Filthy Gods by R. Scarlett

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5/5 stars

CW: sexual harassment & sexual assault

Synopsis: Young. Wealthy. Elite. Attractive. The gentlemen’s secret society at Yale was filled with them.

And Nathaniel Radcliffe, the bane of my existence, was one of them.

As the right hand of the American Gods, he was conceited and arrogant. A dangerously handsome man in a tailored custom suit and shiny black oxford loafers.

The classroom was our battlefield. We made a sport out of arguing and debating, ready to do anything in order to win over the other.

Deadly opponents, deadlier minds.

I’d sworn I’d never give him the upper hand, until…

The secret I’ve been hiding for the last three years?

He just discovered it… and now he has all the power.

I’ll just start off by saying this was, singlehandedly, the best purchase of my life. I’ve been adjusting to life as a college student, and I still managed to finish this whole book in one sitting (maybe some homework didn’t get finished, but that’s neither here nor there.) Since I’ve been a little busy with school, it’s taken me a little time to write this, but now that I am, I will not stop raving about this.

First of all, this is a novella. A novella. This was just a mere taste of what she’s going to give us, and I’m already highly anticipating the actual release of the series (seriously, when is it gonna come out, a girl is SHAKING with excitement.)

the plot

I cannot stress enough about how we need more college-aged NA books. I’ve read countless romance books, and only a few were set in college. College is a time for living life and trying new things, and I believe there should be way more books centered around this than there currently are. Thank God (and R. Scarlett) for this book, they really blessed us with this release.

The story sets up the base for her upcoming series American Gods, focusing on Juliette and her biggest rival, Nathaniel (who happens to be very good friends with the “American Gods.”) The two are at the top of their law programs, yet Juliette always finds herself just a little short of reaching Nathaniel’s status. Their illicit affair begins when Nathaniel finds out a secret she’s been keeping the past 3 years. Using it against her, he makes a tempting offer that will benefit the both of them. The book jumps right into their relationship, sparing no detail of their late night adventures together. They only have the summer together, and every moment they’re together is pure fireworks exploding everywhere.

the characters

Oof, don’t get me started on them. Juliette is a stubborn, determined, feisty student fighting for a place at the table with all the other Ivy Leagues. She’s the epitome of working hard for what you want, and all the hard work pays off. She’s top of her class (under Nathaniel), and she constantly has to prove she deserves to be Yale with all the other rich and famous people. Nathaniel is the typical arrogant, charming, damnably handsome guy who always seems to get what he wants. As you can see, the two very different personalities are bound to clash. Not only are these two electric, but the author also introduces the heroes for her upcoming series in subtle ways. Juliette catches glimpses of Gabe, Arsen, and James throughout the summer, building up their mysterious backstory that has me intrigued beyond belief.

P.S. Gabe’s story is the next book expected to drop, and he was my favorite in this novella, I’m so excited to see what happens to him.

the romance


the writing

This was the first book by R. Scarlett I’ve ever read (thank you Kat), and it was nothing short of spectacular. For me, this book was perfectly paced and had the perfect amount of sex scenes. Personally, I’m a fan of more fast-paced books. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good slow burn, but a person can only be on fire for so long before they burn to ash. The romance took off right from the start, and the whole length of it was building their relationship and developing the next series. Her male characters are somewhat haughty and confident, but it doesn’t make them any less compassionate and real. It’s nice to read more dominant centered relationships while also illustrating the independence and strength of the female love interests. Not once in the story does Nathaniel intentionally patronize Juliette for not being as good as him or for being poorer. He may be an ass at most times, but he values her wit and intellect. They truly are equals, two halves of a whole, and I can’t wait to see what R. Scarlett brings with her next book (seriously, again, when is it coming?!)

R. Scarlett’s newest series American Gods, will be coming soon, but until then you should all read this one. It’s a quick, steamy read, and will leave you hanging on for the next installment. PLUS, it’s only 99c on Amazon!


