Red Winter by Annette Marie: Review

Red Winter (Red Winter Trilogy, #1)


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer: Review

Letters to the Lost


Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Series: Standalone

The Story:

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

My review:

When I first saw this book I thought it would be a dumb, cheesy, and extra adorable cute contemporary with some like, forbidden romance or some shit that would make you sob your heart out for the characters (I DON’T READ BLURBS LMAO OK) and I avoided it for months. OH HOW WRONG I WAS SOMEONE FEEL FREE TO PUNCH ME IN THE FACE!!

What I got was a book about labels, judgement, grief, love, acceptance, friendship and moving on. It’s so deep and moving, it made my stone cold (love you Demi!!!) heart melt I was a sobbing mess, I literally still cannot form coherent sentences and find accurate emotions to describe what the fuck I’m feeling.

Actually I lied. What I’m still feeling right now is:


What I loved most about this book is that our two character’s didn’t need love, sex or romance to help them move on and feel better. They wrote letters to each other about their grief, their struggles, about how no one understands and talking about it to each other and sharing their grief helped them so so much, it’s fucking real!!!!

It’s such an emotional book that handles such a sad topic and throughout the book I was just…my eyes were just sweating so much phew boy was it fucking melting hot that day!!!!

Okay seriously, this book is emotional torture because what they talk about is just so deep, sad, but so so inspiring. This book is just a pure little gem in this shitty world and I love it so much omg, I want to cry all over again.

AND LET’S TALK ABOUT LABELS AND JUDGEMENT!!!! One of the greatest things about this book is the message about shitty labels people smack onto you. Our MC Declan Murphy is known for his bad reputation for drunk driving, getting into an accident and then being put in jail. Everyone shit talks about him going to prison.

But no one cares to think about what he went through. Why he was in an accident and what caused that to happen. No one gives a fuck about what you go through, and are very quick to judge you. They don’t care.

So like, DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER????? Ever heard of that folks?

There’s so many twists and secrets revealed and it’s just SO FUCKIGN CRAZY !!!


Overall, if you love me please read this, I’ll pay you.


you’re welcome.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis: Review

The Female of the Species

1/5 stars. 

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

Series: Standalone

The Story:

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

My review:

I honestly understand why this book has incredibly high ratings with not a single negative review in sight. It deals with important topics, such as rape and sexual assault (trigger warning for that) and it deals with it pretty well. My issue was more with the plot and the ending. (Major spoilers ahead and they will not be marked.)

My expectations for this one were way too high and when I finished this book, I was extremely disappointed. My problem with this book was that there was seriously not much of a plot? This is also characterized as a mystery/thriller and I feel like that’s a wrong category for this book because it’s more contemporary-ish than a thriller. Sure, it has it’s thrilling moments, but I would not classify this book under that genre.

Nothing intriguing and interesting happens in this book.It’s boring as fuck. You have to follow the book and let it take lead without knowing anything from the blurb. You just gotta go with the flow for this one and that didn’t work out for me because that flow wasn’t taking me anywhere. But if you’re the “go with the flow” type of person then I guess you’d enjoy this.

I want to take a moment to talk about the characters because I didn’t like a single one of these dumb fucks.

Alex Craft is like a walking killing machine. I liked her ways of thinking about feminism, but she was just a tad bit too extra with her violence. She’s killed someone and gotten away with it. And what happened with her character at the end just pissed me off. The author just kills her off. Ummmm why??? She a fucking serial killer and you just kill her off at the end, heroically saving someone? She murdered someone, I don’t care if he’s bad. She murdered someone and instead of making her face justice, the author just kills her off at the end? I don’t know man, feels cheap to me.

Jack Fisher = A ghost. What the fuck is the point of this guy in the book? I seriously don’t understand.

Peekay was a character I actually liked and enjoyed reading about.

Overall, this book is important and I got the message, but I did not enjoy it all.

A List of Cages by Robin Roe: Review

A List of Cages

4/5 stars. 

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Series: Standalone

The Story:

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kindhearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives… 

My review:

Honestly, don’t touch me right now because MY EYES ARE A SWEATY MESS AND I DON’T EVEN CARE IF THAT SOUNDS EXTREMELY GROSS. I knew this book was going to be an emotional punch in the gut because everyone has been crying and raving about this. This book was heartbreaking from page one because my little Julian.

If you don’t know already, I love sad, depressing, and heartbreaking books because I just love the suffering and pain sad books bring. But what I love most about “sad, depressing, and heartbreaking” books is that stay with me for a long long time. I love how they aren’t happy fairy tales, but the ugly and harsh truth about our world. This book is one of those kinds of books. And I strongly recommend you pick it up and read it.

! Spoilers ahead?? !


