26 September 2015

Purple Is The New Black + Giveaway!

Hello, Hello! If you're a Mischievous regular, you probably noticed something strange, like the new blog design, perhaps? Hah! Yep, Mischievous Reads is no longer PINK, but is now PURPLE (which is actually my favorite color other than green). 

I've been planning this change for a long time now, and I always kind of got stuck with the header creation, but I've been inspired very recently after helping out Talina with her blog design over at Sassy and Dangerous,  I had the urge to work on my design which gave me lots of stress because coding even with tutorials (thank you for existing, and to the fantastic blog designers who share tutorials, you are blessings in disguise) is complicated as frack and now here it is! What do you guys think? Come to think of it, I should've taken a screenshot of my previous blog design for a before and after comparision. I got too excited, I forgot. Hah!

EDIT: As it turns out, I have my old design template saved on my email, thanks to Stephanie @ These Paper Hearts because she fixed the "Summary and Excerpt" code on my homepage, so I was able to recreate at least 90% of my old blog look on my tester template! So here's a shot of the design before. 


To celebrate my new blog design... AND my upcoming 21st birthday on October 20th, and my 1st blog anniversary which was last month, I'm going to be hosting my first ever giveaway. And of course, it's INTERNATIONAL! I mean, why wouldn't it be? 

So, as protocol, here are the ground rules and regulations:
  1. Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL as long as The Book Depository or Amazon ships to where your igloo is set up. 
  2. One (1) winner will be randomly chosen on the day I turn tuwenni-wan, October 20th, midnight (12am) EST. 
  3. The winner can choose ANY book(s) as long as the total is within or of $20 value. 
  4. If you're under 18, make sure to ask your Mommy for permission. Or your Daddy. Or both. Whoever's in charge of the crib. 
  5. No cheating, please. I'm watching you.

23 September 2015

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn [Waiting on Wednesday #5]

*Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine in which we share our most highly anticipated upcoming reads (that we pretty much need to get our hands on, like drugs)

Firsts: A Novel
by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (Goodreads, Twitter, Website)
Release Date: January 5th, 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin

Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, FIRSTS is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.

To be honest, I'm not exactly fond of reading young adult books about promiscuous teens, but let's face it, it's the 21st century where everyone is pretty much liberated when it comes to sexuality. Pretty much, the youngest parents aren't even teenagers, but tweens, 11 to 13--not to praise them or anything because it's just not right. But we know a lot of people who've lost their virginity at 15.

I'm intrigued how this book promotes sex positivity and owning your sexuality, and as much as I hate reading about slut shaming, this book would pretty much discuss such controversial topics. I'm curious though--should I expect a smut galore? Haha!

What's on your waiting list?
22 September 2015

TOP TEN TUESDAY: My Pumpkin Spice Latte TBR

Wonderful Tuesday, lovelies!

I've been MIA for a couple of weeks, because it's one of those days due to certain circumstances, but I'm fine now, I guess. I missed book tours and blitzes; my pending reviews list growing since I had no urge to do any actual work; got a lot of books stashed in the DNF pile because nothing had the power to pull me out of my slump. I also didn't get to go to the much awaited book signing of the year (Colleen Hoover and the gang), and conventions I've been look forward to, so that sucks too. So, I resorted to films and instantly got hooked with the TV show, Arrow, which led me to a 3-4 day binge watch of all 3 seasons. Yep. I have no life. 

So, it's September. Fall season (at least in most countries). I'm insanely dying of jealousy sad that we don't have Fall in this tropical extremely rainy "paradise" I live in. Which means, no pumpkin spice lattes, orange leafy decorations, crunchy leaves that do the thing when you step on them, Halloween. Absolutely none of those. But to commemorate the season that makes everyone feel all warm and cozy and Starbucks-y, here's my TBR which I hope would bring warm, fuzzy feelings to the heart... or not.

*Images will lead to Goodreads*

Yes, I am one of the few unfortunate ones who hasn't read the Throne of Glass series yet, and don't I feel terribly out of place when everyone on Twitter is raving about Queen of Shadows, and I'm on my own, silent as a bug, trying to read A Court of Thorns and Roses--which I'm enjoying very well, thank you very much.

What's on your TBR list this Fall season?
07 September 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Frisk Me by Lauren Layne

Frisk Me (New York's Finest #1)
by Lauren Layne (Goodreads, Website, Twitter)
Published by Forever on July 28th, 2015
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit
Format: eBook (385 pages)
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Officer Luc Moretti had no idea that his dive into the East River would have him drowning in a media frenzy. No matter how many times he tells reporters he was just doing his job, they're determined to make him into NYC's newest hero. Coming from a long line of NYPD's finest, Luc knows that being a cop has nothing to do with headlines and viral videos, and he's more than ready to get back to life away from the cameras—until he meets the gorgeous but jaded journalist assigned to film a TV special on him.

