on You Against Me by Jenny Downham.

Hello.

This book is everything.

Synopsis:

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If someone hurts your sister and you’re any kind of man, you seek revenge, right?

If your brother’s accused of a terrible crime but says he didn’t do it, you defend him, don’t you?

When Mikey’s sister claims a boy assaulted her, his world begins to fall apart.

When Ellie’s brother is charged with the offence, her world begins to unravel.

When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide.

This is a brave and unflinching novel from the bestselling author of Before I Die. It’s a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all it’s a book about love.

Review:

Wow. I have no words. Completely in love with this story and I will forever hold it close to my heart.

“What happened to me happens to loads of girls. Loads and loads.” – Mikey’s sister

It’s not just a story about a rape victim. It’s about a story of two different families where they would do anything for their loved ones. I identified myself with both Mikey and Ellie. They love their family unconditionally and that comes with protecting it. But where’s the line? Is there one? Is it betrayal if you do or don’t speak up? Is it morally right? What about slut-shaming? And consent? Those are the questions that You Against Me subtly deals with while giving us a moving love story.

I can’t recommend this book enough. Read it and you will understand. This book is incredibly real, heart-breaking and pure beautiful. One of the best thing I have read this year. Maybe ever.

Rating: 5 meaningful stars

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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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cover reveal: Hideaway by Penelope Douglas

OMG, Kai’s book. If you haven’t read Corrupt go read it right now!!!!

 

Title: Hideaway 

Series: Devil’s Night Series 

Genre: Erotic Suspense 

Author: Penelope Douglas 

Release Date: TBD – 2017 

 

Synopsis:
COMING in 2017, HIDEAWAY is the second installment in the Devil’s Night Series! If you’ve read CORRUPT, this is Kai’s story.

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You don’t even see me, do you, Kai Mori? No one does.

I’m the kid in the back, the one everyone dismisses, the no-life street punk with dirty finger nails and ripped jeans.

But I’m quiet, and I do my job. I can hang tough and no one does me any favors. I’ve always been on my own.

But then I see you…

Your perfect black suits. Your clean hands. The way you charge into the room, not afraid of the man I work for, and all of a sudden, I feel different.

Like maybe I want to know what you’re like with a woman.

As quickly as the urge comes, though, it disappears. You see, my boss has an agenda. He’s decided to put me in your path, but what he doesn’t realize is, I have plans of my own. A score to settle.

And you won’t know who I really am until it’s too late.

So sit tight. I’m coming to you.

Kai

You’re wrong. I’ve seen you before.

You’re the girl who looks like a fourteen year old boy and pretends everyone around her is public enemy #1. Yeah, I remember you.

Thunder Bay. Devil’s Night. Four years ago.

But the thing was…when your hat fell off that night, you looked nothing like a boy. And when I put my hands on you, you didn’t feel like one, either.

Now, after all this time, you’re in Meridian City, and while I don’t know who you are or want you want, I can’t wait to find out.

So come on. Door’s unlocked.

Just be warned, though…Devil’s Night is coming again, and I’m not alone this time.

My friends like to play, too.

Note from the Author: HIDEAWAY still has no definite release date. Erotic suspense takes longer for me to write, and while I hate to keep anyone waiting, I know you’d rather have a good book than a quick one. Bear with me. Getting this book to you is a priority. xoxo.

 

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About The Author:
Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and shops at Target almost daily.

Her books include the Fall Away Series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame), as well as, Corrupt and Misconduct. Please look for Punk 57, coming September 2016 and Next to Never (A Fall Away Novella), coming January 2017.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.

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on Kaleidoscope Heart by Claire Contreras.

Hi.

I’m bringing you Kaleidoscope Heart! For a change, I won’t talk about myself too much – exams, plus my life is highly boring.

Synopsis:

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He was my older brother’s best friend.
He was never supposed to be mine.
I thought we would get it out of our system and move on.

One of us did.
One of us left.

Now he’s back, looking at me like he wants to devour me. And all those feelings I’d turned into anger are brewing into something else, something that terrifies me.
He broke my heart last time.
This time he’ll obliterate it.

Review:

Kaleidoscope Heart was on my radar for a few months now, it had great reviews, beautiful cover and a love story between a girl and her brother’s best friend. Looked like a perfect book to help me unwind. It was a big disappointment and I was actually surprised that I finished it.

