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When the Glow Lights the Woods by Eule Grey




#MM, #Dystopian, #YA, #Romance, #Seasonal, #Fantasy,

A snowy story of healing, birds, and the magic of connection.

The Wall? Who gives a snowman’s kiss about when the wars ended, or who built the divide that goes all the way around the planet? Whatever!

All anyone cares about is Christmas, when one lucky person gets to date someone from the other side. Who will it be this year?

Eighteen-year-old Kite Ripples loves birds, animals, and gazing at stars. He’s a good brother to leader, Mal. Mostly. As teacher, it’s Kite’s responsibility to dispel the rumours about people on the other side being robots—just a myth, right? Deep down, he understands no human is better, or worse, than any other. And, if he dreams of meeting a guy like him—who wants to kiss—it doesn’t mean Kite’s a rebel. Not he!

Manu Feathers, also eighteen, lives on the other side. Gets into trouble. Likes boys. Breaks laws and wants more. Like everyone, he’s fixated on those over the divide—simultaneously scared and excited by rumours of too much sex. It’s a lot to get your head round.

Kite is selected to climb under the Wall, and it’s the best Christmas present ever. But nothing goes to plan. Instead of picking the perfect boy, all he notices is the guy on the end, acting out. Who’d choose a nuisance like him?

Can the highest Wall prevent first love? Can a kiss heal a baby bird?

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Adventurous or cautious? Cautious.

Antique or brand new? Antique

Asking questions or answering questions? Answer

Bagels or muffins? Muffins

Black and white or colour? Black

Black leather or brown leather? Brown

Books or movies? Books

Boots or sandals? Boots

Bright colours or neutral tones? Bright

Cake or pie? Cake!!

Call or text? Text

Chinese or Italian? Italian

Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate

Cowboys or aliens? Aliens

Dancing or singing? Dancing

Dogs or cats? Cats

Drawings or paintings? Paintings

Dress up or dress down? Dress down or go naked lol

Dresses or skirts? Skirts

Facial hair or clean-shaven? Facial hair

Favourite colour? Pink

Fiction or non-fiction? Fiction

Football or Rugby? Rugby

Freckles or dimples? Freckles

Fruit or vegetables? Fruit

Glasses or contacts? Glasses

Hardwood or carpet? Carpet

Hugs or kisses? Hugs

Ice cream or yoghurt? Ice cream

Internet or cell phone? Intenet

Introvert or extrovert? Introvert

Ketchup or mustard? Mustard

Leather or denim? Denim

Light or dark chocolate? Light

Light side or dark side? Dark side

Long hair or short hair? Long

Marvel or DC? Marvel

Morning, noon or night? Night

Numbers or letters? Letters

Orange juice or apple juice? Orange

Pancakes or waffles? Pancakes

Pen or pencil? Pen

Pepsi or Coke? Pepsi

Personal chef or personal fitness trainer? Chef

Picnic or nice restaurant? Restaurant

Raisins or nuts? Nuts

Rural or urban? Rural

Sausage or bacon? Sausage

Saver or spender? Spender

Sci-Fi or fantasy? Fantasy

Scrambled or fried? Scrambled

Silver or gold? Silver

Spicy or mild? Mild

Spring or fall? Spring

Tan or pale? Tan

Tattoos or piercings? Piercings

Tea or coffee? Coffee

Think before you talk or talk before you think? Talk first

Truth or dare? Truth

Washing dishes or doing laundry? Dishes

Whole wheat or white? Whole

Wine or beer? Beer

Winter or summer? Summer

4 out of 5 (very good)

WHEN THE GLOW LIGHTS THE WOODS is set in a post-apocalyptic world divided in two by a wall. We start off on the rural side with Kite. He contributes to the community by helping out on their farm and being a teacher. This year it is his turn to go to the other side of the Wall and meet those who live there. He is worried as he has been told they are robots and he doesn't want to be assimilated.

When he gets there, he realises just how different things are. Everything seems shiny and new but no one will meet his eyes, apart from one angry-seeming young man called Manu. Kite and Manu learn about each other and try to bring both sides together in time for a seasonal HEA for all.

This was a gentle story of opposites. Both sides thought they were doing the right thing to prevent war, but both sides had something the other needed. I would have liked to have known a little more about the world itself, and what happened to the Elders. I loved the slow romance between Manu and Kite, the lost love between Mal and Nellak, and how each person who went over had their own experiences.

A sweet story where magic can happen. Definitely recommended by me.

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *


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Eule Grey, author, has travelled all over and settled, for now, in the UK. Her mind, however, is often up in the clouds or away with the fairies. Some might call her fey!

Eule loves books, pets, and happy endings. Adversely, she also enjoys reading a creepy horror story, though she isn’t very brave.

Best of all, Eule adores creating cuddly, sparkling romances. She also writes all kinds of other queer stories and refuses to be squeezed into only one genre—she just isn’t tidy enough!

Eule currently writes for NineStar Press and JMS Books.

Pronouns: She or they.

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