Review: The Magpie Lord

The Magpie Lord
The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars rounded up

This is why I love blogs. This book didn’t even make my radar but it got some buzz on blogs and GR and when Jen wrote a rave review of the book, I knew I had to get it. For me, the book absolutely lives up to the hype and it’s engaging, exciting, interesting, and the start of, I hope, a well crafted series. I honestly didn’t even realize the pages were turning until I was almost at the end and had to put the book down for a moment. That almost never happens for me. I can eagerly and easily recommend this and hope other readers enjoy it as much as I did. Continue reading

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Review: The Voice

The Voice
The Voice by Jordan Castillo Price
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Price and when looking at things to re-read, she is at the top of the list. However, there are so many choices! I’m seriously considering doing a re-read of her series, are they available in audiobook?, but I found this little gem tucked away. I had rated it 5 stars without a review so I plucked it out the folder happily to indulge. To be fair, I remembered nothing about the book. I’m kind of bad like that. But if I gave it 5 stars it must be outstanding. Continue reading

Throwback read…Counterpoint: Dylan’s Story by Ruth Sims

8489115Counterpoint: Dylan’s Story by Ruth Sims
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 · rating details · 170 ratings · 58 reviews
Published 2010 by Dreamspinner Press
Blurb:
At eighteen Dylan Rutledge has one obsession: music. He believes his destiny is to be the greatest composer of the rapidly approaching twentieth century. Only Laurence Northcliff, a young history master at The Venerable Bede School for Young Gentlemen, believes in Dylan’s talent and encourages his dream, not realizing Dylan is in love with him. But Dylan’s passion and belief in his future come at a high price. They will alienate him from his family and lead him on a rocky path fraught with disappointment, rejection, and devastating loss that kills his dream. A forbidden love could bring the dream back to life and rescue Dylan from despair and bitterness, but does he have the courage to reach out and take it? Will he deny the music that rules his soul?

I can still remember how much I loved this story. Not so much the details per se but just reading the title made me think “god what a great book.” If you haven’t read this…you must! Sims is a phenomenal author.

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Review: Muscling Through

Muscling ThroughMuscling Through by J.L. Merrow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Let me just say I adore everything about this story. The first person narrator is charming, lovely, heart warming and it would take a real hard hearted person not to appreciate his genuine personality. The story isn’t perfect and the narrator tells you the story as if this had happened a long time ago and he’s telling the reader how things came to be. The tense also changes sometimes from present to past but honestly these are all incredibly minor qualms that don’t stand a chance against such a truly wonderful story. I recommend this easily and think fans and readers will love this story. Continue reading

Review: Bob the Book

Bob the BookBob the Book by David Pratt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bob the Book is simply wonderful. I’m definitely buying a paperback version of this book and cherishing it (whatever it’s name and maybe it’ll find love on my shelves). The book plays on familiar grounds but in inventively new and fresh ways. There are a few moments of overt preaching though. I didn’t mind this too much since the book is simply delightful and entertaining, which makes up for the obvious hammering home of how difficult life can be for those different. While readers may not appreciate the lecturing, the story more than makes up for those few moments with touching lessons, heart felt sentiment, and an adorable love story for books of all kinds and sexualities.

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