I Kissed Alice started out very strong, and I was excited to see where it would take me. I've actually read a few similar books befoWell, I'm drained.
I Kissed Alice started out very strong, and I was excited to see where it would take me. I've actually read a few similar books before, and I love the real life enemies, online lovers plotline. Plus, queen teens! I had very high hopes.
However, though this book is billed as a romantic comedy, there is nothing, and I mean nothing funny about this story. Mainly, it's about frenemies being pretty terrible to one another.
It's also not really romantic. It's more of a drama with LGBT teens, and I wish it was billed as that. I kept waiting for it to pick up and live up to expectations, but time and time again, it didn't. There are some very interesting issues at play, and both MCs have a lot of personal issues and drama to work through, but it wasn't a good love story.
A toxic relationship and unlikable MCs made even the fairly good writing difficult to get through. This story was not for me,
One of my favorite Christina Lauren books ever, In a Holidaze was the super-sweet, friends-to-lovers Christmastime romance that my heart and mind needOne of my favorite Christina Lauren books ever, In a Holidaze was the super-sweet, friends-to-lovers Christmastime romance that my heart and mind needed right now. I adored it, and stayed up until 5 am to finish.
I have a guilty pleasure confession: I love Groundhog's Day.
Yeah, I know, some people hate it, but it always strikes me as extremely romantic, and I'm a sucker for Bill Murray. So when I read the description for In a Holidaze, I knew I needed it. And it was everything I had hoped it would be.
In a Holidaze is a low-angst, cozy, sweet read. There are lots of supporting characters (important friends and family), and instead of the plot feeling cluttered, it all made sense. I really liked the role that everyone played in the story, and I felt like I knew this family intimately.
I also fell head-over-heels for both MCs. Mae was extremely relatable, and I loved her comedic, screw-up moments as well as her honest, tender moments. She was just funny and vulnerable. Andrew was sort of the perfect male MC, but I loved him anyway. Sometimes, perfect characters are extremely annoying because real people have flaws, but Andrews's flaws are more subtle so you get to know him as a whole person the longer you read. They were magical together, and I bought the chemistry immediately.
The story is lovely and atmospheric, and felt like a glass of hot cocoa for my soul. You will want to make out in a closet, make snowmen in snowy weather, and reach for your true dreams after reading this story. It felt Christmas-y and hopeful. I couldn't get enough.
The epilogue was the perfect icing on the cake, and I had tears in my eyes through the final pages. It was worth not sleeping all night to finish the story.
An outstanding story from the talented Christina Lauren, and a book I will reread often in the coming years. It made me feel happy, and I bet it will make you happy too.
A solid debut f/f romance from Kelly Farmer, though the book suffers from being too draggy at times.
I'm getting more into lesfic romance, and becauseA solid debut f/f romance from Kelly Farmer, though the book suffers from being too draggy at times.
I'm getting more into lesfic romance, and because I'm obsessed with hockey players, I figured Out on the Ice would be a perfect fit for me. In many ways, I was right. I liked the sports/hockey aspects of the book, even if they could have been highlighted a bit more, and I think the story had a ton of potential.
I really liked having a half-Jewish MC (shout out to my fellow Jewish ladies!), and I loved the strong bi-rep in the book. There was a lot of bi-education, but it worked for me and didn't feel like too much. I also loved the discussions about mental health and anxiety and depression. It made the book feel very real. Neither characters are close to perfect, and I liked seeing them as whole people with flaws.
I read a lot of books without any sex content at all, and that usually works fine for me, but I wish this book had had sex on page. There was SO MUCH sexual buildup to this story that the fade-to-black scene just about killed me. Also, just know that the image on the cover of the two MCs doesn't really reflect what they look like. You'll need to rearrange that in your mind.
My main issue with the story was how slow it was. I can take a very character-focused book without much plot, but the author really has to write a snappy book. This one dragggggged. I read it over two weeks, which is a long time for me, and I had to push to finish it.
