Top Ten Tuesday! (TTT #5)

tuesWelcome to yet another Top Ten Tuesday! This book meme is hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and Bookish and this week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books I was Forced to Read.

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Reason #1 why I envy other countries’ educational system is because they are forced to read books in their English/Literature classes. The Philippines don’t have that, sadly. We only read the short stories on textbooks maybe because providing copies of novels are expensive for the Government, so I wasn’t forced to read much. For this Tuesday, I only have five books on my list.

 #1 War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
OMG probably the most boring book ever? Sorry if you love it but I sure as hell didn’t. I loved Anna Karenina, but this one I couldn’t bring myself to even like. I read this because of a dare. Someone said I couldn’t read a book that thick so yeah I guess I was ‘forced’ to prove them wrong.

 #2 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I was forced to read this because of a report during my junior year. Had to buy my own copy but it was well worth it. This is one of my most favorite books of all time.

 #3 Atonement by Ian McEwan
Forced to read this because my godfather gave it to me and I felt like it would be impolite not to? I liked it very much though. A +

 #4 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
See reason for #3 except I didn’t like this book as much. It was just okay.

#5 The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess
This is my niece’s favorite book and she’s like, 5 years old. Sometimes I read this to her before her bed time until I found myself unable to stop even when she already fell asleep. I liked it though. :D


So that’s it for me this week! How about you? Leave me links and comments and let’s talk! Happy reading!

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Book Review: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

6624871Title: Some Girls Are
Series: Standalone
Author: Courtney Summers
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
How I got it: I bought it
Click here to buy this book from Amazon!

SYNOPSIS:
Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard—falling from it is even harder.  Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High… until vicious rumors about her and her best friend’s boyfriend start going around.  Now Regina’s been “frozen out” and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. 

If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day.  She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully.  Friendship doesn’t come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend… if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don’t break them both first.

Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.


REVIEW:
Some Girls Are holds the official title of The Only Book That Almost Gave Me Heartburn.

I remember reading this novel for this first time and thinking, ‘holy mother, this is SO not what I signed up for’. And I couldn’t put it down either. Some Girls Are is the rare kind of book that would clamp down on you, hard, and would leave you with no choice but to turn page after painful page.

The story revolves around Regina Afton, best friend to the Queen Bee and Popular Girl Extraordinaire, until one day she was accused of doing the unthinkable: betraying her clique by sleeping with her best friend’s boyfriend. It doesn’t matter that it’s not what really happened, because Regina’s former friends refuse to believe her, and all they care about now is devising her complete and utter destruction. Regina is about to get a dose of the very medicine she used to dole out, and more people thinks she deserves it than not.

I guess it’s safe to say that Some Girls Are is a novel that’s not for the faint of heart. It is a vicious, cruel, at times even disgusting story of a popular girl’s fall from grace to the desolate land of rock bottom. I won’t lie, folks. There is something sadistically satisfying about witnessing a former bully getting bitchslapped by no other than karma itself, but here comes Courtney Summers waving her magic pen and managing to make me feel conflicted about Regina’s plight, obvious as it was that she was no saintly incarnate.

Here’s the thing: Regina? I hate her. She would do anything to remain popular, even obliterating her individuality just to fit in. I couldn’t stand that side of her and it made me angry, but when she started getting bullied, harassed in ways that made me want to throw up just thinking about it, I was surprised to find out that I wanted her saved. I wanted to rush in and pick her up and throw her on the back of my magic unicorn and gallop away to happy land; I wanted to push Anna and Co. from a cliff and watch their bodies go splat. I wanted to deck Josh and Donnie and basically inflict bodily harm on anyone who dared to hurt this girl, even if at some point she was no different from the ones who were bullying her now. Because, hey! Here’s a simple fact: Nobody deserves to be bullied. Not even the meanest kid on the block or the bitchiest bitch in town. Bullying is a terrible, terrifying experience, and I wouldn’t wish it even on my worst enemies.

Awful as the core subject of this story was, I have to emphasize that I love this book. Courtney Summers does the bad girl thing so well, and the character arc of Regina Afton was superbly done. I love how she didn’t change at all; she didn’t become a saint or an entirely new person just because she knows how it feels now to be hunted down and made to feel miserable. No. Courtney Summers made sure that the awareness of how much her past actions weighed crept slowly on Regina, and she wasn’t given a free pass just because she’s the victim now. The ‘good’ characters were sceptical about her; they didn’t throw her a ‘Welcome to the good side, Regina!’ party. They were wary of her, and she had to work hard for their forgiveness and acceptance.

