The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

 I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I am really loving all the adult contemporary romance books lately, and of course they all seem to have killer covers. The Right Swipe caught my attention with its bright pink cover and an awesome synopsis.This was also the August pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club. This book was good but it didn’t blow me away, sadly to say its not a new favorite.

“Being vulnerable is a risk. Love—romantic, platonic, familial, it doesn’t matter what kind of love—is a risk.”

Ever since Rhiannon, left her old job on some bad terms, she has created a very successful dating app. She is very driven and has no time for relationships. She ends up having a one night stand with a man, and they agree to go on a second date. The day of the date she waits for him and hes a no show. So, she throws herself into her work, she attends a party for a competing dating app, to discover the man, Samson, is there new spokesman.

Rhiannon:  Our main character, she is a black woman, She is a very strong woman, intelligent, successful and independent. She runs a successful dating app with her best friend,she is determined to buy out the competing company.

Samson:He is an Ex-pro NFL player,despite his size, he is such a soft boy, he wants to find a great love but struggles with  modern day dating, and technology. He is patient and kind.

What I really enjoyed about this book was how real the character’s felt, the situations they were put in felt like it could actually happen. I liked Rhiannon and Samson’s connection, they have a really sweet romance. The story also touches on some tough issues such as workplace  harassment,abusive relationships,consent and sexism. It’s in-depth detail but it is touched upon, the way it is woven into the story makes it all the more real as these are issues a lot of woman face daily.

I only gave this book a 3.5 Star rating because it wasn’t mind blowing, even though I did really enjoy it. I am interested in seeing if there will be any companion books.


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My Top Ten Gilmore Girls Episodes!

If you’re new to my blog then I’m about to tell you that Gilmore Girls is my favorite show ever. Rory and Jess are my ultimate ship, I love them both so so much! I first started watching this show when I was 13! I related to the characters so much and fell in love with the town of Stars Hollow. Honestly if it were a real place I’d move there in a heartbeat. I love to re watch it every year in the Fall, it’s just the perfect show in my opinion.

Trying to narrow down to my top ten favorite episodes of my all time favorite show it’s nearly impossible. For the most part this list reflects my favorites of the whole show. I could go on and on about how much I love Gilmore Girls, but I won’t so let’s get into the list! Just a warning if you’ve never seen the show and are planning to watch it or you’ve never seen all the seasons yet, there may be some major spoilers.

I’m also very bias towards Jess and I’m sorry if he’s not yours but I love him with my whole being and a lot of this episodes will feature him.

Okay, I could talk about this show all day, so lets get into my top 10 favorite episodes !


Top Ten Gilmore Girls Episodes

10. Lorelai Graduation Day Season 2 Episode 21

9. There’s the Rub season 2 Episode 16

Lorelai and Emily spend the weekend at the spa, while Rory is left at home. I really like this episode, we don’t get a lot of happy Emily and Lorelai moments. I love the moments at the spa but my favourite is when there at the restaurant. Then there’s Rory she only wants to stay home, do laundry eat Indian food. Her plans are derailed when Paris shows up in a panic over a test. Rory agreed to help her study, when Jess shows up with a ton of food. Seeing Paris he invites himself to stay and eat with them. This has to be one of my favourite moments, I love the three of the together. Things end badly though when Dean shows up to surprise Rory. They get into an argument and Paris saves Rory by telling Dean Jess was there to see her not Rory. Ugh my heart so good!!

8. A-Tisket, A-Tasket Season 2 Episode 13

It’s the Stars Hollow annual Picnic Basket auction, which by the way sounds amazing and I’d totally participate in this kind of event. It sounds like so much fun! Anyways, it was to fun for Dean when Jess outbids him. Rory and dean get into a heated argument when Rory agrees to have lunch with Jess as it’s part of the rules, Dean over reacts and says it’s because Jess likes her that he messed with him. This leads to an even bigger argument between Rory and Lorelai when she accuses Rory of spending to much time with Jess. Rory and Jess have so much more in common than with Dean, and they are so sweet together.

7. “One’s Got Class and the Other One Dyes” season 3, episode 4

Lorelai and Luke get ask to speak at Stars Hollow High career day. Things get a bit off track when the kids start asking about Lorelai being a teen mother. After the presentation some of the other mothers corner her and gives her hell about the topic of discussion. This episode also focuses on Lane, this happens to be my favourite Lane episode. She discovered her mother wants to send her to a religious conservative college, well she rebelled by dying her hair a bright purple. It looked amazing and seriously badass. In a moment of panic though she does it back to black. It’s such a fun episode.

