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Recent Reads – February 7, 2021

I’m finally back with a recent reads post! January ended up being very hectic and crazy and I just didn’t have the time in the moment to write down all my thoughts about all the books. I do plan to go back and write out reviews for the rest of what I read in January, but for now, this is what I read from February 1st to 6th.

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Recent Reads – January 10, 2021

I realized in 2020 that I have a hard time writing full length reviews for every single book that I read. I typically read over 200 books and sometimes multiple books in a single day. It gets to be overwhelming at times to try to find the time to write that many full reviews. While I will still be posting some full length reviews, I’m not going to stress myself over writing one for everything I read. As of now, this will be an every other week post where I do a mini wrap up of all the things I’ve recently read, a short review, and my rating of the book. My hope is that this will allow for me to get my feelings out about all the books I read, but not be as stressful.

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Spoiler Alert | Review

TITLE: Spoiler Alert
AUTHOR: Olivia Dade
PUBLICATION DATE: October
PAGES: 416
RATING: 5/5

SYNOPSIS

Marcus Caster-Rupp has a secret. While the world knows him as Aeneas, the star of the biggest show on TV, Gods of the Gates, he’s known to fanfiction readers as Book!AeneasWouldNever, an anonymous and popular poster.  Marcus is able to get out his own frustrations with his character through his stories, especially the ones that feature the internet’s favorite couple to ship, Aeneas and Lavinia. But if anyone ever found out about his online persona, he’d be fired. Immediately.

April Whittier has secrets of her own. A hardcore Lavinia fan, she’s hidden her fanfiction and cosplay hobby from her “real life” for years—but not anymore. When she decides to post her latest Lavinia creation on Twitter, her photo goes viral. Trolls and supporters alike are commenting on her plus-size take, but when Marcus, one half of her OTP, sees her pic and asks her out on a date to spite her critics, she realizes life is really stranger than fanfiction.

Even though their first date is a disaster, Marcus quickly realizes that he wants much more from April than a one-time publicity stunt. And when he discovers she’s actually Unapologetic Lavinia Stan, his closest fandom friend, he has one more huge secret to hide from her.

With love and Marcus’s career on the line, can the two of them stop hiding once and for all, or will a match made in fandom end up prematurely cancelled?

REVIEW

I’ve had very high hopes for Spoiler Alert for awhile! While I have never read anything by Olivia Dade, I was really excited by the premise for it and a lot of the aspects of the book. I’m so glad that it didn’t disappoint!

I read this with Candyce from The Book Dutchesses along with several other people in TBR and Beyond for our November pick for Swoon Along. This is a monthly read along that Candyce and I host and I was so excited when it won the poll to be our read for November.

This is a book that I was sucked into from the start and never wanted to stop reading! For me, this is always a good thing because if I’m having to force myself to read a book, I know I’m not enjoying it. This is one of those books where I was rooting for the relationship from the very start.

I absolutely loved seeing the fandom part in this book. It’s something I really enjoy in stories and I think it was done so well in Spoiler Alert. Both April and Marcus write fanfiction based on the show that Marcus plays a character in. I really enjoyed the little snippets of fanfiction and actually found myself wishing we could have gotten more of them than just the little sneak peeks we got here and there.

The romance in this book was probably one of my favorites of the year when it comes to contemporaries that I read. While yes, it’s far from perfect, it felt genuine because what relationship is perfect.

I absolutely loved this book and definitely can’t wait for the sequel to come out in 2021!

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More Than Maybe Review

Title: More Than Maybe
Author: Erin Hahn
Genre: Contemporary
Pages: 336
Publication Date: July 21, 2020
Rating: 5/5

I was provided an advanced copy of More Than Maybe by the publisher through Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own.

I was definitely anxiously waiting for More Than Maybe as soon as I finished You’d Be Mine last year. I kept putting that one off for the longest time because I figured I knew what it was going to be and I was so very wrong about that one. As soon as I was able to get my hands on More Than Maybe, I immediately began reading it. I knew I wasn’t going to make the same mistake of holding off on it like I did with her debut novel.

More Than Maybe follows Luke and Vada and the story is told in both of their perspectives. This is something I absolutely love to see because you don’t just get one side of the story. By getting both of their perspectives, you’re able to really understand both main characters and you end up rooting for them even more than if you were only getting to see one of their perspectives.

