Book Review ” The Intellect” By Lily Kathleen

I am so excited to share this review with you! I received this book directly from the author to read and review it for her and I fell in love! I am now one of her biggest supporters and I honestly believe everyone should give this book a chance, especially if you love romance with a bit of a mystery. That is enough banter, lets dive in!


About The Book

Author: Lily Kathleen

Publish Date: June 16th, 2021

Publisher: Self Published

Page Count: 343

Main Genres: Romance and Mystery

GoodReads Rating: 4.78


But this wasn’t an ending, this was a beginning of a happier life. I felt like I had something to hold onto. Something that would actually let me be free to be who I was and not pretend to be someone I wasn’t.

Direct quote from book

Synopsis

Jessica is a fifteen year old girl who has overbearing parents who make her and her siblings move at least once a year for some unknown reason. When Jessica’s parents make her move from Ney York all the way to a small town in South Dakota they make sure Jessica has no contact with her previous friends, including her boyfriend Jake. This doesn’t make any sense to her and feels as if it isn’t fair, why would her parents not let her keep in contact with old friends, isn’t moving hard enough?

Fast forward to the first day of school. While waiting for the bus stop she meets Aaron, a complete loner who no one seems to care of his existence. The more they talk the faster they become friends and the faster they both learn that they have a lot more in common than they originally thought with some pretty dark secrets following them around.

All Jessica wanted in life is to go to school, make some normal friendships and to stay in one place for longer than a year for once in her life! Will her parents finally start to loosen the reins? Will she find out what secrets her parents are withholding from her?


Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Review

This book was the perfect mixture of Romance and mystery tied together. When you think of a YA romance book you want this cute high school relationship that doesn’t feel like an adult love story. This book gave me the nostalgia of high school romance, the way you feel when you have a crush and when you try to hide the way you feel to protect your heart from being hurt. This book had all the feels of high school love rushing back to me.

The characters are so adorable and absolutely relatable! Jessica being this curious, smart bookworm and Aaron being a miss understood loner, I promise you will find something to relate to while you read this book.

I am giving this book a four star rating for a few reasons. I loved this book and I will be recommending it to everyone there were just a few things that I have to bring up that can be fixed really easily! First I would like you to keep in mind this is beautifully written by a 17 year old, and was self published! OK so there are a few distracting grammar and spelling errors but not too many that it would pull you out of the book. Some sentences felt a tad redundant like over using certain words a lot or even the same sentence just re worded a bit. These are things that can be easily forgiven though because of how good the actual story is.

Over all I loved this book and I am so happy I got the chance to read and give my honest review for all of you. This book has such an amazing story with an even better plot twist at the end. The last Hundred pages will have you entranced and you won’t be able to put the book down!


Every time I see you rush down the street to the bus stop my heart starts to beat faster. It’s like even if I can’t see you I can feel you coming.

Direct quote from book

About The Author

Lily Kathleen is a 17 year old high school senior who lives on a farm. Her farm has roughly four hundred goats, how cute! She has a love for music such as; Playing guitar, piano and singing! Her passion for romance started when she was only twelve years old which helped her to start writing her own stories to share with everyone.

(This info came from her website)


If you would like to buy a copy of her book down below will be some links that you can follow to make a purchase or even to just follow Lily on her socials.

Book Review “The House in the Cerulean Sea” By TJ Klune

I finished this book a little over a week ago and honestly I have tried typing this review a million times but life has been super busy this past week and extremely stressful! I started a new job and though training has been going very well that doesn’t mean starting a new job and making new friends is easy. Also I found a 3 week old kitten in the dumpster at the new job and me and my boyfriend decided to take him in and adopt him! This has been challenging because I have to feed him every few hours, help him use the bathroom, teach him to play, help him regulate his own body heat and so much more! I am currently typing this while holding a squirming kitten, wish me luck!

“Whenever I want you,” he sang quietly. “All I have to do is dream.”

Direct quote from book.

About The Book

Publication Date: March 17th, 2020 2020

Author: TJ Klune

Publisher: Tor

Page Count: 396

Main Genres: Fiction, LGBT, Fantasy

GoodReads Rating: 4.49

“The things we fear the most are often the things we should fear the least. It’s irrational, but it’s what makes us human. And if we’re able to conquer those fears, then there is nothing we’re not capable of.”

Direct Quote from book.

Synopsis

Linus Baker lives a very boring and structured life always following the rules, working for the Department In Charge Of Magical Youth. His job is to make sure the magical kids living in orphanages are being taken care of or if the children need to be moved. His office space seems fairly hostel with a boss who doesn’t care about her employees, hardly any room to move between your desk, and no personal belongings are allowed! His mouse pad is a picture of an ocean saying “don’t you wish you were here?”

His structured lifestyle gets a wrench tossed in it when he is summoned to go to Marayas Island, a place Linus has never heard of. Everyone who is on the island has been filed away into a classified folder.

Who exactly is on this island? Why is their existence classified? Will Linus learn to break the rules?

This book is filled with magic, friendships and finding yourself.

Hate is loud, but I think you’ll learn it’s because it’s only a few people shouting, desperate to be heard. You might not ever be able to change their minds, but so long as you remember you’re not alone, you will overcome.”

Direct quote from book.

Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A home isn’t always the house we live in. It’s also the people we choose to surround ourselves with. You may not live on the island, but you can’t tell me it’s not your home. Your bubble, Mr. Baker. It’s been popped. Why would you allow it to grow around you again?

Direct quote from book.

Review

This book was very well written and I learned to fall in love with each character individually. My personal favorite character was Sal, he had such a rough past that made him super shy but protective and I feel as if his character progressed the most throughout the entire book.

I feel as if this book started off super slow! It took till about 60% of the way through the book for me to really get into it. With such great reviews from everyone I assumed I would fall in love with the book immediately and I didn’t, but this is ok! Story building takes some time and with this book it paid off. By the 60% mark in the book I started to connect all the characters and I ended up just loving the whole story.

The reason why I am giving it four stars is due to how long it took me to get into the book. The ending of this story was really heart warming and extremely cute! I would love a second book!

(Book Review) “Razorblade Tears” By S.A. Cosby

This was one of my buddy reads that I signed up for this month. I think I was the last one to finish the book despite us not having our discussion till the end of this month. I only have two more buddy reads to finish this month with so little time left, I am getting slightly nervous!

About The Book

Publication Date: July 6th, 2021

Author: S.A. Cosby

Publisher: FlatIron Books

Main Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Page Count: (BOTM Edition) 319

Goodreads Rating: 4.25 Stars

“It wasn’t Isiah being gay that caused problems between the two of you. It was how you dealt with it or didn’t deal with it that caused problems.”

Direct quote from book. Page 47

Synopsis

Two ex-con fathers lost their married sons in some horrific hate crime. Despite not approving of the relationship their sons had, the fathers are out for blood to avenge their sons’ deaths because the cops have no leads! Through all the challenges these men go through they find acceptance for their sons and each other but can they get revenge on whoever did this horrendous act?

This book highlights the struggles the LGBTQ community and Black communities face with acceptance, racism, and everyday life trials.

“This is who I am. I can’t change. I don’t want to, really. But for once I’m gonna put this devil inside me to good use.”

Direct Quote from book. Page 96

Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Review

I have really been into reading books about the LGBTQ community lately and I am so happy I added this to my completed pile. The books I have read have been very LGBTQ positive and this book has a lot of darker tones. You see the community from the perspectives of fathers who really disapprove of their gay sons but after their sons pass away due to a hate crime you can see their fathers start to slowly understand their sons lives and choices a bit more and become more accepting of the choices their sons had made. It was just a really beautiful story about two very tough topics that I feel like authors avoid.

The other topic that got talked about heavily in this book was racism, particularly about the black culture. Ike, the father to one of the sons, is a black man. Buddy Lee, the other father, is a white man who grew up in a very racist family and has some habits that need to be broken. Throughout the whole book Ike teaches Buddy Lee the proper way to address issues with racism and things he should or should not be letting out of his mouth. Ike really brings up tough issues in this world that we need to correct.

These topics are things we all need to take time to educate ourselves on just a little more so we can all be more accepting of each others lives. This book was very insightful but mostly emotional! S.A. Cosby really knows how to pull at your heart strings while speaking the truth!

I only had one problem with this book but after doing some quick research I realized it has nothing to do with the book and wasn’t the authors fault. The issue was that it had a lot of grammar errors! I found out that it is because I read the Book of the Month version of this book and they got the book before the final edits went through. So just a heads up, if you have the BOTM version their will be a lot of grammar errors.

Overall I loved this book! It talked about tough issues, It was very emotional and the story was beautiful! I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants a good thriller/mystery that talks about some tough topics.


“Yeah, you can’t hide that you’re black. But the fact that you think I should hide who I am proves my point. Like Dr. King said: an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Direct quote from book. Page 141

This quote is in reference to a part in the book where Ike tells a gay guy that he can hide who he is cause unless he tells anyone he is gay no one would know, but Ike is black everywhere and can’t hide who he is. But like the quote says why should anyone who is gay have to hide who they are just to make everyone else comfortable? Something to really think about!


Possible Trigger Warnings

Racism

Hate Speech

Violence

Homophobia

Murder

Grief


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(Book Review) “Among the Beasts and Briars” By: Ashley Poston

Good Afternoon everyone! With this review I would like to try something a bit different. In my previous book reviews I just give you a synopsis, my rating and then my review. This time I would like to do those things but also give you a bit more information on the author and the book. At the end I would love if you left some comments about whether you like my normal reviews better or this new style.

This book is a buddy read I started with some of my friends on bookstagram. We each put up options for our book and then had a randomizer choose the book we would actually be reading and this was the winner! I was very excited about this book winning because I don’t read a lot of fantasy and I want to jump into new genres.

About The Book

Publication Date: October 20th, 2020

Author: Ashley Poston

Publisher: HarperCollins

Page count: 352 Pages

Main Genres: Fantasy/Young Adult

GoodReads Rating: 3.83

“Never let anyone make you feel unworthy. You deserve the moon just as much as anyone else.”

Direct quote from book.

Synopsis

Possible small spoilers Ahead

The kingdom of Aloriya is kept safe by the kings magical crown. Legend says the first king of Aloriya, 100 years ago, made a deal with the Lady of the Wilds in order to protect his kingdom and was gifted the crown. While Aloriya was prospering the forests around grew dark and were filled with monsters, the forest soon become forbidden.

Jump forward 100 years. Cerys is the royal gardeners daughter and grew up along side the prince and princess of Aloriya. All it took was one mistake, the prince went into the forest, his guard following him in to protect him and Cerys mom ran in after them. The boys never returned after the woods took them. Cerys mom showed back up at the house but the curse had taken over her body.

Cerys is now 17 years old, her best friend is still the princess but she now has a fox companion. At the royal coronation the curse strikes back and takes the rest of Cerys friends and family. Cerys and Fox now have the task to defeat the curse but everything they thought they knew turned out to be a lie. Will they reverse the curse in time to save all that fell victim to it?


“Just because you are born a gardener’s daughter doesn’t make you any less worthy than someone born into royalty.”

Direct quote from book.

Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Review

I don’t typically read fantasy books, this is only my second one since starting my bookish journey a year ago. It’s not that I don’t like fantasy it is just the world building that I get lost in. Each new world in fantasies have their own rules and ways of life that you need to learn in order to fully understand the book. My brain is fairly simple and I like things based in our everyday world. However, it really is fun to dive into something completely different and new.

With my point of view on fantasies laid out in front of you I think we can officially talk about my review and how I really felt about this book as a whole.

I really enjoyed this book! I feel that the world building was done very nicely and you could see yourself living in Aloriya and being apart of these characters world. I also thought that the main characters, Cerys and Fox, they had such a cute and playful relationship through the entire book. I found myself marking so many cute scenes between them or even just their little fights because those little moments really created that relationship between them.

The reason why this book didn’t get the full five stars from me was because of grammar errors and repetitiveness. Just like how I marked all the cute scenes between the main characters I also marked all the grammar errors that I found and there were too many for my liking, it became really distracting and would pull me out of the world that the author so beautifully created. The repetitiveness got kind of old. A lot of the story was them walking through the wild woods which I mean is a big part of the storyline but it was like lets walk for a bit, lets fight this monster, lets argue and then do it all over again. I just wanted something that pulled me into the story for that whole middle part of the book.

I am so glad I got the chance to read this book. I probably would have never of picked this book up on my own so I am lucky my bookstagram friends push me to try new things. I would recommend this book to anyone who is like me and wouldn’t typically pick up a fantasy book. It is definitely worth the read if you can get past the grammar errors.


“The people who die never really leave. That we carry them with every breath we take, until the wind itself is gone.”

Direct quote from book.

About the Author

Ashley Poston has been in the publishing industry for about ten years! She has had here novels featured on the Indy’s Next List and even Teen Vogue. She is the author of seven books but soon to be eight! Her next book is set to come out summer of 2022, so we only have a year left to wait. In the mean time check out her other books; Geekerella, The Princess and the Fangirl, Bookish and the Beast, Heart of Iron, Soul of Stars and Battle of the Bands.

I think my favorite fun fact of Ashley is that she is a true crime fan! So relatable!

I got the Author information from Ashley’s website

(Book Review) “One Last Stop” By Casey McQuiston

One of the most talked about LGBTQ books I have seen lately is Casey McQuiston’s second book “One Last Stop”. After reading her first book, “Red, White and Royal Blue”, and absolutely loving it, I knew I had to pick this one up and see if all the hype lived up to the expectations.

