Allgemein, Poetry

North Star

Like a wave
Pulled towards the shore.
Like the earth,
Revolving around its core.
Like an echo resounding,
In a cave.
Like a starving person,
I crave.

My eyes linger
On your face.
My body aches
To close this space.
My fingers itch
For just one touch.
Am I asking for too much?

Don’t want to hide
My feelings for you.
They are pure.
They are true.

It takes every inch of
Self-control I possess,
To keep some distance
To avoid this mess.
To fight my feelings,
Not to confess.
I retreat,
I regress.

But my voice is soft,
When I speak with you.
My eyes fill with warmth,
When I look at you,
I know for sure,
Because yours do too.
My skin tingles after
Every touch.
Our little gestures,
They are already too much.

It’s there for everyone
To see.
I am you,
And you are me.

Like a wave
Pulled towards the shore.
Like the earth,
Revolving around its core.
Like an echo resounding,
In a cave.
Like a starving person,
I crave.

I can’t escape
How beautiful you are.
My gaze will always,
Search for you,
My brilliant North Star.

© Virginia Stone

Allgemein, Book Tags

The Feelings Tag

Hey there, my lovelies!

It feels like it’s been ages I last did a tag on my blog but I got tagged for this by Ella @ ella isn’t reading about a year ago and it’s finally time to do this tag! *lol* So a huge thank you to Ella for tagging me and for being so patient! XD I really like the idea of this tag because the feelings I have while I read a book are always an important criteria when it comes to my rating. So this said, let’s just head to the tag!


The rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and give a link to the blog.
  • Answer the 5 feelings given to you.
  • Nominate between 5 other bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 5 feelings too.

Ella’s Questions:

1. A book that you can’t forget

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Normally I’d go with „Sadie“ here because this book is still haunting me, but I decided to go for a different book this time around. „The Poppy War“ is also among the books I can’t forget and even though I read it about two years ago I’m still not over it and didn’t dare to read the sequel. I think I need to be in a really good headspace to be able to tackle it or I’ll at least have to buddy read it with someone. XD

2.  A book that made you angry about the world

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That is a tough one but „The Raven King“ definitely made me angry about the world. What Neil and Andrew have to experience and what they go through, it made me so, so damn angry! I mean there are adults in this series but they can’t really help them and UGH! (To sing it with BTS’s words) *lol* It’s just so wrong and unfair and they deserve the world! T_T

3. A book that disappointed you

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I absolutely loved and adored „The Selection“ trilogy. It’s one of those guilty pleasure series you just read and devour. XD But the fourth book in the series „The Heir“ just didn’t do it for me. I mean I really liked all the boys but Eadlyn (America’s and Maxon’s daughter) was such an unlikable character and super immature. So yeah I was a little disappointed by the last two books and didn’t enjoy them as much as I enjoyed the original trilogy.

4. A book that made you laugh and cry

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Wow, that’s no easy prompt. I mean there are a lot of books that make you laugh OR cry, but usually it’s not both. So I had to think a little bit about that prompt but in the end there’s only one author that can always make me laugh and cry with her books. Suanne! I swear „A Charm of Finches“ caused me to laugh really hard but it also made me cry like a baby so it definitely fits the bill. Suanne writes such beautiful and painful stories and her books always make me feel A LOT! ❤

5. A book that excited you

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I was sooo ready to read this ARC and already very excited to start with it, but once I actually read the book I was even more excited because it was everything I ever wanted to read and even more! ❤ I absolutely ADORED this book and I wish I could read it for the very first time! I kinda envy the people that will discover „If This Gets Out“ when it hits the shelves in December! *lol*

My 5 Feelings for you:

  1. A book that made you feel uncomfortable
  2. A book that made you happy
  3. A book that made you laugh AND cry (because I just love books like that and need recs. ;-P)
  4. A book that made you giddy
  5. A book that made you broody

And here’s who I tag, if you want to do it:

Sabrina @ Notes From a Paper Plane Nomad
Jessi @ xobooksheaven
Hamad @ The Book Prescription
Susan @ Susan Lyn Knits and Reads
Brianna @ Brianna’s Books And Randomness

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This was a pretty fun tag and I really enjoyed the questions so thank you once again to Ella for tagging and thinking of me! XD I hope you enjoyed my answers and I really hope everyone I tagged will have fun with this too! =)

This said: Take care and stay healthy and safe!

