Fence #8 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana Lafuente

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5stars

“Now that they understand his skill, they’ll treat him differently. Whether they’re jealous and hate him, or they put him on a pedestal. His talent is isolating. It sets him apart. It probably has his whole life.”

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Joana Lafuente (Illustrator)
Series: Fence #8

Number of pages: 29 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Seiji and Harvard (and Nicholas)!
Bad things about this book: Give me MORE!
Do I recommend it? How could I not?
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Such a fun volume to read. I already loved Seiji to pieces, but now I love him even more. Also, Nicholas is a sweetie and he is the only one who can make Seiji make so many sorts of faces. I love it. I love them. The characters are more interesting the more I read. All of this is making me say the same thing I say every month: why is it so short and why do I have to wait a whole month to read more??

20180718_010033It was nice to see Seiji’s ASSets. Nice assets, really!

It was refreshing seeing Seiji’s morning workout regime. It also made me pretty concerned about this precious boy because he wakes up really early and pushes himself to the limit every single day. He needs to be the best, and for now, he isn’t. He is number 2 and that stinks! My boy Seiji deserves the crown and he will get it by being cuddly with his new best buddy Nicholas. Seiji and Nicholas best fencing bros forever!

20180718_005959You’re cute Seiji! And you’re cute only when Nicholas is involved!

Seiji against Harvard was a wild match, and I loved how it shut up those awful jealous guys hating on Seiji. Harvard is super strong, but Seiji’s talent is just something else. I love how Harvard isn’t like the other boys; he isn’t jealous of Seiji, he wants to be better and he recognizes he still has things to fix and to learn. Harvard is an amazing character. I ship him with Aiden so hard! So, so hard!

Here I am waiting again, resetting the monthly countdown on my phone and anxiously waiting for volume 9!!

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Running With Lions by Julian Winters

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5stars

“Bastian, you can do whatever you want, when you want. The only thing in life you have to do is live it.”

Title: Running With Lions
Author: Julian Winters
Number of pages: 299 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: I loved the characters and how the story was told, so simply yet so deeply.
Bad things about this book: An epilogue maybe? A couple years into the future. I’m greedy, I know.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I loved it!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Life is a summer storm of insecure thoughts. There’s an umbrella of precautions to prevent insecurity, but it doesn’t always keep the rain out of your face.

I don’t know almost anything about football (or soccer, or however you call the sport with 11 players each team and a round ball). I don’t know much about sports, period. I have read books with characters involve in some kind of sport (real or made up) and I’ve stuck with it and was intrigued by it because the book wasn’t really about the sport per se, but about friendships, love and family. Team spirit gets to me, the comradery, the feelings that come from loving something so much and putting every ounce of you in it: my heart melts!

So when I saw for the very first time someone talking about Running With Lions, I knew that I was going to love it. Diverse book with a sweet love story, relatable themes and full of queer characters? Count me in! And it came out during Pride Month; that had to be a sign I needed to buy it and read it. I’m so glad I did. It was one of the sweetest books I’ve read in quite a while. It did have my dreaded miscommunication that made the characters waste so much time, but the story flowed to well that I almost didn’t mind my frustration. Almost.

“People dislike other people for the wrong reasons,” Emir says. “Doesn’t mean we should act like them.”

This book is sweet and deals with something I haven’t seen dealt with in none of the books I’ve read; male body issues. Sebastian is struggling with his body; he was chubby in the past and the bullism left him so scarred he exercised too much, hates looking at himself in the mirror, and he spirals into self-hate when he sees a tiny bit of fat on his body. His mind makes him see his body as a horrible vessel he’s forced to carry. I struggled a lot reading some scenes because I got him, I really got what he was going through, and I was worried he was overexerting himself with running and too little food.

For such a sought-after emotion, love sure comes with a lot of answerless questions.

I came to care about all the characters, all their different personalities, their flaws, their feelings for each other. I read the book with just a break for dinner. I wanted to see how things were going to end between Sebastian and Emir, how the characters would grow, learn from their mistakes and live their last year of high school being as happy as they could be, surrounded by people they trust and love. Running with Lions put me in such a nostalgic mood: a little sad and a little happy. Those boys have all their lives ahead of themselves. They’re so lucky.

“Just because people create rules doesn’t mean those are your rules.”

With a few tears but a big smile on my face, I can’t but recommend you this book. I’m glad there are much more books like this in this world today. We need them and I’m so happy teenagers today can grow up seeing themselves represented on paper and see that there’s nothing wrong with them. I’d love them to feel that there are people out there that will love them exactly for who they are and that, whatever obstacle is put in their way, they aren’t alone to face them.

Happy Pride Month, everyone! Be proud of who you are!

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Fence #6 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana Lafuente

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5stars

Ah! An indirect win. The same concept as an indirect kiss!

