Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

3.5 Stars

I loved the feminist vibes Girls Made of Snow and Glass had. It wasn’t what I expected when people kept referring to it as a “feminist fairytale”, but I really enjoyed it.  This book isn’t for someone looking for a steamy f/f romance, but it is for those that want to read about women loving women and going against what is expected of them.  This is a good retelling of Snow White. It stays true enough to the story that you are able to definitely able to relate the two, without feeling like a copy of the original.

I wanted SO MUCH out of the relationship between Lynet and Nadia that I was disappointed when their relationship was more of the slow burn type with little more that handholding. I was placated some when I realized about 2/3 of the way through, that Lynet wasn’t even aware that women could be in relationships with each other. Her life within Whitespring had only shown her men and women marrying and then having children. She wasn’t aware that there was another option. But still, I wanted more.

On the other hand, I did love the relationship Lynet had with Mina. It was refreshing to see a depiction of a stepdaughter/mother relationship that isn’t full of animosity. The evolution of Lynet and Mina’s relationship is probably one of my favorite things about this book.

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Snatch by Marie James (Cerberus MC #5)

5 Stars!!!

I just moved to rural, bordertown Texas, and I won’t have internet for another week, WE NOW HAVE INTERNET and I just finished this book and I need to talk to people about it. I NEED TO. My husband, in my pre-blogging days, sometimes had to listen to rants about various scifi/fantasy books. He can handle the occasional geek out. He is not ready to hear me gush about this M/M MC Romance. I’m pretty sure he heard more than enough when I found out Snatch & Itchy were getting their own book.

This is my first M/M romance, and while I don’t have an aversion to them, I’ve also never sought one out. NOW, I feel like I’ve been missing something. Snatch & Itchy together were just what the Cerebus MC series needed to spice things up a bit. All of the Cerebus MC books can be read as standalones, but I seriously think they are so much better if you read them all. I’ve seen a lot of reviews that say this is the first Marie James they’ve read, and that they are starting with Snatch specifically because of the M/M romance aspect. If you haven’t read this series before, you will do just fine starting here… but you will love it so much more if you have all the background that goes with it.

After reading the prologue, I was seriously dreading what was to come. I knew it was coming, but it was still painful to watch. The epilogue was absolutely perfect and I hope this means more books… or a spinoff series… or SOMETHING. I have questions and I don’t know if they would be spoiler-y or not so I’m refraining from asking them….

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Title: Snatch
Series: Cerberus MC #5 (Standalone)
Author: Marie James
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 13, 2017

 

Blurb
I’ve been Jaxon Donovan since the day I was born, obviously.
My road name, Snatch, came years later due to my ability to literally snatch up
any woman I set my sights on. I’ve always been a connoisseur of the opposite
sex. Tall, short, thin, thick and juicy, my tastes knew no limitations.
I didn’t think there was a limitation to my sexuality, and I
found out just how true that actually was the night my best friend took it upon
himself to take me in his mouth. Sure, there’d been close calls before, the
slip of a hand or misplaced lips. With our propensity to share women, it’s
bound to happen. That fateful night, I was met with pure intention and an
experience I never want to forget.
How do you explain to your friends, your brother’s in arms,
that your extremely active sexuality has led you to your best friend’s door
step? How do you admit, after twenty-six years of heterosexuality, that you’re
into something else?
I’ll soon find out that what happens in the dark will always
come to light.
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Author Bio
Marie James is a full-time working mother of two amazing
little boys and wife of almost 13 years. She enjoys reading in her spare time,
and diet coke is always near. Central Texas is where Marie calls home and has
lived most of her life. With 13 published books under her belt, she has no
desire to stop writing anytime soon and has dozens of book ideas to keep her
busy.
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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows Duology #1)

4.5 Stars

This isn’t a book I ever really intended to read. I’ve seen it all over Bookstagram, and I’m pretty sure all my GoodReads friends have read it, but it just didn’t sound like it was for me. I saw it on sale on Audible and picked it up on a whim, but I still didn’t read it for 5 months. Then I started this book and suddenly there was not enough time in the day to listen to it. That first chapter with Inej sold me. I kept thinking I wouldn’t like any other character as much as Inej, but then with each additional POV I found more and more to love.

I knew the phrase “No Mourners, No Funerals” was somehow related to the book, but I didn’t realize how entwined the phrase is with the characters. I think “No Mourners, No Funerals” may have seeped its way into my vocabulary much in the way “Wingardium Leviosa” did (meaning I have absolutely no reason to say it, but probably will all the same.)

I’m nervous about starting the next book, because I’ve heard vague spoilers. I may give myself a few months of loving this book before moving on to Crooked Kingdom.

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova Release Day!

