Sunday, 7 August 2016

#ReadThemAllThon Sign-up and TBR


I am super excited for the Pokemon themed Read-a-thon hosted by Read At Midnight. For more info on the Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon reading challenge, read the Info/Sign Up post here

TBR Pile

The Selection (The Selection, #1) 

The Selection

Keira Cass

Believe it or not, I still haven't read this series. The whole collection has been sitting unread on my shelf for a while now. 

Pages: 327
CP: 32

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Me Before You

Jojo Moyes

I have no doubt that this one will be a tear-jerker and once I've read this I can finally see the movie! 

Pages: 480
CP: 48


Rainbow Rowell

 This is one of my most shameful TBR's. When it first came out there was a lot of hype around it and 3 years later I'm finally getting around to reading it.

Pages: 445
CP: 44
If You Could Be Mine

If You Could Be Mine

Sara Farizan

This book features not only a LGBT relationship but adds an extra element of forbiddeness as its set in Iran with its strict laws around same sex relationships.

Pages: 247
CP: 24


The Raging Quiet

Sheryl Jordan

One of my all time favorite books and a re-read for me. I can't wait to experience this amazingly sweet romance again.

Pages: 318
CP: 31
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Sarah J. Maas

I'm on a bit of a SJM bender at the moment after reading the Throne of Glass novellas. I can't wait to read this, I love her writing style and I have heard great things about this book..

Pages: 416
CP: 41
The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)

The Winner's Kiss

Marie Rutkoski

 I am so ready for this finale of the series. Book two left on a bit of a cliffhanger and I've been dying to read the final installment to find out the fate of our beloved characters,

Pages: 484
CP: 48

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline

Another book sitting on my shelf for far too long... enough said.

Pages: 372
CP: 37

Chosen Pokemon

So I hard a very hard time choosing a Pokemon, I literally spent days contemplating it (I obviously have WAY too much time on my hands this weekend). Points wise I was going to choose a 3 stage evolution Pokemon. But in reality it's unlikely I will get enough points to evolve twice, so I went with my favorite Pokemon which is Vulpix. Of course being the nerd I am I decided to go with the Alolan Vulpix, which has Ice ability instead of Fire. 

Image of Vulpix found at
Image of Snowflakes found at

Friday, 5 August 2016

April-July Wrap Up

So this one's going to be a big one. Blogging (and reading too for that matter) have been put on the back burner recently, with my focus being on work. However, I've been able to read a little bit over the last couple months, even if it's not as much as I would like. So here's what I've got....


Paper Girls, Vol. 1 Tell Me Three Things Emmy & Oliver

Btooom!, Vol. 9 (Btooom!, #9) Btooom!, Vol. 10 (Btooom!, #10) BTOOOM! 11巻 (Japanese Edition)

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1) Crimson Bound Gilded Ashes (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1.5)

The Improbable Theory of Ana and ZakDefending TaylorV is for Virgin (V is for Virgin, #1) The Libby Garrett Intervention (Science Squad, #2)


Up Next In August

Well for August my plan is to catch up on some of my Netgalley ARC's, but mainly and most importantly I intend on participating in Read at Midnight's Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon.
I anticipate that will take up much of my months reading, and I'll have a Sign-up post coming up soon. But if you guys are interested in some Pokemon themed reading fun, definitely go check it out :) 


Other Favorites

I've been devouring Suits over the last couple months, and while Harvey Specter is pretty damn fine (I mean those cheek bones and jaw line God Damn!), but I have to say that Louis is my favorite character by far. If you have not watched Suits, I highly suggest it if your into law, finance or anything with good witty banter. 

Of course Pokemon Go was also released this past month, and I can't do a wrap-up without mentioning its awesomeness. I must say I've become slightly addicted but for the most part it means my dog has been getting walked much more regularly haha

Are you playing Pokemon Go?  What's your best catch so far? 

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Review- V is for Virgin (Kelly Oram)

V is for Virgin (V is for Virgin, #1)


When Val Jensen gets dumped for her decision to stay a virgin until marriage, the nasty breakup goes viral on YouTube, making her the latest internet sensation. 

After days of ridicule from her peers, Val starts a school-wide campaign to rally support for her cause. She meant to make a statement, but she never dreamed the entire nation would get caught up in the controversy. 

As if becoming nationally recognized as “Virgin Val” isn’t enough, Val’s already hectic life starts to spin wildly out of control when bad boy Kyle Hamilton, lead singer for the hit rock band Tralse, decides to take her abstinence as a personal challenge.

How can a girl stay true to herself when this year’s Sexiest Man Alive is doing everything in his power to win her over?


My Review 

Val is a virgin and she intends on staying that way until marriage. However, when her boyfriend of 3 months finds out it’s the end of their relationship. To add salt to the wound, he hooks up with one of the more ‘promiscuous’ classmates in no time at all. This leads to an awkward and very public argument in the middle of the cafeteria and Val’s self-declaration of virginity in front of all her class mates. Of course it’s all been captured on film and soon she skyrockets to internet stardom. With the nickname Virgin Val, and some of her classmates behind her, Val’s Virginity campaign begins.

“Telling someone you're a virgin isn't easy to begin with, but telling someone that you plan on staying that way is even harder.”  
- Kelly Oram (V is for Virgin)

The slow burn, between Val and Kyle (the lead singer of a local band) was everything I expected from Kelly Oram. The lady knows how to write a hot romance… and there wasn’t even any sex. Kyle is arrogant, cocky, the stereotypical musician. He sees something he wants and pursues it. Unlucky for him Val is pretty steadfast in her beliefs, which makes Kyle work even harder for the thrill of the chase. While Val is trying to be the good girl and stand by her values, she isn’t completely unaffected by Kyle and the chemistry between them sizzles. 

“It scared me how much he affected me, and I don't even think he was trying all that hard."  

- Kelly Oram (V is for Virgin)

For me the ending was a bit rushed. The epilogue takes place 4 years later and you feel a bit thrown into it. However, it did leave itself open to another book, which is exactly what the author did. I can definitely say I’ll be reading the next book, it takes place where V for Virgin left off and is written from Kyle’s perspective. I can only imagine what naughty, steamy but completely innocent things may ensue.

All in all, I like that this book isn’t necessary pro waiting till marriage, but rather pro-choice and making the right decision for yourself at the right time for you. There’s no outright slut shaming despite Val’s strong belief in waiting till marriage. Despite the criticism and condemnation from her classmates, Val stays strong. I wish more young people today could stand up to peer pressure, and see beyond the typical “Everyone else is doing it, why shouldn’t I?” mind-set. 

My rating: 3/5
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