Badass Protags · Four Stars

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Summary:Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.



4 Stars You can also read it on GR! 

What I expected: A YA Historical fantasy with beautiful pose that talks about the social norms of beauty.

What I got: A YA Dynopian, Sci Fi, Historical Fantasy which not only breaks down the social norms of beauty but gets down to the dirtiness of it with its commentary. What people would do to themselves or to others in order to maintain or obtain beauty and power. From magical plastic surgery, to straight up slavery to mass production process.  Which also feel like if the Hunger Games was only focus on the people in the Capital and not the games itself.

The Belles are revered in the World of Orleans ( which is highly influence of French Culture) because they are with magic in their bloods, the Acrcana which can not only alternate a person skin color, but can alternate their height, weight, body shape and anything in between. In a sense, they are magical plastic surgeons who were blessed with their powers from the Goddess of beauty..  Camellia, a 16-year-old Belle which  finally made her debut to the court of Orleans, is desperate to become the favorite, the Belle who highly revered in the World of Orleans  for maintaining the beauty of the Royal Family with beauty treatments. At first she doesn’t become the favorite but during a turn of events, she becomes the favorite and is thrust into the place life which she realized that is not all what it seems.

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Badass Protags · Four Stars

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)Summary: Months after the explosive events in A Court of Wings and Ruin, Feyre, Rhys, and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.


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4 stars

Actually that was better than ACOWAR but no way as near as good as ACOMAF. Honestly, I don’t think SJM can top herself when it comes to ACOMAF. Maybe with Nesta/Cassian upcoming book but I’ll get into that later. lol To me this novella give us things that we were missing in ACOWAR, Granted ACoWAR was a 700 page monster dealing with a war they were trying to prevent but the ending didn’t feel compete to me. It didn’t turn the series over from Feyre/ Rhys’ hands to other amazing character hands. ACOFAS did exactly that and so much more. I will tell you this. ACOFAS was honestly the make/break for me. I was going to either stay with the series and read the other three books or cut my loses and part ways with the series. Needless to say after a very rocky start,I decide to stay with the series for reasons. lol

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Badass Protags · Four Stars

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica-the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover in Antica will change them both-and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined

Review  You can also read it on GR!

4 Stars

Sarah’s name is no longer Sarah J Maas but Sarah P. Maas

The P stands for Predictable or Perhaps….

The first half of the book was freaking awesome with all delicious world building and new character backstories  but don’t know what happen in the second half.  I know a lot people where saying the first half of the book was boring but to me the first half was the best part and the second half was the one that was boring and felt like typical SJM predictability.

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Erotica · Fairy Tale Retellings · Five Stars · Four Stars · Uncategorized

Once Upon a Happy Ever After Series By Jewel Killian

Once Upon a Happy Ever After Series is  four part Erotic fairy tale retellings by Jewel Killian.

You have four stories ( Click on the links to see the each GR review .)

2. Beauty and Beast
3.Snow White 
4.Rose Red 

They are inter-connected with some recurring characters showing up in all four stories  but can be read as a stand-alone. The story is set in modern-day and all center around a debutante ball for the upper side of New York. So pretty much everything happens in one night with the exception with the of some of the couples knowing each other from the past. So it’s pretty much insta-love with a little sparkle of insta-love but didn’t feel that way at all.

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Badass Protags · Four Stars · Netgalley Books

Masked Possession by Alana Delacroix

Summary : A Man Who Can Wear Any Face   Caro Yeats doesn’t run from much. As a former investigative reporter now working PR for Toronto’s supernaturals, what she hasn’t seen mostly isn’t worth seeing. But the assignment to “rebrand” Eric Kelton’s out-of-control alter egos has her on edge from the start. Kelton is the heirarch of the Masquerada, beings able to change their face—their entire persona—on a whim. Eric’s charisma muddles her instincts. How can she trust a man who can become anybody?

A Woman Without A Past

Eric has never met anyone like Caro, with her lightning wit and uncanny insight. But desirable as she is, he’d be a fool to let her near. Struggling to hide the sudden loss of his powers, Eric can’t risk becoming entangled with a woman who scorns her supernatural side and claims not to play politics. The enemies on her trail are strong, clever, and vicious. And when they force Eric and Caro together, the fallout could shatter far more than two hearts . .


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Received from Netgalley in exchange of honest review.

4 stars!

This was a pretty solid debut book but in the last couple chapters ,it become predictable city. It started off so strongly but frizzled out towards at the end.

  • The world building is this book is probably the best I have seen in the long time. Ms. Delcroix did an amazing job explaining how the world that she created in this book works. It’s that type of world building that before you get the  fully question on what this certain thing is that is dropped into the narrative it’s already answered in the next sentence. I know the idea of having the supernatural world hiding in the real world has been used to death but this Urban fantasy breathed new life in it. A plus for it being mostly set in Canada and not in the states!! YAY! I love the whole premise of the Masquerada because it takes shape shifting to a whole new level.