To be blatantly honest, this story left a bad taste in my mouth. It was appalling to read about something so horrible, helplessly watching events unfold and incapable of doing anything to change them. Every time there’s a lull in the harassment, I keep holding my breath and expecting an ambush at every corner. I keep hoping for things to get better for Regina, but I know it can only get worse, and that’s a heavy feeling in the pit of my stomach that didn’t go away until I finished reading. But you know why I still love this book despite that? It’s because this story, unpleasant as it is, shows us that nothing is truly black and white. There’s always the flip side of the coin, the circumstance that puts a spin on everything you believe to be solid and concrete.

Some Girls Are is not a story of a nice girl. It’s a story of a girl who made a mistake and who is now paying for it with the highest imaginable price; her principles, her dignity, her worth as a human being. This is the reason why I love Courtney Summers as an author: she’s not afraid to paint her characters in unflattering lights, show her readers their humanity and ultimately convinces them that second chances are not dealt to good people alone and that justice and compassion is supposed to be impartial. I recently re-read this book, wanting to see if my reaction to it would change after a year. It didn’t. If anything, I think it was stronger. It’s sad to think that not many people know about this novel and that Summers remain to be an underrated author. Her works are truly brilliant and her fearless portrayal of imperfect characters are more spot on than anything I’ve read before. I highly recommend this book to all of you, and I give it a well-deserved rating of five coconuts.

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Book Review: Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

Teenage girl (14-16) lying on bleacherTitle: Cracked Up To Be
Series: Standalone
Author: Courtney Summers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
How I got it: I bought it
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SYNOPSIS:
When “Perfect” Parker Fadley starts drinking at school and failing her classes, all of St. Peter’s High goes on alert. How has the cheerleading captain, girlfriend of the most popular guy in school, consummate teacher’s pet, and future valedictorian fallen so far from grace?

Parker doesn’t want to talk about it. She’d just like to be left alone, to disappear, to be ignored. But her parents have placed her on suicide watch and her counselors are demanding the truth. Worse, there’s a nice guy falling in love with her and he’s making her feel things again when she’d really rather not be feeling anything at all.

Nobody would have guessed she’d turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth.

Something horrible has happened, and it just might be her fault.


REVIEW:
So, I finally got around to reading this book and I’m really glad I did. Courtney Summers is one of my most favorite YA authors since I’ve read Some Girls Are, which totally blew me away and made my heart ache in many places. I guess it’s safe to say that Courtney (yes, first name basis, haha!) likes taking risks in her novels; she writes characters that aren’t exactly likeable but she tells their story in a beautiful, no-nonsense way that makes us realize that there’s more to these bitchy girls than meets the eye. We’re used to these girls being props, background noises in the story of the kind, brave, quirky heroine. And then Courtney Summers strolls in and changes everything.

Parker Fadley: straight-A student, cheer captain, and notorious perfectionist. Parker is the epitome of perfect in St. Peter’s High; she’s dating the hot guy, she’s getting the best grades, she’s the reason behind every win of the cheer-leading squad, and everything she does gets only the best results – everyone is afraid of Parker yet everybody wants to be her. She’s just so perfect! Until one day, she wasn’t. Suddenly, Perfect Parker Fadley is not so perfect anymore. She’s failing her classes, she’s always getting in trouble, she’s no longer dating the hot guy, and the cheer squad has a new captain. Nobody knows what happened, and Parker wouldn’t tell. All everyone knows is that the Parker they knew was gone, and in her place is a perfectly imperfect stranger.

I love this book; maybe because I have always been drawn to those people everybody wants to stay away from, at least in fiction. Take for example Pansy Parkinson from the Harry Potter Series. Everybody hates the Slytherin bitch queen, but not me. I always thought that there was a reason for how she is, a bigger picture we weren’t afforded to see, but it’s there. Whatever Pansy became during her adolescent years is a product of an experience or a series of. It wasn’t automatic, like someone handing out ID cards with your roles in life printed neatly on them. Hey, I got ‘designated nasty bitch’, and you proceed to be a nasty bitch for all your life without any justification whatsoever. I’m really glad Courtney Summers decided to do her thing, where she gets into the minds of these girls we love to hate and show us that hey, they’re not empty shells after all. Just like any average human being, they too, have emotions and thoughts and reasons. They’re not mindless hate machines, contrary to their current reputation in the YA trend.