I also think that the characters didn't seem exactly suited for one another. At times, they felt too different and wanting different things, so I wasn't all in for them. I really liked them as individuals, but I wasn't sure about them together.
A good hockey romance with some well-developed characters, I think Out on the Ice will appeal to readers who don't mind a slow-paced story. I think Kelly Farmer has great things up her sleeve, and I look forward to reading more from her.
I've read numerous books with a similar feel and setting (Something Like Summer, Pictures of You), and though I enjoyed having a Mexican-American MC in this story, it wasn't enough to make this story stand out. The other books, frankly, were just better written, and that's including Something Like Summer, which I didn't even like.
I thought that the basic storyline was interesting, but the writing style was too stilted and repetitive. It was a struggle to find emotion in the story, and I didn't feel an ounce of romance. The "I love yous" were totally out of nowhere, and done without the necessary relationship development. Also, the characters were pretty unlikable, if I'm being honest. I didn't get to know Dominic at all (single POV stories can be a little tricky that way), and Justin stormed off and overreacted to every bit of turmoil that he faced. It was exhausting and more than a little bit frustrating.
The side characters were a bit better, but their storylines tended towards predicable and cheesy. Also, I felt like their characterizations were a bit inconsistent. One minute they acted one way and another minute they were like completely different people. It was confusing.
In terms of plot, I could guess what was coming with many of the plot points, which isn't a great thing. It was very predictable. Also, the plot felt a bit frenetic, jumping from one thing to another without smooth transitions or a logical sequence of events. I never felt settled in the story.
I was hoping the ending would wow me, but I thought it just petered out. I think if the romance was stronger and more developed, it would have made it a more successful story. Also, for a story that has music in the title, the music felt like an afterthought.
I really, truly wanted to love this story, especially since the author seems connected with the plot, on a personal level, but I think it needed a lot more work to make it compelling.
The Falling in Love Montage is an angsty, wonderful, teen lesbian love story, and isn't that EXACTLY what we all need in our lives right n*4.5 stars*
The Falling in Love Montage is an angsty, wonderful, teen lesbian love story, and isn't that EXACTLY what we all need in our lives right now? I know I needed it.
The Falling in Love Montage is a stunning debut by Ciara Smyth. The lesbian YA scene is pretty barren, and though gay teen romance is becoming more and more mainstream, it was about time that the ladies got their time in the spotlight. Lesbian romance, FTW!
Truthfully, I don't read a lot of young adult or new adult books, and it took me a bit to get out of my "adult" headspace for this one. It came naturally to me to try to defend Saoirse's dad and think that Saoirse was a bit bratty, but then I really tried to envision everything from the position of a teenager in her shoes and it all became a lot easier. Also, be prepared for a lot of 4th wall breaking, which I don't often come across in my adult romances.
The best part of this book was the adorable love story. The meet-cute was squee-worthy, and each classic love montage scene made my heart happy. Plus, big time bonus points for a plus sized, body-confident love interest who was shown as desirable.
I think there was also a lot of personal growth for the MCs in the story, which I really enjoyed. I liked seeing Saoirse change and evolve, and I liked seeing her relationship evolve with all of the secondary characters as well as Ruby. It made the book feel very satisfying and compelling.
In fact, my only problem with the story, and my reason for bumping it half a star, is that (view spoiler)[there isn't a HEA! Or a HFN... let us have our "ride in the sunset" ending, ffs! (hide spoiler)]. It gave me mild flashbacks to What If It's Us. *frustrated groan*
Despite any small issues I had with the book, I truly adored The Falling in Love Montage. I plowed through this book in one day, and though this isn't a light read (I cried on the beach reading this, ya'll), it is angsty, emotional, queer perfection.
Honestly, aside from the ATROCIOUS editing (I'm talking misspelled words level of bad), I thought this book was pretty... motivational? I can't believe I'm saying this, but I am. It was a #tingle book with a message, and that message is that you can do anything! I was... sweet.
