Bad Princess (Julianna Keyes)

Notorious for leaping off roofs, maiming foreign royals, and that twerking incident, Brinley Cantrella of Estau is nobody’s definition of a good princess. She’s fearless and bold, not good and gracious. And after a lifetime of being told she’s unfit to be queen, wearing the crown and helping to usher Estau into a new era is the one dream she’s never dared chase.

But when her older sister abdicates the throne, all Brinley has to do to inherit the role is not twerk, not maim anybody, and definitely not get caught fooling around topless with Prince Finn, her childhood crush, the only man she’s ever loved…and her sister’s former future husband.

Finn embodies the definition of good. Tall and handsome, serious and honorable, he always does the right thing — including agreeing to marry his ex’s sister to cover up this latest scandal. Brinley has fallen down stairs, broken teeth and broken bones, but this is the first time her heart has ever been broken. She now has the crown and the prince, and on the surface, life is good — but is being married to a man everyone swears could never love her back good enough?


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, go to her blog on the next few days to read her review of this book.

THE POSITIVE:

  The writing. I read a few books by Julianna Keys, and I really enjoy her writing. This one was great. The book is told through Brinley’s point of view, in the third person.

  I really enjoyed the premise and the plot.

  I liked the characters too, I loved Brinley, and I enjoyed reading about Finn too.

THE NEGATIVE:

  The lack of depth. This was way too short, and it needed more pages to actually develop everything appropriately. It needed more character development, it needed more relationship development.

  With that said, it also needed something more at the end. This book somehow didn’t feel like it told the whole story.

  I needed to have a glimpse into Finn’s mind, because by the end, he was still a bit of a mystery.

My Roommate’s Girl (Julianna Keyes)

The day a judge gave me the choice between going to prison or going to college was the day I vowed to stop stealing. Never again would I see something beautiful and beyond my means and take it, just because I wanted it. Just because I could.

When I moved in with Jerry, it was with good intentions. I needed a place to live while I got my degree, and he needed a roommate.

Then I saw Aster.

Blond and beautiful, good, pure, sweet, smart…and Jerry’s girlfriend. She was everything I never thought I could have. Except…maybe I can.

So I put a plan into action. Yeah, I’d probably go to hell, but it would be worth it. I wanted Aster. I wanted her yesterday and tomorrow and every possible way.

But you know what they say.

Be careful what you wish for…because you just might get it.


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, go to her blog soon to read her review of this book.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book. The title is a bit polarizing, and so is the blurb, so I was scared that it would be a bit too weird and just too much, and for the first 20% of the book, it was. I hated Aiden’s attitudes and the decisions he made. But somewhere along the way, the book got loads better, and I grew attached to the characters, and I understood them. And I ended up liking it a lot.

The same happened about the writing for me. I wasn’t quite sure at first, even though this was my third book by Julianna Keyes, but then everything got better, eheh. But I have to say that the formatting of this book felt weird for me. The book is told through Aiden’s POV for the first third, and then suddenly it goes to being dual POV. I was a bit confused about this change, though I understood it story wise, for 20 chapters we had no title, and suddenly we have the narrator’s name… it was a bit weird.

Even though Aiden didn’t always make the smartest decisions, I ended up loving the guy, his determination to be better, even when he didn’t believe himself capable of it. And I ended up loving Aster too, especially because she put her life and her future ahead of anything else. She knew what she wanted and needed and she fought for it.

The story turned out to be so much more than I was expecting, and WOW, it was so amazing, and so full of character growth. I loved it. The theme about second chances and knowing what’s best for you and that you alone are responsible for your life. Amazing.

Guys, don’t be put down by the original idea of a triangle and cheating, the importance of those things is minimal to non-existent in the book, so go ahead and pick this one up. You won’t regret it.

Undeclared (Julianna Keyes)

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2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | Book with only Male POV

Kellan McVey is Burnham College’s most prolific athlete, partier, and ladies’ man—and that’s just how he likes it. Returning to reign for his third year, he wants nothing to change. Then Andrea Walsh shows up.

