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Forever Bound – Book Review

Title: Forever Bound
Author: Chloe Stowe
Genre: LGBTQIA+ Romance
Series: Forever Bound #1
Goodreads ♦ Amazon
2.5 stars

I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own opinions.

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When a soldier and a surgeon explore their darkest fantasies, they find that submission can be a gift of the heart…

Aaron Chambers is an Air Force pilot and a consummate soldier. He is strong and always in control.

John Castle is a surgeon; his intelligence is daunting, as is his success. But when a twist of fate causes John to lose a patient, he finds himself mired in a downward spiral of doubt and loss of control.

Aaron’s rescue plan is simple… to give his soldier’s will and body for one night to John.

But hatred-filled eyes watch master and willing slave play, and riddle more than their playground with bullets.

It is a fight for survival. It is a fight for love. It is a fight that leaves John and Aaron forever bound to each other…


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This book was not at all what I expected it to be and that’s probably the main reason my review is so low. I expected an erotic smutty romance but I got mostly a story about the meeting between the doctor and pilot. Sex itself was really put on the back-burner, which is not want I want in a book that is marketed as an erotic romance.


The characters felt very one-dimensional. I wasn’t able to connect with them on any emotional level. I really wanted to feel for them and their situations but I found myself not really caring.

Their relationship with each other was interesting. Their meeting and the story of how they came to care about each other was different and as a story by itself I would have liked to learn more and dig a little deeper.


I know I am being really knit-picky about this book but it really isn’t a bad book. If what you want is a story where a doctor meets a pilot who gets shot and they get caught in a tornado and all these crazy things happen that pushes them together then this is the book for you. However, if what you want is just a mindless hot and steamy erotic romance then you might be a little disappointed.

I would recommend that the synopsis be changed to better reflect the story.

Overall, I became bored throughout the story and have forgotten a lot about what I read. I just remember not enjoying it very much and wishing it had more sex.




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The Photographer’s Assistant – Book Review


Title: The Photographer’s Assistant
Author: Andrew Grey
Genre: LGBTQIA+ Romance
Series: Standalone
Goodreads ♦ Amazon
3.5 stars

I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own opinions.

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Christian Coulliet is the premier gay erotic photographer in the country. His pictures are spectacular because he will go to whatever length he needs to get the photographs he wants, including having sex with his models. He’s famous for capturing images of his models at the absolute height of passion.

David Weatherby is Christian’s assistant, organized and efficient. He considers himself plain and ordinary, unlike the models Christian works with. David’s also attracted to Christian in a big way, but has seen Christian brush off so many men, and he doesn’t want to be another notch on Christian’s photographic bedpost. Besides, Christian wouldn’t notice someone as plain as him anyway.

What David doesn’t realize is that Christian has noticed and watches, but stays away because David works for him, and because he feels that David deserves someone better. With both men reluctant for various reasons to voice or act on their feelings, will they ever be within the same frame?

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Christian is a famous erotic photographer who will do anything to get the picture, even have sex with his models. David is an aspiring photographer working as Christian’s assistant. He also happens to be in love with him.


The Photographer’s Assistant is a fairly short read and therefore struggles with having depth in the characters. However, with the short amount of time I had, I was able to emotionally connected to these characters.

Christian seems really withdrawn at first. I think you would have to be in order to have sex with any number of people just to get a good picture while being able to separate himself afterward. His one rule for himself was that he would have have a relationship, sexual or otherwise, with the people he worked with. I wonder how that turned out? By the end Christian seems to develop emotions, or at the very least he is able to express the emotions he already has. So much so, that they start interfering with his work.

David was precious. All he wants is for Christian to notice him as someone other than an assistant. He would literally do anything for Christian. I really liked how when he felt that Christian just used him for sex he didn’t just roll up into a corner and cry. He set limits for himself and Christian and decided he wasn’t going to let it get in the way of who he wanted to be and what he wanted to do with his life. David’s relationship with his roommate and best friend Javier is the best. I loved it when Javier confronted Christian and gave him a reality check. It was great.


There wasn’t really much plot in this book. It only had three real locations. The studio/Christian’s apartment, David’s apartment, and the park. The story consisted of Christian working, David going to the park to take pictures, David talking with Javier in their apartment, and of course David and Christian’s ‘relationship’ in his apartment. However, with so few locations and being so short the author does a really good job of creating a story that pulled me in.


The only thing I can say about the ending was that it was predictable. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t enjoyable, however. I loved this book and I will pick up more by this author in the future.



