Fence #5 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana Lafuente

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4stars

“Don’t think about winning. Winning is a distraction.”

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Joana Lafuente (Illustrator)
Series: Fence #5

Number of pages: 27 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: We got a little insight of the past.
Bad things about this book: There are too many mysteries and I NEED TO KNOW!!!
Do I recommend it? Of course!!
Rate: 4/5

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I had to wait so long for this issue and I felt it was too short. Why is this happening again? We got Seiji and Aiden’s match and a little bit of backstory from the fencers. I thought we were going to get a little more insight from Seiji’s past but it was all whispered to him by Aiden and we didn’t hear a thing. I’m so curious I’m kind of losing my patience. And I’m a very patient woman. Very patient, but I can’t wait to get to the juicy parts: the secrets unveiled, the first stares with romantic vibes, the friendships blooming.

Screenshot_20180418-173054_Amazon KindlePoor Nicholas, he’s having a hard time!

But for now I want to know what happened to Seiji? What did Aiden say to him to make him lose his composure? Is it something about a relationship not gone well? I wonder if that’s why Seiji couldn’t go to Exton. Maybe he and Jesse were a thing or Seiji had a crush that he thought reciprocated but then was humiliated?? So many questions!!!!

I WANT TO KNOW WHO THE HELL HURT SEIJI??? GIVE THAT BOY SOME LOVE. HE NEEDS IT!!!

Screenshot_20180418-173123_Amazon KindleHow cute are Aiden’s cheerleaders? They’re adorable!

The next issue is going to be a great one, I’m sure of that! I really can’t wait!

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Manic Pixie Dream Boy by K.A. Merikan

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3stars

“You don’t really know me yet. I might not even be entirely human.”
“Oh, I know that. You’re at least a quarter unicorn.”

Title: Manic Pixie Dream Boy
Author: K.A. Merikan
Series: The Underdogs #1
Number of pages: 143 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s easy to read and it was fun imagining how their songs sounded in my head.
Bad things about this book: I think there were a little too many sexy scenes and the miscommunication really bothered me.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s enjoyable.
Rate: 3/5

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Cute and very sexy. Dare I say too sexy? Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. If I say it’s too sexy then it means maybe it was really a little bit too much; I’m usually all over the steam and lust.

While I enjoyed reading it, it felt longer than it actually was; it seemed that it was never going to end. I think it lacked something that usually makes me devour a book in no time. It was sweet and it had angst and of course my heart suffered quite a bit.

Dusk is the leader of a rock band. He is bisexual, has long silky hair, tattoos of food? I don’t remember. He is craving peanut butter so he makes the bus stop to buy some but, surprise surprise, he sees Lolly (real name Abe), pink hair, Disney tattoos, heart shaped glasses, lollipop, and it’s lust at first sight. Flirty time, naughty time, toilet accident, and Abe finds himself on the tour bus with the band and a clingy Dusk by his side.

Dusk followed the guy as if he were a rabbit leading Dusk to Wonderland.

He’s supposed to get off in L.A. but, things happen and he’s earning money from the band posing as Dusk’s boyfriend. But what exactly are they? They are good together, have great, even amazing, chemistry but they don’t speak much.

The dreaded miscommunication appears, attacks and knocks them out.

I think I knew that was going to happen. What else can bring suffering and angst between two people that from the outside are perfect for each other and make each other happy? Words not said, feelings not discussed. And that’s it. That’s all it takes for the world to fall apart. I’m not going to lie, I was mad at Abe because you can’t expect people to know what’s going on inside your head. You are feeling bad about something? You tell Dusk about it and find a solution. If that doesn’t work, then and only then, you can be mad and take decisions based on what you both discussed.

“Everything is temporary, like a visit to Disneyworld. And it leaves you drained, because you know it’s never going to last.”

I don’t like how someone waits a long time for their partner to realize something is not right and when they’re almost exploding, they accused them of not caring enough. People are different, they don’t always pay attention even if they want to, they need someone to guide them, to point them to the right direction. They are not bad, they just need guidance and, if there’s love and respect, you’ll see how everything will fall in the right place. And if it’s not worth it, you’ll know early on and not waste precious time on something that’s not leading anywhere. Communication is the way, folks!

