Wednesday, August 17, 2016

ARC Review: Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters by Angel Martinez

Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters (Offbeat Crimes, #1)
From the blurb:

Kyle Monroe, his irritating new partner, and their fellow freaks at the 77th Precinct must learn to work together to stop a vicious murderer that might not even be human.

Kyle Monroe’s encounter with a strange gelatinous creature in an alley leaves him scarred and forever changed, revealing odd abilities he wishes he didn’t have and earning him reassignment to a precinct where all the cops have defective paranormal abilities.

Just as he’s starting to adjust to his fellow misfit squad mates, Kyle’s new partner arrives. Tall, physically perfect, reserved, and claiming he has no broken psychic talents, Vikash Soren irritates Kyle in every way. But as much as he’d like to hate Vikash, Kyle finds himself oddly drawn to him, their non-abilities meshing in unexpected ways. If they can learn to work together, they might be able to stop the mysterious killer who has been leaving mutilated bodies along the banks of the Schuylkill.

Heather's rating:

Angel Martinez, kicking butt and taking names! This book was FUN. If you've been dreaming of a quirkier version of Among the Living, look no further!

I've recently discovered Angel Martinez, and I'm SO happy that I did. Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters was exactly what I needed. If the title sounds at all intriguing to you, you should try this one out. It's an oddball story in a good way, and though it's funny, the writing is no joke.

I immediately loved the premise of this story. It is basically about a bunch of misfit-cops with offbeat paranormal talents. No useful telekinesis here, folks! We have a character who can only teleport fruit. Same kinds of talents with all of the other unusual, sometimes surly policemen and women in this story. I was instantly and completely entertained while reading, and was completely absorbed in the plot-line.

The MCs were pretty great too, with a more comic foil and a strait man playing the partners-turned-love interests. There is sort of a HFN ending with the promise of more, but the romance is just beginning in this story. There was some real affection there, but I think we can get more umph out of the romance as the series progresses.

I also really loved how QUILTBAG this book was, if that makes sense. I usually see a ton of M/M with characters that are uber-masculine and gay, but here we get a bi MC and mentioning of ACE, trans, and other variations along the spectrum. Nothing was preachy, but there was just a lot of cool shout-outs. Plus, a non-white MC! Bonus!

I really connected with this one and it got me excited for future stories. I hope this book finds its audience because there is a lot of potential there.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

Buy this book:

Pride Publishing, Amazon, Kobo

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