Bloodline by Jordan L. Hawk

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5stars

I spoke thirteen languages, and yet I had no words to express what his presence meant to me. Griffin seemed to understand anyway.

Title: Bloodline
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin #5

Number of pages: 237 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: So many twists, so many great things happening.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, characters being immature is not really a bad thing if they understand their mistakes!
Do I recommend it? Yes! Of course!!
Rate: 5/5

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I have nine books of the magical and mysterious adventures of Whyborne and Griffin but I’ve had only read four of the them because I don’t want to live in a world of no new stories of those two sweet men and their love. But I couldn’t stay away long and now I have read the fifth book and it was a great decision.

It’s just a quiet October for our beloved couple and Whyborn’s birthday is just around the corner; yeah, they wish. This book could have been called Halloween from Hell! I had no idea so many things could happen in such a short book. That Widdershins is not a city that fools around. We open up with a celebration, we get introduced to Whyborne’s sister and long lost cousins from England, Whyborne’s brother is annoying as usual, and everything goes to hell.

Whyborne has grown so much as a character and in this growth he is making a few mistakes that are jeopardizing his life and his relationship with his lover Griffin and his friend Christine. He made me want to slap him; I understood why he was doing what he was doing, the wish to be free to use his magic without judgment, without hiding, so I let him deal with the consequences of his actions. I knew he was going to be okay in the end. He is sweet and caring, he is bound to take a few wrong turns, but he will learn from his mistakes and become a better man. That’s what makes him different from his hideous brother. Oh how I hate that man!

Lots of surprises and an ending that left me with butterflies in my belly and hearts flying above my head. And ending worth waiting for. I loved how Whyborne used his magic and there is so much potential of how many more spells he can learn to protect his town and the people he loves. The next books are going to be great and I will pace myself, of course, but I’m going to read them as soon as possible.

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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4stars

Sometimes some you have known all your life becomes no longer familiar to you, but strange in a marvelous way, as if you have discovered a beach you have been visiting all your life is made not of sand but of diamonds, and they blind you with their beauty.

Title: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices #2
Number of pages: 699 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: I loved how we got to know more about Gwyn and other faerie mysteries.
Bad things about this book: The romance between some characters war totally nonsense and I hated it.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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Took me 20 days to finish this. Some days I didn’t want to pick it up, some other days I wanted to read it just to get it over with. It doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. Don’t get me wrong: there is much I liked but there was also a lot I didn’t. Too much unnecessary drama, the miscommunication, the lies, oh my how many lies and tricks. You’d think they’d learned not to do it after the disasters of the previous book but nooooo here we go again, hiding things, making the worst decisions, not thinking anything through.

Our teenage heroes have to venture into forbidden lands for a mission that will unveil plans and secrets from the Lord of Shadows, aka the Unseelie King. The Black Volume is still lost and it contains too many dark spells to be left floating at large. It doesn’t only contain necromancy spells but it contains spells that could strip shadowhunters of their angelic powers. That could be the end of the world and the dominion of the Lord of Shadows all over humans, shadowhunters and downworlders. I’m fascinated by the fair folks and I want to know everything there is to know about the king, the queen and their secrets. They can’t lie but they can deceive and they’re very good at that. I want to know what they are planning.

Julian sought Mark in the crowd on the steps. He was standing with his hands behind his back, exchanging a mistrustful look with a carved stone gnome. “Your pretense does not fool me, gnome,” he muttered. “My eyes will be upon you.”

You may think the Lord of Shadows is the most evil creature in the whole world and he is the one that is a danger to our teenage heroes, but you’ll be wrong!! The Dearborns and the Cohort were the most awful villains to ever have graced the pages of a shadowhunter book, in my opinion. So hateful and kick butt worthy! Everything was their fault, everything that happened in the last chapter was 100% their doing because they are megalomaniac racists bigots. The worst kind of human beings/shadowhunters.

