Audiobook Review: ‘The Land I Lost’

Me at the beginning: “I mean I like Malec alright but they’re not like my OTP -shrug-“

Me literally 5 minutes into the audio: “PROTECT THIS FAMILY AT ALL COSTS. I REPEAT: ALL. COSTS.”

I didn’t realize how much I loved and appreciated Malec until this very moment. This is hands down my favorite Ghosts of the Shadow Market novella. This is also the longest of the novella’s thus far (audio was 3.5 hours!), which might have influenced my opinion – this felt like a full story.

Previous Reviews:
Ghosts of the Shadow Market #1 – Son of the Dawn
Ghosts of the Shadow Market #2 – Cast Long Shadows
Ghosts of the Shadow Market #3 – Every Exquisite Thing
Ghosts of the Shadow Market #4 – Learn About Loss
Ghosts of the Shadow Market #5 – A Deeper Love
Ghosts of the Shadow Market #6 – The Wicked Ones

Spoilers for The Mortal Instruments & Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy series.
I will put these spoiler warnings before all Ghosts of the Shadow Market reviews, but a rule of thumb in the Shadowhunter world is – if you aren’t caught up, read it in publication order.

Title: The Land I Lost
Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: Ghosts of the Shadow Market #7
Rating: 5/5

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Audiobook Review: ‘Sadie’

I didn’t expect to fall so in love with Sadie, but I can easily say this is one of my favorite books I’ve read in 2018. Sometimes it’s the books that aren’t hyped up a lot, you don’t hear too much about, that end up hitting the NYT Bestsellers List and end up being real gems – even if the story breaks your heart along the way.

Title: Sadie
Author: Courtney Summers
Rating: 5/5

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Audiobook Review: ‘Every Exquisite Thing’

After Cast Long Shadows, it has been nice staying within the same time period. This story focuses on Anna Lightwood and I have already fallen so in love with her.

Previous Reviews:
Ghosts of the Shadow Market #1 – Son of the Dawn
Ghosts of the Shadow Market #2 – Cast Long Shadows

Spoilers for The Infernal Devices series.
I will put these spoiler warnings before all Ghosts of the Shadow Market reviews, but a rule of thumb in the Shadowhunter world is – if you aren’t caught up, read it in publication order.

Title: Every Exquisite Thing
Author: Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson
Series: Ghosts of the Shadow Market #3
Rating: 5/5

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Audiobook Review: ‘More Happy Than Not’

Despite loving both YA and queer genre books, I can’t believe it has taken me this long to read More Happy Than Not! I read They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera last fall and LOVED IT, so of course I had to backtrack and read his previous books. (History Is All You Left Me is also on my radar.)

Title: More Happy Than Not
Author: Adam Silvera
Rating: 2/5 stars

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Review: ‘Every Day’

A wakes up in a different body and in a different life – everyday.

I love the concept of this novel. Everyday this ‘being’ who has named themselves “A” is a different person, but has the same mind. They switch bodies every day, always into someone their age and never too far from where the last body was. They don’t know why or how it happens, it’s just something A has accepted as a way of living.

I will admit the reason I finally picked up this book is because of the movie released on February 23, 2018 with the same name – Every Day. The true bookworm I am, I knew I needed to read the book before seeing the movie. (Movie review coming on Friday!)

Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
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Review: ‘Autoboyography’

If you’re looking for a light-hearted contemporary YA that also deals with LGBT (and some romance!), then this is the story for you! I had been hearing about this book on Twitter and it peaked my interested. I ended up listening to this entirely via audiobook and the narration was fantastic!

Title: Autoboyography
Author: Christina Lauren
Rating: 4/5 stars

Upon first reading the summary, I assumed this was a teacher/student forbidden romance type novel. It is both of those, but the teacher is a teaching assistant who graduated just the year prior to the class he is assisting in teacher and the forbidden part isn’t only because they’re both male, but because one of them is a devote Mormon. Can’t say I’ve read a book that deals with the Mormon religion before, so that was a very interesting aspect! And yes, this is considered a YA book – nothing past a PG-13 rating happens in this book. More on that later.

Tanner is an easy go lucky bisexual guy who moves with his family from open-minded California to a Mormon dominated suburb called Provo in Utah. While his family is aware of his sexuality and fully support him, they all decide it would be best for Tanner to not come out to anyone in their new town. This story takes place a few years after they’ve moved to Provo.

