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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Friday, 23 August 2019

Evermore Cover Reveal!


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COMING AUG 30TH! 
SERIES: When Rivals Play #2.5 
GENRE: New Adult

Grab your dancing shoes and put on your prettiest dress. It's prom season in Blackwood Keep and forever can't wait any longer!

Four Archer was the toughest girl around. Just ask anyone. She's the street racing daredevil who brought the King of Brynwood Academy to his knees. But watching her boyfriend fawn over his childhood playmate--even though it was just an act--would be her toughest challenge yet. When jealousy rears its ugly head, Four questions if she can handle playing the sideline.

Ever McNamara has the world at his fingertips, but not even a private jet and a seven-figure trust fund can get him out of this rock and a hard place. When a childhood pact puts their fairytale in peril, Ever must risk it all to keep her.
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Þ You do not need to read Evermore to continue the series.
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Thursday, 1 August 2019

2019 Mid Year Favourites Giveaway


It's that time of year again where I run a giveaway for some of my favorite books of the year, so far. This year I have been reading a record amount of romance novels, just because I am doing the NABC yearly challenge. Reading romance novels has been my focus. So all the books in this giveaway are in fact romance novels. Now if romance novels aren't your thing, no worries. I'll be hosting my favorite books of the year in January. I hope to have more variety by that point and I hope you guys will bear with me until then. Now, if you guys are in fact fans of romance novels, well I have quite a few choices here today! Before  I get into the actual options, I just need to remind you guys to read the rules down below so that you know you are entering correctly. I do check.

The Choices:

***If the book is a part of a series and you would like to get one of the previous books in the series then that is also an option***



Without Merit: This is a stand-alone novel from one of my favorite authors Colleen Hoover. I can already tell that this will make it into my end of the year giveaway. If you don't win this one, no worries, you'll get another chance ;)

The Moth and the Flame: This is the second novel in the When Rivals Play series by B. B. Reid. B. B. Reid is one of my go-to authors for a darker NA romance. She never disappoints.

The Savior: This is the seventeenth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R. Ward. I had such a fun time reading this book and going back to the roots of BDB.

Roomhate: This is a stand-alone novel. I didn't expect to feel as many emotions will reading this that I did. I actually cried near the end. If you enjoy Penelope Ward novels this is one of the good ones.

Blood and Sin: This is the first book in a series by Laura Thalassa and Dan Rix. I've been reading so many Laura Thalassa books this year and I've thoroughly enjoyed them all. While this isn't my favorite overall, it is still up there in the most enjoyed category. If you're interested in more paranormal NA romance I would suggest this one.

Bound by Love: This is the sixth book in the Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles by Cora Reilly. This one is incredibly long and incredibly worth it. If you loved the first five books then this one is going to blow you out of the water.

Twisted Pride: This is the third book in the Camorra Series also by Cora Reilly. If you like your men a little more wicked then I would definitely choose this one over Bound by Love. Remo was what made this book as good as it was. I think I know who's going to top my book boyfriend list this year *wink wink*.

Drago: This is the Sixth book in the Made Men series by Sarah Brianne. I swear this is the last Mafia romance on this list. It was also a very wonderful one especially since I adored the protagonist.

Killswitch: This is the third book in the Devil's Night series by Penelope Douglas. I don't know if you guys have gathered this from anything I've said in the past, but Damon's my favorite Horseman. I like my book boyfriends to be really bad. He's right up there with Remo, maybe even more wicked. Just saying, this one would be a good choice. Or really any of the books from this series, they definitely need to be read in order though.

Untouchable: This book is a stand-alone. This was my first book by Sam Mariano (who is also popular for writing Mafia romances. Just saying) and I realized almost immediately that I absolutely adored her writing. This book is definitely an acquired taste and I'm definitely going to give a trigger warning as I don't want anyone going into this one blind sighted. If you're really into that Darker NA romance life then this is for you, if you don't really like darker themes then I would say avoid this one.


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  • This giveaway will run from August 1st to September 1st, 2019.
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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Top 10 Books I'd Save In a Fire


I was watching makeup videos on Youtube, like I often do, when I stumbled upon a video about the makeup products this girl would repurchase if she lost everything. I liked this idea and turned it into books instead of makeup. Unlike all those other times I'm not cheating with this one! This list is compiled of individual books I would snag on my way out of my house if it were burning down around me. So no series'. There are no ebooks included in this. These are all books on my bookshelf that I would grab in a moments notice. These are in no particular order this week, these are just books that I would definitely grab for if I only had a few minutes.


