Review: Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend

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This e-ARC was provided to me by the author free for review. I was not paid and all opinions are my own.

If you guys have been following my blog since the early days, you might remember me loving Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist. Well Kaitlyn Davis (writing as Kay Marie) has written the sequel and was kind enough to send me a copy.

This book picks up right where Sex Columnist left off and SPOILER, our awkward and virginal heroine Skye is well, no longer a virgin. Even though Skye is elated to finally be with her longtime crush Ollie, she’s going to deal with a hell of a lot of problems. How will she able to tell her best friend/Ollie’s sister Bridge? Of course Skye can’t just have one anxiety inducing situation because her cheating ex John has miraculously popped up at her door. Will Skye and Ollie be able to have their happily ever after or will reality and lies ruin it all?

I have the same opinion of this book as I did its predecessor. I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I’ve never felt guilty about reading a “guilty pleasure” rom com novel like this and this series is no exception. I think what is so appealing about the book is the characterizations of the characters. They are just very similar to how you would view yourself or people you are close to. The characters are flawed and can ultimately be selfish even when they think they aren’t and I think most of us have been through that realization about ourselves.

I highly recommend these two books if you are looking for a quick and fun read, especially if you love novels like Bridget Jones Diary

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Books That Have Got To Go: Part 1


Those of you that have been following the blog since the beginning knows I did a series of books to donate posts last summer. If you’re new here, this is how these posts go. I tell you the books I’m donating and my reasons for doing so. Basically you get a bunch of mini reviews. I donate all of my books to my local library for their fundraising sale. It’s a win win for all. Alright let’s get into it.

1. Plays By George Bernard Shaw: I had to read these for a class two years ago. I liked them but I frankly won’t ever reread them so they’re just taking up space on my shelf. Shaw is a funny man though. If you like Oscar Wilde, I recommend Shaw.

2. The Alienist by Caleb Carr: This is one of my mom’s favorite books so I got my own copy to read…except I never actually read it. I’ve had this book for three years and haven’t even touched it so I don’t think I will. It’s a murder mystery set when Roosevelt was president, so that’s fun.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: If you were here last summer you’ll know I was not as impressed with Fangirl as everyone else in the world is. I think it was just too hyped up for me and I expected way too much from it. You can read my review here

4. The Warrior Heir by Cinda Chima: This was one of my many thrift store purchases that I just never got around to reading. I have no idea what it’s about or if it’s any good. I remember buying it because it gave me Gregor the Overlander vibes and I loved those books as a kid.

5. The Dragon Queen by Alice Borchardt: Another thrift store find that I never got around to. I wanted to read it because it was another King Arthur tale but I kind of got burnt out on Arthur for a bit after that class I took on his legends. 

This completes part one of three in this round of donations. Have you guys read these books? Do you agree with me on some of them? Do you have any plans to donate any of your books?

#bibliophilechildhoodchallenge


Hey guys! So to start off my return to the bookish parts of the Internet, I’ve created a little challenge for you all. If you’re not already following me on Instagram, you should head over to britlitbibliophile and take a look. Basically I’m going to be reading my favorite books from childhood and posting updates for the next two weeks. I’ll be doing reviews here of the books. All are welcome to participate, just use the hashtag in the title of this post and tag me if you feel so inclined. Can’t wait to see your childhood favorites!

I’M BACK!!!!!!

Did you guys miss me? I know I keep taking hiatuses but I’m finally at a place in life where that shouldn’t be happening anymore. I’m back at my family’s home for the summer so I get some down time to really read. I’m also going to be going through my books and donating them so another segment of that will be up soon. I’ve got some big plans and I hope you guys will continue to follow me on my literary journey.

Review: The Lunam Ceremony by Nicole Loufas

I received this ARC free for review from XPRESSO Book Tours. I was not paid and all thoughts are my own!

Now that all the legal stuff is out of the way we can get into talking about this book and the giveaway attached to it!

