Review: Slash by Evan Kingston

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BLURB: Slash is a metafictional erotic thriller / comedic murder mystery / romantic slashser, originally published in seven parts.
Alex Bledsoe would rather die than reveal her secret crush. As a star of TV’s #1 family drama, she’s certain coming out of the closet would end her career. Worse still, her one true love is America’s hottest young actress, Lissa Blaine, who just happens to play her older, prettier, and smarter big sis each week on Koop’s Kitchen. So Alex hates Lissa too, wishes her dead every time she stumbles onto the tabloid covers with a Long-Island in hand and some new B-list beefcake on her arm.
Desperate for an outlet each night after filming wraps, Alex closes the shades on her trailer and reads slash stories on internet fan-fiction forums: trashy little tales written by viewers about an imagined romance between her character and Lissa’s. All unbelievable moans and trite whispers, the fantasies are so incestuously metafictional, Alex believes them best taken to her grave—until an anonymous author begins to post violent slash stories, and Alex’s lusty dreams start to open up graves of their own.
As Alex struggles to decide whether she is turned on or disturbed, Koop’s Kitchen’s real-life actors start dying in suspiciously similar scenes. Sure that the parallels are more than coincidence, she begins to search the stories for suspects and clues instead of steamy caresses. But as she works to catch the killer before he slashes again, Alex realizes that revealing the secrets she’d die to hide might be the only way to save the lives of everyone she loves.

I was approached by the author Evan Kingston to read his book in exchange for an honest review. He was kind enough to provide me with a copy of his series in 7 parts (Sorry this has taken me so long, real life got in the way of my reading).

Without further ado…

I was interested in reading this series since it deals in the world of fanfiction and I’ll admit…I’ve read a lot of fanfiction, so after reading the blurb, I was intrigued. I’m going to try to keep this as spoiler free as possible…

The beginning was a bit slow to start and there was a lot of information to take in such as characters, story line, tv show’s story line, fanfiction story lines, etc. but once that was established the author did a good job at having the story flow. I love a good murder mystery and I love when an author can keep me guessing (whodunit?!), this story had a very fun way of ending on a cliffhanger at the end of every part/episode/whatever you want to call it.

Alex was a relatable character, for a celebrity, she’s in love with her co-worker Lissa and do not ask me what she sees in her. The whole time I was reading, I just wanted to slap Alex and be like, “she’s not a good person and you deserve better!” Lissa was the worst, nothing about her character was relatable or redeemable, I could not see Alex’s infatuation with her. Now Perry, was a character who came off as a total sleeze that I ended up warming up to. He ended up being my favorite out of all the characters. He was very good comic relief during some intense moments. These two create an unlikely duo trying to discover who is behind all of the murders and they had a great chemistry together which made it fun to go down the list of suspects with them in each part.

I am worried to say too much because I would hate to spoil anything but I really enjoyed the opportunity to read something by a smaller author and am honored that he trusted me to review his work. Again, I’m sorry it took forever.

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My reading life 2015

Got the idea to do Jamie’s 2015 End of the Year Reading Survey from my best friend Brittany. If you fill this out, let me know, I would love to read it!

 

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Number Of Books You Read: 42
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From:

best-YA-books-20141. Best Book You Read In 2015?
•Stand alone: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
•Book in a Series: The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
I hate to say that I really did not enjoy this book. Not the story but the way the story was told. I didn’t like that the author kept butting in and saying things like “we’ll see what happens..”. That bothered me so much.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
•The Girl on the Train
surprising because I did not expect that ending

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
•Mistborn
by Brandon Sanderson
I push everyone I know to read this book and I only know of 2 so far that have. I’m hoping everyone will just read it so they can fall in love with it already.

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
•Started: The
Rithmatist
•Sequel: Queen of Shadows
•Ender: Library of Souls

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015
Sabaa Tahir

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Tampa
by Alissa Nutting
I think this is just considered Fiction which is a genre I always read. I chose this for “was out of your comfort zone” which is putting it mildly. I wouldn’t say it’s a “best book” but it was interesting.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
•Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)
by Sarah J. Maas

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
•All the Light We Cannot See —
I loved this book so much and I feel like it’s one that I will be re-reading for years to come.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
alloyoflaw

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Helene from An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.
Talk about a character with a lot of depth.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
•Tie between All the Light We Cannot See and The Snow Child.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
All the Light We Cannot See
This book. THIS BOOK.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
•The Rithmatist

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“But it is not bravery; I have no choice. I wake up and live my life. Don’t you do the same?”
Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

“What we read as adults should be read, I think, with no warnings or alerts beyond, perhaps: enter at your own risk. We need to find out what fiction is, what it means, to us, an experience that is going to be unlike anyone else’s experience of the story.”
Neil Gaiman, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

“I sometimes imagine I would like my ashes to be scattered in a library. But then the librarians would just have to come in early the next morning to sweep them up again, before the people got there.”
Neil Gaiman, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

“In my old age, I see that life itself is often more fantastic and terrible than the stories we believed as children, and that perhaps there is no harm in finding magic among the trees.”
Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
•Life of Fred Apples
by Stanley F. Schmidt at 124 pages.
•Queen of Shadows 
by Sara J. Maas at 648 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
•Tampa
by Alissa Nutting
By shocked I mean “wtf, omg, this is messed up, why did I decide to read this?”

