It's almost Halloween! Autumn is safely upon us, leaves are changing colour and falling to the ground, the weather's getting cooler and my hot chocolate addiction is in full force!
This is, I think, my worst month of reading so far this year. I started 9 books (3 of which I'm still reading) and I've read 5. There are a few reasons that this number is a little lower than usual:
1.) Two of these books took me a really, really long time to read.
2.) I've been spending my evenings binge-watching iZombie, Vikings and The Dragon Prince so I'm happy to blame Netflix and Amazon for my current reading lull.
3.) Work has been a bit crazy lately (which is a good thing) but I'm a bit short on time and when I finish work, instead of reading, I'm pretty much passing out.
4.) I started one book that I read quite a bit of but sadly couldn't finish.
Here's a closer look at the books I read in September (just click on a title to head over to the full review):
DJ Dangerfield by Anyta Sunday - This was a really quick read which helped to lift my mood. It's a fun, m/m new adult novella with cute, believable characters.
The Monsters We Deserve by Marcus Sedgwick - This book was such an impulse buy, and not something that I'd normally gravitate towards. It had some tricky themes but overall, I loved the suspense and the mystery.
Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce - Since writing my review for this book, another reader let me know that this series is a prequel to another series by the same author, which features the main character of this book, and so that could be why I had some trouble with this book, and it may have been better to read that series first. I did enjoy the story once I got into it, I just had some problems with pacing.
The Novice by Taran Matharu - This book was my only audiobook this month and it took me FOREVER to get through. I enjoyed the story but had huge problems with the narrator which really spoiled the experience for me.
The Simple Life by Tara Sivec - Easily my favourite book of the month, The Simple Life was a sweet and funny romantic read that was perfect for autumn. It's another classic Tara Sivec romance novel that's perfect for picking up your mood and sweeping you off your feet.
I didn't buy any physical books this month, but I did get a few free eBooks via BookBub. I also bought the kindle version of Wolfsangel by M.D. Lachlan (I read this a few years back and remember loving it although I can't really remember the story and since I'm falling under the spell of Vikings, I thought it'd be fun to revisit this story). I also used my Audible credit this month to buy Mythos by Stephen Fry which I'm listening to before bed. I have nodded off a few times due to working late, but I am enjoying it so far, I love mythology and these stories are really easy to digest...even if the subject matter isn't!! #genitalarc 😱🤢
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
I hope you've enjoyed my September 2018 Roundup! I have some really exciting books that I'm looking forward to reading in October and I'm excited to share my reviews with you :)
Rating: 4.5 STARS
Genre: Contemporary Romance
How I got this book: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review
Brooklyn Manning thought her life was perfect in every way, until it crumbled down around her and turned into a dumpster fire. With her pride wounded and her tail tucked between her legs, she leaves New York and goes back to her tiny hometown of White Timber, Montana.
No more twenty-four-hour taco trucks, no more shopping at the best designer stores within walking distance, no more giving taxi drivers the finger when they angrily honk at her. She didn’t think it could get any worse. But then Clint Hastings walked into the room and insulted her.
Her arch nemesis from high school is no longer a nerdy computer whiz, masturbating to pictures in PC World magazine in his free time (allegedly). He’s grown up to be a hot-as-hell cowboy, and she has no other choice but to be a smart ass right back to him. After all, it’s what they do. It’s what they’ve always done, and twelve years apart hasn’t changed anything.
Only this time, getting under each other’s skin is a hell of a lot more fun than it used to be.
Pumpkins. Enemies to Lovers. Pumpkins. Cute Kids. Pumpkins. Sexy Cowboy. Pumpkins. Friendship. Pumpkins.
If, like me, you freaking LOVE AUTUMN and you're ready for falling leaves, chilly evenings, blankets, jumpers, gorgeous sunsets, morning frost and Halloween...I know, I know, I didn't mention pumpkins, fun fact, I don't like pumpkins (not that I take offence at the fruit itself, I love carving the buggers), I just hate the taste, so pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice latte, all that fun stuff that people go crazy for at this time of the year, I just can't stand...PLEASE DON'T BURN ME AT THE STAKE!!
