Call Me By Your Name- André Aciman

“He was staring at me. This, I think, is the first time I dared myself to stare back at him. Usually, I’d cast a glance and then look away — look away because I didn’t want to swim in the lovely, clear pool of his eyes unless I’d been invited to — and I never waited long enough to know whether I was even wanted there; look away because I was too scared to stare anyone back; look away because I didn’t want to give anything away; look away because I couldn’t acknowledge how much he mattered.”

This was such a beautiful book. I wasn’t really sure where this was going to lead and it was magical. There were times where this shattered my heart, overfilled it with joy and left me with a feeling of pure sadness. The way it ended had me screaming at it all while I was at work. And yes, I did get a few stares but I think people knew what I was going through.

Elio and Oliver were two characters who you instantly bond with. While being in their cheering squad, I also wanted to tell Elio that your first everything never turns out the way you want it to, but I think he handles things exceptionally well for his age. But still, the endearment that they shared was soul touchingly charming.

I really wanted something more for Oliver and Elio that kept them together. But I know that if we all got what we wanted then this wouldn’t have been as enjoyable. It was perfectly paced and left us with a wanting that was fulfilled when Oliver came back to the Villa twenty years down the road.

What bothered me a bit was the obsession that Elio had when it came to Oliver. It was borderline psychotic at times. But it makes me think when I was his age and was crushing/dating, someone. We’ve all been there. We wouldn’t want to admit it but we’ve had similar situations in our lives and we may have handled them differently. Elio took things to an entire new cringe-worthy level.

This was an intoxicating read and I hope the film holds the same effect on me. Between the gorgeous scenery, the deep fondness, and the family, I think they both will be instant classics. Ones that I will be talking about for years to come.

*I have officially seen the film twice this weekend and I’m obsessed with the story of Elio and Oliver. The book and the film as a combination makes their story more meaningful. Everyone needs to go out to see this film and fall in love all over again.*

Cor Cordium

Risen by Cole Gibsen: Blog Tour + Review

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Happy Thursday, book lovers! I hope your week is going well so far and is filled with plenty of reading! And if there was not a lot of reading, or you are looking for a new book, then I have a treat for you! I have the wonderful pleasure of being a part of the blog tour of Risen by Cole Gibsen. Thank you, Entangled Teen!  So, scroll below to find out more about Risen and check out my review, and to enter the amazing giveaway!

About Risen:

Fans of Vampire Diaries and Twilight will be thirsting for this latest vampire addiction…

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My aunt has been kidnapped by vampires, and it’s up to me to save her. Only…I had no idea vampires existed. None. Nada. I’m more of a reader than a fighter, and even though I’d been wishing to escape my boring existence in the middle of nowhere, I’d give anything to have it back now if it meant my aunt was safe.

Then there’s the vampire Sebastian, who seems slightly nicer than most of the bloodsuckers I’ve run into so far. Yes, he’s the hottest being I’ve ever come across, but there’s no way I can trust him. He swears he’s helping me get answers, but there’s more to his story. Now I’m a key pawn in a raging vampire war, and I need to pick the right ally.

But my chances of surviving this war are slim at best, when the side I choose might be the one that wants me dead the most.

Purchase Risen by Cole Gibsen: Entangled Publishing


About Cole Gibsen:

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Growing up, Cole Gibsen couldn’t decide what she loved more—dogs or books. Rather than choose, she decided to devote her life to both! Dog trainer (wrangler) by day and author by night, she’s the author of more than ten books with more on the way.
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My Review

When I look for a new book to read, I look for originality, spunk, and, a strong plot. Risen by Cole Gibsen had all of that and more.

Risen was such a delicious read! I had a difficult time putting the book down, and when IRisen7 had to, I was wishing I was reading! I absolutely loved the plot and the intricate details.

I enjoyed how the characters were easily relatable and actually acted their age. I’ve read some books where I can’t relate to a single character or don’t understand why a character is acting a certain way. I did not have that issue with Risen. And the chemistry between Charlie and her love interest was to die for; the scenes that involved the two of them, it was like the electricity between them was jumping off the page. It was electrifying.

Risen captivated me from the first page to the last line. It’s been a while since I have read a good vampire story, so I was very pleased with this story. The in-depth research and creativity that went into the different races and the all-out vampire was was wholly original and unique.

If you are looking for a new vampire book that will have you glued to your seat and your eyes hooked on the pages, then Risen by Cole Gibsen is the book for you! And if you love hot vampires and humor and sizzling scenes, then grab your copy today!

♥Nikole


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*Arc Review* Ace of Shades- Amanda Foody

“Sometimes we’re not who we want to be because we’re supposed to be something else.”

I’m extremely grateful to Harlequin Teen for sending me a galley of this. Opinion is my own!!

I’m hoping that we don’t have to wait too long for book two. With an ending like this, I’m going to lose my mind and sleep with wonder. My jaw hit the floor many times while reading this one and I’m sure all of you had the same reactions. This book is that amazing!

What drew me in first was the cast of shady characters who were all dealing with sin in one way or another. How they all fed off of each other to gain strength to their own stories. It was brilliant.

The scene building was incredible. Writing about an area where gangs rule over one another in a Vegas-like place is no easy feat and Amanda pulls it off flawlessly. It still gives me goosebumps.

Love is not a strong enough word for how this book made me feel. It was richly mesmerizing and I can’t wait to hold a finished copy in my hands. It was beautiful!

My only problem was the made-up curse words. They were annoying. It was like when your phone autocorrects fuck to duck and you want to throw your phone into a pond. It was that frustrating. Can we please not go there anymore? Please!!?

