ARC Review: Blood Sport

Blood SportI  received a copy of Blood Sport from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blood Sport by Tash McAdam is a hi-lo (high interest, low reading level) young adult contemporary/mystery centering on trans teen Jason. Jason is about to age out of foster care, and has no idea what his future will hold. The plan had always been to move in with his older sister Becca once he was out of the system, but her sudden death turns his life upside down. Jason is convinced Becca was murdered, although the police maintain it was a simple drug overdose.

Jason finds some suspicious articles and photos in Becca’s belongings, and decides to do some investigating himself. Those investigations lead him to a boxing gym, where he finds a place he feels he really belongs – where his fighting skills (developed over a lifetime of defending himself) are respected, and where his masculinity is never questioned.

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ARC Review: Iron & Velvet

IIron & Velvet (Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator #1) received a copy of Iron & Velvet from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Iron & Velvet by Alexis Hall is an adult urban fantasy/mystery, the first in the Kate Kane series. This edition is “newly refreshed by the author”; I haven’t read it previously, so I’m not sure how much of a difference there is between this and the older editions.

Iron & Velvet is written like a hardboiled detective novel, with a hard-drinking, sarcastic private eye, who quips “I like my women like I like my whiskey: more than is good for me.” This is PI fiction with a twist, though, since Kate differs from the typical PI in several ways: she’s a woman; she’s a lesbian; and, oh yeah, she’s half-fae and her private eye practice focuses on the paranormal. 

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