Month: July 2016

July 2016 Wrap Up

July came and went, and it really has been a lovely month. In the beginning of the month I stayed with my best friend Amy for ten days (she’s the girl I make the Moody Book Monday posts with) and it was just the best. We got to just hang out, celebrate her birthday and she showed me Amsterdam. I loved it, it was amazing staying with my best friend and exploring a new country for the first time.

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This is actually my first wrap up post ever, which is mostly due to the fact I just started blogging four months ago and I wasn’t as active earlier during the year. So now, what happened during July? Let’s summarize!

Books Read

During July I have read the following books, I’ll be linking them to Goodreads so you can check them out and add them. While you’re at it, you should totally add me on there to see more of my bookish thoughts. My Goodreads.

Books Reviewed

During July I have reviewed 3 books on the blog. Some I enjoyed more than others but in case you missed one of them, you can read the reviews again and check out my thoughts.

Other Bookish Blog Posts

During July I’ve posted several book recommendations posts, as well as several different book feature posts. Here is a quick recap of them.

I’ve continued with my blog feature Freebie Friday where I recommend books that are currently free.

Another book recommendations post I made this month is “Olivia Chanel’s Book Restaurant” which got amazing response. In it I recommend different kinds of books depending on what you order at the restaurant.

I also posted a discussion post where I talk about all of the books I’m really excited to read in the future.

Amy and I did another Moody Book Monday, this time with the theme of which books you would want to put in a time capsule to be opened in 25 years.

During July I also started a new blog feature called YA Fantasy Gets Social Media and posted my first post about that. It was centered around Unicorn Tracks and is essentially an alternative universe of what it would like if characters in fantasy worlds had the social media we use today.

How was your July? Did you read any good books or read a special blog post that really stood out? Tell me all about it!

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All About Anticipation

Today it is all about that anticipation. Anticipation for books. You know the feeling, the one you get when you just can’t wait to read that one book you have had your eye on. In this blog post I feature six books I have a huge anticipation for, three that are already published but I haven’t had the chance to read yet and three that aren’t published yet.

3 Already Published Books I Cannot Wait To Read

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Three books that I can’t wait to read are Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan and Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer.

Six of Crows is a book that has a lot of hype and it seems absolutely amazing, it’s about six outcasts and an impossible heist. The book seems to be action packed and have a cast as diverse and magical. However, the question is if they can all work together in spite of their differences or if they’ll fail trying. You can add it on Goodreads and buy it on Amazon or Book Depository.

You Know Me Well is about a gay girl and gay guy who are classmates that have never talked to each other. Yet during one night they become the best of friends in an instant. This book excites me because the friendship more than the romance seems to be in focus and positive LGBT books are something I love. You can add the book on Goodreads and buy it on Amazon or Book Depository.

Trust Me, I’m Lying is the only book out of the three that I already own.  The reason I’m excited about this book is because it’s a teen thriller, with wit and a hint of romance. The book is about a young con artist and how she will use every trick she got in order to find her father before his mark does. You can add it on Goodreads and buy it on Amazon or Book Depository.

3 Books I Cannot Wait To Read That Are Not Published Yet

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Three other books I can’t wait to read, that are coming out either later this year or next year, are Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley, Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst and Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee.

Our Own Private Universe is about bisexual teenage girl Aki who is only out to her best friend. However, when they go on a four-week youth-group mission trip to Mexico she never expected she’d find someone there who she’d want to date. That is of course until she meets Christa. This book sounds so incredibly cute and lovely, and Robin Talley is one of my favorite authors ever. You just know it’s going to be great. You can add the book on Goodreads and pre-order it on Amazon or Book Depository.

Of Fire and Stars is about a princess, with a gift for magic, betrothed to marry a prince. However, in the nation she is about to become queen magic is forbidden. She meets the prince’s sister and when forced to work together they soon grow a friendship which later blossoms into something more. I don’t know about you guys but I think two princesses falling in love is the coolest. This book is one of my most anticipated books ever. You can add the book on Goodreads and pre-order it on Amazon or Book Depository.