Do I want to read the second book of this series? Maybe, but not right away. But I will read it because I’m curious about Sid and the stalker.

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Noticed Me Yet? by Anyta Sunday

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5stars

He was full to the brim with pizza and disappointment.

Title: Noticed Me Yet?
Author: Anyta Sunday
Number of pages: 70 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Amazing ending with amazing characters.
Bad things about this book: That it’s the end? Yes, that’s the only thing that’s making me sad.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 5/5

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So cute and sweet. You never disappoint me, Anyta!!!!

I took a very long hot bath because I was freezing (damned fake spring) and I decided to read this ebook by the ever amazing Anyta Sunday. I have loved everything I’ve read by her and I knew I had to read this one. It’s only 70 pages long so it was perfect for my bath.

Jacob is looking for a flatmate. Someone, Mr. X, took down all his ads and now three boys, one of them being the infamous X, answered the ad. I didn’t guess right; I really didn’t know who of the three boys was Mr. X. I had my doubts and maybe I excluded one of them almost instantly but I didn’t want to assumed anything by the clues I was given.

The messages exchange was sweet and I was glad for Jacob because he really needed to move on from his first and only boyfriend who broke his heart. He fell for this mysterious boy who liked to tease him with paper notes. That’s was really cute!

I loved the revelation and, luckily, we didn’t have much drama. Maybe only half page drama and that’s perfectly okay with me. I was naked in a steamy bathtub, so exposed, so I needed fluff, I needed joy, I needed a happy story with a happy ending and happy middle.

That’s what I had and I’m so happy I took that super long bath and read it.

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[ARC] Fourteen Summer by Quinn Anderson

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5stars

“I need your humor. I need your support. And I need you to get me to put on real clothes and leave the house every now and then, because otherwise I’ll become one of those weird recluses with twelve pet reptiles who writes articles about how millennials are killing the sock industry.”

Title: Fourteen Summers
Author: Quinn Anderson
Number of pages: 287 (kindle edition)
Expected publication: May 21st 2018
Good things about this book: Nice characters, nice story, nice romance, nice themes. I liked it a lot.
Bad things about this book: There was a part I thought now of the characters was overreacting a bit but maybe I can’t consider it bad since it’s only something that bothered me.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s really sweet.
Rate: 5/5

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Sweet, sappy, a tad melodramatic, cheesy AF: simply adorable. When I finished the book I could barely see, I was squinting my eyes so much trying to make sense of my feelings. I needed rest but I promise I had such a big smile on me face! It was so cute to see, trust me.

Max and Aiden are identical twins. They have lived all their lives being “the twins” and Aiden, the introvert one, has always lived his life being “Max’s brother”. He wants to be his own person, other than the twin of a brother he fights with all the time but that he loves with all his heart. Surprise!! After 10 years not seeing each other, the twins run into Oliver, their long lost best friend from their youth. He is all grown up and hot, and also very gay. Aiden, also being gay, is all the more on edge in his proximity. Boy’s hormones are something else and some things can’t be hidden. The “feelings” are pretty obvious.

This was what happened when two introverts tried to flirt. They ended up with a lot of awkward silences and not-staring contests while they each waited to see if the other one was going to make a move. If Oliver gave Aiden one more lingering look from afar, he was going to become the protagonist of a YA novel.

Unfortunately the sparks between Oliver and Aiden, make Max feel excluded and he starts feeling all kinds of things, making him annoying and rude. Both twins and Oliver must face obstacles during this summer who promises to be one to remember: but if it’s worth it, then things can’t stay wrong forever, right? That’s what I hoped from the beginning, my heart heavy with angst and frustration. Those boys sure knew how to keep me on my toes. I was a little mess but this is not a long book so I didn’t have to wait much to know my sentence.

