Review | Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 (Tokyo Ghoul, #1) by Sui Ishida

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Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 by Sui Ishida, Joe Yamazaki (Translator)
Released on June 16th 2015 by VIZ media LLC (english translation)
Genres: Manga, Fantasy, Horror, Sequential Art, Graphic Novel, Paranormal
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My Rating: 
★★★★★ 5/5

Goodreads Synopsis: Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body—eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own.

My Review:

I’ll start by saying this is the first ever Manga novel that I have read, and i’m both surprised and relieved that I enjoyed this so much, I have it five stars. There were some points where I just stared at the amazing artwork, because it’s so good. That’s the main reason (obviously) that I love Manga/Comics so much, the art! Also, don’t laugh that it took me five minutes to figure out you had to read it from right to left instead of right to left, I’m such a fail! *facepalms*

I thought that the story was overall interesting, especially since immediately it started out talking about the Ghouls in Tokyo, and how there was a human found dead with some Ghoul blood, and I was really intrigued by how the Ghouls look. THEY LOOK SO COOL WITH THE RED EYES!! Anyways, Tokyo Ghoul is about shy College StudCXlXgt2UoAA3f34ent
Ken Kaneki who finds himself on a date with a girl he’s had a crush on, they shared many interests in books and he thought it was just fate, or luck. Little did he know, what she was, and what her intentions were. THINGS GO DOWN! Kaneki waked up in the hospital with an organ transplant that has completely changed his life forever. He thinks it’s for the worse, and even tried fighting it, distancing himself form his best friend since elementary, Nagachika. I’ll also add, Kaneki used his knowledge of a book he recently read, two actually, and used that knowledge to help his… umm… situations that he were in.

Nagachicka is the kind of friend who is always loyal, who always looks out for you, and always pays attention. Nagachicka noticed things about Kenaki that he didn’t even notice in himself, that’s when you know you’ve got a good friend. It broke my heart when Kenaki almost hurt Nagachicka, in a way that cannot be revered or forgotten, luckily Touka came to the rescue.

Touka is a waitress from the beginning of the book, she is also a Ghoul. People seem to really love Touka, and I don’t know much yet but I’m excited to know her story and get to know her character more. Touka also helps Kenaki, because maybe being in both worlds isn’t as bad as Kenaki is thinking, maybe it’s a chance of a lifetime.

Ahh, I’m already looking forward to the next three volumes of Tokyo Ghoul, which i’ve always ordered, and am excited to know more about the Ghoul history and how they are in the Present. It’s so exciting. Overall, I would say this is a successful start to my Manga collection.

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Review | Binge by Tyler Oakley

28000122Binge by Tyler Oakley
Released on October 8th 2015 by Simon & Schuster
Genres: Autobiography, Memior, Humor, Non-Fiction
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My Rating: 
★★★★★ 5/5

Goodreads Synopsis: Pop-culture phenomenon, social rights advocate, and the most prominent LGBTQ+ voice on YouTube, Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty, personal, and hilarious essays.

For someone who made a career out of over-sharing on the Internet, Tyler has a shocking number of personal mishaps and shenanigans to reveal in his first book: experiencing a legitimate rage blackout in a Cheesecake Factory; negotiating a tense stand­off with a White House official; crashing a car in front of his entire high school, in an Arby’s uniform; projectile vomiting while bartering with a grandmother; and so much more. In Binge, Tyler delivers his best untold, hilariously side-splitting moments with the trademark flair that made him a star.

* this book may not be acceptable to younger readers since it includes adult contents.

My Review:

If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Twitter then you know i’ve been in a really depressing book slump for the past few months so i’ve decided to listen to Tyler Oakley’s new book Binge, narrated by the queen himself. Saying I loved it is definitely an understatement. It was phenomenal! Tyler, you’ve not only booted my sad emotions to being more happier and positive, but i’m also considering buying your book too, just to have in case i want to read it again.

“I aggressively run into things, back up into things, have no depth perception, often forget which buttons and knobs do what, and am easily distracted. But enough about my sex life! Back to my driving skills!”

Let me say, I’ve been watching Tyler’s videos for a while, maybe four years, I can’t exactly pin point it but probably 3-4. I remember tweeting “who is tyler oakley?” because I was in the One Direction fandom or something, and he was all over the fandom news, and he FAVED IT! I laughed, and didn’t realize that I would soon be in love with that adorable cupcake.