ARC Review: Wildcard by Marie Lu

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4/5 stars

Release Date: September 18, 2018

Published by Penguin Teen/G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Synopsis: Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

For anyone who has followed me on twitter or on here for the past year knows that I was in love with Warcross. I truly believe I will never be on that kind of high while reading a book ever again, and I’m perfectly fine with that. Warcross was truly unparalleled in all aspects, and I’ve been anticipating Wildcard ever since I finished it.

the plot

Spicy. There was a main objective to be accomplished and multiple bad guys to watch out for. So much takes place in the span of a week, they need to overcome the impossible in order to, literally, save the world. Its action-packed with new games, characters, and challenges. There’s finally an answer and resolution to the cliffhanger that kept me on my toes for a year, and it was something else. Every route I thought Marie Lu could take never compared to the actual truth of the story. For a person who hates sci-fi, I loved this book and all its futuristic aspects. It’s original, refreshing, and completely worth the hype it gets. If there’s anything I have to say about Wildcard, though, it’s that Warcross was more fun, lighthearted, and thrilling whereas its sequel took a more serious, heavy tone. Both were great in their own aspects, and the ending satisfied me, but they were both very different books in tone and meanings.

the characters

The Phoenix Riders are the best group of friends anyone could ever ask for. They reappear in this book, and play an important role in Emika’s plans to take down Hideo. Many fantasy books focus around one main character’s ability to change the world (with the assistance of a few friends who only help during the takedown), but Marie Lu emphasizes the role friends and a team has. A team supports and helps each other in all aspects, and even with the impending threat of the world domination, they are always there for one another and their personal problems. Even after everything ends, the quartet remain close, forever a part of each other. Not to mention, there are new characters introduced, and they are completely badass in all aspects. Jax is truly a queen, and possibly my new favorite character. There is even a brief encounter with a new non-binary character assisting Emika in her hunt. My only beef with this all is that Ren never came back into play, and I really did love him. Marie Lu, if you see this, I just want to know how he’s doing.

the romance


final thoughts

Warcross was a tough book to beat. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t as crazy about Wildcard, but it was also an impossible bar to meet to begin with. Nevertheless, Wildcard was great from start to finish, and I had little complaints about anything presented in it. For me, it just didn’t have that initial fire I fell in love with like in Warcross, but Wildcard is still a fantastic sequel that gives a content ending to the fast-paced, dramatic world Marie Lu has created.


If you still want to find out which Warcross team member you are, my quiz can be found here, comment what you get!

Book Boyfriends: Peter Kavinsky

In honor of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before becoming its own film, it’s only mandatory that I make a post about the handsome Peter Kavinsky.

It’s no secret that To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is becoming a Netflix film, and if you haven’t heard, now you know. I just binged the entire book in one sitting, so I’m writing this up while it’s still fresh in my mind. I started off the book loving Josh, and I don’t think I’ve ever turned around on a love interest that fast; going from loving one guy to loving another so quickly. Disclaimer: I also love John Ambrose McLaren with all my heart, I could make another post about him.

We all love a good fake dating trope, so if you haven’t read this series yet, what are you waiting for?!?!

In the book, Peter is described as the lacrosse-playing God of their high school; the most beautiful All-American charmer. He’s arrogant and cocky, but also sweet and friendly. I can’t recall many of his details as I read it all picturing Noah Centineo as Peter, but one look at Noah and you’ll understand why Peter Kavinsky is the best book boyfriend.

It’s not really a fancast because we get to see him on screen for real, but let’s look at Noah Centineo again, just because.

There’s many screencaps of him filming, but there’s too many good ones to choose from to put on here. I don’t think I could’ve ever pictured anyone better to play Peter.

Favorite Peter Kavinsky quotes/quotes about him:

“You only like guys you don’t have a chance with, because you’re scared.” this one hit too close to home, he didn’t need to call me out like that.

“I’ve never gotten a love letter before. But reading these notes like this, one after the other, it feels like I have. It’s like . . . it’s like there’s only ever been Peter. Like everyone else that came before him, they were all to prepare me for this. I think I see the difference now, between loving someone from afar and loving someone up close. When you see them up close, you see the real them, but they also get to see the real you. And Peter does. He sees me, and I see him.”

“He looks at you a lot. When you’re not paying attention. He looks at you, to see if you’re having a good time.”

“Do you know what it’s like to like someone so much you can’t stand it and know that they’ll never feel the same way? Probably not. People like you don’t have to suffer through those kind of things.”

