Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

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5stars

Normal is just a dial on the washing machine!

Title: Autoboyography
Author: Christina Lauren
Number of pages: 407 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s sweet and it gets you right in the feelings, so hard.
Bad things about this book: It made me hurt my heart so much.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 5/5

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Oh how this book enjoyed making me suffer. I can’t seem to have my feelings sorted yet and maybe I never will. I just can’t. My heart was taken from my chest and played with. I was happy when I was reading this beautiful book but in that happiness there was always anxiety. I’m a very anxious person so every smile, every kiss, was translated into the knowledge something bad was going to happen. I needed the joy so I knew it was not going to be easy to have it. I was positive it was going to have a happy ending but I knew that the journey was going to hurt. Oh boy, did it hurt!

Tanner is a bisexual boy who moved from a “live your life how you want” city to a “live your life in the closet” Mormon city. He had his fair share of girlfriends so hiding his sexuality wasn’t such a big deal at first. At least not until he sees Sebastian and he falls so hard it’s hard to breath. Their love story seemed to be destined to fail, so full of obstacles, but it also seemed worth everything, every tear, every heartbreak.

We’re just two dudes meeting to study. Bros. Bros don’t get nervous. Be a bro, Tanner.

Sebastian is polite, very religious, smart, gorgeous and, sadly, in denial. He wrote a fantasy book that’s going to get published and after the promotion tour, he is going to go to his mission for two years. Tanner ends up in The Seminar where Sebastian is mentoring the aspiring writers and the attraction is immediate. At first sight. Tanner has to write a book in four months to pass this class and he ends up pouring out his soul into a story about him and Sebastian. A story so sweet and heartbreaking it has to come with a giant warning sign.

His smile ruins me.

(At this I was losing it.)

Tanner doesn’t always make the wisest of choices and I was quite angry with him. I found myself shaking my head often because, come on, think a little, don’t let your pain make your decisions for you. I was frustrated and felt hopeless. Trust me, it was not a nice feeling. After finishing this book, which by the way I ended up loving, I promised myself to skip on the romance books for a bit. I was starting to see the cracks on my heart and maybe that wasn’t very healthy.

My perving is nothing if not efficient.

I loved Autoboyography because it showed me a side I didn’t know, the Mormon reality. It also showed me how love can win it all even if life seems to be always in your way to happiness. I’m now cleansing my soul, though; no more love stories for me for a few days. It’ll do wonders to my sanity. But do read this, by all means, it’s worth it.

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Ever After by Riley Hart & Christina Lee ☆

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5starsplus

“My mind is at war because I yearn for more of what will eventually break my heart, shatter it until it is a million flakes of snow instead of a whole.”

Title: Ever After
Author: Riley Hart & Christina Lee
Number of pages: 262 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s sweet and heart-wrenching.
Bad things about this book: Nothing about the writing, nothing about the story.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I loved it.
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

You can’t imagine how much I loved this book. It took me by surprise. How my heart ached for those two characters so sweet and charming. I shed tears of sadness and I smiled at the romance, at how genuine it sounded and felt. I still feel like crying, can you believe it? I felt for them, I drowned in their love and suffered so much. The amount of feelings made my heart beat faster and made me long for that kind of love, the one that takes your breath away, one that I’m afraid I am not destined to have.

“We are both bound, shackled by aspects of our lives that are out of our control.”

Merrick is a prince, heir to the throne, while Cassius is his valet, poor but determined to support his family. From the outside both men seem so different yet they are almost the same. Two men fighting to live their life truly, finding a man to love, finding the happiness they dream of. Their attraction was at first physical but we can see in just a few pages how much they start meaning for each other, and that broke my heart in a gazillion pieces. I wasn’t expecting to be so involved in their love story but I was, and I suffered.

“You are pure and real and complicated. To someone like me, you might simply be everything.”

