Review : Perfect on Paper : Sophie Gonzales

Title : Perfect on Paper

Author : Sophie Gonzales

Release Date: March 9th 2021

Format: E Arc

Publisher:  Wednesday Books


In Perfect on Paper, Leah on the Offbeat meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: a bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her classmates is hired by the hot guy to help him get his ex back

Her advice, spot on. Her love life, way off.

Darcy Phillips:
• Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes―for a fee.
• Uses her power for good. Most of the time.
• Really cannot stand Alexander Brougham.
• Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke…who is in love with someone else.
• Does not appreciate being blackmailed.

However, when Brougham catches her in the act of collecting letters from locker 89―out of which she’s been running her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service―that’s exactly what happens. In exchange for keeping her secret, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to become his personal dating coach―at a generous hourly rate, at least. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.

Darcy has a good reason to keep her identity secret. If word gets out that she’s behind the locker, some things she’s not proud of will come to light, and there’s a good chance Brooke will never speak to her again.

Okay, so all she has to do is help an entitled, bratty, (annoyingly hot) guy win over a girl who’s already fallen for him once? What could go wrong?

I LOVED THIS BOOK. I am sorry I delayed leaving a review because it deserved HYPE before the release.
This has everything from romance, letters, friendship, and QUEERNESS. Queerness that comes in all types. I loved what this book touched on. How your story is only yours and all we can do as a community is support each other. The conversation about being queer in a relationship with a man was everything. I identify as a lesbian now but I was in a relationship with a man for eight years. I just used the term Queer during this because I knew he was the only man I would ever. I felt like I did not belong anywhere during this. This relationship ended in 2020 and putting myself back out there with women was scary because of biphobia. I wish I had had a club like this at a young age.

PROTECT Brougham at all costs. I loved his snarky rudeness and how great of a friend he turned out to be.

My only issues was Brooke. What Dracy did to her was not cool, however I never felt like Brooke was a Steller friend. She brushed her feelings aside a lot and I felt like she should have known Darcy was in love with her. They were both in the wrong. I just wish they had talked it through in the end. I am happy they mended fences.

The romance was lovely and THAT IS ALL I WILL SAY! Go buy this book and all her other ones. You will not be disappointed. EASY FIVE STARS.


Review : Be Dazzled : Ryan La Sala

Title : Be Dazzled

Author : Ryan La Sala

Narrator : Pete Cross

Release Date: 05 Jan 2021 

Format: Audiobook Arc

Publisher:  Dreamscape Media


Project Runway goes to Comic Con in an epic queer love story about creativity, passion, and finding the courage to be your most authentic self.

Raffy has a passion for bedazzling. Not just bedazzling, but sewing, stitching, draping, pattern making―for creation. He’s always chosen his art over everything―and everyone―else and is determined to make his mark at this year’s biggest cosplay competition. If he can wow there, it could lead to sponsorship, then art school, and finally earning real respect for his work. There’s only one small problem… Raffy’s ex-boyfriend, Luca, is his main competition. 

Raffy tried to make it work with Luca. They almost made the perfect team last year after serendipitously meeting in the rhinestone aisle at the local craft store―or at least Raffy thought they did. But Luca’s insecurities and Raffy’s insistence on crafting perfection caused their relationship to crash and burn. Now, Raffy is after the perfect comeback, one that Luca can’t ruin.
But when Raffy is forced to partner with Luca on his most ambitious build yet, he’ll have to juggle unresolved feelings for the boy who broke his heart, and his own intense self-doubt, to get everything he’s ever wanted: choosing his art, his way.

I LOVED THIS BOOK! Thank you netgalley and Dreamscape Media.

This was my first ever Ryan La Sala read and I am in love. He is about to be added to my auto buy list.

The story follows our Raffy. Raffy is trying to juggle first loves, his love and skill for cosplay, and a very unsupportive mother. Let us start with the cosplay and the Cons. It was shown off so well. I felt like I was building, thinking, and sewing with Raffy. The world was represented so well.

