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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “A Vow So Bold and Deadly,” by Brigid Kemmerer

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

It’s no surprise to me that I didn’t enjoy reading this book. After the disaster that was the second book, I knew not to expect much from this one. This entire story was a pity party. Every character in this story is always doubting themselves, there are so many questions about their actions and I got tired of that very easily. 

This is the third installment of the Cursebreaker series by Brigid Kemmerer and we follow the perspective of Grey, Lia Mara, Harper, and Rhen as they try to settle both their territories before going to war with each other. This book obviously picks up after A Heart So Fierce and Broken, but now we follow each of our main characters on their separate journeys to save their kingdom. Rhen and Harper are so at odds with each other. Harper resents Rhen for attacking Grey the way he did and Rhen resents himself for acting that way. Not to mention, the thread of Lilith is still roaming around and Rhen is terrified which causes more discord between them. Grey and Lia Mara try to unify their people even though half their country is terrified of magic and unites against it. Grey and Lia Mara have to face the consequences of threats to the queen, an imposing sister that doesn’t know her place, and more. Not only that but the tension between the two countries grows more and more array as they try to find solutions to not go to war.

Let’s start with Rhen and Harper. My first loves, the only reason I read this book in the first place. They’re such a shell of the characters that we all met in the first book. Harper keeps making excuses for Rhen’s behavior and Rhen keeps feeling sorry for himself. I had to push very hard to finish this book. Harper seemed so strong to me regardless of her cerebral palsy and yet she was turned into this character that doubted everything about herself and those around her. It got annoying really fast. Moreover, in the beginning, Rhen was also doubting himself. He never communicated with Harper which caused a bigger divide between them. Not to mention Lilith was still around tormenting him and he kept that all to himself. 

Grey and Lia Mara were most of the same. Lia Mara kept being the whiney girl she was from the second book. Her sister had to take over many times while she was queen because she couldn’t find a voice because she was afraid to speak up. Not only that, but her soldiers listened more to her sister than the actual queen, but who can blame them when she doesn’t even know what she wants. Grey now has to gain the trust of her army because they don’t fully trust him which basically what he struggles with throughout this book. He helps Lia Mara find her voice as queen and is able to get the soldiers to respect him. 

Again, this book overall fell flat to me. I didn’t like it, but it is no surprise because I knew kind of where it was going. However, if you enjoyed the past two books, then you’ll for sure enjoy this one. I love the way the author writes and I can’t wait to see what her next series brings. Also, I doubt this is the last book in the series because the way this book ended was awkward. Just saying. Anyways, if you like Shelby Mahurin, Tricia Levenseller, Renee Ahdieh, Roshani Chokshi, then you’ll enjoy this book. Thank you for reading my review, it means a lot to me. Until the next one.

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “A Court of Silver Flames,” by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Well, well, well, finally–after all these years! OMG, what a book! What a story! This sure was a rollercoaster. Also, it’s ten times spicier than her last one. This one is surely intended for New Adult readers because the sexual tension in this book will have you flying through the roof!

A Court of Silver Flames follows the POV of Nesta and Cassian as they train together to help Nesta get through the war PTSD and just help her become a better person overall. After the war, the human queens lay unrested and enemies are lurking everywhere. On top of that, Nesta wants to put together a group of legendary female warriors that used to fight alongside the Illyrian males called “Valkyrie”. With the help of Cassian and Azriel, they train every day and help redefine her power and strengthen her as a person.

Let’s start with Nesta. After the war, seeing her father being murdered in front of her really took a toll on her and she took it out on everyone but herself. She didn’t want to talk to the group of friends, let alone be anywhere near her sisters. She turned into drinking and fucking to slay away the demons in her head, but none of it was helping. Feyre and the rest of the gang decided that enough time had passed for her to get her life together and decided to intervene. So, they gave her an ultimatum, either train with Cassian or go back to the human realm where she knew she wasn’t welcomed. It wasn’t easy for her, she fought them every step of the way. She didn’t want to train, she didn’t want to eat, she didn’t want to live, and no one was making her do so. That’s until Cassian came along.

