts of Simon Murray’s life, likely in that order. Despite being lonely, Simon is cautious about looking for more, and his best friends despair of him ever finding that special someone to share his life. Against his will, they drag him to a party, where Simon barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour of star forward Declan Tyler — unaware that the athlete is present and listening.

Like his entire family, Simon revels in living in Melbourne, Victoria, the home of Australian Rules football and mecca for serious fans. There, players are deemed gods and treated as such – until they do something to cause them to fall out of public favour. Declan is suffering a horrendous year of injuries, and the public is taking him to task for it, so Simon’s support is a bright spot in his struggles. In that first awkward meeting, neither man has any idea they will change each other’s lives forever.

As Simon and Declan fumble toward building a relationship together, there is yet another obstacle in their way: keeping Declan’s homosexuality a secret amidst the intrusion of well-meaning friends and an increasingly suspicious media. They realise that nothing remains hidden forever… and they know the situation will only become more complicated when Declan’s private life is revealed. Declan will be forced to make some tough choices that may result in losing either the career he loves or the man he wants. And Simon has never been known to make things easy – for himself or for others.

My review: Continue reading Tigers and Devils

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Rough Draft by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Rough Draft
Author: Chris Owen and Jodi Payne
Genre: Gay Romance/Erotica
URL: Torquere Books
Price: US $5.99
Other Information/warnings: explicit m/m sex
Summary [from the publisher]:
Grey and Paul were good friends in college. Good friends with privileges. But they haven’t been together in years. When Grey puts pen to paper and writes Paul a letter, he half expects it to be ignored. But Paul writes back and their old flame is rekindled.

Or is it? Has too much water gone under the bridge or can Grey and Paul reconnect and deal with the issues that took them in different directions after college?

Tune into this epistolary romance and find out!

My review: Continue reading Rough Draft by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne

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Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Down to the Bone
Author: Mayra Lazara Dole
Genre: Young Adult
URL: Harper Teen
Price: US$16.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Here’s what it means to be a tortillera.

It means you’re a girl who loves girls.

Which means you get kicked out of Catholic school faster than Mother Superior Sicko can say “immoral.”

Which means your wacko Mami finds out.

Which means you’re kicked to the curb with nowhere to go, and the love of your life is shipped off to Puerto Rico to marry a guy.

But this is Miami, and if you have a bighearted best friend and a loyal puppy at your side, and if your broken heart is still full of love, you just might land on your feet.

In a first novel as crazy, joyful, hilarious, and painful as your first love, Mayra Lazara Dole goes beyond the many meanings of tortillera to paint a vivid picture of a girl who gets kicked out of home only to find a new kind of family.

My review: Continue reading Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole

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