Ship It by Britta Lundin

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3stars

Title: Ship It
Author: Britta Lundin
Number of pages: 384 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: There were some fan relatable moments.
Bad things about this book: The characters weren’t very likable. I didn’t connect with them.
Do I recommend it? Sure, give it a try!
Rate: 3/5

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I expected something a bit different and was left a little disappointed. It had unfulfilled potential. The characters I wanted to love were too often whiny, annoying and over the top…not in a good way. The only ones I loved were Rico and Caty, and there wasn’t very much about them. I wanted to know more about Rico. I wanted Rico-centered chapters.

The story started promising, with fandom and ships and conventions. Who doesn’t ship? Almost every show and movie has that one couple, canon or not, that are extremely shippable. And almost every fan knows the difference between character and actor. So that’s what bothered me at first; I may not understand what it’s like to see your face and the one of your colleague doing very naughty things, but Forest was really overreacting.

So a fan told you she thinks your character is possibly bisexual and that he is interested, maybe also in love, with his antagonist, a demon, also possibly bisexual. And you tell her she is crazy? Because you, the actor, are not gay? Are you even listening to what you are saying? Do you see how homophobic that is, that you don’t people think you are gay because of your character’s maybe sexuality? It was so hard to read. You are an actor, you should know the difference between fiction and reality. The limit to shipping should only be morality, everything else is shippable.

Claire was not a very likeable character. I understand being passionate but she was taking everything a little too far. Writing fan fiction, drawing fan arts, both are perfectly fine, but everything she did to her favorite show’s director was too much, even for a super fan. I liked her growth but it came a little too far into the story, it didn’t give me time to get me to like her enough.

I won’t get into details because it’s been a few days since I read it and I remember liking it but not the way I wanted to. I still recommend it, though. Give it a chance.

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Hoarfrost by Jordan L. Hawk

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5stars

“I’d watch the world burn if it meant keeping you safe!”

Title: Hoarfrost
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin #6

Number of pages: 232 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: I loved how cute were the couples: Whyborne and Griffin, Christine and Iskander.
Bad things about this book: It bothers me a little that Whyborne isn’t studying more spells. He doesn’t know how to do much!
Do I recommend it? Yes! Of course!!
Rate: 5/5

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I couldn’t wait much longer so I started another one of Whyborne & Griffin’s book! I read there are going to be 11 and now only 9 are out. I read this one that is the 6th so I still have a few to read slowly. I’m going to miss them so much when it’ll all be over. I don’t want anything bad to happen to them.

Whyborne and Griffin are now happily married and are enjoying some time of peace, until a letter informing Griffin of his father’s death put him in a whirlwind of emotions and nightmares. He never reconnected with his father after he found out about his love for Whyborne and he doesn’t want his mother to leave this Earth without seeing her again. Then one day, his biological brother who works in Alaska, sends him a letter asking for help identifying a weird relic and our crew leaves Widdershins for a long and cold journey north.

This book introduces, for the first time, chapters from Griffin’s point of view. I liked reading his thoughts, his feelings, his love for Whyborne. I also loved how we now know what torments the poor man, why he continues having nightmares about that fire in Chicago and the creatures in Egypt. Griffin hasn’t got an easy life but his love and life with Whyborne has given him a new reason to live and to fight for what he has, no matter the consequences.

There are a lot of surprises in this book; new interesting characters, the obvious bad guys that you can see from miles away but it still surprise you a little when they’re revealed, and more whiny but adorable Whyborne. I just want to know why Whyborne doesn’t know more spells since he’s had that damned book for years. He should be the most powerful sorcerer of the world but he doesn’t study!! Pick up the book and do your homework, Whyborne!! I’m not sure I like what happened at the end of the book but I’m curious as to how that will change the following books.

I will read the next book next month. I don’t want get to a point where I don’t have more Whyborne and Griffin to read. I can’t have that!

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I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

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5stars

“Everyone’s normal, everyone’s weird, everyone’s just trying to deal with their own life and keep calm and carry on. And hold on to something what’ll keep them going.”

