Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Currently: What We're Reading + Add It To My List

I'm linking up with In Residence for the Currenly link up...

Packing: My lunchbox for work. I'm taking part in a weight loss program through a local hospital. I have meal replacements for two meals and then the third meal and all my snacks for the day are figured out due to a list. It shows what you can eat and how much. My first day was Sunday so I've been meal planning and figuring out what to eat everyday, especially when I'm gone for work. I need to make sure I have everything. I'm thinking of doing posts here and there about my journey - would you be interested in reading more? 

Jonesing: For those of you that don't know, this word basically means a desire or craving for something. Right now I'd say I'm jonesing for my upcoming concerts. I have one in April - Mayday Parade. They are touring their debut album, so I'm really excited. I've never seen them live. I'm also seeing Green Day in August. This will be the first time I see them live too, so I'm stoked! 

Texting: I'm not really a big texter. I don't drive, so my last text was about making plans for a ride. I'll be seeing one of my friends a bit more though, so that's exciting! 

Hearting: Garth Brooks!! I saw him live for the first time this past Sunday and he was amazing. I'll post a bit more about the concert tomorrow, so look out for that. He was so great. He hasn't been to Cincinnati in 20 years, so I'm really excited that he finally made it. If you like his music, I highly suggest trying to see him live if you can. He puts on an amazing show! 

Reading: As I write, I'm finishing up As I Am by A.M. Arthur which is the third book in the All Saints series. I'm loving it as much as the first two! I've also read 10 books so far this year, so I'm really excited about that. Hopefully it will be 11 by the time you read this. I'm also reading a lot of great blog posts about the women's marches, the current state of America, etc. I wanted to share one that I really loved here in case anyone is interested.

Women's March on Washington by Life According to Steph

I'm also linking up with What We're Reading Wednesday, which goes along well with the Reading tab above! 

The hosts of this link-up are: 

Johannah from The Sirois Family
Whitney from Work it Mommy
Crystal from Hall around Texas 
Stephanie from Wife Mommy Me
Whitney from Polka-Dotty Place
Heather from My Glittery Heart
Justine from Little Dove Blog
Keri from Keri Lynn Snyder

Link-up hosted by Eat, Drink, and Be Lauren and Bre Writes 

This is a new link up where you share all the things that you are recommending to people in real life, AKA, what are you currently favoriting?

Lularoe leggings - I finally tried these leggings this past fall and I'm in love. They really do feel like butter, to the touch and while you're wearing them. I really wish they had more black available though. I love the fun designs and all the other colors, but black is much easier for me to match with things. While I'm in love with the leggings, I've also gotten a skirt from them and two Irma Tunics. These tunics are also very soft and you can wear them with your leggings, because they come down enough in the back and front. Like shirts should with leggings! If you haven't tried these leggings yet, I do recommend them. I keep telling all my real life friends/family to try them out too! I got some people to buy already. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Dreadnought by April Daniels


Dreadnought by April Daniels

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryDanny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of the world's greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, she was trying to keep people from finding out she's transgender. But then her second-hand superpowers transformed her body into what she's always thought it should be. Now there's no hiding that she's a girl. 

It should be the happiest time of her life, but between her father's dangerous obsession with curing her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he's entitled to date her, and the classmate who is secretly a masked vigilante, Danny's first weeks living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. 

She doesn't have much time to adjust. Dreadnought's murderer, a cyborg named Utopia, still haunts the streets of New Port City. If Danny can't sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.


Review: In simple terms, this YA novel is about a transgender superhero. Doesn't that sound fantastic? It was that premise that immediately had me agreeing to review Dreadnought. This is just the first book in the Nemesis series and I can't wait to see where Daniels goes next.

Danny Tozer has always known she was a girl, even if everyone else thinks she needs to "man up", especially her overbearing, verbally abusive father. When the current superhero, Dreadnought, dies in front of Danny, she is given his mantle. Not only does Danny have superpowers, but she is also turned into the girl she always knew she was, and that's how Danielle Tozer comes to be.

It's not easy being Danny and you definitely appreciate the character as she's hit with challenge after challenge. Her dad is determined to turn her back into a boy, and while her mom seems to slowly accept the change, she's afraid to go up against her husband. During this time, Danny meets the other Legion superheros who worked with the previous Dreadnought. Danny is given throwaway colors to wear so she can practice her powers, instead of wearing Dreadnought's colors. While Danny loves her powers and wants to keep her new body, she's not sure she could ever live up to the original Dreadnought. I think most of us would feel the same way as a teenager, even if we weren't transgender like Danny.

