Twirling Book Princess
Review
4 Stars
ARC Review for Surrender to a Playboy: Harlequin Manga

I received this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. 

I just adore this cover, and then especially the guy on it. He looks quite swoony. Though I am a bit worried about the playboy part of the manga, and I am also kind of wondering how much drama will be in this one. Considering that guy didn't respond to our MC's letters, and she is furious with him, but also attracted to him, I can just imagine the drama.

Ah, and the drama already starts from the start, as our Bonner isn't the Bonner. Yep, this dude is posing as his best friend who did some criminal stuff and can't leave the city. Oh dear. Doing that to an older lady? How could you. That is such a dick move. Just tell your friend no. *sighs* 

I did like that we see both of our MCs, sometimes the guys get a small bit of text or a few pages, but it seems we get equal amounts from both in this one. I am happy as otherwise the story wouldn't have worked. 

Oh, ef no. No, just no. NOPE. You don't push a woman who just rejected you against the wall and forcibly kiss her and hold her. NOPE.

"Bonner.. who exactly are you?" Well, for one, he isn't Bonner. :| 

Wow, that lawyer lady needs to understand that she can't just barge into her ex's life like that. It is over, how many times does he need to tell her that? I really don't like woman who push like this. Plus she was just way too rude towards Mary. 

I knew instantly what had happened when Becca disappeared and "Bonner" got that look on his face. And yes, I cried. As soon there is just the sweetest scene that made me sigh in relief and cry in happiness. 

And finally, FINALLY, the truth comes out. And not in the best ways. But eh, at least it is finally out. I do wonder why grandma never noticed? I know she is old, but it seemed she could still see pretty OK, so how did she not notice her grandson looking like a totally different person? 

The ending was so sweet though, and I am happy with it, though I did think it was a bit rushed. For one while I did see the attraction between them, tons of things were based on a lie, and that is just not a very good foundation for a relationship. 

The art? I quite liked the style, it was cute. "Bonner" was very swoony, and I also liked the designs of the other characters. 

All in all, still a pretty decent manga/story, I did have fun reading it. 

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
5 Stars
ARC Review for Seduced Into the Greek's World: Harlequin Manga
I received this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. 

The Harlequin manga madness continues. After this one I still have 5 left to read! I am so happy that a ton of them were added to Netgalley, and while the stories (and art) are hit and miss I still LOVE reading these. 

Another Harlequin manga about something something Greek. :P I was definitely looking forward to this one for the cover, but then when I read the blurb it got even better. It sounds so romantic, and I was hoping for as little drama as possible between the characters. 

Demitri, could you please shave yourself? The moustache is just not fitting for you. He looked 10 years older with it. 

I did think it was a bit weird that he would ask an employee out for dinner, but eh, there have romances that started in even less appropriate situations, so I could live with it. Though I was hoping for a bit more romance, and less of him flirting with her and then warning her to stay away from someone (and her reaction was very much on point, I would also have done the same). I am glad that both of them could talk though, now he knows a bit more about her. Her feelings and why she is so happy to be in Paris. Thankfully, very much thankfully, we get some more romance. Plus, I can imagine she went for this. She has been working so hard, caring for so many people, she is still young but has already experienced so much. I was happy that she decided to do this. 

Oh my! Oh my! I am loving this story so much. Though I am worried. When will it go wrong? I know, this sounds terrible. But I am reading a Harlequin Manga, and things do go magically wrong. By one word, one sentence, or just a movement. It is very amazing, and annoying. 

And yep, here we go. Dramarama when he finds out she has a daughter. As she also said, it is on her resume. But did you read that one? No. :| Urgh. *sighs* Can we just have one Harlequin without drama? Just sweet tender romance? 

But thankfully this time the drama is short. *breathes a sigh of relief* I am happy that the author managed to cram a bit of Demitri's backstory into it, which explains some of his actions/reactions. 

Ah, no, I am crying again. Dang you Harlequin, dang you! That ending. *cries* That was just so sweet, and I totally burst lose when he suggested that name. Awwwwwww. 

So I really loved this one. It was cute, sexy, sweet, flirty, and it had a minimal amount of drama which makes me very happy. I also liked the art in this one. At times it looked at bit weird, but generally it was very shiny and sparkly. 

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/
 
 

 

Review
4 Stars
ARC Review for A Lost Love: Harlequin Manga

I received this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Yep, the Harlequin Manga party continues! I still got several more to read, so be prepared. This one features accidents, plastic surgery, and revenge on a bad husband (though I am sure it will all turn hunkydory in the end). The cover is also an improvement of the last Harlequin I read (big ass hands), though it does look a bit overly dramatic. 

