Review: What If It’s Us by by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

 

What If It's Us

 

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

 

REVIEW

 

This was such a fun book to read. I laugh so much at so many times. I was alternating the audiobook and the paperback. If I have to choose one, it would be the audiobook. The narrators made an amazing job. I particularly liked Arthur’s part of the narration but both were really nice.

I loved how charming Arthur and Ben were, they were so fun, sweet, maybe a bit immature but I get it was good for the story so it was fine. The romance between them was lovely. It goes a bit slow without being boring. It was easy to keep the attention the whole time, especially while listening to it because I truly believe the narrator gave the perfect voices and emotions to them.

The plot is cute. A little expected and it isn’t free of conflict. There were a few times when it was frustrating, mostly because of miscommunication but in general it was entertaining.

I did had a few issues with it. First, I don’t think there is clear in the book description the age of the main characters. I was expecting them to be a lot older than they actually were, which was bothersome but I get used to. They are 16 and 17. Second, there were a few moments when it was a little slow paced and I lost interest but those were very few and I found out I lack such moments when I was listening to it instead of reading it and the last thing I didn’t really liked was the ending. It felt underwhelming compare to how charming the book have been, but other than that I really loved reading it.

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Audiobook Review: Owned by R. Phoenix. Narrated by Jack Noble

 

Owned: The Fate of the Fallen audiobook cover art

 

 

There are certain truths evident in the new state of the world: Humans are less than nothing, supernatural beings reign supreme…and Elias Ivers always gets what he wants.

When he finds out his prized human slave has been snatched away from him by Khaz, a low-class whore, and made a vampire, he doesn’t care what he has to destroy to claim Noah as his own. If that includes the budding feelings between Khaz and Noah, so be it. The fight for the fledgling is fierce and hot, but in this game of sex, pain, and intrigue, can anyone other than Elias truly be a winner?

Now that supernatural beings have seized control of the world, life has become a struggle for the humans who once held power. Witches, vampires, and werewolves determine the fate of every single human, but their moral compasses have long since been shattered.

Rebels, free humans, and slaves all share dreams of hope, mercy, love, and more. But with their fate so uncertain, survival isn’t enough…and they may have to sacrifice what is nearest and dearest to them if they want to change their lives.

BoughtRavel, and Recoil feature different characters whose lives begin to come together in Owned and Temper. This dystopian series explores different aspects of the world, from utter darkness to the shining lights waiting to emerge. Because of this, the books range from dark erotica to romance to horror to action(ish) to bits of other things in between.

 

REVIEW

 

I loved the book so much. I’ve read the series so I wanted to listen to the audios as well. This was fantastic. It has been, so far, my favorite audiobook in the series. It had a lot to do with the absolutely beautiful voice the narrator give to Khaz. But it wasn’t only the voice. It was also the pain, the despair, and all the emotions so amazingly well portray, that made me enjoyed it as I couldn’t imagine I would. There wasn’t mystery to me because I already know the story, but listening to it was a whole new experience. It make me remember why I loved it so much.

 

I did have an issue about it, the pace. I felt too slow to a point I needed to fast the narration speed. It was that easy to correct, so it didn’t change my overall emotion about it. To anyone who hasn’t read or listening to the series, it won’t work as a stand-alone. It is important to read it in the correct order.

 

 

 

BOOK LINKS

Audible | Goodreads

AUTHOR

Audible | Goodreads

NARRATOR

Audible

Review: A Lord to Love by Sara Dobie Bauer

 

A Lord to Love

 

During negotiations for a truce between the feuding Pierce and Morgan families, Lord John Morgan makes a shocking offer: he will give the Pierce family their land, in exchange for Harrison Pierce’s hand in marriage.

John has long been enamored with Harrison, the beautiful son of his late rival. Harrison is nineteen, inexperienced, and known for being cold and bitingly brilliant. The union seems impossible, but John is determined to win the affections of his young obsession.

Will the frigid Harrison concede, or will the object of John’s adoration leave him alone at the altar?

 

REVIEW

 

The rivalry between the Price and Morgan family might come to an end, if Lord John Morgan’s offer to have his late rival’s son hand in marriage is accepted. To Harrison Price, the proposal is a surprise and it comes in the worst possible circumstances. The possibilities that would come if he gets his land back, however, makes him consider the offer.

This was a lot sweeter and more romantic than I expect. I enjoyed reading it a lot. I was a little skeptical of romance developing in such a few words, but it worked perfectly. It doesn’t feel forced. I was worried that Lord Morgan might not be a likable character, but I was wrong. They both are lovely characters and the moments they shared as a couple were beautiful.

The plot was nice. A bit predictable but it still had some interesting twists. The writing style felt appropriate for the setting and it was easy to read. One of the things that I liked the most about it was the emotions the main characters felt, mostly by Harrison. The sorrow was palpable all along the story. I was worried the romance might overcome the other emotions but there was a perfect combination of them. I’m not really a big fan of historical romances but even with my preferences, I was able to love it. I would only guess that a person who prefer this setting is going to love it as well. Definitely recommended.

 

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Review: The Vessel: Nothing by Jason Black

The Vessel: Nothing

 

In the year 2030, overpopulation is at critical levels. To combat the problem, a new law is passed which creates a class system, including a Forfeit class in which the least deserving are stripped of all rights and labeled as non-human. Twenty years later, the Elite class rules the world on the backs of the Worker class, while the Forfeits are nothing more than a consumable product, to be used and abused with no restriction whatsoever.

The Vessel was a college-aged boy with a name and a future before his parents went bankrupt and damned the entire family to become Forfeits. He’s purchased at auction by a doctor with his own agenda, and becomes one of many who will find their way into an in-home clinic where the Hippocratic oath no longer applies.

