True Lies (The Lying Game #5.5) by Sara Shepard Review


True Lies: A Lying Game Novella (The Lying Game #5.5) by Sara Shepard


Set just months before Sutton Mercer’s untimely death, this stand-alone 100-page digital original novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sara Shepard is an exciting, must-read companion to the Lying Game series.

It’s the summer after junior year and Sutton Mercer’s world is turned upside down when her secret boyfriend, Thayer Vega, disappears without a trace. When he finally calls, he says he needs “space.”

Furious, Sutton does what any jilted girl would do—she gets over her last boyfriend by finding a new one. And luckily Garrett Austin is happy to step up and be her new leading man. The only catch: Garrett used to date Sutton’s best friend Charlotte. Now an annoyed Charlotte is insisting that Sutton’s younger sister, Laurel, be admitted to the Lying Game clique. If Sutton wants to keep Laurel out, she’ll need to outdo her in a series of prank challenges. Defeating Laurel should be a no-brainer, but little sis has some tricks up her sleeve. . . .

Will Sutton prove she’s the only Mercer fit for the club? Or is the Lying Game queen about to get overthrown by her not-so-loyal subjects?

My Review:
I feel like this novella is a clear winner over the other one.

In this one, we get to see Sutton’s thoughts and interactions with Laurel as well as a full plot about how Laurel got into the Lying Game group. I think we get a lot more insight into Sutton’s relationships and thoughts as well as why some things are the way they are in the novels.

Another thing I really liked was the fact that we got to see into both relationships with Thayer and Garrett. We got to see how Sutton felt when Thayer disappears out of the blue and how she reacts in turn with Garrett. Through this, I think we can also see why Garrett has acted the way he has in the full length novels.

This novella actually kind of felt like one of the novels in some ways and was just as enjoyable.


From Earth to the Shadows Excerpt

From the Earth to the Shadows Cover

From Earth to the Shadows by Amanda Hocking


When the fate of the world is at stake
Loyalties will be tested

Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this commanding new YA fantasy inspired by Norse Mythology from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

As one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin’s greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and her heart.

Excerpt from Chapter 1:

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Spotlight: Pen & Xander


Pen & Xander
by Laekan Zea Kemp
Publication date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult


Pen Prado has a passion for cooking. Specifically, cooking her father’s food in her father’s restaurant. It’s the heart of their immigrant neighborhood, a place where everyone belongs, and second chances are always on the menu. Except for Pen. Despite the fact that there’s something almost magic about her food, her father can’t imagine anything worse than her following in his footsteps. And when Pen confesses to keeping a secret from her family, he fires her, ensuring she never will.

Xander Amaro is undocumented but that doesn’t stop Ignacio Prado from offering him a job at his restaurant. For Xander, it’s a chance to make amends and to sever his toxic relationship with the druglord, El Cantil–a man whose been like a father to him since his own disappeared. Soon after, his mother abandoned him too, leaving behind a void that not even his abuelo can fill. Until he meets Pen.

Both seeking a place where they feel like they truly belong, they end up finding each other, and in the face of tremendous fear and self-doubt, they end up finding themselves.

Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking Q&A and Mini-Review


Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking


When the fate of the world is at stake
Loyalties will be tested

Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this commanding new YA fantasy inspired by Norse Mythology from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

As one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin’s greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and her heart.



Amanda Hocking is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.



Q: What or who was the inspiration behind Between the Blade and the Heart?
A: I have already written several books inspired by Scandinavian folklore, and I was
always fascinated by Valkyries. But because I had already done in Scandinavian
fantasy, I wanted to come at this one from a different angle. I imagined the Valkyries
helping to police a gritty, diverse, cyberpunk metropolis, in a world filled with not
just Norse figures but from many mythologies.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who wanted to be an author/start writing?
A: My biggest piece of advice is to just write. It’s so easy to get caught up in self-
doubt or procrastination. There are lot of great books and blogs about the art of writing, but the most important thing is really to just do it. The best way to get better
at writing is by doing it.

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Golden Dragon Review


Golden Dragon by V.E. Ulett

I’m not gonna rate this because I think this book is super well written and it just wasn’t for me.

Like I said, this book is super well written and there aren’t really any issues with the book that don’t have anything to do with my personal reading. I think the reasons I got stuck with this book lie in what I didn’t understand.

