The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

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4stars

If and when our world ends, it won’t be from a meteor or a viral outbreak or some other cosmic event; it will be us. We will be our own undoing.

Title: The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza
Author: Shaun David Hutchinson
Good things about this book: It’s the right amount of weird.
Bad things about this book: The last page leaves you wanting more.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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I was so into the story that I didn’t even realize the book was over when I reached that last part. Why did it end that way?? I want more and more and more!!

It was different, and it made you think. I was so happy about the cameos of Hutchinson’s other books’ characters. I almost cried when Henry appeared! I miss Henry every time I find myself thinking about We Are the Ants; it’s one of my favorite books.

This book can be officially declared peculiar. Elena was born from parthenogenesis; that can be explained scientifically, but her let’s say weird situation doesn’t stop to a virgin birth, because Elena hear voices from the siren of Starbucks to a My Little Pony, telling her she has the power to heal people, and she should do it, or else the world is going to end. That’s a little too much responsibility for a young girl struggling with a massive crush and trying to avoid bullies.

The first person Elena healed, that one first miracle that put in motion the apocalypse, was a girl named Freddie and Elena has a huge crush on her. Freddie is certainly not the person Elena thought she was and getting to know her is going to put her patience to test. It put MY patient to test, but then I got to know her and the reasons behind her hard façade and I ended up liking her.

With the end of world, people disappearing all over the world, her love life being a total mess, and the voices being very insisting, Elena doesn’t really know what to do. She is set on finding out why Freddie was shot like that would make her understand why the world is ending. Why does finding the reason is that important? Elena is trying to avoid the real problem!! Elena is like a lot of us.

We make choices. We make bad choices. But we still deserve the right to choose.

I really liked this book. Like all of this author’s books, there are serious issues being portrayed and analyzed. I found that this had the right amount of serious and peculiar, just the amount that I usually love. Elena is a nice main character, she isn’t without flaw, often irritating, but you just cheer for her to be able to save the world, get the girl, be happy with her bff and family. Easy, right?

Not the lightest of reads, but neither one of the hardest. I enjoyed it and I recommend it. This author needs to have more love from readers all around the world.

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[ARC] Lock Nut by J.L. Merrow

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5stars

Did couples buy each other wedding presents, anyway? I mean, he’d be getting me, which some might say was quite enough to be getting on with.

Title: Lock Nut
Author: J.L. Merrow
Series: The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #5
Number of pages: 330 (kindle edition)
Expected publication: May 14th 2018
Good things about this book: Tom and Phil!! The ending!!
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes yes yes.
Rate: 5/5

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ARC from NetGalley

I may have already mentioned it but I requested this book from NetGalley because I thought it sounded interesting and when I got approved and was ready to read it, I noticed it was the fifth book of a series. Bad luck? Au contraire, I’d say! This mistake made me discover one hell of a book series I have fallen in love with. There’s always room in my heart for more fictional characters to love and cherish.

This book was really sweet (besides the murders) and, surprise surprise, Phil wasn’t a bum in this one. After four books of him being the broody melodramatic man our Tom loves, I was ready to slap him if he dared do anything to upset my boy. He did, of course he did, but it wasn’t like in the first books when their love was just beginning. I forgave him almost immediately.

“You’ve got him well trained,” Dave said with a smirk.
“Too right. Want to see him come when I call?” I winked in case he hadn’t got the innuendo.

Cherry and Greg got married, left for Scotland for a pretty cold honeymoon, so now it was Tom and Phil’s wedding countdown. With only a few months to spare and a lot to plan, Tom is overwhelmed and overthinking. This led to some misunderstanding but not something to be worried about. Tom and Phil are super in love and it shows. There weren’t the steamy scenes we got in the first two books and I was weirdly okay with that, with only imagining how they had fun when nobody was around. I knew they were all over each other and that they loved each other so much they wanted to protect the other from harm.

There’s nothing easy about this protecting from harm business when they are always involved in murder investigations, though. First one man dead, then another, and Tom and Phil are once again among suspects they want to trust but can’t, seeing as it could lead to them getting badly hurt, again. Like that never has happened in the past.

Giving us a polite smile was a young man—early twenties, I’d guess—who set my gaydar pinging off the scale. So going by past results, he was probably happily married to his second wife and with a baby or six on the way.

I love the idea Phil has about Tom’s abilities being evolving because he’s using them more. I want him to stop thinking himself a fraud and try experimenting at home to see to what extent he can find what’s hidden. This will help him in the future and it will make their lives much easier when someone hires Phil for a job.

The ending was precious. Nothing over the top with forced tears or forced emotions. You find yourself truly invested in the lives of those two men and the feelings you are having are authentic. You are really happy they found each other again even if when they met at first one was the living nightmare of the other. The part where Tom reveals something hard about his past as a bullied boy, broke my heart. I think Phil needs to know this, not to make him feel guilty but I think he needs to know this part of Tom’s past. I think it’s important and I wonder why Darren, having witnessed the speech, didn’t say anything about it. I wonder if we’re going to come back to it in the next book. Because there’s going to be a next book, right? I need Tom in my life! I need more of him!