Prince Merrick’s parents are trying to find him a wife because he needs to provide an heir and Merrick is trying his best to make them happy going out with these ladies but nobody will ever be loved by him because he is just not interested in women. He can’t tell his parents, they would be heartbroken and disgusted, so he thinks, so he chose to be the one with his heart beating in misery. Cas, on the other hand, doesn’t want to tarnish his family’s name or lose his job, so he lives a lie and suffers the consequences.

I write stories and poems of love and dreams coming true, but I did not allow myself to see it as something that could be real… not for me…

The two of them start seeing each other in secret early on in the book and I knew that meant there was so much that was going to go wrong for them. Even knowing that, I can’t say I was prepared for what was going to happen. I have never felt the way books make me feel when it comes to love. The pain in your chest because of words not said, because of the potential to be great together but with the world as your number one enemy. Your heart breaking apart because their love is so pure and true but it’s not enough, it never seems enough.
The gentle touches, the loving stares, the longing, the purity of their love and the chance they are given to live it, even if just temporarily.

I did not know someone could live inside another the way he has taken up residence inside me.

I loved this book because it made me feel so much and its potential was fulfilled. I loved this book because the characters were deep and had lovely and likeable personalities. I loved this book because it broke my heart but it knew how to mend it. I loved it. Maybe you’ll love it, too.

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[ARC] How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne

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4stars

‘You can be difficult, and yet someone will find it so easy to love you.’

Title: How Do You Like Me Now?
Author: Holly Bourne
Expected publication: June 14th 2018
Number of pages: 368 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s a great representation of being a woman in her 30s.
Bad things about this book: The kindle version of this ARC had some issues but they won’t be present on the final product so that’s okay.
Do I recommend it? Yes, worth a read.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

ARC given to me by NetGalley

I requested this ARC because I love Holly Bourne and how she writes. She usually strikes a nerve with every single book I read and this wasn’t the exception. I am 32 years old like Tori and I don’t know exactly what it is that I want to do with my life. And I’m afraid, just like her, that it may be too late and that I have to settle with whatever or whoever stumbles upon my way because then I’ll be an old lady and nobody will want me anymore.

I, too, worry about new little wrinkles on my forehead and under my eyes. I, too, worry that my body is getting old to have children and the pressure I feel seeing people younger than me or my age already with big families and so very much in love, is barely tolerable. I, too, am a strong woman with principles like I defend with whatever I can but I have weaknesses and insecurities that more often than not make me question my whole existence.

Tori is a very relatable character. She lies to herself and to the world to maintain an image she wants to portrait and that it’s not the person she is. It takes millions of selfies for her to get the right one to share in which she looks naturally beautiful but that it needed the right light, angle, filter and natural make up to achieve. She has written a self-help book about what a mess it is being in your 20s and now that she is in her 30s, the mess is still there, only mutated. But Tori can’t afford to disappoint her fans telling them that she isn’t happy in her long term relationship, that she starves herself to look the right kind of thin, that she doesn’t have any idea about her next book, that she sees her friends getting married and having children and that she secretly wants it for herself even if, at first, she wasn’t so sure.

It’s not fair to set people tests and then get annoyed when they fail them.

I may not agree with Tori’s decisions or how she acts but I can see why she did what she did. But being 32 is not decrepit old, like Tori seems to think. We are not falling apart, we are not nearly expired. There’s no schedule. No deadline. No pressure. Even if the world seems to expect so much from us and it’s overwhelming. Don’t get me started on panic attacks. Freaking out is part of the process, I suppose. Tori could be selfish, very insecure and egocentric. Always pursuing the idea of happiness she had in her mind. Tori made lots of mistakes and I often wanted to slap her (with love) to wake her up from the fantasy she was living. She could be pretty annoying but we all are, right? That’s not her flaw; it’s one of our many endearing qualities. Right?