Now the romance. The story is in the past and present every other chapter. Raffy and Luca’s relationship is put through the test many times. Luca is in the closet with his bisexuality and of course, that has added some strain. His mother has one of the best lines in the WHOLE book. So if you do not want to be spoiled skip to the next paragraph. She says to him “Then I’m staying too, I never missed a game in your life and I’m not missing this. I am your mother and I cheer you on no matter what okay?” LIKE WHY DID YOU TO MAKE ME CRY LIKE THIS?

I love the different side characters and friendships we got to see in this as well. Raffy really came full circle thanks to them.

The narration was great. Pete Cross voiced Raffy perfectly. He showed emotion through his voice so well. I could hear and feel the different cadence of every emotion. The only downside for me would be there was not much of a change in voice for the other characters. Solid four stars for narration.  

One million percent ADD TO YOUR TBR. Five stars. 


Review : Teen Killers Club : Lily Sparks

Title : Teen Killers Club

Author : Lily Sparks

Narrator : Jesse Vilinsky

Release Date: Novemever 10th 2020

Format: Audiobook Arc

Publisher:  Dreamscape Media

Synopsis Via goodreads

Framed for the murder of her best friend, a young girl joins a super-secret society of teenage assassins to avoid a lifetime behind bars–and discovers her own true self–in this mesmerizing debut novel.

Seventeen-year-old Signal Deere has raised eyebrows for years as an unhappy Goth misfit from the trailer park. When she’s convicted of her best friend Rose’s brutal murder, she’s designated a Class A–the most dangerous and manipulative criminal profile. To avoid prison, Signal signs on for a secret program for 18-and-under Class As and is whisked off to an abandoned sleep-away camp, where she and seven bunkmates will train as assassins. Yet even in the Teen Killers Club, Signal doesn’t fit in. She’s squeamish around blood. She’s kind and empathetic. And her optimistic attitude is threatening to turn a group of ragtag maniacs into a team of close-knit friends. Maybe that’s because Signal’s not really a killer. She was framed for Rose’s murder and only joined the program to escape, track down Rose’s real killer, and clear her name. But Signal never planned on the sinister technologies that keep the campers confined. She never planned on the mysterious man in the woods determined to pick them off one by one. And she certainly never planned on falling in love. Signal’s strategy is coming apart at the seams as the true killer prepares to strike again in Teen Killers Club.

Oh my lanta people. THIS IS NOT A DRILL, go go go preorder this book because it was one hell of a ride. I went in pretty blind, the cover and blurb was enough to make me request. I am thrilled I did.

The story arcs in SO many different directions throughout. It was almost like getting a story within a story three times over. Let us jump into our rag tag crew of misfits. I do not want to say too much because it is better to catch it all as it comes but I loved them. I loved camp, the twins, the girls, Jada and her cutting of people, and of course our romance.  Signal our lead has some shit luck, and in way plays into the needed someone to save her trope, however not really. I think her compassion was her greatest strength and in turn, it showed out more because of her shortcomings in the physical.

Speaking on the romance its where my one and only problem comes in. We have a love triangle; I am cool with that, but cheating. I am going to try to lay this out as spoiler free as possible. I felt as though it could have been avoided. She could have just not made Signal official with the person. We still would have had the pull and the angst without the cheating. Book would have been perfect.

All that said the story was almost flawless. I will be biting my nails until the next one comes out. It was SO GOOD.

Narration was EVERYTHING get this as an audiobook people because Jesse Vilinsky out did herself. I love her narration usually but this was the best. She brought so much life to every single character, they each had such distinctive sounds that I would have known who was talking without the book telling me. tens tens tens across the board for her.

JUST BUY THE DAMN BOOK. You will not be sorry. Four stars.