Fourteen Summers had a promising summary and it lived to its potential. I didn’t expect it to have some kind of scenes but I was also glad it did. They were right, never too much or unnecessary. It dealt with themes familiar to people with siblings and divorced parents but even if you don’t see yourself in them, you will still enjoy being a part of their journey. They grow up in such a short time; they needed a beautiful green-eyed boy to let their castle crumble only to be rebuilt stronger and bigger and more beautiful.

“Way to get all sappy, dude. I blame all those foreign films you’ve been watching. They’ve made you broody.”

Sweet Mother of Cheese, how I love (and sometimes hate) romance novels! They make my heart ache with feelings I long to have. You know, to love and be loved in return? That feeling. To quote my newly found life motto “Dum Spiro, Spero”, there’s still hope for me since I’m still breathing. Let’s keep in hoping because someday love will find me and a crazy summer, like the one of Aiden, Max and Oliver, might become true in my future. I’m okay with spring, winter or autumn, I’m not picky.

Stop it, Aiden. Your oldest friend is back in your life. Try being happy instead of hormonal.

Aiden, dear, the “heart” wants what the “heart” wants. *wink wink*

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Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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5stars

“It only takes one pebble to start an avalanche.”

Title: Obsidio
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #3
Number of pages: 615 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Amazing ending with amazing characters.
Bad things about this book: That it’s the end? Yes, that’s the only thing that’s making me sad.
Do I recommend it? Yes, 500% yes.
Rate: 5/5

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So I cried. I cried during those pages (if you’ve read the book, you know what pages I’m talking about!!), I was a mess. Then I rejoiced for other reasons. And finally I’m leaving these characters for good and I don’t know exactly how I feel. Am I happy? Of course. Sad? Certainly. Empty? A little bit. Did I love it? I MOST CERTAINLY DID ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? This was the perfect ending to a perfect series I thought I was going to have a hard time getting into because of its peculiar format.

This book follows the characters we’ve come to know and love in the previous books and a couple new characters essential to the case they are all building against those BeiTech goons. Kady and Ezra, Hanna and Nik, Asha and Rhys; all of them, along with people they trust and some maybe they shouldn’t have trusted, will join forces to put together the Illuminae Files and stop BeiTech from committing crimes against humanity. They are a nasty bunch!

Our footage opens on a tableau I like to call Portrait of a Bad Idea.

So many things happen and my beloved AIDAN is part of some of them. It is magnificent because it doesn’t have filters; it analyzes situations and opts for the best solution. Maybe not the human solution, but a solution nonetheless. It is the only one who can make hard choices and I’m glad it’s still there to help them make them. I was enchanted by how ADAIN acted with Kady. It amused me so much, AIDAN caring about someone so deeply it made decisions not entirely based on statistics, but maybe on a feeling so much similar to love.

I am clarity.
I am necessity.
I am inevitability.
But am I evil?

Of all the characters and the characters growth and development, I have to say that the thing I loved most about Obsidio was the bromance between Nik and Ezra. They were born to be besties and I want to imagine them having boys nights out (and maybe once in a while they will also invite Rhys). I feel like among the three boys, Nik is the one that got to my heart the most. He felt genuine and raw, a look that said he had nothing to lose but a heart that would do anything to save the ones he cared about. So much heart inside such a sassy boy: my feelings for him were sincere. Nik was such a surprise, from beginning to end.

“You know what they call me behind my back?”
Malikov shrugs.
“Lieutenant Babyface,” Mason growls.
Malikov laughs, smoke spilling from his nostrils. “You do have a certain cherubic quality about you, Flyboy. Just saying.”

It’s been a few days since I finished Obsidio and I still don’t know how to put into words how I feel and how this book made me feel. All I know is that once I started it I couldn’t put it down and once I finished it I had a big smile on my face and couldn’t stop giggling. I was satisfied with how things ended and nothing made me feel like I wasted my time reading it. This is a perfect young adult sci-fi series; yeah, even with teenagers being able to save planets and humanity while also finding a special someone to share romantic moments with. Not very plausible but a lot enjoyable and I wouldn’t have liked it in any other way.

