[ARC] To the Flame by A.E. Ross

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4stars

Title: To the Flame
Author: A.E. Ross
Release date: February 3rd 2020
Number of pages: 72 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It was really interesting even if short.
Bad things about this book: It was too short, I wanted to know more.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 4/5

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*ARC from NetGalley*

What a cute little book that was more than I was expecting! I knew it was about cryptids, but I got also so many many feelings. My heart!! Emerson was such a sweet guy, and Morrie all mysterious, afraid, and also so so sweet! I loved all the diversity packed in only a few pages; it didn’t feel forced at all, it felt like it should feel in real life, pretty freaking normal.

I’m glad I requested this book and got to read it. Brought a smile on my face. So so cute!

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Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau

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5stars

Title: Bloom
Author: Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau (illustrator)
Number of pages: 368 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: A beautiful and sweet graphic novel.
Bad things about this book: Too short? That’s not a bad thing, it’s a graphic novel after all.
Do I recommend it? I do!
Rate: 5/5

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Pretty sweet graphic novel with tons of delicious food that made me hungry at every page I turned. Young love, great food, some disaster, realization, mistakes, misunderstandings, life. Just life. And I liked all of it. From beginning to end.

I can’t get into details because this is a short graphic novel, things happen fast and end fast. You’ll just have to trust me and read it because it’s pretty cute and it deserves some love.

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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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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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Noticed Me Yet? by Anyta Sunday

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5stars

He was full to the brim with pizza and disappointment.

Title: Noticed Me Yet?
Author: Anyta Sunday
Number of pages: 70 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Amazing ending with amazing characters.
Bad things about this book: That it’s the end? Yes, that’s the only thing that’s making me sad.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 5/5

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So cute and sweet. You never disappoint me, Anyta!!!!

I took a very long hot bath because I was freezing (damned fake spring) and I decided to read this ebook by the ever amazing Anyta Sunday. I have loved everything I’ve read by her and I knew I had to read this one. It’s only 70 pages long so it was perfect for my bath.

Jacob is looking for a flatmate. Someone, Mr. X, took down all his ads and now three boys, one of them being the infamous X, answered the ad. I didn’t guess right; I really didn’t know who of the three boys was Mr. X. I had my doubts and maybe I excluded one of them almost instantly but I didn’t want to assumed anything by the clues I was given.

The messages exchange was sweet and I was glad for Jacob because he really needed to move on from his first and only boyfriend who broke his heart. He fell for this mysterious boy who liked to tease him with paper notes. That’s was really cute!

I loved the revelation and, luckily, we didn’t have much drama. Maybe only half page drama and that’s perfectly okay with me. I was naked in a steamy bathtub, so exposed, so I needed fluff, I needed joy, I needed a happy story with a happy ending and happy middle.

That’s what I had and I’m so happy I took that super long bath and read it.

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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

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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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Lovers Like Us by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

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5stars

“We’re fucking different but we’re still two superheroes who’d die for each other. In any era, any alternate universe. Like Captain America and the Winter Solider.”

Title: Lovers Like Us
Author: Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #2
Number of pages: 365 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Fun, interesting, hot, well-written, you will keep reading until you finish it. Guaranteed.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, this series is beautiful.
Rate: 5/5

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I know I loved Damaged Like Us because it was different from any other book I’ve ever read. Its pace was different, fresh, it kept me glued to the virtual pages and I didn’t want it to end. So I knew I was going to love this sequel but I wasn’t expecting to love it this much. There is not much drama, there’s action, steamy and not, we get to know more relatives and we have the exclusive of Moffy and Farrow’s relationship. Did I say there is little to no love drama? Oh, how I love that, you have no idea!
I loved everything. I was on edge so many times, a little scared, super happy, very entertained, and more often than not, awfully turned on. I’m only human, after all.

“Vote for whoever looks the best.” Farrow, my mind blurts out in response. I swear my brain is one terrifying step from making shrines of the guy. Which is not cool. Not cool.

