Category: romance

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning Review

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Bookish Boyfriends by Tiffany Schmidt Review

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(WP) A castaway is adrift on the open ocean. D…

Lost At Sea

(I made a small change and made the man into a woman instead. I hope you enjoy it, and any feedback would be greatly appreciated!)

The sea is like a giant, teeming mass, roiling from the storms that have passed through the area. Every time something brushes my leg, I jump, certain that something hungry will rise up from the dark depths and devour me for a meal. Not that I’d be very satisfying; my bones are sticking through my skin, my skin so red and raw that it hurts to even trying to stay afloat.

At best, I’d make a good appetizer. The thought brings the ghost of a laugh to my parched throat, and even that brings unbearable pain. I’m going to die out here, and I knew that, however distantly. Loving the ocean comes with its own set of risks. But I’d never expected to be thrown overboard by my own crew. All because I’d been caught with the cook’s assistant.

Who knew that pirates even cared about one’s sexuality? The entire situation was laughable. Well, it would be if I wasn’t on the brink of death.

The sun is still high in the sky, beating down on me with its harsh, stinging rays that feel worse than a jellyfish sting. I’m so weak, and it feels like I’ve been swimming for a lifetime. I know that I’m fading, even without the hallucinations. Sometimes I see her, glimmering in the salt mist like a fey from one of Da’s stories, smiling and slipping me a bit of dried fruit when the rest of the crew isn’t looking.

I miss her terribly; she was screaming when they threw me off, desperate to save me, but the others had held her back, holding her face and making her watch while I hit the water. The last thing I remember before the ocean took me away from the ship. Storms had followed shortly after, and it’s a miracle that I didn’t die then. They didn’t even give me food before they’d sacrificed me to the salty water.

It’s so, so tempting to give up, to give in and let the sea take me. I didn’t do anything wrong; I did nothing but find love in the middle of all of the other offerings that a life of freedom has given me. But I’m so very tired.

There’s a ripple in the water and I swim backward, barely able to keep afloat. Maybe it’s a whale, come to end this agony at last. My heart hammers against my ribs, though it seems to take more effort than normal to function.

But much to my surprise, I can see a thick, glittering fin, then a head pops up above the waves.

“I’ve been watching you for a while,” The creature says, its voice like waves crashing on the shore, its hooded eyes glimmering with something like amusement. “You like you need help.” Finally, it rises, and I realize, with a shock, that it’s a mermaid, her long, teal-colored hair covering her breasts, tail flipping in and out of the water lazily.

“How’d you guess?” I ask sarcastically, and she narrows her eyes. Then she tosses her head back and laughs, the sound silvery and sweet.

“What an amusing human you are. And pretty, too.”

“How kind of you to say,” I retort; surely she must be joking.

She swims in a circle around me, lips flat, brow furrowed thoughtfully.

“I have a proposition for you, sailor girl,” She murmurs, and she swims so close that I could brush the hair out of her eyes if I had any strength left.

“Would you care to hear it?” I’m dying. What do I have to lose, anyway? And besides, she’s probably a mirage. What could hurt to hear her out?

“Yes. What is it?”

Her eyes never leave mine, and she smiles, showing off gleaming white teeth, more like a shark’s than a normal human’s. She moves closer and before I realize what’s happening, her webbed, delicate hands are wrapped around my waist, pulling me against her, and I sigh; her skin against mine feels like pure relief.

“Would you like a second chance at life? Under the water, this time?”

Her eyes, an emerald green that reminds me of the Mediterranean Sea, bore into mine, waiting for my answer with bated breath. “I can help you, and you’ll be restored. But you have to come with me to my kingdom,"It takes but a moment to decide, and I nod.

"Yes. Yes, please.”

Faster than blinking, she leans in and kisses me, so soft and gentle I can’t help but wonder if I’m imagining all of this. But then she pulls me deep under the waves, tight against her body, and I go willingly, opening my mouth.

The last thing I see is the last of my air bubbling up to the sun-soaked surface.

(WP) A castaway is adrift on the open ocean. D…

Lost At Sea

(I made a small change and made the man into a woman instead. I hope you enjoy it, and any feedback would be greatly appreciated!)

