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Book Review: Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell

Illegal Contact

Title: Illegal Contact

Author: Santino Hassell

Published by: InterMix

Publishing date: August 15th 2017

Genre: Romance, M/M

Pages: 251

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…

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This book is full of banter and chemestry between the main characters, Gavin and Noah, which was my favorite part of the book. Their dynamic is entertaining to read about from the beginning. This is definitely a slow burn but there’s a instant attraction that’s very obvious even when the main character have a rocky start to their relationship. Once they’re together, they become so soft and precious and you can help but root for him.

Gavin is the type of character that doesn’t make a good first impression, he is hot tempered and can come off as rude, but you fall in love with him because of the loyalty he has to his friends and the passion he feels for the sport he has dedicated his life to. Also, the bisexual rep is fantastic and I love the fact that even when it was a secret Gavin was so unapologetic about it with the people that knew he was bisexual.

On the other hand, Noah is a good son, a good friend and he wants to help LGBT youth.  He’s nicer and polite, but my first impresion of him wasn’t the best either; he wasn’t taking his job seriously and I understand that sometimes doing your best in a job you don’t want is hard, but at the same time going to an interview unprepared,  being late to work and making excuses is unprofessional and I was a bit frustrated with him, but he gets over it quickly and starts to do a good job, so I got over it and at the end I really liked him as a character as well.

I think those are the most important things to know about this book: it has characters you’ll fall in love with and the banter and chemestry between them is incredible and makes their dynamic captivating. Other things that were really well  done: the discussion about homophobia in sports and the fact that the side characters are also compelling and their relationships with the protagonist are really interesting.

Rating : 4 stars
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2017 Releases I Want to Read in 2018

2017 releases I want to read in 2018
I realized at the end of last year that I bought a lot of the 2017 releases that I was anticipating, but I have not read them. I think that’s because I get really scared of reading book that I’m anticipating because I feel like they may let me down, that’s why in 2018 I’m trying to keep track and read the new releases I’m anticipating. Also, I want to read some of the 2017 releases that I own but I have not read yet. Here’s a list of the ones I want to read the most.
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We Are Ok by Nina LaCour
I have read only one book by Nina LaCour, Everything Leads to You, and I really liked it, so I’m excited to give another one of her books a chance.  All I know about this book is that it’s a quiet book about loss and grief. I also know that there’s queer girls in it. I think I’m gonna love it, also I may cry multiple times.
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza 
This was my most anticipated release of 2017, I was so excited to read it and I even bought it as soon as it came out. But I heard not such good things about it and I started to read it (I just read the first few pages) and I don’t know if I wasn’t in the mood or what, but I didn’t connect with the writing at all. Nonetheless, I want to give this one another chance, because the concept sounds amazing and it has a diverse cast of characters.
There’s lesbian rep and bisexual rep, there’s music and romance and I can’t wait to read it. I will say that the thing that has me most excited to read it, it’s that a queer reviewer called this on Goodreads “one of the most bi- positive books she’s ever read” and I’m so excited to see that for myself.
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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
All I know about this book is that there’s queer characters that travel through Europe. I have heard nothing but good things about this one, LITERALLY nothing but good things, so I don’t know why I’m so scared to read it. I even read the first few pages recently and I really liked the writing.
Dear Martin by Nic Stone 
I have heard this is a short but powerful story that deals with topics like racism and poverty. Someone told me that if I liked The Hate U Give, I would like this one, so I’m excited to give it a chance. Also, I have heard there’s little description and lots of dialogue, which sounds great to me.
I think the main reason I want to read this is that description of the main character, she is an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager and at the same time she is a book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist. She sounds amazing and I can’t wait to meet her!  As all the books on this list, I don’t know why I haven’t read this yet.

 

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The Movie Journal: January 2018

The Movie Journal

It’s a bit late, but I wanted to keep track of the movies I watch in 2018 and my thoughts about them and I decided to do it on the blog. Here are the ones I watched in January from worst to best:

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A Princess for Christmas (1 star) 

At the invitation of an estranged relative, a young woman travels with her niece and nephew to a castle in Europe for Christmas, where she unwittingly falls for a dashing Prince. 

Cast:  Katie McGrath, Sam Heughan
Directed by: Michael Damia
Written by: Michael Damian, Janeen Damian

I don’t have much to say about this one except:
The main couple had cero chemistry.
The writing was terrible.
There was no plot.
It wasn’t even entertaining.

