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review 2017-09-12 00:00
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmar... A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares - Krystal Sutherland I loved this book in so many ways and it took me by absolute surprise. I've never read a book quite like this before, and it was almost as if I was selected to read this one (by First to Read) and especially meant to read it because of some issues that connected with me on a personal level. I knew nothing about it beforehand, which sometimes is the best way to go into a book, and ended up absolutely loving it. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me want to write down lines as quotes. It made me think of someone in my past that I've lost and I have grieved over for years. The cover alone has a cat on it (I know, I know, don't judge a book by its cover).

There are some HUGE issues running through the core of this beautiful, original book about a young girl called Esther being encouraged to face her fears by an amazing young man called Jonah (yes, how lucky is she?), so be forewarned: along with all the fears and phobias that are brought up, there are major issues of abuse, depression, suicidal ideation, self-harm, mental-illness (all that can encourage conversation, and I'm really glad the author Krystal put an afterword about some of this in the back of the book). There are big triggers in the book.
That said, I feel as though the story is a beautiful testament to how a dysfunctional family like this and facing fears like Esther does (as well as looking Death in the face) is really what was needed to do to turn their lives around. It's not all doom and gloom; this story is about looking fear in the face and telling Death 'it's not my time yet'.
I don't always enjoy books with overly 'quirky' characters but these ones all felt so genuine in their quirkiness: Esther with her different outfits, her mom Rosemary and her hippie-like existence, her agoraphobic father...they all are. Even Fleyonce the kitty (who at first I was very upset about, but that's another essay). The Man that Would be Death caps that list off. And then there's Esther falling in love with someone she's known since grade school, who goes through this list with her, honestly and earnestly.

There are so many amazing, unique elements about this wonderful story; I won't forget it any time soon. Every time I had to stop reading, I couldn't wait to continue. My biggest complaint is that I only had a digital copy. I most certainly need to own this amazing book.
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review 2017-09-04 08:20
Enemies to lovers. Yum. My favourite trope.
Worst Men: An Enemies to Lovers Gay Romance - Rachel Kane

Let's get the bad out of the way first... That cover. How is it possible to like half the cover but not the rest. What is with the silhouettes along the bottom? They're not too bad in thumbnail until you see a larger version of the cover, and then you can't unsee them. Couldn't some sort of sculpture have been used, the same as the filming lights were used in the previous book.

 

Yes, previous book, because although there is no series name in the title this book is actually connected to All for Show. In fact it is Nat and Owen's wedding the guys are attending. Since I didn't realise this until after I read it I can confirm that there is no need to read the first book to understand this. 

 

Anyway, the cover aside, I really enjoyed this enemies to lovers story.

 

I spent a bit of the time wanting to do physical harm to Sergio, who had a serious case of 'open mouth insert foot' but I adored Marcus, his old nemesis and enforced roommate. Both men have been mentally traumatised by previous relationships to the extent that they don't know who to trust and an undercurrent of gossip as so many of their friends (and not so friendly) acquaintances are gathered on the small island resort doesn't help their situation.

 

I can't say I appreciated the last chapter (in fact I knocked half a star off for it) but I know there are readers that will.

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review 2017-08-28 03:43
Witty, angsty, sexy
Worst Men: An Enemies to Lovers Gay Romance - Rachel Kane

This enemies to lovers romance has a bit more angst than I care for, but the author adds in a bit of humor in just the right spots to break the tension and lighten things up. The attraction between Sergio and Marcus is plain to see, but they do have their obstacles to overcome. Marcus' past being a hot topic in the rumor mill, their financial differences, and Sergio's mistrust of relationships - just to name a few. The story is fast paced and it flows very well as this pair figure each other out and learn to trust in each other. Even with the high angst of this one, the story held my interest with its clever dialogue, bit of humor, and some oh so hot sexy. It's more than just an enemies to lovers romance. It's about learning to accept that special someone for who they are now, faults and all, not who they used to be.

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review 2017-08-23 20:06
The Worst Witch All at Sea - Jill Murphy

Another great book in the Worst Witch series.

I really enjoy this series. Mildred's character is very likeable and it is interesting to read about all of the adventures she has and the trouble she finds herself in.

Simply language, but a nice adventure story. The ending was a bit predictable, but I still really enjoyed it. I especially liked that this book was more focused on the whole cat situation.

A very good read.

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review 2017-08-16 00:29
A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch - Jill Murphy,Jill Murphy

I really love this series. This is a great addition to it. Very silly and entertaining. You just can't help but like Mildred Hubble.

This is a pretty quick read filled with lots of adventure. I really enjoy Murphy's humor.

I'm also super pumped that there is a Worst Witch series on Netflix. No surprise that this story line made an appearance. I can't wait to continue reading and watching Millie's adventures

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