I'll be the first to admit that boy love is not a genre I actively pursue, but if it has characters or storyline I enjoy, I'll happily read it. I wasI'll be the first to admit that boy love is not a genre I actively pursue, but if it has characters or storyline I enjoy, I'll happily read it. I was gifted with an advance copy, but hadn't had time to sit down and actually read it. All I knew was that it was a coming-of-age love story featuring two boys. Over the weekend I finally sat down and started reading. I was glad I did.
You to Me is set in a modern world full of transitions. When a child is born, they are genderless (now this isn't heavily explained so I'm not sure if children are with both genders or if they are truly genderless). Around pre-teen age children go through their first transition becoming either male or female. At age 18 they go through their final transition into adulthood by becoming horned or tailed. Literally growing horns or tails over the course of a few hours.
Best friends since (practically) birth, Masa and Sota are both on the cusp of their final transitions to tailed or horned. Sota has the perfect plan. He and Masa will transition into tailed, find best friends to marry and live next-door to each other for the rest of their lives. Only things don't go quite as Sota plans. There is one major kink in the plan. There is also the added complication of Ken, recently transitioned horned and resident bully, who has his sights set on Sota and will stop at nothing to get him. Change, confusion, misunderstandings, and bullies, what more could possibly go wrong? Will Sota get his perfect plan? Will Masa be able to convince Sota that change is good?
Not only did I fall in love with Sota's spunkiness and Masa's steadfast determination, I adored the secondary characters, Mei, who is forceful and blunt, and Shiro, who is delightfully awkward and usually blurts out thoughts without a filter. It was also a surprise to have a lot of interaction with Sota's mother and Masa's parents, who themselves are perfectly amusing and sweet characters.
You to Me charmed me. I found myself laughing and worrying over Sota and Masa. I also blushed a bit because there is some adult content in this book. I know I'll be re-reading this one when I need a good popcorn romance novel. Looking forward to the next in the series!...more
Six of Crows is a book I didn't know I needed. Desperately. I'd read and adored Leigh Bardugo's first Grisha series. It was dark, forbidding, and remiSix of Crows is a book I didn't know I needed. Desperately. I'd read and adored Leigh Bardugo's first Grisha series. It was dark, forbidding, and reminiscent of old Russian fairytales. Six of Crows is nothing like that. It's dark, with a viciously delightful levity to it. It's a tale about a heist, harking back to the old 50's noir books. Each of the six characters has a depth of self that holds their fears, worries, and even loves. They are not good people. You will grow to love them.
Kaz, a thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Matthias, a convict with a thirst for revenge. Jesper, a sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. Wylan, a runaway with a privileged past. Inez, a spy known as the Wraith. Nina, a Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
In the Barrel, the criminal underworld of Ketterdam, it pays to be more dangerous than any other criminal around. Kaz Brekker, the boy from nowhere, is that dangerous. His mind is always four moves ahead. His cane is iconic. His gloves are armor. Kaz has always has a plan and the iron will to enact his plan. When Kaz is hired for an opportunity to pull of the most impossible heist, his desire for money overrides his common sense. But he has a plan.
Kaz handpicks five other unique individuals to embark on the impossible heist, kidnapping a political refugee (more likely a prisoner) from the Ice Court, a fortress full of fanatics that's never been breeched. It's a suicide mission, even from the best of criminal men. But Kaz, yes, he has a plan. If he can convince his handpicked Crows to become a crew. Their formation seems more fraught with misfortune than the heist Kaz planned. It won't be easy. They may not make it out alive. But each of the crows, Wraith, Nina, Matthias, Wylan, and Jesper, have nothing and everything to lose if they manage to pull of the impossible.
I cannot recommend this book enough. It has a complexity that snares you, draws you into back alleys and dirty deeds. The characters are so broken, your soul weeps for them, even as you cheer them on. Tiny moments of text burn into your memories. Leigh Bardugo is a master of her craft with a lyrical voice that sooth savage beast while drawing us in deeper to the story. I crave more. Try it. I think you'll like it....more