Anyway, if you love Autumn, and you're looking for a book to match your Autumn mood, The Simple Life is the book for you.
Brooklyn is a hot shot writer living in New York City but her 'perfect' life quickly goes south and she's forced to move back home to the town she fled when she was younger. Forced to face facts, not to mention an incredibly handsome and infuriating man who she hasn't seen for years, along with a couple of fun, yet struggling kids, Brooklyn's life is about to be turned upside down.
This book is so much fun! Tara Sivec has this way of writing that just draws me in and hooks me from page one and I always have trouble putting her books down. The Simple Life was no exception. The characters are realistic, the humour is blunt and hilariously inappropriate and the chemistry is sizzling.
I loved the insult trading between the two main characters. I loved seeing each character grow and develop over the course of the book, especially Brooklyn who completely came out of her shell, and then there's the girls; the two amazing crazy girls, the youngest of which totally reminded me of my own crazy, free spirited daughter.
I love the farm life aspect of this book and I love the unfiltered humour. Brooklyn and Clint's sarcastic nature along with their sizzling off-the-page chemistry really made this book stand out and made their relationship one of my favourites.
I devoured the book, not wanting to put it down, which is how I am with almost all of Tara Sivec's books, so if you're looking for a cosy, romantic, autumn read, The Simple Life is definitely the book for you.
This book is a 100% feel-good romantic comedy from one of my favourite romance authors with a guaranteed HEA.
Rating: 3 STARS
Genre: YA Fantasy
Standalone/Series: Summoner #1
How I got this book: Bought from Audible
When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.
As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.
I decided to read this book after seeing Taran Matharu at the NYALitFest. It had been on my radar for a while and I decided, after listening to the sample, to give the audiobook a try.
This was a buddy read and it took us a month to listen to this one.
The first thing I noticed about The Novice were the clear comparisons to Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Pokemon - an interesting combination.
I found the story intriguing, if following a fairly typical, boy stumbles across powers/magic and starts training at magic school, befriends a boy and a girl and has to defeat the evil, snobbish, wealthy child(ren).
However, I had a huge problem with the narrator. It got to the point where the narrator was massively distracting me with the way he pronounced a lot of the words. It was just driving me crazy, and making me laugh when the story just didn't call for humour.
I persevered because I was enjoying the story, the magic was interesting, and I loved the Pokemon similarities, especially finding out that the humans are the pokeballs which was a funny twist!
I also loved the characters, especially the daemons who have their own personalities.
Where the story ended was a little frustrating (probably because I'm not a huge cliffhanger fan) but it does leave the story open for book 2 and I am interested to see where this goes.
However, I think I'll definitely be going with the paper book/eBook next time, instead of the audiobook.
Here's the deal, I never used to listen to audiobooks.
I listened to a few of the Stephen Fry narrated Harry Potter audiobooks when I was a teen but I listened to them whilst reading along with the book because I struggled at the time to take in the story without having the book to 'focus' on.
About a year ago, when I had my Kindle I downloaded a couple of books using the Whispersync feature, which is a great way to switch beneath listening and reading whilst being a really good way to get cheaper audiobooks. If you're not aware of this feature, basically, if you have the Kindle ebook copy already, you can usually get the audiobook for a highly discounted rate. Anyway, I tried a couple of different books but nothing really clicked for me so I stopped searching.
Then, a few months ago, my sister recommended Audible's free trial to me. It turns out they were offering a 3-month trial to Amazon Prime customers and I decided to give it another try to see if I could find anything I liked now that I had access to the entire Audible library.
I started my free trial by downloading an audiobook that I'd already read the ebook version of and loved, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee.
BEST DECISION EVER!!!
I absolutely loved this audiobook. It's narrated by Christian Coulson (you may remember him as Tom Riddle from such films as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!) and he's fantastic!
He captures the very flirtatious, sweet and infectious essence of Monty perfectly whilst also portraying the other characters excellently. I could honestly listen to this audiobook on repeat and it's my go-to when I've had a rough day.
After this, I moved onto Leah on the offbeat by Becky Albertalli, a book that I'd been looking forward to reading for ages. I really enjoyed the narration of this book. I think Shannon Purser (Sierra Burgess is a Loser) did an amazing job of portraying Leah, even if I didn't particularly like Leah as a character.