It wasn't funny, which was surprising to me, but it was a very nice little read. I would have given it more stars, but, dude, please just proofread ONCE before hitting publish. Please.
I really liked that K.J. Charles brought trans and ace representation into her historical romance, and I enjoyed this short little novella set in the Lilywhite Boys universe.
Admittedly, I'm not a big fan of Any Old Diamonds, so I was a little hesitant to try this one, but K.J. Charles write so well and incorporates so much diversity into her historical romance that I had to give it a go.
I have to say, I wish the story was a bit longer because it was hard to get a real feel for the romance and romantic chemistry between the two MCs, but I liked what I did read. I thought it was a very nice intro to the series and a effective little story, even if it didn't wow me.
Solid read, well worth the $0.99, for those interested.
I struggled for a long time to finish this story, and finally I just called it quits. it's just not for me.
This was my first Emily March, and I don't know if she is the author for me. Maybe if you perfect women's fiction over romance, the story might appeal more.
Jackson was... confusing. It's billed both as the start of a new series and the 16th in another series, and I felt like it would have helped me to read the previous 15 books. I felt like a lot of characters were thrown in, and it was confusing to me to keep everyone straight. There were also time skips and changing POVs, and I never felt fully settled or invested in the story.
The romance part of the story was a pretty sticky situation, and it didn't quite sit well with me. Also, the story felt very Christian romance, and I'm not sure if that was it's intention, but I definitely don't read that genre and was turned off by the religious vibe.
I'm pretty open to, shall we say flexibility, in my historical romance. I'm not one who is a stickler for historical accuracy, and I'm very go with the flow about most things. However, One Night to Remember really had me scratching my head. A sister of a duke who moonlights as a blacksmith... um, okay? I might have been just fine with that if the romance was phenomenal, but it was very lackluster for me.
Erica Ridley's books never have any heat, but her best ones have insane chemistry. This one didn't. I just never felt the pull between the two MCs, and I had a hard time buying their romance. The lack of heat didn't help, but it was really the dialogue and that something that was missing that made the romance fall flat for me.
I know Erica Ridley can do better than this one, and though I can see that most of my fellow readers enjoyed this, I wanted something more.
I used to love, love, love K.A. Tucker, but her recent books have been disappointments.
I see a lot of friends loving this Gah, this book was tedious.
I used to love, love, love K.A. Tucker, but her recent books have been disappointments.
I see a lot of friends loving this book, so maybe it's just me. However, I found Say You Still Love Me to be incredibly boring, which is the kiss of death for me. In fact, the only way I got through this one was by heavily skimming the second half.
I should have realized this book wasn't for me right from the start. I really dislike flashbacks and a good half of the story is told in flashback. Contemporary romances are always struggles for me, and if I'm going to love them, they have to be damn good. Say You Still Love Me wasn't, I'm afraid. There were a lot of summer camp details, a lot of rich kid details, and a lot of information that made my mind wander. I found the plot to be really slow, and the romance just didn't interest me.
I didn't really enjoy any of the characters, either. They either seemed immature or spoiled or just... blah. Nothing grabbed me.
Maybe some of my fellow readers, especially contemporary romance lovers (though this also felt very YA to me, even though the MCs are adults) will enjoy this one, but I'm going to have to talk a long, hard break from K.A. Tucker for awhile.
I'm a big Christina Lauren fan, and I was really looking forward to The Unhoneymooners. I'm a huge fan of enemies-to-lovers, and that cover is gorgeous, so I was beyond excited. In the end, I thought the story was very, very readable, funny, and an easy read, even if it didn't quite deliver.
I'm a sucker for enemies-to-lovers and hate sex, but this book was more like a fake enemies-to-lovers. These two don't actually hate each other, and their animosity was surface level at best.