One of the more prominent secondary characters is Calamity. She doesn't have superpowers, but she's a teenager like Danny, and she goes caping at night. Caping is essentially looking out for bad things to happen - like a robbery - and stopping them. She enlists Danny to help, and she loves it, but she's not really sure why Calamity hates the Legion so much.

All in all, this was a really enjoyable read. It could feel a bit long at times, but in general, I didn't want to stop reading. I was curious to see what obstacles Danny would have to face and how she worked through them. The ending is especially suspenseful and exciting!

Want to read Dreadnought? Check it out on amazon (I'm an affiliate- I get a small percent of any sales).

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Authors love Bloggers Brunch: Interview with Parker Peevyhouse

Alicia here, with a very special post today.


                                                         Photo from Nancy.


On Saturday, January 14th, I met up with a group of authors and bloggers (all information on them is at the bottom of this post) at Books Inc.'s Santa Clara location for a fun brunch! Each blogger was paired with an author that we got to interview. I got Parker Peevyhouse, author of Where Futures End. Parker and I hit it off wonderfully and I had an absolute blast interviewing her. She is the nicest author I've ever interviewed before, and I just had a great time talking to her. 

The Ravenous Reader has a full roundup of the event, including pictures, tweets and video. Plus, they have links to all of the other blogger's interviews. Check it all out right HERE!

And there's an article about it Publishers Weekly!


My interview with Parker Peevyhouse:

*Just a note, I’m paraphrasing everything Parker said, so any mistakes are mine. *

Pitch your book to us.
Cloud Atlas meets Donnie Darko. Or, if you don’t know Donnie Darko, Cloud Atlas meets Black Mirror.

How did you come up with Where Futures End?
She likes to write short stories, had some ideas about it, and decided to put them all together. It was a big and exciting experience to mash everything up.

There are five main characters: Dylan, Brixney, Epony, Reef, and Quinn. Which was your favorite to write?
The answer changes a lot, today her favorite is Brixney. She likes that Brixney does what she needs to do. Brixney is also more badass than her, so she enjoyed getting to write out things she would never say out loud.

How did you decide on which time periods to write, and which characters to place in them? (The restaurant is so weird.)
She wanted looked at futuristic periods and knew that she wanted to include a weird futuristic restaurant. She also wanted to look at how social media, video games and a debtor society would work. She decided on the characters by thinking about who would suffer the most in each period.

Do you watch Black Mirror? I found a lot of parallels between the two.
She watched it after got the book deal and her book was written. Her editor told her about it and that she needed to watch it. She enjoyed it and saw the parallels.
  
Do you have any writing rituals?
She has to start off by listening to music. Some of her favorite bands to listen to are Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire. She likes to match her characters to specific songs.


You just announced your next book deal, can you tell us about it?
The book is called Scatterling and will be out in 2018 from TorTeen. It’s about a boy who wakes up in a mysterious place where the only exit is shut. He has no memory of how he got there, and there is a big gap in his memory. There’s also a girl (no memory either) locked inside with him, but they don’t trust each other. Every time they try to escape, they end up where they started with no memory of escaping, until they slowly do remember.

Any genre you would like to write in, but are scared to?
No, she’s very attached to sci-fi/fantasy.

Book you wished you wrote?
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, it’s her kind of book.

If you could live in any book which would it be and who would you be?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and she would be herself.

Where were you when you got your book deal?
For Where Futures End, she had just gotten back from the dentist and her mouth was all numb. She just kept saying, “I can’t talk!” For Scatterling she was at the park with her kid and burst out crying. Everyone stared at her.


If you could travel to the past or future, where would you go?
The past to meet Jane Austen.

Favorite reads of 2016?
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro.

Books you are most looking forward to in 2017?
The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro, which she’s already read and loved it. The Speaker by Traci Chee. Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel.

Ice cream or cake?
Brownies.

Salty or sweet?
Salty.

Coffee or tea?
Tea.

Netflix or Hulu?
Netflix.

Instagram or Twitter?
Twitter.

Paperbacks or ebooks?
Any type.

Hot or cold days?
Hot.

Ocean or mountains?
Ocean.




