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Friday, November 09, 2018

Pretty Toxic: Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

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Pretty Toxic: Fight or Flight by Samantha Young
Fight or Flight
Samantha Young
Genre: Contemporary, Rom Com
Publication date: October 9, 2018
by Berkley

The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn't hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava's ever had. And that's all it was--until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.

When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb's orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he's stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart's in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she's made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn't quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her....
-A copy was provided by Berkley for review-

Okay so we are diving right into this review because I have a lot to process and break down. Fight or Flight started off as a book that I didn’t expect too much from. I went it basically hoping I wouldn’t hate it and unfortunately, things didn’t turn out the way I had hoped. Let me back up here for a sec tho, for the first couple chapters I was NOT a fan but the book started growing on me a lot but then a THING happened and I ended up extremely disappointed and sad. I mean, the book wasn’t perfect aside from the thing but I was still enjoying it so it sucks. While keeping that in mind, I am breaking down this review into the good and the bad.

The Good

Ava’s relationships with the people around her. This is, hands down, the best thing about this book. Young has put in a lot of effort to develop these relationships and make them feel real.  In particular, I loved Ava’s relationship with Harper. I love that their friendship feels so genuine and that Harper is such a prominent part of the book. I love that we get to see Ava pause and check in on her friend, text her friend gushing and that Harper doesn’t exist only as a plot device. Ava also has really good relationships with her boss and clients! Anyway, it was just so refreshing to see a character, with the kind of sob story Ava has, have an actually good supportive circle.

The chemistry. Young knows how to write chemistry. There are practically sparks flying off of the pages of this book. Even when I wasn’t a fan of the characters, I was most definitely a fan of their chemistry.

The Bad

If you are the kind of person who has extremely strong feelings about spoilers, I suggest you stop reading RIGHT NOW. I’d use spoiler quotes in any other instance but I feel like these issues are too important to do so. I will try to be as vague as possible though.



The love interest has a sob story and it involves a bitchy lady (it always does, doesn’t it?) and you know the biggest reason she is a bitch according to this love interest? It’s because she chose to have an abortion. I am not even kidding. The thing that has broken this person’s ability to love a person is that his ex had an abortion, for a child she didn’t want and didn’t feel ready for, without consulting him. I should make it clear that I think it is valid for him to be sad but that doesn’t mean his ex is a selfish bitch. She wasn’t ready and that is that. A child is a lot of responsibility and she knew it and also knew she couldn’t handle it so END OF STORY. Honestly, just, the entire situation is framed in such a gross manner that I couldn’t stop seeing red for the last 25% of the book.

So. I was mad when I finished the book. Obviously. This crucial moment ruined the book for me. The big twist. YAY. But as I calmed down, I reflected more on the book and realized that it also constantly used violence (or the threat of) as a major plot device. Starting with Ava’s backstory, to how she and her love interest (I don’t want to name him because he is a disgusting person) meet, to the final scene that brings them together.

You know what’s the most ironic part about all this? Fight or Flight tries SO hard to be ‘feminist.’ Ava is constantly calling men out on their bullshit, she likes to dress up for herself (which was fun to read about!), she pays attention to her female friends and such. IDK. Like. What the fuck happened. I don’t know.

So. Anyway. This is less of a review and more of a ramble but I needed to do this SO for anyone who made it this far, thanks for reading. YOU ROCK. I owe you a cookie. If you have your eye on the book, I would definitely pass if any of the above mentioned makes you see red. If you’re still interested, just keep the issues in mind.

1.5 Stars

Featuring the Cutest Donkey: Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech

Featuring the Cutest Donkey: Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech

Posted by on 11/07/2018 • 2 Comments

One of the coolest things about being a blogger is occasionally you will get the chance to review a book by an author you grew up reading. Sometimes of course, reading books you loved when you were younger doesn’t always turn out as well but its Sharon Creech. She changed my life a million times over when I was a child so it is safe to say that I loved Saving Winslow.

But of course, writing a review for a book you loved is not fun even though you get to share your love for it because writing is hard and you (read: I) are a lazy bum.

