Will & Patrick’s Endless Honeymoon by Leta Blake

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5stars

“You love me.”
“It’s really gross, and I don’t recommend the emotion to anyone with sense enough to avoid falling into it, but, yes. I do.”

Title: Will & Patrick’s Endless Honeymoon
Author: Leta Blake
Series: Wake Up Married #7
Number of pages: 144 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: We see what happened to Will & Patrick after they got married.
Bad things about this book: It’s the end, the true end.
Do I recommend it? Yes, this series is really entertaining and sexy!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I missed them. I truly missed them and I didn’t even know it. I found the Wake Up Married books by chance and read them all in a couple of days. My eyes were almost falling out from staring at a display for so long. I liked how flawed the characters were; I loved how easily they doubted themselves. They were two men trying to figure out what did they feel for each other while trying to survive Will’s crazy parents and a pretty nosey coworker.

Finding out, again by mistake, that there was a new Will & Patrick book made me smile so hard out of the blue I think I looked pretty off to someone who didn’t know why I was smiling so hard about. I bought the ebook right away; there was no doubt about that action. Zero regrets from my part. I needed to know how my beloved Patrick was doing; he is the most precious cinnamon roll there is. It hurt so much seeing him sad, and I wanted to see how happy he was with his brand new hubby.

“Sometimes I think you forget that aside from being the most brilliant doctor in the country, I’m also the coolest man on the planet.”
“And the humblest,” Will says.

Two years have passed since Will & Patrick’s second wedding and they are finally going on their honeymoon. Yes, after two whole years. Better late than never, right? Will’s family is still a nightmare and Patrick’s still a brutally honest person. Now it’s time for the both of them to have some real alone time, having virgin cocktails by some paradisiac pool, having lots of steamy sex, and showing the world how much they love each other. But this isn’t a short book about all the sexy fun they have on their honeymoon. Don’t get me wrong, there’s lot of it, enough to keep you warm and cozy on Pluto. There’s more here: family interference, drama, loss, grievance, happiness, self-doubt, lust, dreams, and everything that has made this series worth reading.

This isn’t a conversation fit for public consumption, but so few of his conversations are: either no one wants to hear about brains because of the gore factor or no one wants to hear about sex because of the TMI factor. In Patrick’s opinion, that’s their problem, not his.

Maybe Will and Patrick didn’t spend the most relaxing and stress free honeymoon, but it was a wonderful ten-day vacation nonetheless. Maybe they weren’t always alone, even if they were free from their phones and the outside world, but they still managed to get closer to each other. Maybe Patrick ended up getting sunburnt as the redhead he is, but in Will’s eyes he is and he will be always the most wonderful creature in the whole world. Maybe they aren’t the most conventional couple, with the most conventional family, or the most conventional friends, but they are Will and Patrick and we love them just the way they are. Always.

“Want to play superhero and villain again?”
“No.” Patrick kisses Will’s cheek before whispering in his ear, “Let’s just play Will and Patrick.”

I don’t think there’s going to be another book in this series, but if there is, I want to be the first one to know what’s going to happen in the lives of Will and Patrick in the crazy little gossipy town they live in and love.

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Warcross by Marie Lu

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5stars

Every locked door has a key.
Every problem has a solution.

Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Series: Warcross #1
Number of pages: 368 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: It’s intriguing and very well-written: you feel transported into the future.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

When I read this book was somewhat similar to Ready Player One, I knew I was already sold. It has similarities but it was its own creature with its own world and dynamics. One thing I loved a lot was that it took place in Tokyo; I love Japan and, even if I’ve been to Tokyo only twice, I always feel like going back to a familiar place. I’m all in for diverse characters and this book has them; characters from all around the world with different sexualities, all participating to the championship. It’s not difficult, right? It shouldn’t be.

Set in an unknown future, real world runs side by side with the virtual world; a world built by young genius Hideo Tanaka. Hideo Tanaka built glasses that can read your mind, helping you shape the virtual world making it almost impossible to discern it from the real world. When he introduced his invention, he put a game in it, Warcross, meant to help its users get used this new world. Little he knew that Warcross was going to become the number one game on Earth, having its own championship, black market gambling, and a lot more than that.

I found it all fascinating and scary. I, at the same time, can’t wait for that to become our future (just the nice part, obviously) but I’m also afraid it will be the beginning of the end, more than it feels right now. We all know that all that kind of power isn’t good in the hands of human beings. Humans are not the most worthy kind of beings. At all. What to do when things don’t go as they should be? What to do if users bet illegally on the game? Bounty hunters are called. Emika Chen is a bounty hunter and she is struggling, trying her best to pay her debts and her rent in New York. She has 16 dollars in her bank account and is willing to try whatever she can to live.