About NYMBC


Not Your Mother's Book Club isn't REALLY a club. It's the name of Books Inc.'s Young Adult Author Salon. So really, we're just an inclusive bunch of PASSIONATE readers who get to hang out with the coolest authors on the scene! We throw parties, eat snacks and read, read, read, read, read...

Not Your Mother’s Book Club events go into the Not Your Mother’s Book Club Fund, which Books Inc. turns around and uses to spread the love of reading throughout the Bay Area communities.

Participating Blogs

Hannah at NYMBC
Nancy and Christy at Tales of the Ravenous Reader
Jesalin at JBelkBooks
Alyssa and Addie at San Jose Public Library
Amanda R. at Forever Young Adult
Cristina at Girl in the Pages
Joss at Tealreader
Camille at The Young Folks

Participating Authors

Rahul Kanakia
Traci Chee
Christy Lenzi
Alexandra Sirowy
Sonya Mukherjee
Jessica Taylor
Kelly Gilbert
Parker Peevyhouse
Tim Floreen
Nina LaCour
Tara Sim
Tricia Stirling

Thanks so much Parker for the fantastic interview, and to Nancy, Christy and Hannah for putting this amazing event together!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Not Everyone Is You


One thing that I keep seeing is people stating how they grew up being told to fight for what they wanted or that they had to work hard for everything. Nobody had to give them a "hand out" etc. and I hate seeing that because there is probably someone reading it who feels embarrassed or upset because that isn't their life.
There is nothing wrong with needing help - from other people or the government. Do people abuse that system? Yes. Are they the majority? I don't think so. Regardless, these things help people who really need it and that's what I care about. But this isn't an inherently political post. This post about understanding that not everyone is like you.

Also, just because you worked hard or overcame obstacles to get to where you are, doesn't mean everyone can do that. If you did, I commend you. But your life is not the same as theirs- even if it seems awfully similar. Sure, some people are given opportunities left and right and still don't make anything of themselves. But that's not everyone. Not everyone is able to just get up and make a better life for themselves.
People are looked over because of gender, race, religion, skin color, sexuality. It might not be your experience, but it happens. Denying that or making light of it just exacerbates the problem.
This post is probably for the people who already think like I do, and that's fine. But then again? Maybe it will make someone else think too. Again, this isn't a political post. This is about understanding other people. Understanding that not everyone can achieve what you have. Not everyone can get past the life they are in, even if they try hard or have opportunities given to them. Not everyone is you. That's the whole point.

*I originally posted this on my Facebook page, but I thought it was worthwhile to share here too, especially as today is Holocaust Remembrance Day*
-Lauren 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Finding Your Feet by Cass Lennox


Finding Your Feet by Cass Lennox (Toronto Connections #2)

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryWhile on holiday in Toronto, Evie Whitmore planned to sightsee and meet other asexuals, not audition for a dance competition. Now she’s representing Toronto’s newest queer dance studio, despite never having danced before. Not only does she have to spend hours learning her routine, she has to do it with one of the grumpiest men she’s ever met. Tyler turns out to be more than a dedicated dancer, though—he might be the kind of man who can sweep her off her feet, literally and figuratively.

Tyler Davis has spent the last year recovering from an emotionally abusive relationship. So he doesn’t need to be pushed into a rushed routine for a dumb competition. Ticking major representation boxes for being trans and biracial isn’t why he went into dance. But Evie turns out to be a dream student. In fact, she helps him remember just how good partnering can be, in all senses of the word. Teaching her the routine, however, raises ghosts for him, ones he’s not sure he can handle.

Plans change, and people change with them. Learning a few steps is one thing; learning to trust again is another entirely.


Review: Finding Your Feet is the second book in the Toronto Connections series, the first being Blank Spaces (you can read my review here). The couple in Blank Spaces does appear in Finding Your Feet, which I love when it comes to companion novels. As for the main characters in this latest book, we have Evie Whitmore from England and Tyler Davis who is living in Toronto as a dance teacher.

Evie is asexual and she's in Toronto to check out the sights (she'll be back in a few months time to attend grad school) and meet an online friend named Sarah. As for Tyler, he's a friend of Sarah's but he's not in the best place when the book begins as he's still trying to get used to being out of a relationship after dealing with an emotionally abusive ex. When Evie is pushed into trying out for a dance competition, she ends up being paired with Tyler for a Pride Day dance competition between the studio Tyler works at and another in the Toronto area.

