Single Malt by Layla Reyne

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4stars

Title: Single Malt
Author: Layla Reyne
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey #1

Number of pages: 194 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: I just like a good crime book, and this is good.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do!
Rate: 4/5

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Leaving the fact that it was hot as hell, also heartbreaking as hell, everything as hell, the action in this book was excellent!! The mysteries, the investigations, the twists, you don’t know who is involved in crimes until it may be too late!

I enjoyed it a lot. Like a crime show episode with a sort of cliffhanger ending. What is going to happen now??? Who knows! I sense pains of the heart but also a happy ending that I know I’m going to get because I read the synopsis of the last book of the series. So even if I’m going to suffer I know it’ll be worth it.

Aidan “Irish” Talley lost his husband and his FBI partner in a car accident 8 months ago; he is grieving, which is understandable, he feels guilty, and is stuck in this loop when he needs to start thinking about moving on. Because moving on doesn’t mean forgetting people who we loved but lost too soon, is getting a grip on our lives because we deserve living and being happy. Aidan isn’t at that point yet, even if he shows a lot of interested in his new partner, a lot of interest!

Here comes Jameson “Whiskey” Walker, tall and beautiful with a smile that gets him everything he wants. He has wanted Aidan for three years, but he was happily taken; now he gets to partner with him and maybe finally get a chance at taking things to a more pleasant level. But Aidan doesn’t seem ready to let go of his late husband, and Jamie is crushing harder and harder. Things are going to get difficult.

The case is super interesting; a facility storing very dangerous pathogens has been hacked and our agents need to stop further attacks to avoid a bioterrorist attack. But, as usual, things aren’t as they seem: possible moles, danger, accidents that aren’t accidents, the agents being domestic cuties, and a lot of not so subtle flirting. Aidan, though, is still afraid, but we see a different side of him and it’s both heartwrenching and hopeful.

I’ll read the sequel as soon as I can. I already miss Jamie; he worked his magic on me, too. And Aidan isn’t bad, either. On the contrary, those two are going to get a lot of love from me, I know that!

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Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennet ☆

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5starsplus

One day I’ll live a life that doesn’t force me to make such cold-blooded decisions, she thought. But today is not that day.

Title: Foundryside
Author: Robert Jackson Bennet
Series: Founders #1

Number of pages: 503 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: I loved the steampunk-ish fantasy world!
Bad things about this book: I want the sequel right now.
Do I recommend it? Yes, read it!
Rate: 5+++/5 (it’s a favourite!)

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Some here will whisper of liberty – but you can’t be free if you aren’t alive.

I LOVED IT!!! I loved it more than I thought I was going to! It surprised me, in an incredible way. I went in thinking I was going to find another amazing adventure by Bennett and found exactly that but so much more! I’m amazed, I’ll talk about this book with everyone!

This book is certainly different from Bennett’s Divine Cities trilogy; it is less dark and pretty straightforward, but it doesn’t lack twists and revelations that took the story on a very enjoyable level.

I liked Sancia right away; a former slave who’s been tortured and modified so that now she hears the scrived devices and feels the objects she touches learning all their secrets. In this world, there are devices modified through antique symbols to defy their natural role in the world. For example, you have a sword, you modified it telling it the gravity it’s feeling is 10 times the one it actually is, so the sword, when used will hit harder and make so much more damage. The scrivers use all their knowledge to come up with more ways to tell objects they should be doings things that’ll defy physics laws. I found this very fascinating.

What I loved, like really loved, about this book, was how it gave the world a love is love state of being. There were many political problems with the merchant houses, the foundries, the crimes, etc, but at least who you liked wasn’t an issue and I thought it was refreshing as hell. When I saw a character blushing because they saw a naked shoulder of a same gender character, a SHOULDER, my eyes opened comically; I was so glad Bennett thought of giving his characters the freedom to choose whoever they wanted to love with the normality our real world should have done from the very beginning of time. Giovanni saying he wanted to go to an exotic island because he’ll be among so many gorgeous sailor, made me smile so much. There were so many funny moments in this book.

