EB-REVIEW: Belonging Trilogy by A.M. Arthur


These are m/m romances of all the friends who fall in love. Each man has issues that the books deal with as they slowing form friendships that lead to romance.

Arthur(nst)

No Such Thing:

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Alessandro has come back to help his foster mother, while Jamie is finally living a life after being sick for a long time. With a bit of luck Alessandro gets hired at Jamie’s sisters shop busting tables and bringing out orders. Which leads to both men seeing each other daily. So when it comes out that Jamie is unexperienced thanks for him being sick. Alessandro strikes a  deal to help him out as long as it stays in a teaching situation. However of course it doesn’t work that way. Because Alessandro is a little bit more hard headed, and very  protective of  Jamie while also letting him experience in a safe place. Which Jamie feels he can because Alessandro is there to protect if needed. I love that they understand each other and that they grew together. Even though the outside world brings lots of drama some being from Alessandro’s foster brother and a old class mates secret. While Jamie deals with hate for being gay that works out and just bring them closer.

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Maybe This Time:

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As a regular at Pot of Gold Ezra is known as pretty much a one stand man, and as a bartender Donner have seen and heard all about Ezra’s antics. That was until a chance meeting in the bathroom Erza has now set his eyes on Donner whose hesitant. It was supposed to be a one night thing however it doesn’t work out that way and they try to work toward something more. Something I love most about this book is how opposite Donner and Ezra is personality wise. Donner is more the quiet type who is trying to start dating after losing his partner. Then there’s Ezra whose out and proud who is also have
a huge wall up that is hard for him to let Donner in which of course cause problems. Yet slowly and with lots of love and patience.

Arthur(sby)

Stand By You:

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Romy & Brendan are everything. This is a story of Romy who is trying to come to terms to what he went through and try to get back to some what normal. Which Romy has plenty of support especially from Brendan who is a silent support. I love how the relationship of Romy & Brendan started for it was friendship for most of the book. Then grow slowly to them having more stronger feelings for each other. This is Brendan’s first real gay relationship and this is the first time Romy went into a relationship where sex isn’t a major factor. So it was really something to watch them learn how to be together since neither have before. They have lots going against them including Romy’s PSTD, crazy ex’s, and keeping each other honest. Plus the others from the belong trilogy are present and a wonderful support system for my boys.

All these books star two different boys yet has the prior couples in them being supportive and giving advice. This whole triogy I give them 4 stars and highly recommend.

 

2017 Reading Survey


How many books did you read? Did you meet your goal? 128. I bypassed my goal.
Most read genre? m/m romance
Longest and shortest books you read. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire & Getting Hitched
Favorite book published in 2017? Tate by Ella Frank it was a beautiful ending to the story.
Favorite debut book in 2017? One Us is Lying Karen McManus
Favorite book not published this year? Crossroad by Riley Hart
A book that lived up to the hype. The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre
A book that did NOT live up to the hype. Honor Girl
Book that felt like the biggest accomplishment? Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I never thought I would get through this book but I finally di it this year.
Favorite character. Logan from the temptation series. He is just humorous and straight to the point that I simply loved him.
Least favorite character. the grownups in Honor Girl
Most shocking book/moment. Hunted by Megan Spooner.
Favourite couple/OTP. Eve Dallas and Roarke from the in death series
The best written book you read this year. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Book that you pushed the most people to read in 2016. Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Favorite  book cover of the year. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Favorite adaptation. Wonder
What book made you cry the most? The Others by Ann Bishop
What book made you laugh the most? Off Campus by Elle Kennedy
A new favorite author you discovered this year. Jenn Bennett
Guilty pleasure read of the year. Darker by EL. James
Favorite book you re-read this year. The Prisoner of Azkaban
Were you happy with your reading year? What will you do different in 2018? My best year yet and hoping that I’ll get another great reading month.

October Wrap Up


So I thought I’ve done this but apparently I haven’t and its the end of November before I actually checked. Anyway here’s the 16 books I’ve read in the October. These are pretty much all audio reads because that’s all I’ve been able to listen to lately.

