The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide #1) by Mackenzi Lee

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Goodreads Summary:

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

My Thoughts:

Not my style. DNF I checked it from the library and it didn’t hook me right away so I took it back since it was getting close to due date. lots of great reviews. maybe i should try again?

 

Should I give it a second chance?

 

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

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Goodreads Summary:

One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.

Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets.

When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . .

My Thoughts:

I got this book for free from TLA, and my bok club chose to read it. I am so glad. This book is amazing. I added the author to my follow list, because It was great. The cover is beautiful. Three teens find a spell book and decide to use it to find lost items. The problem is that the spell requires things to be lost for things to be found. The book has a lot of characters and a lot of points of view. It is a little hard to keep track of in the beginning while you are figuring out who’s who. Laurel, Ash, and Holly are one group of characters with Laurel being the narrator of this group. Then there is Olive and Rose, with Olive narrating. Lastly there is Hazel, her brother Rowan, and Ivy, with Hazel narrating. Hazel is my favorite character. She is tough and angry, and flirty. The writing is beautiful. It’s a quick and fun read. I love the plot twist, and didn’t expect it. I love that there is some girl/girl romance in this book. Honestly loved this book, and look forward to read more from this author.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

My Thoughts:

This book was so cute. I loved it. When this book came out I feel like every book blogger I follow was recommending it, and it sounded interesting, but it took me FOREVER to read it. WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG? It was so good. Worth ALL of the hype. Simon is adorable. The romance aspect of the book was so cute. Simon and this online person, Blue, are too much. Blue is someone who goes to Simon’s school, but he doesn’t know who it is. The entire book you are guessing who Blue really is, which is fun. I love reading the emails back and forth, because I am super nosy, and because they were just so stinking cute. Simon has a really great friend group, except for Leah. I think she was a bitch. Overall this was a great coming of age story.

Things I Just Had To Know About Lauren from Shooting Stars Mag

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Today we are lucky to have Lauren of Shooting Star Mag and Let’s Get Beyond Tolerance!
• Give us the history of you. (family life, where you’re from, etc.)
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My name is Lauren and I’m from Kentucky, though I’ve never been on a horse in my life and I don’t really have a southern accent. I’m the youngest of three kids. I have a brother (who is married and has a girl, a boy, and another girl on the way) and a sister who is seriously one of my best friends. My mom is one of my other best friends. We’re all very close.

• When did you start blogging? Was this your first blog?

I started blogging in 2007 and yes, ShootingStarsMag was my first blog. The Mag stands for Magazine, because the original idea was to have “issues” but the person I started the blog with, Keaton, and I decided setting it up like a regular blog would ultimately be easier. We focused a lot on music at first, but I started finding book blogs, and Keaton and I had met in an online book club, so we slowly started adding in books. Now, the blog is about 75% books and 25% other lifestyle and entertainment, because I like a little mix of everything.

• What made you start blogging?

I was in an online book club and that’s where I met Keaton. We decided to start the blog together. She’s actually the one who set up the blog on Blogger and made the official email, as she knew more than me at the time. She no longer blogs with me, but the beginning of ShootingStarsMag was a lot of fun and we had a lot of help from other book club members who did reviews and interviews with us.

• How did you come up with your blog name?

I actually came up with the name. I liked the idea of Shooting Stars because we wanted to focus on artists (and eventually authors) who weren’t completely main stream. We wanted to help spread the word and get them new fans, and I hope I’m still doing that.

• How long were you running your blog before you started getting many followers?

I have no clue to be honest. We started the blog in 2007 and we never had a ton of followers. I feel like that has grown more in the past few years. I started to use social media more and figure out more ways to help spread the word and get noticed. It’s definitely helped. I like having people reading the blog and leaving their thoughts.

• Walk me through the process that you went through to get your blog to where it is today.

It was definitely a long process, though it didn’t take that long for us to start adding books to what we were already writing about. Over the years, the people who have helped have definitely changed. Now it’s me and my co-blogger Alicia, who I met through a fellow book blogger years ago. I’m still growing though! I love books and reading, but I’ve always wanted to feature other topics, so I hope to continue to do that.

• How many books do you read in a month?

I’m not sure, to be honest. It honestly changes month to month, but I suppose on average, it’s about 10 books a month. I’m not a terribly slow reader, but I’m not as fast as I wish I could be!

• What book did you read most recently that you loved, and would recommend to everyone?

Patchwork Paradise

It depends on what type of books you like! If you don’t mind m/m romance, then definitely Patchwork Paradise by Indra Vaughn. Such a beautiful novel. If you really like graphic novels, I’d suggest the Saga series as I’ve recently finished the last collection that is out.

• What are the top questions you get asked by your readers?

I’m not sure I really get asked that many questions! I know some people seem to think my name is Mag because of my blog title, but Mag is short for magazine. I don’t mind this though, because it’s kind of like being given a nickname!

• If a new blogger came up to you today, and you only had a few minutes to talk, what would be your best blogging tip?

My blogging tip would be to look at as many blogs as you can and figure out what you do and do not like, and then make the blog you’d most want to read.

