Review: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Cover image for The sacred lies of Minnow BlyThe Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

SUMMARY: The Kevinian cult has taken everything from 17-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.

And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something—but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

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Review: The Awesome

The AwesomeThe Awesome by Eva Darrows

Summary:Seventeen-year-old Maggie Cunningham is tough, smart, and sassy. She’s also not like other girls her age, but then, who would be when the family business is monster hunting? Combat boots, ratty hooded sweatshirts, and hair worn short so nothing with claws can get a grip, Maggie’s concerns in life slant more toward survival than fashion or boys. Which presents a problem when Maggie’s mother informs Maggie that she can’t get her journeyman’s license for hunting until she loses her virginity.

Something about virgin blood turning vampires into pointy rage monsters. Blood and gore and insides being on the outside and all that.

Maggie’s battled ghosts and goblins and her fair share of house brownies, but finding herself a boy – fitting in with her peers – proves a much more daunting task than any monster hunt. Did you know normal girls don’t stuff their bras with holy water balloons? Nor do they carry wooden stakes in their waistbands. And they care about things like “matching” and “footwear.” Of course, they also can’t clean a gun blindfolded, shoot a crossbow, or exorcise ghosts from a house. Which means they’re lame and Maggie’s not. Because Maggie’s awesome. The Awesome, in fact. Just ask her. She’d be more than happy to tell you.

After she finds herself a date.

Review: So the formula for this one goes: tuff chick+ complicated yet loving mother/daughter relationship + adorable boy + realistic yet still steamy sex scene + vampire and zombie shenangans + action + humor = The Awesome. Lots of awkward situations, tons of lewd jokes, bunches of predictable tropes. But isn’t that what we want once in awhile? Something you can rely on and chuckle at?(I’m looking at you Stephanie Plum) Sure there are plot holes and general ridiculousness, but look at the cover. What did you expect? That cover is 1990s gold.

Okay, not to be totally lame, but this really was awesome. And extremely hilarious. supernatural animated GIF

Not only was Maggie fantastically snarky, and sure oftentimes undignified and more than a bit crass, but she was such an amazingly confident character that you cannot help but love her. She’s realistically awkward when it comes to her “first time” but honestly the best thing about it is how awesome the topic of virginity was handled. It’s all displayed in such a non-shaming way and I loved the comfortableness between Maggie and her mother in how the topic broached. There wasn’t any awkwardness and her mother was straight up and honest with her about using protection and about being confident and comfortable with her body. While the summary implies that the sole focus of the story is Maggie losing her virginity, it’s actually so much more and bottom line, the relationship between Maggie and her mother is the very best. Seeing the topic of sex addressed in that way and a parental relationship like that is rare in fiction, but shouldn’t be so.

The Awesome takes Maggie on a hilariously snarky, undead adventure that will leave you eager for more. While satisfying enough as a stand-alone, this still has definite room to grow, and I definitely want more.

This was essentially a gender bend of humorous episode of Supernatural. Except this one allows crass language. Not for everyone, but mature fans of SPN? Okay with rough language? Give it a shot.

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