on PUNK 57 by Penelope Douglas.

By now I could just be a Penelope Douglas personal fangirl. I’m not even joking anymore. THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING!!!!! You need this book in your life. And I even waited to review just a few hours before PUNK 57 goes live just in case you weren’t hyped up for it yet.

*ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:

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“We were perfect together. Until we met.”

Misha

I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…

And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?

F*ck it. I need to meet her.

I just don’t expect to hate what I find.

Ryen

He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.
Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

Review:

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Have you ever read a book and you just thought “This is it.”? Well THIS IS IT. This is THE book that has EVERYTHING I have ever wanted. Basically, if PUNK 57 was a guy, we would be married. This book is THAT good.

How do I start? PENELOPE DOUGLAS’ BEST WORK. From the first page, I knew I was in trouble. PUNK 57 is not just an ordinary romance. It has angst, mystery, peer pressure, MUSIC (!!!!!!!!!!!), sex, REAL CHARACTERS, growth… the list goes on. Honestly, I have never read a romance book (non-LGBT+) that has so much substance and the plot is so well thought out. There are romance books that deal with things that only unlucky people can relate to. I believe everyone can relate to the topic/theme that PUNK 57 deals with. As much as I love all of Penelope Douglas’ work, I don’t think any of her other work can measure with this gem. I hate when I can predict the plot and I could not have guessed PUNK 57. I read it in a one go, straight away until 3.40 am. Best night in a while, LOL.

The reason why this book is on a whole another level are the characters. Ryen. Oh Ryen. What can I say? She is the star of this book. She is not what you expect. Perfect. Flawed. I hated her. I loved her. Penelope Douglas, never have I felt so strongly about a character in my life. This character is real. And you will understand exactly what I mean when you read PUNK 57. And then there’s Misha. I always said Jared Trent (from Bully and Until You) will always be my favourite. I think Jared might have some serious competition in Misha. He is bad. He has issues. He is so bloody hot. Definitely got my blood going.  Ryen and Misha are incredibly written characters. You will no doubt recognise yourself in them. I am so happy that this book came out now when I am 21 – still growing, but definitely in a position of self-reflection on my high school years.

PUNK 57 is more than worthy of your time. You need this book in your life. I hope and wish this book will get the recognition it deserves because I am judgemental. I read books that I hate with passion. But PUNK 57 just makes me so happy, so proud that I got to chance to read it, I can’t stress enough how much I want you to go and buy this book and fall in love with it as much as I did. This book doesn’t fuck around. It doesn’t drag and doesn’t feel forced. PUNK 57 is so organic and just amazing.

This book went on my close-to-my-heart shelf. And I have been described as cold bitch so this is a big deal. So there you have it. Go buy this book. NOW.

Shout out to the Corrupt characters! When book “cross-overs” happen, I get way too excited.

PUNK 57 IS MUST READ ROMANCE OF 2016. NO DOUBT.

Rating: 6 million out of 5

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on Cam Girl by Elliot Wake (FKA Leah Reader).

Oh Elliot Wake. Check out my previous review of Unteachable  if you’ve never read anything by him. And then read Black Iris that left me so speechless I couldn’t even review. Enjoy!

Synopsis: 

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Vada Bergen is broke, the black sheep of her family, and moving a thousand miles away from home for grad school, but she’s got the two things she loves most: her art and her best friend—and sometimes more—Ellis Carraway. Ellis and Vada have a friendship so consuming it’s hard to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. It’s intense. It’s a little codependent. And nothing can tear them apart.

Until an accident on an icy winter road changes everything.

Vada is left deeply scarred, both emotionally and physically. Her once-promising art career is cut short. And Ellis pulls away, unwilling to talk about that night. Everything Vada loved is gone.

She’s got nothing left to lose.

So when she meets some smooth-talking entrepreneurs who offer to set her up as a cam girl, she can’t say no. All Vada has to do is spend a couple hours each night stripping on webcam, and the “tips” come pouring in.

It’s just a kinky escape from reality until a client gets serious. “Blue” is mysterious, alluring, and more interested in Vada’s life than her body. Online, they chat intimately. Blue helps her heal. And he pays well, but he wants her all to himself. No more cam shows. It’s an easy decision: she’s starting to fall for him. But the steamier it gets, the more she craves the real man behind the keyboard. So Vada pops the question:

Can we meet IRL?

Blue agrees, on one condition. A condition that brings back a ghost from her past. Now Vada must confront the devastating secrets she’s been running from—those of others, and those she’s been keeping from herself…

Review:

How can I POSSIBLY review Cam Girl? If it was up to me, I would create extra stars on GR because this book deserves them all. You need to read this book whoever you are. This book is a MUST.

Recently, I’ve just went through a rough patch of bad books (the last good one was Black Iris also by Elliot Wake LOL) and Cam Girl was just perfect. It had the amazingly colourful writing, gritty storyline and flawed characters. OMG and even disabled representation and people of colour!!!!! Thank you Elliot Wake. So what’s not to love?

Cam Girl had the ultimate mysteries that kept you wondering throughout this book (just check my status updates!). The most important parts of the mysteries however wasn’t who or what but how and why. The book uncovered piece by piece and at the it came together in a most beautiful way. Not gonna lie – I shed some tears. Everything just made sense.