Damaged Like Us ended with the whole family finding out Farrow and Moffy were boyfriends and hell broke loose. Harsh words were said, people got offended, things were changing but maybe that wasn’t a bad thing. Now, as damage control, Moffy and the oldest Hales-Cobalts-Meadows are going on tour with their bodyguards: all of them, cramped inside a bus for four months. Things are going to get heated. There is a troll account threatening Moffy and Farrow is restless because he needs to save the man he loves both as his boyfriend and as his personal bodyguard. It will get messy and butts will be seen; so many butts it’s glorious.

“She’ll ‘revoke’ your membership to that Rainbow Brigade shit if you’re not careful.”
Oscar almost laughs, and he reties a rolled bandana around his forehead. “It’s not real until she makes pins.”

Maximoff, Jane, Charlie, Beckett and Sulli are participating in a few fan conventions to raise money for lgbtqia youth all around the US and of course their bodyguards came along. I was happy to see more of the famous kids and also I loved the bodyguards; they were all hilarious, even Thatcher, and they made the book richer and more interesting. They are as much part of the story as the rich and gorgeous: and they are also quite hot! The camaraderie between bodyguards and the love and care they have for the families they serve is profound and true; they share almost every second of their lives with them and they are like their own families. It’s lovely!

My eyes burn. I wake up every morning, and I’m more in love with him than the day before.

Besides the obvious bonding and some pretty interesting events that happen on the bus, the book’s story is told from Farrow and Moffy’s POV and so we are inside their heads while they brood, while they flirt, while they desire nothing more than kiss each other’s faces and get naughty. It’s hilarious and adorable. They love each other and they can barely believe they have found someone who knows, supports and understands what the other is going through. Moffy may not know everything about Farrow’s past but he is absolutely certain that if he asks, the answers are going to be 100% true. There’s so much trust between the both of them and that is the reason there is no love drama; they communicate trying not to leave anything left to be misunderstood. I hate miscommunication because people aren’t mind readers; you need to say out loud if something is wrong or else suck it, the world isn’t waiting for you. Do something and stop whining!

His mouth curves upward. “Welcome back, space cadet.”
I scowl and unbutton my jeans. “I barely spaced out.”

The ending was perfect, just as much as it was perfect everything else. Sweetness galore and happy smiles: my favorites. Everything I needed to have the dumb face I usually have when a story is dreamy and I’m jealousy wishing I could have what they have. This series was a surprise; I am scared about the third and last book but I trust the authors. They won’t disappoint me because until now these books have been flawless so I don’t expect they’ll stop now, right? Give me Alphas Like Us right now or right this moment, either is fine by me.

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Fortitude Smashed by Taylor Brooke

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5stars

“Reminds me of myself,” Aiden had admitted. Smashed up and spread out, not ruined, but a little bit of a mess. A lot of a mess.

Title: Fortitude Smashed
Author: Taylor Brooke
Series: The Camellia Clock Cycle Book #1
Number of pages: 312 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: The character growth and the insight of the relationship.
Bad things about this book: Nothing. It has trigger warnings at the beginning so read them before starting the book.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it is something else but, beware, it feels like a hit or miss kind of book. I loved it!
Rate: 5/5

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This is my 100th book and with it I’ve officially completed this year’s Reading Challenge! Yay!

Imagine being born in a world free of homophobia with all the unjustified hate it comes with, being free to love whoever you like and being certain at some point in your life you’ll find your soul mate thanks to a clock installed on your thumbnail. Imagine how restless yet relieved you must feel knowing the time will come for you to love and be loved like nothing you’ll ever dreamed of. Imagine the possibilities. Imagine the euphoria. Imagine the pain of having and then maybe losing. Imagine.

This book enchanted me. It starts fast throwing the soul mate bomb right from the beginning. We meet Shannon, a 25-year-old detective, trying to catch a burglar in an art gallery. Said burglar is no other than Aiden, his Rose Road, his soul mate. The clock times out and it’s electrifying. Literary electrifying. Something awakes in both of them and no matter how much they want to fight it, there’s really no way the clock is wrong. There’s too much interest, too much chemistry, fate is not wrong.