I then moved on to Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg which I'd never heard of before until Audible recommended it to me based on the two books I just mentioned. I absolutely loved this book; the narration, the story, the characters, the humour, all of it!
I'm currently listening to The Novice by Taran Matharu. I am enjoying the story but honestly, the narration is driving me insane. I'm laughing at parts of the book that aren't even funny because of the way certain words are pronounced, and it's both distracting and frustrating.
So, safe to say that the narrator can make or break an audiobook!
I think my next audiobook choice will probably be another contemporary novel as I seem to be enjoying those a bit more. Do you have any recommendations? Any favourites I should be aware of?
One thing I do want to talk about is something I keep seeing on Twitter. There seems to be a stigma surrounding audiobooks with quite a few people claiming that they don't count as reading.
It amuses me that in a world with so many serious issues there are people petty enough that they feel the need to tell others how/what they should be reading. So, I'm going to say this once:
OF COURSE AUDIOBOOKS COUNT AS READING!!
Yes, the experience is completely different. As I mentioned above, the narrator of an audiobook can make it amazing or awful, which isn't something you have to worry about when reading the book in your own mind, but you're still absorbing a new story, new characters and new themes. You're still building your vocabulary. For some people, audiobooks are their only chance to enjoy books at all. They're also a fantastic way to introduce young children to new stories. Personally, when I've been too ill or tired to read, audiobooks have made all the difference, especially when it comes to having difficulty sleeping.
I mean, think about it. The very origins of stories were those that were spoken aloud, shared over fires and in caves, long before they were ever written down.
So, how can anyone say that audiobooks don't qualify as reading?
What I love most about audiobooks so far is it's almost as if the character is coming to life. Hearing the characters voice can make the story much more vivid and impactful, particularly in powerful books like Openly Straight. So, as I said above, if you have any recommendations, let me know because I now have a rolling monthly subscription to Audible and I'm excited to keep discovering new books and narrators!
Thanks for reading :)
I was lucky enough to receive an additional hardback copy of The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi from Pegasus Books!
This mermaid fantasy looks gorgeous, and sounds fascinating! I can't wait to read my own copy and I'm excited to be able to offer another copy for a giveaway!
Enter below for your chance to win and please note this is open to UK only due to shipping costs!
Rating: 3 STARS
Genre: YA Fantasy
Standalone/Series: The Numair Chronicles #1
How I got this book: ARC from NetGalley
Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.
In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.
If you've been following me on Twitter or Goodreads, you'll know that I've really struggled with this book.
This is my first book by Tamora Pierce and I was really intrigued by the synopsis and liked the start of the book, but it quickly felt dull and boring. I had a lot of trouble connecting with the characters and the plot for the first 45% of the book and I almost stopped reading.
I just felt as though nothing was really happening and I struggled to see an overall plot. I persevered because I hate giving up on books and there were some parts of it that I did like, such as the magic itself, and some of the other characters such as the masters, the gladiators and the gods provided the most amusement.
I did feel as though the book picked up around 55-60%, things seemed to get more interesting and I felt more of a connection with Arram as he faced certain challenges.
Mostly, I was somewhat disappointed with the ending. I know that this is the first book in a series but honestly, it took me such a long time to read with very little taking place and then ended in such an odd, non-conclusive place that I feel really confused.
I think the story and the characters have more to offer and I'm really hoping that book 2 has better pacing as I'd like to find out what happens next, but only if it doesn't drag on for quite so long.
Have you read this one? What do you think?
If you read my romance novel post earlier this month, you'll already know that I decided to include a new monthly feature on the blog where I'll be spotlighting one of my favourite romance authors each month.
This month I've chosen to spotlight R.L. Mathewson because two years ago I stumbled across a book on Amazon called Playing for Keeps (book one in the Neighbour from Hell series) and I fell in love with it. This book was my doorway into romance novels and I haven't looked back since.
R.L. Mathewson is a New York Times best-selling author. She has written 25 books to date. 6 of these are novella spin-offs and 1 is a non-fiction guide to writing and self-publishing. I've read all of them.
