[ARC] The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune ☆

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Title: The House in the Cerulean Sea
Author: T.J. Klune
Release date: March 17th 2020
Number of pages: 352 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: One of the sweetest book ever.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, always.
Rate: 5+++/5

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All the stars for this beauty. ALL THE STARS & ALL THE FEELS.

This might be the most precious book in existence; each character a part of the puzzle that is this perfect little book. You’d think Klune couldn’t surprise me anymore, that I know he is amazing and his books are great, but yet he still manages to catch me off guard. He writes the most complex characters; you see their flaws, because they aren’t perfect, but you are drawn to them and then all of a sudden you would move heaven and earth to protect them and fight anyone who wants to harm them!

Despite being a funny books that made me laugh a lot, it also deals with harder themes. I got furious at how the magical creatures were treated, like they were second class citizens. I don’t know how that does feel. I haven’t experienced it first person but I’ve seen it happen to people close to me. Being different is hard, but all of us are different, right? Each of us are one of a kind. As it should be and each of us is one of a kind.

The kids were definitely different and I adored them with all my heart! Talia, the girl with a beard and a love for gardens. Theodore, the wyvern with a hoard under the couch. Sal, the sweetest were-pomeranian that you just want to protect. Phee, a sprite who can hear the earth and makes trees. Chauncey, a sort of blob/slug who is the most precious boy on the planet and wants to be a freaking bellhop. And Lucy, the son of the devil, who is only 6 years old but he is just a kid even with all the death and end of the world talk.

Arthur and Linus (the ANUS top we all deserve) are just so clueless and adorable. I can’t stop grinning and loving it so much. I want to read it again and again. It made so emotional and I cried. I haven’t cried reading a book in such a long time. I missed it!

So yeah, Klune did it again so you all should pick this book as soon as it’s released!

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Into This River I Drown by T.J. Klune

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4stars

“Sometimes I float along the river
For its surface I am bound
And there are times stones done fill my pockets
And it’s into this river I drown”

Title: Yes No Maybe So
Author: Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
Number of pages: 448 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: A lot of diversity.
Bad things about this book: Too much politics for my personal taste.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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Klune really knows how to use words to break you in a million pieces then put you back together, different yeah, but whole again.

And he has a thing for repetitions and this book was not an exception. I love all the times the title of the book was repeated over and over again, and I loved the sentiment behind each one of them.

It hurt, I’m not going to lie. It hurt a lot. I struggled to continue because there were points in which the pain was too much and I really couldn’t continue without feeling hollow. But I had, let’s say faith (pun intended), that things would go the way they were supposed to go. In pain from beginning to end.

Beautiful written, peculiar, and full of feelings. If you love Klune, then you need to pick this up sooner of later. It took me a long time to finish it, because I had to put it on hold due to the pain I was feeling, but I’m glad I finally did pick it up, because I’m changed after reading this. I love Klune and his books!

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[ARC] We Are Lost and Found by Helene Dunbar

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5stars

And it isn’t like I’m really in the closet. But it isn’t as if I’m all the way out either; it’s more like I’m standing in the doorway.

Title: We Are Lost and Found
Author: Helene Dunbar
Release date: September 3rd 2019
Number of pages: 304 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Honest and important. Relatable characters.
Bad things about this book: Not bad but it took a me a bit to get used to how the dialogues were written.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 5/5

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ARC given by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This book is so important and showed us a young boy’s pov of the beginning of the AIDS pandemic in NYC in the 80’s. I loved Michael’s voice; wanting to be free but feeling guilty because he didn’t want to put life as he knew it in jeopardy. And how he couldn’t love as he wanted because he didn’t wanted to die of AIDS like so many people were. So many. Those numbers. The government’s silence. The press’ choice not to talk about it. People letting fear cloud their judgement.

But I don’t have a story, I respond. Everyone has a story, Michael. Maybe you just don’t know the plot of yours yet.

I loved all the characters. Micheal and his desire to be himself in a world who sees him as a monster who deserves to die, giving himself to the music and his friends. James and his fear, living as best as he could with what he had. Becky being an adult when she should’ve been a kid enjoying her last years of school. Connor and his life after he publicly came out to the world resulting in him being kicked out of his house, his safety. Gabriel and a life working to have a better life with his family.

I truly found this book honest and important. Everyone should read this.

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[ARC] Wranglestone by Darren Charlton

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3stars

Staying awake with your thoughts while the rest of the world slept was a nightmare in reverse.

