Review of Blood Moon by M.J. O’Shea

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Blood Moon is about two friends, Noah and Zack, who grew up together after meeting at Harper’s lake where Zack’s family stays in the summer. When the book starts, Zack’s family is heading back to the lake and it will be his last trip before he goes off to college. He’s not really able to enjoy himself because he’s sad that he hasn’t talked to Noah since last year when they shared a kiss. The day after Noah said they couldn’t be friends or anything else. Then they reconnect and get back together, but Noah is hiding something.

I enjoyed the relationship between Zack and Noah and I think it was sweet, even if their reunion was a bit too easy. *shrug* I thought I had Noah’s secret figured out before it was revealed, but I only had part of it right. I thought both of their characters were really well written and Zack is pretty funny.

The story mostly takes place in New York City and I was able to picture all of the places that Zack and Noah visited from the nightclubs and bars to their friends’ house. Their friends are an interesting bunch and it was great that they were so accepting of the boys’ relationship. Of course there were some characters that weren’t.

A lot of things happened in this book and it was all entertaining and well written. Unfortunately, I can’t go into much detail without spoiling things. I want to read the other two books in the series. The only thing that took away from the story for me is that most of the chapters had some kid of sex scene and they are explicit, which makes this a “new adult” book instead of a “young adult” one. It’s not suitable for younger teens.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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How May We Hate You?: Notes from the Concierge Desk by Anna Drezen & Todd Briscoe

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“How My We Hate You?” is a fun, quick read written by two hotel concierges who work in New York City. After having a popular blog by the same name, they wrote this book about some of the more interesting (aka crazy) people that they’ve encountered.

Some sections are written by both of them and others have separate entries by each of them. Even though I don’t work in a hotel, I do work in retail. I swear some of the same people have come through my store.

If you’re looking an entertaining read, I recommend this one. Especially if you have ever worked in retail or hospitality.

I got this book for free from the Blogging For Books website. All opinions are my own.

Review of The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

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I really enjoyed this book. The characters (even the bullies) and situations are well written and believable. I liked learning about Leo and David, seeing their friendship grow and watching them become who they’re supposed to be. I am so happy they had each other for support. Their families (David’s more than Leo’s) are pretty great too.

Some parts were a little predictable, but that was fine with me. I liked seeing how they got to where I thought they’d be. I realize that’s pretty vague, but I don’t want to spoil anything.

I think this book will be great for transgender teens, their families and allies. It might help people understand what it’s like dealing with what these teens (and adults) go through.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.