She has written books in the following romance sub-genres; paranormal romance, contemporary romance, historical romance, and romantic comedy.
R.L Mathewson is one of my favourite romance authors because of her characters. They are fun, relatable, and likeable. Her women are not supermodels, they are quirky, geeky, curvy, they are independent and strong. I love that each one has a different profession/calling; teacher, mother, constructor, librarian, writer, bakery owner, paramedic, hacker etc.
The men are usually vulnerable, they have a weakness that the women help them to overcome and once they fall in love their devotion is unbreakable.
This is never more true than with the Bradfords from the Neighbour from Hell series. This contemporary series centres around a family of lovable men who often start out as arrogant a-holes but are the source of great comedy moments and who prove themselves in the end. Almost every book in this series can be read as a standalone, but they do also tie-in together if you choose to read the entire series.
I started this series with book 1, Playing for Keeps which I loved and which initially got me hooked on both the series and the genre, but my favourites are easily Perfection (book 2), Checkmate (book 3), and Truce (book 4), which is a historical romance novel that ties into the rest of the series.
Each of these books features an enemies to lovers style trope, which I love. The women are strong, independent and grow from strength to strength throughout the books. The entire series consists of light, fun reads that are perfect for destroying any bad mood.
R.L Mathewson has also written the following series':
I can't recommend R.L. Mathewson's books enough. I think there's something for everyone here, whether you like vampires and lots of action, sweet, laid-back comedy, or laugh out loud humour, these books just don't disappoint.
Have you read any of R.L. Mathewson's books? What do you think? Do you have any favourites? Feel free to share your comments below :)
If you're familiar with my blog, you're probably already aware that I'm a huge fan of romance novels. It's safe to say I'm a little obsessed, I look for romance in a lot of the fantasy books I read too and I'll read any style of romance featuring characters of any sexual orientation.
I think I first fell in love with romance when I was around 10 years old, it was then that I first read Pride and Prejudice, and saw Titanic for the first time. The concept of two people falling in love, usually against all odds, fascinated me and it still does.
Romance novels are some of my favourite books of all time, including; The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, Jed Had to Die by Tara Sivec, Sins of a Wicked Duke by Sophie Jordan, Checkmate by R.L. Mathewson, and Bad Things Play Here by Chani Lynn Feener.
Then there are the books that aren't typically categorised as romance novels, but that feature romance as one of the central themes i.e. Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, They Both Die at the End, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, The Night Circus, Caraval, A Court of Thorns and Rose Series (we'll come back to this one), Nevernight, and Twilight.
Most of the books that I rate 5 stars include romance or love in some form. I'm a sucker for a love, even if it doesn't always work out. One of the main reasons I read so much is because I like to escape reality, I enjoy fleeing for a few moments, sometimes hours, from the bleak, and depressing parts of this world we live in.
Reading is my escapism and when choosing a book to read I often look for something that will lift my spirits and make me feel. That's why I choose romance.
To fall in love with a character or character(s) is a magical thing. For an author to be able to create a character that you can in some ways fall for, swoon over, and care about is exceptional. After all, we're just reading words on a piece of paper and yet somehow these characters are coming to life in our minds, making us feel.
Over the years, I've noticed a lot of backlash towards romance authors and readers. Most recently this happened with #soapgate. If you haven't heard of #soapgate, basically a book subscription box released a box inspired by the A Court of Thorns and Roses series which included a phallically shaped soap. Hilarious, useful (for getting clean!) and nothing to get so worked up about.
Twitter descended into a downward spiral towards Hell that day. So many people with so many opinions, hurling insults at the book box company for including the soap (and I believe a smutty fan fiction story), insulting the author for including sex in a YA novel and then insulting fans of the books for liking this 'smutty trash'.
Seriously? Why do some people think that it's okay to tell other's what they should/shouldn't be reading? We're lucky enough to live in an age (in most parts of the world) where reading is free choice. It's entirely your decision what you choose to read, and why should anyone give a shit whether or not you enjoy it?