The story starts with the death of Estelle’s fiancé (I don’t consider this a spoiler, it’s literally on the first page) and I couldn’t help but think it was there to get the two main characters in the same room/house etc. You would think this death would help the characters to grow, but NOPE. While we are reading about Estelle struggling with the death of her fiancé, she’s is still not over her old romance with Oliver, her brother’s best friend. Now I’m not saying that she can’t move on etc., but the whole time I read the book, it seemed like she always knew that Oliver was the one. Which just made her previous engagement all kind of odd. But what do I know, I’ve never experience anything like Estelle did.rolling eyes

Estelle and Oliver as characters were not enough compelling for me. Her thoughts included wearing “fashionable tore jeans” which I can’t imagine saying that in my head. “I wore fashionably tore jeans.” I am knit-picking, but something just annoys me so much about that sentence! I think this story was just not my cup of tea, I couldn’t find myself being attracted to Oliver’s long hair. 1. I don’t like long hair and (man) buns. 2. Apparently that was his most attractive and interesting trait, so no, thank you. On the bright sight, there were glimpses of another book for Mia and Jensen (Estelle’s and Oliver’s friends) and their relationship could be much more fun. Other than that, this book did not offer any complex character or a single character development.

If you did not know this already, I really disliked Kaleidoscope Heart. Not to be too negative though, I did enjoy Oliver and Estelle when they were younger, those flashbacks had some cute moments and I would much rather read a book about their past then their present. Overall, I decided to give this book 2 stars, that one extra butted in because of the interesting name, beautiful cover and occasional cuteness.

Rating: 2 out of 5 

Yours,

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on The Pact by Karina Halle.

Hello again.

Wow, I’m posting again. Well that’s because I finished a book and now I feel motivated to share my opinions with you. By the way, how’s 2016 treating you? Me? I am swamped with exams and assignments, but you know – avoid doing anything by picking up a romance novel! Before I tell you anything else about this book, can you just admire with me its cover??

Synposis:

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It all started with a pinky swear…

Linden McGregor is tall, rugged, and gunslinger handsome; a helicopter pilot with a Scottish brogue and charm to spare. He’s also one of Stephanie Robson’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as she’s known him.

But some relationships can’t be boxed, can’t be classified, can’t be tamed.

Back in their mid-twenties and tired of the competitive hit-or-miss dating scene of San Francisco, Steph and Linden made a pact to marry each other if neither one of them are in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty.

It sounds like fun and games but as the years to thirty tick past and lovers come and go out of their lives, the pact becomes larger than life.
Sex is inevitable. Friendships are tested. Hearts are on the line.

The pact is about to change everything.

Review:

So what did I think? Let’s start off by saying I loved Karina Halle’s The Artist Trilogy and I was excited for this book. And let’s not forget my obsession with this book cover. But this book was mediocre, at parts it was great, but the second half of the book was majorly boring. Because this is a romance novel with sex, I wasn’t surprised by it. But when it is there for like 30% of the book with the plot moving no where, I was bored. For those who read The Artist Trilogy probably know how unusual that was.

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Back to the beginning though. Linden and Steph are suppose to be best friends that made a pact to marry each other if they are single at 30. The first thing I noticed straight away though, this was not a platonic relationship. They have lusted over each other for years already, which means that their get together was inevitable and this wasn’t really “best friends to lovers” story.

As main characters I liked them both and I did enjoy their pent up frustrations for the first half of the book. They were fairly funny and and not too typical for a romance novel, but still some clichés were found (obviously they have issues with their families etc.). Supporting characters did not really shine through, which kind of makes me questions other books in this series, but I might still read them because of the covers. I’m so shallow!

The actual storyline was obviously predictable, but I didn’t expect much to begin with. Karina Halle did make the reading quite compelling, so I don’t complain much. There could have been less clichés and misunderstanding for my taste. I don’t understand why these books seem to have a formula: guy and girl like each other, guy and girl are dancing around each other, guy and girl get together, guy and girl are extremely happy, guy and girl break up for some stupid reason, guy and girl end up together. Maybe I should just read some m/m, f/f romances, I’ve been told that straight people romances are boring, LOL.

You should read this book if you want to shut down, but to be fair, there are better fluffy romances out there.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Yours truly

BLOG TOUR: Corrupt by Penelope Douglas (review, giveaway, character post!)

