Kory Merritt – The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York: A Yarn for the Strange at Heart | Review

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Discover the horrible fate of Jonathan York as he sets out on his journey through a spooky forest with an alarming party of travelmates!
Jonathan York has led a boring life – a pointless degree from the community college, a lackluster job at the General Store, and never any desire for something more exciting. But when fate leaves him stranded in a sinister land,
he finds himself seeking an adventure of his own. Along the way he encounters ghoulish thieves, ravenous swamp monsters, a dastardly ice cream conspiracy, and a necromancer bent on human sacrifice.
In this beautifully illustrated, four-color novel, Jonathan York’s life takes a decidedly spooky turn!

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I was provided with an e-ARC  of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Andrews McMeel Publishing for letting me read this!

I’ve been wanting to get into graphic novels for quite a while now, but I was always kind of delaying it. So in July I finally got my first graphic novel from NetGalley and read it. The only reason I’m posting this review now, and not in July when I finished it, is because this book comes out on October 6th, which is now in a few days.25363432

First, I need to say that I absolutely love the art in this book. It’s so beautiful, I love the colors used in each part of this book and how pictures went beautifully with the story. The font used in this graphic novel was very pretty and I like it, but sometimes it was a bit hard for me to figure out which word was written, but other than that, I think it went really well with the whole style of this book. The way this book is put together is very good and I really like all the creepy monsters that made an appearance throughout the book.

I found it interesting that the main character is an adult, since I really did not expect that (guess I didn’t read the synopsis very carefully). Jonathan York was a very relatable character and I liked how he was actually very afraid, but he made some clever decisions later in the book, However, I think the character development was a bit rushed and it just happened all of a sudden, but I definitely like a person Mr. York became. I also really like the old man who wanted to hear stories of his guests (forgot his name) and I really love the point he made at the end of the book. You’ll always have your story. So freaking beautiful!

I didn’t enjoy this graphic novel as much as I thought I would and that’s quite disappointing, but it was still a relatively good book. The plot was a bit weird and for me it didn’t always make much sence, but what confuses me the most is the targeted audience. Is this a children’s book? Or an adult book? The writing style is very juvenille, but there are also a lot of creepy and just weird stuff which I don’t think children would like. Something just didn’t work with that. And because of that, I have no idea to who to recommend this book. I guess if you’re interested in reading this, you can try it, but it definitely is for everyone. And I would not recommend it to children.

Benjamin Alire Saenz – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe | Review

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A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

5I’ve heard so many good things about this book, but I have never expected it to be this good. I absolutely loved it. This book definitely deserves all the hype it gets and even more. If you haven’t yet, go pick it up!

There is no much plot in this book, but surprisingly, it works very well anyway. It’s a self-discovery story about friendship and family and accepting who you really are. I loved that this book was mostly character-based and that we saw how certain moments in Ari’s life affected him and made him who he is now. ANother thing I really appreciated was the family aspect and Ari’s relationship with his parents. They were far from the perfect family, but they all loved each other. I have to admit, I liked Dante’s family a bit more, but I guess that’s because they were more outgoing and had less problems.
The whole LGBTQ aspect of this book was done very well and I really lke the direction it took. It wasn’t forced, everything seemed very realistic and I loved it (though it sometimes frustrated me) that Ari took so long to accept his emotions for Dante, even though Dante himself was very open about who he is and what he wants. 12000020

I really liked Ari as a protagonist. At some parts, I could totally connect with him and I found a bit of myself in him. He is far from perfect, but he’s great the way he is. He’s insecure, doesn’t know where he belongs, doesn’t have the best relationship with his parents, but he is also very caring and a great friend to Dante. I love it that he didn’t judge Dante and that he accepted him for who he is and still wanted to be his friend. That probably why I like him the most. He was not a jerk.
Dante was another amazing character. I love how open he is about how he feels and also how he can make Ari talk about everything. I loved all the letters he sent to Ari when he was away and how he didn’t give up on writing to him even though Ari didn’t write him back. Dante didn’t care what other people thought of him, he always said what was on him mind and that’s why I love him so much.
Ari and Dante’s relationship is beautiful and I ship them so, so hard. They’re just a perfect match. It was killing me that Ari didn’t want to admit his feelings for Dante (though it was quite obvious to everyone), but when he finally did, I melted. IT. WAS. SO. CUTE. Great, now I’m overwhelmed with feels all over again.

