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Review: Michael’s Wings

  • Title: Michael’s Wings
  • By: Tiffany Reisz
  • Series: Original Sinners
  • Overall score: 5/5 stars
  • Recommended?: Major YES! Read This!

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This review is spoiler free. And it wasn’t easy because all I want to do is talk fine details about this story with my two, utmost favorite characters from The Original Sinners series. I am thrilled that Tiffany Reisz wrote more of Griff and Mick…and I definitely plan to return to their world over and over again. Just a great read and one of the best additions to the series so far!

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***Thanks to NetGalley and Tiffany Reisz for the ARC of this book!***

Okay, so when Tiffany Reisz put up on her instagram that this book was available on NetGalley, I ran-not-walked over there and picked it up. Again, the subject matter isn’t my cup of tea (or in Norwegian, en kopp te.) But, that’s not why I keep reading anything I can relating to the Original Sinners’ series. It’s the twisted story that has me grabby-hands and wide-eyed for the books.

Michael’s Wings is a collection of short stories, featuring Griffin Fiske and Michael (from The Angel). I had only been begging for more of these two for what feels like forever. And this came along, and I am over-the-moon happy!

Michael and Griffin…those two. Plus, Griff in a kilt *drooly emoji here*…so…

Anyway, onto the review.

Michael’s Wings ~ The primary story where Michael runs off to Louisana, where King, Søren, and Nora now call home. Griffin asked Michael to marry him (*SQUEAL!*) and now Michael has a few days to ponder his answer. Does he want to marry that spoiled trust-fund-baby dom? Seeing everyone again was great. Nora is ever the same. King and Søren haven’t changed, and if they did, it was for the better… Such a sweet story. And it just made me fall back into old ways where Griff and Mick are concerned. (The thing where I hate to put them down and leave them alone for five seconds. Even snuck in the reading of a single sentence in at work once…) I’m going to leave this story now for fear that I’m going to spoil it because… It was five stars for me.

Griffin in Wonderland ~ This goes back in time to when Griffin was twenty-two and realizing he was at rock bottom. This was back when King, Søren and Nora were in NYC and the 8th Circle was in its hey day! Sort of a discovering himself, coming-of-age-tale for Griff. It was where he learned how to be who he is. So interesting to see young Griffin. Five stars.

Gauze ~ A flashback to the moment Michael slit his wrists and comparison with why he had gauze on his wrists again. The events happened during The Angel and covers some answers we didn’t have before. It was a sweet moment for one of my favorite characters in this series. Five Stars.

The Theory of the Moment ~ So…just after the events of The Angel, Griffin had a talk with Michael’s mom. Just to clear the air about why a much older man was in love with her son and where the future might take them some day. It was enjoyable and gave some insight to the always wild Griffin. Made my heart melt a little. A moment or two, it felt a little repetitive in the ideas being talked about between the two characters, but a great missing piece to the Griff-Mick puzzle. Four and a half stars.

The Couch ~ Sort of funny. Sort of Sweet. Sort of: “Oh good lord!” in a blissful way. It was cute and funny and just a moment with these two guys who are stubborn and yet so in love. *happy sigh* Five stars.

A Better Distraction ~ This one was another random moment of Griff and Mick’s life. Just a short, sweet, naughty tale that makes you love these two together even more. And also some laughs, thanks to a Titanic moment or two. Tied for ultimate fave story from this book. FIVE STARS!

Christmas in Suite 37A ~ A longer story happening between The Angel and Michael’s Wings. Michael went off to Europe to study for three months and Griffin is just trying to survive. Told in three parts. Part one, Griffin is with Nora in NOLA. He’s freaking out because Michael is gone, broke up with him…so in Griffin style, he’s freaking-the-f#@<- out. Part two, Griffin heads home to meet up with Michael who is returning to the US for the holidays. (Ask about the Søren/Griffin moment, and all I can do is laugh.) Part three, Grififn and Michael have dinner. And that’s all I can say about it without wanting to dive into SPOILER details. I will say that this answered some questions I always had and gives more insight to story one…

My only complaint about this book is that it was out-of-order, story wise. That being said, it isn’t that much of an issue. Any time I can get a Griff/Mick story, I am a happy girl. This book was pure joy from page flip one to the tear dropping from my eye at the last page flipped on my Kindle screen.