“That’s when I see him. Peter Kavinsky, walking down the hallway. Like magic. Beautiful, dark-haired Peter. He deserves background music, he looks so good.”

“So, how does he kiss?”
I’m blushing. I tap my fingers on my lips before I say, “He kisses like … like it could be his job.”

“Let’s talk strategy for a second. All you have to do is act like you’re in love with me. That shouldn’t be too hard.”

“Let’s do it fucking for real, Lara Jean. Let’s go all in. No more contract. No more safety net. You can break my heart. Do whatever you want with it.”


Noah Centineo truly is one of the most beautiful boys I’ve ever seen, I couldn’t be happier that he is playing Peter Kavinsky. If you can’t get enough of him (like me) you can also find him starring in another Netflix film, Sierra Burgess Is A Loser, coming out in September!

Dear Jane by Kendall Ryan – Cover Reveal


Synopsis: I broke her heart ten years ago and left town.
She hates me, and rightly so. It doesn’t matter that the rest of the country loves me, that I’m a starting quarterback with a multimillion-dollar contract. Because when I look in the mirror, all I see is a failure who was too young—and too afraid—to fight for what I wanted.
But I’m not that guy anymore, and all I need is one shot to convince her.
He has no idea what happened after he left. And now I’m supposed to work alongside him like we don’t have this huge, messy history?
But I’m older now, wiser, and I won’t let anything stand in my way of doing a good job for this league.
Not even one overpaid, arrogant player who thinks we’re going to kiss and make up.
News flash, buddy: I am over you.

Without further ado, here’s the cover for Dear Jane!

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Dear Jane releases October 15, 2018! Here are some quick links if you want to pre-order or want more information on it!


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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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4/5 stars

CW: mentions of rape/sexual abuse


They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

It’s no secret everyone has been raving about this book since it was announced (I was also one of those people.) On a par with Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, Adeyemi’s debut novel tackles the issue of police brutality in a black lives matter inspired fantasy. She entwines West African mythology into her world building and the creation of Orïsha, along with the different maji clans.

I started reading this during the end of the school year, so it took me longer to get into it than normal, but my slower pace didn’t make my experience any less great. The writing itself was beautiful, magical, and well written all around. My biggest issue I usually find with debut novels are shaky world building, but I found myself almost never confused or lost in the text. And when I say beautifully written, it was truly chilling. I had goosebumps upon reading some of these lines.

“You crushed us to build your monarchy on the backs of our blood and bone. Your mistake wasn’t keeping us alive. It was thinking we’d never fight back.”

“It doesn’t matter how strong I get, how much power my magic wields. They will always hate me in this world.”

“Afraid. The truth cuts like the sharpest knife I’ve ever know. No matter what I do, I will always be afraid.”

the plot

Zélie ventures to save magic after it has been dormant since fall of the clans and the massacre of maji people. It’s the typical quest to find objects to bring back magic, while she is chased by the crown, who vehemently detest magic. She encounters many obstacles on her way and tests the strength of her magic at every turn. She has to learn everything she can within the short few days before she restores Orïsha to its magical glory. With the company of her brother and the princess, they fight guards at every turn. I’ll be honest, the plot itself didn’t thrill me, it was really the writing that sold me on it all.

the romance

Hate to love. All you need to know. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking.

the characters

Zélie: beautiful, strong, determined, angry, stubborn, badass

Amari: definition of character growth, acknowledges privilege and uses it to help Zélie and those who are oppressed, literally blossoms from a meek palace princess into an outspoken and courageous ally

Tzain: lovable older brother, understandable protectiveness but also a bit of a dick at times, few inexcusable moments

Inan: tried his best but inevitably wasn’t enough, antihero-like in some ways, he doesn’t know any better and tries to learn but :/

Röen: not that big of a character in the book (actually quite minor) but I will die for him, and I just wanted that on the record

final thoughts

The book really put into perspective the oppression black people still face today along with the privilege lighter skinned people also have. In the end, one cannot say what is or isn’t fair to others when they’ve never experienced the things they have. The entirety of the book works to ingrain into people’s minds the oppression black people face and how to grow past prejudices rooted in our society to help overcome obstacles pushing them down. If there’s anything to be taken from this book, it’s that people can change. Some of us will never truly know what black people and people of color experience, but we can’t help end injustices unless we acknowledge that there is a problem. To end this review, I’ll give you all one of the more memorable quotes from this breathtaking novel.