*hugs’n’kisses*

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Review: Clap When You Land (Elizabeth Acevedo) 

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Rating: 4 Pfoten

„A truth you did not want
can put a collar around your neck

& lead you into the dark,
the places where all your
monsters live.“

Every once in a while you read a book that totally surprises you and for me “Clap When You Land” definitely falls into this kind of category. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I opened this book but when I saw the writing style I was a little bit sceptical at first. The entire book is written like the quote above and I was worried this would dampen my enjoyment of the book. Little did I know that it would be the perfect way to enhance the impact of Yahaira’s and Camino’s story.

I swear I’ve never read anything like this before and it was so beautifully written that I just wanted to soak up those words and keep them close to my heart forever. Yahaira and Camino come from two totally different worlds. One of them lives in New York while the other one lives in the Dominican Republic. Their lives couldn’t have been any more different yet there is something they both have in common: Their unconditional love for their father.

”For the rest of my life I will sit & imagine
what my father would say in any given moment.

& I will make him up:
his words, his advice, our memories.”

Their father is everything to them. Their hero, their friend, their idol and so many other things you can’t even put into words. Well, and then he dies in a plane crash on his way to DC and the entire house of cards that was built on so many lies comes crashing down on them. Yahaira and Camino didn’t even know that they are half-sisters and after their father’s death layer after layer of his complicated life gets exposed. How do you grieve for your father once you discovered that he wasn’t the person you thought him to be? How do you deal with the aftermath of not only his unexpected and sudden death but also with the people he left behind? The people you didn’t even know are part of your family? How do you accept that the person you loved so dearly had a secret life in another country? And how do you forgive him for cheating on your mother if he isn’t even there to take the blame or to be confronted about it?

”All these lies that we’ve all swallowed,
they’re probably rotting in our stomachs.”

Elizabeth Acevedo explores all of those questions and tries to find an answer for her two protagonists. And she does it so gently and in such a kind manner that it’s impossible not to feel with those two girls. The situations they have to face are frightening and upsetting but they have to face them no matter if they want to or not and in the end both girls come out of it stronger. They aren’t just connected by blood but also by their love for their father and when push comes to shove that’s all that really matters.

”if a heart has topography,
I know none of these boys know the coordinates
to navigate & survive mine’s rough terrain.”

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All told I really enjoyed “Clap When You Land” and I’m very glad I picked it up. This was a beautiful and sad story that broke my heart and kind of mended it again. It wasn’t just heart-warming but also encouraging and there definitely need to be more stories like that! This said: No matter what Acevedo writes next, I’ll make sure to have it on my radar!

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Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Michelle Hodkin)

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Rating: 4 Pfoten

Book 3 on My Book List 2021

”I wanted to scream, but I closed my eyes and forced myself to breathe. Claire was dead. She was not in my bathroom, and there was nothing to be scared of. My mind was playing tricks on me. I was going to go to a party tonight, and I needed to get dressed. One thing at a time.”

I heard so much about the “Mara Dyer” series before I picked it up and because I’m always curious about books that seem to be so controversial I decided to satisfy my curiosity by just reading it. So what did I think about it? Well, the book was published in 2011 and obviously was on the hype train with all the other YA books that were released back then. The interesting thing about this book was that it might have been full of the typical clichés but it actually kinda made fun of them? For me this was a really refreshing approach and I found myself enjoying it even more because of that. I mean we have the “not like other girls” trope and Noah Shaw having that “bad-boy with a heart of gold” vibe going for him. *lol* Plus: Mara is the only girl he’s interested in even though he’s mysterious and drop-dead gorgeous. And of course Mara is the new girl at their school.

There was an edge to his voice that I didn’t like. „My God, you’re like the plague.“
„A masterfully crafted, powerfully understated, and epic parable of timeless moral resonance? Why, thank you. That’s one of the nicest things anyone’s ever said to me,“ he said.
„The disease, Noah. Not the book.“

Still, there’s something disarming about Noah’s charm and I couldn’t help but love his character. We all know I love MCs that know their literature and it’s almost impossible to resist a character that has his own library and can quote books by heart. XD I know a lot of people think that Noah is very demanding, arrogant and full of himself. Which admittedly he is, but of course he is hiding his true self behind his attitude. 😉 So yeah, this is as stereotypical as it can get. *lol*

”Noah drove girls crazy, and I was already crazy. I needed to let it go. Let him go. As Jamie had so astutely said, I had enough problems.”

