Skin by: Ally Wagner

” Shapeshifters were wiped out two hundred years ago by their fellow preternatural beings. To prevent herself from reaching the same demise as her ancestors, Keira Quinn pretends to be a werewolf.

That is until she barely survives a brutal ambush.

With a thirst for blood and a short temper, she molds herself into a ruthless assassin. Nothing will stop her from getting revenge. She’ll hunt down the ones who attacked her and kill them one by one. After all, what better way to assassinate someone than to impersonate the one they trust most? “

Potential triggers…

  • Violence
  • Death of a LGBT character
  • Abusive parent
  • Physical assault

One of the first Booktok accounts I stumbled upon was Ally’s, and I’ve loved getting to see whatever new content she comes out with. Normally I’m very nervous, and hesitant, to read author’s work, who mutually follow me on Booktok because I don’t want to not like it and hurt their feelings. This book was one I wasn’t nervous to read, having followed Ally for so long, and knowing we have similar interests when it comes to para-romance and urban fantasy, I felt pretty confident I would enjoy any world she created. Ally did not disappoint.

In this debut novel, we’re introduced to Kee (Kiara), a shapeshifter born from two werewolf parents. Facing rejection, and prejudice, from a young age, Kee has always had to hide her true nature, instead, she lets others believe she’s a werewolf. Only those closest to Kee are ever told her truth.

Kee has been dating Cain, a werewolf, for about a year and can no longer put off meeting his pack. Meeting Cain’s pack will drastically impact, and change, Kee’s life more than she could ever imagine.

The preternatural world is heading towards something, good or bad change is coming. Kee will struggle with who she can and can’t trust, and she’ll have to become stronger than she ever was before.

I’ve always been a fan of strong females and this story starts the evolution of Kee, she’s just a little caterpillar but there are so many signs of the beautiful and wondrous butterfly she will become. The hardest part of reading this book was knowing it’s just the beginning of a series and I have no clue as to when book 2 will drop.

If you’re a fan of urban fantasy and para-romance and need a new world to jump into…pick up this book and dive away!

The Escape Room by: Megan Goldin

Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.

In the lucrative world of finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are at the top of their game. They’ve mastered the art of the deal and celebrate their success in style–but a life of extreme luxury always comes at a cost.

Invited to participate in an escape room challenge as a team-building exercise, the ferociously competitive co-workers crowd into the elevator of a high-rise building, eager to prove themselves. But when the lights go off and the doors stay shut, it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary competition: they’re caught in a dangerous game of survival.

Trapped in the dark, the colleagues must put aside their bitter rivalries and work together to solve cryptic clues to break free. But as the game begins to reveal the team’s darkest secrets, they realize there’s a price to be paid for the terrible deeds they committed in their ruthless climb up the corporate ladder. As tempers fray, and the clues turn deadly, they must solve one final chilling puzzle: which one of them will kill in order to survive? “

Potential triggers…

  • Rape/sexual assault
  • Murder
  • Workplace harassment and bullying

I’ve spent the last few days trying to think of how to write up this review. Trying to ensure I give you enough information so you want to read the book, while at the same time avoiding any potential spoilers, which is hard when it comes to thrillers. This being my first thriller review, please bear with me, I hope to do well, and look for any helpful tips or tricks that come my way. That being said, let’s get this review started!

When I first picked this book up, the only information I had was what was on the back cover. There were a few other Booktok accounts that had mentioned reading this book and all they’d say was it was great or fantastic. As someone who’d only recently started reading thrillers, and really only thriller’s that were also romances, I really went into this book blind.

Given orders to meet, for a team-building escape room challenge, we are introduced to Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam. As the story unfolds we find out more and more about these four, and the secrets they’ve been hiding together, and from each other. We learn the lengths some will go to make money and stay at the top of their game.

This book has me up until 5 am because I needed to know how it would end, I couldn’t imagine putting it down and attempting sleep without knowing. While reading this book, I found it read like a really good movie, I could easily see it all unfold in my head.

If you’re new to the thriller genre, I definitely feel, this book is a great book to start with. Easily read due to its fast pace and it not being bogged down with a ton of world-building, as most of it takes place in an elevator.