Not Your Sidekick is about a world where superpowers are common yet Jessica doesn’t have any. She finds the perfect paid internship where her crush Abby works, only to find out it’s for the town’s supervillain. However, what started as a fun way to go against her superhero parents turns dangerous when Jessica uncovers a plot bigger than all of them. This book sounds so badass I wish it’d just appear in my hands right now. You can add it on Goodreads and  pre-order it on Amazon.

What books do you have a big anticipation for? Any specific books you have your eye on? Let me know in the comments below!

Review of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Rebel of the Sands

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Publication Date: March 8, 2016.

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers.

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, and Romance.

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Selling points: Strong girls, incredible character development, and amazing setting.

Purchase here: Amazon | The Book Depository

Synopsis: She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

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Thank you, Faber and Faber Ltd, for my advanced review copy of Rebel of the Sands. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review; this does not affect my opinion. 

Update 11/12 2016: Since I first read Rebel of the Sands in February I have learned that this book has a very problematic representation of middle eastern culture and people of color. I learned this from listening to multiple people pointing it out on Twitter, and I will in the future not recommend or promote this book in any way knowing it has hurt and/or offended people. I will keep my original review for transparency, but I no longer stand by what I thought before. If you’ve read this book because of my recommendation, I’m truly sorry. If you, like me, want to know more about what good representation in books is, I urge you to follow marginalized writers and reviewers on all social media platforms because they are constantly doing amazing, invaluable work, and deserve all the love and praise in the world.


Rebel of the Sands, where do I even begin with this masterpiece? I loved this story from beginning to end, there is no doubt about it and this debut is the book that should be on everyone’s shelf. I promise you with all of my heart you will love it.

There are so many aspects of Rebel of the Sands that I love but I’m going to highlight a few of my favorites. I absolutely love the main character Amani Al’Hiza who has the most incredible character development I’ve seen in a long time. She is born a girl in a world where girls are seen as something less, however, that never stops her from fighting. This is a constant all throughout the story, however, Amani’s growth is about so much more than that. She went from being a girl who only looked after herself to someone who took care of her own and also decided to fight for something bigger.

The next part I love about Rebel of the Sands is the romance and the otp. The otp truly is amazing and even though the romance is secondary it’s perfectly executed and I literally die for these two. Please give me more I say. Their love is so electric, and it will make you swoon. This is also what brings us to another thing I love about Rebel of the Sands, the plot twists. I’m not going to say a word about what they are but damn I didn’t see them coming and I think I was in shock there for a moment when I realized how it is all connected. So incredibly good, so amazing.

Then we have the setting that is absolutely beautiful, vivid and perfect. The setting is not western which is something I really appreciate. This world Alwyn Hamilton has created is so detailed and rich in its own mythology, religion, and norms and I just love that. I also adore how this book is set in the desert, and how detailed the entire nation and environment is described.

Rebels of the Sands and its characters also shows us that girls can be strong, they don’t have to have special powers yet they can still be twice the man. They can fight better, be stronger and be braver than any man and they are not any less because of their gender. This is a giant plus in my book. I also really appreciate the complex relationships between the female characters which I won’t go into too much of the details. Nevertheless, it has to be said that there will be so many secondary characters you will grow to love, to hate, and some you will have no idea what to feel.  However, that is the magic of it all. To read the story and find out.

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Moody Book Monday #3 Time Capsule Edition

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It’s universally agreed that Monday is the worst day of the week. We’d all rather just skip Monday and start the week on Tuesday. That’s why Book Babbles and Blues and Olivia Chanel clasped their hands together and created Moody Book Monday. Even though Mondays suck, books don’t and we can still make Monday a little better by blogging about our favorite bookish stuff. We will talk about our favorite recommendations, make lists and ramble away about things going on in the book world. However, there’s more: Moody Book Monday is also all about guest posts! So I, Amy, will be uploading my post on Olivia’s blog and vice versa and you can participate too. Hit up a collaboration exchange with your favorite blog, or if you want to join our little exchange, leave a comment or hit us up with an email. Let’s all try to make Monday a little better, yeah?