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
•Adam and Ronan! pynch forever *begs for it to be canon*

•Gansey and Blue

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
•Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak. Yes these are real people and yes their friendship is perfect. Soupsnakes. If they decided to steer their relationship into romantice waters I would be on board that ship also.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
•Saga, Volumes 1-4

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
•Dorian from Heir of Fire by Sara J Maas.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?
An Ember In the Ashes
by Sabaa Tahir

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
•Brandon Sanderson’s The Alloy of Law and also The Rithmatist. His world building is the best, hands down. These two books take place in two different worlds with two different magic systems and they are both amazing.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling This book had me in tears from laughter almost the entire time.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
•I will preface this by saying…I cry over everything. EVERYTHING. If it’s sad, I’m crying. If it’s funny, I’m crying. If it’s sweet, I’m crying. So I will list a few that brought tears to my eyes for sad moments because I think that’s what this question wants…
All the Light We Cannot See – I am shocked it did not take all of my tears.
Queen of Shadows- my heart could not handle the Dorian chapters.
Everything, Everthing – more tears
The Snow Child-
Everything was beautiful. Everything was sad. Everything was happy and hopeful.
Why Not Me?-
My tears are endless. I cried reading a book that is labeled “Humor”. In my defense, some chapters got real. I can’t help myself.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
•The Snow Child I seriously cannot believe I just heard about this gem in 2015. So beautiful

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Soul crushing because it made me realize how unorginazed and untidy I am. x______x

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
•Trigger Warning
by Neil Gaiman

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin. Addison was such a special snowflake. Get that shit out of here. I want my $11 back. Nothing makes me more angry than wasting money.

 

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
Priceiswong. I can definitely relate to her feelings towards our mutual books

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
•uhhhhh I have really sucked at keeping up with this blog like I had planned. The reviews on this blog are few to choose from so I would have to go with my review of Paper Towns because I really let all my hate out.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
•cough….crickets…..
like I said….this blog has been neglected.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
•When I went on a road trip to Nashville with my best friend Brittany to meet Sara J. Maas at her book signing tour for A Court of Thorns and Roses. Nothing beats singing the entire Les Miserables soundtrack at the top of your lungs, good food, listening to one of your favorite authors discuss her books, meeting one of your favorite authors and having her sign your book all with your best friend at your side.

 

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
•…………………………more crickets…………………………

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
•Most challenging thing about blogging is actually finding the time to blog. I started homeschooling my daughter this year and working part time so that took up most of my time. Maybe this year will be better?

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
•I am pretty sure it was my review of Paper Towns.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
• not even going to answer this one…

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
•The Overdrive app that lets me check out books on my iPad and Kindle from my library. *Angels sing*

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
•I completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge by reading 42/40 books!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
•A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston. I made sure to make this my January book club pick so that I could go ahead and read it. I’ve actually already finished it 🙂

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
•The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater.

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
•I am not sure I am anticipating any 2016 debuts. It may be slipping my mind at this moment.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
Throne of Glass, #5. I am anticipating it but I don’t know if I’m emotionally ready.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
•I really want to keep up with reviewing books and posting on this blog.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
• none

This was a lot of fun to fill out! It really got me thinking about each book I read last year…I don’t think I have missed any but I am sure I will find one that I should have added.

Introduction

Hello everyone! Thank you for stopping by my blog amongst the millions out there in the blogging world. I’ve decided to create this blog because I wanted a place to share my reviews on books. I have read so many amazing books that I wanted to gush about and figured this would be the best way. I really wish I could go back and write a review for every book I have ever loved but I would be here forever and never get caught up to review the books I am currently reading. I don’t have a specific genre that I read, I read a little bit of everything (many thanks to my fabulous book club, Ladies of Folio) so this blog will be a bit sporadic. At some point I will go back and review series that I absolutely love and recommend to the world. Please bear with me as I’m new to blogging. If you have any book recommendations for me, please leave them in the comments and I would be more than happy to check them out. I hope you stay with me and enjoy!