Hello,

it’s me. Obviously this is not funny anymore. Is it too late to say sorry? I’ll stop now though. AGHHHHH. Corrupt blog tour, can you BELIEVE this??? Not only am I going to give you a review, but I got a chance to ask Kai for his insight into Rika and Micheal’s relationship, YAAAS! I’m not gonna prolong this anymore… CORRUPT, HERE WE GO.

Yours,

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Title: Corrupt
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: Dark | Erotica | Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Tour Hosted by: As the Pages Turn

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Synopsis

Erika

I was told that dreams were our heart’s desires. My nightmares, however, became my obsession.

His name is Michael Crist.

My boyfriend’s older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He is handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college’s basketball team and now gone pro, he’s more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me.

But I noticed him.

I saw him. I heard him. The things that he did, and the deeds that he hid…For years, I bit my nails, unable to look away.

Now, I’ve graduated high school and moved on to college, but I haven’t stopped watching Michael. He’s bad, and the dirt I’ve seen isn’t content to stay in my head anymore.

Because he’s finally noticed me.

Michael

Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika.

My brother’s girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven’t had her body, I know that I have her mind. That’s all I really want anyway.

Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college.

In my city.

Unprotected.

The opportunity is too good to be true as well as the timing. Because you see, three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now they’re out.

We’ve waited. We’ve been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true.

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Michael

• • • Corrupt ~ Excerpt • • •

I fell back to my feet and crept through my apartment as I listened to the pounding that had now become a steady attack. My feet followed the sound, stepping absently closer to it, and I finally pressed my ear against the wall leading to my hallway, my heart racing as the vibrations touched my skin.

Resting my cheek against the surface, I swallowed the tight lump in my throat as the thumping against the wall grew faster and faster.

There was someone over there. In the empty apartment.

Holding up my phone, I dialed the office downstairs but got no answer. I knew there was a night manager named Simon Something-Or-Other, but I didn’t think many people were on duty at night. He must be away from his desk.

I continued listening, wondering if I could ignore it and just wait until morning to ask the manager about it, but the further down the hall I travelled, the louder it got until I was standing next to the rear entrance.

Opening up the door, I peeked my head into the hallway, holding the heavy steel exit open just enough to inspect.

Glancing to my right, I saw a door just like mine. And then I heard a woman’s high-pitched cry ring out around me, and I started breathing harder.

And then there was another cry. And another, and another, and…

Was she having sex? My mouth fell open as I tried not to laugh.

Oh, my God.

But I thought the place was supposed to be empty.

I stepped out, knife in hand—just in case—and walked quietly down to the other door, glancing up and seeing small security cameras along the wall, probably installed when the apartments were built.

Pressing my ear to the door, I listened, still hearing the thump, thump, thump of something hitting the wall, and the girl’s breathy cries over and over again.

I folded my lips between my teeth, covering my smile with my free hand.

But then the woman cried out. “No! Ah, oh, God! Please!”

And my face fell, hearing the fear in her voice. The short, shrill screams were now different. Panicked and scared, and her cries sounded struggled. My mouth suddenly went dry as I stood there listening.

“Ah!” she cried out again. “No, please stop!”

I backed away from the door, not finding it funny anymore.

But then something hit the door from the other side, making a loud thud, and I scurried backward. “Oh, shit,” I gritted out under my breath.

I shot my head up to the cameras, now wondering if they fed to Security downstairs or to whoever was inside the apartment. Did they know I was out here?

I spun around and dashed for my door, grabbing the handle and trying to twist it.

But it was locked. “Dammit!” I mouthed. Fucking thing must lock automatically.

Another thud hit the door, mere feet away from me—so close—and I darted my eyes over to it, my breathing turning fast and painful.

I pulled on the door handle again, twisting and yanking, but it didn’t budge.

Another thud hit the door, and I jerked upright, dropping the knife.

“Shit.”

I dived down to pick it up, but just then I heard the other door swing open, so I bolted down the stairwell, hiding behind the wall and forgetting about the knife.

Fuck!

Screw this. Whoever was coming out of the vacant apartment was definitely someone I didn’t want to meet. I dashed down flight after flight, a cry lodged in my throat as fear gripped my chest.

A pounding echoed above me, and I spared a quick glance upward, seeing a hand sliding down the railings as whoever it was jumped flights of stairs.

Oh, my God. I raced down, one flight after the other, a drop of sweat gliding down my neck. The pounding was getting closer and closer, my legs about to give out as my exhausted muscles worked as fast as they could. I gasped, seeing the door labeled LOBBY. I yanked it open and burst through, looking behind me once again to see if he—or she—was behind me.