A List of Cages is about two teenagers, Julian and Adam who were once foster brothers, but then Julian is taken into custody by an uncle he never knew he had. Ever since, his life is a living fucking hell. Julian’s beaten, whipped, isolated and terrified of everything. It was absolutely horrible and heartbreaking to read about this innocent fourteen year old boy being treated like this.

Julian is one of the most sweetest, innocent, and forgiving characters ever. He’s one of those people I would like to hug and feed vanilla ice cream with sprinkles on top to everyday !!!! Julian has been through so much a kid his age or anyone’s age shouldn’t have to go through AT ALL. And reading about his life made me cry so much because no one deserves what he went through. I loved him.

Adam is such an amazing character as well. He was so friendly and lovable towards Julian. He’s so caring, lovable, and kind towards everyone. (Except for Julian’s asshole uncle which I totally understand.) Also, his ADHD was dealt with absolutely brilliantly. Though I enjoyed reading from his POV, I looked forward to Julians’ POV’s more.

We seriously need more positive sibling relationships in YA books. The one in this book is one of the freaking best EVER. Like, I’m seriously crying over Adam and Julian’s relationship. They love and care for each other so much and they are always there for each other. It’s just so beautiful, my God.

Overall, if you’re still having doubts about reading this, hit me up and I’ll be there to throw this book in your face.

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich: Review

The Love Interest

2/5 stars. 

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary. GLBT

Series: Standalone

The Story:

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: the boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy who is dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose the Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be—whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.


This book gave a very promising story of two guys that are supposed to win the heart of a very awkward and cringy girl named Juliet, but instead, they fall for each other. Sounds good? Lol, no think again. This book had so much potential to be fucking AMAZING, but it was executed very very badly.

○The beginning was actually very interesting. The whole idea of a company making love interests’ for people was so intriguing and fun to read about. I loved learning about how this entire organization operates. Making “Bad” and “Nice” guys/girls who work in a love triangle to win the heart of the girl/boy. The Bad and Nice have to compete against each other and who ever loses dies. I enjoyed the first 100 pages of this because everything was being introduced and it was such an original and cool idea.
○That’s literally about it.


○Juliet was introduced.
○She is the most awkward, dumb, and cringiest person to ever fucking exist in the human race.
○Does she not know how to speak with people?


“Why are you looking at me like that?”
I shrug my shoulders. “I can’t help it.”
“I—I,” she stammers. “I have no idea how to respond to that, so I’m going to ignore it. Anyway, Caden, I can’t believe I almost forgot to show you my absolute favorite thing. Do you want to see my lab?”


○I’m sorry, but who in the name of fuck talks like that??? If I ever spoke like that, I’d leave earth and go to Mars to die. Like, this girl is the smartest person in the entire world and she speaks like a fucking 4 year old, JESUS FUCK.

Like, just shhhh don’t open your mouth, thanks, you’re helping out the community a lot with your service of shutting the fuck up !!

○Okay now go find a hot human male body. Put all the organs and shit in it. Wait, don’t put a brain though otherwise we won’t be able to make our MC Caden !!! Make sure Caden’s vocabulary only consists of the word “frigging.” Now go get the same ingredients, but don’t put a personality and give this brain only FIVE brain cells! *POOF* it’s your own personal Dylan! Like, Jesus fuck, these characters are so fucking one dimensional and dull as fuck, like boi did your fucking personality fly out the fucking window or something??

○The romance is so…forced. It’s fucking cringy insta love and honestly??? it would have been great if there was no romance at all because I’m suffering from cringeitis now. There is no fucking development and they literally have don’t even get to know each other that well. Like, is this what love’s like when you’re high? Because WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?

Dylan: *climbs into Caden’s window for the first time*
Dylan: kiss me babeh
Caden: uh sure why not
*they do da smoochy smoochy*
Caden: I….I think I like you more than a friend, omg I think I’m falling in love….omg someone help me I’m falling…JESUS, I’M GONNA HIT THE BOTTOM SO FUCKING HARD, OH GOD STOP I’M FUCKING FALLING IN LOVE, FUCK. I’M FALLING SO HARD I’M GONNA FUCKING HIT THE BOTTOM SO FAST AND DIE.

no I didn’t exaggerate anything, stop looking at me like that.

○Wait, can we talk about that ending…..because fuck, it’s so unrealistic. Like, how the fuck can these four fucking kids overthrow a fucking entire organization that had been GOING ON for fucking ages, man, how the fuck even? They literally, overthrew it in 5 seconds??? Talk about unrealistic.

○And what the fuck was Dylan’s deal at the end? At one point he tells Caden he lied about liking him and he’s into girls only??? And then a year later, in the epilogue, THEYVATE FUCKING KISSING AND LYING TOGETHER AND ACTING LIKE A COUPLE AND FUCK WHaT EVEN HAPPENED? Did I miss something? (Well I probably did because I skimmed a lot in the end.)

Overall the best part about this book was when it ended.

Good of the bye.

