A Review of Minotaur by J.A. Rock

Book Cover and Synopsis for Minotaur by J.A. Rock

My Review of Minotaur

J.A. Rock writes with style. On the very first page I found a quote that I loved. She puts things in non-traditional ways, and gives you depictions that stick with you better than you might expect. Her characters are not lovable, not a single one, but they are understandable, and undeniably human. The pacing is perfect. The setting works well. Its obvious she has talent.4 Star Rated Review of Minotaur by J.A. Rock

Yes, this book is about fighting a Minotaur, but that’s not even nearly the most important bit. Its Growing up. Self-discovery. Learning to love. Experiencing.

Minotaur has the distinction of being my first specifically LGBTQ book that I’ve read. While I’ve read other books that have had hints of/references to, this is the first where its at the forefront. I think it was a good choice for my first foray. Early-ish on after the relationship develops, there is some show of prejudice, but its not a recurring theme throughout the book. Instead, I pretty swiftly forgot that the relationship was anything but just a relationship. And that’s how it should be, right? It doesn’t matter if its girl with girl, boy with boy. Its lust, love, or some mix of the two regardless of gender.

I picked 2 of my favorite quotes to share.

“What stories do to heroes is edge out the things that make them bravest-their insecurities and wrongdoings, their thrashing-tailed desire for self-preservation.” – J.A. Rock


“And secretly, I liked redemption. I liked monsters who regretted and heroes who mustered a revolted sort of compassion for their enemies.” – J.A. Rock

Overall, Minotaur was a great read with very few downsides. It was a fantastic display of how to write a novel that has homosexual elements to it without the LGBTQ portion being the part the stands out. There was some subtext you could choose to read, but its just as easily overlooked if you don’t like to read into things. The only parts I really didn’t like was it felt like the author dragged the ending out a little too long, and waxed poetic a little too often. If that’s the strongest complaints I have, you know its a  pretty good read.

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Title: Minotaur | Author: J.A. Rock (site) | Publisher: Riptide Publishing (site) | Pub. Date: 2015-10-19 | Pages: 275 | ISBN13: 9781626493131 | Genre(s): Fantasy & Young Adult | Language: English | Triggers: None | Date Read: 2015-11-25 | Source: Received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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