Review: Queer Magic by Tomás Prower

 Series: Standalone
Genre: nonfiction
Diversity: It’s queer
Trigger Warnings: none as far as I can recall
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Cover: I love that planet Earth
Description: Queer Magic and Mysticism in History and Today

Queer Magic provides nourishment for LGBT+ souls and their allies who are interested in learning about the significant presence and influence of queer folks throughout history. Explore fascinating insights into queer relationships and spiritual practices from different regions of the world. Learn about deities, heroes, and historical figures who embody the power of the queer spirit. Discover inspiring contributions from contemporary LGBT+ Pagans, Catholics, Buddhists, Muslims, and others as they share personal stories of their experiences as well as spells, prayers, and meditations from their own practices. With practical suggestions and enlightening perspectives, this book is a unique resource for LGBT+ spiritual seekers who want to experience the sustaining energy and strength of the worldwide queer community.

Review: I was so hyped for this book.
I remember how I sat on the balcony, enjoying the sun and thinking I was in for a great treat.
Well, I wasn’t. Now don’t get me wrong. It was interesting enough – at times. At other times I felt it was rather elitist and overall… it’s just so rushed!
The book rushes through time, through culture, through continents… It’s really sad, because I really enjoyed the queer eye used in Queer Magic. But I wasn’t able to get into a thing because there always was the next and the next and the next. I feel stressed just thinking back to it.
If one is looking for a starting point it may be the right book. It may not as well.
Last Words: An one time read.
Buy it now: Amazon.com*
Disclaimer: I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
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Review: A Light Amongst Shadows by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood

 Series: Dark is the Night (book 1)
Genre: Paranormal, Historical, Romance, Young Adult
Diversity: LGBTQIA+ (m/m), Mental Health (addiction, possibly PTSD)
Trigger Warnings: abuse, corporal punishment, rape mention, opium addiction
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Cover: Don’t let its non-threatening appearance fool you
Description: James Spencer is hardly the typical “troubled youth” who ends up at Whisperwood School for Boys. Instead of hating the strict schedules and tight oversight by staff, James blossoms, quickly making friends and indulging in his love of writing, while contemplating the merits of sneaking love poems to the elusive and aloof William Esher.

The rumours about William’s sexuality and opium reliance are prime gossip material amongst the third years. Rumours that only further pique James’ curiosity to uncover what William is really like beneath all that emotional armor. And, when the normally collected William stumbles in one night, shaken and ranting of ghosts… James is the only one who believes him.

James himself has heard the nails dragging down his bedroom door and the sobs echoing in the halls at night. He knows others have, too, even if no one will admit it. The staff refuses to entertain such ridiculous tales, and punishment awaits anyone who brings it up.

Their fervent denial and the disappearance of students only furthers James’s determination to find out what secrets Whisperwood is hiding… Especially if it means keeping William and himself from becoming the next victims.

Review: After tweeting
Trust Kelley York to write a ghost story that has me sitting teary eyed at a train station. I can’t read it at night because those ghosts are creepy af!
I tried to leave behind my excitement and enthusiasm about A Light Amongst Shadows. I’ve tried for weeks because I didn’t want to be all “adsfgnjhgjn YOU HAVE TO READ THIS! NOW!” but… I think I have to be that way. I’m still not finished loving this story. Now don’t get me wrong, if I love a book I’ll love it forever but after some time the love stops bubbling to the surface every day.
Since I do not want to spoiler you, I won’t tell you much about the story itself (go read it and then come gushing about it to me!), but I will take you on a ride through my notes about it:
– Such soft story telling
– Ew here comes the creepiness. Luckily it’s gentle
– Flirtation by poetry FUCK YES!
– Squeal like a child instead of like a girl that’s right
– NOT SO FUCKING GENTLE ANYMORE!!!
– It’s so fucking creepy but oh the tears, the tears
– THIS WILL BE A SERIES?!?!?!?
Ahem.
Am I embarrassed by my not eloquence? Maybe a little. But those notes really show how I felt while reading. I came in excited because Kelley York Y’all and it was such a nice and soft ride that I simply fell in love with the story and its characters. And then there were the ghost-y parts and I was like ‘yeah, I can do that, this is great’ (I’m a chicken, sue me). I was further lured in by the developing romance and the feministic touch and then? Then my heart exploded because of adrenaline and fear but that was not enough, oh no, now you want to make be bawl like there is no tomorrow?!
Last Words: I want to go on this ride again. Please give me the second installment now!
Buy it now: Amazon.com*
Disclaimer: I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Review: Madam Tulip and the bones of chance by David Ahern

