Book review: Paper Girls, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan

Paper Girls, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: August 8, 2017
Source: Borrowed

The multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and CLIFF CHIANG continues, as newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac and Tiffany finally reunite with their long-lost friend KJ in an unexpected new era, where the girls must uncover the secret origins of time travel… or risk never returning home to 1988. 

In volume 3 of Paper Girls, the girls find themselves in prehistoric times. Although I didn’t like this volume as much as the previous one, I thought that this time jump was interesting and I did like the addition of Wari and Jahpo. I’m really curious to see what will happen with them next!

The only other thing I really feel like mentioning about this volume was the development of a certain relationship. I’m trying to say this with no spoilers and it’s really hard, but this was a nice plot twist and I can’t wait to see where Vaughan is going to go with it!

#mmd19: three books by the same author

Have you read Paper Girls? What’s your favorite graphic novel?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • I don’t even have anything to say this week. I feel like I just keep saying “I’ve been moving and it’s been stressful!” but hey, I’ve been moving and it’s been stressful. I’m almost done though!

Blog hopping:

  • Shruti posted a satirical job opening for a YA lead.
  • LaRonda talked about how she tabs her books.
  • Laurel shared Leslie Knope’s TBR.

Song of the week:

I don’t think I’ve shared this as a song of the week yet. I am, quite honestly, obsessed with the way she counts down in the lyrics of this song.

is there a reason we’re not through?
is there a 12-step just for you
our conversation’s all in blue
11 “heys” (hey, hey, hey, hey)
ten fingers tearing out my hair
nine times you never made it there
I ate alone at 7, you were six minutes away

How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Greek Mythology Book Tag

It always makes my day to log in to WordPress and see that I’ve been tagged in something, and I was really excited to see that Umairah had tagged me to do the Greek Mythology Book Tag! I did a little bit of googling and found out that this tag originated on Jasmine’s blog in 2014!!

⚡ Zeus: god of the sky and thunder, king of the gods ⚡

favorite book

I have many, many favorite books. For the sake of this tag, I’ll go with something other than The Hating Game Starry Eyes! ❤

🌊 Poseidon: god of the sea and earthquakes 🌊

a book that drowned you in feels

I was a wreck while reading Love and Other Words. It was so, so, so good, but it utterly destroyed my heart.

😈 Hades: god of the underworld 😈

favorite book with a dark/ominous plot

I don’t know if I could say that We All Fall Down is my favorite dark book or anything, but it was a lot of fun to read and it’s the first thing I thought of!

👪 Hera: goddess of marriage and family 👨‍👨‍👧

cutest fictional couple

I think I have to go with my favorite couple ever, Joshua and Lucy from The Hating Game. ❤

🦉 Athena: goddess of wisdom, handicraft, and strategic warfare 🦉

favorite intelligent heroine

I think I’ll go with Rose Calloway from Kiss the Sky (and many other books) by Krista & Becca Ritchie.

🌍 Gaea: mother earth 🌏

favorite world building book

In his Void trilogy, Peter F. Hamilton not only builds one world, but several. The storylines in the book span thousands of years and multiple galaxies and it’s just so impressive.

💕 Aphrodite: goddess of love and beauty 💕

most gorgeous cover

I’m a sucker for a good cover, so I went with my most recent favorite: Serious Moonlight.

⚔️ Ares: god of war and bloodshed ⚔️

most violent book you’ve read

I don’t read a lot of violent books, so this is a hard prompt for me! Sky in the Deep was pretty violent at times, though I know it’s far from the most violent book I’ve read.

🔥 Hephaestus: god of blacksmiths and fire 🔥

hottest book you’ve ever read

Okay, so this is a romance blog. Asking me the hottest book I’ve ever read is like… the hardest question ever. I’m not sure that If You Were Mine is the hottest book I’ve ever read in my whole life, but it’s definitely one of the most well-written erotic novels I’ve read recently.

🌙 Artemis: goddess of the hunt, the moon, and virginity 🌙

a heroine who doesn’t need a man to save her

Eleanor Oliphant is perfectly capable of saving herself, thanks.

✨ Apollo: god of light and healing ✨

a book that’s an exception to a genre you don’t usually like

I don’t read a lot of spooky books, but I really loved 172 Hours on the Moon.

🕵️ Hermes: messenger god of thieves and commerce 🕵️

a book that stole your heart

A lot of books have stolen my heart — in fact, I have a whole page of favorites if you’re interested — but if I had to choose just one, I’d go with The Kiss Quotient.

🏡 Hestia: goddess of the heart and home 🏡

a book you go back to for comfort

I don’t really do re-reads, but one book I did actually re-read was Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. It made me feel even more warm and fuzzy the second time around.

🌱 Demeter: goddess of fertility and agriculture 🌱

favorite bookish setting

I love the setting in The Raven Cycle. Henrietta, Virginia is a great town and Cabeswater is equally amazing.

🎉 Dionysus: god of wine and celebration 🎉

book you are most anticipating in the next year

That’s a hard one, but probably Darkdawn!