Ahahahahahahah fuckin hell this book wasnt allowed to be a disappointment.

Air Awakens by Elise Kova: Review

Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1)

2/5 stars. 

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, High Fantasy,

Series: Book 1 in the Air Awakens series

The Story:

A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

My review:

You know what I actually had very high expectations from this one because everyone’s been praising this and the magic is like the last airbender. But of course, the universe hates me and nothing goes as I expected. Instead of an awesome high fantasy, I get a book filled with boring bullshit, whiny characters and an abusive and asshole of a love interest.

First of fucking all, the first 60 pages of this book had me confused as fuck. Someone told me this had a love triangle and I assumed it was between the two prince’s, Baldair and Aldrik. (ahahaha Bald Air, get it?? no? okay.) I was so confused as to which fucking prince Vhalla was referring to. Like, did she save Baldair or Aldrik? Which one of the prince’s did she meet in the library? Lmao, I spent 20 fucking minutes or something asking Maggie about this entire situation and confused her as well, so this book really didn’t start off well for me.


The asshole, abusive Aldick is introduced!!!!!! This guy grabbed Vhalla’s chin and roughly pulled her face up. She winced and she was scared to make a sound afraid Aldrik would get angry. Um, yeah goodbye, this guy can choke on a fireball. And wait, that’s not even the worst part yet. He. Pushes. Her. Off. The. Roof. He thought that she wouldn’t fall because of some SPOILER:magic Bond:SPOILER and I get his perspective, but that still doesn’t excuse the fact that Vhalla almost fucking died and he didn’t fucking care.

It sort of went like this:
Vhalla: *get pushed off a roof by Aldick, almost died and has broken bones all over*
Aldick: Lmao Vhalla you were so boring before I pushed you off a roof, but you’re much cooler now, lmao you’re welcome.

I don’t care what he went through and I do not give a single flying fuck if he “changes.” That shit does not excuse his gross behavior. Some people were even defending his abuse on my updates like, no, bye.

Their romance is so???? fucking cringe and petty, like??? girl, you do not need a fucking asshole like this in your life, please. You are much better without him.

And Vhalla is such a freaking cry baby. Can you stop crying about how miserable everything is??? and go fucking do something about it. Stop letting an asshole abuse and push you around. Stop crying and FUCKING DO SOMETHING. She was beyond annoying and petty.

The writing is really easy to read and I flew through this. I would like it if the magic and world building is a bit explained because it was very intriguing and I would love to read more about it.

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake: Review

How to Make a Wish

4.5/5 stars. 

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, GLBT

Series: Standalone

The Story:

All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

My review: 

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Parental neglect and verbal abuse

You guys, I finally found a contemporary that I didn’t shred and roast to pieces! And I’m literally so happy right now. This book is a gem. It’s so diverse and precious, my god, I can’t stop hugging my copy of this book!! It’s so beautiful and I have the biggest smile on my face and akshajsdhjd I’m so emotional right now. I fucking binged this in less than 2 hours. And god, I want to read it all over again.

This book is so much more than a light, fluffy summer read. In fact, it’s nothing like that at all. This book *inhales book smell* is about a fucked up family relationship, love and finding the happiness you deserve in the world.


The main character, Grace is bisexual. She tackles and takes those threesome jokes down so smoothly. She doesn’t feel forced to “choose” a specific gender to be with. She doesn’t “come out.” She does what she wants to and doesn’t need to explain or find acceptance about her sexuality from anyone. It is so natural, I needed this!! Grace is such a strong character, I loved this girl.

The love interest, Eva is a biracial lesbian. She recently lost her mother and is grieving. She’s such a sweet, kind, caring and loving person. Ahhh, I literally wish I could hug these two characters, they are so fucking adorable..

Their romance is so !!! fucking !!!! ADORABLE !!!! I’m literally squealing.

“You and me,” I whisper, “we’re sandy spoons and fireworks, lighthouses and wishes and peanut butter.”

I loved the M/F friendship in this book. A friendship between a boy and girl that is NOT romanticized? This is so rare in YA books. Luca and Grace’s friendship is so wonderful. They are so supportive, loving, caring towards each other and THEY LITERALLY JUST HAVE A STRONG FRIENDSHIP THAT IS NOT ROMANTICIZED.


This book is such an emotional story about a very tough, abusive and neglectful relationship between a mother and daughter. Maggie was a very gross parent who had no care for her daughter’s well being. She would move Grace from place to place with new boyfriends and take a kid to bars to rescue the mom when she was being groped?? She always expected everything to be okay for Grace and never cared what happened to her. Maggie did whatever she wanted and expected Grace to be perfectly fine with it and I was just so mad at her. She would talk shit to Grace (i forgot what it was because i have bad memory) and I was so pissed at this freaking woman !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

spoiler ends

Overall, you guys don’t know how bad I need y’all to read this. Please!!! go read this book, it’s a gem.