Cover Reveal: Puck Drills & Quick Thrills by Eden Finley and Saxon James

Thor: What am I looking at?
Me: Cover reveal!!
Thor: Is there another naked man on the cover?
Me: There sure is!
Thor: Can’t they afford shirts in these books?
Me: Apparently not. You’re also shirtless.
Thor: I was meant to share this body with the world.
Me: Maybe that’s true for them, too.
Thor: No, just me.

QOTD!!
What kind of shirt would suit the guy on the book’s cover?
I was thinking a yellow one with a teddy bear on it.

COVER REVEAL!!!
Here it is, in all its naked glory, the cover for Puck Drills & Quick Thrills by Eden Finley & Saxon James, created by Story Styling Cover Designs!

The book is the 5th one in the CU Hockey series and for the first time one of the MCs is not a player on the hockey team but the coach who is also one of book 4’s MCs’ big brother! And we also met briefly the love interest in the previous book and saw glances here and there of what was going on while Asher and Kole were getting to know each other deeply, if you know what I mean. Wink wink.

I’m so curious to know all the details and to fall in love with everything! And give me all the cameos of characters of the previous books!! I miss them all!

The book releases October 6th!
Preorder it!!

And if you haven’t read this series yet, and you like hockey with a mix of romance in one of the queerest teams ever, then I recommend you read it and start with book 1 right away!!

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

5stars

Title: Piranesi
Author: Susanna Clarke
Number of pages: 272 (hardcover edition)
Rate: 5/5

“May your Paths be safe, your Floors unbroken and may the House fill your eyes with Beauty.”

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I loved this. Mysterious from the beginning. I had no idea what was happening! But I enjoyed the whole ride and when everything was revealed and we got to the heart of the book, I was 100% invested! Loved Piranesi as a character!

Piranesi starts with a man, who isn’t called Piranesi but that is how he’s known to his only friend, writing in his journal. The entire book is made of journal entries explaining various events and details of the House. Because Piranesi doesn’t live in our world, he lives in a labyrinthian place full of statues, halls, and corridors. He knows the tides of the place, he knows most of the statues, to which he has given weirdly cute names, and he knows that there is another living person in this world, that he called the Other. Because he’s not him, he’s another person. Piranesi is pretty direct in his naming process.

There are many mysteries surrounding the place, Piranesi and the Other and, since we see only through Piranesi’s eyes, we believe what he believes, and start firing out things with him. The story is very complex, peculiar and it will make you ask all the questions and come up with a million theories that may be right or close to the truth.

There’s a danger approaching the House that will reveal things Piranesi is not ready to face and the mysteries will start unfolding slowly until you reach the end and you will be either super satisfied by it or a little more confused than you were when you started. I was happy by how the story started, how it proceeded and how it ended. I was the kind of peculiar that I usually love. And the book is also pretty short s nothings gets dragged for too long. It’s the right length for this kind of story.

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The Wolf at the Door by Charlie Adhara

5stars

Title: The Wolf at the Door
Author: Charlie Adhara
Series: Big Bad Wolf #1
Number of pages: 288 (kindle edition)
Rate: 5/5

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I started this series thanks to a recommendation by a friend on Instagram. She said this had werewolves, it was murder mystery, quite sexy, and just overall super interesting. I trusted her, obviously. I’ve been loving murder mystery more and more lately and this series sounded like something I’d love to read. And that was 100% true.

The story is from Cooper Dayton’s POV. He’s working for a branch of FBI that knows and deals with all things werewolves. He found out about them after being badly wounded and now he’s partnered with Agent Park who is a tease and a werewolf himself.

The pining and lust is immediate, even before Copper even knew they were going to be partners at work. I loved their banter and how they got to know each other little by little until their attraction couldn’t be denied anymore.

I didn’t guess who was behind the murders, as usual. I loved how, in my opinion, at least for me, it wasn’t too obvious. I have already read the other books in the series and will be reviewing them later on.

CW: death, explicit sex scenes, torture (mentioned, not on page).

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The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos

4stars

Title: The Fascinators
Author: Andrew Eliopulos
Number of pages: 304 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: There’s magic but also a bit of a romance storyline that I liked.
Bad things about this book: It could’ve needed a bit more details.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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I was afraid of reading this one seeing so many low ratings, but I actually enjoyed it better than I thought and it was pretty cute. The magic was pretty interesting and the characters flawed but still likeable.

We have a weird magic system, not very well explained and we have our characters trying new spells, getting into dangerous situations, and just simply navigating high school.

We have more than one POV but mostly the POV is from Sam, who has to deal with a love that may be not entirely one sided, a new cute guy entering the picture, a dangerous cult, a book of spells that can’t end in the hands of bad people, and choosing what to do after finishing school.

I really liked how easy it was to follow. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator had a really nice voice and if the voice is nice, then the book is even more enjoyable.