I am a fan of YA book even if I’m very much not a young adult anymore. I do feel still pretty young, though. But I’m also always happy to read books about characters my age, someone I can really relate to. Life is hard and after 30 it doesn’t magically fix itself and let you live the life you’ve always dreamt. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that and it takes you by surprise with twists and tons of obstacles be them money, love, anxiety, or the sweet sweet fear of not being able to achieve what we were hoping to achieve before we were too old. One day you’ll wake up and think, yes, I’m old, and no, I’m not doing what I thought I’d be doing. And your brain will short-circuit for a bit. Again, this is part of the process of surpassing your 30s.

Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops and everyone just fucking marries whoever they happen to be sitting on.

Long story short, this is a great book for everyone, not only for women in their 30s like myself. I think it can help giving you an insight of the future if you are younger, or giving you memories, bad or good, about your past if you are older. It’s for you either if you are living the dream or if you are struggling. It may help you understand more about what you do every day unconsciously and it may help you see things through a different light. I know it helped me. It gave me hope. I’m not late for anything; I’m just getting wherever I’m getting at my own pace and I don’t have to feel ashamed for not doing what everyone else thinks you’re supposed to be doing at my age. I will let myself be me. With love. With strength. With a big smile on my face.

I hope you’ll give it a chance and read it as soon as it comes out in June because it’s worth the little time it actually takes to read it once you start it and realize you can’t put it down. Trust me.

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Desperately Seeking Santa by Eli Easton

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3stars

You can’t stand outside a restaurant forever. And you can’t stand on the cusp of almost having it all. You have to take the chance and step forward.

Title: Desperately Seeking Santa
Author: Eli Easton
Number of pages: 160 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It was a lovely Christmas story.
Bad things about this book: Random spanish words that were too much to bear.
Do I recommend it? Of course!
Rate: 3/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I remembered out of the blue, like a holiday epiphany, I bought this ebook to read before Christmas but the past couple of weeks have been so chaotic I didn’t even realize it was already Christmas Eve Eve. Time really flew by unnoticed, like a ninja. I guess I’ll have to read a couple of festive books after the holidays because there just isn’t the time to do everything, and I don’t want to wait another year to read them.

I have always liked the books I’ve read by Eli Easton, and this was no different. It also featured the two main characters from Superhero and I was glad to see how the both of them were doing.

This story features Gabe, the newspaper piece he’s working on of a Christmas charity dinner, a mystery Santa, and a mountain of a boy called Mack he seems to have a huge crush on. The story was enjoyable, even if a tad predictable, cute, and romantic. I was bothered but the random Spanish of Gabe, thought it was forced. Felt forced. I am Ecuadorian living in a country with a different language and I don’t say that many Spanish words every single day; I do say a few words that don’t have a translation in Italian but only at home, with people who understands them. That detail annoyed me more than I wanted and it just kept getting worse for me. I cringed reading those parts; it ruined a little bit of the experience for me.

He’s a huge, fit, muscular guy who works out all the time, eats super healthy, and is an undefeated college wrestling star. Whereas I live on tortilla chips, salsa, and pizza, and the closest I come to athletic activity is walking between my classes.

Other than that the story was fresh and simple. It was just perfect for a few hours of relax. I liked the characters and how they interacted with each other. I liked how easy it was for the happy ending to come, how little drama there was to overcome to be truly happy. It was never cheesy but it was plenty sweet, and I loved that about the story. It kept me glued to the pages and it made the little time I spent reading, happy and light. This may not be the most perfect book there is, but it has what it takes to win a little piece of your heart. I might want to read more books by Eli Easton; I’m sure I’ll love all of them.

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Fence #2 by C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad

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5stars

“He’s just some fencer I beat at regionals.”
“I’m not some fencer. My name’s Nicholas Cox. And I’m going to make you remember it.”

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Artist)
Series: Fence #2

Number of pages: 27 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: The drawings and the story make you want more and more. It tests your patience.
Bad things about this book: It’s a comic book so it’s short. It requires patience!
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s still lacking the romance part but we are getting to know the characters and I love that.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Why are comic books so short? I can’t binge read them if they are still being published. This is a nightmare. A good nightmare, though, because the comic is great; I love the characters, the drawings and how the story is progressing.