The sea is like a giant, teeming mass, roiling from the storms that have passed through the area. Every time something brushes my leg, I jump, certain that something hungry will rise up from the dark depths and devour me for a meal. Not that I’d be very satisfying; my bones are sticking through my skin, my skin so red and raw that it hurts to even trying to stay afloat.

At best, I’d make a good appetizer. The thought brings the ghost of a laugh to my parched throat, and even that brings unbearable pain. I’m going to die out here, and I knew that, however distantly. Loving the ocean comes with its own set of risks. But I’d never expected to be thrown overboard by my own crew. All because I’d been caught with the cook’s assistant.

Who knew that pirates even cared about one’s sexuality? The entire situation was laughable. Well, it would be if I wasn’t on the brink of death.

The sun is still high in the sky, beating down on me with its harsh, stinging rays that feel worse than a jellyfish sting. I’m so weak, and it feels like I’ve been swimming for a lifetime. I know that I’m fading, even without the hallucinations. Sometimes I see her, glimmering in the salt mist like a fey from one of Da’s stories, smiling and slipping me a bit of dried fruit when the rest of the crew isn’t looking.

I miss her terribly; she was screaming when they threw me off, desperate to save me, but the others had held her back, holding her face and making her watch while I hit the water. The last thing I remember before the ocean took me away from the ship. Storms had followed shortly after, and it’s a miracle that I didn’t die then. They didn’t even give me food before they’d sacrificed me to the salty water.

It’s so, so tempting to give up, to give in and let the sea take me. I didn’t do anything wrong; I did nothing but find love in the middle of all of the other offerings that a life of freedom has given me. But I’m so very tired.

There’s a ripple in the water and I swim backward, barely able to keep afloat. Maybe it’s a whale, come to end this agony at last. My heart hammers against my ribs, though it seems to take more effort than normal to function.

But much to my surprise, I can see a thick, glittering fin, then a head pops up above the waves.

“I’ve been watching you for a while,” The creature says, its voice like waves crashing on the shore, its hooded eyes glimmering with something like amusement. “You like you need help.” Finally, it rises, and I realize, with a shock, that it’s a mermaid, her long, teal-colored hair covering her breasts, tail flipping in and out of the water lazily.

“How’d you guess?” I ask sarcastically, and she narrows her eyes. Then she tosses her head back and laughs, the sound silvery and sweet.

“What an amusing human you are. And pretty, too.”

“How kind of you to say,” I retort; surely she must be joking.

She swims in a circle around me, lips flat, brow furrowed thoughtfully.

“I have a proposition for you, sailor girl,” She murmurs, and she swims so close that I could brush the hair out of her eyes if I had any strength left. 

“Would you care to hear it?” I’m dying. What do I have to lose, anyway? And besides, she’s probably a mirage. What could hurt to hear her out?

“Yes. What is it?”

Her eyes never leave mine, and she smiles, showing off gleaming white teeth, more like a shark’s than a normal human’s. She moves closer and before I realize what’s happening, her webbed, delicate hands are wrapped around my waist, pulling me against her, and I sigh; her skin against mine feels like pure relief.

“Would you like a second chance at life? Under the water, this time?”

 Her eyes, an emerald green that reminds me of the Mediterranean Sea, bore into mine, waiting for my answer with bated breath. 

“I can help you, and you’ll be restored. But you have to come with me to my kingdom,"It takes but a moment to decide, and I nod.

"Yes. Yes, please.”

Faster than blinking, she leans in and kisses me, so soft and gentle I can’t help but wonder if I’m imagining all of this. But then she pulls me deep under the waves, tight against her body, and I go willingly, opening my mouth.

The last thing I see is the last of my air bubbling up to the sun-soaked surface. 

The One Book Review

Author: Kiera Cass

Rating: 5/5

You know, I never know what to say about this series. I’ve read the first 3 each in less than a day, I’m always anticipating reading the following instalment, and I know I love them beyond belief. But I couldn’t, intellectually, tell you why. They’re so addictive, yet I know that it’s really not good literature! To be honest, I’ve gave up all guilt about loving The Selection long ago, so here’s all the reasons you should read them:

  1. The characters are so loveable you’ll feel like either your best friends or your children
  2. The writing is so easy to read – almost no effort required!
  3. Yet somehow, it messes with your emotions so much that I was audibly suffering
  4. Romance… romance, romance, romance
  5. Plot twists! There’s one in this book that hit me square in the chest and sent me flying
  6. Dystopia meets utopia, the complexity of the morals in this society is so deep, with half the population living in blissful naivety and the other living in painful honesty
  7. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

And I could give you so many more. Basically, pick up this series – you’ll love it!

