Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron

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3stars

Title: Out of the Blue
Author: Sophie Cameron
Number of pages: 279 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: A lot of potential and it reads easily.
Bad things about this book: Too many answers left unanswered.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 3/5

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It was a cute little book. I was expecting a bit more, though. I kept expecting something more to happen and it didn’t. Maybe it’s just me but I felt something missing. Maybe I have to be the one filling in the blanks. Maybe it’s a lesson as to how sometimes it’s better not to know everything. Whatever it was, I still liked it a lot, the mystery elements surrounding the Beings and Jaya’s mission to hide and heal one.

Have you watched The Leftovers? One day a lot of people just vanishes, no explanations given, no explanations found. This book is a little bit like that. One day the Beings (angels) start falling from the sky; skin that shines like metal, blood the color of gold, big broken wings. They fall and they die because of the impact. And people, seeing as they are the usual stupid human beings, start cults, sell the feathers online for a lot, become not fascinated but obsessed. They see what they want to see.

Our main character, Jaya, and maybe a few others, are curious about the real mystery. Not when are they going to fall, but why are they falling. What is happening wherever they come from that it’s causing them to fall? They are not things to be sold, dissected and sold to be studied. They are humanoids, they have feelings, they bleed, so why are people treating them like objects to be earn money from? I hate them all; Jaya’s father, his obsessions, the Standing Fallen and their dumb believes, and the followers. So many “souvenirs”, restaurants, merchandise, depicting dead angels. Why? Because it sells, they gain money from it. It’s atrocious but so likely that it made me twice as mad.

A being that doesn’t die because of the impact falls right in front of Jaya while she takes her dog out for a walk. From that day, it’s just days spent feeding the female looking being, trying to keep her safe, healing her broken wing, and getting her back where she came from. There’s no final goal but that. I guess I just thought more things were going to be solved. Call me mad, but I was hoping the being, Teacake, was going to sense sickness and cure it. I hoped she was going to draw the place she came from, give some insight. I don’t know, I just feel that we were left with more questions.

Yes, I know, Jaya was having a lot of grieving issues due to her mother’s recent death and her girlfriend leaving, and this was also a journey for her to find some peace inside and out. But the beings were so important to the story that I was hoping they would’ve been of more relevance to the solving of all the little issues present in the story. Maybe I just went in with the wrong kind of expectations.

I would’ve loved an epilogue: I still think that some things were missing and maybe an epilogue would’ve helped. Cute book, though. A fast read.

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[ARC] Orbiting Bodies by Diana Jean

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5stars

“Sometimes an outgoing person likes the calmness of an introvert.”

Title: Orbiting Bodies
Author: Diana Jean
Good things about this book: It was a precious and true story about love and friendship.
Bad things about this book: Maybe I would have liked more Andrew chapters.
Do I recommend it? Yes! Yes! Yes!
Rate: 5/5

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ARC from NetGalley

He was an overwhelming presence, a loud, burning personality. With a gravity of his own, a whole universe spinning around him.

This book was absolutely adorable, pure sweetness and cuteness. I liked it more than I thought I would. I thought it was going to have drama it luckily didn’t have. There were some misunderstandings but, getting to know the characters, you saw it was perfectly normal and things were going to be just fine! I sure hoped everything was going to end okay so I kept reading without stopping, without snacking, so that I could finish it as soon as possible. Only then I could exhale and relax. It was truly marvelous.

I loved Caleb with all my heart, the cutest and craziest boy in the world! Super hyperactive and never stopping because of his ADHD, always looking to making friends, making himself known, flirting with everyone and everything, stopping only (and barely) to sleep. Caleb was precious from beginning to end; when he was being confident and going to 27 clubs, to when he was having an existential crisis about liking Jun more than just as a friend, to coming to terms with his bisexuality and his feelings and brooding like a pro. Caleb was everything and his journey throughout his first year in college was refreshing and exhilarating, ups and downs and everything in between.

I loved Andrew and his backstory. Emo art lover. Caleb orbited his life and changed it. Caleb changed a lot of people with his bubbling personality and contagious smile. Andrew went from “don’t bother me I want to draw” to “I’m confident and I understand what’s healthy for myself”. I loved his friendship with Caleb. Destiny put them together for a very valid reason.

