Review: China Rich Girlfriend- Kevin Kwan

Title: China Rich Girlfriend

Author: Kevin Kwan

Publisher: Anchor

Pages: 496

Rating: 5/5

Kevin Kwan has done another amazing job bringing back our beloved characters back and introducing new ones while he’s at it. This sequel is full of even more drama, more shopping, more labels, and even messier than ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ was. 

In CRG, Nick and Rachel are finally tying the knot after having so many opposing to it, especially Nick’s grandmother and mother. Even though it’s supposed to be the happiest of times for Rachel, she still wishes her birth father was able to walk her down the aisle. That is until a dark script comes out and Rachel is presented to a world full of lavish splendor. In this sequel we meet Carlton, a bad boy who loves fast cars, and luxury. Colette, Miss Glitz and Glamour who enjoys the chase (especially from the cameras) and being on social media, Astrid also makes a comeback and gives us an inside look into her husband’s “road to success”, and we can’t forget the rebel without a cause named Kitty Pong.

I won’t give out details about what happens in the book, but I will say it was a great read. Full of twists and turns, and of course full of Rich People Problems. You have to laugh sometimes at some of the trivial things these people worry about, but I guess that’s what happens when you have crazy amounts of money and don’t what to do with it.

Review: The Archons Rise (Humanity’s Guantlet Book 1)- Brian Sieteski

Title: Humanity’s Guantlet

Author: Brian Sieteski

Publisher: N/A

Pages: N/A

Rating: 4/5

The Archons Rise a sci-fi thriller that focuses on Dante and his canine companion Aristotle. While watching some political television they were surprised to see a explosion take place at what supposed to be an inauguration. Everyone in attendance is sadly dead.
Flash forward Dante is not one for politics, but in some bizarre turn of events Dante gets a chance to live in the White House with five other political leaders. The question is…how did this all come about? Normally the sci fi genre isn’t really my cup of tea, but the blurb and sneak peak I took in the book didn’t disappoint so I gave it a chance. The novel was very engaging and full of action. Dante has to figure out a way of finding out whose behind the attacks and what the government has in store. I really loved how descriptive the author was, especially with the characters. He really outdid himself. I really felt like the story was playing in front of me like a movie, and the ending added dramatic effect which probably means a sequel is possible. Huge thanks to the author for reaching out and providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Harlequin Blog Tours ARC Review: Mayhem- Estelle Laure

Title: Mayhem

Author: Estelle Laure

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 304

Rating: 3/5

I wanted to love this book, but there was something missing for me. I don’t hate it. I liked what the author was trying to do however. I’ve seen the comparison to certain movies such as ‘The craft’ and “The Lost Boys’. I haven’t seen The Craft but, I’ve seen snippets of The lost Boys and the similarities are there…ALOT…so I guess that turned me off because I felt it wasn’t authentic enough. Roxy and her mother decide to escape Santa Monica, California and the abusive ways of Roxy’s dad… Lyle. However, Roxy’s mom did a 360 and started relying on alcohol and drugs to escape the bad memories. Big mistake. Lyle’s abusive ways have gone unhinged even further.

Mayhem has the opportunity to learn more about the family she never knew about. At the same time she’s learning about her family’s history. There’s another thing brewing in their quiet little town. A serial killer is on the loose and hurting young women. It’s freaking everyone out, especially Mayhem and her mother. Leaving them wondering if all it is really worth it, especially going after the killer. Thanks to Wednesday Books, Netgalley, and Harlequin Blog Tours for an opportunity to obtain a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

PopCulture Readathon Book #3: Clap When You Land- Elizabeth Acevedo

Title: Clap When You Land

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 417

Rating: 5/5

TW/CW: Sexual Assault, Death of a parent , Grieving, Harassment, and Stalking

Elizabeth Acevedo has done it again with her beautiful writing in verse form, but she also brings awareness to something that’s almost always swept under the rug. Tragedies not fueled by politics. Acevedo’s “Clap When You Land” is centered around a real life tragedy. On November 12, 2001 American Airlines flight 587 en route to the Dominican Republic crashed into a neighborhood in Queens, NY. At first terrorism was said to come into play, as this was around the time September 11th happened. 265 people died on board and 5 people died on ground. It was a national tragedy. However, when it was discovered it wasn’t a terrorist attack, the media coverage ended. The Dominican community was devastated and left without answers and broken hearts.

