New Book Releases | April 2021

March 23rd, 2021

Hi Readers!

Some of the April releases you should definitely check out! There are some fantastic books to look forward to with queer characters, hate to love romances and twisted retellings.

YA Contemporary

Anna K. Away by Jenny Lee Flatiron Books
Releases: April 27th
About: Sequel to Anna K, a retelling of Anna Karenina

She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen Roaring Book Press
Releases: April 20th
About: Sapphic hate to love with basketball.

Kate In Waiting by Becky Albertalli Penguin
Releases: April 22nd
About: Best friends fall for the same guy

Zara Hossain Is Here by Sabrina Khan Scholastic Press
Releases: April 6th
About: Pakistani immigrant’s future is at risk after something happens that puts her visa status at stake.

Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve Amulet Books
Releases: April 13th
About: Gender questioning teen gets ast as Romeo in the school play.

Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau Delacorte Press
Releases: April 6th
About: American girl goes to a French ballet school and gets a tour of Paris from a charming French boy.

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp Little, Brown
Releases: April 6th
About: Penelope Prado dreams of opening a pastry restaurant, but her parents have other plans for her.

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses by Kristen O’Neal Quirk Books
Releases: April 27th
About: Premed student gets diagnosed with Lyme’s disease in her sophomore year.

Adult Contemporary

The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent Viking
Releases: April 15th
About: Birdy Finch runs away and takes a Summer job that isn’t hers.

The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson
Releases: April 1st
About: Twelve-year-old loses best friend

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne William Morrow
Releases: April 13th
About: Ruthie Midona is dedicated to her work and has forgotten there’s a life outside of it.

The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary Quercus
Releases: April 29th
About: Sisters road trip to a wedding goes awry when it’s highjacked by Addie’s ex and his best friend.

Mystery/Thriller

You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes Random House
Releases: April 6th
About: Book Three In The ‘You’ Series

When The Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain Ballentine Books
Releases: April 13th
About: A detective hiding away from the world. A series of disappearances that reach into her past. Can solving them help her heal?

Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone Scribner
Releases: April 20th
About: El, who created the imaginary world of ‘mirrorland’ with her twin sister Cat, goes missing.

The Dinner Guest by B.P. Walter One More Chapter
Releases: April 1st
About: Four dinner guests enter a dining room, and one never comes out.

Sci/Fi & Fantasy

The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout Blue Box Press
Releases: April 20th
About: Book Three in Blood and Ash

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint Wildfire
Releases: April 29th
About: Greek myth retelling of Theseus and Minotaur

First, Become Ashes by K.M. Szpara Tor
Releases: April 6th
About: Man spends his life training to fight monsters who turn out not to be real.

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman Simon Pulse
Releases: April 6th
About: 18 year old Nami’s life is just beginning when she is killed and finds herself where human conciousness goes when disconnected from it’s body.

Malie by Heather Walter Del Rey
Releases: April 13th
About: A twist on the tale of Sleeping Beauty.

The Beautiful Ones by Silia-Oreno Garia Tor
Releases: April 27th
About: Socialites meets magic.

Non-Fiction

The Light of Days by Judy Batalion William Marrow
Releases: April 6th
About: The Untold Stories of Women Resistance Fights In Hitler’s Ghettos

Broken by Jenny Lawson Henry Holt and Co
Releases: April 6th
About: Mental health & humour

Why She Wrote by Lauren Burke, Hannah K. Chapman & Kaley Bales
Releases: April 20th Chronicle Books
About: A Graphic History of the Lives, Inspiration, and Influence Behind the Pens of Classic Women Writers

Jane Austen’s Best Friend by Zoe Wheddon
Releases: April 28th Pen & Sword History
About: The Life and Influence of Martha Floyd

I hope you enjoy these April releases!

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

New Book Releases | March 2021

February 17th, 2021

Hi Readers!

Another month of book releases is coming our way and here are some of the most exciting!

YA Contemporary

Perfect On Paper by Sophie Gonzales Wednesday Books
Releases: March 9th
About: Bi girl gives great dating advice. Sucks at dating herself.

Yolk by Mary H.K Choi Simon and Schuster
Releases: March 2nd
About: Estranged sisters come together when one of them is dying.

Once Upon A Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira HarpeTeen
Releases: March 2nd
About: Unpaid Summer internship leads Carmen being forced to dance with her most regrettable ex.

