Friday, June 14, 2019

Book Review || Legendary by Stephanie Garber (A full deserving 5 star read of pure fabulousness)


By: Stephanie Garber

Rating: 5/5 fabulous stars!

 Summary: A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister, Scarlett, from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister's. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice, but now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever...

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . the games have only just begun.

My Review:

  Aahahahaha Ahahahah ahaha OMG this book is GOLDEN!! LIQUID GOLD. SUPER SPARKLY. AND I AM BLINDED BY ITS SHININESS AND ETERNAL GLORY! **shields eyes from the holy grailness that is this book**   **melts into puddle**

“Every story has four parts - the beginning, the middle, the almost ending, and the true ending.” 

 Ok so as you all know I already loved Caraval (if you did not already know this go on ahead and pop over to my little book review on it over HERE) and I really loved the pure original ness that was the world of Caraval. It felt like I was eating a slice of magic every-time I turned the page...

 But this book took it to a WHOLE OTHER LEVEL!! 

 First off I loved Tella with my whole heart! I thought her perspective was so refreshing in the most deviously fabulous way possible. I loved how she was so fearless and I was just like Im gonna kiss as many boys as I want to. When I want to. and y’all are just gonna have to deal with it. I also loved how unpredictable she was and how if she wanted to go after something she would just do it! Like yaaas girl!! She was so funny and brave and spicy and I just LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!

“So,’ she said cautiously, 'is all this your way of telling me you’re the villain?’

His chuckle was dark. 'I’m definitely not the hero.’
'I already knew that,’ Tella said. 'It’s my story, so clearly I’m the hero.” 

  Also can we talk about all the dark/evil/delicious boys in this book. Like y’all this is how villains should be written about people!! Dante was a dark little tattooed bowl of yummy and I loved how he was just always back and forth with Tella and being all like “Ya I’m a pretty boy and you know you love it”.  Also their hate/love and levels of I trust you/I dont trust you had me so on the edge of my seat!! I was like slowly falling in love with Dante but at the same time was like Tella don't fall for him! He’s only gonna do something devious and shatter your heart! 

Plus major points for yumminess *fans self with decorative southern belle lacey fan* I am a total sucker for boys dressed in all black. Throw in some tattoos with bad boy arrogance and sprinkle a little ya I’m good looking and i’m gonna use it to make yours knees weak and I’m over here like, ya okay, okay I’m feeling this amigo. (its safe to say my heart is on fire for Dante and that ending has both my head spinning and my heart bursting!!). 

“Gold shimmered no matter what, but few people could make darkness glitter the way he did.” 

 PLUS I really liked how well done Jacks character was. I overall just loved the mind games and level of devious planning that was going on in both Jacks and Dantes minds because it just made for an overall richer plot line and I never knew what was coming right around the corner!  I would be like WHAT and than some more WHAAT *mouth drops open* It was everything I love in dark complex characters (I am HERE for the mind games people. I am here for it). 

  But like seriously? What was up with Jacks apple eating obsession? Some would be glowing green and others a wacky purple?? Like thats just down right funky (but I secretly liked Jacks even though he was a heartless villain... so huge points to Stephanie Garber for making me fall in love with like even the most evil soul sucking of all the characters). 

“Every good story needs a villain.

But the best villains are the ones you secretly like.” 

  Also loved how this whole world of Carval was in a completly different setting for this book because I feel like it really opened up even more possibilities for world building and really making this story incredibly unique. Hello flying carriages? Epic dresses? Cool palaces? The way it was all described was so delicious and vivid I could not not fall into this magically sugar coated world. 

“The air tasted like wonder. Like candied butterfly wings caught in sugared spiderwebs, and drunken peaches coated in luck.” 

 I also loved how even though this book was told through Tellas POV (great choice btw, risky but turned out fabulous) the author still included Scarlett and Julian and kept tabs on what was going on with their plot line. I felt it made the whole story a little more full circle and really painted the world that much more vividly. ALSO I AM HERE FOR THE SISTER LOVE! I felt the sisters were done very well in this book. They weren’t judgey or at each others throats but rather accepted each other for who they were even though they are so different. 

“Tella was the sister who would destroy the world if anything happened to Scarlett, but Scarlett’s world would be destroyed if anything happened to Tella.” 

 Overall this book was a magical delight with an incredible plot line that was so unpredictable and held back just the right amount of information so I could keep guessing. The characters were amazing and headstrong and super witty. The writing was really good and imaginative. I dont have a single complaint this is everything I love including an amazing love/hate romance that I will be putting in my armada of relationships I love!! Highly recommend this book!!

What do y’all think? Read Legendary? Yet to read it? Add it to your TBR! If you’d already read it I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

WWW Wednesday

  Hello my fellow reading friends! Where back with another reading update on where I am currently at with my reading!