Let’s wrap this up with the quote that, once I read it, broke my heart and made me feel feelings, so many feelings, feelings in the shape of big fat tears rolling down my face and stuff, those kind of feelings:

“Of all the things I have seen and the places I have been, you were the one who felt most like home.”

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Alan Cole Is Not a Coward by Eric Bell

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5stars

My name is Alan Cole, and I am not a coward.
Not anymore.

Title: Alan Cole Is Not a Coward
Author: Eric Bell
Series: Alan Cole #1
Number of pages: 272 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: Adorable and it will be fill you with joy.
Bad things about this book: The parents and Alan’s brother were annoying but there was nothing bad about the book nor the writing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, and there’s a sequel
Rate: 5/5

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Marvelous little book; it warmed my heart and filled me with joy and hope. I never turn down a book that appeals me only because its target age is and age that it’s more than half of how old I currently am. It doesn’t matter that I was 12 years old 20 years ago; if the story seems nice I’m going to try it. I have to admit that I don’t quite remember how it was being twelve. How was I? What were my problems? Did I enjoy being twelve?

I know that twelve was the age I moved from Ecuador to Italy and the impact, language wise and cultural, was immense. I was trying to fit in in school, learn a whole new language and not fail my classes. It was a lot but somehow I did it but I don’t really remember how it all went down. I certainly wasn’t like Alan; I have two sisters, one younger and one older, but we never bullied each other. We fought, that’s almost a must between siblings, but we were never violent and abusive. It made me so mad reading about Alan’s home situation, if I still think about it I want to slap someone, break something, drink a shot of tequila, scream my lungs out.

Not really remembering how was life as a preteen, I went almost blindly into Alan’s story. A young boy, tall for his age, hair long enough to cover his eyes when needed, who happens to realize he is interest in boys, with a devil instead of a brother, a mother whose happiness seems gone, a father too strict borderline abusive if not completely abusive, and living a low-key life with no friends. Alan is blackmailed by his brother who found out he is gay, and is forced into a CvC (Cole vs Cole) game: if he doesn’t complete 7 tasks in 7 days he can kiss his secret goodbye. If I had a brother like Nathan, I think I would’ve secretly learned martial arts and taught him a lesson.

Our hero, Alan, has to win because he doesn’t want his secret to be revealed; I don’t think he is ashamed of who he is, it’s more like he knows how the world is and wants to postpone the derision that will come with coming out. Twelve-year-old kids can be immature and he wants a quiet life for as long as possible. The time will come, it’s inevitable but he wants to decide when and how to come out, his brother doesn’t have the right to take that from him. He has a huge crush on a boy and screams when a girl wants to kiss him so, yeah, the time to come out will have to come sooner or later.

I love how Alan’s unstable table, made of two rejects (three counting himself) become his safe place and the boys become his friends. Madison who doesn’t have friends because he is a little know-it-all and is too fat to be consider cool. Zack who has his head well beyond the clouds and is fascinated by every little thing, be it a cloud, a shadow or a rock. The three kids will form a unique trio and they will help each other. Their friendship is cute and I’m furious about anyone that made them feel that they were not enough and never will be.

“People often think the only way to be a hero is to be an extrovert, because they work better around people. But introverts can problem solve too. Just because you’re not going out fighting crime in long underwear doesn’t mean you can’t be a hero. You don’t need superpowers to be super. Or a good kid. Remember that, Alan.”

The parents play an important part in this story. Alan’s parents are awful and, even after knowing what made them that way, their behavior was still inexcusable. There is no excuse to put guilt he didn’t deserve onto your child, no matter how much you were hurting. You don’t get to treat your child like a thing, like whatever he does has to be to make you look better, to prove the world you are valid. You don’t get to disregard your kid’s passions or destroy their work because you don’t see the point. Oh my, some scenes made me so furious I think I got a new set of wrinkles.

Super long story short, this book may not be long but it faces tons of themes and it gets to your heart with its hope and feelings. It’s a wonderful story and it has a sequel I can’t wait it’s published so that I can read it. Alan deserves to be happy and I’m sure happiness will find him one way or the other.

