Review: Sovereign Sacrifice by Elise Kova!

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*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.*
“Vi Solaris… You have done nothing wrong. The burden on you is one that no one can understand, not even I. And you handle it with all the grace of your forefathers. You do your parents proud.”
WAAAAAH! Can you guys hear my sobs? Because those are some of the most beautiful words I’ve ever read and my heart broke into a million pieces over them.
Anyway, I. AM. MIND. BLOWN. over here.
I have lost count of how many books I’ve read of Elise’s so I have no idea what to say anymore except this: She still manages to surprise me with every single one. I won’t go into detail about anything, of course, but I am in absolute awe of how her mind works. Every word, every sentence… every single movement in each page reads with such powerful purpose, I can’t even put it into words. It makes me weirdly proud and honored to be reading her works at all. (All hail the Queen!)
This world specifically is just so deliciously complex that I never want to see it end, even though I know it has to do just that at some point.
The last book left me REELING so hard that it took me a few months to fully wrap my mind around (and accept) what had just happened, resulting in me taking so long in finishing this book. That, and also the fact that I wasn’t in a fantasy mood for a while. BUT, I am back into this world, just in time to have seen book 5 released. I have it in my hands now but I am so scared to read it… I am so not ready to let these characters go!!!!!
One of the things I will say about Vi though is that that woman is NOT healthy for my sanity. All of her actions gave me SO MUCH ANXIETY, that I could barely keep myself from reading this with fingers over my eyes. I know that’s impossible but she had me on the edge of my seat with everything she did. If I had to call her something, it would have to be: Frustratingly Heroic.
I also have to mention that the way this series is written, nothing and nobody is safe which added to my anxiety for sure. I can only hope I make it through the next book with my wits somewhat intact, or else I might just have to give up on fantasy. (jk, but not really?)
Aaaand, once again, I have to honorably mention my hunk of a man, Taavin, and how he drives me absolutely crazy. Everything that comes out of his ridiculously handsome mouth is such perfection that I melt during every single scene he’s in, without fail. Oh, and everything he DOES is such perfection too. Ugh.
I’ll just see myself out before I find out a way to steal him away from Vi….

4/5 stars.

I AM NOW PART OF THE CEMETERY BOYS STREET TEAM! AHHH!!!

As a Queer Latina myself, I am beyond ecstatic to share this news, and book, with all of you! Judging from the cover, this book has everything that I live for. Latinx representation, skulls, brujos, cemeteries, ghosts, and a lot more! I can’t wait to read this highly anticipated release! Can you?

Thank you so much Fierce Reads and Aiden Thomas for recruiting me with open arms! I am only way too excited to be able to gush over this book with everyone!

There will also be a GIVEAWAY coming your way from me soon for a chance to win your own ARC of Cemetery Boys, so stay tuned!

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NOW, ABOUT THE BOOK:

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Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

Releases: June 9, 2020



HAVE I MENTIONED THERE’S AN EPIC PRE-ORDER CAMPAIGN FOR IT TOO?!?!!?

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As someone who is OBSESSED with collecting cards of any kind, this pre-order has me swooning to the moon and back! I’ve already pre-ordered, have you?? Make sure to get your pre-orders in ASAP so you can win the goodies for yourself as well!

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 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Aiden Thomas is a YA author with an MFA in Creative Writing. Originally from Oakland, California, they now make their home in Portland, OR. As a queer, trans, latinx, Aiden advocates strongly for diverse representation in all media. Aiden’s special talents include: quoting The Office, Harry Potter trivia, Jenga, finishing sentences with “is my FAVORITE”, and killing spiders. Aiden is notorious for not being able to guess the endings of books and movies, and organizes their bookshelves by color.

Their debut novel, CEMETERY BOYS, will be published June 9th, 2020.

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Review: Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey!

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I never expected to learn so much from these two amazing characters but here we are. And I am not complaining.
Tears were shed, both happy and sad.
Many laughs were barked out loud.
The steamy content was perfect.
This was such a wholesome reading experience and I can’t wait to read the next book in this world!
I’m even more obsessed with this cast of characters than I already was.
Tessa is becoming a fast favorite and I’m ecstatic to have a new author to obsess over.

5/5 stars!

Review: Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey!

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I’m just going to keep this one short and sweet because, honestly, I was too hooked to write much of anything down.

I found myself connecting with BOTH Travis and Georgie on such deep levels that there wasn’t a moment where I wasn’t shedding tears. I was in love with them both equally which is something that doesn’t happen as often as I’d like it to. I usually always like one character over the other but not this time!

This was so beautiful and heart-wrenching in every single way that my heart broke and mended many times throughout it which is all I can really ask for in a novel.

Also, lord almighty this book was HOT. Now this is a woman that knows how to write spicy content… oof. It had me blushing like a schoolgirl even though I RARELY blush. My goodness… can we PLEASE get a second book with these two? I mean come on! I am addicted to Travis’s uhm…. vocabulary…

6/5 magnificent stars for this phenomenal portrayal of characters and plot.

ARC Review: Tell Me You Want Me by Julie Prestsater

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*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

I really wish I were about to write a different review than the one I’m about to write but here were are. I waited 5 years for this sequel and I fee like that bit me in the rear. The anticipation ended up being so much better than the actual book.