The writing style is amazing. I love the short chapters and simplicity of dialogues. It worked perfectly with the story. I also really like the bits in Spanish (I was so happy that I could understand it), it just added another layer to the story. The ending sentences in chapters are so amazing! You just have to continue reading.
I just realized that Benjamin Alire Saenz never used the word gay or homosexual in this book. Instead he used different terms and that was so new and refreshing, and also very original. Loved it!

I love the message this books sends and I think everyone needs to read this book. Also, I recommend listening to it via audiobook. For me, it was an amazing experience because the narrator is just awesome. Just go read this book! It’s truly amazing.

P. S. I know I used word loved way too many times in this review, but I don’t care. I LOVED this book.

Kiera Cass – The Elite (The Selection #2) | Review

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The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

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I just read my review on the first book in the trilogy, The Selection, and I can’t stop laughing. My opinions changed so much after I read the second book. The Elite was not particularly better or worse than The Selection, which is a good thing because that means we have a constant. It was a very satisfying sequel and I was in the perfect mood for the book like this.  16248068

There was a lot more plot in this book, but that also means a lot more drama. We finally got to some more serious topics than just America’s love life (this is a dystopian trilogy, after all), but I think that potential could’ve been used a bit more. The Elite was even more fast-paced and even more fun than The Selection, but the way America’s relationships developed was not my favourite thing. However, I couldn’t expect her to choose immediately, since we still have one more book to go, right? And even though I know who she’s going to end up with (damn you, spoilers), I’m still excited to see how that is going to happen.

I know that in my last review I said that I don’t find America that annoying. Well, I was wrong. In this book, I just wanted to slap her and I was rolling my eyes whenever she changed her mind (which was on pretty much every single page). Just decide, woman! It’s pretty obvious who she likes better and who she really wants, but her reasons for not being sure are the most stupid thing ever. Now I can totally see why is everyone so frustrated with her.
My opinion on both Maxon and Aspen changed quite a bit as well. In the first book, I was rooting a bit more for Aspen, but in this book my feelings dropped. He was not really there and I have a feeling like he came up only when America needed to change her mind again so she can annoy me even more. I don’t see their connection anymore and now I feel like he’s just pushing too hard, instead leaving her alone.
I grew to love Maxon, though my feelings for him constantly changed throughout the book. But let’s say I understand him. Mostly. What I don’t understand is why is he dealing with America’s shit. He’s doing everything for her, but all she does is whining and complaining and being indecisive. If I was him, I’d just send her home and go after someone who would appreciate me more. However, I can’t not ship them. I want them to end up together, if America ever makes a decision.
I hate the King. That’s all I’m going to say about him because he doesn’t deserve anything else. If you read the book, you’ll understand.

The writing is still average and I still like it.  I still think it fit perfectly to the story and I appreciate that the author didn’t push it too hard and didn’t try to be lyrical or sound too smart when that was completely unneccesary. Dialogues in this book were equally not perfect as in the first book, but I learned to ignore that and just enjyoy the story.

To wrap it all up, I flew through this book. It was really entertaining and I would definitely recommend this trilogy if you’re looking for something fun and not very realistic. I’m definitely reading the last book in this trilogy very soon.

Jessica Sorensen – The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret #1) | Review

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Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.
Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it’s summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home.
Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.
Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.

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I randomly found this book in a store and since it was pretty cheap, I bought it. Yesterday I was trying to find what to read next and the moment I saw this book on my shelf, I knew I had to read it. I would have probably read it in one sitting, but I had to stop halfway through, so I ended up reading it in two sittings. Also, this is the first book this summer that kept me awake until I finished it.

I was sucked into the story from the very beginning and I just flew through this book. The whole setting was very different from what I usually read, but it was very cool and refreshing. Even though this is just another NA book, I highly enjoyed it and this book was definitely much more than two people having sex. Secrets from the past gave another layer to this story and made it very emotional and beautiful. My heart was broken a few times while reading and I wouldn’t say this is the happiest book to read, but there were definitely a lot of moments when I smiled like an idiot. The romance is the big part of this book, but I would say that it’s more character-driven and self-discovery is very important part of it. Also, this book reminded me a bit of Beautiful Disaster, but that’s the only other NA book I read, so I assume all of these books are more or less the same. Which is great, because that means I’ll never run out of fun and quick books. 15717876