I am sorry, but I did think it was a bit funny (oh this sounds so wrong) that she was all covered up, but that her mouth, her hair, her eyes (and her fingers) were all still glittery and shiny and beautiful. It just didn't fit with the rest of the picture. Also is it terrible to say that I much more prefer her as Jacqui than Brooke? But later it seems that her red hair isn't her natural colour, darn it. I had kind of hopes we had a cute redhead as MC. 

And the drama starts right from the start, we meet Brooke while she is visiting a dying relative (I would call her that given her relationship to her), of course her dear ex-husband is also there, and oh my. Ah yes, the classic, follow the girl who has zero interest in you move (which he keeps doing for a few more times). Classic. So classic. Though he should know that dissing your wife is not classy, even if Brooke wasn't your wife than it is still a bit eh to keep talking about your wife to another woman. Wow, I just got an headache from writing that sentence. :P At first I was confused as I am sure my hubby would recognise me by my voice even if I didn't look like me, but during a flashback it is explained that she went all the way for her change to Brooke. Wow, go girl. 

"I wonder how he would react if I told him the truth now. The woman in front of you actually is that wife of yours." Ohhh, I would love it if you did that. But there is still some time left for the story to unfold. Given that she is now in the cottage (and has to be there or else) it will get interesting soon. 

We also finally get a flashback, I was wondering how these two met up and how it all turned out very wrong. Sorry, I am not a fan of this guy. Controlling? Yep. He just threw out all her clothes because he wants her to wear stuff that fits their richness more without even asking if she wanted that. Then he wants a child, which she delivers, and then that dude got more and more controlling and I just was getting so angry at everything. He is keeping her away from her baby, her friends, her job, her life. And then when she tries to take back control poop really hits the fan. Dang, can someone kick this guy for me? What a terrible dickwad. 

Urgghhh, I am only halfway through these and I just can't imagine ever liking this guy. Their kid just walked into the cottage, on his own, and then the dude barges in and thinks that Brooke stole the kid? Lol whut? Dude. Attitude check please. 

Though I did like that, as Brooke, she was able to get closer to the family and to her ex. She learned some new things about everyone, and while I still don't like the dude, he does seem to have some problems. I wish he had just talked with his wife about it instead of going by rumours. Girls can still have guy friends you know. 

OMG, I am crying. I didn't think I would cry for this two, or at least not their romance, but OMG I am now crying. Yep, tons of crying. The story was a bit overly dramatic, I didn't think I would like the guy (thinking now, I still don't quite like him), but that ending, it is just too perfect. A bit cliche of course, but still. *cries* 

The art was pretty nicely done, though the kid looked weird, and what is up with their noses?

Still, I am happy I read this story, it wasn't even too bad, I loved our MC. And again, that ending!

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
4 Stars
ARC Review for Never Go Back: Harlequin Manga

I received this manga from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

So, the cover wasn't luring me in (what is up with those huge ass hands?), but the blurb did sound magnificent. A woman working for someone finds out he is the one who evicted her and her grandpa years ago. Will she go for love or for revenge? Of course I had to find out which one. 

*snorts*"There's no mistaking it! It's a message from the devil himself." When hell calls you to be their interior designer. :P 

"That'll give you more time to get a firm grasp on the atmosphere here at Ramilles." I am not too sure if he meant the house or something else entirely. Mm. *thinks* Given the situation I am leaning to a more 18+ idea. 

Wow, that flashback had me seriously pissed off at that guy. He just waltzes in the place (sure, it is his inheritance, but do you need to act like such a dipshit?), dumps Olivia's poor grandpa in a retirement home (without telling her or without his approval), tells her his plans, and then even throws her out while she has all the right to be there. :| 

BTW, I just love how much Olivia's changed. She went from cute to elegant. It is quite the transformation, then again years have passed, but still, wow. I can imagine our devil can't recognise the girl he threw out on the streets. 

Plus, I didn't entirely like how Ludwig was flirting around with Olivia. She is working for you, it just felt so wrong. And of course, there is the whole business of what happened in the past, I couldn't just let that one out of my mind. 

But oh my, there is a twist, and my heart broke for Olivia. :( Poor her realising that, I can imagine that has shook her world. Now I want to hug her. 

Though, while I understand how she came to this, and in a way it is natural, it still felt way too fast-paced for me. From one revelation to a confession in her mind, it just seemed fast. But I guess with just a few more pages to go they had to do something, still I wish it was more fleshed out. That is why I also couldn't enjoy the ending so much. Sure, I was happy with it, but it just felt like I missed something. Like BANG, suddenly everything is solved. BANG happiness. :( Oh well.

