Review: On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

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Summary:

I’m dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago.

Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs – the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.

And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor’s only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother – who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road.

Review:

* Internally screams till the end of times* I know that when this book came out I was barely 10 and I wouldn’t have been able to understand anything but I will keep shaming my self for not reading it the moment it came out. Let me start this review by saying that I loved this book. So. Much.

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That gif was basically me throughout the whole story. I know most of you have probably already read this book (if not, stop reading this and go do it NOW) but I can’t help myself but to write my thoughts on it down on the interwebs.

“It’s funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that’s why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It’s not the pain they’re getting over, it’s the love.”

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Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

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Summary: 

In a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.

Review: 

“Let me tell you a wondrous story. For once, let me be the shining one. It is springtime. Birds are noisiest now. I can almost see the shape of the sky.”

Probably the most beautiful book I have read in a while. This is not a drill.  Continue reading

Review: Kings Rising (Captive Prince #3) by C.S. Pacat

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Summary: 

Damianos of Akielos has returned.

His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.

On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor’s forces are massing. In the north, the Regent’s armies are mobilising for war. Damen’s only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.

Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen’s identity—can it stand against the Regents final, deadly play for the throne?

Review:

If by any chance you follow me on Goodreads you know that I hated the first book on this series. To be completely honest I don’t remember clearly what it was that put me off, if it was the violence or the sickening sensation that the romance was going to develop in some sort of romantacized Stockholm Syndrome. But everyone and their mother told me to read it, so I did. As I said, it was not a good start and I genuinely thought I would never keep reading them, however, here I find myself: finished the last book and loved it.  Continue reading

Review: A Hundred Thousand Words by Nyrae Dawn

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Summary:

Tobias Jackson grew up in Coburn, a town where the gay population equaled exactly one: him. Add that to the fact that his dream guy was his best friend’s jerky older brother Levi Baxter, and it made hooking up virtually impossible.

Now home from college for winter break, Toby is a different person. He left Coburn for San Francisco, where he wasn’t the lone gay guy and the only black kid in town. And yeah, he took advantage of what the city had to offer.

Apparently Toby isn’t the only one who’s changed. Levi’s not acting like the self-centered guy with all the answers that Toby remembers from growing up. Oh and Levi’s realized he’s bisexual, which makes things a lot more interesting…

Heading back to college, Toby doesn’t expect to meet up with Levi again, despite him being in med school not far away. A surprise visit from Levi blows that assumption out of the water. As they spend more time together Toby sees Levi as more than just the fantasy. He’s complicated, unsure…he’s real. But if Toby can’t get out of the past and find the words he keeps locked inside himself, he’ll lose his chance at Levi for good.

Review:

I’m not sure how to convey my thoughts for this book. It was a cute read and it had many elements (I will explain below) that I really liked, but it just did not convince me. I gave it 3 stars on GR so it was not bad (not at all) but I felt like the romance was too rushed and you couldn’t connect with the characters enough for you to like them or understand their love.

What kind of life is it if you don’t let yourself experience it? If you don’t go for what you want and live how you want? If you don’t open your mouth and say what’s important and cling to those you love? Not being who you are, or saying how you feel, or fighting for what you love, not being willing to risk your heart, is losing by default.

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Review: Evenfall (In the Company of Shadows #1) by Santino Hassell and Ais

Evenfall: Volume 1: Director's Cut (In the Company of Shadows, #1 part #1) Evenfall: Volume 2: Director's Cut (In the Company of Shadows, #1 part #2)

Summary:

In a post-apocalyptic future, the Agency works behind the scenes to take down opposition groups that threaten the current government. Their goals justify all means, even when it comes to their own agents.

Sin is the Agency’s most efficient killer. His fighting skills and talent at assassination have led to him being described as a living weapon. However, he is also known to go off on unauthorized killing sprees, and his assigned partners have all wound up dead.

Boyd is not afraid to die. When his mother, a high-ranking Agency official, volunteers him to be Sin’s newest partner, he does not refuse. In fact, his life has been such an endless cycle of apathy and despair that he’d welcome death.

In the newly revised Director’s Cut of Evenfall, the first volume follows these two cast-offs as they go from strangers to partners who can only rely on each other while avoiding death, imprisonment, and dehumanization by the Agency that employs them.

*Warning: explicit sex, physical and psychological abuse, self-harm and violence

Review:

If you are triggered by any of the above mentioned warnings don’t read this book. To everyone else: YOU. MUST. READ IT. NOW.

Yes, that’s just how good it is. Plus, by the grace of God(s) you can get it for free pals. You heard me right, FOR FREE!!! And now lets go with the review.

For all that he spent his life inside his head, sometimes he found it difficult to explain to others what was going through his mind.

