Book Review: Collide


Author: Riley Hart

Series: Blackcreek-1

Format: kindle

Genre: m/m romance

Page Count: 332

Rating: 5/5

Summary: This is about two best friends reunion after 17 years apart. Noah and Cooper where best friends after colliding for the same football when they were 10. Then after three years later Noah’s family disappear without a word to anyone. Now both grown they meet up with another collusion this time evolving a truck. Which starts a new friendship.

Which doesn’t go down smoothly when Noah tells Cooper that he’s gay. Its a adjustment at first but they fall into the easy rhythm of friendship until it became more. I liked how Cooper became conflicted about his feelings since he’s been a women’s man all his life. Then there’s Noah who won’t push and hope that through all this they can stay friends. This book was like a mini roller coaster that just got better as I kept reading.

 

Cooper is a fireman who does it to honor his parents who died in a fire themselves. He grew up with his Uncle and Aunt who he respect a lot however doesn’t really fit with them. Then we have Noah whose family moves for a new beginning all his life. However they pretty much meet back up in the same way they first meet. So it was like a full circle thing.

The whole hot and cold moments in this book reminds me of a sitcom that was just fun with popcorn.Especially since Cooper has never thought of a guy like until Noah came back into his life. All books should start with a solid friendship even if they haven’t seen each other oh lets say 17 years.

There is plenty of drama and not all of it was due with the fact they where together. However the past plays plenty in this book and I still loved their story.

Book Review: Crossroads


Author: Riley Hart

Series: crossroads-1

Genre: m/m romance

Format: kindle book

Page Count: 340

Rating: 5/5

Summary: Nick is a recent divorce who owns his own restaurant While Bryce likes to fix cares while also pretending to be in a fake relationship with his best friend to keep his mother happy. They bounded over a share backyard and being able to become friends. However that changed slowly over the time that they spent together.

+POSTIVE:
I really enjoyed this book. How it started as a friendship first then slowly turned into something else. The humor between Bryce and his family who are laid back and are just great to hangout with.

Bryce and Christi is my favorite friendship. The humor between them and how they get along is just goals. Also Christi herself the way she would tease Bryce by calling Nick the hot next door neighbor. She was a comedy relief that worked for the purpose in this book.

Also I love the sibling on both side of the guys families. How they were supportive, while also being honest about things they didn’t want to hear.

The writing went steady and how the story was told kept me interested which is the reason I finished it in one day.
-NEGATIVES:
things that bothered me was the fact that I didn’t always know who’s POV I was in. It took me a bit to figure if Bryce or Nick was talking. Also Nicks mom bothered me in how old fashion she was. She believes that a women’s place is home rising the kids and making the man happy. It bothered me that she thinks so old ways that I couldn’t really like her.
Overall:
So glad this book makes me smile by how everything started from friendship and realistic in how it was told. Plus this is the first in a series that don’t follow the  Nick and Bryce but am still excited to continue on.

Kindle Haul: Two Weeks Worth


Dates: February 6-19 

Out of all these I only full priced the Empress of a Thousand Skies and Valiant. The others are from kindle deals that I couldn’t say no to.

2017 release:

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Audible Haul:

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Audio/Kindle:

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Grouped by authors:

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And the rest of them:

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totally missed last Sunday so just bonded the two weeks. I’ll get back to regular next week to make a huge haul. Hope everyone is enjoying there weekend and let me know if you kindle deal. Or other ways you get good bookish deals. 🙂

Audio Review: A Monster Calls


Author: Patrick Ness

Narrated by: Jason Issacs

Format: audiobook

Length: 3hrs/59mins

Publisher: Walker Books

Rating: 5/5

Summary:

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

My Thought:

You can learn plenty from this short book by any format. How by listening to the 3 hours and 59 minute audio book has so much heart and emotion in it. Going in blind is smart since all I knew about this book before reading it was that there was a monster and lot of people cried while reading it. Though my eyes stayed dry I can see how this beautiful written story can bring that to people.
Its about how Conor has to deal with a lot of things happening to him, and how a magic monster tree is there to help in a way by telling him three stories. I didn’t know if the monster was good or bad because some moments had me question him. However by the end I knew that he is either and there to help Conor to learn his truth.