Title: I Was Born For This
Author: Alice Oseman
Number of pages: 395 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Well portrayed mental health problems and tons of diversity and queer representation!
Bad things about this book: It gave me anxiety but that’s normal so it’s okay.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 5/5

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I think the truth is that everyone in the entire world is confused and nobody understands much of anything at all.

It was almost 2 am when I finished this book, and I had work the next day. I read for HOURS, non-stop. I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know how it was going to end. I couldn’t leave these characters mid-journey. How could I? Each of them had something of me in them and they got me feeling shaken yet seen. Here. Understood. Overwhelmed. This was not an easy book to read, and I loved it for it. For its hard and true themes.

Angel is a super fan of a boy band called The Ark. She is spending a week with one of her best internet friends, Juliet, and they’re going to go to The Ark’s meet and greet and concert. This is going to be an amazing week for both girls. Wrong, of course, since nothing really is as easy as it’s supposed to be. Jimmy is one of the three members of The Ark and he has mental health problems he can’t deal with and keep at bay because he doesn’t have time for therapy sessions. The band is gaining a lot of fame and they are always on tour, or doing interviews, or in music shows. They don’t have a normal like anymore and it’s taking a toll in Jimmy’s brain. It’s bad. I really can’t imagine how it is to be someone so famous you can’t go outside, you get mobbed by crazy fans, you can’t trust anyone. It’s horrible.

I felt more for Jimmy than for Angel because a lot of his problems also were mine. They’re not as bad and I can deal with them by myself, for now, but I could relate to his anxiety and paranoia like I haven’t been able to do with any other character in the past. I, too, am afraid of being killed or dying and in my mind I have imagined every single scenario, trying to see unsuccessfully a way out. They always end badly. I’m on edge when I walk, when I’m in a car, when I take the train, the plane, etc. Everything triggers me a death vision. I have to live with it and because of that I think I know a little how hard it was for Jimmy. He needed professional help and he needed it as soon as possible.

I went into this book thinking it was going to be a romance novel. I was wrong and I was glad I was wrong because it was really perfect the way it was. The themes it touched were both important and difficult, and I liked how they were portrayed. I recognized myself in his struggles, and, as I do when I can’t deal with what I’m facing, I focused real hard to give him the strength he needed to get through an attack. I cared deeply about his wellbeing and I couldn’t put down the book until I saw a little light at the end of the tunnel. I knew things weren’t going to just disappear, he was not going to be suddenly okay, cured, but I wanted to see if he was going to find his balance and face the challenges the world was throwing at him.

Loved the diversity. A Muslim girl who was probably queer, a half Indian half Italian gay trans boy, a bisexual guy, a black guy, and a half Chinese girl. I’m a Latina woman living in Italy; I never see myself represented, my situation is not usually at the base of any book, but I settle with as much diversity as I can get. In my little town I look around and see 98% of the same kind of people and my eyes glow when I see someone different. Imagine if I lived in London and see around me so many different faces each one of them with a different and probably interesting story to tell. My story is boring as hell, but I like to imagine all the other not Italian people around me, has an incredible story worth listening to.

I keep thinking about the last chapter of the book and I keep smiling. It’s the perfect ending for this kind of story. I couldn’t have asked for a better closing chapter. Full of hope. And hope is exactly what we all needed.

I’m taking a break from books for a couple of days because I have read so much in just two days and my brain feels like it’s collapsing. But I’m extremely happy that my last book before this much needed break was this one. I recommend it to everyone.

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Fence #6 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana Lafuente

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5stars

Ah! An indirect win. The same concept as an indirect kiss!

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Joana Lafuente (Illustrator)
Series: Fence #6

Number of pages: 32 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: More Seiji and Nicholas together!!
Bad things about this book: Nothing! I liked everything even if I still crave more!
Do I recommend it? Always!
Rate: 5/5

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My monthly frustrating 10-minute read has been, as usual, lacking of smooching but full of fencing. And we got to see a super smiley Nicholas and that was worth the wait!

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So Seiji lost his match against Aiden and he is of course furious but now it’s not time to focus on Seiji because it’s time for Nicholas match against one of Aiden’s many heartbroken lovers. I’m glad people finally saw what he is capable of; now they won’t keep underestimating him, they will now he can fence and he will only improve if given the chance.

