When You Want To Be Bad – Book List

My lovely bookworms!!

It has been a good little while since I’ve done a list so guess what? I’ve go ta list for you.

Now, this list is for bad girls. By that, I mean when you just need a book with a bad, rebellious, I-Don’t-Give-A-Shit girl. Sometimes I tend to live vicariously through them. Looking for the dark, wild, adventurous, and in some cases, downright criminal girls, then take a peak at the list.

Below, I’ve got 10 books here for you to add to your list and I am sure there are tons more. These are just my picks. Some I’ve read and some I’ve got on my list to read.

 

Sins & Needles Trilogy
Author: Karina Halle

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Ellie Watt, girfter thinking she can go straight, comes home to Palm Valley where she discovers one last job. The catch? It’s the used-to-be-goth Camden McQueen who’s now hot and muscly. When he catches her mid-con, he give her a proposition she doesn’t have the luxury to turn down.

 

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Author: Stieg Larsson

Girl Dragon - OverDrive

Lisbeth Salander is a deeply troubled and brilliant researcher and hacker. She’s hired by Mikael Blomkvist to carry out an investigation into the disappearance of a young woman back in 1966.

 

Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard

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Mare Barrow lives life one pickpocket at a time while her family strives to make ends meet in a world of reds and silvers. And you don’t want to be a red, powerless unlike silvers who are comparable to gods. Mara is suddenly brought into the life of silvers when its discovered that she has powers. She has to watch her back in order to stay alive and to make sure her family stays alive as well.

 

Paper Princess
Author: Erin Watt

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Ella Harper’s life has been anything short of easy, living in a low rent apartment and using her late mother’s ID so she can work at the local strip club. When it’s discovered that her father has died she’s shipped off to the lifestyle of the rich and famous which turns out to be a lot worse than she thought when she comes face to face with her new guardians’ sons. Surviving is what she does best and all she has to do is make it until graduation and then she’ll be set for life.

 

The Wish List
Author: Eoin Colfer

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After a robbery gone wrong, Meg Finn sets out to make it all right so that she can enter into heaven and that means helping the man she robbed complete a wish list before he dies.

 

Open Road Summer
Author: Emery Lord

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Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave behind her rebellious ways and start anew. So she joins a music tour and suddenly starts falling for the opening act, Matt Finch, a regular boy-next-door. So much for leaving the drama and rebelliousness behind.

 

Dorothy Must Die
Author: Danielle Paige

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Amy Gumm has a crappy life. Her mother is an alcoholic and she’s bullied daily in high school. Then suddenly her trailer is swept off in a tornado with her in it. You know the story. Only Amy is recruited into a revolution in Oz and it’s nothing like the books. Rats, flying monkeys and goth munchkins, oh my!

 

Pretty Little Liars
Author: Sara Shepard

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Five girls’s dark secrets come to light, proving they are not the angels people think they are. Their torturer, A., manipulates these girls causing more issues to arise such as murder.

 

Love Lies Beneath
Author: Ellen Hopkins

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Tara has it all, the lavish home,  beauty and a great sex life. When she gets into a skiing accident, she gets the cute doctor too. But she has secrets to keep and those secrets are threatened when she begins to depend on him too much. She’s not quite that worried as long as he doesn’t cheat on her.

 

This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab

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All Kate Harker wants is to be like her father, letting monsters do as they please and extort money out of humans for protection. She’s kicked out of her sixth boarding school and August Finn jumps at the opportunity  to watch over her, but after an assassination attempt their both on the run.

 

There you have it, my loves. Got a bad girl book? Tell me!

More to come soon…

K.

Young Love Makes a Comeback (The Lara Jean Trilogy – A Book Review)

Lara Jean Trilogy
Author: Jenny Han
Published: 2014-2017

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Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

Lara Jean Covey writes special letters. Ones that have her heart poured out all over them to boys she’s loved, but she’s never sent them. They reside in a special box where she can look at them whenever she wants. That is, until one day they’re mailed out and she’s confronted by Peter Kavinsky, lacrosse player and popular, who has one of her letters. And if he has one, then so do all of the other boys, including Josh Saunders, her next door neighbor and also her older sister’s ex-boyfriend.

