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Friday, February 26, 2021

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers ARC Book Review and BLOG TOUR !

 


Welcome ! As always a disclaimer: My thoughts are my own and the ARC in no way affected my opinion.

TW: mental health, self-harm, homophobia, racism.

NOW the good stuff ! This book is about found families, love and acceptance of one's-self. When I read the blurb for this book I was automatically intrigued, it sounded just right up my alley. It is after all Queer and if that is not something I look for into books, I don't know what is. As a bisexual woman myself, I love good representation, I love when we get amazing books with a sweet queer romance that makes me feel things and this made me feel for the characters and what was happening to them.  I related to our main character, the dilemmas that come with having an immigrant family (my mother's side of the family) and the struggles that come with that when being Queer. 

I loved getting that funny, charming and yet deeply touching tale of two women getting drunk in Vegas and getting married without knowing one another. This book had the perfect mix of angst, funny and romance. It is about being true to yourselves and becoming who you were meant to be. While the romance is a big part of the book it is not the main focus, the true subject of this book is Grace, a brilliant black lesbian woman with a PHD in astrology who is finding herself and finally allowing herself to be happy.

The author approached the delicate subjects she touched on in such an organic way, Grace's anxiety, her struggles and her growth as a person through the book felt natural. I loved the character development and story telling were the true strengths of this novel. the author has a wonderful way with words. Do I want to re-read this book and own it as a physical copy; YES. Do I wish the author would sign a copy YES YES YES.

I loved this book, this is a new favorite and a read that will stay with me long after having finished it. I cannot wait to read the next books this author will be writing. 

5/5 stars

Bookarina

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Best Laid Plans by Roan Parrish ARC Book Review ! ~ BLOG TOUR ~ MM Romance ~


                                                                  ~ BLOG TOUR ~

                                        Coming out next Tuesday !! GET YOUR COPY !!

Disclaimer : I received an ARC and it in no way affects my review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Before I start this review I have to point something out:

 Who did this ? Like who choose to make this cover with writing on it that had weird graph behind it ? Maybe I am the only one questioning that choice, but it made me wonder for a while before I started it ... 

Another note, I am excited about this book and while it is a second book in the story, from what I had gathered before reading it, you do not need to have read the first one to read this one, which after reading it is very true since each book focuses on someone else.

Now the review:

This book was a very lovely valentine's day mood read. Not to say that I finished it that day, because unfortunately school waits for no one, but it was romantic. Now was it a 5 star romance, that I want to re-read again and again, unfortunately not. However I had a great time, and emotional time sometimes while reading this book. It is not a fluffy romance, not to say that it isn't romantic it just is sad at times and heart wrenching as we learn more about our main characters and their past. Thus, I would have to say; be in the right mood to pick this up, it is not a happy go lucky, unicorns and rainbows type of book. But that's what I liked about it, personally it added depth to the story I also enjoy sad books so right up my alley (it isn't  a crying, all sad book no worries it's a romance).

While I was reading it, the resounding thought I had was that Rye and Charlie just fit together. They felt natural, they had this tangible chemistry. They both, by coming together, helped each other grow, not to say they did not also grow on their own. But by learning to trust each other they found a family within each other and build a home. 

It was such a sweet story, even with the sadness contained within these pages, the overall feeling it left me with after the read was how warm it felt. Reading this felt like a warm hug, sometimes getting you through dark times and other times warming you up inside.

I don't want to got too much in details about this story because I believe it would be a shame to spoil and a true disservice to the overall experience you get when reading it.

I loved this, while not a new favorite of mine, one I truly enjoyed and a perfect Valentine's day story ! And it is a story I would love to re-read at some point in the future.

4/5 

Bookarina

Saturday, February 6, 2021

As Far As You'll Take Me by Phil Stamper ARC Book Review

 


Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you) and it in no way affects my review, my thoughts/opinions are my own.

TW: homophobia(including slurs), outed(sexuality), eating disorder, anxiety/panic attacks, near sexual assault, bullying, toxic relationships, body dysmorphia.

The first thing that caught my eye was the cover, I am a fan of pastels and this was just so pretty. I also loved the principle of going abroad to find yourself and having to balance who you are with who you were once both realities collide. This is a YA coming of age LGBT+ story. It is hard to find yourself especially when your parents disapprove of you/your sexuality. As he travels through Europe and London he makes friends & starts to fall in love. 

I loved the anxiety representation and the writing of this book. It was light, in the sense that it was really was to read and get into; there wasn't a moment where I felt like I had to re-read it to understand it. The relationships in this book aren't all squared off, they are raw and ugly sometimes, the characters are flawed and real. As "The Gravity of us", the author's previous book and debut, we get real-world issues. I loved the way we got the irrational anxiety, something people without anxiety might not relate to as much as I did, because the truth is anxiety is not always rational, sometimes it just is there, big and present taking control of your emotions.

This book, contrary to it's cover, is not all happy go lucky, it confronts you to deeply touching and heartfelt moments that warm and sometimes plunge a knife in your heart. As someone that was outed bye a "friend" to other friends , thankfully everyone was accepting so it wasn't as much of an issue though not okay, it was a hard read for me. But a read that made me feel seen in so many ways. This book tackles many issues in real ways, it is not sugar coated, it is graphic and messy, just like life really is. I had to take breaks between my reading sessions for this book, but at the same time I did not want to put it down and kept thinking about it. It is one of those books that hurt me, but that I couldn't help but love.

This is an important read that queer youth will relate to and think about long after having finished it.

I enjoyed it, there are somethings I would've changed, I would've liked for Marty's parent to change and accept him, but I know it isn't always the case in real life. I also would've liked for the eating disorder to have been expanded on as much as the anxiety/or at least more than it was. Unfortunately, that part felt more like a plot point than as impactful as it could've been. While the scenario is not as realistic as it could be (taking a plane to another continent with no money and no plan), it was a lovely setting that I did really enjoy.

4/5 stars
Bookarina