Is this review fair? I can’t say. I mean, Tiffany Reisz is not only a great person to “chat” with on Twitter and Insta, but her stories are unique and smart and funny and hella hot and…well, I find it difficult to ever want to put one down, this one being one of the most difficult ones, because I do love those characters so much. I’ve come to know and love them. And just when I thought I couldn’t see them anymore, here is this book of bliss.

I HIGHLY REC this book! I would say read The Original Sinners stories before diving in so you get a hint of who is who and why they are. And if you have already read them, do yourself a favor and read this collection of pure happiness!

Thanks again for the opportunity to read this. Anytime for you, my Queen, Tiffany Reisz!

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Reading Theme ~ April 2017.

Oh, here we are. April. Already. How did that happen?
What goes on in April? Showers? Spring flowers? In most places I’ve lived, it’s prom season.

Big dresses.

Bigger hair.

Tux rentals.

Kings and Queens and Crowns.

Awkward moments.

Dancing with that special someone.

If I hear the word “Prom-posal” one more time…UGH. I miss the days of the anxious guy/girl asking out the hopeful girl/guy…the suspense, the drama…and hopefully not a Carrie incident. (Sorry, Stephen King.) I find spending all that cash on asking a girl (or guy) out ridiculous. It’s not like someone is getting engaged…but I digress…The books I’ve chosen to read for this month are definitely Prom-propriate. The dresses alone remind me of prom season. Then I stare at the tiaras, and I really can’t stop thinking about one of the biggest moments of high school life.

In the spirit of grand gowns and shiny crowns, I’ve decided to finally dance my way through…

The Selection series by Kiera Cass.

  1. The Selection
  2. The Elite
  3. The One
  4. The Heir
  5. The Crown
  6. Happily Ever After

From what I’ve been told, I am not going to want to stop reading. Not even to bust a move and “Single Ladies” with Chris Evans. I’m excited to finally read this series, especially since it’s complete and I can read straight through. I just hope I don’t wind up like Carrie…

I want these books to be everything her prom night wasn’t: Awesome!

What are your reading plans for the month?

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Review: Carve the Mark

Carve the Mark
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book…3.5? 4?

I was back and forth for a while on what I wanted to rate it. In the beginning, I thought…“Ugh, this is a total two.” At the end, I was…“Oh, this is a good four to five…And when is the next book?” My stars are more of a median between the two.

Before I delve into the why of it all, I suggest we get naked. Well, book naked and under the cover. Because this one was amazing!

Under the cover:

The hardback cover was debossed with a solar map of the story’s planets in their little solar system. It’s just so unique and old-timey. A very nice cover.

full cover

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The end pages:
Usually means the inside cover, which in this case is a plain navy. I’m using the term to describe the first and last printed pages.

In the front of the book, there is a printed map of the same solar system. Planets labeled and other wonders. Very old world map. Beautiful as well as helpful along the way.

printed map

In the very end of the book, which I wish I knew it before I got to the end of the book, is a very helpful glossary listing some of the terms and words used…in case you missed it or didn’t fully understand.

glossary

The story:

So, there are two sides to every story, and this one is no different.

First, Akos. His story is written in third person and takes the events and goings on in his life and puts it out there in his eyes. His family, his home planet…the kidnapping of members of his family by their Shotet enemy…

Second, Cyra. Her story is written in first person, through which we get a clear picture of Shotet life for her and her brother, Ryzek. We also get to grow up with her and her Thuvhesit slave for lack of a better word to describe Akos in the beginning.

That’s where part of the disconnect was for me. And I know I’ve complained before about the flip between third person and first in a book. Sometimes, it works. This, sadly, was part of the problem for me. I’d get to Akos’ part of the story, and I felt suddenly distant and outside of the story, where Cyra’s parts brought me in and made it feel like an intimate tale. I really wish Akos’ part was in first person. I’d have been able to follow along beautifully.

The second part of feeling so disconnected from the story was in the tremendous learning curve that typically goes along with stories of this genre. I had to learn about hushflowers and feathergrass and planets and peoples of the planets and izits and just learn and learn and learn.

But, once I got the gist of the story and its elements, it really shined!!! And I couldn’t stop reading to find out what the heck was going to happen next. All starting with a war between the Shotet and Thuvhesit…stemming from prophesies of what could be and fates of what will be and what one’s current gift is, as everyone in their system is blessed…or cursed…with a current gift, that one talent that makes you special form everyone else. Cyra’s was the ability to give and receive pain. Akos’ was the inability for current gifts to have any impact on him. It made for an interesting twist.