Of all the side characters there were, and I’m always afraid about many side characters because it means some are expendables at some point, Clef was definitely my favourite. Brilliant, emotional, deep, and so selfless. Berenice has many more sides of herself that she will show us, I’m sure of it. Orso managed to be okay-ish at first, but then I warmed to his grumpiness. He gave a kind of vibe that made me doubt everything he did, a vibe that told me he was going to do something I wouldn’t approve. Gregor, sweet Gregor, what can I say about him? Follower of rules, he wants a better place for people to live in. He has this utopic dream of the world being a big happy place with people helping one another. He likes to think he’s doing the things he does for the greater good and he does, maybe it doesn’t always end like he intended but he tries his best. I liked him a lot and can’t wait to see what he’s going to do now, after everything that happened in Tevanne. Oh boy, things happened, so many things.

I will now be waiting anxiously for the sequel, because I didn’t have enough of Tevanne and I need more of it and of its characters. I got to know them, and I’m now like a mama hen, and will be very protective of my babies. Don’t you dare hurt them, Bennett! I’ll be heartbroken. After the Divine Cities’ trilogy, I can’t help but being scared.

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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3stars

“Just because some people actually work for their money doesn’t mean they are beneath you.”

Title: Crazy Rich Asians
Author: Kevin Kwan
Series: Crazy Rich Asians #1

Number of pages: 527 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Some parts made me laugh a lot.
Bad things about this book: Too many details about money and brands!
Do I recommend it? I’ll say you must give it a chance if you find the blurb interesting.
Rate: 3/5

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I did it. I finished this endless book. I liked it, it had fun parts, but there were just too many descriptions. Pages and pages of details of this crazy rich Asians’ extravaganza. Too many pages. This book was 527 pages, 300 of descriptions, 227 of the real story, maybe. The many POVs didn’t bother me much but I felt so disconnected with Nick and Rachel because they were barely there. What do I really know about them?? Just a few pages, that’s it.

With books this long, it’s easy to get lost in the details, but if you know exactly where your story is going, then the pages fly without even noticing. This is not the case with this book; it felt long, it felt endless, and it felt at points pretty plotless with unnecessary chapters from random people’s point of views. Did we really need to know all those things? Did we? I don’t think we needed them.

I get that this is supposed to make us see the over the top lives of these crazy rich Asians, but I only saw pages and pages of designer names, amounts of money spent on things and how many each thing cost. Tell me once, tell me twice, but at the third time I’m just going to roll my eyes. I get these people are filthy rich and some of them spend so much money that could last me and my whole family multiple lifetimes, but the story didn’t need to relay on this kind of info, but on Rachel being thrown into these people’s lives, and some insights from some key characters’ point of views. I finished the book not really knowing any of them, so I’ll soon forget them.

I read the summary of the sequel and I don’t know if I’m going to read it. I’ll give it a lot of thought but postpone buying it until I’m really sure I’m going to read it. I wasn’t going to read this one, but the movie was going to come out and, if I can, I like going to watch movies adapted from books, after reading the books first. I don’t know why I do that since then I spend the whole movie comparing and thinking about scenes that I thought would’ve been great to see but weren’t there. I liked the movie and I liked how different it was; they focused mainly on Rachel’s pov and I liked that choice.

If you’re curious about this book after seeing the movie, or just because it sounds interesting, then pick it up. Maybe you’ll love it, maybe you’ll hate it, maybe you’ll find it entertaining. But at least you’ll see with your own eyes, not through mine or someone else’s.

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Finders Keepers by N.R. Walker

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5stars

“But if we could say what we meant without the dillydallying, we’d get to the good parts so much quicker.”

