Finished Reads: May 2018 Wrap-Up

stars Hey, homies! In this wrap-up style post, I’ll be talking about all the books I read in May. Each book gets a star rating between 1 star (the books sucked), and 5 stars (masterpiece status). May was one of my better reading months, and I’m especially thankful. There will possibly be a spoiler or two, so be prepared. Let’s get started.

Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward- A novella set in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, this was an incredibly beautiful read. My world was hardcore rocked! I greedily consumed each word. Ivie and Silas’ love was everything. I adored the way Ivie fought for her man- spoiler alert, even after she learned of his illness. My only complaint was that the novella wasn’t like a thousand pages long. 🙂 5 Stars

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur- There’s a reason why this poetry collection is so celebrated. I didn’t just read Milk and Honey, I allowed the words to be absorbed by my soul. The collection featured themes of love, loss, and healing. There wasn’t a weak line in the bunch. 5 Stars

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter- A proper introduction to the fictional world of Ms. SlaughterPretty Girls was the kind of novel that leaves readers exhausted- in the most amazing way. Bombs were dropped from the start, and I was here for all the carnage they left behind. 5 Stars

Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes- Human Remains is a psychological thriller that deals with the question “How well do you know your neighbors?” The antagonist was a sociopath with charm, and wit oozing out of his pores and onto the pages. The best part of the story were the point of view chapters of the victims. I thought that was an original concept that added a lot of depth. Some parts of the novel were slow, but I still enjoyed it. 3.5 Stars

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover- This book had me bound, and I didn’t want to do anything else but continue reading. Domestic violence isn’t the easiest subject to write about, but Ms. Hoover did a stellar job. 4.5 Stars

D-City Underworld: Zontae’s Reign by Annitia L. Jackson- Ms. Jackson wrote the hell out of this book! I loved the world building and the characters who inhabited it. I was really into this from the first page. Who knew that Urban and Paranormal fiction went so well together?! 4 Stars

Love, In English by Karina Halle- This book was hotter than an average Summer day in Texas. Angst and desire colored the narrative gorgeously, and I was totally here for it! The love and connection between Vera, and Mateo was magnetic. 5 Stars

Anchors & Vacancies by Kat Savage- Once again I was blown away by another dope collection of poetry. I devoured and loved each and every line. 5 Stars

El Santo by M. Robinson- This romance was unconventional and totally inappropriate, but honey I still managed to love it! I have to admit that I was a bit bored in the beginning, but the story turned around, becoming really enjoyable. Damien is my new book boo! 4 Stars 

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Finished Reads: April 2018 Wrap-Up

books 2 Ooh, y’all… April was a pretty uneventful reading month for your gurl. I was disappointed by some reads. Others I didn’t even finish because they were covered in mediocre sauce. Sigh. I didn’t even put out hardly any Current Reads posts this month. I think I just did one. There are three or four books that I didn’t include in the CR posts, but only because I was feeling blah. Hopefully, May will be a much better month in all areas. 🙂

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi- I found it difficult to get into this one. I thought the book was good, but wasn’t blown away by it. The latter half of the novel was so dope though. 3 Stars

Soft In the Middle by Shelby Eileen- Poetry collections can be hit or miss. I loved this collection and can’t wait to read more from this author. 5 Stars

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones- In life not every situation fits inside of a perfect little box. With this novel the gray areas were abundant, for realz. There was so many powerful scenes and emotions within the pages. You could feel everything that the characters felt. Loved this. 4.5 Stars

The Real by Kate Stewart- I liked the story. Enjoyed the angle of domestic violence from an unlikely source. 3 Stars

That’s it! Yeah, told you April wasn’t the best reading month.

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Finished Reads (March Wrap-Up)

books 1 I have fifteen books to cover (that’s not too much, lol), so let’s jump straight into these reads. By the way, a lot of the books I read for the month were poetry collections.