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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Book vs. Movie Review

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Series: Harry Potter Book 1
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5 stars

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Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

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I honestly don’t know what I can say about Harry Potter that everyone else in the world doesn’t already know… but I will give it a shot. In case I need to say it, this review will contain an abundance of spoilers!!! But if this bothers you it probably means you haven’t yet read this book, in which case… what are you doing with your life?!?!

Did anyone else notice that the line actually is… “Harry, you’re a wizard.” Anyone?


The cast of Harry Potter is one of the greatest casts I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

Question: What is your favorite character? I think that mine changes based on whether I am reading the books or watching the movies.

While I was reading this, my favorite character was Neville. I don’t know if anyone else noticed but Neville was a more prominent character in the book than in the movie. For example, when they get detention with Hagrid in the Forbidden Forest, Neville was with them in the book. Neville knew about Malfoy trying to get Harry and Hermione caught when they were taking Norbert up to the tower. Ron had been bitten by Norbert and was in the infirmary so he didn’t get detention with the rest of them. Neville and Malfoy were assigned to stay together first but when Malfoy scared Neville enough to make him shoot up sparks, Hagrid separated them and put Malfoy with Harry. Also, Neville was with Ron and Harry when they first snuck down to see Hagrid and his dragon egg instead of Hermione. Also, Ron tells Neville that he shouldn’t let Malfoy pick on him because he was worth 12 of Malfoy and during the Quidditch match, Neville tells Malfoy this and they all get in a fight. Neville just played a more important role in the book and it made me fall in love with him more. These are just a few examples.

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Another character that is different in the book is Hermione. She is much more annoying in the book, at least at the beginning. I can really understand why Harry and Ron didn’t like her at first. The movie doesn’t show how much of a show off, know-it-all, nagging, brat she is. In the book she is standing just around every corner to tell them what they are doing wrong or how they are breaking the rules, etc. Honestly if it was me, I would probably tell her to mind her own business a time or two myself. It wasn’t until after the troll scene that they really started to get along.

Those were really the main differences between the characters in the movie vs. the book. Most everyone else was pretty true to how they were written.

Oh yeah! Another thing I would have liked to see more of were Dumbledore’s little one liners. In the book, at the beginning Dumbledore asks Professor McGonagall if she would like a lemon drop and that it is a Muggle candy he has become quite fond of. Another is when Harry asks him what he sees in the Mirror of Erised. He responds with a pare of thick woolen socks. He didn’t get a single pair for Christmas because everyone assumes he prefers books. He’s got a few of these that I found way too funny.


For the most part, the major points in the book where played true in the movie, it was just little things here and there that were different. For example, Neville being replaced by Ron or Hermione in certain scenes. I would have loved to see Neville get into a fight with Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle.

I also would have loved to see the beginning of the movie be a little more drawn out like the book. I have the special edition dvd’s with the deleted scenes and I would have loved for them to include Aunt Petunia opening eggs and finding letters inside. I also would have loved to see Harry meet Malfoy in Diagon Alley when they are getting fitted for robes. That scene in the book really showed Malfoy’s hatred for Muggles.

Lastly, I would have loved to see Hermione shine in Snape’s potion challenge in the book. However, I do realize it wouldn’t have made for super exciting screen-time. Ron got his time to shine with the chess game and Harry got his time to shine… well with the entire rest of the movie.

Question: What is your favorite scene in the book/movie? Mine was probably the chess game. It was so action packed. I really liked how they did it in the movie, it was really intense. However, there were some aspects from the book that would have also been pretty awesome. In the book, Ron was not riding on a horse and when he sacrificed himself, the Queen knocked him out but hitting him on the head then shoved him off the board. Also, when Harry checkmated the King, he took off his crown and threw it down in front of Harry. I think that would have been humorous. The one thing that did didn’t quite make sense in the movie was that when they made it to the chess board, the spots the trio took were already empty. That wouldn’t make sense unless you had to have at least two people there to play the game… right? In the book the pieces that were already on the board left so the trio could take their place. But semantics.


That reminds me of something I thought was really funny in the book that happened differently in the movie. When they get caught in the Devil’s Snare, Hermione realizes what it is and jumps out of it’s hold before it can grab her. The poem she uses to figure out how to beat it is also different but whatever. She realizes she needs fire and…         Harry says, “So light a fire!”
“Yes — of course — but there’s no wood!” Hermione cried, wringing her hands.
“Oh right?” said Hermione.
(After they escape.)
“Lucky you pay attention in Herbology, Hermione.” said Harry.
“Yeah,” said Ron, “and lucky Harry doesn’t lose his head in a crisis — ‘there’s no wood’ — honestly.”