6. The Bracebridge Dinner season 2, episode 10

This episode is centred around a winter themed event, haha see a pattern I love me a good festival. Sookie and Lorelai are palming a bracebridge dinner except they find out that the actors have been snowed in and are stuck in Chicago. Instead of cancelling because they already have all the food prepared, they invite the whole town to come and stay at the inn and participate in the dinner. Rory suggest they also invite Richard and Emily. Dean is visually upset when Jess arrives with Luke, believing that he can’t get away from the guy. Lorelai surprises the guest with a horse drawn sleigh ride. Which is perfect I love the sleigh rides, it’s so beautiful. When it comes to Rory’s turn Dean is with his little sister and Jess takes this opportunity to jump in the sleigh with Rory. I can’t get enough of Jess and Rory moments.

5.You Jump, I Jump, Jack season 5, episode 7

Originally I never liked Logan I thought he was spoiled and I am a Jess shipper so of course I was rooting for him. Upon my many re watches of the show Logan began to grow on me and I give this episode all the credit. Rory receives an envelope from the life and death brigade telling her to be blindfolded and ready to go. Logan and his friends pick her up and the venture off into the woods. I have to say this was a very pleasing aesthetic episode, Logan’s smile included! The next morning she is to put on a ball gown and head out to a field where there is a huge wall set up. On top of it are 4 people in tuxedos and umbrellas. Soon Logan and Rory join them as they jump from the top. This is such a powerful episode, where Rory relishes she needs to take more risks.

4. “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?”  Season 3, episode 7

Lorelai is determined to win the annual 24 dance marathon, she forces Rory into being her partner. During the whole even Rory and Jess can’t stop arguing with each other. Even Jess looking at Rory sets her off, a fact that is not lost on Dean. No longer being able to handle there obvious chemistry Dean breaks up with Rory right there on the dance floor. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it loudly for all of you that hasn’t heard that Dean is the absolute WORST! He could have taken Rory to have a private conversation but no he has to be a jerk and have everybody overhear them. At the end of the episode Rory and Jess finally admit to each other that they have romantic feelings for each other. This is one of those episodes where I love the crazy festival as the setting.

3. Nick & Nora/Sid & Nancy season 2 Episode 5

I really love this episode, this is where we get to meet Jess, Luke’s troubles 17 year old nephew. Luke has agreed to take Jess in and off his sisters hands. Lorelai offers Luke some parenting advice and invited them over for supper, so Jess can meet Rory. Of course the dinner didn’t turn out as planned Jess is moody and quiet, Rory finds him in her room browsing her bookshelves. Jess complains about wanting to leave and grand a beer from the fridge. Later on Jess is accused of stealing money for the bridge repaid. When Luke confronts him words are exchanged and in the heat of the moment Luke pushes Jess in the lake. This is the scene I most think of when I think of this show.

2. A Deep- Fried Korean Thanksgiving -Season 3, Episode 9

When I think of Gilmore Girls it’s always the holidays and festivals that come to mind. In this episode Lorelai and Rory are to attend 4 thanksgiving dinners. Starting with the Kim’, where Lane has gotten her mother to hire Dave to provide the music, Luke’s where they have dinner with him and Jess. With Sookie, where Jackson and his family are deep frying a turkey out in the front yard. Finally they end the night at Emily and Richards, Tory announced that she has applied to Yale. This is such a classic episode, Kirk also gets a cat who ends up scratching him to pieces.

1.The Lorelais’ First Day at Yale season 4, episode 2

After a lot of re watching I have decided that this is my favourite episode. Rory is moving into her dorm room at Yale with Lorelei’s help. I really love this episode as it’s a transition from Rorys teen life into her adult life. It’s her first time living away from home and everything she’s comfortable with. One of her roommates turns out to be Paris per her request, Rory is unsure of how living together will pan out. I absolutely love it, there banter and friends everything! But the gem of the episode is the Yale mattress, Luke unwillingly agrees to let Lorelai use his truck to move Rory but what he didn’t expect was it to returned with an old mattress. The whole exchange is hilarious, I love it.

This list was insanely difficult to pick only ten episodes as I wanted to include so many more. I really hope you enjoyed this post as it took me so long to write and search for the episodes I wanted to include. Let me know in the comments are you Team Jess,Dean or Logan?


