Cassie Draws the Universe by P.S. Baber

Cassie Draws the UniverseCassie Draws the Universe by P.S. Baber

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book takes place in Kansas, my home state, and immediately paints an extremely bleak and depressing picture of the landscape and the people, so we didn’t get off to a very friendly start. However the more I read the better I felt about the story. Cassie, the main character, is an intelligent and thoughtful girl at an emotional cross roads, and I became rather invested in her story. I really enjoyed the excerpts from her notebook, and the poetry was beautiful. The writing was well done and even a bit poetic itself, if a little unpolished at times. As I approached the end of the book, however, I noticed an uncomfortable trend, and the author deals you a terrible blow, which seemed entirely inappropriate to me. I really felt betrayed by that ending, and I don’t mind saying I was a bit miffed.

Ravished by the Alien by Madame Clow

Ravished by the AlienRavished by the Alien by Madame Clow

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This short story about a girl kidnapped by rambunctious aliens will leave you both laughing and blushing. The language the author uses to describe the sexual encounter made me cringe a bit, but she definitely makes an impact. I felt a little dirty after, which I’m guessing is the point! A good read if you’re looking for something unusual and racey and quick!