[ARC] The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo



Title: The Empress of Salt and Fortune
Author: Nghi Vo
Release date: March 24th 2020
Number of pages: 112 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Very well written and intriguing.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, worked perfectly the way it was.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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*ARC from NetGalley*

Pretty peculiar book, it read as a sort of fairy take giving you little pieces of a puzzle in the shape of stories in each chapter to show you the bigger picture.

It was a bit confusing at first with all the different terms I didn’t know the meaning of, but the more I read the more I was tuned to the story and its characters.

A non binary cleric, a talking animal with fantastic powers, and an old lady with a story. An incredible story.

I don’t think there’s a way to explain this novella. You have to live it.


[ARC] To the Flame by A.E. Ross



Title: To the Flame
Author: A.E. Ross
Release date: February 3rd 2020
Number of pages: 72 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It was really interesting even if short.
Bad things about this book: It was too short, I wanted to know more.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 4/5

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*ARC from NetGalley*

What a cute little book that was more than I was expecting! I knew it was about cryptids, but I got also so many many feelings. My heart!! Emerson was such a sweet guy, and Morrie all mysterious, afraid, and also so so sweet! I loved all the diversity packed in only a few pages; it didn’t feel forced at all, it felt like it should feel in real life, pretty freaking normal.

I’m glad I requested this book and got to read it. Brought a smile on my face. So so cute!


All Systems Red by Martha Wells



“As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure.”

Title: All Systems Red
Author: Martha Wells
Series: The Murderbot Diaries #1
Number of pages: 144 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: An antisocial murder robot in love with tv shows. LOVE.
Bad things about this book: It might seem short, and it is, but it doesn’t feel like it.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

“And in their corner all they had was Murderbot, who just wanted everyone to shut up and leave it alone so it could watch the entertainment feed all day.”

I love the bookstagram community because it recommends me so many new books I wouldn’t have known otherwise. There’s an account I follow that loves sci-fi just as much as I do, but knows so many more books that I do. It’s so perfect! I now have a lot of new sci-fi books to read and love!

The Murderbot Diaries was one of those recs. I dived into it as soon as I knew how short the books were. I’ve been in a reading slump the whole month so a short, engaging novella, was just what I needed. And it was exactly that; funny, intriguing, with an incredibly relatable Murderbot main character, and a very well built plot, not short of twists, even if the story was a short one.

I pictured Murderbot as a female even if it was stated that it was genderless. I tried real hard to picture it as it was meant to be, but my mind kept conjuring a female robot who really fangirled about her tv shows. The brain is hard to command!

I can’t wait to read the other novellas of the series. They will follow Murderbot in its adventured and misadventures in space, and I read the plot of this novella will be important to the following stories. What’s not to love about Murderbot and these stories? If you love sci-fi, then yes, read these novellas!


Noticed Me Yet? by Anyta Sunday



He was full to the brim with pizza and disappointment.

Title: Noticed Me Yet?
Author: Anyta Sunday
Number of pages: 70 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Amazing ending with amazing characters.
Bad things about this book: That it’s the end? Yes, that’s the only thing that’s making me sad.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

So cute and sweet. You never disappoint me, Anyta!!!!

I took a very long hot bath because I was freezing (damned fake spring) and I decided to read this ebook by the ever amazing Anyta Sunday. I have loved everything I’ve read by her and I knew I had to read this one. It’s only 70 pages long so it was perfect for my bath.

Jacob is looking for a flatmate. Someone, Mr. X, took down all his ads and now three boys, one of them being the infamous X, answered the ad. I didn’t guess right; I really didn’t know who of the three boys was Mr. X. I had my doubts and maybe I excluded one of them almost instantly but I didn’t want to assumed anything by the clues I was given.

The messages exchange was sweet and I was glad for Jacob because he really needed to move on from his first and only boyfriend who broke his heart. He fell for this mysterious boy who liked to tease him with paper notes. That’s was really cute!

I loved the revelation and, luckily, we didn’t have much drama. Maybe only half page drama and that’s perfectly okay with me. I was naked in a steamy bathtub, so exposed, so I needed fluff, I needed joy, I needed a happy story with a happy ending and happy middle.

That’s what I had and I’m so happy I took that super long bath and read it.


