I will come back, that’s for sure. I’m starting to miss writing reviews and reading others’ reactions to books.
I’m not missing the drama in the book comunity though.
There are a few things I have to change in my life right now, but I will come back. Yay? I still don’t know how long I’ll be on vacation, but please stay with me.
Are there any books I just have to check out?
I have this blog since June, 2nd. And I think it’s time to step back a little. Also I have lots of work for uni and I am looking for a job right now. I gotta set priorities and sadly this is just a hobby – an exhausting one at the moment.
There is one post scheduled for an arc review on may, 31st. Just so you know. Because I don’t know how long this vacation is going to be. After I’ve set a new time table (and that I can do only after I’ve found a new job and know the hours).
I think I’ll re-read some books an my shelf. Without any time pressure.
I want to come back.
Series: SPECTR (book 2)
Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance, Paranormal
Rating: 5/5 stars
Cover: Fits the first one
Trigger warnings: suicide attempt
Description: Caleb Jansen’s old life is in ruins after being possessed by the vampire spirit Gray. Now all Caleb wants is for Gray to be exorcised so he can adjust to living as a registered paranormal. Instead, District Chief Kaniyar of SPECTR offers him a new choice: be locked away for public safety, or come work for the very agency he’s spent years trying to avoid. The only good thing to come from Caleb’s possession is his relationship with federal exorcist John Starkweather, but even that seems doomed to end before it can really begin.
John’s newest case is a nightmare: someone is summoning demons and forcing them to possess women and boys snatched from the streets of Charleston. If his team can’t find the summoner soon enough, the possessions will become permanent, transforming the victims into ghouls. To make matters worse, he barely prevents Gray from feeding on their only lead.
Can John shield his heart from Caleb, who only seems interested in a temporary hook-up? Can Caleb keep Gray under control while they hunt for the summoner? Or will the cost of solving the case be higher than any of them could have guessed?
Because the master of ghouls has set his sights on a new target: Gray.
Review: What I said about the first book still stands: I love the characters, the world building and the writing style. I love this book’s ‘theme’ as well. How often do you read about ghouls? It was a little bit scary, too, although maybe I just invest myself too much into stories…
Series: Memory of Scorpions (book 1)
Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance
Cover: I love his eyes
Trigger warnings: dubcon, rape
Description: You learn your wisest lessons from your enemies. Assuming, of course, you survive the encounter.
Kendras is a casualty of war: injured, penniless, and quite possibly the last surviving member of the only family he’s ever known—the elite fighting force known as the Scorpions. When a steel-eyed stranger offers him medicine and shelter in exchange for submission and a secret task, Kendras has no choice but to accept. He is a Scorpion; he’ll do whatever it takes to survive.
But his true goal is to rebuild the Scorpions. Neither Steel’s possessive nature nor Kendras’s shattered foot can keep him from finding the last of his brothers… or the mysterious leader of the Scorpions, a man who held Kendras’s heart long before Steel tried to take it for himself. The goal is simple, the situation anything but. To rescue his leader and escape from Steel for good, Kendras must fight through a morass of politics and intrigue, where enemies are allies and even allies have hidden agendas.
Review: So much sex. Seriously this book lives on sex scenes. The story itself is quite interesting but the focus is on sex. I would have loved to read more about the scorpions and different interactions between them.
The relationship(s) would profit from more non sexual story, too, if you ask me. As of now I don’t get them, especially Kendras and Steel. It just felt strange and forced and… not-there?
I loved Widow though. He is way more interesting than the main characters and I did get him. Give me a book only about him any day.
Genre: LGBT (f/f), Romance, YA
Rating: 4/5 stars
Cover: So cute
Trigger warnings: Homophobia, Religious conflict
Description: Everything’s great for Harper Isabelle, the most popular girl in grade nine. That is, until she meets Sarah Jamieson. Sarah is a reclusive artist, a loner who wears black makeup and doesn’t have any friends, but for some reason, Harper can’t stop thinking about her.
Sarah isn’t used to people looking her way, especially popular girls like Harper Isabelle. Scared, religious, and unsure of herself, when Sarah begins to realize that her feelings for Harper might go beyond friendship, she is afraid to take the plunge and tell Harper how she feels.
Emotions build between these young women until they both reach their breaking points, and they need to make a choice about coming to terms with who they really are, and what they can and cannot live without.
Review: “Why did I request this arc?” to “it’s kinda interesting” to “oh god, so cute, I love them!” is how my thoughts changed about this book.
At first it is nothing special, popular girl, really unpopular girl, insta-love and a love triangle. But bear with that. The love triangle makes sense – coming from me, a passionate hater – and even the insta-love can be forgotten. Mostly because the relationship between Harper and Sarah is so cute. And the reader learns which little quirks are so loveable about the other person. I just really rooted for them.
There is a lot of drama and going back and forth but it didn’t feel forced. Sadly there was nothing really surprising about it. Otherwise it would have been a definitive 5 stars read.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.