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review 2018-08-24 13:33
A Coming Out Book Love Story That Is Witty and Funny
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli

I have read a few LGBT books before, I do enjoy them by how its written but missing out Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda when it was first published in 2015, I finally get around reading it. Part of reading this book was because of the movie (which I have yet to watch still, and its not showing in my country) but to get my hands on a hardcover edition, was never a regret moment. It took me a few weeks to finish when it should be just a week but I bid my time to enjoy it, which I did.

 

There is much to talk about Simon but I am not going to spoil much of it but share my thoughts what I feel towards it. For one - I love the writing. If there is any thing that should be written for a young adult love story, this is it. It feels so natural the exchange dialogue between characters that is real enough for me, I had a great time laughing. The characters are wonderful and memorable. There's Simon, who really is not an open person and afraid if he openly tells people he is gay, his family and friends may not accept him. LeahAbby & Nick, his closest friends shares their acceptance and arguments with him like friends should be is just lovable and cute. And then of course, the chapters of exchange email letters. It just felt so natural, like peeking into someone's life with interest of course. I mean, we all do that some times. And then, what the main theme is about this book that makes it worth reading - open up ourselves to the world and its not about being open up of being gay, but by who we are opening up to the world of what who we are instead of just pretend to be who we are not. I love the writing of it that really have a good lead towards it, with of course a few mushy lovey-dovey teen drama in it (which is why I dock off one star and giving it a four). In all its worth, I really enjoy it.

 

To me, people should read this. It has this feel good feeling, the coming-of-age-out-of-open-up young adult book that I would recommend anyone reading it. I am looking forward to reading the next Creekwood book, Leah on then Offbeatafter this. If you haven't read this, please do. This is really a good read.

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review 2018-08-14 06:04
A Stay Up All Night Read
Until We're More - Cindi Madsen

I haven't had such a good time reading a romance in a long time. Snark, spark, history, lust, and true friendship between two fantastic likable characters makes this story rock. I was cheering on one page, sniffling the next, snorting and spitting my coffee all over on the third. What a ride.

Sexy MMA fighter Liam, is training to get the belt title that will make his business a solid thing when his BFF Chelsea comes back  in town for work. Chelsea is a distraction and he needs this belt. Chelsea needs to stay focused too, she's desperate to make it in her field of work and this job might be the way to a promotion. Both need to be a success, both have hormones/feelings/history that mess with their focus. The Chelsea moves in with Liam and brings George. Who is George ? George is the one throwing up on the carpet. Read the book, he's fantastic. Living together makes for some interesting moments. That's all you'll get out of me, read it if you want more.

Thank you NetGalley and publishers   for this review copy and an unbiased opinion 

 

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text 2018-08-05 21:17
Top Ten Recommended

Divided up into Contemporary, Historical, and I have no idea (Fantasy usually) here are the lists of some of my friends' top ten favorite books. I tried to query friends that were younger and older than me, who's favorites were the same and different sub-genres than me, and have been reading romance for years and just started. I'm really pleased with the variety of recs that came out of this. 

 

Apologies for how long this took me, whew, it was way more work to get the information organized and formatted in a way that was readable. I also wanted to make it printable for people that didn't want to have to keep returning to my post. 

 

Thanks to everyone again for the time and effort they took to send me their top reads, whether it was 20 books because they just couldn't cut it down to ten or simply author names because they enjoy their whole backlist. Can't wait to dive into this list :)

 

Contributors to the list (click on names to go to their Goodreads page or BookLikes:

 

Anonymous

 

Disir

 

Elaine

 

Fani loves angst

 

Grace Cieleen

 

Ipshita

 

Ivy Deluca

 

Julie Whiteley

 

Jilly Mac

 

Linda Hilton

 

Meme Reads Love

 

Mou

 

Nadene(Totally Addicted to Reading)

 

Nameamericanwordcat

 

Shannon

 

Sonya Heaney

 

Tia

 

Vampire-lk

 

Vivian

 

WhiskeyintheJar/kyraryker

 

 

Comments after rec are from contributor.

 

 

Not able to Categorize

(Without reading the books, I couldn't decide if they were leaning more Hist or Contemp, usually fantasy or sci-fi in this category.)