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

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

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 Adventures of Charls, the Veretian Cloth Merchant by C.S. Pacat



Title: The Adventures of Charls, the Veretian Cloth Merchant
Author: C.S. Pacat
Good things about this book: Everything? Yes, everything.
Bad things about this book: It is the end of it all.
Do I recommend it? Yes, if you’re a fan of the Captive Prince series then my recommendation is futile. If course you’re going to read this.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

April was a weird month. I read only two books. I immersed myself in tv shows, binge watching the old and the new ones. There was no escape to it. For your information, I’m watching one right now while typing this (The 100). There’s no escape, I’m telling you.

I needed a small victory, something to take me out of this reading slump. Distracted as I was, I didn’t see the last novella of the Captive Prince series was already out. Lucky for me, I had to spend a few hours at the hair salon where time is lost.

This short story was very enjoyable. We get to see more of Charls, with a sweet and adorable Laurent and Damen interaction in the background. Charls is a very honest man and his reputation is at risk because of some dumb merchant who plays dirty. I hated that man. Who could do that? Is your heart made of ice?

Laurent and Damen were incognito and Charls only knew the real identity of the prince; seeing their world through Charls’s eyes was fun. He didn’t know Damen as the King of Akielos and his guesses as to who he was to Laurent were obviously wrong; I wanted Damen to reveal himself to Charls at random only to see the surprise expression on his face.

This novella is short, yes, but it has twists and everything a story needs to be a story worth reading. I wish it was longer but if this is the end of it all and if I won’t be reading about Laurent and Damen and everyone in this world anymore, then I’m okay, I can live with what I was given. This ending is a perfect goodbye, a sad one but, still, kind of perfect.


Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman



“The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days, myths of a people who did not entirely trust or even like their gods, although they respected and feared them.”

Title: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
Good things about this book: Really well written and interesting stories.
Bad things about this book: Maybe too short, if I really need to find something bad in it.
Do I recommend it? Yes, who doesn’t love mythology?
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

There are storytellers and then there is Neil Gaiman. The way he retells these norse mythology stories is sublime and I had so much fun reading and learning. I already knew a few things thanks to my own curiosity, watching Vikings, and reading Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase books. Norse gods have always got my interest and of course I was going to read a book about them and if it’s a book by Neil Gaiman, even better!

Gaiman writes the stories of the gods from their birth until Ragnarok, the apocalypse that is also the beginning of new things. The stories are all interesting and, needless to say, extraordinarily well written. The modern feeling of how the gods are introduced doesn’t bore you and it keeps you glued to the pages. Even knowing about how gross some of the gods were is interesting if written the way Gaiman does it. They drank the spit and blood of some god to become wise. Gross! And that story with Odin having sexy times with a giant was a surprise: who would’ve thought that old fox had that in him?

I knew Thor wasn’t the smart one among the gods but knowing also how much he could eat, drink and how much he knew how every single bad thing happening was always Loki’s fault, made me like him even more than I already liked him and his Marvel version. Thor of the long blonde hair is dreamy. Thor of the red beard maybe isn’t as dreamy but he has a special place in my heart nonetheless.

Tyr, Thor’s brother, is also one my favorites now. I didn’t know him at all and it surprised me how much involved he was in everything. The part between him and Fenrir wolf made me emotional. As much as I knew how dangerous the wolf was and was going to be, I didn’t like what the gods did to him.

“Because,” said Thor, “when something goes wrong, the first thing I always think is, it is Loki’s fault. It saves a lot of time.”

Loki, well, is just like I imagined him. Not the Hiddleston Loki I was used to and neither Riordan’s version, but just like I pictured the mischief blood brother of Odin. Something bad happened? Loki’s fault and, guess what? It indeed was his fault. It was like he wasn’t even trying to hide his guilt; it showed all over his glowing with pride face! You’ve got to love Loki, his monstrous children and his shape shifting abilities.

The book is short and it’s easy to read and that’s always a plus. I finished it and I wanted to know more and I think that’s beautiful. I admire Gaiman and I curse myself because I haven’t read many books by him. That’s something I promise to do!


Ten Simple Tips for Surviving the Apocalypse by Cari Z.


There was home, and for me it was objectively a place but subjectively a person.

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Title: Ten Simple Tips for Surviving the Apocalypse
Author: Cari Z.
Why you should read this book: Because it’s a short story about a plague that makes you purple and cool unless, of course, it transforms you into a monster or kills you.

I don’t remember how exactly I came to find this story but I’m glad I did because it has humour, adventure, a road trip, the apocalypse, romance and two very different but equally charismatic characters.
It has a “The walking dead” kind of vibe and also a little “Avatar” in it. Avatar-ish, just because the ones with the plague have purple skin, claws, bright yellow eyes and white hair; I thought it was a hot look. HOT!