THE BLURB

“Enchanting and complex. Every page is filled with magic.” —Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

Praise for Labyrinth Lost:

“Zoraida Córdova’s prose enchants from start to finish. Labyrinth Lost is pure magic.”Melissa Grey, author of The Girl at Midnight

“Magical and empowering, Labyrinth Lost is an incredible heroine’s journey filled with mythos come to life; but at its heart, honors the importance of love and family.” Cindy Pon, author of Serpentine and Silver Phoenix

“A brilliant brown-girl-in-Brooklyn update on Alice in Wonderland and Dante’s Inferno. Very creepy, very magical, very necessary.”Daniel Jose Older, author ofShadowshaper

“Labyrinth Lost is a magical story of love, family, and finding yourself. Enchanting from start to finish.” Amy Tintera, author of Ruined.

Today is release day for Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova. This is the 1st book in her new Brooklyn Brujas series and I am in love. I rated it a 4.5 and can’t wait to read the future releases. You can read my original review here.

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (Brooklyn Brujas #1)

4.5 STARS

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova is the first book in her new Brooklyn Brujas series. It is a badly needed book, and one I support 100%. It is so refreshing to read about a bisexual bruja, and then the fact that there was no angst about the bisexuality was just perfect. I loved that she just was. There was no big announcement, and you weren’t being beat over the head with it. There was subtlety and nuance and magic.

This book is at its forefront a magical fantasy adventure surrounded by rich culture and tradition. This culture and tradition are things Alex takes for granted, and wishes would go away. She just wants to be a regular girl that goes to school and plays sports and doesn’t worry about magic. Instead, she is a powerful bruja in denial, and it’s up to her to save her family and Los Lagos from the Devourer.

I am in awe of Zoraida Cordova’s way with words. I think my favorite passage was a description of Rishi.

I look at Rishi again. Her hands are decorated with the burnt-amber swirls of henna from her cousin’s wedding this past weekend. She smiles like there’s sunshine inside her and walks like she’s ready to fly. I wish I had a fraction of that. Sometimes when I’m with her long enough, I forget about all the things I can’t tell her – the fear, the cantos, the ghosts. I forget and let myself just be.

The right corner of her lips tug upward, revealing a tiny dimple. The crystal of her nose ring twinkles with the same brightness in her rich-brown eyes. When she looks at me, I feel like she’s seeing right through me. Like she knows I’m hiding a big part of myself.

The romance aspect of this book left a bit to be desired, just because I wanted more of it. I’m a romantic at heart, and really wanted to see more sparks fly with either Rishi or Nova. Even though the next book is supposed to feature one of her sisters, I hope there is a little bit of followup on Alex’s love life. I am so excited to see what’s next in the lives of these Brooklyn brujas. Really, I want to know now.

This book is being released September 6, 2016.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, but I loved it so much that I pre-ordered a copy for my bookshelf.

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Keeping Her Secret RELEASE DAY!

SYNOPSIS

Two girls. One Kiss.

The last person Riya Johnson expected to run into at her new summer camp is Courtney Chastain—her childhood best friend and the girl who broke her heart after a secret, mind-blowing, life-altering kiss. She definitely didn’t expect to be sharing a bunk bed with her for four long weeks.

Courtney has what every girl wants—she’s beautiful, rich, and the object of every boy’s desire at Camp Pine Ridge. Too bad none of them make her feel an iota of what Riya’s kiss did all those years ago. But Courtney needs to uphold appearances at all costs—even if it means instigating an all-out prank war with Riya as her main target.

Neither girl can stop thinking about the other…but that doesn’t mean they can give up past hurts and take a chance on a future together.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains drinking, sexual situations, and a fairy-tale romance sure to make your heart melt.

Today is release day for Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas. I ended up loving this sweet teen summer camp romance. It is a STANDALONE within the Endless Summer series. There are only two books in the series so far, each written by different authors. This one was my favorite of the two. You can read my original review here.

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Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas

4.5 Stars!

This book was an unexpected hit for me. This was my first F/F Romance, and I loved every word of it. I had pretty low expectations going in, but quickly realized how wrong I was. I know, I KNOW, never judge a book by its cover. But really, this book kept me up reading. I kept pushing myself to go to bed, but instead I kept saying one more chapter. That is my my ultimate definition of a good book.

Riya is a gorgeous, exotic volleyball player on scholarship. Courtney is a beautiful, rich dancer whose parents have high expectations of how they want her life to go. They were childhood best friends and shared a secret first kiss. Reuniting at summer camp is something neither expected.

I loved Riya. I loved Dee. I loved Colt. Really, this book was filled with great characters that all deserved their own books. I think the romance was well done, not explicit, and perfect for the age range. The prank war was so much fun and I loved the development of the characters as the book progressed. I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for more Sarah Nicolas.

Keeping Her Secret is releasing August 22, 2016.

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