 

 

 

Anastasi, Jess - Damage Control (Syfy romance)

 

Bardugo, Leigh - Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom

 

Cashore, Kristin - Graceling

 

Clare, Cassandra - City of Bones series

 

Clarke, Cassandra Rose - The Assassin's Curse series of 2 books (Fantasy, YA)

 

Coe, Cara - The Hidden Princess

 

Coe, Cara - The White Forest

 

Cook, Nickolas - Alice in Zombieland (romance is secondary in this book but I love Ali and Cole)

 

Derr, Megan - Tournament of Losers

 

Devan, Grace - Radiance 

 

Feehan, Christine - Burning Wild (Jake is everything)

 

Harrison, Thea - Dragon Bound

 

Harrison, Thea - Kinked

 

Lane, Jex - Captive

 

Mafi, Tahereh - Shatter Me

 

McBride, Belinda - The Tenth Muse

 

McFarland, Caitlyn - Dragonsworn series of 3 books (NA, syfy/fantasy)

 

Meade, Rachael - Vampire Academy (plus the series as a whole)

 

Meyer, Marisa - Cinder (plus the series as a whole)

 

O'Neill, Morgan - The Thornless Rose (Favorite time travel)

 

Owens, Robin D. - Heart Quest

 

Pacat, C.S, - Captive Prince

 

Peters, Elizabeth - The Vicky Bliss series (Borrower of the Night, Street of the Five Moons, Silhouette in Scarlet, Trojan Gold, Night Train to Memphis, The Laughter of Dead Kings. I enjoy the Amelia Peabody books, but I liked Vicky's adventures better.)

 

Roberson, Jennifer - Sword Dancer (and sequels) (Scifi/fantasy with an unusual dose of romance and two utterly unforgettable characters.)

 

Rowling, J.K. - Harry Potter (all)

 

Saenz, Benjamin Alire - Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (these guys stole my heart)

 

Shannon, Samantha - The Bone Season (plus the series as a whole)

 

Singh, Nalini - Angel's Blood (whole series)

 

Singh, Nalini - Psy Changeling series (there's too many books from the series that I like but each book is always close to 5 stars)

 

Smith, R. Lee - Land of the Beautiful Dead  (Urban Fantasy/Dystopian? Hard to categorize but a story that stayed with me long after I finished it)

 

Sparks, Kerrelyn -  Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon

 

Spencer, Wen - A Brother's Price 

 

Untamed, JanJan - The Doomsday Papers

 

Wright, Suzanne - Feral Sins (only this one of the series, the others eh)

 

 

 

Contemporary

(I typically consider this any story taking place from 1950ish to present times.)

 

 

 

Aaron, Celia - Blackwood

 

Alers, Rochelle

 

Anders, Natasha - The Unwanted Wife

 

Ashley, Kristen - Rock Chick (only this one of the Rock Chicks I couldn't get through the rest of her series too repetitive)

 

Ashley, Kristen - Sweet Dreams (one of her best IMO)

 

Ashton, Avril - (Watch Me) Break You

 

Ayala, Rachelle - Playing for the Save

 

Barry, Emma, & Turner, Genevieve - A Midnight Clear

 

Black, Incy - Hard to Forget (R. suspense)

 

Bette, Kimberly A. - Held

 

Bowen, Sarina - The Year We Fell Down (NA, sports)

 

Bowen, Sarina, & Kennedy, Elle - 2 recs for Him and Us (LGBT, M/M, NA, sports) (read this twice in four months and am not against another reread)

 

Brockmann, Suzanne - Get Lucky

 

Brockmann, Suzanne - Gone Too Far

 

Carr, K. - Home

 

Carr, M.C. - Birdie

 

Carter, Chance - Royal Engagement

 

Chauhan, Anuja - Those Pricey Thakur Girls

 

Christine, Lee - In Safe Arms (R. suspense)

 

Clayton, Alice - Wallbanger (great romantic comedy)

 

Cole, Alyssa - Let It Shine

 

Cole, Kresley - 2 recs for A Hunger Like No Other

 

Cole, Kresley - Dark Needs at Night's Edge

 

Cole, Kresly - Demon From the Dark

 

Craig, Christie - Shut Up and Kiss Me

 

Crusie, Jennifer - (pretty much anything, her brand of romance ensnares me)

 

Crusie, Jennifer - 2 recs for Bet Me (longtime perennial re-read)

 

Cullinan, Heidi - Carry the Ocean

 

Fitzpatrick, Huntley - My Life Next Door

 

