My Bad-Boy Summer by Ann Herrick // Book Review

My Bad-Boy Summer

My Bad- Boy Summer by Ann Herrick

Publisher: Books We Love Ltd.

Publication Date: May 26th, 2016

Page Number: 151

Format Read: E-book (Review Copy)

* I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Synopsis:

Will Nolan give up his bad-boy ways for Vija?

17-year-old Vija Skalbe wants to be an all-American girl—no matter how hard her parents try to impose their strict Latvian standards on her. She feels unsure of herself with one foot in each country.

Then Nolan, a folksinger, steals her heart at a coffeehouse. When Nolan stops at their table, it’s Vija’s friend, Caprice, who does all the talking. But it is Vija who gets his phone number—and later the back seat of his motorcycle. Soon she is cruising from one adventure to another, dizzy with joy, her new-found freedom and the excitement of being with the kind of guy who is a challenge.

However, when her father has a heart attack, Vija must take over running the family lawn-care business. She feels overwhelmed until sweet brainiac Joel volunteers to help. He shares the workload and lifts her spirits with his humor. But it is Nolan who fills her heart.

It doesn’t matter that Nolan wants everything his way. Or that he’s constantly eyeing other girls. Or that he can be pouty and punitive. Or that he says she’s seeing things all wrong. Until it does matter. But Vija’s in so deep. Will he change? Will she deal with Nolan’s controlling tactics, or is she too far under his spell?

My Thoughts:

As always, I’m going to be completely honest here because that’s what I’m here to do, review this book.

So given that, I just want to say that I think the title of the book and synopsis is severely misleading. I’m probably diving into a shady gray area here, because different people have different parameters for abuse, but that’s what I think Nolan was.

Nolan is the main character’s love interest for about half of the book. He’s called a “bad boy” but to me, he’s an abusive boyfriend.

He tells Vija how and what to eat, where to go and basically commands her around. He even tries to force Vija to have sex when she clearly says no and isn’t ready. I’m so glad that Vija stood up to him finally and said no.

The thing is though, Vija never sees anything wrong with the way Nolan treats her. Sure she gets a “flutter” in her stomach when he completely controls her, and she tries to talk to her best friend about it. And that’s another thing, Vija’s best friend was so concerned about Vija dating Nolan but then never listens when Vija tries to talk to her about her doubts about Nolan.

That all being said, I really like the old time feeling of the book, the setting being in the late 1950’s and the immigrant type family feel, my family being immigrants as well.

I loved Joel and the writing style was easy to read. The book is pretty short and I was able to read it in nearly one sitting.

The family dynamic was pretty sure but I was surprised at how Vija lied so effortlessly to her parents and how they believed her so easily.

And also, the problems I had with Nolan don’t affect my thoughts and feelings on the book at all obviously, it’s part of the character development and plot.


A summer contemporary with a relationship that made me really uncomfortable and intrigued to see what would happen next. I really enjoyed reading it and watching Vija grow throughout the book!

My Rating:

3.5 stars


The Wine Book Tag!

The Wine Book Tag!

Louise @ Louise Loves Books tagged me to do the Wine Book Tag! I don’t drink because obviously I’m not quite 21 yet, but let’s get started!

Box Wine – a book people will judge you for liking but you like it anyway!

Twilight! I read this book when I was younger and the last two movies were coming out. Actually, I was able to watch Breaking Dawn part 2 in theaters, which was pretty cool. I definitely wouldn’t be all like omg read this book because there are so many tropes in this series that I hate, but since it was the first real YA book I read, I was fine with these tropes.

Organic Wine – a book that doesn’t have any added crap in it and is just written perfectly.

This is one of my favorite Colleen Hoover books and I just thought it was perfect! Tragic but at the same time adorable.

Gluehwein – a really spicy, Wintry read.

I usually use the winter Stephanie Perkins winter collection, I think my true love gave to me is what it’s called, but I’m going to go with Shatter Me because I don’t know it kind of feels wintry.

