Thursday, August 16, 2018

TV Thursdays: 5 Shows I’m Dying Waiting for the Next Season

Happy Thursday everybody! I’m aware that I missed a week of TV chatting (oops) however I’m back at it again this time with some of my new favorite shows and how I’m DYING waiting over here for the next season!! (its like the producers want to kill me with suspense or throw my heart out the window with cliffhangers- there is no respect for my fragile emotions here)

1. Rise (season 2)

  • I loved the first season of Rise- teens finding their own voice, testing boundaries, all mixed up with some buzz worthy family dynamics and relationships; so naturally I’m thrilled for a potential season 2. 
  • This show is not afraid to push the limits when it comes to broaching touchy topics but it does so in a way that is hard to not pay attention to. This show ropes you in by making you care about the characters in a way in which its almost impossible not to get attached! ( I especially love Matthias) 
  • I literally cannot wait for season 2 especially after that ambiguous ending?!? I do not know what is in store and I need to!!

2. The Residents  (season 2)

  • Ahhh I love this show!! Easily one of my new favorite TV addictions lovers of Grey's Anatomy and basically any other doctor show will fall completely head over heels for this show! 
  • First of all I love all the characters in this show and would literally lay my heart on the line for them (which I seem to be doing repeatedly especially with the PLOT TWISTS ughh) 
  • Second of all CONRAD HAWKINS is my baby and anyone that tells me he is not irresistibly smart and charismatic and AMAZING obviously does not appreciate him!! In other words I need season 2 like now.

3. Royals 

  • Okay okay okay lets talk about this show. If you do not watch this show than quite literally what are you doing with your life!?! No seriously. This show is amazing and we all need it. 
  • The DRAMA is real in this show!! Seriously just embrace all the over the top dramatic ness because it is what makes this show so much damn fun. Also Jasper and Eleanor= my love and they are EVERYTHING! Prince Liam is also a cute little bastard whom I love, The Queen may drive me mad but in the best way (Im always a sucker for a character whose a little mad) 
  • Any who after that season finale I need this ASAP! I miss the drama *cries dramatically* 

4. Legacies (season 1)

  • *calling all lovers of the Originals/ Vampire Diaries* I repeat *calling all fans of hot vampires and blood filled dramatics* This series is scheduled to air in October and follows Hope Michelson the Daughter of Klaus Michelson and Haley Marshalls daughter.
  • I really am just in this because of my never ending love for The Originals (namely Klaus) and also there are a few ships I am just complete trash for so of course I’m watching this. 

5. The Bachelor 

  • My ULTIMATE Guiltily Pleasure!! Bachelor Nation is real people and completely out of control!
  • Any guesses as to who the next bachelor will be? I’m thinking either Jason or Blake? But than again they might pull a wildcard like they did with Aerie (yuck) 
  • Any who always excited for another season of this addicting trashy nonsense!! (and for all you non watchers it only takes one episode before your hooked I recommend looking for other members of #bachlornation is you suffer from obsessive tendencies related to the Bachelor)

What about you do you watch any of these shows? If not any your interested in starting? Shows you love that are not mentioned here? Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

TEASER for Dirty Headlines by L.J. Shen!

 Hey guys SUPER excited to be sharing this teaser with you all!! As you all know one of my favorite new authors is L.J. Shen (the Queen of Smut) and I was amazingly able to reach out and tag along for the book tour for her newest release:

 DIRTY HEADLINES!! (*fan girling* *squealing* *popcorn throwing/eating*)

You all NEED to read this
 For those of you who have not heard of L.J. Shen she writes amazing love stories for those of us who like a good ruff around the edges, complex, and enthralling bad boy love interest mixed with an intriguing and not your typical female MC!

 Seriously L.J. Shen can WRITE good characters that make you so invested... even when the characters are doing some crazy stuff or morally grey things you can’t help but secretly root for them even if a part of you is mad at them for being such an ignorant prick.

Anyways onto the sneak peak of her new book:

Dirty Headlines

by: L.J. Shen

Published: September 2018

CĂ©lian Laurent.

Manhattan royalty.
Notorious playboy.
Heir to a media empire.
... And my new boss.

Dirty Headlines, an all-new sexy, enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen is coming September 7th and we have a sexy new teaser just for you!

