Review of Take Your Medicine by Hannah Carmack

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When I saw the novella Take Your Medicine by Hannah Carmack on NetGalley I was drawn to it because it was about a girl that has vasovagal syncope. This is something that hits close to home for me because my younger sister suffered from vasovagal syncope. I am also a huge fan of gothic literature and Alice in Wonderland so what is there not to like.

Here is a short blurb about the book:

Alice “Al” Liddell is from Echola, Alabama. She leads the life of a normal teen until the day she’s diagnosed with vasovagal syncope – a fainting disorder which causes her to lose consciousness whenever she feels emotions too strongly.

Her mother, the “Queen of Hearts,” is the best cardiothoracic surgeon this side of the Mason-Dixon Line and a bit of a local hero. Yet, even with all her skill she is unable to cure her daughter of her ailment, leading Al into the world of backwater witchcraft.

Along the way she meets a wacky cast of characters and learns to accept her new normal.

Take Your Medicine is a southern gothic retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

This book took me a little while to get into but once I got into it I was hooked. I really liked the relationship between the names of the characters and Alice in Wonderland characters. One of my favorite characters was Rabbit. I could really relate to her. Her being anxious about dancing and socializing was very relatable.

I also like the relationship between Al and Rabbit. It felt really natural. That first love type of relationship. I thought that it was very authentic that Al didn’t know how to react to their first kiss. She was just discovering her attraction. I wish there was more to this book.

 

The only problem that I had with the book was Al and her mother’s relationship. It seemed really smothering. Like Al was not allowed to have a life of her own outside of her life with her mother. It seemed that because Al was sick her mother didn’t want her to do anything other than staying home, study, and mind the garden.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Alice in Wonderland. As well as anyone who likes YA novels.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

You can purchase a copy of Take Your Medicine by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

Review of Hearts Like Hers By Melissa Brayden

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Lately, I have been hooked on romance novels. When I saw Hearts Like Hers by Melissa Brayden listed on NetGalley I couldn’t pass it by.

 

Here is a short blurb about the book:

No one pencils in falling in love.

 

All work and no play has Autumn Primm in the market for a little excitement. Her Venice Beach coffee shop, The Cat’s Pajamas, is her pride and joy. While she doesn’t mind the long hours, she finds herself staring dreamily out the window, imagining the life she’s yet to lead. The time has come to take off the apron and see what the world has in store.

 

Kate Carpenter needs to get away. And quick. A small-town firefighter, Kate’s been crowned a local hero for reasons she can’t quite get behind. An open highway and some time off have her fleeing the scene to sunny California to catch her breath and put some distance between herself and the unwanted acclaim. Dreamy Autumn Primm was never supposed to be part of that bargain. What Kate needs is a temporary escape, emphasis on temporary.

 

I wanted to like the book more than I did. I just couldn’t get into the relationship between Autumn and Kate. I felt like everything in their relationship moved too quickly. The women seemed to fall in love almost instantly.

 

I also had a problem with Autumn’s fertility journey. I was really excited to see someone going to a fertility clinic for insemination. I have been looking for a book that would accurately portray the process that many lesbians go through. While this book tried it did not accurately portray what happens. Everything moved much too quickly.

 

While I did have problems with the relationship and the insemination there were good aspects of the book. I really liked Kates backstory about why she came to Venice Beach. She was my favorite character in the story. I also liked the details about Autumn and her friends. Their backstories made the story stand out.

 

While I wasn’t wowed by the relationship aspect of the book. I would still recommend it to anyone who is interested looking for a lighthearted read.

 

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

You can purchase a copy of  Hearts Like Hers by clicking here.

 

 

Review of Off Pitch by Brianna Kienitz

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After the craziness that was my fall semester I needed a light-hearted read. Lucky for me Off Pitch by Brianna Kienitz was exactly what I needed. It has been on my to-read list since the bringing of the fall semester and I have finally got back into reading and writing for my blog.

