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Review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated. Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited. But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third? What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough? What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play? But what if it is? 

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for Review Purposes. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

This was better than I thought it was going to be, I didn’t have too many expectations for this and was actually putting off reading it for some time because I really didn’t expect to enjoy it, but I am glad I read it. This was just a really cute, enjoyable read. I loved the story and the characters, I needed something light to read in between my Fantasy novels. It was a nice break from reading a lot of Fantasy and it helped me out of a reading slump.

“I guess that’s every relationship. You start with nothing and maybe end with everything.”

What If It’s Us follows two characters on a summer in New York forming a very-imperfect and very-cute relationship. Arthur and Ben have one of the most wonderfully awkward meet cute I’ve ever read about. It set a fantastic tone for their relationship and the story, showing the power in the belief of fate, but not taking itself too seriously. I’m not usually a fan of books like this, but there was something about this one that drew me into the story. I personally loved the ending. It felt very satisfying and worthy of the story.

“I believe in love at first sight. Fate, the universe, all of it. But not how you’re thinking. I don’t mean it in the our souls were split and you’re my other half forever and ever sort of way. I just think you’re meant to meet some people. I think the universe nudges them into your path.”

Now onto the thing I didn’t like that much: This story was a little too heavy on pop culture references for me. I find that pop culture references can easily oversaturate a story and pull me out, and that definitely happened here. I think they all worked within the story and the character’s lives, but it was too much for my tastes. I did like the pop culture references and felt that it fit within the story, but there was a lot of them and in my opinion it would have been more enjoyable without all the references.

I love the references to Dear Evan Hansen. The sections are completely a reference of that, with the first section named “What If,” the Second section is named “It’s Us,” and the third section named “And Only Us.”

Have you read this book? If so what are your thoughts on it? Do you agree or disagree with anything mentioned above?

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Review: Call me by your name by Andre Aciman

Call me by your name by Andre Aciman

  • Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication Date: January 23rd, 2007
  • Genres: Adult, Romance, LGBT
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Pages: 248
  • Date Read: January 2nd, 2018
  • Links: Goodreads | B&N | Book Depository | Amazon |

Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

The psychological maneuvers that accompany attraction have seldom been more shrewdly captured than in André Aciman’s frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. Call Me by Your Name is clear-eyed, bare-knuckled, and ultimately unforgettable.

– Synopsis,
Goodreads

“He came. He left. Nothing else had changed. I had not changed. The world hadn’t changed. Yet nothing would be the same. All that remains is dreammaking and strange remembrance.”

Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman

I found this novel painfully slow going at times. There was too much introspection, too little dialogue. The young grad student and the 17-year-old narrator annoyed me with their wishy-washy feelings and emotions. I craved more intensity and passion. Despite its flaws, I was gradually swept away by the writing, the setting, and growing intimacy between the two main characters.

But let’s not pretend it isn’t insta-love. It is. And not a good one but I rarely find Inst-Love stories good though. I saw more lust and obsession than actual love. Having only Elio’s point of view didn’t help. I didn’t relate to him, he was intense, he even admits idolizing Oliver, which is unhealthy and cringe-worthy.

Some of the writing in this was extremely beautiful and evocative. It captures the mood and atmosphere of the 1970s Italian summer so well. But otherwise the story was a bit flat for me. By the end of the first section I felt like I knew how it would all play out. It was a bit wistful and sentimental, but the nostalgia didn’t win me over completely because it seemed to lack action—and I don’t mean just plot. Elio’s story was emotional but not compelling. I don’t want to rag on this book too much because I did enjoy the reading experience very much, and I enjoyed the Narrators Voice on the Audiobook but perhaps this one was over-hyped for me.

“If I could have him like this in my dreams every night of my life, I’d stake my entire life on dreams and be done with the rest.”

This book is marketed about being Elio and Oliver’s relationship, but we barely get to know Oliver and don’t even see half of their relationship or the way it develops. This book is about Elio’s feelings for Oliver, not their relationship. I have so many mixed feelings about this book and I wanted to love this book, I just didn’t.