As I said, characters are very important in this book and I really liked that. Each and every one of them has it’s own story and it’s own problems, but the way their stories intertwine is just amazing.
I have mixed feelings about Ella. I love the ”old” Ella and I admire her, but the ”new” Ella just went on my nerves. I wanted to slap her and yell at her that she can’t just run away from problems and keep everything inside. Other than that, she was pretty cool and I liked her.
Micha is my bae. I love him so much and I was rooting for him through the entire book. I love him for not giving up on Ella and being there for her even though he knew all her secrets. Also, he’s a hot musician, he fixes cars, participates in car races, has problems with his father, is very determined to get back the girl he loves… isn’t that enough to fall in love with him?
The romance between the two was very interesting. It wasn’t insta-love and I really appreciate that, but it wasn’t really slow-burning either, since the sexual tension was very obvious from the very beginning. However, I ship them very hard, they’re just so cute and amazing together.
Lila was really annoying at the beginning because she was all princess-y and naive, but later I started to appreciate her character a lot more when we found out her story. Though I think it could’ve been a bit more developed. Her relationship with Ethan was a bit forced and I didn’t really buy it, but it was fun to read about, anyway.
When it comes to Dean, I’m not really sure what’s his problem. He’s a total douchebag and I couldn’t care less about him.

Now you’re probably thinking why I gave this book four stars when I didn’t say anything bad about this book. Well, I haven’t mentioned the writing yet. It was the biggest disappointment of this book. It just sounded so cheesy and dialogues were very weird and sometimes I had to go back and read these last few lines again because I got confused. I also realized I like Ella’s POV a bit more because when I was reading from Micha’s POV everything sounded so unrealistic and super-cheesy. The whole book was very fast-paced and that didn’t always work well because at times I just wanted to know more about that particular moment, but the author was already on another chapter. Another thing – I think this book would’ve been a lot better without the sex. Or at least, if characters just stopped thinking about sex for a second. Also, it bothered me how Ella and Micha always acted like they’re alone and didn’t really care that trere are people around them. But that’s just my opinion.

So, the final verdict. I really enjoyed this book and even though the writing is not the best, I managed to ignore that while reading and just enjoy the story. It was a lot of fun and I would recommend it if you’re into NA and all that stuff. I am just discovering New Adult and I think this is a great book to begin with. Definitely give it a try if it sounds like something you’d enjoy.

Zoe Sugg – Girl Online (Girl Online #1) | Review

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Penny has a secret.
Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.
But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

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There was a lot of controversy surrounding this book when it came out last year and I decided to ignore it all and make my own opinion on this book. Only it’s content, the story. I ignored author’s name, other people’s reviews, advertisements, even the cover. I wanted to judge this book only for what it is. Just pages full of words. But damn, it was hard. 22510983

First I have to say something that really bothered me throughout this book. IT SO FUCKING UNREALISTIC! Sorry for the language. But from the very beginning everything was so unbelievable and I was constantly rolling my eyes. There is no possible way that someone is that clumsy and that unlucky. Later, it became only less and less realistic. Especially with the romance. Okay, I’ll admit, the romance was cute and I was totally rooting for them, but the fact something like that never happens in real life really pissed me off. I know, other YA contemporaries are not the most realistic thing in the world, but this was just too much. Also, the entire book is full of drama that was mostly completely unnecessary. I liked the blogging aspect, but in my opinion, the potential of it was not completely used. It just ended up being more drama. I flew through last 100 pages (and forgot that I have to make lunch, so my mom was mad, but whatever) because I had to know how it would all end. I think I mentioned how unrealistic this book is, but that ending… THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE! Yeah, it was cute, it did make me happy and all that, but so unbelievable. In my opinion, it would be a lot cooler if we got a heartbreaking ending. THAT would be real. I started rambling. I should stop.