Title: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Author: Lauren James
Number of pages: 220 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s adorable, with sweet characters, a lovely romance, a cute dog, and one of the most wonderful endings ever.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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This was so cute and adorable. I was afraid we were going to get drama but there wasn’t any. There were just two people slowly falling in love, getting to know each other, spending time together, all of this thanks to a runaway dog who looks like an Ewok.

Griffin was just so lovable from the beginning. Sweet, a little shy, a little bossy, and really good at his job. Dane is just as sweet, he is good at his job and he loves his dog with all his gorgeous heart. Fate made Wicket, the ewok dog, find Griffin when he escaped from Dane’s parents’ house. Wicket is a marvelous dog, and he just did the most wonderful thing for his dad! Sometimes it takes a dog to start one of the most romantic love stories I’ve ever read.

“All I learned today was that my dog is having the time of his life with the man of my dreams, and I’m stuck here with you guys.”

Griffin and Dane liked each other instantly, but it wasn’t really instalove. They started texting, then calling each other, then when they finally meet they understand that what they have might be start of something real and important for both of them. The way they talked, the way drama wasn’t part of the equation because sometimes thing can be simple, made my heart grow a few sizes, and made me wear a big smile from beginning to end.

The side characters were just as lovely, no antagonists who were put there to disrupt their relationship. We had Griffin’s landlady, Bernice, who’s like a firecracker on drugs. I haven’t found a lady this funny in a very long time. Then there’s K, Bernice’s boyfriend or something like that. They are a power couple. As much as the two main guys, these two also had an important part in the story and I loved how nothing was done to put some drama into the mix. This book was just perfect the way it is.

I loved this book and it was what I needed when I went looking for a light, fun, and romantic book to put me in a right mood for harder books. Highly recommended!

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[ARC] Under the Midnight Sun by Lore Graham

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3stars

Title: Under the Midnight Sun
Author: Lore Graham
Release date: August 15th 2018
Good things about this book: It has a lot of potential and a very nice main character.
Bad things about this book: It’s too shorts everything is rushed and forced.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I’ll give it a chance if I were you.
Rate: 3/5

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As much as I enjoyed it with all the myths and likeable characters, it felt rushed. Too many things unexplained. Too many things just happened, just like that. The steamy scenes were a bit weird to read; there aren’t many penises synonymous and the ones used sounded funny in that explicit context. They made me laugh, breaking the atmosphere of a promising naughty scene.

The book was too short. I think that with some adjustments and some more chapter between some scenes, this could be a great book. A solid 4-star, maybe even 5! It has a lot of potential but I feel it was left unfulfilled.

The love story, as sweet as it was, felt forced when it began. I loved how Otto was starting to feel his heart longing for someone after being in mourning for three years, but then things just happened. Not many words said and they were already madly and nakedly in love. It felt weird given how grumpy and borderline rude Lukas was to Otto from the beginning.

Loved their freedom of loving whoever they wanted, and the society not having problems with who you decided to be with. It was refreshing not witnessing the usual hiding ones attraction because it’s forbidden or illegal or looked as unnatural. Felt good.

It was an enjoyable book, if short, that I didn’t want to put down even if it was somewhat predictable so it didn’t make me worry about the characters’ wellbeing. Still, I’m glad I requested this book and read it.

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Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk

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4stars

Title: Restless Spirits
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Spirits #1
Number of pages: 204 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: I just love how this author tells stories.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, there are ghosts.
Rate: 4/5

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Stayed up until 2am to know how this was going to end. I was hooked. I love ghost stories and this one was great, worth of losing a few hours of my beauty sleep! I wish I’ve found out sooner about this series by the amazing Jordan L. Hawk; I’m happy I now have started it. The characters are diverse, they come from different backgrounds and they all have their own opinions, being them frustrating or totally reasonable. Being set in the past I knew there were going to be things that’ll anger me, frustrate me to no end, and there were. Oh my, I could have punched more than a couple characters real hard!

