BLOG TOUR: Tore Divided Love by K.D Ferguson + Giveaway!

18624367TITLE: Tore Divided Love
AUTHOR: K.D. Ferguson
PUBLICATION: Published June 6th 2014 by Anchor Group Publishing
GENRE: YA > Romance | Dystopia
PAGES: 150pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: ebook review copy via tour host
RATING: 3★★

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A future set in stone.

For eighteen year old Krissa Channing a government ruled pairing with Braiden Connor and a move to Headquarters were her set fate. Until Braiden’s sudden disappearance threatens Krissa’s entire future.


After months of endless worry, Krissa has an unexpected meeting with Duke, a perfect suitor that could offer her the future she’s always dreamed of. Just when she begins to regain hope, Braiden returns.


Now, Krissa must find where her heart truly lies. Torn between two loves, she must decide which of their worlds she belongs in. But is such a decision even possible when the choice rests between freedom and love?

 

 

REVIEW:

 

It is not required, but this book will be much better for your liking if you will read the first book, which is Torn True Love. Tore Divided Love is such a fast and short read for me. And I’m not even complaining. I just think that it’s amazing how the author manages to lay all the information about Krissa’s environment and letting her readers know her protagonist as well in such a fast pace. There are bad effects of that though, I feel like wanting more. I mean, if that’s what the author wants then she completely did a great job.

If ever you’ve read the first book, you’lll notice Krissa’s character development. She keeps frustrating me at first so I was relieved and cheering for her when she makes a lot of smart choices on this book. The most remarkable factor here, is it’s setting. That’s why I really wish that on to the following books, the author would explore Krissa’s world more. World Building is important when it comes to genre’s like this. Amirite? Other than that, Tore Divided Love is short but sweet and enjoyable read for me.

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

KD Ferguson

 

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K.D. Ferguson is the author of Torn True Love and Tore Divided Love.  Her first book debuted in April of 2013 and she is currently working on the third book in the series.  After receiving an associate’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology she earned a bachelor’s degree in applied science from the State University of Oneonta.  She moved away from her hometown, Oneonta, NY, upon graduation and moved to Concord, North Carolina with her husband where she pursued a career in the retail world.  Several years later, feeling unsatisfied in her career, Kristen dove head first into writing her first book.  She can usually be found with an iced coffee in one hand and a pen in the other

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: Amity by Micol Ostow a.k.a amityville, why didn’t I heard of it before?!

 19141361TITLE: Amity
AUTHOR: Micol Ostow
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: August 26th 2014 by EgmontUSA
GENRE: YA > Horror | Paranormal | Retelling
PAGES: 368pages (Hardcover)
SOURCE: ARC ebook from publisher (Netgalley)
RATING:  3★★
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For fans of Stephen King and American Horror Story, a gruesome thriller suggested by the events of the Amityville Horror.

Connor’s family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen’s family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she’s recovered from a psychotic break.

But something is not right about this secluded house. Connor’s nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons and destruction. Dreams he kind of likes. Gwen has lurid visions of corpses that aren’t there and bleeding blisters that disappear in the blink of an eye. She knows Amity is evil and she must get her family out, but who would ever believe her?

Amity isn’t just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she’s done before. As she’ll do again.

Alternating between parallel narratives, Amity is a tense and terrifying tale suggested by true-crime events that will satisfy even the most demanding horror fan.

 

REVIEW:

I don’t know why I haven’t heard of this classic movie/novel called Amityille before (actually I know) but apparently, this is where the novel was based from. I haven’t read it, and I honestly don’t plan on reading it. (Unless, is it good?)

 

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I really want to LOVE this The book wasn’t bad. It’s just, it’s… slightly boring. Is boring bad? All I know is that  it doesn’t deserve a 2 or 1 star from ME.

Here’s the gist. Two Families. 10 years gap. One house that somehow conects their story.

 

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It’s a past and present narration. Connor’s POV in the past and Gwen’s POV  in present. And like I said, their stories are intertwined.

Look/read that blurb. Do you understand why I do not want to just ignore this book? Even though I’m not a big fan of Horror genre, I cannot miss that storyline. The first time I’ve read it, I was instantly intrigued and I just know that I have to read it. There were chapters where I got goosebumps. There was even some chapters where I have to stop because every darn noise in my environment is making me jump. I know, I know… I’M A SCAREDY CAT.  The writing is unbelievably vivid. You want the bloody, gory details? You’re gonna get that! You want to be inside a strange and slightly disturbed character? You’re gonna get that as well. The author doesn’t hold back when it comes to details. 