Review : More Than Maybe : Erin Hahn

Title : More Than Maybe

Author : Erin Hahn

Release Date: July 21st 2020

Format: E Arc

Publisher:  Wednesday Books

Page Count : 336

Synopsis via goodreads

Growing up under his punk rocker dad’s spotlight, eighteen-year-old Luke Greenly knows fame and wants nothing to do with it. His real love isn’t in front of a crowd, it’s on the page. Hiding his gift and secretly hoarding songs in his bedroom at night, he prefers the anonymous comfort of the locally popular podcast he co-hosts with his outgoing and meddling, far-too-jealousy-inspiringly-happy-with-his-long-term-boyfriend twin brother, Cullen. But that’s not Luke’s only secret. He also has a major un-requited crush on music blogger, Vada Carsewell.

Vada’s got a five year plan: secure a job at the Loud Lizard to learn from local legend (and her mom’s boyfriend) Phil Josephs (check), take over Phil’s music blog (double check), get accepted into Berkeley’s prestigious music journalism program (check, check, check), manage Ann Arbor’s summer concert series and secure a Rolling Stone internship. Luke Greenly is most definitely NOT on the list. So what if his self-deprecating charm and out-of-this-world music knowledge makes her dizzy? Or his brother just released a bootleg recording of Luke singing about some mystery girl on their podcast and she really, really wishes it was her?


I LOVED THIS DAMN BOOK! Like Erin Hahn should have just at me because DDR scene, 90s music, hallmark references, Vada being the name of our lead, and all together swoonliness just YES. 

I love romance, especially a dual first person narrative. I do find with contemporary romance YA or adult I am sometimes exhausted by the last 20% of the book and ready for the end; or that I like one narrative a lot more than the other. That never happened here. I was hooked into the characters and story the whole time 

The side characters were nicely flushed as well from the friends to the parents. Speaking of parents I loved the story arc both of our leads took with their parental units. 

This book has a little bit of everything. Not just romance but the ups and downs of sibling love. It really took me back to being 18. Five amazing stars! 

I listened to the audiobook as well because when you read a book this great you need to experience it all the ways. 

The story came to life even more! P. J. Ochlan and his swoon accent was amazing. The true star however was Rachel L. Jacobs. When Vada is crying in a certain part of the book Rachel L. Jacobs truly sounded like she was crying but still spoke so clearly. I believed it was really her having all those feelings. Audiobook five stars as well. 

You can’t go wrong by picking up this book!


REVIEW : All Your Twisted Secrets : Diana Urban

Title : All Your Twisted Secrets

Author: Diana Urban 

Release Date: March 17th 2020

Format: E Arc

Publisher:  HarperTeen

Page Count : 400

synopsis via goodreads

Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting.

What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.

Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die? 

All your twisted secrets = amazing. First off I love a breakfast club so of course I had to get my hands on this.

This book was so good. It took me on ride for sure. I’m usually very good at calling the book from the beginning. I didn’t even come close to guessing until right before the reveal. Go in blind. Do not read spoiler reviews!

This was a great debut for the amazing Diana Urban. She has shot up to auto buy for me, I won’t even have to read the blurb before I buy!

The characters where all flushed out super well considering it was a first person narrative I still felt like I got to know everyone.

I can’t say anything else because I don’t want to give things away. BUY THIS BOOK. IT IS SO DAMN GOOD.


REVIEW : Mayhem : Estelle Laure

Release Date: July 14 2020

Author:  Estelle Laure 

Format: E Arc

Publisher:  Wednesday Books

Page Count : 304


A YA feminist mash up inspired by The Lost Boys and The Craft.

It’s 1987 and unfortunately it’s not all Madonna and cherry lip balm. Mayhem Brayburn has always known there was something off about her and her mother, Roxy. Maybe it has to do with Roxy’s constant physical pain, or maybe with Mayhem’s own irresistible pull to water. Either way, she knows they aren’t like everyone else. But when May’s stepfather finally goes too far, Roxy and Mayhem flee to Santa Maria, California, the coastal beach town that holds the answers to all of Mayhem’s questions about who her mother is, her estranged family, and the mysteries of her own self. There she meets the kids who live with her aunt, and it opens the door to the magic that runs through the female lineage in her family, the very magic Mayhem is next in line to inherit and which will change her life for good. But when she gets wrapped up in the search for the man who has been kidnapping girls from the beach, her life takes another dangerous turn and she is forced to face the price of vigilante justice and to ask herself whether revenge is worth the cost.