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Carve The Mark
is actually a ritual performed in the book. When a Shotet kills someone, they must mark their body by carving a line into their arm and dabbing some potion into it so a scar is left behind. Something that would make a warrior proud to show off his kills, while others hide them in shame for the wrongs they’ve done. It was a beautiful metaphor touched on time and time again in this story.

This tale was sort of like a Hunger Games meets Star Wars meets Divergent meets Predator sort of tale. Strong characters who believe they’re doing it for the best, whether they see the reality of it or not. A love story co-mingling among the wars and hateful thoughts between nations and peoples–sort of a reality bites dose there.

I always say whether I’d rec this book. Honestly, I would, but with a caveat or two I’ve already mentioned here. I am looking forward to book two. VERY much so. Though this story closed nicely, there are still WAY TOO MANY QUESTIONS left to be answered. It’s so stressful!

*STARTING OFF THE YEAR WITH A BANG* ~ JANUARY 2017 READ

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The master list.

Once upon a time, I was reading a book written by Stephen King and happened upon a character named “Ace Merrill”. He lived in a little place of yore called Castle Rock, Maine. Well, that name/that location sent a smile to my face and memories into my brain. I knew this guy from that story that other time. Talk about being excited when I remembered little things that I loved about the town or couldn’t stand about Ace…It was like being in on a secret. I had to tell people, “Remember that guy from that place? Well, they’re back. No seriously. You have to read it.”

I blame Stephen King for this thing I have about linking my stories through characters, places, or just little hints. Even if no one else gets it, I know it’s there and am proud.

Lately, though, it feels like nothing is connecting. Not a story, a line, a name, or a title. I have a Tinkerbell journal full of notes for another Rom-Com in NYC I think I want to write for NaNoWriMo.

And if I do start writing on this, I will of course crossover locations or mention a person in passing–The Stephen King Effect. (The New York City thing for RomComs came from movies like The Secret of My Succe$s and What’s Your Number? {okay, so that’s Boston, but big city love story nonetheless} and even Something Borrowed.)

I like the idea of Sean and Gemma almost meeting at the same place that Kurt bought an apology latte…I like that Violet works with Sean while Charlie’s boss is Kurt. I like that this one hotspot is used for breakups and make-ups alike. What I don’t like is fishing through over 1000 pages of combined manuscripts to find that name or that place. That’s where the need for a master list of these tales comes into play.

I could just type a list on the computer. I have a few of those in OneNote and Word docs. But I like a solid journal with pages to flip through. I have images of places in my mind that I drew/draw that I like to reference in addition to photos. I like to keep the descriptions the same from story to story to make it more familiar…a home…like Castle Rock before it met its end.

There are three sections: The Stories which has either a book cover/promotional poster idea with a summary, characters, & locations. (The exact reason label makers were made.)

If Only in Our Dreams

Dreams can hold the best life has to offer. Who says they can’t come true?

Gemma has the worst luck with men. After this last date with the loser of her life, she’s ready to give up men. Her friends beg her for one more weekend–because they can choose a better guy for her–of blind dates. She agrees to one last weekend, though she’s regretting it already. Her friends will never find a guy like the one from her dreams. He’s hot and loving and the sex… Impossible.

Sean has the worst luck with women. After this last date with quite the drama queen, he’s ready to give up women. His friends beg him for one more weekend before doing anything drastic. After all, his friends can pick a woman better than the one from his dreams, right? Maybe not.

Life Imitating Art/Life Imitating Art

Every story has two sides, and Jana’s and Kurt’s are no exception. This duet of novels covers the same events, but are two entirely different tales. What he says is definitely not what she says about their lives from the moment they met.

Life Imitating Art: Jana Hampstead–pen name: JR Toscani–is a best selling romance authors of our time. After meeting her new editor Kurt, she realizes their story mimics the first story she’s ever written–Texas Violets, a fanfiction-turned-bestseller. Much like her characters, there’s ups and downs…and more downs…and he’s her editor, so that’s probably frowned upon around the editing firm. Oh definitely it is. Can Jana and Kurt put aside their differences and finish her new novel before their escapades can become office gossip?