Hello Olivia’s readers!

I’m back once again and with a super fun MBM post, because this week we’re putting some books in a time capsule. Both me and Olivia have picked 5 books we want to put in this figurative time capsule to be opened in 25 years. This can be either books we absolutely love, books with a lesson or books that handle a certain topic that we want to see approached differently in 25 years (for example diversity in books). It wasn’t an easy quest picking 5 books I wanted to put in, but I managed! I found 5 books I really want to save and have people read them in 25 years. Or have me reread them and remember why I liked them so much. So without further ado: here are my 5 books I’m putting in the time capsule plus my reasons why.

  1. Addicted To You by Krista and Becca Ritchie. The reason I’m putting this one in the time capsule is because this book (the entire series really) deals with tough topics, like addictions and mental illness. And in this time, girls who suffer from sex addiction are treated like a slut which is so not okay. I hope that in 25 years that has changed for the better and, to quote Lily Calloway: “When girls sleep around—maybe they won’t be called sluts and whores. Maybe they’ll be treated like guys.” I’m very curious to take this book back out again in 25 years and see how much has changed and what people my age think of that book then.
  2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I picked this book purely because I really love the story. It’s beautifully written with an amazing setting and plot and characters that step right off the page. I’m putting this book in solely for the reason that I hope other people will read it and enjoy it too, because it’s just amazing.
  3. The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. If you didn’t know it yet; TWATD is one of my all time favorite duologies, so of course I would put the first book in to the time capsule. There are two things I really love about this book and are both reasons why I put them into the capsule. The first thing is the writing style. I absolutely adore the way this book is written and I have tons of quotes that make my heart flutter. The second thing is the setting: this book is set in the middle east and it also talks about their habits and traditions and I totally love that. I hope more YA books will go outside the US and I’m curious to see how this is in ten years time.
  4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. There’s only one reason I’m putting this book in the time capsule and that is that I want to see how many Shadowhunters books Cassie has written by then. I just want to open the capsule, look at this book and think: “Ah, this is where it all begun.” And then look at all the books that have followed since then.
  5. Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember. This book I’m putting in for the same reason as The Wrath and The Dawn and also a little bit like Addicted To You: I want to see how much has changed in ten years. Unicorn Tracks is about two girls, one of color and one not, falling in love. And we don’t yet see that enough in YA, so I’m hoping when I pull this book out of the capsule in 25 years, there has been some major change.

So that concludes all the books I’m putting in my time capsule! Click here to read Olivia’s post on my blog and thanks so much for stopping by.

About The Blogger

Amy is a 20-year-old booknerd who spends her free time reading, writing and crocheting. She likes love stories, strong female characters and swoon worthy fictional boys. You can wake her up in the middle of the night for either chocolate or a vacation. Check out her blog here.

YA Fantasy Gets Social Media: Unicorn Tracks AU

Do any of you guys ever read a YA Fantasy book and wonder what the characters in it would do in our time and world? What social media accounts would they have? What would they post? Sometimes imagining your favorite fantasy characters in our world is just the best thing ever. That is why I came up with YA Fantasy Gets Social Media, where I create social media accounts for my favorite fictional characters from young adult fantasy books. I’m not sure how often I’ll do this but I do know that I loved making this post so I’ll definitely make more!

The first YA Fantasy to get social media is *insert super intense drumroll* Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember. This is by far one of my favorite reads this year. I’m just so in love with Mnemba and Kara, and of course all the magical creatures they encounter. I mean unicorns and mermaids, be right back while I just fangirl for a moment. If you need further convincing as to why you have to read this book, read my review here (I gave it five slices of cake) and add it on Goodreads.