That’s it for this review! I hope you enjoyed reading this and let me know if you’ve read this book and your thoughts on it in the comments! I also Realized that this review sounds extremely harsh, it’s not meant to, my reviews tend to sound more harsh when I’m tired, I have that whole no filter thing going on right now, I guess, so I probably should avoid writing reviews when I’m really tired, but oh well. Anyway, Until Next Time!

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Review: The Nowhere by Chris Gill

The Nowhere by Chris Gill

Two boys. Two farms. One deadly secret.

Every day’s the same on the farm. Seventeen-year-old Seb rides his quad bike alongside his dad and cattle dog, dreaming about a different life. A life that doesn’t require him to spend all day in the blistering sun. Where the nearest town isn’t a forty-minute drive away with a population of less than three hundred people. Where he can talk to someone who isn’t his little brother or short-tempered father.

So when new neighbours move into the derelict farm on the opposite side of the shrub, Seb hopes his luck is finally about to change. Could Jake, the enigmatic boy with a dangerous glint in his eye, be his ticket out of The Nowhere? And if so, how far are they both willing to go to escape?

Fast forward two decades and Seb’s working as a nurse back in Perth. With his dad living in his home, Seb is tormented by the demons that have followed him his entire adult life. He begins confiding in his caring colleague Sandra, who convinces him the only way he’ll be able to move forward is to exorcise his ghosts and seek closure.

But when Jake calls out the blue telling Seb he’s coming to visit, Seb has to decide whether he’s ready to face exactly what happened that summer. On the night that forever changed not only the lives of the two boys, but that of their entire families.

Youthful, brutal and ferociously fantastic, The Nowhere is a coming-of-age novel about aspiration and isolation, sexuality and sadness, love, loss, and how life changes. Despite his best efforts, Seb learns that secrets can’t be kept forever. The truth always comes out eventually.

– Synopsis
Goodreads

You Can’t keep it Secret forever, the Truth always comes out eventually

The Nowhere, Chris Gill

The Nowhere tells the story of Seb, a Teenage boy growing up in the Outback, struggling to find belonging and companionship, that is until a new family moves in next door, and he meets the enigmatic Jake. Jumping back and forth between present and past, as he tries to accept the choices of his past. I loved that even though this is definitely a coming-of-age story, It has this fantastic Mystery involved that was to so beautifully weaved into the story.

I also really enjoyed the format! Seb tell his story over a non-linear story, using flashbacks too – 1997 and 1998, his youth, which is the main part of the story, and then into the 2000’s and then finally 2018 and 2019. I loved the 1997/1998 years and reading about Seb’s time in The Nowhere, in Rural Western Australia. The Characters are great. They are greatly influenced by their Pasts but are trying to move on, trying to get closure.

The Writing is Brilliant. I thought this book was well written and structured extremely well. I was genuinely blown away! I loved this book from start to finish and never once became bored of it, which for me is quite amazing, even though I love reading, I also lack concentration and focus, and often find my mind drifting off, that never once happened with this book. I read this book in less than 24 hours and could not put it down, I loved every second of it and the mystery aspect of it kept me intrigued

That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, What are your thoughts on it? Is it on your TBR? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion. Also, I’m really sorry I haven’t been very active on here in a while, I’m trying to get back into blogging regularly, but until then, if you would like to see more from me, please go check out my Instagram, I post more regularly on there!

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eARC Review: Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti

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Deadly SilenceDeadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti
Publication Date: October 4th 2016
Published by: Hatchette Australia
Series: Blood Brothers, #1
Genres: New Adult, Mystery, Romance
Format: eBook
Pages: 400
Rating: 
Date Read: 10/08/2018
Links: Goodreads

Under siege. That’s how Ryker Jones feels. The Lost Bastards Investigative Agency he opened up with his blood brothers has lost a client in a brutal way. The past he can’t outrun is resurfacing, threatening to drag him down in the undertow. And the beautiful woman he’s been trying to keep at arm’s length is in danger…and he’ll destroy anything and anyone to keep her safe.

