ARC Review: You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan!

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*ARC provided by St. Martins Press in exchange for an honest review*
“I want a fresh start. I would fight for that fresh start. But I also want it to be a continuation.”
This book was equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming. The story follows Mark and Kate, two lgbt characters, during the entirety of Pride Week in San Francisco. Both of them are struggling with love and finding what their hearts want. Honestly, I grew attached to them almost immediately.
Mark is struggling with feelings towards his best friend and Kate has feelings for a girl she’s never met before but has heard a lot about. I really loved witnessing both of their character developments. Even though I wanted a completely different ending for one of them, I was still unbelievably proud of how they handled their situations. My heart was regularly swelling with pain and pride throughout the entire thing. I seriously loved them together. Not as a couple, but as the best friends that they were definitely meant to be. I loved how their friendship was as genuine as they came. There were many struggle along the way but they still managed to be there for each other when the people in their lives couldn’t be.
This story’s told in alternative point of views and the writing was super easy to get through. I read it in one sitting but it was still deep and emotional. This story was full of laughs, happy tears, sad tears, and everything in between. Also, the humor was fantastic and fresh. I kept laughing out loud and I loved ever minute of it. This book’s absolutely perfect for getting out of a slump.
“I would fight for him. In fact, I would tear through rubble with my bare hands to get to him. I would lift cars. I would wrestle down anyone who said we shouldn’t be together. Because if you want to know the truth- if you really want to know the truth- none of that could be nearly as hard as being in love with him and not be able to tell anyone about it.”

Expected publication: June 7

4.5 stars!

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Review: Bookish: Adult Coloring Book by Martha Sweeney!

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*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
This was the first coloring book I’ve been sent for review and I fell madly in love with it! This is one of the most prefect coloring books I’ve ever seen and I am forever grateful for Martha to have created it. Why is it perfect, you ask? Well, if the title doesn’t say it all: It’s because this coloring book is for book lovers. That’s right, there are bookish designs from cover to cover and they are phenomenal!
When you first open it, there is a letter dedicated to the reader/artist that melted my heart from the kindness and sincerity of it. Flipping through the rest of it, I found it beautifully interactive and humorous. Some of the quotes are so true that they were hilarious. This book appeals to book lovers of every kind and I thoroughly enjoyed (am enjoying) every second with it.
There are 42 amazing designs in total and what’s even better is that they’re all single sided. You don’t have to worry about ink showing through a design on the back which is a life saver. The entire book also makes a beautiful poem. There’s a word of the poem on the back of each design and you can flip through it or read the entire thing on the back of the book. There are some complex designs as well as simple ones mixed together but every design is captivating in its own right
I’ve already started coloring in mine and I might just frame every single page when I have the room for it; I would love to wake up to them every day. I don’t know what else to say except that I will try and make it last. The designs look so amazing without color as well that it’s killing me not knowing what to do with them. I suggest you buy one for yourself so we can struggle together and because the designs are PERFECT to take pictures of for bookstagram.

5/5 stars!

REP BOX UNBOXING: Go Indie Now!

This May, I was lucky enough to have been selected to not only represent one but TWO book box subscriptions! This is the first time I have been selected as a rep for anything and I am bursting with gratitude towards the beautiful people who made it happen.

I want to start by talking about the Go Indie Now subscription. This box was created by an amazing indie author, Ashley Marie Nestler. This box is specifically targeted for those who love and appreciate the written word no matter who publishes it. (Like me!) If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know what a huge indie lover I am. Indie books are what I usually read, more than popular books, and I am absolutely happy to have found this box! It’s perfect for my tasted and I couldn’t have asked for a better box to represent.

You can find Ashley on:

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Okay, okay, now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the unboxing:

The theme for this month was Fantasy! The box for May included not one, but two books by the author, Michael E. Dellert. They were beautifully wrapped up in this soft red bow that tore my heart to pieces to unravel. I secretly kept it like that until I actually HAD to post the covers on my Instagram. Don’t judge me.

You can find Micahel on:

[Blog] [Instagram]

[Twitter] [Pinterest]

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These are the beautiful covers and I can’t get over how amazing the details in them are! The cover artist definitely knows what they are doing and I’m a happy owner of this amazing artwork. They themselves seem to promise an epic adventure with badass battle scenes and I can’t wait to get around to reading them!

