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review 2016-11-03 22:39
Under the Lights - Dahlia Adler

I usually open up my reviews with a general statement about the book, but fuck it, I'm just gonna skip right to discussing characters.

 

Well, I really liked Vanessa. She was funny, sarcastic, and oh so relatable. Not to mention, we need all the queer people of color we can get in literature #weneeddiversebooks.


In the beginning, Josh was a douche. A hilarious douche, but a douche nonetheless. But he grew up so much throughout the story and he also said this gem (I think?? Or was it Bri?): "fuck pleasing everybody else. You only live once. Who are you gonna do it for?"
Side note: that quote ^^ is amazing
One more thing about characters: Zander was a goddamn asshole. I felt sorry for him, but he was also a jerk.

 

I love the romance between Bri and Van. So adorable!!!

 

I liked the ending. I thought there was a few things not concluded but overall I was satisfied with how things finished.

 

Tl;dr version- I didn't fall in love with it, but it was enjoyable enough, and I do recommend it.

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review 2016-07-03 12:48
Out on Good Behaviour (Radleigh University, #3) by Dahlia Adler
Out on Good Behavior (Radleigh University Book 3) - Dahlia Adler

28/6 - This was my first f/f book, so I have no idea how it compares to other f/f books out there, but I thought this was pretty great. I felt the same reading this romance as I have with most previous romances - warm and squishy when love is finally admitted, frustrated when problems could be cleared up with a simple conversation and in need of a fan during the sex scenes. For my heart and brain it doesn't matter what bits go where or what shape those bits come in, if there's love it's all the same to me. I really loved Frankie and Samara, although I would have enjoyed this more if some of the chapters had been told from Samara's PoV because I don't feel like I got to know her very well, certainly not as well as I did Frankie. I wanted to know more about Samara's home life and I wish the epilogue had been longer, to show more of what happened once she and Frankie made it to her parent's place. I wanted there to be a HEA for Samara and her parents. Dahlia Adler is definitely an author I'll be looking out for in the future (both her f/f and f/m books)!

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text 2016-03-10 11:43
Story Sprites Round 3 Complete
Dreams of Gods & Monsters - Laini Taylor
The Circle (The Engelsfors Trilogy, #1) - Sara Bergmark Elfgren,Mats Strandberg
Sword and Verse - Kathy MacMillan
By Dahlia Adler Behind the Scenes (Daylight Falls) [Paperback] - Dahlia Adler
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles) - Marissa Meyer
Ice Like Fire - Sara Raasch
Some Girls Bite - Chloe Neill
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater
Happily Ever After: A Companion to the Selection Series - Kiera Cass
Truthwitch - Susan Dennard

Another Round of Story Sprites Completed!

 

 

Books Read

 

Pink Path

Book with Gay/Lesbian Romance – River Walker by Cate Culpepper – 5 Stars

Clairvoyance/Sixth Sense – Sage’s Eyes by VC Andrews – 2 stars  - Review

Characters with Code Names – The Rose Society (Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu – 4.1/2 Stars

Scandinavian Born Character – The Circle (Engelsfors #1) Sara Bergmark Elfgren

 

Yellow Path

>500 Pages – Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) Laini Taylor – 5 Stars

Book to Movie Adaption – The Devil’s Advocate by Andrew Neiderman – 1 Star - Review

Dragons! – The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire#1) by CJ Redwine – 3 Stars

Novel With a Map – Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) – by Sara Raasch 3 Stars – Review

 

Green Path

Stand Alone Fantasy – The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull -5 Stars – In mini review post

Single Word Title – Fairest (Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer – 4 Stars

Enchanted Forest – The Raven Boys (Raven Boys Quartet #1) by Maggie Stiefvater – 5 Stars

Strong Female Friendship – Behind the Scenes (Daylight Falls #1) by Dahlia Adler – 4 stars

 

Purple Path

YA Sci Fi – Starflight (Starlfight #1) by Melissa Landers -  3.1/2 stas

Novel with a Rebellion – Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan – 5 Stars – in mini review post

Prince or Princess – A Wicked Thing (A Wicked Thing #1) by Rhiannon Thomas – 4 Stars

Last Book in a Series – Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer – 5 Stars

 

Blue Path

YA Fantasy – Truthwith (Witchlanders #1) by Susan Dennard – 2 Stars – Review

First Book in a Series – Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neill – 5 Stars – in mini review post

Purple Themed Cover – Happily Ever After (A companion to the Selection Series) by Kiera Cass – 5 Stars

Supernatural Feud – Winter Falls (Twin Willows Trilogy #1) by Nicole Maggi – 4 Stars – In mini Review Post

 

Save me linking every one - see the mini review post here

You can see my Goodreads Shelf with the dates of the books read here

 

Best Books

Dreams of Gods and Monsters, Winter, The Circle, Happily Ever After, Sword and Verse, River Walker, Daylight Falls,  The Raven Boys, Some Girls Bite

 

Worst Books

The Devil’s Advocate, Sage’s Eyes, Truthwitch

 

Honourable Mentions

The Rose Society, Fairest, The Radiant Road, Ice like Fire.

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review 2015-12-21 18:09
Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler
Last Will and Testament (Radleigh University) (Volume 1) - Dahlia Adler

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Before saying anything else, I must say this: This is by far the most diverse NA book I've read. Given that the most diversity I've had during my New Adult Project is a secondary character that is either gay or a POC, that might not say much. But Last Will and Testament offers a wide range, both when it comes to ethnicity and to sexuality. I praise this book for that, and will do until people's ears bleed if they ask what the best part about this book is. Because that is it, no competition.