We all knew there was tension between the two, with how they acted around each other in the other book and how she saved them in the war, we knew something was going to happen. Cassian knew that as well, but he didn’t expect so much resistance. She fought with him every step of the way not backing down when he threatened her. He encountered so much resistance and yet he never backed away from a challenge.

Nesta was suffering, throughout this entire book, you can see her suffer. She clearly has PTSD from the war, from seeing her father being murdered. From not being able to help her sister, Elaine, from failing Feyre. Everything bothers her, every single failure she has is weighing down on her. The good thing is she happens to make friends in her recovery journey for lack of a better word. Two female friends that train with her and become the Valkyrie, an awesome set of female warriors that were more incredible than any of the Illyrian males.

Another awesome point to bring about this book is how centered around women issues it is. Each one of them, Nesta’s friends including Nesta, have been through their own personal hell. They supported each other through it, pushed each other to do better. They saw how the world had wronged them, how men have wronged them and they decided to take matters into their own hands regardless of how hard the task was or how afraid they were. Nesta found in these two friends the solace she couldn’t find with her two sisters and I’m glad it pushed her to overcome her nightmares. Also, Nesta and her friends like to read smut books, LOL. How funny is that?

Cassian, ugh, I love him so much. You can see clearly all over his face how obsessed he is with Nesta. Like, I knew it was love from the beginning. Duh. Anyways, it is mentioned in the book that he wears his heart on his sleeve for anyone to see and I couldn’t agree more. He fights for her every step of the way, and whenever it seems like she’s going to bite his head off he doesn’t back down.
Something else that’s worth mentioning is the sex. When I tell you, avoid reading this in front of parents, public settings, or even around friends, trust me. The sexual tension between these two was off the roof. Like, I felt like I was interrupting something every time I read a spicy scene because of how hot and intimate it was.

There was only one con that I had with this book and it was how predictable it was. You know, Nesta is angry at the world and doesn’t want to talk to anybody. Cassian helps her get through what she’s feeling. When she finally gets over what she’s feeling she apologizes, finally accepts Cassian and everyone lives happily ever after. This is not a bad thing, but I was expecting a bigger element of surprise.

I highly recommend this book if you like Sarah J. Maas, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Karen M. Moning, Sherrilyn Kenyon, etc. This book is for 18+ only. And as always, I want to thank you guys for taking the time for reading my review. I truly appreciate it.

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “In The Wild Light,” by Jeff Zentner

  • Rating: 5 out 5 stars

Wow, here I’m crying like a damn baby after finishing this book. This is my third Jeff Zentner and even though I knew I was going to cry, I decided to read it anyway. He just has a way of pulling into his stories. He grips you from the beginning and won’t let you go until you’re done with the book.

“People have to be brave enough to look stupid in a field where looking stupid is the worst thing you can do.”

“Death’s all around us. We live our whole lives in its shadow. It’ll do what it will. So we need to do what we will while we can.”

In this story, we follow Cash Pruitt’s POV. He lost his mother at a young age and he is slowly losing his grandfather too. In the middle of the loss he finds Delaney, and while he is okay with being stagnant Delaney is not. So he embarks on a new adventure with his best friend as they accept a full scholarship ride to a very prestigious boarding school where their new life begins.

I saw so much of the author in this book. I follow him on IG and you can tell that his passions are the river, his guitar, poetry, and the simple life. There was this time where Jeff used to read us poetry on his IG, so when I finally started reading this book I kept thinking, “finally his poetry debut”. And let me say, it did not disappoint.

“You’ll never regret a decision more than the one you make out of fear.”

Cash feels so much. He’s a character that’s always in his head and since we are reading from his point of view, I understand we are only reading his thoughts. But this version is different. Cash starts by saying that Delaney is a little complicated and that no one gets her brain but him, but I have to say, so is he. He gets too stuck inside his head and can’t seem to get to the other side at times. He’s full of self-doubt and anxiety, which is completely understandable, you’re nervous about leaving your dying grandfather and starting life in a new and new town. I can’t really blame him. But this story is so much more than loss and crippling anxiety. Is a story about finding things to love in the most unexpected places. 