Sebastian is the son of the bishop and very much Mormon, but takes a liking to Tanner in the seminar class he is aiding in teaching. The seminar challenges high school seniors to write a complete book in the span of a semester. (So, basically NaNoWriMo in four months instead of one.) Tanner is falling behind in the class and Sebastian offers to help him outside of class.

I found the progression of their friendship to more then friends to be such a fun read. Tanner has a crush on Sebastian but has to keep it on the down low, as he isn’t out as bisexual in this town. And Tanner assumes Sebastian to be completely straight, as homosexuality is forbidden in the Mormon religion. When Sebastian begins reading Tanner’s book for the class to help him brainstorm ideas, he discovers that Tanner is queer and things spiral from there. Little does Tanner know that Sebastian reciprocates his feelings, but Sebastian is very unsure of himself and how these feelings fit into his religious beliefs.

I loved seeing the struggle these characters faced and how they dealt with what was thrown their way. This book was definitely outside the normal books I read, but also familiar in that LGBTQ+ is so important in this day and age. I live in New York City and nobody even blinks at eye at your sexuality or gender but that isn’t how the rest of the world or even the country is. It’s sometimes hard for me personally to remember that not everyone is as open-minded and maybe even for you too – sometimes the internet can be a very accepting place where as real life people, family, and friends may not be as accepting to beliefs outside of what they know as “normal.”

I’d rate this book at PG-13 – sex is mentioned as having happened off page, but there are no details given – it’s only mentioned. Kissing and making out does occur but again, I would rate it PG-13 at most. I very much recommend this book and audiobook if you’re looking for a LGBT love story with an interesting twist – it was an enjoyable and compelling (and sometimes nail biting “omg what are they going to do!”) read!


Review: ‘They Both Die At The End’

The title ‘They Both Die At The End’ leaves little room for imagination and you already know how this story is going to end. I first remember hearing about this book at an event at Barnes & Noble featuring Nicola Yoon, Adam Silvera, and Kara Thomas. I believe it was to promote “The Sun Is Also A Star” by Nicola Yoon and Adam mentioned his upcoming book and once I heard the title, I was instantly sold on it. It sounded fascinating! And it did not disappoint.

Title: They Both Die At The End
Author: Adam Silvera
Series: n/a – standalone
Rating: 4/5 stars

This is actually my first Adam Silvera book (shame on me, I know), but it will not be my last. TBDATE follows two boys, Mateo and Rufus, who both get the call from Death-Cast telling them that they will die in the next 24 hours. They both use an app called “Last Friends” and end up finding each other and deciding to spend their last day together.

This is told over the course of less then 24 hours, with Mateo and Rufus fitting an entire lifetime of living into that span of time. The narrative goes back and forth between the two boys with timestamps when the narration changes. Scattered throughout are short narratives from other people’s lives who unintentionally intertwine in some small or large way with Mateo and Rufus’. At first I found these random people to be quite…well, random. But as the story progresses, you see how everything and everyone can affect someone else, in the smallest or largest way and you may never even know it. I liked this concept of fate/destiny/chance/call it whatever you want. I like the idea of the domino effect. One event causes another and so forth and so on.

The idea that one small thing you do or someone else does affecting you really made me think. The concept of death is prevalent in this book and it made me wonder, what if Death-Cast was real? What if we were given 24 hours advance notice of when we were going to die? This book really made me stop and think about life and death and about living life to the fullest.

TBDATE is a LGBT representation book. Rufus says in his “Last Friends” profile that he is bisexual and is stated as having an ex-girlfriend. Mateo’s sexuality isn’t said until the end when its revealed he never really “came out” to anyone, but he is gay. Mateo has his first (and last L L L) kiss with Rufus before they both, you know, die at the end.

I listened to this as an audiobook and I highly recommend this audio! I felt an even closer connection with both Mateo and Rufus by hearing their voices. It made me feel like I was also a “last friend” with them, going along and experiencing all they could in one day. Mateo and Rufus each have a different voice actor with a third female voice narrating the other people scattered throughout. I think hearing the emotions in the voices added an extra layer to this story and I would recommend giving the audio a try!

I’m not a very emotional person so while this book was sad, I personally found it bittersweet more then anything else. These two young boys had their whole lives ahead of them and life was cut short. Despite knowing how this book was going to end, my stomach still dropped at the very last line. It shook me up. I knew it was coming but I didn’t see it coming like that. Adam really knows how to punch you in the gut when you’re down. Well done!