I will add a small trigger warning, though it doesn’t go into great detail, sexual assault does come up in the story.

This review doesn’t do the book justice, with the back of the book barely giving away anything, I hesitate to write more since there are so many potential spoilers I might end up drawing. That being said if you enjoy a good thriller, or want to read your first, give this book a shot!

A Sweet Mess Series by: Jayci Lee


” Aubrey Choi has been content running her highly successful bakery Comfort Zone and with its first expansion taking up all of her time, dating has been the least of her priorities. Then a one-night-stand with gorgeous Korean hunk Landon Kim makes her want things she didn’t think she had time for. Too bad it turns out he’s a celebrity food critic whose scathing review of Comfort Zone goes viral and nearly destroys Aubrey’s business–and her fond memory of their night together.

Landon tries to clean up the mess he made by offering Aubrey a spot on the new celebrity cooking show he’s producing. She agrees to use this as a way to save her bakery and her reputation–no thanks to him–but vows to guard her heart. Now Aubrey and Landon find themselves sharing a villa in California wine country, which is a guaranteed recipe for disaster. For the next three weeks, baker and critic will tempt each other as they struggle to resist admitting that they have all the necessary ingredients for love. “


One fate filled day Landon blows a tire as he drives through the small town of Weldon and is stuck there until morning. Landon needing a drink, after a long and strange day, just happens to stumble into the bar owned by Aubrey’s best friend. The instant they meet they both feel drawn to each other and end up spending an explosive night together. Thinking they’ll never see each other again Aubrey heads back to her place while Landon is still asleep. Landon wakes to disappointment, when he realizes she’s gone, but quickly recovers and heads out since he’s got to fly out for a month long trip to Asia.

Before Landon had blown a tire, and gotten stuck in Weldon, he was supposed to hit one last Michelin star restaurant so he could write a review before leaving on his month long trip. He never intended to write a review on Comfort Zone since he prefers to sample multiple items off a menu, and he was only able to sample one disturbing bundt cake. Landon tries to get out of writing any reviews but his boss says he needs something, really anything, and so Landon writes on the “arrogance” of the baker at Comfort Zone and how it’s impolite to use your customers as guinea pigs.

Aubrey is gut punched by the review, one because the wrong bundt cake was sold, and second because she realizes who the reviewer is. Unbeknownst to Landon the bundt cake he sampled was actually a special order for a six year olds birthday and never intended for general consumption. Although the locals remain fiercely loyal, to Comfort Zone, Aubrey is being hit hard by the loss of tourist revenue due to the negative review.

Although mostly light, sweet, and funny I wouldn’t necessarily group this book into my “perfect beach read” books. Aubrey and Landon both were deeply affected by their parents at a young age and still carry scars. Both want/need love, and forever, but both are too scared of getting their hopes up only to be rejected.

Growing up Aubrey went from seeing her dad as a role model, and God like, to seeing him for the flawed, greedy, and cruel man he was. It was hard for Aubrey to understand why her mother would stay in a loveless marriage with someone who constantly had new mistresses and showed no remorse for his actions. When Aubrey was old enough she left home to travel and see who she was, and who she could be, outside of her father’s control. It’s been years since Aubrey went back home and she is intent on continuing to move forward as she is so close to achieving her dream of being a successful baker/bakery owner.

Landon saw his family almost lose everything, when he was young, due to his father’s constant issues of not being able to hold onto money. After graduating, from a prestigious culinary school, Landon sold his food blog, for enough money to save his childhood home, and provide for his mother and younger brother. Working hard to ensure his mother and brother would always be well taken care of, he gave up on his dream of someday owning his own restaurant.

Having never had a good example of a loving and healthy relationship both characters struggle to believe such a thing could actually exist.

This story was such a good read, I loved seeing the growth of hope in both MC’s and see their scars start to heal by just being in each others lives. I definitely recommend reading this story as well as trying out the recipes in the back of the book!