As for Mara: She’s one hell of an unreliable narrator and I really loved that! Mara has no idea what happened and why her friends died in an accident. She was the sole survivor of that night and the asylum they visited turned into dust while it took the lives of her friends. At first it seems like Mara lost her best friend, boyfriend and his sister, but the more she remembers and the more memories come to the surface, the more we realize that things weren’t as amicable and easy between them as we might have thought. So Mara Dyer isn’t only suffering from a severe memory loss and PTSD but also has flashbacks and sees her dead friends and things that aren’t real. Add a lot of strange happenings and sudden deaths into the mix and you get the basic idea of the plot. XD

”Dark thoughts swirled in my mind and time slowed to a crawl. I stood up from the chair, knocking it over, but my hands trembled too much to pick it up. This was – this whole thing was beyond unfair. And I was becoming unhinged.”

The mystery element in “Mara Dyer” is strong and I’m very curious what is going to happen next. The ending of the book kind of left me in shocked surprise because I certainly didn’t expect it to end like that. I have no idea how Noah fits into all of this and what is happening exactly but I’m definitely ready to find out by reading the next book.

”If you do this,” he said slowly, “you’ll become someone else.”
I looked up at Noah. “I already am someone else.”

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All told “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer” was an interesting start to a new series and I’m intrigued enough to continue with it. There might be a lot of stereotypes and inconsistencies at the moment but I hope that as the series proceeds some of them will be addressed and challenged. Plus I want to know how Mara’s character arc is going to play out. The same goes for Noah of course! I have so many questions, let’s hope book two will be able to answer them. 😉

Allgemein, Bookish Fox Knowledge

September Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

So for some reason my Wrap-Up never got posted on Wednesday. At least it never showed to others, only to me. Maybe it was a glitch on WordPress? Idk! I’m giving it a second try. Let’s see if it will work this time around.

Where to start? Well, I suppose September was a slightly better reading month than August. At least I managed to read one book more and I count this as an achievement. XD As for the rest of my September: I have no idea where it went. I had a week off in the middle of the month and wanted to catch up on my reading and blogging and booktubing (is that even a word?! *lol*) but eventually ended up doing a little bit of housework?! *lol*

Like I wanted to do a lot of things and even had a To-Do list and some of those things were housework and things that needed to be done for ages and I just never had the time to do them. And others like reading and blogging etc. should have been the counterweight and something I could do for myself but in the end my To-Do list was too long. So long story short: I did about half of the things on my list and then it was Thursday already and I decided that I would just drop the list and do what I felt like doing. Because quite honestly time is precious and you really should do the things YOU want to do once you actually have time to do them. XD

So basically I had plans and only managed to go for half of them because I just didn’t feel like doing the rest. That’s my chaotic energy right there and I’m not ashamed. *lol* Other than that work and my family kept me pretty busy so there was actually never a dull moment during the entire month. Which is probably the reason why I can’t think of anything else I did. I was just working, taking care of my kid, doing housework, cramming in a couple of pages every day and well, that’s it! *lol*

And before I continue to write unimportant TMI I’ll just head to my Wrap-Up! ;-P

Books read: 5 (5 books & 0 webcomic, I’m glad I managed to read more again and that I enjoyed all of those books. )

Pages read: 2.229 (Guess HP kinda boosted the page count. *lol*)

Average rating: 4,1 (Lots of great books this month so the rating was rather high!)

Books that were on my reading list:  ( 0 from 2019, 0 from 2020 and 1 from 2021. So yeah, I sucked at keeping to my TBR. What can I say? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )

September Reads:

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Harry Potter 5: 4 Pfoten,5

Going into this I was kinda worried I might not like it as much as I did when I was a teen, but I shouldn’t have worried. Of course this was a 4,5 paws read. I mean I still don’t like the movie but the book is actually great and gives a lot of additional info that is important for the rest of the series. It’s kinda sad the movie couldn’t convey all the important parts of this book, but well that’s why reading books will always be better for me. XD

The Crown: 3 Pfoten,5

I finally finished this series but I’ve to say that I liked the original trilogy more than the last two books. I really disliked Eadlyn in „The Heir“ an the only reason I liked her in „The Crown“ was that her character made a 180 degree turn. *lol* So yeah, I wasn’t all too happy about the change of her character (especially because it was so obvious!!) but I liked the boys and despite everything I was through this in no time. *lol*

Let’s Talk About Love:4 Pfoten

Finally a book with an aro/ace MC and I really loved it! Alice and Takumi were just too cute and I absolutely adored their conversations. ❤ I had a lot of thoughts about „Let’s Talk About Love“ and wrote them all into a full review so if you want to read it you can do it: here! I wasn’t exactly Feenie’s biggest fan but *lol* you can read the reasons for that in my review! ;-P

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer: 4 Pfoten

This book was full of sterotypes and YA tropes but it worked somehow because it kind of made fun of them? *lol* Also the idea and concept of „Mara Dyer“ was something different and I really enjoyed the mystery element. Not to mention Mara’s unreliable narrative! XD And the ending? Wow! Let’s just say I’m very curious about book two now!

