Roommates Review || February 28

Hello everybody! I mentioned in my last post that I would be doing a review on an eBook I recently finished. And here it is! I’m not sure if this novel is published but it is a Wattpad novel by Kimmy Hers (a.k.a.Β XthatONEchicX). In my opinion, this book was as good as After by Anna Todd, maybe even better. Kimmy is an amazing aspiring author and she totally deserves the views on her stories (Roommates, Stepbrother, the Martinez Brothers and It’s A Deal.) Her books are quite a bit “graphic” in the way of sexual interactions but if you enjoy mature reads, feel free to go show her some support. Now, without further ado, let’s get started with this review.

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Roommates by Kimmy Hers

Synopsis:

A 19 year old girl named Nichole, gets accepted into Westcott University. She will meet plenty of new people, but unfortunately for her, she will be stuck with a roommate that is a cocky, yet hot, perverted jerk. Will he change for her when she tells him about her past? Follow their love-hate journey and hope for the best. 1 girl, 1 boy, 1 room, 1 undeniable love.


My Rating:

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My Review:

This book has definitely replaced After as my favorite Wattpad novel. It had the right amount of drama and romance to make me happy. But, I wasn’t exactly happy the entire time. I cried, I laughed, I became frustrated and i felt every other emotion there is. this book left me breathless at some points, even sobbing at others. But in the end, this story satisfied me. And I really loved how Kimmy would always warn readers about “steamy” scenes because some of them were pretty intense.

When I first started reading this book, i thought it was just going to be normal college life: saying bye to family and friends, going to college, learning and visiting home every so often. But I was caught by surprise after Nichole left her grandma and her best friend, Abby. She arrived at Westcott and was immediately pulled into a friendship with a girl named Melanie, and later another girl named Patricia. And, she just so happened to become roommates for four years with Patricia’s super hot brother, Blake.

Now, you may think, “What could go wrong with a guy as a roommate?” Well, sex. That’s what could go wrong. And that is exactly what goes wrong in this novel. Nichole tried so hard to avoid Blake but she just gave in. And at first it looked like Blake was just using Nichole but, in the end he wasn’t.

All of the characters in this novel were so cute together. And they made this novel form together perfectly. Even though there were quite a few steamy scenes, I would never deny that I loved this novel. It was flawless and perfect all around. At the moment, I am currently reading another one of Kimmy’s novels, Stepbrother, which features Nichole’s best friend, Melanie’s daughter as the main character. I’m only four chapters and so far I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Diamonds Are Forever Review ||February 25

Hello everybody! So, I know that I said that I was going to get into a habit of posting again but, I completely forgot about this week’s “Teaser Tuesday”.Β I was having a really good night and I actually finished an eBook (review soon) but I didn’t notice that I forgot the post until 10 pm. So, once again, I’m writing an apology on here and hopefully I’ll be able to post more!

But anyways, today’s review is on the wonderful Michelle Madow’s conclusion to her “Secret Diamond Sisters” series, Diamonds in the Rough. And before I even start, I just want to say that this series is a must read for contemporary lovers. I’m not the biggest fan of contemporaries but if they have quite a bit of romance…. I may just pick it up. πŸ™‚

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Diamonds Are Forever by Michelle Madow

Synopsis:

It’s cold outside, but the drama is hot!

The Diamond sisters jet to the mountains for spring break, and Savannah’s flirt-mance with an international pop star heats up as her pursuit of stardom succeeds. But is this romance meant to be, or has the right guy been in front of her all along? Meanwhile, Courtney takes the next step with her secret boyfriendβ€”and future stepbrotherβ€”and as their parents’ wedding approaches, the pressure’s on to reveal their relationship.

Peyton’s figuring out a plan for her future, but she still feels guilty about getting her former bodyguard fired and wonders if she can get over him in the arms of someone else. But the biggest bombshell will change everything once again, because Madison’s ready to tell the huge secret she’s uncovered. And with the boy who betrayed her but who could be the love of her life fighting for his own life, she might need the Diamond sisters more than ever.


My Rating:

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My Review:

This book was such an amazing conclusion to the series. When my friend first recommended “The Secret Diamonds Sisters” to me, I was kind of iffy with the title. It sounded just about as cheesy as “Anna and The French Kiss”. But, the cover was pretty so I gave it a go anyways. And yes, I know how the saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. Well, we all know that we are quite a bit more attracted to pretty covers than ugly covers. Okay, enough said. So I borrowed if off my friend and I fell in love with the Las Vegas life of wealthy Diamond sisters. (And of course those steamy scenes between Damien and Savannah).

