25 May 2020

The Strong & The Stolen | Review

Title: The Strong & The Stolen
Series: Gifted Fae Academy #3
Author: Brittni Chenelle
Pages: 196 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

The Fae have Fallen.

Our world isn’t what it used to be. Fae were once revered as saviors and now? Hated doesn’t even begin to describe it.

As if it wasn’t bad enough that the elites no longer hold the power in Ancetol, the guy I love is in prison for life and my best friend? She disappeared without a trace—kidnapped—and I’ve made it my personal mission to save her.

To call my life complicated would be an understatement, but it gets worse when an old enemy resurfaces and threatens to slaughter the already tenuous peace in our city.

The strong have to rise, before life as we know it is stolen.

Ancetol is stronger than it appears—and so am I.

This Upper YA/NA series is intended for mature audiences. It contains cursing, sexual situations, bullying, and violence.


Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Brittni Chenelle!

The Strong & The Stolen is the third and final book in the Gifted Fae Academy series and continues the story of Reina and Kaito.

The Strong & The Stolen was another great book written by Brittni Chenelle! I really liked this book because it was a fun and fast-paced read and I really liked the ending of this book. The story is also really original because I haven’t read something like this series before, which makes me enjoy it even more.

I love how much Reina and Kaito changed from book 1. I remember not liking Kaito and now I have a different opinion about him. Reina is such a brave character and I love a strong heroine! I really liked reading in the two perspectives because you get to know more about the character’s feelings and intentions.

The Strong & The Stolen was such a good and quick read. I love it when books have shorter chapters because it’s easier and faster to read. I also really liked that at the end of the book, there was a link to the Gifted Fae Academy Yearbook. I loved the illustrations and it was nice to see how Brittni Chenelle imagined her characters to look like!

22 May 2020

Pastel Dreams and Glittered Hearts | Review

Title: Pastel Dreams and Glittered Hearts
Author: Samira Vivette
Pages: 355 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

A poetry collection that’s like a mixed bag of candy!

Pastel Dreams and Glittered Hearts is the debut poetry collection from Samira Vivette. Dive underneath the pastel pink cover and between ten ‘sweet’ chapter titles which explore ten completely different themes, some dark and some light, through a rollercoaster of emotions which detail the healing process and the messiness that comes with it.

Themes that are explored include: introversion, solitude, dark nights, broken friendships and the grief that follows, anxiety and restlessness, toxic love and heartbreak, grief, depression, finding love, embracing femininity among societal double standards, memories and adventures, and healing affirmations.

Pastel Dreams and Glittered Hearts will provide comfort to those darker souls, those misunderstood, and those who seek reassurance. With a versatile collection of 320+ poems and prose, there is something in this book for everyone!


Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Samira Vivette!

Pastel Dreams and Glittered Hearts is Samira Vivette’s debut poetry collection and it’s about numerous topics such as depression, anxiety, toxic love, grief, …

These four walls have heard your cries, your screams,
The silent chokes as you held your throat
And begged your body for the aches to cease.

First of all, I want to say that I really like the cover! I’m a sucker for pink covers, and I really like the illustration. As for the poems, I think Samira Vivette did a wonderful job because I felt so many different emotions while reading this poetry collection.

Solitude comforts my aching soul,
Holding me in its arms of silence
Until the tears cease to flow.

Pastel Dreams and Glittered Hearts is divided into a few chapters and every chapter has a different sort of theme/topic. There was one chapter that was about friendship and I could really relate to those. The last couple of years I’ve been struggling with finding true friendship and Samira Vivette just described my feelings.

I wish our friendship ended on a high so I could remember nothing but the good times, but instead our love slowly withered away like a dehydrated flower.

A lot of the poems in Pastel Dreams and Glittered Hearts were really relatable and also really beautiful. Not every poem had a title, so the ones listed below are not the only ones that I loved. I think that this poetry collection was really beautiful and I cannot wait to read more poetry by Samira Vivette!

Favourite poems:

  • Your Time
  • Space to Breathe
  • Leave Me Be
  • Betrayal
  • I Gave Up
  • By Your Side
  • Lost but Never Found
  • Force of Habit
  • Amnesia
  • The Scars of Grief
  • Missing Piece
  • Another Year Closer
  • One Day, Darling
  • Contrasted Minds
  • Enchanted Mirror
  • Incomparable
  • Don’t Hate Her

21 May 2020

Zodiac Academy: Cursed Fates | Review

Title: Zodiac Academy: Cursed Fates
Series: Supernatural Beasts and Bullies #5
Authors: Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 22 May 2020
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

After the devastating events at Zodiac Academy, we have to deal with this darker world we’re faced with.
Lionel seeks to hurt us, the Nymphs seek to hurt the entire Fae race, and between all of it, we just have to try and survive each day as it comes.
I’m afraid of everything falling apart, but it looks like it already has.

