Book Review #39: Prince in Disguise

“Now was not the time for casual necksmelling, even if someone smelled tantalizingly of cinnamon, like a manly Christmas cookie” (pg 91).


Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Strohm (320 pages) is about Dylan’s country bumpkin, beauty queen sister getting married to a lord (but prince sounds catchier! hence the title). Unfortunately, this forces the rest of the fam onto a reality TV show. Poor Dylan would just like to pass by un-noticed except network television is not having that!

First, I’m sorry (not really), but I’m tired of those cliche American vs. British jokes. You guys have fish and chips? Oh you, Brits! You guys deep-fry everything? Oh you, Americans! That’s about 75% of the book right there. Please stop! It’s cute at first but then it just gets grating.

Yeah, the plot twist is as obvious as a glow stick in a dark room. I guess the anticipation is waiting for Dylan to realize it.

I didn’t care for the ____ or the sacrificial reality-tv lamb storyline. Surprisingly the “deadbeat returns” plot was actually fun. I enjoyed that part.

“Now, I knew romance could be perfect stillness” (pg 96).

Jamie and Dylan liked each other rather quickly. Still, that’s the basis for a crush, right? Instant attraction. A few lines about poetry and the girl’s hooked.


The characters are fine. Heaven’s got the most personality for me (and I really want to know more about her beyond being a best friend).

Dylan’s the ugly-duckling who is actually not ugly but just overlooked. Apparently, she plays sports, likes books, and has never been kissed. I didn’t really feel for her because beyond hating the reality show, liking Jamies, and feeling resentful toward her sis, there was nothing distinct about her.

Dusty, the beauty queen sister, has a little depth to her that makes her likable.

I liked Jamie but come on! He was written to be super likable as if there was a sign attached to his head saying, “Hey, like this guy! He spouts poetry references and likes Frozen!”


“Perhaps that’s what happens when you meet someone you really quite like […] You both feel a bit as though you’ve tricked the other person into liking you” (pg 198).

A sweet relatively wholesome story with some cute moments (“You missed, Dylan … ” AWWW) though too predictable for anyone not interested in a light-hearted read. This is by no means a bad story; it’s just I may have liked this more when I was younger. Still, I definitely recommend this for Hallmark movie lovers.


Mini Book Review #12: The Weight of Feathers, ACOTAR, and Cruel Beauty

Even though I’ve been posting reviews on my Goodreads account, I haven’t been posting them here. So, here’s 3 reviews for the price of 1! 😀

20734002The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore (320 pages)

The writing’s great, and I love the way Spanish and French words are weaved into the story.

Concerning the romance, I don’t really see it for Lace and Cluck, their love I mean. :/ There were a lot of kiss scenes, but I didn’t feel anything for them.

I suppose Cluck’s my favorite character, but we got so little of his narrative. He’s funny and the sad sack his family loves to kick around. Whoo, is it tough seeing his family treat him like Cinderella.

On the other hand, Lace is kind of bland after she falls in love. It’s surprising, but I enjoyed reading about her applying make-up. Now, I liked Lace’s dad. That’s a guy with his own motivations who thinks with his own mind. To be honest, I didn’t care about anybody else besides Cluck and Lace’s dad.

Overall, not bad at all but I also wanted it to be over. Why? I don’t like long drawn out misunderstandings, but anyone else should enjoy some of the plot twists this book brings. So, it’s 2 stars for my enjoyment but a 3 for the story.

15839984Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (352 pages)

The first half of this book was enticingly interesting and fun until Nyx didn’t know if she wanted to kill him or kiss his face off and fractions happened.

I really enjoyed reading about Nyx wrestling with her dark feelings, loving her family and hating them at the same time. Her father was so trifling that he should have been on Dr. Phil. Anyway, I enjoyed some of Ignifex’s wit and his countless smiles at Nyx’s murder attempts.

The romance was just okay, but I found the mystery aspect more compelling.

