Finding the Sky by A.M. Burns

Finding the SkyFinding the Sky by A.M. Burns

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb: Dillon Smith is so ready for the school year to be over, because he’ll get some relief from the gang that’s been pressuring him to join them. Unfortunately, when he stops for a soda, he’s implicated in the gang robbing a convenience store. Given his late father’s association with the gang, even his mother doesn’t believe him when he says he wants no part of it, and she sends him to live with his Uncle Bryan for the summer.

On the way to his uncle’s house in the country, he and Bryan rescue a hawk that was hit by a semitruck. They take it to some wildlife rehabbers living down the street, and they help open Dillon to experiences he never imagined.

When Dillon meets Scott, the son of the rehabbers, he falls in love, but the gang has a rough summer planned for him.

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An entertaining read that had a lighter feel to it than the previous book I recently finished. A relatively good story even if parts were a bit underwhelming and I felt like they were either glossed over or a bit far fetched. I would’ve liked to have had a little bit more grit to it when dealing with the Gang or Dillon’s relationship with his mother.

Overall I enjoyed it and give it 3.5 Stars!

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Y Negative by Kelly Haworth

 

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Y Negative

By Kelly Haworth

★★★★☆

 In the last surviving cities of a ruined world, the concept of “woman” has been forgotten to history. Those unfortunate enough to lack a Y chromosome live as second-class citizens in a world dominated by mascs.

Ember is Y negative. He is scorned, bullied, abused by every masc he encounters, at work and at the gym. Not even his Y negative roommate cuts him any slack. He wants so desperately to be accepted as a masc that he’d rather buy black market testosterone than food. Something’s gotta give—he needs a change in his life, but has no idea how to find it.

Jess is a masc with a passion for studying the recovery of their devastated world. His boyfriend is pressuring him for more commitment, and his father expects him to take over the family business. He can’t wait to get away from civilization for his seasonal research out in the wild.

When Jess offers Ember a job, their lives collide in the isolated wasteland, and their initial attraction turns into a relationship that horrifies those around them. Soon their struggle to stay together and to be who they are turns into a fight for their lives.


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So I am going to be honest and say that I am not a fan of Sci-Fi and I wasn’t too sure about this book.  I found the premise intriguing but I was a bit wary not knowing what to expect.  The first part of the book was hard for me.  Chapters 1 through 3 seemed to drag and they were hard to understand, at least to me.  I knew we needed it so the reader could get an idea of the world these characters were living in but I had a hard time connecting to the story because of it.  I even considered whether or not I’d be able to actually finish it.

Once I started reading Part 2, chapter 4 I started to think maybe it wouldn’t be as hard to read as I thought.  By 30% I started to really get into the story.  50% I found I hadn’t put it down and was hooked and by 90% I was sobbing, now totally invested in it all, I almost didn’t want it to be over.

So,did I enjoy Y Negative? Yes!  Would I recommend it? If you like SciFi and/or Dystopian  then you’ll most likely enjoy it.  If you are like me and not really sure about it, give Y Negative a chance you might just be surprised.  Just know that you have to be patient, because when the story finally gets going you’ll be drawn into the story of Ember and Jess.

It’s not a light read, it’s not an easy romance.  Ember’s life is a hard one, he faces challenges in everything he does, everywhere he goes.  He’ll make you cry because he is so real, his struggles painful and heartbreaking.  Jess as well.  It may seem as if his life is golden but he soon realizes what it’s like to face adversity at every turn.  To have people hate you and try to break you down for things that were out of your control.  But in the end I am glad I took a chance on it.

Colors by Russell J. Sanders

ColorsColors by Russell J. Sanders

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Blurb: High school senior Neil Darrien is a budding musical theater star. He has it all-a beautiful girlfriend, a scholarship at a prestigious school, and plenty of chances to showcase his talent. But when Zane Jeffrey comes to town and immediately lands a spot in the school show choir, Neil is jealous. What Neil didn’t count on, though, is Zane’s charm and humor, and the two soon become friends.

