December Book Challenge: Day 28

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This challenge was created by @AnnReads for Bookstagram, see day 28…

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Day 1:  First Read of the Year
Day 2: Shortest Book You Read
Day 3: New Favorite Authors
Day 4: Biggest Surprise
Day 5: Favorite Books Covers of 2016
Day 6: Newest Fictional Crush
Day 7: Best Sequel I Read
Day 8: New Fav Female Characters
Day 9: Diverse Books
Day 10: Books You Didn’t Finish
Day 11: Best Character Development
Day 12: New Favorite Friendships
Day 13: Books That Deserve More Attention
Day 14: Best Villain
Day 15: Favorite Fictional World
Day 16: Books You Reread
Day 17: New Fav Male Characters 

Day 18: Longest Book You Read

Day 19: Favorite Debut Novel of 2016
Day 20: Didn’t Meet Your Expectations
Day 21: Beautifully Written Books

Day 22: New Favorite OTPs

Day 23: Books That Made You Cry

Day 24: New Favorite Side Characters
Day 25: Magical Read
Day 26: Most Read Genre
Day 27: Best Conclusion to a Series

WWW Wednesday: December 28th 2016

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I finally started Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen today, and I also started A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness on Christmas Day.


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This week I finished Right by Jana Aston, which I liked more than the first one, Hooked on Trouble by Kelly Siskind, Blonde Date by Sarina Bowen, Outside the Lines by Caitlin Ricci and The Romantics by Leah Konen.


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Next I’ll  try to read Full Package by Lauren Blakely, How Not To Let Go by Emily Foster and The Girl Who Fell by S.M. Parker.

Pushing the Limits (Katie McGarry)

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“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked. 

So wrong for each other…and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.


I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go to her blog on the next few days to check out her review of this book.

Pushing the Limits was yet another book that had been sitting on my kindle for a long long time, and this December was the perfect time to finally get to it. I’m glad I did, but apart from the fact that this a contemporary YA romance, I knew next to nothing about it.

I really enjoyed the writing, the book is told in dual POV and I think that McGarry was able to capture the internal struggles of each character perfectly, giving them two very distinct voices. There was also humour within the very serious storyline, and I really appreciated that.

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I liked both main characters, and there were some things that I thought they weren’t being exactly fair, but they were 17, so they very much acted their age. Both their stories are tragic, and I felt for both Echo and Noah, but I think that Echo’s story would have been a little worst?! Have you read this book? Maybe you know what I mean…

But in spite of loving the 2 main characters, I pretty much hated a lot of other characters in this book, and I wish that Echo would have been more her person, because she took a long time to see that some people were not good for her. But I did kind of understood her dad…

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The romance was sweet, Echo and Noah together were cute as hell! I thought it was amazing how much they both grew during the book, and how much they helped each other get to a better versions of themselves.

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Overall, I really did enjoy this book. It’s not an easy read, and it has some heavy elements, but it’s so well done. I have to admit that maybe I was expecting a little bit more, but the book didn’t WOW me, even though I really liked and want to read the rest of the series.

December Book Challenge: Day 27

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This challenge was created by @AnnReads for Bookstagram, see day 27…

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Day 1:  First Read of the Year
Day 2: Shortest Book You Read
Day 3: New Favorite Authors
Day 4: Biggest Surprise
Day 5: Favorite Books Covers of 2016
Day 6: Newest Fictional Crush
Day 7: Best Sequel I Read
Day 8: New Fav Female Characters
Day 9: Diverse Books
Day 10: Books You Didn’t Finish
Day 11: Best Character Development
Day 12: New Favorite Friendships
Day 13: Books That Deserve More Attention
Day 14: Best Villain
Day 15: Favorite Fictional World
Day 16: Books You Reread
Day 17: New Fav Male Characters 

Day 18: Longest Book You Read

Day 19: Favorite Debut Novel of 2016
Day 20: Didn’t Meet Your Expectations
Day 21: Beautifully Written Books

Day 22: New Favorite OTPs

Day 23: Books That Made You Cry

Day 24: New Favorite Side Characters
Day 25: Magical Read
Day 26: Most Read Genre

Outside the Lines (Caitlin Ricci)

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Alex has always wanted to help people, so when he finds a scared, homeless child, he doesn’t hesitate to take ‘Socks’ to the shelter where he works, Trinity House. 

Over the course of four years, a chance meeting turns into friendship. When Socks turns eighteen, they’re excited, because it means they can move in with Alex — until Alex rejects them, and Socks realizes an affection they thought mutual was only ever one-sided.

Years later, Socks has become Trin, a psychiatrist who specializes in helping children. And they still want desperately to know why Alex rejected them long ago…


When I read this blurb on Netgalley, I was instantly intrigued, because I had never read a book with a genderless or gender neutral character, and I thought it was about time to change that.