What about the story then? Last Will and Testament opens with Lizzie finding out her parents have died. To top it off, when the police came to tell her, she was in the middle of hooking up with a guy, who's in a relationship, I might add. Where does this leave her? Well, she's now the guardian of her two younger brothers, Tyler and Max. To top it off, her grades are falling and she might loose her scholarship, she's making some questionable choices in life, and is doing what more or less any young person might do. Lizzie tries to make the right choices again, and one of them happens to get a tutor. Namely, Connor, her TA. Things happen and soon Lizzie finds her seeking out Connor's help more than once. And well, you see where this is going, aren't you?

I said this book's diverse cast is it's greatest strength, but Connor is a close second. He's so damn sweet. And hot. And smart. And, well, basically what I look for when it comes to NA heroes. Which means he's anything but the violent, possessive jerk that this genre is filled with. Connor is mature, but no one is perfect. His flaws and quirks is what makes him human, and one of the best heroes in this genre.

Now that I've gushed about Connor (and yeah, he's truly worth gushing over), let's take a look at Lizzie. I liked her. Even when she made dumb decision and I wanted to throw a pillow (or something harder) at her. She tries what she thinks is best, and when that fails, she doesn't let it break her. She's not your typical NA heroine either. She sleeps around, she parties, her grades are dropping. She is human. A trait many NA heroines are missing.

No matter how fantastic these characters were, I still struggled with the story at times. For one thing, while I appreciated that the drama wasn't over the top, somewhere right after the 50% mark the story sort of... fizzled out. I lost interest; nothing really happened. I asked for something to happen, and because this is NA, a genre I consider myself fairly knowledgeable of now, I hoped it would not include any sort of plot with the villain being the mean girl. Maybe, just maybe, this book wouldn't go that direction, it had, after all, missed a lot of the usual tropes. It's a small spoiler when I say I was disappointed. And that's all I will say on the matter.

Last but not least, one more topic lowered the rating. The slutshaming. For all the tropes the book missed, it did not miss this one. The majority of the slutshaming comes from - you guessed it- the mean girl. Which in itself is exhausting, but even more so when every character in this book is made out to be human, except for the mean girl, who is the person who slutshames the most. The slutshaming then didn't add anything to the story apart from painting the mean girl to be, well, mean. And even without the slutshaming this girl would've been a mean girl, so in truth, the slutshaming could've been cut out completely and it wouldn't have affected the story in any way.

I feel too negative, but pet peeves are pet peeves. On the most part, the good writing, wonderful main characters (and secondary as well), the first half... it made up for a lot. In fact,Last Will and Testament is one of the few NA books I can say I would recommend to a friend!

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review 2015-06-15 12:31
Under the Lights - Dahlia Adler

Well, this was a disappointment. What I had expected: Vanessa x Josh, a whole lot of that. Instead Vanessa has someone else, someone I never expected her to like, and as soon as that plot became more and more focussed on that, the more bored I became and I just wanted to stop reading. I don't mind this kind of plot, but I just think it was too far fetched and also felt like it was added for the need for it instead of actually wanting one. Maybe the author really wanted to add it, I don't know, but it just didn't feel like it fitted, not with how she acted in the previous book. I know I sound bitter, but I am just getting tired of books/authors doing this, it is not the first time I read a book about a non-white person who also, coincidentally, is either gay, has some magical disease, has some magical skill or something else. Diversity is fun and all, but come on, make it seem natural. Don't add stuff for the sake of adding things.

 

Just to clarify (since I noticed people were having trouble with it). I am commenting on how diversity is done in books these days, I am not commenting on coloured people not being able to be gay or that it is weird for them to be gay. Nor am I commenting on the fact that they can't do or be anything. I am just talking about DIVERSITY in books and HOW it is handled. It is just that it often feels like it is just added for the sake of it, and not because they want to. I am totally ok with people being any colour, or LGBT or whatever else. I have enough friends of colour, or who are gay and I love them all the same. I just wish that diverse books were done better, that it felt more real, now it often feels fake and out of place, and that is a shame. Maybe in a few years, when diversity has been around a bit longer in books, that books will feel more real when they have coloured people who are gay, or having something else going on in their lives. I am truly hoping for that to happen. Thanks, I hope that this solves and maybe lessens some peoples anger towards me.

 

On to the characters. I can say that Vanessa was a disappointment. I loved her in the previous book and I was so excited to see her in this one, but that quickly spiralled as I got tired of her insecurity and her attitude. Add to that what happens between her and a certain character and I was just bored out of my mind for most of the Vanessa POV.
The fact that she was that, I didn't mind it at all, I am totally okay with people being LGBT, like I said, but I just felt it was odd and it didn't match with the Vanessa I know from the first book. Also all that drama between her and that person. God, seriously, just kiss already and just be with each other. *rolls eyes*

 

Josh was an interesting character, though I got slightly tired of his sexual stories, how this and that girl gave him head, or how he did that and that with those people. It was just disgusting, and while it fitted the Josh persona, I think it would have been better had it been a bit less. Also his drugs and alcohol use was just overkill and I wonder how he is still alive and in one piece. But out of the two of them, Josh had the most interesting POV. Wow, his mom is a total bitch. Acting like that and forcing your son to do all that. :

The story, well what story, it is now just 2 characters with 2 different stories and problems. They help each other, but well not that much and stuff collide together, but that is it.

 

I really miss Ally and Liam. They just got completely kicked out of the story. We only see Liam a few times, and Ally, well is practically not in the story with the exception of a few parts. Which is a terrible shame, I was hoping that we would still get to see Ally or more of them together, but no. And yes, I know they have their lives and Ally is kilometres away, but at least we could have had a cameo or more Ally stuff.

 

All in all, I am really disappointed in this book. It took me 4 days(!!!) to get through this book. 4 days of wishing it would get better, and finding out, it never is getting better.

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