Friday, June 24, 2022

Currently Reading


I'm actually in the middle of reading a few books which is great. If you've been around long enough you'll know that I used to read a lot of books but when my father passed in 2020, my entire life changed. I consider a good reading month two or three books these days when it used to be nearly 20 books a month. 

So yeah, for me, this is a win! 

I'm really enjoying all three books. So let me tell you a bit about them!



This one started out rough! I was crying so much that my partner took my book and hid it because he didn’t want to see me so sad. Gracie is having it rough! Her mother has Alzheimer’s, and she’s paying for a room for her to get the care she needs while trying to save up for a better place. It hit so hard because my grandma suffers from the same thing and she’s not doing too well right now.


But that’s not all! Gracie’s boss is a freaking jerk face! He’s sexually harassing her and then fires her when she won’t get on her knees for him. Ugh, monster. 

I was about to put the book down because I honestly couldn’t handle anything darker. I’m too sensitive for dark themes like that. 

But it’s coming around now that she’s agreed to switch places with the famous actress and I can’t wait to read more! 




So far, this feels like another run-of-the-mill paranormal romance. Nothing mind blowing, but it’s going to be a fun ride! 

We follow Julian and Thea in a duel POV. Julian is a very rich vampire that just woke up from sleeping for decades. Because his mother wants him to get married. Thea is just trying to make it as a musician when she gets caught up in his world. 

I’m not far into this one either. So far, Julian just saved her from a hungry vampire and took her home. He’s also told her what he is. 

There’s a lot of sexual tension in this one. So if you like spice, I can tell this one is going to have some! 



Okay, I’ve only read one chapter of this one, but I already love the hero. He’s a vet! I mean, really, a hot vet. Need I say more? 

This one feels like it’s going to be a fun romance with heavier moments, and I’m really down for that! 


That's it for this post! Please tell me what you're reading below! I'd love to know! Until next time, stay safe and happy reading! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

10 Controversial Books YOU May Have Read



Books are banned all the time and if they aren't banned... well they sure are a hot topic with people lining up to say what is wrong with these books and why no one should read them.

I'm only listing what has been said about each book. Also some of these I've read and loved. I'm that rebel that loves reading books that people say I shouldn't. I say, you should never let what someone else says keep you from reading a book you want. You do you. Always.

 So let's jump into the list, shall we? 


10) Harry Potter
Yep! That's right. Something like HP has been at the center of controversy for years! I actually remember this one when I was younger and just getting into reading, my mother would not let me read this series or even watch the movies! 

She had pamphlets all around the house with these pictures of Harry and the devil holding hands. Anyway, the thing around this series is the witchcraft it entails. Parents thought it would turn their kids over to the dark side and they'd all go to hell. 


9) The Black Witch
This one has been a hot topic for pretty much every 'ist' you can think of. People have said it's hurtful to POC and the LGBTQ+

8) Empire of Storms
So.... this is on my list for a few reasons. Some people have said the series is very racist ...to the point the author was sent death threats. Others were not happy at all with the sex in this book and it being geared towards young adults. 


7) The Hate U Give
This book has mostly been praised and pretty much everyone loves it. So why is it here? Well, there are some out there that say this book is racist and has too much police violence and the 'foul' language it uses isn't suited for young adults. Thus it was banned at a school in Texas. 


6) Forever
This one was banned. Why? Well... sex. Yeah... lots of parents at the time wanted their children to know nothing about sex and what it entails. My parents were no different. I wasn't allowed to read this one either.  Sex is going to be a theme with these it seems. 



5) Two Boys Kissing
This one will come as no surprise to you... sadly. Why is this one banned? Well, the cover... the two boys kissing on this cover was enough to send some people over the edge. They thought it would promote the 'gay agenda'. You really can't make this weird stuff up. This is one I've not read yet but I hope to do so soon.


4) Blood and Chocolate
This was wasn't banned because of the bloody scenes with werewolves fighting. No. It was banned for how the teenage girl accepted and reveled in her own sexuality. Told you most of these were about sex.


3) TTYL
This was has been called racist and it uses too much offensive language and it was way too sexually explicit for some people.


2) Carrie
The book that gave me my name has also been banned. Too much sexual content and violence they say.