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So what do you all think? One for your TBR or not your thing? Read L.J. Shen before? Lets chat in the comments below!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

WWW Wednesday

Hey everybody Happy Wednesday! We have officially made it to the middle of the week *claps excitedly* as someone who is literally counting down the days I have left until college.. the pace at which August is going is slightly unnerving to say the least...

Anyways because of all this stress and packing my reading has not really been up to par... *coughs nervously and avoids eye contact* anyways here what I’m supposed to be reading... (drops pics of books/ runs away)

(oh ya almost forgot this little tid bit)

If you haven’t heard of WWW Wednesday its when bloggers answer the following 3 questions about their reading:

  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What do you plan on reading next?
Recently Finished:

Bane by L.J. Shen: I liked this book however I had mixed feeling on a couple of parts (it went a little tooo far with the outrageous plot connections I was like no way this mojo would ever happen in real life?!? In fact it was even a little too far fetched for the book world... like what??) but I did like the two MC’s so theres that.

Currently Reading:

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan: I actually read some of this last night *high fives all around* 

Reading Next: 

Ummm I dont know?!?! Please help me out with some book recommendations my state of reading is a total blur and I really have no idea what I’m reading next *please send help*

What about you all? What are you guys currently reading? Finish anything great recently? LMK in the comments below!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

If you liked Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo than you would also like...

 Hey guys happy Tuesday! I feel like this month is already whizzing past (I seriously do not know where the time went... probably off some where with my motivation to read)

 Its been a few days since I’ve posted something and thats mainly because I have been in a total funk lately and cannot seem to get anything done for the life of me?!? I think it has something to do with me starting college soon... and being in a totally state of DENIAL. I have so much to pack and so much to do and so little time to do it all... and *ugh* than the funk came.

 So in light of all that I have decided to try something new here on the blog! Lately I cannot get Sarah J Maas's two series out of my head and it got me to thinking I should do some book recommendations based off of popular favorites in order to kill some of the time (and PAIN) that comes along with waiting a gazzilion years for the next book to come out (the waiting is pure torture TORTURE I tell you)

If you liked.....

 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Than you would like....

Summary: In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part "Robin Hood", one part Ocean's Eleven, and entirely enthralling... 

An orphan's life is harsh — and often short — in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains — a man who is neither blind nor a priest.

A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans — a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.

Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld's most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful — and more ambitious — than Locke has yet imagined. 

Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi's most trusted men — and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr's underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game — or die trying...

 This book has been compared to Six of Crows in the best possible ways and is said to have to same dark edge and morally grey characters that keep me glued while reading Six of Crows for the first time (hello Kaz Breker) this book looks hecka good and I kinda wanna read it now that I just finished reading the summary again... so if you loved Six of Crows I highly recommend giving this a try!


Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody 

Summary: Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn't have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne's offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. 

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi's enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

I read this book back in March and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! It was the first ARC I read where I was truly blown away and impressed! This book has been compared to Six of Crows by multiple readers I however don’t really agree that it is a spin off of the series I think this book has a lot of unique components and a slow burn romance that will have you swooning (perfect for fans of Kaz and Inej) check out my review HERE 

What about you all? Have you read Six of Crows? If so do think you’d give these books a try or have you already read some of them? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

WWW Wednesday

Hey everybody happy Wednesday! Sooo if you’ve been reading my previous posts you know I am dangerously close to tumbling down into a reading slump... UGH... which I haven’t experienced for quite some time and am hoping (fingers crossed) that I can avoid before total disaster.

 In case you didn’t know WWW Wednesday is a meme in which bloggers answer the following three questions:

  • What did you recently finish?
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What do you plan on reading next? 

 I have however been jumping through a few titles this past week hoping to spark my interest and all, so hopefully something great will pull me out of this mess. If you have any suggestions I am completely open to hearing some AMAZING books recs!

What did you recently finish?

  • Jock Row by Sara Ney: Super cute read with lots of witty banter and a slow burn romance that will have you rooting for them like no other!
  • Rough Ride by Gillian Archer: This was an ARC and not a bad read overall if your into some bicker drama meets russian mafia plot twists ;)
  • (P.S. click the links to read my review!)

What are you currently reading?


  • Bane by L.J. Shen: Liking this so far L.J. Shen is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors she is just so refreshingly funny and manages to make complex characters that I can’t help but get invested in! I highly recommend checking out her books if you have not read her before *thumbs up*
  • Rule by Ellen Goodlett: Trying to stay on top of my ARC’s and this book has been surprisingly really good so far so fingers crossed this continues
  • 180 Seconds by Jessica Park: I’ve only read a few pages of this and put it on hold because I wasn’t feeling it at the moment though it looks promising (also the cover=love) 

What do you plan on reading next?