Follow Your Arrow by Jess Verdi Scholastic
Releases: March 2nd
About: Internet famous Cece falls for internet hater Josh

I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre Underlined
Releases: March 2nd
About: Rival film makers start to see each other through a different lense

Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore Bloomsbury
Releases: March 9th
About: Genderqueer teen takes a stand against discriminatory high school

Bruised by Tanya Boteju Simon Pulse
Releases: March 23rd
About: Daya, grieving her recently passed parents, becomes hooked to roller derby.

When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert Simon Schuster
Releases: March 9th
About: Beth and her tight-knit circle of friends make a pact to protect their friend Jason.

Adult Contemporary

Just Like In The Movies by Heidi Rice HarperCollins
Releases: March 12th
About: Celebrated film maker leaves his lifes work to friend and nephew who clash.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown Berkley Books
Releases: March 9th
About: Third book in the Brown Sisters series.

The Dating Plan by Sara Desai Berkley Books
Releases: March 16th
About: Childhood sweethearts become fake fiances

Good Eggs by Rebecca Hardiman Atria Books
Releases: March 2nd
About: Follows three generations of a boisterous Irish family.

Mystery/Thriller

Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson William Morrow
Releases: March 23rd
About: Brides one-night stand shows up on her honeymoon.

The Lake by Natasha Preson Delacorte Press
Releases: March 2nd
About: A summer camp full of secrets.

She’s Too Pretty To Burn by Wendy Heard Henry Holt & Co
Releases: March 30th
About: YA thriller inspired by The Picture of Dorian Grey

Too Good To Be True by Carola Lovering St Martin’s Press
Released: March 2nd
About: Can Skye trust the man who’s just proposed to her?

Historical Fiction

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi Penguin, Viking
Releases: March 4th
About: Follows a Ghanaian family in Alabama

You Let Me Go by Eliza Graham Lake Union Publishing
Releases: March 25th
About: A secret family history of love, anguish and betrayal

Bones of a Saint by Grant Farley Soho Teen
Releases: March 2nd
About: Coming-of-age set in the ’70s

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner Legend Press
Releases: March 2nd
About: A female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn William Marrow
Releases: March 9th
About: A World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.

Of Women and Salt by Gabriel Garcia Flatiron Books
Releases: March 30th
About: A daughter’s fateful choice, a mother motivated by her own past, and a family legacy that begins in Cuba before either of them were born.

The Manningtree Witches by A.K. Blakemore Granta Books
Releases: March 4th
About: The English witch trials.

Sci/Fi & Fantasy

Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare Margaret K. McElderry
Releases: March 2nd
About: Book Two in the Last Hours trilogy.

Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab Scholastic
Releases: March 2nd
About: Third book in the Cassidy Blake series.

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo Orion
Releases: March 30th
About: Book Two in King of Scars duology.

Lost In the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas Swoon Reads
Releases: March 23rd
About: Peter Pan retelling.

Infinity Reaper by Adam Silvera Quill Tree Books
Releases: March 2nd
About: Delayed Book Two in Infinity Cycle

Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft Wednesday Books
Releases: March 2nd
About: He saw the darkness in her magic. She saw the magic in his darkness.

The Queens Secret by Melissa De La Cruz G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books
Releases: March 2nd
About: Book two in The Queens Secret duology.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro Knopf
Releases: March 2nd
About: Klara is an Artificial Friend who remains hopeful a customer will someday choose her.

Non-Fiction

You’re History by Lesley Crow Repeater Books
Releases: March 9th
About: Raucous, sensual and sublime: how twelve pioneering female artists rewrote the rules of pop.

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez Abrams Press
Releases: March 2nd
About: This non-fiction about data bias in a world designed by men comes out in paperback.

What book release are you most looking forward to this March?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

21 New Romance Books For 2021

February 6th, 2021

Hi Readers!

Tis’ the season of romance! Here are some of the hottest romance books being released in 2021!

You Have A Match by Emma Lord

Release Date: January 5th
Young Adult
About: When Abby takes a DNA test she doesn’t expect to find out she has a secret older sister. They meet up at a Summer camp where her crush will also be to uncover the truth about why her parents never mentioned her.

Love Is A Revolution by Renee Watson

Release Date: February 2nd
Young Adult
About: Nala starts liking someone who is involved in activism and to impress him she tells a few lies.

Much Ado About You by Samantha Young

Release Date: February 2nd
Adult
About: After being stood up for a date and passed over for a promotion at work Evie decides to take a holiday to a bookshop in the English countryside and finds herself a farmer.

