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Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend Review 

Title : Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend
Author : Alan Cumyn
Publisher : Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Publish Date : March 22, 2016
Genre : Ya, Fantasy, Romance
Book Form : Ebook
Pages : 416
Dates Read : Apr 23 – Apr 25
Rating :

Prepare to be blown awayor rather, carried away on huge muscular wingsby this blissfully outlandish, bracingly-smart, tour de force about a teen who has to come to terms with relinquishing control for the first time as she falls for the hot new如terodactyl地t school. After all, everybody wants him!

Shiels is very pleased with her perfectly controlled life (controlling others while shes at it). Shes smart, powerful, the Student Body Chair, and she even has a loving boyfriend. What more could a girl ask for?

But everything changes when the first-ever interspecies transfer student, a pterodactyl named Pyke, enrolls at her school. Theres something about himsomething primalthat causes the students to lose control whenever hes around. Even Shiels, the seemingly perfect self-confident girl that she is, cant keep her mind off of him, despite her doting boyfriend and despite the fact that Pyke immediately starts dating Jocelyn, the schools fastest runner who Shiels has always discounted as a nobody.

Pyke, hugely popular in a school whose motto is to embrace differences, is asked to join a band, and when his band plays at the Autumn Whirl dance, his preternatural shrieking music sends everyone into a literal frenzy. No one can remember what happened the next day, but Shiels learns that she danced far too long with Pyke, her nose has turned purple, and she may have done something with her boyfriend that she shouldnt have. Whos in control now?

– Goodreads

Okay. So. This is one of those books everyone talks about how bad it is. They tell you not to read it, but you do to see how bad it is. This was also (jokingly) a group read last month in Words & Whimsy Reading Challenge. Perfect time to read it and see what the big deal was.

The deal was – it was bad. Shelis is a highschooler. She’s very into student council, so when a pterodactyl joins the school, she decides she is going to make sure he fits in. All the while, she falls in love with him, is jealous he likes her AND another high school girl, AND Shelis’ MOM FALLS FOR HIM. WHAT? They also all have purple noses after they wrangle dance with him. Aka sex. They have sex with a pterodactyl. And get purple noses. I just… what?

That was my thought throughout the whole book. Just what? I was confused. So much happened, but it also seemed like nothing happened? It was weird. And bad. Please don’t read it.

I’m going to link my friend Jordan’s review here. She says it much better than me. Her review is honestly way better than the whole book – and takes a lot less time to read!

Dear friends, please tell me you have not read this book. But if you have, I want to know your thoughts in the comments below!

Until next time…

ARC, contemporary, Erotica, One Star Book, Romance, ya

Jane’s Team ARC Review 

Title : Jane’s Team
Author : Janie Marie
Publisher : Kindle
Publish Date : April 2, 2020
Genre : YA, Romance, Sports
Book Form : E-ARC
Pages : 375 pages
Dates Read : Apr 25 – Apr 28
Rating : .5

Thank you to Netgalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

When youre in love with your best friend, life is complicated. When hes also your stepbrother, its a nightmare.

Janes apparently a magnet for chaos. Because now shes agreed to tutor her stepbrothers enemy, and that sexy bad boy might have a thing for her. She might also love that a tingle surrounds her soul whenever hes close. Throw his two brothers into the mix, dangerous rivals looking to destroy every one of them, and parents controlling her love life. Its safe to say shes wandered into the apocalypse.

At least being torn between four hot guys isnt the end of the world. Just kidding. It totally is. But theyll all realize something.

Janes the ruler of her life. No one else. Long live the queen . . . and her kings.

– Goodreads

Okay, look. I can get down with some freaky, forbidden romances. Don’t bother me one little bit. However, there were some glowering issues with this book. The more I thought about it, the more mad I got. That’s why you see the rating changed from 3 stars on my April wrap up to 1.5 stars now.

This story follows Jane who has been in love with her step-brother, David, since before they were step siblings. She also has a crush on the jerk next door, Ryder. Jane is forced to tutor Ryder, star of the football team, and learns maybe he isn’t such a jerk after all. Then somehow his two brothers Luc and Tercero are factored in and she just.can’t.choose. Four super hot guys fawning over this girl who’s never even been kissed.

It starts with Ryder and David, and they decide to share and let her explore and make up her mind. Then comes the other two brothers, and they decide to be one big happy family.

All that? Good. Doesn’t bother me one bit. You know what DOES bother me? THE MEN IN THIS BOOK!

I felt every man was so misogynist and just, ugh. They didn’t treat Jane with respect at all. They all try to boss her around. It was the things that were said to her that really pissed me off. Jane, of course, was very insecure in their arrangement. She wanted all the guys, yes, but she was scared of how they would be perceived. Constantly wondered why she couldn’t just choose one. She would say things like, “I’m so dumb” or “I’m such a how” and the boys would smirk their sexy smirk, say “I know.” or “A little” and start kissing her. WHAT?! I thought about this for days after and just kept getting more and more angry. Who says that to someone they ‘love’?! It didn’t seem to be in a joking manner, either. They just.. almost seemed like they were saying it to shut her up? I don’t know. I’m getting angry thinking about it again.

The romance scenes weren’t bad. They were spicy and well done. Like I said, that wasn’t the issue.

This is also an alternate universe for the author’s Gods and Monsters series. You don’t have to read that to understand this book. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be picking it up.

Have you read Jane’s Team or Gods and Monsters? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

ARC, LGBT, mystery, One Star Book, ya

Swipe Right for Murder ARC Review

On the run from the FBI.
Targeted by a murderous cult.
Labeled a cyber-terrorist by the media.
Irritated texts from his best friend.
Eye contact with a nice-looking guy on the train.
Aidan has a lot to deal with, and he’s not quite sure which takes top priority.

Finding himself alone in a posh New York City hotel room for the night, Aidan does what any red-blooded seventeen-year-old would do—he tries to hook up with someone new. But that lapse in judgement leads to him waking up next to a dead guy, which sparks an epic case of mistaken identity that puts Aidan on the run from everyone—faceless federal agents, his eccentric family, and, naturally, a cyber-terrorist group who will stop at nothing to find him.

He soon realizes the only way to stop the chase is to deliver the object everyone wants, before he gets caught or killed. But for Aidan, the hardest part is knowing who he can trust not to betray him—including himself.

– Goodreads

You guys… this was.. a book.

Thanks, giphy!

What I liked:

Uhm. It didn’t take me long to read? Thankfully. Cause otherwise… well.

Gah. I just didn’t like this book. There was nothing I liked about it.

What I didn’t like:

Where to start? I almost DNF’d this book, but I didn’t since it was an arc. Maybe it would have been better if I would have.

Like I said, this book didn’t take me long to read at all. However, the story felt very jumbled and it got very confusing at times.

I feel like there was supposed to be some kind of political espionage in there, but it didn’t really make sense. You didn’t know who was good and who was bad, which I think was the point, but I also didn’t care. They all seemed horrible.

There was an attempt at pop culture references. There was a line in there from RuPaul. They called someone Katniss Fuckerdeen. It all just felt forced and silly.

At one point about 75% in, they sacrificed a bunny. In a pool of electric water. I just….. why?! It was sudden, made no sense, and just made my heart hurt. Some of my friends even removed this book from their TBR because of it.

Would I recommend?

No. I can’t. I couldn’t find anything enjoyable, wanted to DNF, and the bunny sacrifice just sealed the deal for me.

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Until next time…