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A Wish Upon the Stars by T.J. Klune ☆

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5starsplus

We turn to you, the boy we lost, your body now littered with scars. We know what your bravery cost, and for you we wish upon these stars.

Title: A Wish Upon the Stars
Author: T.J. Klune
Series: Tales From Verania #4
Number of pages: 450 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Everything. I’m telling you, EVERYTHING.
Bad things about this book: Nothing. It was hard to say goodbye but it also feels good.
Do I recommend it? Yes! Yes! Yes!
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

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BEWARE! This review will contain spoilers of the previous books and spoilers of this book because I must say things and the things I must say are spoilery.

This book deserves more than 5 stars and this series deserves at least a million stars. AT LEAST! I’ll say maybe 2 billion stars, maybe more. I have loved everything about it, everything: frustration and all. I have not loved a series as much as I’ve loved this one. Sure, you know how easily I give 5 stars to books but maybe it is because I read books I know I will like so the probability of a full star review is pretty high. I seem to know how to avoid books that make me mad but, alas, I have read a few that I wish I could forget completely but still haunt my everyday life. You know who you are, books, you know it and you should be ashamed of yourselves!

“How are you still alive?” Dimitri asked me.
“Sheer force of will,” I said cheerfully.

A Wish Upon the Stars is the fourth and last book of the Tales from Verania saga. I have read four magnificent books about a boy who happens to be a wizard apprentice and who, apparently, doesn’t know when to shut up. The things Sam says are things of beauty and perversion. Maybe more of perversion if I’m being honest and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sam is a magical boy with feelings and so much love to give. Sam is also a very sexual being and he will make sure you don’t have any doubts about it. I have read things that had made me gasp, laugh, cringe and also made me horny. Sam and I, we are alike. The only difference is that he has a hunk of a boyfriend while me, well, I’m single and the world has decided I will remain that way until the day I die.

The third book ended on a very sad note; Morgan was murdered and Ryan was badly hurt. Our Sam made the only decision he thought was right so he ran away to the Dark Woods to join the Great White and the other dragons to train. Eleven, I repeat, eleven months later he resurfaces from his “training camp”, disheveled and with bushy eyebrows, more powerful than ever, now a wizard, and more scared of facing the ones he left behind that the super villain who wants to consume him and kill them all.

“I promise you, when I was in the woods, looking up at the stars, there is nothing I wished for more than you.”

I was scared, too. San ran away leaving only letters not really explaining where he was going or for how long. Gary and Tiggy were super mad, Sam’s parents grounded him for eternity, Justin was uncharacteristically huggy, and Ryan was furious for very valid reasons. I would also be super mad if the love of my life went away who knows where for who knows how long telling me to wait patiently. How dare he leave me? That’s not okay. Luckily, Sam returned with more magic and Ryan has a kink for magic so things resolved quite quickly and quite steamily. I saw a side of Ryan I liked, a new side of him I like because I already liked him a lot.

“Lady Tina,” I said. “How unfortunate that you didn’t pass beyond the veil overnight. I expected more from you.”

Sam feels a bit left out in this new dynamic, having been almost a year away while the world kept going without him. Two of his arch-nemesis are now all lovey-dovey with his friends. Lady Tina DeSilva is second in command to Ryan and Sam hates it. I would hate it, too. She was the bane of his existence for the last books. Okay, she repented, had a change of heart, etc etc. But she did unnecessary things. I wouldn’t forget and forgive that easily.

“I had a vision you would say that,” Vadoma said, the bangles on her wrists knocking together. “I have many visions about everything you say. None of them are good.”

Then we have Vadoma, the one who put Ruv in our Sam’s way, maybe also contributing to the fall of Morgan. Yeah, she was sort of bewitched by Ruv, but still, she was rude and that’s not okay. You don’t get to be rude to Sam because he’s precious and needs protection.

“There were spiders when Dad showed me the first time,” he mumbled. “I don’t like spiders.”
“Ah,” I said wisely. “It’s a good thing you’ve got us, then, eh? And by us, I mean Ryan, because I also don’t like spiders, so he can go first and scare them all away and make sure we don’t get bitten and die.”