  What I recently finished:

What I am currently reading:

What I plant on reading next: 

What are you guys currently reading? Read any of the above? What’d you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Book Review || Caraval by Stephanie Garber (loads of magical fun oooh I loved this one!)


by: Stephanie Garber

Rating: 4.5 stars

SummaryRemember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

My Review:

   Y’all. Y’all. This book was like a whimsical magical devious ball of cotton candy on a stick!! It was sugary sweet with its descriptions and sticky and grimy with its devious plot twists. Reading this book was like taking a deep breath of fresh air... it felt great! I feel like I have been stuck in a warp where I just haven’t found a YA book that I just really loved or even liked for that matter which makes it all the better that I decided to pick up Caraval when I did.

“Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or performance. It's the closest you'll ever find yourself magic in this world.”

  The world building was quite unexpected. Coming into this book I expected a more one dimensional twisted carnival type of scenery but was pleasantly surprised by the rich colors and smells that described this fantasy land in a way that can only be reminiscent of the whimsys of a tale like Alice in Wonderland. I also quite enjoyed the main character Scarletts voice. I thought she was very strong and determined but not in a boring flat way. I also liked how she remained feminine and a bit unsure of herself at times I felt it made her character more realistic and made you want to route for her even in her darkest moments. 

 “What happens beyond this gate may frighten or excite you, but don’t let any of it trick you. We will try to convince you it’s real, but all of it is a performance. A world built of make-believe. So while we want you to get swept away, be careful of being swept too far away. Dreams that come true can be beautiful, but they can also turn into nightmares when people won’t wake up.” 

 That being said I also had a total soft spot for Julian. Julian is the sailor boy whose journey becomes intwined with that of Scarlett and her sister Tella. Both of which escape to Caraval in the hopes of fulfilling their childhood dreams and escaping their abusive father. Julian is not who I expected him to be and I quite enjoyed that little tid bit of surprise as well. I originally came into the book thinking he’d be the typical snarky women chasing scoundrel that could get away with all, simply by the power of his sexy smirk and dreamy eyes, but instead he ended up being much more intense and secretive. Of course the man was good looking (an essential if not overplayed element of a YA love interest) but he was also very mysterious and keep disappearing on Scarlett when I thought he would stay attached at her hip which only made the tales of Caraval that much more endearing. 

“She imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.” 

 And my gosh the plot twists were never ending!! It was like I was falling into a rabbits hole of candy coated wonder and poisonous daggers. You never knew who to trust yet new characters where always thrown into the mix with tales of advice that either rang true or where trying to tear Scarlett into a totally disastrous situation! I did like how loyal Scarlett remained in her journey to rescue her sister Tella after she was taken and how no matter which direction her mind was taken too her thoughts never stayed too far from her mission to find her. 

“Scarlett was not fond of fate. She liked to believe if she were good, good things would happen. Fate left her feeling powerless, and hopeless, and with an overall feeling of lessness. To her, fate seemed like a larger, omnipotent version of her father, stealing her choices and controlling her life without any regard for her feelings. Fate meant that nothing she did mattered.”

 Legend, the organizer and owner of this dark twisted game, his tales continued to surprise me and every time I thought I figured out who he was and what angle he was playing at the plot would spiral into a completely different directions and oh boy I was endlessly entertained! This book was a fast read that kept me completely enthralled and I simply cannot wait to get my hands on Legendary (theres a certain tattooed dark and dangerous boy by the name of Dante whom I would love to get to know a little better...) Great YA read with a lot of classic YA elements but is not boring in the slightest and will not have you bored a single moment! Highly recommend this book to readers in look a just a good solid YA book flooded with plot twists and intrigue!

“I think I've made a mistake.'
'Then make it into something better.” 

So what do y’all think? Wanna give this read a go? Read it already? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!

Friday, May 31, 2019

April/May Wrap Up || My Reading Ups and Downs/ Summer = More Reading Power!!

   Hello, hello my fellow reading peeps! Today I am finally back into the reading groove with a little wrap up post! I realize I’ve been combining my wrap up posts nowadays (they now usually sum up my reading progress over two months instead of the usual one) and thats sadly because I just haven’t read enough over the course of one month to cover as much in one post... so here I am with another joint monthly wrap!! (also wish me luck in the hopes that I will start reading more the summer ;)

