Massive Wrap Up for September and October + November’s TBR!

Good day to you! It is I, the urban legend of book bloggers back once again from the hiatus sea. I’ve realized I never got to do a wrap up for September and we are totally still in schedule for an October one, so why not do both in the same post, right? =D It will save time for everyone, yay!

September

Wrap Up

*titles with links are already reviewed, isn’t this a miracle?!! =O*

So, September was a crazy reading month for me. I do promise I kept my life on its regular tracks and that I didn’t skip work to read as I say that I’ve read 26 books that month.

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I’ve broken another reading record, haha!

 

Unfortunately, I can’t remember if I bought any books that particular month or if I bought something in October, so no Book Hauls =( Sorry, my memory sucks! I used to document each book bought on a word doc, but oh well. I think I’ll go back to it on December, haha!

October

Wrap Up

In October, I didn’t manage to read so many books as in September because of my Game of Thrones Challenge, but I read all the mangas I hadn’t in the previous month in between the bloody pages of GOT, oops! So I’ve read only 6 books… But also 26 volumes of manga, haha!

 

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the reacion of all my off-line friends to this info

 

I have been asked where in all seven hells I have managed to squeeze in so many mangas in the middle of a Game of Thrones challenge, but I’m not really allowed to talk about my time turning abilities? Hahaha! No, seriously, I don’t have a good explanation, sorry =/

Books

  • A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) – read from Sept. 27th to Oct. 4th | 4 stars
  • A Clash of Kings, by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) – read from Oct. 4th to 10th | 4 stars
  • A Storm of Swords, by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) – read from Oct. 10th to 17th | 4 stars
  • A Feast for Crows, by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #4) – read from Oct. 18th to 24th | 2 stars
  • A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) – read from Oct. 24th to 27th | 5 stars
  • Nobody’s Goddess, by Amy McNulty (Never Veil #1) – read from Oct. 16th to 29th | 5 stars

 

Mangas

*I forgone the reading dates because I usually read a manga volume in 20 minutes =)

  • Not Equal, by Reibun Ike (2 volumes) | 4 stars
  • Kiss Blue, by Keiko Kinoshita (2 volumes) | 3 stars
  • Amayakana Toge, by Kano Miyamoto | 3 stars
  • Sweet Chapel, by Junta Mio | 5 stars
  • 3-manen no Kareshi, by Junta Mio | 5 stars
  • Uwasa No Oujisama, by Junta Mio | 5 stars
  • Sweet Tears, by Junta Mio | 4 stars
  • Love Monster, by Junta Mio | 5 stars
  • Sugar Pain, by Junta Mio | 4 stars
  • Smile Kudasai, by Junta Mio | 4 stars
  • Best Ending?, by Junta Mio | 5 stars
  • Kuroneko Kareshi no Aishikata, by Aya Sakyo (2 volumes) | 4 stars
  • Kami-sama Onegai!, by Junta Mio | 4 stars
  • Oboreru Hitomi, by Garasu Hino | 4 stars
  • Houkago no Love Call, by Kyou Kitazawa | 4 stars
  • Eroman – Kami to Pen to Sex to!!, by Delico Psyche | 2 stars
  • Kuroneko Kareshi no Afurekata, by Aya Sakyo (2 volumes) | 4 stars
  • Kuroneko Kareshi no Ouji Sama, by Aya Sakyo | 4 stars
  • Fukigen Kareshi no Nadamekata, by Aya Sakyo | 5 stars
  • Roman Gousha, by Kyou Kitazawa | 4 stars
  • Hanazono no Kioku, by Garasu Hino | 4 stars
  • Seinen wa Ai o Kou, by Garasu Hino | 4 stars

 

I promise I slowed myself down on November – we are on the 12th and I’ve only finished three books and no mangas! I’m behaving… For now? Hahaha!

I don’t have anything fancy planned to November yet, but in my TBR you’ll definitely find…

November TBR

After I knock these down, I’ll just be a rebel and fish all the lovely books I’ve received this year from authors and publishers that remain unread for a reason or another and start a slow and steady process of reading and reviewing them all. #ambitious

BONUS: The next reviews you can expect to see here are for the Never Veil series =D

That’s it, guys! Once again, thanks so much for sticking around until the end of the post, I know I have been writing too much, oops! Love you all!

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October’s Wrap Up and Book Haul!

Hello, there! Today we are going to navigate among my bought and read books of October! Yay!