“‘Fool yourself all you want, little prince, but don’t feign innocence with me. I won’t let your father get away with what he’s done. I won’t let your ignorance silence my pain.’ With that, she disappears. Her quiet footsteps fade into the silence. In that moment I realize how wrong I’ve truly been. It doesn’t matter if I’m in her head. I’ll never understand all her pain.”

Also, did you know you can take a quiz to find out which maji clan you are in? I’m a burner, how about you?

Author Spotlight – Talia Hibbert

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This is a post I’ve been excited to write for a very long time (ever since I found out about Talia and her books). I’ve waited until I read enough of her books to fully write a detailed romance review of her books. The ones pictured above are the ones I’ve read, so get ready for some mini-reviews of each one, and why they are all GREAT.

I’ve been raving on Twitter after I’ve finished each one, and I’m about to tell you why Talia is the romance writer we’ve all been waiting for. Her writing style is succinct and to the point, I adore it and all her diverse characters. From brooding bad boys to soft beans, she writes about all types of desirable heroes. Not to mention, all her heroines are badasses. If there is anything I love more than a good hero, it’s a, traditionally, unlikable heroine.


About Talia Hibbert (from Goodreads profile):

Talia Hibbert is a writer and educator from the U.K., by way of both the West Indies and West Africa. She wrote her first romance aged 12, and was promptly scolded by a teacher because her story of love in the jungle wasn’t ‘proper’.

Since then, Talia’s stories have improved in quality and hugely increased in heat. She now writes steamy, diverse, contemporary romance set in the U.K. Her work still isn’t proper, but it is a lot of fun.

Her interests include beauty, junk food, and devouring all forms of media. She lives in a small English town that doesn’t even get Deliveroo, and kisses her high school sweetheart every day. 


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Now, for the books.


Bad for the Boss – 4/5 stars

  • newly employed heroine
  • stubborn, blunt, demanding hero who never takes a day off
  • age-gap office romance
  • virginity
  • suspense subplot
  • high focus sex scenes
  • insta-love

Black-British Heroine: 4/5 stars

Chinese-British Hero: 3.5/5 stars

Plot/Storytelling: 3.5/5 stars

Sexual Tension/Sex Scenes: 4.5/5


The Princess Trap – 5/5 stars

  • driven, stubborn heroine who uses beauty to her advantage
  • foreign prince visiting on business
  • fake engagement to royalty/forced proximity
  • discusses domestic abuse/toxic relationships
  • anger to annoyance to tolerance to love
  • angst, medium focus sex scenes

Black-British Heroine: 5/5 stars

Foreign Prince Hero: 4/5 stars

Plot/Storytelling: 5/5 stars

Sexual Tension/Sex Scenes: 5/5


A Girl Like Her – 4/5 stars

  • autistic/scandalized/comic book artist heroine who keeps to herself, she’s more rude than friendly
  • ex-military, new in town, soft hero who cooks
  • small town rumors
  • apartment neighbors
  • friendship to relationship

Black-British Heroine: 4/5 stars

White-British Hero: 5/5 stars

Plot/Storytelling: 3.5/5 stars

Sexual Tension/Sex Scenes: 4/5


Wanna Bet? – 5/5 stars

  • best friends to lovers!!!!
  • detached, lawyer heroine who doesn’t talk about her feelings
  • uptight, stern hero who isolates himself (except for heroine, he bends over backwards for her)
  • slow burn
  • friends with benefits

Black-British Heroine: 5/5 stars

South-Asian-British Hero: 5/5 stars

Plot/Storytelling: 5/5 stars

Sexual Tension/Sex Scenes: 5/5

(There was nothing I didn’t love about this book)


Operation Atonement – 3/5 stars

  • former sexualized model heroine who attempts to fix all her wrongdoings in life
  • persistent, loyal hero dedicated to making her his
  • plot focused, medium focus sex scenes
  • back and forth relationship
  • heroine finds herself and atones for mistakes

Black-British Heroine: 3/5 stars

Irish Hero: 3.5/5 stars

Plot/Storytelling: 3/5 stars

Sexual Tension/Sex Scenes: 3/5


If you love diverse, steamy romances with strong, stubborn heroines, I highly recommend checking out her books. Whether you love soft heroes or alpha ones, she’s got a book for every desired hero possible.

