Nov 29, 2015

Books that I've read in the past month...

...at least, according to my Amazon Kindle purchases/borrows list:

"Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli - Loved it. Read it in a day, then re-read it again the next day. I loved Simon. And the secondary characters were mostly so well drawn that I wanted new stories from their points of view. It was also very nice to have a gay main character who is pretty secure in himself, generally happy and with a happy family, and ends the book even happier. These are teenagers and they act like teens, for the most part, without seeming too grown up. They make stupid mistakes but always believable. Just really good.

"That Eighteenth Summer" by Raine O'Tierney - Pretty good. I wish we got a little more of Luca's point of view, though. I'm not really sure why he's attracted to Ollie at all.

"Faith & Fidelity (Faith, Love, and Devotion Book 1)" by Tere Michaels - Liked it, but from the gushing reviews that I've read, I expected more. I cried, but honestly, it didn't do anything too out of the standard.

"Two Boys Kissing" by David Levithan - So, apparently I need to stop with David Levithan books because I couldn't get through this one. Which is the second of his books like put me off almost immediately. I liked "Will Grayson, Will Grayson," which he co-wrote, but clearly I just don't like his stuff, generally.

"Widdershins: A Novel of Gay Paranormal Romance" by Jordan L. Hawk - Fun. Reminds me of the "The Charm of Magpies" series.

"How to Repair a Mechanical Heart" by J.C. Lillis - Very good. Clearly a writer who knows her shipping and fanfic. 

"Out of the Blues" by Mercy Celeste - Liked it, although I wish that we'd been able to see more of the character depth earlier. 

"Frat Boy and Toppy (Theta Alpha Gamma Book 1)" by Anne Tenino - Fun, nothing deep.

"A Royal Affair (Book 1 in The Royal Affair series)" by John Wiltshire - Interesting. I generally enjoyed it with some reservations. Maybe will read the sequels, although this story was pretty wrapped up.

Oct 19, 2015

"Will Grayson, Will Grayson" by John Green and David Levithan

Liked it a lot. Cried a bit. Still ... didn't really like Tiny, even in the end, although I disliked him less.

Sep 20, 2015

"Know Not Why" and "Toil and Trouble" by Hannah Johnson

Oh, I keep forgetting to add books that I read. Enjoyed these a lot -- a novel and a short story about the same characters. A very, very sweet book. I was a little worried, since some of the reviews emphasized that it was more about Howie getting to know a group of people and about his life in general than it was about his romance, but while that's true, I think it was to the betterment of the story. By the end, he and Arthur are so clearly head over heels in love and it's just adorable.

Aug 20, 2015

"Sixty Five Hours" by N.R. Walker

OK. I liked the beginning more than the second half. I feel like, once they got to the ad pitch, the story was all but over. And there was a ton left. Not a bad story, but ... eh.

"Flight of Magpies" by KJ Charles

I liked it... but I think that I read too many of these books in a row. I needed a pause. Although now I want to go back and read the first one again. Still, I liked how it revealed their deepening feelings. Stephen and Lucien are a very nice couple.

Aug 17, 2015

"A Case of Possession" & "A Case of Spirits" by KJ Charles

Yeah, I really like this series. Not overly deep, but fun little mysteries with magic and, well, some relatively graphic sex scenes. Although they seemed to fall for each other pretty quickly, Lucien and Stephen have nice chemistry. Plus, I think more of a physical attraction that they discovered unexpectedly developed into something more. I do wish that we knew more about Stephen's past - we get stories about Lucien in Shanghai, even if they are bits and pieces, but not much about what Stephen's life was really like before they met. Aside from the stuff about his father.

Well, one more book in the series to read...

Aug 16, 2015

"The Magpie Lord" by KJ Charles

Really, really liked this one. What a fun series this seems like it will be. Lucien is an extremely entertaining sort-of scoundrel.