New characters are introduced and we see how the cohabitation of Nicholas and Seiji is going. Guess what? It’s not going well, but they’ll get through it. I wonder when and, more importantly, HOW the sexual tension is going to build itself. Until now there’s no spark, not a single one, so I’m curious to know how these two boys who hate each other are going to find themselves involved romantically.

Fence is a really interesting sport and I actually learned a lot about it in just a couple of comics. I did watch it during the Olympics but it’s not explained; you just watch it and it ends so fast you don’t even see who makes a point. Do they make points? Do they score? I guess I’ll learn it in time.

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I kind of love Nicholas Vision of Seiji better. It’ll be fun seeing those two become friends and question said friendship while fencing their butts off. I can’t wait! See you next month!

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A Boy Worth Knowing by Jennifer Cosgrove ☆

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5starsplus

Hope was a dangerous thing, and it had no place here.

Title: A Boy Worth Knowing
Author: Jennifer Cosgrove
Number of pages: 172 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Nate is the sweetest and he really is worth knowing.
Bad things about this book: Too short? Maybe not, it ended perfectly.
Do I recommend it? Yes, please love it as much as I did.
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I LOVED IT!!! It was adorable and sweet and gave me so many feelings!! At one point I was fuming, almost crying because I was sad and frustrated. My poor baby Nate; such a short book giving my heart an incredibly hard time. It was hardly fair because I cared for Nate and it was an immediate thing the attachment I felt for him. I didn’t think it was rushed; you just met the guy and start wanting all the best for him. Simple as that.

Since he was twelve, Nate has been able to see and communicate with the dearly departed. It’s a family thing but his ability is somewhat stronger than his relatives’. As a result, his own mother who lacks the medium ability is scared of him and kicks him out of the house and forbids his sister to have contacts with him. It was hard for me not to want to reach inside the pages and slap the woman. That sweet boy was hurt and his mother didn’t want to have anything to do with him. He goes to live with his aunt and talks frequently with his grandma who passed away a couple years before. She is a great confidant; a little nosey, though.

Dear, sweet Aunt Susan, what is it like in your simple life? Where people actually talked to each other? Asked questions and got answers? What was that like? I bit my tongue.

Nate is an outcast, bullied and ignored by his schoolmates who call him crazy. Nate is lonely and resigned to be by himself until the new boy, James, sits next to him and friendship blooms almost immediately. James likes Nate and Nate is confused by this: does he like him as a friend or maybe he can hope for something more? Oh boy, Nate was conflicted and didn’t want to risk the only friend he had to find out if they could be something more.

To make things weirder, if that was even possible, James had a ghost in tow: his brother David who passed away only a few months before James moved. James is clearly mourning his brother but won’t talk about it. He is suffering and David appears very often to tell Nate to help his brother move on so that he can be happy again. David and Nana are somewhat love advisors to Nate with his struggles of the heart. Nate likes James a lot and I suffer with him everyday he can’t tell James how he feels; every time Nate suffered because of James, I suffered and my heart broke in a million pieces.

He chuckled, and I was quietly overwhelmed by the idea that someone wanted to talk to me.

The frustration and sadness I felt reading some chapters were overwhelming; I thought I was going to start ugly sobbing at any moment. I did have tears in my eyes. I was so sad for Nate and for all the unfairness he was experiencing. I thought he was incredible and the thought of him being used to be alone, to be disappointed and left behind, made me hurt so much I still want to cry just thinking about it.

This book was so short but so full of emotions. I loved every page of it and I will put it in my favorites book drawers in my mind. It deserves this and much more. It was an adorable love story with a twist of paranormal so it was just the kind of book that’ll get to me and I was not disappointed. Not one bit.

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Skin After Skin by Jordan Castillo Price

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4stars

“Look at you, all angular and pissed off.”
Yeah, a diet of ramen and disappointment will do that to you.

