Size Doesn’t Matter (107): Loud Is How I Love You; Friday on My Mind; My Sister Rosa

Size Doesn’t Matter (107): Loud Is How I Love You; Friday on My Mind; My Sister RosaLoud Is How I Love You by Mercy Brown
Series: Hub City #1
Published by InterMix on January 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 227
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

One girl’s heart gets rocked to the core in the first novel in this sexy New Adult series.

Twenty-one-year-old front girl Emmylou knows that getting her band noticed in the ‘90s indie rock scene will be no easy task. She definitely knows better than to break the number one rule of the band: Don't sleep with your bandmates! But after she ends up having the best sex of her life with her guitarist, Travis, she finds following that rule is a lot harder than it sounds.

When the band gets the gig of their dreams, making it big seems just within reach. But Emmy’s inability to keep her hands off Travis threatens everything they’ve worked for. Can Emmy find a way to break the rules and not blow the chance of a lifetime?

Hurrah! More new adult that isn’t the worst. This is all I’ve wanted really. Loud Is How I Love You is hot af, has an amazing voice, and a great ship.

Emmylou, aka Emmy, fronts a band, and her number one rule is not to have sex with anyone in her band. Which, oops, she has just broken as Loud Is How I Love You starts. I absolutely love the band stuff, even though I totally didn’t understand all of it. I mean, I don’t know too much about rock gear and guitars, but it’s clear that Emmy knows what the fuck she’s talking about which is awesome. Also, the song they write in here actually has awesome lyrics, which is often not the case in books with a heavy music component.

Travis and Emmy have obviously been circling each other for a while but she’s been trying to ignore how much she wants him. He, meanwhile, is trying to figure out how to get past her emotional barriers, her anxiety and her fear. While it’s definitely a frustrating ship in the sense that you know exactly what fights are coming and they come right on cue, Emmy’s well developed enough that it feels convincing, especially the tie-in to her feelings of abandonment because her father left when she was a teen.

The sex is ridiculously hot, despite being written in a way that doesn’t usually work for me.  It’s filthy in the hot way, full of dirty talk and references to cock and fucking and obviously lots of loud screaming. But in Emmy’s voice, it all just really works. Also, the Sharpie tattoos are the best.

Additionally, despite the fact that most of the characters are in college because that’s what you do, I love that they actually think about classes and the future. It’s not just about the romance, which is nice. Travis and Emmy take tests and write papers, and he’s thinking about what to do after he graduates. They also do feel very college aged: mature about some things but still figuring a lot of adult shit out.

I’m super impressed with Mercy Brown’s debut, and I’m thrilled to move on to Stay Until We Break.

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Size Doesn’t Matter (107): Loud Is How I Love You; Friday on My Mind; My Sister RosaFriday on My Mind by Nicci French
Narrator: Beth Chalmers
Length: 9 hrs, 39 mins
Series: Frieda Klein #5
Published by Penguin Audio on October 4, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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In Nicci’s French’s thrilling fifth book, London psychotherapist Frieda Klein herself becomes the prime suspect in a murder

A bloated corpse turns up in the Thames, throat slashed, and the only clue is a hospital wristband reading Dr. F. Klein. Frieda is taken to see the body and realizes with horror that it is Sandy, her ex-boyfriend. She’s certain that the killer is Dean Reeve—the man who has never stopped haunting her. But the police think he has been dead for years, and Frieda is their number one suspect. With few options, Frieda goes on the run to save herself and try to uncover the truth.

The Frieda Klein series stands out from the admittedly small number of mystery/detective stories I’ve read, and Friday on My Mind may be the one that’s had me most on the edge of my seat.

Because I don’t read book blurbs, I was completely shocked that the corpse of the day was Sandy’s. Like, fuuuuuuuuck. I mean, yes, she dumped him last book but not into the Thames! Frieda’s always been in danger in these books, but things are definitely spreading out from just being about her; she’s relying more on those around her (including Carlson, which is promising for ship). Also, she seems to be changing a lot. She doesn’t behave in the typical, put-together, unflappable, ever-clever Frieda Klein way.