Let’s get into the real squeal-worthy deal. One of my besties is in this book! His name is there plain as day and I couldn’t be happier for him!! Way to go, Justin!!

Would you bet your life for a chance to survive Sin City?

Rags to riches by Casey L bond

Other day someone in a Facebook group I’m In called the owlcrate society mentioned this for the Kindle. I didn’t have the kindle app so I had re get it. But the cover is cool and the thing that had me hooked was the person friends with the author said was a Cinderella retelling. Right then and there had me hook, line, and sinker.

Ella carina is the crown princess of aelawyn and knows she is royality since her father king of the land shows in his castle but not to any of his people and even at times his daughters. Till one day they are all killed Ella’s mom, sis and dad and she is line survivor of the Killing. The king of New kingdom offers her choice marry the person she was betrothed to or can go into hiding asa peasant and she chooses the second. But a very fun and pleasant life and glad to have read it and hope I find many more Cinderella retellings. 5/5 stars ~~~~JUSTIN

Going thru you learn of the twists in the book and was less of a retelling but a story of nice contemporary of royality style choices and that of poor farm girl. So overall I still loved it. Only gotta say one thing was in like a lot of contemporary’s I feel very fast progress from just seeing each other to not sharing to much info and just short hanging to “love” each other but after middle part I loved the chemistry on. S

Bruja Born: An Interview with Zoraida Córdova

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you all have had a great week! I, for sure, did! I had the wonderful pleasure of joining a Google Hangouts Chat with Zoraida yesterday and it was so much fun to be able to hang with her and ask her questions about her writing. And I also had the great opportunity of interviewing Zoraida!

If any of you follow my social media (mainly Twitter), you probably know by now that I love Zoraida’s work. I cannot wait to read Bruja Born and gush about the book to all of you! I already know it’s going to be fantastic!

Below is some information about Bruja Born and the author, Zoraida Córdova, and then the interview!


About Bruja Born

33918887Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.

Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister’s newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula’s bruja healing powers can’t fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

Then a bus crash turns Lula’s world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn’t the only one who’s been brought back…


Meet the Author

ZoraidaZoraida Córdova is the author of urban fantasies The Vicious Deep trilogy and the Brooklyn Brujas series. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. Zoraida’s most recent release, Labyrinth Lost, won an International Latino Book award, was named a Best Book of 2016 by Paste Magazine and has been optioned by Paramount Studios. Zoraida is also the author of the upcoming Hollow Crown, to be published by Disney Hyperion in 2019.

An Interview with Zoraida Córdova

1. What inspired you to write Lula’s story?

When I wrote Labyrinth Lost I knew that the Mortiz sisters weren’t done telling their stories. In book one, Lula went through an Ordeal™. What came next? I didn’t want to mess up Alex’s ending, so the point of view had to change. This was Lula’s story to tell.

2. How difficult was it to write Lula’s story compared to Alex’s story in Labyrinth Lost?

Lula’s story was definitely more difficult. Her thoughts are darker and she has a tough choice. The boy she loves or doing the right thing? If faced with the same choice as Lula, what would any of us decide?

3. If you could have one magical power, what would it be?

I would absolutely want to be able to teleport. It would make my travel so much easier!

4. What was your favorite part of writing Bruja Born?

It was the scenes when the brujas, the hunters of New York, and the supernatural alliance comes together. I got to give a guest spot to some characters from my first series, The Vicious Deep. 

5. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Read widely. That’s the best way to work on your craft. You learn your voice with every draft you write.


Thank you so much, Zoraida, for the interview!

Don’t forget to check out Labyrinth Lost and to pre-order Bruja Born! And keep your receipt! 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend, fellow book lovers!

♥Nikole

Waiting on Wednesday: Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

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Published by: Sourcebooks Fire

Release date: June 5, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Page Count: 352

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About Bruja Born:

Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.

Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister’s newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula’s bruja healing powers can’t fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

Then a bus crash turns Lula’s world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn’t the only one who’s been brought back…

I am super excited to dive back into this world, but this time, in Lula’s perspective. Labyrinth Lost was in Alex’s point of view, so I can’t wait to get a new perspective. I actually have an advanced reader copy of Bruja Born, but according to my reading schedule, I don’t get to read it until next month. Sigh. At least April is almost here!

Have you read any of Zoraida Córdova’s novels?

♥Nikole

*Arc Review* Love & Other Words- Christina Lauren

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“I’d known heartbreak before, but this was a different sensation, like a lit match held to the bloody organ inside, holding steady, waiting patiently for it to dry out, harden into coal, catch fire.”

My heart is shattered. Fat tears are running down my face as I uncontrollably sob the tears of the ugliest cry. My words come out as nothing as I’m left completely speechless at this heartbreaking beauty.

This is second chance romance for two soulmates who found each other when they weren’t even looking when they didn’t even know what love was or how controlling it could be.

Love and other words is my absolute favorite Christina Lauren book to date. Nothing can compare to the complete perfection of this book. I laughed, I cried, I cried a lot more, I swooned, and I even wanted to throw it across the room. But in the end, this book was at it finest.

The relationship between Elliot and Macy was one of my favorites of all time. They grew closer while reading together. How can you not swoon at that!? The secrets they are holding in as you uncover them piece by piece is mesmerizingly beautiful but also heartbreaking. The biggest secret of all hit me hard and I’m still getting goosebumps thinking about it as I’m writing this.

I will add this, no one has ever made me cry while learning someone got their period for the first time. Christina Lauren changed that and I’m not ashamed to admit it. It was such an emotional and powerful addition to the story that nothing compares to this.

What’s your favorite word?

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