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I loved how coach blocked the door to the bathroom when Seiji was inside brooding and feeling sorry for himself but when Nicholas came looking for him, she let him pass. She knows that somehow, amidst the rivalry, Nicholas’ words and personality go through Seiji’s super stubborn head.

So much smiling. I’m still happy about the smiles I saw and Seii’s angry face being a 5-y.o. because of Nicholas. I love them so much. This comic is getting better and better and I can’t wait for more!

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Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

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4stars

I have a crush on my best friend. I have become a teen rom-com cliché. There is no hope for me.

Title: Been Here All Along
Author: Sandy Hall
Number of pages: 214 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: It was really sweet and easy to get into the story.
Bad things about this book: Not enough romance for a romance book.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 4/5

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Really cute. Almost drama free but since it was obvious from the beginning what the drama was going to be about, I knew it was going to be okay in the end.

This was obviously a happily ever after kind if book, I trusted it to be so. Cute characters that grew as people in such a short time, not forced, very real life and all that, they surprised me. But this is so obviously a utopic book because the little drama didn’t counterbalance how easily they seem to overcome their obstacles. It’s okay, though, I don’t need a constant reminder of how life isn’t easy or fair; sometimes we just need to read about simpler lives.

Many povs that at first I thought were going to confuse me but in the end they gave me the intel I needed to understand the main characters better. You need to see the characters from others povs to really SEE them; if that makes any sense at all. I liked that.

The book promised me to be about Gideon and Kyle’s feelings for each other and how these feelings were going to change their friendship and their lives. There were many scenes with exact that but I felt that there was too much about other things. Too much for a book this short. If the book was a hundred pages longer, all the info would’ve been a very important integration to the narrative, but with a book this short, the info took too much space off the romance I really wanted to see since that was what this book was going to be about.

Nevertheless, this book contained the perfect story needed for a quiet weekday night. A book you could start and finish in a few hours. You wouldn’t have gone to bed desperately wanting to know how it was going to end. You could go to bed at a reasonable time with a smile on your face because this book gave you a cute little story about two nerd guys, with very strong opinions about The Lord of the Rings movies, loving each other. And that was enough to convince me to read it.

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[ARC] My Lavender Boyfriend by Marina Ford

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4stars

Often when I was alone in bed, which was pretty much every night, I had this feeling of phantom arms embracing me. I don’t know if this was a sign of my loneliness or what, but it was as though my body remembered what it was like to be with someone, even while I was forgetting.

Title: My Lavender Boyfriend
Author: Miranda Ford
Number of pages: Don’t know, it doesn’t say (kindle edition)
Expected publication: May 23rd 2018
Good things about this book: Simon is adorable and I like a lot how the book is written.
Bad things about this book: It was different from what it was told it was going to be.
Do I recommend it? Yes, give it a try.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

ARC from NetGalley

Awww this book was so sweet and adorable yet it was still missing something, but it didn’t have the drama or miscommunication I usually find in romance novels and for that I was glad. And also for that this will get 4 solid stars from me!

Simon, screenwriter now film professor is asked to be in a fake relationship with gorgeous actor Nick because Nick needs to clean his name and image and being with Simon can be exactly what he needs for the public to see him as a new and improved person. Nick was the sweetest and he got handy and flirty and you could see how not fake it was from him. I wish there was more about him, I feel like I’m missing so much more cuteness from that sweet big boy!

What was it missing, though? Well, this book promised me it was going to be about Simon and Nick being fake boyfriends then, obviously, developing real feelings, fall madly in love and have a happy life together. While it delivered what was promised, at the same time, it sort of didn’t. It was in the background. Nick felt like a side character, one of those who interact a lot with the main character but isn’t as important to the story. But Nick was important; without him, Simon would have never done everything he did, he would have never confronted his demons.

It still was a sweet story because what we saw about Simon and Nick, however small, was enough to understand why they went from strangers to lovers without much drama or words not said. It all flowed quietly and slowly, perfectly. Then, though, the story was much more about Simon and his dealing with his past and problems and the romance was left on the background. The title is “My Lavender Boyfriend” so I was hoping of having more of that.