No serious relationships. This is the one rule Tara Park made for herself and it has been working swimmingly, thank you very much. The occasional fling is fine, especially since she’s busy with Weldon Brewery. But when Seth Kim, temptation personified and her best friend’s new brother-in-law walks into her life, Tara might be willing to bend her golden rule…but only for four dates–the four dates she agreed to after a few good rounds of beer and a game of truth or dare. It’ll be fun. No biggie.

Seth Kim can’t believe Tara agreed to his dating dare. He’s leaving for a new job in Paris in a month and a no-strings attached fling seemed like a nice little distraction for both… But their secret dates, while sweet and sexy, always hit roadblocks straight out of a romantic comedy. Thankfully, their non-dates and chance meetings are smoother, frequent, and heated. However, the more Seth sees of Tara, the less willing he is to let her go–and what was supposed to be a fun little game turns into something that neither of them are ready for.

But sometimes, the best things in life are the ones we never see coming. “


***I received this ARC, through NetGalley, from Saint Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review. ***

Picking up right where “A Sweet Mess” ended we are able to see Aubrey and Landon’s wedding, through Tara’s eyes. Tara, maid of honor and best friend to Aubrey, keeps catching Seth staring at her, throughout the festivities. Seth, best man and little brother to Landon, can’t help but be captivated by the stunning Maid of Honor.

Eager to escape the lovey-dovey couple, Tara and Seth agree to have a drink at Tara’s family brewery. During their chat they decide to play a game of Truth or Dare. Seth, knowing he only has a month left before he moves his entire life to Paris, wants to get to know Tara and uses the game to his advantage.

Neither one wants a serious commitment, but neither can deny their attraction to each other, so when Seth dare’s Tara to four dates without falling in love with him…she accepts. Both commitment-phobes, for different reasons, agree to keep their dates between them.

As the story progresses, we find out why both Tara and Seth haven’t had any serious relationships in a long time. Past relationships, have deeply hurt and affected each of them, and left them scared of committing to anything serious.

Both characters have been so deeply affected by their past, unhealthy, relationships that they fail to see that a healthy and happy relationship is possible. In the past, both Tara and Seth gave to people who continuously, and greedily, took and left them with broken spirits and self esteem. Neither Tara or Seth are willing to allow themselves to be that vulnerable again.

As their time together shortens, both are left wondering if their truly okay with their relationship ending. Could a happy ending be possible and is it worth fighting for?

Understandably, both characters are deeply wounded, and affected by their pasts. That being said, I felt that the amount of times they emotionally went back and forth was a bit much. For being so deeply affected by their pasts I feel like they really didn’t delve deep enough when discussing those relationships. Understandably, bringing up the past can be extremely difficult, but for the story I would have felt a little more invested in their HEA if they’d dug deeper.

All that being said, I do hope we see more of Weldon, and get to know more of its residence as they follow their dreams and their hearts.

Capture the Crown by: Jennifer Estep

” Gemma Ripley has a reputation for being a pampered princess who is more interested in pretty gowns, sparkling jewelry, and other frivolous things than learning how to rule the kingdom of Andvari. But her carefully crafted persona is just an act to hide the fact that Gemma is a powerful mind magier–and a spy.

Gemma is undercover, trying to figure out who is stealing large amounts of tearstone from one of the Ripley royal mines when she encounters Prince Leonidas Morricone of Morta–her mortal enemy. Gemma tries to steer clear of the handsome prince, but when she finds herself behind enemy lines, she reluctantly joins forces with Leo. Also coming to Gemma’s aid is Grimley, her beloved gargoyle.

Despite the fact that Andvari and Morta are old, bitter enemies, a dangerous attraction sparks between Gemma and Leo. Further complicating matters is Leo’s murderous family, especially Queen Maeven Morricone, the mastermind behind the infamous Seven Spire massacre.

The closer Gemma gets to the stolen tearstone, the more deadly plots she uncovers. Everyone is trying to capture the crown, but only one queen can sit on the throne … “

***I received this ARC, through NetGalley, from Avon and Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review. ***

Since I read the “Crown of Shards” trilogy last fall I have constantly checked and Amazon waiting for any synopsis and title for this book. I loved devouring the world Jennifer crafted in the original trilogy and knew I needed more. The excitement I felt when I saw there was an ARC available through NetGalley was overwhelming, knowing there was a chance I could dive back in before the July release.