Mnemba and Kara’s iMessage texts

If Mnemba and Kara lived in our time and world they’d both have iPhones (matching ones 0f course because goals) and they’d be all over each other with texts. Mnemba is usually busy during the day holding her guides and Kara must stay behind to do some much needed work with Tumelo in the office. However, when Mnemba gets a little reception in the wild she sometimes texts about the ridiculous things the tourists say. Kara is usually fast to respond, often with a joke and a reminder to stay alert, to which Mnemba replies that she’s the expert.

However, when they’ve been away from each other for a while the texts do get a little more heated and when they think no one is looking they are often found smiling at their phones because of something the other one has sent.

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Mnemba and Kara’s Instagram accounts

After that I can see both Mnemba and Kara getting Instagram. I can imagine Mnemba uploading pictures of the quiet views she encounters during her guides. When she’s not too busy keeping the foreigners from getting eaten by animals she might even try to catch a picture of a Chimera just to show Oswe once again who’s the best of the best. When she’s not doing that, Mnemba is probably uploading pictures of her beautiful girlfriend Kara, her very own Chimera. Her favorite photos is always the ones where Kara looks at peace just soaking up the sunshine.

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For Kara I can see her Instagram being filled with her research and lots and lots of pictures of the beasts she studies. Everything from unicorns, to river mermaids and griffins. However, a lot of pictures are really just of Michi and him growing up to become the beautiful unicorn he is. When Kara is not taking pictures of animals, she’s probably kissing her girlfriend and trying to sneak a picture or two while she’s still asleep in the morning.

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Mnemba and Kara’s Twitter accounts

Twitter is something I think Kara would just love. It’d be the perfect tool for her to promote her book The Beasts of Nazwimbe and also Tumelo’s growing business. Mnemba claimed in the beginning that she sees no use of having a Twitter but after a lot of nagging by Kara, Mnemba just asked her to make an account for her. Mnemba mostly uses her Twitter to retweet all of Kara’s tweets and tell the world how intelligent and beautiful her girlfriend is.

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Disclaimer: This Unicorn Tracks AU is purely made as a fun thing for me and is nothing official. These amazing characters belong to Julia Ember but the words are made up by me, not the author. The pictures belong to their respectful owners. 

That was it for YA Fantasy Unicorn Tracks Gets Social Media. I hope you thought this post was as fun to read as it was for me to make. I have also uploaded these pictures on my Tumblr so you can reblog it here if you’re also on there. Do you guys think Mnemba or Kara would get any other social media accounts? If yes, which ones?

If you haven’t read Unicorn Tracks yet I really recommend it, here are a few useful links for you. You can go to Julia Ember’s website here, add the book on Goodreads here or just buy it directly on Amazon here. You won’t regret it!

Freebie Friday #3

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Another amazing Friday is upon us, and in the middle of summer as well. I just love a good book under the sunshine, there is no combination as amazing as that. Are you guys reading any good books at the moment? Please recommend them to me in the comments. I’m always looking for something new to read.

This time for Freebie Friday I have two books that are both New Adult, You’ll Think of Me by Lucia Franco and Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. Both seems to mostly be about romance and how life sometimes turns out nothing like you first imagined it or hoped it would.

Remember guys, the books I recommend are free the moment I publish my post but I can never guarantee they’re free for long so once you see it, grab it! That’s what I do.

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Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

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There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn’t know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can’t help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can’t afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can’t refuse.


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Luke Jackson.

With his thick southern drawl and seductive charm, Luke is the country boy everyone adores. He has his future mapped out, but his plans with Olivia are suddenly derailed when she makes a decision that blindsides him, changing the path they both envisioned.

As Luke struggles to keep everything in check during a difficult time in his life, he must put his trust in the one person who broke it to begin with. The last time they saw each other, Olivia busted his heart wide open, turning him into the man he is today.

When Olivia returns to her roots, just like Luke said she would, he is shocked for more reasons than one. Nine years have passed since they’ve seen each other, and when their roads collide unexpectedly, Luke can only push his worry and misgivings away for so long.

Things are different now—they are strangers—and the rope that once bound Olivia’s heart to South Fork, Georgia is pulling her back in, forcing her to remember how it used to be all those years ago.