 Series: Madam Tulip (book 3)
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Paranormal, Magick
Trigger Warnings: none
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Cover: I love its colours
Description: A surprise role in a movie takes actress Derry O’Donnell to a romantic castle in the Scottish Highlands. But romance soon turns to fear and suspicion. Someone means to kill, and Derry, moonlighting as celebrity fortune-teller Madam Tulip, is snared in a net of greed, conspiracy and betrayal.

A millionaire banker, a film producer with a mysterious past, a gun-loving wife, a PA with her eyes on Hollywood, a handsome and charming estate manager—each has a secret to share and a request for Madam Tulip.

As Derry and her friend Bruce race to prevent a murder, she learns to her dismay that the one future Tulip can’t predict is her own.

Madame Tulip and the Bones of Chance is the third Madam Tulip adventure.

Review: I didn’t know what I expected but this was not it.
Because it was better. When I accepted this arc I thought I’d get an ordinary mystery, be somewhat entertained and never think about Madam Tulip again. And to me it’s okay if that happens, because reading just to pass time is nice, too.
But it’s been 2 months since I read The Bones of Chance and my life’s been more than simply stressful so there are quite a few reasons why I should’ve forgotten about Madam Tulip, but I did not.
I can’t even put my finger on why that is. Because while the mystery was alright it wasn’t the greatest thing I’ve ever read and at times it really was over the top – but that somehow fits perfectly? Maybe/probably it’s the main character Derry/Madam Tulip. I feel like I know her irl and like I’ve talked to her many times before. Maybe even have her read my cards.
I probably like this book so much because of the way the mystery and the paranormal come togehter without fighting over who comes out on top.  I could’ve done without the romantic aspects though.
Last Words: I’ll read the others parts some day as well.
Buy it now:  Amazon.com*
Disclaimer: I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Review: A Tiny Piece of Something Greater by Jude Sierra

 Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Diversity: LGBTQIA+(m/m), mental illness (cyclothymia)
Trigger Warnings: suicide attempt mention, self harm, mental illness
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Cover: I want to be there.
DescriptionReid Watsford has a lot of secrets and a past he can’t quite escape. While staying at his grandmother’s condo in Key Largo, he signs up for introductory dive classes, where he meets Joaquim Oliveira, a Brazilian dive instructor with wanderlust. Driven by an instant, magnetic pull, what could have been just a hookup quickly deepens. As their relationship evolves, they must learn to navigate the challenges of Reid’s mental illness—on their own and with each other.
Review: I admit, a certain someone over at From Top To Bottom Reviews had me really (and I mean REALLY) hyped for this book.
What can I say? Annie does rec the best books.
So why do I love A Tiny Piece of Something Greater? It is rather difficult to explain without spoilering, but I’ll manage:
  • the title. I love its ambiguousness
  • content warnings. Fuck yeah!
  • the realness of its portrayal of mental illness
    • and to me it’s not even triggering
    • People with BPD are not portrayed as the most-deserving-to-die-humans-there’ll-ever-be. FUCK YEAH!

Let’s take a better look at the last bullet point, shall we?

I’m pretty sure you’ve gathered that I’m mentally ill and if you’ve read reviews of mine about books that feature mentally ill characters you know how important this portrayal is to me and how often it’s done horribly wrong. I wasn’t afraid of this here because it’s #ownvoices.

