#ReadIndie Book Review: The Road to Amazing by Brent Hartinger

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Russel Middlebrook is gettin’ hitched!
The wedding is taking place in a remote lodge on an island in Puget Sound. Russel and his husband-to-be have invited all their close friends to spend the whole weekend together beforehand.

And for the first time in his life, Russel is determined to not be neurotic, and not over-think things.

But that’s before things start going wrong. Who expected a dead killer whale to wash up on the beach below the inn? And what’s this about a windstorm approaching? Then there’s the problem of Russel’s anxious fiancé, who is increasingly convinced the whole thing is going to be a disaster.

Meanwhile, the wedding is taking place near the ruins of a small town, Amazing, where, a hundred years earlier, the people supposedly all disappeared overnight. Why does it feel like the secret at the end of the road to Amazing has something to do with Russel’s own future?

Can Russel’s friends Min, Gunnar, Vernie, and Otto somehow help him make it all make sense?

It’s funny, because contrary to what the religious nutjobs tell you, I think gay guys like weddings more than anyone else. And it isn’t that we’re mocking the institution of marriage, or because we want to destroy it all to hell. It’s because we really, really want to get married.

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Book Review: Anything Could Happen by Will Walton

ACHGoodreads synopsis:

When you’re in love with the wrong person for the right reasons, anything could happen.

Tretch lives in a very small town where everybody’s in everybody else’s business. Which makes it hard for him to be in love with his straight best friend. For his part, Matt is completely oblivious to the way Tretch feels – and Tretch can’t tell whether that makes it better or worse.

The problem with living a lie is that the lie can slowly become your life. For Tretch, the problem isn’t just with Matt. His family has no idea who he really is and what he’s really thinking. The girl at the local bookstore has no clue how off-base her crush on him is. And the guy at school who’s a thorn in Tretch’s side doesn’t realize how close to the truth he’s hitting.

Tretch has spent a lot of time dancing alone in his room, but now he’s got to step outside his comfort zone and into the wider world. Because like love, a true self can rarely be contained.

 

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Book Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals

This book took me by surprise honestly. I don’t even remember what prompted me to start it. I just know when I did I was hooked.

Ever since she was a kid Cassie’s mother emphasized the importance of BPE; behavior, personality, environment. You can tell a lot about someone from their BPE. And that’s exacltly what Cassie’s mother did in her con as a palm reader. That is until she disappeared leaving behind a bloody dressing room and still, five years later, no body. When Cassie is approached by the FBI with a place in their Naturals program, a program that teaches and uses teenagers with natural abilities like Cassie’s, in cases, like Cassie’s mother’s, to say things get weird is an understatement.

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