This may not be for everyone but I feel like I can recommend it to everyone who loves YA fantasy mixed with romance.

CW: homophobia

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[ARC] The Thing About Alice by Jean-Luke Swanepoel

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3stars

Title: Aurora Burning
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Release date: May 5th 2020
Number of pages: 512 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: I think it conveys the hardness and hopefulness of life pretty well!
Bad things about this book: It’s very peculiar and I don’t think I understand it.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 3/5

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*ARC from NetGalley*

I don’t think I understood what the book wanted to tell me. The writing was a bit hard to follow but I synchronised with it. Then the time jumps started and I got confused. I didn’t understand what was going on, who was who. And the last chapter is where the book lost me.

The story follows Alice, an old woman living with her husband, who knows everything about everyone and feels abandoned when her friends and neighbours start moving on and away. Each chapter focuses on a character important to Alice: it’s often raw, intense, you can’t catch a break, it’s rushed, things happen without you noticing.

I don’t know if I was supposed to feel like Alice, lost and having reality getting away from me, or it was just me who didn’t get what all of this was about. Nonetheless it was a very peculiar novella, one that left me wanting for so many information I didn’t get but wanted to know. I wasn’t expecting what I got, but the book has something that can’t be denied; life, crude life, with all it throws your way.

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[ARC] Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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4stars

Title: Aurora Burning
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series: The Aurora Cycle #2
Release date: May 5th 2020
Number of pages: 512 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Kal!
Bad things about this book: A trope I really hate.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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*ARC from NetGalley*

I have words, and I have feelings, and I have anger. Yes, all three. And while I know this is typical behavior in Kristoff/Kaufman books, I’m still in this position nonetheless. I never learn, right? The writing as usual is full of sass, lots of banter, jokes, innuendos, and while it might seem too much sometimes, it gives the story the lightness it needs to balance the harder parts.

It’s a 99% action packed book, with only a few chapters of a sort of calm for both the readers and the poor characters. They can’t catch a break, and neither can we. Every chapter, with the different POVs is full of fights, blood, secrets, and mysteries.

I loved seeing and learning more about Kal, who is definitely my favorite character of the whole series. He is just the sweetest and it pained me being uncertain about things that have happened and are happening to him and his new friends. The story about his past was heartbreaking and I just wanted to hug him and make him better.

Not all characters were given the same space to allow us to get to know them better (I want more Fin in the next book, please), but the ones that we did get to know more of (Zila) gave the way they interact and grew from the previous book a brand new meaning. I love seeing characters grow into their better selves. It’s refreshing.

One thing I absolutely didn’t like was the use of one particular trope. Every time I see that trope used, my blood boils, and I get so furious! Without spoiling the trope is this one: blaming the children for the sins and crimes of their relatives. And everyone forgetting all the good things of a person because of that, like all their experiences are automatically fake, and now all they feel is hate, everything else cancelled. I really didn’t like that part and I’m still fuming because of it.

That’s why I’m not giving the 5 stars I initially wanted to give it. It’s my subjective opinion because I personally don’t like it, it’s unnecessary and the response of the other characters just ridiculous.

But the book has a lot of fulfilled potential and I can’t wait to have the next book in my hands because I need to know! That ending! They sure know how to leave the readers hanging.

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Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

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5stars

Title: Starsight
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Skyward #2
Number of pages: 461 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: So many things happened and it was hard to put down.
Bad things about this book: Nothing comes to mind.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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Where do I start? Where can I start? So many things happened in this book. Many new characters were introduced. I didn’t read the description before starting it so I didn’t know what to expect, and wow, my mind would never have expected what went down here.

Spensa is undercover at Starsight. We meet different kind of aliens, what goes through their minds, and exactly what the space alien politicians has been saying to everyone who would listen just how dangerous the humans are. Things got complicated easily. Spensa was very in over her head, but we can’t help but cheer for her, right?

She’s far less reckless than she was in the first book, thank goodness. I didn’t like much her attitude in Skyward. Rebel just for the sake of it. Here we have a Spensa who wants to save her people, putting herself at risk in a very suicidal mission. The things she finds out will either help her or doomed all of them. I’m very scared about what’s going to happen in the third book. But I need it right now!

The new characters!! I liked them! The kitsen, so cute and tiny and no, they don’t have a King, even if they serve this little poet Lord Hesho who sits on a throne and likes to give super long names to his ships. But nope, no monarchy here. So cute! Morriumur, an experiment being, a draft, half blue and half red, each part a parent. I can’t even begin to explain them to you so I won’t. Vapor, a figment, a scent in the air. Like wth? I need to know more! Brade, the brainwashed human. I hated her from the beginning. Cuna, the blue dione with the creepy smile. And Wiznik, the krell. All of them different and important to the story. I was a bit sad we only got a few chapters from Jorgen’s pov, but I love where the story is going.

