Book Review: Filthy Rich Boys – C. M. Stunich

Break the new girl.
That should be easy, right?
Trash like her doesn’t belong at Burberry Prep.
No, Marnye Reed is going down, and we plan to make a spectacle out of it.
Let’s see who can make her fall in love first.
Bet’s on. Any takers?

***

Take on the filthy rich boys.
They’re the idols of the school, veritable gods on earth.
Old Money. New money. A rising star.
These guys are nothing like the ones at my old school.
I might come from nothing, but I’m determined to be someone, and I won’t let them get in my way.
They say they’ll make my life a living hell; I think they mean to keep that promise.

***FILTHY RICH BOYS is a 97,000 word reverse harem/mature high school bully romance novel. This is book one of four in the series. Contains foul language and sexual scenes; any sex featured is consensual.


Ooookay. So, this book was a little like Stephen King´s Carrie and Cruel Intentions in one book.

A school filled with vicious little cunts who all bow down to 3 majestic cunts referred to as the Idols. Insert a normal young girl who has actual life goals. Majestic cunts feel bothered by the normal girl. Then all hell breaks loose. This pretty much sums the story up. Was it good? In a way, yeah. But then again, I had such a hard time wrapping my head around a few things.

 

First off- The author´s note. 

 

 

  1. This author´s note/warning is a little late. I already bought the book.
  2.  Why does this feel like an apology?
  3. Why does this feel like the author is trying to avoid negativity?
  4. The author spoiled her own book before it even started. I don´t mind but I can already hear half the romance community throwing a shit fit. If not from the author´s note then definitely when they read the prologue ( You´re welcome )

Since when do readers need such a detailed explanation about a story before having read the damn thing? I understand that this is a kind gesture but is it really necessary? I think not. Or is the reading world unable to handle the unknown?

But on a positive note- The map that´s inlcuded does give this book a nice touch.

 

Burberry Preparatory Academy a.k.a Cunt-Ville

 

Filthy Rich Boys by C. M. Stunich is a high school bully, reverse harem romance that´ll render any rational thinking person speechless.

Personally, I thought everything was okay except for the characters. I wasn´t able to warm up to them. I had a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that these elite kids were 15. The shit they pulled off was just too bogus for their age and my taste. They were too intelligent for their own good.

The reverse harem bit… Weeeell, if you ask me I´d say this book doesn´t need that label because a girl having a fling with more than one guy isn´t worthy of a label ( unless there´s some real harem business going on in the next books ).

All in all not a terrible read. I can definitely see why many romance readers would love this type of book. It´s filled with drama and heartbreak.


Would I recommend this book? To bookish nitpickers- No. But I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who can´t get enough of rich asshole bad boys. I promise- In this book, they come in threes!

Would I reread this book? Who knows what the future brings.

Will I continue the series? I´m currently not rushing to Amazon to buy book #2. I really didn´t feel enough vibes to want to continue with the story.

 


 

The Cover – 4 Stars: White, gray and gold. Elegant color combo. I like, I like.

The Story – 3 Stars: Well written. Well though out. At times cringe worthy. But that´s what a reader gets when reading a bully romance.

The Characters – 2 Stars: The Heroine could´ve been better. The asshole trio needed an enema they´d never forget. Everyone needed to be older than 15 because I wasn´t convinced.

My emotional state after finishing this read – Enlightened.

 

This book can be purchased online.

 

Book Review: The Life You Stole ( The Life Series #2 ) – Jewel E. Ann

Sex. Lies. Revenge.

On the heels of a devastating loss, Evelyn fights to put her life back together.
Only … part of her husband belongs to another woman, and the devil owns her soul.

“If you tell her the lie, I will tell her the truth.”

When her best friend goes to great lengths to protect Evelyn from destruction and devastation, mistakes are made, lines are crossed, and all trust is shattered.

“We weren’t unbreakable.
I just needed to believe we weren’t unrepairable.”

Don’t miss the explosive conclusion to this unforgettable thriller by Jewel E. Ann, bestselling author of The Transcend Series.


 

Screw whatever I said in my review for book #1, The Life That Mattered by author Jewel E. Ann. All confusion and mixed feelings vanished after having read The Life You Stole, book #2 from The Life Series.

Holy shitcakes… this was an intense read. So much drama, so much emotional pain, so many crippling highs and lows. I wanted it all to end but the bookish sadist in me wanted more!

There was only one thing that bothered me. Something this story could´ve lived without. The supernatural bit. Have you ever seen the movie 1996 movie Phenomenon? The one with John Travolta? This story is similar to the movie only with a focus on romance and friendship ( and lies, heartbreak, betrayal, money, death, sex, snow, power, etc ).

I like to think the story would´ve been perfectly fine without the supernatural bit. It certainly would´ve been just as painfully emotional. But other than that, I can´t complain. I´ve been through bookish hell and back with this read. That´s exactly what I want when reading a book.


 

Would I recommend this book? Yes! I think, even if I thought book #1 was slow, it was the perfect build up for what happened in bok #2. A necessary calm before the storm, if you will. A reader gets a slow-burn romantic start with a shit – has – properly – hit – the – fan romantic ending. It´s a romance, y´all.