Lastly, for real this time, I really wanted to hear the Hogwarts song at the beginning of the book. Fred and George’s (I mean Gred and Forge) funeral march version would have been hilarious.


The endings of the Harry Potter books always make me sad, especially when we know that Harry has to go back to the Dursley’s. In the movie, Hagrid tells Harry to threaten his cousin with ears to match his tale and Harry reminds Hagrid that they are not allowed to use magic outside of school. Hagrid tells him that his cousin doesn’t know that. It gives Harry a more innocent light. While the book shows Harry’s mischievous side. In the book Harry tells Ron and Hermione that he plans on having a better summer because the Dursely’s don’t know that he isn’t allowed to use magic.


These are just a few of the differences that really stuck out to me and some of the things I would have loved to have seen in the movie. This doesn’t mean that I didn’t like the move, on the contrary, I absolutely love the Harry Potter movies. I could watch them over and over and over again. The differences just really stood out to me during the re-read/watch and I couldn’t help but talk about them to someone.

Question: What is the difference that stood out to you the most? What would you have liked to have seen in the movie? 


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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Book Review

Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Author: Holly Black
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: Standalone
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4 stars


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Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

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This is like a modern day vampire novel. I read in someone else’s review that it is like the zombie apocalypse but with vampires and I think that is a fairly accurate description. Of course there is romance thrown in.


The characters are anything special. They are pretty basic with very little depth. The only character with a history that we learned about was the hot and dangerous vampire that Tana rescued at the very beginning of the book. I liked how nonchalant he seemed about her ex-boyfriend being infected and craving blood. I loved Tana and Gavriel’s relationship. They weren’t all over each other but they wanted to protect each other until the end.

Midnight and Winter were really strange characters. I guess there are people like that in the real world though. I’m sure there are crazy vampire fanatics that would do anything to become a part of the undead. I wanted to knock some sense into them a few times.


The way the vampire apocalypse occurred in the book was interesting. I haven’t read many vampire novels where it is treated as a disease that infects people. It was also interesting how you are not instantly turned when you are bitten. There is the slight chance that you could remain human as long as you make it through the suffering period without drinking any human blood. It seems extremely difficult however.

The plot itself wasn’t extremely exciting but it wasn’t boring either. There weren’t many action scenes either. I think it had the perfect balance between action, suspense, and what I call the “in-between scenes.” The plot didn’t unravel too quickly.


The ending was probably my least favorite part of the book. Not that it was necessarily bad or anything like that, but it wasn’t really an ending. It would have been the perfect ending if there was a second book, but considering this is a standalone, I would have liked the ending to be more concrete.

In Conclusion…


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Cruel Beauty – Book Review

Title: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Genre: YA Retelling
Series: Cruel Beauty World #1
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3.5 stars


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Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

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Cruel Beauty is marketed as a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but I would categorize it as a  Rumpelstiltskin retelling with a little Beauty and the Beast aspects thrown in. 


Cruel Beauty has very few characters. You have your main female lead, main male lead, a father, an aunt, and a sister. These are really the only characters that make an appearance, at least until the very end. I really liked Nyx as the female mc. She was strong but not completely unafraid. I don’t care how long you have trained, studied, and prepared yourself for what was to come, you are still going to have some fear, especially if death was a good possibility. Ignifex was also such a fun villain. He was one of those evil characters that had no false hope that he was going to be freed and he didn’t act like he deserved it. He truly believed he was evil and didn’t care how Nyx saw him.

The things I didn’t like was that in the first night of being in Ignifex’s castle, Nyx was helped by his shadow, who happened to change into a solid man at night. So, obviously Nyx’s first response was to kiss him. You know, because everyone gives a kiss to random shadow people who are believed to be demons.

While the sister had her okay moments, I didn’t particularly like any of the side characters. Nyx’s father and aunt just made me angry. Nyx was going to marry an evil demon prince and all her aunt worried about was whether she would be able to satisfy him in bed.


I felt the plot was a little rushed. Several times the plot moved forward because something very convenient happened. For example, the kiss I mentioned above. Nyx randomly decides to kiss a shadow demon man and suddenly he can speak because of it. Without him being able to speak, the story would have stalled.

