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Release Day Review: Gone by the Board by August Li

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Release Day Review: Gone by the Board by August Li

Book Info

About the Author
August (Gus) Li is a creator of fantasy worlds. When not writing, he enjoys drawing, illustration, costuming and cosplay, and making things in general. He lives near Philadelphia with two cats and too many ball-jointed dolls. He loves to travel and is trying to see as much of the world as possible. Other hobbies include reading (of course), tattoos, and playing video games.
Publication Date
May 24, 2017
Available Formats
epub, mobi, pdf
Content Warning
 The story deals with isolation, suicidal thoughts/tendencies, suicide, anxiety, claustrophobia, domestic abuse and mental health issues.
The sea is full of jealously guarded secrets, but everything washes up eventually….

Betrayed by a trusted partner, Nathan figures he might as well be lost and heartbroken in the sunshine, and he heads to the coast of South Carolina, to stay with a friend and find a new direction for his life. But despite his efforts, he is lost in the fog, unable to find a guiding light and sometimes unable to find a reason to go on. His only respite from depression and anxiety is the soothing rhythm of the tides and the comfort he draws from proximity to the water.

When the sea sends a lifeline in the form of a strange and beautiful man, it’s easy for Nathan to ignore all the things that don’t add up about his new friend. But the tides can turn without notice, and it’s those mystical traits that will either finally lead Nathan safely to shore or drown him in confusion and despair.

Editor reviews

1 reviews

Beautiful. Original. Captivating.
  Cover – Gorgeous!
 POV – 3rd person, dual character
 Would I read it again – YES!
 Genre – LGBT, Short, Urban Fantasy


 Wow! Beautiful. Original. Captivating. Perfect. Satisfying. I could write my whole review just in a list of words that would sum up how this made me feel and all that it was.

 To start with, the Prologue was so touching. Being introduced to Nathan in such a way – with the dissolution of a relationship that he didn't want to end – was heartbreaking and sort of liberating, at the same time, though he certainly didn't feel that way. Even when we jumped ahead to Chapter 1 which was in the future a few months/year, it was so perfectly planned and plotted that I felt like I hadn't missed a single important event.

 The world-building and attention to detail was spectacular. Truly amazing. I've always loved August Li's work and this encapsulated all of the things I've loved about other stories; the detail, the care, the description and how perfectly balanced all of it is with the plot and the characterisation. Nothing is too small a detail, nothing is left out that I want to know, but I'm not bogged down by irrelevant information, either.

 When it comes to characters, there wasn't anyone I didn't love. Rachelle was an incredible friend to Nathan; she did so much, was always there and was always supportive, even when he doubted her ability to put up with him or deal with his drama. Nathan himself was just so beautiful; he was a lost creature that needed to be saved and it made me feel for him so much, in such a short time. Watching him grow, as he met Brume, was an incredible transformation and really wonderful to see. Brume himself was a revelation of shy naivety and confident guidance that completely captivated me from beginning to end. Their chemistry together, even before they'd officially met and just needed each other so bad, was palpable. It was truly believeable and beautiful and I rooted for them so hard.

 This will be a re-read whenever I need a pick-me-up. Whenever I need to cry or smile or just feel the wonders of the written word, this will be the one I pick up to wash me away into a place of peace and serenity. Stunning.


 Favourite Quote

 It was very hard to pick just a few, but I finally limited it to these:

 “A dam broke in Nathan's mind and heart, and an understanding that had eluded him all his life – about the real nature of connection and existing in the present – rushed in.”

 “He had to explain, make Nathan understand that it was no flaw of his keeping them apart, that they were just too different. The waves and the beach could touch, could slide against each other in that wonderful, eternal dance, but they could never join.”
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