Barbarian Alien, by Ruby Dixon
I've been meaning to continue on with this series since I read the first book last year. When I started this series I wasn't expecting to enjoy it because I had never read an alien romance and I didn't think it was going to be for me but boy was I wrong. I ended up enjoying this one more than I did the first one. Liz is a bad ass female lead. She wants to have control over her life and she makes things very difficult for Raahosh despite the pull she has towards him. She's definitely very feisty and she knows how to get what she wants. Raahosh!! What to say about Raahosh? While the way he went about taking care of Liz and getting her to fall in love with him probably wasn't the greatest idea I totally understand why he did what he did. I thought this book was funny and sexy and sweet and ugh I just want more.
Birthday Girl, by Penelope Douglas
Ok so this is a really hyped book. When I first started reading it I was enjoying it but I wasn't enjoying it as much as I was expecting to but I kept reading and by the time I finished it I understood the hype for it although I would still say it was way over hyped. This is an age gap slow burn romance. When I say slow burn I mean slow burn. The characters didn't actually get together until over halfway through the book which I get but ugh I just wanted them to get it over with. The chemistry between these characters is amazing which is why I was like screaming at them to just get together already. This is a forbidden romance because this is a boyfriends dad romance but there was no actual cheating on Jordan's part. At first I was kind of expecting there to be a little bit of a love triangle but that didn't end up being the case because Cole ends up being a horrible boyfriend in the end. There were a couple of things I wish would have gotten elaborated on in the end but that may just be a personal preference thing. Overall I really did enjoy this and I couldn't stop reading it. It was very addictive.
Hearts in Darkness, by Laura Kaye
I loved the premise of this book. Caden and Makenna get stuck in an elevator in the dark hence the title. It's hard to know how much time goes by but I'm pretty sure this book takes place only over several hours. Before getting in the elevator neither one of them had really gotten a good look at the other one. All Caden knows is that Makenna has red hair and all Makenna noticed was a tattoo on Caden's hand. With nothing else to do they start talking and get to know each other. It's definitely insta-love which doesn't bother me but I know not everyone enjoys that trope. Although I think I would say it's more insta-lust. It was a very quick and steamy read but it also deals with past traumas and the characters insecurities. I definitely want to read the second book in this duology because I want to know what happens with these characters now that they are out of the elevator.
The City of Mirrors, by Justin Cronin
It has finally come to an end!! I am sad that it has ended but at the same time I am so glad I gave this series a chance because I absolutely loved it. This is the 3rd and final book in The Passage trilogy by Justin Cronin. In this one we get a little bit of back story in the beginning which slowed down the pacing of the story a little bit but beyond that I still absolutely loved everything. The only complaints I have had throughout the entirety of these books is that it was hard to keep up with all of the characters and the timeline but I stopped trying and just focused on enjoying the story which I did. I definitely think that these books are ones where you can benefit from rereading them because I am sure I can pick up on stuff that I didn't pick up on this time around. I've said like 3 times already but I absolutely loved these books and now I want everyone to read them.
Vicious, by L.J. Shen
When I started reading this book I wasn't sure I was going to like it after only reading 2 chapters. This is a bully romance and boy was Vicious a bully. My issue was the fact that he was being a bully for the hell of it basically. He was just mean for the sake of being mean. It took me a while to pick it back up after I initially started reading it but once I did I was hooked. Vicious continued to be a jerk for basically no reason although we do get a little back story as to why he is the way he is which made me understand a little more. Despite my issues with how much of a jerk he was I couldn't stop reading it and I couldn't stop thinking about it when I had to put the book down. It didn't hurt that it was pretty steamy as well. Honestly I know there is so much wrong with the way Vicious treated Emelia but I couldn't get enough of it. What does that say about me I wonder? I can definitely see myself carrying on in this series.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely, by Brigid Kemmerer
I put off reading this book for so long and I don't even know why because I knew I was going to love it. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie. I've never read the original book but I have loved pretty much every Beauty and the Beast retelling I have read and this of course was no exception. First I need to point out that this book has disability rep. The heroine has Cerebral Palsy. I can't comment on the accuracy of the representation because I don't have any personal experience but I feel like it was done well. I liked how it was portrayed in the book. It's my understanding that it's not the same for everyone so maybe Harpers experience with CP won't be accurate for everybody. I loved how despite having CP Harper didn't let it hold her back and she definitely didn't let anybody make her feel less than capable. I loved how while yes this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling there was a darker spin on it. Honestly I just loved everything about this book. I did see the reveal coming in the end but that didn't take away from my enjoyment. I'm of 2 minds about reading the next books. Yes I absolutely want to continue with the series but everything I've heard about the remaining books hasn't been the greatest so I'm scared but I want more of Harper and Rhen.