The storyline really appealed to me and from the first few chapters, I was scared and excited. I was actually excited to be scared! Does that even make sense. Anyway, the first part were captivating. Creepy phonecalls and all that. Seeing people who were really not there and all that. And then, I don’t know what happened, but it became dull. The author has this thing. She’s doing little things that will get you excited for what will happen in the next chapter and then… and then… when you FINALLY get to that chapter where you will SCREAM…

flop.

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Intriguing plotline and Creative writing, what’s not to like? I’ll tell you what. The characters. They’re not annoying or frustrating or anything like that. Honestly, they are not anything at all. They’re too… bland. Weak, if you ask me. Not powerful enough to keep me interested.  I did not even connect, to any of them, even for a second. Like I mentioned above, they are kind of disturbing and strange but I don’t know about you, but that is not an excuse. I’m actually a little strange too, so.. I wonder why. Maybe because I’m the good and adorable (lol, who’s gonna compliment me but me) kind of strange.

Amity lacked… something. I didn’t get the trembling and creepy read that I was expecting BUT I was enthralled at some parts. Amity may have boring characters and I may have struggled because of it, but the storytelling was a little spine chilling. If you’re one of those people who LOVE scary and creepy stuff, maybe you should just hold off reading this. Because I’m pretty sure you’ll just laugh at this. But if you’re like me who get scared easily, like even your own shadow scares you, then have at it!

Oh hey, any of you have read/seen the Amity movie or novel? How was it?

ARC REVIEW: Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter a.k.a #Stopthehate

TITLE:22818100 Every Ugly Word
AUTHOR:Aimee L. Salter
PUBLICATION: Published July 17th, 2014 by Mark My Words Publicity
GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Supernatural
PAGES: 257pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: e-arc by publisher (Netgalley)
RATING: 4★★★★
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When seventeen-year-old Ashley Watson walks through the halls of her high school bullies taunt and shove her. She can’t go a day without fighting with her mother. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t make her best friend, Matt, fall in love with her. But Ashley also has something no one else does: a literal glimpse into the future. When Ashley looks into the mirror, she can see her twenty-three-year-old self.

Her older self has been through it all already—she endured the bullying, survived the heartbreak, and heard every ugly word her classmates threw at her. But her older self is also keeping a dark secret: Something terrible is about to happen to Ashley. Something that will change her life forever. Something even her older self is powerless to stop.

 

REVIEW:

 

WHERE DO I EVEN START?! First of all, I want to give thanks to the ladies over Mark My Words PR for the ARC, you guys rock! And of course, to the author herself, Aimee, for writing such a masterpiece! Her latest book gets nothing from me but admiration!

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I started reading Every Ugly Word without any clue of what’s it about (not unusual for me). And yes, I personally think that the first chapter was so gripping enough that I have to sit and finish it on one sitting.  When I started the second chapter, It was then revealed that our protagonist, Ashley, is on therapy session. Her therapist is making her re-hash everything that happened until that ‘incident’ (which is the reason why she’s doing therapy in the first place) It’s a past/present narration. It’s like Ashley is just having a back flash. And let me tell you, the narration is impressive! It’s compelling and as soon as you’re on track, it will not let you go. You will find yourself hanging on every word that Ashley is going to say.

You see, Ashley was bullied. And she has an honest and open voice as a protagonist that she’s literally breaking me inside every time she tells a scene from her past. There are no even tears, it just aches, inside. Because I know that all that kind of stuff happens in real life and it’s painful to think that someone out there is being bullied and no one is being there for her/him. Just like Ashley. I’ve never wanted to hug a fictional character so bad. There’s also a lot of rage inside me. These people, these cruel and ruthless people, I  can’t believe that they exist in this world. But we’re all being real here, right? We all know that in this world, people like them exist.

Though Ashley thinks she’s alone and isolated, she’s neglecting the one true person that cares for her, Matt. I’m not going to say  that I’m a fan of this friendship. Because first of all, it’s one of the many reasons that Ashley is the way she is. And Matt has flaws too. I love how the author made a guy that is authentic. Yes, he’s swoony and Ashley is totally in love with him, but he’s… not perfect. He can be a douche. He still cares about his rep. And he’s stupid. See? A normal high school boy.

But the most interesting part here is that Ashley talks to herself. OKAY. So we all talk to our self. But Ashley actually sees her Older self. In the mirror. And they’re having normal conversations. It’s a fascinating thought to think about. Imagine your older self giving your present self advices, and talk you out about stuff that you should not do. Pretty cool if you ask me. But Ashley and her Older Self have a complicated situation, first, it shouldn’t be known by anyone and second, Ashley is convinced that her Older Self is keeping something from her. Which I tell you, dear readers, is right. So I’m going to stop here because this is the part where I got mind blogged (is that even a word?)