Lisey’s Story by Stephen King- Some parts were gripping and complex… other parts of this novel had me scratching my head. This was a love story wrapped in horror, which was great, but there was too much filler for my liking. 3 Stars

Hidden Witness: A Mafia Romance by Posey Parks- I wanted to totally be consumed with this novel. I really wanted to love it, but was disappointed. My attention- and enthusiasm, was drowned in a sea called “too much going on”. When I did read an enjoyable section, the next one would give me a headache. 2.5 Stars

Life Drawing by Robin Black- A quiet novel- with no frills, that made some noise at just the right time. The novel was about a couple, and how they dealt with infidelity. The prose was beautiful and enjoyable. 4 Stars

Rouge by J.R. Rogue- I was totally wrapped up in this poetry collection. Every line was a damn masterpiece. 5 Stars

Secrets We Told The City by J.R. Rogue and Kat Savage- A poetry collection that stole the breath from my body. I was shook! 5 Stars

Audition by Ryu Murakami- A widower in search for a mate gets more than he bargained for. The last half of this book was intense. 4 Stars

I Hope This Reaches Her In Time by R.H. Sin- This collection was filled with gorgeously penned poetry. I adored every single poem. 5 Stars

Then There Was You by Claire Contreras- Angst was served on a silver platter with this book. It started out slow, but eventually the story picked up a bit. The cliffhanger annoyed me. I’ll be getting the second book in the series though. 3.5 Stars

One Hundred Breaths Later by Hayley Stumbo- Curse words flowed effortlessly after I read each poem of this fantastic collection. This gave me the feels. 5 Stars

The Skin Above My Knee by Marcia Butler- This was an emotionally charged memoir. The issues that the author had to endure… they could’ve taken her out. She found passion and escape in music. Great read. 3.5 Stars

Hero by Lauren Rowe- This contemporary romance was filled with some great characters. I liked the story, but there was a potential conflict that was never fully explored. It was mentioned, but never went anywhere. 3.5 Stars

The Nurse by Amy Cross- This horror novel knocked me on my ass! And just when I thought I had it all figured out… bam!!! 4.5 Stars

Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed- I loved the poetry in this collection! There were themes on love, blackness, and the ocean, and I was here for it! 5 Stars

What He Doesn’t Know by Kandi Steiner- The love triangle trope in romance isn’t my thing, but I was sucked into a big clusterfuck of pain, angst, and turmoil. 4.5 Stars

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah- This is the crown jewel of the Finished Reads for March. The Nightingale is the kind of novel that sticks with you long after you’ve read it. 5 Stars 

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Finished Reads: February 2018 Wrap-Up

poem book February was a pretty solid reading month for me. I seriously have no complaints really. Let’s get into these Finished Reads, where I’ll give a mini review, and a star rating- 5 being a masterpiece, and 1 being craptastic.

Born This Way by Tammy Ferebee- Born This Way is a LGBTQ novella about Joseph, a young man trying to navigate through life as a gay individual in a small town. Let me first say that Ms. Ferebee is out of this world talented. This story left me shook! All of my emotions were stirred up. The ending made me shed tears, and it’s difficult to bring out that kind of response from me. I’ll never forget Joseph. He’s a character that will stay with me. 5 Stars.

The Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey- I was so impressed with the gorgeous prose of this novel. I took my time reading and just soaking everything up. EJD can write his ass off. He’s one of my writing heroes for damn sure. The Blackbirds was about four best friends, and their internal- and external drama. I loved the friendship between the characters. There was a deep bond between the ladies, and it was really beautiful to see. Also the book was infused with these erotic tones that fascinated me. 5 Stars.

Keeping Her Wet by M. Robinson- This was a blazing collection of sex scenes from Ms. Robinson’s novels. I’d never read her work and thought this would be a great introduction. Sex scenes aren’t easy to write, but Ms. Robinson did her thing! I enjoyed this book. The stories were colorful, erotic, and dripped with passion. I just bought two more of her books and I’m hyped to read them. 3.5 Stars.

Duma Key by Stephen King- Readers either love or detest lengthy novels. I’ve always loved them. As long as I’m invested in the story, and characters then I’ll stick around. Unfortunately, Duma Key wasn’t a passionate affair, but a one night stand. That means that the story was good, but I won’t be making a follow phone call the next day. I connected with the characters who were memorable, and entertaining. However, the book dragged and I wasn’t able to stay focused. Uncle Stevie is STILL one of the most prolific authors of all time though. 3 Stars.

Bite Me by C.C. Wood- I’m a Paranormal Romance addict, and Bite Me didn’t disappoint. All the elements were there; sassy heroine, enigmatic non-human hero, undeniable chemistry, and a story that wasn’t overly complicated. This is the first book in a series. Of course I’m going to get the other ones. 4 Stars.