Sauvignon Blanc – a really sharp and aggressive read that you couldn’t put down.

Yeah this was such a compelling and fast paced book and trilogy full of surprises and plot twists that I couldn’t predict. I absolutely loved it!

Pinot Noir – a book you didn’t expect much from but ended up getting blown away.

I didn’t really like Leigh Bardugo’s other trilogy that much, so Six of Crows didn’t really appeal to me that much until I read it and completely was blown away. I loved this book soooo much and can’t wait for the Crooked Kingdom next month!

Chardonnay – a good summer read that was super zesty.

Ooh I just read this last week and was totally engrossed. The concept and the tension between the characters throughout the book was great!

Rose – a book that has a little bit of everything in it.

Six of Crows could also work for this one. Throne of Glass though has action, romance, betrayal, violence, it’s just such an amazing series!

Shiraz – a full-bodied book that is dark and juicy.

I actually didn’t like the Young Elites that much but went on to the Rose Society, book 2, anyway, and really loved the Rose Society a lot more and found it so dark and awesome.

Merlot – a smooth, easy read with a soft finish.

This was such a cute book that I finished in one sitting and was just so easy to read. Kasie West continues to amaze me.

Champagne – your favorite book.

I have many favorite books, Harry Potter coming to mind right away, but also this series. I honestly think that The Mortal Instruments, similar to Harry Potter, Twilight, the Princess Diaries and the Mysterious Benedict Society changed my life for the better.

I Tag:

Marianne @ Storyscope

Maya @ Maya the Book Explorer

Jasmine @ How Useful It Is

The Book Window

…and anyone else who wants to this tag, consider yourself tagged by me! Just link back to me so I can read your post.

I’m also doing a giveaway right now for my birthday in a few weeks, the rafflecopter link here:


Also if you want to see the blog post that I did itself, you can click here:


Thanks for reading! Be sure to enter the giveaway 🙂

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

Totally Should’ve Book Tag!

Totally Should've

Hi! Jackie @ Fall in love with the sound of words tagged me to do the Totally Should’ve Book tag! Thanks so much Jackie! If you click on the link to her blog, it takes you right to Jackie’s version of this tag 🙂

Let’s get started!

Totally Should’ve Gotten A Sequel

I know I talk about this trilogy often, but I still maintain that it totally should’ve gotten a sequel! After finishing the last book I just sat there is shock, like is there no more?! And was so disappointed when I realized there wasn’t any more.

 Totally Should’ve Had A Spin-Off Series

Actually, Red Rising IS getting a spin off series so I’m very satisfied with this!

Totally Should’ve Ended Differently

I definitely agree with Jackie about Allegiant here but also The Crown by Kiera Cass because the ending was just politically shocking and inaccurate I think too.

Totally Should’ve Had A T.V . Show

As long as it’s done well can you imagine how epic this would be??? Oh my god with the right cast this could be amazing!

Totally Should’ve Had A Film Franchise

When reading Six of Crows I really noticed how action packed it was and how the book almost read like a movie script so an actual Six of Crows movie would be so much fun to watch, as long as it’s done well of course.

 Totally Should’ve Had One Point of View

For me, I know I kept getting confused between the Four chapters and the Tris chapters. Like if it weren’t for Veronica literally writing it at the top of each chapter I’d be so confused because their thoughts were really similar.

Totally Should’ve Had A Cover Change

I feel bad for always mentioning the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead, it’s my go to terrible cover…but also I feel like all of the NA covers that have shirtless guys on their covers…it’s like how am I supposed to read this book in public without being judged?? Though they are pretty nice to look at in private…

 Totally Should’ve Stopped Reading

Yikes this is just a bad book overall. I thought it would interest me since it’s about Russian folklore and being first generation Russian I grew up with these stories..but it was just bad.

Totally Should’ve Kept The Cover


Thank god the Winner’s Trilogy changed their covers back otherwise they would have to go up here.