ANYWAY, I really don’t know what I… felt. It’s just, I got mind blown. SERIOUSLY. LIKE,

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Yeah, I’m sorry, only a gif can explain it. It’s such a plausible and incredible concept and I don’t know, maybe I’m stupid for not figuring it out, but I was really astonished. It was a total WHOAH moment.

Every Ugly Word has a powerful grip on me. I felt everything Ashley has been through. Aimee Salter made a moving novel with a set of bona fide and memorable characters. It’s haunting, provocative and touching. I highly recommend it!

 


Note: Hey! Do you know that Alloy Entertainment and Amazon Publishing announced a digital-first imprint that will focus on young adult, new adult and commercial fiction. The new imprint, named Alloy Entertainment, will be part of Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program. Powered by Amazon enables publishers and authors to leverage Amazon’s global distribution and personalized, targeted marketing reach. Every Ugly Word is one of the THREE books that was published on July 29th. Visit Aimee’s blog here when she announced it. And if you wanna read more of this, read this article from New York Times HERE.

You can stalk Aimee here because she’s awesome: TWITTER | WEBSITE | FACEBOOKAnd check out her moving essay HERE .

 

Remember, #Stopthehate


 

REVIEW: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover a.k.a unpopular opinion here

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TITLE: Ugly Love
AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover
PUBLICATION: Published August 5th 2014 by Atria Books
GENRE: NA > Romance
PAGES: 320pages (Kindle Edition)S
OURCE: Own
RATING:  

 

2★★1/2 

 

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When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.
 

 

REVIEW:

 

Ohhhh. How do I put my thoughts into words? Just to let you know, this review is from a hardcore fan of Hoover. Her books may not have 5stars from me, but she’s one of my auto-buy authors. I mean, obviously. There’s a lot of new releases yesterday and Ugly Love is the first one I dived into.

I’m going to make this review as clear as possible. God knows how muddled my mind is right now. So I’ll just break into Plot, Characters, her writing, etc etc

Writing. POV’s. As ever, Hoovers writing is beautiful. She has this lyrical way of writing that compels you to NOT stop reading. And even though Colleen is a writing goddess for me, I PERSONALLY think that she made a mistake here. Like, a huge mess mistake. MINI SPOILER AHEAD. ***SKIP THIS PART IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILES ABOUT THE POV’S*** Ugly Love is on Tate and Miles’ POV.  Tate on present day. And Miles’ six years ago. I  AM SO MAD ABOUT THIS. You see, I can’t properly have my Tate and Miles feels because EVERY TIME I read Miles’ POV she’s with this girl: Rachel.  His first love! And you guys, THEY ARE SO FREAKIN SWEET. Like, you might think that this book is about them, not Tate and Miles’. And this is why I’m so so mad, because while Rachel and Miles are making sweet dovey love to each other (in Miles’ POV) , Miles and Tate are f***ing (in Tate’s chapter) GUYS, IT IS SO FRUSTRATING.

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I mean, I am sorry. But even though those Rachel and Miles events took place six years ago, it’s kind of hard to not feel that as if Miles is cheating, or that he is screwing two girls at the same time. I don’t think you can actually feel me if you haven’t read the book. But guyssss

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I was so tempted to skip Miles’ POV but I CANNOT. Because I like torturing myself. Also, because I want to know him, what made him that way, what made him such a stupid tamer version of CHRISTIAN GREY. YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT. Which brings me to my point two.

CHARACTERS. Likeable but Stupid MC and Intense but Stupid Love interest.

Tate wasn’t annoying. At first. Like any Hoover heroine, I found myself liking Tate so hard. She’s just sooo… easy-going and a little funny also screwed up and did I already mention, stupid?

“I’m so screwed up. Everything he says should send me running, but instead, it makes me want to wrap my arms around him and give him whatever it is he’s willing to take from me.”

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Oh Tate, what is the matter with you. You’re young (23), you have a perfect career ahead of you (as an RN) and according to that guy who keeps flirting with you even though he already have a wife, you’re hot. So… WHYYYYY. ***MINI SPOILERS AGAIN*** There’s even this scene when they’re having S-E-X (sorry, there might be K-I-D-S) and Miles says another name. And you know what? She just said to ‘continue’

“I let him use me to get rid of his pain”

Seriously girl,

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Tate a.k.a taking masochism in a whole different level.

I don’t like her making Miles look like a god or a very perfect swoon worthy guy because HE IS NOT.