I liked how the story went from months after the ending of Skyward, to Spensa going far away from home to Starsight, to her learning more about the enemies they all share, to understanding why the humans are hated so much, to seeing who the real enemies are. It’s hard not to be immerse in the story. Spensa is very charismatic and M-Bot is as usual hilarious, even with all that happens in this book. I can’t wait to know more. I need more!

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[ARC] Eat, Gay, Love: A Memoir by Calum McSwiggan

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5stars

Title: Eat, Gay, Love: A Memoir
Author: Calum McSwiggan
Release date: July 9th 2020
Number of pages: 304 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Very entertaining, my very first memoir.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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*ARC from NetGalley*

I’m so very happy I lost my nonfiction virginity with this book, this memoir. It was emotional, funny, important and full of hope. From the very first pages you know you’re in for a very wild and queer ride. I’ve never read a memoir so I really didn’t know what to expect. I got a story of a young man trying to find himself in the world while traveling. He knows he’s privileged to be able to just leave everything behind after a break up, and just travel, working a bit, but mostly just experiencing all kinds of lives.

What I love the most is how each LGBT member of the community just kind of attracts the other. Wherever Calum went, he found someone dealing with coming out, finding out they may not be straight, being in a relationship, closeted because of their countries’ laws, lovely drag queen, and many more. It was like a videogame in which the character needs to complete certain tasks in certain places and he’ll be given advice or he’ll learn something new and important from the experience to just keep going forward.

At first I envied Calum so much, going around the world, meeting interesting people, gaining adventure points and stories he could tell others. I wish I did just that. Then little by little I realized he was also very lost, like many others, lonely even, in need of guidance. Aren’t we all? It hit hard, close to home. He also experienced something really bad and also something pretty scary, and I was so heartbroken.

I liked how Calum pointed out every single flaw in each countries’ system towards LGBT+ people. He talked openly with the locals and got insights he would never could have gotten otherwise. Even where you think all is very openminded, there’s something hidden. Huge steps forwards have been made, a few backwards, but the path is till very long and in need of everyone’s voices to be truly equal. I loved how he pointed out everything he learned during his travels. How much there’s still to achieve.

How awesome is to be bitten by a baby tiger during your first day of work? I truly liked this memoir. It’s both fun and sad, light and heavy, makes you feel lonely among people you know, but also widely accepted among strangers. It gives you a beautiful sense of community, even among people who barely know each other.

Highly recommended. To both nonfiction fans and not.

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[ARC] Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett

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5stars

Title: Shorefall
Author: Robert Jackson Bennett
Series: The Founders Trilogy #2
Release date: April 21st 2020
Number of pages: 400 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Full of action and twists and mysteries.
Bad things about this book: I want the last book right now.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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*ARC from NetGalley*

Action packed rollercoaster from beginning to end. I don’t even know what to say, where to begin without giving anything away. Because everything, in every single chapter, is essential for the story, everything is part of something bigger. I love how all is connected and we’re given clues little by little, clues we don’t notice right away until it’s too late.

Old characters and new characters, a new very interesting baddie, new mysteries, flashbacks, heists, surprises around every corner: a wholesome plot in full Robert Jackson Bennett style. As complex as it is and sometimes a bit hard to follow, I love the magic system; both that and the world building are so detailed and mind-blowing.

The way the story was written, the plot unfolding, is just as I’m used from this author, and it never ceases to amaze me. There are so many details you can almost see the whole city of Tevanne if you close your eyes. And I think it’s refreshing how, even if the romance is not the main theme, the main love story is never questioned, it flows naturally and without drama. It seems the whole Founders world is a world where you can love whoever you like, and I think this gives the story more points in my eyes.

The next and last book can’t come soon enough. I need to know how the story is going to end. Every time one of this books gets to the last pages, I know my patience is going to be tested!

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[ARC] Starcrossed by Allie Therin

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5stars

Title: Starcrossed
Author: Allie Therin
Series: Magic in Manhattan #2
Release date: May 18th 2020
Number of pages: 282 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It was just as great as the first.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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*ARC from NetGalley*

This was just a delight. So much cuteness, action, FEELINGS; all in the same amazing magical world I came to love. Arthur and Rory as still as adorable as in the first book. The slow burn from the first book, turned into a soft jealousy and coming to terms to what exactly their relationship means. What they are willing to do to make it work.

The relics mystery is super interesting, and the figure of the Baron as the bad guy is terrifying and he still hasn’t showed his face. He better stay the hell away from my boys because they need to have at least some time for themselves without all the kidnappings and torture.

The writing is still excellent and the magic system is phenomenal. Hyde? Wow! The characters and side characters are all very detailed. Arthur and his nightmares, my heart hurt. Rory being his temperamental self as usual, but understanding he needs to open up a bit and accept what the world is trying to give him, in the form of Arthur and his magnificent non-magical self!

The story, the characters, the magic. I loved it all!

I can’t wait for the next book in 2021!

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