THE PLAY MATE & THE HOUSE MATE- Kendall Ryan (roommates 2&3) 

These books are meh to me and some of it bugged me how the characters acted and I could not connect to them which is probably why I don’t remember much of these books. 3 out of 5.

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ROOMHATE- Penelope Ward

This was a hate to love story and it was such a wild ride. I have a full review on my goodreads and blog post. Just so you know this book is a fun ride and I give it a 5 out of 5.

CHEATER & CHEATER REGRET-Rachel Van Dyken (curious liaisons-1&2)

This took me by surprise and I loved them so much. Cheater is about having a different women everyday a week. Then trying to have a second chance with someone who really pissed off about the past. Then we have the best friends from the first book trying to get past the ending of the first book. This has revenge and cheating and trying to get over the past. I love that Avery and Austin are food junkies and that Lucas and Thatch know that they can get the girls to listen because of that. Plus I felt that the commutation in the Cheater’s was done will because they talked it out. Not so much in Regret because Thatch was hiding his past from Austin. Still watching them go back and forth on pranks/revenge tactics was fun. Both get a 5 out of 5.

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The Shadow Cipher-Laura Ruby (York-1)

This is the first middle school book I’ve read in awhile and it makes my heart full This is three children who try to fight to save there apartment building. How three middle school be able to travel around New York to look for clues I don’t know. I have a full review on Goodreads and blog post. 4 out of 5. 

WRITTEN IN RED/MURDER OF CROWS/VISIONS IN SILVER/MARKED IN FLESH/ETCHED IN BONE- Anna Bishop (The Others 1-5)

I still can’t believe that I finished this in one month, especially since this books are big. However I was addicted as hell to the storyline not so much the story ,but the characters are my favorite parts. They grow from the paranormal grows from dealing with humans at arms length to actually helping them as things hit the fan. All thanks to Meg. As a whole I give the series 4 out of 5.

ROYALLY SCREWED & ROYALLY MATCHED-Emma Chase (Royally- 1&2)

These were just fun reads of two brothers following in love with women they didn’t think they would fall for. First we have Nicholas who went to New York to find his brother however ends up drunk at a bakery with a smart mouth owner. Then we have Henry who is a party boy who believes he’ll never be what his grandmother and brother expect of him. So he decides to sign up for a show like that introduced him to his bookworm. Both books they start off on a bad foot, and there was so many hurt feelings. The thing I like the most is that even if they have hurt feelings they talk about it. It doesn’t resolve right away but at least not everything is bottled up. I have one more book in this trilogy and I can’t wait to get it sometime soon. Both stories I give it 4 out of 5. 

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GIRL IN 6E- A.R. Torre (Deanna Madden-1)

This book took me by surprise with its multiple POV’s and how this book was mild on the creepiness. Which worked for me since I don’t do scary things. Plus I found out a lot about cam girls, and the type of people who signed up. Also I didn’t think there will be more elements other than the cam thing. However I also got a bit of romance. Mystery, kidnapping, and a road trip of sort. So yeah I would like to continue with this trilogy. 5 out of 5. 

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GEEKERELLA- Ashley Poston 

How this book reminds me so much of the Cinderella story with a more geeky moments. It was so cute and had one of my favorite troupe secret exchanges. More please. Yes we have the evil stepmother who makes her stepdaughter life a living hell. I enjoyed that not both stepsisters mean to Elle. Vic-Con element that was started by Elle’s dad and she is going back to her nerdy roots. Also I loved that there is a lesbian couple. This book made me laugh and smile more times that I know I’ll be reading it again someday. 5 out of 5.

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HUNTED-Megan Spooner 

This is not a total beauty and beast retelling it has more a fantasy where Beauty is more a hunter then a bookworm. We get glimpse into the beast by dairy entries. Also she has siblings and I guess the best part there is no Gaston. All the secondary characters are likable and you feel for them.  Plus the friendship between Beauty and the Beast was sweet especially since she was so pissed in the beginning and Beast was resigned. The twist that happens in this book am on the fence of because I didn’t realize it until the end. And I kind of feel like I should have known but glad that I didn’t.  4 out of 5.