‘Clap When You Land’ follows the lives of Camino and Yahaira. One lives in Santo Domingo and the other lives in NYC. They’re both oblivious to each other’s existence until they lose their father in a airplane crash. The flight was en route to DR. Their father was living a double life, and through this whole tragedy they were able to connect with each other despite the differences in living conditions. Both girls are fighting their own issues, but Camino feels unprotected without her father the most. Especially against the town pimp”El Cero”. El Cero is a creep and consistently stalks her everywhere she goes. She’s tired of this life. She just wants to go to Columbia and study premed, but she’s torn between that and the love for her land. Once they finally connect they both realize their father wasn’t who they thought, even though he was perfect in their eyes he definitely had some major flaws. 
I absolutely loved this beautifully written story. It shows how a tragedy can bring you close and help you grow. Both of these young ladies helped each other in ways they thought they couldn’t. Acevedo has done it once again with this heart wrenching novel. It will definitely have you in your feels.

Review: The Spirit in the Crypt- Alexander Lound

Title: The Spirit in the Crypt

Author: Alexander Lound

Publisher: N/A

Pages: 246

Rating: 5/5

TW/CW: Bullying, Exposing of pics on social media, Language, underage drinking

When I started reading this book I was immediately sucked din. The author did an amazing job creating a cozy atmosphere to pull you in. We meet Jonny who hangs out with a kid named Francis and a whole bunch of other boys. Francis is your typical douche from school. He’s also a womanizer and loves being a bully towards people, especially Jonny and Cassy. One night while on one of their drunken adventures, Francis and the boys come across a abandoned crypt. They thought it would be funny to throw Jonny into the crypt and lock him in until he explored it. As Jonny’s curiosity is peaked, he comes across weird noises, shadows, and voices. That was his cue to leave the crypt.

That night when he gets home and goes to sleep he starts to have these weird dreams. Things start happening to people that he knows and it’s freaking him out. Did it have to do with being in that crypt? I won’t say what happens in between, but Jonny comes across a man named Aaron whose a medium that can talk to the red. At the same time Jonny also finds out he has a special gift and he himself is also a medium and can also talk to the dead. Together they form a bond and on to conquer what awaits them in the crypt.

I absolutely loved this book, honestly I don’t know why I didn’t start it sooner. The characters were refreshing. Can I emphasize how much I absolutely hated Francis? lol. I loved how easily it was to follow the writing, I loved that it was based in U.K. (love the insults), the relationship between Jonny and Cassy, how Jonny’s and his mother’s relationship fixed toward the end. Can I confess something? I was reading this book at night and I had to put it down because it was creepy me out and often found myself staring at my bedroom door lol. I really haven’t had a book do that to me before and that’s how you know you have a great book. It really had me on the edge of my seat. I’m so excited to see what happens in the next installment in this series. Huge thanks to Alexander Lound for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Procrastination: The Thief of Time- Sophia Kaankuka

Title: Procrastination: The Thief of Time

Author: Sophia Kaankuka

Publisher: N/A

Pages: N/A

Rating: 4/5

To be honest I was procrastinating about reading this book because I gave up on self-help books a long time ago. I decided to read it and it was actually helpful to say the least. I liked how not only she defined procrastination, but also went into detail about what you can do to avoid it, and steps to overcome it. 

It was really refreshing to see the resources she gave in her book. I will admit when it came to school I always seemed to procrastinate especially when it came to studying or doing papers. However, in my job I’ve never done that. With my job I’m always on point and focused. She goes on to say that self-doubt goes hand in hand with procrastination because we have a fear that we won’t be able to do a good job. I can totally relate to this. 

I enjoyed the book. It opens your eyes to how you’re holding yourself back from good things because of procrastination. There were a few grammatical errors throughout the book. The book reminded me of a paper being written. Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Harlequin Blog Tours ARC Review: She’s Faking it- Kristin Rockaway

Title: She’s Faking It

Author: Kristin Rockaway

Publisher: Graydon Press

Pages: 384

Rating: 5/5

This is my first book from Kristin Rockaway and I absolutely loved it. Bree Bozeman feels like crap. She has a job at Grubgetter as a delivery driver, she has a crappy car that finally died on her while making a delivery and ignoring her check engine light that started flashing 3 weeks ago, she lives in a crappy space on top of someone’s garage, her last relationship failed, and one of her professors from college said to her that she doesn’t have what it takes for med school. Something that made her leave school. Life is just really hard for Bree and she just wants something good to happen for once.