🧙 Hecate: goddess of witchcraft, magic, and ghosts 🧙

favorite magical book

I don’t read a lot of magical books, but I did really enjoy The Rules of Magic!

😠 Nemesis: goddess of divine retribution 😠

favorite revenge story

I think a book like Nevernight, which features a school of assassins and a plot all about vengeance, might fit this prompt pretty well.

I’ve seen this tag going around a lot recently, so I’m not going to tag anyone in particular, but please feel free to steal it! Have you read any of the books I chose? Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Book review: Kiss Between My Lines by Anne Tourney

Kiss Between My Lines by Anne Tourney
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: August 7, 2008
Source: This was a gift from my amazing boyfriend, who knows that I love hate-reading erotica. ❤

Infogeek Jordi can’t break her addiction to her loaded laptop, her favorite source of secondhand stimulation. But when her laptop is stolen she’s forced to get her fix at the library’s computer terminals, and there she stumbles across a blog recounting the sexual adventures of a sultry love-addict called Dana. Jordi’s and Dana’s identity begin to mesh in bizarre ways and Jordi finds herself falling for Nolan, the insanely hot, renegade library page who’s trying to help her figure out how she’s connected to Dana. She’s also drawn into a series of intense mind games with Steffan, an elusive older man who works at the reference desk and leads a secret life of his own. Meanwhile, Dana’s adventures are growing wilder by the day, and Jordi can’t stop slipping in to Dana’s world to sample its stolen delights. Soon Jordi is way too busy to question her borrowed identity . . . until Dana steps up to reclaim it. Will Jordi be able to go back to the realities of flesh-life – and the possibility of true love – after spending time in Dana’s sexy virtual skin?

To say that I was excited to read a book like Kiss Between My Lines would be an understatement. I love a good hate-read (just see my reviews for Troll, Distrust, Axl, and Burn the Fairy Tales) and this sounded like just the book for me. And, you know what? It was an experience. I honestly have no idea what I just read.

I guess, first of all, I’d say that the synopsis is really misleading. Yes, the book is about a sex addict named Dana and an infogeek named Jordi. Sure, Jordi stumbles across Dana’s blog and is really intrigued by it. But the whole “soon Jordi is way too busy to question her borrowed identity “and “Dana steps up to reclaim it” thing? Did I miss that? Also, her laptop is never stolen, it just breaks? I’m so confused.

This is a huge spoiler about the whole “borrowed identity” thing.The only thing I can think of that makes that part of the synopsis make sense is the “plot twist” at the end of the book, which honestly, I saw coming from about chapter two. The thing is, Jordi and Dana have very similar physical appearances. (They’re both redheads and both overweight.) Jordi looks for Dana but can never find her. At the end, there’s this weird Fight Club-style reveal that Jordi and Dana are actually the same person, Jordana. (I rolled my eyes.) But even with that reveal, I can’t say that the synopsis makes a ton of sense. It’s not like Jordi and Dana fight or anything. I also didn’t understand how Jordi can have an apartment that she shares with a roommate while Dana is homeless and sleeping in a library after being kicked out by her father. The ending was such a mess and really cemented my one-star rating.

Moving on to something else that didn’t really make sense to me: LIRA. Now, I get the concept. In case you want me to save you from the 256 pages of this book, I’ll give you a brief description of Jordi’s pride and joy. LIRA is a computer program that somehow mentally connects all of its users. They can pass emotions through LIRA’s network and mostly use it to “Throb” and “Thread,” which I guess is supposed to be like sex? Its users have physical reactions to both using it and not using it, and at one point, Jordi steps away from her laptop and experiences actual withdrawal symptoms. An interesting concept, for sure, but how exactly this computer program is able to effect its users so strongly is never explained. Whenever LIRA was brought up in the book, I got kind of distracted because I started thinking about how something like that would actually work.

The next thing I want to talk about is the safety aspect. I don’t want to give more spoilers than I already have, but I think I can say that, in her search for her next sexual conquest, Dana does some really dumb things. She seems to have no concept of personal safety (like, for example, stranger danger) until she suddenly does. And every time she would suddenly act like a normal human being and think to herself, “hmm, maybe I shouldn’t put my life in danger right now,” she’d be like, “nah, he’s cute” and keep doing whatever she was doing. Maybe that’s another aspect of her sex addiction, that she’s just so focused on her next sexual experience that she doesn’t even think about anything else, but it kind of irritated me.

Anyway. Overall, the writing actually wasn’t that bad. I feel like the author could write a good book if she wanted to, and I wondered a few times if she was just messing with us with this book. I mean, it’s just so ridiculous that I almost think it has to be on purpose. The only thing I found odd about the writing style was that Jordi’s chapters were written in third person and Dana’s were written in first person. I guess I get it since Dana’s chapters are her blog posts, but it was still an adjustment every time the POV changed.

All in all, the book was easy to read, but a definite mess. I’m not sure what exactly the author was going for here, since Dana’s chapters were pretty classically erotic while Jordi’s chapters were… not. I can’t really recommend this one unless you’re looking for a particular kind of crazy story, but I sure had fun reading this.