But I not only got a not ableist book, I got a wonderful book that’s full of pain and memories and all the little things that you may live with if you’ve got certain mental illnesses. But most of all I got hope.

This is not a story about a mentally ill character, this is a story with a mentally ill character and I like this approach way better than the first option.

I may enjoy a different thing even more though: Joaquim isn’t a means for Reid to heal. There is no magic-love-cure. Instead Joaquim is a person of his own, with his own thoughts, feelings, fears and dreams.

So why am I rating it 4.5 instead of 5 stars? The reason is rather small and it may have to do a little bit with the book’s formatting. There are at times very unexpected jumps that left me sort of confused until I found into the new scene. And sometimes the story felt somewhat rushed for me. This ties perfectly to my last words, because more (in-detail?) story means more to read. Now I’m gonna go back to nursing my book hangover because I really don’t want A Tiny Piece of Something Greater to end.

Last Words: No really, why did it have to end?
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Retro Blog Tour: Out of Focus by L.A. Witt

This post is filled with great things! There is an excerpt of L.A. Witt’s Out of Focus, a giveaway, other blogs that are participating in this tour and a review. Okay, the last one isn’t that great. But still.

 


Excerpt

I slid my hand onto Angel’s knee under the table. As he often did, he’d been tapping his foot against the chair leg, but he stilled beneath my hand.

You get a look at the brother of the bride?” I asked.

He whistled, sliding his hand over mine. “Oh God, yes. I got several looks at him.”

You and me both.” I shook my head. “That man is liquid distraction.”

No shit.” He ran his thumb back and forth along my wrist. “Imagine how I felt, trying to focus on the bride when I had that standing there being all gorgeous and entirely too dressed.”

Too dressed?” I glanced in Jordan’s direction, then turned back to Angel. “He’s in a tux.”

I know.” He shrugged. “He should be naked in our bed.”

I chuckled. “Pity he’s already got someone.”

Seriously?” Angel released a sharp huff of breath. “The good ones always do, don’t they? It’s a crime, I’m telling you.” He clicked his tongue. “And his other half probably doesn’t share, either.”

I don’t know; I didn’t ask. He was pissed enough that I interrupted their little lover’s quarrel.”

He blinked. “You did?”

Well, I didn’t have much choice.” I turned my hand over under his. “I needed Jordan’s help with something.”

Yeah,” he said, lacing our fingers together, “I’ll just bet you did.”

Okay, so I didn’t.” I shrugged. “But things were getting a little heated between them, so…”

Eh, I’d have done the same.”

That much was true. We had our subtle ways of separating people when tensions got too close to a breaking point. Situations like that, particularly with the way alcohol and grudges made frequent appearances at weddings, could too easily erupt into a screaming match or a fistfight. So, we’d long ago devised ways to casually intervene. Moderately intrusive? Yeah, probably. But if it kept a wedding from turning into a brawl—and that had been known to happen—then it was worth a little social faux pas.

The bride and groom were making the rounds, saying hello to guests while Troy’s and Phoebe’s cameras flashed. Normally I wouldn’t leave assistants to cover anything without at least one of us shooting as well, but these two kids were damned good. They were going to be some serious competition for us when they were out on their own. Assuming Troy ever got a decent pair of shoes, anyway.

So, we didn’t worry about them while they trailed the newlyweds and we took a break. Ah, it was good to be the boss.

As dinner wound down, the cake cutting and such were coming up. Almost time to get back to work. While I did a quick battery check and changed out my memory card, fabric rustled behind me.

Enjoying yourselves?” Jennifer asked.

Absolutely.” I started to turn around. “This food is—” The words stopped in my throat. That wasn’t the groom standing next to her.

She gestured at him, as if I hadn’t noticed his presence. “This is my brother, Jordan.”