I really could not connect with Zoe. I mean, Penny. Yeah, you could totally tell Penny was based on Zoe. She was trying to be so relatable and loveable, but she was just too much for me and she really annoyed me. Not because she was clumsy, not because her love story was unrealistic, not because she managed to embarrass herself in any occasion, not because she was selfish etc. but because she was stupid and her decisions didn’t make any sense. She always jumped to conclusions instead of talking to people first (but hey, then we wouldn’t have so much drama, right?) and she found it the easiest to just sit and cry, complaining about everything and feeling sorry for herself. I do appreciate the try of making a somewhat unique protagonist with anxiety problems, but again, the potential of that topic was not used completely. The only thing I really liked about Penny was her love for photography. That was the only thing that made me connect with her a bit.
I don’t know how I feel about Noah. When he first showed up, and also pretty much throughout the whole book, I really liked him. He’s so cute, nice and amazing. The problem is, he’s not real. Though I guessed his secret right away (it was just way too obvious), it didn’t really bother me that much. That made him even more perfect than he already was. What bothered me was how it all played out after Penny found out, but I think I already mentioned that. Oh, I almost forgot. Am I the only one who thought his character was loosely based off Justin Bieber? Guess Zoe just had to ruin his character for me…
When it comes to Penny’s family, they were all so loving and amazing and awesome and… you guessed it – unrealistic.
Elliot was probably the most interesting character in this book, but it really bothered me that he was this stereotypical gay best friend. He was so cool, but I wish he was a bit more original and different. I also don’t understand why did Panny hang out with Megan and all the other idiots when she had Elliot, but whatever.

Oh, the writing. I hated it. First, it was so juvenille and fake. Author was really trying to sound realatable and cool, but it turned out wrong in so many ways. Second, I really didn’t like the way blog posts were written. Way too childish for my taste, and Penny is supposed to be only a year younger than I am now. I already mentioned the drama and how improbable the whole book is, so I’m not going to say it again. Maybe. It also really bothered me how everything was so stereotypical and the lack of uniqueness and originality was very obvious. There was not a single thing in this book which I haven’t already seen in some other book. Another thing, am I the only one who thought this book felt like unsuccessful fanfiction?
I’ll just quickly mention my opinion on the entire ghost-writing controversy. How I see it, Zoe wrote a book, it got to the publisher, but it probably wasn’t the best so the editor made some major changes to make it better, becuase you can totally tell which part are written by a person with experience, and which by an amateur. But it’s very clear that this book sells out so well only because of Zoe’s name on the cover and nothing else.

Okay, after reading all this, you probably think I hate this book. I don’t. I actually really enjoyed it, it was a fun, quick and cute read, but it definitely wasn’t the best thing in the world. As you may tell, I had a lot of problems with it, but while I was reading, these didn’t bother me as much becuase I was really emersed to the story. Only now when I started thinking more about it, I realized how bad it actually is. However, I would still recommend it. Why? Well, it’s fun. I’m glad I read it because I was very curious and now I can finally have my own opinion on it. That feels nice. Oh, and one more thing. I just found out there is going to be a sequel and I just wanted to tell you that I will be picking it up when it comes out because there is definitely material for the sequel. I’m looking forward to this Valentine’s Day in New York (because I’m assuming that’s what the next book is going to be all about) and even more drama.

P. S. Now I’m really tempted to write xxx at the bottom. Damn you, Penny.

Kiera Cass – The Selection (The Selection #1) | Review

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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

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I’ve been hearing about this book a lot lately so I finally checked it out in the library and read it. I was prepared for a not-so-great book with an annoying main character (I was seriously mentaly prepared to hate America) and the only expectation I had going into it was to have fun. I was pleasantly surprised.10507293

When I started reading, it reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games. I don’t know if anyone else had that feeling, but I just found a ton of simmilarities. The Selection was girly and just tamer version of The Hunger Games. I’ll give you few examples: dystopian world where the protagonist is poor and has a chance to become rich if wins in a competition (it’s just that here she doesn’t have to kill anyone), our lead has a younger sister who she really loves, the two love interests are so Peeta (Maxon) and Gale (Aspen)… Oh, and we even have our Effie Trinket in here – Silvia. Surprisingly, that didn’t bother me as much as you may think now. I just find it kind of funny.
The plot itself was actually very interesting and I managed to fly through it. The romance takes a huge part in this book, so don’t expect anything else from it, except a lot of drama and huge amount of fun.