Title: Wranglestone
Author: Darren Charlton
Release date: February 6th 2020
Number of pages: 384 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Full of potential and really creepy zombie scenes.
Bad things about this book: Some parts dragged a little then some others were too rushed.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 3.5/5

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I couldn’t put it down. It was really interesting and had a lot of themes I like to read in books. Nevertheless, it had parts in which the inner monologues of the main character Peter dragged the story, and parts where more info and insight were needed, felt a lot rushed. Things happened real fast when a little explanation would’ve been great.

The premises was promising. A dystopian world full of zombies and a community trained to survive the walking dead. As I said, it was pretty interesting. Sadly it felt short in a few parts with the rushing of things and some other stuff just there pretty out of the blue. Again, an explanation would’ve been useful.

“Star Wars?” Peter shrugged. “OK. And what’s that about?” “It’s about a brother and a sister and their evil pa who’s up to no good.

Peter and Cooper were really adorable when they weren’t whiny which luckily didn’t happen often. I loved how Peter was all for good grammar, sewing, making pillows, and just having a tidy and clean house. Everyone needs a Peter in their lives. And if you’re a Peter, you’re amazing!!

There were things I didn’t see coming and revelations that I didn’t guess, which made me like the book a lot. I like coming up with theories when reading. Makes me feel like a very amateur Sherlock. Alas, I fail at my deductions most times.

Fast read, finished in a few hours, easy to read, fluent storyline even with its flaws. I sure will recommend it to fans of zombies when it’s release day!

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[ARC] Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

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4stars

Title: Mooncakes
Author: Suzanne Walker (author) & Wendy Xu (illustrator)
Release date: October 15th 2019
Number of pages: 259 (ebook edition)
Good things about this book: Sweet, diverse, and full of magic.
Bad things about this book: Seemed a bit rushed in certain parts.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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ARC given by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Such a magical story. I was immediately attracted to the cover, but it didn’t really tell me what the book was about. When I requested the book it was mostly because I kept seeing it on Instagram and it had a gorgeous cover. I didn’t know about the plot and I was so glad I went into it without knowing it. It was a great surprise!

I loved the magic, the characters, the story, the drawings. I liked how the story developed. Only flaw I’m thinking about is that some things seemed pretty rushed. Things that maybe could’ve developed in a couple pages were done in just one. I would’ve loved to see more, know more, wait more. I can be patient, but I know that with graphic novels things have to happen fast, and besides that, I loved everything else.

I wish there was more but the ending left me satisfied, grinning. I will definitely have the author and illustrator on my radar right now. Gotta love a queer and diverse fantasy graphic novel. I will recommend it to everyone.

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[ARC] Counter Culture by J.L. Merrow

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4stars

Title: Counter Culture
Author: J.L. Merrow
Release date: November 4th 2019
Number of pages: 344 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It was really sweet and the characters were great.
Bad things about this book: The drama! Why? But I must say it didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 4/5

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This was so cute! The steampunk! The really nice Robin (full name Robin Christopher btw!), the adorable Archie (real name Mars!!). Archie’s mum was such a fresh character and, while I thought I was going to hate Bridge (the ex and mum of Archie’s baby), I came to like her a lot!

It was something like a slowburn romance with tons of little cute moments mixed with bits of serious stuff, like the homeless situation in the UK. I loved that Archie was unapologetically bisexual and nobody had anything to say about that. And how Robin was really opened about being gay even if his parents were really infuriating. They are cancelled!

This book flew in my hands. One moment I started it, then it was over! Some scenes had me giggling nonstop!! I just really enjoy Merrow’s writing and storytelling. I’ve read three times her The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries series! All of it!

Do I want to attend a Steampunk event? Of course I do. Can you imagine how cool that’d be?? Yes, please!

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The Binding by Bridget Collins

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4stars

“We take memories and bind them. Whatever people can’t bear to remember. Whatever they can’t live with. We take those memories and put them where they can’t do any harm. That’s all books are”

Title: The Binding
Author: Bridget Collins
Number of pages: 437 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: Interesting story and characters.
Bad things about this book: It made me anxious, but that’s me and DRAMA.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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Really interesting story and characters even if Emmett is my favourite. Sorry Lucian, he just is. The story made me really anxious and full of emotions. So many feelings. I didn’t want to keep reading, I was afraid, but I wanted to see them gaving the happy ending I wanted them to have.

For a moment I forgot about homophobia and when the book was set, and was surprised when Emmett’s sister was acting like an annoying brat, and said hideous things to her brother. I wanted her to just go away, I couldn’t stand her. I get people were more ignorant in the past, but these behaviors just infuriate me like crazy!

I enjoyed the story and liked how the book was divided into three big parts of the story. Then it all came together for the big ending. I liked it.

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