But the Princess Diaries aren’t for little kids, they have some teenager content and I read them in elementary school granted, but the main character is 14 and by the end of the series she’s 18, and I wouldn’t suggest these book until middle school at least. Anyways, so the cover change made them look more for younger readers and I don’t really agree with how childish the new covers are.

Totally Shouldn’t Have Pre-judged

Oh this book for sure. I didn’t think I would like it and indeed after reading a few chapters I wasn’t really into it, but thank god I finished it because it was great!

I Tag: 

Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff

Victoria @ Addlepates and Book Nerds

Veda @ Crown Print

And that is all! If you want to do this tag, let me know and I’ll add you to the list of people I tagged 🙂

Thanks for reading! I’m having a birthday giveaway in 2 days so watch out for that! 

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

P.s. Should I do a #growing up Russian blog post? Sound off in the comment below!


The Book Sacrifice Tag!


I was tagged to do the Book Sacrifice Tag by Charley @ Books and Bakes and Casey @ Adoptabookaus Thanks for the tag!

1. An Over-Hyped Book:

Situation: You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked do you start chucking at the zombies?

There was so much hype around this book and I just couldn’t bring myself to like it. I had such high hopes because my favorite author Sarah J. Maas highly recommended it too.

2. A Sequel:

Situation: torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

This book was just bland. I liked the first book, Dorothy Must Die, but this was just boring.

3. A Classic:

Situation: You’re in English class and your professor raves about a Classic that “transcends time”. If given the opportunity to travel back in time, which Classic would you try to stop from ever publishing?

Well I mean though I disliked the Alchemist, it’s a pretty influential book so I think I would leave that one be.

No offense, but this plot line would work a lot more better as a YA novel, just saying. When I read it in high school school freshman year I just remember thinking, wow, this would be a great YA book, sorry if you liked this book.

4. A Least Favourite Book:

Situation: apparently global warming = suddenly frozen wasteland. Your only hope of survival for warmth is to burn a book. Which book will you not regret lighting?

This book was terrible. I’m sorry but the plot made no sense at all. She escapes an arranged matter to marry a stranger who buys her marriage?? Que?

I Tag:

Jasmine @ How Useful Is It

Mariana @ Fireheart Books


Luxe @ Mind of Luxe

And that’s it! I know everyone’s opinions vary and some of you may love the above books that I disliked, and that’s okay!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

The Coffee Book Tag!

The Coffee Book Tag

Thank you Raven @ Dreamy Addictions for tagging me to do the Coffee Book Tag!

I don’t exactly loooove coffee. I mean I can drink the occasional cappuccino and I love Starbucks fappuccinos, though they’re really expensive, but I love hot chocolate!

Anyway, let’s just get right into it!

Black: A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans

I mean, I’m not one of those hardcore fans, but I know a lot of people who absolutely love this series. For me though, it was a little hard getting into, but I hope to revisit it soon.

Peppermint Mocha: A book that gets more popular during the winter of a festive time of year

Oh well duh, it’s a winter book! I still haven’t read the summer one that Stephanie Perkins made, but I’m hoping to get to it by the end of the summer.

Hot chocolate: A favorite children’s book

Hot chocolate is for all ages, hmph, I’ll be drinking hot chocolate when I’m 80. Cam Jansen was the bomb when I was younger. I still have two of them in my room actually and I just remember always being jealous of Cam’s memory.

Double shot of espresso: A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish 

A lot of books can qualify for this one, but I’m going to have to go with A Court of Mist and Fury. It was simply amazing.

Starbucks: A book you see everywhere

This book came out a few days ago on Harry Potter and JK Rowling’s birthday and I’ve seen it everywhereeeee.

That hipster coffee shop: A book by an indie author (A shoutout)

One of my favorite self published books actually

Oops! I accidentally got decaf: A book you were expecting more from

This book was blurbed by Sarah J. Maas, one of my favorite writers, so to have it flop for me made me sad because I so badly wanted to like it.

The perfect blend: A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying


I couldn’t decide between these two trilogies. They were both pretty great, despite Captive Prince being a 5 star trilogy and The Winner’s being a 4 star.