Paralegal Zara Remington is in over her head. She’s making risky moves at work by day and indulging in an affair with a darkly dangerous PI by night. There’s a lot Ryker isn’t telling her and the more she uncovers, the less she wants to know. But when all hell breaks loose, Ryker may be the only one to save her. If his past doesn’t catch up to them first…

I received a copy of Deadly Silence from Netgalley for Review Purposes. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

I wanted to like this book, but it didn’t work for me. I think I expected more of a thriller romance with ONE interesting plot and less of a “too many things going on at the same time with sex to prevent freak outs” kind of story. There were three crimes/mysteries happening at once and although that alone wouldn’t have been a problem, I felt like all three suffered from the lack of focus specially when you throw in the romance.

The romance was weird! I don’t know how to explain it, but I didn’t find the love they talked about. In theory they are a good combination but there was something off, maybe it was because I found the heroine to be inconsistent. I enjoyed the beginning of this book, but quickly lost interested in the story around the 20% mark. So while it wasn’t a bad book, it wasn’t really for me. There was a big focus on the Romance, and I don’t like too much romance in books, so that might be why I didn’t like this book that much!

From what I’ve seen, the next book is more of the same so I don’t think I’ll bother. If you don’t mind a lot of romance in books than It might be worth checking out, it just wasn’t for me!

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eARC Review: Admiring Ash by Anyta Sunday

Admiring Ash by Anyta Sunday

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Admiring Ash by Anyta Sunday
Publication Date: July 29th, 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Format: eBook
Pages: 176
Rating: 4 Stars
Date Read: August 8th, 2018
Links: Goodreads Amazon

A is for Ash Heartford
Adorable, strong, and independent. 
Abandoned by his parents and attached to only one person—his little sister. 
Attracted to River, the sultry man who saunters onto his doorstep with startling news. 
Always yearning for more River, yet afraid to let him in. 

Should he play it safe, or claim his legacy and risk losing his heart? 

A is for Admiring Ash

Tropes: Slow burn, virgin, one true love, happily ever after, related but not, hurt/comfort, forbidden love 
Themes: Sudden inheritance, broken family, insta-dad 
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance 

Feisty. Nerdy. Sexy. Secretive.
Greenville has them all. 
A small town with big hearts, Greenville awakens at the mercy of Millionaire Row, the wealthy neighborhood across the tracks from Poplar Low. 
Bad-tempered boys meet cheeky lovers. 
Colliding worlds spark a fire of emotion. Heat rages. Hearts mend. Love is lost. And found. 

Love Letters are playful, sexy, contemporary M/M stories that can be read as standalones. 

Welcome to Greenville. Come for the sexy boys. Stay for the HEA.

I received a copy of Admiring Ash from the Author for Review Consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

It shouldn’t be a surprise at this point that I love Anyta Sunday’s books. I was over the moon when I heard that she had a three book series releasing – and I’m very happy to say that all my excitement wasn’t for nothing. Admiring Ash is brilliant and captivating, and a perfect start for the series.

There’s plenty of banter; I loved Ash and River’s first meeting, because of all the banter and hilariousness of the moment. Besides banter, there’s everything a story needs; dynamic characters and relationships, hurt and comfort, family issues and coming to terms with various things. In short, Admiring Ash is a beautiful story. I couldn’t put it down. 

I thought this was a Very good start of the ‘love letters’ series. Of course, Anyta Sunday also introduces other characters whom are all intriguing. I enjoyed this book. That said, this book also left a lot out and had some timing things that were baffling. This book needed to be longer or less vague about things. I just have questions. 

The book is short and I’m glad that not a lot of time was wasted on the “conflict” part of the romance that’s always there around the 70-80% mark. It was mostly a light, feel-good read and it was also nice to first meet the protagonists of the next two books, Ben and Chance. It set up the atmosphere for the rest of the series in a nice way that makes the reader crave for more. It was fast and light.