The truth will not set you free during the apocalypse, folks.

The main character is Javi; he wrote this guide to help whomever finds him/herself in an apocalypse to survive. Ten simple tips that will make us know him better and also know better the plague that is mutating human beings and animals into raging monsters. Javi is fun and a pun enthusiast and he has seen and experienced so many ugly things since the plague started. He travels by bike and his destination is his grandfather’s cabin where he may be reunited with his family, hoping they may be still alive.

I made everything into a pun—shut up, puns are the most accessible form of humor.

On his way he meets Conrad and they start traveling together. Conrad is a little bit mysterious and he is affected by the plague that is changing his looks. Javi and Conrad start out as frenemies but of course their relationship is destined to become something else, something more. They spoon every night to keep themselves warm; cuddling companions, how cute is that?

Yep, there it was, the rumble of a genuine chuckle. If there was a god, I hoped I got some points for offering my name up as a sacrificial humor lamb.

I don’t have troubles picturing mutant Conrad in my head: a beautiful purple man, long white hair, claws instead of nails, yellow eyes like the sun and vampire-ish canines. Hot, right? I thought he looked hot.

Conrad frowned. “I never had Botox.”
“Whatever, dude, your forehead was not natural when we first met, is all I’m saying.”

Their interactions are really interesting and funny. Javi loves Shakespeare and carries a 5-pound book with all his works. He torments poor Conrad with his readings and Conrad repays poor Javi singing awfully the same song over and over again. Aren’t they adorable? Even before being something more for each other, they already behave like a married couple.

He put both his hands back down, then did some weird shimmy that ended with his whole body arched, hips low to the ground, head back. It was either some sort of yoga move or something he’d psychically copied out of one of my sexual fantasies.

The story is too short but it’s satisfying and even if it leaves you longing for more, you are left happy with the ending. It’s incredible how the author did in such few pages, I fell in love with both of the characters, I got scared of the plague and it made me realize I have to get fit if I want to survive the pending apocalypse. There’s a lot of running involved and I’m not ready!

“I don’t frown,” I objected.
“I thought it was a kinder description than ‘resting bitch face.’”

Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s funny and really interesting.
Rate: 5/5


Spectacularly Broken (+ short story) by Sage C. Holloway


“Just because other people might have worse problems doesn’t mean you’re not allowed one.”

Title: Spectacularly Broken
Author: Sage C. Holloway
Why you should read this book: It’s not a long book but it’s really good and it’s worth it.

Summary from Goodreads:

Turns out naked and hungover on the floor is not the most strategically sound place to be when your dad comes home early. Take it from someone who learned the hard way: nineteen-year-old Lysander Shepherd – son of movie stars, spoiled brat, enthusiastic proponent of drugs and orgies… and now, unwilling resident of Oak Hill Manor, a retreat for troubled teenagers.

Before he knows what’s happening, his designer duds have been switched for tie-dye shirts in therapy team colors, and he is surrounded by an assortment of misfits: a timid nerd, a mute girl, a hyperactive kid… and captivating loner Cai Fields, who is admittedly pretty hot, but seems to hate the world in general and Lysander in particular.

Soon Lysander struggles with lies, withdrawal, and several uncomfortable revelations that he never intended to make, but he also gains surprising amounts of support right in the middle of secret late-night parties, fisticuffs over doing the dishes, and, of all things, croissant blackmail. Even as Cai and Lysander finally give in to the irresistible attraction between them and make a grasp for happiness, their darkest secrets remain – secrets with the power to destroy everything they’ve fought so hard to have.

“Fuck you. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows just ’cause I have money”
“Yeah, well, it still sounds a hell of a lot better than not having money.”

Deep, moving, important. You don’t get to choose what happens to you, your life can go on smoothly until the day you die or you can find your path filled with so many obstacles that makes you just want to give up. The important thing is reaching out, having people around who sees something wrong about you and gets you the help you need. It’s not truly a road to be cured, it’s a journey to get better and learn to live with whatever issues you may have, surrounded by people who loves you.

Such a short book with deep characters, each of them with hard pasts and on going issues keeping them from living their lives to the fullest. The only bad thing about this is that it’s too short. I could’ve read about the characters for hundreds of pages more.

“My full name is Lysander Aurelius Cassius Shepherd. Can you tell my father hated me from the start?”

Lysander is spoiled, rich, son of a famous actor, lives his life between parties and shopping. Not a healthy life. But why does he feel the need to do that? Why is he so bored with everything that he feels the need to drown himself in every addiction he can think of? Lys is a good guy, sweet and caring. He has an attitude, that can’t be denied, but he tries his best and it’s oblivious of the effect he has on others.

