Synopsis as per Goodreads
LGBT Upper YA Urban Fantasy
*CAUTION : This title contains cursing, graphic violence, and references to sex.*
Abandoned as a baby and left in an orphanage for supernatural children, Octavian Julius McKellter— “Jay” to everyone who doesn’t want a punch in the face—now seventeen, is working full-time as a zookeeper at the Bayou Zoo and Aquarium while struggling to finish his GED.
The Bayou Zoo, staffed entirely by supernaturals, is one of many zoos across the country secretly housing magical creatures deemed too dangerous by the supernatural community to remain in the wild.
Jay ‘s job is made more complicated when accidents start happening too often to truly be accidents and habitats in Area Five—the covert section of the zoo which houses the magical creatures— are sabotaged, allowing some of the creatures to escape.
Working closely with Colin, a fellow zookeeper, to determine who’s causing the problems and why, is both a dream come true and a nightmare for Jay. Being gay isn’t something Jay’s prepared to accept with enthusiasm. Colin’s the first male he’s ever been attracted to, and the guy doesn’t even have the decency to be effeminate, which Jay thinks would somehow be easier to accept. Colin’s tall, strong, and everything that’s masculine. And Jay can’t stop thinking about what it would feel like to press their lips together or draw his fingers down Colin’s tightly-packed abs.
Because someone’s bent on exposing supernaturals to the world by releasing the Bayou Zoo’s magical creatures, even if it means a little death and destruction in the process, there’s little time for Jay to worry about the ramifications of his shifting sexuality or the way Colin looks without his shirt on.
Keeping his sexuality a secret seems like just as big a job as keeping the entire Supernatural community and its captive magical creatures shrouded from the human world. As the sabotage attempts escalate, Jay must juggle his budding relationship with Colin, discovering who’s behind the disruption in Area Five, and staying alive while capturing loosened, deadly Gryphons, Gnomes and Harpies
Author: J.T Fairfield Penname for S.J Drum
How did I get it: From the Author
Would I recommend it: Yeah
Jay is coming to terms with the fact that he is not like other guys. He doesn’t see himself settling down with a nice girl. Jay has a thing for the resident bad boy Colin. Throughout the book you journey with Jay and his discovery. You also get to read about some pretty amazing creatures.
This was my first LGBT. I thought I would branch out a bit. I can gladly say, this was a good one to start with. It wasn’t too much of a shock to my reading system. It was also quite a fun read.
It was way, way to short. I was just starting to enjoy the book when it (very abruptly I might add) ended. It didn’t quite feel like a cliff hanger either. It just seemed like there could have been a lot more in the first instalment.
Excellent story line – should there have been more to it I would not have been able to put it down. As it is I read it in about 3 hours without stop. I enjoyed reading about the different creatures. Some of which I have never read about before. I actually had to go look up Berserker.
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