Overall, I loved Ash and River and their story kept me hooked. I’ve already read the next two, and I’ll be reviewing the other two soon! I’ve been meaning to review these for awhile, but haven’t really had time!

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Review: Gemini Keeps Capricorn by Anyta Sunday

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Gemini Keeps Capricorn by Anyta Sunday
Publication Date: December 18th 2017
Series: Signs of Love, #3
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Format: eBook
Pages: 268
Rating: 4 Stars
Date Read: March 17th, 2018
Links: Goodreads B&NAmazon

Sometimes, one stubborn Capricorn is all it takes… to drive Wesley Hidaka to crazy, flirtatious lengths.

Wesley loves annoying his RA, Lloyd Reynolds. He just can’t help it. Lloyd is focused, decisive, grounded. He has this amusing ability to follow rules.
Of course Wesley wants Lloyd to break one… or three hundred.

Sometimes, one smirking Gemini is all it takes… to have Lloyd laying down the law and marching Wesley straight back to his dorm room.

It doesn’t stop Wesley teasing again. And again. And again…
But damn. Lloyd doesn’t crack easily. He’s full of principles. He’s unshakable.
He’s the perfect friend to have when Wesley needs help. Like with his truant brother and his old high school principal.

Sometimes, one little lie is all it takes… to find Wesley fake-engaged to his off-limits RA.

What can he say? It seemed like a good idea at the time…

“Gemini Keeps Capricorn” serves up a double shot of cluelessness, with a side of rock’n’roll and topped with a slow burn HEA.
It can be read as a standalone.

Tropes: friends-to-lovers, slow burn, will-they-or-won’t-they, fake fiancé
Genre: New Adult, light-hearted contemporary gay romance.

This series is a pure joy to read. When I pick up an Anyta Sunday story, I know, unequivocally, that I’m about to be faced with the most perfectly-paced slow burn romance out there. In my mind, she’s unrivalled in this area. And I don’t usually like reading Romances. 

The dialogue is always fun and playful, filled flirtatiousness that knows no bounds. It serves to keep the reader fully engaged and eager to soak up the next words uttered. The characters themselves are also extremely well-developed and relatable. They’re the kind of people I want to be friends with, pure and simple.

This particular instalment is a new adult college themed M/M romance. The Main Characters , Wesley and Lloyd, have been friends for years, with Wesley being an unenthusiastic law student but passionate barista who flirts with Lloyd, his college dorm RA and (yet to be acknowledged) best friend.

There is a lot of flirty banter and plenty of romantic undertones to every interaction Wes and Lloyd share. Lloyd is a rule follower, and as an RA he is forbidden to get involved with any dorm residents under his care. In contrast, Wes is cheeky, fun-loving and most certainly not a follower of rules – if anything, he enjoys actively breaking them. He also trusts in the powers of astrological compatibility, and although he secretly adores Lloyd, he believes that Gemini’s are most certainly not compatible with stubborn and straight-laced Capricorns!

“When did you know I liked you?”

“When you realised I was your best friend.”

Wesley has convinced himself that he, a Gemini, and Lloyd, a Capricorn and the resident assistant on his floor, aren’t compatible. All this does not stop him from flirting with Lloyd though. 

24554434I really enjoyed this quirky edition to this series! It’s Probably my least favourite in this series, but still enjoyable. I loved the banter, the games, and both MC’s never failed to make me smile. Gemini Keeps Capricorn is nothing short of entertaining and it made me happy the whole time I was reading it.

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Manga Review: Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP (Omnibus 1, Volume 1, 2, 3)

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Published By: Dark Horse Manga
Publication Date: 2010 
Genres: Manga, Fantasy
Pages: 576
Rating: 3 Stars
Date Read: July 2018
Links: Goodreads

Fourth grader Sakura Kinomoto finds a strange book in her father’s library — a book made by the wizard Clow to store dangerous spirits sealed within a set of magical cards. But when Sakura opens it up, there is nothing left inside but Kero-chan, the book’s cute little guardian beast . . . who informs Sakura that since the Clow cards seem to have escaped while he was asleep, it’s now her job to capture them!

