Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hi, guys!!! Sil here. Yesterday I did something on our Twitter account really fun. I saw Sue aka @SueYAHollywood tweet she was going to do aesthetics of LGBT+ books because of #PrideMonth and I thought what a great idea this was to get the word out for more LGBT+ books you might not know but find interesting! So I did it too. This post is a recap of all the aesthetics and some edits I've done recently for books that are already out or about to come out.



Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Second post of the day, yay! This one is SO *omgomgomg* I like d i e d when I saw this in my inbox and I'm like yesyeyes! I am waiting for this series to release asap I mean it's bound to be a favorite because a) hockey b) Sarina Bowen wrote it. I'm sold.

Today I bring you the cover of book #2 of the Brooklyn Bruisers series by Sarina Bowen: HARD HITTER. It's yummy and drool-worthy and I might spend all my day staring at it (as everyone else).


Good morning guys! Today is a new day and with it, we bring you a great guest post by lovely author Calista Lynne. We are honored to have her here in the blog and can't wait for you guys to know more about her.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hey guys! Sil here. I got this idea of doing this list, especially because it's Pride Month! I encourage you to support LGBT+ authors and stories, and #ownvoices. Review, read, talk about them - they are important!


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Title: Out on Good Behavior
Series: Radleigh University #3
Author: Dahlia Adler
Release date: June 14th, 2016
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Frankie Bellisario knows she can get anyone she sets her sights on, but just because she can doesn't mean she should—not when the person she's eyeing is Samara Kazarian, the daughter of a southern Republican mayor. No matter how badly Frankie wants to test her powers of persuasion, even she recognizes some lines aren't meant to be crossed. 

But when Frankie learns she's been on Samara's mind too, the idea of hooking up with her grows too strong to resist. Only Sam's not looking for a hookup; she wants—needs—the real thing, and she's afraid she'll never find it as long as Frankie's in her head. 

Forced to choose between her first relationship and losing the girl who's been clawing her way under her skin, Frankie opts to try monogamy...under her own condition: 30 days of keeping things on the down low and remaining abstinent. If she fails as hard at girlfriending as she's afraid she might, she doesn't want to throw Samara's life into upheaval for nothing. But when neither the month nor Frankie's heart go according to plan, she may be the one stuck fighting for the happily ever after she never knew she wanted.

I can't believe this is the end for the Radleigh crew *cue crying* It was such a fun ride, thank you Dahlia!!! I love this cast of characters so much, probably one of my favorite in all NAs. We say goodbye with the last book - Frankie and Sam's story. I have been waiting for this one A LOT. And yes I'm not joking or lying. Since Dahlia let us know Out On Good Behavior was Frankie's book I was already in love. 

Title: Bittersweet
Series: True North #1
Author: Sarina Bowen
Release date: June 14th, 2016
Genre: Romance Contemporary

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard. 

The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.

At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price. 

Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way. 

They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.

Sarina Bowen writes swoony romances and also really funny ones! Bittersweet was no different except this time we travel all the way to Vermont, to this lovely farm with one sexy farmer and chef. 

Griffin and Audrey were so on point since the start and their banter was !!!! (yup, the good kind of banter that leads to some sexy times *wink wink*) I had so much fun reading this book and I pretty much cannot wait for the next in the series because I know I'm about to become addicted to them. 

Some reasons you should give this a chance: 

• Main heroine is a chef 
• Main hero is a former football player, now farmer, but also graduated as a chemist 
• They live in New England, so practically all of them are fans of NE sports teams so of course I have a soft spot for anyone who roots for the Patriots 
• I loved loved Griff's family. They are seriously #familygoals, and you'll love them 
• Lots of food talk and Audrey does a lot of cooking in the book and she tells you everything she is using in the dish, so they're kind of recipes? So it's freaking AWESOME and *it gets you so hungry tbh* 
• Griff is such a dirty-mouthed hero omg guys 
• Outside shower sex *whistles*

Some stuff that I didn't like a lot:

• Audrey referred to herself with this word. (I'm not going to put it but if you want to know feel free to DM in Twitter!) And she pretty much was slutshaming so *rolls eyes*
• Some situations that made me want to skip/skim them. Like scenes in particular. They weren't funny and felt a bit unnecessary.

But overall everything was great and I love good romances with sexy as hell covers and amazing characters. Plus you know I love me some chefs as characters in the mix and it doesn't hurt that we can read about them cooking some fiiiiine food. *oops*

Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of Vermont.  

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Today we got an interview we did with author Julia Ember. We love Julia A LOT. Like seriously. She is super sweet and nice and such a damn good writer. June is Pride Month and Julia created this amazing reading challenge for everyone to do: #ReadProud Challenge. She's going to tell you more about it in the interview!


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Title: The Flip Side
Author: Shawn Johnson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: June 7th, 2016
Pages: 320
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From gold medalist and reality TV star Shawn Johnson comes a debut YA novel inspired by her own experiences as an elite teenage gymnast—just in time for the Summer 2016 Olympic games.