The romance got to my nerve! That useless plotline of forced love that for me had zero chemistry ruined everything for me. I’m talking about Mark and Cristina obviously. I thought Cristina had more chemistry with a random centurion that she had with Mark. They don’t belong together and as much as I like Kieran (I like him A LOT), I think Mark needs to be by himself for a while and be a big brother. That romantic storyline felt so forced and pointless I sighed everytime I knew a Mark+Cristina moment was approaching. I like Cristina so I hope she finds happiness but, girl, you better keep looking. I know Mark is divine but you both are wrong for each other. Get yourself someone else!

Julian was the kind of person who could descend into Hell and come out with the devil himself owing him a favor.

I may be rambling but I got mad about that. Also about how stubborn Julian was being with the martyr mask he liked to wear. Bad decisions were made, that’s an understatement, and people got hurt. The ending did not shocked me, not much, because the internet is a source of unwanted spoilers you can’t avoid and I already knew a lot of things that were going to happen.

This review is only me being angry at the unnecessary love authors like to put in books. Like it’s so unlikely that two people meet each other for the first time, become friends, and NOT fall in love. What was I thinking? That happens all the time, right? Impossible for them to be, I don’t know, just good friends.

There are still 220 days left until the release of Queen of Air and Darkness that, if I’m not wrong, will be the last book of this shadowhunters trilogy. Am I worried? Oh hell you bet I am! But I’m also curious about a lot of things; I can’t wait to be angry at the forced love story, and to see those two parabatai be free to love each other without lies, curses or LIES. Did I already say lies? I thought it was worth repeating myself. I also can’t wait to see Ty and Kit’s friendship blooming. Those two are adorable and their friendship is worth every single cringe worthy moment of the unnecessary story line I have to bear witness to. See you in 220 days!

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The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

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5stars

“Have faith in love, and let it guide you, and you never know. Impossible things happen all the time.”

Title: The Summer of Impossible Things
Author: Rowan Coleman
Number of pages: 432 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: It’s time travel with lots of feelings.
Bad things about this book: Nothing really.
Do I recommend it? Yes, read it.
Rate: 5/5

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Such a magical book, a rollercoaster of emotions. I wanted to like it and instead I loved it. It caught me by surprise and it kept me wondering. It was an incredible story about love, a kind of love that wins it all.

When humans believe in stories extraordinary things happen.

I bought this book last summer when it came out. I loved the cover and the plot intrigued me. It was not entirely different from what I’ve seen in movies in the past but somehow I felt it could be a totally different kind of story altogether, even with some elements in common with what I’ve already experienced. As usual, I bought it, photographed it, and left it there to gather dust and be beautiful in my bookshelf.

Last week, though, I was undecided. I didn’t know what to read and after starting at my bookshelves for centuries, I decided to ask for help. I texted my friend and asked her to pick a colour; she picked yellow. I showed her the yellow section of my bookshelf and she chose this book. This book isn’t yellow, it’s in the orange section but she still saw it in the picture and decided it had a beautiful cover and needed to be read by me. I decided it was fate so I picked it up. Thank you, friend who doesn’t read, for choosing this marvelous book for me.

The most wonderful discoveries that have ever been made by mankind always happen when someone decides to believe in the impossible.

Luna and Pea lost their mother to suicide and they decided to travel to where she was born, in Brooklyn to sell her father’s house and see where she grew up before running away to England with their father, Henry. They received a box with films from their mum telling them that something horrible happened the night she left home, something that scarred her for life, making living unbearable. It’s terrible and frustrating because there’s nothing they can do. Or so they think; Luna, who found Henry is not her real father, can somehow travel back in time to 1977, days before the awful event. Is this a chance to save her mother? Can she fix the past so that the people she loves in the present can be alive and happy without losing herself in the process?

The magical elements of the story, the time travel, the scenes of Luna meeting her mum when she was full of life and with so many dreams, were all what made the story great. It was always interesting, it always kept you wondering what was going to happen, what did happen, how was Luna going to prevent it. Everything made you question her choices because there was so much at stake and we all know how tricky messing with time can be.

