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review 2017-09-16 18:35
Review: "Crescendo" (Song of the Fallen, #2) by Rachel Haimowitz
Crescendo - Rachel Haimowitz

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

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review 2017-08-09 18:42
Review: "Counterpoint" (Song of the Fallen, #1) by Rachel Haimowitz
Counterpoint - Rachel Haimowitz

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

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review 2017-07-15 17:01
Review: "Road to the Sun" by Keira Andrews
Road to the Sun: May-December Gay Romance - Keira Andrews

 

~ 4.5 stars ~

 

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review 2017-04-29 17:52
Review: "Olive Juice" by TJ Klune
Olive Juice - T.J. Klune

"One thing that they don't tell you is that fires can't burn bright forever."

 

 

All the reviews for this book are like "OMG, I'm a blubbering mess." and "OMG, don't read any spoilers.".

 

So yeah, you REALLY shouldn't read any spoilers and just go along for the ride.

 

But there are two things that I just want to point out anyway:

 

1. TJ Klune has always been a great writer, but he outdid himself with this one. The writing quality is excellent, and given the heaviness of the story, it was beautiful, tasteful and one of the best-written books I've ever read.

 

2. Since everyone is recommending to avoid spoilers at any costs and go in blindly, I still feel like this book could have used a trigger warning, given the main target of M/M readers:

 

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

 

Trigger warning: abduction of a family member, with no final conclusion or explanation to the disappearance or the whereabouts

(spoiler show)

 

So while a romance this is NOT, the writing and the revelation of bits of information a little at a time totally worked for me. This has been one of the darkest and most depressing books I've ever read. But I'm glad that I did, because not everything in life is just rainbows, kittens and sunshine.

 

Oh, and just to be clear: there's a tentative HFN, so this can still be considered as a romance. Though just barely.

 

Thanks to Elsbeth and Cinna MMon for the BR.

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review 2017-02-02 19:20
Review: "Looks Over" (Gives Light, #2) by Rose Christo
Looks Over - Rose Christo

"It's not blood that makes us who we are," Dad said. "It's family. And it's not blood that makes us family. It's love."

 

This was even more beautiful than the first book. Because there was more of EVERYTHING!

 

  • more emotions
  • more family love and dynamics
  • more relationship moments
  • more sweet kisses (but no sex, though I don't expect that in a YA novel anyway)
  • more education on Native American culture
  • more wonderful secondary characters
  • more drama (NOT relationship-related!)
  • more surprising plot twists
  • and more BEAUTIFUL WRITING

 

 

And yet, I STILL can't give this book the highest 5-star rating, because I was missing Rafael's POV here more than ever.

 

 

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