I smiled. “Oh yes, we’ve met.”

We haven’t.” Angel stood and extended his hand. “Ryan Morgan.”

Jordan shook his hand. “I—it’s…” He paused, moistening his lips as a hint of pink appeared on his cheeks. “It’s nice to meet you.”

To her brother, Jennifer said, “I need to go pretend to like my in-laws, so I’ll leave you alone with them.”

He chuckled. “Okay, thanks.” She picked up her skirt and headed back toward some of the other tables. After she’d gone, Jordan said, “I, uh, my sister said you guys do pretty much any kind of photography?”

I’m dreaming. I’m totally dreaming. Oh God, please tell me he wants—

I cleared my throat. “What did you have in mind?”

I breed and train horses,” he said. “And I’m campaigning a couple of stallions this year. I need a few more up-to-date photos for my website and some ads.” He raised his eyebrows. “Is that something you guys would be interested in doing?”

Well, we’re always happy to help someone flaunt a stud,” Angel deadpanned.

Jordan blushed even more, dropping his gaze as he muffled a cough of laughter. “Right. Well. I haven’t had great luck with my last couple of photographers, so I’m very much in the market for someone new.” He paused, the color in his cheeks deepening slightly. “A new photographer, I mean.”

Can you handle two?” Angel asked.

If the poor man’s cheeks got any redder…

I’m sure we can help.” I shot Angel a glare, and he widened his eyes as if to say “What?” I rolled mine and looked at Jordan again. “We haven’t done any equestrian work in a few years, but show us some examples of what you have in mind and we should be able to give you what you want.”

A shy smile played at his lips. “Good. Then—”

His teeth snapped together as his significant other materialized and put a hand on his shoulder. Jordan’s hackles went up, his eyes narrowed, and judging by the way his cheek rippled, he must have been tightly clenching his jaw. The two men exchanged the coldest glare I’d seen at a wedding since the last time we put divorced parents into one picture, and the hand on his shoulder lifted away.

Then Jordan shook himself back to life and made a sharp gesture his companion. “Sorry, I’m being rude. This is Eli. My—”

Just Eli is fine.” He didn’t offer a handshake or any other greeting, and neither of us made any attempt to do so either. Awkward silence descended, and I had a feeling Jordan was once again seconds away from lashing out at his…just Eli.

Anyway, you were saying?” I asked Jordan. “About your photos?”

Right.” Jordan cleared his throat. “Anyway, I’d like to sit down and discuss what I’m pricing, scheduling, all of that.”

When would be a good time?” I asked. “If you’d like, you can come by the studio, and we’ll sort out the specifics.”

He nodded. “I can do that. During the week would be best. My weekends are usually shot.”

Angel pointed at his camera. “So are ours.”

Jordan laughed. “Yeah, I guess they would be.”

Would Monday be good for you?” I turned to Angel. “We’re there all day this Monday, aren’t we?”

He nodded. “All in-studio shoots that day. Last one’s at four thirty, and we’re usually there until six or seven.”

Why don’t I swing in around five, then?” Jordan asked.

Five works,” I said.

Angel pulled out his wallet and took out a card. “That’s the address. Just give us a call if anything changes.” Jordan took the card, but jumped like Angel had shocked him. Knowing Angel, he’d made sure their fingers brushed, and Jordan’s blood pressure was probably all over the place now.

Jordan recovered quickly though, sliding the card in his back pocket as he said, “Will do.”

Eli shifted beside him. “Good, now why don’t we go grab a couple of drinks?”

Okay, okay.” Jordan exhaled and added a muttered, “Like you need another fucking drink.”

Hmm?” Eli asked.

Nothing.” Jordan looked at us. “I’ll see you guys on Monday. Thanks.”

Not a problem,” I said. “See you then.”

We watched the happy couple wander toward the bar with a good arm’s length of frosty distance between them.

You know,” Angel said, “I take back what I said earlier about it being a crime that a man like that is taken.”