Clap When You Land: 4 Pfoten

This was such a beautiful book! I was sceptical at first because I wasn’t all too sure about the writing style but damn this was good! The entire story read like poetry and I loved every second of it. Acevedo did such a brilliant job at conveying the feelings of grief, being stuck and all the mixed emotions the two girls had about their father. This was… BEAUTIFUL and painful and all sorts of confusing and I loved it! Enough said! ❤

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How was your September? Did you read many books last month and if yes, which ones? Are you bad at keeping to „To-Do“ lists too and do we share this chaotic energy?! XD Also did you already read the books I read and if yes, did you enjoy them as well? Did you have troubles to post your blog posts as well or was I the only one with that particular glitch?

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

And as always take care and stay healthy and safe!

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

Allgemein, Sassy Antics

SASSY Saturday

SASSY Saturday

Hey there my lovelies!

Welcome back to another round of my montly blog meme „SASSY Saturday“!

How does it work? Well, that’s easy! 😉

All you have to do is to follow those three golden rules:

1. Credit the creator of this tag (The Sassy Library Fox) and link back. (so I can see all your amazing answers!)
2. Answer the 5 questions below!
3. AND enjoy doing the blog meme! 😛 

„SASSY Saturday“ is planned to be a monthly meme but if you want to do it more often feel free to go for it! This meme was created to get to know other bloggers, their new obsessions and to reflect on your own last month! Above all it was created to have fun though! 😉 If you want you can also use the banner I created! This said let’s head to the good part:

S – Series you loved this month

„Free!“ Which is an anime series about a swimming team! *lol* I bet you never saw that one coming after all the k-dramas. XD But quite honestly I’m still not over „Crash Landing on You“ and I’m waiting for my Yoongi to finish the series so we can buddy watch the next k-drama. I need a buddy for k-dramas, they make me too emotional. Haha! Anyway! „Free“ is a really nice series and I love the found family trope! The only thing the four swimmers in the team have in common is their love for swimming and their female first names, but slowly and steadily they become friends and then family. ❤ It’s really so sweet to watch and I can totally recommend it!

A – Author you discovered

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Michelle Hodkin – The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Now this was quite an interesting start for a series. I loved how Hodkin played with the typical YA tropes but somehow still managed to go for something really unique. XD Also can we appreciate sweet, kind and sexy Noah Shaw? ❤ That boy is just ahhh! I loved every conversation Mara and Noah had. They kinda have an enemies-to-lovers vibe going on, but not really? Like it’s obvious they are attracted to each other but Mara tries to stay away from him because he’s kinda the bad boy of the school. Add memory loss and a mental health rep into it and you have a really intriguing start for a trilogy. I can’t wait to dive into the next book!


S – Song you couldn’t get enough of

Coldplay X BTS – My Universe

Okay, technically this was only released on September 24th but since I’ve been listening to it every second I got a chance to this definitely qualifies as the song I couldn’t get enough of. Also the official video premiere of the music video was on September 30th and I quite literally watched it on my phone while I was on my way to work! *lol* The things us ARMYs do for our lovely boys! ❤ Also please tell me some of you watched the documentary of „My Universe“ because it was amazing and I love it so much! The mutual respect between Coldplay and BTS was quite a sight to behold and ahhh the way Chris was blown away by their professionalism and their strong brotherly bond was everything!