When we originally meet Gemma, in the Crown of Shards series, she’s twelve or thirteen and when we see her again, in this new book, she’s now thirty. She has perfectly crafted a persona of being a spoiled and materially obsessed princess, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. When her subjects think she’s off an other shopping spree, she’s actually disguised and investigating threats to her people and crown.

Although a grown woman, Gemma was so deeply affected by witnessing the Seven Spires massacre, she constantly fears her magical abilities and tries to keep them reigned in. She has many people, who love and adore her, surround her and encourage her but at times she still feels like that scared little girl…frozen as she hides under a table watching chaos unleashed around her.

This book reunites her with Leo, the son of the enemy, someone who she should hate but who constantly leaves her confused and flustered. She should hate him, she should want him dead, but why does it feel so good to be close to him…why does she long for him to close the distance between them?

Through Gemma’s eyes, we’re able to see Morta, the enemy land, in all it’s beauty and chaos. We meet Mortan’s who are kind and others who are just as bad, if not worse, than the King Mauven killed for her crown. We see enemies and friends we met in the “Crown of Shards” trilogy as well as meet new friends, enemies, and people who could be either.

Start to finish this book was an adventure and a great re-introduction to this world. I look forward to seeing the next book (set to release in 2022) as we continue to see Gemma evolve into a strong and confident woman and leader. Although Gemma faced a lot of trauma as a child, I look forward to seeing her fully triumph over it, and become the strong and fierce woman she’s always been meant to be.

Where I Go to Request ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies)

For as long as I can remember I’ve devoured countless worlds and characters. It wasn’t until last year that I realized my thoughts and opinions, about the books I read, could be enjoyed by others. Saying that now it sounds silly since countless reader reviews have been the tipping point in me choosing whether or not to read a book.

Stumbling on Booktok (the book side of Tiktok) last summer, and seeing the countless reviewers out there that were just like me, inspired me to start my own Booktok account, and also inspired this blog. After following some Booktok creators, and a few months passing by, I finally got up the courage to do my own videos. Pro I am not, I’m just enjoying the journey as I jump into new and exciting worlds.

Something else I learned last summer was that you don’t have to personally know authors to get ARC’s, of their books, before release! So many authors utilize different sites to connect with reviewers before the release of their books.

I thought I’d list the places that I’ve found success in connecting with authors/publishers in order to receive ARCs.

Now remember, I’m only about 6 months into finding and reading ARCs, so there are probably a ton of other places to look, these are just the places I know of so far.

YABS Facebook Group

The first place I ever found ARC’s to read and review was the YABS FB group, where readers and authors can connect. So far all the books I’ve seen posted in this group are from indie authors. Once you receive an ARC through this group you have two weeks to read and post the review. You also need to remember to mark your calendar so you can upload your review on Amazon on release day (since amazon doesn’t allow reviews to be posted before release).

Since the authors directly message you, to send you the arc, at times they may reach out to you so you can elaborate on comments in your review.

If you end up enjoying their book, and it’s part of a series, when they go to release the next book, there’s a greater change of you getting the next ARC as well.

NABS Facebook Group

Once you receive an ARC through this group you have two weeks to read and post the review. You also need to remember to mark your calendar so you can upload your review on Amazon on release day (since amazon doesn’t allow reviews to be posted before release).

Since the authors directly message you, to send you the arc, at times they may reach out to you so you can elaborate on comments in your review.

If you end up enjoying their book, and it’s part of a series, when they go to release the next book, there’s a greater change of you getting the next ARC as well.

RABS Facebook Group

Once you receive an ARC through this group you have two weeks to read and post the review. You also need to remember to mark your calendar so you can upload your review on Amazon on release day (since amazon doesn’t allow reviews to be posted before release).

Since the authors directly message you, to send you the arc, at times they may reach out to you so you can elaborate on comments in your review.