Miles. Look, I get it. He’s broken I mean, the guy haven’t even had  S-E-X for six years! Even kiss, na-da! That’s how broken he is. His past really was a little traumatic, but Miles was such a douchebag and cruel to Tate through out the book that when it finally revealed his hurtful past, I just… MEH.

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There’s no even tears. The title said Ugly Love, well you got that right! There is nothing beautiful about this book. Maybe the parts in Miles’ POV, but he’s not even spending those moments with Tate. Tate and Miles’ lovey dovey moments were in the last few pages. UGH. Here is the conversation they usually have:

Miles: I CANNOT LOVE U

Tate: It’s ok..

Miles: I just wanna have sex but i cannot luv u tho. u in??

Tate: sure

Miles: *having sex*  Oh, Racheeeeelll OH WAIT UHMM

Tate: just continue

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I give up, Tate. I give up.

Miles keeps saying that he is not capable of love or that he doesn’t want to love again or that it is just sex that he really just wants and Tate was oh so hurting, but she just keeps letting him

“Make me leave, he says, his voice pleading and warm against my throat. “You don’t need this…I just don’t know how to stop wanting you. Tell me to go, and I’ll go.” I don’t tell him to go. I shake my head. “I can’t.”

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I am so done.

PLOTLINE. What I love most about CoHo’s book are the depth in her stories. Well, I don’t know about this one. Whether we admit it or not, whe had this plotline before. In books, movies… Have you heard Friends With Benefits? The difference is that the guy in that movie is less douchey and ugh I cannot even think of more insulting word for Miles but I seriously want to insult him.

When I read the blurb, I thought that it’s about two people that will slowly fall in love to each other. I mean it happened before. The guy doesn’t want to commit but he falls in love with the girl anyway. ***MINI SPOILER AGAIN*** It is true, Miles fell in love with Tate eventually. And when I say ‘Eventually’ it means when he realized, Oh no wait, when he’s friend made him realize that Tate is more than just doormat. WHAT IS THAT STORY. I DO NOT KNOW. I’M TOO BUSY LOOKING AT COSMO FOR TIPS TO GIVE TO TATE ON HOW TO NOT BE A DOORMAT AND/OR A BOOTYCALL (there’s a lot btw)

ENDING. This is where my other star came from. Even though I didn’t shed any tear through out the book, I love how things ended. And a little relieved, actually. I want something that can salvage my love for CoHo. Oh and you guys!!!

COHO

PULLED

A MAFI..

YES.

It

is

true.

I do not know why she did this..

But she did..

Oh, she did..

 

I liked it a little though. It wasn’t that annoying and irritating . I just don’t see the point. Look, I still recommend this. Maybe it was a ‘it’s not you, it’s me case’. I really am curious about your response and reactions if ever you’ve read the book. 🙂

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ARC REVIEW: Virgin by Radhika Sanghani a.k.a let’s talk about the V word

18624367TITLE: Virgin
AUTHOR: Radhika Sanghani
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: August 5th 2014 by Berkley
GENRE: NA/A > Humor | Womens Fiction
PAGES: 304pages (KIndle Edition)
SOURCE: e-arc via Publisher (Netgalley)
RATING:  4★★★★
 
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Okay I admit it… I didn’t do it.

Yet..

This is normal, right? I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth… right?

It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses.Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed.

The guys I know complain that girls are always looking for Mr. Right- do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right Now?

Sooo.. Anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun?

I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another I am going to make this happen.

Hey, what have I got to lose?

Besides the obvious.

REVIEW:

“The rumor about boys finding virgins sexy was a LIE. It was just some medieval bullshit that old people said to try and make their daughters keep their legs crossed and not get pregnant”

First of all, Virgin is not Erotica. And honestly, I wonder why it wasn’t shelved as Erotica. I mean, yeah, it wasn’t really focused on sex scenes but the language…. and there’s actually a chapter dedicated on teaching someone how to give a proper Blow.. gift (If you’ll read the book, you’ll get this joke) Anyway, I’m not an expert when it comes to this thing so I’m just going to say that Virgin is not for everybody. That’s for sure. Some might get offended or get turned off, but some (like me) will be totally surprised and will like it  because despite of its crude and malicious language and content… It’s honest. And it’s freaking hilarious! Okay, so there’s  a lot of cringe worthy moments like.. MINI SPOILERS! SKIP THE GIF’s!

 

SHE ACCIDENTALLY CUT HER CLITORIS.

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SHE SLIPPED ON A… SEMEN (that is not her own)

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SHE TRIED TO BREAK HER OWN HYMEN WITH A BOTTLE

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  and she also..  ACCIDENTALLY BIT A GUY’S thing while doing a blow-gift.