Ava Sims may be the only woman in NYC who isn't in love with Officer Moretti. That's why she's going after the real story—to find out about the man behind the badge. Ava's determined to keep things strictly professional, but the more time she spends around Luc, even she has to admit there's something about a man in uniform . . . and she can't wait to get him out of his.

Lauren Layne brings you another sexy romance in Frisk Me that will have you swooning and your heart melting at the same time. We meet Officer Luc Moretti who suddenly got famous overnight due to a viral video of him saving a little girl from drowning, and although he’s not fond of the sudden fame—people asking for autographs and pictures, calling him a hero even though he believes he’s just doing his job—the last thing he needs is more unwanted exposure. Unfortunately for him, news journalist Ava Sims comes into the picture, tasked to film a documentary on him, and no matter how much these two are not fond of each other, their attraction is absolutely undeniable.

Layne’s characters are undeniably relatable in so many ways, as I’ve noticed from her previous books. Despite their strong upfront personalities, they’re emotionally broken individuals who need a little bit of loving. I loved Luc’s character very much. Although he came off as a little bit aloof and stoic at the beginning, especially towards Ava, he does have his reasons, but underneath all that, he’s such a sweet and down to earth character, and incredibly sexy too. Plus the fact that he’s Italian, and wow, oh wow, I do love Italians. Hah! Ava—on the other hand—is a character I have mixed feelings for. She’s hot and cold, sassy, feisty and hard headed and as much as I enjoyed the fact that she’s of the same major as I am and that she’s a career woman working at a high end media industry, she’s got her moments that had me shaking my head. But otherwise, she’s a smart, driven woman and props to Lauren Layne for writing strong career oriented heroines.

The romance was fantastic. The hilarious banter between Luc and Ava was what I enjoyed the most. What’s funny is how these two originally met and the second time they’re officially introduced, these two bit at each other like cats and dogs, and this is the trope I adore the most—hate-to-love romance and these kinds just make me feel all giddy. Add in the amazing secondary characters that had me cracking up so much, particularly, Luc’s family. Reading about them was such a hoot, especially Nonna. Oh, that old lady was probably the best character to date! The drama, however, wasn’t something I enjoyed reading about. How it unfolded was a little over the top, from Luc’s past and Ava’s desperate need for her big break, but it was still intriguing to read about.

While this book isn’t one of my favorites, I still enjoyed it a lot. Frisk Me jumbled up my emotions. I laughed and I cried, and boy, am I stoked to read the next books in this series featuring Luc’s brothers. *screaming*

01 September 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

The Mistake (Off-Campus #2)
by Elle Kennedy (Goodreads, Website, Twitter)
Self Published on April 28th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports, College
Format: eBook (294 pages)
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

I loved the first book, and I had so much laughs from the comments after I posted my super confusing review of The Deal, and in honor of that hilarious moment, I’m going to give this review a similar twist.

6 Reasons Why You Should NOT Pick Up The Mistake

  1. John Logan will ruin your expectations of your future lover or boyfriends and will make you want your baes to step up their game by making them accomplish a check list when things go wrong. Probably a “things to do to win my heart (again)” list with stuff like, “write a love poem” for starters, and “take a boudoir photo on a red velvet chaise lounge” to take things to another level. Not exactly a good idea if you’d rather keep them, than scare them away. 

  2. Just like Hannah Wells, Grace Ivers is a character you’ll find so unrelatable, even though she’s awkward as us and babbles a lot when nervous, because she still gets the hot guy chasing her around, begging for her love. I’ve got a very important question: WHERE. IS. MY. HOT. GUY?

  3. This book will make you want to gag at how cute and adorable Logan and Grace are, and at the same time, make you want to sit in the corner and ugly sob about your non-existent cute and dorky love life. 

  4. Unless you want your kindle/e-reader or book to burn to ashes, you need to steer clear away from this book because the steamy scenes are FIRE! Wouldn’t want that happening now, would we?

  5. Pretty much everyone in this book will make you giggle snort like a pig high on crack, and it’s definitely not something pleasant to show off especially in public. 

  6. Elle Kennedy will make you obsess over the fact that the next book doesn’t come out until… Fall 2015? Spring 2016?!!!! No one knows. 

If you’re brave enough to go through everything listed above, then be my guest.

JK. Read this book. You'll love it. In fact, read the series. IT'S. FREAKIN. AWESOME. KISSES!