Would I reread this book? I´ll definitely reread bits of book #2 in the near future just to torture myself a little.


 

The Cover:  3 Stars – Still not my cup of tea. At least it matches the cover of book #1.

The Story:  4 Stars – A little over the top but still enjoyable. Certain scenes are very intense. Disliked the supernatural addition.

The Characters:  5 Stars – * standing ovation * Great character development. Loved Evelyn and Lila.

My emotional state after finishing this read: So pooped that I need a large cocktail.

 

 

The Life You Stole by Jewel E. Ann is available on Amazon.com

 

Book Review: The Life That Mattered ( Book #1 ) – Jewel E. Ann

Sex isn’t love.
Love isn’t sex.
And friendship is neither.

The son of a French Olympic skier and a Malaysian fashion designer, Ronin Alexander has lived the life of a nomad, traveling the world to find his next adventure.

Life takes a dramatic turn when he meets Evelyn, a beautiful scientist who owns a bath shop in Aspen, Colorado. They defy all the rules of relationships, falling hard and quickly in love.

Their world intertwines with Evelyn’s two best friends, the Governor and his soon-to-be wife. The four become close—very close.
When tragedy strikes, things from their pasts are unveiled—unimaginable truths and the grim realization that life will never be the same.

Jewel E. Ann steps into another dimension with this mind-bending thriller, a provocative story that pushes boundaries and tests the true meaning of love.

 


I’m in this weird place where I’m not sure if I liked what I read or not.  The Life That Mattered ( The Life Series #1 ) by Jewel E. Ann was definitely an interesting read but it didn´t grab my attention the way I hoped it would.

A slow-burn romance with an unknown promise

 

The feeling you get when someone promises you a basket full of chocolates but you never get it and you end up questioning if there ever was a basket with chocolates, to begin with? That´s how this story felt for me. I kept waiting for something to happen but was left with a feeling that nothing ever would…. until the ugly cliffhanger happened.

Still, I´m convinced this story has something great to offer. I might not know what but I can sense something big happening in book 2, which is why I´m going to continue with the story.


The Cover:  3 Stars – Not my cup of tea. The blue with the red font irritates me a little.

The Story:  3 Stars –  The details were appreciated but still… things dragged.

The Characters:  3 Stars – I loved Evelyn and found Ronin a tad transparent.

My emotional state after finishing this read:  Mixed feelings with a dash of hope that book 2 will knock me out of my socks.

 

You can purchase `The Life That Mattered` by Jewel E. Ann at Amazon.com.

Book Review: Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry

“I used to be a lesbian.”

In Gay Girl, Good God , author Jackie Hill Perry shares her own story, offering practical tools that helped her in the process of finding wholeness. Jackie grew up fatherless, experienced gender confusion, and embraced both masculinity and homosexuality with every fiber of her being. She knew that Christians had a lot to say about all of the above. But was she supposed to change herself? How was she supposed to stop loving women, when homosexuality felt more natural to her than heterosexuality ever could?

At age nineteen, Jackie came face-to-face with what it meant to be made new. And not in a church, or through contact with Christians. God broke in and turned her heart toward Him right in her own bedroom in light of His gospel.

Read in order to understand. Read in order to hope. Or read in order, like Jackie, to be made new.

 

 

 

When I usually read books written by strong religious people I kind of know what I´m getting myself into. There are always parts I find utterly ridiculous. Interesting, but still nothing to take too serious. Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry is not one of those books I´d consider light or easy to digest. This isn´t a petty guide on how to be the super Christian or how to live your life the ridiculously God-honoring way. This book is a memoir about a woman who was once a lesbian until she was made new. Ergo- until she turned into a heterosexual by the likes of religion.

I´m at a loss for words. And I don´t think I´ll ever find the right words to describe my feelings for this memoir.

I´m not here to force my atheist agenda on anyone but this book is far from a pleasurable read. The author made some bold statements I just don´t agree with.

While written rather well, I also wasn´t able to understand the true purpose of her story. It was clear the author wanted to share her experiences and views but with what goal? To give others who´re struggling with sexual identity/life hope that if they´d turn their attention to God they´d be fine? Poof! You´re cured of homosexuality? Because that´s the message I got from reading this book. A life with God is a good life. Sure. I can float with that. But the indirect message- Nope.

Most important, though.. Do I want to pass this message forward? Do I want to direct struggling individuals towards God? I don´t think I want to. Which is why I won´t recommend this book. Gay Girl. Good God is an interesting and slightly disturbing memoir.

 

 

For those who still want to give this book a go… You can click here and get a copy on Amazon.com.

 

 

 

Are Book Boxes Worth Buying?

 

A few posts back I wrote a blog post on What I´d Like To See More Of In Book Boxes where I more or less give insight on what book subscription boxes are and why they don´t work for me. I also touched upon the fact that these magical boxes of bookish goods are a little expensive, which will be the main focus in this blog post-

 

Are Book Boxes Worth Buying?