This book was like the movie My Big Fat Wedding, a movie I hope you all have seen because it’s adorable. You’ll think the movie, if you read the title, is about the wedding, how the two main characters fall in love and tie the knot. Well it’s not about it. The movie is about the main character rediscovering herself, being the best person she can be, confronting her demons, her family, standing up for herself and finding true love that she didn’t think she was ever going to find. Also, this is one of the very few romantic comedies without drama in it and I loved every second of it.

This book is exactly like that movie; Simon’s love story is important and it’s adorable, you see how he starts relaxing when he is with Nick and you see how this peculiar fake relationship makes him grow. Simon confronts his past in the form of his ex-boyfriend who broke his heart, his present in the form of his family and his work, and his future in the form of Nick and a love story that promises wonders.

Long story short, I really liked this book, so full of sweetness, ambition, hope, and love. I started it and didn’t want to put it down. When a book manages to make me want to lose sleep, I say it’s a book worthy of the attention of everyone looking for a tiny piece of happiness in their everyday life. It did bring me joy so I’m hoping it’ll bring some to you, too.

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[ARC] Lock Nut by J.L. Merrow

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5stars

Did couples buy each other wedding presents, anyway? I mean, he’d be getting me, which some might say was quite enough to be getting on with.

Title: Lock Nut
Author: J.L. Merrow
Series: The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #5
Number of pages: 330 (kindle edition)
Expected publication: May 14th 2018
Good things about this book: Tom and Phil!! The ending!!
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes yes yes.
Rate: 5/5

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ARC from NetGalley

I may have already mentioned it but I requested this book from NetGalley because I thought it sounded interesting and when I got approved and was ready to read it, I noticed it was the fifth book of a series. Bad luck? Au contraire, I’d say! This mistake made me discover one hell of a book series I have fallen in love with. There’s always room in my heart for more fictional characters to love and cherish.

This book was really sweet (besides the murders) and, surprise surprise, Phil wasn’t a bum in this one. After four books of him being the broody melodramatic man our Tom loves, I was ready to slap him if he dared do anything to upset my boy. He did, of course he did, but it wasn’t like in the first books when their love was just beginning. I forgave him almost immediately.

“You’ve got him well trained,” Dave said with a smirk.
“Too right. Want to see him come when I call?” I winked in case he hadn’t got the innuendo.

Cherry and Greg got married, left for Scotland for a pretty cold honeymoon, so now it was Tom and Phil’s wedding countdown. With only a few months to spare and a lot to plan, Tom is overwhelmed and overthinking. This led to some misunderstanding but not something to be worried about. Tom and Phil are super in love and it shows. There weren’t the steamy scenes we got in the first two books and I was weirdly okay with that, with only imagining how they had fun when nobody was around. I knew they were all over each other and that they loved each other so much they wanted to protect the other from harm.

There’s nothing easy about this protecting from harm business when they are always involved in murder investigations, though. First one man dead, then another, and Tom and Phil are once again among suspects they want to trust but can’t, seeing as it could lead to them getting badly hurt, again. Like that never has happened in the past.

Giving us a polite smile was a young man—early twenties, I’d guess—who set my gaydar pinging off the scale. So going by past results, he was probably happily married to his second wife and with a baby or six on the way.

I love the idea Phil has about Tom’s abilities being evolving because he’s using them more. I want him to stop thinking himself a fraud and try experimenting at home to see to what extent he can find what’s hidden. This will help him in the future and it will make their lives much easier when someone hires Phil for a job.

The ending was precious. Nothing over the top with forced tears or forced emotions. You find yourself truly invested in the lives of those two men and the feelings you are having are authentic. You are really happy they found each other again even if when they met at first one was the living nightmare of the other. The part where Tom reveals something hard about his past as a bullied boy, broke my heart. I think Phil needs to know this, not to make him feel guilty but I think he needs to know this part of Tom’s past. I think it’s important and I wonder why Darren, having witnessed the speech, didn’t say anything about it. I wonder if we’re going to come back to it in the next book. Because there’s going to be a next book, right? I need Tom in my life! I need more of him!

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