If you end up enjoying their book, and it’s part of a series, when they go to release the next book, there’s a greater change of you getting the next ARC as well.


NetGalley is a site that works directly with publishers and authors to give ARCs to reviewers.

Before signing up, with NetGalley, I highly recommend you make sure that you have started either a Booktok, Bookstagram, Book Blog, or Book Twitter. A lot of the publisher’s are looking for specific criteria in order to approve ARC requests. Currently out of 19 ARCs I’ve requested, 11 are still pending a decision, 8 have been requested, and only 3 have been approved.

The nice thing about getting denied an ARC, through NetGalley, is the publisher’s have send me an email letting me know why they’ve denied my request. Some of my requests were denied because I didn’t have a site when I first signed up, and some were denied because I still have a very small following.

The amount of time you have to review the ARCs, through NetGalley, depends on when the book is getting released. NetGalley also gives you a % rating for how many reviews you’ve done versus how many ARCs you’ve received. This % rating ensures you read the ARCs your given and review them in a timely manner.

Again, I am new to receiving ARCs and don’t know how many other site’s there could be out there. These are just the places that I’ve had success with when it comes to finding ARCs to read and review. I hope, if you’re interested in receiving ARCs, these sites help you out!

Happy reading!

Happy Endings by: Thien-Kim Lam

***I was given an ARC of this book by Avon and Harper Voyager (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review***

” Trixie Nguyen is determined to make her sex toy business a success, proving to her traditional Vietnamese parents that she can succeed in a nontraditional career. She’s made a fresh start in Washington DC, and her first pop-up event is going well–until she runs into the ex who dumped her. With a Post-it note.

The last person Andre Walker expected to see in his soul food restaurant was the woman he left behind in New Orleans. Their chemistry is still scorching, but he’s desperately trying to save his family restaurant from gentrifying developers. The solution? Partnering with his ex to turn Mama Hazel’s into a vibrator pop-up shop for hungry and horny clients.

Thanks to their steamy truce, both businesses start to sizzle and their red-hot desire soon reignites deeper feelings. But when Trixie receives an incredible career opportunity, will pride ruin their second chance at happiness? “

My Thoughts…

Looking for a second chance romance with stubborn and driven MC’s who are trying to prove to themselves, and their families, that they can achieve success and make their families proud? Then this is the story for you!

We meet Trixie who’s the youngest of three in a Vietnamese-American family. Her parents immigrated to America and have always wanted their children to be successful and secure with the professions they’ve chosen.

Two years previously, to this story beginning, Trixie, realizing that pharmacy school wasn’t for her drops out of college in order to pursue her dreams of helping others. Deciding to veer off the path, her parents set her on, creates a rift between her and her parents. Not only does her father decide to no longer speak to her but she finds a note from her boyfriend, of two years, breaking up with her.

Andre hasn’t forgotten about Trixie, even though he was the one to end things. The last thing Andre wanted to do was hurt her and he regrets the pain he caused her by leaving. He was not expecting to find her in his dinner, let alone selling sex toys to a crowd of people! Andre is awed by Trixie, she’s so confident and sure of herself, she’s changed so much in the two years since he last saw her.

Trixie dreams of helping others by helping normalize sex education and awareness while Andre is desperately trying to make his neighborhood proud by keeping his family restaurant open and serving the community like it always has. We watch as they both struggle to accept help, each letting their insecurities and egos get in their own path to success.

It was so easy to empathize with both Trixie and Andre when it came to their deep connections to their family and overwhelming worry about letting their families down.

This is more than a romance, it’s a story of finding the confidence to follow your heart when it come to your dreams and love.

My Sister, the Serial Killer by: Oyinkan Braithwaite

” Korede’s sister Ayoola is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead, stabbed through the heart with Ayoola’s knife. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood (bleach, bleach, and more bleach), the best way to move a body (wrap it in sheets like a mummy), and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she’s willing to go to protect her. “

Potential triggers…

  • Blood and gore
  • Murder

I spend a lot of time looking through the Libby app, trying to find gems I’ve never heard of. This is one of those gems I stumbled on and was so glad I did!