 

Here is a short blurb about the book:

Soccer star Adeline Fahey has never taken an interest in the world outside of the pitch. The daughter of wealthy Irish immigrants, and a straight-A student, she sees nothing but the goal—finish her last two years of school and join a professional soccer team—no ifs, ands, or buts.

 

Then Gabriella Soto, a cello prodigy in her own right and the teaching assistant in Adeline’s dreaded Beginning Spanish class, walks onto her playing field.

 

After a drunken night in a T-rex costume boots their hearts onto a collision course, Adeline and Gabriella must tackle a field of school scandal, homophobic parents, and their own passionate career goals to have a shot at something more. In the face of so many obstacles, Adeline and Gabriella fear that their love may not be strong enough to score them the championship relationship they never knew they wanted.

 

I really enjoyed reading this book. I really liked that the characters had a sense of humor. There were times when I couldn’t help laughing out loud. I thought that the relationship between Adeline and Gabriella was very cute. They really loved and cared about each other. They handled their relationship problems well. The problems that they had were very relatable. They were growing up and finding out were their relationship fit into their goals and dreams.

 

The only problem I had with the story was the main character. Her personality was great and I thought she was hilarious but the way that she threw her money around was ridiculous. Even after her parents disowned her she still used their money. It was like she took no credit for herself.

 

If you are looking for a lighthearted romance novel this I would recommend this book.

 

You can purchase a copy of Off Pitch by clicking here.

Review of Crossing the Wide Forever By Missouri Vaun

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Most people know I love a good historical fiction novel especially set in the developing American frontier. So, when I saw that Crossing the Wide Forever by Missouri Vaun on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to read it. I was not disappointed.

 

Here is a short blurb about the book:

Cody Walsh leaves Arkansas for California. Lured by stories of opportunity, even for women, Cody disguises herself as a man and prepares for the arduous journey west. 

Lillie Ellis leaves New York to accept a post as a schoolteacher on the frontier near a small homestead she just inherited from her uncle. Lillie’s ultimate desire is to become a painter, and she hopes the Kansas frontier will offer her the freedom to follow that dream. In the nineteenth-century, a young woman has few options in the East that don’t revolve around marriage and motherhood. Lillie is interested in neither.

Cody rescues Lillie after a chance encounter in Independence, Missouri. Their destinies and desires become entwined as they face the perils of the untamed West. Despite their differences, they discover that love’s uncharted frontier is not for the weak in spirit or the faint of heart.

 

I really enjoyed this book. I liked how it was from the point of view of both Cody and Lillie. When they had conflicts, you could understand them from both of their points of view which made the characters very relatable. I also thought their romance was sweet. It seemed to develop naturally and not be forced like in a lot of lesbian fiction. The story also kept me on the edge of my seat. The ending was amazing one of the best ending I have ever read. I also appreciated that Cody was portrayed as butch. The only problem I had with the story was sometimes phrases were used that took me out of the period setting. But that was only in the first portion of the book.

 

If you like historical romance novels I would highly recommend this book. Also, if you like strong butch women this is a great book for you.

You can purchase a copy of Crossing The Wide Forever by clicking here.

 

 

A big thanks to Bold Strokes Books and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review Crossing the Wide Forever.

 

 

 

Review of A Girl Called London by Clare Lydon

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Romance novels have always been a guilty pleasure for me so when I was contacted to review A Girl Called London by Clare Lydon I couldn’t wait to get started.

Here is a short blurb about the book:
Tanya Grant is a high-flyer who’s ready for a fresh start. That is, until her gran dies, leaving behind her dog, Delilah, and a hot mess of family pain.

Enter Sophie London, dog walker and girl about town. She’s on a romance sabbatical after getting burnt, and nothing changes when she meets Tanya.

However, when their paths keep crossing, the pair are thrown together on a roadtrip to Tanya’s home town. What happens next changes both their lives forever.

If you love romance with humour and heart — along with a cast of pooches — you’ll love the latest London Romance from the best-selling author of London Calling and This London Love.

