June/July Wrap Ups


So I finally got this up. I read a totally of 5 books in June and 1 in July so I decided yeah lets just combined them. So here is my wrap up with short summaries and what I thought. There will be reviews for all of them and not just the three I linked below. Am slowly getting back to reviewing so it will be up soon-ish.

Hunting(su)Rating: 4/5

Series: N/A

Genre: Contemporary/Romance

Reviewed: YES/NO

Summary: He owned her since he was the reason she blew her audition which caused her to lose her place.

I enjoyed this book it had plenty of humor and romance plus a cute ferret added into the mix and yet I wanted more. 

Albert(su)

Rating: 3/5

Series: gaymers-1

Genre: m/m romance

Summary: Two men who are totally opposite bound over a road-trip across country.

Another gay romance that I thought was cute especially with them being on the road in a RV with two dogs. However though the book was cute and I didn’t have many problems with it. It was a meh  read for me.

 

McCormack (fu)

Rating: 3/5

Genre: male/male romance

Reviewed: YES/NO

Summary: story about two men who bound while remodeling a house.

In my review I write how this book was very meh compared to his other books that I’ve readMcMonus (ofil)Rating: 5/5

Genre: YA/Mystery/Thriller/Contemporary

Reviewed: YES/NO

Summary: 5 Kids from different school status get detention and only 4 survive. Now the rest have to deal with being suspects and having everything changing.

Favorite read of June I could not stop listening to the audiobook because I just needed to know more. Yes it is predictable at times however McManus knows how to weave a good mystery together along with friendship and a dash of a romance. PLEASE GO READ IT.

Gaiman (tgb)

Rating: 4/5

Genre: YA/ Paranormal/Horror

Reviewed: YES/NO

Summary: This is the childhood of Bod the orphan who is raised in a graveyard to keep away from a killer.

This book was just his adventure as he grow up with the undead. It was cute because it showed him get lesson from the ghost and go on adventures that got him in trouble. Its my second favorite and highly recommend the audio for its a full cast of fun

Zabo(t)

 

Rating: 3/5

Series: takeover-1

Genre: male/male romance

Reviewed: YES/NO

Summary: It was supposed to be a one night thing on a topical island with no names exchange and that is it. However comes out they meet again with one being the boss. OOPS.

I believe that though this book is cute I had a problem with the reason why one of the guys in the closet. Plus how it seems they could never figure out if they want to be together or not. 

 

There it is the rambles of a this quick overview of the books I’ve read. Thanks for reading and look out for more reviews soon. 🙂

 

BR: Love & Gelato


Author: Jenna Evans Welch

Series: N/A

Genre: Ya/Contemporary

Format: hardback

Page Count: 389

Publisher/Year: Simon Pulse-2016

Summary: “I made the wrong choice.”
Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.
But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.
People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.


I REALLY WANT TO ITALY!!!! I mean I’ve always wanted to go to Italy because am a pasta lover and so it makes sense to go where it was born right. To see Italy through Lina’s eyes and hearing the stories it felt magically.

Another thing I couldn’t help but love is the characters yes there is some I hated and others I thought may not be as bad as I first thought. However Lin.a, Howard, Ren, and Sonia there is other cool characters like Ren family who are funny, and Ren’s group of friends. These are my favorite though.

Lina is our main character and she come’s to Italy after her mothers death to live her father which she’s never know about. Not only that but she lives in a WW2 cemetery that doesn’t help someone grieving. However finding her mothers journal and learning how she spent her year in Italy helped her.

Howard was one of  Lina’s mothers best friend when she came to Italy for college and is Lina’s father. He is such a small town gentleman thanks to his South Carolina roots. He is so understanding about space and enjoys telling stories about history. He also have a sense of humor that I can totally get behind.

Lorenzo or Ren as his friends call him. Ren is the first person to befriend Lina and helps her learn about her mothers past. He is half American and lives in a gingerbread house. Riding around Italy on his little scooter being overly protective of Lina thanks to being afraid of Howard. Just puts a smile on face.

Sonia to be truthful I thought she would be Howards love interest. Instead she’s a friend and there seems to be no love love between them. Which is fine because Lina needed a friend and women influence that Sonia brings to the story.

Loves other than the characters:
This book does a great way of making a person fall in love with Italy by describing the culture/food/and sites that makes people want to go.

The way Ren is afraid of Howard after just one conversation. How Howard kept at it even though he knew Ren was a good guy.