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September 2019 TBR

Happy September Witches! So it’s only September 4 and my TBR has already been slightly changed. The books mentioned are my main priority but Scribd just added so many September 3rd releases and I want to listen to them all right now. I’ve already started The Raven Boys and Nevernight, and I really want to pick up Pumpkin Heads this weekend. So we’ll see maybe I can squeeze in a few more. I am horrible at following TBR’s but I really want to read all of these.

September, has a Friday the 13th, so of course I’m going to read something spooky that day and marathon a bunch of horror movies because I’m off that day ✌️I am honestly so excited for this month.


September TBR

Pumpkin Heads- Rainbow Rowell

Nevernight- Jay Kristoff

Eclipse – Stephanie Meyer

The Raven Boys – Maggie Stievfater

The Turn of the Key- Ruth Ware

The Darkest part of the Forest -Holly Black


What are some books on your September TBR? Have you read any of these books?


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August Wrap Up

Hello Friends !! I feel like August was the fastest month this year, it has gone by so fast. My goal in August was to read some ARCs and complete my book club picks, and I think I did pretty good.

One of my favorite things about August, especially towards the end of August, is how everything starts to slowly take on the autumny vibe. Grocery stores start to sell Halloween candy and themed treats. Department stores start to sell their autumn and Halloween decor. It just makes you feel all the more excited, even though Autumn is not quite there yet.

Anyways, onto the books I’ve read this month !


Books I Read This Month

Renegades by Marissa Meyer – DNF.

This was the book club pick for Its a Hardback life book club, and I didn’t make it past page 100. At the beginning of the month I was in the worst book slump and I really wasn’t enjoying this book. For the part of the book I read it felt like a very standard superhero tale that did’t do anything new. There was way to many character’s introduced too quickly with multiple names and secret identities, I had a hard time keep track of who was who. I felt like it was very info dumpy at times and other times it was so slow paced I had no interest in picking it up. I loved The Lunar Chronicles so I’m sad to say I couldn’t get into her newer series.

Naturally Tan by Tan France ★★★★

Tan France is one of five TV personalities from the Emmy-award-winning Netflix show Queer Eye. I feel like I should start off by saying that I love Netflix’s Queer Eye to pieces, and Tan is always one of my favorite guys on the show. I don’t tend to read very many memoirs, unless there by some of my favorite people. I find it really hard to rate non fiction, as this is about someone’s life, and how can I judge there experiences. So I tend to rate them for enjoyment, and I really liked this book. Tan’s voice is exactly how I imagined it would be, he is intelligent ,so sassy and his personality shines throughout the novel. He also doesn’t hold anything back, which I really appreciate

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer ★★★

Continuing on with my re-read of this series, New Moon was always my least favorite,but as an adult I enjoyed it a little more. Bella continues to make terrible decisions, and Edward is absent for most of the book. Jacob was never my favorite but this time around I really enjoyed his scenes.

Heartstopper Vol 1 + 2 by Alice Oseman ★★★★★

If your looking for a story that is heartfelt, cute, with beautiful art and the most lovable soft boys, then you need to pick up these graphic novels immediately! Guys, this comic completely melted my heart.

Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert ★★★★

This was one of my most anticipated romance books of the year and I am SO happy to report that I loved it just as much as I was hoping I would.This is the story of Chloe Brown, a thirty-one-year-old that when faced with a near-death experience, when she is almost hit by a car. Chloe soon after meets Red, a man who is extremely friendly and sweet. He gets on Chloe nerves so naturally a romance forms.I loved these two together they are adorable!! Honestly Talia Hibbert is becoming one of my favorite romance writers and I will definitely be reading more of her books in the future, so look out for those.

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai ★★★★

I am really loving all the adult contemporary romance books lately, and of course they all seem to have killer covers. The Right Swipe caught my attention with its bright pink cover and an awesome synopsis.This was also the August pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club. This book was good but it didn’t blow me away, sadly to say its not a new favorite.

A Lesson in Thorns by Sierra Simone ★★★★

This book was hella steamy and there was a lot of sexual group scenes. This is f/f, m/m, m/f, the author has stated that all six of these characters’s are bisexual, which I don’t actually see, some of them came across as pansexual to me while reading.This is ownvoices for the queer representation and the narcolepsy representation. This is also a very atmospheric book, I loved the moments where Thronchapel was described, there is also some magical elements which I loved so much. I’ve heard this book being compared to The Secret History and I immediately went out and bought a copy! This is a book about finding yourself and accepting who you are. This book was just so good, I couldn’t put it down.

