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I'm Cat, 23 years old, author, mother, and I love all books. I'm a total bibliophile. When I'm not reading I'm most likely writing.

Cut Both Ways - Carrie Mesrobian

This book is about a teenage boy who hooks up sexually with his best male friend and also a girl. He constantly bounces back and forth between the two of them, hooking up with one and the next night hooking up with the other. He never does figure out if he is bisexual or what this all means for his sexual orientation though he isn't super concerned about it. He comes from a very strange family dynamic. He has sisters who seem more like a plot device. One 'relationship' seems to make him happier than the other but doesn't make any move to end either one of them. I'm not sure what the point of all of this was. I don't understand the point of this story. And I think it plays on some negative bisexual stereotypes which is unfortunate. This whole story was very graphic sexually and mostly about sex, there was a lot of sex in it and I almost felt like I picked up erotica by accident. I wasn't expecting it. Also some of the sex scenes have blurred consent lines in them which is something I felt uncomfortable about. I do not recommend this book at all and am sorry I ever picked it up. It's horrible.

Draw the Line - Laurent Linn, Laurent Linn

This book is about a gay teenage boy who loves superheroes and draws them online. He later decides to take heroic actions against some school bullies. There are actual drawings of these superheroes in the book which was really fun. The characters were all pretty interesting and I like the way the bullies were handled in the book.

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History Is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera

This story is about a boy grieving the loss of his ex-boyfriend. I liked the beginning of the book. I thought the OCD element was interesting as well. As the book progressed, I really struggled to get through it. I lost interest in the book but forced myself to finish this. I love almost everything I read and it is very rare for me to dislike a book so much that I can barely finish it. That unfortunately happened here. Part of it was more of a personal element for myself and not the book's fault really, as the book was all about grieving a loved one and for me that brought up a lot of painful memories of losing someone close to me in an accident a few years ago. I wouldn't really blame the book for that. The thing that I do blame the book for and the reason I don't consider this to be a great book is because of the main character really. He is so deeply upset and lost about the death of his ex-boyfriend yet I don't understand it because he got into a relationship with his ex-boyfriend's best friend while his ex-boyfriend also moved on to date someone new. I get that the main character and his ex were friends before dating and first loves but it just seemed like he kept trying to make it seem like they were soul mates and true loves when they clearly weren't. They had both moved on with other people. And also, the main character at one point proceeded to have sex with his ex-boyfriend's boyfriend. It seemed to me like he was a hypocrite and overly dramatic and selfish and someone who clearly sleeps around a lot which made me uncomfortable because of the circumstances surrounding his hook ups.

More Happy Than Not - Adam Silvera

I loved the diversity in this book. The science-fictiony element of the institute offering a treatment that could make you forget things was interesting but not for me. I think the story was relatable in some ways but unrealistic in others. I think some people would love the storyline and main character, but they mostly just annoyed me. I guess it's a matter of what you're into really. I personally found the main character whiny and annoying.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz

This was a good book but the ending could have been better. I loved the two main characters. I liked the writing and story line.  loved the diversity in this book. I didn't like the ending and here might be a few spoilers. I thought the main character realizing he was gay was very rushed. I thought that there should have been indications somewhere else in the book instead of him just suddenly realizing he was gay. I didn't like the way his parents told him he was gay. It didn't make enough sense to me as far as some of their reasoning. I also thought it should have been a bigger deal with them being very Catholic.

Book Haul 2017

City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare

This is the second book in the Mortal Instruments series. I found the first book to be not so great, but not the worst. This book I really hated much more. I despised the romantic relationships/interests of the main characters Clary and Jace. I didn't really like the way one character becoming a vampire was handled. I love Alec in the television show but dislike him here. I still don't find Jace to be a likable character in either the first or second book. The biggest reason I didn't like this book was that the author dragged everything out so slowly and unnecessarily that I was bored much of the time. The only things I still liked were the characters of Raphael and Magnus and the supernatural world created in the books.