I was a very good girl this month and read a total of 12 books; 10 books and 2 comics. I told you in my September’s wrap up that October was my month, haha! I also received some new books in exchange for honest reviews, but all in due time!

In shopping matters, October was practically non-existent – honestly, I didn’t even got out to the bookstore, you know? And I’m not making online shopping lately, as I don’t have the time either, haha! I bought 2 mangas, 5 comic books, 1 coloring book (call me obsessed) and one sticker album, because I’m a child, haha!

Books that I’ve read

from my Instagram :)
from my Instagram 🙂
from my Instagram <3
from my Instagram ❤
from my Instagram :)
from my Instagram 🙂

Brazilian books meant to be featured on my dissertation

(meaning: I won’t review them, haha!)

Comic books

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I managed to not read a single manga this month, which is impressive for my standards, and I already wrote two of three reviews expected to October. Go, me! ❤ The first Bound Series’ review will be up until Friday, Nov. 6th, with luck.

As for the books that I’ve received

from my Instagram <3
from my Instagram ❤

I already reviewed a book from Linda, Chasing Rainbows (link here), and a book by James, What Lies Within. Thanks so much for the trust, guys! Just wait my vacation, haha!

My currently readings are The Night Clock, by Paul Meloy, which I received through NetGalley (thank you!) and Finding Forever, because its release was on Oct. 29th. I’m positive that FF review will be up on the blog on Nov. 8th and The Night Clock, on Nov. 5th. But let’s see, right? Hahaha!

I also would like to start a countdown here. I deliver my dissertation on Nov. 10th, which means that this will be seven days from this post. CHEERS FOR FREEDOM!
Ahem, that’s it! Thanks for reading and Happy November!

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Secrets and High Spirits, from Lou Harper (Spirits #4)

Hello, there! Yes, this is a book review, it is not a Halloween prank! =O (I’m very pleased with myself for managing to read and review this book at such a time of the year and without delays to its release date ~aka. TODAY, yay!~). My dissertation is overall ready and I’m two weeks early, so I can give myself the pleasure of writing some late reviews, haha!

So, today’s book is Secrets and High Spirits, the fourth book on Lou Harper’s Spirits’ series, but they are kind of standalones, as I only read this one and understood it all without any problems. I have kindly received this through NetGalley and I am very thankful ❤

from my Instagram :)
from my Instagram 🙂

The Story

Teag and Bruce saw each other only once in their lives, but the experience was a mess: Bruce was irritated and was an ass with Teag and his friend. Since the episode, Teag hates Bruce and all his “type” of gay men: overly gym worked, all tattooed and cocky. Bruce, in the other hand, doesn’t understand why can’t Teag just accept an apology, so he is a bit indisposed with him too.

All was well, as they thought they would never see each other again… Until they meet again, evaluating the same place to buy and build a bar – a shared dream they later discover to possess. Bruce soon sees a good opportunity on the rise: Teag was a hell of a showman and Bruce was better off administrating bureaucratic stuff. They were the perfect match to build a bar together, if only Teag could let go of their first encounter… And maybe accept the maddening and undeniable sex tension between them.

Soon enough, both men discover that the place they were planning to build their bar on had a bizarre history and that even weirder things started to happen when no one was around. Was it just a big joke on top of the supposed haunted place’s reputation or, despite their personal problems, could Teag and Bruce be dealing with a real ghost…?

The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

I make no secret that I really love gay romances, a lot. Specially a men x men one, like this one. I requested it on NetGalley because the blurb put my head (and other parts *coffs*) on fire with curiosity. I have even mentioned before how I love when the characters passions are born out of hate: man, it gets darn strong and hot, omg. Anyway, I guess I expected too much from the book. The plot had so much potential that I didn’t even noticed how short the ebook was (my edition was 137 pages long). It was a good book, amusing and all, but I got disappointed at its wasted potential. Harper had such a brilliant idea on her hands and I felt it all was so rushed, you know? And there were another small things that bothered me, but all in due time. It is not a bad book, but as a whole work, it received three stars.

