Excerpt: Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee

Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee
Links: Amazon • TBD • GoodreadsPublisher
Publication Date: May 7, 2019

I  should’ve kept my mouth shut.

But Wilmont Academy’s been living in the Dark Ages when it comes to sex ed, and someone had to take matters into her own hands. Well, I’m a kick-ass coder, so I created a totally anonymous, totally untraceable blog where teens can come to get real, honest, nothing-is-off-limits sex advice.

And holy hell, the site went viral—and we’re talking way beyond Wilmont—overnight. Who knew this town was so hard up?

Except now the school administration is trying to shut me down, and they’ve forced Dean—my coding crush, aka the hottest guy in school—to try to uncover who I am. If he discovers my secret, I’ll lose him forever. And thousands of teens who need real advice won’t have anyone to turn to.

Ask me anything…except how to make things right.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you probably know that I really love sex-positive YA books. When I heard about Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee, I immediately went and requested the ARC on Netgalley. I’m super excited to read it, and I was even more excited when I got an email from Heather at Entangled Publishing asking if I wanted to share an excerpt!

Honestly, everything about the excerpt just makes me want to read the book more. I have a couple library books to get through, but once those are done… I’m definitely jumping straight into this one.


Question of the Day:
Volleyballstar6543 asks: “My boyfriend recently went to college, and while we’re making the long-distance thing work, I’m missing not only him but his…physical contact. We have phone sex, but I feel like I need more than just me to get me there. It’s slightly embarrassing, but I want to buy a vibrator, or something, but I have no clue where to start. Help!”

I’m super glad to hear that you’re making long-distance work! That is such a wonderful thing and shows you two really care about each other. And you have no need to be embarrassed. It’s completely natural to crave that intimacy even if your partner is hundreds of miles away.

And, lucky for us, we live in a digital age where almost anything can be ordered online. This saves you the hassle of finding a specialty shop and browsing the overwhelming selection of items out there—seriously, there is a ton.

My top recommendation would have to be the Smile Maker or another product from the same company. They are top-rated for their quality and execution and have over five thousand five-star reviews by customers worldwide. If none of those pique your interest, I would recommend researching what will best fit your needs and then triple check the reviews. Customer satisfaction is the number one clue on if a product is worth it or not, no matter what that product’s use may be for.

If shipping to your house is a problem, there are some major retail stores that allow you to purchase online but pick up in store. Or you could always ask your boyfriend to purchase it and then ship it to you in a personal package from him to not draw suspicion. If it’s not an issue, then more power to you!

I hope this helps keep things fresh and continues to fan the flames in your relationship!

In the meantime,

Stay Sexy. Stay Healthy.

Do you plan to read Ask Me Anything? Can you recommend any similar books to me? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Book review: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Source: Borrowed

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

I’d seen so many positive reviews of The Prince and the Dressmaker and after not finding it at my library for months, I did what any reasonable person would do — I put it on hold and waited (semi-)patiently for my turn. And, honestly, it was worth the wait. This book was just as adorable as I’d expected.

It’s about a prince who sometimes wants to wear dresses and hires himself a talented dressmaker to make it happen. Frances never judges Sebastian and honestly, their whole friendship is so cute and wholesome and wonderful. There’s a side plot about to what extent we should put our own feelings aside in order to make our friends happy and I think I liked that just as much as the main story (of acceptance, both of yourself and those around you).

The reason I gave this four instead of five stars is that I felt it dragged a little bit toward the end, but overall, it was really, really great. I had a huge smile on my face most of the time I was reading it (though there’s one troubling scene in particular where I was definitely not smiling) and kept thinking it would make such a cute movie.

I’d highly recommend this one even if you’re on the fence about graphic novels. It’s just a super cute, super fast read.

#ps19: a book you think should be turned into a movie

Have you read The Prince and the Dressmaker? Can you recommend any other graphic novels that are this cute?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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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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