Overall, this was a good story filled with Greek mythology and deals with the devil. I didn’t care for the ending or the Nyx and Shade connection which happened way too fast. Still, I think it’s worth reading.

16096824A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (419 pages)

Well, 4 stars for enjoyment, the loveliness of the character Lucien, and for the trashy but always tasteful love scenes that YA fiction adores. Yeah, Feyre never listens and I’m tired of hearing about lemon tarts and blueberry pie and her punishment was never really a punishment (I banish thee to a mansion where thou shall be waited on hand and foot!), but none of that takes away from the story.

Anyway, my favorite part was when Rhysand showed up and “they” had to beg. I was emotionally torn up about that. But it subtly speaks to how much these characters cared about each other.

When everything goes to hell and our heroine ventures to save the day, is some of the best suspense I have had in a while! Every page deserved dramatic orchestra music!

Overall, I recommend this book. I found the characters, human and Fae, so endearing. Also, seeing all the plot points resolved shows the careful planning that went into this story. I wish this was a standalone because who knows what’s about to happen in the next book. 😮

(As of 1/25/19 I have read the sequel, and whoo is it a doozy!)

Have you read any of these three books? Which was your favorite? Did you notice they all have red color schemes in common? c:

Book Review #38: Every Book is a Boy

(I won this in a Goodreads giveaway! The title really drew me in)!


“He was afraid, not because he thought she wasn’t the one. He was terrified because he knew she was.”

Every Book is Boy by Mirella Muffarotto (413 pages)  is set in Italy and begins with Marika coming to terms with her growing feelings for Matteo, her best friend. A romantic relationship is just around the corner until a soccer team tries to scout him. Now, Marika’s world has been turned upside down and a series of unneeded drama events break her heart. Will Marika and Matteo ever get together?

Let me be honest. The first five chapters were torture, but this story slowly, slowly (it’s a snail’s pace) starts getting interesting. Of course, there’s constant drama. SO MUCH DRAMA!

I find the drama so frustrating because of misunderstandings. I almost never enjoy drawn-out misunderstandings in stories because they take forever to resolve and the other characters react stupidly as a result.

I enjoyed the Italian setting, Carlotta and Dario, and the book title. I’m not really into soccer/football/fútbol, so I skimmed over the games and terminology, but I enjoyed reading the business side of things, seeing how players dealt with their agents, training camps, and meeting potential teammates. It was nice and a lot of detail has been put into it.

Now, one of the things I didn’t enjoy about Every Book is a Boy is the long passages of details. People are always stressing for writers to add more detail, but I kept skimming through a lot of it.

So, about the romance … Listen, I’m no stranger to YA romances but Marika’s thoughts about Matteo are drenched in syrup. For example:

“I know … you’re right, but all I want to do is score. It’s the only thing I can think of out there.
‘He was to die for, even though his only desire was to score (pg 18).’”

I don’t mind “oh my gosh, my heart almost stopped because he touched my hand” love if I have a connection with the characters. Because I found Matteo so annoying and unlikable, I was left only rooting for ½ of the couple. This doesn’t mean there aren’t any aww-worthy or some oh-my-wink-wink moments. The cute moments are just filtered through mountains of text of Marika pining for Matteo, Matteo being upset for words he can’t convey, Federico trying to woo Marika, and historical and architectural information about Italian cities.

By the way, there’s a minor subplot about the dangers of teen sexting and webcamming. There’s some harsh language (F bombs, bull****, sluts, “easy girls,” etc) and a brief mention of a love scene, but it’s not constant if that’s a worry.

Marika is bland. She has a slight touch of “not like other girls” because she’s such a tomboy. She cries a lot too, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it’s prevalent.

Carlotta is very self-absorbed but nice. She’s got a big mouth but a big heart to go along with it.

Dario is a decent guy.

Matteo, the most wishy-washy character alive, couldn’t decide between water and H2O. Hopefully, you get where I’m coming from. He ain’t have no communication skills!