The narrative had a very good pace – not overly fast, but it didn’t dwelled on needless points of the plot. It was made on third person, alternating Teag and Bruce’s point of view. This is my favorite kind of narrative, overall, because it usually avoids loose ends. Of course that, sometimes, it happens and it has happened here as well, but as this book is part of a series, I didn’t take off stars because of that. Maybe Harper is planning on writing another volume, maybe some of the missing info I would get reading the series since book one, like I should have (oops!), I don’t know, so Harper is safe here, haha! One thing that really bothered me on the narrative was the narrator’s use of idiomatic expressions. I mean, it is okay for me if the character, on his speech or thought, say things like “helluva”, but is not ok when it is the third person narrator doing so. It made the book vulgar on my conception. The beginning is worse; as Harper dives into the story, she slowly eases the use of this kind of word and similar expressions – for which I was very grateful. I also would like to make it clear that I’m ok with swearing and low class words, for say, but not from the third person narrator. I think Harper tried to make the text more palatable, but I don’t think it was a good way to try that 😦

The plot was my biggest disappointment. It had SO MUCH FREAKING POTENTIAL. Harper had an awesome idea for a contemporary gay romance, she brought to light so many things that need to be discussed in society, like the prejudice – Teag is a gay man that is made purely of prejudices against everything and everybody, for example – but it went too fast. It seemed like she was so worried about finishing the book that she forgot to savor the act of writing it. I like her descriptions, but they were a bit bipolar: I spent half of the book without knowing how Teag looked like, but I could draw Bruce, as he was described in details all the time (and I’m a terrible artist, haha!). This is applicable also on scenario descriptions. I understand that this is the fourth book in a series, but it is always good to give a brief explanation of things on each new book, as we never know which nut piece can catch the train when it is already running (like I did, haha!). Another point is the paranormal element of the book: if you ask me, there is none. I mean, there is a ghost, but it being and not being there is the same thing thanks to the plot development and that’s a shame. It gets obvious too soon that the ghost has nothing to do with the mystery going on at the bar and the characters say so many times during the story. A pity.

Now, I really liked how Harper can build a character. They all have such a real presence that you don’t forget not even the secondary ones. It was amazing, really. Bruce, for example, became another bookish boyfriend for me (I will need to create a boyish alter ego for myself one of these days, as I have so many gay bookish boyfriends, omg), even with his flaws. Sometimes, I could even picture Teag’s lectures, it was so funny, haha! And his sister, Helen, is a genius. There is this scene on the book that she admits messing up Teag’s toys when they were kids just to see how big would be his scandal, haha! Priceless ❤

I also feel the need of commenting the sex scenes on the book. Bruce and Teag’s attraction is strong, palpable, real, so I expected a book filled with hot sex scenes. Eh, no. I can’t complain about the actual scenes, but they were so few that my heart sank. Teag and Bruce had so much chemistry on the bed, it was a shame not exploring this further – and Harper can do a sex scene, all right! *breathless*

So, some of the strong points on the book are the character constructions and the fact that it is a part of a series, so I can now meet the other couples that are mentioned on this volume, haha! Oh, and the sex scenes, when they are there ❤

Overall, I can’t complain about this book, as it was a pleasant pastime on the two days that took me to finish it – I’m still focusing on the damn dissertation, so I’m not fully back on pleasure reading yet, but life is slowly going back to normal, THANK GOD.

3star

That’s it, guys! Please, don’t cry, another reviews are coming, haha! Thanks for reading and stay strong ❤

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By the way, here’s a list with all my gay book reviews!

The Merchant and the Clergyman is now available!!

Hello! I’m so proud to announce yet another release from the team Dee and Devon! The last one is already on my to-read list and now there’s a new one! My vacation will be awesome, haha! ❤ The new title is The Merchant and the Clergyman. I talked a little about its upcoming release when I wrote my last review for Bonnie, and this book also is featured on my October VIP list of book releases, haha!

HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT!
HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT!

Here’s the blurb from the book at Goodreads:

A village clergyman
Curate James Fletcher is content shepherding his parishioners through the good and bad times of their lives. If he sometimes dreams of making a deeper connection with a man who truly knows everything about him, it is an impulse he ignores and sublimates.

A workaholic businessman
Declan Shaw solves problems at his family’s far-flung business enterprises. Recently, he’s considered taking a break from traveling to settle in one place and pursue a few desires of his own. He’d love to explore his secret love of cooking, and perhaps have a relationship that lasts longer than a night.

The event that brings them together
In town for his cousin’s wedding, Declan meets James just as he’s bested the annoying groom. Intrigued by the mild-mannered cleric’s surprising grit, Declan asks James to help him discover if his aunt is being mistreated by her spouse.

As their paths repeatedly cross, the two men reach an intersection of attraction they can’t ignore. Will they take the forbidden trail of passion and perhaps continue to travel together into the future?