But really, Who is Tyler Oakley? Sure, his life mainly consists on the internet, but what do we know about his personal life? Not a whole life, once you think about it. In this Memior Binge, we get a huge look into Matthew’s life, and who he really is, and what made him who he is today!

“Tyler Oakley isn’t my real name.”

binge-is-finally-here-01Since I listened to the book on Audible, I’ll rate the performance… can I give it a 100 out of 100 or no? Okay, 5/5 stars! It’s was such a great book, It felt as though Tyler himself was talking directly to me. I felt so involved that I didn’t want to stop listening to it. You get to see the personal and almost secret side of Matthew Tyler Oakley.

“No person, no matter how important society deems their relationship to you, has the right to denounce you for who you are.”

Not only was this book hilarious, but it was also inspiring and important. Tyler talks about his struggles with an eating disorder, and about his struggle about coming out and how it was hard for his dad to accept it, and the struggles of dating someone who hasn’t accepted themselves. Life isn’t perfect, especially for the adorable and internationally known internet star Tyler Oakley. He lets it all out, literally. I about died when he was talking about driving just to hook up with this guy.. I’m actually cracking up thinking back on it. The audio book is 10 times better than the book, simply because you get to hear Tyler himself, and it’s the best thing ever. His voice expresses everything, and it just connects you with the book in a way you can’t with the book. So, get both!

tumblr_no3obvk01O1tcj833o1_500I also want to thank Tyler for the truth he has shown in this book, he’s such a brave guy putting all this out in the open, and I hope e knows this book is a masterpiece, and it’s definitely helped me with so much. Not only did it cheer me up, but it helped me see things much clearer. Also, can we please appreciate bi-curious people because they do exist, thanks! I feel like that, among other things, is something that stuck out most, his appreciation for the LGBTQ+ community, and how he’s really helping everyone in that community with this book.

“This is why homophobia is a terrible evil: it disguises itself as concern while it is inherently hate.”

I’m not even sure what I was expecting out of this, but it definitely exceeded my expectations by a landslide, I think this made me love Tyler even more! He’s such a unique person, and we all need to enjoy his admirable personality, and just give this memoir a chance. If you barely know anything about Tyler, then i’m pretty sure you would still enjoy the humor and honesty from this book, there’s no doubt you won’t laugh. How can you not appreciate Tyler for speaking out about what he’s dealt with, struggled deeply with, and tried to keep in the past. He’s so real, and he’s so proud of himself that I greatly admire that, and that’s one of the reasons this memoir was so inspiring, because Tyler has inspired me.

Okay, I will admit a lot of weird shit is discussed in this book, in between the deep personal topics, but that’s Tyler, that’s what to expect form him, you just… go along with it.

“Binge on giving, in all senses. Binge on indulging. We’re told every day from an early age that moderation is key. Count your calories, wait a while before you tell someone you love them, and remember that balance is the path to happiness. While all of those are great in theory, does a lesson taught from someone else’s mistakes resonate just as deeply as the ones you learn yourself? When you binge, you find your own boundaries.”

Anyways, If you’re a fan of Tyler Oakley, then why haven’t you read/listened to it yet? You so need to, I recommend the audio if you can, you’ll thank me later. I apologize if this review is so short, I could;t put my thoughts and emotions in any coherent sentences, I just really enjoyed this and I recommend it.

Side node: Tyler, if you’re reading this, you’re the queen, and you should follow my twitter: @lwtfangirl

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Snervous is out too, Tyler Oakley’s movie about being a YouTuber! HERE!

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Courtney xx

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Interview with Biagio DiSalvo

26205331Hey, guys. I have been working with new author, Biagio DiSalvo, author of Galileo and the Maze Maker’s Treasures, and we decided to do an author interview. I asked you guys to ask Biagio some questions on instagram, and he’s answered them. Make sure you read the synopsis, and if it interests you, the purchase links are also listed too. Enjoy!

Synopsis:

Galileo Ambrosius appears to be an ordinary teenage boy, but is actually far from it. He is a wizard with magical powers and resides in a world where most people do not know that magic exists. When an evil silver-haired witch disguised as his bad-tempered high school science teacher curses two nonmagical students, Galileo must reveal his magical abilities to save them.

The students survive, but the curse has left its mark: they can both produce magic. Now it’s up to Galileo and his allies to find out who the witch is and why she targeted the young wizard’s school. When they intercept a damaged magical map that points the way to a wizard’s greatest treasure, Galileo and his friends must race to find this treasure before the witch and her accomplices seize it for their own dark purposes. Fantasy and adventure combine in Galileo and the Maze Maker’s Treasure, creating an unforgettable story of courage and friendship.

