Rec: Strings of Fate

Title: Strings of Fate
Author: rez-zie
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: ~50 pages currently up, will be several hundred by the time it’s finished
Status: WIP
Rating: Everyone
Warnings: Depressed character, illness mention
Link: Tapastic: tapas.io/series/StringsofFatecomic 
Tumblr: stringsoffatecomic.tumblr.com
Summary: STRINGS OF FATE is an angsty story about a naive boy who tries to find his place in the world. His fated path is a long one, where he experiences the joys of first love and adventure, but some aren’t so keen on where it’s taking him.

Stay with him as he unravels the bittersweet truths of the world.

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This story focuses on a POLY ship! But there will be many twists and turns, seeing as life can throw you in unusual directions.

Review: Very upbeat and gay, so there’s no shortage of fun, but there are hints of disabilities and issues that will greatly impact the series later ! I wanted to give a face to depression and abandonment issues to give the reader something to relate to, but also happy themes like security and friendship. Strings of Fate is an LGBT+ coming of age story that i’ve dedicated well over a year to and i hope that people find comfort it !

Rec: Girl Crush

Title: Girl Crush
Author: Bix Lewd
Format: visual novel (Windows/Mac/browser)
Published/Free: Free
Length: 20-30min?
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: explicit sex, including spanking
Link: https://girlcrush.itch.io/girl-crush
Summary: You are a female university student who becomes friends with Quinn, a straight-laced overachiever. As you visit Quinn’s dorm room each day to study together your friendship evolves into a steamy romance

Review: This is the kind of game you’ll go back to, even after playing it all, because the sweetness of it will make your day brighter. It’s slightly repetitive, short and doesn’t offer that much art, but its defaults are also its strengths: you don’t have to think much after a long day, it always ends well and you get to cheer on those  two cuties! The art is really good and the writing totally gets you into it. As nice as candy!

Rec: Artistic Process

Title: Artistic Process
Author: Red-Vaporeon
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: So far 17 pages
Status: Wip
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Smoking of cigarettes and weed
Link: red-vaporeon-draws.tumblr.com
Summary: It’s a story about teens in highschool that lead with things like hyper-masculinity, being disabled, being lgbt, and racism. We follow the characters as they individually deal with their struggles and start expressing themselves in new ways, and slowly accepting themselves.

Rec: Crosscurrents

Title: Crosscurrents
Author: Adam Phillips
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 266,000 words
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Contains m/f as well as m/m; some angst.
Link: https://www.gayauthors.org/story/adam-phillips/crosscurrents
Summary: Andy and Matt, best friends and teammates from childhood, grow together, learn together, and struggle to remain friends when their evolving relationship outpaces their ability to understand it.

Review: A high school story with some autobiographical elements, this is one of the few stories out there that addresses bisexuality in a realistic, honest way. Andy is in many ways the quintessential high school jock, and can come across as arrogant at times, but he’s also remarkably self-aware.

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Rec: Fence Sitter

Title: Fence Sitter
Author: Alex_deMorra (Ergo_Sum)
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 100k +
Status: WIP
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Child Abuse
Link: AO3
Summary: Micah Swaeler doesn’t fit in. Anywhere. His family hardly speaks to him, his friends come and go, and he can’t quite figure out how to love somebody. Or how to be loved.

Until he does. And when he does, he learns how much support he’s had all along.

Micah’s story is told in a series of short stories that take place from the time he is four until the time he is thirty-four. While the stories go back and forth through time, each one reveals something more about things that have happened to him, things that he’s done, things that he’s told himself. Each story explores identity through family, athletics, friendship, sexuality, of one man’s transition from being a victim to being a survivor.

Review: I started reading it when I looked up for new things to embrace into my subscription list- and stumbled upon one of the parts of the story (the story is divided into a series of short ‘chapters’ in the main character’s life). I decided to give it a chance before I skip over it. I chose to ignore the awfully low number of notes the story got, because I realised it made me miss on so many beautiful stories in the past. (Like, seriously, if you find a story that sounds interesting and has hardly any notes to it- click it before you regret it)

This story is so sincere and honest that you can’t help but fall in love with it. even though there is mention of abuse, and the main character is dealing with it- I found myself wanting to be stronger and shoulder up to whoever tried to harm little Micah. Micah is a wonderful narrator, he explains the world around him in a way that doesn’t need a lot of details in order to feel whole. Alex DeMora made a successful attempt at writing both from a child’s perspective and from an adult’s point of view without it being unnatural and weird to read, in fact, Micah remains in the reader’s head as both the child he was and the adult he is while all this time he is Micah as a soul and as a character. 

It’s true, it’s in your face, it makes your heart squeeze really tight, and it eventually finds its way into your heart. 

It was the first time in my life that instead of feeling frustrated with what happens in a story that deals with Drama, Abuse and Growing Up- I only felt that I simply wanted to read more and more (and more) of it. the little pains in my heart the comes with the what’s written in the story makes it all the more sweeter.

Oh, and as a side note- the smexy scenes of totally smexy.  