All I can do is brace myself against the searing hot pain of only understanding what it means to really want someone at the very moment you know they can never be yours.

Rowan Coleman did it; she took the magic of time travel, of the impossibility of it, and mixed it with love, hope, and hard things in life that make you feel alone in the world. It touched all the right buttons of my heart. I felt anger, frustration, happiness, but above all, I felt hope; because how bad can the world be if there is one person in your life willing to sacrifice themselves for your well-being?

“Our physical bodies, they break down, eventually returning to dust, but energy, energy is never destroyed. And what is love, if it isn’t the most powerful energy we know of?”

I loved how everything unfolded. It was at the right time, with the right amount of twists. At some point I had to turn back in time myself, turning back to previous chapters, because some details I judged of standard importance were instead pretty relevant to the whole narrative. That’s how you do it. That’s how you give me a contemporary story, with magical elements, love, hard topics, a story that takes place in the span of a few days, and make it so believable I can totally see it happening in real life. Recommended to all!

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Necropolis by Jordan L. Hawk

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5stars

“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.

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Caroline’s Heart by Austin Chant

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5stars

God, he thinks, he could be starving and she’d fill him up with one sweet look.

Title: Caroline’s Heart
Author: Austin Chant
Number of pages: 96 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Magic and lgbtqia representation.
Bad things about this book: I want to say it’s too short but no, it is perfect as it is..
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s an enchanting story.
Rate: 5/5

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Some time ago I happened to see a gorgeous cover of a book called “Peter Darling” and decided to read it. I fell in love with the quality of writing and the originality of how the story of Peter Pan was retold. I decided to keep an eye on Austin Chant because I knew he was going to give me more magical tales full of representation and fantasy themes.

This is a story about Roy, a trans cowboy who finds himself involved in the life of the town’s witch, Cecily, after a fight resulting in him almost losing his life. Cecily has to put inside Roy the mechanical and magical heart of her long lost lover, Caroline, ruining her chances to resuscitate her with a spell she designed. The book is not about Roy finding out he is trans and it’s not about people finding it out and bullying him, beating him or worst, trying to kill him because he’s different. This is a book about the everyday lives of Roy and Cecily forced to live together until Roy heals completely and adjusts to the new heart. It’s sweet, emotional, and of course, magical.

It wasn’t only magical because of Cecily being a witch but mainly because the writing style of Austin Chant is enchanting. One second you’re trying your best not to freeze to death on your couch, then the next second you’re fully immerse in the story you don’t realize you barely feel your nose and fingers. I felt warm and good inside with every page I read. It’s a novella so it’s short, worth every second you spend reading it. Cecily and Roy are two wonderful characters and, even though Roy doesn’t have magic powers, he is plenty magical himself with his kind nature, sincerity and his optimistic personality. It’s easy to feel for them and want them to be happy and serene.

If you have a couple hours or less to spare, then I recommend you read this novella. Who wouldn’t want to have magic powers to conjure food and clean the house? I know I would. I’m in a lasagna mood right now.

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They Mostly Come Out At Night by Benedict Patrick

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4stars

Title: They Mostly Come Out At Night
Author: Benedict Patrick
Series: Yarnsworld #1
Number of pages: 200 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The twists left me speechless. Also the cover is gorgeous!
Bad things about this book: The first half is maybe a little bit slow but it doesn’t take long for it to change.
Do I recommend it? Yes, and also the other books of Yarnsworld even if I haven’t read them yet.
Rate: 4/5

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This book really surprised me. At first I got often angry, then I was certain some things were going to have the obvious outcome, then they didn’t and I enjoyed the second half of the book a lot more and got into the story with a newly found awe. Long story short, I couldn’t put it down; luckily it is a short book.

We have two parallel stories: on one side there is Lonan, the outcast of a little village, hated by everyone because of a misunderstanding. On the other side there is Adahy, the Magpie prince, then King of the corvae people, who has the duty to protect the villagers from the monsters that come out at night. How does their separate story come together? Lonan dreams of the magpie prince, he sees through his eyes; everything that Adahy sees, Lonan sees.