  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan: I’ve been looking for something light and this looks all kinds of funny so hopefully I’ll get around to reading this before its due back at the library

What about you all? Been reading anything good lately? Any new authors really impressing you? Also drop me some book recs I’m in desperate need of AMAZING books so  anything would be appreciated! 

Monday, July 30, 2018

July Wrap Up (trying to survive the heat, my disappointing reading accomplishments, school, and more)

Hey it that time a month again when the months coming to a close and we all reflect on our reading accomplishments (including me signing dramatically at how I never seem to get enough reading done)

My month in a nutshell:

  • July was a pretty consistent and uneventful month. I did some reading, I watched a few new TV shows (the bachelorette anybody?), and most importantly laid around like a bum and did nothing with a fan and a tub of ice just trying to survive the summer heat. (I’m literally sweating just thinking about it)
  • I did manage to read a couple of pretty good books... lovers of Holly Black anywhere? L.J. Shen? 
  • But I am in a bit of a reading funk and let me tell you it is not fun my friends. I feel like I don't even know who I am as a reader anymore! *dramatic sigh* all I want is a magical dragon to show me the ways of reading once more so I can’t stop lying around watching netflix and actually remember how to pick up a book and FINISH IT! 
  • Theres all the little fun fact that I only have less than ONE MONTH before school starts up again *yikes* 

Books I read this month: 

  • I read a whopping 5 books this month (you can see how motivated I was... go me?) 
  • I also got really sucked into reading a bunch of irrelevant (but highly addicting) smut this month.. hence the loads of shirtless books covers (you know you love them even if their obnoxious and make you embarrassed to be seen reading in public *glances around to see if anyone notices book covers* *hastily checks them out* *mission accomplished*)

  • White Cat by Holly Black- I was really surprised by how unique this book was! I don't read a lot of YA that only has a male narrator and this book was all kinds of amazing (cons, cats, other trips stuff that will literally glue your butt to the couch until you finish this book)

  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas- This series is all kinds of amazing (still they don’t top ACOTAR for me but there entertaining nevertheless) Since this book is like a textbook (600 pages or something crazy like that) I feel like I should get extra credit and it should be worth completing two books instead of one.. hey I’m just sayin. 

  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas- this book was my fav so far in the series... mainly because of Lorcan and Elide!! Hells to the ya! Again this book should be a one for two in reading credits because it was damn long!

  • Rough Ride by Gillian Archer- Cute biker smut what else is there to say?

  • Jock Row by Sara Ney- LOVED this anyone who needs a feel good smutty book I highly recommend! 

On the blog: 
  • I changed up my blog design!! Let me know what you all think in the comments below!! (also hit me up if theres anything I should change to make my blog experience more accessible/ aesthetic)
  • Completed a fun little tag called the Relationshipper Tag.. super fun because I got to rant about all my favorite ships! Check it out here
  • Also I got up my first ever PHYSICAL ARC review so I’m super pumped about that! A huge thanks to St.Martins Press for sending me a copy *sends rainbows and love*  
  • I also wrote a post about some new indie publishers I discovered and that was really great and fun! I always love to discover new publishers especially when I’m looking for unique books to blog about (my TBR can survive a few more book without killing me in my sleep right?)
  • #Mail Monday was a super fun new post I tagged along in in which I discussed my book haul for the week! I’m hoping to make it more of a regular thing but... were just gonna have to see where the wind blows me bc I’m not much of a planner (trying to work on that rn)
  • Also due to my obsessive TV watching (and my baby reading slump) I decided to mix it up here on the blog and do a new post I like to call TV Thursday in which I give a quick summary about the shows I’m currently watching! LMK what y’all think about that. 
  • Overall I’m pretty happy with how much I was able to post this month (summer is good for these sorts of things) I’m hoping to post more and more consistently but with the start of school around the corner were just going to have to see how things go!