Review of Choosing You by Allie Everhart

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Choosing You by Allie Everhart

Publication Date: September 21, 2013.

Publisher: Waltham Publishing.

Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, and College.

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Selling points: Slow burn romance, mild suspense, and excellent banter.

Purchase here: Amazon | The Book Depository 

Synopsis: When Jade is given a scholarship to an elite private college in Connecticut, she sees it as a chance to finally escape her painful past and get a fresh start. She’s determined to succeed and that means keeping her focus on school and not guys. But her plan falls apart her first day on campus when Garret, a rich prep school boy with swimmer abs and a perfect smile, offers to help her move in.

Jade tries to push him away, but she can’t deny her attraction to him and Garret won’t let her. Things quickly heat up between them, but then come to a sudden halt when reality hits and Jade realizes that a relationship with Garret may never be possible. He comes from a world of wealth where there are rules, including rules about who he can date. And not following those rules has consequences.

As the two of them try to overcome the obstacles working to keep them apart, Jade is confronted with another challenge. On her 19th birthday, she receives a letter that her now deceased mother wrote years ago. In it are revelations that explain her traumatic childhood but also make her question the past she’s been running from.

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Choosing You is a book I didn’t expect to love but immensely did. It has been in my Kindle library for quite some time now and I finally decided to give it a try, something I’m now so happy about.

“He gives me a cocky grin. He knows damn well I want to see his nearly naked body. Every girl on campus would like to see that.”

Choosing You is a book filled with wit, banter, romance, wealthy families, and suspense. In my eyes, there are so many things this book is doing right. In a lot of ways, this is a typical rich boy meets poor girl story but the story is so much more than that. It’s complex, with a proper relationship build-up and clear character development.

However, to really convince you of the greatness of this book I have made a list of all the amazing things this book has:

  • Relationship build-up. The romance in this book feels completely genuine. There is no instant love that you see in a lot of books. Sure the attraction is there from the start but the main characters actually get to know each other and become friends, best friends actually, before anything else happens. It is a slow burn book but it’s so worth it.
  • Banter, insults, and wit. From the very first start, this book is funny, it’s real and it’s incredible. Jade and Garret insult each other (it sounds awful but trust me it’s the best), and they tease each other and they’re both so incredibly competitive. It brings a lot to their relationship.
  • Suspense. It’s real, behind the love story there’s an actual story closely connected to the characters that show you how wealthy, influential and political families in the US can get away with anything. Secrets, blackmail and breaking the law without consequence are all things that make this book what it is. However, it should be noted that this storyline is only secondary but oh so exciting.
  • The setting. I love that this book is set at a small elite college where everyone knows everyone except for the newcomer Jade. It adds to the sense of them belonging to two different worlds that later on collide. I also love that this book shows and reflects over different aspects of college culture such as parties, prejudice, alcohol consumption and sports. All of which makes this book more amazing.
  • Real life issues. In this book there is the loss of a parent, growing up with an addicted parent and how this affects us as grown adults. Choosing You shows us how two people from two completely different backgrounds still can have a lot of things in common.

There is so much more to this book than what I have mentioned above but in the end, there is really only one thing I have left to say, read Choosing You, you will not regret it! It should also be noted that Choosing You is free right now at Amazon, so if I were you I’d grab it right away because who says no to a freebie.

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Welcome To Olivia Chanel’s Book Restaurant

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to Olivia Chanel’s book restaurant. Are you looking for a bite to read? To take a sip of a summer read or just take a dish of a dark and complex heroin for dinner? Then this is the restaurant for you! Down below you can see this week’s menu. We have a wide range of dishes, desserts, drinks and wines you can choose from.

This week’s House Special is a very adventurous and sexy dish, one that will make you taste the dreams of Las Vegas. This week the chef has chosen Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie.