Still a good story, though yeah, the pacing sucks at times. But the art turned out quite nicely even if our devil still had way too big hands. This was also one of the tamest stories so far. 

Also, something that stands out, why are so many of the girls interior designers? 

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
3.5 Stars
ARC Review for The Secrets She Carried: Harlequin Manga

I received this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. 

A new buyer arrives, and of course it her ex. Dum dum dum. Who is a pretty boy, and I can imagine she fell for him so many years ago. 

I loved that the author took us back to flashback heaven with showing us how these two met up. While our MC is swimming (apparently she is pretty good at it and even was scouted by people) she races with the one guy in the swimming pool, they hit off and that is the start of a romance. I was absolutely squealing with how cute these two were together. But of course, this is Harlequin, and thus the drama started quite soon. I was quite saddened to see their romance end like this, and I definitely wanted to shake them both (and mostly him for being such a jerk). Then again, this is Harlequin, and yeah he had a reason. Dang man, you didn't even try to find out if it was true or not. *snorts* Accusing people, classy. 

I wasn't all too happy about him forcing her to have "stimulating" weekend or else he would tell. So, she needs to do stuff to you to make sure you won't tell? That is just ewww. No. Bah. And I was disgusted that he forced her to kiss him. 

And the rest of the drama continues as she says to the weekend, but of course when mister doesn't get the sex he immediately goes back to dickwad mode. URRGGHGH, what is up with these people in these books. I was definitely applauding when she threw a whole bottle of fricking wine over him. Whooooohhoooo, go girl. 

I am glad the twins are now known to Cristo, even though he is a jerk, he does deserve to know that he has kids. One looks exactly like him, the other like her mother. I am glad to see that he can be kind, I loved how sweet he was when they met him and he went along with what they said. 

Be prepared for more drama, but also and thank you, also some romance. I am seeing a different side to Cristo, and while I still think he is a jerk for just blatantly believing anything, I am liking him more and I do think he will be a good father for his kids. 

We find out who set up our MC, and I can say I saw it coming. What a bitch move, am I supposed to feel sorry for the woman? Because really? I am not. 

The ending was very sweet though, I am so delighted with it. And yes, I did have some tears in my eyes. 

The art was just fabulous. I loved the character designs, the romance scenes, the flowers (because this kind of manga needs tons of flowers). 

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
1 Stars
ARC Review for Lady Folbroke's Delicious Deception: Harlequin Manga

I received this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

A more historical fiction romance story than most of the Harlequin Manga I have read so far, but I have to say that I was more than happy to try it out. Would it work out for me, or is my preference the more modern of romances. 

That poor thing, marrying a handsome man at such a young age (though I guess back in that time setting it was normal) and then having him leave her alone and stay in London doing heavens know what. Of course, people aren't too happy about this, and there is immediate drama. Oh dear heavens, the drama begins from the start. Oh, dear, that lie is going to bite her in the butt. Fake marriage is one thing, acting like you are pregnant, with the heir even, oh my. Oh my! 

And when we do find out the truth about the earl, I am sorry, but do I need to feel sorry for the dude? It sucks that he is having all that, but to just marry and dump your wife? At least be honest, I know this is historical stuff, so the values were different, but sorry this is just a dickmove. Especially since apparently he doesn't have problems with kissing woman (and goodness know what else). Bah. 

Her plan? Eh, sweet, and cute that she was willing to do so much for a man who just married her and left her all by herself without any hint of what was going on, but yeah, I just couldn't help but roll my eyes and wonder how I was ever going to get through 100 more pages of this nonsense.

And really? You don't want to see her (we are talking about Dicky Mcdickface) because you haven't been able to support or provide for her? You don't feel like you have a right to see her? What the hell is wrong with you dude? *sighs* 

I am just so pissed that he is going to meet another woman, OK she is actually his wife, but still, that doesn't make it better. What a dick this dude is. Can someone kick him into a river or something, please? And then after sex, he is still like, oh but I can't say I love you, because of my wife and I can't betray her more. Um, dude? Really? Oh my word, I am just arggggghhhh. 

Why can't she just be honest with the guy? *sighs* I am really frustrated with this book. Dear Lord in all heavens. 