This isn’t really a full fledged book, and it reads like a novella more than anything, because it is super super short. I did like it a lot though, and I think I’ve learned a few things too, even if there were some aspects of the book that I had a few problems with.

The writing is great, and while I admit that I was a bit scared of being lost in the pronouns, because I find it slightly confusing to refer to a single individual by plural pronouns – sorry!but it was easy to follow and I think it made me understand the use better now.

Just to clarify, I mean no disrespect about my pronoun comment above, I hear you, I respect you, but I personally never used it, so I find using they/them difficult when referring to a single person, my brain just doesn’t compute. But my brain learns, and I think that’s a great thing, to learn!

Both characters were great, I especially liked Trin, but I felt like they were both very underdeveloped. I do think the author fleshed out the essential on both of them, and brought to light their biggest fears, especially about each other.

I especially liked how Trin was comfortable in their own skin. I liked how they explained what being agender means and how they learned to accept it and don’t question it. I liked how the book talked about the difference of gender identity, biological sex and sexuality. And I liked that the book had a good representation of the spectrum, with Alex being a gay man, Trin being agender and bi, and Andy being trans and pan, and how it explained the fluidity of sexuality.

I also appreciated a lot Alex’s POV, from someone in love with a gender neutral person. I loved how supportive he was of them and never pushed for more than they were ready for. Also, he truly didn’t care what they were biologically, and the way he felt was heartwarming.

Like I said, I think this is a book that covers many important issues and I really liked the way it breached these subjects and how they were explained. This is ultimately a romance, and I thought it was sweet. However, I did have a few issues with this short book.

My first issue is that I think there was enough core story to build a full book around. The story felt rushed. I wish there had been more build up since the first meeting between Alex and Socks and when they meet again 9 years later. We are told that they were super close, enough that they loved each other, but that unfortunately is never seen. Another thing that felt rushed was the romance… slight spoiler here, but at the end of their second date, and the first time they were intimate, Alex was asking Trin to move in with him in the future… and not just that, but the plan included Trin’s roommate Andy and one of her patients. I thought that was too fast, even though it wouldn’t happen for several months after, it still felt like too much… they had just reconnected.

Another issue that I had was with Trin’s studies… I didn’t exactly buy that they had accomplished so much of the studies required to be a psychiatrist in just 6 years…

There was one thing that bothered me, and this might be a non-issue… Trin’s biological sex is never mentioned, and it really shouldn’t matter. But several tiny things in the book lead me to believe that their biological sex was female, and I wish that the matter of protection would have been referred to when they finally had sex. Not that they shouldn’t use protection no matter what, but the possibility that there was an added risk of pregnancy and my brain just wouldn’t shut up about it.

Overall, I think this was an important book and a great read. I just wish the author would get this short story and expand on it, make it a full-300-pages book, full of character development and more details about Trin and Alex’s lives.

December Book Challenge: Day 26

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This challenge was created by @AnnReads for Bookstagram, see day 26…

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Day 1:  First Read of the Year
Day 2: Shortest Book You Read
Day 3: New Favorite Authors
Day 4: Biggest Surprise
Day 5: Favorite Books Covers of 2016
Day 6: Newest Fictional Crush
Day 7: Best Sequel I Read
Day 8: New Fav Female Characters
Day 9: Diverse Books
Day 10: Books You Didn’t Finish
Day 11: Best Character Development
Day 12: New Favorite Friendships
Day 13: Books That Deserve More Attention
Day 14: Best Villain
Day 15: Favorite Fictional World
Day 16: Books You Reread
Day 17: New Fav Male Characters 

Day 18: Longest Book You Read

Day 19: Favorite Debut Novel of 2016
Day 20: Didn’t Meet Your Expectations
Day 21: Beautifully Written Books

Day 22: New Favorite OTPs

Day 23: Books That Made You Cry

Day 24: New Favorite Side Characters
Day 25: Magical Read

Musical Mondays: Freedom! by George Michael

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It was a sad day yesterday, learning that George Michael had passed away. 😦 So, today’s music had to be a tribute to him, because I’ve always loved him as an artist. I grew up listening to Wham and George Michael. And I’m so incredibly sad that he has passed away… 😦

I won’t let you down
I will not give you up
Gotta have some faith in the sound
It’s the one good thing that I’ve got
I won’t let you down
So please don’t give me up
‘Cause I would really, really love to stick around, oh yeah

Heaven knows I was just a young boy
Didn’t know what I wanted to be
I was every little hungry schoolgirl’s pride and joy
And I guess it was enough for me
To win the race? A prettier face!
Brand new clothes and a big fat place
On your rock and roll TV
But today the way I play the game is not the same
No way
Think I’m gonna get myself happy

I think there’s something you should know
I think it’s time I told you so
There’s something deep inside of me
There’s someone else I’ve got to be
Take back your picture in a frame
Take back your singing in the rain
I just hope you understand
Sometimes the clothes do not make the man