I loved the anime years ago when I was younger and I totally fell in love with the story, so now that I kind of forgot the details I decided to actually pick up the manga and get into them. I grew up with this anime, and I could say it’s one of my favourites. It just reminds me of all the things that I love about being a kid.  This manga is aimed at younger readers, generally not my preferred level. But it’s an earlier work which includes a lot of the CLAMP trope-and-character formations recycled into later works aimed at older readers. I flicked through a couple of pages and quickly found myself hooked, whether it was nostalgia or what, I don’t know, I couldn’t put this down.

Cardcaptor Sakura follows the story of Magical-girl Sakura. She’s an elementary student who stumbled upon a magical book; her mission will be about collecting all the missing enchanted cards; Clow Cards. If she fails, the world will be in chaos. The Clow Cards have all become scattered and lost; with the aid of the magical creature – Cerberus – who guards the book, she is off on a quest to retrieve all of the cards.

The Dark Horse reprints have excellent graphic reproduction, very fine and clear. The art is the usual CLAMP. Sometimes the action/magic scenes are a little hard to follow, but nothing too crazy.

My main issue is some of the relationships that are presented from the start. Sakura’s parents got married when her Dad was 25 and her Mum was 16 and he was her teacher. One of Sakura’s classmates – 10 Years Old “has an older boyfriend,” as in, their teacher, who buys her an engagement ring and tells her to take care of it until it can be a wedding ring.

One thing that I didn’t really catch when I was younger is the positive queer nod. Per instance, Tomoyo, who’s the best friend of Sakura, clearly has a crush on her. Tomoyo’s mother also has a canon crush on Sakura’s mum. Additionally, the main male character Syaoran Li likes Yukito. Yukito and Touyo (Sakura’s brother) are subtext dating. This is not just a fan speculation. The manga and anime accentuated those certain attractions. For me, the fact that the queer representation was crafted in a cute and natural way made it valid. Like, I cannot believe my childhood did that.

I read through this whole series in less than a day, it was just really fun to read. I also plan to read Tsubasa.

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Review: 500 Kisses by Anyta Sunday

500 Kisses by Anyta Sunday

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500 Kisses by Anyta Sunday
Publication Date: June 8th, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Format: eBook
Pages: 75
Rating: 4 Stars
Date Read: August 8th, 2018
Links: Goodreads Amazon

“Five hundred kisses are all it takes to steal a heart.”

Chris Montgomery doesn’t believe it, and he’d know. He’s met— and had— many a man. None of whom he’d want to share five hundred kisses with. If you don’t like someone, you just don’t like them. End of story.

No amount of kissing will change that.

Dylan Halsworth doesn’t believe it either. But Chris and his arrogant, always right, dare I be wrong attitude has Dylan challenging him to try it. And who knows, maybe watching his most loathed neighbor suffer through five hundred kisses with the same man is worth it. He’d sit back, crack open a Mountain Dew, and have a good laugh . . .

But … there is one slight snag in his plan.

Chris has chosen Dylan with whom to prove his point . . .

This is both a friends-to-lovers and enemies-to-lovers story. Dylan needs his neighbour Chris’s help when the kitchen at the summer camp Dylan runs is destroyed in a storm. This book is billed as enemies to lovers, but really it’s friends to enemies to lovers. 

Dylan Halsworth runs a summer camp. one day the kitchen’s camp gets destroyed in a storm. Dylan has one option to move the kids to a better place is to go to his neighbour’s help. When one of the camp kids says that 

“Five hundred kisses are all it takes” 

“To steal someone’s heart. Anyone’s heart”…. 

