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Book Review | HAVING HER BACK, by Ann Gallagher

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Having Her Back, by Ann Gallagher

Publish Date: May 19, 2017
Published by: Createspace Independant
Length: 250 pages
Genre: YA Romance/LGBTQ+
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Trevor Larson is a Navy brat. He’s used to moving every few years, and thanks to social media, he can stay in touch with the friends he leaves behind. But shortly after he leaves Okinawa, his best friend, Brad Gray, cuts off contact and disappears.

Four years and two bases later, Brad resurfaces—and announces his family is coming to Trevor’s base in Spain. But a lot’s changed in four years, and Trevor is stunned to find out Brad is now Shannon. Their reunion isn’t quite what either of them had hoped for, but they quickly find their footing, both relieved to have each other back.

Except nothing is ever all sunshine and roses. The military is a small world, and there’s no keeping Shannon’s transition a secret. Parents warn their kids away from her. She can’t attend school on-base for fear of harassment or worse. And although her parents try to hide it, being ostracized by their only social circle while they’re thousands of miles from home is taking a toll on them too.

More and more, Shannon leans on Trevor. But she’s also drawn to him, and he’s drawn right back to her, feeling things he’s never felt for anyone before.

Trevor’s scared, though. Not of dating a trans girl. Not of damaging his chaplain father’s career or reputation. After finally getting his friend back, does he dare take things further and risk losing Shannon a second time?


My Review: 

This was an okay read but the writing left a lot to be desired. Continue reading “Book Review | HAVING HER BACK, by Ann Gallagher”

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Book Review | SIGNIFICANCE, by Shelly Crane

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Significance (Significance #1), by Shelly Crane

Publish Date:  June 15, 2011 (audiobook published December 23, 2013)
Published by: Tantor Audio/Kiss Me Productions
Audiobook Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
Length: 13 hrs 40 min (396 pages)
Genre: YA Romance/Paranormal
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (1.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Maggie is a seventeen-year-old girl who’s had a bad year. She was smart and on track, but her mom left, her dad is depressed, she’s graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.

Then she meets Caleb. She saves his life and instantly knows there’s something about him that’s intriguing, but she’s supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. Things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally.

They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she’s ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive. Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, but Caleb’s enemies know that Caleb is imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities.

Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?


My Review: 

I’m giving this 1.5 stars because while I sort of enjoyed this book, I also thought it wasn’t the best thing ever written. It definitely was lacking in many areas – particularly the characters – and if I had physically read this instead of listening to the audiobook, I think I would have probably hated it. Continue reading “Book Review | SIGNIFICANCE, by Shelly Crane”

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Book SERIES Review | The Elemental Series, by Brigid Kemmerer

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The Elemental Seriesby Brigid Kemmerer

I am doing something a little different, since I just blew through this series in like two weeks or something, and need to sort of let out my thoughts about this series in general.  Reviews for the individual books in the series can be found further down.

Series Review: 

Okay, I went into this series expecting a fun, exciting story about boys who can control the elements and finding love and blah blah.  Okay, yes I did get that.  What I did NOT expect to get, was a family of brothers that I would absolutely fall in love with. Continue reading “Book SERIES Review | The Elemental Series, by Brigid Kemmerer”

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Book Review | WHAT IF IT’S US, by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

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

Publish Date:  October 8, 2018 
Published by: HarperAudio/HarperTeen
Audiobook Narrated by: Noah Galvin & Froy Gutierrez
Length: 9 hrs 48 min (437 pages)
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction/Romance/LGBTQ+
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

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 nail a first date even after three do-overs?

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?

What if it’s us?


My Review: 

I was sadly unimpressed by this book. I really wanted to like it, and that first chapter really had me hooked and ready to go. But after that, things started to decline.

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Book Review | A LIGHT AMONGST SHADOWS, by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood

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A Light Amongst Shadows (Dark is the Night #1), by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood

Publish Date: June 1, 2018 (audiobook published August 20, 2019)
Published by: Tantor Audio
Audiobook Narrated by: Kale Williams
Length: 8 hrs 12 min (342 pages)
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/LGBTQ+/Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

James Spencer is hardly the typical troubled youth who ends up at Whisperwood School for Boys. Instead of hating the strict schedules and tight oversight by staff, James blossoms, quickly making friends, indulging in his love of writing, and contemplating the merits of sneaking love poems to the elusive and aloof William Esher.

The rumors about William’s sexuality and opium reliance are prime gossip material amongst the third years . . . rumors that only further pique James’ curiosity to uncover what William is really like beneath all that emotional armor. And, when the normally collected William stumbles in one night, shaken and ranting of ghosts, James is the only one who believes him.

James himself has heard the nails dragging down his bedroom door and the sobs echoing in the halls at night. He knows others have, too, even if no one will admit it. The staff refuses to entertain such ridiculous tales, and punishment awaits anyone who brings it up.

Their fervent denial and the disappearance of students only furthers James’ determination to find out what secrets Whisperwood is hiding . . . especially if it prevents William and himself from becoming the next victims.


My Review: 

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Book Review | THREE HEARTBEATS AWAY, by C. C. Hunter

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Three Heartsbeats Away (The Mortician’s Daughter #3), by C. C. Hunter

Publish Date: June 18, 2019
Published by: N/A
Audiobook Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Length: 7 hrs 57 min (234 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

The dead carry their secrets with them…

At least until they end up at Riley Smith’s door. Her latest spectral visitor is a murdered bride with a need for revenge, and not necessarily for the person who killed her. Never mind that killer is about to strike again. Riley’s determined to help, but is missing Hayden, the hot, ghostly boy who’s always had her back.

Living, breathing Hayden is awake, which means his spirit isn’t around to flirt with Riley anymore. Worse yet, the “real” Hayden doesn’t remember her. Their connection had been so strong. Did his feelings for Riley just disappear into the ether?

As Riley gets closer to finding the bride’s killer, other secrets are revealed: secrets that changes everything Riley thought she knew about her parents. But before she can completely unravel the mystery of her past, Riley will need to escape the murderer that threatens her future.


My Review:  Continue reading “Book Review | THREE HEARTBEATS AWAY, by C. C. Hunter”