I really liked the way greek mythology was woven throughout the story. It really helped to flesh out the story.


I actually thought the ending was very random and once again, convenient. You will just have to read the book to understand what I mean.

In Conclusion…


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We Were Liars – Book Review

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Genre: YA Mystery
Series: Standalone
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5 stars

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A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

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I almost gave this 4.5 stars but in the end I couldn’t give this anything less than 5. The truth is I really I nothing I can say about this book other than I highly suggest you go into this with absolutely no knowledge of what is going on. That’s what I did.

The only thing I knew for sure was the end was supposed to be this huge surprise twist that is leaving everyone with their mouths hanging open and I wish I hand’t even known that much.


Once again, I can’t really tell you anything. All you really need to know is in the synopsis. It’s about a rich family who lives on a private island, at least for the summers. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. will warn that when you first start, the writing seems kind of choppy but that’s because the narrator is unreliable and has lost a lot of her memory. I wouldn’t even tell you that much but that’s revealed at the very beginning.


Read the synopsis. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love.


Seriously, just go read the book.

In Conclusion… 


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My Own Personal Readathon Wrap Up

Over the past weekend I was at my parents’ home housesitting and since they don’t have internet I thought it would be the perfect time to do a readathon. This is my first ever readathon and I am pretty proud of my results.

Day 1…

  • Finished last half of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff {212 Pages}
  • Started We Were Liars by E. Lockhart {22 Pages}
  • Listened to some of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo {? Pages — Will check at the end}

Day 2…

  • Finished We Were Liars by E. Lockhart {220 Pages}
  • Started Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge {208 Pages}
  • Continued Six of Crows audiobook by Leigh Bardugo {Will tally at the end}

Day 3…

  • Finished Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge {144 pages}
  • Started and Finished The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black {419 pages}


  • Finished
  • Started and Finished
    • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Review Coming)
    • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (Review Coming)
    • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (Review Coming)
  • Continued
    • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Total Page Count
    • Read 1,237 Pages
    • Listened to 99 Pages

Overall, I feel pretty accomplished.


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Nevernight – Book Review

My Own Personal Readathon Day 3 Update:

  • Finished Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge {144 pages}
  • Started and Finished The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black {419 pages}



Title: Nevernight
Author: Jay Kristoff
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Series: Nevernight Chronicles #1
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4.5 stars


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In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?


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This is a book about a young female that is training to become an assassin at a secret school for assassins to avenge the death of her family members. Not only that, but it’s an adult novel which basically means nothing is off limits. What more could I ask for?


I can say with absolute complete confidence that Mia is one of my new favorite female heroines. Can an assassin really be considered a hero? You know what… I don’t think I care. Mia is kick ass, spunky, strong willed, opinionated, loyal (for the most part), and so many other amazing adjectives you could probably think of. But I think what makes her even greater is that she has a best friend… that is a cat… made of shadows. Seriously how awesome is that. Plus the cat is spunky and sassy as h*ll. I actually laughed out loud almost every time anything came out of the cat’s not mouth.

Tric. I loved Tric. I honestly don’t believe that he should be in a school for assassins he was so sweet. Well I guess I should say I didn’t believe it until I heard his backstory. Not to mention he was actually really good at the assassin school. I also loved how Mia and Tric were actually able to have a relationship while being in a school for assassins.

There were so many great characters in Nevernight. Jay Kristoff is a mastermind at creating great main characters, side characters, evil characters (it cracks me up that there were evil characters at a school for assassins… weren’t they technically all evil?).

On a side note… if you value your heart, do not get attached to any of these characters. Like I said, adult novel = nothing off limits.


Assassins, school, school for assassins. I don’t know what else to tell you. There was so much action, so many plot twists, so many jaw-dropping moments that you never want to put the book down. I will say that the first 100-150 pages are slow, you have to get used to the writing style, the flashbacks at the beginning of each chapter, and you don’t get to the assassin school until around page 140. But if you stick it out, it picks right up and doesn’t stop until the end.


Actually, it doesn’t even stop at the end. I am desperately and very impatiently awaiting the next book coming out towards the end of the year. If you haven’t picked up this book yet, please do yourself a favor and start now.

In conclusion…


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Bookish Confessions

My Own Personal Readathon Day 2 Update:

  • Finished We Were Liars by E. Lockhart {220 Pages}
  • Started Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge {208 Pages}
  • Continued Six of Crows audiobook by Leigh Bardugo {Will tally at the end}



If I am really bored at a certain part in a book but I don’t want to DNF it just yet, I will skim through and just read the dialogue between characters. Sometimes you just can’t force yourself to sit through long drawn-out paragraphs of description/explanations and the dialogue will usually give me enough to get by.