Defy The Stars Book Review

Author: Claudia Gray

Rating: 4.75/5

I did not expect to like this book anywhere near as much as I did. It had so much more depth than I thought it would, and I actually really loved it! 

I imagined this novel would be a cheesy romance with the sci-fi setting used as a bit of a background detail. However, I WAS WRONG. There were so many moral, economical and social events that were incredibly compelling and relevant to the future of our world. As someone who is very interested in the ethics behind artificial intelligence, it was fascinating to read about the author’s perspective of how AI will shape our lifestyle. However, the most intriguing theme in this book was religion. Faith plays a huge role in the life of the main character, Noemi, but is doubted by the ‘mech’ (robot) in the story. The two views are so contrasting yet they compliment each other so well as you read into them. Self-discovery was also a major theme, and one that I’d never seen tackled so literally!

Another fabulous aspect of this book is the rare and great slow-burning romance. It is so uncommon that two characters have such a complex and beautifully written relationship, and I adored it. And although the writing was basic at times, there were many amazing quotes (one that you can find on my main blog here ) that gave it an almost lyrical touch.

If you decide to read this book, which I highly recommend you do, a piece of advice: Don’t ignore the fact that Abel is a ‘mech’, but don’t let it ruin the romance for you. For a while, I was really really weirded out by it, but I let it slide and the book became hugely enjoyable.

Truth Or Dare Book Review

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Author: Non Pratt

Rating: 4.25/5 (idk I’m really conflicted)

Right y’all – I have some opinions I need to share. Just so you know, Truth Or Dare is a YA contemporary told in two perspectives: you read the first one and flip the book to read the second one. There’s no confusion over perspectives or chronology BUT the chronology is disconnected. But we’ll get onto that.

I enjoyed the story told in this book. It was heart-warming and even a little harrowing at times – and I can’t get over how honest it is. Non Pratt writes about a lot of sensitive/important subjects faced in the lives of the population (e.g. disability, mental health, sexuality, financial issues, rape, family etc.) and, in my opinion, she tackled these topics incredibly effectively. As a survivor of disability and mental health issues, I was quite overwhelmed with the honesty the narrator portrays. It is rare to see these subjects dealt with in such a raw, true and un-romanticized way – and I really respect that. It’s also highlights the absolute importance that is recognizing sexual assault. There is no graphic or traumatizing moments, but it does showcase the kind of sexual assault that is happening all the damn time with people of all ages – and the ‘casual’ attitude that many people have of consent. One quote in this book which crushed my heart was when the girl narrator says something along the lines of ‘I don’t just hate him, I hate the way he makes me hate myself’ which I thought opened my eyes even more to the awful confliction of the victim’s of this horrible crime.

Also, ARO-ACE REPRESENTATION Y’ALL! I’m neither asexual or aromantic but I so deeply need more rep for this group of people who get so looked over or misunderstood. My ace pal said the rep was fab, but I have no aromantic’s opinions yet and I’d love to hear what you think about it (I don’t want to say anything about this book without having all the info from the own voices, so if you weren’t happy with it, please let me know and I would be happy to add your opinion to this review.)

Besides that, the pacing in each section was good, the writing seemed very real and colloquial and generally I really enjoyed it. However, at the point where you spin the book round to read the second section, the pace changes so dramatically and I HATED IT. The end of Claire’s section was so action packed and full of adrenaline and ended on a cliff-hanger… but then I got to Sef’s section and it starts from the beginning again! I was so mad about having to read the whole story again to find out what happened next.

I soon got over that and now, having finished the book, I deeply understand why the author chose to go about the story the way they did – learning the other side of the story is so so important. But I had to knock off 0.75 stars for the aggravation it caused me at the time.

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich Review

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich Review

Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett Review

Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett Review

Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger Review

Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger Review