Christmas Inheritance (2.5 stars)

A young woman must deliver a Christmas card to a family friend in order to claim her inheritance. Along the way, she learns the true meaning of the holiday when she ends up stuck at an inn during a snowstorm.

Cast: Eliza Taylor, Jack Lacy
Directed by: Ernie Barbarash
Written by: Dinah Eng

Again, not much to say about this movie, except:
The plot was predictable, but not terrible.
The acting was decent.
The script was mediocre.
At least this was a bit entertaining.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (4,5 stars)

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.

Cast: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Kelly Marie Tran
Written and Directed by: Rian Johnson

I loved this movie much more than The Force Awakens (which I really liked anyway!), because to me The Force Awakens was way too similar to the original movies and didn’t bring enought orginal elements in terms of the plot, but The Last Jedi, at least to me,  brings something new to the franchise, it takes risks, and that’s what I loved about it. Obviously, I also loved the characters, I loved the diversity of the cast, and I’m very glad certain ship that was being hinted did not happen. I’M SO GLAD.  Because it was a very unhealthy relationship based on manipulation.

Detroit (5 stars)

Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.

Cast: John Boyega, Anthony Mackie,Will Poulter,Algee Smith,Jacob Latimore, Kaitlyn Dever
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Written by: Mark Boal

There was a special screening of this movie in a museum in the city I live in and I was so excited to finally be able to watch it. This was infuriating and frustrating and it made me want to scream. The acting was incredible, the script was really good, but the best things about it was that it captures the feeling of impotence and it transmits it to the viewer. The way that this portraits racial tension, racial inequality and racisms is very powerful.

 

Perfect Strangers (5 stars)
Seven long-time friends get together for a dinner. When they decide to share with each other the content of every text message, email and phone call they receive, many secrets start to unveil and the equilibrium trembles.

Cast: Kasia Smutniak,Alba Rohrwacher,Marco Giallini, Valerio Mastandrea,
Anna Foglietta, Edoardo Leo, Giuseppe Battiston
Directed by:  Paolo Genovese
Written by:  Paolo Genovese, Filippo Bologna, Rolando Ravello, Paola Mammini

This was the best movie I watched in January.  I haven’t watch many Italian films in my life, but after watching this one I know I have to do it more often.  The acting in this is fantastic, the plot is captivating and the script is really good as well. This film made me experience so many feelings as I watched, I was so invested in what was going on. This is definitely a film that makes you think about and reconsider the way we interact with other people and the role technology plays into those interactions, as well as the value we give honesty.

  Have you watch any of the movies I mentioned? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to watch any of them? Let me know in the comments! 

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Most Anticipated Book Releases -February 2018

Most anticipated book releases 2018

 

As I said last month in my Most Anticipated Releases of January 2018 post, I will be writing a post like this every month in 2018, where I talk about my most anticipated releases of that month. I have 3 goals with this: 1) at the end of the year, I want to see how many of the books I said I was anticipating did I actually read. 2) I want to increase the number of new releases I read, and, 3) In case someone hasn’t heard about a book, but it sounds like something they would enjoy.

Here are my anticipated February releases:

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American Panda by Gloria Chao 

I always find stories about people straddling two cultures very interesting, in this case, the story is about a Taiwanese-American girl, who must deal with the expectation of her Taiwanese parents and her own desires. I have never read a book with a Taiwanese main character and that makes this book even more compelling to me. Also, it has a Japanese

Release date: February 6th 2018

The Belles by  Dhonielle Clayton

The concept of this, the idea of a group of women controlling beauty in a world where beauty is coveted, seems fascinating to me. Also, it’s New Orleans inspired fantasy and since New Orleans is the most beautiful and interesting city I have ever visited, I’m excited to read this. Plus, we have a black main character, which I feel we need more of in fantasy.

Release date: February 6th 2018

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena 

I have heard that this book is heartbreaking, I know the story starts with the death of the main character, which sounds intriguing, and the book deals with heavy themes like abuse, rape culture, religion, mental health and cultural norms. I want to see how these themes are handled.

Release date: February 27th 2018

The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos

I have heard people describe this as raw and intense. The main character, Macy, must deal with neglect, abuse and poverty. I really think this are topics that need to be addressed more in YA, especially teens living in poverty, so I’m really excited to see how it is handled in this book.