You can find the book in ebook version here for US$3,99:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

All Romance

iBooks

That’s all! Thanks for reading! Do you also love gay historical romances??

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October’s new books!

Hello again! I decided to make a monthly book list with the hottest releases of the month (in my humble opinion, of course <3). So, here we have the October releases! ❤ You can check the previous list here 😉

Day 1

 

Once Upon a Zombie (Book One: The Color of Fear), by Billy Phillips & Jenny Nissenson

26004636This book sounds pretty cute and there’s a giveaway for it on Goodreads, so I’m in, haha!

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The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1), by Rick Riordan

15724396It’s Rick Riordan, for crying out loud. I don’t need to know what this is about lol.

Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell

23734628I’m dying to start to read Rainbow’s novels, truly. This one follows Fangirl ❤

A Madness So Discreet, by Mindy McGinnis

24376529You can count me in all books about madness of that discuss madness itself, it’s a fetiche of mine, haha!

The White Rose (The Lone City #2), by Amy Ewing

24585267I want to read the first book of this series, sounds awesome! And now book 2 is here too ❤

The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World, by David Jaher

24724228The supernatural beliefs of the old also are another field of highly interest for me, so this book is a must-have for me ❤

Cleopatra’s Shadows, by Emily Holleman

24819536Ancient Egypt and a good intrigue. I’m in!

Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion, by Jody Hedlund

24605318I’m Lutheran, so I can’t wait to see what the author made of his story with Katharina ❤

The Tournament at Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years #1), by John Flanagan

23846048I started the Ranger series by John Flanagan earlier this year (check out the review for the first book here!) and I’m in love! I didn’t like this cover, but oh well. The book will be awesome!

Good Earl Gone Bad (Lords of Anarchy #2), by Manda Collins

23723780You can give any historical romance set in 19th century England to read, I will love it. Sad truth.

[UPDATE] Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, by Stephenie Meyer

Cover of the new book, from Goodreads

You can read my detailed thoughts on this one at this post 🙂

Day 13

The Favorite (The Selection #2.6), by Kiera Cass

22917292I finished The Heir some weeks ago and it’s never enough, haha!

Happily Ever After (The Selection 0.4, 0.5, 2.5, 2.6), by Kiera Cass

24465724I already have the blue book with The Prince and The Guard, so I need this one too. Besides, look at this flawless cover!

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt, by Kara Cooney

24724236Ancient Egypt, biography. COUNT. ME. IN.

Day 20

 

Velvet Undercover, by Teri Brown

18658082First, this cover. Then, a breathtaking blurb at Goodreads. I need this book.

Day 26

 

The Merchant and the Clergyman, by Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon

PROJECT_COVER_IMAGE_1._SX800_My ALL TIME FAVORITE FROM ALL THIS LIST! I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! Ok, sorry. I have it bad from Bonnie and Summer, haha!

Omega (Omega #1), by Lizzy Ford

25198255Sounded interesting and a friend gave it a good review. Let’s see 🙂

Day 27

 

I’ll Never Let You Go (Morgans of Nashville #3), by Mary Burton

23526241This blurb got me so hard… I love horror thrillers, but read so few of them… A shame!

The Wrong Bride (Highland Weddings #1), by Gayle Callen

24805344Again: give me any historical romance in England, truly lol.

After Alice, by Gregory Maguire

24331115I didn’t read his previous works, but this book sounds nice. I like fairy tales gone bad and inspired by fairy tales books!

The Witches: Salem, 1692, by Stacy Schiff

24819449This is another book that talks about the beliefs of the old, so I need to read it. I talked a bit about my weird romantic notions on this review.

Cold-Hearted Rake (Cold-Hearted Rake #1), by Lisa Kleypas

24431358Yes, another one ❤

Falling Into Bed with a Duke (The Hellions of Havisham #1), by Lorraine Heath

24805225And another ❤

Diamonds are Forever (The Secret Diamond Sisters #3), by Michelle Madow

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I don’t know this series, I just met it actually. My attention was totally draw to this cover and I needed to learn more, haha! The series sound amazing and I want to read them now ❤

Day 31

 

Drown, by Esther Dalseno

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I met this book on a giveaway at Instagram, it’s mermaid themed. I looove mermaid themed books, but only read one so far. Why? 😦 Besides, it’s a fairy tale gone bad book! *–*

For now, that’s all for October. Another full month for readers! Which is your most anticipated release for this month? 😀

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