Lonan knows of new dangers but can’t tell anyone without looking like someone who has lost their mind. He is already hated and seen with disgust by the one he loves so he doesn’t want to add this new peculiarity to the already messy mix.

Everyone in the various villages of corvae has a Knack, an ability, a talent, in something that makes them useful to the growing of the community. Lonan’s father was a blacksmith so he thought that was going to be his Knack but after that horrible night when the monsters took his father’s life, Lonan was outcasted and he didn’t develop any Knack of his own. Being Knackless is like being useless. A village doesn’t need a useless inhabitant.

Through Lonan we see Adahy’s life and struggles and in his waking hours, we see Lonan’s struggles and pain. He is tormented by the images he sees every night and he is conflicted because sharing this information will probably save people’s life but it’s also possible it will make them hate him even more. What is the right thing to do? What can he do to help the Magpie King save their land from the monsters that mostly come out at night?

This is a very short book but it has a lot of twists you wouldn’t expect. The characters are rich and if you need to hate someone, the hate you feel is strong. Feelings are overall very strong throughout the story: anger, frustration, sadness, hopelessness, hopefulness, and also happiness. So many things can change the course of the story but sacrifices have to be made for the ones you love to survive.

Will Lonan find a way to save his village? Will Adahy overcome his fears and save his land? So many things will happen for you to find out the answers to these questions. Trust me, though, you probably won’t guess the outcome.

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Stormhaven by Jordan L. Hawk

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“I wasn’t strong, or brave, or anything really. But he made me want to be.”

Title: Stormhaven
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin #3
Number of pages: 177 (paperback)
Good things about this book: More love and more magic, what’s not to love?
Bad things about this book: Too short? But maybe not.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it is very short and the story is more and more interesting.
Rate: 5/5

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Whyborne can’t catch a break. Now he has one more reason to scowl: electricity. Why is it so weird for a guy to want a poor lit house with a library with books to read almost in the dark causing permanent damage to his eyes? Whyborne can’t understand progress but he can understand magic: he’s a better sorcerer now and every book has a new spell he will use to fight and win whatever will come between him and Griffin.

Not only electricity has come to put a bad taste into Whyborne’s mouth, but a case involving a coworker accused of murder will put the two men in an unstable state: the suspect resides now in an asylum which is bad news to Griffin. I’m furious after learning what happened to him, unfairly and unnecessarily just because people are disgusting and completely selfish. Poor Griffin: his nightmares keep him up at night but he has Whyborne who will be by his side no matter what.

You’d think there’s nothing worse than the devilish electricity, the asylum, the mysterious cult worshipping a sea monster, and the possible end of the world, right? What about Griffin’s parents coming to visit with a surprise and the two of them have to pretend they are merely friends? It is worse because it will put Whyborne back into his pessimistic habits. His mind will weaken and weird thoughts will crawl in there. There’s nothing worse than a weak mind when there’s the menace of the evil rising!

“I wish to be with you until the breath leaves my body, until the last stars burn out, and the earth falls into the dying sun.”

There was so much love in this book besides the main evil plot: that’s a mystery you have to read or else it will spoil the fun. Griffin and Whyborne has come to a turning point in their relationship and maybe things are going to get better or they may easily get worse. Whyborne loves Griffin so much he doesn’t want him to suffer even if avoiding the pain will put him into a pit of despair. He’d sacrifice his own happiness to see the man he loves be his very best. I was heartbroken at Whyborne’s thoughts because he wasn’t being selfish; he was being realistic in a world that considers him a criminal only because he loves a man. Living hidden from society is taking its toll on them but love wins, right? I sure hope it’ll be the case until the very last book.

“You’re really choosing him over your family?”
“Whyborne is my family.”

I love how short these books are and how fast I can read them without putting them down. I have to pace myself, though. I don’t want to get to the last one published and have to wait who the hell knows how long for the next one. I can be very patient, but sometimes I’m not.

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