As I said, I was really prepared to hate America SInger. A lot of people say that she’s the most annoying protagonist ever and I went into this book expecting that, but it didn’t happen. Okay, she’s not the best, but I didn’t find her as annoying as everyone else portrayed her. I even really liked her at the beginning. Toward the end when she started playing with both Aspen and Maxon, she started to annoy me. So maybe she becomes the most annoying protagonist ever in the next books.
When it comes to our love interests, I have no idea for who I root for. At the beginning, I really liked Aspen and I was so sure I’ll be team Aspen, but then he broke my heart and Maxon showed up. However, I didn’t like Maxon immediately. Then I started liking Maxon more and more, but Aspen also couldn’t leave me alone. I DON’T KNOW which team I am! I like them both, but I don’t really love either of them. Okay, maybe I understand why is America indecisive. But if I really had to choose who I like better, I’m leaning a bit more toward Aspen. But just a bit.
When it comes to relationships between America and these two guys, I have mixed feelings. I actually really like her relationship with Maxon, but the problem is that at the beginning, I friendzoned Maxon and I really enjoyed their relationship when they were friends. On the other hand, Aspen was immediately categorized as a boyfirend material in my mind so I guess that’s why I’m rooting for him a bit more.
I don’t really have anything to say about other characters, since they all seem quite unimportant. We didn’t really get to know any of them and they are all just names and roles for me, not real people, Which is a bit disappointing, but whatever.

Kiera Cass‘ writing style was average. Not bad, but there was nothing special to it. However, I think it fit perfectly to the story and I appreciate that the author didn’t push it too hard and didn’t try to be lyrical or sound too smart when that was completely unneccesary. Dialogues in this book were not perfect and that’s probably my only complaint about the writing. When two characters talked, it all seemed a bit too juvenille, but I went over that and reminded myself that I’m reading a YA book and I should get used to it.

Overall, I highly enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a fun and easy read. I will definitely be continuing with the trilogy very soon. Reading about this highly unrealistic boy drama is just so entertaining and relaxing.

J. R. Ward – Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) | Review

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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.
The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

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Since Black Dagger Brotherhood books make big part of my TBR, I decided it’s time to do something about that. I have actually started this book three years ago and I read half of it, but though I really liked it, I never continued on. Until now. And I really enjoyed it, though I did have some minor problems with it. It was very interesting to read a vampire book now that vampires are not as popular as they were a few years ago, but I can tell you, I still like reading about them if the whole vampire thing is done well.42899

If you odd out the romance, this book still has a plot, which is very rare for vampire books. I love how vampires are portrayed in this book and how everything works out. Brotherhood is so cool and reading about them was very empowering. When it comes to the actual plot, I have mixed feelings about it. I did get into this book right away and I definitely had my attention, but I think that the first part of the book draged a bit, especially compared to the second half when a ton of stuff happened and everything was so fast-paced and exciting. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the beginning with Beth finding out about the entire vampire thing and falling for Wrath (though that hapened FAST!). It’s just that it took me two days for the first half of the book, and then less than a day for the second half. My interest so obviously grew toward the end of the book, when the plot actually picks up. The ending itself was quite expected, though I did not expect for things to go so far, but I do like how it all wrapped up.

When it comes to our main character, Beth, I couldn’t connect with her. I don’t hate her, but she was quite annoying. And stupid at times. Like, who the fuck has sex with a complete stranger who looks like is going to kill her? And like that isn’t enough, she goes after him and trusts him immediately. Quite stupid, don’t you think?
I already said how much I love the Brotherhood. I like every single one of these Warriors, but when they were all together and their relationships with each other were brilliant. It’s hard to say this, but Wrath is probably my least favourite in the Brotherhood. I couldn’t make myself like him. I really tried. I couldn’t. He was pretending to be a tough guy, but he was just too whiny and self-centered for me. I didn’t buy it. Also, I don’t really like his relationship with Beth. Too much insta-love and his change was just way too unrealistic.
As I said, I really like all the other guys, but I don’t feel like I should talk about any of the other characters in this review, since each book is about another character so I’ll talk about them when I actually get to know them better.

The writing.Occasionaly it was just too much. Through most of the book I really enjoyed it and it was fine, but there were just way too many sexual descriptions, to say the least. I don’t mind reading about sex, but Beth and Wrath had sex way too many timed throughout this book. And even when they weren’t having sex, at least one of them was thinking about having sex with the other person. It was just too much for my taste. It’s hard to make me unconfortable while reading, I can really enjoy everything, but this was just… nope. The good thing is, eventually you get used to it so it didn’t really bother me that much at the end. But still…

I have no idea whom to recommend this book. I don’t feel like the right person to put an age range on this book, since I first read it when I was 13. But I guess if this is something you think you’d enjoy, if you’re mature enough and you’re okay with a lot of sex in books, it’s a book for you. I really enjoyed it, it was very fun and entertaining and I will definitely be continuing with the series.