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling ★★★★★

I am having such a great time re-reading these books via audiobook. This book has to be one of the darker books in the series, but it’s also my favorite. It has been my favorite ever since it came out,and it gets better with each re-read.The whole concept of the Triwizard tournament is amazing, and I love all the competitions. Ron got on my nerves at the beginning, but he got better as the book went on. I love all the creatures;Nifflers, unicorns, blast-ended skrewts, and dragons. I also love all the moment with Sirus and Dobby. The movies leave so much out, the book is 100 times better.

Feast of Sparks by Sierra Simone ★★★

This is book two in the Thornchapel series, and unlike the first book, I did not love this one. Everything that was good in the first book was stripped away in this sequel. This was a complete mess. There are some really questionable scenes, that left a really bad taste in my mouth. And I cannot get over that ending, its just so bad! I did still enjoy the characters and that is why I still gave this book a 3, I will probably continue with the series because I am really hoping the big reveal is a twist, and it ends up being something different.

Broken Knight by L.J Shen ★★

I think I’m the unpopular opinion here, most reviews I’ve seen has given this book high praise but it just wasn’t for me. This book follows Luna, she is a selective mute, which was really interesting. I really enjoyed her character, but she was also really frustrating at times. The love interest Knight, was such a jerk, when he was mad at Luna he would purposely try and hurt her, which is so not the right way to handle a situation. Knight and Luna had so much miscommunication, so many of there problems could have been solved with a conversation. I really disliked one sex scene, and Im really glad Luna stood up for herself afterwards. But it still made me feel really uncomfortable. This book is also really sad, Knights mother Rosie has CF and is really struggling. I have not read Ruckus yet, Dean and Rosie’s book, but I really want to read there story now.


TV Shows

Big Little Lies Season 2 – I love these character’s so much! Nichole Kidman is amazing and I lover her. The children are also such great actors already. I feel like this season really warped up the story, and I’m not sure how they will continue with another season if there is one.

The Handmaids Tale Season 1,2,3- This show, oh boy! Why have I not watched this until now. It is so freaking good! I binged the first two season in less than a week, I went a little slower with season 3 as I was almost caught up.


Albums On Repeat

BTS- Love Yourself:Answer and Tear, Forever Young. I love BTS. I really do. Their message, their energy, their music. They make some killer MVs, I love it all.

Taylor Swift Lover – This album is incredible! My favorite songs are Cornelia Street, Cruel Summer,False God and Paper Rings.


Well that’s all from me. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought. What was your favorite book you read in August?


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September Anticipated Releases 2019

Hello Bookworms! It is officially September and in my mind it is also Fall ! Which if you didn’t know is my absolute favorite time of the year. Plus there are so many amazing book releases that I’m really excited for.


Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Publication Date : September 10,2019

Synopsis:
Gideon the Ninth is the most fun you’ll ever have with a skeleton.

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as necromantic skeletons. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.


There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
Publication Date: September 3, 2019

Synopsis:
For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared.

All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. As chaos takes hold, five souls are set on a collision course:

A prince exiled from his kingdom.
A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand.
A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart.
A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone.
And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.

One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer? Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Children of Blood and Bone, and An Ember in the Ashes.


Well Met by Jenn Deluca
Publication Date: September 3, 2019

Synopsis:
All’s faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author, Jen DeLuca.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon, or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.


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The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for honest review.

I’m a huge Tarryn Fisher fan and The Wives was among my most highly anticipated releases for 2019.

This is a hard book to review because I don’t want to give anything away, if you’ve never read a Taryn Fisher book before then oh boy are you in for a wild ride! This book follows a woman, who is married to a successful business man named Seth. She’s Seth’s second wife and they’re in a polygamous relationship. He is married to two other women who are refereed to as Monday and Tuesday, as those are the days that Seth visits with them. The Narrator who we know as Thursday, has never met Seth’s other wives and they know nothing about each other. Of course Thursday tries to be the best wife she can be, spotless house, home cooked meals, flirtatious and always willing to please her husband. She resides in Seattle where she works as a nurse on the night shift, the other tow wives live in Portland where Seth has an office.