City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

I debated reading this book for years. That sounds really dramatic when I say 'years' but literally it's true. I would periodically come across news about this book series, see it in the library or bookstores, hear the series recommended in book haul videos on youtube. I would always find myself slightly interested but not enough to actually read it. What changed my mind, you ask? Well, the television show the Shadowhunters did. I fell in love with one character Alec and also his relationship with Magnus. I found myself falling more and more in love with this show as I binge watched all the episodes on Hulu in about three days. So, I decided that it was finally time to pick up the books and begin reading. Now, the author herself seems to be shrouded in controversy as a fanfiction author and someone who has been sued for plagiarism. I saw so many mixed reviews on this book series that I doubted it and did not go into it with high expectations.

 

This is the first book in the mortal instruments series. I picked up the first four books from the library in this series and plan to read them all. I read this large book in two days. I do love large books. Despite being such a large book, I did find it to be a generally quick read. I thought the language was for the most part simple and easy to understand. I thought that the plot generally moved quickly. All of these are good things.

 

The writing itself was not the greatest, but not the worst. The characters were generally one-dimensional. There were a lot of cliche tropes in this book. The dialogue in general was also not the greatest and many of the descriptions needed improvement. There were several cases of info dumping that didn't make sense. The opening of the novel did not exactly hook my interest or seem realistic at all. Jace doesn't come across as a very likable character for me and Clary sometimes borders on Mary Sue levels.

 

While the friendship between Simon and Clary was sometimes not so great, it was also great at other times and I enjoyed it for the most part. I enjoyed the characters of Magnus and Raphael the most. I found Alec to be somewhat interesting.

 

My favorite thing about the novel is the whole world that is created here with angels and shadowhunters and demons and vampires and werewolves etc.... I found it to be very interesting and the world was created well. There's so much to it, so many layers, and it's definitely well thought out. I think that it's enough to carry the books despite the other not so great parts of it. It's what saves the books for me and makes me rate it three stars instead of something much lower, and what will make me read on. That and Magnus Bane.

Honestly I think my favorite book cover that I've ever seen. It's absolutely beautiful. I love it so much.

Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco, Hachette Audio, James Patterson, Nicola Barber

I was recommended this book by a family member who knew I love a good spooky story. I'm also a big lover of history and a good mystery. This book was all of those things. It was so different than most any other book I've read and I would definitely recommend it. Just when you think you have the ending figured out you get a big surprise. It's a very good book.

Finders Keepers: A Novel - Stephen King

This was the second book in this series. Stephen King is my favorite author so of course I read everything by him. This book series hasn't always had the best reviews mostly because it's more of a mystery/thriller book compared to some of his more horror type books. I absolutely loved the first book in this series. I couldn't put it down. The second book was not quite as great but still very good. I would definitely recommend this series. I can't wait to read the next and final book in this trilogy series. This book focused a lot on writers and as a writer myself I always love a good book about a writer. I liked a lot of the characters in this book. A couple parts of the book were a bit slow but it was a good book still and worth the read.

The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective's Greatest Cases - E.J. Wagner

I was a little disappointed in this book. I was hoping it would actually have more information about the science of Sherlock Holmes, but it mostly had a lot of stories about crimes that happened in the 1800's. I wouldn't really recommend this book.

Tripping Back Blue (Fiction - Young Adult) - Kara Storti

This book was an okay read. I would recommend it. It just wasn't my most favorite book but it was still worth a read. I'd read it again someday probably. The main character was pretty likable and relatable. The idea of this brand new drug no one's ever heard of before was fascinating. I have seen other reviewers say this and I have to agree, the best scenes were the ones where the main character is getting high. They were written extremely well and were very amusing.

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

I was curious to read one of her novels as she is such a famous writer and I have been getting into the mystery genre. I am not overly fond of her writing style because it lacks descriptions. I am a huge fan of good description. But I see why her books are so popular. Her mysteries are good and the writing is very easy and quick to read. Generally people like simple books. Just not me.

Where They Found Her - Kimberly McCreight

This book was great except the ending. It started off so well and I loved the author's writing style. She has so much talent potential. The descriptions and everything were great. The ending was just absolutely ridiculous though. The whole end portion of the book was just a trainwreck, a total mess. It was not believable, too many bad things going on. As an author myself, I just really would have cleaned up the ending.

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