anna · Book Reviews

All Of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

**** This novel was sent to me during an ARC traveling book tour (thanks Courtney!). All opinions are my own****


Edition: ARC

Pages: 432

Series or Standalone: Standalone

Published: May 15th, 2018

Publisher: HarperTeen

Goodreads Synopsis: “In this genre-defying page-turner from Lygia Day Peñaflor, four teens befriend their favorite YA novelist, only to find their deepest, darkest secrets in the pages of her next book—with devastating consequences.

Miri Tan loved the book Undertow like it was a living being. So when she and her friends went to a book signing to hear the author, Fatima Ro, they concocted a plan to get close to her.

Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. When she and her friends started hanging out with her favorite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too.

Penny Panzarella was more than the materialist party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was—and she was willing to share all her secrets with Fatima Ro to prove it.

Jonah Nicholls had more to hide than any of them. And now that Fatima’s next book is out in the world, he’s the one who is paying the price…

Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying—and told as a series of interviews, journal entries, and even pages from the book within the book—this gripping story of a fictional scandal will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.


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My Rating: 5/5 Hot Aliens

What if you met your favorite author and they wanted to become friends? That’s what happens in this book which is basically a bookworm’s dream. And that’s what this novel was for me. I really loved this novel. It took me on the emotional journey that I was craving from a contemporary novel.


I think it was the plot that won me over. The premise drew me in and I knew right away that I had to read this book. There was never a dull moment within the novel. whether it was the suspense of Fatima’s newest novel playing out what had happened or the interviews leaving you to worry about what is currently going on within their lives.

I loved the format of this novel. The interviews showed us an insight into the past as well as what had been currently going on. It helped fill in a bunch of gaps that could have formed if the story had not been in this type of format. I feel like it made the story flow together better even though we were jumping around from interviews to Fatima’s newest novel that caused all the controversy. The one thing I was disappointed in but also not at the same time was the plot twist. I liked how it didn’t take the normal approach that an author would make and that shocked me a little bit. And that made me like the novel more because I love when a novel can shock me. I cannot wait to read Peñaflor’s other novel, Unscripted Joss Byrd, and whatever else she releases later on.

I highly recommend that you pick up this book!

Xx Sincerely,



Why I Purchase Multiple Copies of the Same Novel

Having multiple copies may seem unnecessary, but it seems to be a normal thing within the bookish community. I have watched so many bookshelf tours filled two or more different editions of a book. And I’m definitely guilty of this myself. Sometimes I like a book so much I buy multiple copies of it. Do I need them? No…… but am I still going to buy them? Yes. So here are my reasons for buying them.

1) They are more ascetically pleasing. Sometimes the U.S. covers are slightly lamer than the international covers, so Book Depository is great for this. So far, I haven’t used Book Depo, but I definitely want to. I’ve purchased cover changes for a series or a book and then decline to get rid of the one I already had for sentimental reasons (kind of a dumb reason right? It’s okay though, I know it is an issue).

2) I love the author and want to support them. For example, do I need to own three copies (arc, hardback, and paperback) of Zoraida Cordóva’s novel, Labyrinth Lost? Not necessarily….. but I love it so much and she’s such a kind and generous person. I also have multiple copies of Jennifer L. Armentrout and Leigh Bardugo’s books.

3) ……… I don’t have anymore reasons.

I hope you enjoyed this short post! I’m beginning to get back into blogging regularly, so be excited!

Xx Sincerely,


anna · Book Reviews

Fallen Flame by J.M. Miller

*******I received an e-arc from Netgalley. These are my 100% honest opinions.******


Edition: eBook (yet again, I didn’t download it before the cut off date so I purchased my own copy)

Pages: 281

Series or Standalone: Series, 1st (Fallen Flame)

Published: June 19th, 2017

Publisher: Self published? (I think)

Goodreads Synopsis: “Nineteen years ago, on the island kingdom of Garlin, a girl was born. With charred skin as rough as rock, Vala was instantly feared. For how could one be scorched by magic when it had perished ages before?
Recognizing an asset, the royal family welcomed her on their Guard. Her detail: the prince.
To watch. To protect. She has grown with him, lives her life for him.
When the high kingdom’s princess comes to assess the prince, assassins of rival courtiers come to claim his life. One nearly succeeds in his mission. But with shadowy movements and charred skin like her own, Vala knows he is not like the rest.
As threats to the prince continue and questions about Vala’s life begin to rise, she faces a fear worse than fire or water, worse even than losing him.
She fears finding out who she truly is.”

My Rating: 5/5 Hot Aliens

I just finished this novel and I think J.M. Miller murdered my heart with this novel.


I loved the plot of the novel. It had so many twists and turns. You guys know I typically can see what is going to happen in a novel, but honestly, I only guessed maybe half or less of this novel. It’s written that well. This book is kind of an emotional rollercoaster. I felt so many emotions towards the events and characters. I loved them, I disliked them, I was annoyed with their actions, and I shipped them. I loved how the novel ends. It sets it up for the second novel perfectly. I cannot wait till the next novel comes out!

