Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

Things We Know by Heart

5/5 stars.

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Series: Standalone

The Story:

When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake. 

My review:

Honestly?? I don’t even know who I am right now because I just five starred the most cheesiest, cliché and predictable book with…….INSTA LOVE.

I mean, falling in love with the dude who has your dead boyfriends heart transplant?? Sign me up lmao.

But, there’s more than that to this book. It’s about taking learning to give yourself the happiness you deserve and moving on. There’s nothing wrong with moving on. Yes, it is the absolute worst when someone you loved so so much is taken away and it’s okay to be sad, miss them and grieve, but it’s also okay to be happy and to live your life.

In Quinn’s case, it was falling in love again, spending more time with her family, getting back into running and doing all the things she loves.

The story?
After Quinn’s boyfriend died, his organs were given to those who needed them. For closure, Quinn decided to reach out to those with his organs and got responses except from the boy who had Trent’s heart.

Quinn decides to track Colton and a lot of cliché shit happens. She doesn’t tell him who she is and what started out as a stake-out turns into love.

Listen, believe me you’re going to hate this if you can’t stand cheesy and cliche shit because boi, this book is filled with it. But if you’re into that then oh my god you’re going to love this.

▫Colton is the sweetest cinnamon roll ever. I love this guy so!!! much!!!! From Quinn we kniw that he had a pretty bad illness that left him in hospitals, weak and suffering for a very long time. His heart was weak and if not for Trent’s, who knows what would have happened to him. 😦 So when he sees a pretty girl (Quinn) he decides to take a chance and fall in love.

He’s super sweet. He shows her all the beautiful and right places. He’s always trying to please Quinn by taking her to places and he helps her live again!! There isn’t an ounce if arrogance or cruelty in this boy. I can 100% assure you, he’s made up of sugar cookies.

▫Quinn is a character I really loved. She’s depressed and sad her boyfriends gone. She’s quiet, kind and shy?? She’s also a sweet character and I just lived how much she grew. She went from counting the days Trent’s been gone and sinking in grief to someone who is being themselves again. She still misses Trent and he was obviously someone very important in her life, but with the help of her family and Colton, she was able to move on.

I ROOTED FOR COLTON AND QUINN!!!!
Yes it’s incredibly cheesy but it’s super adorable and honestly I loved it so much and that’s all that matters.

▫Quinn’s family is also like, the greatest to ever exist. Her sister and parents are literally always there to support her and make sure she’s feeling well. They are there to let her know that she shouldn’t feel guilty for her happiness. They give her love and support and encourage her to take her time and do what makes her feel content.

Quinn was able to talk about things with her sister. Like, their relationship is do healthy and all the rainbows and cupcake!!! They’re best friends and it’s wonderful. With some encouragement and help from her sister and father she also starts running again!!!

So like, overall, this book was honestly very great IMO and I love it so so much!!!!!

Reaction right after reading:
CHEESY? ✔
CLICHÉ? ✔
PREDICTABLE? ✔
INSTA LOVE? ✔
TOO CUTE? ✔
HEARTBREAKING? ✔
MADE ME CRY? ✔
SAD? ✔
MADE ME SCREAM AND CRY? ✔

BITCH I LOVED THIS CHEESY, CLICHÉ BALL OF CUTENESS OH MY GOD. FIND ME A COLTON RIGHT NOW, ORDER HIM ON EBAY OR WHATEVER THE FUCK, I NEED.

REVIEW TO COME.

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The Day She Cried by K. Webster

The Day She Cried

4.5/5 stars.

Genres: New Adult, Mystery, Romance, Dark, Contemporary

Series: Standalone

The Story:

She was my first love.
She was my first hate.
The very sun in my world tried to burn me alive with her lies and cruelty.
Until I dimmed her light for good…
Or so I thought.

Now she’s back.
Cracked. Broken. Lost.
And for the first time in a long time, I feel free.
Free from our past. Free from my present that suffocates me. Free to destroy her future.

Her misery is my music.
Thrilling. Invigorating. Intoxicating.

For so long, all I’ve done is hate her.
So why do I love her?