Posts I loved from around the blogosphere: 

  • Princess of pages did a really fun post that I did awhile back called The Sunshine Blogger Award she’s also new to the blogging world and highly recommend you stop by and check out her blog!
  • Books and Co did a lovely book review for a book I didn’t even know existed so super grateful I stumbled upon that (Its called All These Beautiful Strangers in case you were wondering :)
  • The Book Cover girl discusses what makes a book good? and how she picks her 5 star reads. I always love her discussion posts and highly recommend checking them out!
  • Aimmee @Aimme Always did a great post about blogging organization and I LOVED her spreadsheet for ARCS! Her post are always amazing and I highly recommend checking this one out!

Congrats on another month down my lovely readers! What about you all? Reach your reading goals for the month? Read any books that became instant favorites? Or any books you instantly hated? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

TV Thursdays: Vampire Diares & The Originals

 Okay so time to try something new here on the blog! I’ve been watching a lot of new shows lately (in other words procrastinating from my reading in a way that is very twenty first century of me) which means that I’ve been shipping relationships on a whole new level here (as a constant shipper of relationships and all things in books this talent never the less has lead me to need to vent).

Hence the creation of this post! TV Thursdays is here and will hopefully last and by last I mean become a weekly feature here on the blog... but alas my consistency is not 100% perfectionado and thats mostly due to me being a pesky Mood Blogger, but hey a girl can dream right?

If you like these posts and would like more content like this please let me know! (It may help me with my mood blogging thing)

Currently Watching

 So I don’t know how many of you out there have watched The Vampire Diaries before (and if so please do yourself a favor and get on that because this show is more addictive than powder sugar covered gas station donuts)

Soo if you didn’t already know about Vampire Diaries being a TV Show (fun fact it started off as a book series just in case you didn’t know ;) it follows two brothers, Damon and Stephan Salvatore and how both of there lives take a turn when they met Elena Gilbert.

 Also there is the amazing Damon Salvatore and for all those girls out there who love a good tortured bad boy (I’m looking at you fans of Cardan, Kaz, and Rhysand) you will completely become obsessed with Damon even if the exert of your obsession is just loving to hate him.

I love him so much his snarky comments... perfection 

 Another personal favorite of mine is Caroline Forbes she is easily the most relatable character for me and I love how she doesn’t put up with anybody or take BS from anybody either. I also love how OCD and girly she can be because it makes it even more satisfying when she can kick butt but still be feminine.

 And for the sake of the plot lets throw in some info about Elena- long story short both bros have feelings for her in a tangled up messy little love triangle (pretty sure we can guess who I was rooting for here..) I like her for the most part but unfortunately she is not a fav.


I am currently on season 7 after a couple of months whizzing by filled with vampire bloodlust that is almost more blatant than the relationships that mingle between the characters.

But wait theres more: 

Also can we take a moment to recognize the beautiful and amazing sister series to TVD: The Originals!

 I am completely bumming out that this is the last season of this AMAZING show because seriously this show has made my heart feel so full and ahhh I just love everyone in this show with my whole heart and I DO NOT want it to break my precious little heart!!

I mean let me just list a few reasons why I love this show:




4) Haley

5) Hope

6) Lets face it I love all of the characters immensely

 It might even be safe to say that I like the Originals better... (did I really just admit that) I mean they do have Klaus after all.

Wow I went a little GIF crazy there but I think it got my point across for all those who love a good vampire show with shippable relationships as well as an addictive (if a bit out there) plot line than highly recommend these shows!

What about you guys? Do you procrastinate from reading by watching TV? If thats the case what shows are you into? Have you watched Vampire Diaries/The Originals? Let chat!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Mini Reviews: Rough Ride by Gillian Archer and Jock Row by Sara Ney

Rough Ride (True Brothers MC #4)

By Gillian Archer

Published: July 24th 2018

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Summary: Hang on tight. When it comes to love, this loyal soldier plays rough.

Two years ago I would’ve made a play for a guy like “Bam” in a heartbeat. That was before my father died in a puddle of blood in the middle of a parking lot, before I swore off his fellow bikers and their stupid “business.” But I still need answers about what happened to my dad, which is why I’m poking around at a nightclub owned by the Russian mafia. And that’s where I run into Bam, who carries me out of the club in his ridiculously strong arms like I was True Brothers property.

Motorcycle club princess Amber Bennett is the last person I’d expect to see at a club like Howl. She’s flirting with some dangerous people, and it’s my duty to step in and protect her before she gets in over her head. Like I don’t have enough on my mind without cleaning up Amber’s drama. Besides, she’s the definition of off-limits. If only she weren’t so f***ing hot. And determined to take care of everything herself. And oddly vulnerable. Because when we cross the line, I’m forced to choose between my true family — or my true feelings.

