Sunday 29 April 2018

Book Review: Bones and Bourbon by Dorian Graves

Title: Bones and Bourbon
Dorian Graves
Transworld Digital

Publication Date: 23 April 2018
eBook - EPUB
ARC via NetGalley


Half-huldra Retz Gallows is having an awful day. First, he wakes up in the middle of driving to who-knows-where with an angry unicorn head in his passenger seat. This is almost normal, thanks to a lifetime of sharing a body with Nalem, a bone-controlling spirit with a penchant for wicked schemes and body-stealing joyrides. It’s probably a bad idea to ask what else could go wrong.

Jarrod Gallows left home with plans to rescue his little brother from possession. Instead, he got saddled with a dead-end job as a paranormal investigator, a Faerie curse, and a daredevil boyfriend who might be from another world. At least he’s got a new job—except why is his brother Retz here and why does this sudden reunion feel more like a bane than a blessing?

This day’s going to get worse for the Gallows brothers before it gets better. To survive, they’ll have to escape the forces controlling them, as well as the wrath of carnivorous unicorns, otherworldly realms, and even their own parents. Only time will tell if they’ll make it out alive…or sober.

Bones and Bourbon was an interesting read. I was a little put off by some grammar mistakes in the opening chapter; however, that improved, and I was then able to get into the tale. I particularly liked the originality of the story, which featured creatures outside the normal paranormal pantheon. I'm not sure whether the author intended me to feel this way, but my favourite character was actually Nalem. Then again, I am often drawn to the bad boys! The plot was action-packed and humorous. Once or twice I wondered if there were too many characters, with too much going on for us to appreciate it all fully, but on the whole the balance worked. Overall, it was a gripping and satisfying read, and the ending certainly left things open for a sequel, which I would definitely want to read. I am intrigued by Nalem's backstory and would love to learn more about what he has planned. If you are looking for a fun MM fantasy read, check out Bone and Bourbon.

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