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R.I.P. It or Ship It Tag

I believe emmmabooks created this tag. The rules are pretty simple:

  1. Write down the names of characters from different books on scraps of paper. (I used 18 characters both boys and girls)
  2. Put them on a container. (I’ve used a mug that used to say I ❤ U but now it’s just plain white)
  3. Pull out two names (scarps of paper) at the same time.
  4. Now decide, do you ship it or do you want this couple to be abandoned into oblivion.

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ROUND 1

CLARY FRAY + PETER PAN

Okay I was totally not expecting this to come out but OMG! No, no no no no no I can’t see this happening. Although Peter resembles Jace in some ways Clary would eat him alive. He isn’t even half as badass. DROWN THIS SHIP!

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Series Review: All for the Game by Nora Sakavic

The Foxhole Court (All for the Game, #1)  The Raven King (All for the Game, #2)  The King's Men (All for the Game, #3)

Summary (of the #1 book):

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.

Review:

I would like to start this review with an apology, for being away for so long. I know you (readers) might not have noticed that I was gone, but this is mainly to thank Manu, Amy and Rheez for keeping up with the blog while I have been away. I am sorry for deserting you and for the double work you have to take on. I love you.

Now that that has been said, lets get on with this. Whatever you think the Foxhole Court is, based on the blurb up there, it is much more than that. Continue reading

Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Summary:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Review:

This book was so good I feel like no review I can write of it would ever do it justice. I decided to buy it over a year ago because a booktuber I used to watch said she loved it but I hadn’t gotten around to reading it until about a month ago. I am both glad (because it was amazing) and sad (bECAUSE it. was. amazing.). I guess you get it.

The book is filled with 80’s pop culture/nerd references and even though I didn’t get many of them and had to look them up – let’s not kid ourselves, I’m no gamer- it was still very very enjoyable when I did get them.

Ready Player One is an amazing debut for the author, a fast paced, action packed novel full of interesting and diverse characters. There was not a moment where I knew what was going to happen next, which was a relieve because usually these books tend to be very predictable. Continue reading

Review: Beautiful Boss (Beautiful #4.5) by Christina Lauren

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Summary:

The ninth work in the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling series that started with Beautiful Bastard. In this e-novella, Will Sumner and Hanna Bergstrom (from Beautiful Player) find that a wedding and everlasting love were just the beginning.

One Player tamed. One nerd girl satisfied. And one more major life decision to make. When Will fell for Hanna, her quirky sense of humor and fierce dedication to her career were part of the attraction. (Not to mention her coy newbie attitude toward sex and her willingness to let him teach her everything.) But when the job offers start rolling in for her—and oh, they do—Hanna has trouble deciding what she wants, where they should live, and how much she should burden Will with the decision. Magic between the sheets is only one part of a relationship…getting on the same page is quite another altogether.

Review:

Beautiful Boss is a short and sweet story about Hanna and Will’s life after they get married and when they are about to take one of the hardest decisions in their relationship so far. In only 144 pages (if I’m correct), Christina Lauren make you connect with the couple the same way you did on Beautiful Player, and even though Will has been “tamed” and Hanna is more mature, deep down they are still the same dorks in love, which is adorable to see. Continue reading

Let the Wrong Light In by Avon Gale

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Summary:

Avery Hextall, a junior architect at a prestigious firm, is thrilled when his design is chosen for a new performing-arts centre—even if it means working closely with his insufferably uptight project manager, Malin Lacroix. When a chance encounter in the boss’s office proves that Lacroix is anything but cold, Avery is determined to learn more about the real man beneath the aloof veneer.

Despite their growing attraction and their increasingly kinky encounters, the enigmatic Malin remains as emotionally distant as ever. Worse, Avery’s friends are convinced Malin thinks of Avery as a dirty secret and nothing more—a secret that might destroy both of their careers.

But the real secret is a single moment in time that haunts Malin and keeps him from committing to the life he wants with Avery. In order to move on, Avery must help Malin come to terms with the tragedy in his past before they can work on building a future together.

Review:

I was a little hesitant to start reading this one because of the kink factor (I had recently had some misfortune when choosing kinky books) and at first I thought I had been right and it was going to be a no-plot-just-sex kind of book, where the kink wasn’t even particularly enjoyable, because they were even doing it wrong (not that I’m a professional in that department or anything), but then the most amazing thing happened: IT ALL CHANGED!

Avery Hextall, an outgoing, talkative and friendly architect, the kind of person who as a kid invited the whole class to his birthday parties, fantasizes and falls for Malin Lacroix, his cold, serious boss who is extremely introverted by nature. They start off with intense (not enjoyable) kinky hookups but after a while their play turns less rough. Then serious emotions build up between them and a lot emotions mix in you because YOU JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH!  Continue reading