In order to avoid utter embarrassment, Lara Jean kisses Peter and thus starts their fake relationship. She wants to avoid a confrontation with Josh and he wants to break free of his ex-girlfriend.

Throughout this trilogy, Lara Jean and Peter discover that they may actually like each other, but what does that mean? While Peter’s only been in love once, Lara Jean has never even kissed a boy. This is new territory for both of them and the trials and tribulations of high school will test them to their limits, but they love what they find in each other. Is it enough?

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This trilogy did something amazing for me. It brought back true love. The emotions of butterfly love and newness is relatable and so is Lara Jean’s insecurities that she has throughout the series, like comparing her worth to that of other girls. The journey through high school is a trial of firsts and mistakes to learn from and this did a beautiful job in showcasing some of them, proving that sometimes accidents lead to great things that never would’ve come to be otherwise.

Also, the amount of dedication to family that Lara Jean has was so inspiring. With an older sister and a younger sister, she makes being the middle child a beautiful thing when in fact being stuck in the middle is very hard because you can often feel like you’re being forgotten. Lara Jean doesn’t allow herself to get worried about being lost as the middle child with her incredible baking skills and keeping everybody balanced.

I loved this story for all of its lightheartedness. Young, true love definitely bloomed anew here and I will be returning to reread this story again, which is something I don’t do very often with books, but Jenny Han made it possible.

 

Quotables:

“To belong to someone—I didn’t know it, but now that I think about it, it seems like that’s all I’ve ever wanted.” (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Lara Jean, p. 190)

“According to Stormy, there are two kinds of girls in this world. The kind who breaks your heart and the kind who gets her heart broken.” (P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean, p. 92)

“Heed my advice, Lara Jean. Never say no when you really want to say yes.” (Stormy to Lara Jean, p. 20)

 

And, if you’re a fan of this series you can find an Instagram account that follows Lara Jean and Peter!

Lara Jean: itslarajeancovey

Peter: itspeterkavinsky

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song of the day? Shakespeare by Miranda Cosgrove.

Midnight Tease

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Hey bookworms! Every once in a while I like to pop in with a late-nighter on what I’ve been up and what will be coming up. Thus the Midnight Tease came to life. It’s been a busy month and Summer is kicking into high gear. I like to keep my shelves full and I’m sure you do too.

Go out and enjoy the sunshine and don’t forget to bring a book! They’re our best friends after all.

 

Coming Soon…

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The Summer I turned Pretty

Author: Jenny Han

 

Blood and Chocolate

Author: Annette Curtis Klaus

 

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Author: Lois Duncan

 

The Seventh Witch

Author: Shirley Damsgaard

 

Sins & Needles

Author: Karina Halle

 

 

Currently…

 

Siren - Epic Reads

The Siren

Author: Kiera Cass

 

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Lara Jean

Author: Jenny Han

 

Up for Review…

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Freeks

Author: Amanda Hocking

 

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Author: Jenny Han

 

I Know What You Last Summer

Author: Lois Duncan

 

More to come soon…

K.

 

What are you reading this summer? Got a suggestion? Tell me in the comments!

Midnight Tease

 

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Hey there, bookworms! This is something new I’m trying out called the Midnight Tease and basically I’m going to give you a rundown of what I’m currently reading and what is on my Up Next list. Definitely give me some feedback. Maybe you’re reading it too or it’s on your upcoming list as well. Tell me if you liked it or not.

I’ll also be giving you an idea of what reviews I have coming up for you, lovelies.

 

Currently:

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Naomi + Ely’s No Kiss List
Author: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

 

LUX: Consequences
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

I am very in love with this series.

 

Coming Soon…

The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass

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I have been WAITING for way too long for this to come out on paperback. So excited. I have an infatuation with the ocean. That and lightning, but that’s another story. Ask me about it one day.