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Four Stars · Netgalley Books

What Does Consent Really Mean? by Pete Wallis, Joseph Wilkins, Thalia Wallis

What Does Consent Really Mean?Summary: “Consent is not the absence of ‘NO’, it is an enthusiastic YES!!”
While seemingly straightforward, Tia and Bryony hadn’t considered this subject too seriously until it comes up in conversation with their friends and they realise just how important it is.
Following the sexual assault of a classmate, a group of teenage girls find themselves discussing the term consent, what it actually means for them in their current relationships, and how they act and make decisions with peer influence. Joined by their male friends who offer another perspective, this rich graphic novel uncovers the need for more informed conversations with young people around consent and healthy relationships. Accompanying the graphics are sexual health resources for students and teachers, which make this a perfect tool for broaching the subject with teens.


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Received from Netgalley in exchange of honest review.

While this can be a pretty good teaching tool to teach middle and high school students about consent, I feel like it should be the only thing that teachers should used. The reason why I give it a 4. 5 instead of a five cause it felt like skimmed telling guys that they should consent to things as well. The majority of the book spend telling girls they should consent to things which is nothing wrong with that all but it’s a two way street. Some guys can be uncomfortable with doing things with their girls ( or guys) would could be pressuring them to things as well. It just needed to be shone in more ” it can happen both ways” light. All in all It was pretty good.

Badass Protags · Four Stars

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

Rhapsodic (The Bargainer, #1)Summary:Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.
Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want… at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects.
But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.
For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken.
If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.


Four Stars!

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Badass Protags · Faves · Four Stars

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U GiveSixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Review and mild spoiler.

4 Stars!

I’m honestly glad I went back to this  and found the audiobook because the second half of the book was a freaking gut wrenching experience. It was a funny one but it was emotional as hell. To see Starr grow from her experience and learning how to use her voice was very emotional ride.  The only reason it’s not getting a five stars cause I still feel like how I felt when I stopped it a couple months ago with the stereotyping of Blacks. I know this book intention was to  bring the Black Culture, the neighborhoods, and the serious situation of Police killing unarmed Black men ( and women) to the forefront which I really think was the author’s full attention, it kind of brings up the stereotypes that people think black people are anyway. Even tho the narrative did try to show the misconceptions of black people are false. Also some elements of the book felt like a Tyler Perry movie with the dramatics.. I swear the scene where the neighbor stood up to King felt like the ending of Daddy Little Girls when the neighbor told the judge they didn’t see Idris Elba character beat up that gang leader.   All and All The book is probably going down a book that will be taught in schools about the BLM movement. It gives you an eye opening and powerful experience that people will need to understand the situation at hand with Police Brutality  .

A Couple of things I have to address that I have seen in the  reviews.

  1. This book is not reverse racism – Nope It’s not. This book is not racist against whites but can be prejudiced and stereotypical as best. It does shows the misconception  that black people along with white can have against each other and other races..  It does show how  you can rather stay in not knowledgeable about it and strew in your ignorance and hate or find out your conception of that person is wrong by getting know them and asking them.  So no I don’t think Starr, her friends and family was racist against Chris cause they said some stereotypical things they heard about white people to him.. I’m so sorry that if white people felt like they were stereotyped in this book cause guess what?  If that boy didn’t get stereotyped to be a thug which he wasn’t and the other really life cases didn’t either, their love ones wouldn’t be burying them at a young age. So…
  2. This book is not Anti-Police- This book is not saying that all cops are bad and should not be trusted. The narrative have said many times that they’re cops just like Starr’s Uncle who are good and do their job to serve and protect the people and the city they are in. This is about the ones who hide behind that badge who supposed to serve and protect but they carry out their racist and prejudices bullshit against Blacks and other minorities. It’s about the corrupted cops  and the corrupted system which keep letting these cops get away with killing unarmed Blacks man, women and other minorities instead of going to jail. This is also about painting the cops as looking like the victim and painting the real victim as criminal.

That’s it!  I’m glad I finished this book and can’t wait for the movie!

Badass Protags · Four Stars · Netgalley Books

Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice by Stacy King, Jane Austen, Po Tse

Manga Classics: Pride and PrejudiceSummary:  Beloved by millions the world over, Pride & Prejudice is delightfully transformed in this bold, new manga adaptation. All of the joy, heartache, and romance of Jane Austen’s original, perfectly illuminated by the sumptuous art of manga-ka Po Tse, and faithfully adapted by Stacy E. King.






My Review

Received from netgalley for an honest review.

4 Stars!

This was pretty good as an adaption if you don’t take it seriously and think it was going to be very true to the novel like other adaptations. Everything was kind of over the top ( Cough Mrs. Bennet which is a stretch since she was over the top in OG P&P cough) which if this was turned into a Shojo anime,it will be ok. One thing I felt it they went overboard with is Elizabeth’s character. It was couple times I really want to say ” Get a grip woman!”when she was mopping about if Dracy still love her which is not Lizzie at all. Dracy character was fine cause they straight turn him Tsundere which the author probably had a field day doing. All in All It was a fun read.

Badass Protags · BATB Retellings · Faves · Four Stars

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J.Maas

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Summary: Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


My Review: Spoilers (Somewhat)

4 Stars!

Oh boy boy boy boy boy.

My most anticipated book of 2017.

The book I been dying to have in my hands since May of last year.

Was it as good? Yes but not without its disappointments

Was it better than ACOMAF? Hell No! Not by a freaking long shot.

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