Webtoon Wednesdays: BOO! It's Sex Review

This comic was a collaboration between Monica Gallagher and Danielle Corsetto to create a proper sex ed comic for girls. I didn’t know what to expect when I started it, I just came across it while scrolling through the Webtoon app at midnight. By the time I forced myself to stop reading, I was 40 episodes in and had learned sooo much that I would have never found out any other way.

In this story, 4 girls move into a house near their college for their freshman year. It is an abandoned old sorority house, and they find some remnants of the girls who used to live there when they move in. One was an old tequila bottle that they open, and a ghost named Tara pops out! She was a sorority girl when she died, was happily sexually active, and is determined to help these four girls live their best SAFE lives in college.

I didn’t even know that this comic was supposed to be a sort of Sex Ed until I actually got into the series. I just thought that it had a unique title and wanted to see what it was about. Then, I started learning things that I had never known before, stuff that I wanted to send to my other friends who are in college. This comic should honestly be required reading for high schools and colleges, it teaches so much important information. Sex should not be a taboo topic as teens are likely to have sex with or without proper education, so it is more important that they are given the tools to make educated decisions. That is what this comic/proper sex education does, helps you make educated decisions about your body and your life.

This comic also has a unique and compelling story about the love lives of the individual girls. The girls all have different sexual orientations and levels of sexual activity, so Tara has to tailor her lessons to each of them individually. Their stories grow as the comic goes on, and Tara just keeps popping in as the helpful and friendly ghost.

I would definitely recommend this comic to anyone looking for good sex ed materials, or to anyone looking for a good story with amazing art. I hope that these authors get together to create another comic, whether educational or purely for entertainment.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 paintbrushes.

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Stuck Blog Tour Plus Review


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Stuck
(Stitch Trilogy #3)
By Samantha Durante
YA Dystopian, SciFi
Paperback & ebook, 306 Pages
December 15, 2018

3, 2, 1… BOOM.

Things are finally looking up for the Resistance. Sure, Alessa is still processing the revelation that the best friend she’d presumed dead is miraculously alive, though far from well… And her boyfriend is being manipulated under threat of blackmail. But her quest for justice against those behind the systematic extermination of the world population is so close to victory she can taste it.

And then in a matter of seconds, everything Alessa believes in is shaken to the core. Months of preparation are obliterated. The people she cares for most are lost.

But Alessa is still standing. And Paragon must pay.

The odds are grim, but unexpected allies surface in the most unlikely of places: A new pair of citizens still under the colony’s rule who notice something amiss in the latest drama. An old adversary who realizes the error of her ways. And a veritable army of inhuman power and terrible strength, with an insatiable thirst for vengeance. The trustworthiness of each of these factions is yet to be proven, but without many other options, Alessa may have to take what she can get. Especially since the Engineers, never to be outdone, also have a few more tricks up their sleeves…

The long-awaited final installment in the riveting Stitch Trilogy, Stuck will have readers gripping their seats as Alessa and a handful of intrepid survivors usher their harrowing journey to a close, risking everything as they endeavor – once and for all – to set things right.

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I have been loving this series so far! I finished Book 1 and Book 2 recently, and I am currently around 50% of the way through this one. I can tell you guys that it has been great so far, but very suspenseful, and I can’t wait to show you all my review of it. Look for my Book 2 review tomorrow, and my Book 1 review is below!

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It’s only been three days, and already everything is different.

Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa’s life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she’d counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she’d thought she’d tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she’s discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.

And then there are the visions.

The memory-altering “stitch” unlocked something in Alessa’s mind, and now she can’t shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers – and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world’s sorry history – will soon leave Alessa reeling…

The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante’s shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.

Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa’s body screams at her to run… but yet she’s powerless to move.

Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees – and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell – Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.

Because what Alessa hasn’t figured out yet is that she’s not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university’s idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface…

The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results.

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Alessa is a college student, but she has been through a lot in the past year. She started her senior year off strong, but then her parents passed away, and she was left alone. Her grades dropped and she barely got her college applications in and ended up attending a smaller college that she had originally wanted. Now, she is healing in college, and she loves her roommate/best friend for helping her through. She thinks that her biggest worries are her midterms coming up, but then she finds out that there are more sinister things happening at her school.