Oh?”

Yeah.” He turned back toward the table and picked up his glass. “It’s a crime a man like that is taken by a douche bag like that.”


My Review

Series: Standalone
Genre: Romance, Erotica, Contemporary
Diversity: LGBTQIA+ (m/m, m/m/m, Polyamory)
Trigger Warnings: none
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Cover: I’m not too sure about this mashup?

Description: For the last twelve years, Ryan “Angel” Morgan and Dante James have been partners in every sense of the word. They’re lovers, they run a successful photography business together, and couldn’t be happier. The only problem? They’re both dominants who crave submission. Solution? Bring in submissives for sizzling hot threeway action.

When Jordan Steele hires the photographers from his sister’s wedding to shoot some promo pictures of his stallions, the sparks fly. There’s something about them, something that’s anything but vanilla, and he wants a taste of it. He’s inexperienced, but curious, and Angel and Dante are more than happy to show him the ropes.

Jordan is exactly what they need and they’re exactly what he needs, but when emotions come into play, he may be more than they bargained for. After all, the one thing Angel and Dante can’t give each other is submission. If one of them can get love and submission from Jordan, will the other be pushed out of the picture?

This 100,000 word novel was previously published.

Review: There are so many great things about Out of Focus!

Where to start, where to start…

Okay, so if you know me or my blog at all you know what big of an advocate of consent I am, whether it’s outside of bdsm or inside bdsm. So of course I have to talk about consent in this book: There is consent! I quite enjoyed the talking about consent scene/s as well. Why is it so hard in some books? Just take a look at this. It’s not hard! It’s essential!

I did enjoy the dynamic between Angel and Dante, Angel and Jordan, Dante and Jordan, and Angel, Dante and Jordan. The hopes and fears of being in a relationship and having feelings for a person outside of this relationship as well as being single and having feelings for a person that is not, are well written. I especially enjoyed Jordan’s look at this.

If only the drama, that I expected, would have been… more? longer? More in detail? I feel kinda robbed of this because the potential was there and while there was drama… it wasn’t enough. Instead there were more than enough sex scenes. Cut those in half and give me more plot? Although there was one scene that had drama, a healthy relationship and sex in it. All in one. I think that might have been my favourite scene?

Now don’t get me wrong, I liked the ‘just’ sex scenes, especially because there is no “a dom can only be a top!” bullshit. But… dare I say it? After a while… I may have been somewhat bored by them? Sorry?

I still liked Out of Focus and I may read it again. But I may skip the sex at times if I do reread it…

Last Words: More plot and drama and it would have been a 5 stars read!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy through Signal Boost in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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About the Author

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…

Website: http://www.gallagherwitt.com

E-mail: gallagherwitt@gmail.com

Twitter: @GallagherWitt

Blog: http://gallagherwitt.blogspot.com

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Review: The Interludes: A Sexual Odyssey by J.K. Duval

 Series: standalone
Genre: erotica, contemporary
Diversity: at least self labelled lesbian
Trigger Warnings: body weight issues, body shaming
Rating: dnf at 34%
Cover: I love its minimalism

Description: The Interludes, A Sexual Odyssey, is the fun sexy erotic novel for mature audiences. All the characters have only one thing in common, they’re all named Jordan. Whether they are women or men they share the same first name, but that’s where the similarities end. Seven different Jordans will take you along for almost every conceivable match-up in some seriously sexy locales.

From a beach-side cottage along the warm moonlit waters of Jamaica to a shower stall in London’s famed Claridge’s Hotel, across the hills of Tuscany to a magnificent 18 room oceanfront shingle style home on the western shores of Martha’s Vineyard, these are just a few of the places that will spread out before you on this journey of erotic discovery.

If you blush easily, you might want to look elsewhere for your night-table reading. Then again you may wish to share what’s behind this cover with someone you love and create your own sexual odyssey.