This story follows two sisters, one who is a murderer, and one who constantly helps cover the murders up, in order to protect her sister. They both seem trapped in this cycle of codependency.

Through this book we learn about their pasts, their upbringing, and although not an excuse, you begin to see, and understand, why they’ve become the adults they are. Our experiences, good and bad, as children really do shape the adults we become. For some of us, we become who we are in spite of the upbringing we had…sadly for some, they become trapped in a vicious cycle that can be extremely hard to break.

This book isn’t written with a set beginning, middle (climax), and end. Instead we are given a story that feels like we just get to peek in on the lives of these sisters, at this certain moment, and who knows what could be happening with them now. In a perfect world I’d like to think Korede has finally been able to fully break herself from her codependency with Ayoola, that she’s finally living a happy live full of love, and free of the stress of her family. Realistically, I doubt that would happen, nevertheless I like that the story ends in a way we’ll never really know.

Burn by: Suzanne Wright

” Part of a small demon lair in Las Vegas, tattooist Harper Wallis lives a pretty simple life. That changes overnight when she discovers that her psychic mate, or ‘anchor’, is a guy who’s rumoured to be the most powerful demon in existence. Compelling, full of secrets and armed with raw sexuality, Knox Thorne is determined to claim her as his anchor, creating a psychic bond that will prevent their inner demons from ever turning rogue.

The billionaire also wants Harper in his bed.

She’s not so sure she wants either of those things. No one seems to know what breed of demon Knox is, only that he’s more dangerous than anything she’s ever before encountered. But he refuses to walk away. And when an unknown danger starts closing in on Harper, it seems that Knox is the only one who can keep her safe.

As Prime of his Las Vegas lair and a successful businessman, Knox Thorne is used to being in control. He’s also used to people fearing and obeying him. Harper does neither, which unexpectedly amuses him. Unpredictable, elusive and complex, she draws Knox and his inner demon like nothing ever has.

Knox is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Harper. He’ll have her, and he’ll keep her safe from the threat that looms over her. Because Knox protects what’s his. He won’t allow anyone to take her from him. Even if it will mean letting the demon inside him rise and wreak the havoc it was created to make. “

Left to my own devices, I most likely would not have stumbled on this book, or author, on my own. Luckily, a friend suggested this book to me, and although I was apprehensive, I’m glad I dove in anyways!

I found the concept of an “anchor” so refreshing in a para-romance series. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my fated mates, that being said I love new ideas and concepts in a genre I’ve so heavily read in.

The idea of a soulmate, one person who cares for you, want to protect you, and ensure you have a good life but doesn’t necessarily have romantic feelings for you. Though this book does have an anchor relationship that does include romance, I love that the overall concept doesn’t require or demand it.

I love the strong female, who doesn’t take crap from anyone, meets the “alpha-hole” who isn’t used to not getting his way, trope. The banter between the two did not disappoint. I can’t wait to explore more of this universe!

The King’s 100 by: Karin Biggs

” Sixteen-year-old princess, Piper Parish, is a disappointment to the citizens of Capalon, a STEM-structured kingdom where innovation is valued above all. Her older sister, the queen, views Piper’s tears during their parents’ funeral as a weakness, not to mention her strange affinity for singing. When Piper receives an anonymous note stating her mother is still alive and living in the enemy kingdom of Mondaria, Piper chooses to risk death and flees Capalon to prove once and for all that she’s not just the queen’s defective little sister. Posing as a Mondarian citizen named Paris Marigold, Piper bumps into a cute black-haired boy named Ari who encourages her to audition for the King’s 100, an esteemed performance court of singers, magicians, and drummers. Piper lands a spot as a singer and dives head-first into a world of glittering dresses, girl-code, sugar, blackmail, and physical contact-all while taking direction from an evil maestro. Under Mondarian law, Piper will be killed if her identity is revealed. But living a life without the freedom to love might actually be the most dangerous risk of all. “

***I received an ARC of this book, from the author, in exchange for an honest review. ***

Piper hasn’t felt loved or accepted since the death of her parents 3 years ago, so when she get’s a mysterious note stating her mother is still alive and being held within the enemy kingdom’s castle…she has to investigate. Raised in a kingdom where intelligence is the only thing that matters…Piper has struggled to fit in, her “outbursts” of emotion and her love of singing have all led her kingdom to look down on her, and feel she needs to be medicated and “set right”. She believes, once she finds and returns with her mother, all the differences and difficulties with her sister, the current Queen, will be long forgotten and they can finally be happy again.

Stepping foot outside of her own kingdom proves harder than Piper imagined. The people of Mondaria are so different from her home kingdom of Capalon she struggles to blend in. She quickly realizes there’s only one way to gain entry to her enemy’s castle…to audition for The Kings 100, a competition of drummers, magicians, and singers. Piper jumps into this competition and soon finds herself realizing…maybe Mondarian’s aren’t the horrible, and uneducated, people she was raised to believe…maybe in some ways, they had a more full life, than the ones led back in Capalon.

Piper is constantly challenged with fear of being discovered, getting very attached to those around her, and desperately trying to find proof that her mother is still alive.

This book, and Piper were incredibly easy to relate to. Honestly, I was hooked from the very first sentence…

” I handled my relationship with my sister the same way I handled a glass microscope slide- with as few fingerprints as possible and an irrational fear that one misstep could shatter everything.” ~Piper

The Kings 100 page 1

Although the world was created by the author, and not one we currently live in, (thank goodness!) the emotions and difficulties Piper face are very real and relatable. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a YA book filled with adventure, friends, family, and a little mystery.

The Friend Zone Series by: Abby Jimenez


” Kristen Peterson doesn’t do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don’t get her. She’s also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.

Planning her best friend’s wedding is bittersweet for Kristen — especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He’s funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he’d be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it’s harder and harder to keep him at arm’s length. “



  • Infertility
  • Death of a friend
  • Grief and loss of a loved one
  • Surprise pregnancy

The meet cute in this book is *chef’s kiss* While driving, her bffs fiancé’s brand new truck, Kristen spills coffee all over herself. This causes her to slam on her breaks and get rear ended by the handsome Josh… who, unbeknownst to her, just happens to be best friends with the owner of the truck… she just covered in coffee. Neither of them realizing their connection, they continue on their day, only to meet at the firehouse where Josh and Brandon (the bff’s fiancé) work.

There is a strong mutual attraction, from the start, but since Kristen has a boyfriend, Tyler who’s a Marine, neither one voices their thoughts on the matter. No matter how hard Kristen tries to avoid Josh, fate seems to have other plans for them, and continues to throw them together. This book is full of humor, heartache, friendship, and love.

Whether you pick this book up because it’s a contemporary romance, due to it covering infertility, or just because you thought it sounded humorous, you will not be disappointed.

Going into this book, just based off the summary, I knew I was going to get a bit emotional during this book…I did not anticipate how emotionally devastated this book would have me.

I felt such a connection to Kristen that only continued to grow as I progressed through the book.

Being able to see both Kristen and Josh’s inner dialogue and emotions through this book was critical, I don’t think the story would have felt as powerful if it had only come from one of their perspectives.



” Two years after losing her fiancé , Sloan Monroe still can’t seem to get her life back on track. But one trouble-making pup with a “take me home” look in his eyes is about to change everything. With her new pet by her side, Sloan finally starts to feel more like herself. Then, after weeks of unanswered texts, Tucker’s owner reaches out. He’s a musician on tour in Australia. And bottom line: He wants Tucker back. Well, Sloan’s not about to give up her dog without a fight. But what if this Jason guy really loves Tucker? As their flirty texts turn into long calls, Sloan can’t deny a connection. Jason is hot and nice and funny. There’s no telling what could happen when they meet in person. The question is: With his music career on the rise, how long will Jason really stick around? And is it possible for Sloan to survive another heartbreak? “



  • Grief and loss
  • Self harm
  • Crippling depression
  • Drug and alcohol abuse

When this book begins it’s been 2 years since a drunk driver hit Sloan’s fiancé, Brandon, as he was riding a motorcycle…which landed him in a coma. Almost two years since Brandon suffered a stroke during that coma which rendered him brain dead. Two years since the thought of a “happily ever after” was torn from Sloan.

In two year’s Sloan hasn’t managed to move on from her loss. She no longer cooks, because it reminds her of too many meals she happily cooked for Brandon. The once happy and free artist is no longer inspired to create art and instead picks up random commissions that she can do that don’t challenge her. Her best friend and her husband, who was Brandon’s best friend, seem to be living the life she thought she’d have. No matter what her friend’s do she can’t seem to get herself to really care about anything. She doesn’t want her friends to continue to worry, though, so she tries to limit the time they spend around her, and she attempts to start doing small thing’s, that will lead them to believe she’s getting better.

On her annual trip to Brandon’s grave, to spend time with him on the anniversary of his accident, she ends up thinking she may have hit a dog. As she stops, intending to get out of her car and check on the dog, said dog jumps onto to her car and through her sunroof. She can’t stand the idea of this dog going to the shelter, so she decides to take him, “Tucker”, home until she can find his owner.

After 2 weeks of calling his owner daily, hanging posters, and posting online about Tucker…and still no response from his owner, she makes the decision to keep Tucker. Since Tucker jumped through her sunroof she’s started to feel happiness again. Tucker’s constant need for walks has gotten her out of her house and exercising…she’s starting to see and feel glimpses of the Sloan she was before fate took Brandon from her.

Jason, Tucker’s owner, has been blissfully unaware that Tucker wasn’t safe and sound. Jason has been across the globe for 2 weeks attempting to work on new music and just finally is able to power up his phone and see all those missed messages from Sloan. Jason is horrified to know that Tucker was wandering around and not safe until Sloan took him in…now that he knows, he wants his dog back, but he won’t be back in L.A. for two more weeks.

Sloan doesn’t want to give Tucker back but if Jason really does love and want Tucker…who is she to deny him his dog? But in order to get Tucker back…Jason must prove to Sloan that he loves Tucker. This challenge leads to the two, Sloan and Jason, texting and calling each other daily. By the time the two weeks are up and Jason is finally back in L.A. they’ve both developed feelings for each other, even though they don’t know much about each other.

Sloan and Jason face a lot of hurdles, both emotionally and situationally, that challenge this budding romance. Both Sloan and Jason have to really think about what being together would mean…and decide if they’re willing to face all the challenges that will come with being together.

I’m not going to lie…after reading “The Friend Zone” I didn’t know if I would ever be prepared, emotionally, to read this book. The trauma Sloan faces in “The Friend Zone” messed me up for days…but once again Abby has found a way to tell us a story based around tough subjects that is both beautiful and educational. I love that Abby uses real like experiences she’s witnessed, and been a part of, to tell these stories.

If you don’t mind a romance that will yank your heart out multiple times before putting it back in…grab a box of tissues and dive in!

Another awesome find when reading this book, is each chapter is titled with a song, and someone on Spotify was kind enough to compile those songs for us. I’m honestly hoping this book someday hit’s the big screen…so we can complete the playlist with the 2 songs written by Jason…I want to hear those lyrics!


A brilliant and touching romantic comedy about two polar opposites, one adorable dog, and living every day to its fullest. When Vanessa Price quit her job to pursue her dream of traveling the globe, she wasn’t expecting to gain millions of YouTube followers who shared her joy of seizing every moment. For her, living each day to its fullest isn’t just a motto. Her mother and sister never saw the age of 30, and Vanessa doesn’t want to take anything for granted. But after her half sister suddenly leaves Vanessa in custody of her baby daughter, life goes from “daily adventure” to “next-level bad” (now with bonus baby vomit in hair). The last person Vanessa expects to show up offering help is the hot lawyer next door, Adrian Copeland. After all, she barely knows him. No one warned her that he was the Secret Baby Tamer or that she’d be spending a whole lot of time with him and his geriatric Chihuahua. Now she’s feeling things she’s vowed not to feel. Because the only thing worse than falling for Adrian is finding a little hope for a future she may never see. “



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