You’ve Got Mail by Kate G. Smith

Release Date: February 8th
Adult
About: Grace hits a new low on the dating scene when she receives a dumping email meant for someone else.

Perfect On Paper by Sophie Gonzales

Release Date: March 9th
Young Adult
About: Darcy Phillips is a bisexual girl with no love life but gives great dating advice.

Just Like In The Movies by Heidi Rice

Release Date: March 12th
Adult
About: A celebrated film maker leaves part of his lifes work, an independent cinema, to his friend and assistant Ruby and his nephew Luke.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibert

Release Date: March 9th
Adult
About: The third in the Brown sisters series.

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

Release Date: April 7th
Young Adult
About: Two teens from restaurant rival families fall in love.

Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve

Release Date: April 13th
Young Adult
About: Dean Foster knows he’s a trans guy. But everyone still thinks he’s a lesbian, including his girlfriend.

The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent

Release Date: April 15th
Adult
About: Birdy Finch has run away from her life and into her friends Heathers, taking her Summer job in a Scotland luxury hotel.

Kate In Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Release Date: April 20th
Young Adult
About: Kate and Anderson long lasting friendship is in danger when they both get a crush on the same person.

She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

Release Date: April 20th
Young Adult
About: Two high school nemesis fall in love.

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

Release Date: May 4th
Adult
About: Trans blogger thinks he knows everything it takes to make a relationship perfect, until he gets in one himself.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Release Date: June 1st
Adult
About: The ‘Red White and Royal Blue’ authors second book is about a sub-way crush with a hint of time travel.

May the Best Man Win by Z.R. Ellor

Release Date: May 18th
Young Adult
About: A trans boy enters a throw down battle for homecoming King with the boy he dumped last Summer.

The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver

Release Date: June 1st
Young Adult
About: When Liam’s older brother dies, he finds himself spending more time with his brothers best friend Marcus.

The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary

Releas Date: June 1st
Adult
About: Addie and her sister begin an exciting road trip to their friends wedding, when their car is hit by none other than Addie’s ex.

Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson

Release Date: July 1st
Young Adult
About: Two girls escape trip to the big city quickly becomes a disaster.

You And Me On Vacation by Emily Henry

Release Date: July 8th
Adult
About: When Poppy and Alex first met, they hated each other. But that turned to friendship, which turned to them spending one vacation together for the past 10 Summers and now their spending one last vacation together.

Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon

Release Date: July 15th
Adult
About: Two rival app developers clash again, and again, and again.

The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon

Release Date: August 17th
Adult
About: Book two in Rochons The Boyfriend Project series. This one features fake dating.

Which of these are you most looking forward to reading?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

New Book Releases | February 2021

January 25th, 2021

Hi Readers!

For the first time last year I did monthly posts where I talked about all the exciting releases coming out that month. I want to do the same this year, but try and improve it.

This year I’ll talk about more books, list it by genre and try and do the synopsis in one sentance (which I had a lot of fun with but if you want to know more there’s a link to all of their goodreads).

Here are some of the big book releases coming in February!

YA Contemporary

Sanctuary Highway by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry
Releases: February 2nd
About: Dystopian confederate America

Love Is A Revolution by Renee Watson Bloomsbury
Releases: February 2nd
About: When love and activism clash

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonando Holiday House
Releases: February 2nd
About: Fat, biracial teen loves herself

As Far As You’ll Take Me by Phil Stamper Bloomsbury
Releases: February 9th
About: Finally he’s out and proud

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le Simon Schuster
Releases: February 9th
About: Rival restaurant romance

Bad Habits by Flynn Meaney Penguin
Releases: February 11th
About: Feminist performs ‘the vagina monologues’ for Catholic Schools

Adult Contemporary

Much Ado About You by Samantha Young Berkley
Releases: February 2nd
About: British bookshop romance

Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon St Martins Griffin
Releases: February 2nd
About: Hate to love office wars

This Close To Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith Grand Central Publishing
Releases: February 2nd
About: Two people healing over coffee

Mystery/Thriller

The Project by Courtney Summers Wednesday Books
Releases: February 2nd
About: Concerned sister exposes a cult?

