on Sep. 3, 2015 :
When I heard of this gay furry adventure that’s supposed to be happy, I was intrigued. Did I have doubts? Not really, I’ve read enough yaoi manga that featured wolves and bears and cats and foxes that took on humanoid features, and I enjoyed those stories. If however you have any doubts, forget them now and just read!
I’d classify this as young adult, although it’s appropriate for all ages, from middle grade to adult. Aidan and Zack’s adventure reminded me of the books I used to read when I was younger. The trials, the funny, awkward, and sweet moments, the danger and the mystery all blend together in a gripping story through a furry world where these two characters experience an adventure nofur has ever seen before.
Although understated, the love story between Aidan and Zack is evident to everybody, except them two. And even later on, only one of them figures out what’s going on. It’s beautifully told, slow paced (contrasting with the much faster pace of their adventure) and sweet. I’d use moe here, for those who know this particular Japanese term 😀
The relic quest reminiscent of Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider was a great choice – a lost artifact, former priests, a destroyed city, a map that was locked away and kept secret. The right number of adventurers comes together at the right time, yet through it all, not everything is as it appears.
A fun, easy, sweet read, with great illustrations from the two authors, Trap Me! is definitely a recommended read.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on March 5, 2015 :
Imagine one of those whacky cartoons with talking animals, except in book form (charmingly illustrated, no less). Take a steampunk world with a mysterious past, that runs on the Rule of Cool. Add two awkward boys, not much older than twelve by the way they act. They'll embark on an ill-conceived adventure, cause trouble all along the way and unearth a centuries-old secret -- quite literally at that. All this while improbably falling in love, a new feeling for both of them. There's action, romance, puzzles to figure out, and quite deep musings on ethics and society for what is technically a light-hearted Young Adult book. The writing isn't quite there yet, and the book feels shorter than its 70K word count, but a sequel is in the works, so all is good. Recommended.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Dec. 24, 2014 :
A fun romp through a steampunk world.
When I was initially asked to review this story on a board I moderate, I was hesitant. I see a lot of amateur writings that, while they have good intentions, the authors tend to need a lot of coaching. Fortunately, that's not the case with this story.
I enjoyed reading the book, and am of the opinion that anyone interested in a fun, light, diversion will enjoy this story.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)
on Nov. 13, 2014 :
A very good novel.
But for the dream part, although the authors signal it by using a big chunk of text in italics, but I still feel like there is a sudden jump in the story. Maybe is me not used to those style yet.
(reviewed the day of purchase)