He is sent to a camp for troubled kids and makes friends with his group’s companions. There is one friend in particular who seems to have caught his attention, at first because they hated each other, then feelings were all over the place, one thing lead to another and, kaboom, one big mess.

His interaction with Cai is sweet and adorable, painful and intense. Lys is hiding his identity but strips himself of every other thing he’s been hiding inside of him. Lys feels so good with Cai and it’s a scary feeling, never felt before. What the hell is love and why he, of all the people, has to feel it? Oh boy, you cuddling beautiful human being, you were meant to fall head over heels for him.

“Hello.” I purred and raised my hands to stretch seductively.

Not everything is good, they share a lot of hot and romantically sweet moments, that’s true, but Cai is troubled, has so many issues he knows can’t be fixed. It’s okay not be perfect, to have pieces missing, pieces you know can’t be replaced because they are lost forever. Cai found in Lys someone who can fill his void, not fix his problems but help him moving on to new things in life, getting better and be loved, giving his best to shine even in dark situations.

I love how important is the support of one another. How every single one of the members of Lys’ group, opened up for one another, feeling safe in their little group, feeling it was okay to share their experiences to lift a weight that was keeping them from seeing that, no matter how black they feel, there is always place for a ray of sunshine, hope for a better future, for a smile, an understanding, a helping hand, a friend.

Do I recommend it? Yes, read it, I know it will give you lots of feelings.
Rate: 5/5


Title: Of Candy Canes and Fuzzy Handcuffs (Short story)
Author: Sage C. Holloway

“Transatlantic economy would have killed me dead.”

I feel you, man. Unfortunately, I’m not rich, I fly economy and it’s hell.

Too short, I need at least another chapter….our a hundred. After that last couple sentences, I am grinning like an idiot and I need confirmation about what is going on! Come on!!! Don’t leave me like this, I need more!

“Aw, you’re going all territorial caveman on me.” I grinned. “That’s kinda hot.”

I love how we can experience spoiled rich brat Lysander with his boyfriend! He is hilarious and Cai is sweet as hell. They sure are crazy about each other and that makes me so happy I want to cry.

Lexa and Finn, how cute! It’s incredible how they found each other and complement each other. They are adorable! Jarret, poor thing, I wish there were more parts about him, he was a little neglected.

Too short, I repeat, too short! Love me some more Lys and Cai!

“How do I come across?”
“Spoiled,” Cai said succinctly while he unlocked the door.
“I am not!”
“You own over a hundred pairs of shoes!”
“Yeah, but I need those,” I tried to argue my case. “There’s not a single pair that doesn’t go with at least one outfit I own.”

Do I recommend it? Yes, it gives you a sweet short story of our boys we came to love.
Rate: 5/5


Sock it to Me, Santa! by Madison Parker


Maybe the way it is isn’t the way it ought to be.

Title: Sock it to Me, Santa!
Author: Madison Parker
Why you should read this book: Because it is not a book, it’s a short story, you will read it really fast and you will like it a lot.

Such a sweet little story! Ryan is not ready to come out, he starts having feelings for Jamie, a boy everyone call emo twink because of how he dresses. So many bullies making Jaime’s life difficult, it’s not fair and it’s frustrating. Leave the poor guy alone, he wants to do what he likes, he doesn’t care what you think but if you keep bothering him, how can he really enjoy what he loves doing? Stop it!

I’m not gonna let the bullies keep me from being myself or doing things I like.

Ryan is really sweet and adorable but he is very afraid of being the centre of unwanted attention, so he doesn’t let anyone know he doesn’t like girls. His friend is awful!! How can he say such terrible things? I hope Ryan stops being his friend after the end of the book. He is not a good person! A good person doesn’t say those things.

I thought about staying home from school Thursday, but I couldn’t bear missing out on the chance to see Jamie. That’s how fucked up I was.

Secret Santa happens and whom does Ryan get? Jaime, of course! Three handmade gifts must be given. It is going to be difficult because our Ryan is a little dumb but he is clearly falling head over heels for Jaime. He gets flustered, he thinks about him a lot; he hurts him and feels terrible about it. Those two are so sweet. This book was too short; I needed more of their sweetness, their wonderful smiles, stares, and the sock monkey from hell!

I could no longer deny my attraction. Just looking at him made my insides flutter.

Do I recommend it? Yes, it is short but full of love.
Rate: 5/5