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Review: Meet Cute.

Meet CuteMeet Cute by Sydney Logan

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

So why two stars for a story that was a definite meet cute? Well…

First and foremost, I thought this story was going to be a story. Not a short snippet or two. It felt like there was nothing to the story, to me. I sort of like the angst that goes after the meet cute part of a tale. I just didn’t realize it was a VERY SHORT story, so I went into this expecting more than the initial meeting.

Second, it felt like the part that was there was VERY glossed over. Like a basic summary rather than the piece of story itself. I felt like I wanted more. It’s a me thing, for sure.

I did like the “meet cute” moment. It really was cute. I would have loved the whole story rather than a moment or two. But then, I’m greedy like that, especially after the two main characters meet in such a ….lets go with…unique way.

Would I recommend this book? If someone is looking for something very short and cute to read…sure? I mean there really isn’t much to recommend as far as story goes. I’d probably wind up telling the person the whole story while in the process of trying to explain it.

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Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel UniverseThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe by Ryan North
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Oh, Squirrel Girl…

This was a fun jaunt into the world of the squirrel and how a superhero can beat up the Marvel Universe without too much violence. (Violence doesn’t bother me, but for the sake of the review, I thought I should mention it.)

I love that Squirrel Girl is an outside of the box superhero. Her, Peggy Carter, Ms. Marvel, Deadpool…I’d say they have their own thing without being a typical comic type story. These are the comics I like to read more than Captain America, or Iron Man with the typical comic fare. Squirrel Girl didn’t disappoint.

So then why the three stars?

I thought there would be more humor. There were a few moments of needing to laugh out loud, but I went into the story with the idea in my head that I’d be laughing more than not. (Again, Deadpool was ringing in the background on that idea. That’s a self-imposed idea I went into the story with.) I think I just wanted to laugh…because Squirrel Girl feels like she’d be snarky and funny. I didn’t think that she may be more serious like Ms. Marvel.

Also, the story felt squished in parts. I mean, I understand that comics are limited by numbers of panels and pages. (page limits are the worst, honestly.) But as Squirrel Girl went through her beating up of the Marvel ‘Verse, it was panel after panel of having a number and the superhero with the image of Squirrel Girl the victor. I’d like to know how it went down.

The art was fun and colorful. A lot of pinks and cuteness with all the squirrels. It was something different than say Spider-man and I enjoyed the balance of comic book and cuteness. I liked the diverse cast of crazies…I mean…characters. I liked the start, liked the end. The middle is where it muddled for me.

Still, though, I’d recommend this. For a unique girl hero, also because it was enjoyable–art and story. There are definitely mentionable parts that stick in my mind, but I do try my dernedest to do these spoiler free…so I’m zippering my mouth here.

THREE SOLID STARS!

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Review: Lost & Found

Lost and Found (Lost and Found, #1)Lost and Found by Nicole Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a great THREE AND A HALF STARS for me.

Ahh…the story of Rowen and Jesse…and a location I didn’t like when I lived there, though now I miss so much about it (seasons, mountains, etc.), Montana.

A troubled girl is shipped off to a Montana ranch to learn about responsibility and how to not sleep around. It sounds very typical for an angsty new adult sort of tale. And maybe it is, but you know what? I love that sort of stuff. The characters are what hooked you into the story right from the moment a goth girl boot hit Montana soil from the step of a bus.

So Rowen was sent off by her mother to this ranch. Where in which she encounters Jesse Walker. And so begins a tale of romance and cheating and so many twists… Things that made my stomach drop. Things that…hit too close to home, so to speak. I kind of want to spill all this tea, but for some reason, I’m adamant about keeping the spoilers away.

So what can I say?

Rowen meets Jesse and his family. She meets a bad-boy-cowboy… Lots of drama. Angst for sure, and not the typical teen kind. And a yearning to read the other books in this series. (Yes, I know these stories are older by now, but that’s how I tend to read a tale–way later than everyone else.)

The only thing I didn’t like was what I call the “repetitive idea” of how the character thinks. But then, I’m just stupid picky like that. And don’t let that keep you from reading this tale. Especially if you’re looking for a great dramatic romance with the perfect-ish ending…Ish because it had to end…which NO!!!!! DON’T END!!!!

Yes, Read this one! Just do it and thank me later. If you like romance, that is.

FOUR STARS EARNED!!!

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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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Review: Sweet Rome

Sweet Rome
Sweet Rome by Tillie Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was more a three and a half stars for me…

Let me explain. I liked the original story a lot. I did. And this story mirrors that original in events, things said, but all from Rome’s POV. Which is why three and a half instead of four. It felt like rerun season. Though a few things were covered like his perspective from a few of the MAJOR events that I was desperate to know, it wasn’t enough new for me.

Granted, Rome still falls for Molly. Molly still loves Rome. And that’s what I liked about the original story. And I enjoyed certain events from Rome’s POV, but…IDK…it felt like it had been covered before. Maybe if it was further timeline…sat from before Molly’s arrival to well after… Or maybe his side of the events was different…I could have given it a solid four.

I will say that had I read this one first, it would be a solid four…but then Sweet Home would have been a three and a half. Really, the two stories are interchangeable. You could pick one and read and you’d get the whole story without losing a thing.

Would I recommend it? Yes, but I say pick one or the other unless you are dying to know what happened that time she/he did… Fill in the blanks. Because I am not going to spoil a thing. (Although it came close. I did have to delete a sentence or two.)

*A SPRING TRAINING READ* ~ MARCH 2017

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