Title: Skin After Skin
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: PsyCop #8
Number of pages: 387 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: How Crash becomes the Crash we know is interesting.
Bad things about this book: Quite long and the part with Jacob was too long in my opinion.
Do I recommend it? Yes, read the PsyCop series, I can’t recommend it enough.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I have been postponing this review for days and it’s not only because I started re-reading the entire series from book one; I suspect it’s because I am angry a little bit about the truths in this book. I have read of Vic having impure thoughts about Crash and about Vic’s memories of his time with ex-boyfriend Stefan, but none of that had made me as angry as seeing first-hand how Jacob and Crash met each other and how they were together. Seven months worth of anger. I was scowling the whole time. I couldn’t help it, it just felt wrong.

“You know what they say about regret. That and fifty cents will buy you a cup of who-gives-a-shit.”

When Crash was introduced I didn’t like him very much. Not because he flirted a lot with Vic (maybe it was also a little because of that, though) but I didn’t really like how he behaved, how he doubted and diminished everything. I didn’t know much about him, his backstory, but what I saw was something I could have lived easily without. Things changed little by little and then Crash became an important friend to Victor and a valuable character who contributed plenty to the story.

For all that Vic has the self-esteem of a teenage girl at fat camp, the minute he wants something, he becomes the center of the universe.

I have to admit that it was kind of nice, different, seeing things from Crash’s pov: his stylist career, his misadventures, the Sundays with his mother, what is going on inside his head, how he start seeing and feeling his talent. Seeing him with Jacob, though, that was hard for my heart because I love Victor to the moon and back and Jacob with someone else was really painful to read. The after Jacob bit was of course better and it was Vic’s appearance that got me going until late at night, or early in the morning, to see how things were going to end. I’m all about Victor Bayne.

Who was I to rob him of his hard-earned discomfort?

Vic from Crash’s eyes was everything I imagined and more; all his anxieties, his many mood swings, all of what makes Vic the man we all love, the man that I adore! Crash feeling Vic getting a “vibe” every time he does some flirting and Vic backing up because he is not on the market was just what I needed after those wrong lovey-dovey chapters. Oh my, those really messed up with my head. I wish I had skipped them altogether. I will now have those images in my head and I won’t be able to unsee them. Just like Victor after finding that camcorder that I now know where Jacob got. Some things are better left unknown. Now it’s just too late.

I’d suspect it wasn’t really Vic and just some bizarre pre-death hallucination if not for the look on his face, the same petulant scowl he gives me whenever I offer him a hand-job, a gemstone cleanse or a veggie burger.

As much as I love Crash as the shop owner, without a shop for now, I really liked him as a stylist. I saw how he understood what the person wanted and he was able to give them that and so much more. A whole experience, not cheap, but that could really change someone’s day or maybe someone’s life. I like people who are like that: they do so little but it changes so much. Like a compliment on a very bad day and a cheer when you feel like everything you do is wrong. I can’t hate Crash, I just can’t. I will just erase those images from my mind and I will pretend that they didn’t happen.

The one that got away, not that’s a plot line that I’m willing to explore fully. We didn’t get much; at first there was attraction for this mysterious new colorist called Red and it didn’t go anywhere. Crash was smitten, that was obvious, but there was more to the story and it didn’t end with the “all sweaty in bed happily ever after” I was envisioning but knew from the other books that it wasn’t going to happen, not yet. Crash wasn’t a stylist anymore, he was broke and in search of the one thing that’d change his life for the better. One bad thing after the other and we get to see how Crash came to be the person I hated at first and liked later on.

“Apparently my Saturn is fucked.”
“And you wish it was Uranus?”

(This made my laugh so hard I can’t barely still keep it together!)

There was so much more to him but he is cocky and stubborn and it was hard for me to relate until I saw how much of that was appearance to hide his fragility and self-doubt. I knew he had potential but he kept kicking himself down, declaring defeat before even trying. It dragged his bad luck; he could’ve had more chances if things weren’t left unspoken, if he had given people the time to explain themselves. He just gave up easily and it made me mad. I was glad when he woke up because I was almost trying to reach inside the book and slap him real hard!