So although this is super late because am the worst book blogger every.

Audiobook: RoomHate


Author: Penelope Ward

Series: n/a

Format: audible

Narrator: Zoe McKay

Length: 9h/3m

Rating: 5/5

Summary: Amelia and Justin where childhood best friends until a misunderstanding made her leave him behind. That was until Amelia’s grandmother passed away and left her house to both of them. And now have to spend the summer with the boy she left behind along with his girlfriend. Awkward.

My Thoughts:

And it kept going and I couldn’t stop listening and so finished it in a day.

Justin though was a bastard in the beginning I still loved him because hello bad boys make me just a happy reader. While Amelia just want to talk to Justin to settle there differences and maybe become friends again. However Justin wants nothing to do with her. The battle in the beginning had me pause my audiobook because I couldn’t handle it. Laughter and smiling like a lone makes you have weird looks. Then as they slowly went into friendship mode and the slow burn I lived for.

Let me just say this book had no cheating. I know I was shocked and very happy that Penelope didn’t take that route. Because yes there was some sexual tension and long looks between Justin and Amelia however they respected Jill enough not to act on it. I loved Jill to and would love a spin off for to have a happy ending. Because she became friends with Amelia when Justin was being a bully. So yes for her story and have Justin and Amelia costar.

Another thing I loved the development of this book. It wasn’t just the summer and they reconnected and end there’s no there was more. The setting was cute in the way that the house was on a little island. So small town along with living on the water. This was such a realistic way that a relationship should develop especially with the history they have. It had to go slow and work the way up to more and I got that with this book and was surprised.

The narrator Zoe McKay did a wonderful job at telling the story in both voices. Plus mainly you get the story in Amelia’s voice and in the epilogue you get Justin. Which kind of sucks because there are parts I would have loved read through Justin’s view.

Other than that I loved this story and highly recommend to anyone who loves childhood friends who get a second chance at something more.

The House Cup Reading Challenge


Hosted by

Lauren from Lauren of Live, Love, Read

Kelsey from Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf

Alex from Book Daisy Reviews

Erica from Escape Under the Cover

The House Cup Reading Challenge runs from Sunday, October 15, to Sunday, November 12. During this challenge, you will progress from a first-year to seventh-year Hogwarts student by completing seven books on your TBR list. In addition to the main challenge, you will have opportunities to earn even more points by participating in the themed bonus challenges and tweeting with the challenge hashtag on Twitter. But more on that later! To sign-up and find out more about the challenges visit one of the hosts blogs.

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Name: Chelsea

Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw

Wind Type: cypress wood,unicorn hair, 10 3/4 in length, surprisinly swishy flexibility

Pet: barn owl

Favorite Subject: charms

Favorite Teacher: Minerva McGonagall

 

My Challenge:

Gryffindor: Read a book with an epic hero/heroine-THE GREAT HUNT
Hufflepuff: Read a book that contains a strong friendship-
Ravenclaw: Read a book that revolves around a mystery-SLEEPING GIANTS
Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world-
Astronomy Class: Read a book set in outer space-STARFLIGHT
Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book that features an animal or magical/mythical creature-
Tri-Wizard Tournament: Read a book that includes a competition-CARAVAL
Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers-TOUCH OF POWER
Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain-
Platform 9 3/4: Read a book that features travel-
Time Turner: Read a book set in the future or past
Fantastic Beasts: Read a spin-off to a beloved series
Dumbledore’s Army: Buddy-read a book with a friend or group

I want to do as many as I can so well see how this goes. If you have suggestions on some other books for the challenges please let me know in the comments thanks.

