The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

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5stars

“But your best is not good enough sometimes.”
“Sometimes… you have to stop trying and just let someone else try their best. In order to survive.”

Title: The Wicker King
Author: K. Ancrum
Number of pages: 305 (hardcover edition) + 40 pages (novella in ebook)
Good things about this book: Heart-wrecking, emotional, complex, raw.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, I had also a novella and the ending was perfect.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Yesterday after lunch I wrote a couple of reviews and then went to bed with the intention of reading a few chapters of The Wicker King. I couldn’t put it down: didn’t eat, didn’t go to the bathroom, didn’t blink. Long story short: the book was over before dinner time.

It wrecked me, this descent into madness of these two boys: one seeing the other losing grip of reality, and being overwhelmed by the weight of it all, the other seeing a different world he needs to defend and can’t do it alone. Jack living in both the real world and the fantasy world was portrayed in a way that kept me glued to the pages. I needed to know more, I needed to know he was going to be okay That they were going to be okay in the end. It was a freaking rollercoaster. I exhaled a long sigh of relief after I finished it.

August’s heart seized.
He didn’t … know he could have this.

I knew it was a queer book from all the Instagram posts, but it wasn’t immediately obvious, and I found myself both curious as to how they were going to face their not so subtle feelings, and bothered by the miscommunication that brought our August to not know he could wish for more, risk asking for more, so he fooled around a lot. It broke my heart, because the feelings were there, as twisted and complex, but they were there!

“If you drop the weight you are carrying, it is okay. You can build yourself back up out of the pieces.”

It wasn’t the easiest of books to read, their friendship was unhealthy, super codependent and the negligence of the adults was absurd and irritating, but it was surely a book that I’ll keep with me forever.

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The novella that was a sort of companion of the book, gave us Jack’s pov and a sneak peek into the fantasy world his mind was creating; I loved the way both the book and the novella ended. I’m so happy now. Five glorious stars for Jack and August, The Wicker King and his Champion.

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The Bones Beneath My Skin by TJ Klune

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5stars

You make yourselves a home out of nothing. You carry each other until your knees give out and you stumble. It’s almost impossible to understand. None of us could get that. Not until they felt a heart beating in a chest like I have. Not until I felt the bones beneath my skin.

Title: The Bones Beneath My Skin
Author: TJ Klune
Number of pages: 385 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Art’s view of people really got to me.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Another win for TJ Klune! This was such a lovely journey inside us as human beings with our flaws, hopes and loss. Everything that makes us. And meeting someone that society says you should fear and fight, but you will find that they will give you more than you’ve ever thought possible, when everything else was just hopeless. It was heartbreaking to see them so fragile, fighting ghosts inside them, trying to have a future full of hope.

I just loved the dynamics among the characters. Funny but not in the usual Klune’s comedy writing style, the over the top comedy I love so freaking much; the right amount of fun to fill a story full of emotions and self-discover. I found the characters full of life, trying to get to the other side of the tunnel after life tried to block their paths. So many hard lessons, so many sweet scenes, stolen moments in the middle of dangerous situations.

“Even if you think you have no faith left, I promise you, you do. All of you do. It’s easier, I think, to stay lost. But when you’re found, when you open your eyes, you can finally see the truth for what it is.”

While I usually read books with younger characters, I’m finding more and more books with older characters (as old as me or older) that I’m loving a lot. It has never happened before. Usually books with older characters all talk about the same thematic, and I can’t relate, and they often bore me. This is not the case here; I haven’t experienced what they had and I’m surely not like Artemis Darth Vader, but I have seen how the world can bring us down, how the void pulls stronger sometimes and it takes all of our strength to win the fight. Their journey softened my heart.

This is definitely a book to read without stopping. Get it all in, get the feelings, the truths, the raw love that grows slowly in time, and the one that grows all at once. You will love Alex, Nate and Art, you will love them so much it’ll be so hard to let them go.

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Hunter of Demons by Jordan L. Hawk

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4stars

Title: Hunter of Demons
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: SPECTR #1, Series #1
Number of pages: 153 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It has great elements and a lot of potential.
Bad things about this book: It was kind of insta-lust but in this case it was okay.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

PLOT —
Paranormal boy possessed by a vampire falls in love with an exorcist with a butt made in heaven, and they solve demon crimes together. That’s it, that’s the story and it was just the kind of story I usually love with a mix of different elements that I definitely didn’t hate. The story was short, so I didn’t have a chance to get to know the characters but there’s so many more books. There’s time to see if I like them or not.

