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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



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!

Continue reading Murmuration // Whoa.


Who We Are (Bear, Otter, and The Kid #2) // A Roller-coaster of Fun and Heartache

who we areAuthor: Tj Klune

Published: April 26th, 2012 by Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 373 | Read: Oct. 11th – 13th, 2016

Genres: m/m romance // contemporary


Alright. I made it to the second book. After the open-ended ending to BOaTK, I was nervous to see where things would go, but it’s Klune, so I’m like…I’m 90% sure I’ll like it. And I did! Plus, the 3rd book deals with The Kid/Ty growing up and I reeeeeally wanted to get there… I’m not a fan of the cover because it’s really stiff, but my reviews do not encompass covers, so I thought I’d mention it.

This was cute, angst-y/dramatic, and freakin’ sad at one point. Let’s get to it! Continue reading Who We Are (Bear, Otter, and The Kid #2) // A Roller-coaster of Fun and Heartache

DOUBLE REVIEW // Strong Signal & Fast Connection (Cyberlove #1 & #2)

Well then. Another double review so soon. (I read them too fast…) AND another one dealing with online gaming and stuff. I’m on a role! (This was completely unplanned. Could’ve been a mixture of liking online gaming stuff and wanting Santino Hassell’s work!)

These books are both part of the Cyberlove series written by a DUO – Megan Erickson (my first of any of her work) and Santino Hassell (love his In the Company of Shadows series).

Both were so cute!

Genres: m/m romance // contemporary Continue reading DOUBLE REVIEW // Strong Signal & Fast Connection (Cyberlove #1 & #2)

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



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.


Continue reading Complementary Colors // A Colorful Rendition of a Wounded Mind

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

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

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

Beneath the Stain // Drugs & Music & Angsty Love

beneath the stain coverAuthor: Amy Lane

Published: October 17th, 2014 by Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 350

Genres: m/m romance // contemporary

*this book contains sexual content and drug use*

The second half of the title says it all, folks. I was looking for something good that could be emotional because I truly enjoy finding books that punch my heart so hard (*cough* masochist? *cough cough*). This didn’t quite hit that high, but it had its emotional areas.  AND ANGST. DRAMA. Some fantastic characters, too. And the music/band element was meshed into this so well. Let’s talk a little deeper about all this. Continue reading Beneath the Stain // Drugs & Music & Angsty Love

Me Before You // This is Why I Don’t Read Much Contemporary Stuff!

me before you coverAuthor: Jojo Moyes

Published: December 31st 2012 by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking

Pages: 481

Genre: adult // romance // contemporary

I am not a romantic person. Not even close. I don’t try looking for mushy-gushy love stories. I was really hoping this wouldn’t end up that way once I decided to read it. However, the reason I did decide to try this out is because I had never read a book with a physically disabled main character, so I was curious about the representation and how this would play out. I don’t know if that seems harsh in any way (please don’t take it that way), but it’s much like people reading LGBT books to see how they may be represented, right? Plus, the blurb hinted at secrets and I like secrets.

So I was wary, but I found a pleasant surprise! And I just happened to read it the same year a movie released! Hadn’t even known until after I finished the book. (DAENERYS IS LOU.) Continue reading Me Before You // This is Why I Don’t Read Much Contemporary Stuff!

DOUBLE REVIEW: Tj Klune // The Lightning-Struck Heart & Bear, Otter, and the Kid

Alright, so recently I read a couple of m/m novels by the same author, so I thought I’ll just add them both to one post. The author I speak of is Tj Klune, who looks to be a very popular m/m writer! The 2 books I speak of are The Lightning-Struck Heart and Bear, Otter, and the Kid; the only ones I’ve read by him, but I already have several others on my TBR list that he is releasing soon. They sound intriguing!

These books do contain sexual content, so I caution the young and I caution the people who just aren’t comfortable with full on sex stuff. Though, TLSH really only contains one steamy moment, but perverted humor everywhere else.

So without further ado, the 2 books! Continue reading DOUBLE REVIEW: Tj Klune // The Lightning-Struck Heart & Bear, Otter, and the Kid

MINI Reviews #1 // Some LGBT+ YA Novels

Hey there!

I hope you’re having a wonderful year so far (filled with books). I missed out on reading in January and half of February due to being overseas and no access to English YA novels (had some gay novels). That was tough. Once I returned I started looking at all I missed out on, series that I can finally complete, etc. I think I devoured more books in these past 3 months than I ever have in a 3 month span!

So, considering that sometimes I do read more than I can review and/or sometimes I read something that I just don’t have a ton to say about, I thought I could do MINI reviews sometimes. Helps to consolidate things. This MINI review contains 4 books (I think that’ll be the max for every MINI): Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Hero by Perry Moore, The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, and Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Each image leads to Goodreads details.

Continue reading MINI Reviews #1 // Some LGBT+ YA Novels