“You are not a creature of grief. You are not a congregation of wounds. You are not the sum of your losses. Your skin is not your scars. Your life is yours, and it can be new and wondrous. Remember that.”

Cash takes a poetry class and starts writing his own poems, but something that Jeff does so well is write the story like it’s poetry. Let me explain. The way Jeff Zentner writes this book makes it feel like you’re poetry. His writing is so melodic. This is why when you’re reading his book you never want to skip over any details in fear you’ll miss something important. There are times when reading where you skip a couple of pages or paragraphs because the inner monologues of the characters get too long, too descriptive, or just plain boring—that’s not the case with this one. I mean what I said earlier, this book grips you hard and won’t let you go until you’re done with it. 

I actually have to thank the author for writing another masterpiece. It was so refreshing to read something different from him but that still remains the same. I love the fact that we are connected with the Midnite Matinee show on this one as well. I think it is important to mention that even though I cried (as expected) I also laughed my ass off, which is something I can always count on Jeff for (except for Goodbye Days—that shit was intense). 

Anyways, if you like Nicola Yoon, Jennifer Niven, My Heart and Other Black Holes, Julie Buxbaum, Things We Know by Heart, etc., then you’ll enjoy this book. This book is for 13+ readers. TW: substance abuse, bullying, anxiety. And as always, I want to thank you guys for reading my post, I truly appreciate it. 

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Non-Spoiler Review | “Cast in Firelight,” by Dana Swift

Well, well, well… I’m thoroughly surprised by this book. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. I started reading tonight at 2 am and it is now 5:25 am and I’ve got no shame. 

In this book, we follow the story of Adraa and Jatin in a world where they are promised to each other in an arranged marriage. For Adraa, this marriage means her impending doom. She doesn’t want to marry for political reasons, especially to a boy she has come to despise over the years. But it is what is expected of her, to better help her people and his. Jatin feels the same way—he can’t stand Adraa. When they meet for the first time she ends up humiliating him to no avail, now nine years later, they don’t recognize each other. All they have of each other are these ridiculous letters they used to send to see who had more accomplishments in their lives. 

In Adraa’s world, she becomes this sort of night-time vigilante, disguised and fighting in fighting-rinks; trying to solve a mystery that has taken hold of her land. She, throughout the years, always sought counsel from Jatin’s dad, who is the one that pushes her to keep investigating. But then, without knowing who he is, Jatin decides to help her and they form an admirable friendship that later comes to bite them in the ass, LOL. 

Adraa’s character is very relatable. She feels a little hopeless thinking that her only purpose is to marry that boy to bring their lands together. So, she decides to take initiative and prove to herself that besides not being able to complete all nine forms of magic, she’s still a powerful witch in her own way. 

What Jatin wanted all his life was to be able to make his own decisions. So, when he meets this peasant girl on his way home and she doesn’t recognize who he is, he finally believes he’s being seen by who he is and not by a title. 

I’m not going to lie, the story itself was a little confusing to me. Mostly because as the story progressed, we didn’t get to solve the mystery much. I mean, I’m the end it wasn’t very clear what was happening or if the bad guy was the bad guy. I do have to say, I really enjoyed the way they came to each other. I mean Adraa and Jatin learned to hate each other over the years because of the arrogant competitive letters they sent each other. Now, after all these years of only sending letters, they don’t recognize each other once they are face to face and to play a different person, it was very entertaining to watch. 

The way their relationship develops throughout the story was so entertaining and funny. Jatin was witty and clever and Adraa was fierce and unapologetically herself. They knew they weren’t supposed to fall for each other because they were promised to “other people” and yet they still did. But then, you know, they figure out who they really are and the rest is history. 