A few months after finishing the first book, I read, finished and once again LOVED the second book. And with that, I was determined to finish the series. And with no surprise, I read, finished and loved the final book in the series. Diamonds Are Forever was one of few contemporaries that actually take place in winter, which made me really happy.

This series has been quite a roller coaster ride but, we have finally touched down at the end. But, the end is just the beginning.

Throughout the whole book, I definitely liked Savannah the most. She is probably the most like me out of all of the sisters. With her bubbly attitude and her blonde hair, we are basically twins. And I loved reading about the growth of Savannah and Damien’s relationship and how it expanded to a point where they knew that they were perfect for each other.

Courtney and Peyton also both had amazing endings. Courtney ended up with her “step-brother”. That kind of sounds weird at first but as you learn how much Courtney and Brett love each other, you would understand. Peyton ended up with someone who she was deeply in love with but unable to see. Jackson. Ohh I loved these two together. They were so cute!

The long awaited Madison announcement came about halfway through the book and I was super happy. I felt terrible for Madison while reading Diamonds in the Rough. But then, she announced it and after a time of silence from the sisters, they all became a family.

This book was definitely one of my favorite endings to a series and I can’t wait to read more of Michelle’s novels!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

A Little Update || February 20

Hello everybody. This post isn’t really book related but i just wanted to inform all of you with the reasons as to why I’ve been gone for so long. Basically, I’ve been using up my free time to do more than reading and blogging. I love reading but I’ve had quite a bit of studying and school work to do in the past two weeks. And, when I don’t read any books, I don’t feel like blogging. So, down below will be more in depth reasons as to why I was gone:

1. Β Important Science Test

It wasn’t an exam or anything since I’m not in high school yet but it was the science test that would classify my report card mark. So, it was a really big test for me and I was lucky enough to get 100% on it!

2. Reading Time Limited

Because of all of the hard studying I had to do for that test I lost a lot of reading time. It was a tough time because I love reading. But now, I can read whenever I want which is really amazing.

3. Didn’t feel like blogging

As said above, since I wasn’t reading, I didn’t feel like blogging. I missed showing you guys all of my reviews. But, i’m back and I can’t wait to start posting again!


Blog Update:

So recently I made an important decision for this blog. I decided to stop my “Character Spotlight”Β posts. I’m pretty sure that you all enjoyed learning about my favorite characters but, it is quite difficult to get two scheduled posts up a week and a review. So now, my blog is going to be strictly reviews, with the exception of my “Teaser Tuesday”Β posts. Those posts are my way of showing you guys what I am reading.

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

City of Glass Review || February 15

Hello everybody! So, recently I finally finished City of Glass by Cassandra Clare and I have to tell all of you….. I loved it. It was so heartbreaking and treacherous but also so lovely. i will be reading City of Fallen angels sometime soon but for now, I’m just going to leave myself with putting up this review. People have told me that I shouldn’t continue reading this series but instead go and read The Infernal Devices. Well, I’m still contemplating what to do. I’ve been told that City of Lost Souls is filled with Infernal Devices spoilers. But, people have also told me that I’ll be fine reading through the whole series before moving on to The Infernal Devices. And even, Shadowhunters (TV show) has already mentioned/spoiled parts of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. So, comment to let me know if I should finish The Mortal Instruments first or pause and read The Infernal Devices. Now, without further ado, let’s dive into this review.

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Title: City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Published Date: March 24, 2009

Pages: 541

ISBN:Β 1416914307


My Rating:

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4.5/ 5 stars


Goodreads Synopsis:

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.


My Review (Spoiler warning):

I absolutely fell in love with this book. It was amazing and left me feeling every kind of emotion out there. City of Glass is one of those books that you fall deeply in love with. You get immersed into the worlds of Cassie Clare and can’t get out. They’re filled with beautiful writing styles that create stories about Shadowhunters and Downworlders; fair folk and beyond.

In my opinion, the best part of the whole book was the ending. It wasn’t one of those endings that leave you with a happily ever after. It was traumatic and malevolent. Evil turned to death and good turned to death. Hundreds to thousands of Shadowhunters and Downworlders died in the Mortal War. All for one reason. To kill Valentine. They all united together and risked their lives to kill the evil mastermind. And they succeeded. But, the evil isn’t entirely gone. Sebastian (Jonathan) is still alive and with demon blood in his veins, he’s going to come back and kill everyone, I just know it.

This book let me live in more perspectives than the other books. I got to learn how both Isabelle and Alec deal with tough situations. But, this book was harder than the others to read (for me). I really did not enjoy reading Jace’s POV and I hated how Cassie killed off little Max. But, I still really enjoyed it.

