A Lila Release Day Review: The Werewolf before Christmas by Charles Payseur


Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Ray seems like the perfect boyfriend—he’s gorgeous, incredibly romantic, and has a mechanical suit he invented to become the dastardly MantaRay. For Alec, who also spends his nights making life difficult for do-gooders everywhere, it’s a match made in supervillain heaven. Except that Ray is a bit too into the hit soap opera All My Werewolves. When tempers flare during what’s supposed to be a quiet night out, Alec nearly ruins everything over a stupid bet with an alien gorilla.

Desperate to prove his feelings to Ray, and with Christmas fast approaching, Alec decides the fastest way to Ray’s heart is to embrace the thing that threatens to divide them—a certain werewolf show with a certain actor who Ray admires. A simple kidnapping promises to do the trick, only fur (and fandom) fly when Alec’s romantic gesture leads to a very hairy situation. Can Alec prove to Ray how much their relationship means to him, or will his plans be ruined by the werewolf before Christmas?

The Werewolf Before Christmas is a very different type of story. Definitely not one that I read often. I had to start it twice because I had no idea what was I reading but I need to accept that it is a well-crafted short. After the reader gets to know the characters, the world, and the main plot, it’s easy to follow the action.

Perhaps a bit too easy. Especially when Alec sets to find his present. I liked the initial chase and all the little quirks and pop references but he gets what he’s looking for too quickly for all the planning and angst that went into it.

The author’s creativity is superb and the reason I’m rating this story four stars. Not one of my favorites but worth reading if you are looking for something completely different this Holiday season.

The cover by Paul Richmond is the same as the rest of the 2017 Advent Collection.

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ebook, 35 pages
Published: December 1, 2017, by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781640803152
Edition Language: English

A Stella Advent Calendar Review Day 24: How the Supervillain Stole Christmas by Charles Payseur


RATING 3,5 out of 5 stars

how-the-supervillain-stole-christmas-by-charles-payseurRex Devious (Dr. Devious to meddlesome do-gooders everywhere) can go toe-to-toe with superheroes without blinking an eye. So picking out a Christmas present for his new boyfriend should be no problem. After all, he and Sanjay seem perfect for each other. But with a terrible track record for finding gifts that won’t scare his potential partners away, Rex is paralyzed with insecurity. Until, of course, he decides to change tactics. Instead of having to pick out that perfect present, why not just destroy Christmas altogether? If his nemeses (or his conscience) can’t stop him first, he might just become the supervillain who stole Christmas.

I liked this short very much, the relationship between the characters was really cute, but I especially enjoyed Rex and his inability at buying presents for his ex (and actual) boyfriends. He was so funny and I had a good time at reading about his determination at ruining Christmas or just erasing it from the Earth, as a solution to his problem with gifts. His evil plans were hilarious and brought to a  very sweet ending.

I admit I had just a little bit of hard time with this short since I’m not so into superheroes and AI and everything related to that world, so it took me a long moment to find my feet in Rex’s life. I would have liked to see more of Rex and Sanjay together, but still I want to recommend How the Supervillain Stole Christmas by Charles Payseur, an adorable Christmas story.

The cover art by Paul Richmond is perfect cause I’m not sure why, but I can totally see Rex in the face of the person on the cover, while planning the impossible.

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Kindle Edition, 33 pages

Published November 30th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press


Edition Language English