The world-building was great. There were a lot of intricate words and many different plot lines. The only complaint that I have is that the storyline was a little bit all over the place. I’m still confused with that ending. I also understand that this author is not #ownvoices and you can see this aspect throughout the story. However, the story was cute enough and well written to the point where I didn’t mind it. I don’t think the author was trying to step into anyone’s toes by writing this story. I feel like she was just trying to provide her own perspective into something that she has experienced first hand. With that being said, take this story with a grain of salt and go with an open mind. I, personally enjoyed this story a lot but because I’m not #ownvoices for this book, I may have missed things that maybe others could be offended by. 

If you like The Storm Crow, the Merciful Crow, Crown of Feathers, The Wrath and the Dawn, then you’ll for sure enjoy this book. This book is for 13+ readers. And as always, I want to thank you for reading my review, I truly appreciate it. Let me know what kind of book you would like me to review next. Give me a new title, I’m always open to new recommendations.

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Sky In The Deep” by Adrienne Young

Y’all I need to stop reading book recs from TikTok. All they do is overhype a book for me to the point where I’m scared to read anything they recommend at this point because they haven’t lived to their expectations.

In this book, we follow the story of Eelyn , she belongs to a tribe of Viking like warriors that have had this life long pointless war with another tribe. Every five years they meet in battle to avenge their gods. Eelyn lost her brother to the fight one time, only to find out he wasn’t dead, he’s just been living with the enemy this entire time. She then goes in pursuit of her brother and gets captured by the people she’s sworn to to hate only to find out that all she’s ever known about these people is a lie. A bigger threat looms ahead that threatens the life of both clans and now they have to put their differences aside and come together against the greater evil. Now Eelyn is supposed to convince both clans to unite or they’ll never survive.

To say I’m disappointed is the least. What a huge waste of time, man. I stopped reading this book multiple times while I was reading it, the only reason I pushed through was because I kept thinking it was going to get better and it never did. This is my first book of the year that I finished reading January 4th and I’ve yet to write a review about it because of how bad it was. TikTok made this book seem like it was an amazing enemy to lovers’ books when in reality, it was just a mess. 

The storyline has plot holes all over it, the story is inconsistent and incoherent. Half of the time the book didn’t even make sense and our main character spent most of the book crying. The love interest was a dick from the beginning and they didn’t even get to interact that much before they were all of the sudden kissing, like wtf? Like all of their interactions were brief and nonsensical, and then they were kissing? Whenever you’re reading an enemy to lovers romance, you love the hate, but at some point you can see it change into love. That is not the case for this book. Is all over the place.

You read at your own volition. I ain’t going to judge you for reading this story but I will say I told you so. If you enjoy reading Viking stories, then this may be the story for you. This book is for 14+. And as always, I want to thank you guys for taking the time to read my post, I truly appreciate it.

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue,” by V.E. Schwab

Rating: 4 out 5 stars

Wow, the Invisible Life of Addie LaRue was not what I was expecting at all. This is my second book by V.E. Schwab and I must say, I’m impressed. However, this was one of those books that Tik-Tok overhyped for me. Am I the only one who wishes that Tik-Tok gave you an option to view or not view a video? I saw this book so many times throughout the app that I told myself I had to do it. I don’t regret reading the book, but I feel like if I had reached for it on my own without Tik-Tok’s input, I would’ve enjoyed the story more.

“… It is a lonely thing, to be forgotten.”

In this book, we follow the story of Adeline LaRue. She was born in the late 1600s, in France. Back in a period of time where women were told what to do and that to have a place in society meant that you needed to be married to a man. Adeline did not like that future at all. So, one desperate night, she prays to a forbidden god by accident (read the book to find out what I mean by that), and she ends up striking a deal with the devil. A deal that she thinks means freedom but instead, it means to be forgotten. Addie goes through life free but being forgotten by everyone she meets. No one ever remembers her. Her life is one of loneliness and adventure, of sadness and triumph, of discoveries and lament, until one day when she meets Henry.

I don’t know what more to tell you about the story other than what I just mentioned. This is such a complicated tale. Is so hard to judge Addie for any of her decisions. Hell, if it were me back in her time being in her position, I would’ve struck a deal with the devil too. Her life kept getting harder before it became better. Yes, there were moments of happiness and discovery, which to her meant everything. To her, it meant living a miserable life if it means she gets to discover more little by little. But I don’t think I could’ve personally lived for as long as she did, especially from the period she started in.