All we have to do now
Is take these lies and make them true somehow
All we have to see
Is that I don’t belong to you
And you don’t belong to me yea yea
Freedom
Freedom
Freedom
You’ve gotta give for what you take
Freedom
Freedom
Freedom
You’ve gotta give for what you take

Heaven knows we sure had some fun boy
What a kick just a buddy and me
We had every big shot good-time band on the run boy
We were living in a fantasy
We won the race
Got out of the place
I went back home got a brand new face
For the boys on MTV
But today the way I play the game has got to change
Oh yeah
Now I’m gonna get myself happy

I think there’s something you should know
I think it’s time I stopped the show
There’s something deep inside of me
There’s someone I forgot to be
Take back your picture in a frame
Don’t think that I’ll be back again
I just hope you understand
Sometimes the clothes do not make the man

All we have to do now
Is take these lies and make them true somehow
All we have to see
Is that I don’t belong to you
And you don’t belong to me, yea yea
Freedom
Freedom
Freedom
You’ve gotta give for what you take
Freedom
Freedom
Freedom
You’ve gotta give for what you take

Well it looks like the road to heaven
But it feels like the road to hell
When I knew which side my bread was buttered
I took the knife as well
Posing for another picture
Everybody’s got to sell
But when you shake your ass
They notice fast
And some mistakes were built to last

That’s what you get
That’s what you get
That’s what you get
I say that’s what you get
That’s what you get for changing your mind
That’s what you get for changing your mind

That’s what you get
That’s what you get
And after all this time
I just hope you understand
Sometimes the clothes
Do not make the man

All we have to do now is take these lies
And make them true somehow
All we have to see is that i don’t belong to you
And you don’t belong to me yea yea
Freedom
Freedom
Freedom
You’ve got to give for what you take
Freedom
Freedom
Freedom
You’ve got to give for what you take
Yea you’ve got to give for what you, give for what you give

May not be what you want from me
Just the way it’s got to be
Lose the face now
I’ve got to live I’ve got to live

Confess (Colleen Hoover)

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Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…


Once again, I read this one this month because Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much kind of pushed me to :P. Eheh. She knew I’ve been meaning to read it for a long time, so I finally did it.

Much like most of the books I’ve read from CoHo, this one’s writing is amazingly beautiful and also full of color, and that is not entirely related to the fact that this book is about art. It’s just gorgeous! The book is told in dual POV and I usually don’t like when the narrator keeps something from the reader, but here in this book, it happens, but it doesn’t feel like misdirection, you know? You are aware that you don’t have the full story yet, but there is no lie or big omission on their POVs, it’s just that their thoughts are never focused to that. Very well achieved.

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Once again, CoHo takes it out of the park on the character department… neither main character is perfect. Auburn is a great girl, but I have to admit that while I understood her actions during the book, I didn’t approve of some of them, and they made me somewhat mad. I wanted her to be more selfish… I wanted her to follow her heart, though I understood why she couldn’t quite do that. Owen, I loved! Again, I wish he had made some different choices, but I did understand his motivations… I really liked how he was with Auburn though, because I felt like he supported her, and she sure needed that in her life.

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The romance was good, though it went too fast and not at all. Cryptic, right? I thought they were amazing together, sweet, romantic, cute, but I wanted them to move along, and then, really, not much time had passed, so maybe it was a bit too fast? 😛

The story made this book for me, because it was really good and heartfelt. It made my heart tight. CoHo always gives me the biggest feels.

I do think that some secrets should have been shared at some point, and it made me sad that they weren’t…

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The awesomeness of this book doesn’t quite reach Ugly Love and November 9 status for me, but it was still pretty amazing. And the art is unreal! I loved the concept of how Owen created his art, and I could have used with a lot more confessions throughout the book.

Have you read Confess? Tell me your thoughts!

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December Book Challenge: Day 25

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This challenge was created by @AnnReads for Bookstagram, see day 25…

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Day 1:  First Read of the Year
Day 2: Shortest Book You Read
Day 3: New Favorite Authors
Day 4: Biggest Surprise
Day 5: Favorite Books Covers of 2016
Day 6: Newest Fictional Crush
Day 7: Best Sequel I Read
Day 8: New Fav Female Characters
Day 9: Diverse Books
Day 10: Books You Didn’t Finish
Day 11: Best Character Development
Day 12: New Favorite Friendships
Day 13: Books That Deserve More Attention
Day 14: Best Villain
Day 15: Favorite Fictional World
Day 16: Books You Reread
Day 17: New Fav Male Characters
Day 18: Longest Book You Read
Day 19: Favorite Debut Novel of 2016
Day 20: Didn’t Meet Your Expectations
Day 21: Beautifully Written Books
Day 22: New Favorite OTPs
Day 23: Books That Made You Cry
Day 24: New Favorite Side Characters