Review: Tell Me It’s Real

Review: Tell Me It’s Real

Tell Me It’s Real by TJ Klune
Series: At First Sight #1
Release Date: February 15, 2013
Genres: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Paul Auster doesn’t. Paul doesn’t believe in much at all. He’s thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother’s homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck.

Enter Vince Taylor.

Vince is everything Paul isn’t: sexy, confident, and dumber than the proverbial box of rocks. And for some reason, Vince pursues Paul relentlessly. Vince must be messing with him, because there is no way Vince could want someone like Paul.

But when Paul hits Vince with his car—in a completely unintentional if-he-died-it’d-only-be-manslaughter kind of way—he’s forced to see Vince in a whole new light. The only thing stopping Paul from believing in Vince is himself—and that is one obstacle Paul can’t quite seem to overcome. But when tragedy strikes Vince’s family, Paul must put aside any notions he has about himself and stand next to the man who thinks he’s perfect the way he is.

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Review: How to Be a Movie Star

Review: How to Be a Movie Star

How to Be a Movie Star by TJ Klune
Series: How to Be #2
Release Date: February 12, 2019
Genres: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Josiah Erickson wants to be a movie star. The problem with that is so does half of Los Angeles. But he’s on his way, what with memorable roles as a TV show background cadaver and a guy in a commercial for herpes medication. All he needs is his big break. And that break may come in the form of a novelist who goes by the enigmatic name of Q-Bert. 

Q-Bert, who is ready to make his directorial debut in a film Josy would be perfect for. Q-Bert, who Josy may or may not have a friend-crush on, and potentially something more. Being demisexual can be confusing.

From the City of Angels to the small mountain town of Abby, Oregon, Josy will give his all to make sure his dreams come true—even the ones he never thought possible.

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ARC Review: The Bones Beneath My Skin

ARC Review: The Bones Beneath My Skin

The Bones Beneath My Skin by TJ Klune
Release Date: October 26, 2018
Genres: Sci-fi, Romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

In the spring of 1995, Nate Cartwright has lost everything: his parents are dead, his older brother wants nothing to do with him, and he’s been fired from his job as a journalist in Washington DC. With nothing left to lose, he returns to his family’s summer cabin outside the small mountain town of Roseland, Oregon to try and find some sense of direction.

The cabin should be empty.

It’s not.

Inside is a man named Alex. And with him is an extraordinary little girl who calls herself Artemis Darth Vader.

Artemis, who isn’t exactly as she appears.

Soon it becomes clear that Nate must make a choice: let himself drown in the memories of his past, or fight for a future he never thought possible.

Because the girl is special. And forces are descending upon them who want nothing more than to control her.

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Review: Ravensong

Review: Ravensong

Ravensong by TJ Klune
Series: Green Creek #2
Release Date: July 31, 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Gordo Livingstone never forgot the lessons carved into his skin. Hardened by the betrayal of a pack who left him behind, he sought solace in the garage in his tiny mountain town, vowing never again to involve himself in the affairs of wolves.

It should have been enough.

And it was, until the wolves came back, and with them, Mark Bennett. In the end, they faced the beast together as a pack… and won.

Now, a year later, Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them.

But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it’s crawling from within.

Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.

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Mini-Reviews: The Consumption of Magic, A Wish Upon the Stars

Mini-Reviews: The Consumption of Magic, A Wish Upon the Stars

Sometimes I read too fast and can’t keep up with the reviews. Here are a few of the books. 

The Consumption of Magic by TJ Klune
Series: Tales From Verania #3
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This was so entertaining ahhhh. The Consumption of Magic picks up right where book 2 ended and I was so excited to see how Sam’s destiny continued.

There’s a lot that happens in this book (but I’ll keep that a secret shhh). Some of it was good, some was heartbreaking and I definitely enjoyed this more than book 2 (though I still think book 1 is the best in the series).

We get to see the whole gang again. Gary and Kevin are still really inappropriate, Sam and Ryan are still adorable together. And Tiggy and Justin continue to be the best characters in the series. I will say that there a was a part in the middle where Sam was separated from all his friends, which is probably my least favorite part of the story. I understood why it had to happen, but I’m also glad it didn’t go on for too long.

I’ll say it again: this series is not for everyone. The characters and humor are ridiculous. This series is considered a comedy first, and fantasy second. The humor is super juvenile and the characters have kind of a ridiculous dialogue going on. Like you all know yourselves, if juvenile humor isn’t for you, skip this series.

Also the ending of the book was the best part, 10/10.

4 stars

A Wish Upon the Stars by TJ Klune
Series: Tales From Verania #4
Release Date: March 27, 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

I don’t really know what to say about this book. It’s the last in the series so I can’t say anything about the plot because of spoilers. I guess I’ll say that the reason this didn’t get a fourth star was because there’s not that much actual plot going on here. Of course, there’s the big final battle, also a few action scenes throughout the book. But for me the entire middle of this book just dragged a bit. The beginning and ending were amazing, but I would have been okay with this book being a bit shorter.

Of course, I will always love these characters. Klune has created an amazing cast in this series. And I think Justin is getting his own book eventually? (My broody little prince, I stan.) If true, I am down for that. 

While this wasn’t my favorite of the series, I am glad to see how exactly Sam’s story ended, and I’m looking forward to any future books set in this universe!

3 stars

Mini – Reviews: A Destiny of Dragons, Rule Breaker

Mini – Reviews: A Destiny of Dragons, Rule Breaker

Sometimes I read too fast and can’t keep up with the reviews. Here are a few of the books. 

A Destiny of Dragons (Tales From Verania #2) by TJ Klune
Release Date: June 30, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, m/m romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This book was ridiculous. Though to be fair, the entire series is a bit ridiculous. But it’s also wonderful and the silliness doesn’t stop me from loving this story and these characters as much as I do.

This is a continuation of the first book, so I won’t say anything about the plot. But these characters, man. Everyone in this book is super gay, which is pretty fantastic. They’re hilarious. And they’re lovable. What more could you want in characters?? Also this series has dragons, so…

mini-reviews

I’d only recommend this series to people who like more silly humor. If that’s not something you’d enjoy I’d still recommend checking this author out, specifically How to Be a Normal Person (my fave book of his).

4 stars

Rule Breaker by Lily Morton
Release Date: August 17, 2017
Genre: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This was a lighthearted and entertaining enemies-to-lovers story. It’s pretty tropey but I was never bored.

This book was a huge surprise for me! I did not expect to love it as much as I did. I absolutely adored the main characters, Dylan and Gabe. Their banter was so on point, I actually laughed out loud. Reading Dylan’s POV was perfect.

All of the characters were great. Dylan was all around a great guy. Gabe had the cliche mystery man thing going for him, but it worked on him. And Dylan’s family was amaaaazing. I’m trash for functional, loving, and supportive families.

I’m sad that this book hasn’t gotten more attention. Please check it out to see if it’s something you’d like!!

5 stars