Kristian Daniels tackles the topic of Identity. An expert study of LGBTQ and Bullying Issues.
Kristian Daniels began writing in his early teens, scripting plays and writing short stories. However, it is only recently that he dedicated himself to writing full-time and published his first novel Stolen Heart. In this book, Daniels tackles the significant theme of identity with a serious message of LGBTQ and bullying issues in his deeply poignant, candid coming-of-age gay romance, which tells the story of young adults struggling with love, life, and sexuality. With his books, he tries to submerge the reader in a story with psychological meat, what it means to love genuinely and selflessly, and about being true to one’s own self.
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5 stars for Stolen Heart by Kristian Daniels
Gritty and raw, this book will grip the reader and not let go. There is something to be said for the resiliency of the human spirit. This tale could provide inspiration for someone to keep going no matter how the cards of life are dealt to them.
A very realistic and gritty story about the hard-knock life some face just because of their personal choices. In a perfect world, there would be an avenger who took care of those who did things to those who couldn’t defend themselves. Too bad a person writing fiction couldn’t add that aspect to a story.
Elliot is a hero for a streaming service. This story would be wildly popular and could even be made into a hit movie. A tale that is truly ripped out of the world’s headlines. If you like your reading edgy and emotive, then this book is for you. A gay coming-of-age story that will appeal to everyone who enjoys this genre. A strong beginning to what could be a memorable series.
Sins of our Sons
Cheryl_cajun rated it it was amazing
Thank you for the ARC read, I voluntarily give this book an honest review. Fear of discovery to powerful, Prejudice and pressure, but the truth is going to shatter so many lives. Wow another emotional read by Kristian, the story telling gets you right in the feels. Revenge that has torn apart lives, making the bonds between these couples stretch to breaking.
Coming out in a small rural area. Where what should’ve been a thrilling feeling of discovery, is weighted down with shame and fear in these two young men’s lives. Greg is off to university in a year, leaving behind Tyler.
Trevor may have been forced to come out, that didn’t mean he had to stay in that environment to be bullied by those that should love him. Neil life is more complex as he caved to the pressure where Amanda is considered, the way he is going about is just wrong.
Stolen Heart by Kristian Daniels
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A poignant blend of romance and young adult drama, the novel is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking…
Daniels tackles the significant theme of identity with a serious message of LGBTQ and bullying issues in his deeply poignant, candid coming-of-age gay romance, which tells the story of a young man struggling with love, life, and sexuality. As a teen, Elliott Denison has struggled with his sexual identity. Growing up in a religious household, with over-protective, extremely strict parents is difficult. But things are worse in the school. Reserved and gentle by nature, Elliott, more than often, finds himself becoming the target of bullies. The only bright spot for Elliott is his friendship with Paul, who would go to any length to protect the former. Estranged from his parents, Elliott enters adulthood. His life changes soon after he meets the handsome, endearing Chase Harrison, and things begin to look up. But an anonymous hater has other plans. Daniels’s compassionate consideration of issues of LGBTQ bullying and harassment is both intuitive and insightful as he depicts the plight of his protagonist as a child and teenager fraught with his parents’ strict parenting while struggling with issues of self-worth, low esteem, and sexual identity. The adept combination of convincing characters, sharp psychological insights, and well-woven LGBTQ elements makes for a memorable experience. However, Daniels’s biggest strength is portraying his characters’ struggles with their relentless insecurities and inner demons. He focuses on the raw feelings of his characters, who remain broken amid their ongoing struggles. In a soft, searing voice, he examines the intricacies of human nature, love, relationships, duty, responsibility, and mortality through the eyes of his main characters. Elliott shines as the protagonist. His vulnerability, brokenness, and gentle nature make him heartbreakingly real and relatable. Chase is a thoroughly developed character, charming, candid, and likable. Paul is equally compelling. Daniels’s writing is assured, dialogue sharp, and the novel’s pace measured and leisurely. Intelligent, crisp prose pulls the reader deep into the intriguing storyline. Though bullying and teenage LGBTQ issues make up the major portion of the storyline, this is a story with psychological meat, what it means to love truly and selflessly, and about being true to one’s own self. This expert exploration of homosexuality, enduring friendship, family ties, love, guilt, regret, faith, forgiveness, and revenge will delight the lovers of gay romance.
Worth reading 😎
A touching story that is brave in exposing homophobia in its truest, cruellest forms.
This book contains sensitive content which some people may find offensive or disturbing.Read synopsis
Stolen Heart takes the reader on Elliot’s entire journey of childhood to manhood, with the focus being his gay identity. We see his sense of self as a closeted, timid teenager full of shame transform to his adult years as a man of pride, who still struggles chiefly because of the backwards opinions of those around him. As the focus of the story is on hate crime, LGBTQ+ rights and relationships, there are a few trigger warnings surrounding suicidal ideation, violence and graphic, sexual content that I feel must be highlighted before reading the novel.
Throughout the novel, there is an argument to be made that the story barely scratches the surface of Elliot’s life due to the lightning-quick pacing. For example, chapter headings include ‘Two Years Later’ and ‘Four Years Later’, which I feel makes the story become a little rushed. Experiencing Elliot’s life with him becomes confusing and more difficult to relate to because of the speed in which we witness him at his different ages. Personally, I would have preferred a more subtly woven narrative that gives the reader more of a deep dive into Elliot’s personal thoughts and feelings, rather than the briefer descriptions that we are presented with.
Although the novel also occasionally lacks subtly in terms of dialogue, for example with the staple religious insult of gay people as ‘sinners’, this is also a clever reflection of how language that seems so outdated is still relevant in the present day. Therefore, terminology like this is included to show how out of touch ‘religious nuts’ are in comparison to peaceful believers of religion. Daniels beautifully lays bare the hypocrisy of extreme religion, and this is shown through Elliot’s realisation that ‘for the first time, I saw how tightly their lives revolved around their interpretation of the bible. It destroyed our family, the very opposite of what the bible should do’. However, the story is in no way anti-Christianity; it represents learning to become a more accepting and tolerant person to be a journey that can be hard to undertake, but is ultimately very rewarding. There is a very real and raw feel to Stolen Heart in the way that it displays both positive and negative responses to living ones’ truth, but at the heart of the novel is the warmness of acceptance, hope and celebration.
I would recommend this book to avid readers of LGBTQ+ fiction, and beyond. Its message is heart-warming and important, and showcases a voice that needs to be heard in order to enact necessary change.
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Thank you for the ARC read, I voluntarily give this book an honest review. Warning of Drug use, abusive behavior and self harm is a just a few of the key points in this book. Keep the tissue handy! A emotional read that has physical struggle of that far reaches from a young boy growing up questioning not just himself but everything, as the ones that should love and support him are unwilling to the one job that should matter!
This starts off with glimpses of Elliott’s home lif. The adults that are to protect the young and parents that so wishes to please the church fearing cummituny, all should be shameful. Just goes to show just because they wear one face in public, in private they show their real selves. As for the children, whom watch and parroting the adults, it’s a leant behavior that isn’t just damaging to others but themselves as well. Self loathing is a build up of the years of abuse that leads to bullying of others. Some kind of being is working over time with Elliott and Chase, because WOW cue the water works!