At the end of May, after finishing White Hot Kiss, I looked at the monthly challenge in on of my book groups and it was to read an LGBTQ+ book (either by an LGBTQ author or with characters that are LGBTQ). I had several options picked out but when my hold came in for this a few days before the end of May, I knew I needed to read this one, The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune.
I didn’t really know anything about this book or what to expect from it. This book actually made me laugh. Such a rare and precious thing when that happens. This book was so good. I’m so glad I read it and although I didn’t devour it like some of my other books, it was well worth the read. I highly recommend this one.
After finishing Cerulean Sea, I couldn’t wait one more minute to read the second book in The Dark Elements series, Stone Cold Touch. And this one was just as good as the first one. A quick read, I finished it in about four days. And the references to Buffy, the Vampire Slayer were hilarious especially since Eric and I have been rewatching the whole series.
After finishing Stone Cold Touch, I saw a post from Christina Lauren that their publisher was offering their book, Autoboyography, to read for free during Pride Month. It’s been a long while since I read anything by them, so I thought I’d give this one a go. I really enjoyed this book. The writing was great and it was kind of fun to see how far Christina & Lauren have come, although I’ve always enjoyed their books, they’ve clearly grown as authors. I was really intrigued by this book being about a bisexual/queer character in Utah, in the center of the LDS community.
After finishing Autoboyography, I decided I’d better put the pedal to the metal and get going on Shadow of Night. The new season of Discovery of Witches was starting on June 27th, and I wanted to be ready to watch it. Unfortunately, that didn’t come to fruition. I am struggling with this book. Discovery of Witches is one of my all-time favorite books and I’ve read it twice. But, with this book, there’s so many characters they are introducing and I can’t keep straight who’s human, vampire, or demon. I can’t decipher between place names and people’s names, as evidenced by Diana being upset that Matthew hasn’t been forthright with her and she’s like “first Berwick, then…” And I’m like, who is Berwick??? When I flipped back a few pages I realized it was the name of another town. I’m just feeling pretty lost with the book and I think I just need some uninterrupted time to really dig into it and then maybe my brain will engage. This feels a little like the first 100 pages or so of Crescent City. I was so lost. So, I’m carrying this one into July and I’ll post more about it once I finish it.