For What It's Worth

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday mini’s…


I’ve been reading way more than I’ve been reviewing lately. I’ve been enjoying most of my review books (yay!) but I do like to read just for fun so that I don’t burn out. Yet, I hate overlooking all those books for review. It feels wasted? Like those poor titles are being ignored. I don’t know…#BloggerProblems lol

I saw someone was doing a post with mini reviews on Monday’s. I forget where I saw it and I wish I could remember. If any of you know who it is let me know so I can give credit. Apologies if I’m stepping on anyone’s toes as well and if they would like me to stop using this feature let me know.

Anyway….it seems like a good way to do a quick rundown of books I’ve read and give them a little love without all the effort of a full review. So here we go!


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Paint the Stars (Free Fall #3) by Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn ~ Goodreads

Daevonte and Ezra’s opposing personalities, Dae – the outgoing, chill yoga instructor vs Ezra’s uptight, brooding artist made this a slow burn, sweet and sexy read. The end was a bit sappy but…still a good read.

I’ve always enjoyed Dawn’s writing and the 1st book in this series, Touch the Sky, was great as well.

Check out this series if you’re looking for diverse characters (in this case – interracial couple and an MC that identifies as demisexual – earlier books have touched d on mental illness, bisexuality)

                                       

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Madly (New York #2) by Ruthie Knox ~ Goodreads

I adored the first book in this series, Truly, and I love how Knox writes complex, flawed characters but Madly felt like being forced to spend time with a group of relatives you can’t stand over the holidays.

The romance was actually very good but there’s so much intrusion from outside sources (family, ex’s) that I couldn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked.





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At Attention (Out of Uniform #2) by Annabeth Albert ~ Goodreads

I love me some Annabeth Albert and the Out of Uniform series is quickly surpassing my love of her Portland Heat series. Albert's books are always gripping and emotional and oh so sexy.

The quick of it: Lieutenant, widower and single dad, Apollo Flores falls for his new live in helper, Dylan, who is also the younger brother of his BFF.

I wasn't sure about the single dad aspect but it really works here, especially with Dylan as the children's caregiver. He’s a childcare professional, so it’s not just some young stud muffin moving in, and the kids are, obviously, an integral part of their lives but aren't so precocious as to overwhelm the story.

It covers a few tropes (single, widowed dad, best friends brother) in a way that's shows and respects Apollo's struggles to move on.

Dylan could be a little pushy at times but in the end I loved how he realized that both he and Apollo needed to find their own ways before becoming something new - together.

Another stand out book from Albert. I can't recommend her books enough.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

review: sad perfect by stephanie elliot


29102869The story of a teen girl's struggle with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder and how love helps her on the road to recovery.

Sixteen-year-old Pea looks normal, but she has a secret: she has Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). It is like having a monster inside of her, one that not only dictates what she can eat, but also causes anxiety, depression, and thoughts that she doesn’t want to have. When she falls crazy-mad in love with Ben, she hides her disorder from him, pretending that she’s fine. At first, everything really does feel like it’s getting better with him around, so she stops taking her anxiety and depression medication. And that's when the monster really takes over her life. Just as everything seems lost and hopeless, Pea finds in her family, and in Ben, the support and strength she needs to learn that her eating disorder doesn’t have to control her. ~
Goodreads

Source: ARC received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Review:

Right from the start I couldn't get into the 2nd person narrative. Sometimes it works for me and I believe it was done to give the intense, claustrophobic feeling of being in Pea’s head with her “monster” but I found it completely disconcerting but that's more about what you enjoy as a reader I guess.

I hadn't heard of ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Disorder), and I don't want to take away from anyone who may see themselves and be helped from this portrayal, but I had a few issues with this book. The first was the focus on the romance. While I know from my own experience, finding love can help you overcome things, this one felt unbalanced and that Ben was more of her cure than the therapy was. Not to mention that running full speed ahead with sex and romance while you have so much to deal to deal with emotionally is probably not the best idea - but probably realistic in the way that teens fall so fast and hard.

The big problem with Sad Perfect though is how insulting it is to anyone who has an eating disorder other than ARFID. Pea constantly demeans anyone who has bulimia, anorexia...anything other than her specific eating disorder. When she lashes out in therapy at the other patients, instead of being reprimanded or educated, she is treated like she’s the first person to have the balls to call out the patients with the *lesser* disorders while she’s the one with a *real* eating disorder. People are flawed, healing is a process - if you learn from therapy and to think outside yourself and empathize with others - fine. But she doesn't and I imagine this would be a difficult book for readers dealing with these particular disorders themselves to see their pain referred to in such a callus manor without push back.

Monday, March 20, 2017

review: queen of geeks by jen wilde



20170311_170942When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.


While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.


Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe. ~
Goodreads

Source: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Review:

Queens of Geek is fun, geeky goodness.

The story follows best friends Charlie - a Chinese-Australian, bi-sexual vlogger, Taylor – a girl on the autism spectrum who suffers from panic attacks in new, overwhelming situations, and Jamie – an American boy who moved to Australia 4 years prior.

Charlie is invited to SupaCon, in San Diego, to promote her latest movie and brings her BFF’s along for one last epic adventure before they move on to college.

Charlie has to navigate SupaCon appearances with her douche bag ex, Reese, the studio and fans that want them back together and meeting her long time crush, fellow vlogger, Alyssa Huntington.

Meanwhile, Taylor is overwhelmed when things keep going off plan at the con while trying to push herself out of her comfort zone and dealing with her confusing feelings towards Jamie.

Queens of Geek takes place over one weekend at SupaCon while the friends deal with romance, sex/sexuality, anxiety, body shaming and adulthood. At times the messages get a little, not heavy handed at all – but plentiful?? like the author was trying to fit every positive message into one book. It slowed the flow of the story at a times but Queen of Geeks manages to stay light, positive, and filled with fun nerd/geek references.

One thing I’ve noticed about myself reading these YA geek/con type books – I just don’t understand YouTube culture and that relationship between the vloggers and viewers. Or I should say I get it but it seems scary to me.

They way viewers feel like they *know* you and that they have a say in your happiness and the way the vloggers have to stage their life to keep up viewership. I think that’s my old age talking though. But it does take some of the enjoyment out of it for me. I end up worried about everyone instead of the fun vibe I’m sure someone younger, who relates to this, feels. lol

Most of all though, I think Queens of Geek will feel empowering to a lot of readers who don’t get to see themselves on page very often.

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Queens of Geek’s dedication page