Ever After by Riley Hart & Christina Lee ☆



“My mind is at war because I yearn for more of what will eventually break my heart, shatter it until it is a million flakes of snow instead of a whole.”

Title: Ever After
Author: Riley Hart & Christina Lee
Number of pages: 262 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s sweet and heart-wrenching.
Bad things about this book: Nothing about the writing, nothing about the story.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I loved it.
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

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You can’t imagine how much I loved this book. It took me by surprise. How my heart ached for those two characters so sweet and charming. I shed tears of sadness and I smiled at the romance, at how genuine it sounded and felt. I still feel like crying, can you believe it? I felt for them, I drowned in their love and suffered so much. The amount of feelings made my heart beat faster and made me long for that kind of love, the one that takes your breath away, one that I’m afraid I am not destined to have.

“We are both bound, shackled by aspects of our lives that are out of our control.”

Merrick is a prince, heir to the throne, while Cassius is his valet, poor but determined to support his family. From the outside both men seem so different yet they are almost the same. Two men fighting to live their life truly, finding a man to love, finding the happiness they dream of. Their attraction was at first physical but we can see in just a few pages how much they start meaning for each other, and that broke my heart in a gazillion pieces. I wasn’t expecting to be so involved in their love story but I was, and I suffered.

“You are pure and real and complicated. To someone like me, you might simply be everything.”

Prince Merrick’s parents are trying to find him a wife because he needs to provide an heir and Merrick is trying his best to make them happy going out with these ladies but nobody will ever be loved by him because he is just not interested in women. He can’t tell his parents, they would be heartbroken and disgusted, so he thinks, so he chose to be the one with his heart beating in misery. Cas, on the other hand, doesn’t want to tarnish his family’s name or lose his job, so he lives a lie and suffers the consequences.

I write stories and poems of love and dreams coming true, but I did not allow myself to see it as something that could be real… not for me…

The two of them start seeing each other in secret early on in the book and I knew that meant there was so much that was going to go wrong for them. Even knowing that, I can’t say I was prepared for what was going to happen. I have never felt the way books make me feel when it comes to love. The pain in your chest because of words not said, because of the potential to be great together but with the world as your number one enemy. Your heart breaking apart because their love is so pure and true but it’s not enough, it never seems enough.
The gentle touches, the loving stares, the longing, the purity of their love and the chance they are given to live it, even if just temporarily.

I did not know someone could live inside another the way he has taken up residence inside me.

I loved this book because it made me feel so much and its potential was fulfilled. I loved this book because the characters were deep and had lovely and likeable personalities. I loved this book because it broke my heart but it knew how to mend it. I loved it. Maybe you’ll love it, too.



The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman



“Of all organs,” said Nehemiah Trot, “the tongue is the most remarkable. For we use it both to taste our sweet wine and bitter poison, thus also do we utter words both sweet and sour with same tongue.”

Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Number of pages: 327 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: It’s magical.
Bad things about this book: The mystery that wasn’t really explained.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 5/5

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A couple years ago I bought the audiobook and started listening to it but as it always happens to me with books I haven’t read before listening to them, I got distracted and kept losing parts of the narration. I loved listening to Neil Gaiman tell the story but his voice wasn’t enough to get me focus on the book. I gave up until I decided to buy the physical book and now I could read a story that really deserved all my attention.

Nobody Owens is quite an interesting boy; we read about him growing up in the graveyard after a mysterious man called Jack murders his parents and sister. As a toddler he was inquisitive and curious. As a pre-teen he was obnoxious and unnecessarily rebellious. As a teenager he made questionable decisions but was overall a nice kid. I came to like him and I cheered for him to have a happy life surrounded by people who cared for him. It was going to be hard and I knew that.

“You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

I forgot about the mystery about Bod and why Jack wanted him dead after that first part and every time someone mentioned it I asked myself why it was so important to kill Bod. Why was Bod’s dead essential? I was curious. A lot, but then, in my opinion, the reason was not explained and the ending left me with too many questions. More than I’m used to have after finishing a book without sequels. That’s the only bad thing (if we can call it bad) about his book. The rest was exquisite and it gave me a newly found trust about Gaiman’s books with younger protagonists. I had a bad experience but I wasn’t going to let that ruin this marvellous author for me!

“You’re alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you’re dead, it’s gone. Over. You’ve made what you’ve made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.”