The Shadow Box by Luanne Rice Thomas & Mercer
Releases: February 1st
About: Woman suspects husband attempted to murder her

The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor Ballentine Books
Releases: February 9th
About: Quiet English village isn’t so quiet

Historical Fiction

The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah St Martin’s Press
Releases: February 2nd
About: The pursuit of the American Dream during the Great Depression

Yesterday Is History by Kosoko Johnson Sourcebooks Fire
Releases: February 2nd
About: Liver transplant sends boy back in time

Dearest Josephine by Caroline George Thomas Nelson
Releases: February 2nd
About: Woman discovers love letters that are two-hundred years old

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles John Murray
Releases: February 9th
About: Based on the true heroic acts of Paris librarians in WWII

A Net For Small Fishes by Lucy Jago Bloomsbury
Releases: February 11th
About: Based on a true scandal that rocked James I’s court

Fantasy

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna Delacorte
Releases: February 9th
About: Outsider invited to join army of girls like her

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas Bloomsbury
Releases: February 16th
About: Continuation of the Court of Thorns and Roses series

The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa Inkyard Press
Releases: February 9th
About: Puck from A Midsummer Nights Dream tells his story

The Desolations of Devils Acre by Ransom Riggs Dutton
Releases: February 23rd
About: Sixth addition to the Miss Peregines series

The Witches Heart by Genevieve Gornichec Ace Books
Releases: February 9th
About: Banished witch falls for legendary trickster Loki

Non-Fiction

Brown Baby by Nickesh Shukla Pan Macmillan
Releases: February 11th
About: A memoir of race, family and home

How To Avoid and Climate Disaster by Bill Gates Allen Lane
Releases: February 16th
About: The title says it all

Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain One World
Releases: February 2nd
About: A community history of African-America 1619-2019

What February release are you most excited to read?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

2021 Book Releases I’m Already Excited For | Blogmas

December 7th, 2020

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Hi Readers!

Yes, we’re still in 2020, but I can’t be the only person who has already started looking ahead to next year.

Some big book releases have already been announced, and whilst I hate waiting, at least they give us something to look forward to. Here are 12 books I’m most excited for.

// A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer // January 12th //

This is book three in a fantasy series I’ve really enjoyed this past year. It started out as a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with ‘A Curse So Dark and Lonely’ and is now a fully fledged fantasy world of it’s own.

I love the characters, the drama, the romance, the tension. It’s a great series, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t always enjoy a fantasy book. I’m so excited for book three!

// Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid // May 27th //

I’ve loved Reid’s latest two books (along with pretty much everyone else I think). This sounds like another interesting look at fame that I’m sure will have me googling just to make sure this isn’t about real people.

It follows four famous siblings who come together to celebrate the end of Summer, and over the course of the party, all their lives change forever.

// Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi // March 4th //

I know this has already been released for a lot of people in the world, but in the UK we’ll have to wait until March before it’s published here.

This is Yaa Gyasi’s second novel. Her first, Homeoging, was a favourite of mine a couple of years ago and I’m excited to read more from her. This is all about a medical student looking to find the scientific bases for the suffering all around her.

// She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen // April 20th //

This book sounds so cute!

This is a sapphic, YA romance about a cheerleader and a girl on the basketball team. It sounds like a hate to love and I am so ready for the tension and accidental flirting!


// Kate In Waiting by Becky Albertalli // April 10th //

I’m always going to be excited for a new Becky Albertalli release. I don’t even need to know what it’s about.

But I’m sure you would like to, so this is about two lifelong friends Kate and Anderson who are really close, until they both get a crush on the same person… awkward.

// The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver // June 1st //

Deaver wrote this years YA hit ‘I Wish You All The Best’ which I haven’t read yet personally, but definitely want to.

This one sounds like a gut-wrencher as it is about Liam, who’s older brother was killed in a hit-and-run. He begins to spend more time with his brothers best friend, and finds out through him more about who his brother really was.

// A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas // February 16th //

I knows there’s a lot of valid criticism of Mass’s books, but I still really enjoy them. They’re just fun and kind of addictive so I will probably be picking this up from the library when it comes out.

This is a continuation of her Fae series. I believe it follows some side characters we met in A Court of Mist and Fury.

// Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare // March 2nd //

I’m nowhere near ready to start on the latest Shadowhunter trilogy. I’m only up to book four in my reread and I don’t even know when I’ll be able to pick that up.

But, if by some miracle I’m ready for this by March 2nd, I will definitely pick it up straight away. I’ve heard so many amazing things about Chain of Gold.

// Survive the Night by Riley Sager // June 29th //

Riley Sager turned out to be the surprise of 2020 for me. I know a lot of you were probably already aware of how good his books are, but he’d completely escaped my notice until I picked up Home Before Dark and found a new favourite author in him.


// Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson // July 1st //

This doesn’t have a cover yet. Who knows if this is even official. But it’s on goodreads and I am excited so I’m counting it and hopefully we will be getting a new Morgan Matson book in 2021.





What 2021 releases are you most looking forward to?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

Book Releases | October 2020

International Women's Day Reading Recommendations

Hi Readers!

We’re coming to the end of year now and some of my most anticipated releases of 2020 are finally being released. There’s a lot I’m excited for, but a couple I just can’t wait to get my hands on.

I’ll also be talking about a book to movie adaptation I’m really looking forward to.

Books

The Searcher by Tana French // October 6th // I’ve seen Tana French’s books around before but I have yet to pick one up. This one sounds particularly up my alley though as it’s a mystery following a retired detective.

The Invisible Life of Abbie LaRue by V.E. Schwab // October 6th // One of my most anticipated releases of the year. I did have the pleasure of getting an arc so I have already read it. My reviews coming soon but, spoiler, I loved it.

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton // October 6th // Another mystery thriller I can’t wait to get my hands on. I did also get an early arc of this but the format went weird on my kindle so I wasn’t able to read that version unfortunately. I have it reserved at the library though.

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater // October 13th // This is a graphic novel about twins who are complete opposites. Because this is a graphic novel it doesn’t really appeal to me, but I have enjoyed Stiefvater before so I wanted to include this one.

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow // October 13th // I love fantasy historical fiction and this one sounds perfect for Halloween as it’s about… well… witches.

The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo // October 6th // I don’t know if I’m excited about this but if you’re a superfan of the Grisha Verse I’m sure this is a must have.

Memorial by Bryan Washington // October 27th // This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it. It’s LGBTQ+ about a couple who are no longer sure why they’re together.

Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls: 100 Imigrant Women Who Changed the World // October 13th // I think this is the third in the ‘Goodnight Stories’ series. They’re a collection of educational but fun take on bedtime stories.

In A Holidaze by Lauren Oliver // October 6th // I’ll be waiting until December to read this, but I’m so excited and already know I’m going to love it. I just love a good Christmas romance.

Adaptations

The Haunting of Bly Manor // Netflix, October 9th //

Based On The Turn Of the Screw by Henry James

Now, I personally won’t be watching this. Not because I don’t think it looks good, but because I am too much of a wimp. But this is one of those few occassions where I truly wish I wasn’t, because I just love this cast.

Rebecca // Neflix, October 26th //

Based On Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

I know some people are feeling trepedatious about this adaptation, but I am so excited for it. I love Lily James and whilst I’m not expecting this to be a completely faithful adaption (Armie Hammer needs to be about 20 years older for starters) I’m still excited.

Death On The Nile // Cinemas, October 16th //

Based On Death On the Nile by Agatha Christie

Armie Hammer fans are being fed this October. This is another one I definitely won’t be seeing as I’m staying away from Cinemas, but when this comes out for home release I will be straight on it. This adaptation of an Agatha Christie classic has a seriously star studded cast!

What are you looking forward to this month?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

Looks Like We’re All Rereading Twilight Soon…

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Hi Readers!

Who would have thought in 2020 the Twilight fanbase would rise once again?

Most of us who were fans of Twilight in it’s height of success are in our 20s now and probably haven’t picked up the books for a good few years (I know I haven’t). But for a lot of us it was the series that introduced us to YA and possibly reading? We have a lot to thank it for so I’m embracing this resurgence.

And why is Twilight returning to every ones thoughts you may be wondering? Well if you haven’t heard the news Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight Saga is finally releasing ‘Midnight Sun,’ the version of Twilight: Book One retold in Edwards perspective.

When the news came out on Monday my first reaction was to actually just laugh. First off the pomegranate on the front cover is kind of freaking me out but also this is a book Twilight fans have known about for years.

Ages ago I think when the movies where just coming out Meyer revealed she was rewriting Twilight from Edwards POV and it would be called Midnight Sun. Well after that the manuscript for the book was leaked and we never heard Stephanie mention it again.

Until, that is, now. I think Stephenie just looked at the world right now and thought, ‘I know exactly what they need,’ and I thank her for that.

So yes. I will be rereading Twilight. I didn’t think I would ever say that to be honest with you. Paranormal Romance is not a genre I enjoy anymore and I haven’t read Twilight since 2015. But I’m ready for the nostalgia to hit me like a ton of bricks so bring it on.

Anybody else planning on rereading Twilight? I think I’ll be doing mine in June/July.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X