S – Surprise – Something that totally caught you off guard

Okay, this is getting pretty serious now but yeah one of my family members that is close to my heart has health problems… the really severe kind. And I was on my phone writing with my Yoongi and she was there for me and listened to me basically word vomiting out all of my fears and worries and mostly sadness. So while we wrote she was silent for a couple of minutes and then she wrote that she just looked it up on google because she didn’t want me to feel even worse by having to explain it all to her. And I was already in tears but this kidness and the way she watched out for me only caused me to cry even harder. I have no doubt she’s reading this now so: THANK YOU!!! So, so much for not only being there for me when I needed it, but for also being such an amazing and awesome friend! ❤ I’m so grateful we became friends through BTS and being ARMY and I consider you to be one of my besties! Girl, if I haven’t told you already I’m doing it now: I purple you and I heart you! ❤

K-POP WORLD!: BANGTAN BOYS/ BTS Cuteness (Gif Collection)

Y – Your fave blog post of another blogger

Dear Leonidas Valdez by Pannaga @ State of Craze

I loved to read all the Leo Valdez love because I love this boy so much too! ❤ Pannaga’s letter to him expressed so many of my own feelings for Leo so I absolutely loved it! If you don’t know Pannaga’s blog already go there NOW! XD

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What do you think about „SASSY Saturday“? Would you like to join the fun? Did you already listen to „My Universe“ and what do you think about the song? I just love the message of it! XD Did you discover a new author last month and if yes which book was it? What is your favourite anime? Any recommendations? And most importantly are you grateful for your friends too? =)

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

*hugs’n’kisses*

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Allgemein, Sassy Antics

My 3rd Bloggiversary!! & Your Assumptions About Me!? ;-)

Hey there, my lovelies!!

I can’t believe I’m actually typing this but as my WordPress notifications pointed out to me I had my third bloggiversary yesterday! Wow! O_o I don’t even know how that happened but apparently it did? *lol* I can still remember how hesitant I was to start my own blog because I knew it would be a lot of work and I wasn’t really ready to commit to it. But then a lot of you guys and my goodreads friends told me that you’d definitely read what I write so I gave it a shot and I never regretted it! XD

Still, I can’t believe it’s three years already. By now I even have my own BookTube channel and without all the support I got from you guys over those last three years and without my goodreads friends I never would have started my own channel either. So yeah! I want to use this blog post and chance to give you a huge THANK YOU!!! ❤

Thank you to everyone who followed my blog ever since I started in 2018!

Thank you to everyone who only joined recently and decided to click that „follow“ button!

Thank you to everyone who still bothers to read my long-ass reviews! *lol*

Thank you to everyone who wrote me supportive messages, comments and tagged me over the years! =)

Thank you to everyone who still reads and likes my crappy poetry! XD

Just THANK YOU!!! ❤

It means so much to me that I became a part of this community and that my blog is still going strong. It’s my baby and quite honestly I never would have expected it to grow that much! I might even hit the high number of 450 followers soon so that’s about 400 more followers than I ever expected this blog to have. *lol*

If I actually hit that number I might go for another giveaway! I guess we’ll see and find out, because I have quite a couple of achievements to celebrate and might include my subscribers on BookTube too. Mhmm! I’ll have to think about it! XD Anyway what I wanted to say is THANK YOU! ❤ I hope you’ll continue on this journey with me and I’ll do my best to keep things interesting. 😉

So for now to celebrate my three year anniversary I thought it might be fun to collect your assumptions about me! I recently saw this on BookTube and it sounded like fun! *lol* So what are your assumptions about me? Write them down in the comments and I’ll answer them in one of my next blog posts! I’m sure you guys all have assumptions about me so I’m very curious to see what they are! XD

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So what about you? Do you enjoy my content? How long have you been on WordPress? Longer or shorter than me? XD What kind of content would you like to see more of? And which kind of assumptions about me have you collected over the years? Talk to me and let me know!

And as always: Take care! And stay healthy and safe!

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

Allgemein, K - O, L, Reviews

Review: Let’s Talk About Love (Claire Kann)

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Rating: 4 Pfoten

”The bottom line was her body had never shown so much as a flicker of sexual interest in anyone. But that didn’t mean she liked being alone. That didn’t mean she wasn’t lonely. That didn’t mean she didn’t want romance and didn’t want to fall in love. It didn’t mean she couldn’t love someone just as fiercely as they loved her.”

So the ratings of “Let’s Talk About Love” are very diverse and range from 1 star up to 5 stars. I can see why some people would think this book is boring or didn’t do an aro/ace rep justice, but the thing is, every review is subjective and every opinion is too. (At least that’s what I think.) There will always be people that think a book is bad because it didn’t address issues the way they wanted it to – or how they wanted it to – and that’s legitimate. As a writer, as an artist you’ll have to learn that not everyone will like the things you write/create. So this said and all out of my system I’ve to say that I enjoyed this book! A lot, I may add.