CHARACTERS —
Caleb was difficult to picture at first but then I imagine him as a long-haired hottie, like one of the many male models I follow on Instagram and I was involved. John on the other hand, was like a buff male model, a bit like I picture Jacob from the Psycop books that I adore. Yes, I need to have a clear picture of the characters in my head to fully enjoy a book. Now that I have a clear picture and that I’ve really liked this first book, I’m curious about what’s going to happen right now that Caleb is in that dire situation.

THOUGHTS —
The story is quite simple but really nice. I got a sort of Venom feeling; a human (well, not entirely) possessed by another entity, in this case the spirit of a vampire, and they communicate through thoughts. And if completely possessed he turned into said entity. I loved it. I can already see the polyamorous love between them and John. I can’t wait.

CONCLUSION —
This was exactly the kind of book I like!!! Demons, spirits, possessions, vampires, exorcists!!! And love…more lust right now, but they’re soft and sweet and I expect great things from this series! I bought the whole set in ebook!

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[ARC] The Academy by Quinn Anderson

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3stars

Earlier, when the party was in full swing, I looked around and thought to myself that something was missing. From the party. From my apartment. From my life. I couldn’t figure out what it was. But now, as I lay here, I think I finally know. It’s you.

Title: The Academy
Author: Quinn Anderson
Release date: September 17th 2018
Good things about this book: The characters are really nice and the feelings super sweet.
Bad things about this book: It could’ve been shorter, imo.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s a sweet love story.
Rate: 3/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

PLOT —
It dragged a little with the inner monologues and the Academy, the college they were in, and the title of this book, was soon forgotten. I would have loved to see more things happening in the Academy, but it was still nice to experience the college life through Nick’s eyes.

CHARACTERS —
Nick was a bit too overdramatic. Everything was this big guilt trip for him and also for Sebastian. Everything. They couldn’t enjoy anything with pages and pages of inner monologues why they shouldn’t be enjoying said thing. I wanted to slap some sense into both of them. There were really cute scenes, though. Some borderline cheesy as hell. I love those. Sebastian is a cutie!

THOUGHTS —
I liked the idea of a playboy finding real love for the first time and leaving his playboy days behind. It’s one of the many tropes I love, so I was completely okay with how the story unfolded. It had its ups and downs, being a little slow, but in the end, it was a cute and sweet story. And we had a couple of steamy scenes and wow, I liked those a lot.

CONCLUSION —
I liked the ending, the epilogue was really nice and all the on-page characters, mains and sides, were all interesting. I will certainly keep reading books by this author. They are both romantic and emotional.

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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

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

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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[ARC] Fourteen Summer by Quinn Anderson

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5stars

“I need your humor. I need your support. And I need you to get me to put on real clothes and leave the house every now and then, because otherwise I’ll become one of those weird recluses with twelve pet reptiles who writes articles about how millennials are killing the sock industry.”

Title: Fourteen Summers
Author: Quinn Anderson
Number of pages: 287 (kindle edition)
Expected publication: May 21st 2018
Good things about this book: Nice characters, nice story, nice romance, nice themes. I liked it a lot.
Bad things about this book: There was a part I thought now of the characters was overreacting a bit but maybe I can’t consider it bad since it’s only something that bothered me.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s really sweet.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Arc from NetGalley

Sweet, sappy, a tad melodramatic, cheesy AF: simply adorable. When I finished the book I could barely see, I was squinting my eyes so much trying to make sense of my feelings. I needed rest but I promise I had such a big smile on me face! It was so cute to see, trust me.

Max and Aiden are identical twins. They have lived all their lives being “the twins” and Aiden, the introvert one, has always lived his life being “Max’s brother”. He wants to be his own person, other than the twin of a brother he fights with all the time but that he loves with all his heart. Surprise!! After 10 years not seeing each other, the twins run into Oliver, their long lost best friend from their youth. He is all grown up and hot, and also very gay. Aiden, also being gay, is all the more on edge in his proximity. Boy’s hormones are something else and some things can’t be hidden. The “feelings” are pretty obvious.

This was what happened when two introverts tried to flirt. They ended up with a lot of awkward silences and not-staring contests while they each waited to see if the other one was going to make a move. If Oliver gave Aiden one more lingering look from afar, he was going to become the protagonist of a YA novel.

Unfortunately the sparks between Oliver and Aiden, make Max feel excluded and he starts feeling all kinds of things, making him annoying and rude. Both twins and Oliver must face obstacles during this summer who promises to be one to remember: but if it’s worth it, then things can’t stay wrong forever, right? That’s what I hoped from the beginning, my heart heavy with angst and frustration. Those boys sure knew how to keep me on my toes. I was a little mess but this is not a long book so I didn’t have to wait much to know my sentence.

