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Eat You Alive by Eden O'Neill

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dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

here's the thing. I knew this book wasn't for me when I heard the content warning. I am not a bully romance person. but I gave it a chance anyways because I thought this might be rio from good girls vibes.

ares/wolf is terrible. in the way men are terrible in real life and why read about it. I like my book boyfriends to be better. the bullying crosses the line for me into worse. BUT I know for some people that is your cup of tea and no shade to you. in that sense this is entertaining. just definitely check the trigger warnings before reading.

red was annoying in the beginning but in the end she came into her strength and I appreciated that.

I will say once we got past the bully part and more into the enemies to friends to lovers I did enjoy it. the cliffhanger got me. I wasn't sure I was going to finish it, but now I am curious how it wraps up. 
Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

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dark reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

this is a really interesting concept. it is very disturbing and hard to get through. I found its portrayal of the special meat process very accurate and true to our current food system.

as a vegan I think I read this a bit differently than others. I do not feel this book is pushy or preachy or gross for gross's sake. I think it is a very interesting alternate reality that remains true to a lot of our current habits and behaviors at our worst and most ignorant. I do hope it is thought provoking to those who read it. and while it is hard to stomach so is the real life version with animals. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I think some things could have been lost in translation or rushed and so I did not feel attached to any of the main characters. I felt marcos was a total hypocrite.
The Whale Warriors: The Battle at the Bottom of the World to Save the Planet's Largest Mammals by Peter Heller

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adventurous reflective medium-paced

5.0

10/10 I loved this book. it was written in the 2000s and you can definitely tell by some non-PC language. however it was very objectively written and covered so many facets of whaling. I had no idea this book was about sea shepherd. I just saw it at a used book store and thought cool I like whales. I was so pleasantly surprised.

outside of the poor language at times the only thing I felt this book needed was a bit more about whale capture for entertainment. its mentioned in a few sentences but I do think it should have a bit more time in the book.

for anyone who loves whales, wants to protect them, or wants to understand a plight of our oceans (because there are many more) highly recommend.

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Bittersweet by Morgan Elizabeth

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emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

 this was fine, it was a bit repetitive. in the dedication she mentions her love for writing filth and that is what this was. definitely a book that is better in fantasy and if a man was like that in real life 🤢

but for people who love possessive semi alpha-holes you'd love this. the plot outside of the romance was heavy themes but not too intense. I wish it was more about making the bakery work and less about some of the family drama. 
Secrets and Masks by Emerald_Slytherin

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dark tense medium-paced

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Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach

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informative sad slow-paced

3.0

I had high hopes for this. and now that I'm done I'm not sure how to feel. I appreciate how the book wrapped up. I felt she was fair in all her research and showing both sides. maybe I'm too close to the issue but her jokes sometimes felt insensitive. in the beginning I was actually worried about the direction it would take. it's a lot more direct than I expected it to be fluffy and silly.

it could be an interesting book for understanding human and animal relationships if you're new to that space.
D'Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding by Chencia C. Higgins

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lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

this was so cute I'm not sure why it took so long to read it. I was hooked pretty quickly. it kind of reminds me of love is blind in the original season before people only did it for clout. D'vaughn and Kris are so cute. the flirtation and banter is great. it is spicy but not heavy on the spice. very hallmark in the sense that the drama is minimal and resolved quickly. but it felt satisfying because they were mature resolutions showing emotional intelligence. well done.
A Touch of Chaos by Scarlett St. Clair

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dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

I am happy to have wrapped up the series. it was such a strong start for me and just an ok end. this was fast paced and action packed. there was a lot of spicy but it felt forced and too much at times. lots of fights ended so quickly. the build up did not match the conclusion. Hermes is great 🤣
Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body by Martin Pistorius

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emotional inspiring reflective medium-paced

4.5

such an interesting story. very raw and real. I appreciate how honest he was. while some ideas around the tech might have been harder to comprehend he made them very easy. I felt emotional towards the end when Joanna was introduced. well worth the read. 

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The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks by Shauna Robinson

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lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

I thought it was fun, cute, and sweet. I didn't realize it was set in Maryland, that was a nice surprise. I did feel like it was a bit easy, even the drama was resolved quickly. and the lying felt odd at times. despite that I enjoyed it and would recommend for a fun and light read.