Warnings: noncon, dubcon, torture, forced medical procedures

 

REVIEW

 

I guess this wasn’t the right book for me. I didn’t liked it as much as I thought I was going to. The story is really interesting. It had also a good writing style and a plot that got my attention easily but there wasn’t something that really capture me. I think it had something to do with the medical procedures and body modifications. Or, perhaps with the fact that the vessel was already broken and there wasn’t struggle in him. That’s on me, because I did read the warnings that were very clear. I just thought I won’t mind it as much as I did. I still believe the story is good and I’ll keep reading to see if the next instalments aren’t that heavy on the things I don’t like and center a bit more in the ones that I do. Beware the tags before reading, but with that in mind I wouldn’t hesitate on giving it a chance again.

 

BOOK LINKS

Smashwords | Goodreads

AUTHOR

Smashwords | Goodreads |

Review: The Fairy Pond by Jason Black

The Fairy Pond

 

Nevan lives a simple life. He works hard in the fields with his brothers and his grandpa, and adores his mother wholeheartedly. He’s a good boy who usually stays out of trouble, but even when Grandpa warns him to stay away from the pond, he can’t help feeling curious about it…and the creatures that watch him whenever he’s near.

 

REVIEW

 

This was a great story. It is a little short but very entertaining. I liked the kid/grandfather relationship. It is a little spooky. The first time I try to read it I stop because it was night and I thought it was going to scare me too much. It didn’t, at least not as much as I thought but I had a good time reading it. I liked the writing style. I liked all the character and, kind of bittersweet, but I also liked how the story went. I was a nice story to read.

 

BOOK LINKS

Amazon | Goodreads

AUTHOR

Amazon | Goodreads |

Review: Life According to Maps: Omnibus Edition

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The complete collection of the short stories in the Life According to Maps series.

Maps
* * *
If Maps ruled the world, his best pal Benji would be court jester, and every day would celebrate a new experiment.
No, scratch that.
If Maps ruled the world, his best pal would still be living next door, and there wouldn’t be any gap-toothed new guy staring at him as if he’s bonkers.
Pity Maps doesn’t rule the world . . .

Diamonds
* * *
Maps’ kingdom is crumbling before his eyes.
His parents are forcing him to get a job, there’s a new kid at school who won’t stop staring at him, and his best friend is too busy thinking about girls to help Maps deal with his real problems.
Worst of all,
Maps is lost.
And none of the roads on his map are leading to Lane.

Lane’s
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Maps doesn’t believe in growing up.
He believes in his experiments, Benji’s new driving skills, Perry’s knowledge of “adult things”, and his interstellar boyfriend, Lane.
Maps certainly doesn’t believe in graduating. And he especially doesn’t believe in his friends attending separate colleges.
Because if Maps believed in any of those things, it would mean he was growing up

 

REVIEW

This was so beautiful. I was sure I was going to like it. There’s something about the author that just make me smile. She creates the must lovely characters and this time wasn’t the exception.

The plot is entertaining, easy to read and free of angst. I’m not a big fan of YA but as charming as this book was it is good choice for someone not fond on the genre as me. It is so easy to fall in love with Maps. He’s a add character. I loved the way he thinks but it was just him who make me love the book. There isn’t one character in the book who didn’t win my heart.

All the dialogues, interactions and conflicts in the book seem age appropriate and, with the occasional exception of the peculiar way Maps express himself. It was a stunning book. I can’t recommend it enough.

BOOK LINKS

Amazon | Goodreads

AUTHOR

Amazon | Goodreads | Website |

Review: Into The Light by H.M. Wolfe and E.L. Nelson

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Between being in charge of the newly established New York branch of the Fenelli family, running his companies and helping Daniel and Tarquin with the kids, Eugene has little time for love. But when he accidentally knocks down Elliott, a fragile blond with sky blue eyes, his heart is instantly taken.

At twenty-two, Elliott Spellmann works for one of the most prominent law offices in the city. Intelligent, hard-working, sharp-minded, he posses all the necessary qualities that would ensure a top position in the firm’s hierarchy, yet he prefers to take a step back, watching others enjoying the fruits of his work.

A man of action Eugene takes matters into his hands, building a support network around Elliott and helping him to overcome the demons of his past. But, as their budding romance intertwines with the stories and secrets of the members of the Stark and Bloom clans, the two men have to look over their shoulder all the time.

Helped by their friends and helping them back, Eugene and Elliott have to win the battle with the dark, evil forces conspiring around them, and bring their love for each other into the light.

*This novel is the second installment in the Dragons’ House series, and cannot be read as a standalone.

 

REVIEW

 

It was fine. It had some things that I liked and some others that made me a bit angry. It didn’t allow me to like it as much as I thought I would.

What I liked about it were some of the characters. It would be a spoiler to say names, but there were some new ones that came into scene that were lovely. They make me smile a lot. I love the start of the book. The first pages show an interesting story and it got my attention quicky. Sadly, the same feeling didn’t remain the whole time. There were moments when I felt lost and struggle to keep my interest.

I wasn’t that much fond on the romance on it. Mostly because every relationship seem insta-love. It was hard, for me, to believe there were realistic emotions involved. The other issue I had with it was the plot. It started strong, but as I keep reading it, it begin to feel disorganized. A lot of characters start to show into scene and it start to being hard to keep track who was who.

As a whole thing I am enjoying the story, but it does have some things that were a little bothersome 

 

 

  

BOOK LINKS

Amazon | Goodreads

AUTHOR

Amazon H.M. Wolfe | Goodreads H.M. Wolfe | Amazon E.L. Nelson | Goodreads E.L. Nelson