BR: Out Of the Shadow


Author: Ashlee Nicole Bye 

Series: Shadowlands-1

Format: Kindle

Publisher: Huntuzie Press-2017

Page Count: 337

Rating: 3/5

Summary: 

Nobody ever said death would be easy…

From the streets of Melbourne to the bowels of Westminster, the delicate balance between life and death that is so painstakingly maintained by the reapers of The Order of Dark and Light is being tested by the return of an ancient threat. Tensions are rising within the hidden world of The Shadowlands and if this threat is not contained war will be inevitable. And the destruction of the human world is bound to follow in its wake.

Amidst this tension, eighteen year-old Sachi Manning is struggling to cope with the grief and guilt that has plagued her ever since her best friend was murdered six months earlier—that is, until she spots him seemingly alive and well and being held at scythe point by a hooded figure who looks more like a GQ model than the Grim Reaper.

Sachi shouldn’t be able to see through the glamours that shield Shadowlanders from the human world, so the reaper in question wants some answers. And so begins the craziest couple of weeks of Sachi’s life as she is drawn into a world of mysteries, magic, monsters, and mayhem, encountering dragons, faeries, soul-sucking demons, not-so-grim reapers, and even the Horseman of Death.

My Thought

I was sent this for an honest review and for me it was meh.

I really enjoyed the concept of the book it being where reapers have a secret society among the humans and there are different jobs for each of them. Some are trackers who keeps the order than there are those who actually plan out when someone will die. Which has became a problem since there are people who where supposed to accidents turn into murdered. So its up to the trackers to find out who is messing up the order of things.

Beside that mystery we have Sachi who is trying to still get her life together after her best friend was murder a couple years ago. She currently live with her brother and feels safe in her little bubble that she’s made for herself. But of course that doesn’t last when she unknown can see through the veil which start drama.

This book has a slow burn type of feel and it jumps around a lot to different characters. Which sometimes confused me because I either forgot who some are or get introduced to new ones and get there backstory. The characters themselves where nothing special to me. I didn’t attach to any of them, which isn’t something that usually happens with me.

I dont think am in the right mind set for this book because its very detailed based and am currently not it the head space for it. I want to revisit this book again later to see if my opinions has changed. However I do recommend to those who enjoy Shadowhunter but with this one it has reapers.

BR: A Little Bit Like Love// male/male second chance romance


Author: Brooke Blaine

Series: South Haven-1

Page Count: 278

Format: Kindle

Summary:

My Thoughts:

This is a duel POV of Jackson and Lucas who meet at a all boy school became friends and started feeling more. However Jackson disappear and it takes him 8 years to come back. But coming back they find out that they have changed while still being highly attracted to each other.

The Boys:

Jackson and Lucas had such a rough reunion and moments afterward. Since Jackson wants to explain unfortunate for him Lucas doesn’t want to hear it. How much work the both have to do start talking and being open. It was a roller-coaster. Which to come find out both where tricked by Jackson’s dad so that they would never see each other.

Disliked:

Lets talk about his father for a moment. There was plenty of times I yelled at my phone because he was simply a bastard. Not only did he twist the situation 8 years ago to keep them away from each other. But also the way he talked to Jackson pissed me off which is the ending was one of my favorite part.

Favorite:

On a more positive note I LOVED Shaw and Bash and simply wanted more of them. There best friends to Lucas and try to be the voice of reason type role. Shaw is the one you go to for a tattoo or a drink, but gives great advice without asking. Then there is Bash who you need for a bad day while also being a cutthroat when needed. I loved them both so much that I just want more.

Plus its based in Safe Haven which is a small southern town where everyone knows everyone and there secrets. However this small town is somewhere I really would love to visit. Or any small town would do.

So this book took me by surprise and I couldn’t stop reading it. So I just the next book come out now so I can revisit this small town with there southern charm. While following some of favorite guys fall in love.

Also reading this has completed my goodreads challenge of reading 50 books. How my reading has been of late I had to take it down from 100 to 50 and even then I wasn’t sure if I would get that. So from now until Dec 31st am set. 

Has anyone else hit there goodreads goal yet or have you changed it to go higher or lower? Let me know in the comments along with any book recommentions about small towns. m/m romance because I haven’t gotten enough yet. second chance loves.

Until next time bye 🙂

BR: Rebel of the Sands


Title: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Series: The Rebel of the Sands-1
Publisher: Viking Books-2016
Format: Hardback/Audiobook
Page Count: 314/ 9 hrs. 31mins
Narrator: Soneela Nankani
Rating: 4/5

Summary: Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female. 

Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

PRO’S:
The writing was beautiful. The way that Hamilton describe things just made me want to highlight all the passages. Especially when listening to it because Soneela Nankani has a beautiful storyteller voice that brings the images more real.