Charlie Ryland has a secret.

She may seem like your average high school sophomore—but she’s just really good at pretending.

Because outside of school Charlie spends all her waking hours training to become one of the best gymnasts in the world. And it’s not easy flying under the radar when you’re aiming for Olympic gold…especially when an irresistible guy comes along and threatens to throw your whole world off balance.

Inspired by her own experiences as a fifteen-year-old Olympic gymnast, gold medalist Shawn Johnson writes a delightfully entertaining novel about chasing big dreams and falling in love, all while trying to keep it real.

The Flip Side is a great book to choose for the summer. It's light, adorable and because this year we have Olympics, it's a perfect read before the event starts. 

I'm always expecting the gymnasts section of the Olympics every four years. It's one of my favorite sports to watch and it's so fun. Plus all these girls have trained hours and hours to get to this point (I know all the sports too!) but I'm captivated by the dancing + the gymnastics itself. If you're into that, Shawn Johnson writes a fun book about the life of one girl who keeps her gymantic life aside from her "normal and high-school" life. It was rather fun to read about Charlie and her friends and how her love for this sport is so real and her goals are something she wants to achieve really bad.

It also has a cute ship that I was rooting for since the first meeting and the guy is so adorable, you won't be able to stop swooning for him. The friendships in this book are so special. And it tells you how friends are always there for each other - the real kind of friends. Even if you are training for the Olympics, if your best friend needs something, you will do anything possible. 

The family dynamics is *two thumbs up* I'm happy whenever I see great family dynamics in YA. I love Charlie's brother and her parents were super nice to meet and they were enjoyable to read when they were in scenes with Charlie. 

The writing isn't the best to be quite honest. It could be better! Some development also were like *rolling eyes emoji* type. But that's about it. I mean if you don't expect like a super beautiful writing, amazing characters, star-crossed lovers romance, The Flip Side is a fun, easy and cute book that will make you pass your time laughing and smiling. 

At 24 years old, American gymnast Shawn Johnson has accomplished a lifetime of achievements that include Olympic Medals, a New York Times best-selling book, a business, a career in broadcast, and took home the coveted mirror ball trophy on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.Hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide watched as a 16 year old Johnson won four medals including gold on the balance beam at the 2008 Summer Olympics, which took place in Beijing, China.
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Title: Foolproof Love
Series: Foolproof Love #1
Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: June 6th, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Format: Paperback and digital

Bull rider Adam Meyer put Devil’s Falls in his rearview mirror years ago and hasn’t stopped running since. Now he’s back—temporarily, if he has any say about it. Restless, he finds himself kissing the sexiest girl in town…and agreeing to be the fake boyfriend in her little revenge scheme. 

Jules Rodrigez isn’t interested in the role of town spinster. Being seen with a hell raiser like Adam is the perfect way to scandalize the residents, make her ex jealous, and prove she’s a sexy, desirable woman. And if their plan includes ridiculously hot sex—in public, of course—all the better. 

But this thing between them has an expiration date. Putting down roots isn’t in Adam’s blood, and Jules’s roots in Devil’s Falls are bedrock deep. He’ll leave, even if it rips out his heart. But this time, he’s not sure he’ll survive it…

It wasn't so great as Katee's other books but this is the Brazen side of Entangled and I know these books mostly are hot and sexy as hell. And yeah, Foolproof Love was all of that. It also has its sweeter moments. Jules and Adam made me have a good time, and I'm not gonna lie but this book was really addictive - I nearly finished it all in one go. I couldn't stop reading it and truthfully it was a good and short romance story.

It has:
- Fake dating (if you're into that, come to my side wink wink)
- Sexy times inside a car, oh yeah
- MC Latina
- Dirty-mouthed hero *oops* (you totally need this)

As all Brazen they are rather short so I wanted so much more. Almost always the stories are a bit rushed by the end, but I also always have such a good time reading them. Brazen side of Entangled is so ADDICTING AND *INSERTS FLAME EMOJI* I recommend to those who want a quick sexy and romantic read filled with lots of funny moments, great friendships, family and fake dating trope - pick up Foolproof Love by Katee Robert.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Title: Breaking Skin
Author: Debra Doxer
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: June 20th, 2016
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Dancing is like magic. It makes me disappear.

When I dance I’m not a sister or a daughter, not a lover or a friend. I exist in the moment, onstage, where I turn pain into art and pretend the illusion is real. My past is an abomination and my future is unwritten, but my present is pure, fluid, and focused. I’m content, or at least I think I am, until the night I meet a man who makes me want more.

He’s broken, just like me, but in different ways. He’s older and nothing like the men I’m used to. Compared to him, they’re all boys, immature and insipid, while he’s a force of nature, confident and virile. Virile is a word I’ve never used before, and I only use it now because he embodies it so completely.

At first, he fights the attraction between us almost as hard as I do. But when words like destiny and soulmate whisper through my thoughts, how can I ignore them? He can have any girl he wants, but he looks at me as if I’m the girl he’s waited for his whole life. How can I tell him I’m not that girl?