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Joana Lafuente (Illustrator)
Series: Fence #6

Number of pages: 32 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: More Seiji and Nicholas together!!
Bad things about this book: Nothing! I liked everything even if I still crave more!
Do I recommend it? Always!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

My monthly frustrating 10-minute read has been, as usual, lacking of smooching but full of fencing. And we got to see a super smiley Nicholas and that was worth the wait!

20180517_174437Look at him! Precious boy!

So Seiji lost his match against Aiden and he is of course furious but now it’s not time to focus on Seiji because it’s time for Nicholas match against one of Aiden’s many heartbroken lovers. I’m glad people finally saw what he is capable of; now they won’t keep underestimating him, they will now he can fence and he will only improve if given the chance.

20180517_174354Seiji shows so many different facial expressions for and because of Nicholas!

I loved how coach blocked the door to the bathroom when Seiji was inside brooding and feeling sorry for himself but when Nicholas came looking for him, she let him pass. She knows that somehow, amidst the rivalry, Nicholas’ words and personality go through Seiji’s super stubborn head.

So much smiling. I’m still happy about the smiles I saw and Seii’s angry face being a 5-y.o. because of Nicholas. I love them so much. This comic is getting better and better and I can’t wait for more!

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Fence #4 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana Lafuente

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5stars

No matter what coach says. The class is split in half. Those who have a loss. And those who have a win.

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Joana Lafuente (Illustrator)
Series: Fence #4

Number of pages: 29 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Things are getting pretty interesting now.
Bad things about this book: I will never get over the fact that being a comic this is too short!
Do I recommend it? As usual, yes!!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Once again I read it as soon as it was available on my kindle, at 7 minutes after midnight and once again I’m left with wanting more and more. I loved this issue because we could see more about different characters (I want to know more about Aiden, the Casanova of the Fence World) and what’s like to give it all to be part of the team. Or whatever a team is call in the fence universe.

I still don’t know much about sports; I’m watching some of the Olympics and I’m finding out about some sports I didn’t even know they existed until now. It’s really true that you learn something different and new every single day. I can say that the biathlon is the one that surprised me the most; why someone thought it’d be fun to ski up and down the mountain shooting things? So cold, so tiring.

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Don’t say that, Seiji!! Come on!!

So Nicholas is struggling, overthinking every move, and because of all the pressure he is losing control of his abilities. And he has them, he is talented; he just needs time to show everyone what he is capable of. Unfortunately he doesn’t have time. He needs to win the matches to have a place in the team, to keep his scholarship and to keep doing what he loves.

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Poor Nicholas! Seiji is going to regret telling you you were nothing special!
Show him!!

Seiji is still Seiji but there is something a little bit different about him now. He is kind of softer? He has this cold façade he likes to show everyone but then he has this tiny moments of worry, of interest, and you see a different face for just a fraction. It changes things and I think it will change how Nicholas is going to face his next matches.

We’ll just have to wait and see, I guess. As usual, just wait and see. And keep waiting.

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Fence #3 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana Lafuente

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5stars

When he fences, you can’t look at anyone else.

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Joana Lafuente (Illustrator)
Series: Fence #3

Number of pages: 27 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: The story is so good I can’t wait to know more.
Bad things about this book: As usual, not really a bad thing, but it’s too short!
Do I recommend it? Yes!!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Each month I highly anticipate the new volume of Fence and each month I’m left both heart-eyed and frustrated. I really wish comics were a little bit longer; are 50 pages asking too much of both writer and illustrators? I know I’m being unreasonable but this comic is so good I’m always super sad when I reach the last page and realize I have to wait a whole month for a little bit more of the story. Patience usually comes easy to me. Lately? Not so much.

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Seiji and Nicholas are still arguing about being roommates and they’re been punished for whining. Maybe they can start knowing each other a little bit more but maybe it’s still too early to the romance to start blossoming. Tryouts (is that the right sports word to use? I’m not sure) are on and Nicholas has to face with some ugly truths. He needs to step up his game to be able to make the team and keep his scholarship. I’m sure he will give a thousand percent to do just that. I just hope he won’t overexert himself and end up hurt.

Screenshot_20180117-130802Is that you blushing, Nicholas???

I loved all the pages with the bits about how is it to be in a dorm and how difficult this new school system is making Nicholas crazy. I have never been to boarding school but it has always fascinated and also scared me a little bit. I want to know more about the characters. We know Aiden is a playboy and he demonstrates it all the time. We know Seiji is severe looking and very serious but I think there’s more to it and I can’t wait to see the walls around him go down, for Nicholas and for all his teammates. Mostly for Nicholas; I’m ready for some love here. Always ready for some love.

Next month is so far away! Wait for me, fencers!!

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Homo Action Love Story! A tall tale by Ben Monopoli

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For me this is just beginning, and the journey and destination are both him.

Title: Homo Action Love Story! A tall tale
Author: Ben Monopoli
Why you should read this book: Because there is action, love, pro paintball players and pirates!

Summary from Goodreads:

Boots McHenry and his boyfriend Ryan are young superstars in the North American Paintball League, a high-stakes sport where losers face exile — five full years of it, on an island so secret no one can be sure it even exists. After Ryan has a tragic collision with an opposing team’s paintball, the rules of the game force the boyfriends apart.