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The box also included a postcard of the cover art for the first book along with a physical map of the world these books take place in. The books have the map printed on them as well but this was an amazing surprise! You actually get to hold the map in your hands and it’s marvelous.

Ashley included a beautiful business card for the subscription as well.

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Now, to introduce my FAVORITE item in this box, apart from the books themselves.

The scent pack!!!

I was obsessed with the amazing aroma that hit me as soon as I opened this package. I frantically looked through the items to find out what was responsible for this obsession and I found this:

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This is what the bag looks like from the back. There’s so many scent ‘beans'(?) in there and I literally want to spread them all around the house so everything smells just like them. I’m obsessed guys and I’m pretty sure that whenever I have a job again, I’m buying loads of these. Different scents too because why not?

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The next item I’m pretty obsessed with are these beautiful sword earrings! A part of me is pretty sad about receiving these since I can’t wear them due to my ears being stretched but I might have to wear them after I make them into a necklace or something. Anyway, I love them and I am so happy to own them!

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Now to finish things off, here’s a picture I took of all the beautiful items together:

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For more information and to order your own click [HERE]

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Thank you so much Ashley for this amazing and beautiful box! I can’t wait to see what’s in the next one! I’m so happy to work with you!

Review: Under Ground by Alice Rachel

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
This was the first book I’ve read by Alice and it was okay for the most part. In this world, the women have no rights and are basically only good for marriage and breeding. Men have all the power and it was really awful to witness.
I had quite a few issues with this book. I didn’t connect to any of the characters and I wasn’t a fan of the main character. I sympathized with her due to some of the things that happened to her but other than that, I didn’t like her. I felt her to be too impulsive and she did/said things that didn’t match to who she was supposed to be. They were so out of character that I just waited for her to be done before continuing to read seriously. Also, for a person that grew up in this society, she still had A LOT to learn about it and I just would’ve liked her to be a little less naive.
The writing didn’t flow most of the time and the dialogue we actually managed to get out of the characters was so over the top that it wasn’t believable. I felt like a bunch of the characters acted the same as others and there wasn’t anything distinguishing them from each other. The plot line was predictable to me and a lot of the scenes were just awkward to witness, not in a funny way. Also, the emotions every character felt were so easily read that it wasn’t okay with me. The main character seemed to know exactly what everybody was feeling and why they were feeling it and honestly, it could’ve been better if it were told in the 3rd person. Many of the characters acted so immature that I found myself disliking characters that I liked in the beginning. That also goes to the ones that were supposed to be ‘adults’. They didn’t act their age and it bothered me to no end.
Now for the positive comments: I absolutely loved the pace of the relationship between the main character and the guy who isn’t her fiance. Sure, they think they’re in love a little too soon but if I forgot about that detail, I was happy with it all. They didn’t get physical the first second they were able to and I loved that. It was respectful and it was sweet to witness. Another thing I liked was that the story wasn’t rough to get through. I couldn’t stop reading even after all my complaints, and that’s a plus. I also loved the development between the main character and her mom. It made me proud for them and I was grateful their relationship went the way it did.

3/5 stars.

 

REP BOX UNBOXING: Fantasy and Sci Fi Books!

The second box subscription that was generous enough to choose me as one of their first representatives was Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books!!

I’ve been seeing this beautiful box around booktube and bookstagram a lot and I’ve been in love with the items from first glance. They always include a new YA release and I was excited to see what they would choose. I’m proud to be a rep for them and their box didn’t disappoint!

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Now for the unboxing:

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The theme for the month of May was: Fantasy! I am a complete fantasy-holic and proud of it! The genre is up there with romance for me; they share the #1 spot in my heart and I don’t know if they will ever be trumped from their glory.

The book included in this box was The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi! I’ve been seeing this beautiful book around bookstagram and I can’t believe it’s now in my possession. I can’t wait to get around to reading it!

This book came with a beautiful matching & SIGNED bookmark as well:

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The next item in the box were this beautiful Star-Touched Queen inspired temporary tattoos. I’ve already worn some and I can’t wait to wear the rest.