Review

This book was provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti!

Zodiac Academy: Cursed Fates is the fifth book in the Supernatural Beasts and Bullies series and continues the story of the twins Tory and Darcy.

I’m sitting at my desk, looking at my notes and I don’t know how to write this review. So many things happened in this book, I was feeling so happy but also so sad and angry throughout this book. Zodiac Academy: Cursed Fates was such an emotional rollercoaster and we have, yet again, a massive cliffhanger at the end of the book…

Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti are the best writing duo ever. I loved Zodiac Academy: Cursed Fates because there are so many plot twists and crossovers with two other series, Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac (before ZA) and Supernatural Prison for Dark Fae (after ZA). I love reading about the characters from the other series and I think it’s just an amazing idea. I cannot get enough of the characters in all the series, and I love seeing them in other books.

I don’t want to go into detail about what happened to the characters in Zodiac Academy: Cursed Fates because otherwise, my review won’t be spoiler-free. I think that Darcy is still my favourite twin because she’s just more like me. I still love Tory, I think she’s still really badass and in this book, she finally expressed her real feelings. And some of the other characters did that as well. I think that this book was just so good because we finally got to learn more about the character’s feelings and reasons.

Zodiac Academy: Cursed Fates was an amazing book by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti. I think this book is the biggest one in the series, but it was still really fast paced and you just want to know what is going to happen to the characters. I also love that Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti create these discussion groups for every book in the series because you just want to talk about all the crazy stuff that happens in their books. Zodiac Academy: Cursed Fates was such a good book and I highly recommend the Supernatural Beasts and Bullies series!

20 May 2020

The Darkest Secrets | Review

Title: The Darkest Secrets
Author: Heather Wynter
Pages: 260 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Willowlake Media
Rating: ★★

Synopsis

One dead.
Two dead.
Three dead.
You.

As Amelia’s investigation reveals a series of abductions and murders are related, she tries not to let her past get in the way. The deeper she digs, she discovers this case has more to do with her than she thinks.

She’s struck with her mother’s death and a mysterious flash drive she left behind. As the secrets surface and bodies stack up, her two problems are helplessly entangled with Amelia caught in their web. As she struggles to deal with her past trauma, the lines blur between victims and investigating until they’re brought together by an invisible link. A link that proves people hide the darkest secrets for a reason people will kill to keep them just that, secrets.



Review

This book was provided by the author through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Heather Wynter and Xpresso Book Tours!

The Darkest Secrets is a standalone Thriller about Amelia and some dark secrets.

What first caught my attention was the beautiful cover. I was going through my Xpresso Book Tours mail for some interesting blog tours and review copies, and when I saw the cover, I had to know what this book was about. The synopsis sounded really promising, and I was really excited to read this book.

When I started reading The Darkest Secrets, I was so irritated with the main character, Amelia. I just didn’t enjoy reading in her perspective because she was so annoying and there were two people that wanted to help her, two people that she could trust and she was always mean to them. We also got to read a few chapters in Emma’s perspective and she was annoying too, just like Amelia.

The story of The Darkest Secrets was good in general, I liked the concept, but the characters made this book so hard to read. This book was so slow paced and I had to push myself to finish this book. If it hadn’t been an arc, I wouldn’t have finished it…

19 May 2020

Stirred | Release day blitz

Title: Stirred
Series: Twisted Fox #1
Author: Charity Ferrell
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release date: 19 May 2020

Synopsis

I don’t want him.
I can’t do this.
That’s what my ex said after our son was born, leaving me a single dad.

These days, my world consists of two things: Noah and my bar.
Until her—the woman I want—but can never have.
My ex’s sister wasn’t supposed to be stirred into the mix.

Even though I try to push her away, my son falls in love with her.
As much as I want to keep my distance, I can’t break his heart.

Lines become blurred, and fighting our attraction becomes nearly impossible.
Even though we know it’s wrong, desire doesn’t always fade away.
As soon as we cross that line, nothing will be the same and everything will fall apart. And it does.


Review 

This book was provided by the author through Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Charity Ferrell and Give Me Books Promotions!

Stirred is the first book in the Twisted Fox series and tells the story of Jamie and Cohen.