From the acclaimed author of This Raging Light and But Then I Came Back, Estelle Laure offers a riveting and complex story with magical elements about a family of women contending with what appears to be an irreversible destiny, taking control and saying when enough is enough.


I was excited about this book. I love the 80s and its movies. I LOVE the lost boys and the craft so this one was a no brainer. That being said THIS BOOK WAS SO SLOW; I caught myself wanting to skim to get past things. That is never a good sign. I really wanted to love this but I just did not.

As some of the other reviewers pointed out there is a ton of pieces picked straight from the lost boys. Honestly, I think it wouldn’t have bothered me so much if it at least was as good as the lost boys. I wanted a love letter to 80s but I feel like if we had not been told the date we would not have been able to guess it was the 80s. I think for me what this is lacking that The lost boys is not is the humor and campiness you get in the best of the 80s movies. There was just zero humor here.  

As for the craft being referenced, I agree with my fellow reviewers, I don’t see it. As others said more practical magic vibes.

All in all this is two stars for me. I’m sure this would be a good read for someone who is not familiar with film it was inspired by.


REVIEW AUDIOBOOK: White Hot Kiss : Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: White Hot Kiss

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Narrator : Saskia Maarleveld

Release Date: 04-22-14

Format: Audiobook

Genre : Young Adult, New adult, Paranormal,

Synopsis via goodreads

Layla just wants to fit in at school and go on a date with Zayne, whom she’s crushed on since forever. Trouble is, Zayne treats Layla like a sister—and Layla is a half demon, half gargoyle with abilities no one else possesses. And even though Zayne is a Warden, part of the race of gargoyles tasked with keeping humanity safe, Layla’s kiss will kill anything with a soul—including him.

Then she meets Roth—a demon who claims to know her secrets. Though Layla knows she should stay away, it’s tough when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue. Trusting Roth could ruin her chances with Zayne, but as Layla discovers she’s the reason for a violent demon uprising, kissing the enemy suddenly pales in comparison to the looming end of the world.

WOWOWOWOW okay I KNOW IM LATE TO THIS GAME but this was amazing.

I mean the story line CHECK, the badass female CHECK, the romance CHECK, and the audio CHECK. I am not usually a fan of a love triangle but this one made sense. It felt natural and in my opinion, there is only one person who is clearly going to come out on top. I love our badass hero chick. She has her insecure moments but I really feel like she takes a stand for herself.

ROTH oh my lanta. He is just EVERYTHING.

Audio wise it was great. Saskia Maarleveld is always great. She delivers emotion so well. She has this slight natural rasp to some of her words that I love. I think she was the perfect person to voice this character.



REVIEW and INTERVIEW : The Babysitters Coven : Kate Williams

Author:  Kate Williams

Release Date: September 17, 2019

Format: E Arc

Publisher:  Delacorte Press

Page Count : 368


Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this funny, action-packed novel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil.

Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it’s kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she’s good at it.

And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let’s just say she owes some people a new tree.

Enter Cassandra Heaven. She’s Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria food. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme’s babysitters club?

The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra’s mother left her: “Find the babysitters. Love, Mom.”

Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they’re about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.


Hello lovely readers! There is an author interview at the end of the review, make sure you check it out!

This book was so much fun! I love witches, girl gangs, and all things nostalgic. If you love those things also then this is the book for you!