Foster, Melissa - Tru Blue

 

Frost, Jeaniene - 2 recs for Halfway to the Grave (I wish this series had never ended, whole series)

 

Frost, Sosie - Beauty and the Blitz

 

Gerard, Cindy - Into the Dark (R. suspense)

 

Gerard, Cindy - To the Brink

 

Gibson, Rachel - Truly, Madly, Yours

 

Green, John - Fault in Our Stars

 

Grey, Autumn - Breaking Gravity (naughty but tortured teacher romance, NA)

 

Griffin, Laura - Beyond Limits (R. suspense)

 

Haddon, Mark - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

 

Han, Jennifer - To All the Boys I've Loved Before

 

Harkins, M.K. - Intentional

 

Harmon, Amy - 2 recs for  Making Faces (when I need a good cry)

 

Harvey-Berrick, Jane - The Education of Sebastian and The Education of Caroline

 

Hazard, Alessandra - Just a Bit Ruthless

 

Henry, Lisa - The Island

 

Higgins, Kristan - Catch of the Day

 

Hoover, Colleen - Hopeless

 

Hoover, Colleen - It Ends With Us

 

Hoover, Colleen - Ugly Love

 

Howard, Linda - 2 recs for Mr. Perfect (favorite romantic suspense) (although I'm very pissed off at LH at the moment, I couldn't leave this one off the list)

 

Hype, Jenn - Simply Crazy

 

Jackson, Brenda - Westmorelands

 

James, Julie - Just the Sexiest Man Alive

 

James, Julie - Something About You

 

Janzen, Tara - Crazy Hot

 

Jenkins, Beverly

 

Jones, Darynda - First Grave on the Right - (I love this whole series, it mostly revolves around the same couple)

 

Kelly, Brynn - Edge of Truth

 

Kennedy, Elle - Fragment

 

Keplinger, Kody - The DUFF:  Designated Ugly Fat Friend

 

Kinsella, Sophie - Confessions of a Shopaholic (even if in new installments Rebecca has gotten on my nerves with her refusal to learn from her past I still over the first in the series)

 

Kinsella, Sophie - Finding Aubrey

 

Kleypas, LIsa - Smooth Talking Stranger

 

Lanyon, Josh - Death of a Pirate King

 

Laurenston, Shelly - The Beast in Him (PNR/Shifter, just funny and one of her best)

 

Layne, Lauren - Walk of Shame

 

Llosa, Mario Vargas - The Bad Girl

 

Loch, Kathryn - Haunted Heart

 

Lyga, Barry - I Hunt Killers series

 

Malone, Lily - So Far Into You (chick-lit)

 

Manning, Sarra - You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

 

March, Meghan - Beneath this Mask and Beneath these Scars

 

McAvoy, J.J. - That Thing Between Eli & Gwen

 

McDonald, Jeanne - Compass

 

McKenna, Cara - Willing Victim

 

McKinley, Brooke - Shades of Grey

 

McLean, Jay - More Than This

 

McNaught, Judith - Perfect

 

Nelson, Latrivia S. - Dmitry's Closet (both series)

 

Nelson, Latrivia S. - Ivy's Twisted Vine

 

Pace, Pepper - Stranded!

 

Park, Jessica - Flat Out Love

 

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth - Dream a Little Dream

 

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth - 2 recs for Kiss An Angel

 

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth - Match Me If You Can

 

Powell, Liz - Hunted

 

Rai, Alisha - Hate to Want You

 

Ray, Francis

 

Reed, Jamie - Burning Emerald

 

Reed, Jamie - Fading Amber

 

Reed, Jamie - Living Violet

 

Reid, Penny - 2 recs for Beard Science

 

Reid, Penny - Neanderthal Seeks Human (when I need that touch of awkward/funny)

 

Rinyu, Beth - Thursday Afternoon

 

Robbs, J.D. - 2 recs for In Death series (because- Roarke! futuristic)

 

Romig, Aleatha - Consequences (whole series)

 

Roux, Abigail - Divide & Conquer

 

Schlosser, Jamie - Outcast (The Good Guys)

 

Scott, Kylie - Play (Rocker, for those times I just want to laugh)

 

Shalvis, Jill - Lucky in Love

 

Shalvis, Jill - Rainy Day Friends (new favorite)

 

Shalvis, Jill - Simply Irresistible

 