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This week’s Main Dishes are dark and complex reads, where the ending might not be as happy as one normally would want. The characters are relatable and flawed, and the books also have themes of addiction, murder and mental illness. They are books you’ll want to sink your teeth into. This week you can choose from the following main dishes,

The Desserts to choose from this weeks are all sweet and fluffy reads selected by the chef. They are about romance, a little bit of magic in the real world and stories that will just make you feel like cotton candy inside. I can promise you that the following desserts are delicious and will fill you with incredible sweetness,

The Warm Drinks Olivia Chanel’s book restaurant offer this week are fantasy reads about magical worlds and intriguing storylines. There are monsters, untamable deserts, uncontrollable nature, impenetrable darkness and wishes that can become curses. If you are looking for a warm and magical drink your choices this week are,

However, if you need some cooling down then perhaps one of the Cold Drinks is a better choice for you. If you pick one of the cold drinks you are in for a treat. All of these reads are about summer. There is ice cream, beaches, adventures involving water and swimming as well as magical movie sets. Take a sip of the summer of our lives by ordering one of the following drinks,

The Wines of the week are damn fine and obviously only for adults. If you pick one of these you are promised a sexy read, where the heroines and heroes are both in and out of love. It’s hot, it’s messy and it’s definitely 18+ but I can promise you that a glass of wine is sometimes just what you need. If you want something sexy then one of the following wines is just for you,

As mentioned earlier, the House Special is the dish of the week chosen by the chef of Olivia Chanel’s Book Restaurant. Picking the House Special this week will show you the ups and downs of Las Vegas, a wild adventure, the circus and love that is fierce. The heroine is a fighter and this book also features a large and incredible Russian family. The House Special this week is,

What will you be ordering at Olivia Chanel’s Book Restaurant? What do you think of the menu? Please let me know in the comments below!

Freebie Friday #2

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Another Friday is here and isn’t it just marvellous? I love Fridays and because it’s Friday I’m here with another Freebie Friday for you guys. I mean it is always a good day for some free books but on a Friday as well, it’s almost as if Christmas came early. For this Freebie Friday I’m going to mention two books I haven’t read yet but grabbed earlier this week, In Too Deep by Mara Jacobs and In Too Deep by Tracey Alvarez.

Even though these two books have the same title, cool I know, they’re quite different. Both in setting and what they’re about. However, they’re both New Adult romances and about love that is a lot more complicated than it should be. Both of these book intrigue me and seem like the perfect read for the summer.

Remember guys, the books I recommend are free the moment I publish my post but I can never guarantee they’re free for long so once you see it, grab it! That’s what I do.

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In Too Deep by Tracey Alvarez

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She vowed never to return.

To save her brother from financial ruin, Piper Harland must do the one thing she swore she’d never do—return to the tiny island home-town where Ryan “West” Westlake crushed her heart. Piper is tough, resilient and a little wild—much like the remote and beautiful Stewart Island where she grew up. As a cop who’s part of the elite New Zealand Police National Dive Squad, bringing the dead back to their families still doesn’t stop the guilt she feels over her father’s drowning death. Now nine years later she’s obligated to return to a hostile community as the outsider, and forced to work with the man who was once her best friend and first lover.

She’s a risk he can’t take.

West is an Island man, through and through. As owner of the local pub, he lives and breathes the local community, and sure as hell can’t imagine living anywhere else. But most of all he refuses to ever fall for a woman like his flighty mother. He lost Piper once to give her the chance to fulfil her dreams of becoming a cop. But now she’s back for an unexpected six week visit to help her brother—his best mate. Maybe West wants her a little bit, maybe he can’t resist the temptation to tease and touch her, but can he fall in love with such a flight risk?

Saying goodbye the second time might just destroy them both.


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In Too Deep by Mara Jacobs

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I didn’t believe in love at first sight, until I first saw Lucas Kade.

I was giving swimming lessons to children when I first saw him. Turns out one of the kids was Lucas’s little brother. So, I’d be seeing a lot more of Lucas. And that was just fine with me.