As I mentioned, I really liked the character development. Vala had great character growth throughout their novel. I loved the other characters and loved watching them develop in character as well. The characters didn’t just have one specific personality treat to them. I love when authors do this because it makes them realistic. The amount of secrets we find out during the novel and questions that are unanswered because they are for the next novel are endless. It was interesting seeing how far trust went in the novel. The realistic portrayal of trust was amazing.

Basically, I fell in love with this novel. I plan on checking out J.M.’s other writings while I impatiently wait for the next novel to try to fill the void of not knowing what happens next.

Xx Sincerely,


anna · Book Reviews

Werewolf High 1-4 + Christmas Novella by Anita Oh

Edition(s): eBook

Pages: 163 (The Truth Spell), 159 (The Tiny Curse), 120 (The Body Swap), 156 (The Soul Bond), 52 (A Very Werey Christmas)

Series or Standalone: Series, Werewolf High

Publisher: Self-Published

Goodreads Synopsis of First Novel: “As soon as I stepped onto the grounds of Amaris High, I knew I’d made a big mistake. I could never fit in at such a snobbish school – I was more IT girl than “it girl”. But then I saw him.

Sam Spencer. My childhood best friend. But it couldn’t be. Sam Spencer had died three years ago, on the night that changed everything. I need to know what happened, why he’s suddenly not dead and is hanging out with a bunch of rich kids.

When the school is hit by a truth spell, it seems like the perfect chance to find out what Sam and his creepy new friends are hiding, but the weirder things get, the less I’m sure I want to know. Even for Sam, even for the free food, Amaris High might be more trouble than it’s worth.”

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I bought The Truth Spell as a free ebook. I thought it sounded cheesy and I love novels that include werewolves so I decided to give this a go. And I am so happy that I gave this series a shot! It definitely isn’t as cheesy as I thought it would be. The plot of these novels may seem a bit cliche at first glance but oh my gosh they definitely aren’t. The series so far has had so many different turns and the plot seriously is so good. I’m honestly just surprised because it’s not what I expected from this series, but its so much more than I could ask for from it.

I really loved the characters. I love how they clash, yet they go together so well. That’s not easily done within a novel. The main character, Lucy, is such a likeable character for the most part. So much happens to her during these novels and she’s as strong as she can be during these times. I love how she stays determined throughout every obstacle thrown her way.

The Christmas novella was so adorable! I was smiling while reading the ending because of how cute it was.

I highly recommend that you read this series according to release date so you don’t spoil yourself. I hope you guys give this series a chance because I’d love to be able discuss it together!

Xx Sincerely,


anna · NA Recs

NA Recs: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Hey guys! There’s going to be an abundant amount of new features on the blog and I cannot wait to share them all with you. I’m going to kick off the new features with NA recs! NA stands for New Adult and I’ve been craving/reading new adult lately so I wanted to recommend you guys some of my favorites.

I decided to start this series with one of my absolute favorites, All Lined Up by Cora Carmack.


My Rating: 5/5 Hot Aliens

GR Average: 3.92 Stars

Perfect for the reader who:

  • – love romance
  • – love sports
  • – love sporty romances
  • – love novels that have more depth than the romance

Goodreads Synopsis: “New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.”

Sounds amazing, right? The plot in this novel was amazing. I really loved how well it flowed. This was the first novel in forever that I sat down and read while at home. Carmack’s addictive writing style keeps you needing more.

Her characters were rounded and I loved that they seemed so real. The characters had issues that people within the real world could be facing. I loved that Carmack didn’t shy away from the awfulness that can come from certain situations and how Dallas and Carson each faced the situations.

Be sure to check out Cora’s other novels too! I’ll be

picking up more novels by her soon.

Xx Sincerely,


anna · TBR (To be read)

Emojiathon TBR June 2017!

Hi guys! Emojiathon runs throughout June. I will be doing reading sprints on the 21st for the readathon over on Twitter. I am so excited to be a part of this and I hope you all join us.


A present – read a book that was gifted to you: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord (from Karla)

A heart – read a romance/contemporary: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Heart eyes – read a book that you bought because of it’s cover: The Fox and The Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Scream face – read a thriller: Antisocial by Jillian Blake or Dream Fall by Amy Plum

Robot – read a futuristic/sci-fi book: Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer

Baby – read a 2016/2017 release: Antisocial by Jillian Blake

Excited face – read a book you’ve been anticipating: Miles Morales Vol. 1

Clock – read a book in under 24 hours: The Fox and The Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith and Magnificent Mess by Topher Kearby

Dancing group- buddy read a book: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas with Alyssa from Pucks and Paperbacks!