I really loved the Blue Beech series by Charity Ferrell, so I had to sign up for the arc, and I’m so glad I did. This book was just so good, I even read it in one day. I just had to know what was going to happen to Jamie and Cohen. I normally don’t really like books about dating your sister’s/brother’s ex, but I just couldn’t not love Jamie and Cohen.

I really like Jamie because she’s really kind and thinks about others. She’s also really funny, and I couldn’t stop laughing while reading in her perspective. I also get why Cohen was a bit mean at the beginning of the book and I loved it when he started to open up towards Jamie. They’re just so cute, and I really liked them together.

I really enjoyed reading Stirred and it was so nice to read about a few characters from the Blue Beech series! I really recommend this book if you don’t mind reading about dating a girl dating her sister’s ex and the book isn’t only about that, it’s about so much more. Stirred was another amazing book by Charity Ferrell and I’m really excited for the next book in the Twisted Fox series! 


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About the author
Charity resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. She grew up riding her bicycle to the town's public library, and reading anything she could get her hands on. When she's not writing, you can find her reading, spending time with her family, or caving into her online shopping addiction.

Stirred | Review

Title: Stirred
Series: Twisted Fox #1
Author: Charity Ferrell
Pages: 300 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 19 May 2020
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

I don’t want him.
I can’t do this.
That’s what my ex said after our son was born, leaving me a single dad.

These days, my world consists of two things: Noah and my bar.
Until her—the woman I want—but can never have.
My ex’s sister wasn’t supposed to be stirred into the mix.

Even though I try to push her away, my son falls in love with her.
As much as I want to keep my distance, I can’t break his heart.

Lines become blurred, and fighting our attraction becomes nearly impossible.
Even though we know it’s wrong, desire doesn’t always fade away.
As soon as we cross that line, nothing will be the same and everything will fall apart. And it does.



Review 

This book was provided by the author through Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Charity Ferrell and Give Me Books Promotions!

Stirred is the first book in the Twisted Fox series and tells the story of Jamie and Cohen.

I really loved the Blue Beech series by Charity Ferrell, so I had to sign up for the arc, and I’m so glad I did. This book was just so good, I even read it in one day. I just had to know what was going to happen to Jamie and Cohen. I normally don’t really like books about dating your sister’s/brother’s ex, but I just couldn’t not love Jamie and Cohen.

I really like Jamie because she’s really kind and thinks about others. She’s also really funny, and I couldn’t stop laughing while reading in her perspective. I also get why Cohen was a bit mean at the beginning of the book and I loved it when he started to open up towards Jamie. They’re just so cute, and I really liked them together.

I really enjoyed reading Stirred and it was so nice to read about a few characters from the Blue Beech series! I really recommend this book if you don’t mind reading about dating a girl dating her sister’s ex and the book isn’t only about that, it’s about so much more. Stirred was another amazing book by Charity Ferrell and I’m really excited for the next book in the Twisted Fox series! 

18 May 2020

Wicked Game | Review

Title: Wicked Game
Series: Feathers and Fate #2
Author: Sadie Moss
Pages: 225 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 25 May 2020
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

I really thought we had it. We were so freaking close.

But you know what they say about counting your demonic portals before they’re closed.

Now we’ve got dozens of the stupid things to deal with, and my angelic superiors don’t seem all that concerned about the literal hell that’s about to be unleashed on Earth.

The things I’ve done with the sins, though? Uh, yeah, I have a feeling my superiors would be very concerned about that.

There’s still time to fix this. I just need to keep my head on straight, focus on the job, and not let myself get any more attached to these men than I already am.

Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. Especially since I’m starting to think they might have feelings for me too.

Well, maybe not Pride.

I’m pretty sure he hates me.

Note: Wicked Game is the second book in the Feathers and Fate series, a reverse harem paranormal romance featuring a feisty fallen angel and seven delicious, devilish men.



Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Sadie Moss!

Wicked Game is the second book in the Feathers and Fate series and tells the story of Trinity and the seven sins we encounter: Beckett (greed), Remington (gluttony), Phoenix (sloth), Ford (wrath), Sawyer (lust), Knight (envy) and Ryland (pride).

I really loved the first book in the series called Dark Kings, and I liked this book so much because we didn’t meet all the seven sins yet. It made me look forward to reading the sequel because I had to know who the other three sins are. And Sadie Moss didn’t disappoint me! I really loved Wicked Game and Trinity and her seven sins.

As I mentioned in my review of Dark Kings, I really liked Trinity because she’s funny and she seems innocent but she’s hot as hell! As for the sins… It’s so hard to pick a favourite. Every sin is so different and that makes them work well together. Except for Beckett and Ryland lol. There were some steamy scenes in this book and also some cute scenes. I don’t have a favourite, but I do want to say that Phoenix, Remington and Ford are high on my list and I’m really excited to get to know Knight better.