Chris, never believes in stuff like that. BUT when Dylan challenges him to have “five hundred kisses” and of-course Chris won’t say no to a dare and a kiss with Dylan… What starts out as a challenge, forces two ex friends to face their past and discover each other again.

Anyta Sunday’s 500 Kisses was adorable. Anyta Sunday always brings the cute in a big way. Now, it’s still a far from perfect 75-page short story. But it’s fresh and sweet, and there’s an endearing, amusing quality to it that made my heart happy. I didn’t expect to love this novella so much.

This is adorable. Because even though the premise may sound kind of strange, and even though the triple combo of misunderstandings, resentment and sudden forgiveness is taken a little too far, there are banter and kissing for the sake of kissing (and for the sake of proving a point) and thunderstorms, so it’s a win. 

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eARC Review: In the Present Tense by Carrie Pack

In the Present Tense by Carrie Pack

In the Present TenseIn the Present Tense by Carrie Pack
Published by:
 Interlude Press

Publication Date:  May 19th 2016 
Series: In the Present Tense, #1
Genres: New Adult, LGBTQ+, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Rating: 3 Stars
Date Read: 29/06/2018
Links: Goodreads Netgalley | BooktopiaB & N | Book Depository

Miles Lawson goes to sleep dreaming of a future with his boyfriend Adam, but wakes to find he is married to Ana, an acquaintance from high school. When he learns he has been time travelling, Miles is consumed with finding a cure for his rare condition—and finding his first love.

Travelling more frequently, Miles assembles the puzzle pieces of his life and, in doing so, alienates his wife. As he loses control, Miles must realise that sometimes fixing your past mistakes means changing your future. But will he be able to convince Adam he is telling the truth before it’s too late?

I received a copy of In the Present Tense from Netgalley for review Considerations. This in no way influences my opinion of this book.

In the Present Tense tells the story of Miles, a 17-year-old guy who is completely in love with his boyfriend Adam, when he suddenly wakes up and finds himself in his 25-year-old body and married to a girl called Ana. When he finds out he can time-travel, he goes on the search for a cure, and his first love, Adam. 

I loved the premise of this book and the blurb really intrigued me. However, around 25% of the way through, I was thoroughly confused and wondered what I was reading. This was an interesting idea. I was immediately enticed upon reading the description. I think this was overall very creative, and it remained so throughout. I did like the writing style. It wasn’t absurdly special, but it was fairly nice with some great descriptions thrown about. 

I thought the Characters were the weak point, it really impacted how much I enjoyed the story. All the characters just seemed hollow and didn’t have much personality. I had a good understanding of who they were on surface level, but it never really went beyond that.

The relationships between the character also seemed a bit ‘planned’; you just knew what was going to happen between them, and it felt like the author made you root for the characters that were going to end up together, by giving them a lot of backstory, and not telling you much about the other characters and their relationship with our main character. 

There just something off with the pacing in this book, and I think it was due to the fact the characters talk about everything! Seriously, I love dialogue, but these characters talked about every emotion they’d ever had and every single detail of their plans.

So, in conclusion, while I didn’t enjoy some parts of the book, I still enjoyed reading it, but I just wish there would’ve been more to the characters. This is the first book in a series, and I don’t think I’ll be reading the next one. I’m not really interested in seeing where this story goes. However, I don’t usually like science fiction or Time Travel books, so that I might’ve had an impact on my enjoyment of this book.

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eARC Review: Fourteen Summers by Quinn Anderson

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Published by:
 Riptide Publishing

Publication Date:  May 21st 2018
Genres: New Adult, LGBTQ+, Romance
Format: eBook
Rating: 4 Stars
Date Read: 7/06/2018
Links: Goodreads NetgalleyBooktopia

Identical twins Aiden and Max Kingsman have been a matched set their whole lives. When they were children, Aiden was happy to follow his extroverted brother’s lead, but now that they’re in college, being “my brother, Aiden” is starting to get old. He’s itching to discover who he is outside of his “twin” identity.