Release date: February 1st 2018

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Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

I have been obsessed with romance lately and this sounded up my alley. This book has a complicated but interesting premise, which is what made me want to read it. It’s hard to explain so I’m just gonna say that at its core is a friends to lovers story and from what I have heard there’s a lot of chemistry between the characters.

Release date: February 19th 2018

All We Can Do is Wait  by Richard Lawson 

This book is about a bridge collapse and a group of teenagers that meets in the waiting room of a hospital waiting to hear news about their love ones. That premise is the entire reason I want to read this.

Release date: February 6th 2018

I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter 

The tittle and the cover of this book played a big part in wanting to read it. But the fact that it deals with themes like rape, sexual assault, murder and violence made me want to read it even more.

Release date: February 27th 2018

 

What  february book releases are you anticipating? Do you want to read any of this books? Have you read any of this books and what did you think about it?

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January 2018 Wrap Up

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Life Update 

My mom was in the hospital since December 15th, she finally had the procedure that she needed on January 22nd and they let her leave the hospital today, February 2nd. She’s finally doing ok and that’s the best news!

I was doing so much better in terms of my anxiety, but the last few weeks haven’t been so great. Now that I finished some of the things and my mom is doing better, I hope I can get my anxiety a little under control.

My boyfriend moved away, which was really sad, but long distance hasn’t been as awful as I thought. Although, it’s only been about two weeks since he left, so it will probably get harder with time.

– I officially went through the administrative process necessary to graduate. I’m graduating February 24th. You heard right, I’M GRADUATING FROM UNIVERSITY!! 

I’m one week away from finishing my internship. FINALLY! I’m so happy that I could cry tears of happiness.

I’m writing again!!! Ok, I have only written like 800 words, BUT I wrote something so that counts as good news.

What I read 

 

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (4,2 stars)

I liked the representation of OCD and Anixiety in this book, it’s #ownvoices and it shows. There were a lot of other things that I loved about this, but I did have some problems with it. Read by review to know more.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson (4 stars)

When this book focused on living with a mental illness, on how that looks like in the day to day and on the good and bad that comes with it, this book was brilliant. Nonetheless, I had problems with some chapters that were random stories, because they tried too hard to be funny and lost the depth that other chapters had. I feel like there was some cohesiveness missing in this book. BUT, there were times when this was so great that I couldn’t believe someone had the words necessary to explain certain feelings and experiences.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore (4 stars)

The plot in this book is fantastic and unexpected, there’s a mystery throughout the book that comes to a surprising resolution. The plot was definitely my favorite part as well as the main characters, a group of bisexual girls that are cousins and that have lived their lives as if there one, because of the many things that bind them together. The only problem I have with this book is that I didn’t feel connected to anything and it has to do with the writing, Anna-Marie’s writing is beautiful but unfortunately, I feel it keeps me at a distance.
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Roomies by Christina Lauren (3,8 stars)

This story is so much fun; the characters are great and they have so much chemistry.  It’s a cute, fluffy and a fast read. Here’s my review.

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren (4,5 stars)

I loved this book, it gave me a lot of feels. It deals with the intersection between homophobia, religion and family. This story was heartbreaking at some points, infuriating at others, but it also had cute and happy moments. The romance is a lovely one and we get a bisexual main character and a gay main character.

Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen (4 stars)

This was a fun, entertaining and steamy read with great characters and it keep me captivated the entire time. Check out my review.

Act Like It by Lucy Parker (3 stars)

I had a hard time getting into this book, but it picks up and then it becomes a good romance full of banter, chemestry and lovely moments. Check out my review.

After We Fall by Melanie Harlow

This was steamy, entertaining and very, VERY ANGSTY. It was a fun read but I did have some problems with it. Check out my review.

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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I really liked this book,  it took me some time to get into it, but then it got so good. I really liked the characters and the romance was so cute, it was kind of easy to figure out who Blue was but that ddin’t take away from the story.

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One by Amanda Lovelace

There are a few poems in this collection that I really liked, but most of them were  just ok for me. Check out my review.

On the blog 

Here’s everything I posted this month on the blog:

  1. A Very Late Wrap Up: August – December 2017
  2. Most Anticipated Book Releases – January 2018
  3. 8 Books I Want to Read in 2018 
  4. Book Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green 
  5. Book Review: Roomies by Christina Lauren
  6. Book Review: Act Like It by Lucy Parker 
  7. Mini Reviews: Grumpy Farmers, Ambitious City Girls & Romance 
  8. Mini Review: Poetry Collection 

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