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

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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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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.

From Wattpad to Hardcover (Textrovert – A Book Review)

Textrovert
Author: Lindsey Summers
Published: May, 2017

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Keeley Brewer is gearing up for her senior year…well, sort of. She and her best friend, Nicky, are spending the last of their summer at the fair when Keeley loses her phone and accidentally picks one up that she thinks is hers. She quickly discovers this from a late night call from a mystery guy that calls himself Talon. She has his phone and vice versa. They begin talking to each other back and forth and before Keeley knows it, she’s falling for him and his obsession with peeps, but it turns out that he has secrets that he isn’t sharing with her and that quickly jeopardizes their budding relationship. More so, rifts start to grow between her and those she loves and she’ll have to choose sides, something she’s not good at.

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This book made a bad thing happen for me. It brought out the editor in me which is not a good thing for a reader. I almost took a pen to it. This book is published, which means that shouldn’t happen. I desperately wanted to have a grip on Textrovert. The novel doesn’t feel finished. Some parts feel forced while others don’t have enough information to make them feel complete.

I read this on Wattpad first, as The Cell Phone Swap, and it was so cute and sweet with that innocent high school love that I pre-ordered it—Textrovert—on Amazon. It really did remind me of those 90’s chick-flicks in which the characters fall in love in a weekend. The issues were relatable and Talon and Keeley had depth that extended beyond that romance. It hooked me.

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I figured that this story would be added on tt and fluffed up beautifully what on top of what was already laid out. Sadly, I felt like this story took two giant steps backwards when I read the book.

I wanted to get into this story so badly and I was so excited, but I couldn’t get a grasp on what these characters looked like. The depth that I’d found in the Wattpad version was completely gone, like licking the only the filling out of the Oreo instead of just dunking the whole cookie in milk.

Click here to read the version on Wattpad The Cell Phone Swap and the book is sold on Amazon.

My comparisons between the two versions start here so if you haven’t read both versions of the story and/or you aren’t okay with spoilers turn back now. Otherwise, here’s a collaboration.

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The Cell Phone Swap vs Textrovert

The Cell Phone Swap: I felt like Keeley had a lot of depth because she wasn’t solely focused on Talon. She had a job and there were issues at her workplace that she had to work through.

Textrovert: Sadly, the entire bit was taken out. Nonexistent.

 

The Cell Phone Swap: The story behind Talon’s love for the marshmallowy goodness of peeps derived from his late grandfather who would tell him stories of his great-grandfather. It was something special the two of them shared.

Textrovert: The story behind the peeps is that Talon was made fun of for being fat and his grandfather cheered him up with the sugary treats.

 

The Cell Phone Swap: Nicky is a fun and loves food. She and Keeley are both working to go to Europe. Nicky is there to give advice when Keeley needs it.

Textrovert: Nicky is selfish and brash. She becomes jealous of Talon for having all of Keeley’s time even though she has found several excuses outside of her extra classes to blow Keeley off.

 

The Cell Phone Swap: Brent is Keeley’s tutor and she has deep feelings for him and even tours a campus just to see him.

Textrovert: Randy is referenced as the boy who broke Keeley’s heart multiple times in the book and there’s even a brief encounter.

 

There are more comparisons, but these are only a few that really stuck out to me. They are also the ones that deeply bothered me.

 

I truly wish that this book was amazing, but I will be going back to The Cell Phone Swap to reread the story.

 

Quotables:

“She moved her jacket off the seat. As he sat, she caught a whiff of his cologne—a mixture of wood and Old Spice. He smelled good. The dangerous kind of good that could get a girl in trouble.” (p. 97)

“Truth or dare?” he challenged, his eyes fixated on her lips. Every cell in her body came alive as she realized what he was asking.” (p.146)

 

More to come soon…

K.

 

P.S. Song today? You Get What You Give by New Radicals.

Don’t Tell Mom I’m Dating an Alien – (LUX: Consequences – A Book Review)

Lux: Consequences
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 2014

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This is the second installment to the special collector’s edition of the YA series, LUX.

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After finally succumbing to her feelings for Daemon Black, discovering and getting a handle on the intense powers as a result of being healed by him, and dealing with the heavy loss of friends, Katy Swartz was not prepared for the return of Daemon’s brother, Dawson, who’d been missing for over a year. Nobody was prepared. He doesn’t waste any time in wanting to find his still missing girlfriend, Beth, and he’ll do anything to get her back, even put everybody else in danger.

“You really shouldn’t trust a soul in this game. Not when everyone has something to gain or lose.” (Luc to Katy, p. 284)”

Then suddenly, Blake, friend turned enemy, returns to town, demanding that Katy and Daemon help free the Luxen that turned him into a hybrid from Daedalus, a facility experimenting on Luxen and hybrids like him and Katy. Tensions run high as the group tries to figure out a way into Deadalus and it tests the strength of Daemon and Katy’s new relationship.