Melissa, Neil’s girlfriend, notices Zane monopolizing Neil and draws Neil into her church. There Neil discovers a situation he knows he needs to fix, but if he does, a deep, dark secret that could cost him his future career might come out.

When his relationship with Melissa becomes rocky, Neil is drawn to Zane in a way that is more than friendship

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What I liked? The story was technically well written and the author was definitely able to paint a vivid picture of what was going on. I loved the premise and the cover is definitely eye-catching. Unfortunately here comes the “but”.

When I first started reading this book I was convinced that it was going to be a very hard and emotional read for me as Neil told his story of the abuse he suffered at the hands of his childhood Pastor. However to me the story seemed to focus more on how he was handling his senior year of high school, juggling his “sort of” girlfriend and then meeting a the new kid who becomes his one and only true friend. Colors wan’t really what I had expected it to be and because of that I was left a tad disappointed.

I wanted to learn more about Neil’s past, delve a little deeper into the abuse. I wanted to know more about his parents and the church he belonged to that would inadvertently let this happen. We know that Neil’s parents were killed in a carjacking and before were very involved in the church but that’s it. How can we really get a clear picture of Neil’s past? I also wanted to see more resolution. Once it becomes know what happened to him we get only a few sentences of response by those close to Neil. We don’t even get a real look at Zane’s reaction to everything.

I felt as if the book started off as if it would be a heavy read and then became more of a light read. Because of this, because of the lack of a deeper look into Neil’s life outside of theater I never found a way to connect to him and subsequently never grew to actually like him. I hate what happened to him, I felt for what he must have felt and was sad that anyone so young should have to experience anything so horrible but that was pretty much it. There was so much potential for me to fall in love with Neil but it just never happened.

Zane was likable but again I didn’t feel we got enough of him, who he truly was and how he felt. The only time we got anything from his POV was in the few text messages between him and his friend from back home and those weren’t enough for me to feel as if we knew him. I wish we could have seen more of his interaction with Neil after Neil comes to him and tells him about the abuse. I wish there was a bit more of their developing relationship in the end.

Too much Melissa who was so unlikable I wanted to scream. Too much waffling on how he felt about her and too much of her pressuring him about her church. She was not supportive of him, he couldn’t truly confide in her and when he and Zane started to get close she didn’t even try to understand. How he continued to put up with this was infuriating and went on far too long.

In other words, too much of the new church and not enough of Neil’s childhood church. Too much theater without anything really life changing happening other than meeting Zane. Not enough backstory and definitely not enough resolution.

 

*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

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Promises: Part 1 by A.E. Via

Promises: Part 1 (Bounty Hunters, #1)Promises: Part 1 by A.E. Via

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb: Duke Morgan owns and operates one of the largest bail bond companies in Atlanta. Not only does he bond criminals out of jail, he and his notorious group of bounty hunters will also track them down and ensure they show up for court.

Roman ‘Quick’ Webb is Duke’s business partner and best friend. Both men are in their forties and have given up on the happily ever after with the ranch-style home, and white picket fence. They’d both tried it and failed miserably. But they have their friendship and they have the business.

When Quick’s son, Vaughan Webb returns – after seven years – from studying abroad with his law degree in hand, he’s back to claim what he’s always wanted…his fathers’ best friend… Duke Morgan. Vaughan has always claimed to be a classic gentleman with an old soul. He didn’t party and screw up in school like his buddies. He was focused and dedicated to becoming the man worthy of Duke’s love.
It’s a complex and messy situation as Duke and Quick figure out how to still be best friends when one of them is sleeping with his friend’s one and only son. But when Duke is hurt on the job, all the unimportant trivialities fall to the wayside and Vaughan and Quick put their heads together to save Duke.

Part I of the Promises story is about Duke and Vaughan. Part II will be about Quick and his realization that it’s not too late for any of them to find love.