My review:

After reading Pretty Stolen Dolls (which is one of my favorite books by this author) I became obsessed and decided to check out more of her works. Some I hated and some books I absolutely fricken loved aka This Book.

The blurb of this book is like,,,, not even an accurate blurb??? I literally went into expecting like some fucked up romance but I got so much more than that and was really surprised as to what it actually is about!!!

((I’m not sure if these are spoilers so beware and read at your own risk!!!)

What is this book about?
Courtney is best friends with the popular and beautiful Whitney who don’t hang out with loser, loner freaks like Raven and Rome in highschool. Rome spends his days crushing on Courtney in high school while she avoids him and his sweet and quiet twin sister Raven because Whitney (aka the bitchest bossiest/controlling fucker to exist) thinks they’re too cool to hang out with losers.

So then they decide to go on this dating app where they prank Raven by setting up a male account to ‘teach her a lesson about meeting strangers.’ This was just supposed to be a harmless prank but as Courtney has more and more conversations with Raven she learns about what a beautiful and different person she is as well as clues to what’s happening at home.

Everything’s going swell until this pompous ass bitch Whitney fucks shit up, sending sex photos of Courtney with older men to Raven causing Raven to commit suicide and ruin Courtney’s life.

Now Rome, hates Courtney and is set on making her life as miserable as possible!!!

Now I really liked Courtney, she was being controlled by Whitney and just wanted to keep her friend, she never wanted to betray raven and lived Raven as a friend. She wanted to reveal her identity and be a true friend to Raven until Whitney decided to be a cunt. After she was sentenced to prison she got cat calls for being a whore, bullied by Rome and his gang etc etc.

But like, Rome still likes her no matter how bad she was and they have a rough relationship, but they’re going to work it out.

What surprised me most was the whole mystery on Ravens suicide and what exactly caused it. As we read on more and more is revealed and there’s MUCH more than just Courtney’s sexting and conversations with Raven. It was all so freaking shocking and this book just had me on the edge of my seat.

It felt like eating food, except I wanted to devour this book!!! I binged it because I was 150% invested and eager to learn more.

There is a huge focus on romance between Rome and Courtney. Though this is a romance it also felt a lot like a mystery novel as well because of Raven’s suicide and buildup as to what led to it.

The romance isnt exactly “”””” healthy””””” and what people would consider “”””” normal.””””” Rome is pretty…. rough to Courtney but apparently she likes it so,,,,,, yikes idk about that. I mean I kinda get him because if someone were the “cause” of my sisters suicide I would be fuckign pissed off and make their life miserable but like,,,, it wasn’t even her fault (maybe a little) but like yikes idk mate.

I mean it’s a little bit bdsm??? She likes getting spanked and choked and??? they’re into some kinky so TW for that idk.

The sex was hot so HI HAVE SOME ICE CREAM.

Oh and Whitney can choke on the next dick she sucks because BYE BITCH I HATE HER SO MUCH OH MY FUCKGIN GOD.

Like overall, I really enjoyed this book and was really surprised as to what it was about because that blurb’s pretty much fucking useless. I totally recommend if you’re into mystery with a steaming romance!!

TW: bullying, drug/alcohol abuse, suicide, rape, satuatory rape, self harm, and parental abuse

Dark Tempest by Annette Marie

Dark Tempest (Red Winter Trilogy #2)

5/5 stars.

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Mythology,

Series: Book 2 in the Red Winter trilogy

The Story:

Emi has dedicated her life to becoming the perfect vessel for the goddess Amaterasu, but the insidious betrayal of another deity has changed everything. Now Amaterasu has charged Emi with an urgent mission: to find and free the earthly gods before mankind is brought to its knees beneath divine tyranny.

At her side is Shiro, the mysterious fox spirit. When she first saved his life, she could never have imagined that behind his cunning and confidence, he was lost—his power bound by a devastating curse and his memories obscured. His veiled history is somehow tied to the missing gods, but he can’t remember how or why.

As their search leads them into the murky depths of the spirit realm, the shadows of Shiro’s past begin to emerge. With each brief awakening of his true self, she loses a little more of him. The fate of the heavens and earth rest in her mortal hands, and she must find the missing gods before time runs out for her world—and for Shiro.

