July 21, 2018

Long time no see blog!

It's been a while since I did a complete series review, so it's safe to say that I'm super excited about this one. For some reason, a lot favorite book series have all been trilogies. Maybe 3 is the charm? For today's post I will be doing a complete review on the incredible series, To All the Boy's I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. Before I begin raving about how awesome this series is, I just want to mention that 1) I am more than excited for the Netflix adaptation!!! and 2) Peter Kavinsky is my new book boyfriend. I thought it would be important to make that announcement.

Let's get to the reviews!

To All the Boys I've Loved Before
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? 

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. -Goodreads

My Review
The book that started it all! I picked up this book after reading an epic fantasy, and just needed something that was fun and light-hearted. This book was exactly that for me. Lara Jean is the girl I wish I was in high school. She's so different from those around her, but there is something so innocent yet quirky about her that makes the whole book enjoyable. I love how this book had a fair amount of drama, which initially starts with all her love letters being sent out. It was just the right amount and not over the top at all. My favorite element in the book, and what would eventually be my favorite in the whole series is the family dynamic. I don't read a lot of books that have strong family relationships, so seeing that, especially in YA is refreshing. My only complaint was that I didn't love the super short chapters and wished some scenes where longer than others. Overall, I found the pacing to be great and found myself falling in love with all the characters.


P.S. I Still Love You 
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing. -Goodreads

My Review
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first one. My biggest complaint was the introduction of a love triangle that completely threw me off, and one in which I found to be quite unnecessary. I'm such a big supporter of Lara Jean and Peter and anything that threatens that is a thumbs down for me. Apart from that, I found this book to be a really good halfway point in the series as a whole. As with the first book, P.S. I Love You does an incredible job of capturing the life of a teenager in high school. The ridiculous drama with friends or ex-friends I should say, boy troubles, navigating life at home and at school all resemble the perfect high school drama story.


Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to? -Goodreads

My Review
The conclusion to the series aka, the book that broke my heart. I didn't realize how attached I was to these books until I read the final chapter with tears threatening to fall from my eyes. Always and Forever, Lara Jean wrapped up everything so nicely. So many cute moments between Lara Jean and Peter that made my heart swoon, and so much growing up for everyone. When I take a look back at these characters in the first book, I'm so proud to see how much they've matured. They are all so different, but still hold those special qualities that make them who they are.


This trilogy is definitely going down as one of my favorites! I cannot wait for the Netflix adaption (as stated earlier), the cast and trailer look very promising! If you guys are in the need of a quick, fun read for the summer, then I highly recommend To All the Boys I've Loved Before


Until next time,



June 27, 2018

Hello friends!

We've come across the half-way mark of the year, and one of my favorite things to do during this time is to revisit my goals. In the beginning of the year, I set my Goodreads reading challenge at 12 books. Some might find that number low, but at the time, I was in a TERRIBLE reading slump, and didn't want to disappoint myself if I set a number too high and didn't reach it. Obviously reading isn't about the number of books you finish in a year, but I think it's kinda cool to see how many new books you can manage to read in a certain amount of time. Anyways, for today's post I'll be updating you guys on the books that I've read so far in 2018!

Read: Feb. 10 - Feb. 14
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: What a great start to the year! This book was so sweet yet intense. It made me think about certain aspects of life in a different way, which I appreciated. Nothing about the love interest in this book felt forced, but something that came naturally. I surprisingly didn't find any characters annoying, but enjoyed their roles wholeheartedly. Hoover is currently writing the sequel, Maybe Now, on Wattpad, which I am loving!

Read: March 5 -  March 8
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: My least favorite read of the year for sure. I had a lot of problems with Ugly Love, which you can read about in my detailed book review. But to give an overall summary, I found the love interest to be toxic in every way, and the pacing, especially the last like 30 pages of the book was way off for me. Everything seemed to happen too quickly for me to enjoy it, and it sucks because in the beginning it had a lot of potential :(

Read: April 5 - April 9
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: I read hush, hush last year, and really liked it. It was my first time reading about fallen angels, and it got me on board real quick lol. Crescendo was a great sequel that lived up to my expectations. In a way, I think I enjoyed it more than the first. Looking back, I think I fell harder for Patch than I did in hush, hush. But that ending though?!?! I wish I could say that I saw it happening, but nope, it was took me by complete surprise.

