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~Review~Unbroken by Larry Benjamin

 

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Unbroken by Larry Benjamin

*****5 Stars*****

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This is one of the best books I’ve read.Yes, it’s a bold statement but it’s that good.

It’s Lincoln’s story and it’s just beautiful. Starting in 1964 and finishing in 2004, it’s the story of a young boy who fought with everything he had to live his life, the way he wanted to.I’m really struggling to put into words how much this book moved me so,f or now, I’m just posting quotes and hopefully you might get it.


You cant marry another boy, they told me. Why not? I asked, confused. You said I could do anything. You said I could grow up to be President. You cant marry another boy! But you said Id grow up, and fall in love, and get married. You cant fall in love with another boy! They began to watch me closely.”
 
Whats wrong? Willow finally asked me. Why cant boys kiss other boys? I blurted, hoping for an answer I could understand. Willow knew everythingmore than most grownups even. I waited anxiously for her answer. After thinking for a long time, she said, I dont know.
 
I was twelve, and in seventh grade. He was the new kid. His name was Jose Calderon. He walked into fourthperiod music, smiled, and changed everything. Until that moment, I had believed their lies, had ignored my own truth. I would change they told me, just wait and see.


Firstly, I honestly don’t know how this book hasn’t received more reviews.

I’m not joking when I say fourth-period I give it double the number of stars I would.I only came across it after reading Jan’s review( link to her review below) and to say it blew me away is an understatement.

It’s Lincoln’s story from Kindergarten to adulthood.Don’t go into it thinking it’s just YA because it’s so much more than that.It’s one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve read.Lincoln is pretty, really pretty -people notice, re marking that he looks like a girl.His parents notice he’s different-of course they do, of ter all he came home from Kindergarten one day announcing he was going to marry his friend Orlando.


They told him he would change,
They told him he would grow up and marry a girl,
They told him he would have a ‘normal’ life.

And in doing so, they silenced him…..until the day that a boy called Jose walked into his 12th-grade class and Lincoln knew what he wanted.


They were wrong, I decided; I would marry him. We would adopt children and a dog. We would buy a farmhouse in Connecticut, just like Lucy Ricardos house in Westport, and wed raise chickens. You cant fall in love with another boy, theyd told me. But I had! How could I not fall in love with the wonder of him? This time I was smart enough to tell no one.


 This story touched me in so many ways because it felt real.

Told only from Lincoln’s pov, the reader can fully appreciate what it must have been like growing up gay in the 60’s and 70’s and in the 80’s / 90’s when Aids hit the headlines.There is no unnecessary drama here, it’s the story of two men and what they overcame and stood up for.
I’m finishing with my favorite quote because it’s beautiful and hopefully conveys how special this story is.


Dont you know there is no me without you? I promised you once I would never leave you, not because I felt I couldnt, but because I never want to be without you. He spoke quietly, his voice a low rumble. I dont pray often, but when I do, I pray that I die five minutes after you so Ill always be here to look after you but not have to live without you.-Jose to Lincoln.

Check out ⇒ Jan’s Review ⇐….because she’s said it perfectly.

Cannot recommend highly enough!

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~Review~Beyond What is Given by Rebecca Yarros

 

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Beyond What is Given (Flight & Glory #3) by Rebecca Yarros

*****4.5 Stars*****

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Looks like I’m on a Rebecca Yarros streak right now…

…and this book, like the others I have read by this author, didn’t disappoint !! The angst killed me a little, but what can I say…I love torturing myself a bit 😉

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Samantha has left her life in Colorado, because of a major fuck-up and now she is trying to make a fresh start in Alabama.

Her friends Josh and Jagger (book 1 /2) offered her a place to live, with them and another guy. She is also trying her hardest to get into another college, which is proving to be a bitch.

But Sam is nothing if not determined and she isn’t ready to give up.

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Grayson is a bit of loner.

He is friends with his roommates Josh and Jagger but their friendship doesn’t go very deep because Grayson doesn’t give away much of himself. He puts all his time into his studying because he really wants to graduate top of his flight class. He comes off as a bit cold. But Grayson is carrying some heavy secrets himself and maybe the right person will be able to tone his broody demeanor.

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When Grayson and Sam meet, he is struck speechless, because he was expecting Sam to be a guy.He also wasn’t expecting the shimmer of lust going through his body, while looking at her. He knows he shouldn’t go there, he knows the best thing would be to ignore his feelings.

But neither of them can ignore the sparks that fly between them for long…

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One by one, secrets get revealed and while Grayson and Sam fall deeper and deeper for each other….something unimaginable happens….My heart freaking broke !!


Sam was such a great heroine and yes she may have been fooled a bit in her past…

…but as far as I was concerned, she really didn’t do anything wrong. She was so sweet and caring and funny and I felt like shit, right along with her.

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This book also had one of, the most hated characters in it, I think.

Usually, the sisters are the good ones and in this case, there sure were some of them, but Grayson’s sister Parker wasn’t one of them. I wanted to smash her face in so bad !!

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Grayson’s father was also a major asshole !!! Thankfully Grayson had a mind of his own, and he isn’t afraid of fighting for what he wants 🙂

“This is not a temporary thing between us. There is no deadline. I. Am. Always. Yours. ….So go ahead and fall. I’ve gotten really good at catching you”. 

This book put me through the wringer, but I loved every single second of it !! I can’t wait to read more by this author. I am definitely on a winning streak here !!

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~Review~ Nova by Rebecca Yarros

 

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Nova (The Renegades #2) by Rebecca Yarros

*****4,5 Stars*****

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I absolutely loved this “second chance” romance.

The only problem I had, was that I jumped straight into it, skipping book 1. I think that if you want to enjoy this story to the fullest, you should read book 1 first. Because I didn’t, the beginning was pretty confusing to me, which was totally my fault and not the author. Thankfully things started falling into place more and more, the further I got.

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Landon “Nova” is a Professional daredevil, specialized in snowboarding.

He is also a 4 times X-Games medalist.Him and some fellow adrenaline junkies are part of a team, they call “The Renegades”.

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For 9 months, he and his teammates, along with a bunch of other people, are on a “Study at Sea” cruise.

The Renegades are also filming a documentary, capturing their stunts and their life at sea. Landon is a real casanova, fucking around with everything that moves. He is doing this because he is lost and inside there is a big black empty hole, where the love of his life used to be. They call her “the curse”. But he is the one that has been cursed, ever since he left her behind.

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Rachel is a beautiful, sweet and feisty girl. She’s is also quite broken.

She was happy in love with her soulmate once, that is until he shattered her heart into a million pieces.

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After some trickery, from another “Renegades” team-member, the both of them are stuck on the same cruise ship for the next 6 months. They will have to come face to face and confront their pasts.


They never got over one another.

But where Landon wants to make amends and get back the girl he still loves so much, she just wants him to fuck off.

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Damn, but I loved Rachel. Now, this girl knew how to stand up for herself !!

I love a good grovel and this book gave me plenty !! She made him work his ass off to get back in her good graces. And Landon…he made some shitty mistakes, but he never once gave up and he was willing to do anything to get her forgiveness and love.

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I really thing these two belonged together and I ended this book with a huge smile on my face.

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Now I will just need to go back and read book 1. I’m also very curious about the next book in this series.
This was definitely one of the best “second chance” romances I have ever read.

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