July Wrap-Up

How did we get to July already? Time just flew by… right? Or was it just for me?


THIS MONTH I READ:


2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE:

I read 7 more books towards the NA reading challenge:

Which brings my total to 44 New Adult books read so far, putting me still at the NA Advanced level. But I’m almost at the next level, eheh 😀 .


BOOKS REVIEWED:

  1. Falling For Forever (Melissa Chambers)
  2. Mister Moneybags (Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward)
  3. Where We Belong (J. Daniels)
  4. The Perfectly Imperfect Match (Kendra C. Highley)
  5. Hello Forever (Sarina Bowen)
  6. I Need You Tonight (Stina Lindenblatt)
  7. Bossman (Vi Keeland)
  8. Eye Candy (Jessica Lemmon)
  9. Trust (Kylie Scott)
  10. Cross Check (Kelly Jamieson)
  11. What I Need (J. Daniels)
  12. What It Takes: A Dirt Road Love Story (Sonya Loveday)
  13. None Of The Above (I.W. Gregorio)

So… what happened in July?

  • Me and Cátia went to watch SpiderMan, which was awesome.
  • I’ve been going to the gym, which great as well.
  • I won an amazing prize at work, it made me SUPER HAPPY!
  • I’ve been preparing my October trip to Greece.
  • And finally… my hair is now PINK!

So, guys, how was your month of July?!

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None of the Above (I.W. Gregorio)

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned — something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.


I’ve had an eye on this book since it first came out, so I was ecstatic when I saw it on Netgalley for it’s reprint edition, because I wanted it so badly. And then I was super duper happy because I got approved for it! 😀

I had never read any book about the subject, and I have to say that I really loved this one. I loved Kristin’s voice, she was so heartbroken and confused, and I thought that’s probably a very good representation of someone finding out they have AIS at such an important and defining age. I thought I.W. Gregorio did an amazing job, and the writing is beautiful.

Like I said, I loved Kristin’s voice. She wasn’t perfect by any means, but she just came out as honest, and human, and I loved her to bits. I really liked her dad too, I loved how present he was in her life, and how, even trying to be supportive, he didn’t allow for stupidity and senseless behaviour. He was there for her, and I loved their relationship.

But I did have a lot of issues with a lot of characters, mainly most of Kristin’s friends, and her boyfriend Sam. It’s one thing to be confused, don’t understand, not being informed, or even scared, but some behaviours are unforgivable. I hated the people who made her feel less than awesome.

I really liked the plot, because it was all about acceptance and understanding who you are, and not be defined by what other people think you are. I loved the support system and confidence that she found.

I only wish the book hadn’t ended so abruptly, even though I got it. She got to a point where she understood what was important and that her chromosomes didn’t define who she was, but I needed more somehow. More conversation with her dad, with Darren, with Vee and Faith. I just wanted a bit more.

But still, I loved this book, and I think it’s such an important theme, and I’m so glad this book exists. Have you read None of the Above? What are your thoughts on it?

Cover Reveal: Trust by Kylie Scott

If you guys follow me, you know that I read Trust by Kylie Scott this month and I LOVED IT!!! As in, this book will forever be in my heart and I want everyone to read it. You can read my review HERE.

Well, Trust has a new cover!! Take a look:

TRUST by Kylie Scott
Genre – Mature YA
​Available Now 

I have to say, I really liked the original one, because it felt as gritty as the book itself, but I’m just so happy to see representation on the cover of a book. Edie is big girl, and she’s well represented, so well done!


Blurb:

Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head. 

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen year old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers. 

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight — getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first — losing her virginity — their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose — each other.

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Trailer:


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/

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What It Takes: A Dirt Road Love Story (Sonya Loveday)

Gracen Lowell is on the hunt for a man — but not just any man. He has to be ‘the one’. Her only problem is that no one she’s dated has ever measured up to the charming qualities of her best friend.

Slade Owens knows no matter how much he loves Gracen, he’ll never be what she’s looking for. And he dang sure isn’t going to stick around to watch her fall in love with someone else. Slade leaving the Owens’ family farm for an out-of-state job should put enough distance between the two to allow him to move on with his life and Gracen to search for her happily-ever-after.

Gracen knows asking him to stay isn’t fair. Slade thinks leaving her behind is the only thing to do. Inexplicably drawn together, the best friends must decide if they have what it takes to own up to their feelings… before it’s too late.


I requested this book a little while back, and I only now I time to get to it. I’m glad I did though, because this was a good read, even if I thought that the plot needed more development, especially in the last third.

I really enjoyed the writing, I wouldn’t mind reading more books by Sonya Loveday. The book is told in dual POV, and I felt like the voices were very distinct.

I liked Gracen and Slade, but I did want to club them in the head at some points during the book. But I loved their friendship and their connection. I only wanted both of them to be honest about their feelings and actually have a conversation about it. Instead, they don’t and sh*t happens, and it was sad and I didn’t quite know what was happening next, and I was hating certain people, and wishing for everything to be different. *sigh*

I liked the issues dealt with in this book, even when I was scared for Gracen. But I do think the plot should have been a little bit more worked on. I needed a bit more from the story, and I needed a little more from the resolution as well.

But still, it was a pretty good story, and I want to read the book that I’m sure will follow, because I want to know what happens with Lex, Slade’s brother, he was such a great character too.

Book Traveling Thursdays: 1st Book in a Series I Want to Start Soon

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Choose the first book in a series you want to start soon. I’m choosing Overruled (The Legal Briefs #1) by Emma Chase, I’ve been meaning to read this one for awhile now, and I really want to get to it.


Original COver:

I really like the original version of this book.

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

Nothing…

FAVORITE COVER(s):

                                             

I really like the original and Indonesian covers, even though the original one seems more “professional”, eheh.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(S):

                        

I’m not a fan of these covers: Italian, French and Polish.

WWW Wednesday: July 26th 2017

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I started What it Takes by Sonya Loveday yesterday, and so far, so good 🙂 .


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This week I finished None of the Above by I.W.Gregorio, With Every Heartbeat by Linda Kage and Cross Check by Kelly Jamieson.


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Probably Twisted Twosome by Meghan Quinn and The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. I’m so excited about both.