1. The Chamber of Secrets



I know this one isn't most people's favorite but when I originally read the series this was really up there when I was considering my favorite Harry Potter books. You know, I really would grab this one while rushing out the door.

2. I’ll Give You the Sun



This book is so bittersweet. It's a really sad book, but in the end, the sweetness just rises to the surface. This is also one of my favorite books. You know, if my house burned down I would need a smile after all of that sadness.

3. The Outsiders



Kinda funny that this is on a list of books I would save in a fire considering the contents of this book. If you know, you know. I know I could easily buy another copy of this, but I feel as though it would bring me some semblance of comfort in the face of losing everything to a house fire.

4. Order of the Phoenix



This has always been one of my favorite Harry Potter books. I read this in 5 days and was so proud of myself when I had accomplished such a feat. My copy of the Order of the Phoenix has seen better days. The spine is all cracked up, I dog eared some fo the pages. It's a truly well-loved book and holds a lot of sentimental value.

5. Half-Blood Prince



This was always my favorite Harry Potter book. It's been so long since I've actually read the book, so it's hard to explain exactly what lead this to be my favorite. I just remember loving Ginny in this book, loving her relationship with Harry, loving all the glimpses at the Mauraders, and loving all the little subplots along with, of course, Quidditch.

6. Hopeless



When I was looking at my bookshelf thinking of what I wanted to save, I saw this book and immediately knew I would grab it. I've reread this book maybe 10 times since I first read it in 2013? 2014? This is the first book that after reading an ebook I decided I needed a physical copy and so I bought one. It is well-loved and I couldn't imagine not saving it.

7. City of Lost Souls



I think I may be alone in this but this was my favorite of the Mortal Instruments series. I remember while reading this I just kept putting in little slips of paper on pages where there as something I enjoyed. Needless to say by the end of reading the book was packed full of slips of paper. Not only that but when I lent it to my friend to read she added in a few of her own little slips of paper. Also not to mention my mom picked it up for me on her way home from work. I'm still surprised she actually got the right book considering she knows nothing about YA and literally never remembers anything I ask her to buy. This book just holds too much sentimental value for me to give it up.

8. Hideaway



While the other books on this list are all books I've had for many years and hold a lot of sentimental value for, this is one of the newer books I have read and would risk it in a fire just to grab my copy. I know I've already read this book over a dozen times, but I could read it a dozen more times. It was a hard choice between this one and Killswitch, but I felt like Hideaway was the right choice for this list. Yet another book with buildings on fire ;)

9. Carry On



If my house burned down today I would grab this just because I loved it so much and I would honestly just want my copy to reread right before the sequel comes out.


10. Shadow Kiss



I love the Vampire Academy series so much. Shadow Kiss has by far been my favorite book of the series and I just know that if I could only pick one of them to bring with me it would be this one.


When making this list I actually really surprised myself. I have stacks of special edition books, books signed by authors, books that I won in giveaways, yet none of those actually made it onto this list. Kinda funny how that works, you know. So I gotta ask what books would you guys save if there was a fire?

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Waiting on Wednesday



Where Winter Finds You (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #17.5)
Where Winter Finds You
by J. R. Ward


Release Date: November 26th, 2019

Synopsis:


When Trez lost his beloved to a tragic death (The Shadows, Black Dagger Brotherhood #13), his soul was crushed and his destiny seemed relegated to suffering. But when he meets a mysterious female, he becomes convinced his true love has been reincarnated. Is he right? Or has his grief created a disastrous delusion?

Therese has come to Caldwell to escape a rift with her bloodline. The revelation that she was adopted and not born into her family shakes the foundations of her identity, and she is determined to make it on her own. Her attraction to Trez is not what she’s looking for, except the sexy Shadow proves to be undeniable.


Has fate provided a grieving widower with a second chance…or is Trez too blinded by the past to see the present for what it really is? In this sensual, arresting book full of the themes of redemption and self-discovery, two lost souls find themselves at a crossroads where the heart is the only compass that can be trusted…but that may require a courage that neither of them possesses. 

My Thoughts:

I haven't actually read any of the side novels that are a part of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series before as I haven't really had any interest in them. However, this one really speaks to me. When I finished reading The Shadows I felt like Trez got such a shit ending to his story compared to all the others and was hoping with all my heart that he would get his happy ending. I can't remember which book it was in but I do remember Lassiter saying something about Trez having to be patient, that it would end well. I was assuming it was just going to be some sort of subplot in a future book but I'm happy to see that there is going to be an actual conclusive full-length novel bringing Trez's story to a proper ending. I can't even express how excited I am to read this when it comes out in November.

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