 

Well? Are they? The short answer is- It depends on who´s buying. Personally, I think they´re overpriced, regardless of where you´re ordering from. Domestic orders aren´t as expensive as international orders ( damn those high shipping fees ) but they´re still not so cheap. With the majority of book box subscription providers wanting $29.99 per box, I´d say that´s just a * cough cough * rip off.

 

 

But that´s just my opinion. Of course, what I think isn´t world-shattering.

As I´ve mentioned in my other blog post, I´m not against these book box subscriptions. In a nutshell, the idea is fantastic. You pick & subscribe to a one month/6 month / 12-month book box plan and receive your monthly goods. It´s like seeing a beautiful shining object you can´t resist. The only problem I have is that the items in these boxes aren´t worth the amount they´re being sold for.

Let´s break this down a little to help paint out the picture a little better.

1 Book Box – $29.99 + shipping ( within the U.S. )

Contents of each box can vary but mainly consist of

  • book swag ( bookmarks, pins, magnets, pens, keychains, stickers, buttons, etc )
  • 1 paperback copy
  • samples of tea/cocoa, etc
  • a candle
  • item related to paperback
  • book/genre bound jewelry

Again- these items are usually in book boxes. Oftentimes boxes have fewer knick-knacks or are theme bound ( a fairy box, a bass-ass Heroine themed box, magical box, YA box ). Also, some boxes have mugs, fan art, or stationery sets ( depending on the box ). But for the sake of keeping this simple, we´ll just stick with what I´ve listed above.

So, with knowing this we can start to break down what these items are and where they come from.

  • book swag = often provided by an author
  • paperback = provided by author / publisher
  • jewelry = author/Etsy shop owner
  • candles = Esty shop owners
  • samples of tea & Co. = Etsy, Indie companies

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with these items and the sources they come from… there is something wrong with the calculation. Things just don´t add up.

Swag is basically an advertisement. An author spends money on giveaway items to give away. For free. These items, in turn, travel and therefore bring awareness to their brand/name/book. Not every author says ” If you´d like my swag then it´ll cost you.” ( more about that topic in a future post )

Etsy shop owners who offer their creativity for these book box companies are also investing to make money. They use this outlet as a form of making people aware of their products ( unless they sell their products to book box companies. That´s also a possibility ).

 

 

Now, the most valuable product in these boxes would be the physical book. Let that cost around 12 – 20 smackers ( I´m being generous here ).

Wouldn´t it be easier and cheaper to order a book online? I can buy 2-3 paperback books for the price of one subscription box.

According to my calculations, each book box should cost little to nothing ( since most of the items are author donations and come from smaller business owners ). I´m talking peanuts/buttons/pennies… Sadly, it doesn´t work that way. There is more to this. Because I can´t imagine a company working for free, no matter what they say.

What am I paying for when a book box mainly consists of free stuff? $29.99 would be a tad excessive for a book and shipping, wouldn´t you agree? ´Cause, you know, swag is supposed to be free.

The truth is- You´re paying for the packaging. The box and every little detail that´s printed on it. One should also consider storage ( if one is used ). Common sense tells me that I´m not far off by thinking most of them are actually making some sort of profit out of all this. Why bother otherwise? Once fix costs are covered then there will definitely be some leftover amount.

Now, for shits and giggles- Let´s imagine I´m way off the charts with this topic. Let´s say that book subscription providers spend money on every single item in their boxes. Things still wouldn´t add up. Then the book box they´re selling would be too cheap and therefore, these providers would drown in debt sooner rather than later. So, there has to be a financial gain in order to continue.

I know this is a lot of information to process at once. It´s a little confusing if you don´t lay out everything neatly. Let´s get back to my original question:

Are Book Boxes Worth Buying?

I´d say they aren´t worth the money. You´re basically paying someone to put a sample pack together that so happens to include a book. You´re paying high shipping costs ( especially international people ) to get a box filled with items you could easily get in a store or at an author signing. You´re paying for the book, regardless. Might as well save some money and order the book online or purchase it in a bookstore.

What about limited stuff? Collector items? Sometimes book boxes come with cool objects. I guess one could treat the goodies that come in these packages as collector items. But then again, we´d have to go back to the “what is the value of these items” and all that. Unless an item is a one of a kind / never to be produced again object then chances are – There´s little to no worth, other than emotional value. That´s not nearly worth 30 bucks + shipping for me.

All in all, book boxes aren´t really as worthy as they appear to be. At least not for me.

 

 

Despite my reluctance to see the beauty in all this I still understand why these book boxes are appealing to others. I get it. And I would never disrespect anyone by saying they´re fools for investing their hard-earned money in these magical bookish boxes. To each is their own. ❤ It´s still interesting to lay all the details out and see if I´m getting my money’s worth.

On a kind note: Not every book box company functions the same way. Just the majority. Should you feel you´re getting your money´s worth with the subscription you´ve signed up with then I´m happy for you.

 

What about you? Are you subscribed to a book box? What are your fav/least favorite items? Do you think the book boxes are worth the money? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤

 

That´s it for now, my dear bookish Padawans. I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Be sure to hit the like button if you did ❤

See ya next time!

Much book – love,