#romanceopoly: erotic eaves

Have you read Kiss Between My Lines? Do you have any idea what I just read? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: The Real Neat Blog Award

Thank you to Laura Beth for my first nomination for the Real Neat Blog Award! ❤

The guidelines for accepting the Real Neat Blog Award are pretty straightforward:

  • Answer the seven questions posed to you
  • Gift 3 bloggers
  • Pose a further seven questions

Laura Beth’s Questions

What is your dream novel, or idea for a novel?
My dream novel would be a romance (obviously). Two of my favorite tropes are friends-to-lovers and relationships developing through text messages, so it would definitely have to feature that. Neither of the characters think the relationship is going to happen, but then it just kind of does and there’s none of that “oh, but what about our friendship???” nonsense. It also has to have just enough slow burn and sexual tension to drive me crazy without being over-the-top.

Which fictional world would you want to live in?
I’ve said it before, but I’d love to live in Red London from V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series.

What is your preference: The beach, or the mountains?
If I get a cozy cabin and don’t need to do any actual hiking, I’d go with the mountains. If I’m expected to enjoy the setting, I’d go with the beach.

What is your favorite vacation memory?
I think every trip I’ve taken to Tennessee has been my favorite. I have great memories of visiting Dollywood, seeing a Christmas light show in Nashville, and just doing fun things like ice skating and axe throwing. ❤

Where is one place in your state or area you’ve never visited?
I’ve lived in New Jersey for the last seven years of my life and I think I’ve done most of the touristy things here by now. One place that people talk about visiting that I haven’t done yet is Hershey, PA. It’s not super close to me, but it’s also not too far away.

What was your favorite toy when you were younger?
Probably my Beanie Babies! Unsurprisingly, I had all the cats.

Which fictional character would you want to date?
I definitely prefer my real, living, breathing boyfriend over fictional characters, but if I absolutely had to choose a fictional character to date… I might go with Michael Phan from The Kiss Quotient.

7 questions from me:

  1. What’s your favorite city to visit?
  2. If someone gave you $50 and dropped you in a bookstore right now, what would you buy?
  3. What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?
  4. What are some of your favorite book blogs?
  5. What’s your favorite thing to order at a coffee shop?
  6. Which book do you recommend most often?
  7. Which fictional character do you wish you could hang out with for a day?

My nominations: Trisha 💖 Eline 💖 TJ

As usual, no pressure to do the tag if you don’t feel like it, and please feel free to participate even if I didn’t nominate you! Would you choose a vacation on the beach or in the mountains? What’s your favorite vacation memory? Do you like being nominated for tags like this? Let’s talk in the comments!

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ABC Book Challenge ✰ V

I’ve seen this ABC Book Challenge on a lot of different blogs, but most recently Thrice Read. This week is the letter V.



Have you read anything that’s on my TBR? Which books should I read first? Do you agree or disagree with my favorites? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: The Wanderlust Tag

This tag looks like so much fun, and I was so happy when Siobhan tagged me in it! Thank you, Siobhan!

The Rules

  • Mention the creator of the tag and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight]
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
  • Tag 5+ friends

Secrets and Lies | a book set in a sleepy small town

Not a book, but a whole series! The Raven Cycle is set in Henrietta, Virginia, and I would love to visit.

Salt and Sand | a book with a beachside community

I’m not the biggest fan of actually going to the beach, but I love books with a beachy setting. The first book that came to mind was Seaside Sweets by Melissa Chambers!

Here There Be Dragons | a book with a voyage on the high seas

I can think of a bunch of books that feature an ocean or a sea, but I was drawing a blank on a book that actually included a voyage. Then I remembered that Circe exists!

Tread Lightly | a book set down a murky river or a jungle

I definitely don’t read a ton of books set on murky rivers or in jungles, but one that did come to mind was The Green Unknown.

Frozen Wastes | a book with a frostbitten atmosphere

I was honestly kind of disappointed by What Light, but it does take place during the winter on a Christmas tree farm, which definitely gives off a frostbitten kind of vibe.

The Boonies | a book with rough or isolated terrain

I think a lot of dystopian books could fit this prompt, but the first one that came to mind was Under the Never Sky. I read this book six years ago. How is that even possible?

Hinterlands and Cowboys | a book with a western-esque setting

“What? I don’t read books about cowboys,” I thought to myself. Then I remembered that I read (and absolutely adored) Arrogant Devil.

Look Lively | a book across sweeping desert sands

Volume 8 of Saga is set in some kind of desert.

Wild and Untamed | a book set in the heart of the woods

I had a little trouble coming up with a book set in the woods (which I would think would be one of the easier settings to think of!) but then I remembered reading Land of Strength and Sorrow last year.

Wildest Dreams | a whimsical book shrouded in magic

I still haven’t read Practical Magic (I know, I know!!) but I did love The Rules of Magic.

I’m tagging: Paige ✈️ Jamsu ✈️ Laurel ✈️ Maisy ✈️Laura Beth

Feel free to do this tag even if I didn’t tag you (and please link back to me so that I can see your answers)! And, of course, no pressure if I tagged you and you don’t feel like doing it. 🙂 Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? Would you have chosen differently? Let’s talk in the comments!

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