I wish I were enough for him, wish I were whole. But beneath my facade, I’ve been falling to pieces for a long time, and I don’t know if I’m strong enough to resist the downward momentum.

This book had the typical NA story tbh. But it's super addicting. I couldn't stop! I started it and finished in hours. If you're looking for a fun and sexy NA, look no more, Breaking Skin is your choice.

Some good stuff I liked a lot: 
→ The main hero has a kid
→ Main heroine is a ballerina and hero is a former hockey player
→ Family dynamics!! (but also really disliked a character of 1/2 of the family)
→ There's a dog. A really great, protective, cute dog

Some things I did not like:
→ Nikki thought every single woman that came close to Cole "bad" "mean" and other words I don't want to put here. I'm so tired that woman pit themselves against each other for guys or for any other reason tbh. They can be friends!!! We can seriously.
→ I hated, hated, Nikki's sister. And I'm just trying to not come up with this long paragraph for her because I might spoil every single thing but yeah. She's toxic, I'm sorry, but throughout the whole book, she was.
→ Over-protective hero to the max. I mean I'm okay with a protective of his girl kind of hero. But not one that practically doesn't let her do anything because he's afraid something will happen to her and because of that, he takes decisions (without consulting her first!) and does them.

Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Title: A Hundred Thousand Words
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Release date: October 27th, 2015
Pages: 300

Tobias Jackson grew up in Coburn, a town where the gay population equaled exactly one: him. Add that to the fact that his dream guy was his best friend's jerky older brother Levi Baxter, and it made hooking up virtually impossible. 

Now home from college for winter break, Toby is a different person. He left Coburn for San Francisco, where he wasn't the lone gay guy and the only black kid in town. And yeah, he took advantage of what the city had to offer. 

Apparently Toby isn’t the only one who’s changed. Levi’s not acting like the self-centered guy with all the answers that Toby remembers from growing up. Oh and Levi’s realized he's bisexual, which makes things a lot more interesting… 

Heading back to college, Toby doesn’t expect to meet up with Levi again, despite him being in med school not far away. A surprise visit from Levi blows that assumption out of the water. As they spend more time together Toby sees Levi as more than just the fantasy. He’s complicated, unsure…he’s real. But if Toby can’t get out of the past and find the words he keeps locked inside himself, he’ll lose his chance at Levi for good. 

Read this book people. Like you need it in your life, in your blood, in your bones to be honest. It's so sweet and romantic and real and raw. I related to it, You will relate to it. It's about college, decisions, family, loss, love, friendship. It's so real that you will feel you're inside the story with these characters. Nyrae Dawn made my night when I read this. It's definitely one of my favorite now. 


Hi guys! This is Sil with this month's wrap-up post. A week ago I came back to my hometown aka Cancun to spend the summer holidays with my parents. I could only bring two books *cries* AND (!!!) I found out that same day I left Puebla some packages arrived for me. *yes* book mail!! I won't see them until August sadly and I'm pretty sure what they are and I'm so sad but that's what I got lmao.

#1 THE ART OF LAINEY by Paula Stokes + lots of beautiful swag!

Paula did a contest for her newest YA contemporary book, GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE, and I got second place!!! It was so great and fun. Paula does amazing contests so you guys should enter them always hah. I won The Art of Lainey by her and she sent me lots of swag as well. I designed for her a sticker for GATU and she sent those to me too! You can see them in the pic.

Thanks, Paula! I cannot wait to start TAOL too :)

#2 THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER by Renée Ahdieh

I finally got one of my most anticipated sequels + final book for 2016. The Rose & The Dagger is beautiful and everything I have wanted in a final book. I can't believe Shazi and Khalid's story ended but gosh I will for sure reread this duology so many times.

Totally will get The Wrath and the Dawn paperback soon because *gosh* it's such a beautiful and pretty book. I love the cover + one more copy of one of my favorite series in the world is perfect hah!

#3 DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige

I got Dorothy Must Die at the airport. I have been interested to starting this series because I totally love retellings. I know it is a twist-y way to retelling The Wizard of Oz because if I am correct, Dorothy went evil and now she reigns in terror in Oz? Enter this new girl who suddenly comes into Oz to save the world. 

It sounds super cool and hope it is! I've heard good things from fellow bloggers so I'm keeping my mind opened.

#4 UNICORN TRACKS swag by Julia Ember

I also received an envelop with Unicorn Tracks swag. Thank you so much Julia! Everything was super gorgeous and pretty. I can't take a picture because as I said already I'm not home :/ But know that Julia is so kind and her swag is 1000% beautiful. If you haven't read Unicorn Tracks, you totally should do it. We recently published the Diverse Books Tag and you can see there what Unicorn Tracks is about. Of course we also have our review here: x

*Books read*

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We talk about how book edits/graphics in Tumblr whitewash characters of color. We give three examples. And also give ways not to do it.
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