 

Textrovert
Author: Lindsey Summers

 

Freeks
Author: Amanda Hocking

 

Up for the Review Board?

Tenor

The DUFF
Author: Kody Keplinger

 

The Time Machine
Author: H.G. Wells

 

Got a book you want to suggest? DO IT! Put it in the comments and it’ll go on my book list! I’m always reading. Seriously though. I always have a book stashed in my purse of by my head at night and on the back of the couch and in the kitchen…well, you get it.

 

More to come soon…

K.

It’s a God’s World (American Gods – A Book Review)

American Gods
Author: Neil Gaiman
Published: 2001

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Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

Shadow Moon is released from prison a couple of days early due to losing his wife and best friend in a car accident. With nothing left for him in his hometown of Eagle Point, Indiana he accepts a job from the grifter, Mr. Wednesday, not questioning anything so long as he doesn’t have to kill anybody.

“You work for me. You protect me. You help me. You transport me from place to place…In the unlikely event of my death, you will hold my vigil…” (p. 47)

Things get strange quickly. He starts having dreams of a man with a white buffalo’s head. A leprechaun teaches him some new coin tricks. But, for Shadow it doesn’t feel so strange. His encounters with gods do not faze him so much as does his dead wife who comes to visit him on occasion.

Shadow drives across the U.S. with Mr. Wednesday to talk to people or rather, gods, about a coming storm, a war and it’s between new gods and old gods. From a museum to a funeral home to a small town where nothing bad happens ever, Shadow is meeting all sorts of Gods, like Easter and Horus.

Simply put, this story is phenomenal from the first page to the very last. The intertwining of mythologies with the modern age, which is always changing, creates a brand new magic all its own. Over and over again I found myself saying, “What the eff?”, but in such a good way. I haven’t been so surprised or educated by such originality in years. My brain was completely blown out of my skull.

For those who are lovers of mythology, and epic detail similar to Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, this is most certainly for you. The imagery pulled me into this book just like the movie The Pagemaster.

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Books like this remind me of why it is that I write. They evoke more than just emotions or relatability. They pull me into a whole new world. I’m definitely going back and rereading this again sometime. I still feel like there’s so much more I don’t know that happened within the book and that makes me even happier.

Now, the show adapted from the book started on April 30th, 2017 and if you haven’t read the book it’ll be confusing at first. The show is an instant attention grabber. And Ricky Whittle (The 100) as Shadow? *faints*

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I can’t wait to see who comes in to portray Sam Black Crow. She’s is my favorite character. She’s got a lot of spunk and is one of the few normal friends that Shadow happens upon.

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Tune in to Starz on Sunday at 9PM if you are ready for this.

 

NEW!

Here are some of my favorite excerpts from the book. If you consider excerpts/quotes to be spoilers then do not read any further.

 

Wednesday looked at him with amusement and something else—irritation perhaps. Or pride. “Why don’t you argue?” asked Wednesday. “Why don’t you exclaim that it’s all impossible? Why the hell do you just do what I say and take it all so fucking calmly?” (p. 433)

Definitely a question I asked during this whole book.

 

“What the hell? We’ll always have Peru ,” he said, under his breath, as Sam walked away from him. “And El Paso. We’ll always have that.” (p.729)

 

“Hey, Sweeney,” said Shadow, breathless, “why are we fighting?”

“For the joy of it,” said Sweeney, sober now, or at least no longer visibly drunk. “For the sheer unholy fucken delight of it. Can’t you feel the joy in your own veins, rising like the sap in the springtime?” (p. 55)

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Today’s song? Don’t Fear the Reaper, version by Denmark and Winter.

Yoo-hoo and a Woo-hoo, It’s Summertime! (Summer book-list)

Yep, you guessed it. Another book list, my bookworms.

During my time at my local bookstore (I’m just as shocked as you that they still exist, but very glad they do) I’ve seen several different books for the those lounge around Summer reads. So, with a mixture of picks from myself, friends and my regular customers, I’ve made a list. Some of these are currently popular while others are just timeless. From YA to Fiction to Romance and more, I present a list.

