Cocooning by Mike Shade

Chrysalis, Book 1

Torquere Press

Contemporary Fantasy (M/M)

ISBN: 978-1-60370-294-2, 1-60370-294-6

Reviewed by Sabella



Aiden lives in a world all of his own while writing, which allows for his bi-polar disorder to get out of control.  However, he is more aggravated than grateful with his sister as she tries to care for him – which lands Aiden right where he doesn’t want to be – involuntary commitment.  But as Aidan is struggling to make those around him understand that he is not crazy, just really wrapped up in his writing, Aidan finds a gem within the hospital staff – Pierce, the orderly.  Pierce is patient and seems to understand Aiden when he doesn’t understand himself.  Is Pierce for real or part of the world Aiden has created for himself by writing?

Chrysalis 1: Cocooning is a strangely compelling tale that pulls the reader into the fantastical paths that a creative mind takes that can be confused with insanity.  Aiden is incredibly compelling as his creativity leads to an incredible vulnerability, which seems to make Pierce the perfect match for him.  Yet, Pierce seems to perfect to be real, leaving the reader to wonder just how “real” Pierce is…  It will be interesting to see what twists and turns Mike Shade takes in the next installment of the series.  Chrysalis 1: Cocooning is flight of fancy that will leave you wondering where Aiden and Pierce are headed next.



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