The way Howard and Lina’s relationship was a work in progress.

Dislike:
The fact that there was no easy translation for the Italian words/phases. It would have been nice if there was a back glossary or even a easy translation after it. However most of the time they just go right by it like am supposed to know what there saying. Instead I have to look it up which takes me out of my book for a bit.

Another thing is how predictably it is. The big plot twist wasn’t  a surprise for you can guess at it in the beginning. Also about it being a bit predictable is how Lina is pretty much doing what her mother did relationship wise. Which I won’t say because spoilers.

All in all read this book if you want to learn more about Italy and become very hungry with all the food. Also you learn a bit about its history and stories that make you feel like your there listening to them. This is a great summer read that everyone should try.

BR: Fixer Uppers


Author: Devon McCormack

Series: N/A

Format: kindle

Page Count: 328

Genre: M/M Romance

Publisher: Devon McCormack

Published Year: 2017

Rating: 3/5

Summary:

MIKEY
I’ve never messed around with a guy before. Not that I haven’t been attracted to guys. The opportunity just never came up.
I stand at the front door, naked. My bro’s roomie, Scott, is pissed about how much noise I made with the girl I just escorted out of their apartment, but I figured we were alone, and I couldn’t help that she liked to scream out to let me know she was enjoying herself. Just like I can’t help that the raging boner I have right now is for Scott, not her. I don’t know what it is about the angry glare he’s giving me that turns me on so much, but I just want to tug on his curly brown locks and hear him call out my name as I show him a good time.
Scott doesn’t want anything to do with me. At least, I think that’s the case, but I learn just how wrong I am one night when we wind up tearing each other’s clothes off and racing for the bedroom. He blows my mind…and well, me too. We spend the next few days messing around before I head back to California. That’s supposed to be the end of it. But after my sister makes a crap investment on a rundown house near my bro’s apartment in Atlanta, I jump at the opportunity to help her fix it up. I don’t want her to have to stay with our parents, who I’ve avoided since I left for college–don’t get me started.
Scott volunteers to work on the project too, which gives us plenty of time to have a little fun together. It’s supposed to be about fixing up the house, but the more time I spend with him, the more I realize it’s not the only fixer upper Scott’s working on. He’s doing something to me–making me better. And even though I’m heading back home when this is all over, I don’t want it to end. Because I’m falling for Scott…so hard.


This hurts me for the fact that am a fan of Devon McCormack books after reading three of his other books other and loved them. However this book was missing what I loved about the other books.

I Think my biggest issue is the writing felt off to me. It just felt different from hi other books I’ve read. It was a bit cheesy for me that I had some omg I can’t believe they said that.

I still loved the two main characters Scott and Mickey and have a soft spot for what they went through. They both have family issues that they have to deal with. And they also was each others support system when needed it was sweet. However for a duel POV it was a bit one sided with Mickey being center which is fine since he has the most family issues. However Scott to had some issues that was glimpsed at then wrapped up pretty fast. I would of just liked it to be more equal and seeing more Scott with his family and not just a couple times.

There is somethings I did like about this book. Like the sibling relationship. Mickey may not have the best relationship with his parents however he has a real tight one with his siblings. The building aspect when it actually was getting done was cool with Mickey doing that for a living and being a good teacher to Scott the graphic designer they made a good time.

The romance was a up and down thing to me. Sometimes I was so for it other time it was just straight up cheesy. They seemed to want to just have the relation part but not the ship part. Which is annoying how they kept everything in there head and asked what’s going to happen next their like I don’t know. If they talked about it more it would have been much easier to mange but of course need the drama.

I liked this book for the relationship between Mickey and his sibling and how Mickey and Scott did start to bound. On the other hands it was cheesy read and has lots of weird worded things in it, and the spacing was off. So for your first of these who are first time with these author these should be your first book to read of his. I would recommend Between these Sheets, Filthy Little Secret, and Tight End.  These are the reason I enjoyed the author so much and should be tired out.

Collective July Haul


This is my massive book haul in my favorite formats. No one should be shock by how massive this is because every month its about the same size. Anyway here is all the books I’ve brought in physical/audible/kindle.

Physical Haul: 10

 

Audible Haul: 14

 

kindle Haul: 82

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total number: 101

Those kindle deals are going to be the death of me I swear.

Book Tag: How I Choose My Books


I was looking up some bookish tags and found this one so here is the How I Choose My Books Tag enjoy..