Read: April 2 - May 5
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: OH MY GOD. UM PROBABLY THE BEST FANTASY BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. I'VE READ LIKE 4, BUT STILL! This book is on another level of excellence. I'm not gonna lie, it took me a while to get into it, primarily due to my lack of  comfortability with the genre. I picked up this book back in April, read like 30 pages, and put it back down after realizing that I had no clue what was going on lol. A few weeks later I picked it pack up and sped through it so quickly, soaking up every page. The characters, the plot, the storytelling, just everything! Once you get into it, you cannot stop. I'm so damn ready for Children of Virtue and Vengeance

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Read: May 14 - May 17
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: Such a freaking cute book! My main reason for picking this up was because I knew it was becoming a Netflix movie, and I really wanted to read the series before it was released. To All the Boys I've Loved Before is the perfect summer read. It's quirky, but has the right amount of teenage drama to keep you intrigued. My favorite thing about this book was how strong the relationships within the family were. Between the sisters and their dad, it's so nice to read about a loving family. A great start to a series!

Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino
Read: May 24 - May 24
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: THE BEST, I MEAN THE BEST ROMANCE NOVEL I HAVE EVER READ. I went into Swear on This Life with 0 expectations, and was completely blown away by the end of it. I read this book in a day because I could not put it down. Basically, our story follows a young woman, Emiline, who works as an adjacent professor with the hopes of becoming a published author. However, others around her, as well as she herself, find her writing to be missing something to make it stand out. Emiline has an inkling on to what that might be; she refuses to look back on her childhood, and by shutting that side of her off, she's unable to make draw deeply within herself to write a story that's convincing. One day, her friend lends her a book that's been received so well in the media, and within the first lines, Emiline realizes that the book is about her, but more specifically, her childhood. The author, J.Colby (Jase), is her best friend and first love that she hasn't seen since she was a teenager. This novel is a book within a book, with the book written by J. Colby being a major part of the plot. I know that was the longest description ever, but please read this y'all. This book is special and wonderful and everything that romance should be. 

Read: May 27 - May 29
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: WITHOUT A DOUBT, THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. The Hate U Give discusses some harsh truths about our society, such as police brutality, racism, and the obvious correlation between the two. It's very rare you come across a book that grabs your heart within the first few pages and doesn't let it go. I cried, I laughed, I got pissed off, but more importantly, I learned. I recommend everyone read this. There is something that I think we can ALL learn from it. Whether that is to use your voice, as it is your strongest weapon, or to understand were black people are coming from when facing these issues, The Hate U Give gives it to us honestly. It tells it how it is, and that's powerful. Can't wait for the movie!

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Read: May 30 - May 31
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this as much as the first one. It wasn't terrible, but my biggest problem was the introduction of a potential love interest, when Lara Jean and Peter are so perfect together :( I'm not a big fan of love triangles, but I especially dislike them when it is obvious that there is a stronger couple who will be together. In that case, the third person is just being strung along, adding unnecessary drama, which is what I felt in this book. I still loved the family dynamic (Kitty is my fav), and overall enjoyed it :)

Read: June 4 - June 9
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: I didn't know exactly what to expect from Smut, but I was somewhat satisfied at the end. I found this book to be much stronger in the beginning than the end. Once the actual smut was starting to come into effect, I felt like the sex was the only thing keeping the story moving along. When our couple wasn't hooking up, I was bored. That just speaks to how flat they were individually, but also, I found their chemistry to deflate as the story moved along. I almost liked them better when they hated each other. The best way to describe this book is a step up from any popular Wattpad story.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Read: June 15 - June 21
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: My latest read so far. I went into The Wedding Date expecting a fun, light-hearted romance, and that's exactly what I got. I thought the chemistry between the two main characters was great, the pacing was on point (no dragging or moving too fast), and the characters did not fall flat individually. The Wedding Date is a beautiful summer romance that I would recommend to everyone!