”If this guy was on a show, he’d be considered the kind of gorgeous that would cause midseason plot twists and act-two spinouts, leaving the viewer on the edge of their seat because their beloved characters were goners after looking into those dark brown eyes.“

The love story between Alice and Takumi was so sweet it basically glued my mouth shut with all the sugar. *lol* I really liked their friendship that developed into more and I could totally understand why Alice was hesitant to give into Takumi’s advances at first. Sure, it probably wasn’t Alice’s smartest move to go for a relationship with a girl that is known for her “sexual energy” but then again you don’t choose who you fall in love with. I think she should have told her ex-gf that she’s asexual instead of keeping it a secret though. It was the thing that stood between them and eventually led to her gf breaking up with her. Plus that former relationship made it hard for her to trust Takumi.

”That’s right. You live with us now.” Feenie beamed, a question forming in her eyes. “Fuck, I love you. I think sometimes my mind blocks out how much, so every time I remember feels like the first time I’m realizing it.”

Another theme that was tackled in “Let’s Talk About Love” was the friendship between Alice, Feenie and Ryan. Which was super problematic (in my opinion) and complicated but at the same time very realistic. I mean it was obvious they loved each other, but they had a really bad communication and that made up at least half of their problems. I know a lot of people think that Alice was too egoistic and self-centred but in my opinion not everything was Alice’s fault. I mean Feenie and Ryan ARE a couple and even though they love Alice, that doesn’t mean that she can’t feel left out.

”How am I doing that? And why is this all my fault? Why do you two have a Get Out of Ditching Alice pass that I’m supposed to accept because you say so? How is that fair to me?”
“We don’t ditch you,” Ryan said.
“You do. You have for years. I just don’t say anything because I don’t want us to fight, but the second I find an actual friend on my own, you two act like this.”

If your two best friends are dating you automatically feel left out. It’s a fact. Because they want time together and you’re just not a part of that equation anymore. Well, and the moment Alice spent time with Takumi, Feenie blames her for neglecting their friendship? Quite honestly if Feenie and Ryan would have left me all alone at a party with strangers because they wanted to have some “alone time” in a room I would have given them hell for their attitude, especially if they made me go there in the first place. Guess it’s just me though. For me, personally, a friendship is going both ways and not a one-sided thing. Feenie giving Alice the cold-shoulder for weeks was not okay and if she would have treated me that way I would have given her a piece of my mind. So yep, I guess you can say that the friendship between Alice and Feenie was a topic that made me angry. Truth be told, I would have never been able to be friends with someone like Feenie. Not that Alice dealt with it any better… Don’t get me wrong, they love each other. Obviously. But I prefer my bestie talking things out instead of giving me the silent treatment. Thankfully we’re all different and friends are actually the people you can choose for yourself. 😉

”First of all” – Feenie pointed at her – “you are not broken and I don’t ever want to hear that again. Second, being attracted to one person doesn’t necessarily change who you are. Maybe you’re graysexual instead of straight up ace. There’s just something about the way Takumi’s genetic code arranged his face and body that appeals to your brain chemistry. It’s insta-lust. Enjoy it for what it is.”

So that leads me to the next topic at hand: Alice’s asexuality. I’m not asexual so I don’t know if it was well done or not, but I think I got a better understanding for what it’s like to be asexual in a world that is full of hormone-driven teenagers and adults. XD As far as I understood it Alice has a cutie code and Takumi exceeded it. She feels sexual attraction towards him but she doesn’t feel a need to go through with it, or to say it even more plainly: She might feel hot all over her body when she sees him but she has no desire to actually have sex with him.

I kinda liked that Alice knew she was on the aro/ace spectrum but still tried to define what this meant for her as a person. I saw a couple of reviews that said the representation wasn’t done right and some reviewers actually defined as aro/ace and mentioned that they don’t feel like Alice. I understand why some people wouldn’t feel represented by Alice, but to be fair I’ve to say that everyone is different and experiences things differently. The aro/ace spectrum has many different definitions/terms and Alice could have also been greysexual, fraysexual or acespike. So what I’m trying to say is that for some aro/ace people Alice’s rep might actually have been on point. Every spectrum on the LGBTQ+ rainbow has different shades and varies so I think it’s safe to say that some people might actually like the aro/ace rep in here. Well, and others will dislike it, but that’s okay. We are all individuals and diverse and beautiful in our own way and as long as we’re aware of that, we’ll be fine. 😉

”Say what?” she whispered.
“That I like you,” he whispered back. “Everything you do and say is so endearing, and it’s ridiculous because I can’t stop thinking I need this person in my life. I need to be near you. If I could stand close enough to you, maybe I could absorb some of your shine.”