The audiobook was really good. It had a storyteller voice where you just can sit for hours and listen to the person speak. It made more of impact because you can hear through the narrator all the feelings that Conor is going through as he’s dealing with what is happening. Highly recommend it.

One thing I would have liked is that since it was a short book I would have loved a epilogue to know what happen next. To know if Conor is okay and if he made up with other people in these book. It would have been nice to have that last bit of closer is all.

Oh that ending it was heartbreaking, and just beautiful done for the topic that this book was written about. I can’t wait to watch the movie and see how this is brought to the big screen.  Read and enjoy just be warned that if your a crier your going to cry, and even if your not it will still make you feel the story.

Book Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik


Format: paperback/audible

Narrator: Julia Emelin

Page Count/Length: 17hrs & 44mins/435

Publisher: Del Rey

Summary: Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows – everyone knows – that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

My Thoughts:

There is plenty to enjoy in this book if taken slowly, because this has its ups and downs. So time to list my thoughts out on how this book effected me.

The Ups:
+I love Dragon. He is such a sarcastic character, and also he’s known as a great wizard yet he doesn’t show off about it. Also he’s a major bookworm so that’s always a perk to me. He keeps the woods from taking over everything, and seemed very serious at times. However when needed he helped Agnieska when she ask or lets her do her own thing. He is also a perfection while Agnieska is his total opposite.
+I highly enjoyed Dragon and Agnieszka interactions especially when he was teaching her magic.
+The fact that Agnieszka does magic differently from the other wizards. She pretty much took what Dragon tried to teach her, and make it her own. loyalty that Agnieszka has for her town, her family, and her friendship with Kasia. Her first and last thought always go to others than her own. Yes she did get scared however she still showed lots of backbone when things got tough.
+Kaisa is such a selfish less character. Yes she has her dark moments however she gets over it pretty quickly. Also she does have a backbone and not afraid to look people in the eye. Kaisa becomes quit a badass later on in the book making her my favorite over the main character.
+How the woods was the portrayed as the evil thing haunting these land. Its not just one place but can effect all the kingdoms. Watching Agnieszka and her friends fight it and its creatures got really dark and just made me want to see how they got out of it.
+The pace made sense to me though yes it did have some slow moment which is a good use of the audible to get through it faster. Also the ending with how they tamed the woods and what get the where are they now was satisfying.

The Downs:
-I didn’t like the romance how little it actually was. It just seemed like a after thought something to just put in. I said this because when it happen it was short moment and then it was never talked about.
-Also Ageniesza seemed a little obsessed with her best friend Kasia. It maybe for the fact that she was pretty much her only friends. However as much as I love really good friendships it did get a little over done for me.
-I hated the court life, and how two face everyone is. I didn’t start liking it until shit hit the fan and events afterward. I couldn’t wait until they got back to the valley.
-Disliked Marek and hated Falcon. Marek is really self centered to me and though he does have some good moments. He shows that selfishness in the next instant. I get he’s motive however it really blinded him along with wanting to fight all the time. Then we have Falcon and he’s such a peacock who is a big shot at court. However he’s like that because he is a butt kisser and likes to take credit. I didn’t like him at all and wished more happened to him.
-Names are not my thing which is why I did the whole listen and audible book it. Not only was the names hard to pronounce but some run together for the men names. Especially when they dropped their wizard names and use their real names.

Love/hate:
+-This book is a 17 hours listen so I thought listening to it would help me get through it a bit faster. However I found myself reading the physical book more than listening to the audible. As much as I love ascents this one was not my favorite. Plus how she read it was slow talking, and just something I couldn’t get behind 100%.
+-Also I kept forgetting that this is a very light retelling of Beauty and the Beast. When I did read a part or a character reminded me of someone from the retelling it was a awe moment. However I forget until the next moment.

This book took me forever however I kept up with it because I simply enjoyed this fairytale story. I did have ups and downs with this book and glad to have finally read it.

Kindle Sunday Haul


This is so late so its just going to be pictures. Going to keep myself accountable for my addiction:)

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So there you go these are consist of new releases. continuing on books that I haven’t even read the first one. Plus squeal that you did read the first book but didn’t know if you wanted to continue. Wanting another format because why not for cheap. Plus some standalones that didn’t sound bad that’ll probably seat for awhile.

Until next time have a good week 🙂