Signal To Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia- This book blew me away! Signal To Noise was about Meche, a Mexican-American woman- she lived abroad, who returned to her hometown for her father’s funeral(not a spoiler). The story also alternated between the present day, and Meche’s teen years. If you’re a music lover then this is the story for you. All the musical references added such a richness to the book. Meche’s father was an unexpected surprise. In the flashback chapters we learned about his dreams, and the torment of not having them come to fruition. There was such a sadness to his scenes. 5 Stars.

Love Poems I Found In My Closet by Evette Blue- After hearing the title of this poetry collection, I knew it was for me. The poems were unapologetic as fuck. 5 Stars.

Jem and the Holograms Vol. 1: Showtime by Kelly Thompson, and Sophie Campbell (artist)- Ooh, the feels! The FEELS!! Although this comic is a modern day retelling, it still gave me all types of nostalgic tease. 4 Stars.

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Finished Reads: January 2018 Wrap-Up

books2 I’ve done Finished Reads posts in the past, but decided to have a fresh start. My new Finished Reads posts will be a wrap-up of everything I’ve read the previous month. Here I’ll rate the book on a scale of 1-5 stars. 1 being the worst, and 5 being dope as hell! I’ll try not to have too many spoilers, so each post will be considered spoiler lite.

Here are my Finished Reads (January 2018 wrap-up). I read eight books- a first for me, in the month of January. Let’s get started.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples- Ahh, Saga. My introduction to the glorious world of graphic novels. A couple in love- who also happen to be soldiers in a galactic war, are being hunted down. They’re seeking refuge in order to protect their newborn daughter, who is also the narrator of the story. Cool, right? The first volume of the story is intriguing and imaginative. The artwork is so hardcore beautiful that I seriously lost myself in the stunning color palette. I’m ordering the second volume of Saga as soon as I’m done typing this out. 4 out of this world Stars!

Intensity by Dean Koontz- Intensity was freaking great! A novel full of thrills, chills, and unforgettable characters. Chyna Sheppard expected to have a relaxing weekend at the home of her best friend’s parents. They lived in the Napa Valley, so she had dreams of superb vino, and stimulating conversation. Instead terror rained down on the inhabitants of the estate. Hot ass mess! Chyna was a kick-ass protagonist with a compelling backstory. The antagonist was a charismatic, egotistical, sociopath. I loved his scenes because he was so damn fascinating, and creepy. I felt that it took some time for the story to really catch fire, but once it did… ooh damn. 4.5 Stars.

Blanky by Kealan Patrick Burke- Great writing, but I wasn’t totally blown away by this novella. I’ve learned that it’s possible to enjoy the writing style, while not digging the story. I know this sounds hella strange. Lol. I did purchase two other novels by this author, and will be reading them soon. 3 Stars.

Sleeping With Strangers by Eric Jerome Dickey- Everyone should know by now that I have a deep love for stories featuring hired killers. Hitmen/Hitwomen tales are everything! Gideon- the lead protagonist of the novel, was charming, and enigmatic. I would gladly allow him in my bed… just saying. I lost myself in Gideon’s world and enjoyed what I was exposed to. SWS was perfectly written. I don’t have anything negative to say about this novel. 5 Fucking Stars.

A Love Letter To Whiskey by Kandi Steiner- This one of those all-consuming contemporary romance novels… that had me reaching for my high blood pressure medication. One minute I was pissed off at the female protagonist, minutes later I was fucking swooning. This wasn’t your typical romance, but that’s why I enjoyed the story so much. 4 Stars.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson- A collection of essays, Furiously Happy has set the bar pretty high for all nonfiction reads of the year. The essays revolved around the author’s journey through life while dealing with Mental Illness. I loved this! I laughed so hard because the author is funny as hell. 5 Stars.

Twisted Minds by Keta Kendric- This was an Interracial Romance with a focus on the world of Motorcycle Clubs- or MC. I dug the story. However, there was a slight disconnect with the lead female protagonist. She really felt like a stranger or something. I really liked the male protagonist, and definitely wanted to get to know him better. The sex scenes between the protagonists were straight fire! Twisted Minds entertained me enough though to read the next book in the series. 3.5 Stars.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez- I wasn’t expecting this YA novel to be filled with such depth, and complexity. The novel was about Julia, a teen dealing with the death of her sister, and the burden of being a unique individual that no one understands. Add Mental Illness to the pot and you have an engaging, page-turner. I didn’t get to post about this in my last Current Reads5 Stars.

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