My favorite part of the story was the banter and witty dialogue. I love, love, love a funny story, so anything that makes me smile and laugh is my jam. I think Christina Lauren really nailed it with the one-liners and humor.
What the story didn't give me was a strong romance. I felt like there was a time jump or some important sections were skimmed over in the relationship-development department. It felt vaguely anticlimactic, and I wanted more. More romance, more sex on page (that's just wishful thinking on my part), more... something.
I rounded up because I had a hard time putting the book down, and I read it basically all in one sitting, which is always a good sign for me. I genuinely liked it, though I know that Christina Lauren have even more in them.
I usually don't go for romance books that look like, well, this.
Contemporary romance isn't my thing, but even if it was, rich white lady problems donI usually don't go for romance books that look like, well, this.
Contemporary romance isn't my thing, but even if it was, rich white lady problems don't really interest me. However, Passion on Park Avenue turned out to be a bit better than I was expecting.
I didn't like the cheesy set-up in the first few chapters, but it got better as it went along. I liked Naomi's shifting viewpoints on Oliver and his dad, and I loved the sexual tension, but I think she kept her secret for way, WAY too long. I also thought that there were some issues that were dropped and left unresolved, which irked me a little. And waaaay too many descriptions of designer clothes for my tastes, personally.
Though I liked it but didn't love it, I would still recommend this to friends who like easy reading contemporary romance. It was a fun, summer-readish way to pass a few hours, and it made me intrigued to read this author's backlist.
I read almost everything that Erica Ridley writes, and though my all-time favorite of hers is Never Say Duke, all of her stories are consi*3.5 stars*
I read almost everything that Erica Ridley writes, and though my all-time favorite of hers is Never Say Duke, all of her stories are consistently well done. I know I can count on her for a good (sometimes great) story, and One Night of Passion fits the bill.
One Night of Passion had an interesting, well-conceived female MC. I actually loved her and understood her obsession with adventure and connecting to her relatives, and I thought that Erica Ridley delivered with her. The male MC was more... irritating? He was too nice, too sappily romantic, and though he was perfectly fine (I'm being picky), I just had a harder time with him. He talked about "the one" incessantly, and felt like a tween-age girl.
The story was sweet and a super fast read (I read it in less than a day), and it was another dependable book from Erica Ridley.
I was really excited when I saw that Erica Ridley was starting a new series, and One Night for Seduction kicked it off right. Sure, if you are a stickler for historical accuracy, this one might be a smidge off the mark (or a lot...), but it was an entertaining read and it made me smile.
I loved how smart and independent Diana was, and I loved how she used her wits to put others in their places. She was a great character, and I rooted hard for her love story. Cole wasn't quite as strong, and the whole betting premise was a bit weak sauce.
One Night for Seduction a quick story that moves along briskly, and it's perfect for those times when you want something light and fun between more serious reads. Another Erica Ridley sure-thing.
Mel Bossa can write her ass off, and The Witchin' Canoe was another example of her fine work. Though i wish some things were different, it*3.5 stars*
Mel Bossa can write her ass off, and The Witchin' Canoe was another example of her fine work. Though i wish some things were different, it was a lovely, atmospheric story that you'll remember for a long time.
I really, really wish this story was a regular historical romance with a Gothic flair instead of a supernatural romance. The beginning of the story was incredibly lovely, and the romance really sang. I love an opposites attract story, and the tension between the two MCs was palpable. I think there was enough there to make a complete story without the twists and turns at the end.
I loved most of the story so much, and I really enjoyed Mel Bossa's skillful and powerful writing. I got a great sense of the whole setting of the story, and I felt transported to that gloomy and somewhat hopeless time.
However, I didn't love the ending. There were too many POV (we didn't need the butler's), and the Witchin' Canoe lore felt convoluted. I never really understood it, and I thought it detracted from the romance, something I don't often say because I love sci-fi and paranormal romances. There was also so much drama at the end that it felt like the story lost some momentum.