No, Gaydar wasn’t one of the six official psychic talents.

There are so many parts in this book that were merely mentioned in the other Psycop books and it was wonderful to see, for example, how awful Vic types on the computer, how is it to be on the other side when Vic speaks to ghosts, how Caroline is around Crash and some margaritas, and the involvement of Constantine Dreyfus in everything! The guy was literary everywhere. I was surprised, pleasantly surprised, by how things were so much clearer now that I got this other point of view to analyze. Things make so much more sense now.

I now realize that this review is more about Vic than it is about Crash but when there is Victor Bayne there is me, crazy about him, not being able to reason when he is around, even for a short amount of time. I’m not even sorry it turned out this way. It is what it is.

Long story short, this book was really nice even with the hard parts that I’m already pretending to have forgotten. It was refreshing and different from the other psycop books. I’m glad we got to see this much about Crash and I wish him only the best. Now, please, can someone kindly tell me when the last book of the series is going to be released? I’m not ready to say goodbye but I’m missing Victor so badly it hurts!

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The Druid Next Door by E.J. Russell

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4stars

Never underestimate the power of kindness.

Title: The Druid Next Door
Author: E.J. Russell
Series: Fae Out of Water #2
Number of pages: 328 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: I loved the welsh references even if I don’t think I could pronounce any of the words and I loved hearing in my head the way Mal spoke.
Bad things about this book: It has its flaws but nothing that spoils the book.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

You know how much I like stories about magic and mythical creatures so there was no way I wasn’t going to like this book. I enjoyed a lot the first one in this series and I was very glad to see the main characters appear and have a significant role in the events occurring here. David is adorable and I’m happy he is embracing his nature and his powers: he helps the boys a lot and when he talked about Alun there was so much love in every single word and it made me very happy.

“I only eat phallic food in front of Alun. Otherwise, it’s just a wasted opportunity.”

This book’s main character is Alun’s brother, Mal Kendrick, and an ovo-pescatarian environmental professor, Bryce MacLeod, who is Mal’s neighbor in the new super energy friendly house David bought him. Saving Alun’s life has cost Mal the use of his sword hand, the right, and has gained him the exile from Faerie, a curse he doesn’t know how to break and a severe case of brooding. Oh boy, does he brood. He broods with intensity, with passion. Lord Broody Kendrick.

Mal and Bryce meet in circumstances that make Mal thinks Bryce is an annoying but hot tree hugger, and makes Bryce think Mal is only a pretty face (read: the hottest face he’s ever seen with the body of a marble statue) with a terrible attitude. Little they know they will be forced to join forces to save the world. Yes, the world, I’m not exaggerating, the world is in danger.

Bryce is a druid but didn’t know he was one until Mal came into his life turning it upside down. He is powerful and needs a tutor and Cassie, David’s druid aunt, puts a leash on Mal and Bryce, a magical leash that doesn’t allow them to separate, to force Mal to teach the new druid everything there is to know about the supernatural world. There’s so much to know and Bryce is not once scared; he is interested and he thinks his newly found talents to be the greatest thing that’s ever happened to him. That and Mal, of course.

“If I’m all that bloody, maybe you should call me Macbeth.”

The attraction between the two of them is almost immediate. Mal is gorgeous and, even if Bryce doesn’t think much of himself, Mal thinks he is just beautiful even with his terrible fashion sense and his tactical vests and pants. If you are attractive to a sex god even in tactical clothes, you are not allowed to feel unworthy of his attention. Mal pretty much falls at Bryce’s feet, but that’s something you need to read about to fully understand.

You were almost feeling up a druid—reason has clearly abandoned ship already.

