Book Reviews

Conventional Shadows (Simply Crafty 2.5) by Lissa Kasey at Layer Kake Publishing

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Ghosts/Spirits/Hauntings / Interracial / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 22-October-2021

Book Blurb

Micah and Alex have a bit of a haunted doll problem when attending an anime convention.

Novella takes place between Marked by Shadows and Possessed by Shadows

A free ebook from the author available on bookfunnel

Book Review

To have some time to relax and get away from the day-to-day craziness of their lives, Micah and Alex go to an anime convention. In reality, these two never seem to escape the supernatural events in their lives. The programs and workshops are intriguing and exciting, the displays are impressive, and the costumes are brilliant! Being new to the anime scene, Alex is still learning, and Micah is a patient and informed teacher. At one display, Alex finds a doll that catches his eye. Micah buys it for him, and Alex names the doll Noel. They have a great time picking out clothes for him along with attachable faces that change his expression along with the doll’s mood.


While strolling around the venue, one of Micah’s blog followers comes up to them to ask a favor. He thinks something is haunting his room and asks if they will check it out. Unable to resist helping the young man, they go with him. When he opens the door, it surprises them to see that he is a Stitch paraphernalia collector, and the items fills up his entire room. That alone is spooky. They focus on one Stitch, in particular, the boy’s grandmother made for him. Because the doll seems to be the source of the activity, Alex and Micah take it back to their room to investigate, but when Alex’s doll ends up in different places from where they left it, they take the Stitch doll back.


This was a fun interlude in the often heavy, scary series. It amused me that a former Army Ranger would want and enjoy a doll so much, but it was a testament to his growing acceptance of himself. Thanks, Lissa, I love Micah and Alex! I wish I could see pictures of them in their costumes!



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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-September-2021
Price FREE
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