Oh good grief, more drama when she is finally honest. Dang that dude is so frustrating. Thankfully his loyal servant/friend is also pissed, whoop whoop finally someone gives that dude a whopping. Go go go. Tell him how gigantic bastard and whiny booboo he is being. :| 

Ha, and the ending ends with cliche upon cliche. Whoop, thank the lord I am done with this manga. Historical manga just isn't for me, or maybe it is just this one that is terrible due to the insufferable idiots populating it. 

The art was the only saving grace of this book. It was absolutely gorgeous! 

But other than that, no thank you. Happy I am done and I can delete this book from my ADE. 

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
5 Stars
ARC Review for Twilight Vows: Harlequin Manga

I received this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

So, I have a whole batch of Harlequin Manga to read and review, so prepare yourselves! 

Normally Harlequin is already hard to believe, over the top romance, some dramarama, but this one tops it all with a vampire romance interest. Yup. Vampire. I was kind of hesitant, but on the other side I wanted to read this. Because dang, that vampire guy looked HOT. :P 

The story begins when our MC, Rachel, is being drowned by her aunt and uncle (Yes, really. For insurance money.), and Donovan rescues her. From that moment on they are connected. Yes, it sounds cliche, but I would think that that moment is when they became destined together. For her to find him again when she was older. 
After that the book heads to the now, Rachel is on her way back to her home village. She wants to discover more about the mysterious castle near the village + also find out more that traumatic event that happened when she was a kid. I really liked that the author did it this way, now we know that Donovan is a good guy (despite being a very hungry vampire). 

I had a laugh that Rachel was just not influenced by Donovan's powers and Donovan just didn't know what to do about it. She is just too stubborn, just let her stay with you! It is the best for both of you.

Then something happened and my heart just broke. For Donovan, but also for Rachel. But on the one hand... this event did lead them to talk about their feelings, and we also learn more about what happened to Donovan's maker, Dante. 

And then something else happened, and I am crying. Weeping for these two. Happy tears, but still tears. 

Oh, and we also find out more about creepy Manny. And dang, that bro is *shivers* beyond creepy. Dude, Rachel is not your property. Get that. And get out. Away. Shoo. 

OMG, I am crying even more now. Dang you author. Dang you mangaka. *cries* And these are tears of OMG and happiness and sadness and OMG OMG OMG. That was just the best (albeit a bit overdramatic) ending. *continues crying* 

All in all, a fantastic harlequin manga. At first I was a bit worried about the supernatural element, but oh boy, did it fit well, and did I love it! I would highly recommend this one. 

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
5 Stars
ARC Review for Blissful Land Vol.1

I received this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

A wonderful healing manga. 

Meet Khang Zhipa, he is a doctor, or should we say doctor's apprentice? He just LOVES herbs, like, he will get lost looking for herbs, get spaced out while thinking about herbs. But he is a good doctor, even though injuries make him back away (though apparently that has to do with that he can just feel the pain and wants to help people). He tries everything to make everyone happy, evidenced by the first patient we see in this book, a friend of his. He ends up staying up late just to make the medicine, and why? Because he wants to see his friend smile again. Aww! 
I just loved how eager he was to learn, and how he was open to also telling and explaining to others how things work. 
I do have to say that I was a bit confused, according to the blurb he is 13. At times, he indeed acts like this, but more often than not he acts 15/16-ish (not to mention he also looks like more that age in the serious scenes). 

I hadn't read the blurb, I just based my decision on the fact I saw this one on Twitter + the cover. So, I didn't know about the bride-to-be thing, but from the moment she entered I knew she was our MC's fiance. I had such a big laugh when she stayed and our MC just broke in a panic because the bride was left at his house, and then he found out she was his bride. Parents, maybe next time tell him he is getting a bride? Or did you tell him while he was in his dreamy herb space? :P 

I just adored our MC and his bride, they were just so cute together. I am sure their marriage will end up fine. She listens to him, is eager to learn, is cute, sweet, likes him for who he is, worries about him, makes him food, and he is eager to tell her things, explain things to her, worries about her, let's her do things that most man may not allow their woman to do (like the colour/dye thing), tries to find out when things are wrong (there was a moment she was unhappy and he was trying to figure out what was going on but he had no clue how to do it). I don't see love yet, but I can see that happen. For now friendship and getting to know each other is most important, they still have years to go before the marriage happens. 

I was a bit worried about the arrival of our MC's childhood friend. Please, please, let this not become a love triangle. I know, this is set in 18th Tibet, so there is a 0% chance at it, but I am just worried. I don't like the guy and I wonder how these two are friends.