I absolutely LOVED book one which was the reason why I was so excited to continue in this world. But the only thing I ended up liking about this book was that we had POV’s from Lizzy and Ryan from book one. They’re the only reasons I was only 99% losing my mind over this unpleasant reading experience.

Other than that, I only have negatives to mention… so here we go…

-The writing was infuriatingly juvenile, even though this is supposed to be a new adult novel. The vocabulary mostly suited someone that was in middle/high school but it even seemed juvenile for them.

-There was SO MUCH telling and not enough showing.  This was a problem that never went away from the first page to the last. It completely took away my right to (positively) form my opinion over anything, which leads me to my next point.

-It really annoyed me that we didn’t get to see the tension build up between the main characters. They literally almost start the book having sex. I needed more time with their interactions instead of their first interaction being all about them obsessing over each other. It was probably because there were so many years between the first book and this one but I NEEDED more time with the characters as individuals, and as friends,  before they even THOUGHT about each other as something other than friends. Because of this, the chemistry between them was beyond unbelievable which is why I couldn’t care less about their story. I just wanted to finish the book as soon as possible.

I’ll just stop there before I go back to the unpleasant mindset this book left me with. It completely breaks my heart to never look at Julie’s books the same way but I think I may have officially outgrown her writing style.

1/5 stars.

 

Review: When the Handyman Comes by Lana Brazen

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*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
This was not what I expected at all and I didn’t like it at all. I was expecting a novel but this turned out to be a SUPER short novella with no plot except for smut. It was so short that there’s really nothing TO review…..
I’m not saying novellas are a bad thing, I love novellas, but it just wasn’t what I was in the mood for right now so my reading experience was not pleasant at all.
There’s also a whole bunch of ‘telling’ and no ‘showing’ which could have been fixed a bit even if it WAS too short.
Anyway, let’s just say that this novella was awfully cheesy (not in a good way) and not unique in any way. The characters were also A LOT older than I’m used to reading but they didn’t seem the age they were supposed to represent? I’m just super glad this was as short as it was because it made sure my unpleasant reading experience came to an end sooner than I thought.
This story just wasn’t for me.

1/5 stars.

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: TWEET CUTE BY EMMA LORD!

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Meet Pepper,

swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account. 

 

Enter Jack,

class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time. 

 

All’s fair in love and cheese — that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life — on an anonymous chat app Jack built. 

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate — people on the internet are shipping them?? — their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.


Early Praise:
Tweet Cute delivers in every possible way: a perfect enemies-to-lovers romance, a whip-smart plotline, and endearingly real characters. I devoured it.” – Francesca Zappia, author of Eliza and Her Monsters

“Sweet and fun! An adorable debut that updates a classic romantic trope with a buzzy twist.” – Jenn Bennett, author of Alex, Approximately and Serious Moonlight

“A witty rom-com reinvention for the Twitter age, Tweet Cute pairs delicious online rivalry with deeply relatable insights on family pressure and growing up. This fresh, funny read had us hitting ‘favorite’ from page one.” – Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of Always Never Yours and If I’m Being Honest 

Buy Link: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/tweet-cute/



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Author bio:

Emma Lord is a digital media editor and writer living in New York City, where she spends whatever time she isn’t writing either running or belting show tunes in community theater. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in psychology and a minor in how to tilt your computer screen so nobody will notice you updating your fan fiction from the back row. She was raised on glitter, grilled cheese, and a whole lot of love. Her sun sign is Hufflepuff, but she is a Gryffindor rising. TWEET CUTE is her debut novel. You can find her geeking out online at @dilemmalord on Twitter.

Social Links:  @dilemmalord (Twitter/Instagram) 


MY REVIEW:

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*ARC provided by Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review.”

“Sometimes even shouting into a void feels better than just staring into it.”

I fell in love with the premise the second I saw it on Wednesday Book’s account and I’m beyond glad to say that it exceeded all of my expectations for a contemporary novel.

The first thing I’ll mention is that this is the first book I’ve finished in MONTHS and that’s saying a lot. Especially when I add that I finished it in less than 24 hours. Everything I’ve been picking up lately has rubbed me the wrong way in one way or another but the second I read the first page of Tweet Cute, I immediately knew my experience wasn’t going to be like that. It had me laughing from that first page and it didn’t let up the entire way. The humor embedded in every single page  had me laughing so unexpectedly loud that I kept forgetting everyone else in the house was asleep… oops.

I completely blame Pepper! I just loved her character so much. As well as Jack’s. Usually, there is one character I like more than the other when we have two POV’s but that wasn’t the case here. I loved them both equally and I was way too invested in their relationship. They were perfectly matched and that’s all I could ask for. Of course, one of them disappointed me ONCE in the entire novel but it wasn’t bad enough to make me like them any less. Also, The fact that Pepper and her sister had a blog had me relating to her in a way I rarely do.

The only downside about this book, besides Pepper’s mother, who I could not stand and I never will,  is that it wasn’t at least 200 pages longer. I could honestly follow Pepper and Jack around for that long and more. Also, I wish I could’ve seen more of Pepper’s sister.

Anyway, I really can’t wait to read more of what Emma Lord has to offer!

“It’s weird, how you have no idea how far you’ve come until suddenly you can’t find the way back.”

4/5 stars!