I think one of the reasons this series really works for me is that these mysteries have been taking place over the course of many years. It’s not back to back drama and murder investigations in Frieda’s life. Between the books, she works as a psychiatrist and goes about her “normal” life as best she can.

I’m assuming there are two more of these to go, and I’m really excited to see if she gets with Carlson and for the final showdown with Dean Reeve.

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Size Doesn’t Matter (107): Loud Is How I Love You; Friday on My Mind; My Sister RosaMy Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
Published by Soho Teen on November 15, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Horror, Mystery
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: ALA
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What if the most terrifying person you know is your ten-year-old sister?

Seventeen-year-old Aussie Che Taylor loves his younger sister, Rosa. But he’s also certain that she’s a diagnosable psychopath—clinically, threateningly, dangerously. Recently Rosa has been making trouble, hurting things. Che is the only one who knows; he’s the only one his sister trusts. Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and very good at hiding what she is and the violence she’s capable of.

Their parents, whose business takes the family from place to place, brush off the warning signs as Rosa’s “acting out.” Now that they have moved again—from Bangkok to New York City—their new hometown provides far too many opportunities for Rosa to play her increasingly complex and disturbing games. Alone, Che must balance his desire to protect Rosa from the world with the desperate need to protect the world from her.

My friend Lenore’s been teaching me some things about psychopaths this last year (authors do some interesting research, okay), so My Sister Rosa totally fascinated and terrified me.

Larbalestier looks beyond the psychopaths of pop culture and gets further down into what psychopathy (or antisocial personality disorder) actually means. It’s an interesting contrast, because you definitely learn about the fact that not all psychopaths end up being terrifying killers, the ones actually in the book do follow a more cinematic line.

Che tries as hard as he can to keep his 10 year-old sister Rosa from hurting anyone. He figured out she was a psychopath thanks to google searches. There’s really nothing more terrifying than a creepy child. I actually don’t want to talk about this part to much because it’s all intricate plotting and horror, so it would be hard not to spoil.

Alongside Che’s concerns about Rosa, he has his one real joy in life: boxing. It’s a way to focus his frustration into something positive and the only time he can clear his head of his fears. When the family moves to NYC, he meets a hot boxer girl, Sojourner, and his parents’ friends’ daughter, Leilani. Both girls are awesome, and I love the diversity of this book. Sojourner and Leilani are really well developed, and they have mini story lines of their own. I even love Sojourner’s faith, and if I was going to be a Christian, I’d be one like her. I also love that she avoids coming off like an MPDG despite the fact that Che totally thinks she’s perfect.

Though well written and compelling from beginning to end, I had to put My Sister Rosa down every so often because it was just to intense and scary to handle. If you’re at all curious about psychopaths, this is a good one to read. It’s also just a good book in general.

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4 responses to “Size Doesn’t Matter (107): Loud Is How I Love You; Friday on My Mind; My Sister Rosa”

  1. Joanne Levy says:

    Ohhhh My Sister Rosa sounds intriguing–I’m definitely going to have to grab that one.
    Yes, authors do a lot of interesting research. 😉 I’ve actually done a lot on sociopaths recently and found the book Confessions of a Sociopath to be a fascinating read. Though it’s non-fiction (memoir), as you read, you feel the author manipulating you as I’m sure she does to people she interacts with in everyday life. She’s not a killer or a criminal, but you get that insight into her character that makes it easy to see how she (and others like her) could be. Anyway, very interesting stuff.
    Sorry about all the tangents lately.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      If you’re interested in psychopaths, you definitely need to read that one! Of the books I’ve read, this one comes closest to actually telling you what psychopaths are really like, as opposed to the more general serial killer vision of pop culture.

      It’s been really fun trying to pick out sociopaths/psychopaths in media, where it’s not the standard interpretation.

  2. I’ve had my eye on My Sister Rosa for a while but even though I read a lot of horror, creepy children is still kind of where I draw the line. lol Might have to take the plunge though.
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