ARC Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

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5/5 stars

Published by Little, Brown and Company

Release Date: April 10, 2018

Synopsis: In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

I received an advanced reader’s copy from Little, Brown and Company in exchange for an honest review.

This book takes mythology and storytelling to a whole new level. For those of you who don’t know, Madeline Miller also wrote The Song of Achilles. For those of you who do know, I have no doubt you loved that book, and this book will be no different.

the plot

The plot occurred over a long time period (like hundreds of years). It begins when Circe is born, then to her childhood, and her first love, then exile, and eventually her life alone on the island. Throughout the years, much of Circe’s life passes in monotony, she is focused on perfecting her witchcraft and becoming the witch every god and goddess fears. During her exile, she comes into contact with stray sailors and voyagers, which she takes her own wrath out on. She develops an elusive affair with a renown god, an infamous icon in Greek history, and one of the biggest names in mythology. Circe isn’t afraid of her sexuality, and takes every opportunity she has for herself. Her life becomes centered around her newborn son, Telegonus, and she outrages the goddess Athena in the process. Her whole life is filled with drama and excitement while also depicted as boring and repetitive. Hundreds of years pass in Circe’s life before she fully begins to understand her place in the world and decide what she really wants.

the characters

Circe is the goddess many of you (including me) have probably never heard of before now, but she is the goddess and story we all deserve to hear. A true witch outcast by her family and peers, she is the epitome of the demonization women have faced throughout history. On her own, she learns to not care about others and perfects her witchcraft to use to her advantage and to use to get revenge on those who have done her wrong. Viewed as a villain, as most independent women in this time were, she’s a character people can understand and relate to as all of her actions are justified. Sometimes people need to be rude and callous, women are justifiably allowed to step on others’ toes when it comes to certain things. She’s a goddess who fully embraces her sexuality and breaks the stigma that women can’t have casual affairs. As someone who always speaks her mind, doesn’t let others walk over her, and embraces herself for who she is, her story should have been told, and I’m so happy Madeline was the one to do it. Along with Circe, we are introduced to other big name people such as: Daedalus, Icarus, Odysseus and Penelope and Telemachus, Hermes, Athena, and the nymphs of Circe’s family. The character development and description in this book is some of the best I’ve ever read.

the setting

For the most part, all events take place on Circe’s island of Aiaia and her encounters with travelers. Alone on the island, much is centered around the greenery and nature aspects of Aiaia and how Circe used herbs, plants, and nectar to perfect her art. And the book contains a beautiful map in the front cover!

the romance

Early on, what Circe thought was true love turns horribly sour and sad, pushing her away from men for her entire life. A true feminist icon, Circe gives no shit what others view her affairs and relationships as (though she is exiled no one sees her often). Forming an acquaintances with benefits type relationship, she is not afraid to kick him out, tell him off, and kick him off her island. She is the woman we all wish to read about who can separate feelings from sex (because they are out there believe it or not). She develops more illicit affairs with others and eventually falls in love with an unlikely candidate who understands her and sees who she really is. Through a surprising bond formed between the two, Circe learns to love again with her whole heart, unfiltered and irrevocable. Her true love in this story is with the humans she’s been taught to stay away from, for they are only mortal.

final thoughts

It’s been a long time since I’ve loved a book like this one. It’s not the fast-paced, eventful book like many other YA books. It’s more slow-paced, thoughtful, and reflective telling of the story of Circe and her journey through life. It’s sweet, careful, and beautifully written. I read as slow as I could because I never wanted it to end. A heartbreaking, but in a good way, type of story that everyone will appreciate and understand. I loved The Song of Achilles, but this book has to be my favorite between the two. As much as I love Achilles and Patroclus, something about this book had me hooked from the beginning. Miller’s writing has improved so much from TSoA, and her writing was never even bad to begin with; it’s that good. Circe also has one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen (the UK version), with a map (all versions), so if that isn’t enough incentive to buy it, I don’t know what is. Mythology is something we ALL need more of, and there can never be enough of it in YA. For anyone who loves witchcraft, magic, and mythology, this book is for you.