1) Looking for Alaska
This one is banned for a sexually explicit scene that might make a student or young adult 'experiment'. *Eye roll* Yeah I know...

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So that's it! Let me know below if you've read any of these books and what you think about them! 

Monday, June 20, 2022

Music Monday - Halsey (Pride Month)

This meme is hosted by Always Me

Today we're going to talk about Halsey. I've really enjoyed their music for years now. Halsey's got such a different approach to their music. Yes, she does 'pop' music but there's just something different about their work in my opinion. Always this hint of darkness that draws me in.

In case you don't know, Halsey uses they/them and she/her pronouns. I used both to showcase that. Halsey's bisexual. She's written about these experiences in their music and is very open about this fact. 

Now, let's just get into some epic music! 


Which is your favorite? Please let me know below! I hope you have a great day and week! Stay safe and happy reading!

Friday, June 17, 2022

Connect 5 Friday - Bisexual Rep (Pride Month)


Hello! Welcome to Connect 5 Friday. It's been a while since I did one of these posts and I've missed it! It's so nice to have a little more free time because summer. Not as much as I'd like but hey, this is my fourth post this week! That's a win for me! 

Now, I've not read all of these but did some research and hopefully it's right. So forgive me if I messed up! With that out of the way, let's get to these books that feature bisexual characters! 

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 Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.

When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?

Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his... um, thighs.

Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?

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In Perfect on Paper: a bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her classmates is hired by the hot guy to help him get his ex back.

Her advice, spot on. Her love life, way off.

Darcy Phillips:
• Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes―for a fee.
• Uses her power for good. Most of the time.
• Really cannot stand Alexander Brougham.
• Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke…who is in love with someone else.
• Does not appreciate being blackmailed.

However, when Brougham catches her in the act of collecting letters from locker 89―out of which she’s been running her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service―that’s exactly what happens. In exchange for keeping her secret, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to become his personal dating coach―at a generous hourly rate, at least. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.

Darcy has a good reason to keep her identity secret. If word gets out that she’s behind the locker, some things she's not proud of will come to light, and there’s a good chance Brooke will never speak to her again.

Okay, so all she has to do is help an entitled, bratty, (annoyingly hot) guy win over a girl who’s already fallen for him once? What could go wrong?

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After a disastrous blind date, Darcy Lowell is desperate to stop her well-meaning brother from playing matchmaker ever again. Love—and the inevitable heartbreak—is the last thing she wants. So she fibs and says her latest set up was a success. Darcy doesn’t expect her lie to bite her in the ass.

Elle Jones, one of the astrologers behind the popular Twitter account, Oh My Stars, dreams of finding her soul mate. But she knows it is most assuredly not Darcy... a no-nonsense stick-in-the-mud, who is way too analytical, punctual, and skeptical for someone as free-spirited as Elle. When Darcy’s brother—and Elle's new business partner—expresses how happy he is that they hit it off, Elle is baffled. Was Darcy on the same date? Because... awkward.

When Darcy begs Elle to play along, she agrees to pretend they’re dating to save face. But with a few conditions: Darcy must help Elle navigate her own overbearing family over the holidays and their arrangement expires on New Year’s Eve. The last thing they expect is to develop real feelings during a fake relationship.

But maybe opposites can attract when true love is written in the stars?

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After a public meltdown over her breakup from her cheating musician boyfriend, Cherisse swore off guys in the music industry, and dating in general for a while, preferring to focus on growing her pastry chef business.

When Cherisse’s younger sister reveals she’s getting married in a few months, Cherisse hopes that will distract her mother enough to quit harassing her about finding a guy, settling down and having kids. But her mother’s matchmaking keeps intensifying.

Cherisse tries to humour her mother, hoping if she feigns interest in the eligible bachelors she keeps tossing her way, she’ll be off the hook, but things don’t quite go as planned. Turns out for the first time in ages, she and Keiran King, the most annoying man ever, are on the island at the same time. Avoiding him is impossible, especially when Keiran’s close friend is the one marrying her sister, and he’s the best man to her maid of honour.

Keiran doesn’t know what to make of Cherisse now. They’ve always butted heads. To him she’s always been a stuck-up brat who seeks attention, even while he secretly harbored a crush on her. Now with Cherisse’s sister marrying one of his good friends he can’t escape her as the wedding activities keep throwing them together.