Wicked Game was such an amazing sequel, and I cannot wait to read the third and final book. This series is so good because it’s really original, I’ve never read anything like this before. Although a relationship between one woman and seven men isn’t that realistic, I really liked reading about Trinity and her seven sins. I’m looking forward to reading the third book, but I’m already kinda sad because it will be the last one in the series…

Echoes of You | Release day blitz

Title: Echoes of You
Author: Margaret McHeyzer
Genre: NA Dark College Romance
Release date: 18 May 2020

Synopsis

At seven I was adopted by the most loving parents in the world.
In this perfect family, I also found my best friend, and sister Tina.
Throw into the mix my boyfriend Dylan, and my dog Zhen, life was good … until it wasn’t.
A catastrophic incident unearthed echoes of my past.
It left me no choice but to confront my inner demons.
Will I be able to live through this again?


Review

This book was provided by the author through Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Margaret McHeyzer and Give Me Books Promotions.

Echoes of You is a Dark New Adult standalone book about Molly and her memories from the past.

When I started reading part 1 of Echoes of You, I didn’t understand anything, it was really confusing. I even thought of DNF’ing this book because I just couldn’t connect to the characters. But then I started reading part 2… I couldn’t put this book down because I had to know what was going to happen to the characters and I wanted an explanation for part 1. And I got it…

I felt so many different emotions while reading Echoes of You. Molly has been through so much and had such a difficult time when she was younger. Without spoiling anything, you will be surprised by everything that happens in this book. I’ve also never read anything about what Molly has, so it was really interesting to read about her.

I think that Echoes of You is such a good book and there were some times that I had tears in my eyes. This book was such an emotional rollercoaster and I think that everyone needs to read this one. Echoes of You was a heartbreaking story and I know I will think about this book for a long time.

Excerpt

Prologue

The palms of my hands are sweating.
Standing in front of an unassuming building, I look up to see its sheer size. Still, it’s inconspicuous because it looks exactly like all the other buildings surrounding it.
The sun breaks out just behind the brick building, casting the entrance into shadow.
Funny, that. Because I’ve been living in the shadows all my life. Now is the time for me to come out of the shadows, and speak my truth.
Speak our truth.
There’s a line of cars in front of the building, all marked with the same lettering.
My heart beats quickly as a shock of finality runs through my veins.
This is where part of me will die and another part of me will live.
All my life I’ve been worried about what people think of me. But I can’t continue on in a life where I’m only breathing. I need to learn to live.
I take several deep breaths, ready to cross the street and take the leap I’ve been longing for.
“You can do this,” I say to myself. The sun is moving higher, the shadow becoming smaller.
Yes, you can.
I look to my left, and to my right, checking for oncoming cars.
I keep walking, crossing the street. I know if I stop for even a second, I’ll talk myself out of going.
You can do it.
I walk until I come to the automated doors that slowly slide open.
Hopefully, they’ll believe you.
I head to the counter, where a woman with dark hair pulled back in a severe ponytail and wearing a uniform is working on a computer. She looks up, but remains seated. “Can I help you?” she says in a flat voice.
My hands tremble, so I knit them together to stop the emotion bursting to come forward.
“I, um,” my voice quivers with uncertainty.
“Are you okay?” She stands and comes closer to the counter. She looks behind me, searching for a hint as to why I’m so edgy. “I, um, need to talk to the police unit who deals with sexual abuse.”

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STRONG, BRAVE AND COURAGEOUS CHARACTERS.

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I'm Margaret and I'm a self-published author.

Recently I was fortunate in obtaining New York Times best-selling status on my YA/NA book - Ugly, and my YA book - Mistrust. ​

My last six books have been YA and I'm completely in love with the genre. I love being able to communicate with people through my words and stories. ​

My writing genres all differ, but the one thing I keep consistent is my heroines. All my female lead characters are strong, gutsy and not the 'perfect' woman. While my books all have romantic elements in them, they aren't just about the romance. They're about finding strength, acceptance and making life long connections. ​

I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I have while writing them.

Echoes of You | Review

Title: Echoes of You
Author: Margaret McHeyzer
Pages: 489 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 18 May 2020
Rating: ★★★★.5

Synopsis

At seven I was adopted by the most loving parents in the world.
In this perfect family, I also found my best friend, and sister Tina.
Throw into the mix my boyfriend Dylan, and my dog Zhen, life was good … until it wasn’t.
A catastrophic incident unearthed echoes of my past.
It left me no choice but to confront my inner demons.
Will I be able to live through this again?