1-Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book? Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

2-Thin of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but why did you read it in the first place? One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

3-Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. How did you discover this book? I don’t have bookshelves or my books so I can’t really choose one.

4-Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it. Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin. A friend on Goodreads finished this book then recommended to me. It was .99 cent so I got it and was totally addicted to it. I actually need to reread it soon because I just remember really enjoying it and not much else.

5-Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube/ book blogs. Did it live up to the hype? I have two for these because I have a disliked and one I love one so here we go.

Loved Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo which I’ve been putting off because I didn’t want to be disappointed and yet ended up loving and reading the second book right after.

Disliked Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. If you watch BookTube on the regular than you know who the booksplosion group is. Well they choose this book and I wanted to participate and ended up hating it.

6-Find a book on your shelves or e-reader  with a one-word title. What drew you to this book? Enclave by Ann Aguirre I was drawn to this book because I just finished another zombie book and was in the mood for more.

7-What book did you discover through a film/ tv adaption? Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion I watched the movie multiple times before I even realized there was a book. Which is so much better than the movie less romance based and more of the zombies vs. the people.

8-Think of your all-time favorite book(s). When did you read these and why did you pick them in the first place. Is this even a question because I’ve talked about this series all the time. The 45th book comes out in  September and that’s the In Death series by J.D. Robb. 45 books not including the novellas yeah am addicted. I discover this series from one of those if you like this then try this type of situation.

So hope you learned a little about how I choose book where in honesty its always a guessing game. If you really want to know how I choose books its kind of like try a chapter except sometimes I go through a lot of books before finding one. Even then I haven’t been good at finishing them.

So yeah let me know how you choose books in the comments below and I’ll try and blog again soon.

June Bookish Haul


 

So here is all the books I’ve brought in June it being physical to kindle and lastly audiobooks. There is a lot so please enjoy..

Physically I finally caved and brought the boxset for the mistborn trilogy. Am proud though since bookoutlet had that 15% sale that I sadly didn’t do. However these are so pretty that I have no regrets.

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Kindle buys was a little more crazy because I love the deals for them. So this is where my buying went a little crazy. However I only brought one book over 3.99 so that’s not bad for me.

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Side note: I’ve read all the Devon McCormack books Between the Sheets and Tight End where 5 stars. However FU: Fixer Uppers was a three.

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Now to my audible buys which wasn’t bad since there is only 7..

So in total I brought:

3-paperbacks

65-kindles

7-audible books

Bringing my total to: 75 and I’ve only read: 5

I want to say I want to go on a ban however I already brought 5 books and its only the first of the month. Yeah no control people. Also am behind on these but don’t know if I should post them. Let me know if you may be interested to see how bad my kindle buying is.

until next time 🙂

Bookish Tag: Mid-Year Book Freak Out


Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

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Best sequel you’ve read so far?

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New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?Saenz(teloml)

Most anticipated release for second half of 2017?

Biggest disappointment?

fixer Upper

Biggest surprise?

McMonus (ofil)

Favorite new author?

Newest fictional crush?

Book that made you cry?

bardugo(ck) (I didn’t actually cry however I was close)

Book that made you happy?

Favorite book to movie adaption you saw this year?

the duff

Favorite review you’ve written this year?

I really liked my One of Us is Lying review even if it seems pretty rambling lol.

Most beautiful book you brought so far this year?

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What book do you need to read by the end of the year?

To dang many to be absolute truthful

So yeah I did a tag and so glad you read and see the few books that’s I’ve read.

Audiobook Review: The Graveyard Book


Author: Neil Gaiman

Narrators: Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margoyles, Andrew Scott, Julian Rhind-Tutt

Length: 8 hrs & 24 mins.

Rating: 4/5

Nobody (Bod) Owen  as a toddler has been raised by ghost after his real family was killed. With the killer is still looking for Bod lucky enough he is protected by his guardian Silas.  This book is Bod journey from toddler to 15 and I loved every second of it. pretty much him growing up and showing stages of his childhood that we all faced at one point.

I loved Bod because he loved to learn by any source. It being from books or by stories he’s always eager to listen and learn. He was such a sweet boy who tries to helpful and respectable to those living or dead. To see him grow up and make friends, go to school, get in trouble was just heart warming to see. Also he has a stubborn and fearless side that makes me want to root for him and call him brave.

