#currently reading

Hey Guys,

How have you been? Its been a hot minute.

I have been trying to catch up on my GR challenge, i just have three books to go and i am done for the year HAZAAR!!!

I do have a feature post  coming up on the 19th Cerys browsing for books blog on the top five holiday themed comedy books and i think you should check it out ( pretty please). A lot of amazing bloggers are also featured on there check out their posts and get in the festive bookish feeling.

So since i have been away this is what i am currently reading

( pay no attention to my Goodreads currently reading list if you follow me there (if you don’t click the shiny button at the end of this post and be me bookish friend).  May Jah help us all with our TBR.

 

Buy My soul by Jade West

 Dark Erotica from the mistress Jade. I’m loving it so far and at the same time as always with Jade’s books i am clutching my imaginary pearls,

The Binding by Bridget Collins (NetGalley ARC)

A mystery this one is i can’t wait to find out all the answers.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He  (Edelwiess ARC)

Its taking me quite some time to get into this one but i should be done by the end of this month.

Angels of Perdition by R.M Garino (ARC)

The continuation of the first book Gates of golorath..

 

I will be writing the review of all of them as soon as i am done. Initial thoughts fresh off my horn because the Lord knows if i leave it any longer i will not write any reviews ( yes we are all guilty of this).

What are you currently reading share in the comments below, are you enjoying it or is it just a meh read for you. let me know.

As always,

Booked Unicorn.

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Current Favorite things

Hey guys,

I bring to you the things i am currently enjoying from books to cosmetic to music. So let’s get into it

P.S; Feel free to try any of them and tell me how you feel about it.

Books:

Confession Series(#1-4) by Ella Frank

I just wrote a review on it check it out, its really smexy and cute it has a HEA.

Fantasyland series by Kristen Ashely

Parallel Universe crossing, Dragons, hot smexy dragon kings, baby tigers that call you momma, being a Queen. That’s why its on this list. I am currently reading book 3 i’ll be sure to leave a review when i’m done.

Puck me baby (bad muthapuckers series) by Lili Valente ( Audiobook Narrated by Lili Valente and Tyler Donne)

An accidental oops baby by a star hockey player and girl struggling to make it on her own.

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The Librarian’s Vampire’s assistant by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Cliff hanger of the century, i really look forward to the next part

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LumberJanes series  by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters

Friendship to the max and awesome adventures Oh hell yeah this is on my list of favorite things.

She Dreams of fire by M.K Gibson

she dreamsA girl with Witch blood fighting against a coven ( and evil witch bitch Vanessa). Friendship, strong ass aunts , family secrets and a twist at the end that leaves you asking for more.

 

 

Music

Artists i am currently enjoying

Lizzo her voice is beautiful and her songs are empowering  AND she can play the flute and hit the shoot.. check out her songs Boys, Fitness and water me you’ll fall in love just like i did

Swizz Beatz

He’s back with a bang. With amazing collaborations on his album POISON , he delivers that classic swizz beatz sound that’s heavy on the percussion and you can help but jam to my favorite track is Stunt he features 2chainz on it

K/DA: Popstar

If you’ve seen that league of legends video then you know what this is, its straight up beautiful graphics and and awesome chorus ( ain’t nobody bring us down down down)

21 pilots and Disturbed

I decided to group these two together because their music is one with a message. If you are a fan of 21 pilots you know that their music always hits hard, Neon graves really got me thinking i understand why it controversial but i think in this day and age the message is needed.

Disturbed decided to go with more ballads this time, there are a few hard and heavy songs but it’s those ballads that really get you. We even get to hear Draiman’s evil laugh!

 

Cosmetics

Kiehls SPF 50, y’all its dry season in Nigeria and i’m not trying to get turned into burnt toast bread. So i’m fired up with is baby a little goes a long way

Arami Essentials

I’m currently using their black soap Onyx polish and so far my skin loves it, in the two weeks i have been using the pesky pimples on my face has disappeared. It can be used on the face and body. I shall be getting more of it ( and yes they ship worldwide). Click here to get it if you are interested

Jojoba + Argan oil+ Grapeseed oil

The best thing for my skin this dry season, i mixed them all up and it keeps my skin moisturized all day long.

You can also use the O.G coconut oil and coco butter ( I know its winter else were so this would hep your skin)

 

 

Book Review: Confession series

Hey Guys,

Its been a hot minute, i have been busy with my work i just rounded up the worlds most annoying assay Nitric oxide antioxidant assay. I swear to all the sweet potatoes in the world i was almost at my wits end with this one. But thank Jah I made it through! And now this post is up because yours truly is procrastinating with statistics (don’t judge me!).

