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Murmuration // Whoa.

murmurationAuthor: Tj Klune

Published: October 28th, 2016

Pages: 324 (ebook)

Genres: gay fiction | contemporary | basically like a mystery, too

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Peeeopllllllllle…

First, hey, I’m back with my first review since hiatus. (Remember how I said I’d try getting one within the week? Forgot about not having much computer access over break, so…17 days later, here we are!) And instead of trying to make reviews for what I read while relieving stress during that school hiatus, like I mentioned, I WAS IMPATIENT TO READ MURMURATION.

And well. Reviews are hard for this one because so many little details could be spoilers… so this is probably gonna be a short one, folks.

Recommended if you like:

  • Tj Klune books
  • love
  • I can’t say!

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The Archived (The Archived #1) // The Memories Running Around and Those Who Catch Them

the archivedAuthor: Victoria Schwab

Published: January 22nd 2013 by Hyperion

Pages: 321

Genres: young adult // supernatural > kind of ghosts

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:: Forgive my lull in blog action. My laptop crashed and I had a crisis trying to get it to turn back on again so I could save files – specifically the photos from Japan. Those’re important to me! All is well, now. So back to schedule! ::


I am now officially a member of the Schwab Squad! (I’m making that a thing.) I’m so glad and this was a fantastic book to start with. And then I hear her more recent books are even better? I can’t wait.

Recommended if you like:

  • fantastic characters and growth
  • some sass
  • psychometry and “bodies” made of memories escaping their library
  • baked goods
  • guyliner
  • keys that lead to different realms that are awesome

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Complementary Colors // A Colorful Rendition of a Wounded Mind

complementary colors coverAuthor: Adrienne Wilder

Published: June 20th 2014 by Adrienne Wilder

Pages: 320

Genres: m/m romance // contemporary // mental health

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::THIS CONTAINS SEXUAL CONTENT::


This is gonna be a bit shorter of a review because I tend to not have as much to critique as all my fantasy/supernatural/paranormal/etc. books…*ahem* But this was a pretty average read for me. I’ll get to more details, but I had a phase of finding m/m books with good mental health representations. I’m still getting through them around other books, hah. But I was curious what they’d do. I enjoyed this for some reasons and was meh for others.

Anyway!

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Wolfsong // A Heart-Grabbing Werewolf Tale (Tail?)

wolfsongAuthor: Tj Klune

Published: June 20th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 400

Genres: gay fiction // m/m romance // paranormal > shifters // fantasy > magic

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::CONTAINS SOME SEXUAL CONTENT (REALLY NOT BAD, THOUGH)::


Oh, my word, Klune knows how to write werewolves. I think it’s hilarious that, according to Klune, he told himself he’d never write a story with werewolves, but as he was writing this story, he looked down and saw what had happened. Hah! And he just went with it!

But this is wonderfully well written shifter story, let me tell you. I have several reasons why, all of which will be shared below. I’ve actually been struggling to find an m/m novel with shifters that I love and I found one!

Recommended if you like:

  • gay werewolves
  • friends-to-lovers (and it’s through several years!)
  • stressing the bonds of family and friendships
  • awkward adorable-ness or vice versa
  • emotions

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The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) // The Finale to a Magical Mystery – I’ll Miss Blue & Her Raven Boys!

the raven kingAuthor: Maggie Stiefvater

Published: April 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press

Pages: 439

Genres: young adult // mystery // supernatural

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::THERE ARE NO SPOILERS FOR TRK, BUT WILL BE FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS::


OK. First, I want to get it off my chest that I liked it, but…I was also disappointed… *hides face* No, no, I shouldn’t be ashamed of it. Everyone is different!Black-Sheep resize I will say, however, that if I EVER sound like I am bashing on a book/someone with a differing opinion, PLEASE, PLEASE tell me. Because that is SO far from my intentions. I just like having discussions and sharing thoughts, seeing different opinions and such. So I will explain my disappointments below. BUT THIS IN NO WAY MEANS I DIDN’T LIKE IT AT ALL. Because I still did. I loved how the magic got scary in this one. It was so dark and grotesque. Our group has grown so much throughout this series and we see them at their finest here! Continue reading The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) // The Finale to a Magical Mystery – I’ll Miss Blue & Her Raven Boys!

Morning Star (Red Rising #3) // A War-Torn Climax…in Space!

morning starAuthor: Pierce Brown

Published: February 9th 2016 by Del Rey

Pages: 524

Genres: young adult // dystopian // science fiction

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::THIS REVIEW CONTAINS NO SPOILERS FOR THIS BOOK, BUT MAY CONTAIN SOME FROM PREVIOUS ONES::


A bloodydamn excellent finale.