I admire Addie, because even though her curse has no end in sight unless she succumbs to the devil–she never gave up. She kept living the poor life she had. Learn how to deal with her circumstances and how to keep moving forward. I believe part of why this story is so intriguing is because Addie never gives up, and I believe that most of us readers, found ourselves not being able to go through what she went through. 

This story makes us appreciate the simple things in life. Makes us love and adore the small moments. It makes us appreciate the small details. However, this story is also really sad. My heart broke for Addie so many times. Going through life, loving and caring without being able to call anything hers. Ever since she made the deal, her life was not her own, it wasn’t even a memory, and yet she fought through it all. Still decided to keep living, as much as you can call what she did living.

I recommend this book to you if you like sad stories. If you like Colleen Hoover, Nora Roberts, and Kristin Hannah. This book is for 15+. I want to thank you for taking the time to read my post. I truly appreciate it. 

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “The Seventh Sun,” by Lani Forbes

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I picked up this book at the beginning because I’m extremely fascinated by Aztec/Mayan culture, and as a Latina reader, I was super curious how the story would be portrayed in a YA fantasy world. But when I saw that a white author wrote this book, I couldn’t help but be skeptical from the beginning.

In The Seventh Sun, we follow the story of Mayana and Ahkin. Mayana is the daughter of one of the six nobles that are going to be chosen in a Selection-like competition to be the next empress. Ahkin is the soon-to-be emperor that is still mourning the loss of his parents and needs to pick a bride to make the full transition into becoming the next emperor.

I must admit that my knowledge of the Aztec culture is not great—I’m fascinated by it, but by no means am I equipped to talk about it. However, while reading this story I couldn’t help but see the differences in the actual history of the culture. This story excludes and diminishes the Mexicas part of the story and portrays their culture in a bad light. 

Yes, we know this story is a work of fiction, but to the people who don’t know anything about Mexicas/Aztec history and this is the first time hearing about it, how do you think they will view the culture? And not only that, but when you as a reader find yourself connected to the story because of your ancestry—when you are part of their culture—imagine how offended you might get when someone who isn’t part of your culture writes about it in a demeaning way. 

I know some people may argue saying “it’s just a story,” or “it’s not that deep,” well, there lies the problem. It’s just a story for you because you’re not part of their culture, your ancestors didn’t go through what they went through for you think anything more of it than it just being more than a story. That’s why people that are aware of these issues need to bring it to light because people that only think “this is just a story” will forever go on thinking that this culture was just mindlessly murdering people for the sake of it. 

However, let’s say for the sake of the argument, that this is just a story, that this culture didn’t previously exist. The story and plot line weren’t well developed either. I’m not going to lie and say that the author didn’t have any talent, because she did. She is a great author and throughout the story, you can see her passion for storytelling. I have issues with the story though, not with her writing.

I found our main character Mayana deeply infuriating. She was considered a perfect child and could do nothing wrong. As soon as she got there, the other daughters of the nobles didn’t stand a chance because the prince only had eyes for her, but there wasn’t anything that made her that attractive. 

The other girls in the challenge were never mentioned unless it was to build up Mayana’s story. There was no competition, there was no built-up. We knew from the beginning that he was going to choose her without it being intriguing. 

Moreover, I don’t know about you, but when I come to read a YA fantasy book, I come to see a female badass protagonist and I don’t necessarily mean that she needs to know how to use a sword or how to fight in combat, but at least have a strong personality. When I tell you that all she did was cry, I was about to put the book down and not pick it back up. I understand that not all women need to be powerful at all times, that there’s a certain kind of power in being kind and helpful to others—but she never made progress from the character of “I’m perfect and hopeless, someone come save me” personality. The only time I thought she was finally going to break out of her main personality trait was when she got into a fight with the other girls. Which is another thing, aren’t girls in this world hated enough, aren’t we already put down enough by this patriarchal society? One of the reasons I jump into reading YA fantasy books is because I can find that female characters despite all the odds become powerful women that many of us in the real world wish to be. I don’t go into books to see catfights, I go into books to see women empowering women, but this wasn’t the case in this book.