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Blow Down by J.L. Merrow

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5stars

Funny how getting mixed up with a few murders can give people second thoughts about inviting you into their house.

Title: Blow Down
Author: J.L. Merrow
Series: The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #4
Number of pages: 332 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s sadly hilarious that there are so many murders involving our Tom!
Bad things about this book: Phil is still my weakness but he’s getting better so he’s not so bad after all.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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I love this series to pieces. I love the mystery yet I NEVER get the murderer right. I guess I’m not really a detective, not good at understanding who is a suspect.

Loved Tom, as usual, and with all the mixed feelings he makes ne have, I’m warming a lot to Phil! I just want them to be happy! As much as I’m tolerating Phil a little bit more, I still find his sudden bursts of anger to be annoying and unnecessary. Tom doesn’t deserve this. They need to understand each other and trust each other more; they’re getting married for goodness sake!

I reeled away from the gazebo feeling in dire need of a bit of moral support, possibly of the liquid variety. No, scratch that. This was serious. I needed moral support of the tall, blond, and broody variety.

Tom is famous now and everyone wants a piece of his psychic butt. Unfortunately nobody seems to understand what his talent entails. He is bothered and he doesn’t need to add that to his many sufferings. A posh lady asks him to find her missing valuable necklace and, not surprising me in the slightest, she ends up dead. Again, Tom is badly hurt, Phil wants to protect him at all cost, and they end up in trouble. Their life is not boring, that’s for sure.

“Stop judging my taste in food,” I told Merlin. “I saw you eat a moth last week. And it was still flapping at the time. You haven’t got a paw to stand on.”

I need a spin off of the adventures of Arthur and Merlin, the cats. I want a short story of Tom and Phil through their eyes. That’ll be wonderful!

It’s been too long since I read it and I don’t remember every detail so I’m leaving this review as is. Nothing to add. I read the series so fast that in my mind they’re one huge book. I think about Tom all the time. Just give me more books about him!

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The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

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5stars

“Have faith in love, and let it guide you, and you never know. Impossible things happen all the time.”

Title: The Summer of Impossible Things
Author: Rowan Coleman
Number of pages: 432 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: It’s time travel with lots of feelings.
Bad things about this book: Nothing really.
Do I recommend it? Yes, read it.
Rate: 5/5

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Such a magical book, a rollercoaster of emotions. I wanted to like it and instead I loved it. It caught me by surprise and it kept me wondering. It was an incredible story about love, a kind of love that wins it all.

When humans believe in stories extraordinary things happen.

I bought this book last summer when it came out. I loved the cover and the plot intrigued me. It was not entirely different from what I’ve seen in movies in the past but somehow I felt it could be a totally different kind of story altogether, even with some elements in common with what I’ve already experienced. As usual, I bought it, photographed it, and left it there to gather dust and be beautiful in my bookshelf.

Last week, though, I was undecided. I didn’t know what to read and after starting at my bookshelves for centuries, I decided to ask for help. I texted my friend and asked her to pick a colour; she picked yellow. I showed her the yellow section of my bookshelf and she chose this book. This book isn’t yellow, it’s in the orange section but she still saw it in the picture and decided it had a beautiful cover and needed to be read by me. I decided it was fate so I picked it up. Thank you, friend who doesn’t read, for choosing this marvelous book for me.

The most wonderful discoveries that have ever been made by mankind always happen when someone decides to believe in the impossible.

Luna and Pea lost their mother to suicide and they decided to travel to where she was born, in Brooklyn to sell her father’s house and see where she grew up before running away to England with their father, Henry. They received a box with films from their mum telling them that something horrible happened the night she left home, something that scarred her for life, making living unbearable. It’s terrible and frustrating because there’s nothing they can do. Or so they think; Luna, who found Henry is not her real father, can somehow travel back in time to 1977, days before the awful event. Is this a chance to save her mother? Can she fix the past so that the people she loves in the present can be alive and happy without losing herself in the process?

The magical elements of the story, the time travel, the scenes of Luna meeting her mum when she was full of life and with so many dreams, were all what made the story great. It was always interesting, it always kept you wondering what was going to happen, what did happen, how was Luna going to prevent it. Everything made you question her choices because there was so much at stake and we all know how tricky messing with time can be.

All I can do is brace myself against the searing hot pain of only understanding what it means to really want someone at the very moment you know they can never be yours.

Rowan Coleman did it; she took the magic of time travel, of the impossibility of it, and mixed it with love, hope, and hard things in life that make you feel alone in the world. It touched all the right buttons of my heart. I felt anger, frustration, happiness, but above all, I felt hope; because how bad can the world be if there is one person in your life willing to sacrifice themselves for your well-being?

“Our physical bodies, they break down, eventually returning to dust, but energy, energy is never destroyed. And what is love, if it isn’t the most powerful energy we know of?”

I loved how everything unfolded. It was at the right time, with the right amount of twists. At some point I had to turn back in time myself, turning back to previous chapters, because some details I judged of standard importance were instead pretty relevant to the whole narrative. That’s how you do it. That’s how you give me a contemporary story, with magical elements, love, hard topics, a story that takes place in the span of a few days, and make it so believable I can totally see it happening in real life. Recommended to all!

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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

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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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