“Lyrics do that sometimes. They find their home at just the right time. Like a secret message in a bottle, floating on a current for decades, only to wash up at someone’s feet when the words are needed.”

Erin Hahn, More Than Maybe

Just like in You’d Be Mine, music is a huge part of the story. For me, music was a huge part of how I coped with things while growing up and I really love that these stories have such a huge focus on songs and music and what those words and melodies can mean to people. The songs are mentioned throughout the story and most of the time I honestly felt like I could hear the songs playing even though it was late and night and completely silent when I was reading.

I’ve now been able to read More Than Maybe twice and for me, it’s held up so well. I absolutely adore all of the characters and I just love their story.

More Than Maybe gets all the stars from me! I just adore Erin Hahn’s writing and her characters and absolutely can’t wait for more from her in the future!

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Reign of the Fallen

reign of the fallenThis is one of those books that I’m so shocked it took me so long to read because I absolutely loved it. It took me a tiny bit longer than usual to read it, but that was only because I’ve had an off month with my reading and have been slower at finishing books than I usually am.

Content warnings: substance abuse, talk of suicide, violence, death, and some sexual activity, but it’s not explicit

Reign of the Fallen absolutely had me on a roller coaster of emotions, which is fitting considering the main character, Odessa, is also on a roller coaster of emotions throughout the story.

Reign of the Fallen follows Odessa, who is a teenage necromancer. She is known throughout the story as Sparrow because she seamlessly flies between the land of the living and the Deadlands. Her job is to kill and then resurrect the king of Karthia so he will able to rule for longer than what he already has.

In Reign of the Fallen, people are able to train for different classes of mages based on the color of their eyes. In the book, we get to see Odessa and her friends able to do different things based on their eye color. Blue eyes, like what Odessa, Evander, and Jax have, mean you’re able to study necromancy and are able to learn how to enter the Deadlands. Green eyes, like what Meredy has, means you’re able to become a beast master. I found this form of a magic system to be unique and well thought out. I loved that it was an organic way for a magic system to take form and that it was clear that a certain eye color meant you could do a certain thing.

The characters in this story were so amazing. Not only are they just amazing, but there is also racial diversity and sexual orientation diversity. Several of the characters are of different races. The main character, Odessa, is bisexual, while many of the other characters are gay as well. I adored this cast of characters so much and would read a story about any of them in a heartbeat.

Of course, what is a story without conflict. Even though there has been peace between the living and the dead for many years, it quickly becomes clear that not everyone has the same beliefs.

In this world, though the dead walk among the living, they must hide every inch of their body beneath a shroud. If a living person even catches a glimpse of their skin, they then turn into a shade. Shades are monsters who can’t control their actions or themselves and feast on anything that gets in their way. Once a person has become a shade, they can no longer be raised again.

Twists and turns start as royalty starts to go missing and master necromancers are killed. Odessa is brought in to solve the mystery because she’s one of the best necromancers around.

I loved how positive this story was in regards to sex in YA. Odessa has more than one partner throughout Reign of the Fallen and never apologizes for it or feels shame for it. This is something that is definitely needed more in the YA world of books.

I also loved that this book dealt with substance abuse. Unfortunately, this is an aspect of life that too many kids are all too well aware of. Even though this is a fantasy novel, it dealt with the aspect of addiction in the perfect way. It showed that not only does addiction affect the person who is addicted, but also the people who care about them as well. This type of discussion is so important and much needed and it was amazing to see it in a YA book.

Reign of the Fallen also deals with grief. I think this might have been the hardest part for me to read even though I haven’t lost many people in my life. Odessa’s pain is so hard to read because it is realistically done. I cried a lot while reading Reign because the loss felt oh so real.

Another aspect of this book is family. Not just family in the sense of blood, but the family you find as you live. The family you choose to enter your life through friendships and relationships.

Finally, I adored the Odessa is a bisexual main character. She’s not coming out. She’s not being ridiculed or anything like that for being bisexual. I love that there’s a book out in the world with an openly bisexual character where it is normalized and accepted.

Overall, this was an amazing book. The magic system is well thought out and the characters in the story are amazing. It has important topics and themes that I’m so glad to see in a YA story. Sarah Glenn Marsh is also one of the sweetest authors I’ve ever interacted with. I can’t wait for the sequel and whatever else Sarah comes up with.

Have you read Reign of the Fallen? If so, what were your thoughts on it?

Happy reading!
Felicia