When you refuse to ask for help, it tells others that they also shouldn’t ask for help from you. That you look down on them for needing your help. That you like feeling superior to them.

One thing lead to another and she finds herself where she isn’t supposed to be, and she is being summoned to Tokyo, meeting her idol Hideo Tanaka, and being thrown into a job that is more than what it seemed at first. Emika is hired to infiltrate the game but she will find herself involved in much more than just a spy hunt. There were a lot of potential suspects. I’m one to suspect almost immediately; I like to point fingers and formulate my theories. I was 100% wrong about one thing, 100% right about another, and 0% expecting what happened in the end.

Death has a terrible habit of cutting through every careful line you’ve drawn between your present and your future.

Emika is a flawed character. She is not a damsel in distress, she doesn’t need to be rescued, she feels often insecure, she throws herself at things bigger than herself, she trusts her instincts, and she doesn’t stop until she solves the problem she is facing. She has been alone since her dad died and she is not used to be a teammate. She will have to learn to be one because she is going to be part of a Warcross team and at the same time she will have to be also a good liar because she has to do the job she was hired to do. I liked Emika a lot. She is a relatable character.

I loved everything that has to do with the virtual reality created by Hideo and I was, at times, quite smitten with him. He is a very intriguing character, hiding a hurtful past behind an ice wall, and having times with his walls down revealing how young he actually is. I was intrigued and, each time he introduced something new about the NeuroLink he created I drowned in each of his words. He charmed his way into my heart. I’m conflicted; he is young and has too much power in his hands. Is it safe? Doesn’t he need more than that? Something more real in the virtual world he created?

“Everything’s science fiction until someone makes it science fact.”

I now find myself waiting for the sequel with much more intensity. It’s harmful to be this impatient. It’s not that I don’t like to wait but when I’m anxious for the release of a book, spoilers happen. When I saw that Warcross was released I was interested; I didn’t buy it right away but waited a few weeks, then I didn’t read it when I got it. This way, I wasn’t extremely involved in the release process so I wasn’t subjected to the spoilers. Now my ears are up, paying maximum attention to news and that will lead to spoilers. I’m 150% sure of it. Let’s have a spoiler free waiting, ok? One can only hope!

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Five Dares by Eli Easton

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4stars

“When there’s a conflict between what’s practical and what the heart wants, the heart usually wins. And when it doesn’t, there’s regret. A lot of regret.”

Title: Five Dares
Author: Eli Easton
Number of pages: 245 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s cute and sexy.
Bad things about this book: It has a rushed ending.
Do I recommend it? Yes, to everyone who likes a hot and steamy love story.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Oh holy bisexuality!!! I loved this. Sweet with a few surprises. My heart did make weird twists, of too much love and the suffering!!! The suffering that luckily didn’t last long. I barely kept myself from screaming of frustration as it was.

I almost judged this book by its cover and didn’t read it. Luckily I’ve been spotting it here and there on my goodreads timeline and I decided that, yes, I was not going to keep myself from enjoying a book because I don’t like very much the cover. I’m never that shallow so I don’t know why I did think that at first.

“Emotions sucked, and we mostly pretended we didn’t have them.”

The story is about two best friends, Andy and Jake, forever the daredevils among their friends, who find themselves with their hands bandaged after a dare gone wrong. With both their summers ruined and futures on hold, they keep themselves company being helped and fed in Andy’s cottage until they can use their hands again.

There’s only one problem, tough, they can’t use their hands and one thing among the many they can’t do is the one that is driving them, mainly Andy, crazy. They can’t masturbate. Andy’s great idea will put Jake’s temptation to test; Andy doesn’t know that Jake is bisexual and have been pining for him almost since the dawn of time. Can Jake put a line between necessity and desire? Maybe not. It’s not that easy having the object of his desires there for the take. I don’t blame him for saying yes to that crazy idea but I do think he should’ve been more straightforward since the beginning. They were going to go their separate ways after NYU so Jake should’ve come clean and say it. Say that he is bisexual. That would’ve opened the door to so many possibilities so much sooner.

“We were crossing a line that was more significant than any stunt we’d ever dared before.”

He chose the hard road and there were consequences, one that I didn’t see coming even if I should have. I overlooked Andy’s fragility and the pressure his father put on him and his future. I didn’t see it like the big deal it actually was. But if there’s a book I like, it’s one without much drama. Drama usually takes too much space in a book we all know (and hope) is going to have the happy ending the characters and the readers deserve.