Mal is being offered a chance to break the curse by a giant cloaked figure and he accepts without asking details because he was drunk. Now he has to lie and ask Bryce to join forces to complete a series of tasks that will unveil secrets that will change the Faerie world and will put them in serious danger. In addition to all of that they are also trying to understand if the magical attraction for each other is real or just another one of the druid magic catches. After all, Mal feels the need to submit and that’s something that’s never happened in all the years he’s being alive. Things are going to get hot hot hot. HOT HOT HOT!

Mal and Bryce were great together, steamy, but sometimes they were very insufferable for two grown men; you can’t expect someone to act like you’d do and then if that doesn’t happen being mad. Still I found their story intriguing and entertaining. Now I can’t wait for the last book that comes out in less than a month and find out everything about Gareth.

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[ARC] Scorpio Hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday

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5stars

He channeled his inner Scorpio. Part lobster, part spider, part worst-fear-of-your-life.

Title: Scorpio Hates Virgo (Signs of Love #2)
Author: Anyta Sunday
Good things about this book: A slow-burn romance between two adorable characters!
Bad things about this book: I want more of it.
Do I recommend it? Yes, and read the previous one, too!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

“ARC given in exchange for an honest review”

You may think I give 5 stars quite easily. You are certainly not wrong; when a book satisfies my needs not matter its genre, it will receive 5 stars from me. If it exceeds said needs then it will have more! This book promised me a happy ending, a sappy one, and it gave me a perfect one with a side of adorable characters, a warming neighbor community, fun summer games, and flirting galore. It was a fun read and I didn’t put down the book until I saw for myself the happily ever after. It didn’t disappoint me, or my love for romantic stories.

“Callaghan,” Percy said and plastered on a bored smile.
“Perseus.”

Perseus, aka Percy, and Callaghan, aka Cal, are neighbors and they’re nemeses. Or so they say. In their opinion they hate each other but their little fights are no more than sarcasm filled chats. I think it took their neighbors 5 minutes to see that all the hate they claimed to have for each other was only not so well hidden attraction. Took me one exchange between the two of them to see through everything. It made me mad, and frustrated, knowing it would take them a lot longer to get to the point of realizing what they had right in front of them. It’s a slow burn kind of situation, you need to be patient. How can Percy know if it’s real or just the curiosity of a straight man? Is it worth opening up knowing nothing will come out of it?

Percy started chanting the anatomical names of the muscles he’d be working on Cal’s back. If he thought about each individually, maybe he wouldn’t think about the whole package. Cal’s whole package. Cal’s package . . .

Percy is a wonderful character and he is a Scorpio like myself (all hail Scorpios). He is young man in grief for the loss of his beloved aunt and forced to relive the pain of not having her around by living in the house they used to share. Percy is suffering and building walls around him to prevent getting attached to people that will eventually abandon him. He is isolating himself and by doing that he is casting away his chance at love, at real love, the one that takes your breath away. The kind of love I want to have one day and I’m trying very hard not to lose hope in finding it.

Cal’s gaze lingered on the chisel. “Having fun with my tools there?” Percy changed his grip on the wooden handle. “Trust me, if I were having fun with your tools, you’d know.”

Cal and his family are very important for the character development of Percy. Cal is clearly in love with him and is not very subtle about it but Percy doesn’t want to see it, positive he will have his heart broken in no time. He doesn’t want a fling and a broken heart; he wants a person to love that will stick around. Cal is a Virgo and it seems that this makes him a very methodic person who ponders things real hard before getting himself into unknown situations. I loved Cal and his obsession for dinosaurs! I wish I had as many nerdy dino t-shirts as he did. That was quite the collection!

This book gave me smiles and quite a few laughs. You need those to face this ugly world we live in. See the bright side, fight for it; it’s easier said than done. I see the bright side, I fight for it, and sometimes I just need to read about bright sides that make my stomach fill with butterflies. Anyta Sunday did it and I’m forever grateful for that fateful day when I clicked on the Leo Loves Aries cover and got these many happy feelings as a reward.