So why do I think you should read this book? It deals with internalised homophobia. This book brought up some questions that I didn’t even know I had – that’s why it’s going on close-to-my-heart-shelf. Beside that Cam Girl dealt with stuff like non-binary. Fluidity. Masculinity. Femininity. It makes you think. But don’t think it’s like an encyclopedia of queerness. Vada, the main character, brings you on journey of self-discovery (in the non-cheesiest way possible) and while she is flawed and you want to shake her sometimes, you can’t help but root and sympathise with her. Cam Girl is full of kickass, interesting characters like Ellis (Vada’s BFF and maybe more?) and Frankie (Vada’s badass cam boss). However the most exciting thing for me was seeing characters from Black Iris and finding out how they are connected to Cam Girl characters!

Basically, read this book. It’s much better than my review because how can you review something so uniquely beautiful? So many beautiful quotes. Truly.

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P.S. It pisses me off when something like this can get 1* on GR. Tbh, some reasons I could understands – this book might not be for everyone. But seriously though, I saw a review that said Cam Girl was over the top with portraying homophobia and it was not a thing because gay people at their high school were popular. Uhm…………. Well what do you have to say about Orlando shooting?

P.P.S. Follow Elliot Wake on social media so we can fangirl together over his coolness and hotness.

Rating: 5 out of 5 (AND MORE) 

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on Aflame by Penelope Douglas.

I CAN’T EVEN CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT. Obviously, I read it in one go, right after it was released at midnight. I’ve been waiting for this since January!!! And it was absolutely worth it!!! Let me just totally fangirl this review and then I think I might be ready to think about something else.

Synopsis:

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From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Bully, Until You, Rival, and Falling Away comes the sizzling conclusion to the Fall Away series.

The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…

Everyone wants to be me.

Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.

I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.

They all still talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?

But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.

Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.

Review: (*may contain mini spoilers*)

My hands were literally shaking when Aflame came up on my kindle. That’s how excited I was for this. And it did not disappoint! If you have been reading my reviews for awhile, you know that Jared Trent is my ultimate book babe. And Tate is someone I wish I could be! I feel like there are million things I want to tell you, but my mind just turned into a mush. This review is not articulate at all.

Okay. Let’s start with Jared. After seeing him again in Aflame, I completely understand Ms Douglas’ reason to break my favourite book couple of all time. I had full trust in her, but I still wasn’t sure if the break up was necessary. However, the portrayal of Jared was so incredible, that I was so bloody happy that she broke them up at the end of Falling Away. Jared had undeniably grown as a son, as a friend, as a brother and as a boyfriend. I couldn’t believe it was possible to love him more. Jared, you ruined my love life!

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Tate, the perfect Tate… What I admire the most about her is her strength. And in this book, she proved again how independent, strong, smart and just overall how beautiful she was. I completely understood her determination to ignore Jared and just show him how much better off she was without him, because…GIRL POWER! Aflame really did have a strong message towards girl power, because of its amazing girl characters like Juliet, Fallon and even Katherine. Basically, this book was everything I loved, wanted and much much more.

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I’m glad that no one saw me reading Aflame, because I must have looked like a total idiot with my outbursts of laughter and crying. Or just generally swooning. I loved this book so much, I can’t even describe it to you. It was an absolute sensation, seriously. I loved that there wasn’t unnecessary drama, but it was truly a story how to soul mates are reuniting!

I have to also mention Madoc and Jax, who initiated my ultimately favourite scene from the Fall Away series. Their intervention to wake up Jared was so perfect! When Jared realised that he can’t just “fuck around” and has to get Tate back for good, I did a victory dance! The reason why I loved it so much was that Jared had his best friends explain it to him. And it just showed how much this group of friends care about each other.

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I could go on and on about Aflame, but I’m going to stop now. I can’t believe that this is the end of their journey, but I am so, so happy that they all found their happy endings. And when I miss them? I’m just going to re-read the series all over again! If you haven’t bought Aflame, go and BUY IT! Or if you don’t know Penelope Douglas, go read all of her books, because there won’t be one that would disappoint you. Thank you so much for this series!

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Rating: 6 out of 5, that’s how amazing this book is!

I hope you will read Aflame and drop a comment here!

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aflame by Penelope Douglas. RELEASE BLITZ.

By the time you’re reading it, I have probably finished AFLAME!!! And I’m probably melting, crying or laughing. Anyway, GO AND BUY AFLAME!

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Title: Aflame (Falling Away #4)
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: NA | Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Organized by: As the Pages Turn

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Synopsis

The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…

Everyone wants to be me.

Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.

I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.

They all talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?

But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.

Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.

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About Penelope Douglas

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Penelope Douglas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Fall Away series. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Science in Education from Loyola University in New Orleans. Penelope lives in Las Vegas with her family.

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on The Duff directed by Ari Sandel.

Hi there!

I finally watched The Duff few days ago! I’ve read the book and from my review, you can tell I loved it! However, when I saw the trailer for the movie, I wasn’t very happy because it looked like “Mean Girls” and I was afraid that the message from the book would not translate into the movie. However, I was pleasantly surprised, so here’s my review of The Duff movie.

Synopsis:

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Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley (Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison (Bella Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF. (C) CBS Films

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on The Wolf Of Wall Street directed by Martin Scorsese.

Hello there.

I’ve been reading a few books, but haven’t finished yet. So I decided to post a review of The Wolf of Wall Street (the movie). I admit that I haven’t watched it before yesterday. It’s unbelievable how much praise it got. Seriously. And here’s why.

Synopsis:

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Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort. From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title “The Wolf of Wall Street.” — (C) Paramount

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