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Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Kreuger

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This book was the March pick for the Dragons & Tea Book Club hosted by Mel from

Mel to the Any & Amy from A Court of Crowns and Quills

 Synopsis:

A sharp and funny urban fantasy for “new adults” about a secret society of bartenders who fight monsters with alcohol fueled magic.

College grad Bailey Chen has a few demons: no job, no parental support, and a rocky relationship with Zane, the only friend who’s around when she moves back home. But when Zane introduces Bailey to his cadre of monster-fighting bartenders, her demons get a lot more literal. Like, soul-sucking hell-beast literal. Soon, it’s up to Bailey and the ragtag band of magical mixologists to take on whatever—or whoever—is behind the mysterious rash of gruesome deaths in Chicago, and complete the lost recipes of an ancient tome of cocktail lore.

My thoughts:

This book had so much potential. Magic & Cocktails. What more could a 24 year old want in a book? However, I was let down on so many levels.

The main character Bailey was just SO annoying. She was a big cry baby and I could have cared less for her.

The plot jumped around a TON. One moment we were talking in an alley, the next we are in court. It just did not flow for me and I was confused at some points.

I did love that this book had cocktail recipes and we got to learn what powers each cocktail gave you. It was really fun and I thought the magic and concept was original. I just expected more and overall this was the reason I was let down. 

I did enjoy this book, but it wasn’t a favorite.

Rating: ★★★

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The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic #2) By Amanda Lovelace

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“ready for a

harsh truth?

Women

don’t need

your validation.

We

already have

our own.

my self-worth shouldn’t feel like an act of bravery.”

Synopsis:

The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

Winner of the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards

My thoughts:

Wow. This collection of poetry was powerful. I feel as though it is very timely to what we are facing in our political environment. I will say, some poems fell like they were very men hating and at times this kind of made me uncomfortable which is why I didn’t rate it as high. Amanda Lovelace has 2 other poetry books part of this “series” of women empowerment verse. I plan on reading her other works because I really did enjoy this one.

Rating:★★★★

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Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

“…, you will have to speak louder with bravery and dignity, to be heard. You will have to be willing to inform and to educate. And you will have to know when it is time to remove yourself from situations and disconnect from those who either do not understand or are unwilling to. You have to do what is right for you.”

Synopsis

Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting–working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual). Alice is done with dating–no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.

But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).

When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.

(Provided from Goodreads)

My thoughts:

This book was a gem and I am so sad I took so long to read it. First off, I LOVED the representation of asexuality. I can’t say if the representation was accurate but I personally learned a lot about asexuality and I appreciate the fact that there is a book like this out there.

This book is very character driven which I don’t mind. The story summed up is a lot of finding yourself and also accepting who you are. Feenie, Alice’s bff is insufferable. I did not like her whatsoever. She was the only character in this book I disliked. She was so selfish and mean to Alice.

I enjoyed learning about Alice’s family and how that has shaped her to be who she is.

Rating: ★★★★

This book was fantastic and I am so glad I finally read it.

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On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Renninson

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The second book in the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series.

Synopsis: You don’t have to be a teenager to appreciate the humorous and often self-absorbed ravings found in 14-year-old Georgia Nicolson’s diary, but it certainly helps. Now fans of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging — Georgia’s first set of hilarious musings on life — can get another peek into the mind of this wryly inquisitive English lass in the appealing sequel: On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God.
As the title implies, Georgia has snagged herself a sex god in the form of Robbie, the boy of her dreams. Now that they’ve indulged in a bit of “full-frontal snogging,” Georgia turns her attention to advancing the relationship. But things quickly go wrong when she learns that her father’s new job may necessitate a move to New Zealand. Crestfallen, Georgia feels her life might as well be over. Then, miraculously, the dreaded move is cancelled, and things seem to be getting better — at least until 17-year-old Robbie decides to break up with Georgia because he’s bothered by the difference in their ages.
Borrowing freely from her mum’s closet and advice books, even as she’s steadfastly discounting everything her mum says, a crushed but determined Georgia comes up with a scheme to win Robbie back. As usual, nothing goes as planned, and life is further complicated by Georgia’s temperamental cat, Angus (who’s having a few amorous leanings of his own), and her baby sister, Libby, whose fascination with (and lack of control over) her bodily functions leads to several intriguing mishaps. Of course, there are other disasters, too: a quick-tan lotion that turns Georgia’s legs orange, a run-in with the aptly named Bummer sisters, and friends who insist on focusing on their own problems from time to time.
Who knew the angst of adolescence could be so much fun? This Georgia’s-eye view of teenage life is wonderfully egocentric and side-splittingly funny. And despite the occasional language barrier (a glossary of terms is provided in the back of the book), Georgia’s thoughts and experiences will prove universally recognizable to anyone who is, or has ever been, a teenager.

 

Thoughts: I had a difficult time getting through this one. I think part of it was I wasn’t really in the mood for it. There are parts of this book that made me laugh but a lot of comments about lesbians that someone could find offensive. I used to love this series when I was younger and is why I am rereading it. I think if I didn’t have the memories behind this series I would have probably rated it lower. I think I will continue with the reread.

Rating: 3/5

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The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

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Around this time last year, I listened to Little Monsters by Kara Thomas on audio book & LOVED it. I decided to pick up Kara’s newest release The Cheerleaders.

Synopsis: There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.

That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.

There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.

Thoughts: This book did a really good job at showing the effects of grief that Monica felt. We also got to learn more about Monica’s sister, Jennifer by taking us back 5 years ago & learning more about what really happened. We don’t find out what happened until the end, so it left me guessing. The entire time, I was really thinking that we knew who the killer was.. but boy was I wrong. I was captivated by the characters and plot. I loved the new friendship that Monica developed and I loved hearing a little bit more about Ginny’s side of things at the end. I am trash for all things Kara Thomas. I have one more book of hers to read and I cant wait!

Rating: 5/5