My review:

THIS ISN’T A FUCKING REVIEW, LEAVE ME BE WITH MY SCREAMING THOUGHTS

Do you love pain?

Don’t you just love the sweet smell of suffering?

Don’t you love the salty taste of human tears??

DON’T YOU JUST LOVE EVERYTHING BAD AND PAINFUL????

Well dial 1-800-READ-THE-FUCKING-RED-WINTER-TRILOGYtoday for the best way to suffer and die!!!

I’m 150% sure that shooting a bullet through my heart, or fucking executing me on the guillotine would be less painful than this fucking !!!! BOOK !!!!! Like, I know for a fact if you search up the meaning of pain on Google, Dark Tempest would be the definition. I BET YOU $$$$.

If I thought the previous book was pain, this book is 100000000 times worse and I loved every moment of it.

Ok seriously, I’m so angry I’m not a kunitsukami or a powerful Tengu like Yumei because what the fuck!!!!! I want to fight eight headed dragons with some fiery, shapeshifting power, and ancient powerful swords that are meant to kill EVIL DRAGONS!!!

WHY THIS BOOK IS AWESOME:
●The romance oh my god. Why can’t this happen to me??? Hello universe, deliver a Shiro to my doorstep asap, please and thank you.

They’re romance is so developed and real. Oh my god. I’m trying not to type gibberish, I’m just??? akldfndjgfbfucvklfuckasbdjsaffuck Their romance is forbidden and Emi knows it’s going to end tragically, but ??????????? shkcbSVAGJKFAGBLDFVBDTRGO my god FUCK OFF AND READ IT FOR THE ROMANCE. IT’S SO FUCKING HOT AND EMOTIONAL AND PAINFUL AND FILLED WITH EMOTION AND HONESTLY, FUCK OFF OH MY GOD LET ME LIVE PLS. Every fucking scene with Emi and Shiro makes me cry??? oh my fucking god, BYE I CAN NO LONGER FUNCTION.

●This book is filled with twists and turns, such cool and badass action, a ROMANCE I WISH HAPPENED TO ME, A++++++ world building, with the most flawed, loveable characters ever.

●Yumei?? Is a hardcore bitch from the outside, but his insides are like a stuffed teddy bear. Don’t let his “fuck off before I end you” attitude fool you. He’s the most emotional character and I love him. He’s a big softie. Love my son.

●and bitch, the art is gorgeous. :*

also a small con, the first 30% is SLOW, but you gotta have some patience if you want the shit to go down okay??

Book song for Shiro and Emi’s romance is definitely Wildfire. Please listen to it and I’m totally not shamelessly promoting my newest favorite song by queen Demi. Okay seriously though, this song is perfect.

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MAJOR SPOILER from the first book IN THIS PARAGRAPH so if you haven’t read that one (which you should, I mean cmon dude) DON’T read on because you’ll be spoiled??? I’ll let you know when the spoiler ends. But if you want to read my review of the first book, you can click on the sentence you’re reading right now.

What this amazing book is about:
After finding out about that bitch ass goddess’s betrayal to fuck shit up on earth, Emi has to stop her, but she can’t do that on her own. So, she joins up with Shiro and Yumei and they go on cool ass rescue missions and cut some bitches along the way and honestly??? why can’t that happen to me, the universe is so unfair.

Seriously, is there any way I can become a yokai because fuck, they’re some powerful, badass bitches with cool ass magic powers and get all the fun action.

●I’m honestly 150% willing to sell all my siblings just to have a moment with Shiro??? This guy is honestly so sweet, playful, flirty and going through emotional shit, that I just want to wrap this precious little cinnamon roll in a blanket and feed him chewy chocolate chip cookies all day. He’s lost his memories and is someone he realized he doesn’t want to be. Someone who is brutal, cunning, dangerous and completely different from the person who Emi fell in love with!! And what seriously made me cry is that??? he’s just scared he’ll forget Emi if regains his memories. He fuckign held her tightly to him and WAS SO SCARED OF LOSING HER??? oh my fucking god!!!

Can someone just fucking shoot me?? It would be less painful than watching my precious Shiro suffer.