This premise for a science fiction novel is so unique, and that truly drew me in. I was completely committed to the college story, and when the truth came out, I was astonished. The secret was revealed a bit abruptly, but that was how it had to be to fit in with the story. I won’t spoil anything as the secrets aren’t actually revealed until the story is almost over, but it was good.

The ghost storyline was interesting, and I didn’t quite understand why it was included until the end of the book, but I definitely enjoyed it. I can’t wait to read more about it in the next book in the trilogy!

My only complaint about this story was that the end felt a bit rushed. The story felt nice and drawn out in the beginning, but after the secrets were revealed, it felt like a mad dash to the end of the book. I hope that the next book in the series takes its time just a wee bit more so that I can really start to learn more about the characters.

Besides the sped up plot, there was quite a bit of character development, again, mostly based around spoilers. I loved learning more about Alessa and her adventures in college, and then her complete transformation after the secret was revealed. There were also no grammar errors that I noticed in this edition of the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new upper YA or NA science fiction trilogy with a strong female main character.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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About the Author

Samantha lives in Westchester County, New York with four of the five loves of her life – her husband, son, younger daughter, and cat – and carries her fifth love, her stillborn daughter, in her heart. An avid reader herself, Samantha’s dream is to bring the same delight to readers that other authors have brought to her life. In addition to penning novels and writing candidly about grief, she is also a sometimes freelance writer/consultant – though more often than not these days she’s on full-time mom duty! A former software engineer, Samantha said goodbye to the corporate world in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and lifelong love of writing. Learn more at www.samanthadurante.com.

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Tour Schedule

December 10th:
Launch
Andi’s Young Adult Books
Mythical Books
December 11th:
Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters
Paulette’s Papers
December 12th:
JeanzBookReadNReview
Lisa Loves Literature
December 13th:
Coffee, Books and Cakes
Why Not? Because I Said So!
December 14th:
FUONLYKNEW
Bri’s Book Nook
December 17th:
Colorimetry
Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
December 18th:
Lovely Reads
Chapter Break
Words Are the Breath Of Life
December 19th:
Books & Such
Bri’s Book Nook
December 20th:
fundinmental
Coffee, Books and Cakes
December 21st:
Christy’s Cozy Corners
Oh Hey! Books.
December 22nd:
Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

1 First Place Winner will receive: Signed Print Copies of All 3 Books in the Trilogy, a Limited-Edition Stitch Scarf, Bookmarks, and a $15 Amazon Gift Card
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The Versatile Blogger Award!

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I was tagged for this award twice, by Mandy at Devouring Books, and Soulful Spirit at Our Crazy Life. Thank you guys so much for these tags!

RULES!

• If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award
• Thank the person who gave you the award
• Include a link to their blog
• Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
• Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
• Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

Since I was tagged twice, I will give you 14 things about myself.

1) I am an 18-year-old African-American girl.

2) I am a freshman in college studying Global Business!

3) I was homeschooled until high school. Then I switched to public school, which wasn’t that bad.

4) I’m a fairly good test taker and got a 1500/1600 on my SAT on my second try. Didn’t really affect where I went to college, as my school’s Honors program barely required over a

5) I love Kpop and have seen Day6, Astro, VAV, and DPR in concert. I am going to see ACE in NYC in December. My favorite concert was VAV because I got a free autographed album and got to have a fan sign with the members, and I got called on stage! My least favorite was DPR, the venue was awful and someone shoved their way into my place on the balcony at the start of the concert so I just gave up and watched the concert on the little TV’s on the couch.

6) I read ebooks really quickly, but I enjoy reading physical copies more. I can also be a little more judgemental with physical copies though, as I find myself remembering the small details that I didn’t like in the story more.

7) The game in my Steam library with the most hours is Stardew Valley, at 81 hours. I got about 20-30 of those hours in a week or two in the summer of  2016. I had nothing to do, and I fell in love with the game so I just played it nonstop. It almost made me sick, I was getting up, playing the game, eating, playing, and sleeping. I was dreaming about the game! But after I stretched to a more healthy amount of play, I enjoyed it more.

