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27th May 2008

Beasts

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Excuse me for a few moments while I fangirl to myself. This is a story that I have been in love with ever since Camilla posted the first rough draft in her journal. It was a story that I saved on my computer and would pull up to read every time I felt like crap about myself, my looks and my place in the world. Now that I have it in print format, I could not be a happier girl.

As the back of the book says, this is Pretty Woman done with boys. We have Xavier, a young lawyer, who is leading a normal life with a pretty fiancee, yet yearns for the shockingly sexy beast of a male prostitute who comes to service his boss every Wednesday.

Finally, Xavier musters up the courage to hire the prostitute himself, just to purge the longing from his system. Of course we all know that the prostitute has a heart of gold and that once Xavier has gotten a taste of his beast, purging him from his system is not going to be quite as easy as he suspected.

Camilla’s prose is rich and lush, in the grand purple prose tradition of writers like Storm Constantine. Liv’s illustrations perfectly amplify the emotions in the text. This is not a book for the faint of heart, no, this title is ‘shove your hand into your panties’ dirty, with all of the details lovingly depicted. It’s a sweet little gem of a book. Don’t let the fact that it’s being released by a private printer stop you from giving it a try. This one is not to be missed!

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27th May 2008

Fairytale Collection

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Princes, faeries, magic kingdoms and lots of boysmut. Oh, be still, my heart. I think I’m in love!

First, we have the tale of a king whose kingdom has been at war with the kingdom of faerie for eons. The king of the human kingdom and the queen of faerie come to an agreement that will bring an end to the war and let the kingdoms coexist peacefully. To seal the deal the queen of faerie promises to send a bride for each of the king’s sons when they come of age.

Everything works out well for the two older princes. Once they reached manhood, the queen sent them an egg to care for. After a few weeks, the egg hatched to be a perfectly formed little princess. The princess then grew to be full-sized, married her prince and life was good and all that other happily-ever-after stuff.

Then came the youngest prince. Once he came of age, he got his egg, but instead of it hatching a princess, it hatched a perfectly formed little prince for him. Now, the prince was not too happy with this development, never having thought of a male as a potential mate before, so he convinces his little prince to masquerade as a female until he can figure out how to tell his family that the queen of faerie sent him a boy.

Now our little faerie prince goes along with playing as a female for a while, but eventually gets tired of pretending to be something he isn’t and goes back to faerie, leaving our poor confused human prince all alone. Don’t feel too bad for him though, you know that he’s going to end up living happily ever after.

There is so much to love in this collection of stories. All told in beautiful prose with gorgeous illustrations. You really couldn’t ask for anything more. I’m a fan of everything these two put out. I keep wanting them to produce more work so I can curl up into the worlds they create and let myself forget about real life for a little while.

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27th May 2008

Touched

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

I love the way Camilla Bruce writes. It’s warm, consuming, you find yourself getting lost in the prose and ignoring everything around you.

Here, we have the story of Vilder the Hunter, who is billed as “hero, nobleman and protector of the weak.” When we first meet Vilder, he’s visiting a childhood friend, whose marriage had separated them. Vilder wants to continue the relationship that they had before his friend’s marriage, but things are not to be. Vilder feels constrained in the houses of the nobility and begins to realize that this is not the place for him. He leaves his old life behind to try and find peace.

Time goes by, and Vilder’s fame has grown as a hunter. The people know of his wishes for solitude, but see him as a rescuer. This time, they need him to rescue them from demons. It seems that a flock of demons has been terrorizing the village. The villagers place the blame solely on a young shepherd, who they claim brought the demons down from the mountain with him. The villagers turn ugly with their fear and turn on the young shepherd. Vilder rescues him from the mob and they set off to go and get to the bottom of this.

It turns out that the boy wasn’t quite as innocent as he had seemed. He was the reason for the demons’ presence in the village, but it wasn’t because of anything malicious on his part. He had fallen in love with one of the demons.

Vilder and the boy search out the demon’s lair to return the boy to his lover. Vilder is fascinated and horrified at the same time at the thought of the human boy coupling with the demon. He’s even unsettled by the demon who places his sights on him.

In the end, he’s faced with a hard decision to make. Is he brave enough to follow in the footsteps of the young human he helped to rescue or will he retreat into his solitude?

Every time I read one of Camilla Bruce’s stories, I’m always left wanting more. I don’t want to leave the fantasy world that she creates. Top that off with Livy’s lush art and I am one very happy girl. This is quality storytelling at its best. Anything that these two do goes right up to the top of my ‘must buy’ list.

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