Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

I read a bit of everything.

Lilac Girls

Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly This is a heartbreaking, disturbing, inspirational story. Some parts in the camp are almost too much to bare reading, especially since they're true. The parts with Caroline helped to balance some of that out. I was very emotional for the entire read for sure. The way the author tells from each of the three leads POV is great.

Mrs. Fletcher

Mrs. Fletcher - Tom Perrotta This book deals with a lot of feelings about sexuality and age. It shows how anyone at different points in their lives can be trying to find themselves. Life changes. People change.

Shadows on the Moon

Shadows on the Moon - Zoë Marriott The lead is continuously learning about life and herself. She's been wronged by people close to her and lost people she loved in unnatural ways. She has to cope with her feelings of anger at herself and others throughout. She also has to learn to control newfound powers. I wasn't crazy about the story right from the start, but I continued to get more into it as it went along.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel - Fredrik Backman I don't know what to say about this book really. It's the kind of story that makes you feel like a kid again. It filled up my heart.

Skin After Skin

Skin After Skin - Jordan Castillo Price I love the PsyCop universe. It's one of my favorite series. This one does have a different feel from the others because it has a different main character. I do prefer Victor as a lead, but I really enjoyed filling in many of the unknowns with Crash's story.

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > The Butterfly Project

The Butterfly Project - Emma Look Scott
The Butterfly ProjectThe Butterfly Project by Emma Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Zelda and Beckett have painful pasts. Both are struggling every moment with the emotional baggage. The author does an excellent job of putting the reader in their shoes. I easily understood their actions and feelings. I love these characters and how they don't play romance games. I suppose because they have seen firsthand how real consequences can be, they take life seriously. Both characters are sort of stuck and having trouble moving forward. They help to bring each other around to a better place. I definitely recommend The Butterfly Project. It's entertaining, but it also leaves you thinking. It's not a book that you can just finish and forget. The occasional drawings are a bonus that really adds to the storyline.

***Copy given in exchange for an honest review***

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Ask Him Why

Ask Him Why - Catherine Ryan Hyde This is a think piece. The oldest son was a soldier before being sent home. He wouldn't go out on a mission. That is breaking the law so it turns into a big deal that makes the entire family suffer and never be the same. It changes everything. They have to finally get past the fallout years later. It's touching.


Antisocial - Heidi Cullinan
This is a romance between two guys in college trying to figure out who they are and what their future will be. Both have issues with their parents and struggle with career choices. Both guys are virgins. One isn't sure what his sexuality is and doesn't quite want to label it for certain. It doesn't contain actual sex, but there are some really erotic moments. One is an artist so some fun with art comes into play. Mostly this is about a diverse group of friends supporting each other and enjoying mutual loves like manga and anything Japanese. Antisocial is a sweet romance with lots of openness and diversity. I'd like to see it turned into an anime.

***copy given in exchange for an honest review***

Practical Magic

Practical Magic - Alice Hoffman Even though this is a tale about witches, to me it seems more a story about family, specifically sisters but family in general also. And it does have romance too. I enjoyed it.

Riding the Bullet

Riding the Bullet - Stephen King, Josh Hamilton This is the perfect spooky story or campfire ghost story type read. It's good for teens and adults to get into the Halloween mood.

The Ice Dragon

The Ice Dragon - Yvonne Gilbert, George R.R. Martin 3.5 stars

I enjoyed this short story. It's bittersweet, but I wouldn't expect anything less from the author.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz I loved this book. I think it's a story that either really connects for you or doesn't at all. I wasn't so sure about it for some, in the beginning, but not too far in I really loved the characters. They're such individuals. They don't really fit into any stereotypes for teens. It made them feel more realistic. I really liked being inside their heads and witnessing them growing up as issues happened. ♥︎

Storm Front

Storm Front - Jim Butcher I really enjoyed this book. The lead is really likable. He has cool powers, but he isn't all full of himself because of it. He knows he isn't the toughest thing around. I understood the world easily. The details were woven into the storyline well. I didn't feel lost or bored by too much background info. I was interested in the mystery. It wasn't too easy to solve, and the plot made sense. I'll definitely be continuing this series.


Airborn - Kenneth Oppel 3.75 stars

This book didn't catch my attention for awhile. Near the end, I really enjoyed it. I think a younger reader will love it throughout. It has an airship that's more like our cruise ships. There are pirates and flying creatures. The leads are a boy and girl trying to find an unknown animal and save the day. It has lots of adventure.

The Witches: Salem, 1692

The Witches: Salem, 1692 - Stacy Schiff This is all about the trials. It tells how they started, details about the different people and trials and what came after. Some parts were interesting to me, but sometimes it was just more of the same facts with another trial so similar to the one before. It's crazy and scary that something like this happened.
Cross My Heart - L.H. Cosway

The female lead is homeless and working at a restaurant that belongs to the male lead's brother. Everyone can tell she is a good person who's possibly in some tough circumstances. They kind of invite her into the family a bit. It's really sweet, and I liked both characters.

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