And there you have it! 10 books down, only 2 more to go! If I surpass my goal, which I'm sure I will, I'll be really happy haha. I can't believe I'm writing this at 2 in the morning, but honestly this is not new. I hope you guys enjoyed this little round up of my 2018 reads so far! Some of them have hyperlinks attached to more detailed reviews on my blog if any of them interested you, or if you just wanna see a more comprehensive review.

What books have you read so far this year? Which one has been your favorite and least favorite?

Until next time,



June 9, 2018

Wassup guys, it's your girl Kathlyn back at it again with another book review!

I've been watching so many Ashley and Rachelle videos that their intro. is translating itself into my blog posts lol. But forreal, I'm so excited to be doing another book review. Over the past month, I have been knocking out books left and right and I'm so happy. Getting out of my year and a half reading slump has been one of the best feelings I've had in a long time. But enough about that, let's get into this book review!

Smut is a standalone, tongue-in-cheek romantic comedy from the NYT bestselling author of The Pact.

What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree and take over his dad's ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don't want is to be paired up with each other for their final project but that's exactly what they both get when they're forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is an arrogant jerk (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her (tight, round) bottom, they fight tooth and nail. That is until they discover they write well together. They also might find each other really attractive, but that's neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it's not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot but at least there's make-up sex now.

But even as they fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction? -Goodreads

My Thoughts
Smut is one of those books that is meant to be a quick and light read. Our story is told in two POVs, Amanda and Blake's. In the beginning, the two are paired together to complete a writing project for their creative writing course. After succeeding on the assignment, the two pair up together to write erotica centered books to sell on Amazon. One thing leads to another and the two start mirroring the characters they write about. I found the plot to be very easy to follow, and not something that required a lot of emotional investment or attachment.

I went into this book with average expectations, and I wasn't let down, but I wasn't completely satisfied either. The nature of Smut is to be entertaining and amusing, but so many things fell flat for me. It's pictured as a romantic comedy, but little to nothing in this book felt romantic or humorous. The main characters were hard to connect with, both lacking individualism and chemistry. I found there to be more spark between them BEFORE they started hooking up and developing feelings for each other. Once their relationship started to grow, I found it really hard to see a connection between the two. It always felt like one character was more interested and invested than the other, and that was a little annoying. I'm not a fan of one-sided love stories, and this was just that. I also wanted to see more depth with both characters, as I felt that they fell flat. For instance, their past relationships and relationships with their family would've been excellent to explore. The beginning of this book was much stronger than the end, and I found myself zoning out and losing interest from time to time.

With all that being said, I still did enjoy this book for the most part. There were some really incredible scenes that I found myself lulling over. The smut was super steamy, but unfortunately, was the only thing that carried the last half  of the book. From the frequent writing errors, to the lack of chemistry between our main characters, Smut is basically a step up from a typical Wattpad story.

No tea. No shade. I love Wattpad, but this story is just average. Enjoyable, but easily forgettable.

My Rating

Have you read Smut? What are your thoughts? If you haven't read it, does it seem like something you'd be interested in picking up?

Until next time, 



May 28, 2018


We need to talk about this book, so I'm gonna skip the intros and get right into it.

(I'm writing this at 3 AM, so bear with me).

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


I came into this book not knowing much of how this story was going to be told, and to say I was pleasantly impressed is an understatement. Angie Thomas does an incredible job of telling the story of a young girl witnessing her best friend getting killed by a cop, but also the story of a young girl experiencing all the emotions, trials, and tribulations that come as a result of that traumatic night.

The pacing was spot on, each part of the book given the right amount of detail and never once felt rushed or dragged out. One thing that I loved so much about this book was the use of the title in the actual story. Most books that I've read use the title of the book as a one-liner within the story, and that's it. Sometimes it leaves an impact, but often times it's forgotten or underwhelming in comparison to other powerful phrases. This book was not like that though. The title, The Hate U Give, was the center of the book and made it's presence known multiple times throughout the story, each time more powerful than the other. The more the title's name was mentioned, as well as the MEANING behind it, the stronger it meant to the overall story. It's consistency throughout the story made me believe that its purpose was meant for more than just being the title of the book, but the main theme and carrier of the plot.

Starr. I am in love with her. Everything about her, I love. I love how observing she is, how honest she is, how compassionate she is, but most importantly, I LOVE how courageous she is in times of darkness. The strength that surrounds her entire being is admirable to see. Whether she believed in herself or not didn't matter because she knew that what was happening was greater than herself. Whether she believed it or not, there was power in the words she spoke and the choices she made. Starr's character development in this book, from beginning to end, was miraculous to see. Every chapter she become stronger, braver. Starr was one of those characters that I found myself relating to more often than not. I saw her think and do things that I commonly do, and it made me question it all, just like she did. Why do I try and act different around my white friends and my black friends? Why do I have two identities, neither of them being who I truly am though? Why do I allow complete ignorant bullshit to spew from my "friends" mouths and not check them for it? Why do I follow and not lead? As Starr was able to work through her identity, so was I in a way. I found myself growing with and through her, and I loved that I was able to connect with a character like that.

The Carter Family. I have read lots of books with dysfunctional families. It's quite common and something that I'm use to reading. So, I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to see a family that isn't torn apart. I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to see siblings play around with each other, but also be there for each other when shit gets real. I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to see two parents argue, but communicate through it, and not let it drive a wedge between them or their family. Every single member of the Carter family stole my heart. A present, happy and loving black family? Hell yes. And I want to see more of this, everywhere.

Although this book is a work of fiction, the writing slaps you in the face with a reality check. This story is one of many that we see on the news, on Twitter, and sometimes out in public with our very eyes. The Hate U Give is filled with truth behind every word. This book is so important because it has been our reality for so long, and it still is. As much as I laughed at the slang used, or cried at the pain felt for Khalil, or rolled my eyes for the ignorance of certain characters, the one thing this book continuously did was teach me. I'm always in awe of the power of books and their ability to teach me things that I might've not completely understood before. I bookmarked so many pages in this book because what I read spoke so deeply to me that I needed to mark it, so I could revisit it when necessary. I paused so many times while reading this book to make sure I understood what was being said or why things turned out the way they did. I didn't come into this book expecting it to teach me so many things, but I'm happy it turned out to be that way, because once I was able to put aside my own ignorance, I was able to learn things that I've too commonly turned a blind eye too. When the writing is filled with so much emotion and purpose, and in your face, you'd be a fool to not pay attention.

Final Thoughts
The Hate U Give is compelling, heart-felt, and like nothing that I've read before. I read this book in a day (and like 30 minutes of another day but still). I do not read a 444 page book in one day unless it matters, unless I know that the message it's conveying is worth my time and that it's what I need to hear. Prior to reading this book, I saw the hype it got last year and for some reason I was too uncomfortable to pick it up then. You see, I am one of those silent activists. I'm the ones that sit back during a discussion about racism or police brutality or oppression of any kind, and not make a peep.  When no one's around, I'm all in it. But when there's people watching, judging, I find it better to be quiet than to fall into someone's stereotype. So with that being said, I think I avoided this book because I was scared of the shit it was going to call me out on. I don't know what compelled me to pick this book up, but I am happy I did. Like I said earlier, more than anything, I learned. I learned that my voice is my strongest weapon, and I'd be doing a disservice to everyone, including myself, if I chose to silence it. No matter how big or how small, we all have a voice that's meant to be heard, and we all got to use it.

I am grateful that this book exists. I am grateful that Angie Thomas chose to write such a captivating novel that's won the hearts of so many people all over the world. I am grateful this book has been able to reach people and have the impact that it's had on them. If you haven't read this book, I am telling you to not only because it is a beautiful work of fiction, but because it's a truth that we're all living in and one that we are getting too comfortable living. What happened to Khalil is not normal, it is not okay. We must never forget or give up. We must always chose to speak up instead of being silent.



I wanna talk about this! Please feel free to voice your thoughts on The Hate U Give in the comments below, I wanna hear you!

Until next time,



May 24, 2018

Hello friends!

It has been so long since I last spoke to you. As you can see, I've been posting back to back book reviews on my blog, and while I love writing them, I sometimes need to take a break and give you guys other types of book content.

I love tags because their a quick and fun way to get to know someone through only a few questions. I think I've done one tag on my blog before, but I'm going to shoot to do at least 2 a month! Let me know if you have any that you want me to do in the comments below! As for today, I saw Nikki over at Book Allure do The Goodreads Tag and I really liked the questions, so imma do it too :)

What was the last book you marked as "read"?

To All the Boys I've Loved Before. I really enjoyed reading this book, and rated it 4/5 stars. It was such a quirky, cute, light-heart read that had just the right amount of teenage drama. I already bought P.S. I Still Love You because I need more Lara Jean and Peter!

What are you currently reading?

Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino. I totally picked this book up on a whim. I skim read the synopsis on Goodreads, trusted some of my favorite reviewers ratings on it, and purchased it a few months back. I just started reading it, so I don't have much to say yet, but follow me on my Goodreads for updates!


I know on my Goodreads profile it says that I'm currently reading like 3 other books, but it's just books that I've started but just haven't finished yet. I'm not actively reading them at the moment, whoops

What was the last book you marked as TBR?

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

What book do you plan to read next?

I'm trying to delve deeper into my relationship with God, so I plan to pick up How's Your Soul by Judah Smith. I haven't read a self help/spiritual book in a while so I'm actually really excited!


Because I tend to read nonfiction books with a fiction book, I plan on reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas alongside How's Your Soul. I've been saying I'd read this book for MONTHS now, and I finally just bought it, and once it arrives in the mail, I'm diving in. 

Do you have a star rating system?

For the most part, yes. Rating a book is always a struggle for me though because how I feel about some books change over time, and a 5/5 star book might actually be 3/5 stars after some more thought. 

Are you doing a 2018 Reading Challenge?

Yes I am! I love keeping track of everything I read and setting reading goals for myself at the beginning of the year. This year I set a goal of 12 books, which equates to a book a month. I know it's small, but I've been in and out of reading slumps since last year, and I don't want to disappoint myself if I set a goal too high and not being able to reach it. I'm hoping I'll surpass this goal though by the end of the year!

Do you have a wishlist?

YES. And my wallet does not support it. A few books that are at the top of my list are:

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
After You by Jojo Moyes

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few. 

I know it says share a few, but there's just too many gems out there for me only have a few. I did my best okay. 

“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”
― Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn

You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.
― Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

Push yourself. Don't Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.
― Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

“This dangerous girl. This captivating beauty.
This destroyer of worlds and creator of wonder.”
― Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn

So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
― Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

As long as we don't have magic, they will never treat us with respect. They need to know we can hit them back. If they burn our homes, we burn theirs, too.
― Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone

You are scored on my heart,Clark. You were from the first day you walked in,with your ridiculous clothes and your complete inability to ever hide a single thing you felt.
― Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

Who are your favorite authors?

L.J. Smith literally fueled my love for reading with the Night World series, The Forbidden Game, and Dark Visions. A literal queen. Along with her, I also love Jojo Moyes because she gifted me my favorite book ever, Me Before You. Some other amazing authors that I love are: Karina Halle, A.R. Torre, Tomi Adeyemi, and Sally Thorne. All talented writers, and I'm always excited to read more of their work. 

Have you joined any groups?

I have not sadly!! I would love to though, so if you guys have any that you recommend, please let a girl know!

I hope you guys enjoyed this book tag! It was a nice break from the constant book reviews I hope. Please feel free to do this tag, and let me know so I can check it out!

Until next time,

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