Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Cover Artist: Freddy MacKay
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/11/2014
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Science Fiction
Vassily Belikov, composer and pampered son of privilege, suffered neurological damage in the accident that killed his father. Resentful of being treated as an invalid, he lives as a recluse, dependent on his mother. That changes the day she brings home a new husband with two sons of his own.
When deep-space pirates capture Vassily’s mother, he’s left to the mercy of his cruel, amoral stepfather. Fighting addiction and his physical shortcomings, he’s forced to seek out the criminal mastermind Baba Yaga for a crucial piece of equipment. While she agrees to deal with him if he beats his Exoticus addiction, paranoia and mysterious intentions infuse her household. Drawn to her fierce, suspicious youngest son, certain his actions are all carefully observed, Vassily must find the courage to face both his fears and his desires if he expects to survive.
Angel Martinez has grown to be a solid author for me. I know when I pick up one of her books that it will have great characters, interesting settings and plot, and a satisfying love story. Vassily the Beautiful has all of that.
I loved the world and the flawed characters. Even though Vassily is beautiful he is damaged and put into a difficult situation. His salvation comes in the form a socially stunted but deadly package named Sumerki. I loved this pair and felt they worked well together.
This had the feel of a fairy tale. In fact, I found out after, that it is loosely based on a Russian folk tale by the name of Vassilia the Beautiful, which I know nothing about so can’t say how well this story follows it. However, on its own it does well. I was drawn in and kept interested and invested.
Definitely a win!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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