 

The Stieg Larsson Trilogy aka The Millennium Series
Published: 2012-
Author: Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

And I know this breaks the trilogy rule…

  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web

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And apparently, there will two more on the way, one of which is coming out this year according to TIME. Keep an eye out!

 

IT
Published: 1986
Author: Stephen King

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It’s become more popular in the last year or so and with the remake of the movie coming out this year, people are grabbing their copies fast. Me? I don’t do clowns. No, thank you.

 

Fifty Shades Trilogy
Published: 2011-2012
Author: E.L. James
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • Fifty Shades Freed

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Not going to lie. I read the series in college. I can’t say I enjoy the movies completely though. My feelings about this series are complicated.

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Trilogy or as I call it, The Lara Jean Trilogy
Published: 2014-2017
Author: Jenny Han
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • S. I Still Love You
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Lara Jean - The Fandom

Always and Forever, Lara Jean just came out this month. This trilogy is so lighthearted and really delves into the teenage heart with first loves and the difficulties of high school. I also recommend The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by her.

 

I Know What You Did Last Summer
Published: 1973
Author: Lois Duncan

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If you don’t recall, this was adapted to film in 1997 starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. This is definitely for those who like suspense and horror.

 

Percy Jackson Series
Published: 2005-2009
Author: Rick Riordan
  • The Lightning Thief
  • The Sea of Monsters
  • The Titan’s Curse
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • The Last Olympian

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An adventure following two kids of Greek Gods and a satyr out to save the world from the rise of Kronos. It’s lot of fun even for us older kids. And I can’t wait to read the Apollo Trials.

Confessions: The Murder of an Angel
Published: 2015
Author: James Patterson

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A part of the Confessions series.

 

Guardians Trilogy
Published: 2015-2016
Author: Nora Roberts
  • Stars of Fortune
  • Bay of Sighs
  • Island of Glass

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Mermaids. Magic. Stars. Who doesn’t love mermaids? Follow the journey of six guardians who search for stars and so much more.

 

The Handmaid’s Tale
Published: 1985
Author: Margaret Atwood

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Just been re-released since it’s become a series on Hulu.

 

The Princess Diarist
Published: 2016
Author: Carrie Fisher

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The late princess of Star Wars herself drops secrets and recounts her time during the famous Sci-Fi trilogy.

 

The Raina Telgemeier Set
Published: 2010-2016
Author: Raina Telgemeier
  • Sisters
  • Smile
  • Drama
  • Ghosts

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Beautiful graphic novels that handle tough yet typical situations that middle -schoolers can understand and in some cases relate to.

 

1984
Published: 1950
Author: George Orwell

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Dystopian novel about the nightmarish & negative future. This book has been sold off the shelves and even leaped to the top of the Amazon bestseller’s list in this past year. *cough* I wonder why…*cough*

 

Freeks
Published: 2017
Author Amanda Hocking

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Looking to go to go to the travelling carnival? You don’t even need to leave your couch or cozy blanket now.

 

The Cabin
Published: 2016
Author: Natasha Preston

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The Wattpad author skyrocketed with The Cellar. A group of teens go to a cabin to party, but it end up in horror when two of them turn up dead.

 

The Hunger Games trilogy
Published: 2008-2010
Author: Suzanne Collins
  • The Hunger Games
  • Catching Fire
  • Mockingjay

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The Girl on Fire, Katniss Everdeen, fights for her sister and ends up fighting for the freedom of everyone.

 

The Identicals
Published: 2017
Author: Elin Hilderbrand

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It will be released next month. Others of hers that are out are: Here’s to Us, The Rumor, and Beautiful Day.

 

Outlander Series
Published: 1991-
Author: Diana Gabaldon
  • Outlander
  • Dragonfly in Amber
  • Voyager
  • Drums of Autumn
  • The Fiery Cross
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes
  • An Echo in the Bone
  • Written in My Own Heart’s Blood

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Go Tell the Bees that I Am Gone will be the ninth book in the series and will be released later this year, but for now, get lost in this historical, time-twisting romance if you haven’t already.