The Dev’s Valley ran like a wound deep into the skin of the desert, a shallow river exposed vein at the bottom. -189

This book gripped me from the first because I loved how tough Amani is and how hard she worked to changing her life. She wasn’t going to be like all the other girls in her small town. Amani taught herself how to shoot and raised money to get out of her uncle’s thumb and I have to give her props for that. The smart mouth on Amani and how quick she is with her comments while having a smile on her face. From the first paragraph, I could tell that Amani is going to be a straight up badass and I was right.

“I’m looking for a man.”
“Funny, most men round here are looking for a woman.”-16%

You stole it first. If you hadn’t set such a bad example, maybe I would’ve never stolen your broken compass.”-36%

The humor between Jin and Amani is so adorable. They both are quick with a comment and are sarcastic which I totally get behind.

“You’re too smart to play dumb, Bandit.”
“You’re mistaking my playing dumb for my thinking you’re an idiot for wanting a beat-up compass”-36%

“I don’t mean to worry you and all,” I said, trying to keep my voice calm, “but have you noticed that you’ve been shot?” “Ah.” Looking at him closer now, I could see he was clutching the counter to stay upright. “I’d almost forgotten about that.”-18%

I could predict Jin’s secret so when that was revealed I wasn’t surprise. Jin was supposed to be this mystery who’s that guy type of thing, but it didn’t really work on me. I loved though that he didn’t try to stop Amani from being herself.

However, when Amani twist came I was actual surprised. I probably should have seen it coming, but since I didn’t I had a bit of a shock. Plus, the tag on the cover that says she’ll always be more gunpower than girl. The desert has other plans. Is very true once you read the book.
Disliked:
Something I didn’t like about Amani is her breaking promises. She left her best friend to suffer and promises herself she won’t break another and does it anyway. Which came back to bite her as things like this usually happened. But then when she had the option to leave Jin after he is injured Amani stays with him.

Currently there is no love triangle which is a relief and how it carries onto the second book.
Which because there wasn’t a cliffhanger I can wait a bit before I pick up the next book. Not that I didn’t enjoy the ending, and that there isn’t question I need answered. I just have plenty of books to read currently first.

BR: Tell Me Three Things


Author: Julie Buxbaum

Series: N/A

Publisher: Delacorte Press-2016

Format: hardback

Page Count: 328

Rating: 4/5

Summary: Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved.

FIRST THOUGHTS:

a contemporary that I actually liked based in a high school who would have thought. I don’t do much contemporaries because there predictable and can be very much drama base. However this book though had the drama and predictable nature of a contemporary I couldn’t stop reading it.

For one thing to see Jessie as she struggles with all the fact that her dad remarried when she didn’t even know he was dating again. The whole move from her small town to a place like CA where you meet her new stepmom and stepbrother. To going to a new school full of rich kids have a awkward start and it not getting much better. Jessie was feeling so alone especially since her best friend Scar was back home and her dad pretty much left Jessie to fend for herself. I could feel her struggle of trying to fit in a new place and my heart went out to her.

Pros:

So I love messages between characters. Especially if its a secret one which is probably why this part kind of reminded me of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens. SN always knew who Jessie was and was trying to be helpfully by giving her the tools to survive school.

How Jessie goes all Spy Kids trying to go through the boys she meet and connect them to their online conversations. It was even more fun when her friends got involved and was going over the pros and cons with her.

The friendship being realistic Jessie makes new friends in CA while still keeping contact with Scarlet back home. I loved how Buxbaum showed the struggles of long distance friendships because it can be hard for both people. And they talked about it instead of just drifting apart and never speaking again. Then we have the two different friendships that become one.

The meaning behind title was one of my favorite parts and couldn’t help but think how cute this method is to get to know someone. To watch the romance between SN the online verison along with the in person SN was cute. How Jessie was falling for both and didn’t know it, and was thinkin it was someone else. Fun times.

How her and her stepbrother bounded from not speaking to each other to actually him having her back. Theo was a funny character and I just wanted more of him.

Love that she found a place among books to work. Do you know how much of a dream it would be if I could be surrounded by books all day and get paid.

Negative:

How I knew who the love interest was way to soon. Which is weird since I can’t predict a mystery plot very well however who the mystery love interest is I get. Which isn’t to say am disappointed in who SN is because am not. It would have been better to length it out a bit.

That there wasn’t more family moments between Jessie’s blended family. There was plenty between the stepsiblings but nothing between the parents and the kids that made it look like they’ll work it out.

The bullying I don’t know why Jessie was targeted and it went on forever. At first it was name calling and under breathe comments. But then it got physically, and nothing really happens about it. I could of done with these parts.

I didn’t like how long it took Jessie to tell her father off. I get that she wanted to make him happy by making it seem that the whole situation didn’t bother her. However I felt that she should have blown sooner.

The how it played out wasn’t my favorite for the big reveal either. I could have probably seen it coming and I actually laughed at how awkward that must have been. But it worked out and now SN & Jessie are together without the use of a secret.

Tell Me Three Things is something to pick up if your into the secret relationship along with some real things happening as well. Its cute and recommended for those contemporary lovers out there.

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.