Rec: To Target the Heart (Spellster Series #2)

Title: To Target the Heart (Spellster Series #2)
Author: Aldrea Alien
Format: Kindle
Published/Free: Published. $2.99 (until the 15th of April)
Length: 598
Status: Complete book of on-going series
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Suicide attempt. Violence. Homophobia.
Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0834FL7QG
Summary:

How can he win with the odds stacked against him?

Prince Hamish has no interest in fulfilling his duty of marrying. Not to a woman, at least. That doesn’t stop his mother, Queen Fiona, from presenting him with every eligible noblewoman that enters their castle. He’s certain it’ll be no different with the representative of the Udynea Empire.

So when they do arrive, Hamish is relieved the imperial prince, Darshan, is not the woman everyone expected. Until the man kisses him and Hamish is confronted by the very emotions he has been forced to conceal or be punished for. Emotions he is eager to explore.

But the kiss proves to be a little too public and leads his mother to take drastic measures to ensure Hamish adheres to her family vision. The contest of arms will force Hamish to make a choice: give up his happiness for convention’s sake or send the kingdom spiralling into civil war for the right to love his own way.

Review: Entertaining read. Really liked Darshan and Hamish. Excited for what happens next!

Rec: Sacrifices

Title: Sacrifices
Author: Rachel Lynn
Format: Oneshot
Published/Free: Free
Length: 12,149 words
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Suicide mention, violence
Link: https://www.fictionpress.com/s/2055356/1/Sacrifices
Summary: Tam has been raised to die. But when death opens new doors, he has to figure out how to live a whole new life.

Review:If characters discovering the world and quiproquos are the kind of things that you truly enjoy, I got you.

Rec: Rébellion

Title: Rébellion
Author: Anwise Lanvière
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 3 chapters/?
Status: WIP
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Written in French! Dubious consent, mention of violence, mention of child abuse
Link: https://www.wattpad.com/story/166116351-rébellion
Summary: Comme tous ceux de son peuple depuis que le grand empire de Fréane a conquis la péninsule d’Uria, Sao est un esclave.
Son indiscipline l’a conduit à être vendu de maître en maître jusqu’à se retrouver au service du mystérieux Friedhelm Archenias.
Si cette nouvelle situation lui permet de retrouver un peu de confort et de se rapprocher de Rébellion, une organisation secrète d’esclaves qui fomente une révolte, il n’en reste pas moins sur ses gardes. Il se méfie du caractère imprévisible de son maître, qui lui accorde de nombreux privilèges mais n’hésite pas à lui rappeler sa condition à la moindre occasion.
Sao et les rebelles parviendront-ils à obtenir la liberté ?
Et qui est cet étrange monsieur Archenias ?

Review: Since I’m the author, my opinion cannot be neutral 😉 If you can read French and you’re looking for a slave/master story with a plot that goes beyond sexual tension and is more centred around politics. Also, steampunk atmosphere, if that’s your thing.

Rec : Léonie – French short story

Title: Léonie
Author: Anouchka Labonne
Format: Short story
Published/Free: Published – Éditions Voy’el
Length: 14.5K words
Status: Finished
Rating: Mature
Warnings: French!, Wartime, Non-con, Death
Link: 
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/fr/fr/ebook/leonie-7
Kindle: https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B07CCGCXV3/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_c_7X.0AbZ7NQGXD
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/fr/book/l%C3%A9onie/id1372435748?mt=11

Summary: Fuyant Paris et l’Occupant, Léonie se réfugie à la campagne pour cacher sa véritable identité. Mais lorsque les Allemands s’installent dans la région, sa sécurité est plus que jamais menacée.

Review: I wrote it, so you tell me!

Rec: Last Night in Tokyo

Title: Last Night in Tokyo
Authors: Andrea律 and Kurara
Format: Kinetic visual novel
Published/Free: Name your own price/free
Length: one hour?
Status: complete
Rating: everyone
Warnings: abusive behavior ment
Link: https://andrearitsu.itch.io/last-night-in-tokyo
Summary: Tindra has spent a week in Tokyo with her friend, Emil. Sadly, she didn’t enjoy it as much as Emil hoped. Her last day is her chance to have the time of her life.

Review: It’s probably a good thing I didn’t read the summary given on the download page (which is different from the one above) because there’s not much more than that to it? I like the way it’s been written, but the game is very short and has hence not much of a plot. I feel like the whole game was just character exposition, so it kinda leaves you hanging. The “what do you mean it stops here I want more this is so mean” kind of hanging. Which is why I would play the second part if Tindra’s life was to be made into a game again. All in all, I’m slightly disappointed (probably the kinetic part plays into it, because I’m not used to that), but looking forwards to the team’s next works.