• Have you ever liked the movie more than the book? Be honest!


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I tend to see more movies based on books without having actually read the novel, than having read the book beforehand. I don’t know if I’d say I like the movie better than the book, but I do love the film A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks (and it’s a movie where I DID read the book beforehand).

• Are there any popular books you know you would never read (i.e. 50 shades of grey, tell us which one)?

Definitely not 50 Shades of Grey! Hah There are probably a lot of series out that are popular that I know I won’t ever read, but the one I can think of right now is The Mortal Instruments. Just not interested.

• Any new blog features you are working on?

I’ve been recently trying to do Bridge the Gap more. This is where I focus on books that were published by authors NOT from the United States. Other blogs can do this too, if they like. If you’re not from the U.S., then of course U.S. novels would be your Bridge the Gap books, but any other country too.

• What are 5 items you never leave home without?

Money/card, gym lanyard so I can get in, lip gloss, usually my Kindle, and facial wipes (usually for after the gym).

• Anything else you would like to add?

I also blog at Let’s Get Beyond Tolerance (www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com) which focuses on LGBT+ news and entertainment (which does include book reviews!).

Stalk Lauren:

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Thank you so so much for being here Lauren!

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Throwback Review: Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

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I previously had a different book blog, and I had a bunch of problems with the hosting company I used for the blog, and all of my content was deleted.  I managed to salvage some of my reviews from back then by compiling what  I wrote on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles review sections.  See some that I have already posted here.

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Goodreads Summary:

Augusten Burroughs is the author of the bestselling trilogy, Running with Scissors, Dry, and Lust & Wonder. Return to the memoir that started it all.

The true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus.

So at the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidst Victorian squalor living with the doctor’s bizarre family, and befriending a paedophile who resided in the backyard shed. The story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, and the Christmas tree stayed up all year round, where Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull an electroshock-therapy machine could provide entertainment. The funny, harrowing and bestselling account of an ordinary boy’s survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.

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The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

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Goodreads Summary:

A mysterious graffiti artist, an anatomy-obsessed artist, and a night bus that will bring the two together.

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?

My Thoughts:

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Femme by Matte Bach

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Goodreads Summary:

Academics have never been Sofie’s strong point; she’s too busy spending all of her free time with her boyfriend, Paul, the captain of her Surrey high school’s soccer team. When her English teacher implements a new program that pairs her with straight-A student Clea, Sofie worries about how Paul will react to her hanging out with the only out lesbian at school. Sofie is as surprised as Paul at how close she and Clea quickly become.

When Sofie discovers that Clea is planning a road trip to check out some American colleges over the winter break, she invites herself along, causing more issues with Paul. But it’s only after a college student asks if Sofie identifies as a “femme” lesbian that she starts to question her own sexuality and her relationship with both Clea and Paul.

My Thoughts:

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Flesh and Bone by William Alton

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Goodreads Summary:

A literary novel for young adults that deals with a despairing teen uncertain about his sexual preferences who turns to drugs, alcohol, and unreliable friends for solace.
Told in a series of images and fragments, Flesh and Bone is a raw and real portrayal of a teen struggling to find love in his life. When Bill’s father leaves and he and his mother move far away to live with her parents, his whole world implodes. His grandparents are cold and distant, his mom is distant both physically and emotionally as she deals with her own struggles, and his dad is just gone. Bill explores his sexuality with multiple partners as he searches for love and compassion and turns to drugs and alcohol to dull the pain of loneliness. Flesh and Bone is a powerful tale that sheds light on the dark places of the soul.

My Thoughts:

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Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary by Polly Whittaker

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Goodreads Summary:

Over 13 years ago, Polly Whittaker began forging the new frontier of sexual expression. It began as a simple idea: to create an environment in which people could express themselves sexually in a social context in a way that’s not seedy or creepy, traditionally the case when talking about sexuality. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, she built Kinky Salon, a creative and sex-positive environment, that has since turned it into a global movement, with events happening in a dozen cities all over the world.

San Francisco is the home of the sexual revolution, and the community that has evolved around Kinky Salon over the past decade is an important chapter in that history. By spearheading this intentional community-building, Polly has laid down the foundation for an evolution of how we view sexuality in our modern world.

Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary, is a no-holds barred look into this incredibly creative world. It’s a book about modern relationships, counter culture, a quest for family, and a real-life glimpse into this little corner of the sexual revolution.

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Throw Back Thursday Review – Women of the Dark Streets: Lesbian Paranormal by Radclyffe

TBTI previously had a different book blog, and I had a bunch of problems with the hosting company I used for the blog, and all of my content was deleted.  I managed to salvage some of my reviews from back then by compiling what  I wrote on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles review sections.  I will be posting these reviews under a new blog post called Throw Back Thursday Reviews, until I have posted them all on this blog. 🙂 See some that I have already posted here.

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A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager

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A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager

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Review — My Thinning Years – Starving the Gay Within

ReviewI received this book at the annual ALA conference in Las Vegas this summer. 

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