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 Reads. 5 Stars.
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