Tittle: Confession series, Book 1: Robbie, Book 2: Julien , Book 3: Priest Book 4 : The Princess, The prick & The priest

Author: Ella Frank

Genre :M/M/M, Romance

Rating: 4.9 ‘hot’ stars

Reader Age: Definitely 18+

I highly recommend reading the series in order because the stories are linked.

Julien Thornton  and Joel Priest are a married couple, they love each other but they need a balance in their relationship. Enter Robbie the princess of their dreams with his sassy mouth and beautiful heart, Robbie is just recovering after a breakup that left him doubting himself. Julien and Priest have baggage from their past, some of them life threatening but can Robbie heal their hearts before it is too late?

 

Ella Frank created the perfect balance for a polygamous relationship.

The problems i usually have when reading poly-relationship books is that most of the time they are not realistic and there is no balance. M/M/M books are difficult to pull off because of this and when you find a book that is able to bring both balance and a bit of reality into the story, it turns out to be a gem. The sex scenes were SIZZLING dear potatoes you might need to drink water so that you wouldn’t choke ( especially that scene in book two, oh wait you’ll just have to read it to find out). The dialogues are witty especially Robbie’s comebacks with Priest. 

This series is a gem, the characters are perfect for each other.

Robbie Bianchi is the muthafreaking princess of the world, he is fun to be around and caring. If color had a personification Robbie fits that description well, he brightens up the room were ever he goes and definitely brightens up Julien and Priest’s life. He brings out their protective sides but do not be fooled, this princess would cut you if need be.

Reading the stories i can see why Robbie was perfect, he is like a soothing balm for Julien and Priest, their ego’s are huge  and their wounds were deep.

Julien is a world famous french chef , he got his nickname ‘the prick’ on a cooking show ( to be honest the other contestant was being a dick). Julien blames himself that happened in the past and it hunts him everyday. Julien loves his husband and is clearly devoted to him, in fact it is because of Priest that he turns his life around for the best. Robbie was able to help Julien simmer down his ego to just the right level were it wouldn’t cause problems in their relationship. 

Joel Priest, the larger than life lawyer. Priest is running from a traumatic past, one he tries to protect his lovers from. He is a force to be reckoned with and no one messes with his men while he’s around. I like the way Robbie faces up to Priest, he was not afraid to call out is bullshit even though Priest is scary ( the good kind of scary). Despite his love of control Priest never used it against his lovers, he never made them feel less than they were, he uplifted and protected them.

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Book 1-3 was them working out their relationship and book 4 is the nice tied-up happy ending bow. 

I missed them as soon as i finished the last book.

I recommend this series if you love love and witty dialogues and super smexy scenes you won’t regret it.

 

As always,

Booked Unicorn

 

 

 

 

 

Discussion: Book Influence

Hey guys,

Have you ever said this, ”it was the book that made me do it”.

I definitely have, i realized that the kind of books i read really influence me for that whole period of time.  Does the character have a tattoo? Guess who wants one. 

Okay so this is the one that really got me, i hate eating cereals  i’d rather go hungry instead.  But for some reason i started craving one when i was reading a book and the MC was eating cereal. After the book i went back to hating cereal…absolutely weird

Does this happen to you?  Leave some character quirks you adapt when reading books in the comments below.

As always

Booked Unicorn

Thanks for stopping by.

Book review: Villains Rule: The Shadow Master

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Tittle: Villains Rule: The Shadowmaster #1

Author: M.K. Gibson
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5’Villainous’ Stars
Date published: 19/07/2017 on audible
Publisher : Amber cove publishing

Synopsis from GR

Hi, how are you? 

Yes, I am talking to you, the reader of the this book’s description. It’s rude not to answer a person when they ask you a question. OK, I get it, 4th wall breaking is overdone. Get over it. This book, Villains Rule, is a fantasy action-comedy which you have to read. Not because it redefines the genre, far from it. But rather for what it contains. A villain’s tale. 
How often do you get to read a story where the villain is the protagonist? No, not an anti-hero, or a brooding monster, nor a hero thinly disguised as a villain. And not evil. If you want evil, take that nonsense to therapy. No, I mean a villain’s villain. The ones who use their power because they can, while morality is only a philosopher’s complex. 
This is the story of Jackson Blackwell, the Shadow Master and the top villain adviser. Sadly, even the top villain occasionally gets double-crossed. Trapped in one of the fantasy realms, Jackson has to use his skill and wits to exploit the rules, points out the genre flaws, undermine godly authority, and win the day. 
Because, that is what villains should do, shouldn’t they? Read this book, have a few laughs, and find out

 

The review

Where do i begin with this one, i just finished an audio book and to say that i am left in awe is an understatement. This is the kind of book i have always wanted to write, one that feels like you are inside the book and you are conversing with the main characters. Yes the MC here is an asshole and he lets you know ahead of time that he is a villain  but dear unicorns above he’ll have you rooting for him at every turn.