I had a lot going on—a freshman at an elite college, first time away from home, and, oh yeah, roommates with a girl I’d been sent to spy on. I wasn’t exactly looking for anything exclusive. Something casual, though, would be great.

But there was nothing casual about my feelings for Lucas.

He was a townie, hiding a secret, and I knew better than to get involved. I was always the sensible one, the peacekeeper.

Before I knew it…I was In Too Deep.

This was the free books for this week, have you read any of these already or do you have them on your to be read list?

ARC Review of We Awaken by Calista Lynne

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We Awaken by Calista Lynne

Publication Date: July 14, 2016.

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press.

Genres: Young Adult, LGBTQIA, and Fantasy.

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Selling points: Asexual girls, cute romance, and a happy ending.

Purchase here: Amazon | The Book Depository

Synopsis: Victoria Dinham doesn’t have much left to look forward to. Since her father died in a car accident, she lives only to fulfill her dream of being accepted into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory. But soon she finds another reason to look forward to dreams when she encounters an otherworldly girl named Ashlinn, who bears a message from Victoria’s comatose brother. Ashlinn is tasked with conjuring pleasant dreams for humans, and through the course of their nightly meetings in Victoria’s mind, the two become close. Ashlinn also helps Victoria understand asexuality and realize that she, too, is asexual.

But then Victoria needs Ashlinn’s aid outside the realm of dreams, and Ashlinn assumes human form to help Victoria make it to her dance audition. They take the opportunity to explore New York City, their feelings for each other, and the nature of their shared asexuality. But like any dream, it’s too good to last. Ashlinn must shrug off her human guise and resume her duties creating pleasant nighttime visions—or all of humanity will pay the price.

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Thank you, Calista Lynne, for my advanced review copy of We Awaken. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review; this does not affect my opinion. Any quotes mentioned below are taken from the ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

We Awaken is such an important book, this book shows us that interracial couples within the LGBTQIA community can thrive, survive and get the happy ending they deserve. This book is about two asexual girls and their journey together realizing who they are and how they can be together. We Awaken is a reminder that once sexuality is yours alone, yours to claim, yours not to claim and no matter what, you are valid just as you are.

“No woman in reality could ever possess such grace. That’s how I realized it had to be a dream. Her skin was barely lighter than the dark of night and a hood was pulled so far over her head it was impossible to make out whether she had any hair. The whites of her eyes stood out greatly in contrast to her skin, matching the intense purity of the lace parasol hanging over her right arm. Her clothing was iridescent and looked almost like oil as it reflected cloudy rainbows with her movements.”

I love We Awaken, this book is character driven and there is so much to love about it. We Awaken is about two asexual girl who tackles everyday problems as well as otherworldly problems involving the realm of dreams. However, Ashlinn helping Victoria in the real world can lead to a horrible fate for all of humanity.

What I like the most about We Awaken is how it explores asexuality. Though I can see why some might think this book is very informative I’d say that is not a bad thing. Sure if you google asexuality all of this information will appear, however, if you don’t know what asexuality is it is kind of hard to do this. We Awaken is a young adult book, it’s written for young people and teenagers. They might be confused, or unsure, just like Victoria is. They might not have an Ashlinn to tell them what being asexual means. That is why this book is so important and powerful. It will give teenagers who are finding themselves a place where they can see themselves and finally understand who they are. Nobody else but you can decide who and what you are. There is incredible magic in that. 

“I draped myself over her shoulders as her arms snaked around my waist. It felt safe in her embrace, and she still smelled like summer nights. This was acceptance, not of her but of myself. Our foreheads were so close we were breathing the same air. Who needs kissing when you can share oxygen?”

If you want to read something fluffy, romantic and light then We Awaken is the book for you. It has a perfect mix of fantasy and magic in the real world, with characters you will admire and moments so adorable you will never forget them. In a time where the A is still mistaken for Ally instead of Asexual by huge companies in the world, it’s more important than ever we show the world books like We Awaken. Everyone needs to see that asexual people (as well as everyone else in the LGBTQIA community) can get the happy ending they deserve.

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