Now I have a couple Gaiman’s books on my bookshelves that require my attention and I need to finish reading his comic book Sandman that I’m reading so slowly I’ve been in stand-by mode for months. I can do it!


Nimona by Noelle Stevenson



“You can’t just go round murdering people. There are rules, Nimona.”

Title: Nimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Number of pages: 272 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The illustrations, the story, everything.
Bad things about this book: That there’s no more of it.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 5/5

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I don’t own this graphic novel. My younger sister bought it centuries ago because she saw online that it was worth reading. She read it and I didn’t, at the time. I don’t know why, it’s not like it takes hours to finish it so I still don’t understand why it took me so long to read it. One day I was pointing out how messy my sister’s room was and I noticed Nimona there on her bookshelf; I told myself, it’s time, and I borrowed it, treated it kindly, devoured it in no time, and I’m so happy I did because I loved it.

Supervillain, and cinnamon roll, Ballister Blackheart is forever fighting the so-called hero, and ex friend, Ambrosius Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics. That is the eternal fight, the same one every single time; no one gets killed, only temporarily arrested, then it’s the same all over again. Then along comes Nimona, a shapeshifter with a mysterious past and a lot of anger for the Institution. Nimona and Blackheart want to make the whole world see that the heroes aren’t really the good guys in the story.

After falling in love with the illustrations on the cover, I fell in love with the whole graphic novel from the adorable story to the characters. It looks quite simple but it has a little bit of everything and it doesn’t fail to make you think. You know I love books that make me think but at the same time don’t depress me too much. Don’t get me wrong, I also love books that are so sad I cry from beginning to end, but I do prefer meaning without too many feelings.

Blakheart is the villain you find yourself loving. He is a science geek; when he talks about science everything about him glows and you can’t help but smiling. He’s really adorable. Goldenloin is the hero you want to hate but you know he will redeem himself because love has the habit of always finding a way back where it belongs. And last, Nimona, she is a force of nature, ever changing, a firecracker, and she is both the personification of pure energy and sadness. You can see both and it’s heartbreaking; you only want happiness for her and you hope that’s what she’s going to get. Nimona is one of a kind, really!

Nimona is funny, the story is great, the illustrations are perfect and the epilogue made me so happy I wanted to re-read the whole thing all over again. It was that captivating. I say you read it and then tell me how much you loved it, okay? It’s a deal!


Agent Bayne by Jordan Castillo Price



“I guarantee that once you learn the ropes, everything will click, and you’ll be happy there.”
Happy? That seemed awfully ambitious. Awkwardly useful, though? I supposed that would be a step up.

Title: Agent Bayne
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: PsyCop #9

Number of pages: 279 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: VICTOR BAYNE, always.
Bad things about this book: To wait for more Victor Bayne.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I love this series and everyone should give it a try.
Rate: 5/5

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It seems I’ve just said goodbye to Victor just a few days ago and now he’s back! It must be because of my impromptu re-read. I always find an excuse to read the whole series all over again. When I saw the author was writing book 9 I was so excited I checked every single day the website to see if I could preorder the book already. The cover is as usual worth of our beloved detective now agent Victor Bayne. His scowl is right and it gives me joy.

Victor is no longer a detective for the Chicago police; he is now a federal agent working for the infamous FPMP, the agency that has been observing (read: spying) on his life for years. Is he going to fit in or is he going to feel the way he felt during all 14 years as a detective? Is working with Jacob going to be too much and they’ll grow sick of each other? Victor will have to face new people and ones from his past, and will have to learn to work in a team to make the world safer for psychs, and for mediums like him.

“You’ve got some poor habits to unlearn.”
Story of my life.

There wasn’t anything I was afraid of while reading this book. I knew things were going to be all right with Jacob, fights may happen but in the end they were going to be happy, like they deserve to be. I was curious to see how were their lives like after all the mess with Jennifer Chance and I was sad to see the gruesome affair had left a few scars on poor Jacob. I think, with Victor’s help, he’s going to be okay but not soon; these things can’t be easily forgotten. There were also a few surprises and a lot of guessing going on. Who was the murderer? Was there more than one assassin? Were Victor and company going to be fine? I sure hoped so! New talents unveiled, new friends to get to know better, I loved every single bit of this book. I love guessing and putting my bets on someone being the one behind everything; I’m not usually right but I’m also pretty good at guessing correctly at some point. Here I guessed right one thing but was completely blindsided by others that I hope are going to be explained better in the books to come.

