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,



May 11, 2018

A moment of silence needs to be taken for how BEAUTIFUL this cover is. Like c'mon. It's partially 100% the reason as to why I bought it. Okay, maybe like 99.9% why.


Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy. - Synopsis


The land of Orïsha once thrived with magic. Maji's held powers that reined from shooting fire out of the palms of their hands, connecting to people's minds and dreams, infecting those with diseases, and having access to the spirits of the living and dead. However, those who could not wield magic were not as pleased with it, and feared its power. One night when magic was stripped away, the King of Orïsha sent out orders to kill every maji, leaving behind broken families and diviners, those who haven't tapped into their magical powers yet.

Children of Blood and Bone is an action-packed, epic fantasy that follows the journey of a young girl on a quest to restore magic back to her people with the help of her brother and a runaway princess. This novel is told in 3 POVs: Zélie, our protagonist, Amari, the runaway princess of Orïsha, and Inan, the prince of Orïsha . Anytime a book has multiple POVs I always get a little anxious because I've seen it done poorly and it being a major downfall to the overall plot. However, Tomi Adeyemi did a fantastic job alternating from not 2, but 3 POVs. Reading from each character only enhanced the story in my eyes, and made the overall experience that much greater.

This book took my emotions in all different directions. Every page was valuable and never once felt like a filler. I was happy, sad, ANXIOUS, scared, laughing my socks off, and pleasantly uncomfortable throughout this entire book. While feeling every emotion on the spectrum, I never once felt bored. I loved how fast-paced this book was because when I originally saw how many pages it was, I was worried that they'd be some parts where the plot would be dragged out, but that was never an issue.


Zélie. LOVE HER. LOVE HER. LOVE HER. DID I MENTION THAT I LOVE HER? It's an amazing feeling when you can relate to the main character, and I saw myself in Zélie so many times throughout the book. She just starts off wanting kick ass at her graduation match and ends up being the only person capable of bringing magic back to her people. Everyone's looking at her as their savior, and although she puts up a tough front, we know that she's scared of disappointing everyone. Being able to relate to that feeling made her more real, and much more enjoyable. She's not perfect and I guess some of her decisions aren't always the smartest, but she's one badass female and a force to be reckon with nonetheless.

Amari. LOVE HER. LOVE HER. LOVE HER. WHAT AN AMAZING AND CARING YOUNG LADY. Amari is so kindhearted and developed into one of the strongest characters in the book. Although she was raised to hate magic and all those who had the potential to do it, she still chose to fight the hate and violence that was spread onto the lives of innocent people, and instead fight for what was right. In the beginning she was a scared princess who ran away from home, but towards the end she became a warrior. She became someone braver than she ever knew.

Inan. Oh sweet baby jesus. INANNNNN. I pitied his character throughout the entire book. I do not hate him, which makes me mad because he was such a shithead during a good chuck of this book, and I wanted to MURDER him at the end. One thing him and Amari share is their kind heart. Deep down I know Inan wants to do what is best because he cares for the people of Orïsha. However, what separates Amari from her brother is that she knows that the monarchs are nothing but oppressors who've managed to murder hundreds of innocent people out of hatred and fear. Unlike Amari, Inan has been brainwashed too deeply to disconnect from what he was taught. Inan's inconsistency and internal struggles that he's faced with made him a unique and interesting antagonist in my eyes. I can't wait to see what his character will do in the next book.

Tzain. Zélie's older brother, aka the man of my dreams. We stan a nice, tall, strong chocolate king who loves his sister unconditionally and is not afraid to show his emotions. One of my favorite things about Tzain was how caring he was towards his sister. Although he didn't always agree with everything she did, he never once stopped being there for her. Zélie and Tzain's relationship was so beautiful to read, and I hope we get more of it in the second book. Now, my other favorite thing about my beautiful dark chocolate king is how expressive he was. As much as I loved seeing him be strong and powerful, it was the moments when he was hurt or emotional that were the most memorable. Men are always taught to hide their feelings and to always be the tough ones, but I see way more strength in vulnerability than I do in putting on a facade.


One of the most talked about elements of this novel is the storytelling. Every review I've read and watched praised Adeyemi for creating such a powerful and passionate story. Children of Blood and Bone is more than just a fantasy book. It highlights many social issues that the world is facing today, police brutality being only one of them. With having a nick for storytelling, Adeyemi creates a powerful, and enriching story filled with beautiful imagery and West African mythology. As a West African myself (CAMEROONIANS REPRESENT!!!), I felt a deep and personal connection to this story. This novel is not the first novel I've read that had an all black cast of characters (shoutout to the Bluford High Series that basically every black person read in middle school lmao), but it was the first novel that made me feel strong and powerful to not only be black, but to be African. For once in my life, I was able to read a story that had vivid descriptions of a black girl with dark skin and curly hair, and she was beautiful. For once in my life, I could picture myself as the main character and feel pretty damn good. For once in my life, I felt represented.