The MC's family was such a delight. We got the little sister with the big attitude, a father who is a doctor and who is also quite funny, and then there is the mom. I just had such a laugh when the father and son had a moment and mom had heard everything, or when dad planned some things to get his son and bride-to-be together and mom was there again. I guess dad has a lot of time on the couch (or whatever goes for couch in Tibet) the coming nights. :P

There are tons of delicious mentions of Tibetan foods, and I kind of wish there were recipes at the end, as they do look yummy. In the end I just went for googling those dishes and drooling all over my computer (sorry). 

The art. A bit dicey. There are some absolutely beautiful, gorgeous, pretty scenes and plenty of details. A bit in the vein of Emma/Mushishi. But then there are the expressions on the characters and those really ruined it at times. Sometimes they fit, but quite often it just looked out of place, which is a shame. 

I can't wait to see where this story will go, will our MC and his bride get closer together? Will our MC get some challenges so he can truly show his awesome doctor skills? What kind of foods will we read about? 

And of course, I would highly recommend this one, and I am eagerly awaiting the second volume.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
3 Stars
ARC Review for Girls' Home Spa Lab: All-Natural Recipes, Healthy Habits, and Feel-Good Activities to Make You Glow

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

It took me several tries to get through this book, I have had it in my ADE for a few months now, each time I start I just get bored and leave the book for another time. I still have no clue why, as the book is quite fun and entertaining. But today (October 3rd) I just kept reading, I pushed myself to finish this, and I can tell you, I am happy I did, as in the end I quite liked the book!

This book is perfect for us girls who love to pamper ourselves, during normal days or during the days we feel crappy (or crampy). I definitely want to try out some recipes myself.

What does this book contain? Recipes, tips, yoga exercises, all separated in sections. We start off with Wake, Play, Sleep then go to Everyday Wellness dash off to About Face which leads us to Hair Care and then we go for Body-Care Concoctions and lastly Healthy Hands and Feet! Yep, you will have a whole relaxed body after reading this, plus you will probably smell delicious given all the recipes which call for natural and lovely smelling products.

I do have to say there were A LOT of recipes. I get that the book is about them, but sometimes it felt a bit too much. I wouldn’t have minded more activities to do. There are quite a few, but I would have liked to see more.

I liked the way the book was made, lots of bright colours, fun photographs, cute illustrations, a playful font, it makes you want to read the book.

I didn’t really like how there was a lot of boohoo against the normal make-up/cleaning products. I am sure these are bad, I am sure these aren’t ones you should use. But come on. I don’t even know if there was any good nailpolish when I was a teen, but either way I wouldn’t be able to afford it with my 20-ish euro pocket money each month. Because browsing around, it seems most average on around 9 euro per bottle. : Then again, even as an adult, 9 euro is quite a bit too much for a small bottle of pretty nail polish.

I do wonder how many teens can actually afford buying all the ingredients. I just looked online for some ingredients, and boy, it isn’t cheap. Some things are, but others… oh boy.

I was already wondering where to get these ingredients, should I want to try out some recipes, but thankfully at the end of the book we get a Get To Know Your Ingredients which details what the ingredients are and where to get them. Of course, these are mostly applying to the US, so for some things I may have to do a bit more effort. :P

But all in all, a decent book with lots of pretty fonts, photographs, illustrations.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
5 Stars
ARC Review for Sticky, Stinky, Science Book

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.


I just LOVE books about science experiments, especially those aimed at kids. I have found some very fun experiments while reading books like this, so of course I couldn’t resist this one. Plus, just look at that cover! It is just so much fun. Two kids having the best of times with an exploding experiment (warning kids, don’t do this at home :P).

And the introduction immediately sets a fun tone for the book with: “In this book, scence gets down and dirty. You’re about to dive into a world where things are STICKY; where they’re STINKY; where they are just plain messy, yucky, and disgusting. IN other words, where science is much more fun that you’d think. But guess what? Here’s the really cool part: IT’S STILL SCIENCE.”

Of course, like many other books, this one starts with slime (two times even). I was rolling my eyes at that, but slime has been a trend for a year or so now. Just like it was a trend when I was a kid. You just can’t flee from slime. But I guess I still liked it as it was going further on how slime, and later oobleck, works.

And that is how it is with each experiment. We get told what to do, and what to do in case it doesn’t work, in simple steps, and then it explains the science behind it and gives us some examples (like the bendy bone one that gave us some sharks because of their bendy skeletons).

My favourite experiment? Let’s see: Lemon Volcano! I really have to try that one myself soon.

I only skipped one, the Mould Farm. My stomach just isn’t the happiest already, and mould is just a big no no for me now.

At the end there are links to websites and a science lingo page. Definitely like that these two are added.