This story also brought up Christianism into the culture. Aztec/Mexicas people were not Christians. This is another aspect of the story that was flawed and brings the moral view of the colonial western world. If the author truly did her research, then she would know not to include those semblances of her own world into this one. Which is why so important for #ownvoices authors to write this kind of story instead of white people that study history.

I hope not to offend anyone with my review, I’m merely pointing out MY opinions and saying what I personally think of the book. But, with all of that being said, I can add that Lani Forbes is not a bad author, she is a great writer and has a very interesting way of keeping you captive throughout the story. I may read the second book but just because I’m super curious to see what’s going to happen to the prince’s sister and see how they bust her. This book is for 15+. Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I truly appreciate it.

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “House of Earth and Blood,” by Sarah J. Maas

  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
“I never realized … That you and I are mirrors.”

Well, this book was an exciting surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’m not sure why it took me so long to finally read this book. I guess since it was marketed towards an adult High Fantasy book, I wasn’t really interested but surprisingly it wasn’t like I expected. I’m not sure you feel the same way about adult fantasy books, where the authors spend way too much time explaining the story and not enough time building character so that by the time you end up reading the book, you end up bored, overwhelmed, and confused. But this wasn’t the case with this book.

For this book, we follow the story of Bryce Quinlan she is a half-fae half-human person. She and her best friend Danika had been best friends for a really long time until one day she finds Danika dead along with most of her friends. Two years later, Bryce is still dealing with grief and gets tasked with helping to find the murderer of her friend among other things. For this, she gets assigned a companion to protect her from demons that have started randomly attacking people. Throughout the story, Hunt becomes more than her guarding angel and stops being a pain in her ass. But little does she knows that she really didn’t know anything about what happened two years ago and what she finds out is enough to make her question everything.

Bryce, the poor thing, had been through so much. After losing her friend, she went on a dark path. She stopped dancing, she stopped living. However, when she gets tasked with figuring out the true reason for her friends’ murder, she vows to find who killed her and get revenge. And oh she does. That scene towards the end when she confronts the killer was a scene I would’ve love to read again for the first time because she went full power-ranger on their ass. I loved the entire thing, especially when she picks up the vacuum. I mean, to die for. But that’s all I’ll tell you about. Besides dealing with grief and trauma, this girl finds the strength to keep pushing to find the true killer of her best friend. I admire her for that. Even in the face of adversity, she sacrifices herself over and over again for those she loves, even when she thinks there’s nothing left for her.

This book was written in the third person and we get to follow the story from different points of view. We get to see the story from Hunt’s eyes, from her brother Ruhn, and other secondary characters. Since this book is more adult fantasy than YA, the book is harder to understand for me. The story felt like it dragged sometimes, making it more tedious for me to get through the book, but nothing too overwhelming. However, even though the book was long and it went on and on, the story was complete. This could easily be a standalone because of how perfectly everything was executed. The cliffhanger, in the end, was there but it wasn’t one big enough for you to feel like the story was incomplete. I was very satisfied with the ending of this story and can’t wait to jump into the next one.

If you like ACOTAR and Throne of Glass, then you’ll enjoy this book. If you like Jennifer Armentrout, Karen Marie Moning, Sherrilyn Kenyon, then you’ll enjoy this story. 18+ only. This book is super spicy, not as spicy as ACOMAF, but still spicy, so read at your own discretion. Thank you for reading my post. I truly appreciate it. 

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Den of Vipers,” by K. A. Knight

  • Rating: 4 out 5 stars
“She will save us all. And we will damn her.”

Yes, this was one of those Tik-Tok-made-me-read-it books, and what a ride! I had to stop reading this book multiple times because of how intense it got at times. Whatever you think this book was about, well think again because it isn’t about that. This book is intense and you have to be aware of TW. I’m not sure how I want to do this review because it could give it all away but at the same time, I feel like you should know what you’re jumping into. So, I’ve decided that I’m going to explain the premise of the book without explaining too much but explaining enough without being an ultimate spoiler. 