Jacob was so used to being the strong one. It might seem like I’d revel in the turnabout when he finally got a stiff dose of reality. But no. It actually broke my heart.

Some of the things left to future explanations were the many flashbacks of Victor’s past. My boy has never had a quiet simple life, hasn’t he? He has always dealt with ghosts and every repercussion seeing ghosts had on his already not so perfect life. We had more insight on what happened during Victor’s adolescence, also a few of new very interesting episodes during his stay at Camp Hell, and I wonder how much more are we going to learn about him in book 10.

Murder House!! That’s the name of the 10th book in the PsyCop series and I’m impatiently waiting here, by myself, in my room, to be able to read it. Or better, to devour it! A murder house, you say? Colour me super interested!

Not gonna lie. Seeing Jacob in his sweatpants and reading glasses, unwilling to disturb a stranger’s cat… it was disconcertingly cute.

I didn’t know I could love Victor more and then JCP made him interact with smartphones and she put three cats in the cannery with the lovebirds. Vic with cats was the most adorable thing that could have happened in my ordinary life. I didn’t think I needed to see Victor cuddling cats, being puzzled by cats or reading about them sleeping on his head. Victor with cats will be my favourite thing from now on, probably until the end of my human life. I can’t thank the amazing author enough for giving me that. I will be forever grateful and I will give her my loyalty, although she already had it, from book 1.

b>“Long time no see, Agent Bayne. Look at you and your fancy new phone. Bet you hate it.”
“Uh… jury’s still out.”

Agent Bayne is the perfect PsyCop book. Victor is not afraid to be who he is, he isn’t hiding his talent anymore and he likes that other people admire him and are not scare of him or worse, make fun of him behind his back. Agent Bayne has the right amount of sexy times and the love between those two is now so strong that I no longer feel like Jacob is only used to make Victor be naked and horny. They have an amazing chemistry. Perfect couple for a perfect book with the most perfect medium the book world could ask for.


Necropolis by Jordan L. Hawk



“I’d rather perish at your side than – than go home without you. You’re the world to me.”

Title: Necropolis
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin #4

Number of pages: 202 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Ancient Egypt mysteries.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, if you’re a fan of Whyborne and Griffin then you should read it.
Rate: 5/5

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Another day, another adventure for one of my many favourite book couples. I’ve had the 9 books already published for a long time but I’m trying to save them and read them slowly, afraid of having no more Whyborne & Griffin adventures when I need them the most. After a sci-fi book with mysteries from outer space, I knew I was ready for a sane dose of mysteries from ancient Egypt. It has always fascinated me and I have watched The Mummy and the sequel so many times I’ve lost count.

Christine sends a request for help to Whyborne; something is happening in Egypt in one of the excavation sites she’s working at. Grumpily, Whyborne sails for El Cairo, along with a much happier Griffin, to help Christine save her work and maybe also her life. Someone is rising from the dead and doesn’t want to spread love around the world. Our two beloved men will have to confront forces of evil, but also new love and a rather peculiar family reunion in the desolated and unforgiving lands of Pharaohs and sorcerers.

A disheveled and unshaved Whyborne was an image I didn’t think I needed in my life but now that I had it, I know I couldn’t have lived without reading about it. The clear pictures I have in my head of a smelly and dirty Whyborne are things of beauty. He, always so impeccable, now forced to be far from civilization for so long, but loving the mysteries of Christine’s new findings. I think he loved it, with all the sand in uncomfortable places and all. They still had time for steamy intimate moments, so I don’t think there was much to complain about the situation.

“I swear, you men have your entire egos tied to the functioning of a few inches of flesh.”
“More than a few,” Griffin said with a smirk.

Griffin was really careful in this book; after all that happened in the previous one, I think it’s understandable. He doesn’t like Whyborne experimenting with magic because he loves him so much he doesn’t want to lose him like he lost someone he cared about in the past. The nightmares are still very present in his mind and, in this adventure, he will have to summon all his courage and face his worst fears. Besides Whyborne being like a very stubborn baby with a new toy, and all the fights this could generate, this book is a chance for the two men to clear things up, things that are bringing Whyborne down for no reason other than his overthinking brain.