This was a book that dealt with sailing and Islam (I’m not 100% sure on this, so sorry if I get it wrong), two things I don’t know much about. A lot of my time reading was me checking the dictionary to try and understand the words. I highlighted many and I’ll list them here: barouches, hoyden, lascar, dyak, bosun, cur, apoplexies, topgallant crosstrees, ballast, agog, missish, stunsails, amidships. With no knowledge of what these things meant, I began to struggle through the novel. Getting lost in these also got mixed in with just a general struggle of following what was going on. Was Miriam pretending to be a nursemaid to save people? And why? I never really understood why what was happening was and this made it kind of hard to follow.

The only issue I had with the book not associated with my personal opinion was that the wording seemed a bit advanced for YA (Maybe that ties in with the non-understanding I felt idk).The issues I had with this book were with how I read the book. I think this book really has a lot of potential and would be super enjoyable to historical fiction readers and those who like naval/spy adventures. It’s an excellently written novel but unfortunately, it just wasn’t for me.

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


It got way better towards the end but the beginning was a struggle for me.

“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.” 

This is one of those books/series that everyone on my feed buzzes about when a new book comes out. I heard so much buzz about Maas’ books and fed into it that I had every ToG book that was out and ACOTAR book before I had even really read a Maas book. But I trusted y’all and your thoughts, so I hopped on the SJMaas train. I’ve now read Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, The Assassin’s Blade, and ACOTAR. ToG was pretty good, CoM okay, TAB a little rough but good, and ACOTAR was rough in the beginning but good in the end. I don’t know if I would say it is the best Maas book, either because I feel like they are all kind of on the same level, because I haven’t read them all yet, or because none of them have really stood out to me yet.

As I have said, the beginning of this one was super rough for me. I have had the paperback for a while but I haven’t gotten to it yet and I brought it on vacation with me a few weeks ago, thinking it was about the right time for me to read it. But when I tried reading it on the plane, I just couldn’t get into it. I’ve found that I just can’t read hard copies like I used to. So I put it down, read Sanderson and some CoHo on Kindle, and then decided to buy this one on Kindle. That was a really good decision on my part regarding this book because it allowed me to finally get this novel read and progress towards all the exciting things to come in this series. Anyway, the beginning of this book is Feyre hunting for her family. She makes the choice to kill a wolf she sees hunting the deer she also has her sights on in the forest. She has some reservations that the wolf could be something else but dismisses it and kills it with an ash arrow. She kinda knows in a way I think, that it is a fairy because she does use that arrow.

Feyre then makes the trip home to her family who gives off the vibe that they are super ungrateful even though she’s the one keeping them alive. Now, I know her dad has just kind of given up on a lot of things because he was so brutally attacked and injured. Elain seems grateful but just doesn’t openly show it as much. Nesta is kind of a wild card. She holds a lot of resentment for what happened. The two sisters wanted things like fancy coats and new shoes when they were struggling to get by. Once I got past that (view spoiler), it got interesting.

What follows this is mostly under a spoiler tag though some of it is pretty obvious or well known, I’m putting it under a tag just in case. There are both major and minor spoilers in this tag, so you have been warned.


(I took a break from writing this review and now I can’t remember most of it so this is me trying.)
The beginning with the hunt was super boring and didn’t catch me. It took the taking of Feyre to kind of catch me.

(lol the middle part of the book is where I forgot everything, so lol there’s nothing here for that part *go me*)

The end of the whole trial thing was love? Ok, that’s hella cheesy but ok.

The Relationship: I got spoiled that Feyre and Tamlin would not end up together so idk if that’s the main reason why I didn’t really ever ship them but I never did. And I never really liked his character from the beginning. And Feyre decides to kill people and all this high stakes stuff just for Tamlin who she will eventually throw over for Rhys (an unlikeable character I will speak more of later)?? No. I never liked Tamlin so I was stuck in a semi-forced (idk it’s been a while) romance that I knew wasn’t going to end up well for 400+pages.

Rhys: Okay, this is the character everyone on GR cannot stop raving about. Like does he change in the next book? ‘Cause in this one, he was super unlikeable and a huge jerk. Sure he helps Feyre out a little bit, but that doesn’t redeem him and make him a good match for her. I never liked him because of his arrogance and just how rude he was. He often doesn’t treat Feyre the kindest but I’m expected to hop on the Rhysand train? (I sound like a reviewer who doesn’t like SJM here, but believe me, I do)


That’s all I can remember ATM, so I may come back and edit this if I deem it necessary, but who knows.

