Randoms: January 2022 Reads

Here are some additional reviews of books I read in January….

The New Housemate by Avery Summer

Twenty-six-year-old closeted bisexual, Elizabeth Andrews, is an architect living a quiet life in New York. She’s a charming, talented beauty who wants nothing more than to live out her days quietly with her two cats. Her plans are driven off course when a sudden visit from her mom leaves her with a new house mate.

Mina Stafford is a twenty-four-year-old unemployed lesbian. After barely escaping a toxic relationship with her ex-girlfriend she’s looking forward to a new start. She’s clumsy and sweet and Elizabeth has no idea what to do with her.

Their relationship is off to a rocky start but Mina is determined to make it work.4

My thoughts

Hmmmm…I am trying to think of what to write without giving anything away. (chuckle)

I am going to take my cues from the synopsis because then I know I am not giving away any spoilers. Avery Summer lays down the groundwork for a possible romance between Mina and Elizabeth or a good friendship. I think I have an idea of what Elizabeth’s mother’s motives are and they are not exactly what she says they are because Elizabeth’s reasons are all valid as to why Mina shouldn’t stay with her. 

I would suggest to Summer that they label the chapters with each character’s point-of-view because later in the book we suddenly get Mina’s POV mid-chapter and it is disconcerting. There is also a continuity problem in chapter 3, but it is not a huge issue. On a personal note, Elizabeth gets behind the wheel after admittedly having three shots, being exhausted, and surviving on caffeine on the days prior to this event – not smart. I get that they had been there for about two hours, but she downed a shot before walking out the door exhausted. I was fully expecting her to be pulled over or get into an accident. (I am so judgmental (smh).) 

Now in the synopsis Summer “outs” both characters to us, but neither character has a clue about the other’s orientation. Carla, Elizabeth’s mother, sweet-talks Elizabeth into having Mina stay with her. Come to find out that it is not exactly in Mina’s interests alone. Once again, I sit at fork roads. I am trying to remind myself that this is fiction and a possible romance. This is a trope. Yada, yada, yada…but, the job title that Carla has is a trigger for me in my personal life and how it is utilized. Wow I did not realize that I am having such an issue with this book, until I am writing this review.

So, now we know how I feel. Read the book and let me know what you thought. (2021. P. 68) Goodreads

Thank you to the Author for putting this book in #KindleUnlimited otherwise I could not have afford to read it. Thanks again!

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

Revenge Body by Rachel Wiley

The third book from Rachel Wiley.

Revenge Body is a poetry collection that explores anger (righteous and not), Black identity, body image, loss, want, and mental health

My thoughts

Rachel Wiley was not lying when they say there is an exploration of anger. It pours off the page and seeps into you. I had to take quite a few breaks while reading this collection. For some reason I just didn’t connect with poetry the way I thought I would and wanted. Many of the issues dealt with in Revenge Body I live through everyday, but as I said for some reason there was a disconnect for me.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily. I am sorry to say that I did not connect with the poetry in this book. You might, so please do not take my opinion as anything other than a reader who did not make a connection. (2022) Paperback Goodreads

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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