The book has one main mission and two side missions. The one super important mission is to use the dragons to kill Myrin, of course. The two side missions are to retrieve Gary’s horn and to save the King from the Castle’s dungeons where he’s kept captive. They do get the horn after saving the King and they meet Randall again, and guess what, he had the horn and the story of how he tracked is something else. Randall is a phenomenal character and I love him and his old hairy face! The “ceremony” of reattaching Gary’s horn is one I will never forget. I keep picturing Sam bad touching the horn while it leaked rainbow fluid, and then putting it on Gary and Gary sort of evolving, all majestic and posing and with his ego so much bigger than before you didn’t think it could be possible.

“Gary Matthias Pontificus Esmerelda Juanita Lopez Alabaster Kennedy the Fourth!”

Gary’s full name. I’m so glad we know it now!

I haven’t found the kind of comedy T.J. Klune writes with any other author. It’s overwhelming. I think you love it or you hate it, there’s no in-between. I love it with all my heart. He mixes hilarious moments with moments full of sentiment capable of breaking your heart and, trust me, your heart will certainly break. Mine broke so many times since book 1. I’ve lost count. He plays with your feelings but you hang in there because he is so clever, he knows it, and he’ll do the story justice and you won’t be mad at him (so much). He knows he’ll make you hate him a little bit and I know he grins evilly when no one is watching because he knows all will be forgiven by the end of the books. You magnificent manipulator! You have a special place in my heart.

“He reminds me of you,” he told Randall. “Stubborn. Indignant. Mouthy. He speaks before he thinks and is more likely to ignore my orders than to actually follow them.”
I would have objected, but that was pretty much all true.

I’m realizing I didn’t spoil much of the book so now I’m going to list my favourite parts so this will become a real spoilerful review:

1- Sam promising himself that he’ll find a boyfriend for Justin and us maybe getting in the future a book from Justin’s pov with his own romantic adventures
2- Ryan proposing like the cheesy boy he truly is and being all heart-eyes for Sam even when he was angry with him. But of course you can’t stay angry with Sam; have you look at him? He’s adorable.
3- Sam wooing the guards promising slutty things was beautiful and so cringe worthy I’m still thinking about how slutty he truly is. And I’m loving it. I loved every second of that scene. And I loved how jealous Ryan got because his man is loved by many. Too many!
4- Sam using the ability to change his and other people’s appearances to make Lady Tina the ugliest man in existence. It was hilarious! And he made Justin bald. Sam, why are you doing this to me? Tears, I had tears rolling down my face it was almost poetic.
5- Randall asking a little too many times if someone had a reason for Sam and Ryan not to get married got me laughing hard. Randall is precious and his story with Myrin was so sad; he deserved to be loved more, to be chosen over power, not to be left behind. Myrin, you suck.
6- Terry, Gary’s twin brother wanting Ryan to “ride him”, if you know what I mean!!
7- Morgan of Shadows. Morgan of freaking Shadows to complete the happy ending we truly deserved. We suffered so much and that was our reward.

With this list, this long and probably incomprehensible review gets to an end just like this series. I’m sad, of course, but I’m also happy because I don’t have to wonder if they’re okay and happy. I know they are. They will have bad days, they will have to face adversities, probably random kidnappings, but they will be victorious. They have each other, they have love and they are loved. There’s really nothing that puts a bigger smile on my face than seeing all of them, Sam, Ryan, Gary, Tiggy, Justin, Morgan, Randall, Sam’s parents, the King, be as happier as they can be in a world that wanted to put a destiny set in stone in their way. But stone crumbles, right? It sure did. Stone crumbled and if it didn’t, I was ready to magically teleport myself inside the book and punch it until it did. I was going to get my happy ending one way or the other.

“I’m in control of my own destiny. My path may have been set in stone, but stone crumbles, and sometimes we have to forge our own way through.”

Farewell Verania. You’ll be missed, and if we’re going to meet again I hope it’s not very far in the future. I can wait, though, because I know it’ll be worth it.

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