THIS BOOK DOES NOT CONTAIN MULTIPLE PAIRINGS, INCEST OR MENAGES. DUKE’S STORY DOES NOT END ON A CLIFFHANGER. HIS HEA IS LONG OVERDUE. PART TWO WILL CENTER AROUND TWO DIFFERENT COUPLES (QUICK & DR. CHAUNCEY).
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I love A.E. Via but was a little unsure about this book. While I enjoyed Don’t Judge I didn’t really care for Duke. Combine that with the age difference in this book and I took my time beginning this one. However I am glad I did because I really liked the story and amazingly enough the age difference was done very well and in the end it wasn’t an issue for me.

I will most definitely be on the lookout for the next in the series as well as any books by this author.

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Red River by Cardeno C.

Red River (Pack, #2)Red River by Cardeno C.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb: Two Alpha shifters join together to lead their pack and build a family.

Commitment, loyalty, and strength aren’t enough to make Wesley Stone’s birth pack accept an Alpha with a physical imperfection, even if it’s a meaningless mark. Putting the safety of his pack above his own wellbeing, Wesley trades himself for another Alpha and agrees to mate with a stranger in a mysterious, insular pack.

Alphas from Jobe Root’s family have led the Red River pack from the first day shifters walked the earth. Now the time has come for Jobe to fulfill his destiny, but to do that, he needs his mate by his side. Spiritual, easygoing Jobe reveres Mother Nature and trusts in fate, yet he can’t help being nervous about how his mate will react to his new life in Red River, his new life with Jobe.

Two Alphas with contrasting personalities, different upbringings, and divergent beliefs come together for the good of their packs. But to stay together, Wesley and Jobe must see beyond the surface and embrace every facet of themselves and their union.

I’m a huge Cardeno C. fan and of course I love Shifter books so I couldn’t wait to read the second book in the Pack series. While I can’t say I absolutely loved it I definitely enjoyed the story of Wesley and Jobe. I am anxious for the next book in the series.

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Stay With Me by S.E. Harmon

Stay With MeStay With Me by S.E. Harmon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb: Private investigator Mackenzie Williams’s newest client is everything he’s looking for in a guy—charming, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. There’s only one itty bitty problem—the guy’s not exactly gay. In fact, Jordan Channing is looking for a PI to follow his fiancée. The smart thing would be to thank Jordan for his time, turn Mr. Perfect away (don’t let the door hit you on the rump, thank you very much), and forget he exists.

Of course, Mackenzie has never been accused of doing the smart thing. Being a smart aleck is more his MO. Relationships aren’t up his alley, never have been. So why’s he so inexplicably drawn to his new client?

Jordan has always been the high achiever, a man who lives in a focused, controlled, and carefully constructed manner. But for the first time in his life, he has to admit the impossible—another man is getting his engine running on all cylinders. Despite Jordan’s denial, it’s not long before he can no longer resist the strong undercurrents pulling them together. Now Jordan must decide if he can go against everything he’s ever known to have the only love he’s ever wanted.


 

I enjoyed it but there were some moments where I felt like the angst was becoming too much. Still a good read and I would recommend it.

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Trouble & the WallflowerTrouble & the Wallflower by Kade Boehme

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb: Raised in near seclusion by an agoraphobic mother, Davy Cooper’s social skills are almost nonexistent. Now that his mother has died, he needs to make friends for the first time in his life. He catches Gavin Walker’s eye, but the sexy, confident, bad boy hipster intimidates shy Davy so much that he throws away Gavin’s number every time he offers it.

When Gavin defends Davy from a rude guy, Davy begins to warm to him. However, with his limited experience, he thinks he and Gavin are too different, and anything more than a casual acquaintance will end in complete disaster.

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At first I wasn’t sure about this book. I had it on my shelf for quite awhile and kept passing over it even though I have read and enjoyed plenty of Kade Boehme’s books. I finally sat down and started reading Trouble and was quickly hooked. Definitely glad I finally bit the bullet and gave it a chance.

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