Book Review: Bishie Sparkles by Karenna Colcraft

Bishie Sparkles
by Karenna Colcroft
M/M Fantasy/Yaoi inspired novella
Dreamspinner Press
4 Stars


Long-time yaoi fan Grant didn't expect to be so attracted to the main character of his latest purchase-and he definitely didn't expect to wake up next to him one morning. But that's what happened. Even the sparkles, hearts, and small animals from the manga follow Teruo around Grant's apartment. If Grant weren't so distracted by lust, he'd find it really annoying.

When Teruo announces that he intends to stay with Grant because he has nowhere else to go, Grant is both pleased and terrified. Grant has been alone too long, and even with the sparkles, Teruo has made his way into Grant's heart. But if Grant can't find the words to tell Teruo how he feels, Teruo might vanish as suddenly as he appeared.


Grant is a closet yaoi fan and when he sees the handome bishie on the cover a new manga called Flower Grove, he can't resist buying it. He falls in lust with the character, thinking about them all the time and wishing he had someone like Teuro in his humdrum real-life. You'll need to suspend your disbelief for a while, but that's no hardship in such a fun tale.

One morning Grant wakes up to find Teuro in his bed, complete with bishie sparkles, smiley faces, frolicking animals and all. If you've read any yaoi manga or seen any animes, then you will get all of the little in-jokes, but even if you haven't seen any of those, I think you could still enjoy this story.

It is short and so sweet, Teuro was adorable, I wanted to hug him when Grant kept wondering if he was hallucinating him. It's easily read in a an hour or two and I defy anyone not to have a smile on their face after reading this. It was wonderful fun, with just a wee bit of angst - you can't really have yaoi without it, can you? ;)

Reviewed by Annette Gisby


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