Despite being very different, the two eventually get to know each other better - after a rough first start - and Evie even finds that she loves to dance. As someone who never danced growing up, but has taken a couple of dance classes as an adult, I could really understand Evie's enthusiasm. Granted, I didn't have to practice as many hours in one day as she did, since all the couples only have one week to get a dance together for the competition. It was an intense project, but I loved hearing about the various dance lessons.

One of the things that I really loved about this book - and the other, Blank Spaces - is that it's full of diversity. Finding Your Feet has Evie who is asexual but isn't opposed to sex if she really falls for someone. Then there is Tyler, who is a trans, biracial man. I liked the secondary characters too and they are all equally as diverse! The next book in the series (Growing Pains) will focus on Gigi and Brock, who you meet in Finding Your Feet. I can't wait!

Want to buy a copy of Finding Your Feet? Check it out on Amazon (I'm an associate, so I get a small percent of any sale. Thanks). Oh, and if you want to start with Blank Spaces, find it here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka


As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka, translated from the Finnish by Owen F. Witesman

Review by Lauren

source: copy from publisher/Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryLumikki Andersson has made it a rule to stay out of things that do not involve her. She knows all too well that trouble comes to those who stick their nose where it doesn’t belong. But Lumikki’s rule is put to the test when she uncovers thousands of washed Euro notes hung to dry in her school’s darkroom and three of her classmates with blood on their hands. Literally.

A web of lies and deception now has Lumikki on the run from those determined to get the money back—no matter the cost. At the center of the chaos: Polar Bear, the mythical drug lord who has managed to remain anonymous despite hosting lavish parties and having a notorious reputation. If Lumikki hopes to make it out alive, she’ll have to uncover the entire operation.

Even the cold Finnish winter can’t hide a culprit determined to stain the streets red.


Review:  Lumikki Andersson is a tough teenager, living in a Finish apartment on her own instead of with her family. She does this because she doesn't mind being alone, but also because she's attending a top school that allows her to escape from her rough earlier schooling. I loved the character of Lumikki because she's smart and physically capable of taking care of herself. She has closed herself off from people, but not in a way that means people don't like her. She's just there, in a sense. That is until she finds thousands of Euros hanging to dry in the school's darkroom one morning and she realizes that they have been washed of blood.

This leads Lumikki to being entangled in the mystery of this money, unable to walk away because she genuinely feels bad for one of the people involved. She understands their fear, so she does what she can to help. First off, they have to figure out if the money was meant for this group or not. And if it was, why?

This was a relatively short book, but it's very much a full story. It moves at a quick pace. You get to know the various characters/players involved quite well. I liked that you could see some of their perspectives, instead of only following Lumikki, though she is definitely the central point of this story. While this book is for young adult readers, I would like to note that it could easily be read by adults. Nothing is too overly gratuitous, but there is talk of sex, death, violence, and of course, blood. It's definitely more of a mature YA read.

Lumikki is no Snow White, but she's not above playing her to get the information she needs.

I'm definitely ready for the next two books in this wonderful translated trilogy from Finland!

Want a copy of As Red As Blood? Check it out on Amazon here (I'm an Amazon Associate - I get a small percent for every sale through my links. Thanks!)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Picture Book Review: When You're Feeling Sick by Coy Bowles of Zac Brown Band


When You're Feeling Sick by Coy Bowles, of Zac Brown Band

Review by Lauren 

source: copy for review; all opinions are my own

Official SummarySneezing? Coughing? Taking a sick day? Don’t worry, you’ll be feeling better soon thanks to this hilarious picture book from Coy Bowles, guitarist of the Grammy Award–winning Zac Brown Band. Full of encouraging—and super-silly—rhyming advice on how to face sick days with courage and a positive attitude, When You’re Feeling Sick is just what the doctor ordered! Comes with a sheet of stickers to bring a smile to every sick kid’s face.

Review: When You're Feeling Sick is a really cute picture book for kids who have come down with the flu, the cold, chicken pox, or whatever else may be ailing them! One thing that I immediately noticed and loved is that this book is really diverse when it comes to the children and adults depicted in the illustrations. You have boys and girls, different hair colors. More importantly, you get people that are Black, White, Indian. A lot of different types are included and I appreciate that a lot. I mean, sickness affects us all, right?

