Claire Cray specializes in M/M romance and stories of an offbeat nature. Her tales feature intelligent characters, a vivid sense of atmosphere, and a (sometimes twisted) sense of humor. Born in a strange little village in the Pacific Northwest, Claire was raised on rain, trees, and spooky stories. An addiction to misadventure has carried her from the backwoods of Oregon to Portland, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and New York, where she currently resides.
Sadie S. Forsythe
on Oct. 26, 2014 :
OK, I'm going to stop reviewing these individually. This is patently one single story and trying to review each volume is starting to feel like I've stopped every 10 or so chapters to write a partial review. It's becoming ridiculous. You'll therefore find the same review for books 4-7 in the series.
I've now read up to book seven. Luckily, in the Note From the Author, at the end of Get Higher, she mentioned "two more books." So, at least I now know how much more to expect. I know I've harped on about it, but the fact that this story is broken up into (apparently) 9 separate volumes is one of only two real complaints with 'the series.' The second is how much history is glossed over, considering how important it is to the events of the book's present. This sadly includes a lot of the character development and worldbuilding. The reader really is left to just kind of catch up where they can as the events unwind.
I like those characters we get to know. (We don't get to know all of them, even when they play a significant role in things.) Jackson's decidedly Machiavellian plan is starting to come to fruition and it's interesting. The sex is often hot. I especially liked the way Jin all but worships Ken.
Pending the next two books come out soon enough that I even still remember that I read the first seven, I'll be finishing the series out. (Will probably still be grumbling about the serialisation though.) I've enjoyed the sarcasm and the narrative voice a lot. The writing and editing is pretty good (especially for freebies) and I like the gritty feel of it all.
(review of free book)
on Nov. 22, 2012 :
Oh, I want to throw a tantrum of my own!!! This can't be over. I must know more!
There are so many facets to each character and such development between them and the story itself, you could hardly believe it possible in such a short story. And yet, each and everyone is individually represented, a clear presence in the story but with a myriad of connections to everyone else. Their reasons and justifications still partly unknown, leaving the reader to decipher the code and understand them. Amazing writing and fantastic story! Looking forward to the next installment.
(review of free book)