It wasn’t too long ago that Andi and Kellan were lifelong friends, mortal enemies, and, for one hot summer, more. Then Kellan left and Andi stayed behind.

Kellan thought he’d moved past that last summer’s heartbreak, but with Andi sitting next to him in class, befriending his friends, and battling for the same once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity, he’s starting to remember why he hated her…and why he loved her.

Kellan has a long list of reasons that falling for Andi again is a terrible idea, though every new moment together challenges that theory. But Andi’s all too familiar with Kellan’s love ’em and leave ’em approach — and she’s found someone else to get serious about.

Burnham’s campus king has never had to fight for a girl, but if he wants Andi to give him another chance, he’ll have to do the one thing he’s never had the nerve to do: admit it.


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go to her blog in the next few days to read her take on this one. Well… in reality when she started it, I was already done with it, but hey, it counts.

So… you might remember that awhile back I read and reviewed Undecided, which I loved, and that is book one of this series. Contrary to what the cover made you think, the book didn’t have a love triangle at all, but Kellan – the MC for THIS book – was kind of in the way of Nora and Crosbie. I really liked Kellan and was super curious about him, which is the reasons for me requesting this book as soon as it became available on netgalley, and reading it as soon as I was approved.

I’m sadden to say that this book didn’t quite work for me.

The book is told through Kellan’s POV and only his POV, and while I usually love books only told through the guy’s POV, I felt like I really needed Andi’s view of things on this one. This comes from the fact that while Kellan was a pretty entertaining guy, he is not the best narrator. I couldn’t connect to him at all.

To put things into context, Kellan and Andi have known each other since they were 5, they were always close, until the summer where they were more than friends, and after that Kellan left for college and Andi never spoke to him again. Until Andi starts college, at Burnham, and Kellan can’t stay away from her.

I came to this book already being fond of Kellan, because even though he made some pretty big mistakes in Undecided and was an asshole sometimes, I kind of thought that there was more to him than that. After all, he was a great friend to Nora and Crosbie, and he was super funny. So, there is more to him than that, but it didn’t quite make up for all the assholiness…

I understood his fears, but like Nora, Kellan lived for what other people thought of him, but while Nora managed to rise above it in a way, Kellan wanted to but never truly did. I liked his mostly happy attitude, but I hated how he was painted as dumb – and this happened multiple times. I hated that he knew what he did wrong towards Andi, but never truly tried to do anything about it. And to be honest, I didn’t quite get how and why everything was handed to him…

Now, you might think “well… she must have at least liked Andi, right?“… yeah, NO. Again, I understood her, she had been in love with a guy she thought she didn’t stood a chance with for her whole live. She wanted to be free of that, she wanted to be herself, so she goes after another guy… and then she makes some stupid decisions. Here I think her POV would have solved a lot, because she was such an interesting character, but I felt like I never really truly “heard” her, you know?

I really really liked the core of the story, and that’s what kept me engaged. There is a lot of character growth, and facing your fears is a tough thing to do. I’m sorry that I didn’t exactly feel much chemistry between the main characters though…

However, there was some things in the plot that I could have done without, mainly the television contest. Ultimatly, it is not important at all and it contributed nothing to the story. Also, I felt like it was highly unbelievable. Why would a TV presenter contact Kellan directly to ask him to audition? I know Kell is a big shot, but he runs track, and I didn’t get it. o_O Also, unfortunately I found the pacing slightly off, and the book felt really slow to me.

Another positive thing about this book though was the friendships. I loved the love and support that Kellan’s friends showed him. Those were some awesome bonds, and I loved when they all got together.