The Mortal Instruments is one of the world’s top bestselling series and you definitely don’t want to miss it. Be sure to go and grab a copy of book 1, City of Bones and immerse yourself in the world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders.

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Character Spotlight #5 || February 11

Hello everybody! I’m finally getting back on track with my blogging schedule and I have so many posts planned for the future. But, for today, I am giving you guys the “Character Spotlight” post that I missed last week. And this one is a really exciting one because I have finally chosen to do one of these posts on a boy! So far, all I have written about are girls but, I finally finished City of Glass by Cassandra Clare and I really wanted to write about one character this week. Can anyone guess what character that is

It is not Magnus Bane.

It is not Jace Wayland.

It is not Simon Lewis.

So, that only leaves one guy left. ALEC LIGHTWOOD!

Matthew Daddario stars as Alec Lightwood on Freeform‘s adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s books, Shadowhunters.Β 

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Alec is one of the bravest characters I have ever read about. He is always up for any challenge and isn’t afraid to show his love for Magnus Bane, the high warlock of Brooklyn. Before I get into details about him, I just want to say that Alec is probably one of the most inspiring characters that anyone could read about. He isn’t scared to share his feelings for loved ones and that’s what i really like about him.

Physical Appearance:

All of the Lightwoods have been known for their dark hair and bright blue eyes. So, of course, Alec and his siblings (Isabelle and Max) received their Lightwood genes from their parents, Maryse and Robert Lightwood. Alec is also known for being very tall and slender. Like seriously, he’s 6 foot. Totally unfair seeing that I’m a whole foot shorter than him.


Personality:

Alec is….. hard to explain. He has one of those really stubborn boyish attitudes that can be very ignoring. When you first meet Alec in City of Bones, you learn how ignorant he is towards Clary. He was always rude to her and never trusted her. But, as shone in City of Glass, the longer Alec knows someone, the more trust he has in them.


Alec is one of the major characters starring in Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments” phenomenon. He has brought inspiration and embracement all over the world. With this character, people have become brave enough to express their true selves. Kevin Zegers plays Alec in the 2013 movie adaptation of the first book and Matthew Daddario Β plays him in Freeform’s addaptation of the whole series called Shadowhunters.

If you have read The Mortal Instruments, answer down below who your favorite character is.

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Teaser Tuesday #6 || February 9

Hello Everybody! So, today Β I am back for another Teaser Tuesday post. These are some of my favorite posts to do and I hope you are all enjoying them as much as I am. Now, let’s dive into this post.

“The water of the lake was rippling, as if a giant hand were stroking fingers lightly across its surface.”

Page 489

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

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This book is such as an amazing read and I highly recommend the whole series. I’m really close to finishing the book and I’m hoping to finish it tonight so that’s what I’m going to do now….

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Rip it or Ship it Tag || January 22

Hello everybody! Recently, I was scrolling through my friend Pearl’sΒ blog and I came across the Rip it or Ship it book tag. Turns out, she even tagged me to do it. So, here I am today, putting to characters together and seeing if I Rip it or Ship it.

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How to play:

Basically, all you have to do is cut up slips of paper with a bunch of character names on them. (I did 20 males and 20 females but you can do as many as you want). Then you put them in a cup or a hat and blindly pick them out.

Now let’s begin…..


Round 1.

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter and Day Wing from the Legend trilogy

I actually really like these two together. Both Hermione and Day are really smart so they both have at least one thing in common. They would also both risk their lives for loved ones and friends. So I think that Day will have to go ditch June because:

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Round 2.

Katy Swartz from the Lux series and Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments

I am absolutely in love with this pairing. Katy and Isabelle would be an amazing duo of badass. The two of them would go around the world killing Demons and Arum. Without Daemon and Alec. These two would be amazing along side each other so:

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Round 3.

Jace Wayland from the Mortal Instruments and Peyton Diamond from the Secret Diamond Sisters

No. No. No. This would not work out. Jace is always going around killing demons and Peyton is just going after anyone to date. She might meet up with Jace in NYC one day but the two of them wouldn’t work out together. How about we let peyton go back to trying to date Jackson and Jace back to dating Clary because:

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Round 4.

Edward Cullen from the Twilight Saga and Lena Haloway from the Delirium trilogy

This one is quite a hard decision. Lena enjoyed breaking the rules for Alex. But Edward fell in love with a good girl: Bella. I don’t really think that these two would work out so:

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Round 5.