Lucreiza and Marcello and Valerio are 1-dimensional villains who only think with their genitals. In the beginning, I feel like there is subtle programming to dislike Lucrezia because she wears ridiculously short skirts and flirts with boys and goes “further with boys.” Of course, she does turn out to be a horrid mess of a person, but I didn’t even get a chance to discover her nastiness. I was already predisposed to dislike her.

Federico is my favorite character, but it’s for a sad reason. I only like him because he doesn’t have any of Matteo’s bad qualities. Since we don’t see any bad aspects of him, he’s the seemingly perfect guy. He COMMUNICATES his feelings and doesn’t treat Marika’s heart like a RAGDOLL and APOLOGIZES when he messes up quickly.

Eve was cool but then just awful at times. I don’t mind brash characters, but she played a nasty joke that I didn’t care for. Still, she had a lot of personality more than I can say for Marika.

One of the most frustrating stories I have read in a while with the most wishy-washy male lead ever. This story could’ve been cut by like 200 pages. Maybe I feel so tough on this story because the length exhausted me? I don’t know. On the positive note, I love the title.

If you like slow burn romance (?), soccer, and friends to lovers, then this story is for you. Keep in mind if you don’t enjoy chick-flicks or cheesiness, then you might be annoyed the entire time.

Short Story: Year 4

[Summary: Amour’s been sent to her room with no dinner just for telling the truth.]

Year 4

This time the ball hits me on the forehead. I wince. Throwing this dumb, red rubber ball at the ceiling is numbly entertaining. The walls of my room are a chalky white and have smudges from the ball’s dirt. My pink bed sheets still amazingly have the faint scent of vanilla from the last time Mom washed them. While Uncle is busy eating dinner with Obby, I’m left to my own devices. Figures. The only punishment he could think of is sending me to my room with no dinner as if I don’t have snacks under my bed.

I can hear Obby’s shrill laughter, and Uncle’s reprimanding him through the walls. If I hadn’t said what I said, I would be laughing with him. Usually every dinner, I tell an inappropriate joke that makes shy Obby’s eyes wide and his mouth a perfect ‘o’ until he begs me to explain it. Uncle would frown but shake his head amusedly. It’s ironic I got sent to my room for telling the truth and not another dirty joke. Continue reading “Short Story: Year 4”

Book Review #37: Security Breach

Now that finals are over, I’m catching up on all my reading and Netflix shows!


In Security Breach by R. Waites (191 pages), despite exhibiting major potential and leadership skills, Dwayne Walker’s content being a low-ranking sentry at his father’s guard syndicate. His lack of ambition is disappointing to everyone.  But Dwayne is fine with his position until an opportunity presents itself, a crazy, dangerous opportunity.

The premise of security is interesting. I know next to nothing about security/guard syndicates, but I feel the book explained everything without babying the reader.

Also, for those who don’t care for it, no romance is present.


Dwayne’s delightfully witty and self-less. I like how chill he is. His (arguably) two best friends, Hector and Lila, are respectively a manipulative pretty boy and cut-throat boss chick. Honestly, their dynamics are entertaining.

Hector is my absolute favorite. He’s so snot-nosed (not literally). He’s hilarious, prideful,  and awesome in his own right. I can see why Dwayne (and Lila) find him so draining at times.

Lila’s soft-spoken and vicious, the best combination.

Also, let’s acknowledge that Major, Dwayne’s smartwatch, is dope. I wished I could have seen it used a little bit more.

Lastly, I really like Barrel Walker (doesn’t that name scream manly?). It’s rare to see strict, serious parents that actually love their kids in YA fiction.

Yes, he probably eats rocks for breakfast and doesn’t cry when he slams his hand in the car door, but he loves Dwayne. Believe it! *Naruto voice*


Fun cast of characters and good action and suspense!  I wouldn’t mind reading more about Dwayne, Lila, and Hector.

I recommend it!

Mini Book Review #11: In Paris with You

During my Thanksgiving break, I read this ARC I won through Goodreads! 


“Well yeah, there you go: fourteen.