The book is also wonderfully illustrated with illustrations that fit the hilarious (and icky, sticky, stinky) science experiments that this book contains.

All in all, tons of fun, and I am sure kids will love this book.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
3 Stars
ARC Review for Abbott & Barley

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.


A father and a son (both donkeys) are on a holiday (from fishing to visiting deserts), but will they find the one spot that is special to them both where nobody has been to yet?

I have to say I was wondering a bit if this was all imagination/fantasy, as it was all very very magical. Oh you want to go swimming with whales? Sure, hold on to this jumps into the water. Oh you want to go to the moon? Sure, here let’s just convert the caravan into a rocket. It was still wonderful, don’t get me wrong, but I kept waiting for a twist that this was just all storytelling.

The art was gorgeous though, and I loved that not all the pictures have text, instead relying on the images (and the comic style a few pages had) to tell the story.

The ending made me aww, it was just superduperadorable. I am happy for both of them, and I hope that they will have many more adventures in the future.

All in all, even with the magical (and a bit over the top) story, I still loved it. It was very sweet, and I liked that the father did all those things for his son.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
0 Stars
DNF ARC Review for The Meadows
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Welp, I was really curious about this book. It is almost Halloween so I was eager to read a book with horror and haunting and all that stuff. Plus I was curious about the MC and her trying to pick up her life. 

Sadly, at 46% (though I should say I read 50% of the book as I skipped to the ending) I just had to drop it. Urgh, the horror was great, it was creepy, it amazing. Sadly, I am dropping this book as the MC was just worthless. 

She is just terrible. I was all excited to see such a strong character who has big plans (and tons of money apparently) and who is working hard to get her life on the tracks. And at first she does all that, and I just loved her plans for that old (and falling apart) place. She was definitely dedicated to making it a place worth visiting. Hiring all sorts of people to help her out, making sure to rise and shine early. From that point, it was fabulous, and I was eager to read more. But then, another person appears. Scarlett's best friend, Stella. And from that point all the things went wrong. Really, her friend just got there and already they went out, and drinking. Yep. Drinking. The one thing she cannot do. The one thing she is forbidden. Yet she thinks she can just drink without a care. And you may guess what is happening now. Yep, this girl goes loose. And she keeps telling herself it is not bad, and oh hey, at least I am not using drugs. Right? But sadly, from this moment on she keeps drinking, and drinking, and drinking, and more drinking. And instead of calling for help, or having her friends help her. Her friends just enable her. Oh hey, I have some ouzo. Oh, hey we can drink a bit? Right? Oh you're such a bad influence (says the one enabling her friend to drink while they all know she shouldn't). I just got so frustrated at this. Yes, I get that it is hard to stay clean and sober and all that, but this was just ridiculous. She has been clean for months, and now she is with her friends again she is drinking left and right, even during the day.
Plus, I just got a bit tired of her attitude of not doing a thing and leaving it all to other people. I get that a ton of the work cannot be done by a newbie, but I would have loved to see her do a bit more of helping around the house. 
And, she is supposedly a writer/singer, yet we only see her do something with it once or twice, the rest of the time we are just supposed to believe she is fantastic. 
I could also probably go on about it, but I just want to forget this girl.

I had a few laughs at some of the things happening. Like the almost same conversation in just mere pages. Or the fact that Ryan apparently doesn't know about microphones/hearing stuff in helmets, which are a very normal thing, my fiance and I have this when we ride. This way we can chat normally. Or that Scarlett just blindly believes that Ryan would have brought her to a stinky, dead pool to have sex with her or whatever, and then is confused and offended when, the next day, he doesn't tell her anything. Or how Mia and Ryan are OK with the chaos but then are confused when their room is truly basic. 

Not to mention all the horror stupidity. Yup. There is tons and tons of it. It oozes out of the book. 

All in all, if the MC was better, I may even have finished the book. Because, as I said, the horror was definitely well written and I was very curious about the who's and the what's. There were tons of creepy moments that had me shivering or looking around when I heard something in my house. 

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/
Review
4 Stars
ARC Review for Loading Penguin Comics: Heartwarming Comics from Chibird

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. 

I never seen these comics before, or I should say, I have seen them before, but only as GIFs. :P So it was quite a surprise to see this one on Netgalley, and I was curious what would be in this bundle. 

Well, I certainly felt warm and fluffy and happy when I read it. This was just the book I needed in these days full of stress and worries. Which causes my self esteem to take a nosedive for the worst. This book just oozes positivity and encouragement. Of course with all the cuteness and sweetness. From penguins to ghosts to some comics featuring, what I at least assume, the artist herself. 