This book really struck home for me because my grandmother passed away earlier this year. I could truly feel Tanya’s pain having lost someone who meant so much in her life. It was also very sweet that she took in her grandmothers dog when her mother threatens to give her away. Anyone who knows me knows I have a soft spot when it comes to animals.

I think the book did a great job explaining why Tanya and Sophie acted the way they did in their relationships. Past experience really does taint how people regard future relationships. Both women had been hurt in the past and needed to work out their issues before they were able to love each other. I’m excited to read the next installment in the London series.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance novels. The relationship is very believable and the smexy scenes are extra smexy. Plus, who could say no to a cute puppy?

Thanks to the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

If you would like to read this book it can be found at Amazon.

Review of Wish on the Water by Eve Francis

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When I first saw Wish on the Water by Eve Francis I thought it sounded interesting. There are not many books that focus on genderqueer relationships and it was nice to see this type of diversity in a romance novel.

Here is a short blurb about the book:

When Whitney finds a pair of bright pink rain boots for her daughter Cayleigh, she thinks nothing of it–until the rain boots turn Cayleigh into a greedy monster who wants everything at once. Tired and frustrated one morning, Whitney runs into Chantal at a nail salon. When Chantal magically calms down Cayleigh, Whitney starts to crush hard in spite of her busy schedule and Chantal’s eight month pregnancy.

 Chantal Mackenzie considers her pregnancy to be the stuff of legends. Not only does the baby not have a father, but Chantal doesn’t consider herself a mother. After years of gender confusion, Chantal finally believes she’s found the right label of genderqueer for her body and her feelings about it. Upcoming parenthood and her growing attraction to Whitney are both exciting–but also complicating as Chantal struggles to find the perfect term for her as a parent and ways of living in an aggressively gendered world.

 A pair of neon flip-flops that seem to make Chantal ravenous, along with her increasingly vivid dreams about being a sorcerer, also make the last few weeks of her pregnancy memorable. As the due date draws closer, Chantal and Whitney’s relationship heats up, and the two start to feel as cursed as they do cosmic.

 I wanted to like this book more than I did. I just couldn’t get into the relationship between Whitney and Chantel. They had no depth to their relationship. Everything went perfectly for them and moved so quickly. While I am not a huge fan of angst in romance novels there does need to be some turmoil which brings the couple closer together, which I feel this book was lacking.

Even though I didn’t like the relationship aspect of the novel I did enjoy Chantel’s pregnancy. I thought it was interesting to see their view of pregnancy. I like how Chantel experienced pregnancy on their own terms and stood up for what they wanted. I have never seen this type of take on pregnancy before and it drew me into the novel.

While I wasn’t wooed by the relationship aspect of the book. I would still recommend it to anyone who is interested looking for a lighthearted read.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

If you would like to read this book if can be found at Amazon.

Review of In Ageless Sleep by Arden Ellis

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Normally I am not a huge fan of sci-fi type books. But I was presently shocked by In Ageless Sleep by Arden Ellis.

 

Here is a little blurb if you are interested:

Mal is a spy, a misanthrope, and a coward; growing up in the brutal Reaches has taught her that honor is a quality best left to the dead. Her latest mission: to hijack a cryo-ship carrying the brilliant daughter of the Sovereign King, and deliver her straight into enemy hands.

 

But when a vital component of the ship’s cryostasis system malfunctions, the only person who can keep the unconscious passengers alive is the woman Mal was sent to kidnap. Alone together on a ship of silent sleepers, Mal must remember that she and Aurora are enemies—or risk them becoming something much more dangerous.

 

I went into this book think that it wasn’t really for me but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I like how it blended traditional fairy tale with modern sci-fi. It was a quick read of about 52 pages. But the author was able to make the characters come to life for me. I particularly liked the character Mal. She was just the right amount of snarky and flawed for my tastes.

 

My only problem with the book is a wish it was longer. I picked it up thinking it was a full-length novel. I feel like more could have been added to develop the characters and their relationship. But the ending leaves it open to a possible sequel. Fingers crossed.

 

I would recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for a short light-hearted jaunt through space.

 

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

If you would like to read this book if can be found at Amazon.