Rec: Bang! Bang! BOOM! [New York]

Title: Bang! Bang! BOOM! [New York]
Author:
Croik (illus: Del)

Format:
Web serial

Published/Free:
Free

Length:
80+ chapters

Status:
Ongoing

Rating:
Mature

Warnings:
Graphic violence/death,

Link:
https://m.tapas.io/series/BangBangBOOMNewYork

Summary:
In the alleyways of 1920s New York, young immigrant and small time gangster Jakub Danowicz meets Cheshire Bloom, an eccentric teen in possession of explosive magical powers. You might not call it love at first sight, but something like it.


Review:
I stumbled across this web novel and consumed the whole thing + the (also ongoing) webcomic in three days. It’s really freaking good. The creators pair strong characterizations with a multi-faceted plot that more than makes up for the excruciating slow burn this romance kicks off with (and boy, is it ever a slow burn). Check it out, and be prepared to lose your weekend.

Sesame But Different

Title: Sesame But Different
Author: Chia
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: Currently on episode 11, ongoing with new episodes every Sunday.
Status: Ongoing
Rating: Everyone
Warnings: None
Linkhttps://sesamebutdifferent.tumblr.com/
Summary: Slice of life lesbian webcomic featuring Chia and Poppy – two girls named after seeds who also happen to be dating each other. They are same-same (or sesame), but different. 

Review: This is my own comic, so I’d rather not provide my own (generally self-deprecating) feelings about my work, but would love to hear feedback on how I can improve.

Rec: Cold Water

Title: Cold Water
Author: Transfluid
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 8 chapters/?
Status: WIP
Rating: Mature
Warnings: mer-capture and auctioning
Link: https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3333613/1/Cold-Water
Summary: "Since the ocean was new there has always been mermaids.“ A little mermaid story with a twist. Slash

Review: I am in love with the character development and relationship that forms between the characters in this story. I don’t want to give away anything but please give this story a try, especially if you like mermen related stories. This is my first time recommending anything here but I just really wanted to share. 

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: As time and sand slips away through your fingers

Title: As time and sand slips away through your fingers
Author: I_am_sorry
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 79,160 Word-lenght
Status: WIP
Rating: Mature/Explicit
Warnings: violence, non-con, royalty, slavary, arabian. ao3
Summary: After ten years a foreign concubine struggles to hold his position as the king’s favorite.

As nostalgia settles in he starts to wonder if his biggest desire will also be his biggest downfall. After all isn’t it true, there’s a proverb warning, be careful what you wish for?

Review: I’m submitting my own work so I won’t leave a review. But If you are interested in slavery, royalty, etc…  this may be for you.

Rec: Immunity Series

Title: Immunity
Author: Epic Solemnity (Dark_Cyan_Star)
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 2 parts so far, Part I: 22 Chapters, Part II: 19/30 Chapters
Status: WIP, updates once or twice a week
Rating: Mature
Warnings: graphic violence, implied/referenced incest
Link: AO3 (Part I)  AO3 (Part II)
Summary: Raised in the slums, away from his scheming relatives, a prince grows up dreaming of revenge. However, blood is power, and despite his royal lineage, Ezra isn’t an Elemental. Or so he believes. When he reencounters his darkly enthralling uncle, he finds himself facing new, enigmatic possibilities and unlocked powers. He soon realizes he doesn’t want to kill his family. He wants to beat them at their own game. 

Review: The world built around this story is amazing. I love the dynamics of all the characters, and the story itself is new and refreshing. The author is a great writer and it really shows in her word choice and grammar. Although they claim the story updates once a week, they have posted more than one chapter a week many times. If you love fantasy and slow burn, this is the story for you.

Epic Solemnity (Dark_Cyan_Star)

Rec: Sleeping Beauty

Title: Sleeping Beauty
Author: I_am_sorry
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 2k+ words per chapter
Status: WIP
Rating: Mature
Warnings: violence, non-con, murder mystery, law enforcement, prostitution
Link:  ao3 link
Summary: Landon Harrison doesn’t believe in coincidences, half-truths, good intentions that never amount to actions or in humanity as a whole. And in retrospective that might not be so bad, as it has kept him alive in his line of work. You can never be too careful when working as a special detective for murder, after all.

But when a series of strange killings start happening, he may have to start thinking of changing his beliefs or risking more victims. It’s a delicate case and Landon can’t afford distractions, especially not a cynical gray eyed man, and yet he can’t seem to stay away.

Review: I’m submitting my own work so I won’t leave a review. But If you are interested in murder-mystery type of thing, two alpha-males falling in love, law enforcement and dystopia… this may be for you.

Rec: Red July

Title: Red July
Author: Sloane Pryor
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 2k+ words per chapter
Status: WIP
Rating: Mature
Warnings: violence, homophobia, blood
Link: (available on three sites) AO3 linkFictionPress linkWattpad link
Summary: It’s the 1950s and greaser vampires are as real as boys who fall in love with other boys, but both must keep their true nature hidden from the world.

The year is 1958, summer has arrived, and all Parker wants to do is hide his fair skin from the cruel sun until it’s over. He’s been spending a lot of time with a cat named Coop that seems to feels the same way, lounging in his grandfather’s bookstore with him. One night, when Parker comes across a man stripping down to nothing in the woods, he discovers Coop is not a cat at all, but a shapeshifting vampire who takes the animal form to go out in the day, and is a motorcycle riding, leather-clad young man at night.

In a battle between fear and fascination, fascination wins, and Parker becomes close with the vampire, determined to learn more about Coop and his world. Coop, however, is reluctant to let their friendship deepen, but he can’t resist the blood Parker is willing to trade to get the answers he seeks.

Review: I’m submitting my own work so I won’t leave a review. I’ll just say, if you’re into greasers, vampires, and coming of age/new adult content, you might enjoy this story!

Rec: Circuits and Veins

Title: Circuits & Veins
Author: Jem Yoshioka (on Tapas)
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: currently around 300+ pages i believe 
Status: WIP
Rating: Teen
Warnings: none
Link: https://tapas.io/series/Circuits-Veins
Summary: What do you do when the cutie who moves in next door to you is an android? In a world of automation, artificial intelligence and reliable public transport, two awkward dorks try to work out how to date each other.

Review: This comic is really, really good. It’s a refreshing lesbian romance story about a mixed girl living with chronic illness, recently out of a toxic relationship, and an Android who is learning to love herself and the world around her.

Rec: Euclidean Signature

Title: Euclidean Signature
Author: mobiusghost/mobiusreach
Format: webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: currently 38 pages, will be pretty long
Status: wip
Rating: currently Teen, will go up to Mature eventually 
Warnings: blood, mild gore VERY later on, sexual themes, implied abuse/csa later on
Link: https://tapas.io/series/Euclidean-Signature
Summary: An angel and an alchemist travel across the lands on the run from thrill seekers and bounty hunters.

Review: "it’s good, read it.“ – me, the author