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A fantastic gift from a friend: a sad YA story with brilliant writing and a lot of tears menacing to drop.

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Is the premise of this book wrong? Yes, it undoubtedly is. The main characters themselves—in a vulnerable point of the story— classify what they have as sick, twisted and deranged BUT (and listen, it’s a big one) trivialize the beauty of this story summarizing it as a book about incest is almost a sacrilege and I won’t incur in that mistake.
Yes, this is a love story between a brother and a sister and that’s all kinds of wrong and deviant but saying Forbidden is just that, doesn’t make this intense novel any justice at all.
This book talks about love and the things you do in its name. It’s not totally centered in the romantic conception of it, because the incestuous romance is conceived for our hero and heroine as a constant battle they have to fight against. So yes, there’s romance and it is wonderfully shown in its purity. Love in this book is almost a palpable being, but what these two do for their family benefit, not the romantic …

Nash Summers gives me warmth in this beautifully written love story. Archer and Mallory are a couple to remember

Arrows Through Archer by Nash Summers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

How beautiful a well written sadness can be.

“I was still living in this deep, dark pit composed of my own hurt” … Oh Archer Hart ....How sad the premise of your book is and how you and Mallory turned it upside down to have that happy ending.

I don’t know why I waited so much to read this beautiful story. A story where the conversations are good, intimate, and constructive but the silences shared between our guys are even better than those great dialogues. Whiskey, a fireplace, a smile... the intimacy created by those evocative moments is half the magic and greatness of the book. A book based in pain, depression and loneliness but with the permanent shine of something. That encouraging trust a lantern hidden in your backpack can give you when you’re entering a cave, and you know it’s dark but you also know you can light up your way and see the exit once you took that flashlight out.

This story shows us loneliness. Th…

Simone "The Horse Whisperer" tells us about Garret Leigh´s Whisper: Book #2 in her Skins series: animals, hot men and a delicious slow burn.

Whisper by Garrett Leigh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

***4.5 Stars***
"Emotions are wild horses. It is not explanations that carry us forward, but our will to go on." ~Paulo Coelho~

And emotions are running high in Joe Carter. There is no denying the wildness inside of him, which got him into trouble quite a few times. A wildness, maybe part of his Roma ancestry, but definitely part of the responsibility lying on his shoulders to keep his inheritance up and running when the odds are stacked against him. Whisper Farm is a sanctuary for old, ill-kept and mistreated horses, already run-down by his beloved dead grandfather and his wayward father, a man he wants to hate, but the boy in him is still longing for his love. The farm and the animals are his lifeblood, ...

... however, dealing with the lack of much needed funds and space for the animals, family issues and prejudices becomes a daily struggle that weighs heavily on him and makes him weary to the bone, but it is not in his …

A Spanish review for a Spanish book: Elísabet Benavent gets 3 stars for the entertaiment she gave me even dislaking characters and part of the plot. A huge achievement!

Fuimos canciones by Elísabet Benavent
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lo que me ha pasado con este libro no tiene nombre. Tras dejarlo varias veces por imposible e incluso escribir un mini ranting sobre mis motivos para abandonarlo, lo retomé con poca fe y mala cara para acabar enganchada como una perra, gruñendo a quien osara perturbarme en mi lectura.
Curioso, dado que en todo momento le encontraba más contras que pros y lo leía con el morro torcido, quejándome en silencio (y no tan en silencio) de lo irreal y ridículo que era todo. Lo que no hace si no sumar más mérito al libro y a la autora que otra cosa no pero escribir, escribe bien y eso se nota en mi entrega y en que a pesar de todos los peros, ha conseguido meterme en una historia donde casi nadie me caía bien y en un género que no es el mío. Eso, señoras y señores, es un don (de Elísabet Benavent, no de una servidora).

¿Lo bueno?
El nivel de enganche, lo que me llega la angustia que Beta me cuenta y las lagrimitas que se me han escapad…

Bart Yates, I don’t know if I have to thank you for the emptiness and sadness I’m feeling but thank you for creating Nathan. So honest and sincere.

The Brothers Bishop by Bart Yates
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars because I’m not forgetting this story soon.
5 stars because the narrator has one of the most honest voices ever written.
5 stars because I’ve been up almost all night incapable of puting this heartbreaking story down.
Is it perfect? No, not entirely or maybe it is and the reason is all the symbolism it contains, all the ways conducting the plot to a meaningful end... the thing is, for me, it is unthinkable to give The Brothers Bishop less than 5 stars.

I’m gonna keep this as vague as I can to save you the pleasure to discover this special story by yourself. I entered it blind (completely, I didn’t even read the blurb) just knowing some friends loved it to bits. My other piece of knowledge was that it could have a sad or bad ending. And that was it, and that’s also what I think you need to know if you decide to read these bothers messed up story.
A story that starts with Nathan Bishop showing the reader who is he and how he …

Rose Christo gives us a tour around a Native American reservation through the eyes of the cutest mute teenager ever.

Gives Light by Rose Christo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A stunning and evocative prose telling a special and beautiful story. The narration is so good you are transported there from the very first page. You can feel Skylar, you can see what he sees, you are able to love him, feel sorry for him, empathize and almost touch him. It also has a very subtle humor coloring some of Sky’s thoughts and that transmitted me even more tenderness, lighting up the the perception of sadness that Skylar’s life inspires.

And oh, Skylar! What a strong voice he owns. He is only sixteen but leading the story like a pro, like the grown man he is not (yet), like the shinny star he already is. He is kind and that kindness is perceived in every action toward the others, and in his attitude about life in general. His vision is a delight because you want to hug him, talk to him, understand him and let him know he’s understood.

Skylar has suffered a lot. He is mute since he was 5 and he faces the world in a way not …