It starts with a babysitters club but ends with so much more. These characters where all so much fun. Esme was our narrator and I personally never minded being in her head. She goes on quite the adventure. We see long lasting friendships, new friends, parental relationships, and a tiny bit of romance! The romance is just enough and has a fun end game! The parental relationship angle was great. It added depth and surprises. Cassandra is a wild card and crazy destructive BUT so much fun. JANIS is a goddess. I need say no more than that!

I don’t want to give things away but I really had fun reading this. This gives me sugar and spice and Jawbreaker movie vibes. Very campy in the best nostalgic way. They don’t make movies like this any more or books! THIS WOULD MAKE THE BEST MOVIE/TV SERIES TO BRING BACK THE VIBE. So please give it a chance I don’t think you will be sorry. FIVE STARS

ME: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions. I loved the book! It gave me so many nostalgic moments. What inspired you to write this book?
KATE : I had the title way before I had the book. The Babysitters Coven always just seemed like an obvious pop-culture mash-up that I was surprised no one else had done it yet, and it combines three of my favorite things: teenage heroines x babysitters x witches!
ME: You have a great badass girl gang forming in this book, one I wish I was a part of! They are all so unique. They really jump off the page at you. Are you someone who just writes and lets the story take you? Or do you outline everything before starting?
KATE: I learned the hard way that I have to outline! For the first three years I worked on this book, it went no where because I didn’t know how to construct a plot. So now I make a very detailed outline before I start writing. I usually don’t stick to it, but it gives me a nice framework to come back to if I get stuck. I’m definitely a character-driven writer, though—the characters just appear to me, but then I have to work to give them something to do.
ME: You mention Buffy the Vampire Slayer often in this book. I am a huge Buffy fan so this was fun for me. Are you a big fan? If so who was your favorite and least favorite character?
KATE: I looooved Buffy, even though I was late to the party. I never watched it when it was on TV, but got really into it about 10 years ago. As for characters, I loved Spike—I thought he had really good development and some great lines. I love it when a “bad” character gets to have fun with being bad. I always found Buffy’s mom to be pretty meh, but I think that was because we never really got to know what made her tick.
ME: Do you have any unique or quirky writing habits?
KATE: My writing habits are all over the place. I have a 1.5 year old son, so when I can work, I tend to cram as much in as possible and write about 4-6k words a session. It’s not
ideal, but what I have learned about attempting a creative career while parenting is that you have to give up on ideal and be grateful for what you get! I am so thankful that I am able to write, and spend time with my family, and not have to make a choice between the two.
ME : Which of your character(s) would you take with you to spend the night in a haunted house? Why?
KATE: Oh my god, this is such a hard question! Cassandra probably, because she has superpowers and isn’t scared of anything. Janis also isn’t really scared of anything, and while she doesn’t have powers, she’s a really good problem solver. Also, Pig because she’s just a very good girl! That doesn’t really answer the question, but it’s too hard to choose!
ME: How many books do you plan for in this series?
KATE : I just finished the next one, but after that, it’s up to the publishing goddesses (and of course, lovely readers!!).
ME: What are you currently reading?
KATE: I just finished My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, which I LOVED! It’s kind of like a grown up The Babysitters Coven, and it’s very nostalgic, referential and funny. Reading it felt like staying up late to watch a teen movie on a summer night.
ME : Lastly, the ending. OH MY LANTA the ending. I can’t say too much without spoiling but you know what you did to my non magical girl and it broke my heart, for her and my beloved girl gang. Please tell me you have already started writing the sequel? If so, can you give us a quick synopsis?
KATE : I just finished the second draft of it! There are Sitters, Sitters and more Sitters—Cassandra and Esme get to meet their counterparts from around the country. But there’s also plenty of Janis, Pig and even a little of stupid Dion. 🙂

Kates Bio:

I am a YA write or die, originally from Kansas but now living in California.

I’ve written for Cosmopolitan, NYLON and Seventeen, amongst other magazines, and worked with brands including Urban Outfitters, Vans and Calvin Klein.

The Babysitters Coven is my first novel, but fingers crossed it won’t be my last.


