Pet to the Tentacle Monsters! by Lilia Ford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
No spoilers and colorful language abound! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I have no idea what I just read.
Every so often I will be browsing through NetGalley and for all sorts of reasons, something will draw me into pause over a title and read the synopsis. In this case, it was the cover that caught my attention. True to form I popped over to GoodReads to snoop about, see what the readers were saying, you know what catch my drift. I saw a few friends who have read this and without going too far into their reviews, decided to request it, because hey, you have to live a little.
I haven't read anything quite like this before, so my expectations were set a comfortable blank slate, completely curious about what this kind of book feels like to read.
I think, it's a little something along the lines of seeing someone make this gesture to you, completely uncomfortable yet you take slight notice of the technique:
OK, so once I got a grip on reality, and that this was not in fact going to be hilarious, I got a little unsure and wide eyed. I mean, dystopian-esque, sci-fi, m/m tentacle-rape-fantasy-erotica? Talk about falling down the rabbit whole of the uber specific sub-genres. What first drew me in was the well conceptualized sci-fi-intro, it was extremely well written and engaging from the very start. It was so well written that for a brief moment I had entirely forgotten what I was actually reading and got lost in the story of it all.
Benji, an orphan, a delinquent, a misguided young man with entirely too much anger for his own good, finally tries his luck one too many times and comes up short. The consequences are for him to be "adopted" out of his commune to the aliens, assumedly to be eaten. Little does he know that they have entirely different idea's for him.
Caught off guard moment number two: fully realized characterization and compelling relationships formed between Benji and his aliens; Kitty, Black, and Silver. They are all unique and equally disturbing, although have varying degrees of what the actual fuckery is happening? Pushing boundaries is the spice of life, or so I'm told, and this is packaged is just the right kind of strange. Let your curiosity for the new and different take you away with his quirky, kinky, fast paced read!