“The world loves you.” Shannon sighed against his mouth. “And if it ever stops loving you, remember that I do.”

There’s not a “but he’s a guy” part. Why is that? At first it got me puzzled and I was anxiously waiting for the homophobic remarks but it seems that in this version of the world there is no such thing as sexual interests. They all like whomever they want to like, no exceptions, no one’s save. The sea has plenty of fish and all of them for you to choose. They might have different tastes, who doesn’t, but never and I repeat never people are questioned or looked differently because of the ones they love. I loved the little bet Shannon’s parents had going on about his Rose Road being a boy or a girl. See? If only the real world was this problem free. Shouldn’t be that hard. Guess it’s only my occasionally over optimistic brain at work again.

I now realize that everything I can say about the story might ruin it. I don’t even want to tell you about the characters, their backstories, because I’m afraid I’ll give too much up. The summary tells what’s necessary to know and that’s how I got hooked and that’s why I got all kinds of feelings reading it almost nonstop until I woke up yesterday a little hangover and the first thing I did before leaving the bed was finishing the last 20% I got left to read.

They kissed, messy and overwhelmed and honest, the kind of kiss that told a story—incomplete—but a story all the same.

This book is a journey. It’s slow and it doesn’t give you in detail everything that’s going on. It’s like a documentary on the lives of Shannon and Aiden from the day they found each other and found out they were each other’s Rose Road, each other’s soul mates. You see pieces of their lives from both their points of views. You see their fears, their pain, their past, their weaknesses, everything they have to fight to be the best version of themselves and open up to this new reality. It’s not over sexualized; there are not explicit sex scenes and, as much I never say no to those, I felt this book maintained its “I’ll give you just what you really need to know” vibe it had going on all along.

The new reality comes like lightning. It struck them and changes them, making both of them vulnerable, forcing them to believe that fate is real and it’s beautiful. I truly loved the concept of this book and the slowness of the events, how they happen when they’re supposed to happen, how they make you shake with anticipation and anxiety. I was constantly afraid, constantly fighting different feelings, constantly cheering and daydreaming. I was cuddled by the emotions and I felt myself relaxed a little into the story as I let it unfold. And it unfolded like magic. Magic like knowing you’ll find your soul mate to love but not taking it for granted because life gives but it also takes so you cherish it, protect it, save it if necessary, and open your heart to all the possibilities your future have from the day the clock flashes 00:00.

“You’re my best kept secret, Aiden. You’re the most vibrant thing in the room, artwork unlike any other.”

I think this book is wonderful and it touched every fiber in me. I find myself smiling thinking about it. I feel a little bit like the painting “Fortitude Smashed”: nature and art mixed, bright colours, fragile, one of a kind, kind of messy, a strong will and a fighter. Art that gets noticed, it is loved but it’s also misunderstood.

“Reminded me of you,” Shannon said. It was easy to say because it was the truth, but if he had to explain it, Shannon feared he might ruin everything.

I loved this with all my heart. So many feelings, tears and happiness. The struggles, the self-sabotaging, the pain, the suffering, the love hard and real and overwhelming. It was deep and it was great. A book I will remember and keep with me from today on.

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This scene broke me. I was laughing so hard I had to stop reading for a while and focus real hard to start breathing again.

“Gardenia?” Warmth pooled in Aiden’s abdomen, spreading out into the rest of him like unruly vines. “They don’t give you cop-scented soap with your uniform?” Aiden felt Shannon’s smile pressed between his shoulder blades at the top of his spine.
“You don’t like it?”
“That’s not what I said.”
“What do you use? Ice Pick? Eagle Screech?”

How ridiculous are some of real life “for male” bath products? Let’s make it male, real male: black, grey or dark blue and with an awful improbable name, that’s it!

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