And now let’s talk about the best thing of this book: The relationship and love story between Alice and Takumi. I absolutely adored those two and they were so freaking cute I couldn’t stop grinning. Seriously, Takumi is perfect! Like super perfect and I have yet to find something about him that’s not great. *lol* This man always said the right thing and even when he wasn’t perfect he was somehow perfect? XD Does that make sense? I really liked his character and that he was so open-minded and didn’t just assume things. Alice and Takumi were pretty direct with how they felt about each other and their little gestures were everything. <33 Yes, Alice was pretty rude at first but it was because she was already super insecure and didn’t know how to deal with her sudden attraction for Takumi. To be honest Alice had a lot on her plate and I think we can cut her some slack here.

”This should go without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway, partly because I want to, but also because I think you need to hear it. If knowing you’re asexual makes someone see you differently, then they don’t deserve to be in your life. My feelings for you are exactly the same as they were an hour ago. This doesn’t change anything between us.”

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All told, I really loved this and it was one of those books that always had me craving for more interactions between Alice and Takumi. I was basically living from one chapter to the next, constantly hoping for more of their funny conversations! *lol* So if you want a light and adorable romance that tackles a couple of serious topics as well, you’ll definitely enjoy this! =)  I might have had my issues with Feenie as a character but that didn’t take away any of my enjoyment so four stars it is!

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Prologue

Hey there, my lovelies!

I had this idea in my head for ages and I finally found some time to write down some sort of pologue. I know I’m no great writer or author but this idea has been nagging me for ages. The characters and their voices just wouldn’t shut up or go away. They are a constant presence in my mind and it’s like those words finally needed to get out. It’s hard to describe it but this prologue for a book, or story: It wanted, it needed and it had to be written down! XD So here goes nothing: Hopefully the characters will be happy now. I for my part am. 😀

I hope you enjoy this little prologue and who knows. Maybe it will actually turn into a book? All I know is that those words needed to get out. If you have any feedback and want to say something: Just let it out in the comments! 😉 Also thank you so much for all your support and for following my blog. It really means the world to me! ❤ So without further ado, let’s do this!

Prologue

Destiny.

Seven letters, one simple word, but a world of possibilities.

It’s mentioned in every k-drama, people believe in it and build their lives around it. It can be a foundation and it has the potential to be either the beginning or the ending of a story. Well, destiny was certainly the beginning of mine. Or the ending. I guess when it comes down to it, it’s a matter of perspective. Truth be told, in my particular case it was probably both.

The ending of my old life and the beginning of my new one. That is, if you like to define clear lines but the thing is, life is messy. Throw destiny into the mix and sooner or later you’ll end up at the same point where I find myself right now. Okay, maybe or most certainly not at exactly the same point but probably at a similar one. One that will change and alter your life in a way you would have never expected.

All I wanted to do was to live my life, to spend a wonderful evening with my boyfriend and to dance my heart out at the concert of our favourite band. We wanted to go to that show for ages, had even worked our butts off over the summer in order to save some money for our tickets. We had earned them fair and square and not even our parents had been able to deny us. It should have been the best night of our lives, but in the end it turned out to be our last.

Destiny sure as hell didn’t play fair that night. That’s the thing about it though. It always hits you unexpectedly, throws you for a loop and turns your life upside down. Destiny just happens and there is nothing you can do about it. All you can do is to try to adapt, that is, of course, if you’re still alive to do so. I am. Somewhat.

Turns out whoever watches over us had bigger plans for me and quite honestly I have no idea how to feel about it. All of it. Not that I had a choice or would have been able to change any of it. I guess for now I’ll just have to try to adjust, to move on. It’s all I can do. My former life is nothing but a memory and a painful one at that. I don’t want to think about it. Right now I’ll just focus on the here and now. On my second chance. Still, I wish this particular second chance would have come with a manual, because good grief, how am I even supposed to adjust to THIS kind of life!? I’m in trouble and I’m in way over my head. But I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let’s just start at the beginning…

© Virginia Stone

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Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know if I should continue with this story or not. *lol* I need feedback. Badly. XD

And as always: Take care! And stay healthy and safe!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Fall 2021 To-read List

TTT was created by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl (click here for upcoming TTT topics!).