Fourteen Summers had a promising summary and it lived to its potential. I didn’t expect it to have some kind of scenes but I was also glad it did. They were right, never too much or unnecessary. It dealt with themes familiar to people with siblings and divorced parents but even if you don’t see yourself in them, you will still enjoy being a part of their journey. They grow up in such a short time; they needed a beautiful green-eyed boy to let their castle crumble only to be rebuilt stronger and bigger and more beautiful.

“Way to get all sappy, dude. I blame all those foreign films you’ve been watching. They’ve made you broody.”

Sweet Mother of Cheese, how I love (and sometimes hate) romance novels! They make my heart ache with feelings I long to have. You know, to love and be loved in return? That feeling. To quote my newly found life motto “Dum Spiro, Spero”, there’s still hope for me since I’m still breathing. Let’s keep in hoping because someday love will find me and a crazy summer, like the one of Aiden, Max and Oliver, might become true in my future. I’m okay with spring, winter or autumn, I’m not picky.

Stop it, Aiden. Your oldest friend is back in your life. Try being happy instead of hormonal.

Aiden, dear, the “heart” wants what the “heart” wants. *wink wink*

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Liam Davis & The Raven by Anyta Sunday

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4stars

“There are worse roommates out there than ones that hug.”

Title: Liam Davis & The Raven
Author: Anyta Sunday
Number of pages: 218 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Sweet, fast-paced and fun.
Bad things about this book: It doesn’t have the love it deserves.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Anyta Sunday writes stories I LOVE to read. They’re light, funny, with the right amount of seriousness without been extra dramatic, and they’re usually super sweet. So you understand how, when I got the newsletter with this ebook for free I jumped right into it. Really fast. The cover was cute and it seemed the kind of story I needed to relieve my soul from some bad juju I was experiencing.

Liam Davis is a journalist at his university’s newspaper. He has ambitions and he knows he can live up to everyone’s expectations. Unfortunately, what he thinks it’s good may not be good enough to land the job his wants. He’s forced to write the party column instead of his usual politics one and he’s way out of his comfort zone; he doesn’t have friends, he has a very peculiar personality in which he says what comes to mind and he lives for his job. Then one day he’s attacked by a person masked as Freddy Krueger and is saved by a hooded vigilante, The Raven, and from that day on his life changes completely, for the best.

“This was not a choice, Quinn. I did not need to hum and ahh over my options. The answer was in bold and circled with a giant checkmark at the side.”

Liam was such a cute character and I loved how he needed to think hard before making any decision. It sounded frustrating for the people around him but I found it endearing; Liam didn’t throw himself head first into things but instead he made his observations and came with a decision that, in his opinion, would benefit everyone. He is great and I was glad that he found himself bonding with Quinn, Shannon and Hunter. Though his bonding with Quinn was a little more profound than the one with siblings Shan and Hunter.

Hunter’s positivity, how he talked about being in a wheelchair, truly got to my heart. He was sweet and he was a good friend to Liam even from before they were officially introduced to each other. Shannon feeling guilty about her brother was heartbreaking because you noticed how she wasn’t living her life but a version she thought she needed to live in order to redeem herself from her guilt. Quinn and his weird ears was fantastic and, I must say, really patient. One must be if one happened to fall in love with Liam and the puzzle that is his mind.

Liam had only kissed girls so he assumed he wasn’t gay but being near Quinn was making him question everything and he analyzed his feelings without freaking out, without dismissing this new attraction, without compromising; if he was going to come out as anything other than straight, he had to be certain and I found his analysis process amazing. He deserved to know for sure and Quinn also needed to know, to avoid unnecessary heartbreaks.

His laugh tickled at my throat.
“I can’t think straight when you do that.”

There’s nothing I didn’t love about this book. I skim-read it again this morning to look for quotes and found myself hooked again in a story I had just finished reading a few days ago. Adorable and sweet, sexy and authentic, this book was the right choice for me at the moment. I know that when in need I can turn to Anyta and she’ll make me feel better.

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[ARC] New Heights by Quinn Anderson

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4stars

There’s gotta be something wrong with me. A stranger is glaring at me, and I think it’s hot.

Title: New Heights
Author: Quinn Anderson
Expected publication: March 12th 2018
Number of pages: 140 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s a sweet and adorable and very easy to get into it.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, I enjoyed everything.
Do I recommend it? Yes
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

ARC given to me by NetGalley

An adorable little book with two cute guys, feelings all over the place, and with the right amount of cheese. I kept smiling and it made me feel good. Will I find my soul mate at the airport one day? Will they be there for me to find? I sure hope so; I’m in need of a little cheese in my cheeseless life.