When things turn heated after a rainy night of bedroom fun, they both have to figure out if they can survive the countdown to wedding day, without this turning into a recipe for disaster.

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Morgan, an elite track athlete, is forced to transfer high schools late in her senior year after it turns out being queer is against her private Catholic school's code of conduct. There, she meets Ruby, who has two hobbies: tinkering with her baby blue 1970 Ford Torino and competing in local beauty pageants, the latter to live out the dreams of her overbearing mother. The two are drawn to each other and can't deny their growing feelings. But while Morgan--out and proud, and determined to have a fresh start--doesn't want to have to keep their budding relationship a secret, Ruby isn't ready to come out yet. With each girl on a different path toward living her truth, can they go the distance together?








That's it! Did you find one that sounded good to you? Let me know below! Until next time, stay safe and happy reading! 



 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Prince of the Sorrows (Rowan Blood, #1) - Pride Book Review

Without an academic endorsement to make him valuable to the high fey, Saffron will be sent back through the veil to the human world. The place he was traded from as a changeling-baby, and a place he is terrified of. And while getting an endorsement shouldn't be impossible, it's hindered by the fact his literacy is self-taught, using books stolen off of MorrĂ­gan Academy's campus of high fey students.

When mistaken identity leads to Saffron learning the true name of brooding, self-centered, high fey Prince Cylvan, what begins as a risk of losing his life (or his tongue) becomes an opportunity to earn the future he wants. In exchange for an endorsement, he and Cylvan form a geis where Saffron agrees to find a spell to strip power from Cylvan's true name. While Prince Cylvan doesn't know Saffron can barely read, Saffron is determined to meet his end of the deal in order to remain in Alfidel—or, maybe, just to remain by Cylvan's side, as affections grow stronger every night they spend alone in the library together.

But as other human servants soon fall victim to a beast known only as “the wolf”, Saffron realizes he has embroiled himself in a manipulative reach for power like he never anticipated—and even Prince Cylvan cannot be trusted. Between the wolf, uncovering forbidden magic, and his growing feelings for the prince, Saffron will have to decide which is most important to him—his endorsement, the lives of his friends, or the prince’s life and wellbeing.

Prince of the Sorrows is a queer fantasy romance for New Adults.


Book Breakdown

THAT CLIFFHANGER!!!!!!!!!

No, no, no!!!!!

WHY DID I DO THIS TO MYSELF!?

Okay, okay. Let me take a breath here.

Bite Sized Review - I adored this novel but skimmed over when it became detail heavy.

Now, let’s actually get into all the details. I was on Amazon, looking for something on Kindle for Pride Month and that cover sucked me in! I was reminded of Hades and Persephone covers and so I downloaded it.

I started reading it before bed and got 50% in before I could put it down. I was sucked in. The world is rich, so full of details. Sometimes too much details that I skimmed to get to the action once it dragged too long.

But the next day I devoured the rest of the story and only to discover this horrible cliffhanger that just stabbed me in the heart and left me bleeding out on. My sofa. Dramatic? Sure, but so is this book!

Saffron is the MC and the POV we follow and let me tell you... he’s abused all the time. Like everyone likes to beat him up. This world is dark and cruel. Yet, somehow he still has this innocent like quality to him.

This fantasy world is unlike any I’d read. It’s very progressive with its take on pronouns and sexuality and I am freaking here for it! Hell freaking yeah!

I recommend this, but honestly not till the second is out because the cliffhanger is insane and I hate it, in the best way. I really need the second volume now.

As for the spice level... there's like one scene and it's graphic but this wasn't a very spicy book at all to me.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Two Bite Sized Reviews

Hello, welcome little butterfly. I hope you’re having a wonderful week! I actually read a few books last week and so I actually have some reviews to share with you! I received both in exchange for an honest review. So let’s get to it!

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She’s a mad hatter. He’s a loyal brother. Together they must survive a world steeped in blood.

Maddie has been trying to rescue her sister from the Queen of Hearts’ prison for two years. When her last hope to infiltrate the palace fails, Maddie is left with no choice but to join forces with a sexy man from outside of Wonderland.