 

September Wrap Up


21. That’s the number of books I’ve read in the month of September. I’ve been listening to audiobooks then actual reading physical books isn’t working for me currently. So here’s all I’ve read in September

Hitched Trilogy & The Fix UP by Kendall Ryan

Hitched vol. 1-3 should been just one book so that the audiobooks would have been cheaper to get. Especially since they had cliffhangers. Then we have The Fix UP which is a spin off to Hitched but about the best friends of there’s. I enjoyed The Fix Up more for the reason it was just one book. Plus if there was a misunderstanding they talked it out instead of dragging it out. Another plus Sterling had a accent which sounded beautifully on audio.

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco  (ya/ historical /mystery)

3/5. A bit slow and guessing who the Jack was I had it down to two and was right. However I loved Audrey Rose and the banter she had with her love interest. Also this was historical fiction where women are supposed to ladies and yet Audrey wants nothing to do with it.

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Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett (summertime contemporary)

4/5. It was about email exchange which of course yes. I loved the relationships in this book. I loved that Porter and Mink had a hate to more relationship. Didn’t like that who Alex was revealed so early. Or that there was no sign of Minks mom. It was some what explained however was some what open ended.

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Secret in Death (in death #45) by J.D. Robb (mystery/romance)

5/5. Every book in the death series a full star because I love this series. Wish there was more of my favorite side characters instead of glimpse of them. However something finally comes to light that I have been waiting for awhile now. Can’t wait until next year for the next one.

Temptation series by Ella Frank (m/m)

I read all the books that are currently out. 1-4 of them where audiobook while the last one hasn’t came out yet. I loved all the audiobooks the narrator Shannon Gunn does very well with male voices. So far the whole series I give 4 stars. For its about a straight male who just got out of a marriage and is being courted by a another man. This whole series is about excepting of oneself and family issues about those chooses. I love Tate and Logan. Forewarning though every book has a cliffhanger you’ve been warn.

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Depth of Field by Riley Hart  (m/m romance)

4/5.Shane & Maxwell doesn’t have the best past where Shane was greatly bullied by Maxwell and his friends. However years later Maxwell comes back after living right after high school and rock Shane’s world. I loved how slow they took to become more especially since they have such a ugly and hurtful past. Once they work that out though it was still a tough road and I loved it.

Kage Trilogy by Maris Black

3/5. Each book had a element of the reporter and the boxer. Its a trilogy about there struggles with long distance, jealous, dark past, and mafi elements in each story. The whole trilogy is pretty short and if listening to them in 2x can finish each in a day. Plus another book trilogy that has cliffhanger ending just so you know.

 The Royal Series by Erin Watt (new adult romance/ bad boys)

4/5. I know a lot of people dislike this book however I ate them up. Especially since it had a family of bad boys which I have a really soft spot for. Plus Ella was a bad ass all by herself. She was put into this family pretty much against her will and the boys where just demons to her. However she never backed down from those or those in her new prep school. The whole school situation was missed up. For it is ruled by the students and the teachers can be paid off. I need the to read the spinoff but not all the books are out so am waiting because I know there are cliffhangers.

Zapata (twow&m)

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata  (sports romance)

3/5. This has a hate to love relationship between employee for her boss. For though Vanessa has worked and hated her employer Aiden never seem to care. Except if it has to do with working out and his career. That was until Vanessa has enough and quit and Aiden needs her help. This was a over 600 page book which was okay in audiobook however for most of it nothing really happened.

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Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward (reconnection/long-distance/romance)

3/5. This was a cute story of old friendship reconnecting thanks to a drunk call. I loved how cute this story was and wish it was a bit longer. I feel like there was loose ends that I would like to see resolved and not just mentioned in the epilogue.

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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren  (ya/coming of age/mm)

4/5. I can see a lot my own personality in Tanner especially when it comes to laziness and process of writing a book. Though I didn’t fully understand the religious aspect of this book especially it being set in such a religious setting. Also we have mostly Tanner Point of view, however Sabastian does it one with a different voice which threw me. I’ll have a better review later am still thinking on it.

So yeah here’s my ramble review and hopefully I’ll have some reviews up that make a bit more sense later on. Thanks if you made it though and see you next time with my haul for September.

 

 

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: 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.

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.

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.