Rec: Rotten

Title: Rotten
Author: Dedicated Quill
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 33k so far
Status: WIP
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Cannibalism, abuse
Link: http://original.adult-fanfiction.org/story.php?no=600108758&chapter=1
Summary: Set during a cruel and bleak nuclear winter, this violent post-apocalyptic story follows the tale of a young man caught up in a brutal and sadistic world where weakness gets you killed and violence keeps you alive. The world is rotten, but underneath all the decay, love can still be found…even when love is the greatest weakness of them all.

Review: Only three chapters in but I can already say that it is one of the best stories I have ever read. Amazing worldbuilding, original characters and plot that will keep you wanting more. The Prologue is very brutal, but it doesn’t reflect the story so don’t be discouraged!
It deserves more recognition, so try it and show this amazing author some love!

Rec:  A Dissident Symphony

Title: A Dissident Symphony
Author: Evercee (Hannah Pasedag)
Format: Short story
Published/Free: Up for free on Tapas!
Length: Right now there are two chapters with the chapters being uploaded in small 600 word bits.
Status: WIP
Rating: Teen (some light violence, mentions to sexual themes, and crass language).
Warnings: Mentions of abuse, violence, mentions of self harm, mentions of suicide.
Link: https://tapas.io/series/A-Dissident-Symphony
Summary: This story is about Nisha Kakkar, a young woman who suddenly finds herself thrown into a job she’s never wanted and forced to live on the fringes of a society she would have never willingly joined. It’s also about found family, really cool superpowers, complex social issues, and the journey to self love.

Come join Nisha and her new life as she learns: what makes something worth fighting for, and more importantly, what makes it worth living for?

Review: I feel a little biased writing a review for this story since it’s my own! But what I can say is these characters/world are something I’ve had for years and years and they’re very dear to me. I’ve put a lot of thought into the world building and creating a meaningful story and I would more than appreciate anyone that takes the time to read it!

Rec: Sultry Hero

Title: Sultry Hero
Author: Darkheartsfiction
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 37,201 (So far)
Status: Ongoing/Updating (Every Saturday)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Non-con, Abuse, Violence
Link: https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3310862/1/Sultry-Hero
Summary: A Daemon warrior turned concubine uses a magic stone to travel through time and change history, but when he returns to the present he discovers that he is revered as a hero. Now he travels in disguise to hunt down the Zealots of the Daemon King to prevent them from undoing everything, all the while hiding from the Generals affection.

Review: 10/10! 

Rec: Blossoms Bloom Brightest

Title: Blossoms Bloom Brightest
Author: Reine Works
Format: Visual Novel (Windows/Mac)
Published/Free: Free/Name your own price
Length: 2-3 hours
Status: Complete
Rating: Teen
Warnings: murder, abuse
Link: https://reineworks.itch.io/blossoms-bloom-brightest
Summary: Three strangers are thrust into an unexpected situation together—they awaken only to find themselves on a spaceship called the Blossom.A mysterious journey lies ahead of them; what misadventures will they experience over the next two weeks?

Review: The best aspect of this game is probably the universe. Sadly, most of it isn’t explored since the game is very short. I also felt like the romance was a bit forced at the beginning, but my curiosity kept me playing nonetheless. What bothered me the most in the game was the way jealousy was portrayed. I felt like the author validated (in my eyes already quite extreme) jealousy as a normal, inevitable expression of love and it made me feel uncomfortable. I know this is not an unusual trope in monogamy oriented works, so that might be just fine with you. The designs are neat and the characters are interesting, funny and attaching. Various endings are available (still trying to get one of them, so more warnings might apply). Additional bonuses and a guide can be bought for a few bucks. The game itself is going to be published in October 2017 as a remake under the name ‘Galaxy Girls’, which will be more mature, so if you thrive for more than fluff, maybe wait until then.

Rec: A Normal Lost Phone

Title: A Normal Lost Phone
Author: Accidental Queens
Format: Videogame
Published/Free: Published
Length: 1-1.5 hours
Status: Finished
Warnings: Homophobia, arson
Link: http://accidentalqueens.com/
Summary: You find a phone. A normal, lost phone, in the street. It is still working. Will you find the truth?

Review: It was a surprise to find a game like this on Steam. At first it did not look special, but then you began to explore, and oh, girl, boy, person, the story then fits its pieces. You have to look at the messages, the forums, the Tinder-like app, the calculator, the photos, and some more, to understand it all. It is refreshing to see such an experience in clear therms to understand how SPOILER ALERT trans people feel when they face family rejection before coming out END SPOILER ALERT