Review

This book was provided by the author through Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Margaret McHeyzer and Give Me Books Promotions.

Echoes of You is a Dark New Adult standalone book about Molly and her memories from the past.

When I started reading part 1 of Echoes of You, I didn’t understand anything, it was really confusing. I even thought of DNF’ing this book because I just couldn’t connect to the characters. But then I started reading part 2… I couldn’t put this book down because I had to know what was going to happen to the characters and I wanted an explanation for part 1. And I got it…

I felt so many different emotions while reading Echoes of You. Molly has been through so much and had such a difficult time when she was younger. Without spoiling anything, you will be surprised by everything that happens in this book. I’ve also never read anything about what Molly has, so it was really interesting to read about her.

I think that Echoes of You is such a good book and there were some times that I had tears in my eyes. This book was such an emotional rollercoaster and I think that everyone needs to read this one. Echoes of You was a heartbreaking story and I know I will think about this book for a long time.

15 May 2020

After We Collided inspired makeup look | Tutorial

So I wanted to play around with some makeup and I was looking at my bookshelf and the cover of After We Collided by Anna Todd screamed purple. I really like the colour purple, but I haven’t made that many looks with purple yet. So I grabbed my Makeup Revolution Maxi Reloaded Palette in Monster Mattes and I played around with some purple, pink and rhinestones! 

This is a really easy look but I still wanted to share the tutorial with you guys!

1. First things first: prime your eyelids.

2. Grab a purple colour and put it in your crease and on your eyelid. The lighting makes the purple seem ugly but in real life, it was really pretty.

3. I used a pink gel liner together with a pink eyeshadow on the lash line.

Then I forgot to take some more pictures of the steps I did. So after applying the pink eyeshadow, I decided to create a wing shape with the purple eyeshadow. So I just blended the corner into a V. After creating the V, I decided to use little rhinestones to match the white on the cover since I didn’t want to use a white eyeliner. Then I used the Essence Lash Princess Mascara in Waterproof and the GWA Natural Lashes in Tempt Me. I also already did my eyebrows before starting the eyeshadow, and I used the Essence Micro Precise Eyebrow Pencil and the Catrice Lash & Brow Designer – Shaping and Conditioning Gel. After I finished doing my eyes, I used the MUA Prism Loose Powder Highlighter in Star Illusion and for lips I used the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Viper.

And here’s the finished look!

14 May 2020

That's the Way I Loved You | Release day blitz

Title: That’s the Way I Loved You
Author: Carrie Aarons
Release date: 14 May 2020

Synopsis

Savannah

This town ain’t big enough for the two of us. Which is why I left.

I was determined never to return to Hale, Texas. But when my new life in the Big Apple throws me a curve ball, I have to go back to tie up loose ends. One of those being him.

Jason Whitney was my first everything. Kiss, love, epic heartbreak. He shattered my world once upon a time, and apparently, he’s not done yet.

With old demons lurking around every corner, hightailing it out of my hometown is at the top of my list. Complete my unfinished business, and I get to leave any memory of my country existence behind.

Only, with each day I spend in it, with each moment I spend with him, I’m turning back into the girl who laid in the tall grass and swam in the creek all those years ago.

And I’m not sure that who I was is ready to let me go again.

Jason

We drew a line down the middle, and neither of us has crossed it. That is, until Savannah Reese blew back into our hometown.

The day my high school sweetheart left, she took my whole heart with her. We promised each other forever, made plans that only teenagers could believe in, and crashed and burned on the grandest of scales.

When Savannah last saw me, I was a disgraced high school athlete. All washed up, I took it out on the only person who loved me. Then her world really fell apart, and I was too selfish to care.

Now she’s back, ready to sell the only remaining thing tying us to each other. I’ve been breaking my back for the last ten years not to think about her, not to be reminded of the love we shared.

But now that she’s right here, it’s impossible to forget how we used to be. Or let go of what we still are.

Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Carrie Aarons!

That’s the Way I Loved You is a Contemporary second chance Romance about Savannah and Jason.

I’ve read a lot of books by Carrie Aarons and she keeps on writing amazing books! That’s the Way I Loved You was such a good book and I’m a sucker for second chance Romance. The story was really beautiful, it’s not just a love story but it’s also a story about going after your passion and about loss.

I totally get the reason why Savannah left town, it’s been really hard for her and I think she’s a strong character. I love that she fights for what she wants and what she needs. But so does Jason… He’s determined to win Savannah’s heart again and I love that he doesn’t give up. It’s clear that they’re meant for each other but it just wasn’t the right time for them to be together when they were younger.

