Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn -book review(and a little RANT)

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23480844. sy475 Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, FIRSTS is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.

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The story– 4/5

Setting of the book– 5/5

Main Hero– 2/5

Smexy Times?– Yes ,a lot

OVERALL – 4/5 STARS

Trigger warning -sexual abuse, miscarriage 

This is not suitable for readers under 16 years old

4 stars

So basically it’s a story about a girl who is dealing with her trauma, it’s raw and not pretty. She thinks it’s the right thing to do, but in reality, it’s not. The writing was good, the setting was good too. I enjoyed this book, but my problem…is the ending.  The book didn’t keep everyone accountable for the mistakes they made, there was no therapist for Mercedes to deal with her trauma in a healthy way. Just lots of slut-shame. That’s my only complaint.

Rant(kind of)

This is not really about this book, but more about sex in Ya(young adult) books overall. In the last few years, I have seen a lot of sex in Ya, much more than there was before. Sometimes it’s appropriate(to the story), sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it opens up good discussions, and sometimes it’s not. I’m all about sexual liberation, there is nothing wrong about talking sex or having sex if you are a consenting adult. But when we are talking about actual children(yes, in my mind everyone under the age of 18 is a child), how far is too far? How can we open up a discussion, without promoting unhealthy behaviors. Would love to know your opinion about it.

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June Wrap Up(2020)

Hello!How are you? Hope you are doing well?How was your June? Well…mine was crazy,I started a youtube channel and was part of#CreepyJuneReads project on Instagram and I did a 24hreadathon with the Readathon Babes! And it was amazing. Basically I tried really hard to be productive. So let’s talk books now!

Mr. Cavendish, I Presume

(Two Dukes of Wyndham #2)

                                                                          by Julia Quinn

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for blog bookAmelia Willoughby has been engaged to the Duke of Wyndham for as long as she can remember. Literally. A mere six months old when the contracts were signed, she has spent the rest of her life waiting. And waiting. And waiting … for Thomas Cavendish, the oh-so-lofty duke, to finally get around to marrying her. But as she watches him from afar, she has a sneaking suspicion that he never thinks about her at all …It’s true. He doesn’t. Thomas rather likes having a fiancee — all the better to keep the husband-hunters at bay — and he does intend to marry her … eventually. But just when he begins to realize that his bride might be something more than convenient, Thomas’s world is rocked by the arrival of his long-lost cousin, who may or may not be the true Duke of Wyndham. And if Thomas is not the duke, then he’s not engaged to Amelia. Which is the cruelest joke of all, because this arrogant and illustrious duke has made the mistake of falling in love … with his own fiancee!

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A book by Julia Quinn I haven’t read?! Is this real?Yes,those were my exact thoughts when I found this one and I can say…I enjoyed it (logical…it’s Julia Quinn…my autobuy author). And I love it,it’s such a good book and the story was sweet. Overall you NEED to check it out!

4/5 stars


What to Do with a Duke

(Spinster House #1)

by Sally MacKenzie

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Welcome to the charming, fatefully named village of Loves Bridge, where a woman22891422 destined for spinsterhood can live a life of her own choosing—or fall unexpectedly, madly in love…

Miss Isabelle Catherine Hutting would rather be lounging in the library than circling the ballroom in search of a husband any day. So when Cat hears that the town’s infamous Spinster House is open for a new resident, she jumps at the chance to put all this marriage business behind her. But first she must make arrangements with her prospective landlord, Marcus, the Duke of Hart—the most handsome man she’s ever seen, and the only man who’s ever impressed her in the least…

With her wit, independent spirit, and not least of all her beauty, Marcus can’t help but be stirred by Cat. It’s terribly unfortunate he’s not looking to marry, given the centuries-old curse that left his family with the Spinster House to begin with. No duke shall live to see his heir’s birth. But is there a chance the curse could be broken—in true fairy-tale fashion—by an act of true love? The race to Happily Ever After is about to begin…

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Mmmmkay ,I really liked it (and the cover is pretty 😍)The writing style was good ,loved Cat’s siblings and this mystical “curse” was a very intriguing part of the story. Overall a great historical romance to read by the pool💕

3,9/5 stars .


A Good Day to Marry a Duke

(Sin and Sensibility #1)

by Betina Krahn

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34568964._SY475_Daisy Bumgarten isn’t thrilled to be trying to catch a duke’s attention while dressed like a flower pot caught in a swarm of butterflies. But, after all, when in Rome (or in this case London society)… Since her decidedly disastrous debut among New York’s privileged set, the sassy Nevada spitfire’s last chance to “marry well” lies across the pond, here in England. If she must restrain her free spirit, not to mention her rib cage, so be it. She knows she owes it to her three younger sisters to succeed.

Now, under a countess’s tutelage, Daisy appears the perfect duchess-in-training…Until notorious ladies’ man Lord Ashton Graham, a distraction of the most dangerous kind, glimpses her mischievous smile and feisty nature—and attempts to unmask her motives. Daisy has encountered snakes on the range, but one dressed to the nines in an English drawing room is positively unnerving—and maddeningly seductive. When a veiled plot emerges to show up Daisy as unworthy of the aristocracy, will Ashton be her worst detractor? Or the nobleman she needs most of all?

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It was a cute story! I loved Daisy and Ashton,the chemistry was there and that’s amazing. Great writing style,interesting story…Overall I would recommend!

3,9/5 stars


The Bookish Boyfriends series by Tiffany Schmidt

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Boys are so much better in books. At least according to Merrilee Campbell, fifteen, who thinks real-life chivalry is dead and there’d be nothing more romantic than having a guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. Then she, her best friend, Eliza, and her younger sister, Rory, transfer to Reginald R. Hero Prep—where all the boys look like they’ve stepped off the pages of a romance novel. Merri can hardly walk across the quad without running into someone who reminds her of Romeo.

