Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Top 10 Ships of 2019


Instead of studying for my finals that are in a couple of days I'm writing these Top 10 posts. My priorities are not straight. Well, I hope you guys enjoy this at least.

10. Cardan and Jude




“Kiss me again,” he says, drunk and foolish. “Kiss me until I am sick of it.” - Holly Black

I really love hate-to-love romances. There is just so much angst and sexual tension and I can never get enough of it. I devoured The Wicked King in two days. I had actually gotten an ARC of it, then didn't get around to reading it, then I bought the hardcover. I only just now got the time to finally read it and to move onto The Queen of Nothing. I'm living for these two and just sitting here hoping they can make it work.

9. Thomas and Audrey Rose


“I’d like to see you carry on with a corset digging its bones into your rib cage,” I said, returning the favor and eyeing his clothing. “And manage a skirt still covering most of your breeches and whipping around your thighs in this wind.” 
“If you’d like to see me out of my breeches, simply ask, Wadsworth. I’m more than happy to accommodate you on that front.” 
“Scoundrel.” - Kerri Maniscalco

Thomas is not fit to live in the Victorian Era. If this book was set in present-day and this was not a YA novel, Thomas Cresswell would definitely have charmed the pants off Audrey Rose by now. Their flirtation makes me blush. I honestly love them together so much. It brings me so much joy whenever Thomas scandalizes Audrey. It's just the perfect dynamic.

8. Marcus and Emma




I didn't realize I loved these two as much as I did until I went to work after finishing this and couldn't stop thinking about them the whole time. I can't wait for their book to come out. Also if you're wondering why I didn't use a quote for this one like I did for the others it's because literally, every good quote I could pull was filthy. I like to hint at the sexy, not give it all away. If you guys want sexy you're gonna have to read this one yourselves;)

7. Wren and Lou




“I’m the moth to your flame, Lou. I’d rather be burned a thousand times than be free of you.” - B. B. Reid

While their book was not my favourite of B. B. Reid's, I still loved them as a couple. I love their friendship and I love the tension between them. I always appreciate a slow burn romance and this was a great example of that. 

6. Bonnie and Finn




“I don’t want to be without you, Bonnie! Don’t you get that? I am in love with you! I’ve known you for one week. And I’m in love with you! Crazy, drive-off-a-cliff-if-you-asked-me-to, in love with you. But I don’t want to drive off a cliff! I want to live with you! Do you want that? Or do you still think about jumping off bridges and going down in a hail of bullets?” - Amy Harmon

These two... Everything about their relationship just worked. I fell in love with their relationship. I loved them as characters on their own and I loved them even more together.

5. Noura and Banks




“In love there’s no free will. That’s how I know it’s real. I couldn’t stop it and I can’t deny it. This is it for me.” - R. K. Lilley

Much like with number 8, I read this book and thought to myself "four stars". And then I kept rereading it because their story was everything, so I had to go back and give them five stars. R. K. Lilley is really good at writing relationships like that. 

4. Carter and Zoey



“You know when you’re going to be decidedly less amused? When I’m sendin’ you to the store at 3am because I’m craving a certain brand of pickles.”  
Carter takes a step back, rolls his eyes at me again, and grabs his plate. “Come on, wifey.”  
“And my back is already aching from carrying around your spawn. I hope you’re plannin’ to give me a back rub later.” 
 “Are your feet swelling up, too? Maybe I should just buy you a whole spa day.”  
“I mean, it’s the least you could do for the mother of your child.” - Sam Mariano

This book was long but it didn't feel long. Carter and Zoey's chemistry made this book feel like it was way shorter than it was. 

3. Remo and Serafina




“We were both caught in an undercurrent, dragging us down into its unforgiving depth, unable to swim to the surface on our own. The only people who could save us only wanted to save one of us and see the other drown, but we were entangled. One of us would have to let go first to reach the surface.” - Cora Reilly

They were everything that I was hoping for and more. I had the release of their book written down on my calendar and I bought this book at midnight. I was dedicated because I knew their book would be fire. And firey it was. I love how the author is really playing with the dynamics of this world in the Camorra series. She set all these traditions and rules in her other series and she's breaking them one by one in this series. I loved everything about their relationship. 