“The ocean had existed before Andy and I were born, and it would be there long after we were dust. It didn’t care about our drama. I wished I could borrow a bit of that objectivity. But my stomach was tied in knots. The sea might not care about our drama, but I did.”

I love almost everything about this book. From the bisexual representation we don’t see everyday to the slowly ascension of steamy scenes, from zero to holy moly guacamole. The dreaded miscommunication was there and it made me mad, as usual, but the need for release of the boys made it bearable because you can’t deny the obvious chemistry when it’s there for everyone to see.

“There might be a universe where Jake Masterson could resist Andy Tyler, but it wasn’t this one.”

The one thing I didn’t like much was the rushed conclusion. It felt unnecessary to give this kind of fast ending to a story so cute and well developed. I would’ve loved something a little bit different nonetheless the story gave me goose bumps of love and hormones and I thank it for all of it. Absolutely recommended.

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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5stars

You don’t need your eyes to love, right? You just feel it inside you.

Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio
Series: Wonder #1
Number of pages: 410 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: It’s emotional and it makes you think which is always a good thing.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, it’s the right length and it’s well-written.
Do I recommend it? Yes, to everyone.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Lovely, emotional, important. Everything I like in a book. I received Wonder for free during the International Book Day a couple years ago. Of course I then proceeded to put it in my bookshelf and I forgot about it. Thanks to the movie being released this month, I finally decided to read it. I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner; it was an adorable book with the most adorable little main character. He warmed my heart.

August is a good kid, no, a great kid! Smart, curious, and above all very brave and mature for a 10-year-old. People can’t seem to understand what it’s truly like to be like him, being born with a face that’s not quite like the others. If they did, they’ll probably see how his appearance is just one piece of the complex puzzle of Auggie! He is so sweet and he doesn’t deserve what the world is giving him!!

Sometimes you don’t have to mean to hurt someone to hurt someone.

At one point in the book a character said that the world hasn’t been kind to Auggie and the first thing that came to my mind wasn’t his face. The unkindness referred made me think of all the times people had been mean to him, either if they didn’t know they were and when they were being mean on purpose. I hated grown up people being scared, treating him like he’s less that their own children because he doesn’t have an ordinary face. What’s wrong with you, people? What are you getting from being an awful person? Nothing, that’s what. No, wait. You’re getting bad karma, that’s what you’re getting from being the bane of mankind. Really Bad Karma.

People being unnecessarily mean are the worst kind. They also usually think what they do is right and justified. Privilege at its worst. Bullies make me so angry; why the hell do you enjoy spending your time tormenting someone you don’t like? Making the life of someone you dislike for reasons that usually are dumb and childish is pathetic. Reading about bullies makes me furious. If only I was more intimidating I’ll be volunteering in schools like a vigilante putting bullies where they belong with my very long speeches about why they have to start behaving like human beings.

He’s just a kid. The weirdest-looking kid I’ve ever seen, yes. But just a kid.

Auggie is a ray of sunshine. He knows his appearance makes people stare, whisper behind his back, and it drives them away. Yet he learns to be himself and soon you forget about his face and start really seeing him. The Auggie beyond; the Wonder. This amazing kid whose bravery teaches lessons of humanity every single day and he doesn’t even notice it. He is just himself. He is a kid and has a kid’s brain. He may have some baggage other kids don’t have, but beyond all that, he is simply just a kid facing the world and learning from it. Making friends, studying, shielding himself from the worst and getting used to the usual. Auggie doesn’t even realize how brave he is but his kindness doesn’t go unnoticed, and the people who meet him find themselves changed.

‘Shall we make a new rule of life … always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?’

As Auggie’s mom said, they are always going to be mean people but as long as there are good people standing up for what’s right, the world we live in is going to shine a little bit brighter. Be the light, be the difference, don’t turn a blind eye because it doesn’t concern you or because it’s easier to stay away. Choose to make a difference if you are in the position to make it. Choose to be kind, always. You really don’t know how important it is. Be the better you.

I will take this little book with me and wear it like glasses. I’ll watch the world through it and I won’t take for granted what I have. I’ll fight for the ones that can’t fight. I’ll raise my voice when it’s necessary. I’ll be part of the solution. I’ll always choose to be kind; I may be small and only one in billions, but I’m still me, not afraid to fight, and I’ll use all the tools I’m given to make this world safer for whoever doesn’t feel safe in it.

“You really are a wonder, Auggie. You are a wonder.”