Still, my take away is that of a lovely story about two special characters, and I think all Mel Bossa fans should try this one.
The Cliff House was my first book by RaeAnne Thayne, and I would read another book from her any day of the week. The way she wove together *3.5 stars*
The Cliff House was my first book by RaeAnne Thayne, and I would read another book from her any day of the week. The way she wove together three separate romances was very well done.
There is a lot of family drama and angst in the story, but I didn't feel overwhelmed by it all. I'm actually very surprised at how I was able to focus on the love stories with all of the side plots happening, but somehow I was. Part of me wishes the story had one fewer romance so we could have delved even deeper with the other two, and part of me admires the hell out of RaeAnne Thayne for trying something so ambitious.
I liked the small-town romance vibes, and I liked the writing style, though I wish the author had her character's communicate more. A lack of basic communication in romance is always something that irks me, and parts of this story edged towards melodrama and relying on misunderstandings.
Though the story felt a little busy, I enjoyed reading it a great deal. I fell in love with the characters and the scenic seaside town, and I can't wait to read another RaeAnne Thayne book in the future.
I read the blurb, and I assumed that the story was about a quirky girl, perhaps on the autistic spectrum, who makes some friends and comes out of her shell. I was very, very, very wrong.
There is a reason that I primarily read romance, and that's because I don't enjoy sad. I get tired of people telling me that I need to read books about war or violence or loss for it to count. I get enough horrifyingly sad stories just reading the news or seeing what happens in our world every day. If I had truly knew exactly what Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine was about, I think I would have avoided it. I think it's important for readers to know that the story involves past emotional and physical child abuse.
But, to be honest, I'm glad I didn't know what the story was truly about and that I went outside my comfort zone, because this book was bloody brilliant.
I listened to the story for hours on my day off. I spent the day in Ikea, and I felt lost in my own head, my own world of Eleanor and her bravery and fumbles and struggles. I wandered for hours (typical for Ikea), and the story kept me company, even though I cried at times.
Unlike some readers, I didn't find the story at all funny. I found it tragically, tragically sad, though I took comfort in Eleanor's progress over time and her support from her new and growing circle of friends.
If you have a chance to listen to this book in audio, take it. The audiobook narrator, Cathleen McCarron, was a wonder, and deserves an award for her work. It was a full-body experience listening to this story.
Eleanor Oliphant isn't at all fine, and neither was I while listening to this story, but maybe that's okay sometimes. Especially when a story can move me like this one did.
Whenever I go to a book convention, I try to read as many of the attending authors as possible. I'm going to Book Lovers Con in May, so I'm checking aWhenever I go to a book convention, I try to read as many of the attending authors as possible. I'm going to Book Lovers Con in May, so I'm checking as many new-to-me authors off my list as I can.
I basically went into this book blind, but I love paranormal and the plot sounded fun. However, I had issues with To Catch Her Death.
The story wasn't a romance, which surprised me but wasn't a big deal. I actually liked the basic set up for the story, but I had a lot of content issues, some of which will sound a bit nit-picky.
I had problems with the way the gay side character was depicted in the story. It was a small thing, just a few scenes, but as a gay romance reader and reviewer, I didn't appreciate the way the gay hairdresser was shown. Plus, no one, and I mean no one, would go for a spiky blond cut with two pieces hanging down long around the face. I was getting bad Kate Gosselin flashbacks.
The plot became predictable and boring, the editing needed a LOT of help, and though I think the author had some really interesting ideas, I don't think she is the author for me.
As a long-time T.J. Klune fan, as I'm sure many of you are, I know you are asking yourself what this book will be like now that T.J. Klune is publishing with the big boys. I'm very happy to report that the book read just like I was expecting it to, which means tight writing, romance (!), queer characters everywhere (natch), and a story you won't want to put down.