Damn, that was exciting. And heart-stuttering at times. This really was a fantastic ending to the series.

Now, I realized that I am extremely stingy with giving out 5 scale ratings… I’m trying to loosen up a little bit. I think it’s pressure to have the rating perfectly represent all my thoughts on the books and…that will just never happen. This book has small flaws, but I would really only knock it down by half a scale if I was being technical. SO! Since I also just seriously enjoyed it, I’ll mention any dislikes/flaws, but I’m giving it *drum roll* 5 scales! We’ll see how this loosening up goes, heh. And trying a slightly different review format so I don’t throw word blocks at you.

Red Rising: ascension

Golden Son: politics

Morning Star: war

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda // An Adorable Contemporary Mystery (of Love)

simon vs thsaAuthor: Becky Albertalli

Published: April 7th, 2015 by HarperAudio

Length: 6 hours & 45 minutes

Narrator: Michael Crouch

Genres: young adult // LGBT+ // contemporary


This has so many realistic aspects! The characters were so real. It was such an adorable read and quite a suspenseful mystery for a contemporary! OMG, seriously… I LIKED IT SO MUCH. 5 scales, all the way.

Recommended if you like:

  • real characters, real high school drama done so well
  • an identity mystery that keeps you guessing!
  • a fantastic main character
  • flirting at cuteness (and sometimes awkwardness) level 9000
  • oreos

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) // Pynch?? and Epic Cavern Adventures!

blue lily, lily blueAuthor: Maggie Stiefvater

Published: October 21st 2014 by Scholastic Press

Pages: 391

Genres: young adult // mystery // supernatural


THINGS HAPPENED. Shit got realer. Those first 2 books were definitely to set things up and events have taken place at a faster pace (heh, rhymed) in this one! Magic, tragedy, suddenness, songs, fear… New facets to this mystery. And the cliffhanger… I guess there’d be no 4th book if a huge PROBLEM doesn’t arise! Stupidity… I was very happy with the jump in pace and magical occurrences in this installment. I can’t wait to get my hands on The Raven King and see how this all ends…

DON’T DIE, GANSEY.

(And is this cover not GORGEOUS? It’s really quite simple, but green and blue are my 2 favorite colors, you can see the paint strokes, it’s all nature-y, gah! One of my favorite covers, ever.) Continue reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) // Pynch?? and Epic Cavern Adventures!

Tracefinder: Contact (Tracefinder #1) // Undercover Drug Bust + a Dash of Gay Love

tracefinder: contactAuthor: Kaje Harper

Published: January 8th 2016 by Smashwords Edition

Pages: 451

Genres: gay fiction // contemporary // mystery > crime // tiny psychic detail

*this book contains sexual content*


YES – SLOW-BUUUUUURN. I love slow-burn, especially when it has sexual tension.

This definitely seems to be categorized more in the gay fiction area rather than pure M/M romance, but there is definitely romance to be had. The main focus is the undercover cop plot. One problem I’ve had is that the pure romance ones put plots like this on the back burner and so it’s kind of boring and doesn’t do much for the story. However, this one is brought forward and I’ve still had problems with cop story lines not being exciting enough, but I actually quite enjoyed this one! I don’t know if I’m biased, though, because it does have an extremely subtle psychic aspect. A good read, indeed! Continue reading Tracefinder: Contact (Tracefinder #1) // Undercover Drug Bust + a Dash of Gay Love

An Ember in the Ashes (AEitA #1) // A Brutal Desert Adventure

an ember in the ashesAuthor: Sabaa Tahir

Published: April 28th, 2015 by Listening Library

Length: 15 hours & 22 minutes

Narrators: Steve West & Fiona Hardingham

Genres: young adult // dystopian? historical? historical dystopian? // a smidge of fantasy

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If you couldn’t tell by the “length” hint, I listened to my first audiobook, ever! And I came across a book that I had been seeing everywhere, recently, so I thought I’d start my audio journey with An Ember in the Ashes! Though, no one warned me that once it’s over, it’s like you’ve lost a friend (or friends) telling you an awesome story… *draws in the sand, somberly* Like, when I reached the very end and Steve West read out the publisher stuff, I realized how comfortable I got with his voice! One downside, though, is not knowing how things are spelled! The characters are easy to find, considering they should be listed in the blurb, but I don’t know how to spell the town’s name, for example… Continue reading An Ember in the Ashes (AEitA #1) // A Brutal Desert Adventure