Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hello, I Love You - Mini Review

A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss.

Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.

She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can't stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can't deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol. 

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she'll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process. 

Book Breakdown 

This book reminds me a lot of Anna and the French Kiss, without all the hot bits. This book is so clean I'd say any age can read it. We follow Grace, a girl from Nashville TN, which made me love her right off the bat as Nashville is my hometown and I miss it so damn much.

Grace decides she needs to get away from all the drama and pain going through her family and so she goes to a boarding school in South Korea. Yes, South Korea, home of the wonderful K-Pop. I've never seen a book deal with K-Pop so when I saw that, I was even more eager to read it.

The idea of this book and parts of it are 5 star worthy but Grace... the more I read about her, she'd really kind of a bitch at first but she does slowly get better. I still disliked her at times though. Jason has some issues but he still was a likable person. I did feel like all the other characters weren't as well flushed out. They really felt like background characters to me. 

So this book isn't awful by any means but it could have been fantastic! If you like cute and clean romance stories, this is for you. Also you get a glimpse of Korea and I have always wanted to visit Korea so this was great for me.

Friday, February 24, 2017

50/50 Friday - World Building

This meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.

What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. 

Topic for the Week
Most/Least Intricately Built World

There is so many good choices for both of these and it took me a while before deciding on only one for each. I will also probably get some flack for this but these are my opinions and if you disagree that is fine. Just no hate please.

Most - Throne of Glass
I love the world that Sarah J Mass as created and I fill it is so flushed out and it feels like a real place. I can't wait to see how how much more she will flush it out when The Chaol novel comes out. Even though he's my least favorite character, I love this world so much that I'm sure Sarah will not disappoint me! 

Least - Twilight

I enjoy this series not as much as I used to but I still like them. I just think everything could have been flushed out better. Yes, it's not bad but really it was just giant info drops for a few chapters and then that's it. I wanted more about this world that touches ours. She could have expanded so much. 

Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Book Read in February 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Liked More Than Everyone Else

This weekly meme is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish

10) RoseBlood

9) Blue Bloods

8) Vampire Kisses

7) The Shadow Queen

6) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

5) Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale

4) Wings


2) Captivate 

1) Carve the Mark

Monday, February 20, 2017

January Wrap Up!

So I read 12 books in January and that was really good for me considering that I was working overtime while the store I was working at was closes. I never want to have to close another store. It was way too hard. Anyway, let's get to the awesome books I read. I actually read 11 books and one short story but still, I'm calling this a win.

1) Caraval

2) Paper Princess

3) Leo Loves Aries 

4) Ruin and Raising 

5) Broken Prince 

6) Singing Fire

7) Cinder 

8) The Pharaoh's Cat

9) The Eye of Nefertiti

10) Witches of East End

11) Leo Tops Aries

12) Twisted Palace 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Shadowhunter Sunday - Episode 6 - Iron Sisters

I actually like what they've done with the Iron Sisters so far. Hopefully it stays that way.

I will always love how Izzy and Clary interact, they are a wonderful duo. OMG you guys... Izzy and the Yin Fin is killing me. It's so heartbreaking to watch this. When her hand was shaking when she was in Aldertree's office, I was tearing up. No Izzy, why!?

Aldertree is already using Izzy, that did not take long at all. Ugh, I want him dead. Someone needs to kill him now.

Am I the only one who thought that the scene with Luke and the deer... did that remind you guys of Twilight at all? Just me.. okay. 

Simon is so wonderful and doesn't get enough screen time. I love his line about aways being nervous. He's so cute. I also like this new Maya and Simon thing. How they interact. It's also nice to see Simon smile and be happy for once.

I will say that I don't this episode is as good as the last one but it's still better than all of the first season. That thing made me laugh in places that wasn't laughable. 

Luke has a sister that is an Iron Sister?! Was that in the books? I never read the last two so it may be and I just don't know it... someone help me out here please.

The pool scene with Magnus and Alec had me cracking up. I loved it so much. I actually laughed and enjoyed the scene. I also felt so bad for Alec... I wonder what Magnus thought when he found out that Alec never had a relationship before. My poor Alec. 

I can't believe that Aldertree got to Izzy and she thought Clary could have demon blood too. Ugh, Izzy, you're smarter than this! Poor Izzy and the Yin Fin... she didn't get to go with Clary and all she's ever wanted to do is be an Iron Sister. At least now she knows Yin Fin is bad now. Hopefully things will work out... 

I don't want the show to just get a quick answer to this Yin Fin drama but I also don't want Izzy dying, I'm so torn! 

I just love this actor playing Luke, I think he does a great job and I want him as a father figure! He's so awesome and sweet and very smart.

17,000! I can't even, poor Alec. It will be okay, Magnus loves you! Don't worry about the past. You're his future, that's more important. 

Simon and Maya found Luke! I like that they helped him through his pain and brought him back, I feel so badly for him, how lost he feels. 

I'm so proud of Izzy not giving up the info she has on Clary. Woot woot!

Though this episode left me with my mouth open... 

Episode Rating:

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Paper Princess - Review

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

Book Breakdown 


This is a fun but very messed up story. It's all about a girl who lost her mother to cancer and is now trying to make it on her own. She's even took up her mother's old job of stripping for money. Then in comes Mr Royal and claims he's her legal guardian and she now gets to live with him and he will take care of her. Sounds creepy but he's actually a nice guy.

There is lots of drama and romance. It's a wild ride that is very entertaining. I was never once bored and I loved how real this book was. They held nothing back. It wasn't washed clean and it didn't having me rolling my eyes at how the teenagers didn't act like teenagers. This was real and gritty and I love it so much!

The writing style is so easy to follow and flows nicely. I actually feel like I'm reading about a 17 year old girl and that's another thing I enjoyed. It doesn't happen as often as it should but I'll take it where I can. So all in all, this is one spicy YA series that I love so much.

I will say that it might not be best for the young ones out there unless you're okay with these things. I can't wait to get to the next one! I hope it's just as good as this one was.