2. Damon and Winter





“Enjoy your freedom while it lasts, Winter Ashby, because we’re not done,” Damon warned in a low voice that snaked through my ear, taunting me. “Grow up, learn things, and have fun in high school, but don’t change the little girl who loves it ‘in the black’, because I like you there, too. And I will be back for what’s mine when you’re old enough for bigger things.” - Penelope Douglas

I loved this couple. They just work together, it's like they were made for each other. Honestly, I would have loved them whether or not I actually liked Winter because I just love Damon so much. He's definitely my favourite of the horseman. I did like Winter, however. They might have made it to number 1 if Winter had been my favourite character from the series, but that will always be Banks. I love Banks.

1. Griffin and Cat




“Let go,” I demand. 
 “No.”  
My eyebrows snap together. 
 “Why not?”  
“Because your gut reaction is always to punch, and I don’t like being tickled.” 
Tickled? Tickled! Indignation swamps me. I’ll show him a tickle. - Amanda Bouchet

These two really came out of nowhere in the last few months before the end of the year. I was fully expecting to put one of the previous three couples at number one, but these two just blindsided me. I have no words other than: power couple. 

Who would you guys say was your favourite book couple of 2019?

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Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Top 10 Movies of 2019


I know I've been very absent as of late. I realized I am very bad at time management and juggling classes and other aspects of my life. As I am nearing the end of this semester of school I will hopefully have time to post more. If not, I am determined to post my top 10 posts recapping this year in this last month before 2020. That's my goal. 

10. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood




I don't like westerns. So every time this movie would go into western mode I got so incredibly bored. Despite this, it was still a Tarantino movie so in other words, it was pretty good. The last 20 minutes of the movie made it all worth it.

9. Hustlers





I didn't really want to go see this one, but my friends did so I went. I surprisingly really enjoyed it. I just kept thinking about it after and once I went home I actually found the article it was based on and it was really interesting. If any of you are interested I'll link it here.



8. On the Basis of Sex





I didn't know a ton about Ruth Bader Ginsberg before going into this movie, and apparently, it doesn't even capture all the amazing things that she has done. However, I thought it was such an awesome movie. It really let me get to know her as someone who doesn't live in the U.S. and doesn't know a lot about famous figures there. Ruth Bader Ginsberg is my hero and I hope to learn more about her.



7. It: Chapter 2





I really don't want to spoil things, but considering this is Stephen King, you have to know that someone is going to die. Well, this one character (not naming names), I knew they were going to die but man I was hoping like hell they would just leave it out of this movie. It made me very sad.



6. Endgame




A lot of people had some really mixed feelings about this movie, but I loved it. I cried. Honestly, go through all of my blog posts and take a shot every time I say I cried. I feel like after the chaos of Infinity War and there just being so many characters, this movie really focused back onto those core Avengers that we've loved since the beginning. It gave us more time with them before some of them left for good. 


5. Spider-man: Far From Home




I must have liked this movie since I went to see it in theatres 3 times. I didn't just go to go, by the way, I had three different friends who asked me to go see it with them on 3 separate occasions. I have the movie memorized. I just thought this was the perfect movie to come out after Endgame. It catered to all these things we were wondering after the events of Endgame and how Peter was coping with this. Along with some MJ. I love MJ. 


4. Captain Marvel




This movie was so badass. I loved Brie Larson in this movie. I loved that we got to see how the Avengers initiative came to be. I love that we got to see a young Nick Fury and find out how he got his scar. I just loved everything about this movie. 
3. Us





I'm just a regular lover of horror films these days. This is the best one I've seen this year. Jordan Peele has a way of bringing unique ideas to an oversaturated genre. He makes fun of horror movie tropes but doesn't overdo it. I don't think I've ever seen a horror film quite like it. A bonus was the score. Whoever did the soundtrack for this movie needs a raise.