Told from various points of view, this story is enlightening and perfect for people of all ages. A year in the life of wonder boy, August Pullman, a boy you all should meet.

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Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me by Carrie DiRisio & illustrated by Linnea Gear

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3stars

When in doubt, lean and smirk.

Title: Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me
Author: Carrie DiRisio (Author) & Linnea Gear (Illustrator)
Number of pages: 288 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: It’s a fun and light read.
Bad things about this book: I think the content was best suited for a novella not an over 200 pages book.
Do I recommend it? Maybe not but I’ll tell you to give it a chance if you want to read it but are unsure.
Rate: 3/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I bought this book based solely on the cover. I found it cute and the title was funny. I didn’t know what it was about. I found out when I got the book and opened it to see how it was inside, a thing I do for every single book I buy; you’ve got to calculate time of reading based on font size, margins, and number of pages, right?

I wasn’t entirely disappointed but I was hoping in something different. I thought I was getting a simple story about a clichéd YA hero doing cliché stuff while instead I got a guide of how to become a clichéd main character of a young-adult book. It was fun to read, I giggled quite a lot because I recognized so many clichés overly used.

I’m stern, serious, and incredibly muscular. I’ll probably be in charge of training you to be a better warrior, which I will do shirtless.

Broody is the perfect excessively described guy with chiseled jaw, marbled abs, jeweled-colored eyes, tousled hair, and smirk that makes you swoon. He’s usually the guy that gets the love interest almost at first sight no matter his personality and obvious flaws. Times are changing, though, and Authors want someone different to be their main characters; more and more books have multiple povs and more characters are a little closer to how real people look like and behave. Of course there are people with Broody’s exact qualities in the real world, but let’s be real, it’s very probable there are not.

You will probably find out that you are the absolutely most special of all the special supernatural beings. However, your internal narration will still remind us every page or so about how average you are. Sadly, self-esteem is not one of the magical powers you’ll ever acquire.

It was a nice book to read, light and easy. The kind of book you need to take a break from reading without really avoiding reading. When you finish a book that consumed you, left you empty blankly staring at the world, you need something to keep you going, something to keep you from the dreaded reading slump. I knew I needed it. Reading is wonderful but it can fill your head with many thoughts, too many sometimes, and all you need is a break. I did want to read so this was the perfect choice.

If you find yourself in a situation similar to mine, then this book might be for you.

My Author has decided I am a Scorpio. This is because Scorpios are the perfect fit for any broody hero: passionate, deadly, and totally overused in fiction.

Yay for Scorpios, by the way. We are great!

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The Consumption of Magic by T.J. Klune ☆

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5starsplus

“Because it’s always been you, Sam. I promise. I promise. I promise, because when I look upon these stars, there is nothing I wish for more than you.”

Title: The Consumption of Magic
Author: T.J. Klune
Series: Tales From Verania #3
Number of pages: 450 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Everything and, let me think….everything.
Bad things about this book: Bad things were bound to happen and they happen.
Do I recommend it? Of course, 500% yes!
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Every single emotion you can think of, I experienced it. Now I just feel empty yet a little bit hopeful. I knew what was coming; it didn’t prepare me for what really went down. I have so many doubts. I’m afraid. I can hardly wait for spring for the last book to be released and if I’m not getting a HEA I’m buying a ticket to wherever TJ lives and I’ll just glare at him from a distance; I’ll just glare, intensely. I cried. Not cool. How am I supposed to wait now with all the theories and paranoia I have inside my crazy brain? I guess I’ll just have to be patient as I always am. I’m too good for this world. That’s a fact.

“What are we going to do?”
“Not die!”
“Gods, I hate it when that’s your plan.”
I grinned rakishly at him. “I’m Sam of Wilds. That’s always my plan.”

If there’s something I can complain about, since this book was perfection, is that I wish TJ hadn’t told we’d hate him after the end of this book. I wish arcs weren’t given; you can’t keep your eyes from seeing the first sentences of people’s reviews and every single one of them were varieties of “how dare you TJ”. I wish we could all have jumped into this adventure blindly, enjoying every moment for the first time together. Knowing something is going to happen, even if you don’t know the details, is worse than having your heart broken out of the blue. How can I enjoy the happiness if I’m tormented by the heavy shadow of what’s to come? I know the events would’ve affected me more if I hadn’t known anything. Nonetheless I loved this book; this series is one of my favorites of all times.

“You being all protective like that with a beard is my new sexuality. Just so you know.”