Julie Jackson Blackwell the shadow master (don’t call him Julie) destroys every fantasy trope you have ever known and laughs at you while doing it. He doesn’t break the rules, he bends them and  manipulates people to get what he wants absolutely genius. He is a businessman you don’t want to cross.  His take on traditional Villainy is delightful he really makes you see how dumb they are and how he makes money off them. I mean you have to be villain to really eat unicorns who does that? ( apparently its a delicacy in the fantasy realm)

I loved the monologues they were delivered with the confidence of a man who knows his shit and enjoys looking down on idiots who don’t. One of my favorite chapters is when he realizes he made friends instead of allies, i actually shivered and said eww.

I highly recommend the audio book just so you’ll get the tone used in this book. I even wrote notes on the clips, there’s one i had to reassure myself i finished University because Jackson was so sure i didn’t ( yup he gets into your head too).

So what have i learnt…Heroes are dumb, fantasy villains are really dumb and you can make money off them. 

Here’s the link  below because I absolutely recommend that you get into the mind of the hilarious yet devious villain Jackson Blackwell. I am on to book two.

P.s I will also share a link on Twitter where you can listen it for free on audible so be sure to check that out on @booked_unicorn 

Audible UK

Audible US

As always,

Booked Unicorn

(feeling particularly evil, excuse me while i go praise my villain laugh)

Phobia tag

Hey Guys,

someone has probably done this already if so ( i hail thee Tag Starter). I was watching  Total drama island on Netflix and there was this episode were they had to face their fears.

So here’s a list of my PHOBIA’s and i tag you rainbow army to participate.

Heights

specifically when i have to cross those road bridges and i look down and there’s a huge truck just moving around…or worse when there’s water under it..my brain just goes THAT’S IT WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE…THIS BRIDGE IS GOING TO FALL AND I CANT SWIM. One time my feet was shaking so bad this woman had to help me cross. The funny thing is i’m totally fine on planes.

Birds

….were do i begin with these things these fluffy muthafluffers, oh don’t be fooled by these terrors THEY ARE EVIL I TELL YOU EVILLLLLL.

Insects

On the first day of boarding school, i remember seeing a big fat fly in my food. Need i say more

Running out of books to read.

I would cry and maybe loose my mind a little.

Being ‘normal’

i have fought with myself growing up, trying to conform and what not, what did that bring me nothing but depression, anger and anxiety. Recently i have found peace with being myself and bettering that….in the words of every Nigerian i cannot come and kill myself for you. I am comfortable with my sexuality, my beliefs and my body, i seek to better myself not to society or familial standards but to a point were i know i’m happy with the unicorn i have become.

 

Well people these are the things i fear the most, what are you afraid of tell me in the comments below also feel free to tag yourself and others.

As always,

Booked Unicorn

Spread rainbows and be kind

Book Review: SeaWitch

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Author: Sarah Henning

Genre: YA retelling ( little mermaid), Fantasy, mythology

Finished or DNF: Finished

Rating:3 don’t know how to feel stars

E-arc provided by Netgalley

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Pages : 368

Publication date : July 31st 2018

GR synopsis
Everyone knows what happens in the end. A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss. But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends. One feared, one royal, and one already dead.
Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.
A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.
But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

The review
This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion. Opinions are mine and mine alone. Also please note that just because this book did not work for me doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work for you. p.s.s: this is not a book bashing.( think about a relationship its not you its maybe me)
As far as retelling go this is the first little mermaid one i have read, i’m sure we are all familiar with beauty and the beast and Cinderella retelling, keep ’em coming authors we love that.
In this little mermaid retelling, the author tells the origin of Ursula. Four friends, one dead, two princes and one a witch. The book starts with a flash back giving us a bit of a background to work with before getting deep into the story.
I confess that i Booked unicorn, Queen of Unicorns ( in Nigeria) was drawn to this book because of the cover. ( please don’t boo me). When the mysterious girl that showed up i felt it would have been better without her, i just wanted to sea how Evie held up at the end. But i was wrong because it turned out she was absolutely vital to the story and boy oh boy… prepare your heart for betrayal.
some parts were interesting and some were just….indescribable ( is that a word? Holy potatoes i need to check if thats a word) I tried to read fast so that i could finish up quickly. Now throw away every la di da Disney ever sold you and picture a more disturbing and tragic story Tah dah!!!! you get the Seawitch.
What is did enjoy was the bloody twist in my opinion it was properly packaged with the perfect wtf to go with you tea…and oh the heartbreak. I mean the end is sad but it’s meant to be no matter how much you wish for a time machine.
I rated it three stars because i have mixed feelings, i liked it but then there’s that lingering i don’t know if i liked it at the end.

So yeah….this review is exactly what was going on in my head while i was reading the book. If you have read it and you enjoyed lemme know in the comments, if you are like me and you are in a weird place also about the book let me know.