Did a reread of Jaime and Ale's story, and loved it just as much (if not more!) the second time around. Definitely my favorite couple in this sUpdate:
Did a reread of Jaime and Ale's story, and loved it just as much (if not more!) the second time around. Definitely my favorite couple in this series, I think. :D
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Well, it's official; I have dipped my toes into the m/m genre, something I never thought I would do. I have to tell you, I really like it! Now, I'm not going to be giving up my “traditional” romances, eve, but now that I know good m/m can be found, I'll be revisiting this genre again.
I blame my change of heart on Brigid Kemmerer's YA paranormal, SECRET, which I recently read and loved. While talking to other readers, finding some recommendations, and digging through GR and Amazon, I came across A.M. Arthur. After reading a few reviews, I felt like this might be a good place to start. It was my lucky day when I found No Such Thing up on NG! I can honestly say that I am very glad I requested this title!
I liked Ale and Jaime, they were the perfect mix of sweet and sexy, both as individual characters, and, of course, as a couple. I loved the chemistry and growing connection between them as well.
No Such Thing was very sexy and there was plenty of heat between these two young men. The scene at the gay bar both fun and extremely hot, as was the scene at Ezra's house right after that. I'll admit, I was kind of hoping that particular scene would be gone a bit further, but I can see now that Jaime and Ale have plenty of time to experiment, if they both wish to; right now it's about the two of them.
There's a few issues in town, including a few fights with the local idiots who hate gays, which helped to add some tension to the book.
My only complaint? The ending felt a bit too quick, and left me hanging.
I enjoyed No Such Thing, and finished it very quickly. I will definitely be trying more books by this author, and in fact I can't wait to see what book 2 will be like!
If, like me, you are tempted to try some m/m romances, I would suggest picking up No Such Thing. I'm not an expert on the genre, but I can tell you this: I loved following this cute couple, through the good and the bad.
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For my full review, including favorite book quotes for NO SUCH THING, please visit my blog, TBQ's Book Palace.
I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have read many reviews where the reader goes on and on about how the book tore her up, how she cried and raged. The term “ugly cry” is always mentio
I have read many reviews where the reader goes on and on about how the book tore her up, how she cried and raged. The term “ugly cry” is always mentioned two or three times in a very dramatic tone. I have always rolled my eyes at such claims. “Really? You cried – actually bawled, not just blinked back a stinging in your eyes? PLEASE!” I didn't understand what these readers could possible be reading to make such claims. I wondered if I was missing some crucial reader DNA; I feared I was IUC – Incapable of Ugly Crying.
Man was I wrong. And I now understand what other readers have known for years—ugly crying hurts. A lot.
Deeper is an amazing book, for many reasons, which I will get into later—but mainly because Robin York (aka, Ruthie Knox) taught me how to ugly cry. I think I may now be a pro, after 300 pages of West and Caroline's story. I finished Deeper nearly a month ago, and yet I'm still not over this book!
The ending (ha!) left me raw. The pain is still intense, but if you think that will stop me from reading Deeper again, you are wrong.
Already I've pre-ordered a copy for my keeper shelf. Because as hard as it was to read this book, it was so easy to love it.
I can't even begin to explain why I loved this book so much. It's the simple fact that I couldn't stop reading, even as my heart lay bleeding on the floor. I couldn't hate West, even though he has his rude moments.
There were many scenes I marked, and I know that when my copy arrives, I will have post-it notes everywhere. The many phone-sex scenes . . . the dirty talking . . . their first time . . . *shivers* Trust me – Deeper is very sexy, very dirty, yet so very, well, deep. West and Caroline's relationship is about more than just (hot, awesome) sex, though there is plenty of that!
Be prepared to cry, be prepared to scream at the pain, yet be prepared for sexy fun, too. Because even though Deeper broke me, it was worth it. York, you had better continue this story—I'm not sure I can survive without a HEA for these two troubled, yet brave, characters. If you are an ugly cry virgin, like I was, you may take my review as over-the-top drama. If you've done this before, then you know the routine, and even without having read this book yet, you are probably nodding your head, accustomed to these emotions. Either way, be sure to pick this one up; you may hate me for recommending it while the pain hits, but by the end you will thanking me!
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For my full review, including favorite book quotes, please visit my blog, TBQ's Book Palace.
I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.
Last year, The Hunger Games received high ratings from fans all over. Then we spent what seemed like an eternity waiting, anxiously, for the sequel. FLast year, The Hunger Games received high ratings from fans all over. Then we spent what seemed like an eternity waiting, anxiously, for the sequel. Finally, it's here-- and believe me, it's just as amazing, if not even a tiny bit more so, than her first novel! Suzanne Collins does a brilliant job at creating a rich, detailed world, while telling a brutally honest story, not one that's sugar coated and perfect. Catching Fire continues the story of Katniss and Peeta, the first dual winners of the deadly Hunger Games. Now that they're 'safely' out of the arena, no longer having to fight for their very life, you'd think they'd be able to live out the rest of their life in peace, right? Wrong!
The Capitol realizes that their control over the various districts is slowly being tested, pushed to the limits, and it's all because of Katniss and Peeta's defiance in the arena. As the districts start to rise up against the Capitol, they realize that they need to get rid of the 'spark' that started it all-- Katniss. But how, without alerting the citizens of their plot?
Enter the 'surprise' rules for the 75th anniversary Hunger Games! The only names added to the reaping will be the surviving tributes from previous games, one male and one female from each district. Which, naturally, means it's back into the arena for Katniss and Peeta-- and they both know that the Capitol has no plans for allowing them to come back out alive, especially Katniss.
I won't go into too many details, I really don't want to ruin the book for fellow fans out there. But I will say that Collin manages to throw new twists and turns into Catching Fire just when you least expect it! And the characters are just as intense and unique as they were before-- along with the relationship between our two favorite winners.
The one thing that bothered me is I wish Katniss would wake up and realize that Peeta's the guy for her. As nice as Gale as, there's no fire, no real connection between them in the story. Sure, she speaks fondly of their childhood, but since the beginning of book one, Collins has shown us more of Peeta than Gale, and personally I can't say that I'm upset about it. But that's a whole other story--- and one that we'll just have to wait until the next book to figure out for sure!
5/5 STARS! A wonderful, action packed novel that's even better than the first one, Catching Fire has everything in it, from witty characters and dialogue to intense suspense and adventure. And let's not forget the love triangle going on between poor Gale, Katniss, and Peeta! In other words, easily one of the BEST YA series ever! What are you waiting for? Enter the terrifying yet interesting world of Panem today!