At the beginning Thursday is very agreeable, believing everything Seth tells her. Never questioning him about why she cant know about the other wives. Thursday, finds a piece of paper in Seth’s pants, its a medical bill with a woman’s name on it. She begins to investigate the other woman, because that’s what anyone would do if you had a chance to see who your husbands other wives are wouldn’t you google her too? The more she learns, she grows more anxious and suspicious of her husband activities.She questions who shes married to and if she even knows him at all. Her investigating is entertaining, as she uncovers things about the other wives. Of course near the half way point the novel takes a really dark turn and it turned out to be something I wasn’t expecting.

This book has so many shocking moments and twists, much like any Taryn Fisher book. I adore her writing and how your never really sure what is actually happening. I read The Wives in two sittings, I was completely captivated by the mystery and I couldn’t get enough. This is the type of book I would recommend to anyone looking for a really messed up story. This is Taryn’s first novel that has been published through a publishing house, and I LOVED it ! Highly recommend, make sure you carve out  a few hours to read this one because once you start you wont want to stop.


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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Date is Jasmine Guillory’s debut novel. I actually read her second book The Proposal last summer, its a companion book not a direct sequel. But it featured some of the same characters,however this did not take away from my enjoyment of this book. I have no idea why I put off reading this for so long, but am glad that I finally picked it up. This was an adorable romance, with a fake dating trope.

From the beginning this book was so much fun. It starts out with our main characters being stuck in an elevator. After some quick banter, and flirting, Drew asks Alexis to be his date to his ex-girlfriends wedding. You all know this is a romance book, so you all know where this is going. Fake dating to real relationship, and it was so adorable. This is told is dual perspectives, so we get to see things from Alexis and Drew.

Alexis – She is a lawyer, and now Berkley’s mayor’s chief of staff, black, she’s working hard on a project that will help at-risk teens, and is doing everything it can for the project to get the green light.

Drew – He is a Pediatric Doctor from Los Angeles, and from the mentions of it he is a pretty good one, he is one of the groomsmen is his ex-girlfriends weeding who is marrying his friend.

Charlos – He is Drew’s best friend, he is so sweet and immediately accepting of Alexis,  the companion book The Proposal actually follows his story.

“White men hated it when you reminded them of their privilege”

Of course like any romance novel, they encounter some bumps in the road. Both characters are scared to take the leap to actual be in a real relationship with each other. Having been hurt in the past, they don’t want to risk there hearts again. This is where I lowered my rating a little. This plot point is really over used in the romance genre, I understand wanting to protect yourself, but not every character has to be afraid to jump in. They are both adults, and yet there lack of communication was frustrating. I mean not every adult has everything figured out but they could have at least talked openly about there past relationships, and there feelings for each other.

I appreciated the way that the author inserted different conversations regarding race. Alexis shines on spotlight on what its like to be black how how white people need to check there privilege. Drew soon realizes how he is sometimes given on free pass, and different opportunities based on the color of his skin. This book has so much good in it.

Overall, this was a really fun sweet wedding romance. Is it my new favorite? no, but I do enjoy Jasmine’s writing and will continue to read her work. I recommend if your looking for a cute, diverse story.

Trigger and content warnings sexual content, for racist comments


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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabba Tahir

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after.” 

There is something incredibly hard about going into books that are massively loved, and I’m happy to say I now fall into this category. AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is set in a fictional world, and follows the dual perspective of Elias and Laia. Even though this book is pretty big, it flew by. Its such a faced paced book that sucks you in from the beginning. I never wanted to put it down and had to know what would happen next. This definitely did not read as a debut novel, it was incredible! I expected this to be like every other YA Fantasy that came out around the same time, but oh boy was I wrong.

I am in love with Sabaa Tahir’s writing, her prose is freaking beautiful! There is so many quotes in this book, and as you know I’m a sucker for beautiful prose. The story starts when Laia’s parents are murdered by a mask and her brother is arrested. She is left on her own with nothing, she seeks out a group called the resistance. They are skeptical of her at first until Laia explains who her parents were, in the end they agree to help her rescue her brother. But one one condition, she must enter the academy and pose as a slave to the commandant to gain inside insight on what the empire is planning.

Laia – is one of the Scholars – now ruled over by the Martial Empire, when her brother is arrested, she seeks out Resistance for help. They make a deal with her, in order for Laia to earn there trust she must enter Blackcliff Military Academy as a slave in order to spy on the Commandant. She starts off as weak, and sacred but as the book progresses she becomes stronger. Her character development was so well done.