Sam fought Myrin and is scarred because of it. These scars are more than they appeared. Verania is in peril and he has to go, with his merry friends, to convince the dragons to help him defeat this evil villain who is very bad and we all hate. Right? There’s no sympathizing with this villain. No way. Sam and Ryan (with a sexy beard) are still very much in love and gross about it. Gary and Kevin are trying to be a couple again and they’re being extremely gross about it. Tiggy is still very adorable and deadly. Justin has joined the group pretending to brood and whine but it’s clear how much he likes everybody. Morgan and Randall are almost secret free and we had some revelations about Randall that caught me by surprise. A lot happened in 450 pages.

We were human. We breathed. We lived. We laughed. We broke. And in the end, we loved each other down to our very souls. We moved with a strange grace, the dance of life that pushed us together, and didn’t we just cling to each other? Didn’t we just hold on as tightly as we could in fear that at any possible moment, we’d be torn away?

There was foreshadowing in the previous books and I knew things were going to be bad for a while before they could be better again. But how bad? When they were bad I was in pain; you should have seen my face, all frowns that are going to give me wrinkles, more wrinkles. Sam is keeping big secrets from his friends, his mentor and his cornerstone/lover; there was no way revealing said secrets was going to end in a party. Sam’s will to protect everyone without asking for help is not healthy and maybe he’ll understand it before it’s too late.

“The gods can say what they wish. They can set me on a path. Carve the course of my life into stone. But stone crumbles. It can fall into dust and swirl like snow in a storm. I make the choices. Sometimes they’re right. Sometimes they’re not. But even when I make mistakes, it’s because I thought I was doing the right thing.”

I don’t know how I feel. I’m both “crazy in love” and “nopenopenope”. So many things can still go wrong and they will, oh I know they will. I waited a couple of days before starting this review and it’s not going like I thought. This book made me happy and, even when it was breaking my heart, I didn’t once hate it. I didn’t want to throw my kindle out of the window. Knowing what was going to happen, not only from the prophecy of David’s Dragon but also from the many posts on social networks, made the bad event seem less than it was. I was sort of relieved; my heart didn’t break. I was in shock, yeah, sad, of course, shed a few tears, but all in all, in my mind it all made sense. Then it hit me, not that day, but the morning after. I was at work minding my own working business and I started having these flashbacks of all the scenes with that character and it happened. My heart was in my throat and I was having a hard time trying to be composed. Apparently after getting over the fake sense of relief, I was 100% heartbroken. It wasn’t the best of mornings.

“I know your heart is breaking,” he whispered to me. “But you have my word that I will help you pick up the pieces and put it back together. It may not fit together as it once did, but it will hold.”

I love TJ. His writing style is perfect because it makes me see everything; I see the whole book taking shape inside my head and it becomes a movie I can revisit whenever I want. Maybe I won’t be revisiting a couple scenes because my heart can break only so many times; I’m not a masochist. Long story short, this was everything I wanted, everything I needed, and it left me wanting more. More of these amazing characters. More of this enchanting story. More of this sense I’m left with every single time I finish reading a Klune’s book and I automatically plan a re-read. I never have enough.
I want more. Just more.

Let me conclude this review with Gary because…GARY!

“Ignore Gary,” I told the guards. “He just got done making love to the ground. You know how it is.” The guards stared at Gary. Gary stared right back at them.
“I ain’t got no shame. I do what I want.”

I LOVE HIM!

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Fence by C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad

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5stars

“I don’t care how good he is. I’m here to fence.”

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Artist)
Series: Fence #1

Number of pages: 27 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s a comic book so it has drawings and they’re amazing.
Bad things about this book: It’s a comic book so it’s short. It requires patience!
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s promising.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I forgot how frustrating it was to follow comics! Only a few pages, beautifully illustrated pages, and then you have to wait a whole month for more. Then the story repeats itself after a month; it’s a never-ending nightmare.

We start by meeting Nick and Seiji, the two main characters. Nick is a hotheaded teen who has set his goal to be the best fencer after finding out the father who left him was one. Seiji is arrogant and egocentric, being the very best fencer there is now, but you can see that’s only a mask. I sense he’s going to be super sweet. Both characters are going to be forced to collaborate, team up, and the results are going to be sweet sweet bonding; I can see the brooding and the smirking already.

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We’re going to see sparks!! Heart-shaped sparks! Can’t wait for the romance but the comic is mainly about something else; fencing is a super interesting sport, interesting enough to be among the very few I follow during the Olympics. Who doesn’t like fighting with swords? En garde!!

It was very short but it delivered the foundation of a story that’s promising and it’s going to deliver all kinds of fireworks. I love the potential, the story, and the characters! I want more; the second volume comes out in more than a month. Help!

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