Very mediocre review for a very mediocre volume. Come on, Buff! give more in the next one. Disappointing volume VI.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Retreat by Jane Espenson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The humor is exquisite as usual but the rest is rushed. Very, very rushed. But also kinda boring. I know, I know, it sounds paradoxical, and not just because rushed and boring look like opposites. Also because Buffy and boring can’t be used in the same sentence... or that was what I thought. So maybe the definition of this volume is... messy? Could be. I’m a bit disappointed.

So... without spoilers... there’s an huge battle I didn’t care about and a love affair that looked a bit cringing at first sight but bearable... I guess... maybe even appealing at some point? I don’t know yet.

This pic is a bit spoiler-ish because an old character is in it but these guys together deserved the caption.

And I’m not criticizing the art, but sometimes, it was difficult to know who was who. Mostly with Dawn. I had trouble identifying her. Not here, look at this beauty:

I’m done, I’m just showing random pics here and there, so I’…

My first book by Rainbow Rowell: the war between good an evil driven by very cute and very magical teenagers

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 and rounding up to 4 stars.

Refreshing. Easy to read and even if simple in the writing (and I mean simple in good way, just the absence of flourish) it contains a great force and personality. It’s different because Simon’s voice is. Sarcastic and funny but also lonely. Special.

The humor fits mine perfectly and I smiled a lot. I even laughed out loud. Humor related it’s delicious.

The romantic element of the story is very cute. And sweet. And kind of sexy. Because we, as readers, find sexiness in the most random places and here two kisses had that effect on me. They talked louder than any explicit scene.
So yeah, it is, mostly, a good enemies to lovers with two great characters overflowing sarcasm and charm. They got me from the beginning.

The mystery is a good one. Yes, it’s not the ultimate thriller and you see things coming from a mile but it’s very well driven, in intrigue and in the way it’s narrated: various POV letting us know…

It’s all candy canes and pinecones and epic and awesome. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my presentation for Wolfsong.

Wolfsong by T.J. Klune
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Superb and complete. And I’m using complete as the most perfect keyword for Wolfsong. Because that’s what it is. Full. Packed with feels, action and thrill. And the emotions are so big, so great that they even overflow that package and go out to live for themselves. That big.

And did anyone said pack? Yeah. I guess I did.

This is Ox story. A tale about a special kid who, far from be the stupid and retarded boy his father convinced him he was, grew up to be remarkable and powerful. Kind and brave. Ox is love, tight bonds and friendship. Ox is family. Ox is pack.

This journey begins with us —readers— thrown in the dirty road where Ox lives (literally and metaphorically). The road Ox walks as the lonely kid he is, without knowing that some day someone else will walk that path with him. Or —what it’s much, much better— someone else will wait there for him. In that precise dirty road (and again I’m talking literally and metaphorically at the sam…

I’m leaving here—just for the record—the last two books I started but couldn’t finish. Blame me and not them I had a huge book funk.

The Layover by Roe Horvat

I’m quitting at 49% and I’ve been struggling from the beginning so half the way was half too much.
Please, friends who loved this one to bits, don’t shoot.
Probably it’s me and my strange mood (even if my partner in crime, Izen, is quitting too) but I can’t empathize, neither like the main character.
I can’t say anymore. I wish I could explain in detail the whys and hows but it was as simple as: I don’t like it, I’m not into it. And we all know that when you are not feeling it, there’s nothing else to do.
If you haven’t read the book, don’t mind me with this one since only 3 —out of the 45 friends who have read it— didn’t like it. The book was looooved by the rest of them. I guess we are the weird ones... and it’s ok. I can live with my weirdness.

Conquest by S.J. Frost

I can’t elaborate about this DNF since I barely hit the 10% mark. I don’t even know if it was mine or the book’s fault. Maybe it’s not my kind of book anymore (if there was a time it was, and I’…

Nash Summers and her near-to-poetry short story. Longing and beauty perfectly mixed.

fawn by Nash Summers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sad. Intense. Beautiful. Full of nostalgia and longing.

This is a little master piece and I consider it a must for those who love young adult stories. Lyrical, heartwarming and precious, that’s what Nash Summers’ Fawn is. A little treasure.

A special boy who finds beauty in the sight of a field, flowers feathers and little animals. He’s surrounded by ugliness, abuse, bullies... but Rust knows how to find that beauty, that peace. He even finds it in death. A unique artist. A pure soul. A bright human being.

“Little fawn, where have you been?”

A personality to envy. A character to love. He owns an unusual and beautiful sight of the world and this is his world. He deserves heaven and more. He deserves happiness and everything. And those parents... those awesome parents. I wish every kid with a singularity could be born in a family like Rust’s, because we really are in need of people who understand and brace weirdness and oddity.

This is about two …

The queen of slow burn is here again with the fourth installment in the Signs of Love. Out in October!

Pisces Hooks Taurus by Anyta Sunday
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a sweet and funny gay romcom full of misunderstandings—and misadventures—where a cute kiwi is trying to find true love in the USA.
The thing is, his dream world is full of frogs not ready for him and his romantic intentions. Till HE comes to play. Beckett (my Beckett, for future references). The hot teacher, the gentleman, the super educated man who loves literature and wine. His opposite? Could be... in some way, since Zane is not that smart. But he compensated his lack of knowledge with the biggest heart ever. And he awakes all the tender in the world.
So, what is the problem with the yummy clever teacher? Well, he’s a broken bull who doesn’t believe in true love and between his reluctance and Zane’s oblivion... well, imagine the kind of things they will drive into.
It’s a good thing that Beckett is not a regular frog. It’s a studious one, all elegance and intelligence.

Pisces Hooks Taurus is funny, sweet, lovely, and…

Spanish book-Spanish review, o mini reseña de lo que no pudo ser. Abandono cual cobarde.

Seremos recuerdos by Elísabet Benavent

Lo dejo al 3%. Sí, ya sé que es muy lamentable y que debiera o debiese darle una oportunidad pero no puedo. Me caen mal. Me parece que dicen muchas tonterías y que se intenta retratar como reales escenas que no lo son. No lo parecen. Me chirrían. Además como lectora habitual de LGBT fiction, me está molestando mucho todo... y no sé porqué, dado que una conversación es lo que he aguantado. ¡Una sola! Perseverancia me llaman... Qué triste soy, madre del amor hermoso.

Así que hala, a otra cosa mariposa y el próximo libro de Elisabet Benavent quizá encaje mejor conmigo. O no. Pero ya no me permito intentar entender o que me gusten personajes y situaciones que no entiendo y que no me gustan.

Desde el respeto.

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Alessandra Hazard writes and I read. It’s a very simple thing. Twisted guys or sci-fi royal ones, I don’t care! Gimme!

That Irresistible Poison by Alessandra Hazard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars.

Even if I’m giving it the same rating as its predecessor, That Alien Feeling, this book fitted better with me. Much better. And the only reason I’m not rounding up it’s because I didn’t enjoy the first 35%. Luckily, the rest made up for all the struggling at the beginning.

A few quick notes about That Irresistible Poison:

- Enemies to lovers with a jerk character fighting a hurting and angry (with a good reason) teenager-like one.
I love this kind of things and I love how this author writes them. She always (always!) gives me enjoyment and delight in the characters department. I’m a fan, what can I say.

- Angst, rejection, jealousy... The last 40% was delicious.

- A very attractive sci-fi/fantasy frame with a lot to be discovered. A lot.
I’m a science fiction fan but, paradoxically, here, I found its first third a bit dense. That’s half of what kept me a out. That and a personal problem of mine: I hate when …