Elias – He is the son of the Commandant, and a mask in training. He is another really complex character, he wants to live up to his destiny and please his family while on the other hand he wants to escape. He does not believe is all the methods of the empire, he was never afraid to show his feelings.

The Commandant – Is a ruthless and scary ruler, She treats everyone around her like there disposable.

Helena – She is a mask in training, she is also Elias best friend. She is strong, independent and full of fire. She’s a really complex character, truly loyal and devoted to what she believes in.

“There are two kinds of guilt: the kind that drowns you until you’re useless, and the kind that fires your soul to purpose.”

What I wasn’t expecting was how violent this book is, some scenes get pretty gory, it really doesn’t hold anything back. There is trigger warning for rape and sexual assault which I was not aware of going into this book. Even though these topics are very horrible, it showed how desperate  hopeless these characters are. Laia’s treatment was awful. I was appalled over and over again by the way the slaves were treated. I loved the trials, there were done so well, and I never knew what to expect.

There is also a hint of a love triangle but it really wasn’t the focus of the novel, maybe it was have a bigger importance in the second book. Overall I really enjoyed this book and will be picking up the sequel really soon.

 Trigger warnings for violence, rape and sexual assault.


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Love from A to Z by S K Ali

“Maybe that’s what living is–recognizing the marvels and oddities around you.” 

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book, I thought it was just a cute teen love story. What I got was so much more. This book was filled with so much good and heartfelt moments, about family and friendship. Also about loving yourself, and standing up for your beliefs.  I cried a couple of times during the book, I loved it so so much! The writing is absolutely gorgeous, and the characters are beautiful. SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS BOOK!

Love from A to Z is written in dual perspective, as diary entries in the form of “Marvels” and “Oddities” from both of the main characters’ journals. I really loved this format, as we got to see inside the minds of each character and experience what they were feeling. Our story really starts when Zayneb goes head to head with her extremely Islamophobic social studies teacher and is suspended from school. Her mother thinks it’s best that she leaves for spring break early and is sent to Doha to visit her aunt.

Zayneb –  is a Muslim girl of Pakistani and Caribbean descent,who lives in Indiana. She is headstrong and brave, stands up for herself and her beliefs.  I loved Zayneb and how unapologetically Muslim and unapologetically angry she was.

Adam – He is of Finnish and Chinese descent,who is also Muslim, he attends university in London while his family lives in Doha,he has recently been diagnosed with MS. He is so soft and gentle. He’s incredibly optimistic and likes to see the good in things.

Both characters had such complex personalities, and were very different from each other. We see over and over throughout the novel how Zayneb is treated because she is Muslim. The author dives deep into the daily struggles of Muslims in the US, as well as in Doha. It shows different ways people can be racist from the woman who sat next to Zayneb on the plane, to the staff at the pool and her teacher.

“I’m not a violent person. I’m not advocating violence. But I am an angry person. I’m advocating for more people to get angry. Get moved.” 

The romance between Zayneb and Adam, was really adorable. That scene where they’re pretending to talk about water but actually referring to each other was the cutest thing Iv’e ever read.

I Highly recommend this to everyone,this is such an amazing book.

Trigger warnings for loss of a parent, illness, terrorist attacks, and racism in the form of both subtle and outright comments.


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August TBR 2019

Hello friends! Can you believe its August, it feels like summer just started and here we are with only 4 weeks left. I know the first day of fall isn’t officially until September 21 but to me fall starts when school is back.I don’t usually make TBR’s because I’m a mood reader and I never stick to the lists I make but this month I have a lot of book club picks, so here we are. I’m not saying I will read all of these books, the book club books, yes i will read. However the books i list from my TBR are a tentative selection but at the time of writing this post they are the book I’m excited to pick up.


Book Clubs and Readathon’s

Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Its a Hardback Life Book Club

New Moon by Stephanie Meyers
August 15- 31
#Twilightreadalong

I was Born for This by Alice Oseman
Heartstopper Vol 1 + 2 by Alice Oseman
#aliceosemanreadathon Hosted by Romie
August 10 (24 hour readathon)

Ironside by Holly Black
#faerieathon
August 12-16

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Dragons and Tea Book Club
August 19-24

Books from my TBR

Get a Life Chloe Brown by Taliah Hibbert
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Naturally Tan by Tan France
The Escape Room by Megan Goldin


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