Review: Where She Went

Where She Went
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“I have to make good on my promise. To let her go. To really let her go. To let us both go.”

The beginning of this one was super rough for me. It was just a bunch of Adam popping pills and being mopey (i guess?). No thank you! Plus, it had been so long since I had read If I Stay and I was kind of avoiding my paperback (I let someone borrow it and they dropped it in a sink????? and now its all crinkly). I was just wading through a bunch of mopey, depressing stuff and was kind worried it would become a story about a drug addict or something because he kept popping pills every 2-3 pages it seemed.

So last night I sat myself down and read this one as I was in a reading-late-at-night mode and it actually got pretty good. If I wouldn’t have been so tired, I would have stayed up an extra hour to finish this one. Once Mia came into the picture, the book became ten times more interesting. No longer was it a super depressing book but one exploring a relationship. Previous parts of their relationship are explored alongside new memories made in the book’s present, at at first, these felt a little weird but as the book went on, they fit in. You get to experience the past relationship that you know from If I Stay and get a little refresher before diving back into the present. There are also flashbacks that are not so much about Mia and Adam’s relationship, but the aftermath. Throughout the book, the flashbacks serve to give the reader a look into Adam’s head, why his is feeling what he is feeling, and what has led up to the events of the book now.

They actually helped me as I started this book years after I read If I Stay. All I really knew was that (spoilers for If I Stay) (view spoiler) and that was it. When I started this book, I was so lost.


All of the sudden, Adam was popping pills and not with Mia anymore. I didn’t remember the promise Adam made and I felt like I had missed something super major. Through the flashbacks, I go to remember the promise and learn that Mia just kind of left Adam. I figured out what happened and what led up to the current events and they filled the major gap I thought I had missed.

At first, I struggled with this book. I knew nothing and Adam seemed completely different. It was a different POV and a jump to the future that too time getting to. But then the flashbacks came into play and so did Mia. Once it stopped being all depressing and down all the time and the character development, etc. started to happen, I really started to get hooked. I began to root for Adam and Mia to work things out because they had always seemed so great together. Adam and Brea (I think that’s her name, I’m not 100% sure) weren’t a ship I was ever really on board with. She just didn’t seem right for Adam. All she was there for was advice or whatever and such. Sure they connected on the beach that one time, but it seemed like nothing else in their relationship was even close to that. Mia and Adam had that history of a previous relationship that I guess kind of set the sparks or whatever off when they met again. I could just tell that their relationship was so much more real.

I was scared after the fight on the bridge that Adam and Mia would not get together but everything worked itself out the way I wanted it to. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending (except for another book on their lives after!).

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Review: Seven Days of You

Seven Days of You
Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received a review copy from the NOVL in exchange for an honest review.*

I figure I should probably get a review out before I forget everything, so here goes. . .

This book took me a little while to get through. I started it back before it came out in March and got into it a decent amount but then I stopped. I don’t know if it was because of a slump or because I just didn’t feel like reading the book at that time, but I just stopped and didn’t pick it up again fully until April. And even then, it took me almost a month to finish it because major finals and studying was happening and life got crazy. Finals are FINALly (haha help that joke was super bad) over, at least in terms of my major classes and that means I have some time to read before my other finals. So Wednesday night, I hunkered down and finished this book.

Let me say first, that this wasn’t a bad book. Life just got in the way. If I sat myself down and shut everything out, I could speed through this book. Anywho, this book was actually pretty good, but not without a few things that bugged me.

This book is about a 17 year old girl, Sophia Wachowski, who is moving from Tokyo back to New Jersey. Her parents are divorced and her dad is remarried. Her mom is a professor whose research grant/time has run out and that is why they are moving. Sophia really doesn’t want to leave her good friends Mika and David (who she has a crush on) or the city she has grown to know and love.

On one of the first few days of her countdown (she keeps it on a watch her dad gave her), Mika and David inform her that one of their other friends, Jamie, is coming back from boarding school in America. Sophia struggles with this as she and Jamie had a fallout before he left in which he basically called her needy in a text he accidentally sent to her. The next two or three days is really just Sophia hanging out with her friends and doing things at home. The rest of the days is where this book really picks up.


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– David was terrible. He was a womanizer and a complete jerk. I shipped him and Sophia at the beginning but when Jamie came into the picture and we started to see the real David, I ditched that.

– The David and Mika thing shocked me. I probably should have seen it coming but oh well.

– The karaoke night? Nah.