I’M

S C R E A M I N G

●Emi is fucking queen. I’m so in love with her character, god she’s such a flawed, but strong character. Literally fucking goals. She’s been through so much, questioning everything, sacrificing her life to become a human vessel and leaving everything and everyone she loves. She’s so fucking strong??? She helped powerful yokai fight an eight headed dragon, helped save lost gods (I FORGOT WHAT THEY ARE CALLED FUCK), and is trying to stop an evil goddess from destroying her world. She never backs down without a fight. Yes, sometimes she’s weak and helpless but whatever the situation is, she always survives!!!!

She want from a naive, gullible person to someone stronger, kind, loving and so so brave.

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So like, pls read this underrated trilogy it deserves all the love and hype!!!

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying

4/5 stars.

Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Romance, Mystery, Contemporary

Series: Standalone

The Story:

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them. 

My review:

Is this what AKLDSBSAJL;FRSFWHATTHEFUCKJUSTHAPPENED??? feels like? Because I think I just experienced that shit, dude.

My heart is literally beating so fast from this thrill and mystery and feels fulfilled with something heavy called satisfaction. I haven’t been so content and had screamy feels over a thriller since Dangerous Girls, which was 213324 decades ago.

Tbh, it’s so hard to find a thriller that literally has you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails, screaming at and suspecting everyone, saying “WHAT THE FUCK” every 3 pages, wanting to flip to the last page to find out who dunnit because you’re so fucking full of it and can’t stand the mystery and suspense.

It’s so hard to find a thriller that’s actually???? thrilling???

Well, I can 99% gaurentee your search has come to the end because let me present to you this book which lives up to the damn hype and everything you can possibly want in a thriller.

What it’s about:
You, you’re a murder suspect and all your secrets are gonna be exposed, have a nicE LIFE!!! Want a cookie? :))

Ight, seriously, these 5 kids get in trouble and have detention where they’re talking and it’s all detention stuff when one of the kids starts choking and having an allergic reaction. he’s taken to the hospital and later the four kids find out he dies. His death is all suspicious and now all four of ’em are suspects and we need to figure who dunnit and who’s lying.

“She’s a princess and you’re a jock,” he says. He thrusts his chin toward Bronwyn, then at Nate. “And you’re a brain. And you’re a criminal. You’re all walking teen-movie stereotypes.”

Addy, Nate, Cooper and Bronwyn are incredible characters, imo. After being put under suspicion, the four of these learn so much about themselves and make decisions that is best for themselves and for everyone. It’s heartbreaking and sad to learn about what they hide, but spoilers so read it and find out yourself, thanks. 🙂

No but seriously, these are the type of characters, I wouldn’t associate with at all when first reading about them, but like???? honestly, I’m willing to turn myself in if it means having them free and unharmed. i love them so much oh my god.

Can we talk about how precious Cooper is? This kid, without a doubt, is my favorite. i love this precious cinnamon roll so much.

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^yes bro, this is an actual footage of me caught hugging Cooper, bYE.

Also, I guessed it oh my god. I think it’s because I’m so obsessed with non fiction crime and murder or probably because I’m just plain morbid??? But even though I had my predictions, I was shook when that ending happened, son.

Overall, this book is so fucking precious and I totally recommend.

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)

4/5 stars.

Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Romance, Mystery, Horror

Series: Standalone

The Story:

Bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer… or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

My review:

Hello everyone, I would really love it if you all start addressing me as Sherlock Holmes because your girl right here, solved it. I mean I had my theories and ideas and screamed when I was right oh em gee.

I really didn’t like the first book because it was just so dull and focusing a lot on the forensics, leaving me uninterested and bored, but this book??? was so much more intriguing and interesting.

!!!!!!Spoilers from the previous book from here on!!!!!

So what is this book about?
After finding out who Jack the Ripper was and facing very disturbing events, Audrey’s father let’s her go to Romania to study at one of the best forensic schools with Thomas Creswell!!! Somebody is murdered on the train she’s traveling on and a killer is on the loose murdering people the way Dracula did.

●This book is honestly so great!! Audrey Rose is the perfectly, flawed and strong character. She’s bullied and made fun of because of her sex. No one thinks she’s capable of doing anything because she’s a fucking female!! But she speaks up and doesn’t back down. She proves to them that’s she’s just as capable as males and can do whatever the fuck they can. And it’s fabulous.

