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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Cloaked in Shadow by Ben Alderson

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3stars

Title: Cloaked in Shadow
Author: Ben Alderson
Series: The Dragori #1

Number of pages: 350 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Elves with magic and shapeshifting abilities!
Bad things about this book: There were a lot of grammar errors.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s a nice story!

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I’m unsure. While I liked it, and enjoyed it, I felt that something was amiss. I’ll give this book 3.5 stars, a good rating, for a book full of potential, with a main character that was a tad melodramatic and emo, an ex that was forced to play a role that I felt unnecessary, and a prince that was sweet and adorable (Hadrian has flaws but he is a cutie).

Some scenes felt a bit random, like wth is going on, why is Zacriah acting like a child? He was at times annoying, I could picture him in my head whining. The ex-boyfriend thing still bothers me: it just didn’t make any sense and it ruined a nice situation with a pointless scene played by our drama queen Zac!

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, even with the many grammar errors I found (then instead of than, lots of your instead of you’re and more), and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen to Hadrian and the ever so theatrical Zac!

Things left unexplained that I hope are going to be explained in the next two books, because, yes, this is a trilogy and it sounds promising. I have the second book ready, but I never binge read a series; it will have to wait. I just hope the boys are going to be okay in the end, and I hope that Zac will start acting less childish and get a grip! Things are more difficult now and he is needed!

Elves, shapeshifters, druids, magic, there’s a little bit of everything and I will be there to see how the story unfolds, no matter what. The cover made me read the book, it’s beautiful, and the story made me stay. I’ll be here until the end, fingers crossed it’s not going to be the end of the happiness the boys clearly deserve!

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Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee

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5stars

Title: Not Your Villain
Author: C.B. Lee
Series: Sidekick Squad #2

Number of pages: 307 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: I loved reading the story through Bells’ eyes.
Bad things about this book: It left me wanting for more and now I have to wait.
Do I recommend it? Yes!
Rate: 5/5

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I love Bells and I loved him as a narrator. Maybe this book had less action than the first, but it had more details about meta-humans. The bad guys weren’t in this as much as I would’ve liked, I guess they’re going to be all together for the grand finale?? I sure hope so! I want to see our heroes kick some corrupted meta-humans’ butts.

I liked how the first chapters took place during some events of the previous book, and we could see some scenes from Bell’s point of view. From book 1 I already knew Bells was a good friend, even if he was keeping a pretty big secret, he was crushing on Emma, he was a caring son, a boy everyone seemed to love and want a piece of. This book confirmed everything I knew and introduced me to a whole new part of Bells; he is emotional, respectful, is scared but it doesn’t mean he’ll give up. He keeps going, for his friends, for his family, for his fellow meta-humans, for the world. He wants to be a hero even if now the world thinks of him as the most wanted villain in the country.

Bells is strong, but how strong? He has a lot of stamina, but just how much? We’ll find out so much about Bells in this book and I loved every second of it. He is a fragile thing, putting on a smile even if he’s hurting inside. I think he is the bravest of them all.

In Not Your Sidekick we got a glimpse of Jess’ genius younger brother, and in Not Your Villain he is part of the action. He is a delight. Sassy and shy at the same time. He has a crush on Bells and that’s just the cutest thing ever: how he acts around Bells is adorable. I hope we get to see more of him in the third book: he deserves a book for himself after the book from Emma’s pov. Will he get it? I have my doubts, but I’ll love to read something from his pov, even if it’s a short story.

Captain Orion is kidnapping meta-humans, the Collective is keeping everything under wraps, the League is not easily trusted anymore, and defense robots (more like killer robots) will make getting to the bottom of the corruption situation a lot harder that I thought. With all of that going on, and personal feelings getting in the way, Bells will have one hell of an adventure. I’ll miss him as a narrator a lot, I love reading about his emotions and everything that went on in his head.

The third book can’t come soon enough. I’m already very impatient!!

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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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Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak

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5stars

“Everything about us was entirely normal, really. We were as ordinary as anything we might come across in this world.”