I honestly can't understand why I saw so much hate about this so here are my responses:
1.) A YA NOVEL CAN FEATURE SEX BECAUSE TEENS HAVE SEX. Sex is a part of life for almost everyone over a certain age. Whether they're having sex or not you can bet they know about it. Reading about sex is not a bad thing, especially when safe sex is promoted and encouraged. In this particular series, for example, the main character talks quite a bit about how she takes a tonic to ensure she doesn't get pregnant. How is this a bad message to send to teens??
2.) IT'S FINE TO LIKE A BOOK THAT HAS SEX IN IT!! As mentioned above, sex is a normal part of life for a lot of people. Porn is commonplace, I doubt I've met a single person in my life who hasn't watched porn, or even a movie with sex in it. There is nothing wrong with enjoying reading about sex.
3.) EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN OPINION. I started this blog because I wanted to share my opinion, my reviews on the books that I've read. I also love reading reviews and opinions from others. Whether they agree or disagree, I respect someone else's opinion. Opinions can start conversations, debates, friendships, and relationships. What I don't agree with is trashing someone because of their reading choices. I like romance novels, that doesn't mean you get to call me shallow, uneducated and 'not a real reader' - yeah, these are all things I've been told or heard thrown at other romance readers. Here's another opinion: I absolutely hate Fifty Shades of Grey, I tried to read it, I couldn't. I hated the characters, the plot, everything about it. That book, that series is enormous. It's a worldwide sensation. It's a movie-franchise, it's inspired other books, other movies, other writers. I don't like it. Other people do. Two contrasting opinions. Neither one is right, neither is wrong, but both are valid.
It's also ridiculous to say that romance authors aren't real writers, it's actually complete bollocks.
Romance is probably one of the most difficult things to portray. Scientists explain falling in love as 3 separate stages; lust, attraction, and attachment.
A romance author has to create a character that makes you weak at the knees, that makes you want to get to know them better and that you never want to let go. They create two characters who overcome obstacles on their path to love.
Not only this, romance novels aren't all black and white. They contain other elements, a larger plot that makes the story even more complex and gripping. Think about all of the different romance novel sub-genres:
And these are just ones that I've read. Here's another opinion: I'm not a fan of Erotic romance. I often find that Erotic romance focuses a lot more on sex than other romance novels, usually involving BDSM, which is something that I don't agree with (possibly because I don't understand it as I've only ever been presented with the commercialised version of it). I typically prefer romance novels that feature strong plots and varied developed characters.
Here are a couple of examples:
Romantic Comedy - Jed Had To Die by Tara Sivec - I adore this book. I adore all of Tara's books but this is easily my favourite. It's actually a murder mystery, romantic comedy, see what I mean about complex? It features murder, domestic abuse, strong friendship, three strong, brave women, lots of drinking, a few racoons and some very questionable home baking. See how I haven't even mentioned the romance yet, which is amazing, but it's not what I love most about this book. Each aspect comes together to make this book one of my all-time favourites.
Historical Romance - Sins of a Wicked Duke by Sophie Jordan - I know some people would immediately be put off this book by the title. But what you might not know is that this book is about a woman who is harassed by her male employer, and faced with no alternative, she pulls a Mulan and disguises herself as a man so she can get a secure job without having to worry about the actions of men around her. See what I mean? Not even a mention of the romance yet and you can already tell why I love this book.
Romance novels often feature incredibly strong, brave women who go against social norms, who deal with abuse, pain and discrimination on their own. Who pull themselves through tough situations. I've read romance novels featuring single mothers, business owners, abuse victims, women who've started with nothing and built themselves up. Women with drive, passion and conviction, and for me, these positive role models are some of the biggest draws to romance novels.
Think back to A Court of Thorns and Roses. The main character is the sole provider for her family. She provides food for her two sisters and her father every single day because she has no other choice. Because no one else will. When a beast threatens her family, she leaves to save them. Time and time again she puts her own life on the line to save others. She grows in strength over and over again, even though she has the option to just walk away. To take the easy way out. There are other strong women in this book, in all of Sarah J. Maas's books. Yes, the book has sex in it. I'd still allow my daughter to read this when she's a teenager because not only is it an incredible work of fantasy, it's has a strong feminist message.