Finishing Series

I have a really bad habit of reading the first book in a series, really loving it, then waiting too long to pick up the next book so that I lose interest. At the time I’m usually all “It was so good I have to have the next one now!” then the next thing I know it’s been six months and I have completely forgotten about my need to read it.


Reading Multiple Books

At any one time, I am usually reading at least three books at once. I listen to an audiobook while driving, doing things around the house, and sometimes when exercising. I have at least one ebook that I read when I’m out of the house so I don’t have to carry a physical book with me everywhere I go (even though I usually have one anyway). Finally, I have at least one physical book which I read while lounging around the house, before bed, by the lake, etc.

Negative Reviews


I actually love reading negative reviews of my favorite books. I will purposefully look for 1-2 star reviews of books I loved just so I can laugh at and make fun of what they say. I won’t even comment or try to defend the book, I will just read the review and others comments and usually end up laughing about how intense they are. Usually, if you review a book you rated 1 star, you have a lot to say.

Weird Bookmarks

I absolutely refuse to crease the pages of my books. So, that means that sometimes I use very strange things as bookmarks. I have literally used my dog to keep my book on the right page when I had to do something quickly.


Library Books

I have a really hard time reading books that I have checked out of the library. I have an obsession of owning books I have read. I am always afraid that if I read a book in the library I will love it but then have to return it back to the library.

Excessive Book Buying


I am known to go shopping and come home with stacks of books. I struggle to even go to the grocery store and not come out with at least one book. A lot of times I won’t have an immediate desire to read a book or even know what it is about, but will end up getting it because I saw someone else talk about it. There are books that have been on my shelf for months/years that I have no plans to read.

Buying Books I’ve Read

I will not spend money on a book that I have already read, no matter how much I loved it. It’s not even a rule or anything I set for myself, I just can’t physically buy a book I’ve already read when there are so many other books I haven’t read. I usually ask for those for Christmas/Birthdays instead.


Reading Friends

I don’t actually have any friends/family that like to read as much as I do or the same things as I do. I have gone so far as to beg my dad to read a book I love just so we can talk about it. I would absolutely love to find a book club that reads mostly YA.




I am a book ranter. I have actually finished a book at two o’clock in the morning and proceeded to rant to my dog for the next thirty minutes. I’m pretty sure I could see the look of absolute boredom on her face. When my dogs aren’t available, I will rant to an imaginary person who may or may not talk back.



It physically pains me when I have a series with a mixture of paperbacks and hardbacks. However, it does not bother me if the covers don’t match. I will try to get the covers that I think are prettiest but I don’t necessarily care about cover changes. I will go out of my way to make sure they are all in the same format.

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Sweet Evil – Book Review


Title: Sweet Evil
Author: Wendy Higgins
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: Sweet #1
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Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?



The premise of this book is what really drew me in. Children of the deadly sins, trying to decide if they are going to walk in their parent’s footsteps or create their own paths.


The characters are what I liked the most. While for the most part the characters were very cliche, they were also very relatable and likeable. You’ve got the pure and innocent good girl who falls in love with the irresistible bad boy who tells her to stay away from him because he’s no good for her.

I can relate to Anna a lot. She always follows the rules, is highly against drugs and alcohol, is really close with her mom, and will do anything for her friends. I also love how Kaiden is actually a bad influence/character overall and openly admits it. I think it is getting increasingly more common in ya to have morally ambiguous characters or ones that think they are evil but actually aren’t. The relationship between Anna and Kaiden is questionable. Considering who Kaiden’s father is and what they do, you have to wonder if Anna’s feelings for him are natural or if he somehow influenced them.


The plot was just so so for me. Nothing exciting really happened. We met Kaiden in a club. We went on a road trip, stayed in a few hotels, met Anna’s dad, went to a counsel meeting, overall just very mundane things. I wanted more action and suspense. I wanted to be on the edge of my seat and a lot of the time I was just bored. It was also very repetitive at times, I found myself wondering if I was rereading the same things over again on accident.


I felt the ending made me feel very blasé. It wasn’t really exciting or left me wanting to immediately pick up the next book. In the end I was left feeling like I might pick up the next book in the future, but I also don’t really care. I have way too many other books to read to pick up one I have no interest in.

In Conclusion…