Jun! What can I tell about Jun that will make you understand how precious he is? Nothing! His personality is a mess, caused by a wide variety of things from his childhood, a personality that was built to protect himself from people and their drama. But somehow he finds himself being the center of Caleb’s attention and things become pretty confusing. Jun is precious and he is very logical, introvert and very asocial. Caleb won’t have it easy trying to understand him, even after realizing he likes LIKES him, not only as a friend. I loved Jun and was never angry even when I didn’t agree with his decisions.

Piper’s story was frustrating not because she was ever confused about her feelings for her girlfriend Lizzie but because I was angry at her mother and how she makes he feel about her sexuality. Piper and Lizzie are a very solid couple, super sweet, super caring, and they are pretty important for the developing of the weird friendship/relationship/pining of Jun and Caleb. They are also caught in Caleb’s randomness and he becomes part of their everyday lives. Piper and Lizzie’s story is calm and hopeful and I had a big smile on my face every time they were being sweet girlfriends.

The ending was fantastic, I’m still grinning so much, it was so lovely. I just loved Caleb and I loved the influence he had on each one of them, the way they changed, how everyone changed and got to enjoy college life in a very different and improved way. I loved the sweetness, the fact that they didn’t rushed anything. I love when the happy ending is delivered little by little; you feel it in your bones. When you have instalove, you know something extra dramatic is going to break someone’s heart, right? Then after so many tears, the happy ending will arrive. Well, here that doesn’t happen. You’re in for a journey of growth, of first times, of putting yourself out there and try new things.

I love astronomy and the stars so I loved it even more because of Jun’s chapters! I loved every single part of it. I already want to read it again! This review is a mess; I wanted to say so much without really spoiling anything and I don’t know if I succeeded. There is so much I haven’t said so if you decide to read it, as you really should do, you will be in for a lovely surprise!

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Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

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5stars

“Don’t punish yourselves for people’s ignorant reactions to what we all are.”
“Don’t let ignorance win,” said Ms. Stevenson. “Let love.”

Title: Annie on My Mind
Author: Nancy Garden
Number of pages: 183 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It really is a magical love story written sweetly and flawlessly.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, just the neverending frustration because people are the worst.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s a wonderful book.
Rate: 5/5

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Copy given by NetGalley

This book surprised me. I requested it on Netgalley not knowing it was a book first published in 1982 and if it wasn’t for Goodreads I would’ve start reading the book not knowing it. It didn’t sound like a book from the 80’s (if you bypass the no cellphones thing): the school system is mostly still the same so I didn’t notice a difference but most of all people are still ignorant and close-minded today as they were back there. It all sounded very contemporary. Things are better now and I’m positive it will get better and better every year while there’s still someone fighting! While we still fight ignorance and violence every single day.

Much of that winter was— magical is the only word again— and a big part of that magic was that no matter how much of ourselves we found to give each other, there was always more we wanted to give.

Liza and Annie met one day at the museum and that was it, they were destined to be one, to fall in love. Their love does not come easily because both girls are confused and finding out more and more about themselves every day. Looking back it all makes sense but being gay isn’t easy; it comes with too much unnecessary pain. Will Liza and Annie be able to love each other as much as they both deserve without the ignorance of people compromising their happiness? This is a book about first loves, first struggles, and the strength that we have to find inside our hearts to overcome everything in the face of injustice and in order to live true to ourselves. Not an easy journey yet one they both can’t ignore.

“Unicorns. Maidens and knights. Staring at noses, even. I don’t want to pretend any more. You make me— want to be real.”

From the very beginning the story sounded genuine and relatable. The characters of Liza and Annie were very different from each other but at the same time they could represent parts of us readers. The message is not one of disgrace but one of hope, because if we don’t fight for what we believe is right, for what else are we supposed to fight for? These girls start a journey that will put a toll on them but it’s a worth one. The plot flows calm but steady giving us insights of their dates, their walks, their share smiles and knowing gazes. We are silent spectators to something magical, to fate doing a perfect job. I enjoyed being part of their magic, and I shared tears of joy and sadness with both of them. It hurt, the feeling of frustration, it crushed my heart. I deserved to see a happy ending as much as Liza and Annie deserved one.

“There are a lot of unfair things in this world, and gay people certainly come in for their share of them— but so do lots of other people, and besides, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is the truth of loving, of two people finding each other. That’s what’s important, and don’t you forget it.”

I’m not sad I found this book this late because at least I found it. If you haven’t read this book I strongly recommend you do it. As soon as I started it, I received positive comments from people who knew and read it. It made the reading experience so much better knowing how much love this book had all around the world. I wanted to be part of the loving fandom. I want to let love win, always!

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