On top of the multiple sub-genres, we then have the various relationship tropes such as; friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, soul mates, second chance, secret romance, first love, love triangle etc.
So many different ways for two people to fall in love, and that's not counting the romance novels featuring more than two people.
Enemies to Lovers is probably my favourite trope. It's a pretty common top choice since two people hating each other and then overcoming all of their differences until they can't bear to be apart is one of the most inspiring, and usually comic romantic tropes of all.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is a prime example of this trope. It's comedic writing at its finest.
So, now that I've said my piece, (and if you don't agree or if you do, you're welcome to leave a comment and chat about it), in an attempt to combat some of the prejudice surrounding romance novels and romance authors, I've decided to add a new feature to My Endless Shelf: Romance Author Spotlight. This will be a monthly feature, highlighting some of my favourite romance authors across multiple sub-genres and their books.
I'm going to start off this month with an author who two years ago got me hooked on romance novels and even helped to inspire me enough to attempt writing my own (even if I am still working on it!)
Rating: 4 STARS
Genre: Horror Fiction
How I got this book: Bought at the NYALitFest
The Villa Diodati, on the shore of Lake Geneva, 1816: the Year without Summer. As Byron, Polidori, and Mr and Mrs Shelley shelter from the unexpected weather, old ghost stories are read and new ghost stories imagined. Born by the twin brains of the Shelleys is Frankenstein, one of the most influential tales of horror of all time.
In a remote mountain house, high in the French Alps, an author broods on Shelley's creation. Reality and perception merge, fuelled by poisoned thoughts. Humankind makes monsters; but who really creates who? This is a book about reason, the imagination, and the creative act of reading and writing. Marcus Sedgwick's ghostly, menacing novel celebrates the legacy of Mary Shelley's literary debut in its bicentenary year.
Let's start with a confession: I chose this book because of the cover, and can you blame me? The illustrations inside are beautifully done and alongside the formatting make this book an immersive experience.
So, going into this book I had literally no clue what to expect only that it was supernatural fiction, and I only know that because it was one of the books featured on the supernatural panel at the NYALitFest.
Whilst the genre on Goodreads categorises this as a horror, I wouldn't particularly agree, although it is a gripping ghost story.
I opened this book on a whim and quickly fell in love with the prose, the rhythm and flow of the words, and the poetry-esque format, so much so that I couldn't put it down. I devoured this book in just two hours.
I quickly fell under the writers spell, his voice swept me up immediately and plunged me into the story, the setting, the mystery. I had a hard time actually figuring out whether it was fiction or non-fiction, and I love that it made me doubt reality (or at least my reality) for a little while.
This book spoke volumes to me, maybe because I’m working on my own writing, my own creations.
However, it isn't without it's faults. The fact that the main premise of the book centres around a man expressing his hatred for the work of a woman and then that very woman asking him for help to 'fix' or help people to better understand her creation, seems more than a little arrogant.
There were also times when I felt as though I was 'missing' something. As if the story was only meant for those who had read the author's other books (which I haven't) and so I almost felt as though I'd skipped a step, not able to fully understand certain parts of it.
That aside, I can't deny that I did enjoy the ghost story itself. I experienced moments of humour, fear, trepidation, awe and beauty in this book and I would highly recommend it to readers and writers of fiction alike.
"For fiction is not about life; it's about the troubles in life. That is why we read it. To understand, to grow, to know, to believe, to hope. That all the troubles one faces in life can be overcome, eventually."
Rating: 3.5 STARS
How I got this book: Bought
Justin knows three things for sure about DJ Dangerfield:
He has some questionable taste in music.
He always provokes Justin into ringing in.
And he might just be his favorite weekly distraction.
But who is this DJ Dangerfield in Real Life? And will Justin like him in the flesh as much as on the air?
This was a really short read, I think I read it in less than an hour. It's an M/M college novella and it was seriously cute.
I love Anyta Sunday's writing. She creates believable, adorable characters and her chemistry sizzles off the page.
DJ Dangerfield was such a fun book and did exactly what I wanted by taking my mind off reality and cheering me up after a pretty bad day.
3.5 HEA-guaranteed stars from me!
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