Title: Wonders of the Invisible World
Author: Christopher Barzak
Number of pages: 352 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: It’s written in a very magical way. I loved everything about it.
Bad things about this book: I feel that this is a kind of narration that can be hard to get into.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I’ll give it a chance if I were you.
Rate: 5/5

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As I thought from the blurb and from the first chapters, I really liked this book and how the story unfolded, circled back, flashed forward, backwards or whatever. It has that touch of magical realism, spells, curses, a world beyond the world, harbingers of death, mysteries, everything that I love. Peculiar and magical with a love story as sweet as honey, the perfect combo!

It was pretty weird and sometimes it could be hard to follow with all the dreams sequences and memories, but I found it fascinating, so I focused really hard and enjoyed the ride. Aidan is such a sweet boy, trying his best to remember what’s been forgotten, while experiencing feelings he thinks he is supposed to find wrong but instead come to him as easily as breathing and seeing the invisible world.

“Here they were, the people we were becoming, about to knock on our front door, hoping they could undo the mistakes we were making at that very moment.”

Jarrod is one hell of a supporting character; he supports Aidan in all his crazy life with such sincerity and love, just because he cares and wants to be with this sweet boy who sees what other people can’t. Aidan’s mother was a bit of a pain in the butt with all her evasiveness and half sentences, but Jarrod comes to the rescue every single time, and he stole, not only Aidan’s heart, but also mine.

I get sad when I see a low rating of a book I’ve loved, but I understand where they come from; this is the kind of book that you love or don’t understand its meaning or purpose. It’s weird and full of details many may find boring and unnecessary. But if you come to understand it, you’ll see how truly marvelous and magical this story is and you’ll love it. That’s what happened to me, and I hope it happens to many other readers who’ll decide to give this book a chance.

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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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The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

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4stars

If and when our world ends, it won’t be from a meteor or a viral outbreak or some other cosmic event; it will be us. We will be our own undoing.

Title: The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza
Author: Shaun David Hutchinson
Good things about this book: It’s the right amount of weird.
Bad things about this book: The last page leaves you wanting more.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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I was so into the story that I didn’t even realize the book was over when I reached that last part. Why did it end that way?? I want more and more and more!!

It was different, and it made you think. I was so happy about the cameos of Hutchinson’s other books’ characters. I almost cried when Henry appeared! I miss Henry every time I find myself thinking about We Are the Ants; it’s one of my favorite books.

This book can be officially declared peculiar. Elena was born from parthenogenesis; that can be explained scientifically, but her let’s say weird situation doesn’t stop to a virgin birth, because Elena hear voices from the siren of Starbucks to a My Little Pony, telling her she has the power to heal people, and she should do it, or else the world is going to end. That’s a little too much responsibility for a young girl struggling with a massive crush and trying to avoid bullies.

The first person Elena healed, that one first miracle that put in motion the apocalypse, was a girl named Freddie and Elena has a huge crush on her. Freddie is certainly not the person Elena thought she was and getting to know her is going to put her patience to test. It put MY patient to test, but then I got to know her and the reasons behind her hard façade and I ended up liking her.

With the end of world, people disappearing all over the world, her love life being a total mess, and the voices being very insisting, Elena doesn’t really know what to do. She is set on finding out why Freddie was shot like that would make her understand why the world is ending. Why does finding the reason is that important? Elena is trying to avoid the real problem!! Elena is like a lot of us.

We make choices. We make bad choices. But we still deserve the right to choose.

I really liked this book. Like all of this author’s books, there are serious issues being portrayed and analyzed. I found that this had the right amount of serious and peculiar, just the amount that I usually love. Elena is a nice main character, she isn’t without flaw, often irritating, but you just cheer for her to be able to save the world, get the girl, be happy with her bff and family. Easy, right?

Not the lightest of reads, but neither one of the hardest. I enjoyed it and I recommend it. This author needs to have more love from readers all around the world.

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