But then I slammed into a wall, and I let out a small cry as hands gripped my upper arms.

I looked up and exhaled a breath, seeing Michael Crist towering over me, his eyes narrowed.

“Michael?” I breathed out, frozen in confusion.

“What the hell are you doing?” He arched a brow and set me back, away from him, and let go of my arm. “It’s after one a.m.”

I opened my mouth, but nothing came out. Why was he here?

He stood in front of an elevator, a different one than I had taken this morning, dressed in a black suit, looking like he’d just been at a club or something. A young brunette stood next to him, beautiful in a tight, navy-blue cocktail dress that fell mid-thigh.

I suddenly felt exposed, dressed in my silk sleep shorts and black tank top, my hair hanging about, probably in tangles.

“I…” I looked over my shoulder again, noticing that whoever had followed me down the stairs hadn’t come out the door yet.

I twisted my head back, looking up at Michael. “I heard something up on my floor,” I told him.

And then I shook my head, still confused. “What are you doing here?”

“I live here,” he shot back, and I immediately recognized that ever-present intolerant tone that he always used with me.

“Live here?” I questioned. “I thought you lived in your family’s building.”

He slid a hand into his pocket and cocked his head, looking at me point-blank like I was stupid.

I closed my eyes, expelling a sigh. “Of course,” I breathed out, realization hitting. “Of course. You’re the one who lives on the twenty-second floor.”

• • • Review • • •

WOW! I was left absolutely speechless. This is a must read! While I knew that Corrupt was darker than Fall Away series, or Misconduct for that matter, I was not ready for this hot, gritty, mysterious, empowering, deep story. Penelope Douglas pushed boundaries – in a good way. I’m not gonna lie, there were parts where I thought this was too much for me, but Corrupt was just absolutely amazing.

What I loved the most about this book? The characters and the message of “owning who you are no matter what”. I loved the dynamics of the each Horsemen with Rika. I loved the romance of Michael and Rika. And most of all, I loved Alex and Rika. These women were so empowering, so strong… Especially Alex, who did not apologise for who she is. Own it. I completely identify with this message and found it incredibly powerful. Can I gush anymore? Yes, I can. My favourite quote from the book must be “Toughen up. You’re not a victim and i’m not your saviour.” – Micheal to Rika. Can I just say YAAAAAS and SLAAAAY?!

All of the Corrupt characters were so real, people with pasts, secrets, insecurities – not just one-dimensional puppets. I was always on edge while reading Corrupt, nothing was predictable (especially the steam room, am I right? 😉 )! I could see the hard work, the details that Penelope Douglas put into this book and that’s why I love her.

Do you have any doubts about me giving Corrupt 5 stars? Obviously not, because the message that this book carries is so me and everything I stand for. EMPOWERMENT!

I can’t wait for new Peneope Douglas stories, I am obsessed if that was not clear from before!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 (obviously!)

• • • Character post: Kai • • •

Would love Kai’s POV/thoughts about Erika and Michael’s relationship if possible, or generally his thoughts about romantic relationships.

You want my thoughts on Michael and Rika’s relationship?

It’s…interesting, isn’t it? 🙂

No, I think they have a bond no one will ever understand but them. And that’s how it should be. Their love, their connection, their power overeach other is something that’s always been there, and I’ve seen Michael with enough girls to know that they don’t even compare to the pedestal he puts her on. She’s his best friend.

Even in the steam room, you could see it. His eyes were on her the entire time.

Not that I wanted them on me. Yeah, no.

But he wanted to see everything that she was feeling. Every emotion that crossed her face. He was living through her.

And now, it’s not me or Will he turns to when he needs to hash something out or on the rare occasion he needs direction. It’s her. It’s her he looks to when he’s making a difficult decision, and it’s her he seeks out when something’s bothering him.

Of course, not every day is sunshine and roses. He’s still a dick from time to time, and she still pushes back, but she’s also the one he trusts the most, and he’s still the one she can’t get enough of.

Parenting will be interesting, I think.

Thank you so much doing this Kai, hopefully we’ll see each other soon! 😉

• • • About Penelope Douglas • • •

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Penelope Douglas is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Fall Away series.

She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and believes there is too much blood in her Coca Cola stream. Or too much Coca Cola in her blood stream. Or…

You know what? It doesn’t matter. She loves Coke. Now you know.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter.

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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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