“I’ve always held humans are the stupidest of animals.” Christine cast us a rueful grin, “We’ve no notion when to turn and run screaming.”

Seeing Christine doing what she does best gave her so many more points in my book. She is graceful in her not standard feminine ways; I think her not wanting to conform with what society thinks a woman must or mustn’t do has shaped her making her someone who can do everything and more if you let her try. She will demonstrate she is valuable just as much as any man, and she can do things the same way, if not better, than her fellow male co-workers. I wish the world saw her as the force of nature she truly is. Go get them, Christine!

The fifth book of the series will have to wait because, as much as I love reading about Whyborne and Griffin, I realized I have so many unread books I want to read so much. Time just isn’t enough. Will I have to give up sleep? Nah, I don’t think my body is up to the task, it’s lazy.


Pet: A Captive Prince Short Story



“Eyes green as emeralds, but none as expensive. Yet.”

Title: Pet
Author: C.S. Pacat
Series: Captive Prince Short Stories #4

Number of pages: 40 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: The behind the scenes of a pet’s life.
Bad things about this book: Ancel is not really likeable but, somehow, he’ll grow on you.
Do I recommend it? Yes, for fans of the Captive Prince trilogy and its short stories.
Rate: 5/5

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This was quite a ride. I didn’t like Ancel at first and, to be honest, I didn’t remember him well from Captive Prince. I did remember that twisted scene and now with this behind the scenes, it’s still as twisted as I remembered, but with a somewhat reason as to why it came to be.

Ancel’s growth throughout the book made me like him a little bit better. He’s immature, selfish and self-centered. He doesn’t want to be poor so he’s doing whatever he can do to ensure himself a life as a rich man’s pet. He went from zero to hero, and his story is not boring. Everything he does to make people bid on him is degrading but he has the eyes on the goal and nothing will make him back up. Or so he thinks.

These short stories have been perfect to see the characters we loved and hated from someone else’s point of view. Will there be more? I sure hope so.


The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee



“Is Sun Wukong a good guy or a bad guy?”
“He’s an anti-hero,” said Quentin. “He doesn’t play by anyone else’s rules.”
“He sounds like a tool,” I said.

Title: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo
Author: F.C. Yee
Number of pages: 336 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: It has fights, demons, gods, twists, everything!
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I really do!
Rate: 5/5

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I love mythology. Everything about mythology always makes me pay more attention. I love watching documentaries about it, watching movies inspired by it, and I love reading books with stories inspired by the so many myths in existence. I was attracted to this book by its cover; it captivated me. Then I read what it was about and I was sold, boxed, and shipped. I didn’t know much about Chinese mythology and I was so ready for it!

“Genie Lo, you are unquestionably, undeniably human,” he said. “You just…have a whole bunch of other stuff going on as well.”
“Tell me about it.”

Genie is a high school student, struggling a little bit with Ivy League colleges admissions’ essays and also with her unusual height. One fateful day she saves an attractive short guy from bullies, starting a chain of reaction that will change her life forever. That guy she saved is no other than the Monkey King, Sun Wukong, or how he is called now, Quentin. Genie, along with Quentin, are going to be very busy sending a group of demons, who escaped from Hell, right back where they belong, or else the entire city is going to suffer dire consequences. Genie must find the inner strength she is told she has, and fight with all her might to save the city, and the world.

Genie Lo, caring about strangers, bearing the weight of the world? No one was more surprised than me.

Genie was a delightful character, flaws and everything. She is young and found herself thrown into something super weird. I think how she reacted was medal worthy. Quentin and his cluelessness of the human world were adorable; he was cute and funny, and made me smile a lot. I also loved how every single person was eyeing him like some kind of gourmet meat. Drooling like pros, I respect that. Overall the book had a lot of very funny parts and also badass fights.

“He’s bite-size. Doesn’t mean he’s not tasty.”

I enjoyed this book so much. I knew I was going to like it because it has all the elements I usually love in books, but the fact that I also learned a little bit more about Chinese folklore made the whole experience better. I must admit that I don’t remember all the names but now I have this new curiosity inside of me that it’s going to push me into reading more and more about the Gods and Demons I read about in this book. And if this isn’t one hell of a positive thing a book can do for you, then I don’t know what is.