Oh? Where in a medical dictionary does it say a woman cannot handle such things? What is a man’s soul made of that a woman’s is not? I had no idea my innards were composed of cotton and kittens, while yours were filled with steel and steam-driven parts.

●She’s so strong and badass!!! She wears dresses and cuts open dead bodies. She shows, that as a woman she can do anything anyone else could. I honestly don’t understand why it’s so hard for people to just understand the fact that a woman should be treated equally as anyone else and she can do ANYTHING!!!

Perhaps it was time for fathers to teach their sons how to behave around young women. They were not born superior, no matter how society falsely conditioned them. We were all equals here.

●She has anxiety, hallucination and flashbacks of what happened in the previous book. She’s dealing with the loss of her brother and mother. And tbh, that makes her so so perfect.

●Thomas Creswell is the best person to exist. He’s always teasing Audrey with dirty jokes, trying to get a kiss from her, always there to support her, HE MADE A HUGE MISTAKE!!!!!, but so does everyone because we’re all humans. He goes through some incredible character development and learns so much about himself. He’s a little closed off and mysterious. And he’s always there to support Audrey and respects her.

‘You are not mine to take.’ He brushed his lips against mine. Softly, so softly I might have imagined them there. My eyes fluttered shut. He could persuade me to build a steamship to the moon when he kissed me. We could orbit the stars together. ‘You are yours to give.’

I need this boy in my life. I just love how he’s not portrayed as the perfect, heroic guy. Audrey here takes her own lead while he helps her. He isn’t the main hero and more of a sidekick type when solving the mystery and it’s perfect. She saves him multiple times and he’s totally fine with that. I mean, it should be fine with everyone.

●This book is so much more intriguing and complicated from the previous. I, personally, LOVE Romania, Vlad Tepes and the whole Vampire, Dracula thing. I remember watching this one show about the whole history of Vlad, his castle and how he was imprisoned and the gore and murder. So the mystery and plot were much more interesting.

●Romania is beautiful and I just loved it.

●there’s!!! a!!! F/f!!!! Couple!!!! And!!!! I!!!! Love!! Them!!!!!!

Spoiler about who dunnit and how ya girl solved this case!!!

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I knew for a fact it was going to be a female because of how Maniscalco portrays woman empowerment and I realized the murderer was definitely going to be a woman. Then Anastasia’s giddy, cheery behavior, taking Audrey out to the woods at night and giving her the warning of being careful, her being the headmasters daughter and also talking about how she has to prove she’s good enough as a woman in their eyes. I realized she was trying to appear innocent by trying to “help” out Audrey with the case. Then when we find out she’s the headmasters niece or something, we all go, nahhh she can’t be it, BUT I KNEW IT WAS HERRRRRR because it’s all too suspicious!!!

I got hints that she was the murderer because of all that, but then when she “died” I was like, “aw shit, it’s not her” and thought it was thomas’s sister. BUT THEN AT THE END THIS BITCH IS BACK AND I WAS LIKE AW YEAH FUCKERS, I WAS RIGHT EAT ALL OF MY DUST HOLMEYYYY

SPOILER ENDS

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So like, overall, you guys should really read it because this book gives amazing messages about feminism, equality and it’s such an intriguing read!!!

Also, I’m opening my own detective school where y’all can learn from me because I’m fabulous at this ;pp

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Eliza and Her Monsters

4/5 stars.

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Series: Standalone

The Story:

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

My review:

Eliza and Her Monsters wasn’t a book I was hoping to love because I really didn’t like Made You Upand thought they would be similar. But this book was just so highly praised and loved by everyone that I had to check it out. Everyone was a sobbing mess over it. So here I am, finished with it and sobbing because @all my mates, I get you all.

This book is just so hopeful, relatable and heart wrenching that I’m still thinking about it!!!! Honestly??? I didn’t know what emotions and feelings were until I read this book and Letters to the Lost (totally not promoting an amazingly awesome book I loved to y’all!!!)