Saving Winslow is the story of Louie, who doesn’t really do the whole nurturing animals thing well. But one day, his…

Midterms are tomorrow! PLEASE VOTE!

Midterms are tomorrow! PLEASE VOTE!

Posted by on 11/05/2018 • 3 Comments

Good morning, EVERYONE! I know there might be some of you who might be wondering why I am doing a blog post about voting but tomorrow is election day in the US and a significant number of our readers are from the US. So, here I am!!!!

Tomorrow is a big day. Many of us are going to spend all day tomorrow staring at a number of screens as our anxieties build and we wonder if there is any hope left. I know that for the most part, anyone who is reading this and can vote, will be voting and anyone who is reading this and isn’t planning on voting will unlikely to be swayed by this post but in the face of extreme helplessness, I feel like this is…

Holiday Reads

Holiday Reads

Posted by on 11/04/2018 • 2 Comments

It’s November so basically its December and also 2019. WOW the year has basically flown by. BUT because the holiday season is in full swing (starting with Diwali on Wednesday for me!) I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite holiday reads-this year with some of my favorite holiday romances. 


My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

All I Want for Christmas is a Duke 



Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

Ex-Mas by Kate Brian

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody


Snow-Kissed by Laura Florand

Note: Please keep tissues on hand while…

Man-Hunting WHALES: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

Man-Hunting WHALES: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

Posted by on 10/31/2018 • 1 Comment

I think we need to get one thing clear right off the bat and that is that this book, And the Ocean Was Our Sky is fucking weird. And the Ocean Was Our Sky follows Bathsheba, who happens to be a whale. This book is 110% literary middle grade fiction and at times feels like it is trying too hard but you know what, I still thought it was great.

The entire time I was reading it, I couldn’t quite wrap my head around how weird it was that we had a whale narrator whose voice read very much like a human but also, the humans were the enemy. I definitely had no issues with the humans being the enemies since we all know humans suck but it was still…

Adorable and Emotional: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Adorable and Emotional: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Posted by on 10/24/2018 • 2 Comments

A Very Large Expanse of Sea is my first Tahereh Mafi book and I definitely hope it won’t be last. Reviewing this one is particularly hard because it was one of those books I ADORED while reading but a couple hours of reflection definitely allowed me to pick up on several holes within the plot and various arcs of the story.

The book hits on a particularly complex social issue that’s about as relevant today as it was two decades ago – islamophobia. This book is an #ownvoices tale and particularly so in that it is very much inspired by Mafi’s own experiences growing up after 9/11. One of my favorite things about this book is that sometimes, even when the sentences aren’t perfect or I have issues with…

The Bollywood Rom-Com We Deserve: My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

The Bollywood Rom-Com We Deserve: My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

Posted by on 10/22/2018 • 1 Comment

Two books out in a year with Indian MCs who aspire to be filmmakers? Is this a sign I should drop everything and become a filmmaker? Stay tuned to find out. Obviously this book isn’t about ~my~ so-called bollywood life but it is about Winnie Mehta’s so-called bollywood life.

My So-Called Bollywood Life basically reads like a bollywood film and I didn’t mind it ONE LITTLE BIT. There is a love triangle, lots of angst, kismet, a heroine with tons of dreams, and even a bollywood dance number.

Winnie has always thought Raj was her soulmate, after all, she’s been told her entirely life that their love is written in the stars, but when he suddenly breaks up with her and starts dating Jenny Dickens, Winnie is more…

Giveaway: The Witchlands Series

Giveaway: The Witchlands Series

Posted by on 10/15/2018 • 11 Comments

Today we are partnering with the lovely people over at Tor Teen to bring you this amazing opportunity to catch up on the New York Times Bestselling Witchlands series! Book three comes out next year SO ITS TIME TO READ THE BOOKS!

About the Series Series WebsiteGoodreads About the Author

SUSAN DENNARD is the author of the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series as well as the Something Strange and Deadly series. She has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, slaying darkspawn on her…