Oliver’s goals for the summer are simple: survive his invasive family, keep his divorced parents from killing each other, and stay in shape for rowing season. He’s thrilled when he runs into his old friends, the Kingsman twins, especially Aiden, the object of a childhood crush. Aiden is all grown-up, but some things have stayed the same: his messy curls, his stability, and how breathless he makes Oliver. Oliver’s crush comes back full force, and the feeling is mutual. Summer just got a whole lot hotter.

Fun-loving Max takes one thing seriously: his role as “big brother.” When Aiden drifts away, Max can’t understand how his own twin could choose a boy over him. Summer won’t last forever, and with friendship, family, and happily ever after on the line, they’ll have to navigate their changing relationships before it’s too late. 

I received a copy of Fourteen Summers from Netgalley for review Considerations. This in no way influences my opinion of this book.

Fourteen Summers is a coming-of-age tale that encompasses many different types of relationships- romantic, familial, and friendship. This book wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it, nonetheless. The story was told from three points of view, Aiden’s, Max’s and Oliver’s. This was a new adult novel. The characters are all 20 years old and trying to find their way as adults. As readers, we get to watch their struggle with balancing family obligations and romantic relationships. 

As identical twins, Aiden and Max have always had a built-in support system, best friend, and constant companion, perhaps causing an unhealthy codependency. They were both devastated when their childhood best friend moved away, but they had each other. 

Twin brothers Max and Aiden Kingsman spent their childhood inseparable from their best friend Oliver until the day Oliver’s parent’s divorced and he moved away. Now fourteen years later, Max and Aiden are home from college for the summer when they run into none other than Oliver who is in town visiting this dad. The three start hanging out again and it’s just like old times, including that embarrassing crush Aiden has always had on Oliver. But Aiden doesn’t realize that Oliver also used to have a crush on Aiden and now that he’s found him again, Oliver isn’t wasting any time making his feelings known.

“I need your humour. I need your support. And I need you to get me to put on real clothes and leave the house every now and then, because otherwise I’ll become one of those weird recluses with twelve pet reptiles who writes articles about how millennials are killing the sock industry.”

This story has such a great dynamic. It is about family, love, friendship and acceptance. I really enjoyed seeing the boys figure out what they wanted personally and from each other.

The characters, their portrayals, felt realistic to me for the most part. The novel was sweet and warm, yet had it’s moments when it became highly emotional. The realism was shown via Max’s interactions, as he was able to force the reader to step out of the warm and fuzzy romance and angst and show a different type of relationship, that of twin brothers and of best friends. 

The story was well-written and enjoyable. I loved all three of the characters and Oliver and Aiden were really sweet together. The relationship between Aiden and Oliver is sweet and desperate, that desperation where two people realise what they want and don’t want to wait another minute to have it. Aiden and Oliver were both so introverted and awkward which I absolutely loved. As an introvert myself I could totally relate.

This was what happened when two introverts tried to flirt. They ended up with a lot of awkward silences and not-staring contests while they each waited to see if the other one was going to make a move. If Oliver gave Aiden one more lingering look from afar, he was going to become the protagonist of a YA novel.

I was so excited when I was approved for an ARC of this book, because the cover is adorable, and the blurb sucked me right in. If you’re worried the actual book won’t hold up, don’t be. From the tone-setting prologue to the oh-so-satisfying epilogue, this book was amazing. I finished this book in less than 24 hours. It’s Well written. Emotional. Steamy. Sexy. Romantic. With the perfect blend of cuteness, angst, and fumbling through life.

I was totally drawn into Aiden, Max and Oliver’s story and couldn’t put it down once I started. It was funny and heartwarming with a tiny bit of angst and drama along the way. Fourteen Summers left me feeling happy for all of the main characters with a case of the warm fuzzys once I reached the end.

Overall, Fourteen Summers was a lot more than I was expecting. Not to mention, the ending is adorable and I love the full-circle nature of the story. Fourteen Summers is a beautifully written M/M romance. The book ends with a super sweet epilogue, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.

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