When the brooding and complicated Monroe Stratford scales Merri’s trellis in an effort to make her his, she thinks she might be Juliet incarnate. But as she works her way through her literature curriculum under the guidance of an enigmatic teacher, Merri’s tale begins to unfold in ways she couldn’t have imagined. Merri soon realizes that only she is in charge of her story. And it is a truth universally acknowledged that first impressions can be deceiving . . .

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Omg,Those are amazing! My new favorite book series!!!If you are looking for something sweet and nice you will love this one. Will definetly do a review for each of the books.

 

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NetGalley eArc “Haul”

Hello, My Darlings! How are you? I hope the week is treating you well. It’s so sunny in Latvia for the last weeks, it’s very unusual. Today I want to share some eArcs(electronic advance reading copy) I got from NetGalley ,if you are interested I do have a bookstagram account (you can find it here) .Let’s dive into the arcs!

Thank you Netgalley, Crooked Lane Books and Dundurn for the eARC’s.


Deception by Gaslight(A Gilded Gotham Mystery #1)

by Kate Belli 

Publication Date – 06 Oct 2020
Why I’m excited to read it: This sounds (and looks) amazing. And I can already say I will like it a lot! Can’t wait.

arc 2Glittering Gilded-Age New York holds its lavish charms–and a litany of deadly sins–as intrepid reporter Genevieve Stewart uncovers a trail of corruption and murder.

As a chill sets in on New York City in the winter of 1888, a jewel thief dubbed the “Robin Hood of the Lower East Side” has been stealing from the city’s wealthiest and giving to the poor. Genevieve Stewart–a young woman whose family is part of Mrs. Astor’s famed 400 but who has forged a life of her own as a reporter–decides to chase the story, but gets more than she bargained for: a murder victim sprawled in a dark alley in the dangerous Five Points neighborhood.

A handsome neighborhood tough comes to her rescue–but when she encounters the same man at a glamorous ball a few nights later, she realizes he’s society scion Daniel McCaffrey. Could this be her Robin Hood? When two more murders rock the Knickerbocker world, it becomes apparent that something much more sinister is afoot than a few stolen diamond necklaces. Genevieve is determined to prove that Daniel is Robin Hood–but she’s loath to believe he is a killer as well. From the glittering lights of Fifth Avenue to the sordid back alleys of Five Points, the truth is just one murder away.

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The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass

by Adan Jerreat-Poole

Publication Date – 09 Jun 2020
Why I’m excited to read it : Mainly the cover,I’m such a sucker for beautiful covers

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Even teenage assassins have dreams.

Eli isn’t just a teenage girl — she’s a made-thing the witches created to hunt down ghosts in the human world. Trained to kill with her seven magical blades, Eli is a flawless machine, a deadly assassin. But when an assignment goes wrong, Eli starts to question everything she was taught about both worlds, the Coven, and her tyrannical witch-mother.

Worried that she’ll be unmade for her mistake, Eli gets caught up with a group of human and witch renegades, and is given the most difficult and dangerous task in the worlds: capture the Heart of the Coven. With the help of two humans, one motorcycle, and a girl who smells like the sea, Eli is going to get answers — and earn her freedom

 

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After All I’ve Done

by Mina Hardy

Publication Date – 10 Nov 2020
Why I’m excited to read it: Love me a good mystery! And the cover…Love it!I’m so gonna read it soon.

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Writing as Mina Hardy, New York Times bestselling author Megan Hart delivers a thrilling new psychological suspense for fans of The Woman in the Window and When the Lights Go Out.

She’s lost her best friend, her husband–and possibly, her mind.

Five months ago, an accident left Diana Sparrow badly injured and missing a few months of her memory. As if that’s not enough, she’s started having recurring nightmares about the night of the accident. Dreams that feel so real, she’s left questioning: maybe she didn’t just slide off the road into a ditch. Maybe, just maybe, she hit something. Or someone.

She can’t turn to her former best friend Val, who’s been sleeping with Diana’s husband Jonathan for months, but she might find some comfort in newcomer Cole Pelham. Yet the closer they become, the more Diana begins to wonder what really happened that night–and how Cole might be connected. Worse, it seems everyone else could be involved, too.

Who was with her that night? What really happened? As her life unravels thread by thread and the dreams become too real to ignore, Diana will have to face the unthinkable–and do the unforgivable.

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I read Fallen and I loved it!

giphy (9)Hello, My darlings!I’m sick…again. And what do you do when you are sick in bed ? You read. So that’s what I did. Finally, am starting to read my physical TBR pile (yay for that!). Let’s start with the fun part!

About the book:

Fallen by Lauren Kate 

6487308What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall . . .

My thoughts:

First of all, I read this in Latvian so the writing and names are slightly changed, keep that in mind. I got this book a few years ago, found it in my local book outlet store called Zvaigzne ABC outlet(if you are in Latvia, Riga definitely check it out, they have books in English too). Almost all books in Latvian are in library bind(if that’s how it calls when the hardcover books don’t have a dust jacket but the cover art is on the actual book). But this one was different, it had the dust jacket and I wanted it(have never seen books like that in the wild). And Finally I read it and I loved it! There are very mixed feelings about this book, but I genuinely liked it. The writing style was amazing, it was so atmospheric, the world building was phenomenal. I could imagine and “see” it clearly …plus I’m a sucker for past lives love story. Overall I enjoyed this one, would recommend.

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