REVIEW: Adrian Lessons by L.A Rose

adrian lessons books keep me saneTitle: Adrian Lessons

Author: L.A Rose

Genre: NA Romance

Release Date: August 25th 2014

Purchase: Amazon (Kindle)



If there’s one thing Cleo Reynolds knows, it’s that she’s not into Adrian King.

The son of a model with the looks to prove it, the experienced author of her school newspaper’s sex advice column, the cocky playboy with a hint of darkness. That Adrian King.

Nope. Nuh-uh. No way.

The problem is, he’s very into her.

After accidentally flashing him, and slightly-less-accidentally-but-still-totally-unintentionally making out with him in front of the whole class, she expects to be called crazy. Instead, he asks her out.

Cleo’s determined not to end up as another notch on his bedpost. Except she hasn’t done…you know…it in a while. (Read: ever.) And as a girl who pays her tuition by writing all the sex scenes in her roommate’s bestselling romance series, the lack of inspiration has served up a fat slice of writer’s block.

Until her roommate proposes that Cleo and Adrian act out all the steamy scenes in her book.

It’s just research. No feelings involved.

Nope. Nuh-uh.

No way.


It’s been a long time since the last time I read a steamy romance novel. At first I was skeptical of Adrian Lessons, I feel like I have already read and seen every kind of contemporary romance out there, but Adrian Lessons surprised me in the best ways.

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REVIEW: Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger

ettiqutte and espionage books keep me saneTitle: Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1)

Author: Gail Carriger

Genre: YA Steampunk

Release Date: February 5th 2013

Purchase: Amazon (Paperback or Hardcover)



Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother’s existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea–and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right–but it’s a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine’s certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.


I have heard a lot of buzz about the steampunk genre being a great and popular one but I haven’t read a book from this genre until now. I already love anything that has to do with the Victorian era and combining it with awesome steampunk technology doubled the awesomeness of this book!

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REVIEW: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins

anna and the french kiss books keep me saneTitle: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release Date: December 2nd 2010

Purchase: Amazon (Paperback or Kindle)



Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?


I don’t know how to begin this. Anna and the French Kiss was just so fun to read! I felt like a giddy teenager while following Anna’s quest for love in the most romantic city in the world. Continue reading

REVIEW + AUDIOBOOK EXCERPT: Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) by Kendare Blake

antigoddess books keep me saneTitle: Antigoddess (Goddess War #1)

Author: Kendare Blake

Genre: YA Fantasy/ Mythology

Release Date: September 10th 2013

Purchase: Amazon (Kindle or Hardcover)



The Goddess War begins in Antigoddess, the first installment of the new series by acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake.

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.

At the publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.


The moment I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read this novel. I am a fan of anything and everything Greek deities. Not to mention the title is very catchy. It seemed like I was going to enjoy reading the book, and enjoy I did.

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REVIEW: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

shatter me books keep me saneTitle: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Genre: YA Dystopian

Release Date: November 15th 2011

Purchase: Amazon (Kindle or Hardcover)



I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.


At first glance Shatter Me seems just like all the other dystopian books out there, but there’s something that makes Shatter Me a cut above the rest.

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