2. Good Boys




This movie had me dying. Seth Rogen was one of the producers so you have to know it's gonna be funny. There is something just so hysterical about children + adult humour. I'm a sucker for coming of age movies as you will be able to tell because both my first and second picks on this list are just that. Perfect. This movie was perfect. And so very, very funny.


1. Booksmart

Booksmart was this intelligent, funny, and accurate description of being in high school. Except maybe a bit at the end. I just felt so connected to this movie in my soul. I honestly did nothing fun in high school and now I'm trying to make up for it. The humour in this movie was on the verge of a bit crude, but also clever. It really knows who it's viewers are and it caters to them well. I can't wait till I can watch this one again. It's a gem.

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019

The Punk and the Plaything Cover Reveal




The Punk and the Plaything is the third installment in the When Rivals Play series and is coming December 9th! 

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From bestselling author B.B. Reid comes a riveting, second chance romance…

Never trust a nice ass and a smile. That girl is definitely poison.
When I first came to Blackwood Keep, I was just looking for a thrill. 
Instead, I found a beautiful fraud—a tomboy my wildest dreams couldn’t conjure.  
Bee didn’t just run with boys; she ran the boys. It was only a matter of time before I gave chase. 
It took one summer for me to win her over and two to lose her forever.
My summer love turned ice queen. Without heart or thought, she ruined me. 

Four years and an ocean between us, I still can’t forget that she chose my cousin…so I won’t.
When the clock strikes twelve, you’re mine, Cinderella. 

It’s too late to turn back time. 

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Sunday, 22 September 2019

Obsidian Review


Obsidian (Lux, #1)

Obsidian 
by Jennifer L Armentrout

SPOILERS


Summary: 

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring... Until I spotted my hot neighbour, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something... unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies who want to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has lit me up like a Vegas strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.


If I don't kill him first that is.


My Thoughts:


I gave this book 5 stars. Obsidian was one of those books that I instantly fell in love with. I discovered it over on another blog, before I had my own, and instantly fell in love with the few quotes provided. Obsidian has a lot of sentimental value for me, the protagonist is the one that made me want to start a blog in the first place and this was actually the very first review I ever posted before I decided to rewrite it because my initial review sucked. 


This book was such an addicting read. It spoke to the teenage girl bookworm in me that wanted to read something spicy. YA version of spicy that is, it isn't too spicy. It's like Cholula spice, not ghost pepper spice. 

Katy has been one of my favorite characters for years, I felt like a could really relate to her as a character, she was an avid book reader, she was hilarious, she had a blog, she had a snarky attitude. She was sort of what I aspired to be at the time. Katy is a seemingly normal teen who is forced to move to the middle of nowhere West Virginia because her mother made her. I've always loved the premise of moving somewhere and starting over and being the new "mysterious" person that no one knows anything about. (Maybe I just don't want people to know anything about me, but I think I overshare too much for that to be the case.) Katy moves in next door to these twins, one who wants to be her best friend and the other one she has an incredible sexual tension with. If you're into that kind of thing I've probably already sold you on this book. Thanks for reading ;)

Daemon Black is a whole ass character. He is so funny and sexy and still is one of my favorite book boyfriends. However, the author did release Obsidian from his point of view, I think it was called Oblivion. You really don't need to read that one if you don't want to. You really don't learn anything new, it's just from Daemon's point of view. If you're into that then go for it. I'm just saying you could live without it if you don't want to read it. It doesn't actually contain important information. 

The plot of this book itself is fairly unique. I can't think of any other YA novels with aliens that take place on earth. I don't think I've read a book quite like it yet either. While the author generally maintains her writing style throughout all of her novels, it isn't in a bad way. And of her stories, I think that this series is definitely my favorite of them.

The cast of characters is just quirky and fun-loving enough to make this book/series lighthearted enough that even though the darker moments you still feel happy to be reading it. If you love YA romances and YA sci-fi I would highly recommend giving this book a look.