I wasn't sure how this book would be, to be honest, because it is billed as "contemporary fantasy," and I'm not really a fantasy reader. And, really, I'm surprised it's a contemporary because I would have placed the timeline as further in the past due to some of the details, but that's not really here nor there. It isn't an high fantasy, so it is good for low fantasy readers who simply like a little magic in their world, like me. But the bottom line is if you've enjoyed TJ's books in the past, you'll love this story. And if you are new to him, you'll soon be devouring his backlist. Welcome to the club.
I think this book could be enjoyed by all readers of all ages. It is probably meant for adults, but it's a great read for those as young as middle grade (I would let my 5th grader read it if her reading level was advanced enough). It has a lot of important lessons about how we judge one another and what our preconceived notions are about other people, and in this world, the more gentle learning we can take in, the better. It does edge a bit towards sentimental at times, but it just adds to the charm.
TJ is very adept at writing interesting young characters, and that's where this book really shines. The children in this story are all heart-breaking, and funny (the BEST parts of the story), and you'll fall in love with them all. I would be hard-pressed to pick my favorites, but Lucy and Chauncey stood out for me. Lucy has some of the best contrasts in the book, and Chauncey is just so pure. *1,000 heart-eye emojis.*
The story is fairly long, but that just means more to savor. You won't be bored for one minute, and you'll leave the story feeling happy and hopeful.
With his typical beautiful writing and unique style, T.J. Klune makes The House in the Cerulean Sea shine. With no end to his imagination in sight, I can't wait to see what TJ will come up with next.
Parallel Larry was bizarre, and not in an enjoyable way. In fact, I found it to be disturbing and lacking any form of a believable romance.
I was surprised at the direction in which the author took the story. The alternate world was strange, and the alternate Larry was violent and deranged, and not in a fun way. I didn't even understand the premise for the alternate world. Was it supposed to be funny? I was so weirded out that I almost DNFed, but I decided just to buck up and finish it.
The romance came out of nowhere. I get that Larry wanted to be with Greg, but Greg was asking Larry to set him up with another dude after he left, and then Larry is declaring his love for him and risking his life? The romance made my head hurt.
Parallel Larry didn't work for me at all, which was a big disappointment after I adored Just in Time. You win some, you lose some.
I pretty much know what I'm getting from an Erica Ridley book: low steam, uniqueNever Say Duke is one of my absolute favorite books from Erica Ridley.
I pretty much know what I'm getting from an Erica Ridley book: low steam, unique female MCs, and, usually, a very sweet, easy story. Never Say Duke took me by surprise because I really, really liked it, and I had a hard time putting it down.
I adored the female MC. Though it isn't explicitly stated, Virginia Underwood seemed neuro-atypical to me, which was an unexpected pleasure. I love a unique MC, and Virginia's gentle, blunt nature and her quirks made her memorable and special to me. She had great chemistry with Theo, and also great chemistry with Duke, her feisty cat, who made the story even more fun.
I also love an interesting hero, and Theo's injuries, limp, and myriad of facial and bodily scars only increased his appeal for me. I felt very invested in his recovery, and I loved his gruff and grumpy demeanor and seeing how he softened to Virginia over time.
The story had a lot of weight to it, but it was kept light by Duke's (the cat) antics and the delightful banter between the MCs.
There was a little unnecessary drama in the last part of the story, which irritated me, but the author pulled it out in the end. It was a grand romance-y romance ending that all historical romance readers will swoon over.
Wow, more books should be written about asexual stoners, amirite?
I really enjoyed How To Be A Normal Person when I read it ~3.5 years ago, but I loved it on reread. First of all, Derrick McClain just smashed the narration out of the park, which made it an absolute joy to listen to. I wasn't sure about his narration in the first hour, but it seemed like Derrick got better and better as he went along as he got a feel for the characters, and by the end... whew, he was on fire.