Synopsis 

Born from a curse that allows her kind to shift from human to wolf, Kalysia won the genetic lottery. She is the offspring of an original, born to lead and bound by her duty to produce an heir to continue their bloodline she must leave the only life she has ever known to take part in The Lunam Ceremony. This ancient ritual will solidify her place in the pack and determine who she will love for the rest of her life. There’s just one problem – Kalysia doesn’t believe in love.
That changes when she falls into the hands of Dillan Dukes. The attraction is undeniable. The connection unbreakable. He is everything love at first site is supposed to be, suddenly her future doesn’t look that bad.
Unwilling to give up hope on going to college and having the life her and Dillan fantasize about outside the pack, she reluctantly takes on the role as pack leader. When an unexpected proposal is made that will grant both Dillan and Kalysia their freedom she is willing to put her ego, and her heart aside, to make her dream come true.
One night.
One act of selflessness.
For the life she’s always dreamt about.
Only things are not what they seem.
Can Kalysia and Dillan find happily ever after with the consequences of that night haunting them forever?
Will one fateful night destroy Kalysia’s future along with the future of the pack?

Review

When I first started reading this book I was apprehensive. I wasn’t expecting Kalysia to be a sheltered girl forced into a lifestyle but as the novel progressed I realized that there was so much more. Kalysia is a fiercely strong character who wants to make a change. She’s wonderfully human, she makes mistakes big and small and then tackles the consequences. There is something so appealing about her. I’m interested to see where this series is going. 

Understand this is a New Adult book so some material is not suitable for younger audiences. There isn’t any gratuitous sex scenes but it’s mentioned a lot.

Overall I would give this 3.5 stars out of 5.

Giveaway!!!

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The Problem with Dan Brown’s YA Debut

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Alright. Let me sum up what is going on right now for anyone out of the loop or slightly confused. Author Dan Brown is releasing a new version of his best selling novel The Da Vinci Code specifically designed for Young Adult readers. This version will ultimately be a shortened version of his book but will “maintain Brown’s original plot” according to his publisher.

Now onto the issues at hand.

I would like to speak on the behalf of most teen readers because I was once one. I read The Da Vinci code at 14 and understood it perfectly. I devoured that book and his others and now to imply I didn’t understand what I was reading is frankly offensive. By saying teen readers need an easier version of a book is immensely condescending to both YA readers and YA authors. This makes it seem like authors who write books considered YA are not as talented writers that cannot be complex. This simply isn’t the case because of how diverse the YA market has become. It is YA because many of the characters are young adults so young adults can identify with the feelings and struggles they are going through. So unless you’re making Robert Langdon a teenager solving these mysteries, there really isn’t a point in adapting it. If you were adapting this book for young readers around the 7 to 8 year range, it would make sense to maybe cut out certain scenes that would be viewed as “too adult.” Dumbing down the material isn’t the way to go.

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This is going to sound very asinine but Dan Brown needs to stop making himself seem better than he actually is. His books are entertaining and interesting but they really aren’t all that complicated. The teenagers he is attempting to talk down to are ones that are studying Shakespeare and Dickens in class. If they can figure out classical authors who wrote in a style of the English language they aren’t familiar with, I can guarantee that they can also figure out his books.

Basically what I’m saying is I don’t support the assumption that YA readers are not as intelligent. So if you’re a parent reading this, don’t get your kid the abridged version. Buy them the real deal and don’t insult their intelligence. Worse comes to worse, they don’t understand some things and they have to look it up to gain more knowledge, which isn’t at all a bad thing. Allow readers to grow and don’t belittle the work of others because you have a bit of an ego.

I Honestly Loved I, Iago


I love Shakespeare and his characters but I love Iago the most. I became obsessed with the character my senior year of high school when we read Othello in my AP English class. There was and still is something so fascinating about this villain Shakespeare created. He is petty and ambitious, conniving and intelligent, and just evil. Perhaps the evil that stems from no real reason is why he is so appealing. We can place our own stories or reasonings on him. This brings me to my new favorite book I, Iago.

It is the story of Iago’s life as the fifth son of a merchant forced to go into the military and finds he flourishes. This book is so humanizing and doesn’t feel forced in the portrayal of a good and truly honest Iago that lets his ambition get the better of him. I appreciated how Nicole Galland actively included exact quotes from Othello into the dialogue. It helped keep the book focused when the plot got crazy. It would remind me where the story was based off the play.

The love story between Iago and Emilia was honestly beautiful and I was charmed utterly by it. This book just swept me away and I’m so happy it is in existence. This is in my reread pile for sure.