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Ellie, a 20 year-old virgin is a Riot! I love her, but she frustrates me a lot of times. Her last senior in UNI is all about one thing: losing her virginity. She doesn’t even care to whom! She just want it gone. Being a virgin is like a disease to her, she can’t really be a ‘normal’ person and she doesn’t feel like she ‘belong’ when she’s still a virgin. So I guess you can see why I’m frustrated here. Okay.. maybe not. It’s just, Ellie is so consumed with the idea that she’s an embarrassment to humanity just because she was a virgin. And because of that, she became miserable and desperate and pathetic.. Even her bestfriend confronted her for it.

“You have your friends, you’re doing well at uni—but you’re just obsessed  with finding a guy and losing your virginity. If you forgot about that for one second, you might actually enjoy your final year instead of freaking out the whole time”

See? I personally believe that being a virgin isn’t something to made fun of. And being NOT A VIRGIN is alsonot something you should be ashamed about . It’s every girls personal decision. This is why I’m sick of girls bringing down other girls. WE BELONG IN THE SAME SPECIES. Stop with the shaming! Of any kind.

“Life as an adult virgin is more complicated than you might think. Obviously it is normal, there are thousands of us, and there is  absolutely nothing wrong with it. Choosing when to have sex is  a completely individual decision, and everyone is different. Some people choose to wait till marriage, and some just want to wait  for the right person. Others are religious, and others are just too busy being successful in every other area of their lives to worry  about something as minor as intercourse.”

Other than my little frustration there at Ellie, I have nothing but fascination for this book. Ellie is… US, or we all have been her at one point of our lives. Gosh, I think I’m still in that stage. When I say that stage, it’s when you’re figuring out things.. uhm, I think you know what things I’m talking about. Anyway, I AM 18. I’m not saying I’m innocent and doesn’t know anything, but, I’m not an expert either. All I know about sex and dildos and vibrators and blow…gift are from books! Okay, now I want to stop typing. I’m laughing so hard now at my realizations. All I want to say is, I LEARNED A LOT FROM THIS BOOK. Though there are some things that I’d rather not learn, I’m still grateful. I just noticed that in our society now that we have all this magazine for GUYS and it’s informative for them, but how about for Women? Sure, we still have Cosmo.. But seriously, Cosmo have like, a gazillion advice that (in personal experience and from others) didn’t work quite well.

“Magazines are just hypocritical. They’re meant to tackle female issues but none of them write  about how awkward it is to shave your vagina. They don’t even  rate hair removal products for how well they work on the bikini zone. They just focus on the safe zones like legs and underarms. It drives me crazy.” Emma’s eyes lit up in excitement. “Oh, my God. We need to  publicize this to the world. We need to be the new teenage agony aunts to help all those thirteen-year-olds figure out how to de-hair their vaginas”

I’m going to focus on the characters in this review because it’s just plain phenomenal. I’ve never been so close at female characters like this before and I feel like I’m always part of their conversation. These girls might be your bestfriend or your neighbor or YOU. They’re dynamic. Authentic. And I think I have an eight pack now because of laughing so hard because of them. When Ellie had a little argument with her bestfriend, Lara, she found herself getting close to Emma, who always have stories about her sex life. Which, by the way, Ellie envied

“One of us is a virgin and one of us is a slut. The two are not mutually exclusive and regardless of our experiences, we both have very similar views on the world of sex, virginity, and vaginas.”

Then this two had a lightbulb moment and decided to make Vlog. No, it’s not a Video-Blog, it’s a Vagina-Blog.. like, a blog for Vaginas. Vagina problems and all that.

Ellie’s journey from a being a Virgin to being not anymore is comical but very real and helpful and this book is like guide for clueless girls out there. No, it’s not gonna turn you into some sex genius or expert but it’ll help you understand and be prepared for some feminine issues that we are going to face.. You know, like, waxing (what am i gonna get? what the hell is a brazillian? wait someones going to wax my vagina for me?) or giving someone a blo- NO I AM SORRY I DON’T THINK I AM READY YET FOR THIS CONVERSATION. Haha! Radhika is a witty and brilliant writer and her book is a gem! Well written and straightforward. I’m gonna leave you a quote from Ellie, that i really loved:

“I only accepted my virginity after I lost it. I wish  I had done it earlier, but either way, I’m glad I finally  have. So whoever you are, whether you lost your virginity twenty years ago or you still have it, just accept it. Embrace any STDs you may or may not have, along with the regrets, the disastrous stories, the heartbreak, the pain and the regret. Because if it weren’t… Life would be dull”