Biagio DiSalvo has been writing from an early age, starting his first novel, Galileo and the Maze Maker’s Treasure, when he was 14 years old. The project allowed him to combine his passion for travel and fantasy. Biagio lives in Westchester, New York, and enjoys mushroom hunting in his spare time.

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Questions and Answers with Biagio DiSalvo:

@themindofabooknerdDo you have a specific time every day that you sit down and write?

I don’t usually have a specific time to write. I typically tend to write when I have some free time which, unfortunately, is rare lately.

@c0nstantreaderWhat sort of books do you usually read? Do you have a favorite genre?

Lately, I’ve only been reading biomedical textbooks for class. My favorite genre is YA fantasy. After joining Instagram, I’ve seen a lot of really interesting novels such as Red Queen that I will hopefully get the chance to check out over my winter break.

@_thelittlelibrary_What did you do when you got ‘writer’s block’?

I do something kind of strange. Whenever I experience ‘writer’s block,’ I go for a run and carry a pencil with me. I’m sort of superstitious and I guess this is one of my silly superstitions. It usually works.

@ashley_caitlinxoWhat is the best way to describe your feelings when you got the first copy of your published book?

I remember this moment very clearly. I was on break from school and knew that the first package of books was arriving. I went for a run around my neighborhood and when I came back home, the brown box was sitting in front of my door. My heart rate was already up from my run, otherwise I think it would have shot sky high. When I opened the package and picked up the top book, I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. This had been a project 7 years in the making and it was finally over. I was definitely very, very happy.

@gabby_booksDo you write depending on your mood or do you not take your mood into the writing?

I don’t write depending on my mood, but my mood can definitely be seen in my writing. Once while I was editing a first draft, I came across a passage that I had probably written while angry. It was a scene in which Galileo, my main character, decided to take out his frustration over something silly on his friends and he jinxed them all. It was completely out of his character, so I removed the entire scene.

@vana_corpuzWhere do you get most of your inspiration from, and why?

Most of my inspiration comes from dreams- both night-time dreams and day dreams. Some of the coolest plotlines of my book came from a dream.

@booknerdstatusWhere is your favorite place to write, and why?

I like to write in libraries. They tend to be quiet places where I can focus on developing storylines. Most of the time, I’ve already thought out the plot and details and I just need to write them down.

@kaithegreatkingWas there anything in specific that kept you motivated and inspired when writing? (I.e. A Place, music, a movie, or even a person?) 

The first thing that comes to mind is playing the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone soundtrack on loop while writing. If a movie were ever made based on GMMT, I would hope that John Williams writes the score. He is an awesome composer!

@booknerdfromasiaWho is your ultimate favorite author? 

As much as it has become cliché to say, J.K. Rowling is probably my favorite fantasy writer. J.R.R. Tolkien and Edward Eager are also up there.

@read.my.bioo123How did you come up with the title, “Galileo and the Maze Maker’s Treasure”?

Over the course of the seven years it took to write and edit the book, the title changed hundreds of times. I finally narrowed it down to a couple of titles and then asked my friends and family who had read the book which name they liked the best. After taking everyone’s input into account, I made the final decision to choose Galileo and the Maze Maker’s Treasure.

Q: What do you study at Cornell? Have your studies influenced your writing?

As an undergrad at Cornell, I majored in biology and followed the pre-med track. Now, I am in a Master’s of Engineering program for biomedical engineering. Since I finished my book before going to college, my Cornell education didn’t really play a role in my writing experience. But as I’ve announced on my Instagram account (@galileogram), the sequel will take place in Ithaca, so readers might notice some strong influences.

Q: Are you going to continue writing? Any sequels in the works? What do you plan to do in the future?

I am going to continue writing! The sequel is almost finished, but there is no expected release date as of yet. In the future, I hope to be a practicing biomedical engineer making innovative biomedical technology.

Q: Hobbies? On the back of the book, it says that you go mushroom hunting in your spare time. Can you expand on that?

I have a bunch of hobbies. One of my summer/fall hobbies is to go hiking and mushroom hunting. I’ve learned a lot about edible mushrooms, so I like to go collect them and then eat them. My other major hobbies include running, playing soccer, writing, and learning languages. I am currently trying to learn American Sign Language ,which is an amazing language, but also pretty difficult to grasp (pun intended).

That’s all of the questions that Biagio answered, and I hope that you learned more about him, as well as learned more about an authors writing process. Keep an eye out for future posts, thanks! xx

Cover Reveal | Chasing Spring by R.S. Grey

CoverTitle: Chasing Spring
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: Feb 1, 2016
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Synopsis:

I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.

I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.

To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.

I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.

Author Info:

I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

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Release Day + US Tour Schedule | Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

Hello, Hello Everyone! Today marks the day that Black Widow: Forever Red’s Marvel YA novel by Margaret Stohl releases. If you didn’t know, Black Widow is also referred as Natasha Romanoff, one of the Marvel Avengers characters with the kick-ass black outfit, gorgeous short red hair, and the killer fighting and defensive moves.

SYNOPSIS

Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type.

Until now.

When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned-and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams. . . .

Black Widow:Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Nobles
Author Links: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Marvel
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U.S. TOUR SCHEDULE

Join #1 NYT bestselling author Margaret Stohl for the 10/13 release of Black Widow: Forever Red, a Marvel YA Novel. The tour will also feature special guests & giveways. Come in cosplay and win prizes!

  • SF Bay Area, CA: Wednesday, October 14th at 7PM
    Kepler’s, Melno Park:
    Signing and #WomenofMarvel Panel featuring Marguerite Bennett (Marvel’s A Force), Judy Stephens (Marvel Producer, Cosplay Expert), Lorraine Cink (Marvel’s “The Watcher”) and Saboa Tahir (Marvel Fangirl).
  • Los Angeles, CA: Thursday, October 15th at 7PM
    Santa Monica Public Library:
    Signing and #WomenofMarvel Panel featuring Anne Foley (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) Marguerite Bennett, Judy Stephens, and Lorraine Cink.
  • Chicago, IL: Friday, October 16th at 7PM
    Anderson’s Naperville:
    Signing and #WomenofMarvel Panel featuring Marguerite Bennett and Lorraine Cink.
  • Austin, TX: Sunday, October 18th at 3:15PM
    Texas Book Festival:
    Panel & Signing, details TK.
  • San Francisco, CA: Monday, October 19th at 7PM
    Microsoft Campus, Mountain View:
    Stories Matter: How is to kill a Mockingbird relevant Today? A Community Conversation with Lolita Tademy and Iasabel Wilkerson.
  • Seattle, WA: Saturday, October 24th at 5PM
    University Bookstore, Bellevue:
    Signing and “Women of Marvel” Panel featuring G. Willew Wilson (Ms. Marvel).
  • Pasadena, CA: Saturday, October 31st at 3PM
    Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena:
    Talk and Cosplay contest featuring Marie Lu (The Young Elites) and Sarah Enni )Firt Draft Podcast).
  • Charleston, SC: Friday-Saturday, November 13th-14th
    Yallfest:
    Check YALLFEST.ORG for more info in October.

Sneak Peak into the first chapter.

I hope that you guys can go to any of these events, It would be so much fun, I wish I could go, but if you go send me pictures so I can live vicariously through you guys!

Review + Release Blitz | The Allure of Dean Harper (The Allure, #2) by R. S. Grey

CoverThe Allure of Dean Harper by R.S. Grey
Released on September 28, 2015
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary, Womens Fiction
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My Rating:
★★★★★ 5/5

Synopsis:

From: LilyNBlack@Gmail.com
To: JosephineKeller@VogueMagazine.com
Subject: You’re a flippin’ idiot

Good morning my dear, naive friend,

I hope you’re enjoying a breakfast of regret and sorrow.

Why?

Because you sent me to work for Dean Harper, aka a control freak in a tailor-made suit. Sure he owns the trendiest restaurants in NYC, but c’mon Jo, his ego makes Kanye West look like the Dalai Lama.

He’s the type of guy that only hears the word “no” when it’s followed by “don’t stop.”

Working for Dean Harper would be like selling my soul to the devil…and before you say anything, I don’t care if the devil has punch-you-in-the-gut brown eyes and an ass to match. My soul isn’t for sale.

Love,
Regretfully yours,
Lily

The Allure of Dean Harper is a full-length standalone romance with overlapping characters from The Allure of Julian Lefray. Both books can be read separately. Chronologically, The Allure of Julian Lefray happens first.

**This book is rated 18+ for explicit sexual situations and language. Reader discretion is advised.**

My Review:

ARC provided by the Author in favor of an honest review.