“I guess we really are earth and water.”
“Because together we’re mud?”
“Together we stick.”

Even if it can be read as a stand-alone, this book has characters from the previous one of this series. Crystal, Theo and Leone’s mom, is one of Percy’s neighbors and she gives them their horoscopes just like she did over the phone for her children. Theo receives phone calls from Percy and he brings his boyfriend Jamie to the Fourth of July celebrations. It’s just funnier and cuter knowing also their background story so read Leo Loves Aries before reading this, I assure you it completes the experience for the better.

Anyta, keep ‘em coming! You have a fan here in me!

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[ARC] They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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5stars

I’ve spent years living safely to secure a longer life and look where that’s gotten me. I’m at the finish line, but I never ran the race.

Title: The Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Good things about this book: It’s a Silvera book!
Bad things about this book: Well, the end that was spoiled in the title.
Do I recommend it? Yes, and if you haven’t, I also recommend his other two books!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

“ARC by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review”

The Silvera Experience is always one of a kind but my heart is still not used to it: it’s an experience of love, tears, and so many thoughts your brain may explode. I finished reading the book yesterday night and every time my mind is not busy it goes back to the book. It’s a terrifying concept the one introduced here with the calls telling you about your imminent death. It’s terrifying because once you know that it’s impossible to not think about it. Then you ask yourself: what am I going to do today before I die? Did I live my life right? Do I have regrets?

I’m shaken by how Adam Silvera can get to me with simple words. Simple words in a slightly different kind of world, not the one we live in right now but it’s so close to it that it scared the hell out of me. I couldn’t put it down once I started it and now I have my heart in my hands, tears in my eyes, and not a single idea of how to put it into words.

No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.

Mateo and Rufus receive a call, THE call, telling them this is the day they’re going to die. They don’t know when and how but they know it’s going to happen before midnight. They are very different people with very different lives but destiny is a funny lady and this dreadful news brings them together on the day their lives are going to end. The Last Friend app brings together people on their End Day that don’t have anyone to spend their day with or that don’t want the people they care about seeing them dying.

I loved how their weird friendship starts and slowly they share their feelings, their pasts, their fears, and they get to have a last glimpse of love. It’s not instant, it’s not forced; it is how it is. Two boys that are going to die, getting close enough to have one more regret about the life they’re leaving behind too soon: a great love story that could have been, a happy life they could have shared. Just thinking about it fills me with sadness and it makes me realize how it’s never too late and even when it’s too late, it is still worth it.

“Why can’t we have a chance?” I ask Rufus.
“A chance at what?” He’s looking around, taking pictures of the arena and the lines.
“A chance at another chance.” I say.

At first I thought that knowing about your death in some ways triggered a chain reaction that would get you to the death that was predicted. It all seemed plausible and I found myself thinking that maybe without knowing they would’ve done things differently and destiny could’ve been rewritten giving them a second chance, maybe also a third. Like your path is not set in stone and it could change.

As I read on, though, I realized that no matter what things you may decide to do on your End Day, death would still find you. You can’t escape death and you’re certainly not meeting death because of the choices you’re making that day: you’re just changing the journey, taking a different road, but the destination it’s still the same. You’re given a chance to say goodbye, to have closure, to tied loose ends, to try things you weren’t brave enough to try before, and I think that’s really scary yet somehow liberating. I don’t know what I would do if knew today was my last day alive: I would freak out, that’s for sure.

I wondered if it was possible to ask them not to tell you when you were going to die, that maybe it could be an option you decided not to have. Then again, without the phone call Rufus and Mateo would still be dead but they wouldn’t have met, and they wouldn’t have been the last rays of sunshine they’ve seen in this world that had them for such a short time.

I wasted time and missed fun because I cared about the wrong things.

Adam Silvera has confirmed himself once again one of my favourite authors and I think he’s going to be one for a very long time. I can’t recommend his books enough and this is not an exception. Go get yourself a Silvera book, you won’t regret it.

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