8) I think that the game I have played the most in all my life was the virtual world Build A Bear Ville or Bearville for short. I played that game from the time it came out in 2007 until around 2011, but then I stopped playing for a bit and tried out other games. I tried out SecretBuilders, Club Penguin, Pixie Hollow, and Webkinz, but I just kept coming back to Bearville. I loved it so much! Then it shut down, and I wish I had played it more when I had the chance.

9) I have both food and environmental allergies. The foods I am most allergic too are mostly types of nuts, such as peanuts and walnuts. I handle my allergies fairly well, but more often than not I have some sort of sinus issue going on.

10) One of my new dreams is to be invited to be on a panel at someplace like BookExpo. I would love to be able to tell others about how I got started reviewing books, and encourage other kids to do what I did. But I think I need to have more followers before I will get invited to anything like that XD

11) I want to support as many African American and other minority authors as possible. Sometimes I see that they are pushed to the site in the publishing world, so I hope to be able to connect with them and support them on their journies.

12) I love watching documentaries or opinionated BookTube videos as I procrastinate on something.

13) There are three things that I remember staying up late at night to do when I was a kid, or waking up early in the morning to sneak in an hour or two. 1) Read Harry Potter. 2) Play Club Penguin for DS Lite. 3) Play Toy Story 3 for DS Lite. These seem so random and I don’t know why my 10-year-old mind chose those things, but I did.

14) I struggle with high fantasy novels, but I always want to read that genre of books and get swept up into a new world. I just can’t keep track of everything.

15) My real name isn’t Briennai, but Alex. I created Briennai because I used it in video games and because I was only 16 and didn’t really want people looking for me. Now I want to be able to use this blog for job interviews and the like so I might go by my real name more.

My Nominations!

Reading Between Wines

Clemi’s Bookish World

Ya On My Mind

Kyera’s Library

Victorique And Her Thoughts

Reader Fox

Caitlin Stern Writes

She Always Reads

Fifty Shades of Book Site

The Opinionated Reader

The Curious SFF Reader

BookSnuggle

Just Writing

Merv Reads

Re-enchantment Of The World

No pressure to do it if you have a busy schedule! I just wanted to surprise you, so I don’t know how your schedules are. If you do the tag, I hope you have fun with it!

TBR Tuesday

What books have you read this week and haven’t gotten the chance to review?

A Thread in Time:: The Chronicles of Darius Book 14 (The Dagger of Destiny)TightNeon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Volume 1Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Divergent, #0.1 - 0.4)A Nanny For the Reclusive BillionaireThe Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 3

Books that I plan to read within the next week

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight, #3.5)The CurseThe Girl Who Knew Da Vinci (Out of Time Thriller, #1)Lies & Secrets (Boston Latte #1)Jilliand

What else do you have to review?

Citrus (Anime) – Legendado Online (Completo) [Novo ...

I’ll admit, I don’t watch much anime. However, I have been in a reading slump this week, so I binged all 12 episodes of this anime in 2 days because I didn’t feel like doing anything else. It has an…interesting storyline to say the least, and I plan to review the episodes individually sometime this month.

Any other news?

So, I didn’t quite succeed at my plan to finish every late review copy I had received by the end of the summer. I did get through a lot, and I have finished 214 books so far this year! That’s saying a lot! I just can’t say no to people, and I have had a lot of people ask me directly to review their stuff this summer. I am going to try to get through as much as I can this week, but I have already read myself into one slump, and I can’t afford to do that again with some of the fun tours that I have coming up. I will also probably take a little break next week and only post the reviews for books that I have already read, as I will be starting college! I probably won’t have my laptop yet, as I am still waiting for my honors program to give those out to us, but then once I have it, I will be able to write reviews and read books in between classes. Before then, I won’t have much time as most of my day will be spent on campus rather than in front of my computer at home.

That all being said, I hope you guys have a great week and take some time to read some of the awesome posts that I have scheduled!