Teaser 1Reading a book of Rachel’s is always a complete pleasure. I most likely read them in one sitting if possible, and am left goggling over the characters and the story for weeks and weeks after I’ve read it. Clearly, Rachel is one of my favorite authors, and is definitely my favorite Romantic-Comedy author, because I am in love with The Allure series. I caught myself in hysterics of laughter, even when I would take a snack break and would giggle because I was still thinking about that witty comeback!!!! You have talent, and I am so happy to have discovered your book Scoring Wilder, it opened my eyes to the New Adult world, which I am obsessed with.

In The Allure of Julian Lefray we are introduced to Lily Black and Dean Harper, only briefly. You get a vibe of what kind of person they are, but in The Allure of Dean Harper you get a closer look into their lives, their attraction toward the other, the hate in the beginning which turns to something I absolutely crave!

“I hate you.” she said through clenched teeth. I smiled sardonically.

Let me clue you in on some things. Julian Lefray is dating Josephine Keller, their love story is in book one, PLEASE YOU MUST GO READ THEIR STORY AHHH! Dean Harper is a restaurateur, and soon is given an award for being the youngest restaurateur in the states, or america, one of those! He’s a control freak and a workaholic. You got the vibe of that in book one. He likes everything to be his way, and he always gets his way, at least he did, before she spiraled into his life with no warning what-so-ever. He thought he knew where his future was headed, he ignored his parents requests for a family and shrugged them off.

“You’re thirty-three years old, Dean. When are you going to settle down? Start a family?”

Uh, never. Is that too soon? How about never plus infinity.

11351908_895241687218332_846427129_nLily Black. She thrives on a challenge and there’s no way in hell you’re going to try and
tell her what to do or anything for that matter. She’s Josephines best friend and just moved to new york with her, although shes in the apartment alone most the time, she’s struggling to find a job. Lily is a food blogger, reviewing restaurants and their foods, but that’s not going to help her get a job, not right now. So instead she gets lucky with a job at Provisions, a new restaurant in the city, and she’s being an expert behind the bar, that is, until Dean Harper, the owner of the restaurant, decides to sit at the bar.

He pushed, I pushed back. He didn’t want n insipid Barbie. He wanted a challenge, but he kept denying it, so things between us would never change.

I am so in love with Lily’s character. She’s sarcastic, gorgeous, smart as hell, and not afraid to speak her mind, especially when it comes to Dean Harper.

Whatever humor I’d felt only moments before had been sucked away by Mr. Tightness. Did he ever relax?

I loved the fandom related references, I noticed The Lord of The Rungs, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones… I can’t remember if there were any others…

“Oh really? Name one yoga pose.” She challenged me with an arched brow.

“Easy. Upper… moonbeam.”

“No.” She shook her head. “You’re an idiot.”

“Fine. Downward Dumbledore.”

“There are no yoga poses named after Harry Potter characters.”

In the beginning, it starts where it left off in The Allure of Julian Lefray, except this book Teaser 2has Lily and Deans POVs. Immediately the two do not get along, they challenge one another, but soon the intensifying attraction is unbearable, they both notice it, and its already spiraling out of control.

As I mentioned earlier, Lily is a food critic blogger, she reviews restaurants and blogs about them, almost like Jo, who reviews clothes and blog about them. Just like us, except I/we review books. This is also a reason why I love this little series sooo much, I relate to the both of them on the blogger part, and thrive to be as ambitious and successful with men as they are. Yes, may I have a mix of Julian Lefray and Dean Harper, please and thank you!

And another one that just had me cackling, I think my eyes were watering from laughing so much.

I shimmied to the back of the stage and tried to recall how dancers usually mounted the poles in movies. do they just hop on, or do they get a running start first?

“How about I bring you a water and something else?” She insisted. “On me?”
What, like your vagina in a cup? Jesus.

I have so many examples as to why Lily Black is freaking amazing. I highlighted the parts that made me laugh out loud, literally, and many parts I was just in a fit of laughter. I think we can all agree that Lily is so much like us:

In a normal situation, I’d go through the stages of breakup grief and move on like I had every other man in my life.
Stage One: Eat a bag of Croissants. Done.
Stage Two: Try to land the role of next season’s Bachelorette. The producers never emailed me back.
Stage Three: Consider, but don’t actually make, a major life change… like a belly button ring or a tattoo. In the end, I parted my hair slightly more to the left.

On another note,
I was so glad Julian and Jo was still a big part of this story, I am still in absolute love with their cute relationship. It makes me want to re-read The Allure of Julian Lefray.