In this book, we follow the story of Roxy, Ryder, Garrett, Diesel, and Kenzo. This story is told from all of their points of view, but the story never gets confusing. The four men, Ryder, Garrett, Diesel, and Kenzo are mafia bosses who own the town. They have taken Roxy’s dad as a prisoner because he owed them money and they needed to teach him a lesson. Even though Roxy and her dad lost contact with each other a long time ago, her dad sells her to these men. And the men go to collect her.

Now, what happens after that is where it gets interesting. She, being abused by her father when she was younger, learned how to fight at an early age. Now that she’s grown and owned a dive bar in the most dangerous part of the city, has given her tough skin and an even tougher personality. So, when the men come for her, she doesn’t go down without a fight. 

The men cage her in their lair, but it’s within little time that she starts falling for these men and can’t seem to find a way out of it. But here is where it gets disturbing, all of them have her. She is their woman. All of them have sex with her and they know she’s having sex with them. She finds herself becoming one of them the more she stays with the men–she becomes part of the Viper gang.

The author is incredible though, her writing and story building will have you wanting to finish this book in one sitting no matter how disturbing the scenes get. She also makes you fall in love with the idea of four men loving you under one roof, she even has you falling for Diesel who is the most disturbing of them all. I hope I’m never in a position like the one Roxy was in, but the way Roxy handled herself at every turn in this story made me respect her like no other. She was also really funny. I found myself laughing or smiling at so many scenarios in this book. 

If you are into Reverse Harem books, then go ahead and read this book. Besides the disturbing parts, it’s a really good story full of action, lots of sex, and gore. I’ve never read a Reverse Harem book, so I can’t recommend any other ones, but this one was good. Oh, and 18+ ONLY. I’m warning you. Thank you for taking the time to read my post, I truly appreciate it.

TW: abuse, physical torture, gambling, and more. Beware. 

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Exploring New York City One Bookstore at a Time | Bauman Rare Books

Bauman Rare Books – 535 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022

You know how for a bookworm, any bookstore feels like home. Bookstores are probably the most comfortable place in the world for us. However, that wasn’t the case for this bookstore. I’ve never walked into a bookstore and felt so out of place before. I’m no stranger to books, I know books. Hell, I used to work at a bookstore, but as soon as I walked into this bookstore, I wanted to leave. 

There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with this bookstore, it was just more about the “air” of the store. I’m not sure how to explain it. The employees were all dressed business professional, which made the bookstore seem even more eerie. The store was small, it had a second level that was divided into two sections and those sections were to the right and left of the store but nothing more.

Similar to the Argosy bookstore, Bauman only sells old collectibles. However, the books in this store were ten times as expensive. They had a copy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” first edition, for $12,000. Their books ranged anywhere from $1,200 to $68,000. Yep, when I tell you that even though most of those books were old, the bookstore smelled like money. I was afraid to even breathe in there.

You can see that the bookstore means business and money moves through each single page of every book that they sell. I’d like to think that one day I wouldn’t care to drop a couple grand in a book, but right now the idea seems crazy. To think that someone comes into the bookstore and buys a book for $24k like it’s nothing, scares me but impresses me at the same time.

ÅThe staff was super friendly and they didn’t seem judgmental at all. When I walked into the store, I didn’t know what to expect, but it for sure wasn’t that. Although, the location and the way the store was set up should’ve given me a hint. The thing I didn’t like about this bookstore is that it didn’t feel like home to me. I know that’s a crazy thing to say, but like I mentioned at the beginning, I didn’t feel comfortable in this bookstore at all. I believe I lasted barely five minutes before I wanted to leave.

Overall, I would give this bookstore 3 out of 5 stars. If you have money and love books, then please visit this store, I’m sure you’ll find something here. Thank you for reading my post and please let me know what other bookstore I should visit next!