Sunday, September 9, 2018

When blurbs and descriptions just can't capture what a novel is about: a review of Jayne Lockwood's Euphoria

Blurbs and covers are supposed to give you an instant idea of what you're getting, right? Well, I've just come across a book that just isn't describable. 

When I saw the blurb, gay romantic sci-fi, I thought, hmmm. And when I read it included male pregnancy, I was seriously put off.

But then I remembered how much I loved Closer Than Blood and how My Boyfriend Is A Dog (written under her pen-name, S.A. Smythe) made me howl with laughter, I thought I should give it a go. 

 Just as well, because I was hooked by the end of the first chapter.

The story starts in the future. Earth is dying but a race of visiting aliens think they might be able to go back in time and fix it. When Vardam travels back in time, he takes one look at Kurt, the man responsible for earth’s destruction, and all his tentacles are tingling.

Yes, I know. it sounds flaky, right? But you have to read this because Jayne Lockwood has a seriously twisted mind - the kind that produces off-beat, funny and yet sweet, mix-it-all-up humour, pathos and romance.

Euphoria is very hard to describe but it is awesome. I loved the characters, the writing, and the story. It's contemporary, not too deep, lots of fun, and above all, it's feel-good.

Ignore the blurb, ignore your prejudices, just have a go. I bet you’ll love it.

PS Comparisons help, right? If you like Christopher Moore’s The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove and Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story, then Euphoria by Jayne Lockwood is a slam-dunk. And if you read Euphoria and haven’t read Moore, you should! 

Buy Euphoria at Amazon 
Buy Euphoria from the publisher DSP 
Find Jayne's other novels on Smashwords here

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