They’re so beautiful!

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This box also included a pair of blue and red Wonder Woman socks! These look so beautiful and comfortable but I will be giving them away soon with a couple other items as well.

Stay tuned for that!

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The next item in the box was this beautiful magnet of The Butterfly Code by Sue Wyshynski! That cover is gorgeous and definitely intriguing. I’ll be adding the book to my TBR on it alone:

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And now for my favorite item in this box, beside the book:

The anklet!!

I’ve already posted a picture on my Instagram with me wearing it and I mentioned that I will never take it off., which is true! I can’t remember the last time I owned an anklet and I was pretty excited to receive one in this box. It’s a double chain anklet with one chain containing a row of stars, tying in perfectly with the book:

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There was some hair bling included as well. I’m slightly confused as to how to wear these (even after reading the instructions) but I might give them away with the Wonder Woman socks if I can’t figure it out.

They look fun to wear though:

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Now for the picture I took of all the items together:

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For more information and to order your own amazing box, click [HERE]!


Thank you so much Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books for this amazing box! I can’t wait to see what’s in the next one! I’m so happy to work with you!

Review: Keeper of Secrets by Stephanie Kneese

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
This story follows Avalon, a character who has lost her parents and is now living with her aunt. Her life changes drastically in many ways.
From the start, I noticed that there was little to no description of the surroundings. All I was reading was dialogue but I felt like I was a flailing reader. I couldn’t grasp onto anything in order to imagine the characters in it. This was a huge problem for me throughout the entire book. A few things were described but when they were, it wasn’t enough.
I felt like this book was many times predictable and awfully corny. The internal dialogue was too juvenile for me and some of the dialogue didn’t even fit the characters’ age. Some things happened so suddenly and so unnecessarily, with no foreshadowing, that it was hard to wrap my head around. In most cases, the story could’ve done better without them.
Also, there was an epic overuse of the word ‘friend’ that got old really quickly. I only mentioned it because it ruined most of the reading experience for me. It was one of the things that were completely unnecessary. I felt the timeline was too rushed and just… weird. It was hard to keep up with and the scene transitions were too harsh, not at all smooth. I didn’t connect to any of the characters and that’s the main reason that made me give this book such a low rating.
Now, to end this in a positive note: This book held my attention enough that I managed to finish it in one day.

2.5/5 stars.

Review: The Diary of Lying Lovers by Rose Ventresca

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
As many of you might know, I am not a fan of reading the synopsis of a book. I love going in as blind as I possibly can and that’s exactly what I did here. Now, with that said, I didn’t know this was a memoir until after I was halfway in and the main character referred to herself with the same last name as the author. Since I was late in figuring this out, I had already formed my opinions about the characters and they weren’t good ones. I tried turning this around and looking at them as real people but this made it worse for me.
Mainly because the writing style was not pleasant for me. The sentences sounded broken/choppy; they didn’t flow and they just felt… harsh and random. If that makes sense. The sentences were written as just facts, not sounding like a story at all. There were some facts added in that were so incredibly random, I kept asking myself what they were doing in the story to begin with.
I was beyond aggravated with the main character from the first page until the end. Now this was before I noticed the main character was the author. Unfortunately, my opinion didn’t change in that aspect either. I just felt like she was incredibly naive and immature; she gave me a constant and awful headache.
The characters were just there but I had no way of connecting to them. I wasn’t a fan of any of them and honestly, the things that were supposed to blow me away were predictable from the start. The characters almost rarely got more than superficial sentences in dialogue. I want intimacy in the dialogue between characters to make me believe their connection but I didn’t believe anything that was written in this novel. I know we’re supposed to believe the love she has for Rocky but we get little to no dialogue from him. He just felt… absent -literally and figuratively- like basically all of the characters did.
I kept waiting for a plot twist or something, but I felt cheated instead. So many things weren’t up to par, that I don’t even know how to express in words everything that was missing.
Also, my biggest pet peeve was taken advantage of again: exclamation marks. Nobody speaks with exclamation marks at the end of almost all of their sentences. I’m sorry, but it’s true.
All in all, I’m glad I gave this a chance but I won’t find myself picking anything else up by this author any time soon.

1/5 stars.