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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