Jacob Black from the Twilight Saga and Melanie Stryder from the Host

Two Stephenie Meyer characters come together. I don’t think that they’d make a good “love” relationship since Jacob will probably love Bella forever. And Melanie is pretty much indefinitely in love with Jared. So if these two could work out as friends:

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Round 6.

Peeta Mellark from the Hunger Games and Clary Fray from the Mortal Instruments

No. A lot of people would probably like these two together but I don’t. Clary has super powers and Peeta doesn’t. What would he do when he found out about Clary’s superpowers? There are just too many complications with this relationship so:

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Round 7.

Lilac LaRoux from the Starbound trilogy and Nicole Cassidy from the Elementals series

This one is actually really hard. Nicole is a witch with superpowers and Lilac is a rich girl who lived on a planet in space alone with a boy. Almost polar opposites but not quite. If they lived in the same time they probably still wouldn’t be friends so:

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Round 8.

Hamish Mackenzie from Outlander and Katie Green from the Paper Gods series

I actually believe that these two would make a good couple, if Hamish lived in the 21st century. Katie and Hamish are almost the same age so they’d be cute together. In the end:

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Round 9.

Savannah Diamond from The Secret Diamond Sisters and Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games

No. This would be the crappiest relationship ever. Katniss wouldn’t have any time to listen to Savannah gossip. And Savannah would probably get mad at Katniss for that so:

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Β Round 10.

Jamie Fraser from Outlander and Emmett Cullen from the Twilight Saga

I actually think that these two would be a good pairing. Two muscular men who will fight for anything. One a vampire, the other a Scottish highlander from the 18th century. What could go wrong? Well maybe a brawl fight or something but aside from that:

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Round 11.

Harry Potter from Harry Potter and June Iparis from the Legend trilogy

I don’t really know about this one because it would only work out if it was Deathly Hallows Harry Potter. If so, I think these two would look cute together. Harry can do magic and June is an incredible fighter. They would be perfect together in a battle so:

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Round 12.

Claire Fraser from Outlander and Andrew Thompson from the Lux series

No. No. No. Triple no. There is no way that this would ever work out. Claire is way older than Andrew and i bet he would feel like he had a babysitter. So:

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Round 13.

Tris Prior from Divergent and Bella Swan from the Twilight saga

I actually really like this pairing because it is two heroines put together. These two would be amazing fighting aside each other. So:

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Round 14

Eden Wing from the Legend trilogy and Tessa Young from After

No. This wouldn’t work out. Though Tessa is a really nice girl, Eden is too young for her. He is just a little boy. Let’s just let Tessa go back to Hardin because:

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Round 15.

Daemon Black from the Lux series and Brett Carmel from The Secret Diamond Sisters

I really hate these two together. Daemon would get so annoyed by Brett that he would just leave him. It’s kind of ironic how I pulled these two together because it’s the worst pairing ever so:

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Round 16.

Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy and Ben Parish from The 5th Wave

I actually think that these two would be cute together. Two fighters. They would be able to fight together and everything. So:

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Round 17.

Ron Weasley from Harry Potter and Alec Lightwood from the Mortal Instruments

No. No. No. Once again, a triple no. This just wouldn’t work out. Ron would probably annoy Alec way too much. And Ale would just get really mad at him. Even though Ron can do magic like Magnus:

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Round 18.

Cassie Sullivan from The 5th Wave and Noah Porter from After

This all really depends on what kind of Cassie we are looking at here. High school Cassie or apocalypse Cassie. I’m going to choose high school Cassie because then I really like these two together. Noah’s in high school, Cassie’s in high school what could go wrong?

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Round 19.

Blake Saunders from the Lux series and Simon Lewis from the Mortal Instruments

This one is hard for me. I don’t like Simon at all so I’d freely give him away to Blake to give to his uncle for experiments. Maybe they’ll bond there to so:

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Round 20.

Courtney Diamond from The Secret Diamond Sisters and Hardin Scott from After

I actually think they would look cute together. Though, Courtney better watch out. Hardin only goes out with good girls and he usually gives them a run for their money. But:

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I hope you guys enjoyed reading my Rip it or Ship it tag!

Happy reading!

~Alaina

Teaser Tuesday #5 ||February 2

Hello everybody! I’ve returned to present all of you with another Teaser Tuesday post. I’m not going to write a big long paragraph here so I’m just going to go straight into the post:

The living room was empty, the fire in the grate burned down to gray ash, but noise and light emanated from the kitchen: a chatter of voices, and the smell of something cooking. Pancakes?

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Page 346

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I’m really enjoying this book so far and I can’t wait to finish it and continue on with the series!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina