Yes, I live! Life is interesting, to say the least. But, I never stopped reading, and I’m always around. And now I’m coming to you from my comfy bed, using my new bed tray and back pillow. I have made all kinds of comfy workspaces lately, and I’m almost done. Tomorrow I have some plants I need to switch to the hanging pots and get hung up, and some crystals to hang in the windows to make rainbows. With the dark season coming, I need the rainbows in the early morning. Anyway, that’s not what you came here for. You’re here, theoretically at least, for my reviews, and I actually have one today.
Have you tried Kindle Vella? I haven’t tried to figure it out yet, because I think I have to read it through Amazon.com and that’s just more than I tend to deal with, but I will be figuring it out this weekend. What brings this up is that today’s book, Teddy’s Boys by EJ Frost, started out on Vellaand then got put out as an ebook, and the sequel, Gabe’s Girl, will be following the same path.
So, this is a dark academy RHish. The world is a magical one, where magic is just a normal thing. I don’t know that everyone in the world has magic, but it is an important part of this world. Magic users can have the power of earth, air, water, fire, or a combination thereof. There are also fae and other magical types running around. The book primarily takes place in the US, but two of the main characters, Teddy and Charlie, are from Manchester, England, so there is a Manc dialect going on. Most of the time, the phrases are pretty explanatory, but there is a glossary in the back, just in case.
Teddy is an earth mage. She specializes in making powered gems and stones. She’s very powerful and very talented. She’s also very unlucky in her family. Her dad is a prick and so are most of her brothers. Instead, she runs her own crew and sells her work. But, her dad and uncle want her patch in Manchester and want her money. So, she ends up banished to a school in the US. Luckily, her old friend Charlie is at Bevington, so that’s where she ends up.
Charlie is super happy to have Teddy there. He’s always figured that they would end up together, and has even saved his virginity for her. She didn’t, and that does run into problems. But, they are still good friends.
Then there’s Gabe. Teddy doesn’t like bullies, one bit. One day she heard some guy getting beat up, so she popped up and made it stop. Mostly by kicking ass and not asking names. She tells Gabe that they are going to be “bezzies” and that she will always be with him. She makes sure that the guys who are beating on him, one of which is named Darwin, know it too. And they become more than just best friends. They end up boyfriend and girlfriend. Their relationship is something special, and Gabe really just gets Teddy in a way that no one else does, I think. He really sees her, and she sees him.
The final boy is Darwin. He’s part fae and a right asshole. He’s also Gabe’s ex, and he continues to cause Gabe no end of problems, including getting him beat on. He also likes to poke and prod at Teddy. He keeps trying to get a reaction from her, he wants something from her, and she’s just not willing to give anything to him. Like I said, she doesn’t like bullies.
I will freely admit that this book made me ugly cry. It broke me, a lot. I have actually gone back twice now and reread the last couple chapters. It’s not that I missed anything, it’s that the events lived in my head and I just had to live them again. I may reread the entire thing this weekend. Like I said, it’s not that I missed anything, it’s just that Teddy, Gabe, Charlie, and Darwin (boo hiss) live in my head so much. It is not often that I do that with a book. In fact, I think that in 45 years of reading, I can only come up with maybe 5 books that I have ever done that with. The book has to have a real effect on me to get me to do that.
I can’t wait to read Gabe’s Girl. Since this book killed me right down dead, I’m hoping that Gabe’s Girl will resurrect me. According to EJ, it is supposed to be on Vella sometime after the middle of this month, which is why I need to figure out it.
Really, go read this. You won’t regret it.