Noah's life has become a repetitive cycle ever since breaking up with his long-time girlfriend. But then his sister, Alice, arrives at his doorstep sporting a new pair of fangs. Noah vows to cure her, even if it means sacrificing himself.

Tensions rise when the Queen of Hearts threatens to take down Maddie and Noah's sisters, putting both their worlds in peril. They must combine their strengths to bring their enemy to her knees and protect their hearts … or risk losing them.

Perfect for fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout and Sarah J. Maas. Maddie is the first in a series of sizzling romance, sexy vampires, and devious villains.


Book Breakdown

VAMPIRES ARE BACK!!!!!!

I know many people credit Crave with bringing back vampires, but in my humble opinion, Maddie is bringing vampires back!

Medium Heat Level
Like, I’m kind of speechless, honestly. I don’t know what to say other than I LOVE this book. This is really a fresh take on the whole Wonderland lore and I’m here for it!

Maddie is awesome! I love the gender flip. I won’t lie. Normally, I’m not into gender flipping. I don’t know why, it’s just not my thing, but here. I love our female Mad Hatter! She’s quirky, but without being overdone. She’s strong and yet still sweet as can be. Ugh. I love her.

Noah is great too! I loved watching their romances as they embark on a plan to save their sisters. It was pretty slow burn too, which is just perfect for these two.

Honestly, this is great!


Erin Skye Kelly wrote Get the Hell Out of Debt after her own struggle to become consumer-debt free. She was tired of listening to middle-aged men in suits tell her to consolidate and refinance her debt when all that seemed to happen was she’d end up in more of it while they profited from it. When Kelly figured out the two most important tools to money management—and started achieving massive results—other women wanted to join in on the debt-free journey. With her sense of humor and straight-shooting sensibilities, Erin began transforming lives.

This book is not only a step-by-step process that will walk you through how to pay off your debt—it’s a deeply personal journey centered around changing your mindset. As you master each of the three phases through repetition, you will create your own financial freedom, allowing you to live debt-free forever and create wealth and abundance that will positively impact your life—and the people you love and serve.

No matter how much consumer debt you carry, this book is a judgment-free zone from cover-to-cover. Your dreams are welcome here. 


Book Breakdown


My parents used to own a business and I would help them with taxes and such when I was a kiddo, I would balance books and help them budget. I was a weird kid; I admit it. I even took some classes on accounting because I enjoyed this stuff so much.

So every once in a while I like to look at books like this... as like a refresher or to see what new tips and tricks are out there.

First off, what I adore about the writing is how no holds back it is without being preachy or pushy. A very wonderful balance! I love how the author started with a lot of basic info and works her way from there. So you follow everything she’s saying easily. Bravo.

Now, thankfully, I’m not in debt at the moment. But I really think this book would help anyone who is. Even if you aren’t, it can change how you view money, which can make your life easier in this capitalist society.

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Well, that's it for this one! Have you read either of these? Do either of them sound good to you? If not, what are you reading? Let me know below! Until next time, stay safe and happy reading! 

Monday, June 13, 2022

Music Monday - Vanessa Carlton (Pride Month)

This meme is hosted over at Always Me


I remember hearing it when my father would turn on the oldies station in the car. I really liked it. It was a sweet song and I’ve always been interested in piano driven music. Maybe it was where I forced to play piano as a kiddo. No, I remember nothing about it. I can’t even read music. Wish I could! I’d love to play now!

Anyway! Back to the music. I was looking for artists to feature for Pride that I’ve not done before and found out that Vanessa Carlton actually came out as bi back in my hometown of Nashville in 2010. 

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"'It was two female fans who inspired the 35-year-old singer-songwriter to come out as a "proud bisexual woman" during a 2010 performance at Nashville Pride.

When she spotted the couple in the audience, Carlton said she "felt their pain, in a way," and felt inspired to come out on the spot.

"I wanted to connect with them," she said. "I wanted them to know I understood."

Carlton said the declaration hasn't had a major impact on her music "one way or the other." Still, she added, "People that are really struggling with their sexuality will feel comfortable talking with me about it, or they'll be like, 'Thank you.'" - HuffPost

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So let's jump into these songs! Let's start with the one that got super popular back in 2002. 


That's it for this week! Let me know which one you enjoy the most! I hope you have a great week and stay safe!