At times it was a bit too much, I think that this is more of a book you want to open up at random pages whenever you feel bleh and need motivation.
I really noticed that I did get a bit tired of all the: You can do it's, you are amazing after 30 pages of it. 
It is like with many things, you need the right amount of things, if it is too much you will start to dislike it.

The art is very adorable, the style fits well with the positivity and encouragement this book oozes. 

All in all, definitely a book I would recommend. Again, maybe not to read in one go, but definitely something to add to your collection to open on those hard and bleak days. 

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

!!! spoiler alert !!! Review
4.5 Stars
ARC Review for Dead End (Dead (A Lot) Series)

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

 

OMG, I was absolutely fangirling when I spotted this book on Netgalley. Was this the third, and final, book? Would it be finally there? What kind of ending to this series would it bring? What about the immunity thing? Would they find more people with it, what about those who didn't have immunity, is there a cure for them?

 

Plus, it has been 2 years, would I be able to read it without a hitch? I tried the other books, but found I could remember quite a few things, so I decided to just take the step and head into the third book. Very quickly, just after a few pages, it was as if I had never left. The world totally took me back, back to Necropoxy, to Tripp and Trina. To Diana's plans.

 

The book starts were we left our group, at the Walmart, just after all the crap happened in the previous book. Tripp and his friends are on for a new mission, one I definitely wasn't approving of, but I could imagine they would go for it. They want to find Diana and tell her to stop hunting them, she has found the cure. But as the kids go on a trip to find Diana, and to keep the adults safe, they find out more than they may ever want to know.

 

Something we also saw in the previous book, and is even more highlighted in this book, I would say it is one of the main themes. Diana wants to make a perfect world. If you are fat? Asian/African/anything not white? Gay? Handicapped (Mentally or physically)? Old? You are out, you are nothing to her. It was quite saddening to see our characters find that out, to see that while Tripp and Trina would be good for that world, all their friends wouldn't. All the people they love wouldn't. It is just so painful. And it must have hurt so much when those not-good-for-Diana found out. That they were just left for dead. Which made me dislike Diana even more than I already did. She was already a horrible person, a villain, but with this? That woman has no conscience.

 

SPOILER ALERT >>> Dorcas is still alive! Yippee! I was so so worried when that happened in the previous book, and so I am happy that all they did was hit a pot of jam (mm!). Of course Dorcas gave those soldiers hell, go go her! <<<END OF SPOILER

 

There is also tons of romance, between Jimmy and Trina, between Prianka and Tripp. I have to say my favourite coupling is still Prianka and Tripp. Mostly because I still can't totally stand Jimmy all the time. I just loved how these two got closer, and during one moment Tripp realised something very important, which made me so happy.

 

I also loved seeing Tripp grow to be more mature. He was watching his words, he is being kinder, knowing when to say something and when to just shut his trap.

I loved all the things that happened in this book. The plans to make sure Diana wouldn't be able to do anything any more (in a very surprising way even), Felicia who turns out to be OK in a way (though we could do without the cawing), new characters appear, temples filled with zombies.

 

The ending? Mm, It is why I didn't give this book a 5 star. It was the plan all along to do it, but then the ending came along and I was just so disappointed. SPOILER ALERT >>> Yes, I could understand that they may not want to have killed her, it would make them as bad as she is, but to just do nothing? To just leave her there? And then there is the whole, what happened to the people in those camps? What about the soldiers? What if Diana makes it out all right and will get back to doing crap? Give us an epilogue! Give us more conclusion! <<<END OF SPOILER

 

I am sad this series is over, but I am dang happy I read them all. Even with a slight disappointing ending, I still loved the series. I would recommend it if you love character growth, some romance, humour, and zombies. Tons of zombies.

 

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
3 Stars
ARC Review for Kawaii Doodle Cuties: Sketching Super-Cute Stuff from around the World

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Another fun and cute Kawaii Doodle book, how could I resist it when I saw it on Netgalley?

As the book says this one is all about cute stuff from around the world!

The first chapter is all about adorable (really, how could you eat them) food from all over the world. Pretzels from Germany, Tamales from Mexico, and Dumplings from China. And that is just a few of them! They look all delicious and adorable. And then there are chapters about architecture, clothes, daily cute stuff. There is something for everyone.

I have to say at times I found the doodles a bit well.. boring, and weird. Like a skirt? With eyes? Or the Eifel Tower with eyes? Eh? Why? It wasn’t even cute, nor do I think it was that fun. Plus I found it weird that some clothes didn’t get an extra character (human or beast) to it, but others did.