Her sister Heather, whom has the best of intentions to help her sister, can come off as standoffish, judgmental, and annoying. With her obsessive organizing business and her husband being a orthodontist. Heather doesn’t need to worry about struggling. You have to admire Bree’s tenacity to better herself though. She may hate her job, but she does it so well. After finding out about a social media influencer, she decides to make her own Instagram and finally chase that lifestyle she so desperately was seeking. Her life seems to be going right on track including finding a hunky guy after creating her social media profile, but at what cost? I really enjoyed this beach read and definitely would recommend it. Huge thanks to NetGalley and Graydon House for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review: The Revolutionaries: Book One Power Divided- S.Behr

Title: Power Divided

Author: S. Behr

Publisher: S. Behr

Pages: 376

Rating: 5/5

When I received this book from S.Behr I was absolutely ecstatic about it. I was immediately sucked into the story. The book can be considered two genres, well at least to me. It was sci-fi, but definitely has some YA fantasy elements to it. It also has futuristic elements to it, especially when it has a character that is an AI named Hailey. The book started off very fast paced and full of action. The book shows you the beginnings of Violet’s self discovery, especially about some very special and unique powers even she didn’t know about.

I absolutely loved Hailey. She was quirky, sarcastic, as well as a amazing friend. She made sure to take care of Violet and her furry friend Jane when they were most vulnerable. Don’t get me started on the cuteness that is Jane. I’m just so glad nothing bad happened to her. Otherwise, I would’ve probably thrown the book against the wall. lol. I really enjoyed the Sci-Fi elements in the book because it’s a genre I normally don’t read at all. The book teaches you about love, acceptance, and forgiveness. One thing I would’ve probably changed is the ending a bit, just because it focus too much on the princess and courtship you usually find in YA books. I really wanted my continual Sci-Fi fix along with Hailey. Hopefully she makes another appearance. I’m also intrigued what the second book has in store for Violet. S. Behr did an amazing job writing the book. Her words were so beautifully intertwined with the story, and she really described everything so well. She definitely didn’t make you feel bored with it. The description of landscapes, and the realms and overall all of Amera was well done. Thank you again to S.Behr for a copy of this amazing book in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Westcott High- Sarah Mello

Title: Westcott High

Author: Sarah Mello

Publisher: Seven Plus Five Publishing

Pages: 379

Rating: 5/5

After the crazy events that have followed Sonny Carter because of her sister Lana Carter, Sonny is out to make a name for herself. Sonny is a student at Westcott High School. WH is a prestigious school where everything is a competition. The school is divided into two colors. The violets and the Cobalts. Voilets are the richer the two who reside in the hills. Cobalts are the less wealthy and reside in the valley. As a violet herself, Sonny wants to be chosen for WH’s chosen ten. The Chosen ten are selected by the english teacher and they each have to present a piece of their choosing. Whether it’s a song, a short film, or a paper. The person who wins gets to choose what Ivy league school to go to. When an old friend resurfaces, Sonny is faced with old secrets that dealth with the past baggage Sonny was was trying to get away from in the first place; those secrets can possibly destroy Sonny’s opportunity and life more than she anticipates? Can Sonny and her friends uncover the truth?

I absolutely loved this book, this is Sarah Mello’s debut novel, and she did an amazing job keeping me on my feet. She had me hooked from the first chapter. My two absolute favorite characters were definitely Sonny and Winston. I loved Winston’s sarcasm. I really didn’t care much for the other characters, most of them just pissed me off anyway lol. I’m really looking forward to the second book. Also you must check out WH instagram page created by Sarah Mello. She features real life people playing out chapters in the book. Not for nothing but like a lot of people have said, this book would make an amazing Netflix show. Riverdale who? Thank you to Sarah Mellow for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

ARC Review: Reframing Poverty- Eric Meade

Title: Reframing Poverty

Author: Eric Meade

Publisher: Canyon House Press

Pages: 212

Rating: 3/5

This book will definitely provoke some heated discussions. Often times I caught myself wanting to hurl the book against the wall, but I remembered I it was a ebook and my phone would’ve gotten destroyed. But, seriously this book is a well researched and analyzed work on poverty. And the question is how can you put something down you’ve never experienced?

Often times Insee a lot of people putting down others who are going through poverty. They quickly presume that they’re lazy, unmotivated, on drugs, or are on Government assistance. This books touches on all the emotions linked to it and approaches the problems from different perspectives. But beware! You’ll need an open mind and lots of patience while reading this book. Thanks to NetGalley and Canyon House for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.