What I Read:
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  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner- 4 stars- I enjoyed this one! A cute, dramatic, and at times heartbreaking YA romance set in a futuristic world/ alienist planet... it was unique and held my attention!
  • Midnight Blue by LJ Shen- 5 stars- This was a reread y’all (one of my first rereads) I hardly ever read a book twice but I simply could not resist rereading this one Alex is simply hilarious and I loved reading over his witty sassy thoughts. 
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber- 4.5 stars- This one had all the classic YA comments I LOVED.. also was so unpredictable I was like what.... what?!?! Very good highly recommend. 
  • Pretty Reckless by LJ Shen- 5 stars- another LJ Shen, another win!! This book is her latest release and is a part of her new All Saints High series and I absolutely LOVED it!! Especially loved the female Daria, I thought she was a fresh take and had me endlessly intrigued! 
  • Jade City by Fonda Lee- 4.5 stars- Y’all this is the power asian fantasy we all need to read! Powerful family fights over the power of jade, awesome fight scenes, intriguing political power moves, combined with incredible world building and writing = a win for me!!
  • The Princes Prisoner by Isla Jones, Klarissa King- 3 stars- This ones was a quick interesting Fae  story that I read for free with kindle unlimited. I enjoyed it and recommend to those looking for a quick Fae fix with their reading!!

On the Blog:

Life Happenings:

  • Its finally summer!!!! *happy dance* CANNOT WAIT TO GET SOME SERIOUS READING DONE!!
  • also I'm dreadfully behind on ARCS and at this point feel like giving up *heavy sight*
  • I am also extremely grateful to be back and able to use my local library because my broke booty really cannot afford to be buying anymore books ahaha...
  • That pretty much sums it up I don't have a whole lot more to add here... *shrugs*
So how was everybodys reading?? Read anything amazing lately? Wanna grab any of the books I recently finished? LMK in the comments below!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Summer is Almost Here TBR!

Hey y’all! How is your guys summer/ reading lives going? As my school year comes to an end I am so excited to finally start thinking about summer.... and with summer comes MORE READING! Yay!

 That being said I should probably do a bit of thinking about what I plan on reading this fine summer. Hence this TBR.

 Now that being said I’m not trying to get too attached to this list. Its more of a ruff estimate of what I plan on getting done/ want to get done, if I get anything done at all (which I sincerely hope I will because damn if I don't get some reading done I’m going to start losing it over here)

I am also two books behind on my Goodreads challenge queue face palm.

 Summer TBR: 

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Nocturna by Maya Motayne

This looks like straight fire y’all highly recommend you put it on your TBR asap!

Fauxmance by L.H. Cosway

This book looks like a spicy little slice of pie as well. I am all for the I am not who you think I am/ going against the grain protagonists!!

Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

This book looks like so much fun a teenage socialite who lives a double life as a burglar with a group of drag queens... sounds like a fresh scoop of feisty! 

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal 

This book looks like everything I love about fantasy and more... so of course I wanna read it asap. I actually wish it was in my hands right now. 

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke 

Dark devilish protagonist meets girl.... sparks fly.. dangerous, dark, devilish... need I say more? 

The Pipers Son by Melina Marchetta 

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this author and have had this one on my TBR for a while now. Plus I think they have it at my local library so theres really no reason not to read this one?

Ok, ok I know I should’ve finished this one awhile ago and by finish I mean started but theres no time like the present and I hope to give this one a go this summer (hopefully I’ll be in the mood for it at some point this summer) 

Ok so there you have it, my TBR for this summer! Its a tad long and I’ll probably drift off and read some other things as well but I am hoping to read these if I can! What about y’all any summer TBRs? What are you guys reading right now? LMK in the comments below!

Monday, April 29, 2019

WWW Wednesday

Hello lovelies I know my blogging been a little randomized these past few months but I am hoping that once school ends I will be able to get back on my blogging schedule!!

 I am also terribly behind on ARC’s so to all the publishers out there... I am sorry I did not forget about you school has just been a mess and I will get to your fabulous books in no time!!

 Any who did I get any reading done?

 Sadly not much, but I did get a little done! Heres an update:

What I just finished:

What I am currently reading:

What I plan on reading next: 


What about y’all? Been up to any reading lately or is school/ work keeping you from reading? As always any good book recommendations?? LMK in the comments below!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Cover Reveal || Pretty Reckless by L.J. Shen

Hey everyone so excited to be sharing the new cover for LJ Shen’s upcoming book!! As you all know I am a big fan of LJ Shen and therefore am super excited to be sharing the cover with y’all as well as mentally counting down the days until this comes out (its released on April 29th guys!)

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Pretty Reckless, the first standalone in the highly anticipated All Saints High series from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is coming April 29th and we have the gasp-worthy cover!

We were supposed to be best friends
But turned out to be worst enemies…
They say revenge is a dish best served cold.
I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart is completely iced.
I took her first kiss.
She took the only thing I loved.
I was poor.
She was rich.
The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast.
Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project.
Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much.
Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother.
There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears.
Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.
Everyone loves a good-old, unapologetic punk.
But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way.
The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you.
In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day.
Four years ago, he asked me to save all of my firsts for him.
Now he lives across the hall, and there’s nothing I want more than to be his last everything.
His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free.
Now? Now he is making me pay.

