Review | Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

“Time passes by you like a bullet,” he says, “and fear gives you the excuses you’re craving to not do the things you know you should. Don’t doubt yourself, don’t second-guess, don’t let fear hold you back, don’t be lazy, and don’t base your decisions on how happy it will make others. Just go for it, okay?” 4.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: doughnuts, tattoos, candles, pool tables, lingerie, pizza, 80s music, fixed cars, babysitting, extra shifts, birthday wishes and a taboo romance.


He took me in when I had nowhere else to go. He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work.

I have to stop this. It can’t happen.

My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable. Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one.
I am.


I took her in, because I thought I was helping. As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to.

But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight.

And her boyfriend’s father.

Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.

I devoured this book like no man’s business. I don’t read about forbidden romances very often, but I really loved this one!

This story is considered a taboo romance because of the age difference between the main characters – the girl is 19 years old and the guy is 38 years old. With that said: the romance was amazing. It was a perfect slow burn romance to me! Jordan and Pike have amazing chemistry and that was probably the main reason why I loved this book so much. And their age gap didn’t bother me because they were both very mature, there was a true love story there and for the way their relationship developed. 

The plot wasn’t based on superficial attraction, but on real feelings. They actually liked each other in a deeper way and they enjoyed spending a lot of time together. And in case you are wondering, yes, this is definitely on the steamier side!

Probably not everyone will like this book for the taboo aspect of it, but I really enjoyed it! Penelope Douglas is an amazing romance writer and I’ll be reading more from her.


Review | You Should See Me In a Crown by Leah Johnson

“I never needed this race, or a hashtag, or the king to be a queen. I was born royalty. All I had to do was pick up my crown.” 4.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: outsiders, promposals, homophobia, scholarships, clarinets, panic attacks, hashtags, campaigns, pound cake, corsages and crowns.

Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.

The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?

This was so cute, I loved it! I admit never paid too much attention to this particular book until other readers started recommending it to me non-stop – so thank you to all the people who told me I had to read it!

This is not your typical prom book. This story is about an awkward high school girl coming out of her shell and understanding her true value and potential. Liz was an amazing strong female lead and I really liked her perseverance, kindness and strength.

And of course, there is a cute romance to pair with the story! Liz falls in love with another girl running for prom queen, just like her. Mack was a very likeable character as well and she made the cutest pair with Liz!

I also really liked the other relationships in this book, especially the one between Liz and her brother! They share a very special bond and it was so nice to see how they got each other’s back.

I really liked this book! It’s a relatable book for teens who are still trying to discover their identity and it’s done beautifully. It’s the perfect book to binge on a weekend.


Review | The Host by Stephenie Meyer

“It’s not the face, but the expressions on it. It’s not the voice, but what you say. It’s not how you look in that body, but the thing you do with it. You are beautiful.” 4/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: old newspapers, deserts, hunger, powerful medicine, raids, aliens, wanderers, brotherhood, meetings, bread, caves, transplants, stories and hosts. 

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

I admit I was apprehensive when I first picked this book. A science fiction book (not my favorite genre) with over 800 pages? My friend who borrowed me the book asked me to give it a shot and go into it with an open mind, so that’s what I did. And… surprise, surprise: I actually really liked this story.

The concept of this book was very interesting: aliens taking over bodies in different planets. These aliens think they’re doing what’s best for the Earth because humans are evil and have a destructive behaviour. Well, the thing is that one of the aliens (Wanderer) took over a body that still had its original host (Melanie). So now two souls are inside the same body!

I really liked how Melanie and Wanderer’s relationship developed and how strong their bond got throughout the book. And there’s a… love triangle? Well, I don’t think I can’t consider it that, but there is romance here – which was very interesting considering the situation the souls are in.

The ONLY thing I think could be different is the length of the book. The portuguese version – the one I read – is over 800 pages long, and I feel like the story could perfectly be half its size. There was no need for a lot of scenes there.

Still, I really liked it. I think it’s a good book to think about what really means to be a human and to be compassionate. For a science fiction book, I was very surprised in a positive way. I know there’s a movie adaptation for this book, and I’m very curious about it!


Wrap-Up | What I Read in May 2021

Hi guys! I hope you’re doing well 🙂

Today I’m bringing all the books I read in May. Here are the original books from my TBR for this month:

  1. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden: 6/5⭐
  2. The Host by Stephenie Meyer: 4/5⭐
  3. A Court of Frost and Starlight (#3.5 ACOTAR) by Sarah J. Maas: 3.25/5⭐
  4. Little Darlings by Melanie Golding: 3.5/5⭐

5. If I Can’t Have You by Charlotte Levin: 3.5/5⭐
6. The Night Swim by Megan Goldin: 4.5/5⭐
7. The Good Girls by Claire Eliza Bartlett: 4.25/5⭐
8. Sunkissed by Kasie West: 4/5⭐

So from all the books I planned on reading this month, I read 8/8, which is pretty good! I finally finished A Court of Wings and Ruins, but I’ll only start the next book in the series after June probably – I need a break from this series! The Host was also a huge book, but I’m very proud of myself that I finally read it and that I completed my monthly challenge!

Now regarding the books I read that weren’t planned, I read:

  1. A Court of Wings and Ruin (#3 ACOTAR) by Sarah J. Maas: 4/5⭐

I didn’t read a lot of unplanned books, but like I said, I finished A Court of Wings and Ruin – FINALLY. I started it before May, but since I wanted to read the next book this month, I had to finish this one. Well, I just didn’t have the time to read more books, but I’m happy I read all the books from my May TBR list!

Let me know how your reading month was! Thank you for reading, I’ll see you guys later 🙂