From the blurb, it sounds like a cute, cheesy and geeky novel (which it kind of is), but it’s so much more than that. This book shines light on how online friendships/sites are healthy, normal and POSITIVE FOR PEOPLE!!!!! Encouragement for choosing your own careers, doing what make youhappy even though your peers or parents say otherwise. Positive sibling relationships and anxiety.

This book? It’s awesome.

Plot:
Eliza Mirk is a famous teenage author of a comic online called Monstrous Sea. Online she is super famous and known as Lady Constellation, but in real life???? no one really knows her. She’s shy, quiet and keeps to herself and is just Eliza Mirk. no one knows she’s the famous Lady Constellation and she wants to keep it that way.

Then she meets, Wallace (my son!!!) who writes amazing fanfiction for Monstrous Sea and together they share their love for writing, art and Monstrous Sea. It’s all great until her identity for Lady Constellation is revealed and she fears everything will fuck up.

SOME MILD SPOILERS AHEAD AND THEY ARE UNMARKED.

WHY THIS BOOK IS AWESOME:
Online friendships are amazing: Eliza Mirk spends most of her time online writing and chatting with her friends of different ages who she has met online!! She talks with them, tells her what goes on in her life and is happy with them just like a person would be with a friend who they can physically meet. Online friends are real friends. I also love how people of all ages are friends hear. We have a fourteen year old, a twenty one year old (I think) and a seventeen year old who are so close with each other.

Do what makes you happy. Never be pressured to do something you don’t want and fuck the haters. Wallace has a dickhead step father who I would love to punch in the face. He’s always telling Wallace that his writing is “just a hobby” and he should get a proper career, one that would earn him money. Honestly, I say, do not listen to people like Wallace’s step father. If writing makes someone happy and that’s what they want to do for their careers? They should do that. People shouldn’t stop doing what they want to please others, like @all the haters, fuck off and let us our thing.

The characters are precious human beings that deserve everything pure in the world. Nerds are just as cool as anybody else, we have a people here who love writing fanfiction, we have a person here who love writing comics and drawing, annoying, but amazing younger brothers, introverts!!! and a lost, but loyal and caring family.

I wouldn’t 100% call myself an introvert, but there are times where I don’t want to socialize, get shy and want to be left alone and it’s portrayed 100% accurate.

Anxiety is a thing, people. I have a lot of anxiety and I start worrying and getting scared over the smallest things that get me all worked up. It’s something Eliza experiences and it’s fucking relatable. This portrayal of anxiety isn’t the main focus of the story, but the way Zappia blends it so casually into the story is just brilliant.

Siblings are amazing and sometimes they can be unbearable, but let’s be real we can’t live without our siblings. Church and Sully are amazing younger brothers. They are annoying and sometimes Eliza wants to get rid of them, but they understand you when your parents can’t and they help speak up for you and are always there for you.

●Eliza’s family??? Not the most perfect one there. They have their arguments and disagreement, but at the end of the day, they care, love and support each other and are always there for each other. They aren’t the best family out there and that’s okay because many families aren’t perfect.

●Andd omg guys there’s really cool art in this book and little snipets of Monstrous Sea. It’s just really amazing

●Something else I want to talk about is my own experience online. Not everyone has had the best experiences online and reading this book really bought up my bad online experiences. I genuinely got really upset and sad while reading this because I kept on thinking about it (view spoiler). But I’ve also had a great time online and I wouldn’t stop it for anything.

Also, somebody find me in a constellation please and thank you.

Red Winter by Annette Marie: Review

Red Winter (Red Winter Trilogy, #1)

5/5 stars. ALL THE STARS FOR THIS PRECIOUS GEM!!!!\

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Mythology

Series: Book 1 in The Red Winter trilogy

The Story:

Emi is the kamigakari. In a few short months, her life as a mortal will end and her new existence as the human host of a goddess will begin. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess-and not once has she doubted her chosen fate. Shiro is a yokai, a spirit of the earth, an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can’t match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command-whether she wants him or not. On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate-but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope… and hope is all she has left. 

My review:

I swear, I really don’t understand why such an amazing, beautifully written book about Japanese mythology with rich and gorgeous world-building, strong female character that goes through SO much character development, shameless flirting, romance that makes you scream OTP!!!! and such an intriguing plot is SO !! FUCKING !! UNDERRATED !!!!!!!!