City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare
Thank you to Erin for continuing to buddy read with me even though I keep falling behind. I'm still enjoying the story overall but Clary is so annoying for so many reasons and Clare really likes to drag things out where this series is concerned. I'm enjoying buddying reading these books and talking about them because while I'm hooked on the romance side of the story Erin's focus is on other aspects so it helps me to notice more of what's going on. I don't really have much else to say about this book without spoilers so I guess I'm just going to leave it there which I know isn't very much but I've got nothing else.
Full Dark, No Stars, by Stephen King
Full Dark, No Stars is a collection of 4-5 short stories depending on what edition you have. In each story King explores how people would react when faced with some difficult situations. Short stories tend to be hit or miss for me because it's hard for me to feel like I have the full story when I am reading short stories. Most of the time when I read short stories I feel like I am left needing/wanting more and not in a good way. For the most part each of these stories gave me just enough to feel like I didn't need/want more. I have written my thoughts on each story below and given them an individual rating. You will see my overall rating for the whole book above. All I did was take the average between my ratings below. Anyways here are my thoughts on each of the short stories in this book.
1922 - This was a great opener and it pulled me in immediately. Normally I say that King is overly detailed in his stories but for this story it worked for me. All of the details were gross and kind of gave me the creeps and had me cringing because I could just picture it in my head ugh!! I do have to point out that I am over how King always uses racism and sexism in his books. There was one particular line in this book that me and the group I read this book with felt was just added so he could mark off his racism included box. It wasn't needed at all. We already knew this guy was a vile person from the very beginning. Despite that I was fully sucked into this story and absolutely loved everything else about it. 5 stars
Big Driver - This story is about a woman getting raped and it is pretty detailed so I would say if you're easily triggered you might want to skip this one. Again I was sucked in immediately with this story. It was definitely hard to read the rape scene but I for the most part loved how she handled the aftermath. Do I agree with her actions no because I firmly believe 2 wrongs don't make a right but it sure did make for a good story. 4 stars
Fair Extension - This story was my least favorite out of all of them but this is more because of a personal reason. I watched my dad lose his battle with cancer and my granny has fought it twice now and my mother in law is currently fighting it as well so when it's made light of in a story I'm not impressed. I get that it's just a story and it was an ok story overall but I couldn't get over that fact. 3
A Good Marriage - The only complaint I had about this one had to do with the narrator of the audiobook and not the actual book itself. The narrator made the wife come off really whiny which really got on my nerves. I loved how this story played out and how in the end the wife got her revenge. 4.5
Under the Weather - This is one where I needed more. I was so into the story and then all of a sudden it ended. I was so into the story that I didn't see that twist coming and honestly I should have because it was pretty obvious. 4
Overall I definitely think this collection is worth reading if you can handle reading stories about things that can realistically happen. Every story except for one deals with real life scenarios and how people would react if put in those situations. They aren't easy reads but I would say give it a go if you think you can handle it.
More Than the Game, by Jenni Bara, Jenni Bara
Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book as part of this blog tour.
I absolutely loved this book. I was expecting to enjoy it when I agreed to review it but I didn't expect to end up loving it as much as I did. I loved the back and forth between the two main characters Marc and Beth. There are definitely some steamy scenes but for me personally I felt they were a bit tame. Not to say that's a bad thing though because it's not. I loved how protective of Beth Marc was from the very beginning even though he wasn't planning on staying with her forever at the time. My only complaint about this book is the lack of communication. While I hate when characters just assume things like these characters were doing pretty much throughout the book I couldn't help but be drawn in. Every time I put the book down I couldn't stop thinking about it. I was sad when it ended because I wanted more of these characters. I really hope this author writes more books following the other characters because Beth has 7 brothers and I just loved how close they all are. This is getting a 5 star rating from me I just loved everything about it.
Guilty, by Laura Elliot
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
This book is broken up into 4 parts. Part 1 is about the disappearance of a teenager. This part is very fast paced and the case gets resolved in this section. Parts 2-4 follow a few key characters from the first part and how what happened then affects each of them in the future and the pacing for these parts isn't always consistent. I can't believe I put off reading this book for so long. This book put me through an emotional ringer. I went through so many emotions while reading this. It pulls at your heartstrings at times and at others times it pisses you off so much that you want to throw the book. When I say it pissed me off I don't mean that in a bad way I just mean that I felt so bad for one of the characters. I was mad and frustrated on his behalf. I will definitely be looking into what other books this author has written.