I think that That’s the Way I Loved You is a beautiful story about finding true love again and it’s also a realistic story. I think a lot of people go through certain things and if you’re really meant to be together you’ll find your way back to each other. I think that this book is another great book by Carrie Aarons and I cannot wait to read some more books by her!  

About the author
Author of romance novels such as Red Card and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the stories she dreams up, and the yoga pant dress code, much better.

When she isn't writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and dog.

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13 May 2020

Ask Me Anything | Review

Title: Ask Me Anything
Author: Molly E. Lee
Pages: 320 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

I should’ve kept my mouth shut.

But Wilmont Academy’s been living in the Dark Ages when it comes to sex ed, and someone had to take matters into her own hands. Well, I’m a kick-ass coder, so I created a totally anonymous, totally untraceable blog where teens can come to get real, honest, nothing-is-off-limits sex advice.

And holy hell, the site went viral—and we’re talking way beyond Wilmont—overnight. Who knew this town was so hard up?

Except now the school administration is trying to shut me down, and they’ve forced Dean—my coding crush, aka the hottest guy in school—to try to uncover who I am. If he discovers my secret, I’ll lose him forever. And thousands of teens who need real advice won’t have anyone to turn to.

Ask me anything … except how to make things right.


Review

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled Teen and Netgalley!

Ask Me Anything is a standalone YA Contemporary and tells the story of Amber and Dean.

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve had an ARC of Ask Me Anything for over a year… I got this ARC through Netgalley and I usually read everything as soon as I get a copy or closer to the release date, so I don’t really know why I waited with reading Ask Me Anything. I’m really ashamed of myself and I also regret it because it was such a good book!

I really liked Amber and Dean’s story because it was just so fun to read about them. They’re just so perfect for each other, and I enjoyed reading every bit of the story. I really love Amber because she’s a feminist and gives this amazing advice on her blog. I also love Dean because he’s just so cute and there isn’t a better boyfriend for Amber than Dean.

Ask Me Anything is such a good YA Contemporary and I loved this book. Not only for the relationship between Amber and Dean, but also for all the advice posted on Amber’s blog. I think that the advice is really helpful for teenagers so this is just the perfect YA read! I’m so glad that I picked up this book because Ask Me Anything was an amazing read!

11 May 2020

Girl Long Gone | Review

Title: Girl Long Gone
Author: Danielle M. Haas
Pages: 251 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Release date: 25 May 2020
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

Monica’s stomach fluttered with excitement as she told the interesting man she’d been flirting with online for weeks all about her weekend plans. He was a great match, and they had so many things in common. But sometimes your life can come down to one single bad decision…

NYPD Computer-crimes detective Connor Mitchel’s sister is missing. As he combs through his sister’s life, he realizes Monica might not have been this killer’s first target—or his last. In a twisted game of cat and mouse, Connor thinks he’s finally found the man responsible for his sister’s disappearance. Unfortunately, he’ll first need to convince the shy, distrustful Evelyn Price she could be the next victim tangled in the murderer’s web if she doesn’t agree to help him catch the killer. But just as Connor and Evelyn close in on their quarry, the killer has one last trick up his sleeve that could trap them all…


Review

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled Amara.

Girl Long Gone is a standalone Thriller about Connor and Evelyn.

I’ve never heard of Girl Long Gone before, but I’m glad that I read the synopsis and decided to request an ARC. Girl Long Gone was such a fast-paced Thriller read and I really enjoyed reading it. It’s not your typical Thriller because you already know who did it but you don’t know why he did it. I liked discovering his reasons.

Connor is such a handsome NYPD detective. The way the author described him in this book, wow… I get why Evelyn was attracted to him! I loved how protective he was and how determined he was to try and solve this case. Evelyn has been through so much, and she became a strong woman towards the end of the book.

I don’t normally read Thrillers or Suspense books but I’ve been loving them lately and I really recommend this one! It was such a good and easy read, and I really wanted to know how the book was going to end. I really liked discovering the reasons why the kidnapper/killer did it, and I liked the way the relationship between Connor and Evelyn evolved.

8 May 2020

Last Chance Summer | Review

Title: Last Chance Summer
Author: Shannon Klare
Pages: 320 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release date: 21 July 2020
Rating: ★★★.5

Synopsis

In Shannon Klare’s fun and sexy YA novel Last Chance Summer, a teen is shipped off to work as a counselor at a summer camp―only to butt heads with her co-counselor.