James is just like me, anxious about the little things, afraid of being late, of missing his flight back home, of forgetting something at the hotel. He is a thousand hours early to the airport and if that’s not me, I don’t know what is. You never know what can happen so it’s best to be early and wait rather than run for your life not to miss your flight.

“No! Someone as fun and easygoing as you doesn’t drink ? I never would have guessed.”
“Hey, I’m fun.”
“Uh-huh. You put the ‘fun’ in ‘funeral.’”

Totally opposite to James is Mika. He travels for work, is carefree and really could be at the airport one minute before embarking and he’d still be chill about the whole situation. I don’t know if I envy him or if he makes me more anxious than I usually am. He hates people mispronouncing his name and I can understand it because, come on, Mika is clearly not Micah. It’s so easy that it’s really infuriating people not saying is right. I feel for you Mika, even if my name is not one that tends to be said wrong.

James and Mika start a sort of airport war after their flight gets delayed and they are forced to take turns to charge their electronic stuff. Little pranks, conversations and a few drinks later, it’s pretty obvious they want to be in each other pants and I don’t blame them. They’re both hot, single, they have time to kill, so why not? Oh well, you have to read it to see the feelings flying around an airport I didn’t know existed until yesterday. How they change a bit in just a few pages and it’s not forced, not rushed. It’s a short book yet everything is in the right place.

“I didn’t notice the color of his eyes, sir.”
Of course you didn’t. Because you’re not as weird and inappropriate as I am.

You think, yes, this can happen. This maybe has already happened to somebody. Because, why not? Airports are not really a place where you meet someone you can fall in love with, but it’s not impossible, right? Hard, yes but if fate tries to set you up, why would you turn down the opportunity?

Adorable and funny, short and hard to put down once you start it. It’s the perfect book to read if you need a little bit of cheese and if you need to smile a bit. I needed it.

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Pet: A Captive Prince Short Story

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5stars

“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.

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Camp Hell by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

“However fucked-up I thought my life was, at least I wasn’t a bike messenger in subfreezing weather.”

Title: Camp Hell [PsyCop #5]
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Good things about this book: Victor Bayne, always!
Bad things about this book: Nothing really bothered me about it.
Do I recommend it? Yes!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I love all things supernatural and the concept of these books, this story, has me hooked up since the very first book. I love that this is not a romance novel per se and the romance is often put on hold while other things come up in Vic’s everyday life. It’s nice because Victor and Jacob get together almost immediately so you get to see them grow closer, more in love, you see them fight and make up, you see them cook and laugh and be there for each other every single day.

I will miss my Victor when the series will end. I don’t want to think about it, not now. NOT NOW!

There are so many interesting things going on in this book like all the flashbacks of Victor and his former boyfriend in Camp Hell, Stefan. A lot happened when he got out of the mental hospital and I had my confirmation of something I suspected since the last book but didn’t think I was right. Things are going to get really interesting now, and also pretty dangerous with the FPMP being everywhere and with little people Vic can really trust.

“If only I had a practice ghost to exorcise. I could hunt down Tiffany, the dead girl in the alleyway, but it seemed rude to exorcise someone I knew.”

I love Victor and everyone knows it. He scowls, whines all the time, is frail yet brave, and even if he doesn’t want to admit it, he loves Jacob very much. They have some issues at first due to Victor not sharing what’s wrong with him, but then like grown ups they talk about things and make up.

“You’re a wreck, a disaster waiting to happen, and only someone as reckless and arrogant as Marks would chain himself to a sinking ship like you.”

I don’t like when Jacob is used like a comedy relief but of sex. We don’t see much of him and when he’s around Victor the only thing they do is have sex in various very hot ways. I don’t complain, I like a couple with a healthy sex life but they aren’t only that. They talk, they share, they cook together, they take care of each other: they are a couple of adult men who love each other in a very peculiar world.

“Nowadays, the only thing “hardcore” about me was the DVD selection next to my bed.”

Jacob did have his role as the sex relief in the first half of the book but there was also an interesting an unexpected twist that shows he is going to be a very important piece of the puzzle Victor is trying to solve. They did things together that weren’t the kind of things you do naked so, yeah, I think there’s an improvement here and I am so thrilled to go on and discover everything that it’s still a mystery.

Camp Hell was longer than the previous books but, with Victor being his sloppy charming self, it could be a thousand pages and I would still think there wasn’t enough of him. I always want more and it’s going to be really hard to say goodbye. Am I the only one in love with the model that portrays Vic on the covers of the books? He’s the perfect Victor!

Btw, I still see this as the perfect tv series. A much more adult Ghost Whisperer with a hint of sense8 and a little bit of “insert random cop show here”. Netflix, make this happen!

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