Life Imitating Art: Kurt Werner–aspiring novelist and editor at top firm Eckhart & Bernstien–has been suffering a writer’s block the size of Jupiter. Every word he types ends with a delete. The story isn’t there. Then he meets his new client, JR Toscani–real name, Jana Hampstead. She envokes a rage…a passion within him. Next thing he knows, his job is on the line, but the words are flowing like a river flooding its banks. Can Kurt find a way to balance an editing job, Jana, and a new story that just won’t stop before it all comes crashing to a halt?

Wings

Take my hand. I’ll take yours. Together we’ll do this. Until we find love.

Told through two different points of view.

Charlie Everett plays wingman for his best friend, hoping to pay off an old debt. Violet Granger is trying to show “Daddy” that she can make it on her own. One night of wing services, they meet and their world couldn’t be sweeter. But, like always, real life and exes can break some wings. Can Charlie and Violet spread their wings so love can soar?

There are a few more stories not mentioned here. And I’m trying to decide where to put these stories–here, Wattpad, or e-pub them. Plus, this has been great for my story blocked mind. My hands are busy drawing, coloring, painting. My mind thinks as I do this…to the point of generating a new idea for a story that hasn’t been told in YA or adult books that I’ve been able to find. I’ve got a few opening lines to the story I’ve been wanting to type on. And have expanded my old notes on this NYC Rom-Com series, though I have yet to come up with a title.

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Reading Theme for March 2016.

I know I am tackling this early, but I ran out of short story compilations and Tiny Stories takes only a few moments to read…I need something to keep me occupied while I wait to hear about #PitchMadness…so I’m going into March a few days early…

March. That odd month where it feels like winter is clashing with summer. Plants decide to start coming out of hiding. It gets a touch warmer then freezes you to death. In like a lion and out like a lamb.

Of course when I think about Lion and Lamb…

Yeah. Twilight. Some habits are hard to break. I still sneak peeks at Eclipse often.

But, I’ve already read Twilight more times than I care to share. Not near the triple digits but still… The point of reading themes is to get something new in my hands for my eyes to scan, my brain to decipher, and [hopefully] my heart to melt. Sorry, Divergent, I’ve read you already, too.

Who doesn’t love that moment when Four and Tris meet? *happy sigh*

No romance, though. I’m still on the “I’ve written a romantic comedy so I can’t read anything like it” phase, because I know I’ll start daydreaming about my story, really start nitpicking at it like a chimp trying to rid fleas off its friend…and I don’t want to dislike anything about Wings. (It’s also why I have three stories in first draft only. Got picky about everything.)

But I am going to go with Spring in this month’s theme. Ish. Technically.

SPRING INTO A SERIES.

Not finish a series I’ve started and haven’t finished because it was time to change themes (Legend…not that it was bad, but I desperately wanted a RomCom to read) or maybe I’ve been waiting for the next installment (see Illuminae…dying to know when book two will be out). I have quite a collection of untouched series, including but not limited to: The Siren by Kiera Cass, The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, Red Rising by Pierce Brown, The Wayward Pines series by Blake Crouch, The Magician series by Charlie N. Holmberg, a few more Hugh Howey series…and so many more. I’m not even counting the romance series in this choice…

Needless to say, I have quite the collection of collections.
The rules for this month:

  • I must have all available books in the series.
    • That takes out quite a few sets including The Siren.
  • It has to be entirely new to me.
    • Sorry Hitchhiker’s…I’ve read one of you before.
    • quite a few other’s too.
  • My heart needs to smoke with admiration for the story
    • like so many stories before
    • big shoes to fill

That leaves me with The Uglies and Cinder.

Tough choice as everyone tells me I need to read them both. It seriously came down to a coin toss.

The SPRING INTO A SERIES winner:

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

I have no idea what the story is about. I do admit the cover art grabbed my attention, therefore I do tend to judge a book by its cover…hence the collection began…and I have all of the available books in the series…and I hope I’m not going to suffer cliffhanger-itis at the end of this. Already 20 pages into Cinder and am enjoying it. I’m looking forward finding out how this Cinderella tale will blow me away (according to everyone who suggests I read it).

Out of curiosity, are there any other series I need to keep an eye for? Any I need to read?

I’m always looking to expand my TBR list. As if there aren’t more than enough books there already.

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