 

Into The Water
Published: 2017
Author: Paula Hawkins

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The same author who brought you The Girl on the Train. Follow yet another story full of twists and turns.

 

Beach Town
Published: 2015
Author: Mary Kay Andrews

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Tiny town, Cypress Key becomes the epicenter of drama and possibly true love for Greer Hennessy?

 

Midnight, Texas Trilogy
Published: 2014-2016
Author: Charlaine Harris
  • Midnight Crossroad
  • Day Shift
  • Night Shift

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Jump back into Harris’s world of the supernatural in the small town of Midnight where nothing is what it seems if you stick around instead of pass right on through. If you loved Sookie Stackhouse then definitely have a read.

 

LUX
Published: 2011-2015
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Obsidian
  • Onyx
  • Opal
  • Origin
  • Opposition
  • Oblivion– Which is a spin-off novel of Obsidian

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For those who love romance and Sci-Fi and the occasional pop cultural reference.

Throne of Glass Series
Published: 2012-
Author: Sarah J. Maas
  • Throne of Glass
  • Crown of Midnight
  • Heir of Fire
  • Queen of Shadows
  • Empire of Storms
  • Tower of Dawn

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Number seven will be released sometime in 2018. Follow Celaena Sardothien as she fights to be the royal assassin to Prince Dorian and discover that this kingdom to which she serves champion has many deadly secrets.

 

Blood and Chocolate
Published: 1999
Author: Annette Curtis Klause

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A YA novel about a young female werewolf who moves to Maryland after tragedy and falls in love with a regular boy or as her family like to call him, a meat boy.

 

A Dirty Job & Secondhand Souls
Published: 2006 & 2015
Author: Christopher Moore

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A fun and hilarious story about the father of a seven year old girl who has two hellhounds and is known as the Big Death. San Francisco has its hands full with this one.

 

And there you have it. Have a Summer read that’s not on the list? Share and I’ll put it on mine!

 

More to come soon…

K.

 

P.S. Today’s song? Boys of Summer by The Ataris.

Seeing Red and Silver (Red Queen – A Book Review)

Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Published: 2015

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Power is a dangerous game…

 

This does contain a bit of spoilers I believe.

Mare Barrows, the black sheep of her family because of her thieving ways, lives in the Stilts where all lowly Reds live while Silvers live in diamond halls like Gods. All of that quickly changes when it’s discovered that she is closer to being a Silver than a Red. Nothing is what it seems in the lavish life of Silvers however. You can’t trust anybody and Mare has to fight to stay alive and more importantly to keep her family alive. She’s not completely alone in the city of Silvers. Two princes vie for her attention while every other Silver can’t decide if she’s a threat or not to their existence.

This book was one of my nightstand reads so I got to revel in it for a month (reading a chapter or two at night). My mom got it for me for Christmas and I was a little wary because I have trouble getting into books with high castles and knights etc. Red Queen was nothing like that. Stone was in fact diamonds and high rises. The imagery of that alone was mesmerizing. And then, there were the God-like abilities that Silvers were born with. Aveyard certainly has a way with extraordinary scenery and keeping a steady fast pace in this book. I thought of the saying, don’t look back or you’ll miss what’s next, when I read this book.

One of my favorite things about this book is that Mare isn’t the underdog hero, not even for an ounce. She isn’t trying to save everybody. She only wants to protect her family and do something good for once. We’ve all experienced this in our lives and it’s selfishly beautiful. It’s sacrifice at its core. She is strong and a fighter and that is my kind of character.

All in all? I look forward to continuing on with this series because that ending! And no, I won’t tell you, but it’s fantastic and surprising, and I’m not one who likes surprises often.

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. The song today? Take on the World by You Me At Six Well, when I heard it (and put it on repeat) I thought of this book, actually.