“I don’t know how to have something that I do, every day, like as an adult who does a thing. It’s nuts that we all start out having these vague ideas of what we like to do, hobbies, interests, and then one day everybody has their thing, you know?”

Direct quote from book. Page 159

Summary

August moves to New York for school but mostly to escape her mothers obsession with finding Augusts missing uncle. With luck she finds a cheap apartment for rent with the most unlikely roommates, a decent job at a pancake diner and a perfect subway route on the Q train. But she could never have imagined this combination of things could change her life.

A coffee stain threatens embarrassment when she stumbles onto the Q train and a very attractive girl is standing there starring back at her. After a delightful conversation a friendship, but mostly a big crush, blooms.

As August goes about her daily routines the Q train takes her to each destination and Subway Girl happens to always be on the train with her. Life continues, love blossoms and trials occur. Will love concur all? Will Augusts mom ever figure out what happened to her brother? Read this book and fall in love as every mystery gets opened up.


“But to kiss and be kissed. To be wanted. That’s a different thing from love. And maybe, maybe if she tried, they could have something. Not everything, but something.”

Direct quote from book. Page 210

Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Review

I absolutely loved this book! It had everything that I could have ever asked for in a good romance read. Steamy scenes, check! Loveable characters, check! Great writing, check! I fell in love with this book from the first chapter, no joke. I really love Casey’s writing, she has this way of pulling you into the story and making relatable characters.

There was a sentence at the beginning of the book, Page 49 to be exact, that states “All I listen to are podcasts about murder.” When I read that one single sentence I knew that August and I were pretty similar. I really do listen to true crime podcast all day every day! I feel that it is very important for authors to create relatable characters so their audience gets pulled into their books and feel some kind of emotional ties to the characters they are reading about.

I honestly didn’t find anything about this book that bugged me. It felt like an original idea, I didn.t find any spelling or grammar mistakes or at least any that caught my attention, I had no issues with any of the characters and I devoured this entire book! I Highly recommend for everyone to stop what they are doing and grab this book!

I will be completely honest, I haven’t read too many LGBTQ books and I really regret it. Especially after I read this book I know I will be searching for my next LGBTQ read! If you have any suggestions please send them my way!


If You Liked This Then You Will Love This

Written by the same author, of course you would love her second book. However, I feel like “One Last Stop” was even better than “Red, White and Royal Blue” which amazes me because I loved RWRB so very much! If you haven’t read either of them then pick them both up!


QOTD: What is your favorite LGBTQ book that you have read? What is one on you TBR?

(Book Review) “Where the Crawdads Sing” By: Delia Owens

I finally finished this book last night and I can’t wait to share this long over due review! This book was supposed to be finished by the end of June for my book club. However, the other two girls in my club didn’t finish the book either and still haven’t.

This book has been on my TBR list since I started to deep dive into books about a year ago. I am so excited to have finally finished the book and see how it compared to other bookish reviews.

Synopsis

🚫 Possible Spoilers 🚫

Kya was six years old when she watched her ma, four siblings and pa one by one leave her behind in their Marshland home. 

All alone Kya is forced to find ways to survive off of the land around her. She gets money by selling mussels and smoked fish to Jumpin, the convenience store clerk. Surviving off the land helped her learn a lot about the marsh and its living components. 

Being alone for so long, Kya wishes for companionship and affection. Two boys take interest in her wild Marsh Girl ways, Tate Walker and Chase Andrews. Tate is a smart sweet boy while only wanted Kya to be happy.  Chase is known for “getting around”. 

When Chase goes missing all eyes point towards Kya, the mysterious Marsh Girl. With hardly any evidence can they convict her?

Rating

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 5 stars

Review

This book swaps between timelines from when Kya was left at age six to when Chase Andrews goes missing and then progresses through time chronologically through the two phases. 

When I started reading this book it went by really slow. I found it hard to transition from my previous reads to this because of the southern writing style. The storyline at the begging was also just a tad slow, I honestly didn’t fall in love with Kya’s character until probably 150 pages in. Once the murder trial began, I couldn’t put the book down and finished the rest that night. 

Overall this book was a gorgeous read! I really loved how it started when she was six and you got to watch her grow up and become the woman she is. What a great coming-of-age story! 

I do believe this book lived up to its hype! I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who asks.

Have you read this book? If so, what were your thoughts?

Is this book still on your shelf? Why haven’t you read it yet?