Sheehan, Madeline - Unbeautifully

 

Sheehan, Madeline - Undeniable

 

Sheridan, Mia - Stinger

 

Singh, Nalini - Rock Hard

 

Sjoberg, Lori - Grave Vengeance (paranormal)

 

Smith, Maureen - The Swede

 

St. Pierre, Raven - The Complete Free Falling series

 

Swain, Shea - The Awakening of the Halo

 

Swain, Shea - The Binding of the Halo

 

Swain, Shea - Chained to the Devil's Son

 

Thompson, Nancy S. - Stirred

 

Thorne, Sally - 4 recs for The Hating Game (new favorite)

 

Turner, Twyla - Chasing Day series

 

Untamed, JanJan - The View From the Bottom

 

Ward, J.R. - 2 recs for Dark Lover (favorite PNR)

 

Ward, J.R. - Lover Awakened

 

Webber, Tammara - Easy and Breakable

 

Young, Samantha - On Dublin Street (again I adore the series however the couples change each book and Joss and Braedon are my favorite)

 

Zabo, Anna - Just Business

 

Zapata, Mariana - Kulti (it took a long time for me to fall in love with this one but once I did there was no stopping it)

 

Zapata, Mariana - The Wall of Winnipeg and Me (when I need that slow burn)

 

 

 

Historical

(I typically consider this any story taking place from dawn of humans to 1940ish)

 

 

 

 

Anderson, Catherine - Summer Breeze

 

Ashley, Jennifer - The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie (just love it so much)

 

Austen, Jane - Persuasion

 

Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice (I know, I know--but--Mr. Darcy!--Classic)

 

Brockway, Connie - Bridal Favors

 

Brockway, Connie - The Other Guy's Bride

 

Bronte, Charlotte - Jane Eyre

 

Canham, Marsha - Through a Dark Mist and In a Shadow of Midnight

 

Cleeton, Chanel - Next Year in Havana (women's fiction)

 

Dare, Tessa - Any Duchess Will Do 

 

Dare, Tessa - Romancing the Duke

 

de Blasis, Celeste - The Tiger's Woman (MY FIRST HISTORICAL ROMANCE! I will NEVER forget it. It's bodice rippery, but back in the day I devoured this book-several times.)

 

Donaldson, Julianne

 

Donati, Sara - Into the Wilderness

 

Duran, Meredith - The Duke of Shadows

 

Enoch, Suzanne - England's Perfect Hero

 

Garwood, Julie - The Bride

 

Garwood, Julie - For the Roses

 

Garwood, Julie - The Gift (funny and sentimental choice.)

 

Garwood, Julie - Ransom

 

Goodman, Jo - Sweet Fire

 

Graham, Winston - Poldark series (The 1970s BBC production of Poldark, with Robin Ellies, Angharad Rees, Ralph Bates, Jill Townsend, Clive Francis, Kevin McNally

Making Poldark, by Robin Ellis

Poldark's Cornwall, by Winston Graham

I can't rave about these enough. I watched half of the first episode of the recent BBC remake with Aidan Turner and was completely turned off. Graham served as an advisor to the 1970s version, and it was much more faithful to the books. And I'm sorry, but Aidan Turner is NOT Robin Ellis!!!!!!!)

 

Gracie, Anne - The Perfect Stranger

 

Grasso, Patricia - Desert Eden

 

Gregory, Lisa - The Rainbow Season (Both of these books featured ordinary people living ordinary lives, rather than dukes and kings and pirates) 

 

Guhrke, Laura Lee - Conor's Way

 

Heath, Lorraine - Always to Remember (favorite western historical)

 

Heyer, Georgette - Cotillon 

 

Hoyt, Elizabeth - Duke of Sin

 

Hoyt, Elizabeth - To Seduce a Sinner

 

Hunter, Madeline - The Charmer

 

Ibbtoson, Eva A Countess Below Stairs

 

James, Eloisa - This Duchess of Mine

 

Jenkins, Beverly

 

Johnson, Susan - Sinful

 

Kelly, Carla - Marrying the Captain

 

Kennedy, Kris - Claiming Her

 

Kinsale, Laura - The Shadow and the Star

 

Kleypas, Lisa - 3 recs for Devil in Winter

 

Kleypas, Lisa - 2 recs for Love in the Afternoon

 

Kleypas, Lisa - Marrying Winterborne

 

Kleypas, Lisa - Mine Till Midnight

 

Kleypas, Lisa - Secrets of a Summer Night

 

Kleypas, Lisa - 2 recs for Tempt Me at Twilight (basically the whole Hathway series is my favorite!)