Rec: Carter’s Army

Title: Carter’s Army
Author: Christopher Patrick Lydon
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 60,661 words
Status: Complete
Rating: Everyone
Warnings: Homophobia, bullying, minor car accident
Link: http://www.gayauthors.org/story/topher-lydon/cartersarmy
Summary: "A young immigrant to Canada discovers that love can be found in the most unlikely places. Andrew isn’t the run of the mill team Captain, can he show Will what it means to be in love? And can he coax the awkward, non-social boy out of the closet? Events spiral out of control after stolen kisses are caught, and gossip begins to spiral out of control.“

Review: Part 1 of the insanely long 7-book Carter Saga, this lovely book is a well-developed romance that, unlike many other stories I’ve read, does not ignore friendship.The main characters have a life outside of each other, and the author’s depiction of high school mostly rings true. Will and Andrew have distinct personalities, and are both very likeable. The progression of their relationship is relatively realistic, and they do their best to talk issues out before they become problems. Although it is part of a series, it is complete unto itself; all of the loose ends tie up nicely. 

Rec: Running Far Afield

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Title: Running Far Afield
Author: Libby Drew
Format: Story
Published/Free: Free
Length: 15,500 words
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Link: http://www.libbydrew.com/running-far-afield.html
Summary: Aaron thought nothing would be different in his new town of Ridgton. Instead, nothing is the same. When he meets Chris, he finds not only a fellow baseball player, but a close friend – one who gives him the courage to explore the things about himself he’s been hiding.

Review: I know Libby Drew’s stories have been rec’ed here as a whole, but I’m picking this one out of her collection because I sincerely enjoy everything she writes and can’t help but clap my hands when I see an update, but this one is my favorite – one of my favorite online stories even. It’s one of those stories that come to mind when I’m sitting on the train to work feeling like romance and letting my mind wander, those that I want to recommend but don’t because I’m not sure I’ll do them justice, those I like to read when I want to read something I like… It’s a top 5 story, all being number 1 in that top 5. I was delighted from the time I first read it.

I love it because it feels real. There are moments and emotions in there that are so well rendered that I could sincerely relate to the characters and feel their emotions like they were my own. Some things they experience I never did and some I did, but everything I could imagine vividly. I like how the budding attraction between the characters is described, how the reciprocity of it and both the shyness and boldness it provoques are made clear through simple moments. The characters are human and not cliché, even if the situation they live in could have led to that.

To summarize : it’s a pretty classic romance and it’s really good ! 🙂

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Rec: Aversion in Partnership

Title: Aversion in Partnership
Author: starburst-sunbeam
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 150k+
Status: Main story: WIP, AU: Complete
Rating: Everyone
Warnings: None
Link: Aversion in Partnership, Beneath the Blood

Summary: Bennett is, and has always has been, the kind of person to always be top of his class, the leader in groups, making student council and priding himself on the control he has over himself. He’s never slipped, until Austin Haroldes transfers into school and proves that with half the effort he can take away everything Bennett’s ever thought he had.

Review: Now this is an amazing example of how interesting and engaging a high school/first time/coming out type story can be. There is so much history and details put into sketching out character’s history, motivations and why they act certain ways to certain situations. It’s also not a typical cliche stereotypical situation of jock/nerd (they are both genius nerds xD) and it’s hilarious. I really liked the main character and his amazing group of friends.

The author has also written an AU to their original work with a almost A/B/O setting with werewolves. It’s just as amazing as the actual story. This one is actually complete.

Please check out this story! It’s got great characters, sweet and cute slow build romance and an amazing AU. It’s a must read in my opinion 😀

Rec: Money in my Pocket

Title: Money in my Pocket
Author: K.L. Sweet
Format: Novella
Published/Free: Free
Length: 38,000 words
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Not really.
Link: https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3107366/1/Money-In-My-Pocket
Summary: Don’t judge Rhodey, he was totally getting paid for his, er, services. Things just happened to get a little complicated along the way. SLASH

Review: The author says she wrote this nano style, and to expect a lot of plotholes and awkward writing. But though the speedy writing style does show, it’s a fun romp and I read it in one sitting. I have to say I have a soft spot for guys who have mismatched ideas about what’s going on between them, and this story delivers that. I also have a soft spot for guys who are not nearly as much of an asshole as they think they are, and that’s here too. Plus a little of “I hate you – I love you,” and there’s also an all-seeing, all-knowing, wise girlfriend who is pretty endearing and clearly has a life of her own even though it’s not front and center. I said no warnings, but it is an M story and it does get pretty messy.

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Rec: Simon vs. The Homosapien Agenda

Title: Simon vs. The Homosapien Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Published
Length: 303 pages
Status: Complete
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Underage drinking
Summary: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met

Review: This book utterly blindsided me and I’m seriously surprised it hasn’t been recommended yet! I knew I’d probably like it when I picked it up, but I wasn’t expecting it to be a ‘stay-up-til-3-am-when-you-have-a-paper-due-tomorrow’ kind of book.

I loved how this story wasn’t about coming to terms with your sexuality but about how to deal with everyone around you coming to terms with it, which I found really refreshing. All of Simon’s friends and family are super great and you actually get to see how important their relationships are with Simon, they aren’t there just for window dressing! Becky Albertalli also nails portraying teenagers without making them mini adults or making them sound utterly detestable. It’s a super sweet book, pretty funny and I completely fell in love with all the characters.