Today’s Topic is: : Books on My Fall 2021 To-read List

1.) „Felix Ever After“ by Kacen Callender

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I put „Felix Ever After“ on my September TBR and I intend to start it next week. I’ve been looking forward to read this for ages and I’m so glad my library had it in its shelves! It’s one of the few books I know about that actually have a transgender MC so I’m very excited to read Felix’s story. Also I’m absolutley in love with the cover! It’s so lively and realistically unapologetic!

2.) „Ninth House“ by Leigh Bardugo

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To be honest I started this yesterday and I’m soo ready to read „Ninth House“! I’ve never read dark academia before and I heard that a lot of people would place this book in the genre. So far I’ve loved every book I read from Leigh so I’m pretty certain I’ll enjoy this one as well. It might be darker than the others but I’m definitely ready to explore this darker side of Leigh’s writing! 😉

3.) „Railhead“ by Philip Reeve

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The Yoongi to my V spoke so much about this series that I couldn’t help but get curious about it. So when I recently discovered that my library actually has „Railhead“ I just couldn’t resist to borrow it. *lol* I’m sure Sabrina waited for me to read this ever since I spoke about it in my last library haul video on my BookTube channel! So yep, it’s autumn and I’m finally going to tackle this. XD

4.) „Rebel“ by Marie Lu

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So I recently finished to read the Legend trilogy! And after THAT kind of ending I knew I couldn’t let it stand like that! I mean ARGHAADKLFASFJSAKDJS! Marie Lu always kills me with her endings and I just needed more after the finale of „Champion“. Thankfully I stumbled upon this in my library and I have every intention to read it and to hopefully get an ending I can live with. *lol*

5.) „The Gravity of Us“ by Phil Stamper

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„The Gravity of Us“ has been on my radar for quite a while and the idea of a LGBTQ+ book that also tackles the topic of spacetravel is just too intriguing to let it go unnoticed! XD I already love the concept of this and I’m very curious how this is going to play out. Guess I’ll find out this autumn! *lol*

6.) „My Dark Vanessa“ by Kate Elizabeth Russell

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Now here’s a book that doesn’t only have an intriguing topic but also a very serious one and I’m sure to read this will be tough. Still, I really want to know what’s all the fuss about. A lot of people said that it wasn’t their cup of tea and others said that „My Dark Vanessa“ was hard to read but that the way the story was told is brilliant. So yeah, the controversial opinions about it made me curious which caused this to land on my TBR. You know I can’t resist controversial books. *lol*

7.) „The Guest List“ by Lucy Foley

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I really don’t know much about this book except of that it plays on an island and that it’s about a wedding. Oh yes, and that it is a mystery thriller. XD So I guess it’s fair to say that I know next to nothing about „The Guest List“. It was a goodreads choice winner of 2020 though and lots of people spoke about it back then. For me that’s enough reason to give it a try as a Halloween read! 😉

8.) „Mexican Gothic“ by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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And here comes my second Halloween read for this year. This entire book gives me a haunted house and cursed family vibe and I don’t know if you already know this about me, but I LOVE vibes like that! *lol* I’m the first one to read a book about a house with millions of hidden doors and even more hidden secrets about its owners. XD So yep, this is going to be fun. Hopefully.

9.) „Heartstopper: Volume Three“ by Alice Oseman

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After all the darkness (or gloom and doom if you want to call it like that *lol*) I need something light and nothing is better than Alice Oseman’s „Heartstopper“! My library recently got volume three and of course I had to borrow it. I’m really looking forward to be reunited with Nick and Charlie! Because those two boys are precious!!! ❤ (Plus: The entire cast of „Heartstopper“ is amazing!!)

10.) „Love, Creekwood“ by Becky Albertalli

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I wanted to read this for what feels like a lifetime and this autumn I finally decided to go for it! I need more of Simon and Blue and I’m really curious what happened after the two former books in the Simonverse! I guess this will be some sort of epilogue that will hopefully give me all the fluffy feels and will make me very happy. No high expectations and no pressure. Really, Becky! *lol*

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So what about you? Which books are on your fall TBR and do we have some in common? Do you have special books you want to read for Halloween and if yes, are they very creepy? As you all know I’m a scaredy fox and I’m always looking for nice horror books that aren’t too heavy. Do you have any suggestions for me?

Talk to me and let me know!

And as always take care and stay healthy and safe! ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*

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The Sassy Library Fox