So, to sum it up, I really liked the story, but couldn’t quite connect with the characters and the pacing felt off. But still, read it! But read book 1 first, otherwise you will be highly spoiled. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Books I Loved

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads (we’ve done underrated books a bunch of times in the past 6 years but thanks to Lenore at Celebrity Readers for suggesting this topic as a new way to talk about underrated books especially when underrated is subjective. An easy way to find this — go to Goodreads, your read list, at the top of your read list where it says settings you can add a column for # of ratings, then you can sort by that. If you aren’t a Goodreads user you can look up books you think are underrated and see what their # of reviews is on Goodreads? Or if that’s too hard you can spin it some other way!

This is a super easy topic for me, because I mainly read underrated books. Reading a lot of ARCs from Netgalley leads to this, and I actually love to discover all these new books and recommending the hell out of them.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Recent 5 Star Reads

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Ten Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently if you don’t 5 star stuff…or you could do 5 of my latest five star reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads)

Well, I do 5 Star books… a lot. I don’t give away full 5 stars easily, but I do rate a lot of books between 4.5 and 5 stars. That’s what I’m showing today: my last ten favorite reads, a.k.a., books I have 4.5 to 5 stars.


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Undecided (Julianna Keyes)

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Nora Kincaid has one goal for her second year of college: be invisible. Last year’s all-party-no-study strategy resulted in three failed classes and two criminal charges, and if she messes up again she’ll lose her scholarship. But there’s one problem with her plan for invisibility, and his name is Crosbie Lucas: infamous party king, general hellraiser…and her new roommate’s best friend. 

Crosbie’s reckless reputation and well-known sexcapades aren’t part of Nora’s studious new strategy, but as she’s quickly learning, her new plan is also really boring. When Crosbie’s unexpected gestures of friendship pull her head out of her books long enough to see past his cocky veneer, she’s surprised to find a flawed and funny guy beneath it all. The muscles don’t hurt, either. 

But as Nora starts to fall for Crosbie, the weight of one of last year’s bad decisions grows even heavier. Because three failing grades and two misdemeanors are nothing compared to the one big secret she’s hiding… 

Publisher’s note: This is not a sweet romance. There is plenty of sex and swearing. Enjoy!


This book turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. I was not expecting to like it as much as I did. With that said, read this book, because it’s awesome!

First let’s take some misconceptions out of the way. Based on the cover, title and even the blurb, you might be thinking that this book is heavily based on a love triangle, right? WRONG! Undecided refers to what Nora is majoring in in school, and the 2 boys are her roommate and his BFF, and although the book sometimes hints at some interference, it’s very far from a triangle.

This book is told is the first person POV of Nora, and while I’m a super huge fan of multiple POVs, this story worked the best just like this. I loved the writing, it was fun and full of humour.

The characters were pretty great, hilarious, and somewhat unexpected. Nora has some problems trying to balance out her life, but it was so fun to read about her relationships, work, family, etc. Crosbie was a huge surprise, because he works so hard at everything in his life, and the way he is with Nora is seriously heart melting. Kellan was a delight to read about, because he was so boyish, cute and a total asshole, all at the same time.

The book is heavily based on the romance, and just to clarify, this romance is between Nora and Crosbie, a.k.a., the roommate’s best-friend!!!! But apart from this, there are a few side plots that are so good, such as all the “drama” between Nora’s 2 co-workers and friends, and the friendship between Crosbie and Kellan, which by the way, is totally goals. Another thing that I really loved was the bond that Kellan and Nora strike, they become real friends to each other and that was just super sweet.

Although there is some drama, it is not overdone at all. There are a couple of conflicts that come between Nora and Crosbie (one big one), but it’s resolved with maturity. I really liked the flow of this plot.

There were a couple of things that I thought needed some revision. The first one is the age of all the characters in this book. It states several times that they’re all 21 years old, but they’re also all on their second year of college. Well, they should be 19 or 20 then, and not turning 21, right? Another thing were a couple of conversations that Nora had with Kellan, where she would tell him something, and then it was like he didn’t hold that information, so I felt like there was a slight continuity problem there.

In the end I loved this book. It’s one of the best NA books I’ve read, and I would so love to read a story about Kellan, and to see if his second year of college brought him some wisdom at all… lol.