The doodles looked quite complicated at times, though the author did their best to explain everything as best as they could.

Just like the other Kawaii Doodle book I read this one has coloring pages that also double as puzzle pages. Can you find all the cuties?

So cute, adorable, and sweet, though at times also far fetched and a bit weird (again, a skirt with eyes, or a windmill).

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
5 Stars
ARC Review for Crush by Svetlana Chmakova

I received this book from publisher/Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

As I said in my review for the previous book, I was hoping this one would be about Jorge, and look! Look! It is! Yay!!! fangirls

Jorge is so adorable, how he is trying to be all like: Oh nobody got time for all that dating stuff and blabla. We are on a mission to stop bullying and the like. Then he spots Jazmine and gets totally flustered! Adorable!!!!!! And that is how it goes every time he sees her, or if she talks to him. He just goes into the zone (which reminded me of scenes of manga/anime with swoony romance), and I just loved it. Of course, I was quickly (very quickly, like after one scene of that) rooting for Jorge and her to get together, or at least give Jorge the chance to confess. Go Jorge! Sadly, we find out that Jazmine has a boyfriend! SHOCK! Poor Jorge, he finally had worked up the courage to talk to Jazmine, and then finds out she is taken!

Haha: “Do I… like Jazmine?” Yes, sir, you do. And quite a lot given the way your acting. Face the music, and welcome to love!

And so, the story continues, we see Jorge navigate the treacherous ways of school, and still falling madly in love with Jazmine (he is noticing her everywhere).

Ahhhhhhh, adorable! He just asked her! YAYYYYYYY! Well, OK, to the ball, but it is a start! YAYYYYYY! Finally dating! I don’t consider that a spoiler, come on, it was obvious. Even with the whole boyfriend at first, I just knew that they would end up together. Eep! I just love how well they fitted together, and I was delighted to see the little things they did to spend time together.

Plus, good job Jorge, for acting normal when your girlfriend cuts her hair. Given how tons of other people reacted, which I found really stupid, but then again, I know from personal experience how people act when girls have short hair. :|

Of course, he is not alone in this book. We also have Garrett and Liv. I do have to be honest and say that I didn’t like how they bickered quite a few times during the book. But thankfully they also show enough times that they are the best of friends. They were quite fun together, bantering.

Liv was a pretty OK character, she has her heart in the right place, though she should be a bit tactful about things (like eating lunch with your current boyfriend while your ex is at the same table… is not what you want to do). But she does have an amazing superpower of getting people to join or do things, which is pretty nice!

We also see that she has some troubles with her current boyfriend. Of course, we only see her side of the story, so who knows what Marcus’ story is, but still I wanted, just like Jorge, to destroy Liv. Hello, a relationship works from two sides. You can’t just expect her to go with you to stuff, but then find her needy when she wants you and her to go the ball.

Garrett, a new addition to the school, in his previous school he was quarterback, but here? He can’t even play much as there is already a star player who gets all the play time. I didn’t get why he was so hot about James, I just thought that dude was a skeezeball. But I guess he wanted to be in the group, and people do silly things to be in a group.

Zeke? Jazmine’s boyfriend? Sorry, but what? I liked him at times, but it is true what Jorge said, he does seem to have 2 sides to himself. We see one of that in the corridor (when Jorge saves him), and then later at the party (what a crappy move, you don’t do that to your girlfriend). Thankfully, Jazmine isn’t happy either, and it seems that some stuff happened before. I was glad to see him out of the picture.

James? Please just fall off a cliff and disappear. What a disgusting piece of insert lots of expletives Especially nearing the ending when he did that to Jorge.

I hated that everyone just believed that Jorge would do those things. Really? Guys? Like, you know this dude, you know how hard he tries to make sure everyone is happy and not being bullied. You saw him with Jazmine, you saw him with other girls. And then you just believe that? Not thinking about how technology isn’t always to be trusted. Anyone can pretend to be someone. Anyone can hack if they really want it. But I guess, kids are just dumb in that way. :{

The whodunnit? Aka the one who was posting as Jorge, well, I was quite shocked. What a dick move.

The ending made me smile so so much! It was just the best way to end this book. A bit of drama, but also happiness and love.

I loved the extra info at the ending, especially how the cover was picked. I am happy that they picked the cover that is now in use. That one just fits the best with this story. How Jorge only sees her, even though his friends are there, even though there is chaos. So sweet!

All in all, I am hoping we get a new graphic novel, featuring another character. Maybe Brooke? Or Nic? And I would highly, very highly, recommend this one!

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/