At that age, you’re still under construction (pg 16).”

In Paris with You by Clémentine Beauvais (320 pages) is a highly romantic tale (on the hopeless romantic scale of 1 to 5; 5 being the highest; it’s a 4.5)! Sometimes, things have a strong chick-flick feeling, but a touch of realism is added at the end. I enjoy having a fun lighthearted story to read. However, it’s a bit unusual to read because everything is in verse and the omnipresent narrator is confusing haha. 

I totally get all the imaginary scenarios fourteen-year-old Tatiana dreams up about Eugene. You know, it’s like when you go to a store or Starbucks, I guess, and you think hmm… wouldn’t it be funny if I fell in love with the barista, and he remembers how I hate coffee but always order tea. Coincidentally he goes to your college and in his 4th year of engineering, he remembers you and asks you on a date, and it’s not coffee he promises, amused. Eventually, you two marry with lots of money, no cheating, and 2.5 kids. 

Yes, Tatiana, I get you! That’s the same longwinded junk I used to daydream about when I was younger too. 

Heads up. There is a suicide, a reference to Down Syndrome that’s in bad taste, and the male lead could possibly be insufferable to you. 


Is it perfect? No, but no story is.

Does it make sense why Tatiana’s still hung up over Eugene? Not entirely.

Is Eugene the best male lead? Nah, he’s mad-arrogant and pretentious (yes, they’re slightly different: see here), and everything that goes wrong in this story is exactly because of him. He’s very sex-obsessed. (In his mind), he calls Tatiana a slut for assuming she’s sleeping with a man that she already denied being with. God’s gift to women, everyone. Yes, he apologizes, but he’s pressedt about imaginary scenarios where she’s with other men. I understand jealousy is a natural reaction (imperfect characters are certainly fine with me), but Eugene’s got a lot of gall. I think he was more eager to have sex with Tatiana than to truly get to know her again. He’s more genuine when he was younger.

Still, I give this 5/5. I enjoyed every page of it and will definitely reread it over and over. Also, I like the cover. There are countless passages or quotes to love, and I highlighted my favorite ones. It’s quirky and cute.

A fun read for any young or new adult.



Moody: A Collection of Short Stories

41729475Hey everyone! In between studying (and not studying haha) I’ve still been reading books. I haven’t written any drawn-out reviews, but I post the shorter ones on my Goodreads

Anyway, since it’s still in Kindle Unlimited until December 5th, I thought I’d do a post about my ebook. This is a bit like a BTS/in the author’s head type of thing.


 Moody: A Collection of Short Stories by Destiny Henderson (44 pages) has 5 lighthearted short stories and one prologue to an upcoming book, Dreaded Dinner Party. The book genre is all ages’ fiction, but they can be categorized as Middle-Grade Fiction (although Play it Cool, Al is more YA-ish). 

Pink is a Distraction –  I really wanted to write a character that wore obnoxiously loud colors. Keva’s reason for this feels very valid to her, but other people don’t always understand that. Which is why her trip to the cake shop, ends in an unexpected way.

Jo and Terra – This story was both inspired by an astronomy class and the summer heat. It’s mainly fun banter between two friends!

Play it Cool, Al – Another short story that plays a bit with the character’s insecurities. This is one of the rare times I have a male main character. I usually have female protagonists, but it was good to try something new.

 Desiree “Dezzy” turned out to be a real joy to create. I think I would like to write a story from her perspective. She’s not a character I can easily throw away.

Ice – I absolutely love superhero lore or any media where characters have powers. Marvel movies and My Hero Academia (SN: the movie was amazing!) are currently two things I adore very much. It was no surprise this idea, a girl basically thinking about her friend’s interesting situation, popped into my head a while ago. 

In the future, I hope to flesh this out as a full story, but for now, it’s just a what-if concept/open-end short story. 

Waiting for Bus 26 – A simple story! I wanted to have a very serious and precise short boy as a character and everything else just fell into place.

Continue reading “Moody: A Collection of Short Stories”