REVIEW : Rebel Girls : Elizabeth Keenan

cover164989-mediumAuthor:  Elizabeth Keenan

Release Date: September 10, 2019

Format: E Arc

Publisher:  Harlequin TEEN (US & Canada)
Inkyard Press

Page Count : 384


It’s 1992, and there’s a rumor spreading in Baton Rouge…

When it comes to being social, Athena Graves is far more comfortable creating a mixtape playlist than she is talking to cute boys—or anyone, for that matter. Plus her staunchly feminist views and love of punk rock aren’t exactly mainstream at St. Ann’s, her conservative Catholic high school.

Then a malicious rumor starts spreading through the halls…a rumor that her popular, pretty, pro-life sister had an abortion over the summer. A rumor that has the power to not only hurt Helen, but possibly see her expelled.

Despite their wildly contrasting views, Athena, Helen and their friends must find a way to convince the student body and the administration that it doesn’t matter what Helen did or didn’t do…even if their riot grrrl protests result in the expulsion of their entire rebel girl gang. 

The cover of this book is life. I knew I had to get the ARC for it as soon as I saw it. 

While the book is an overall good read, I have to agree with some of the other reviews I have seen. The title mislead me a tiny bit. I was expecting a give no fucks lead. She gives many fucks. While that was kind of upsetting it also made it seem more realistic to read. High school is the hardest place to be yourself, be confident, and support other people. 

In the start of the book, she was bashing herself and her sister, but as the story continues, she clearly is trying to follow her riot girl rules.  

“I knew what the riot grrrl ideals were. Support girls around you. Don’t be jealous of other girls. Avoid competition with them. Being loud and crying in public were valid ways of being a girl. Being a girl didn’t mean being weak or bad. Claiming your sexuality, no matter what that meant to you, was a good thing. And the revolution was open to anyone.” 

The middle lulled for me. I also saw some of the issues with a certain boy coming. The end however legit made me cry. It was a great way to wrap everything up. Girls coming together to support girls. Overall, it was a good. If you love girl squads and the 90’s pick this one up. Three stars. 


REVIEW : Something Like Gravity : Amber Smith

Title: Something Like Gravity

Author:  Amber Smith 

Release Date: June 18, 2019

Format: E Arc

Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry Books

Page Count : 400

Genre : Young Adult, Contemporary


For fans of Love, Simon and Eleanor and Park, a romantic and sweet novel about a transgender boy who falls in love for the first time—and how first love changes us all—from New York Times bestselling author Amber Smith.

Chris and Maia aren’t off to a great start.

A near-fatal car accident first brings them together, and their next encounters don’t fare much better. Chris’s good intentions backfire. Maia’s temper gets the best of her.

But they’re neighbors, at least for the summer, and despite their best efforts, they just can’t seem to stay away from each other.

The path forward isn’t easy. Chris has come out as transgender, but he’s still processing a frightening assault he survived the year before. Maia is grieving the loss of her older sister and trying to find her place in the world without her. Falling in love was the last thing on either of their minds.

But would it be so bad if it happened anyway? 

This book was very refreshing. It is a dual POV changing in chapters. The characters never got muddy at all, even if the chapters did not tell you who was talking you would know. They each had such clear distinct voices. 

I loved how much Maia accepted Chris straight out the gate. I feel like it was all done so well. The sex scene was done so well too especially the constant “is this okay” and “you can touch here but not here” felt so accurate. 

I wish that Maia had developed just a little more but hey that’s grief. She is doing her best with a family who is living in denial, it is no wonder she is not healthy or mature. I am very happy that they made some leaps toward the end of the book. 

Chris was so real and authentic. His character development was SO AMAZING that is all. His parents, well mostly mother, made me so damn mad. I was so over them being shitty. The dad tried but should have stood up for him more. Again, though they made leaps at the end of the story but I wish it had happened a little sooner. 

Also the end just gutted me even though it is super realistic. Four Stars.