As for the actual story, Bowles has written a really cute, silly book that is sure to put a smile on a sick child's face. He lets them know that sickness will eventually go away, even if it doesn't feel like it at the moment. There are also tips on things NOT to do or else really crazy repercussions may occur - like turning your dogs and cats green if you feed them your medicine. It's good advice, obviously, but it also puts it in a really fun, kid-appropriate terms.

I'd definitely recommend this one! It was a delight to read!

Interested in buying When You're Feeling Sick? You can check it out on Amazon here (I'm an amazon associate; any purchase from my links gives me a small percent back. Thanks!)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

If You Love Someone, Online Auctions, and More!

I'll be linking up at a variety of places this week, but some of them are Kristin, Kim, and Jenn.


I've been sick for the past few days, which is never fun and I've mostly been stuck in the house. I have gotten some reading done though, so that's always a plus. I didn't make it to my local Women's March, but I have been sharing posts on Facebook and Twitter and checking out all the fun signs that people made for their marches. I think it's wonderful that so many people came out - all over the world too, not just the U.S. It's a beautiful thing to see. We are all equal. We should all have equal
rights.

I was listening to this song today and I thought it was really appropriate for the marches and just the times we are living in right now. The song is "If You Love Someone" by The Veronicas.



The Leave a Mark Auctions have started again. If you don't know, these are online auctions I host where authors annotate (write notes throughout the book) in one of their books and they are then auctioned off. Price starts at $10 and has to go up in $1 increments. All the money goes to a charity. I normally have a set charity for a few months, and then switch the charity, but right now I'm doing author's choice. Auction right now is an ARC of Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley and it ends at 9 p.m. EST Friday, January 27th. Check out the post to see where the money will go and please think about bidding, or at least spreading the word! Follow the blog there for future auctions (and fun giveaways).


I wrote about my new endeavor earlier in the week, but if you missed it, I thought I'd do a brief recap. I'm offering research services for bloggers/authors/etc that may need help. I have a BA in English Literature and an MS in Library Science, and I have years of experience researching for myself and other people. I would love to work with you, so please do get in touch. I have a website with further details about how I can help here so give that a look!

I'd love help spreading the word too, so if you have contact with authors who might be interested, please let them know. Otherwise, I'd love any tweet or mention!


I want to do some fun giveaways in 2017, and the first big one I'm planning involves The Hunger Games trilogy. I don't want to post the actual prize, because I want it to be a surprise overall, but I am looking for other bloggers to help out. I have two people already that are interested so that's three (with me). I'd like at least two more bloggers to be able to help. You have to be willing to donate money to help with the prize, but the more bloggers that can help, the lower the price will be! It won't be over $20 a person - though I hope it will be even LESS than that. Anyway, if you are interested in learning more, please email me: lauren51990 AT aol DOT com. I will let you know the other bloggers and the prize so you can make a decision on if you really want to help out! The idea is that entries will give all bloggers more followers, so bloglovin, twitter, instagram - whatever outlets you really want to grow!

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes


The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes

Review by Lauren

source: copy from the author; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryFourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world. 

To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp Hannah found the most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special. 

Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do. 

She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . . 


Review: When offered the chance to read this book, I was immediately intrigued. Looking at the official summary now, I realize it doesn't give you much to go on about the book, but I think that can be a good thing. The Ugly Teapot definitely kept my interest and I found myself wanting to go back to the story when I wasn't reading, which doesn't always happen - even if I'm enjoying a book.

This book is about 14 year-old Hannah Bradbury whose photographer father died in Baghdad. Hannah is overcome by grief. While talking to her dog Griff one night (Griff can talk back via telepathy), Hannah decides to see if the "ugly teapot" her dad gave her once really is Aladdin's lamp, because she'd like to use one of her wishes to bring her father back to life.

Rubbing that life completely changes Hannah life.

I feel like I could go on and describe more of this book, but I don't want to ruin things. I will say that near the end, you may become a bit confused as to what really occurred, but trust me, it's all worth it to finish the book. This one is labeled Book One: Hannah so I assume the next book will feature a new character, and I'm definitely curious to see what occurs in their story about the ugly teapot.

I'd recommend this one for those 13 and up, if they are mature readers, as the book does feature a lot about death, grief, and those left behind. Besides that, it's a really exciting adventure story!