Review: I really wanted to like this erotica book.
The idea is great, different characters, different sexual experiences and they all have the same name? But not every story has actual sexual scenes in it. Which is… strange, in this case? But okay. If there are sex scenes they range from okay to somewhat hot. If that were all, I would’ve read the whole book.
I was confused about the self labelled lesbian though. Like I know that lesbians can sleep with men? Especially before knowing they are lesbians, but why have a lesbian character in this book and then have her sleep in detail with a man but when she meets a woman she’s interested in, the story’s over?
I could have struggled on.
But.
Why does there have to be body shaming and fat shaming in this book?! I throw up in my mouth more than once. I’m not interested in knowing the exact weight of a character in a(n erotica) story?! This starts in the first story and it’s everywhere. Female characters thinking about not wanting to put on weight, being like ‘if I look at that, I’ll put on weight!’ and then the male’s thought of “She still had great tits even at twenty-nine” (kindle pos. 1191)? Excuse me? Great tits are great tits. Regardless of the body’s age. And don’t get me started on thinking of a woman of 2-fucking-9 years as old! What the fuck! And if she were 97, great tits are great tits!
Last Words: I can’t enjoy a book like this and even if I could, I wouldn’t want to.
Buy it now: Amazon.com*
Disclaimer: I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Review: The Devil You Know by Camilla Quinn

 Series: Standalone
 
Genre: Contemporary, Thriller
 
Diversity: Mentally ill character (DID), LGBTQIA+ (m/m)
 
Trigger Warnings: Torture
 
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
 
Cover: It gets attention
 
 
Description: Tom used to be a lot of things: assassin, interrogator, sadistic. But for the past decade he’s worked on being a better person, a good father to his loving daughter. But for a man with his past, a bullet is the only end he can expect—he just hopes his daughter will survive the inevitable fallout.

Doro has no illusions about himself: provocateur, infiltrator, killer. After years of civil war, the Vaylen Family has settled, and their leader wants to tie up loose ends. That includes getting rid of the only man to ever walk away from the family, and it’s Doro she sends to get rid of the man once known as The Devil.

 
Review: Why isn’t there more?!
I really enjoyed reading The Devil You Know. If it weren’t as short, there would have been the potential of a 5 star rating. Sadly it is rather short and therefore it feels a little bit rushed at times.
I would have loved to dive even further into Tom’s head, his past and his DID. I can’t tell you how realistic and sensitive this is handled though because I’m not ownvoices. But I can tell you that it isn’t wrongly called schizophrenia like it is so often found in media and in everyday use.
The way Tom and The Devil ‘interact’ (for a lack of better word right now) with each other and with other people was really captivating.
I didn’t connect as strongly with Doro and Tom’s daughter (I should have written down her name somewhere), but I was still interested in them. I was a little bit baffled at times about Doro’s reactions about Tom but if we get a better look into his past and a in detail development between them? No more doubts on my side about this. (It would be too spoilery to tell you what exactly I mean if you haven’t read this book).
I don’t know why this was labelled as a romance on NetGalley though. There is the potential of one in a sequel – if there ever is one – but in The Devil You Know there is none. But maybe it would be rather a dark romance?
 
Last Words: Please let there be a sequel? I need a sequel.
 
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February Wrap-Up

My important exam is finally done! Maybe there will be another one later this year, maybe it will be next. But for now I am free. Ish. There are other exams this month… But let’s not think about this and talk about books instead!


Books I’ve bought

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pocketful of Bones by Julie Frayn                    Coach’s Challenge by Avon Gale
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Cursed City by William Massa                               Gemini keeps Capricorn by Anyta Sunday
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Books I’ve read

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George by Alex Gino                  The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
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The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan    A gathering of Shadows
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Books I’ve reviewed

Darkling by Brooklyn Ray
My Review
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Books I’ve dnf-ed

The Interludes by J.K. Duval
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I really need to review more books again… I’ll make a note in my planner!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Re-read Forever

This meme is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Books I could re-read forever? I feel like the possibilities are endless and at the same time really… not that many? Am I making any sense? Probably not…


  • Captive Prince series by CS Pacat –> already reread
    My review / buy on Amazon.com* / buy on Amazon.de*

    Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

    Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.