– David and Sophia was yeck. The bathroom scene made me upset. Sophia was totally okay with it (she was drunk as well, more on that one later) despite all David had donw, with Mika and Caroline and just the general fact that he was a jerk.

– Jamie’s reaction to that scene. He just kinda sees it and then walks away in anger without maybe idk stepping in or something? Idk maybe it was rational.

– Sophia going against herself. She does this when she gets drunk and begins to lie to her mom all the time. She’s I guess what you would call a “goody two shoes” and against these things until the occur in the book. She just randomly decides to give up not drinking during Mika’s party and later when she is either out with Jamie, or drunk, to lie to her mom and say she was at Mika’s.

– The cheesy bits. While I loved Sophia and Jamie together, the cheesy bits of their relationship were a different story. I mean, they said “I love you” after like two days together and made it seem like they were soulmates, again only after a few days.

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Anyway, despite all that, I really enjoyed this one. Even though I was interested in it from when I saw it, if I had not received a copy, I don’t know if I would have gotten this one. But I’m so glad I did. It was a wonderful and cute story that I’m so glad I got to read.

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Liebster Award!

Hey all, so sorry it’s been so long! School is taking up most of my time right now and while I am able to get some reading done, I don’t have a ton of time to write in depth reviews. Things are getting super busy soon so it may be a little bit before things get busier on the blog.  Anyway, I was nominated for the Liebster Award!

The Rules.

  • Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the Award.
  • Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you
  • Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog to let them know)
  • Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

My Answers

What is your favourite book, or if that’s too hard, your favourite author?

I don’t really have a favorite of either so I’ll just go with a list! I love Brandon Sanderson, Kiera Cass, Sara Shepard, J.A. Souders, Jennifer E. Smith, and Colleen Hoover.

Is there a  country have you always wanted to visit, if so what is it?

England! I really want to go to London and also to see the palaces!

What’s you favourite thing to do?

Reading, of course!

When did you start your blog, and are you ever going to abandon it?

December 2015. I hope to grow the blog, not abandon it!

Do you play an instrument?

I used to play the guitar and recorder.

What’s your favourite Social Media site?

Instagram and Goodreads!

What’s your favourite animal, and do you have a pet?

Cats are what I’ve been with my whole life (I have three right now!) but I’ve always wanted a dog!

Can you speak multiple languages, if you can what languages are they?

I can speak English, Spanish (not all that fluently though XD), and a teensy bit of French and Russian.

What is your favourite thing about blogging?

The community and books!

Which is your favourite season?

Summer, I love warm weather!

Have you ever written a book/story, and what’s called?

Yes, but I don’t remember what I called it.

My Questions for my Nominees!

  1. Favorite book?
  2. Favorite genre?
  3. Favorite place to read?
  4. Plot you’ve always wanted written but isn’t published?
  5. Favorite bookish memory?
  6. Longest book you’ve read?
  7. What are your “turn away” tropes?
  8. When did you start blogging and why?
  9. What was your first ARC? (If you have not gotten one yet, what is one you really want?)
  10. Hardback, paperback, eBook, or a combo?

My Nominees!

Review: Candide

Candide by Voltaire

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This wasn’t bad in the sense that I didn’t want to read it anymore, I just didn’t enjoy it. One class I am taking asks us to fulfill 7 requirements over the year, and I chose to read this one because it was (a) short, (b) fulfilled the requirement of being written before 1900, and (c) because it fulfilled the requirement of being translated. I had the 7 requirements planned out so that I would fulfill all the requirements in three books and have a chance to read a fun book and write an essay on that for the last quiz. This fulfilled my last two requirements I needed to complete and was super short so I thought I would give a shot.

I remember first hearing about this book in history class, so I kind of knew what it was but it definitely changed my thoughts of it. Before reading it, I thought it was some political satire and would read as such. But it turned out to really just be a story about some random guy named Candid who is overly optimistic despite all this horrid stuff happening to him and a satire of philosophers. I thought I would have a lot more to write on but that was really it for what I got out of the book.

This was an easy read and I actually read most of it but there was never a time I just wanted to pick it up and get back into the story. I would read it during the allotted reading time and random bits if I didn’t have anything else to do. The story really wasn’t interesting and in the end, the purpose for his journey is basically thrown out the window. What was the whole point of going through all that just to have it not be worth it? (view spoiler) I mean what was the whole point????

This wasn’t enjoyable but I was able to read through most of it just fine. It just seemed really pointless at the end.

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