Boots is shattered without Ryan, so when his best friend Clemente Santiago suggests a daring, high-seas mission to find the island and reunite the pair, Boots jumps at the chance. They assemble a crack team to join them, including fashion model and mixed-martial-arts champ Colby Kroft, hunky-but-shy sea-captain Marcus Tumble, and Piper Pernfors, the ex who’s aching to make Boots forget Ryan ever existed.

“Young people think they are invincible, that nothing bad will ever happen to them, and then something changes: they fall in love. And the world begins to seem a lot more fragile.”

The title of this book is kind of weird. I really didn’t know what to expect. I thought it was going to be a strange but light read. It was indeed a light read, I couldn’t stop reading; the story was intriguing, different, action fuelled and funny. Also hot, can’t forget that.

This is going to be a little spoilery review because there are a few elements I want to talk about and it will spoil the read if you want to get into the book.

This book is set in the future, it doesn’t say when, it’s just “the future”. Boots is our main character. He is 24 years old, is really rich and in love with his boyfriend of 2 years, Ryan. They both play professional paintball that seems to be the football of the future. They are famous, rich and people love them. Unfortunately, in this weird future where people can love whoever they like and you can’t catch sickness in no way whatsoever, when you get hit during a paintball match, you are exiled to an island nobody knows where is located.

Guess what?? Ryan gets hit; he is simu-killed and gets sent to Exile Island leaving our poor Boots sad and horny. He is young, I get why one of his first thoughts are: where do I stand on this relationship? Do I have to wait for him for 5 years? Can I move on and maybe fall in love again? It may seem shallow because he seems so in love with Ryan so why is he thinking about having sex with other guys? They didn’t have a plan if one of them was going to get exiled so Boots doesn’t know what to do. He has needs but he loves Ryan. They haven’t been together long and 5 years apart is more than double the time they’ve been a couple. Is their love that strong or is it a little superficial?

I didn’t have problems with him wanting to move on. It was maybe a little soon and that must have given him questions. Is his love for Ryan deep enough? Is he okay even if they are not together? Are they really meant for each other?

Some guys are cute and you want to pinch their cheeks and make sure they get home OK. Some guys are hot and you want them to bend you over a barrel and pound heaven into you.

Boots is horny; he isn’t looking for love since he still loves Ryan but what to do with his little problem? There is Piper, his ex, and he seems eager to win him back. Boots doesn’t want to get back with Piper; he cheated on him and broke his heart. That’s not going to happen but it’s hard: Piper is hot and Boots can’t hide his attraction. Like, really, he can’t hide it. His “attraction” is pretty evident. Oh boy, he really can’t look at him without the obvious reaction. But Piper CAN’T HAPPEN!

Boot’s teammate and good friend, Clemente Santiago, helps him find a solution to his horny problem. They had an intense and really hot night together. It’s supposed to be a una tantum thing and it stays that way. Clemente then suggested to go find exiled island so Boots can ask Ryan what he is supposed to do. That’s a great idea. Boots needs to know what to do with their 5 years apart. An adventure it is!

“Why, where we going, anyway? Where’s Colby work?” “The most fantastic of all places, Clemente. He works at the mall.”

They get a boat with a very cute captain, Marcus, and are joined by Ryan’s little brother, Colby, and unfortunately, Piper comes along, too. Piper is really pushy, a little too much. Boots keeps telling him he doesn’t want him back, that their love story is completely over, that they don’t have a chance to be happy together even if the body reacts a certain way. His attraction to Piper’s body doesn’t mean he wants also the rest of the package. Boots was hurt, heartbroken, that’s not easy to neither forget nor forgive.

The journey is an incredible adventure. Let me tell you there is a shark attack, there are also pirates who wear plastic stuff, and there is certainly romance. After their incredible night together, Boots starts thinking more and more about Clemente. He knows he doesn’t have a chance since Clemente is straight, but there is something about him that he finds intriguing. Boots thinks a lot about Clemente, a lot.

Boots is starting to like him more than just as a friend and it’s painful because it can’t happen. The feelings are overwhelming. Boots wants him, he really does. What does it mean? Can it be love? When did that happen? Was it because of their night together or that night made him realize more things about Clemente than he wasn’t paying attention to before because he was all hung up on Ryan? More importantly, is he seeing right, is Clemente showing something more towards him, something more than friendship?

WTF, as the old-timers say.

The journey to exiled island, the journey to love, the journey to freedom, is full of feelings, action, and a little bit of drama.
I had a hunch of what was going to happen. I didn’t want to believe it at first, but then I kind of wanted it to be true because that means what I really wanted to happen could happen and maybe things were going to be ok in the end.
I liked this book a lot; it’s difficult to put it down after you start it. It’s interesting and it’s not complicated. It’s the right book for me and I am so happy I chose it.

Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s a fun book and an interesting story.
Rate: 4/5

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