    For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…

 

 

 

  • Catalysts: The Scientific Method Universe series by Kris Ripper –> already reread
    My review / buy on Amazon.com* / buy on Amazon.de*

    Sometimes all it takes is meeting one person to turn your world upside down. Will Derrie likes girls but he isn’t honest with them; he wants kinky sex and lots of it. When Hugh offers to dominate him, no sex required, Will realizes it might not be so easy to separate the two.

    Sometimes all it takes is a new angle on an old idea to change everything you thought you wanted. Hugh Reynolds holds the world at arm’s length. He lives alone, works alone, and he thinks he’s as happy as he’ll ever be. But Will gets under his skin and once he’s gone, Hugh realizes he doesn’t want to go it alone forever.

    Sometimes all it takes is a random encounter to open your mind (and your heart). Truman Jennings hits on a cute guy at a conference and he’s smitten by the end of their first date. Hugh’s not the kindest or the easiest boyfriend Truman’s ever had, but he brings one thing to their relationship that no one else could: kinky, adventurous, sweetly submissive Will.

    Sometimes you can’t find the right man till you find the wrong one. Three men. Three sides to love, and intimacy, and laughter. Three people who don’t know what they’re looking for…until they find it in each other.

  • Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux –> already reread
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     A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.

    Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He’s cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But when he’s paired with Special Agent Zane Garrett, it’s hate at first sight. Garrett is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic cliche: total opposites, good cop-bad cop, the odd couple. They both know immediately that their partnership will pose more of an obstacle than the lack of evidence left by the murderer.

    Practically before their special assignment starts, the murderer strikes again this time at them. Now on the run, trying to track down a man who has focused on killing his pursuers, Grady and Garrett will have to figure out how to work together before they become two more notches in the murderer’s knife.

  • The Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken –> already reread
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     When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
    Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

  • All for the Game series by Nora Sakavic –> already reread
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     Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

    Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

    But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.

 

 

 

  • Harry Potter series/universe by JK Rowling –> already reread
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    Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

    After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

    Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

    Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

 

  • Here’s the Thing by Emily O’Beirne –> plan to reread soon
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    It’s only for a year. That’s what sixteen-year-old Zel keeps telling herself after moving to Sydney for her dad’s work. She’ll just wait it out until she gets back to New York and Prim, her epic crush/best friend, and the unfinished subway project. Even if Prim hasn’t spoken to her since that day on Coney Island.

    But Zel soon finds life in Sydney won’t let her hide. There’s her art teacher, who keeps forcing her to dig deeper. There’s the band of sweet, strange misfits her cousin has forced her to join for a Drama project. And then there’s the curiosity that is the always-late Stella.

    As she waits for Prim to explain her radio silence and she begins to forge new friendships, Zel feels strung between two worlds. Finally, she must figure out how to move on while leaving no one behind.

 

 

 

  • His Quiet Agent by Ada Maria Soto –> plan to reread soon
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    Arthur Drams works for a secret government security agency, but all he really does is spend his days in a cubicle writing reports no one reads. After getting another “lateral promotion” by a supervisor who barely remembers his name, it’s suggested that Arthur try to ‘make friends’ and ‘get noticed’ in order to move up the ladder. It’s like high school all over again: his attempts to be friendly come across as awkward and creepy, and no one wants to sit at the same table with him at lunch. In a last-ditch attempt to be seen as friendly and outgoing, he decides to make friends with The Alien, aka Agent Martin Grove, known for his strange eating habits, unusual reading choices, and the fact that no one has spoken to him in three years.