Silas is a character that I loved for never sugar coating anything when it comes to Bod.  His role in Bod life is to be able to keep the boy feed since he was the only one who could leave the graveyard. Which made me question what exactly Silas was. Because I don’t think he was a ghost, but he’s lived for a long time. Anyway I still loved him and how he let Bod learn from his mistake while being still being close enough to protect him.

I think my favorite part was having a full cast along with music. It was just plan fun to hear everyone have their own voice with ascents and other things to make the sound unique. So I wasn’t confused. Plus usually I don’t like music with audio’s because it sometimes bugs me. However in
this book it was used to transition from end of chapter to the next one. So it actually helped to tell me when the new one begin.

One thing I didn’t like was the Jack and the reason behind Bod’s families death. It just felt like a easy out and no real explanation of who they really were. Also I knew who was who when Jack and Bod meet up after 13 years of hiding. The whole finally lets say battle scene was pretty cool though how Bod used his years in the graveyard to great use.

I still fully enjoyed this book and happy that I finally got to it. If I had to recommend the book or audiobook I have to say audio with the full cast. Because I believe it brings more fun to the story while we reading through Bod’s childhood. Either way if your a fan or just starting with his work I totally think you should give this a try.

Audible Review: One of Us is Lying


Author: Karen M. McMonus

Narrators: Kim Mai Guest, MacLead Andrews, Shannon McManus, Robbie Daymond

Length: 10 hours & 43 minutes

Rating: 5/5

I didn’t expect much of this book for the fact that its set in a high school. However I was totally into this story from start to finish.We have the breakfast club in the year 2017 and instead of a couple hours having fun in the library they have to deal with a murder they were witness to. So Addy, Bronwyn, Nate, Cooper, and Simon are in dentation that none them believe they deserve. During the time the teacher leaves Simon ends up with what seemed liked a accidental death. But, when it comes out that Simon’s death wasn’t accidently and that he had dirt that he was going to spill about the others starts a investigation in all their lives.

When I first heard the premise I had the question how the heck does one person die in dentation and no one knows what happened. Well I got that solved for me  pretty quickly and have to say it was smart way to get it done. Especially if you want to frame the other people in the room.

The other breakfast clubbers I enjoyed especially with each of them getting their own narrators. At first I’ll admit I didn’t know who was who but as the story continued I feel for each character in their own special way. Addy who was pretty much a arm accessory for her jock of a boyfriend grew the most for me. For after all the dirt came out (which of course it did their in high school) Addy went from the top to the bottom real fast. Yes she cried for the lost however she bounced back like a boss, and showed her more independent side. I love how Bronwyn became a little detective, and how she used all her smarts to figure out who really did Simon in. Cooper is the all American good boy who tries to please everyone and I just love how southern he is. I kind of guessed what his secret is and I was more than okay with it. Then we have our bad guy Nate who has a hard life and doesn’t care about much. However as the book process you see that he isn’t as hard as he means himself to be. I think he’s just precious. Each of them grew throughout the book and am glad they didn’t take what was happening laying down.

When you found out the whys and motto I didn’t expect, and the other twist behind everything took me by surprise as well. Though it does make sense for how the character acted. However I never expected that or how it got all wrap up. But I loved it all and so glad how it ended.

Also there is a romance between two of the four which I simply loved through out because it started slow and steady until the end and I loved every minute of it. And can I say I cared for some of the parents, but loved their siblings. For though some of the parents were understanding yet gave them a hard time. The siblings where always supportive of their older sibling.

This is Karen M. McManus debut novel and I will be reading more of her books in the future if she keeps writing like this. So I highly recommend this for young adult reader who like a bit of mystery to there stories. The friendship and sibling love is really big in these book with a dash of a sweet romance. So please read and let me know what you think.

Overdue Book Haul


So like my wrap ups for the months I’ve been behind on book hauls. Probably because am supposed to be on a book buying ban, but am to much of a nerd to not keep buying them. And this isn’t even showing my kindle books.

PROTOSTAR & SUPERNOVA by Braxton A. Cosby I got for free from the author for an honest review. Which makes me feel bad that I haven’t finished either.

GLIDED CAGE by Vic James I won thanks to a goodreads giveaway which was a totally surprise to achieve in the mail.

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The next three picture are from two different book outlet orders. 17 hardbacks along with 5 paperback. I have only read Gemina and me wanting an actually copy of the book.

So here is my overdue book haul and more will be coming soon because I love buying books even if I don’t read them right away.