Book Review

New rating system inspired by Greek mythology!

Hello everyone!

I am introducing a new rating system! I have always been obsessed with Greek mythology and I wanted to fit that into my blog. I thought it would be fun to have a new rating system inspired by Greek gods and goddesses! The gods and goddesses will be chosen based on my personal preferences and what they stand for.

Here’s how the new five stars rating system works:


5 stars: Persephone – Queen of the Underworld and Goddess of Spring. Persephone is my favourite goddess because she is full of contradictions – she represents both strength as queen of the underworld and a softness as a floral maiden. She teaches me how it’s okay to be both. If Persephone appears, that means that the book was one of the best books I’ve ever read, that it holds a particular place in my heart and that it is now part of my favourite books ever.

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Book Review · LGBTQ+ Books

ARC Review – Everything For You by Chloe Liese or one of the most heartfelt, honest and loving romance books ever

Hello lovelies!

Today I’m reviewing one of my favourite romance books ever!

Title: Everything For You (Bergman Brothers #5)

Synopsis:

Gavin

We’ve been teammates for two years, but it feels like a lifetime that Oliver Bergman’s been on my last nerve. A demanding captain and veteran player, I’m feared and friendless, while he’s the beloved rising star, all sunshine smiles and upbeat team spirit. To make matters worse, he’s obscenely attractive. In short: he’s genetically designed to get under my skin.

Avoiding Oliver has been my survival tactic on and off the field. But when Coach drops the bomb that we’re now co-captains, avoiding him becomes impossible, and keeping the truth from him–let alone my distance–is harder than ever.

Oliver

Life was great until soccer legend Gavin Hayes joined the team and proved he’s nothing like the guy I grew up idolizing. Instead, he’s a giant–albeit gorgeous–grump who lives to rain on my parade. I’ve sworn off pranks since entering the public eye, so rather than settle our differences the Bergman way, I’ve had to settle for killing Gavin with kindness. There’s just one problem: killing him with kindness is killing me.

To make matters worse, Coach gives us an ultimatum: put an end to our enmity or say goodbye to being captains. I’m prepared to be miserable while we meet her demands and make nice, but the last thing I expect is to discover an explosive attraction we can’t help but act on, and worse yet, to realize the man hiding beneath Gavin’s gruff exterior is all I’ve ever wanted.

About: Everything for You is a grumpy-sunshine, enemies-to-lovers, age gap sports romance about an upbeat rising soccer star with anxiety and his curmudgeonly veteran teammate who lives with chronic pain. Complete with nosy senior citizens, nosier siblings, and a meddling coach, this standalone slow burn is the fifth in a series of novels about a Swedish-American family of five brothers, two sisters, and their wild adventures as they each find happily ever after.

5 stars: Persephone – Queen of the Underworld and Goddess of Spring. Persephone is my favourite goddess because she is full of contradictions – she represents both strength as queen of the underworld and a softness as a floral maiden. She teaches me how it’s okay to be both. If Persephone appears, that means that the book was one of the best books I’ve ever read, that it holds a particular place in my heart and that it is now part of my favourite books ever.

Iris– Goddess of rainbows. Nothing new here, we all know that rainbows represent the LGBTQ+ community so this Goddess will be featured whenever a queer relationship or character appears.

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I’m Back! – Accidental Hiatus, My Favourite Books From The Past Three Months and What I’ve Been Up To!

Hello lovelies!

Long time no see! I cannot believe how much time has gone by. This post was initially a draft of my “February Wrap-Up!” which I unfortunately never finished writing, so it has turned into a general wrap-up of these past three months. I missed posting and chatting with all of you. Even if I’m on other platforms, there is something special about book blogging.

Without further ado, here is a ranking of the 25 books I have read in the last three months.

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Book Tag

The Romance Tropes – Book Tag 💕

Hello lovelies and Happy Valentine’s Day! 💕

Yesterday was my birthday and I had an amazing tag and U thought that for Valentine’s Day I could do a fun romance tag! I came across this tag on the amazing blog that is @Words About Words and knew that I wanted to do it! 🥰 Thank you to the creator if this wonderful tag! I tag whoever wants to do it.

The Rules

  • If you’ do the tag, make sure to link back to the original post
  • You can find graphics on the original post.
  • Although this is based around romance tropes, your answers don’t have to be romance books. Whatever fits the prompt!

I begged the reviewer for an ARC because I had loved the previous books in the series but I knew this one would be special. It was the first time I saw myself represented in a romance book with all the tropes I love reading about. Talia Hibbert has such a funny and special writing style that makes me all warm, fuzzy and delirious and Act Your Age, Eve Brown is Talia Hibbert at her best. The banter, the chemistry, the plot, the representation…it was perfect.

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ARC Review – You Truly Assumed by Laila Sabreen, A Compelling, moving and beautiful Debut that reads as a Love Letter to Black Muslim girls

Hello there! You Truly Assumed came out two days ago, and if this wasn’t already on your TBR, I hope my review changes your mind!

Title: You Truly Assumed

Author: Laila Sabreen

Synopsis:

Sabriya has her whole summer planned out in color-coded glory, but those plans go out the window after a terrorist attack near her home. When the terrorist is assumed to be Muslim and Islamophobia grows, Sabriya turns to her online journal for comfort. You Truly Assumed was never meant to be anything more than an outlet, but the blog goes viral as fellow Muslim teens around the country flock to it and find solace and a sense of community.

Soon two more teens, Zakat and Farah, join Bri to run You Truly Assumed and the three quickly form a strong friendship. But as the blog’s popularity grows, so do the pushback and hateful comments. When one of them is threatened, the search to find out who is behind it all begins, and their friendship is put to the test when all three must decide whether to shut down the blog and lose what they’ve worked for…or take a stand and risk everything to make their voices heard.

Publication Date:  February 8th 2022 by Inkyard Press

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January Wrap-Up and February TBR – Black History month edition! 🥰📚🥳💕

Happy February everyone! 🥰

“Why, what’s the matter,
That you have such a February face,
So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?”

― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

February is my birthday month and Black History Month so I feel very happy, content and excited right now! I hope February treats you kindly and that you manage to reach your goals, whatever they may be!

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Book Review

Book Review – The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, A thrilling, fast-paced mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Hello lovelies!

This is my first book review of the year and I wanted it to be for a book I completely, thoroughly and utterly loved. I am not the first one to gush about this book, but if you are hesitant to give it a chance, please consider it, I regret not reading it sooner!

Title: The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games #1)

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Synopsis: Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why–or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch–and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.

Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he’s determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather’s last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

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My most anticipated book releases of 2022 🤩📚🗓

Hello lovelies! 🥰

This is my first post of the year and I thought it would be fitting to dedicate it to new releases! I have a fair amount of books piling up on my shelves from last year, but I am always excited about new book releases and 2022 looks very promising in terms of debuts, sequels or simply new books by familiar or new authors. As a queer, neurodivergent Black woman, seeing so many diverse books being released into the world makes me incredibly happy! I am so sorry for the length of this article, I tried making it shorter but I wanted to add the synopses!

January

Publication Date: January 4th 2022 

Author: Elise Bryant

Title: One True Loves (Happily Ever Afters #2)

Synopsis: From the author of Happily Ever Afters, comes the highly anticipated companion novel, One True Loves, another irresistible YA romantic comedy full of self-discovery, Black love, and a dreamy European cruise.Lenore Bennett has always been a force. A star artist and style icon at her high school, she’s a master in the subtle art of not giving a . . . well, you know what. But now that graduation is here, she’s a little less sure.She’s heading to NYU in the fall with a scarlet U (for “undeclared”) written across her chest. Her parents always remind her that Black kids don’t have the luxury of figuring it out as they go—they have to be 110 percent prepared. But it’s a lot of pressure to be her ancestors’ wildest dreams when Lenore’s not even sure what her dreams are yet.

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Happy New Year’s Eve and Goodbye 2021 🥺 🥳 Top 21 books of 2021, stats and more! 🥰

Hello lovelies and Happy New Year’s Eve! 🥰

This is the customary “how is it December 31st already??” but…I still can’t believe how quickly time flies. This year was very weird, special, exciting and overwhelming but the best part is that I connected with so many people within the book community and I will always be grateful for that. So to anyone who has ever liked, commented or visited my little corner of the internet, thank you so much! I really appreciate you ❤️.

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Merry Christmas lovelies! 🥰 ft. why I stopped posting for Blogmas and my isolated Christmas

Merry Christmas lovelies!

I wish you all a merry Christmas, and if you don’t celebrate, I still hope you’re having a great day, whether you were accompanied or not. I’m sending extra love for those who need it during the holidays.

Christmas looked a little different for me this year because I tested positive for Covid on the 23th but I had been isolating since the 16th, when I was in contact with someone who had tested positive. This was my first time I was in contact since the pandemic started and it has been a nightmare. This past week has been torture between waiting for symptoms to appear and hoping I would be spared. Unfortunately, I wasn’t but I know it could have been much more. Uploading for blogmas since the 16th was very hard because I constantly felt like crying. I was worried I would contaminate my family, I mourned the fact that I didn’t go to church for Christmas and that I couldn’t hug my loved ones.

I am still incredibly grateful to be with my family during this time even if I am mostly isolating in my room, my symptoms have been light, nearly non-existent so far (and I’m praying it stays that way) and I am incredibly grateful for the vaccine. I even got to share a meal with my family because we were distancing and I wore my mask throughout the evening. I cannot believe how lucky I got. So among my frustration, anger and sadness there is still a little joy and hope. I hope you and your loved ones are safe and that you’re having a lovely Christmas. My blogmas posts are coming in the following week, even if blogmas is over, because I really enjoyed the posts I planned and I hope you will too.

Love,

Karla

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Blogmas day 19– Goodreads Choice Awards 2021– results *reaction* 🏆😱

Hello lovelies!

Welcome to day 19 of Blogmas!! This month is FLYING BY and Christmas is only a few days away!!

The Goodreads Choice Awards 2021 results came in and I wanted to talk about the results, who I voted for and what I think of the winners in the following categories: Historical FictionFantasyRomance, Young Adult FictionDebut Novel, Graphic Novels & Comics and Young Adult Fantasy.

I’m really happy about the number of diverse books that were nominated this year. It truly shows a shift in the books that people are paying attention to and the voices that are being uplifted. However, I must express my disappointment over the fact that the same authors seem to win all the time, which isn’t to say that they don’t deserve it but it’s a shame that in the end there is no real change.

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