Vincent and Lizzie are a very peculiar couple of friends, each one of them with secrets well hidden. Vincent is dealing with an exorcism gone bad and he is struggling to live his medium life, and the consequences of his “medium block” might be the end of his and Lizzie’s job and economic stability. When the opportunity to earn easy money with a haunting present itself, Vincent is forced by Lizzie to help her. They will find that the case is not at all as easy as they thought it was going to be.

Enter Henry and his cousin. Henry was scammed by a fake medium and has devoted his life to use science to get rid of ghosts and spirits. He thinks every medium is fake and will never trust any more of them. But then he meets Vincent and everything he has vowed himself not to do, is hard to follow because the temptation of this man, so beautiful and flirty, is throwing him off his science path.

I had a very hard time trying to like Henry: from the high of his white privilege, he didn’t see how his behavior could damage the people around him. Let’s see how he acts in the remaining books to see if I like him or not. If he deserves to be with handsome Vincent or not. So far, he has only angered me. He may be sweet, and I know he now cares about Vincent, not only because of his appearance but also because of the man he came to know during their days in the haunted mansion.

The second book promises to be just as good. What will happen?? I need to read it as soon as I can!

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Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

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4stars

I hate this world. People are small. They’re ignorant, and they’re happy to stay that way. They make an effort to. They’ll spend time and energy finding ways not to learn things just to feel comfortable with their beliefs.

Title: Only Human
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Series: Themis Files #3
Number of pages: 352 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: The writing style is still original and it keep you reading.
Bad things about this book: I expected more than what I got.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course. This is a great sci-fi series.
Rate: 4/5

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The first two books of this series were a present (free books, yeah!), but this one, the conclusion, was bought with my hard-earned money, so it needed to be a great ending, it needed to be worth it. It was, in a way; it could’ve been better, but I know that when we’re talking about human beings being stupid, I’m going to hate a little what I’m reading. It happens all the time.

So, I loved this a tiny bit less than the other two books. Maybe I wanted more. Maybe I was expecting something BIGGER to happen, a twist of sorts. It didn’t. At the end of Waking Gods, our “heroes” got themselves teleported to the alien planet of the creatures who built Themis and all the other giants that invaded the Earth and killed hundreds of millions. At the beginning of Only Human, we learn that they’ve been living there for nine years. We had some files about their lives on the planet but not as many as I expected. Eva didn’t have many files from her time over there: we learned a little bit about her from Vincent. I know that’s because she didn’t want people to know about what she was doing, but I was sad not knowing more about her friendship with Ekim, and how she learned to speak the language so fast. I wish there was more. A little more of everything.

“People are denying even the most basic scientific facts because it makes them feel better about hurting each other. Do you realize how horrifying that is? We’re talking about human beings making a conscious effort, going out of their way, to be ignorant. Willfully stupid. They’re proud of it. They take pride in idiocy. There’s not even an attempt to rationalize things anymore.”

I get it, being scared makes you do stupid things, but what happened on Earth after the robots went away was beyond ridiculous. Why did people let that happen? Why did they think it was the most reasonable solution, hate each other more, kill each other, instead of re-build what was broken together, as a big community? It doesn’t make any sense, not to me. They let themselves be controlled by their fear and the result? Complete and absolute chaos! I couldn’t believe how the world changed after the invasion. I was appalled by the ignorance of the human race and how people just stood by and let those horrible things happen! But then I realized how REAL it was, how likely it was to happen here now, how it is happening now. And I just couldn’t keep my head from shaking in disbelief at how we really deserve a do-over, an alien invasion to put us in our place, to teach us a lesson in humanity, because at every chance we get, we make the same mistakes all over again. The hope for a better future is always there but somedays it’s just so hard to see it.

Still, I loved the “files” narration. I loved the characters and I loved to hate them when they were being unreasonable. And they were, a lot!!! Great trilogy by a great author that I will keep on my radar.

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