Alex is a sheriff’s daughter with a less than pristine reputation. When she’s caught drinking at a party by her dad’s deputy, she’s in deep trouble. With an already incriminating incident in her past, Alex’s parents ship her off to her aunt’s summer camp to work as a counselor.

What’s worse than spending your summer deep in the mosquito-infested woods of Texas?

Being paired with an obnoxious co-counselor who wants nothing to do with you.

Alex is determined to make the best of her summer, even if it means putting up with Grant, who has secrets of his own that he’s determined to protect. Can Alex and Grant put their egos to the side and find the bright side of a summer that neither of them signed up for?


Review

This book was provided by the author through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Shannon Klare and Xpresso Book Tours.

Last Chance Summer is a standalone Young Adult Contemporary and tells the story of Alex and Grant.

Last Chance Summer was the second book I’ve read by Shannon Klare and I really enjoyed it! Last Chance Summer was a quick, and fun read with some relatable characters. It’s hard not to enjoy a good YA Contemporary and I think that Shannon Klare did a good job with this book!

In the beginning, I had some troubles with liking Alex, but I started to enjoy reading about her the more I read. Grant is a character you cannot not like. I think he’s a good character because he’s there for Alex and he’s just really funny and likes to tease Alex.

I really liked the concept of Last Chance Summer. This isn’t just a normal YA Contemporary because it also talks about grief and struggling. I think more books should talk about these topics because they’re really important. Last Chance Summer was a good read and I really enjoyed it!

6 May 2020

Luminous | Review

Title: Luminous
Series: Lucid #2
Author: Kristy Fairlamb
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 25 May 2020
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

It was meant to be a good decision.
Lucy Piper used her dreams to irreversibly change the life of someone she loved. It was a heartbreaking choice, but the right one. But now she’s alone, wading through a life she can no longer remember.

What if you made the wrong choice?
As Lucy bears the full weight of her decision, she discovers her actions have had far-reaching consequences beyond anything she could’ve imagined. When she’s faced with a betrayal that makes her question everything she thought to be true, she becomes even more determined to make everything right.

When do you know if you’ve gone too far?
Afraid of an uncertain future, Lucy must work to repair everything she’s destroyed. But there’s something else she must mend, the infinite chasm between her and the one person who always made everything right – Tyler. But what if it’s too late? And what if fixing things only does more damage?

With sacrifice and love at its core, and laced throughout with an unsettling fear, Luminous is the heart-stopping conclusion to the Lucid series.

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Review
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Kristy Fairlamb!

Luminous is the second book in the Lucid series and continues the story of Lucy and her friends.

It’s been a while since I read the first book, Lucid, but when I finally remembered everything from the first book, I really enjoyed Luminous. I think that the idea behind this series is so original and interesting and I just had to know how this book was going to end. It was such a good book and I really enjoyed reading it.

Lucy really struggled in this book with all her feelings for Tyler and I would’ve struggled as much as she did. I think she’s really strong and I think it’s really hard to dream all those dreams and try and make them end on a good note. I don’t want to spoil anything but I really liked this book because of Lucy’s love interest. 

I think that Luminous was such a good book and I even liked it more than the first one. I don’t usually have this feeling, but I just think that this book was better. Luminous is a well-written and fast-paced Young Adult book and I really recommend this series. It’s just so different than what I’ve read, in a good way, of course!

4 May 2020

Finding Balance | Review

Title: Finding Balance
Series: Brave Enough #2
Author: Kati Gardner
Pages: 320 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Flux
Release date: 29 September 2020
Rating: ★★★.5

Synopsis

Jase Ellison doesn’t remember having Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia when he was three years old. His cancer diagnosis only enters his mind twice a year. Once at his yearly checkup at the oncology clinic and when he attends Camp Chemo in the summer. No one in his “real” life knows about his past, especially his friends at Atlanta West Prep.

Mari Manos has never been able to hide her cancer survivorship. She wakes every morning, grabs her pink forearm clip crutches, and starts her day. Mari loves Camp Chemo—where she’s developed a healthy crush on fellow camper Jase. At Camp, she knows that she’ll never get “the look” or have to explain her amputation to anyone.

Jase wants to move on, to never reveal his past. But when Mari transfers to his school, he knows she could blow his cover. That’s the last thing he wants, but he also cannot ignore his attraction to her. For Mari, she only wants to be looked at like a girl, a person, and not only known for her disability. But how do you move on from cancer when the world won’t let you?


Review

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Flux and Netgalley!

Finding Balance is the second book in the Brave Enough series and tells the story of Mari and Jase. Although this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone.