It is interesting reading this now after reading a good number of books with asexual/demisexual/gray-asexual characters versus when I first read it years ago. I think I get asexuality a whole lot more, and I spent a lot less time pondering what it meant for Gus and Casey's relationship and more time just enjoying the romance. The book felt really romantic to me this time around, and I treasured and cooed over each kiss and touch. It was slow, slow burn and very satisfying. I loved it.
I also was blown away by the killer writing. Man, for me, funny writing is where T.J. Klune shines. I had forgotten how awesome T.J.'s writing was in this book. Even though this wasn't as over-the-top as he can get, this book was smartly funny... just so freaking funny. I laughed out loud while shopping at the grocery store at 10 pm tonight (not even because of book-related-munchies, I swear!), and got the strangest looks from the nighttime shoppers. Dude, *they* were the ones missing out.
Sweet, funny, emotional, and with a great narration- this audiobook has got it all! It was awesome in ebook and even better in audio. Glow-up, baby.
My reading experience was simply me laughing, crying, or swooning in a continuous cycle. Sometimes all three at once. It's been a long, long time since I've wanted to melt into a puddle of goo on the floor because the romance!!! Holy god, this story was the romancey-romance of your dreams.
I'm a sucker for a few things in a romance book, and this story has nearly all of them. We get a sexual awakening (can I get a halleloo?!), an enemies-to-lovers (with all the glorious damn, your face, bruising kissing that I could dream up), witty banter for daaaaaaaaaaays, and a romance with a literal (okay, fictional... but still) PRINCE OF MOTHER FORKING ENGLAND. Did Casey McQuiston worm her way into my brain and pull out my deepest fantasies?!?!?!
I wanted to take a nap inside these pages. I took pictures and screenshots of my Kindle of the uber-romantic email exchange to swoon over later. I cried and laughed like a lunatic on my couch, huddled in a prison of tea and reading of my own making. I fell asleep with the imprint of my Kindle on my face at 3 am.
Even though I don't like reading about politics or political games, even though present tense makes me feel itchy (did I mention that yet??), and even though the sex scenes are suggestive but still fade-to black I wanted to read this book FOREVER.
The dialogue is something I will remember for a long time. The humor was absolutely everything and elevated this book from good to unbelievably amazing. The feelings were so intense I felt like my heart was going to jump out of my chest.
Red, White & Royal Blue is worth all the hype and more. It's worth your time and your money, and it's worth it to read something so fun and heartfelt and rare that it made it's way on to my elusive favorites list. With literally thousands of romances under my belt, this one still stands out.
And nothing will matter but just we two, we two longing loves at last come together.
The story read like a T.J. Klune book, if his comedy books are to your taste. I was actually snicking out loud while reading in bed (my husband was not pleased), and I couldn't put it down. At only 70 pages, I blew right through it, and I left the story wanting MORE.
The family dynamics were adorable, the cast of characters was perfect, and the chemistry was squee-worthy. It was a light, fun, pick-me-up read that will not disappoint. My only complaint is that I wanted 200 more pages. Carole Cummings did something very right.
A surprisingly good offering from new to me author, Elliot Joyce.
Make a Circle is more than meets the eye. It's only 33 pages long, but I *3.5 stars*
A surprisingly good offering from new to me author, Elliot Joyce.
Make a Circle is more than meets the eye. It's only 33 pages long, but I was pleasantly pleased at how much I enjoyed it, though if the story had been even longer, I think I would have really loved it.
Though the blurb doesn't state it, the story is about the Dongzhi Festival, which is the Chinese winter solstice festival. My daughters have many Chinese classmates (we even have no school on Chinese New Year), but I've never heard of the Dongzhi celebration until this story. I was really interested, and I wish I learned a little more from the story, but I was intrigued nevertheless.
I liked both MCs and I dug their chemistry, which is rare for me in an established couple story. However, because this story was so short, I appreciated the fact that the author didn't try to introduce two people and get some sort of relationship going in such a short span of time.