And then Katy becomes the newest captor of Daedalus. What does Daemon do? What he does best. He goes after her, and after finally finding her, the two realize that Daedalus has a lot more in store for Luxen and the hybrids besides the horrifying experiments they’ve heard about.

It’s soon discovered that their enemies aren’t just wearing lab coats and camouflage, but are a lot closer to home than expected and it shocks everybody. And, their allies are the last people they expected. They’ll need all the help they can get when their problems escalate beyond earth.

“Oh shit. ET so phoned home, kids.” (Luc, p. 772)

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Where do I start!? I’m still in that lush state from reading this series and there’s still one book to go. As I told you in my very first post on here about LUX: Beginnings, I am not one for Sci-Fi, but Jennifer L. Armentrout has reeled me into it with the perfect balance of thrilling action and lip-biting romance. Daemon Black joins the ranks of book boyfriends with his ego, vibrant green eyes (my favorite), and the sneaky ways he makes the reader blush with his words that if you try hard enough, you can hear him whisper in your ear. Then again, maybe that’s just me. We all have book boyfriends or girlfriends like that.

And let’s not forget that smirk. *insert crimson blush here*

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(Yep, I’m still imagining that it’s Cody Christian. I’ve tried denying it. It didn’t work.)

The quick pace of this story is flawless. It doesn’t feel too rushed, which is a beautiful thing. Every detail is delightfully written, very much like a movie in my head, and that’s how I love my books. The twists and turns in this next edition were kicked up a notch compared to the first one. I know that there were moments that made me think that this couldn’t escalate any higher and I kept getting blown away. I’ve got nothing but praise for this series.

This is one of those reads you can’t put down and I recommend it to everyone who’s looking to try something new. This special edition contains both the third and fourth book as well as some delectable bonus content (I won’t gush about it, but it’s great). I will hopefully be getting to the fifth one soon. Just like my craving for chocolate, my fingers are twitching for it.

Have you read it? What did you think? Tell me in the comment section below.

 

Quotables:

“If we’re not together on everything, then how can we really be together?” (Katy to Daemon, p. 60)”

“Elation swelled in my chest, and as we lay in each other’s arms, our breaths coming in and out ragged, our bodies tangled together, we still couldn’t get enough of each other. We kissed. We talked. We lived.” (Katy, p. 346)

“Several moments passed before she spoke. “I’ve always wanted a Mogwai.” (Katy to Daemon, p.521)”

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(I’ve always wanted a Mogwai too. Just ask my mom. I ask for one every Christmas.)

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Sign of the Times by Harry Styles.

 

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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

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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.

Let’s Get Ruined (The Royals Trilogy – A Book Review)

The Royals Trilogy

Author: Erin Watt

Published: 2016

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Ella Harper is swept out of her public school and crappy apartment placed in a private school and lavish mansion after discovering that her birth father, who turned out to be a millionaire, died in a tragic accident. The life of the rich and famous isn’t very welcoming of her and secrets are abound throughout this trilogy.

When given a deal Ella can’t refuse—$10,000 for every month—she stays with her new guardian, Callum Royal—she decides to give lifestyle a chance because money doesn’t grow on trees, and she certainly didn’t make that much at her job. However, Callum’s five sons will do anything to run her out of the house.

These Royals will ruin you…

Not a complete lie. These boys are pretty hot and used to getting everything they want. So when Ella stands up to them to prove herself, it turns out to be the perfect challenge. However, one Royal in particular, Reed Royal, never thought he’d actually fall for this strong-willed girl and this screwed up fairy tale grants your wishes when it comes to bad boys.

 

Possible spoilers ahead.

This trilogy has a lot of spunk and is definitely not afraid of getting down and dirty. The attitude in tone of the books fuels the fire that is the Royal household. From getting deserted in the middle of the night to a pregnancy scandal, the drama never dies and we as readers thrive on that from time to time. It’s like an adrenaline rush that makes our insides crawl with anticipation.

Now, I want to say that I loved this series through and through, but—yes, sadly there’s a but—I had troubles. The storyline was great and certainly kept my attention with shocking twists and turns. However, I did struggle a little here and there due to the repetition in the second book about the discord in Ella and Reed’s relationship. I held on because I love an f**ed love story. There’s a fight for love in a story that’s so complicated and every love story should have some fight in it. This one even had some literal fights going on.

Another issue I had was reading the genre on the back: Young Adult and then reading the books and realizing that they aren’t Young Adult. Not in my opinion anyway. YA ranges from 13-well, I’m 24 and still read YA so the age ranges. But, with the swearing ever so often and detailed sex scenes that is strewn through the series, I don’t believe it’s appropriate. Just because the characters are young adults, I don’t think that it makes this series YA.

So, while this series was a fun read, I can’t give it all of my love. That doesn’t mean I won’t go back and read them. They sit up on my special shelf for rereads.

More to come soon…

K.

 

P.S. Today’s song? Trip Switch by Nothing But Thieves.

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.