Like, what the fuck man, y’all missing out on a gem. This book is so so wonderful, fuck I’m still so high on this, I CAN’T WRITE. okay, I need to organize everything.

PLOT:
This book is about Emi, who was marked to become a kamigakari for a goddess names Amaterasu. A god or goddess can’t come down to earth if they don’t have a perfectly amazing host prepared for them, so Emi prepared for ten freaking years to become that amazingly perfect host. It’s a huge honor and she’s respected a lot for it. She’s treated like a queen, but had so many restrictions when preparing that she’s pretty much clueless to what girls her age do. Alright so all’s fun and games until she finds out something about her being kamigakari which makes her question her future and fate.

There’s many other terms and things revealed in the book, but I promise you, it’s not going to be confusing. It’s not going to be info dump, it’s going to be revealed clearly, in a way you can understand and everything is so so beautifully described. But if you’re still confused, there’s a glossary with every Japanese word you need to know!! I personally didn’t need it because, like I said, everything flowed so easily and I was able to understand it all perfectly.

Japan’s mythology is GORGEOUS. I’m blown away!!!

Okay so let me tell you, some people might have a hard time getting into the first 20ish% of this book and that’s because Emi’s described as the perfect “chosen one” and it’s talking about stalking boys and all the things she never experienced, how she’s worshiped and all, some flashbacks to a bad event, and Emi being very bland, BUT, dude, I promise you it all leads up to important shit that will slowly be revealed. Give this time and once Emi meets Shiro, shit goes down.

I repeat:

Shit goes down so hard and you’ll be slowly fucking dying and its going to feel fucking amazing. Death is great. 

Trust me, I’m a professional, I know this shit well.

Everything is so fucking intriguing with so many plot twists, action, character growth and awesomeness.

Okay so personally I had no problem with the beginning. I actually really liked it, despite reading reviews on how the beginning was a struggle and that’s probably why I enjoyed it so much.

CHARACTERS:
Emi is queen. I love her. She’s naive, a little stupid in the beginning, but damn she grows so much and learns so much about herself. She doesn’t become a karate master overnight and she could use some defense and fighting besides her magic, but honestly it’s so realistic. Like, I don’t understand how someone can become so good at fighting and motivate themselves to learn self defense and shit. (Lmao I can just feel the laziness thinking about taking lessons about self defense. I don’t know how people do it.)

Shiro!!!!!!!! IS MY FUCKING HUSBAND !!!!!!. He’s just so adorable and sexy and AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I’M SCREAMING BYE. He’s a shameless flirt and the way he makes Emi blush and feel butterflies in her stomach made me scream “OTP” once or twice while I read this. He also has a lot of mystery surrounding him which will also be slowly revealed. So fucking read it and find out for yourself mate!!!!

Also, Yumei is my fucking son. He’s that emotionless bastard, but we all know on the inside he’s a soft little cinnamon roll who secretly cares about Shiro and Emi because he’s always there to help and fight for them and offer his protection even though he fucking says otherwise, this dickhead. Love him.

AND YOU KNOW WHAT FUCKING ELSE BITCH???? There’s art. there is gorgeous art and it makes me feel like a talent-less potato.

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how fucking gorgeous??? ^

The first one is my queen, Emi. Second is my hot son Yumei (I definitely spelled his name wrong, I’m sorry) and the third is my husband Shiro and his other temporary wife for the books, Emi. IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL OH MY GOSH, I’M SCREAMING???? 😍😍😍

anyways, read this oh my god please read this, i’m on my knees right now, i’ll fucking buy you donuts everyday if that seals the deal.

REACTION AFTER FINISHING:
oh i love banana strawberry pies and they help me when im in pain and this book is totally not pain and what the fuck pickles are great as well, have a nice day, i stopped working for the rest of the day, see you in Hell Annette Marie, you fucking devil. i love you though, thanks for ruining my life with this book you’re awesome, you’re great, i owe tweebs for introducing me to this book so the real devil is her thank you and i’ll leAve now.

review to come some day when i get off of this drug called RED WINTER.