Look for all of Gillian Archer’s smoldering True Brothers MC romances:

In a glance:

Steaminess: 3/5
Tension: 3.5/5
Romance:  3/5
Characters: 4/5
Plot: 4.5/5

Okay so this book was pretty good. I have to say that overall I enjoyed it. It had all the bad boy lust that I could desire and I am complete and utter trash for a good biker romance... 

 I must say though there was a couple of things about this book that just did not go over well for me. First of all there was way too much talking and not enough sizzle when it came to the two main characters- Amber and Bam. It seemed like every time there was sexual tension between the two it seemed to skip over those parts and zoom in with razor focus on every conversation the two of them seemed to have! This is fine for those who like focusing on those types of interactions but personally for me I just wanted them to shut up and smooch already!!

 The plot was very well thought out and I loved following every stressful and tender moment. I thought that Amber was a very likable MC and I loved that despite her beauty there was more to her such as her sweetness and her ability to be sassy and strong when it came to the biker club. I also very much enjoyed the weird love triangle like vibes between Ryslan the Russian mafia king and how he was thrown into the mix along with Amber and Bam. 

 Overall this book was a good read that I would recommend to fans of Sons of Anarchoy (this book reminded me SO much of this show- Especially Bam whose description is a dead ringer for Jax) 

**A huge thanks to Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group- Loveswpet for an advanced copy of this book! This does not affect my opinion in any way**

Jock Row 

By Sarah Ney

Rating: 4/5 stars

  Summary: Book One in the JOCK HARD Series

Scarlett is always the sensible one: The sober driver. The planner. The one holding your hair back while you're worshiping the porcelain gods. 

Week-after-week, she visits Jock Row with her friends—the university's hottest party scene and breeding ground for student athletes. And if keeping her friends out of trouble, and guys out of their pants, was a sport, she'd be the star athlete.

Being a well known jock-blocker gets her noticed for all the wrong reasons; just like that, she's banned from Jock Row. NO GUY WANTS A GIRL AROUND WHO KEEPS THEIR JOCK FRIENDS FROM GETTING LAID.

"Rowdy" Wade is the hot shot short-stop for the university's baseball team—and the unlucky bastard who drew the short straw: keep little Miss Goody Two-Shoes out of the Baseball House. 

But week-after-week Scarlett returns, determined to get inside.

In a glance:

Steaminess: 4/5
Tension: 4/5
Romance: 4/5 
Characters: 5/5
Plot: 3.5/5

Ahhh this book was SO much fun and I did not know I needed this in my life!! 

 The banter and the sexual tension WERE LITERALLY SO YAAS in this book I don’t know any better way to describe it. 

  First of all Scarlett is a totally normal college girl who is completly savage one night (unknowingly of cousre) when a couple of baseball guys lie and make some lame pick up lines towards her friends. Scarlett too smart for her own good quickly shuts down the two guys seeing through their BS in seconds which then leads to Scarelt meeting Rowdy- who was chosen to escort Scarlett out of the fratt house- alone on the front porch and thats when things take a turn for the interesting. 

 The books than continues on from there each chapter highlting the Friday and the Friday after that and how their relationship progresses and its filled with so much melty flirting and made my heart melt with the lust of a newborn flirtation!!

 The Sexual tension was also for real in this book. Rowdy is a complete dreamy baseball player and is actually quite funny which I find endlessly attractive so of course my attention was hooked!

I highly recommend this book to readers that enjoy witty banter, cute MC’s, as well as funny sports guys and a realistic yet super addictive relationship that will have you hooked after the first chapter!

What about you guys read any good romance lately? Are you a sucker for a good biker story? What about a guys who plays sports? Let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

#Mail Monday (my book haul for the week)


Hey everybody happy Monday! Another week means more books!