    Starting with a short, surprisingly interesting conversation on sociology books, Arthur slowly begins to chip away at The Alien’s walls using home-cooked meals to lure the secretive agent out of his abrasive shell. Except Martin just might be something closer to an actual secret agent than paper-pusher Arthur is, and it might be more than hearts at risk when something more than friendship begins to develop.

  • How to be a normal Person by TJ Klune –> already reread
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     Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.
    Gus is not normal. And he’s fine with that. All he wants is to be left alone.
    Until Casey, an asexual stoner hipster and the newest employee at Lottie’s Lattes, enters his life. For some reason, Casey thinks Gus is the greatest thing ever. And maybe Gus is starting to think the same thing about Casey, even if Casey is obsessive about Instagramming his food.

    But Gus isn’t normal and Casey deserves someone who can be. Suddenly wanting to be that someone, Gus steps out of his comfort zone and plans to become the most normal person ever.
    After all, what could possibly go wrong?

  • Scoring Chances series by Avon Gale –> plan to reread soon
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     A freak accident during the Stanley Cup Playoffs put an end to Max Ashford’s hockey career. Despite everything, Max gets back into the game he loves—only this time, behind the bench as an assistant coach of the Spartanburg Spitfires, the worst team in the entire league. But nothing prepares him for the shock when he learns the new head coach is Misha Samarin, the man who caused Max’s accident.

    After spending years guilt ridden for his part in Max’s accident, Russian native Misha Samarin has no idea what to do when he’s confronted with Max’s presence. Max’s optimism plays havoc with Misha’s equilibrium—as does the fierce attraction that springs up between them.

    Not only must they navigate Misha’s remorse and a past he’s spent a lifetime trying to forget, but also a sleazy GM who is determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets a player, Misha revisits his darkest days, and that might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.


I see a series trend with this… but there are 3 standalones at least!

Have you read or even reread any of these books? What books could you reread forever?

 

Review: Darkling by Brooklyn Ray

 Series: Port Lewis Witches (book 1)

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Diversity: LGBTQIA+ (m/m, trans* character, f/f)

Rating: 3/5 stars

Cover: Those colours! And the moons! And the candle!

Link: goodreads

Trigger warnings: gore, blood play

Description: Port Lewis, a coastal town perched on the Washington cliffs, is surrounded by dense woods, and is home to quaint coffee shops, a movie theater, a few bars, two churches, the local college, and witches, of course.

Ryder is a witch with two secrets—one about his blood and the other about his heart. Keeping the secrets hasn’t been a problem, until a tarot reading with his best friend, Liam Montgomery, who happens to be one of his secrets, starts a chain of events that can’t be undone.

Dark magic runs through Ryder’s veins. The cards have prophesized a magical catastrophe that could shake the foundation of Ryder’s life, and a vicious partnership with the one person he doesn’t want to risk.

Magic and secrets both come at a cost, and Ryder must figure out what he’s willing to pay to become who he truly is.

Review: Did I miss something?

While reading Darkling I checked several times if it truly is book 1. It seems to be but I felt like I missed quite a lot of information? EDIT: There is a story before this. It’s called Into the Mystic and can be found here*.

The main pairing was enjoyable to me – especially the lovely way of acting towards each other – but they started out as (best?) friends and in the span of a few seconds they were lovers? Is there a story about them before this book? I felt like I needed to know more about the other characters as well as the whole universe.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I really liked Darkling’s take on witches, their familiars and especially necromancers. But have you ever read a fanfiction about a series you know nothing about? That’s the way I felt while reading.

Usually when I’m this confused I dnf because why bother? But I still was so very, very hooked! The writing sucks you right in and like I said before, I really like Ryder and Liam. I like them on their own and I like them together (and together-together, if you know what I mean…)

Maybe Darkling would have profited from way more pages, because the story was over in the blink of an eye and a lot of development seemed to be skipped over. Or maybe that is my confusion speaking, but my liking of the book says ‘gimme the next part now!’.

Last words: That was a short and confusing but kinda fun ride.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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