Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Unicorns and Rainbow Poop

Author: Sam Kadence
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781632164186
Genre: {M/M}, Young Adult, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

As a member of Vocal Growth, Dane was always able to keep his problems in the background.  Now that the group has fallen apart, Dane has nothing to help him focus and all his problems are soon at the forefront. With no way to handle them, Dane crashes big time. 

The second book in the Vocal Growth series, Unicorns and Rainbow Poop picks up a few months after book one ends and centers on Dane and Bas.  While Bas is a character the readers know well, Dane was just touched on in On the Right Track.  From the start of Unicorns and Rainbow Poop, the readers come to know Dane and the troubles he faces.  His issues are serious and the author does a good job bringing them, and what Dane goes through to fix them, across in a realistic manner.  Dane isn’t the only one going through a rough patch however.  Bas is still estranged from his family and, when his grandmother, the only family member to stand by him after he came out, passes, he finds himself falling back into a severe depression.  The two young men find themselves thrown together by a mutual friend and, while they really have nothing in common, they soon find themselves drawn to each other.  There is a connection between the two men but Dane has a great fear of being gay, one of the things that exasperates his mental health issues.  Bas, on the other hand, has no plans to go into the closet for anyone so you would wonder how these two could ever find their way into a relationship. 

While the author does a good job handling the young men’s issues, there were a few points in the story that, for me, were a little farfetched.  However, these moments move the story along and the fact that this is a work of fiction makes them a little easier to overlook. 

Many characters from the first book show up in this story to lend Dane and Bas a hand.  There are also a few new characters introduced.  While all these characters help move the story along, not all of them are likeable.  There are also a few little twists in the story, one of which was really surprising and I hope will be the focus of the next book.  

Vocal Growth is the type of series that needs to be read in order so that the reader will have a clear understanding of all the primary characters.  Unicorns and Rainbow Poop is not only a great title but was a good second story and for those who may be curious, the Rainbow Poop is a rainbow cookie, one that may just show up in my holiday baking this year. 

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