Interested in reading this book? Check it out on Amazon (I'm an associate, so I get a small percent if you buy from my link. Thanks!)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Off Base by Annabeth Albert + Long Shadows by Kate Sherwood


Off Base by Annabeth Albert

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryAfter trading the barracks for a fixer-upper rental, navy SEAL Zack Nelson wants peace, not a roommate—especially not Pike, who sees things about Zack he most wants to hide. Pike's flirting puts virgin Zack on edge. And the questions Pike's arrival would spark from Zack's teammates about his own sexuality? Nope. Not going there. But Zack can't refuse.

Pike Reynolds knows there won't be a warm welcome in his new home. What can he say? He's an acquired taste. But he needs this chance to get his life together. Also, teasing the uptight SEAL will be hella fun. Still, Pike has to tread carefully; he's had his fill of tourists in the past, and he can't risk his heart on another, not even one as hot, as built—and, okay, yeah, as adorable—as Zack.

Living with Pike crumbles Zack's restraint and fuels his curiosity. He discovers how well they fit together in bed…in the shower…in the hallway… He needs Pike more than he could have imagined, yet he doesn't know how to be the man Pike deserves.


Review: If you've read the #gaymers series by Albert, then this book starts off essentially where the last one in that series ended. Off Base starts the new Out of Uniform series, but the couple from the last #gaymers novel does appear in Off Base. I really like how the author created a new series but connected to a previous one, especially since I really loved that series.

As for Off Base, I really enjoyed it too and I can't wait to see what the second book, At Attention, brings. Off Base follows navy SEAL Zack and new professor Pike. These two have known each other for awhile, as their respective best friends are dating. However, while Pike has always had a crush on Zack, he wasn't sure if he was gay for awhile. Plus, Zack didn't really hide that he wasn't much of a fan of Pike. This is mostly due to Pike's forward nature and flirting. While Zack is a hard-working guy and loves his friends, he's hiding his sexuality due to a very conservative and religious family. His brother is a screw up, so his parents are always commenting on getting one son right. Zack knows they won't still think that way if he ever comes out.

While I understood Zack's reason for staying in the closet, sometimes I did want him to think of himself more often. Regardless, you have to love him. Pike too, as he's a really patient guy who wants to show Zack love that he hasn't received from anyone else. The two end up being roommates before anything romantic occurs, and that's how they got to know each other better, and I loved that.

Definitely recommend!

I'm an Amazon Associate, so if you want to get the book from Amazon, I'll get a small percent. Check it out here



Long Shadows by Kate Sherwood

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryLA cop Jericho Crewe got the hell out of Mosely, Montana, when he was seventeen. Fifteen years later, he’s back, and everything is just as messed up as when he left. He planned a quick visit to deal with his injured father, but of course things are never that simple. Family complications, police complications, social complications—and, as always, Wade Granger complications.

Jericho and Wade had been so close, once upon a time. First friends, then more than friends—and then, after Jericho’s escape, nothing. Wade’s magnetism hasn’t been lessened by a decade and a half apart; even when Jericho learns that Wade is the prime suspect in the death of Jericho’s father, the old connection still sparks.

When Jericho’s newly discovered half siblings are kidnapped, he needs to trust someone to help him find them. Wade’s a terrible choice, but Jericho’s never been known for his good judgment. Anyway, he’d rather make a bad decision with Wade than a good one with anybody else.
 


Review: One thing that you don't tend to get with m/m books is a sequel with the same characters, so I'd like to start this off by saying that Long Shadows has a sequel (not out yet) and I'm so excited. If that doesn't tell you how much I enjoyed Long Shadows, then I guess I'll have to write some more.

Something else that's different from most m/m novels is that there is no physical relationship in this one. It's first and foremost about Jericho Crewe coming back home because he thinks he's father's had a bad fall and he's planning on finding someone to care for him so he can get back to his new life in L.A. Upon his arrival, he realizes that his dad is actually dead and his old friend, and more, Wade Granger is on the top of the suspect list as Wade and Jericho's father did illegal dealings together.

Jericho also learns his father remarried and has two other kids, and they are definitely in danger, meaning Jericho has to stick around and try and keep them safe. He also works with Wade, and another old friend - and new sheriff- to figure out just what happened to his father and why. It's a bit of a mystery, full of suspense and intrigue. It's also about going home to a place you wanted to run away from and wondering if things have changed enough to stay. It's about old friends, and old loves, and trying to make things work. Like I said before, there is no physical relationship, but I have a feeling that might change a bit in the sequel.

Long Shadows is a quick, enjoyable read!

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