Laughing face – read book that’s sure to make you laugh until you cry: Really Professional Internet Person by Jenn McAllister

Money eyes – read a book that was expensive: The Fox and The Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Face with glasses – read a book without any hype: The Grimm Legacy by Addie J. King

Peace sign – read a book that you’ve had forever and if you don’t like it or don’t read it, time to tell it to “peace out”: Grace & Style by Grace Helbig or Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Music notes (two connected eighth notes) – read a book that features music:  Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Newspaper – read a book about a current event: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Candy – read a book that’s like candy to you (a guilty pleasure): Ouran High School Host Club #6

I’ll probably read more, but I’m not positive what books yet.  I hope you all join in for a great month of reading!

Xx Sincerely,


anna · Book Reviews

Soulmated by Shaila Patel


Edition: Physical, Paperback

Pages: 300

Series or Standalone: Series, 1st (Joining of Souls)

Published: January 24th, 2017

Publisher: Month 9 Books

Goodreads Synopsis: “Two souls. One Fate.

Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.

Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.

When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.

Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?

I fell in love with this novel.


The characters were great. I loved Laxshmi’s attitude and her goals. Liam was just…… okay he’s one of my new book boyfriends. I loved his personality and his determination. The chemistry between the two was well written and kept me thinking “oh my gosh, please just kiss already. New OTP”. Shaila wrote the characters so well and it was really nice to have information on more than just the two main characters.


The plot and writing was amazing. Shaila’s writing reminds me of Jennifer L. Armentrout in the best way possible. Her writing keeps you enthralled within the novel and makes you unable to put it down. I loved the plot. It was different than other soulmate novels that I’ve read before. The empathic powers were really intriguing and I really want to learn more.



If you haven’t picked up this novel, you should definitely add it to your TBR!

Amazon – Book DepositoryiBook – Barnes & Noble

Xx Sincerely,


anna · Waiting On Wednesdays

WoW: I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo


Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine



I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

Release Date: May 30th, 2017



Why I’m Excited: I feel like I’ve been excited about this book for a long time now, impatiently waiting for it to come out. This novel seems right up my alley. I mean, a girl using K dramas for love advice? Count me in! I love K dramas and books so combining them like this will be amazing!


GoodReads Synopsis: “Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.


Is this book on your TBR too? Let me know in the comments below so we can freak out together over this novel.


Xx Sincerely,



Why The Upside of Unrequited is Important to Me

If you guys follow my bookstagram, booktube, or twitter, you know I’m not a small girl. I never really see myself in books when I read them because most YA novels feature a small female character as their main character. I’m not saying that those books are bad, they are just as important to some people as having a bigger character for the main character is for me. I am just stating that there is a lack of bigger or “fat” characters within novels (this goes for all genders). If they are in a novel, they are typically a funny side character, a side character who gets joked “funnily” about because of their weight, a side character who is the bully, or simply just making them a character who kills another character by sitting on them. This novel was not that stereotype of a YA novel. This novel had a fat main character who wasn’t the laughing stock.

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(That’s me)

In The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, I saw myself truly in a novel for the first time. The main character, Molly, is a girl who isn’t small. On the first page, she sucks in her cheeks to make it appear like she had cheekbones. I don’t want to get into how many times I have done this because I started to feel self-conscious. In fact, I caught myself doing this today.


Okay now leave till you read the book then promise to come back and read the rest of this post. Please. I mean, they are not necessarily spoilers, but more like character development/how they are spoilers.


She has a fear of rejection. I have a huge fear of rejection. That’s why I never go for the things I really want. I stopped auditioning, I stopped trying. I just did not want to face rejection. I have trouble being in groups of people for fear that I’m being rejected by being left out of conversations. I begin to worry whether I did something to make them ignore me or not. Molly may not have her fear to this extent, but I do and I could see myself through her fear.

The whole crushing thing with her is exactly how I am. I have crushes, but I never act on them again for fear of rejection. Molly is such a careful person. She doesn’t put her heart out in the open. I try not to either. After so much pain/anxiety/fear, you have too many walls up.

I cried while reading the acknowledgements because it says “To the fat kids. You’re beautiful”.


I met Becky Albertalli last month, March 2017, and I almost started crying when I was telling her how much her novel meant to me. I cannot thank her enough for this novel.

Be sure to pick up this novel! It’s written fantastically and it touched my heart and I hope it touches yours.

Xx Sincerely,


anna · Blog and Promo Tours · Book Reviews

Shattered Blue and a 20% Check In of Renegade Red by Lauren Bird Horowitz

**** I am reviewing this for part of a blog tour. I was supposed to receive an ecopy, but I ended up buying my own copy after not being able to find the link and not wanting to bother anyone by emailing them. All opinions are my own.****



Edition: Kindle

Pages: 336 and 420

Series or Standalone: Series, 1st and 2nd

Published: September 15th, 2016 and March 14th, 2017

Publisher: Papaloa Press

Goodreads Synopsis for Shattered Blue: “For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?


I am not sure at this point in time whether I will finish this novel or not.


Xx Sincerely,