Green tea: A book or series that is quietly beautiful

I dont’t know, it was just poetic almost.

Chai tea: A book or series that makes you dream of far off places

Just all of the new setting made me want to go off somewhere for magic boot camp and meet a beautiful person named Rowan.

Earl grey: A favorite classic 

This has always been one of my favorites and will continue to be for a while I think.

I tag:

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm

Casey @ adoptabookaus

Aya @ Book Lover Babbles

Lucia @Reading with Lucia

Sam @ River Moose Reads

And YOU!

If you want to do this tag, just let me know in the comments, or just link back to me when you do it, and I’ll add you to this list!

And that is all! Thanks for reading!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

P.s. I have quite a few followers now, so it’s not that easy to be able to follow back everyone who follows me automatically, but if you post a comment and interact with me, I’ll become curious to check your blog out and maybe give you a follow if I like what I see 🙂


Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys // Book Review

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Publisher: Philomel Books

Publication Date: February 2nd, 2016

Page Number: 400 pages

Format Read: E-book (Live-brary)

Goodreads Synopsis:

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book! The events that occurred throughout were so tragic and felt so heartbreaking! It was so interesting learning about new things in history and that there was a ship sinking even worse than the Titanic that isn’t even as well known.

You really start to feel attached to all of the characters and want them all to make it through the war.

One thing I found incorporated really well was the romance and the air of mystery and secrets. Like despite the horrible situation happening and people being killed, the plot and story was still propelled by the secrets and romance.

And those things helped make the story more interesting and want the reader to keep turning the pages.

At first I thought the multiple character POV’s would turn me off the story and I would get confused, but after three chapters, I was perfectly fine since each character was really diverse.

The only person whose chapters I kind of skimmed was Alfred. He just freaked me out in general. When we found out what really happened to his love back home, I was shocked. Like how does one not understand that they’re giving someone they love a death sentence basically??

And poor Emilia! I found her such a strong girl given that we’re practically the same age. I couldn’t imagine being on the run from Hitler while pregnant and Polish.

I think my favorite character was probably Joana, but I loved all of them too.

I definitely loved this book more than Between Shades of Gray and didn’t know much about it going into it so I was pleasantly surprised to see that Salt to the Sea took place during the same time era nearly as Between Shades of Gray.

I’m excited to see what Ruta writes next!


A historical fiction book with characters that brought the story to life and a plot propelled by secrets.

My Rating:

4.5 stars

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

P.s. This will probably be my last post for July, apart from my July wrap up since I’m leaving today for a sleep away journalism camp!

This or That Book Tag

 This or That Book Tag

Ayunda @  Tea and Paperbacks has tagged me to do the This or That Book Tag!

The Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks).
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love!

One: Reading on the couch or on the bed?

Definitely bed. Beds are versatile in that you can read laying on your stomach or sitting up

Two: Male main character or female main character?

Female main character, mainly because I’m a  female, though it’s always refreshing and interesting reading from a male main character

Three: Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

Sweet! I’m a sweet addict!

Four: Trilogies or quartets?

Probably quartets because sometimes trilogies think that they need to cram for the last book so a fourth book would tie up some loose ends.

Five: First person point of view or third person point of view?

First person probably, because again, the majority of books I read are in first person.

Six: Reading at night or in the morning?

I get most of my reading done at night so night is my answer.

Seven: Libraries or bookstores?

Libraries! Free books, I can check out as many as I want!

Eight: Books that make you laugh or make you cry?

Laugh! I love funny books and what’s even better are books that aren’t meant to be comical like Harry Potter, but certain characters just make you laugh anyway, like George and Fred. And Percy Jackson is also hilarious.

Nine: Black book covers or white book covers?

Black, that way my fingerprint smudges or anything else won’t ruin the book too much.

Ten: Character driven or plot driven stories?

I feel like the characters make the story more than the plot for me.

I tag:

Veda @ Crown Print

Mariana @ Fireheart Books

Lauren @ Comma Hangover

Thanks for reading!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser