July Wrap-Up

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



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 😀 .


  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?!

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!


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.

Amazon US | Amazon Aus | Amazon UK | iBooks US | iBooks Aus Kobo Nook



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/



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


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.





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



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

WWW Wednesday: July 26th 2017


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?


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


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


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

What I Need (J. Daniels)

2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | Book Recommendation 

Riley Tennyson has made a huge mistake.

At least, that’s what she keeps telling herself.

Showing up to her brother’s wedding pissed off and newly single, Riley seeks comfort in solitude and an open bar, until the gorgeous and irresistibly charming CJ Tully makes her a better offer — a wild night with the master of smooth-talking where nothing is off limits.

Riley does what any single woman would do, and a connection is made. One neither one of them can ignore. But when she comes home to the boyfriend she no longer thought she had, Riley buries her secret and begs CJ to do the same. 

Forget about each other. It was a mistake. That’s all it was… right? 

Desires are hidden. Distance is kept. Until one night CJ makes the ultimate sacrifice, and Riley can no longer avoid the man she can’t stop thinking about.

Not with him sleeping down the hall…

Since before I even started this series, Deanna has been telling me that this was her favorite of the bunch and I just needed to get to it. Well… I did, and guess what? It was my favorite too! I loved it!!!!

Riley and CJ’s story was definitly a favorite of mine, I just loved them both to pieces and I thought the connection between them was awesome. They’re just such amazing characters too, I liked how they brought forth the best of each other. Riley needed support and to be valued, and CJ was just the right person for her.

One of the things I like most about this series is how the guys are the ones always pretty sure about their feelings and intentions. They know what they want, and they don’t act all macho, no, they fight for the girls they love, and CJ was no exception.

The plot was pretty fantastic too. At first, I was a bit scared about Riley’s “boyfriend” and I thought he would be an issue. But I was happy to see that sorted pretty soon, and I loved to see Riley and CJ’s friendship develop to way way more. They were so darn adorable together.

I just wish I had had a couple more chapters on this book. I needed a little more from them, maybe an epilogue or something, or, I don’t know… the next book right now!

So, guys, read this series if you haven’t yet. But if you don’t want to commit to the whole 5 books out so far, maybe read just this one… you’ll like it! 😀

Cross Check (Kelly Jamieson)

A party girl and a clean-cut college hockey player discover that they’re not so different in this sexy, soulful Bayard Hockey novel from the bestselling author of Shut Out and the Heller Brothers series.

Ella Verran has three goals this semester: get off academic probation, repair her relationship with her friend Skylar, and take some responsibility for her life. All of which are hard enough without hot, snobby hockey player Ben Buckingham around to distract her. Ella can’t stand Ben, and she knows the feeling is mutual. But he’s best friends with Skylar’s boyfriend, so he’s always around — taunting and tempting Ella in ways she never thought possible.

As the star forward of the Bayard College hockey team, Ben has goals too, like playing well enough to land a spot on an NHL roster. Ben is perfectly poised on the ice, so why can’t he keep his cool around Ella? Her wild behavior rubs him in all the wrong ways — and a few of the right ones. But as they skate around each other, Ben learns that there’s more to Ella than her bad reputation. And when the line between love and hate starts to blur, he can’t resist crossing over and sweeping her off her feet.

Once again, I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go to her blog in the next couple of days to read her review.

I’ve read so many books by Kelly Jamieson in the last year or so, that I’ve lost count, eheh, but I have to be honest, I usually love books told on the first person, but incredible, I like her books told on the third person slightly better?! Something felt off with the writing at times, and I don’t know if the first person was just not working that well for me, or if I found the book overly descriptive, or a combination of both, but I definitly thought that it could have been shortened in some portions, especially in the first 40% or so.

I really liked the two main characters. Ben and Ella are both complex characters, with much more to them than meets the eye. I liked their layers and how they affected them, how they acted towards other people and their fears. I also really enjoyed the romance, because hate to love rules, and their chemistry was all kinds of hot.

This book is full of personal growth, and facing several issues. I liked how it dealt with mental illness, the stigma that still surrounds it, it also kept the theme of sexual assault and consent coming from book one, as well as the difference in attitudes when regarding a man and a woman’s sexuality. These are super important and relevant themes, and I’m so glad this series keeps hitting them.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one, especially the second part of the book, when the characters stopped fighting their feelings, eheh.

Chocolate Book Tag

Hey guys. So, I like chocolate just fine, but I wouldn’t say I’m crazy about it. I sometimes feel like I need it, but I’m perfectly fine just eating a couple of small squares 😉 . Either way, I was tagged by Daniela @My Name is Daniela and Little Great Reads to do this tag, so thank you girls.

Without further ado, let’s jump into it.

Dark Chocolate: A book with a dark theme/content

I absolutely loved Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie, but as you can predict by the title, this book deals with addiction, and it’s full of dark themes throughout the whole book, and it doesn’t even have a happy HAPPY ending 😦 . I still loved it though.

White Chocolate: A light-hearted/humorous read

Nothing is more humorous than Blake Riley!

Milk Chocolate: A book with a lot of hype that you are dying to read

I’m going with The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, because I loved her first book, and I’m dying to read this one as well, and I’ve heard nothing but good things.

A Wafer-Free KitKat: A book that surprised you lately

I wasn’t expecting to enjoy The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott as much as I did. But I loved it.

Chocolate With a Caramel Centre: A book that makes you feel gooey on the inside

THIS ONE! Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde.

Snickers: A book you are going nuts about

I read Trust by Kylie Scott, and I still have this book stuck on my head. I loved it so much. Yeah, it wasn’t perfect, but I just loved the hell out of it, you know?

Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream and Marshmallows: A comfort read that you turn to again and again

I’m going with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, because it’s one of my faves and I want to re-read it this year.

Box of Chocolates: A series that has something for everyone

I’m currently reading my 5th book on the Forbidden Men series, but so far, each book was different, and had elements that would please different kinds of romance readers. I’m loving going through this one.

I Tag:

Kat @Life and Other Disasters
Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much
Daniela @Daniela’s Bookshelf
Hannah @Mortal Reader
Sara @Freadom Library
Deanna @A Novel Glimpse