Parker Fadley is an exasperating and frustrating character at first, when I didn’t know her motivation for actively pursuing her own destruction. She’s sarcastic, blunt, and just overall unpleasant to anyone and everyone who dare approach. But just the same, she was charismatic, someone you cannot help but like despite all the evidence pointing you to the contrary. I actually found myself cheering her on every time she makes a sarcastic remark or does something that would evidently lead to trouble. When her secret was slowly unraveled, I was still exasperated and frustrated by her, but for different reasons now. I also finally understood her and her manner of self-punishment; I thought it was fitting, and brilliant Courtney Summers portrayed it excellently. ‘Show, not tell’ is what I’m talking about, and the author did a great job of it.

I concede that this book is not for everyone. Parker Fadley is not what we’re used to; she’s no brave and courageous heroine, but her story is a strong one all the same. This novel is gritty and raw; it isn’t scared to paint a picture, no matter how crude it could seem. Courtney Summers is an amazing author, not only for her writing skills but for tackling subjects like this – subjects that dare you to think and consider what it’s like to be out of the ideal. Her other characters are well-defined as well and wholly realistic. I have never quite encountered the kind of characterization that Courtney Summers infuses in her novels. Every person in this book thrives in shades of gray and surprisingly, aren’t clichéd at all, despite the high school trope being a notorious home of overused stereotypes.

Cracked Up To Be is a book that I would recommend to everyone because it represents something we so rarely see. A character that’s so far from the usual ones that we support, and a story that sheds some light into an issue everyone has long dismissed. It doesn’t end at ‘She’s a bitch’. There’s always the why and the how, and Courtney Summers shows us that we ought to consider that sometimes. I wish I read this book when I was far younger than I am now, and I wish more young people discover the author-gem that is Courtney Summers and the treasure trove that is her books. Definitely five coconuts.

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Book Blast: Black by Russell Blake

blastHiya! Tara here! Welcome to my first ever Book Blast here in The Crazy Bookworm for Russell Blake’s new book called Black!

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About the Book:

18478712Title: Black (Black, #1)
Author: Russell Blake
Genre: Detective Mystery, Crime
Publish Date: September 8th, 2013
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SYNOPSIS:
Artemus Black. Perennially down-on-his-luck Hollywood PI whose Bogie fixation is as dated as his wardrobe. With an assistant who mocks him relentlessly, an obese cat that loathes him, a romantic life that’s deader than Elvis, money problems, booze, nicotine, and anger management issues, how much worse can it get? When he takes a case that’s supposed to be easy money working for a celebrity whose colleagues and surrounding paparazzi are dropping faster than interest in the star’s big comeback, the cakewalk turns ugly and Black finds himself in a web of deceit, betrayal, and murder – and bad hair days.

The first in a new series from bestselling author Russell Blake, Black is a detective mystery with a difference that fans of the genre are sure to enjoy.

PRAISE FOR BLACK:

“A sadistically good writer.” – The Kindle Book Review


“I haven’t been this excited by a new series in a long time. I’ve read five or six Blake books, which were all very good, but he absolutely nails the hard-boiled genre. He has a knack for creating memorable characters and the main character Black and his assistant will not be forgotten anytime soon. I’ve always enjoyed Blake’s humor, but the dialogue between the two aforementioned characters is hysterical. Finally – as usual, Blake moves the book along at a nice pace with enough twists, turns, and adventure to keep any reader engrossed. I can’t wait for the next one in this series.” Trenchgold, Amazon 5 Star review.


“I’ve read several of Blake’s books and this is my favorite. It features well developed characters, great humor, and a fun plot. The writing is also fantastic. I especially love the book’s treatment of LA, and its characters, more often than not leftovers from broken dreams. If you love Elmore Leonard, and who doesn’t, you’re going to love Black. Five stars.” Wright Forbucks, Amazon 5 Star review.

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About the Author:

Russell Blake is the bestselling author of twenty-two novels, including the thrillers Fatal Exchange, The Geronimo Breach, Zero Sum, King of Swords, Night of the Assassin, Revenge of the Assassin, Return of the Assassin, Blood of the Assassin, The Delphi Chronicle trilogy, The Voynich Cypher, Silver Justice, JET, JET II – Betrayal, JET III – Vengeance, JET IV – Reckoning, JET V – Legacy, Upon A Pale Horse, and BLACK. Non-fiction includes the international bestseller An Angel With Fur (animal biography) and How To Sell A Gazillion eBooks In No Time (even if drunk, high or incarcerated), a parody of all things writing-related. Blake lives in Mexico and enjoys his dogs, fishing, boating, tequila and writing, while battling world domination by clowns.

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Book Blitz: If I Stay by Evan Reeves

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Hi there! Tara here. Welcome to my first ever Book Blitz event for Evan Reeves’ newest novel, If I Stay!

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Of course, this is in cooperation with Itching For Books Blog Tours!

About the book:

ifistaycoverTitle: If I Stay
Author: Evan Reeves
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Release Date: August 2013
Click here to buy this book from Amazon!

SYNOPSIS:
Breakups suck. Gemma Davies, at twenty-two, has just learned this. It was also not what she had expected from her long-time and only boyfriend – ever. So when her best friend and roommate drags her out in hopes to help Gemma come alive again, the last thing she expects is to meet someone who manages to do just that. In a passionate night (on so many levels) that leaves her rattled long after she sneaks out of his hotel room.

But because nothing in Gemma’s whirl-wind life can ever go seamlessly, she soon runs into the man that she’d left naked and in bed just the evening before…in the most unexpected of places. The classroom. As her Professor.

…if only the surprises stopped there.

About the Author:

Evan Reeves, unrelated to Keanu although sometimes she likes to think they’re married, is a debut New Adult Romance author of If I Stay and the upcoming Fall Into Me. Evan considers herself  to be living in the shire, while writing books just for fun.

Connect with Evan!

Evan’s Blog | Goodreads | Twitter

Read an excerpt from Evan Reeves’ first novel, If I Stay:

EXCERPT:

As I stood there, hands in pockets and my eyes on the ground, looking at the little pieces of broken beer bottle glass that seemed to reflect the moonlight in a way that maybe Ben could write about, I heard the door open. I heard my name, although it seemed far away, and too soft to really grasp against the sound of the whipping air. But when his fingertips brushed against my chin, and I tilted my head (because he was tall, so ridiculously tall) up to meet his eyes, suddenly nothing that I was so busy heavily contemplating mattered anymore.

“Gemma,” Ben said, wrapped in a coat and scarf. Looking at him, he was shivering a little, which made me smile in a tender, endearing sort of way. “I’m sorry, I was worried. I swear to God that I’m not some sort of stalker or serial killer. I just…I had to find you.”

“I’m glad you did,” I said. In our shared gaze, I could see his eyes were searching for something. Sadness, anxiety, concern. His hands were at his sides; his body relaxed and yet totally prepared to jump at any time, like an animal waiting to pounce. I could read him so easily despite how little I really knew. He wore his desire like a caged demon, resting inside of him and bubbling up in his widening eyes. And I couldn’t stop myself anymore.

His height proved to be a minor dilemma, given that I could only reach up and succeed in touching his torso. My fingers grazed over the back of his coat, up his spine, and over the barely-naked skin of his neck that I had to stand on my toes to reach as he leaned down to accommodate my stature. We locked eyes, his nose against mine, our breath like smoke in the cold air, our skin prickling from the single-digit temperatures and maybe something more.

Without waiting, for fear of suddenly losing him, I pulled him into the hardest kiss I’ve ever given anyone. His body froze, his hands fluttering nervously around my waist as I pulled away, his eyes hooded, unwavering. Completely locked into my own. Wordlessly, he moved my hair to the side, pressing my entire body against the brick wall, his lips on my neck as he tried to kiss softly, tenderly, his breath shallow and hands gripping me against him. With our difference in height leaving him leaning into me, he lifted me up so that my legs were around his waist, our hips pressed together, and with the softest of gasps he kissed me again. This time it was harder, more frantic, more panicked as if he knew, in his deepest core, that it was the only kiss we’d ever share. My hands were in his hair, around his neck, combing against his back as his mouth found that spot right below my chin, at the curve of my throat, where even the slightest brush of skin against skin sent me spiraling.

With his whole body against mine, our heat blocking out any wisp of cold air, I moaned into his hair and he responded with harder bites. He could bruise me all he wanted, I didn’t care. In that small piece of perfection, I only wanted him.


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Book Review: Bared to You (Crossfire #1) by Sylvia Day

13572249Title: Bared to You (Crossfire #1)
Author: Sylvia Day
Genre: Adult Fiction, Erotic Romance
How I got it: I bought it
Click here to buy this book from Amazon

SYNOPSIS:
Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness…

He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires.The bonds of his love transformed me, even as i prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart...


REVIEW:

Here’s what I don’t get: I don’t get why people go crazy over books like Fifty Shades of Grey or Beautiful Disaster when there’s something like Bared to You in existence. When it all comes down to it, these books tackle almost the same core premise: an irresistibly sexy male alpha with a tortured, damaged soul, and a woman who falls helplessly in-love with him and helps him fight against his demons.

What differs is the manner of execution. Day possesses the sophistication in writing that Maguire and James utterly lacked. She managed to tackle controversial issues such as BDSM, feminism, and the characters’ emotional/psychological struggles in ways that improved the story instead of corrupting it. Her characters were sexy as hell, and not once did they strike me as offensive. Imperfect, maybe, but then again in fiction, that kind of thing is highly encouraged.

You see, for me, there is a huge freaking difference between an offensive character and an imperfect one. Take for example Travis Maddox. I have no doubt in my mind that he was supposed to be seen as a flawed human being; I was supposed to sympathize with him; I should like him despite his imperfections. But no, I found his existence intolerable and reading about him for me was painful. I could not for the life of me, understand why someone would be willing to voluntarily put up with him and therefore, he is to me an offensive character, one that could suck out any enjoyment I’d feel for a book. Thankfully for me, Sylvia Day knows how to maneuver her way between the thin lines that separate offensive and imperfect. Gideon Cross is a highly flawed character; he is obsessive, he is possessive, he doesn’t take no for an answer, he can be pushy and manipulative, he’s domineering, and he can be a bit dense, too; qualities that are all unquestionably inherent in his brand of damaged alpha male, qualities that Day’s female character counter beautifully.

Most girls who read this book probably gushed all over the place about Gideon Cross, but I would like to take a different route and say that Eva Tramell is the one who made this book as perfect as it was. Eva Tramell is gold, ladies and gentlemen. She’s smart, she’s assertive, she’s fearless; she knows her power as a woman and she wields it gloriously, she may be a bit low on the self-esteem but you would never know it because she knows how to handle Gideon; Eva doesn’t just give in to Gideon’s every whim. She stands for her decisions and life choices when she knows she’s on the right, no matter how much he doesn’t want it. Not once did Eva let Gideon tell her what she can or cannot do with her life, what she can or cannot wear. She makes her decisions and stands for it, and Gideon, because he is enamored by Eva, learns to compromise. He had to suck it and deal. There was a balance of power between their characters, and it’s empowering and sexy and adorable all at the same time.

And in all fairness to Gideon Cross, despite being hot and all that jazz, he was never disrespectful of other women in this novel. There was no mention of him using them like condoms and treating them like trash. In fact, he actually cares deeply for the women in his life and treats them like actual people with feelings, even the bitchy one who said something mean to Eva, and that’s really good because if there is something I’ve already had enough of, it’s unnecessary slut-shaming in literature. Day was good to avoid that and that’s another plus point for her in my book. Gideon, damaged as he is, was a gentleman in all the ways that matter and not only towards the woman that he’s involved with but to others as well, and as a reader and a female myself, that actually means something relevant to me. (See also: Above paragraph concerning offensive vs. imperfect characters)

Day was also clever to put both her main characters on equal footing. Both Eva and Gideon have pasts that haunt them and all of their actions and reactions when it comes to their relationship are somehow affected by the skeletons in their closet. Eva is not the only one who is trying to free Gideon from the ghosts of his past; he’s doing the same for her, and it’s actually heart-warming to see them fumbling in the dark, unsure of how to chase away the shadows but trying just the same.