Quotes:

"Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys."


"My hand Itched to have a close encounter of the Bitch-slap kind with his face."


"Will you show me what you really look like? You don't sparkle, do you?"


"Daemon: I checked out your blog.
Katy: Stalking me again I see. Do I need to get a restraining order?
Daemon: In your dreams, Kitten. Oh wait I'm already starring in those, aren't I?
Katy: Nightmares, Daemon. Nightmares ."

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Here Be Sexist Vampires Review



Here Be Sexist Vampires (Deep in Your Veins, #1)
Here Be Sexist Vampires
by Suzanne Wright

Mild Spoilers
Synopsis:


Sam Parker is a vampire with a gift so strong and substantial that she is invited to partake in a test for a place in the Grand High Master Vampire’s private army. She finds that not only has the army never included a woman, but it has never included a Sventé vampire; a breed that is regarded by the super strong Pagori breed and the hypnotically beautiful Keja breed to be too tame and human-like. Most refuse to take her seriously, especially a Pagori commander named Jared who she craves in spite of herself.

The Grand High Master, however, sees her potential and offers her the position of Jared’s co-commander to help train the newest squad in time for the impending attack on his home. Sam has to demonstrate to Jared and the squad of chauvinists why it is incredibly foolish to underestimate a wilful, temperamental, borderline-homicidal Sventé female. 


Warning: This novel contains an iron-willed female vampire with an energy whip, a sexist male vampire who is determined to have her, explicit vampy sex, and a romance story with real bite.

My Thoughts:

I gave this book 4 stars. I surprisingly really enjoyed this one. 


I seem to have not gotten over the vampire craze of a few years ago. These days people have moved on to writing about fairies, aliens, witches, obscure mythologies that weren’t focused on before. While I love reading all those new books, I wish there were more vampire novels being released right now. I honestly couldn't even name a vampire novel that was published after 2014. Come on people I need my fix of vampire novels.

This book had a really cool concept. In this book's world, there are three types of vampires. In pop culture there seem to be three general ideas of what vampires are. One of them is the vampire that is super strong and super fast; the second being one that is ethereally beautiful and irresistible; the third being a vampire that seems almost human, but with just an extra kick of something supernatural. Before this book, I never actually thought about that before that gave this book an interesting twist compared to other vampire novels.

I really loved Sam. She has a cockney accent but I was able to overlook that because I didn’t actually need to hear it. (Side note: A little known fact about me, I probably haven’t even divulged this information on my blog before, but I hate cockney accents. They are just like nails on a chalkboard to me. If you have a cockney accent I sincerely apologize, it’s just an aversion I’ve never quite been able to get over.) Back to Sam, I thought she was such a badass leading lady. I feel like a lot of main female characters have been so similar lately and it’s really nice to get those few characters every once in a while that doesn’t care about public opinion. They are ready to defend themselves against those that want to harm and oppress them and I love it. I love really strong-willed sassy main characters that can take care of themselves and I honestly feel like we don't see enough of those in YA and NA novels. While I do enjoy the more bookish girls, is it too hard to get a decent mix of both?


As for Jared, I didn’t really care much about him. I would have loved him back when it was written, 2012, but it’s 2019 now and I have higher standards for the love interests in the books I read. I like substance and a bit more personality than a guy that has superpowers and can’t keep his dick in his pants. I legit don’t know if I actually know anything about Jared other than the most basic things, unlike Sam whom I feel like I genuinely know stuff about. She has a past. He doesn't. There are more books in the series so I assume they get more into that in future books, but I feel like it's important to establish some sort of background for a character if they are meant to be likable. I don't know anything about him other than I don't particularly care for his views. 

A bit of a warning, there are some things that I think if you are really sensitive to sexual assault situations you might not want to read this. We don't see anything graphic, nothing too disturbing, on the contrary, the book, for the most part, keeps a pretty light atmosphere. This warning is just if you are really sensitive to the subject matter, I would feel bad if I never mentioned it.  

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