He nodded. “Josephine wants me to come take a look at their dishwasher before she calls in a maitre nance request.”

I smirked. “You ever fix a dishwasher before?”

He laughed and hopped back onto is bike. “Never. My plan is to bang on it a few times and then tell her to call in the request.”

11934764_413250082201471_813626512_nThis had me in fits of laughter! Rachel, you cute little comedic genius! I am never not in love with Julian-freaking-Lefray!

The writing is put together so amazingly well that you just keep reading and reading and soon you’re laughing so much that you’re on the verge of tears and you’re falling in love with the book. Rachel!!! I believe The Allure series are my favorite books by R.S. Grey, they made me laugh so much and I fell in love with not only the attractive and sexy successful men like Dean and Julian, but also the adoring and fiery females known as Lily and Josephine.

If you’re looking for a quick, heart-eyed, hysterical read, then definitely check out the series, you will not be disappointed, I promise you.

Purchase Links: Amazon


Also, make sure you check out the companion novel in The Allure series, The Allure of Julian Lefray, which released in earlier in August this year. My Review for The Allure of Julian Lefray.

Synopsis:

From: JosephineKeller@LLDesigns.com
To: LilyNBlack@gmail.com
Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!

Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT’s “PP”. Well, put y25558955our pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.

I GOT A JOB!

As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.

I know what you’re thinking- “But Jo, what’s the problem?”

Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.

Lord, help us all…

XO,
Jo


Author Info:

I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things…everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things funny. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey | Audible Book Review

17899336The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Narrated by Brandon Espinoza and Phoebe Strole
Published by Penguin Audio on May 7th, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, Romance, Aliens, Fantasy
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Source:  Audible Audio / Unabridged
My Rating:
★★★★ 4/5

Goodreads Synopsis: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

My Review:

I read (or should I say listened to) The 5th Wave on Audible considering I’ve been in a book slump for the past month.

Hmm… I’m slightly disappointed because I was expecting something so much more, I’m not sure what, but this didn’t exceed my expectations.

Though I absolutely loved this book and the story, I believe it’s the first Alien book that I’ve read and it was really neat that theOthers we’re watching them for thousands of years just to plan ahead of their invasion. Mind. Blown.

I was really confused and not that into it in the beginning. The first quarter of the book was just world building, and it didn’t seem to stop. It didn’t have too much excitement. I was eager to get into the good parts, as always, but still listened through because we Untitled1did get to see more into characters and get to know them on a deeper level and I really enjoyed Cassie! She’s such a sassy/sarcastic character and I love that! Ben. Well, I loved Ben!(Minus that one incident that I will forever feel sorry for him for).

I am humanity.

Basically, there have been four waves from the others/aliens/invaders and the population of humans is veryvery slim. Cassie thinks she’s the only human alive, this part annoys me because it’s a cliche thought, to me it seems , and makes friends with someone unexpected. (I knew what he was from the get-go, called it!)

I also want to state that I was so confused from the Safe Havenbecause I was right about what it was and who, but I thought I was wrong for a while. (Um, did that make sense?)

Absolutely and completely in love with how protective and brotherly Zombie/Ben is towards Nugget/Sammy. I squealed when I found out Sammy was at the camp where Ben was, I knew it would happen. I’m really surprised by how the children adjusted to the environment, and also sickened by it.

I thought they were legit about helping the kids… but nope.

I want to cry for Zombie, for what happened to his sister.

I want to smile because of that half kiss in the end between some certain two people.

I like Cassie with Evan, and even though I was screaming at her for being cliche I really do enjoy Evans character and hope to see him in the Infinite Sea.

Ben. Zombie. I like him. I don’t know who I ship with Cassie. Please don’t make me choose. It’s too soon. Too. Soon.

Like I mentioned, this book had me confused because what I thought was right, but it always made me second guess myself and when I was right I would just grunt and growl like“ERMAGAWDIKNEWIT”! Did anyone else have that feeling?

I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THE AUDIOBOOK VERSION! There are two narrators, one of them narrates Cassie solely, and the other narrates Ben, Sam, and a Silencer. It’s really cool to see through those perspectives, and I enjoyed the narration from them. It was really enjoyable and fast paced. Sometimes you have narrators that irritate you and you just want to claw your eyes out, but not these. Nope. I think the voices helped me get a mental image of Cassie and Ben because I swear it sounded like them. Anyone else think so?

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