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Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs
Model: Austin Victoria

About LJ Shen:
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.
Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people's’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.
She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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What do you guys think? Great cover right? Going to add to your TBR? Also if you’ve never read LJ Shen I recommend giving some of her books a try! Especially her book Vicious!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Blog tour: Dangerous Beauty by J.T. Geissinger


A strapping bodyguard and a mysterious beauty on the run cross paths and tempt danger in Cozumel…

Dangerous Beauty, an all-new sexy and suspenseful romance from J.T. Geissinger is available now!

For Nasir, former Special Ops military man and bodyguard, his new job seems like an easy-money gig: trail a Russian mobster’s runaway wife in Mexico, enjoy the sun, observe, and report. Just one rule: don’t get too close. But it’s all Naz can do not to watch the alluring dancer’s every move. A closer look is irresistible—especially when she’s in trouble.

Evalina escaped to the island getaway to live an untraceable life—as far away from the past as she can get. But Eva can’t ignore the dark, muscled stud who rescues her from a drug gang. He says he’s an ex-cop on vacation. When providence throws them together time and again, Eva thinks it’s all a beautiful coincidence. Now she’s giving in to a strange new sensation: trust.

But Naz has a mission to accomplish and a secret to keep. Eva has her share of secrets, too. And as the heat flares between them, Naz knows that trust could become the most dangerous impulse of all.


I turn to look at her. She’s framed in the doorway with the light bright behind her and her face in shadow, her hair a golden corona around her head. A band of tightness settles around my chest. 
I take a step toward her. She takes a step back. I don’t know what she sees on my face, but her eyes are huge and her pulse is throbbing in the side of her neck. 
When I take another step and she retreats again, I stop. “Are you afraid of me?”
She laughs shakily. “No.”
“Then why are you backing up?”
“I was hoping I’d be at the wall by now. I need it to hold me up. I’m so excited I think I might faint.”
The band around my chest grows tighter. 
“Stay where you are,” I say, holding her gaze. The eye contact feels like a touch, like an electrical current running on a loop between us. It’s probably close to ninety degrees, but the skin on my arms raises in gooseflesh. As I take another step toward her, she flexes her hands open and draws a breath. 
She says with quiet wonder, “I can feel my heartbeat in my fingertips.”
“I know. Me too.”
I advance another step. She’s an arm’s length away. I see it when she begins to tremble. 
“This must be what a stroke feels like,” she whispers as I reach out and touch her face. 
“Probably not this good.” I slide my hand into her hair, and she bites her lip. 
When I move closer, she raises her hands and flattens them on my chest. I know she can feel how hard my heart is pounding. Her breathing is as erratic as mine. 
“Oh God,” she says faintly. “I really hope this kiss you’re about to give me is as amazing as the pre-kiss. I think my panties just went up in flames.”
“Not a good idea to talk to me about your panties right now, sweetheart,” I murmur, brushing my lips over her jaw. “I’m barely in control as it is.”
I nuzzle my nose into the soft, sweet spot under her earlobe and drag in a breath scented of her skin. She shudders. I cradle her head in my hands as her fingers dig into my chest. I open my mouth over the pulse in her throat and she moans, low and soft, arching into me. 
That little moan sets my entire body on fire. 
With one hand cupped around the back of her head and the other around her jaw, I tilt her head back and fit my mouth to hers. 
Her lips part. Our tongues touching is an electrical shock. She makes a soft, feminine noise in the back of her throat that makes me feel savage, like an animal. 
We stand in the gloom and kiss, deep and slow, until the urge to push her against the wall, lift her skirt, and thrust deep inside her is a hot, heady pulse in my veins. She slides her arms up around my shoulders so her breasts press against my chest. I feel her nipples, two hard points in a lush expanse of skin, and groan into her mouth. 
My dick is so hard it’s throbbing. 
“I want you to kiss me everywhere,” she whispers, breaking away from my mouth but staying in my arms. She’s panting. Her eyes look glazed. “I want you to take off my clothes and kiss me everywhere like that. Promise me you will.”
I huff out a breath that’s part laugh and part groan. “So it measured up to the pre-kiss, huh?”


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About J.T. Geissinger:

J.T. Geissinger is a bestselling author of emotionally charged romance and women’s fiction. Ranging from funny, feisty rom coms to intense, edgy suspense, her books have sold more than one million copies and been translated into several languages.

She is the recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book, the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, and is a two-time finalist for the RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America®. She has also been a finalist in the Booksellers’ Best, National Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier Awards.

Her first novel was published in 2012. Since then she’s written eighteen more novels. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking wine, surfing the internet, and daydreaming about all the things she’s going to be when she grows up. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles with her husband and deaf/demented rescue kitty, Ginger.

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Book Review || Legendary by Stephanie Garber (A full deserving 5 star read of pure fabulousness)

Legendary  By: Stephanie Garber Rating: 5/5 fabulous stars!  Summary:  A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win. After be...

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