 I was lucky enough to haul in more books than I was prepared for and most likely will not read all of them due to my very unproductive mood reading habits but hey a girls got to try and get motivated to read and the only way to do that is to literally fill your house with books until you can think of nothing else except reading (and how I need to ACTUALLY read instead of procrastinate)

 Confession time: I haven’t really been reading all that much lately and I think its because I dont know what I’m in the mood for?!? What is this indecisiveness and where the heck did and come from?? and where can I send it back because I don’t need that kind of mojo in my life

 However I think that may be why I grabbed more books than I could possibly read... Its a reverse way of thinking. If I can get myself to buy and borrow as many books as possible I’m bound to read a few of them right? and then bam I might even like a few because miracles do exist in this lovely world (hello we have books so theres got to be a higher power out here working with me)

Any who enough of my rambling and onto the books:

Library Haul:

The Origin (The lux series #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Bully (fall away #1) by Penelope Douglas

As you can tell by the cheesy (and slightly embarrassing) covers I was totally in a romance mood when I got these. (No regrets I need my shirtless covers every now and then)

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

total impulse grab- hopefully will not disappoint *crosses fingers*

Physical Books Haul (aka why my bank account is near negatives)

180 Seconds by Jessica Park

This looks rather intriguing... I’m supposedly reading this right now according to GoodReads but eh that not really happening at the moment oops 

ARC Haul:

Rough Ride (True Brothers MC #4) by Gillian Archer

This actually is published in a couple of days so I need to hurry up and post my review (wow when did I become so organized with my reading life. I need to get things together already!)

Anyways whats going on with you guys? Grab any new books lately? If so did you buy it or is it an ARC/ Library copy? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Review: White Cat (Curseworkers #1) by Holly Black

White Cat (Curseworkers #1)

 By: Holly Black

Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary: Cassel comes from a family of curse workers: people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn't got magic, so he's an outsider; the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail - he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

 OMG WHY HAVE I NOT HEARD OF THIS BOOK UNTIL NOW?!??! Like seriously? It came out it 2010 and I am just now getting my hands on it? I could have had this book 8 years ago and been revealing in its amazingness but it seems it just stumbled upon my hands a few days ago?!? What is this sorcery. 

First of all this is one of the most unique story lines I have ever read before in my life and that is saying something. Second of all Cassel was the most interesting, lovable, wicked character my sweet little mind has come across in quite some time, this wickedness can only be accredited to the amazing Holly Black because she is the QUEEN OF DARKNESS! 

“We are, largely, who we remember ourselves to be. That's why habits are so hard to break. If we know ourselves to be liars, we expect not to tell the truth. If we think of ourselves as honest, we try harder.”

Okay this book was weird. I’m talking like what the... what the heck is going on here weird. But it was also awesome for that reason?!? I mean Cassel is having dreams of a white cat while sleepwalking? Also the cat thing is not a one time werido moment. Nope there is more creepy kitty moments throughout multiple pages of this book and I must say I didn’t hate it? In fact I kind of liked it. Every moment where I thought is this too weird? Is this crossing a line? I imediently doubled back and was like nope. Bring on the weirdness I have never read anything like this and I LOVE it with all my heart!!

“She says that what you did was a cry for help."

"It was," I say. "That's why I was yelling 'Heeeelp!' I don't really go in for subtlety.” 

Cassel is the fruitiest of the fruit loops and I love him SO much! He is the youngest of his brothers and is the only “non worker” aka he doesn’t have the ability to curse people. Cassel is wicked smart and is able to see through peoples games and cons while planning a con of his own. While that may seem like it makes him hardcore and lonerish Cassel is really a lot more likable than all that. He wants to do the right thing, even if that means doing a few wrong things is a bit unassumingly. 

“I don't lie," I lied.” 

 I also really love the friends Cassel makes- Sam and Deanna. Sam is the typical high school student who does theater and has a knack for special effects and Deanna’s mom is an activist for getting workers to become legal again and so on but Deanna is actually pretty smart and also see’s through all the crap. 

“Once someone's hurt you, it's harder to relax around them, harder to think of them as safe to love. But it doesn't stop you from wanting them.”

 The two brothers Barron and Philip however.... I had very mixed feelings when it came to these two. A part of me wanted to believe the best because of family and loyalty and all that but some of the things they did were just flat out very unbrotherly of them (and very uncool) but I still have a small sliver of hope for them in book two (lets hope they don’t mess it up). I did like Granddad however.  

“Clever as the Devil and twice as pretty.”

 The best part of this book though is that I never knew what was coming. The whole thing was so unpredictable and there was a lot of shocked looks and my mouth forming the shape of an “o” while reading this. Seriuosly the ending was like waiting for the other shoe to drop and boy to I NEED the next book imediently! 

What about you guys? Have you read this book? If not please do so imediently (you can thank me later). Also hit me up with some book recommendations! (ooh and if you have read some of Holly Black’s other books I’d love to hear your thoughts!) 

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