It’s been a while since I read the first book, Brave Enough, but I do remember enjoying the book because I learnt so much about what it means to be a survivor. I liked this book as well because I learnt so much more about being a survivor but also about the consequences of having cancer. I think there need to be more books about this topic!

Mari is a strong character because she’s an amputee and she tries to be as strong as she can when people ask her so many questions or say mean things about her missing a leg. Jase, on the other hand, doesn’t want to share his story because he doesn’t want people to say mean things to him. I kinda have a love/hate relationship with Jase but he redeemed himself at the end of the book.

Finding Balance was a good book with a beautiful message. I enjoyed reading this book and I really liked learning more about cancer, amputees and their struggles. This story is a story that I will not forget because I definitely learnt a few things and I liked the fact that this story is so personal to the author!

1 May 2020

Vicious Fae | Review

Title: Vicious Fae
Series: Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac #3
Authors: Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti
Pages: 588 pages
Version: Ebook
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Elise continues her hunt for the King who killed her brother while trying not to fall for the vicious boys she suspects. As her investigation deepens, she seems to be closing in on some answers. And with a surprise trip to Zodiac Academy, she finds more there than she expects…

This is the third instalment of Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac.



Review

Vicious Fae is the third book in the Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac series and continues the story of Elise and her four Kings, Dante, Gariel, Leon and Ryder.

I don’t know where to start with my review. So many crazy things happened in Vicious Fae and I just cannot believe what I read. I think I’m still processing everything. I’m still thinking about all the things that happened in this book and I love that. Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti did such an amazing job with Vicious Fae, and just the Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac series in general.

Anyone can promise me the moon, but I've never seen anyone pull it from the sky.

I am going to say this in every review, but I just love Elise. She’s such an amazing and badass character and I love that she fights for what she wants. As for the guys, I love all four of them but Gabriel has been testing me in this book. I loved that the authors decided to write some more threesome scenes in this book because they were so hot!

I didn't think there was anything in this world which could frighten me. But I'd just discovered my biggest fucking phobia ever. Losing her.

My mind is still thinking about the end of Vicious Fae. Ever since I finished the book, I’ve been thinking of possible scenes that Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti are going to write for the next book. I just love these two, they’re one of the best authors ever and every book I’ve read by them is just amazing. I love what their writing does to me!

April wrap up

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In April I read a total of 27 books, I watched 45 episodes (TV Shows) and 5 movies. Read further to know what I read and watched this month!

For ARCs this month, I read Rebel Rising (Cage of Lies #1) by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti, Dear Girl by Aija Mayrock, That’s the Way I Loved You by Carrie Aarons, Shift Out of Luck (Brimstone Inc. #2) by Abigail Owen, Gilded Ruins (Blinding Night #2) by Chantal Gadoury, Dark Kings (Feathers and Fate #1) by Sadie Moss, How to Quit Your Crush by Amy Fellner Dominy, Kings of Quarantine (Brutal Boys of Everlake Prep #1) by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti, Make Me Yours (Bayshore #3) by Ember Leigh, Killian’s Dead (Seekers #0.5) by Josey Jaffrey, Finding Balance (Brave Enough #2) by Kati Gardner, Luminous (Lucid #2) by Kristy Fairlamb, Looking to Score by Carrie Gray & Coralee June, Last Chance Summer by Shannon Klare and Girl Long Gone by Danielle M. Haas.

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And as for books on my TBR, I read The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Bury Me With Lies (Twin Lies #2) by S.M. Soto, Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Elixir (Covenant #3.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout, As Long As You Hate Me by Carrie Aarons, Trouble Next Door by Stefanie London, Falling For Him by Khardine Gray, Cockloft by K.C. Lynn, When We Touch by Tia Louise, Love in the Friend Zone (Grad Night #1) by Molly E. Lee, Love Between Enemies (Grad Night #2) by Molly E. Lee and Darker (Fifty Shades as Told by Christian #2) by E.L. James.

As for TV shows I watched some episodes of Temptation Island (BE/NL), WTFock (BE), Riverdale, At Home with Olaf. I also watched the entire first season of Spinning Out and The MandalorianSpinning Out was such a good TV show but also a bit hard to watch. Whenever I see a TV show/movie or read a book about mental illnesses and/or self-harm, it’s sometimes not easy for me to watch/read it. The Mandalorian was such a good TV show and I loved baby Yoda/The Child, it was just so cute!

And lastly movies, I watched Man of Steel, Isi & Ossi, Alladin (2019), and I rewatched Wild Child and She’s the Man. I kinda watched Man of Steel because Henry Cavill played the main character, he’s just so hot…