For those who are worried about the BDSM components of this novel, thou shall not worry for there is very small to none. There was a mention of dominant and submissive but there never were humiliating or gross practical applications of such. No nipple clamps or whips or shit like that, thank God. I don’t think I could survive another one. The sex was hot and damn fine, raw and emotional at times, which which suits my tastes perfectly well. I think for the most part, although there were arguable semblances between this book and Fifty Shades of Grey, the sex really drew the difference. No humiliating gratification here; both Eva and Gideon get their turn to be in control of the situation, which is preferable to me over the set-up of Anna and Christian.

Additionally, I enjoyed the character dynamics in this book; the friendships were flawed but functional, the families of both MCs were both complicated, etc, ect. The chemistry and sexual tension is set just right all throughout and the pacing is sensuous, leisurely, and perfect. The secondary characters were lovable as well; I especially liked Cary because I know someone just like him (sigh), Ireland because I love little sisters who look up to their big brothers (here’s me hoping she gets more of a storyline in the next book. I’m looking at you with Bambi eyes, Sylvia!) and Mark and Stephen, too. Even Magdalene and Corrine. The roles they play in Eva and Gideon’s life help shape their story, which as you all know is something I value in books; I don’t like wasted characters and Sylvia Day worked every one of them in this novel to their full potential.

Bared to You is an erotic romance that’s tastefully done, one that I can’t help but love. In a way it feels like one hell of a preparatory course for the momentum that is building for the next novel and I’m really excited about where things would go. Will BDSM remain as a dark undercurrent or will it play a more significant role in Eva and Gideon’s sex life? What is Christopher Vidal up to? What on earth is Cary doing with his life? Will we ever meet Nathan? Just how damaged is Gideon and what’s his true story? And more importantly, despite the horrors of their past, will Eva and Gideon be able to build and nurture a healthy relationship? I demand answers to this question and part of the reason why I’m withholding a coconut in my rating is because Bared to You, satisfying as it was, didn’t answer the questions I stated above.

With that said, I am giving this book four coconuts out of five, and I’m about to begin the next one so I’d really appreciate it if you pray for my sanity. Sylvia Day is a revelation to me and I can’t believe that I have Seven Years to Sin in my Kobo for ages now and I have yet to read it. That will change soon. This book is highly recommended for those of you who like erotic romances and interesting, multi-faceted characters. I am most definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I’m really glad I decided to read this novel, and I guess that concludes what I feel is my longest review so far.

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Stacking the Shelves #5

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Stacking the Shelves is a book meme hosted weekly by the lovely people at Tynga’s Reviews. It’s all about sharing whatever new book we’re adding to our shelves this week. All book formats are welcome, as well as every manner of acquisition, except the illegal kind. Bought, borrowed, or books we received as gifts, paperbacks, hardbacks, epubs, kindles, for as long as they’re books, you can add them to your list.

For more information, you can visit the Stacking the Shelves official launch page.

I got a pretty good haul this week, if I do say so myself. Books I’ve been wanting to read in a million years as well as books my fellow book bloggers loved: I had the chance to hoard them all and add them to my perpetually growing and hopelessly massive To-Be-Read list.

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 Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
 This got a five star from a favorite and trusted book blogger of mine, so Imma check it out
Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge
 Because Tanya likes this book and I’m curious as to why
Bared to You by Sylvia Day
Not gonna lie, I sort of liked Fifty Shades of Grey – hold on to your pitchforks – but I liked this one better. As in waaaaaay better. In fact, if you didn’t like Fifty Shades, you will probably love this one. So I highly recommend it. Yep. Here’s my review!
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
 I’ve read this before but OMG, it’s so good I had to have a copy

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Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
 Dude. Many of my trusted bloggers had gone gaga over this. I wanna know why!
Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
♥ Finally got this, OMG! Am I happy or what?! Love love love Kendare Blake, and I’m very excited to read this one.
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♥ Book 2 of Crossfire, I just got this today and after reading Bared to You, I’m very excited to get into this.
The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee
 No one recommended me this but it has such an interesting premise that I could not restrain myself from buying it. Plus, look at that beautiful underwater cover! It’s so pretty I can’t stop looking.

…. and finally, my one and only approved request from Netgalley this week:

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Selling Scarlett by Ella James
  which is another one of my NA Try-out experiments. Love the cover so hopefully the story delivers.

So I guess that’s it for me this week! What do you think of my haul? Leave me comments and links and let’s talk about our ever growing TBR Piles! (I’m sure we all have that in common!)

Happy reading! xoxo
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