I always, always like a trans MC, which, again, wasn't stated in the blurb but was a pleasant surprise for me. I actively seek out books with trans main characters, so I enjoyed discovering this one a great deal.
Though this story was just a hint of something greater, I'm hopeful I'll see a lot more from this author in the future.
I was curious and excited to read a Kwanzaa story, but we don't get too much Kwanzaa feeling in this short. There are some references and a few remarks, but we don't even get to see the MCs celebrating, which was disappointing for a holiday story.
I sort of liked the gibbering of the younger MC, but I found him to be a bit too scattered as a character. I also found the older MC to be a bit inconsistent. One minute he was mourning his deceased husband and the next he was asking a guy out on a date. It didn't feel authentic.
The story was a short, easy read and I liked that we got two POC MCs, but there wasn't enough Kwanzaa or enough finesse for my tastes.
I read Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks in one day (well, one day fused into one night because I stayed up way past my bedtime reading). I just couldn't put it down. I loved the diversity, the excitement, and the *squee*-factor of it all.
I loved how we got one POC MC, the other MC has a deaf father, and a whole group of friends that span the breadth of the queer spectrum. Plus, these kids were imperfect, impulsive kids, and I loved that in YA.
I really, really dug the premise of the story. At heart, I'm a huge sci-fi nerd, and the teleportation and the way it was described really intrigued me. I wanted to know MORE, and I actually wish we had a sequel or more meat to the sci-fi aspects of the story because I found them to be fascinating and under-explained.
I also liked the sweet romance, which was just getting going at the end of the story. I related to the awkward, excited, nervous feel of the beginning of their dynamic, and they were so adorable together by the end. Though, to be honest, I could have used a little more romance-y romance, but that's just my preference.
I think Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks will appeal to all YA fans. It was fun, funny, exciting and a whole lot more. Nathan Burgoine has a winner on his hands.
I hated Beautiful Bastard, a book that most readers love, and haven't read Christina Lauren since. And, to make matters worse, contemporary romances are my least favorite subclass of romance, and get my consistently lowest ratings. As a result, I was shocked at how much I enjoyed My Favorite Half-Night Stand .
The book was funny, like really funny. I was highlighting and laughing out loud for so much of the story- just funny, witty banter that put a smile on my face. I wasn't expecting that.
I usually feel wishy-washy about friends-to-lovers. I don't like when the emotional bond is already there prior to the story's start, but in this case, it really worked. I related to both MCs and I loved the duel POV.
My Favorite Half-Night Stand was just simply a really, really good read. It made me happy, and I believed in the main couple, and, for me, that's what reading romance is all about.
Absolutely, positively, you will not be able to put this one down.
Clear your calendars for release day, folks, because Ilona Andrews nails another boAbsolutely, positively, you will not be able to put this one down.
Clear your calendars for release day, folks, because Ilona Andrews nails another book in the Hidden Legacy series, and it is just as addictive as the rest!
I'm a superfan of Ilona Andrews, and I've loved each and every book in this series. I was beside myself when I found out that I got an ARC of Sapphire Flames, especially since I was in love with Diamond Fire. Just totally gagged. I tried to wait until closer to release day to read Sapphire Flames, but after a few meh books in a row, I knew I had to crack this one open.
And I didn't go to bed until the very last word, just before 3 am.
The plot? Exhilarating. The danger? Cranked up to an 11! The romance? Just getting STARTED.
I loved getting to know Catalina, who is a bad-ass in her own right, and seeing more of the extraordinary Baylor family. I loved getting to know Alessandro, who is SO much more than meets the eye. I loved the pacing, the energy, and the non-stop action. It is a must-read for those who have loved the other books in the series.
The book isn't technically a romance, but those of you who are familiar with Ilona Andrews know how they operate. I know there will be more Hidden Legacy books coming with how this one left off, and I'm WAITING ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT FOR MORE.