Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: Pyewacket, Pyewacket
AUTHOR: J. Phillip Elwes
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 258 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2016
“Pyewacket, Pyewacket” is a gay erotic, paranormal thriller about nineteen-year-old Grant Webb, who must leave his remote fishing town in northeastern Canada to search for his grandmother reported missing in Vallejo, California. On his first night in town, Grant questions his grip on reality, as he has an otherworldly encounter. When he inadvertently casts a spell to locate his grandmother, he realizes he’s a fledgling warlock. To save his grandmother, he joins other warlocks and witches in an epic battle against an ancient evil, that, at long last, has within its reach its most coveted prize, Grant himself.
This story is told with a rather rambling first person narration that appealed to me instantly. Grant is a nineteen year old, gay nerd, who excels in speaking in metrical verse, has an imaginary pet/friend named Pyewacket and whose only sexual experience has been via internet porn. How could I not love that character instantly? He lives with his mother on a remote Canadian island, but is drawn to California to find his Grandmother when he discovers she is missing.
I had a really hard time keeping up with what was happening in this story. One paragraph ran into another without any indication that we’d had a change of day, location or situation. But, and I stress that but – I received this review copy as a PDF and converted the file to mobi. So it’s entirely possible that this was a formatting error of my own making. I’m assuming that should you purchase a copy, this won’t be an issue.
I really enjoyed the idea behind this plot. The author obviously has a vivid imagination and somehow introduced a huge cast of characters without confusing the storyline. The magical elements, the time travel, and especially Pyewacket himself were, I think, very well written and I couldn’t get enough of reading those parts of the story.
But for me, the downfall, the huge downfall, of this book was the amount of sex, which completely took over the story. I’m going to give a rough estimate that at least half of this book is made up of sex scenes. And I will say, kudos to the author, because he can write some crazy hot sex, but I think the sheer number of pages dedicated to sex overwhelmed the fantastic plot. Which, I realize, other readers may see as a bonus rather than something to complain about. Perhaps I simply wasn’t the best audience for this story. I can think of more than one reader friend who would happily devour a book of sex with a decent storyline thrown in. I should probably also mention the fact that these warlocks generate magic by having sex with each other. There are multiple scenes of group sex between the men in this story, although most of it is “mind sex” rather than something that is physically happening. There is some discussion of whether or not this is cheating, but honestly, I’m usually one of the first to scream cheater, and this story wasn’t a problem for me.
If magic is your thing, and books with a lot of sex work for you then you might think this tale was written just for your enjoyment. I can certainly appreciate the story behind the sex, but as that was the focus of many of the scenes, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I might have.