Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review: Glitterland by Alexis Hall

(Glitterland #1)
by Alexis Hall
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: May 18, 2015

The universe is a glitterball I hold in the palm of my hand.

Once the golden boy of the English literary scene, now a clinically depressed writer of pulp crime fiction, Ash Winters has given up on love, hope, happiness, and—most of all—himself. He lives his life between the cycles of his illness, haunted by the ghosts of other people’s expectations.

Then a chance encounter at a stag party throws him into the arms of Essex boy Darian Taylor, an aspiring model who lives in a world of hair gel, fake tans, and fashion shows. By his own admission, Darian isn’t the crispest lettuce in the fridge, but he cooks a mean cottage pie and makes Ash laugh, reminding him of what it’s like to step beyond the boundaries of anxiety.

But Ash has been living in his own shadow for so long that he can’t see past the glitter to the light. Can a man who doesn’t trust himself ever trust in happiness? And how can a man who doesn’t believe in happiness ever fight for his own?

Glitterland has one of the most memorable and unique character ever to grace the page of M/M romance for me. Essex boy, Darian Taylor is definitely an acquired taste, but who can resist this innocent, naive and simple minded young man once you get to know him. The way he talks remind me of the days where I tried to decipher what Hagrid was saying in the Harry Potter books. Do Essex folks talk that way? I had no idea. But once I finish this book, I feel like I can be Darian's bff and hear him talk all day long.

Told entirely from Ash's POV, he is a neurotic as they come and he had a penchant for being depressed and sabotaging his own happiness. It was even mentioned that he is clinically depressed, bipolar and also suffer anxiety. Sounds like a really complex man. Beside of constantly feeling down and paranoid about his relationship, I don't really see Ash being bipolar or borderline maniac. 

This book had a recipe for being super gloomy and dark, but I manage to find the silver lining and the humor underneath Ash's gloominess for life in general. I think Darian is such a great match for him. For the first time, I really see the beauty of being simple minded, carefree and enjoying life as it is. Darian simply exude positiveness and he make Ash's life glittered up. 

Do I mentioned I want to hear Darian talk all day long? I wonder is there an audio for this.