So, I’ve finally gotten around to reading more books from tiktok and as we know it’s always hit or miss. However, these were all a hit!
Psycho Shifters (Cruel Alphaverse #1)
After growing up with nothing, I’ve finally found my path to freedom: I’m a shifter, an elite soldier who transforms into a monster. All I have to do is survive. I didn’t count on my three 6’5 roommates. Covered in tattoos, jeweled, and horned, these are like no men I’ve ever dealt with before. They don’t think I belong. They don’t think I’m strong enough for war. They don’t think I can fight. I’m about to prove them wrong.
This is a dark paranormal reverse harem bully romance. Not for the faint of heart – this story is about three psycho alpha shifters and the girl who stands her ground.
Now this is what I want when I need a brain break from heavier reads/work/life. The premise and world-building are enough to keep you reading—and yes, there are some plot holes, but overall I read it in one night and immediately downloaded the next book. Only a one in spiciness because the first book was mainly sexual tension. However, there was some M/M that definitely took me by surprise as I did not read the warnings/triggers. So, if you have any definitely check before you start this one. Also, big plot twist and cliffhanger at the end of this one!
Number of times I closed this book due to second-hand embarrassment: 0
Psycho Fae (Cruel Alphaverse #2)
Fight for survival in the deadly gladiator Fae Games.
Jax, Cobra, and Ascher are now my teammates.
We’re fighting for our lives. And our futures.
But nothing is at it seems, and for every secret we uncover, another unfolds.
Under the spiteful watch of Xerxes and the evil Fae Queen, it’s not clear we’re going to survive.
Can we work together? Or will we implode?
The second book in this series is unfortunately not as good. However, it’s not terrible by any means. The amount of cringy one-liners that I think only a millennial moonlighting as a GENz would actually write increases significantly in the second book and so, therefore, did my second-hand embarrassment. However, the cliff hanger at the end of this one was sooo good, so I’m very excited for the next book to come out.
Number of times I closed this book due to second-hand embarrassment: 3
Now for a completely different genre…
The Atlas Six
The Alexandrian Society is a secret society of magical academicians, the best in the world. Their members are caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity. And those who earn a place among their number will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams. Each decade, the world’s six most uniquely talented magicians are selected for initiation – and here are the chosen few…
I already have a full review of this book you can check out, but I was convinced to read it by, of course, tiktok. Usually, my feed only recommends me adult content…I wonder why…and while this certainly has some spice, this is a modern fantasy with strong dark academia vibes and heavy emphasis on character development. I would recommend this book to those who often read Science Fiction but are hesitant to dive into fantasy.
It Ends With Us
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up — she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Arguably one of the most popular books of the moment, I came to this book after unsuccessfully trying to try Hoover’s Ugly Love. This novel, however, kept my attention the whole time and quickly had me rooting for Lily. While the novel is spot-on contemporary romance tone, it’s more talked about for its discussion of abusive relationships. While the book’s tone and length make it hard for Hoover to be thorough, I thought the subjects were treated with compassion and empathy, and at the end of the day, I don’t ask for much more from my books.
Watch this space for more tiktok books! I’ve also read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Song of Achilles, and The Love Hypothesis…