Final Thoughts

If you've read Children of Blood and Bone, please tell I am not the only one that saw some parallels between it and The Young Elites series by Marie Lu. Please tell me I am not the only one who saw characteristics of Adelina in Zélie, and those of Teren in Inan. Please tell me I am not the only one that saw the obvious malfetto and diviner/maji similarity.  While I was reading this novel, I kept thinking how badass it would be if the two worlds collided and kicked everyone's ass who hurt them. I would totally be down for that.

Anyways, Children of Blood and Bone was nothing but wonderful. I haven't read a fantasy book in so long, but reading this reminded me why I love this genre so much. I'd love to read more in this genre so if you have any fantasy novels that you love, please link them in the comments below!

Oh, and that ending? The ending left me with the biggest cliffhanger I have ever read, and I'm not going to stop obsessing and freaking out over it until I get my hands on the second book. Well done Adeyemi!



Read Children of Blood and Bone? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Until next time, 



April 10, 2018

Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers from the previous book, hush, hush.

Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever (if that's possible) and what's worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora's archenemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn't been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.If that weren't enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts. -Goodreads

Crescendo had me drawn in since the very beginning. Fitzpatrick has a way of drawing her readers in within the first chapter and keeping them on the edge of their seat until the end. The book picks up about two months (if I'm not mistaken) after the last events taken place in hush, hush. Although I found some similarities between Crescendo and hush,hush, I found Crescendo to focus more on Nora's thoughts and the internal battles she faces due to the problems that arise throughout the book. I found this book to be more of a test of Nora's strength and ability, rather than a romantic story between her and Patch, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

My one major problem with Crescendo was the lack of reminding the readers of the fallen angles, archangels, and nephilim society. Although I know the topic was introduced in the previous book, for someone who picked up this sequal months after reading hush, hush, I was so confused when those terms were mentioned. I don't expect a full chapter summary of the fallen angel/archangel/nephilim relation, but something like a one page summary would've helped me understand and enjoy the novel better.

Apart from that, the plot of this book was filled with so many twists and unexpected turns. When I thought I knew what was going on, another trigger was pulled and I was surprised.

Nora. Nora my baby :( My heart broke for Nora throughout the entire book. I was rooting for her since the beginning, rooting for her to be happy and to be rid of the darkness surrounding her. Nora Grey isn't an easy character to love. Although I didn't always agree with her choices, I understood them. I understood why she did the things she did because if I were in her shoes, would I have reacted differently? Nora's situation is unique, and it's her character that makes the whole story come to together.

Patch. Like I mentioned previous, Crescendo mainly focused on Nora, rather than Nora and Patch, thus Patch's involvement in this book was almost vacant. I'm not gonna lie, I wished he was more involved with the plot and story because I enjoy reading about his character. His distance made me take my time reading when he was present because I didn't know how long it would be before he appeared again. There were also moments when he was present that I wanted to slap him for being such a dick, but whats new. 

Vee. I voiced my love/hate relationship with Vee in my hush, hush review, but completely enjoyed her character this time around. With this book focusing on Nora and the conflicts she has to face, having a friend like Vee who was always there for her, but also didn't take life to seriously, gave both the reader and Nora a little break from the seriousness that the book held. I appreciated Vee's involvement in this book and can't wait to read more about her in the future.

Ugh, I LOVE how descriptive Fitzpatrick is. I love how her writing is so detailed and graphic that it's like an action movie is playing on in your head while you're reading. With that being said, I'm not going to lie, there were points throughout the book where my anxiety spiked just a bit. The writing was so livid that when Nora felt scared, so did I. When she felt broken, so did I. When she felt happy, so did I. I felt almost everything she was feeling because the author does an incredible job of showing the readers what's going on through detailed descriptions rather than just telling them what's going on. Fitzpatrick gave me a 4D experience while reading Crescendo, and I loved it. 

Final Thoughts
Crescendo was all in all a great novel. Even though there were times where I was confused, I never once lost interest in the story. The author could have done a better job explaining the world of fallen angels and such, but I'm hoping that the next book will do a better job making sure the reader knows what's going on. If not, I can easily google search. 

I'm so surprised by how much I'm enjoying this series! My fingers are itching to get my hands on the next book, Silence, which will probably be very soon because I'm impatient and want answers haha. That cliffhanger was no joke!


What are your own thoughts on Crescendo

Until next time,

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