 

Koen, Karleen - Through a Glass Darkly

 

Krahn, Betina - The Book of True Desires

 

Krahn, Betina - The Last Bachelor

 

Ladd, Sarah E. 

 

Laurens, Stephanie - The Promise in a Kiss

 

Leigh, Susannah - Wine of the Dreamers (I'm not much into time travel/reincarnation,but one was slightly different. Similar, in a way, to Anya Seton's The Green Darkness. I haven't read it in a long time, maybe 20 years, so it's due to be taken off the shelf again.)

 

Lindsey, Johanna - Gentle Rogue

 

London, Julia - The Perils of Pursuing a Prince

 

Long, Julie Anne - The Secret to Seduction

 

Mathewson, R.L. - Truce

 

Matthews, Mimi - The Lost Letter

 

Marai, Sandor - Embers

 

Marillier, Juliet - Daughter of the Forest

 

Mastretta, Angeles - Lovesick

 

McNaught, Judith - Once and Always

 

Mederios, Teresa - Thief of Hearts

 

Morsi, Pamela - Courting Miss Hattie

 

O'Connell, Ellen - Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold

 

Osborne, Maggie - The Promise of Jenny Jones

 

Proctor, Candice - Beyond Sunrise

 

Putney, Mary Jo - Dearly Beloved (This one is controversial. A lot of readers hate it because of how it starts, but I loved it)

 

Quick, Amanda - Dangerous

 

Quinn, Paula - Laird of the Mist

 

Quinn, Julia - The Duke and I

 

Quinn, Julia - 2 recs for Romancing Mr. Bridgerton

 

Rasheed, Lelia - Cinders & Sapphires

 

Raybourn, Deanna - A Spear of Summer Grass

 

Shupe, Joanna - Magnate

 

Simmons, Paullina - The Bronze Horseman series

 

Smith-Saxe, Coral - Enchantment (absolutely delightful, one of my all-time favorites AND it has one of the most gorgeous covers EVER)

 

Spencer, LaVyrle - Hummingbird (Though I had some issues with Hummingbird, I loved the laugh out loud humor. Both of these books featured ordinary people living ordinary lives rather than dukes and kings and pirates)

 

Stewart, Mary - The Ivy Tree (favorite vintage)

 

Tavares, Miguel Sousa - Equator

 

Thomas, Sherry - Ravishing the Heiress

 

Turano, Jen 

 

Untamed, JanJan - The Magnificent Miss Broadway

 

Wallace, Bill - Buffalo Gal

 

Westcott, Jan - The Hepburn

 

White, Leslie Turner - Lord Johnnie

 

Woodwiss, Kathleen - Ashes in the Wind

 

Yerby, Frank - The Saracen Blade

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review 2018-07-30 16:27
A Duology Worth Reading...
Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

I have finally finished! The sequel to Six of Crows and the finale of this duology ends to me with a satisfying conclusion. It has been a wild journey for me, a long one (my fault, due to reading slump and work) and in the end, it's almost perfect.

 

Continued from where it was left off, Kaz Brekker and his crew returns to Ketterdam as wanted fugitives. After being double crossed by Jan Van Eck, the crew needs to hide their most wanted prize, if only they won't be hunted by every one who wants that prize and killing the crew. But Kaz has a plan that will change the game of odds to his favor and the only way to do this, is that his crew able to survive to challenge what's ahead of them.

 

I do love the finale and how it ended. Its not really great but its good enough that it ends as its meant to be. I love the characters, its development and the relationship between one another. The scheming and the planning, the plot and the twist is just good enough to keep me reading. If not for the slump, I would have finished this sooner. There is so much to explore on this book that I want to talk about but this is definitely worth re-reading... one day. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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review 2018-07-25 04:32
An Amazing Experience
Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi Adeyemi

Audiobook Narration: Excellent
Amazing, beautifully written, full range of emotional highs and lows. The well developed characters, warmed and broke my heart. The story had so much modern truth while delving into fantasy. It is hard not to see and feel the connection to the world around us. I encourage you to read the author's note at the end her words are important.
I loved this, I laughed and cried and will think about this story for a long time to come

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