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ARC Review: Love Sold Separately by Ellen Meister

Bright lights, big trouble… – Goodreads

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Title: Love Sold Separately

Author: Ellen Meister

Publisher: MIRA, Harlequin

Genre: Mystery, romance

Format: eARC from Netgalley

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Pub date: Aug 25, 2020


SYNOPSIS:

Dana Barry’s life is a mess, until she hears The Shopping Channel is auditioning new hosts. She dives right in and is stunned when she lands the job. Her keen eye for detail, knack for knowing what makes people tick and sheer bravado make her perfect for the role.

Then the star host is found shot to death in her office. Dana can’t help but involve herself in tracking down the killer. Never one to mind her own business, she winds up at the center of every drama. She also knows the prime suspect is innocent–they happened to have been together on the roof for some “alone time” when they heard the gunshot. His record may not be perfect, but she can tell the single father has a heart of gold. He may even be marriage material–something she’d focus on more if only Detective Marks wasn’t so handsome and their chemistry so electric. Dana is so close to having it all if, just this once, she doesn’t screw up. But trouble usually comes easier and is always a lot more fun…


MY REVIEW:

I will start off by saying that the title and the cover did not really match the story. I saw people said that before but its SUPER true!! Do not go into this thinking it will be some cute little love story. There is some romance but its not overly cute and romance is actually more the side story.

I enjoyed the idea of the story a lot. I liked following the main character through her job at the Shopping Channel was really fun. I liked seeing how her mind worked!! I sort of liked the family drama but could have gone without so much of it. Loved the main characters sister though!! Shes great.

I really loved the murder mystery! I think the author did a really good job of making it interesting and suspenseful. There was no way I would have ever guessed the ending!! It was such a twist and I really liked that. I was on my toes the whole time trying to find any clues and ended up solving the mystery along side the characters which was fun.

One thing I didn’t really like… the relationships in this story happened so fast they were just not believable. Like I said, the romance is not the main story but honestly I was disappointed that the romance wasn’t better. I like what happened in the end but throughout the whole story I felt cringy and uncomfortable. Maybe others feel different about that?? I don’t know though.. it made parts of the book hard to read in my opinion.

Overall, the story was fun and the mystery was well done. There were parts that could have been better but I enjoyed the book so I think its definitely worth the read if you think it sounds interesting!! 


There ya have it folks!

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Recent Reads | legendborn, 5 star reads, and dislikes

Do you ever read so many amazing books but really only recommend like 2 or 3 of those books all the time?? I find that recently I have read a lot of great books BUT when it comes to telling people what books they should read or posting on my IG… I tend to focus on just a couple of them!

I mean, its not possible to talk about like 100 books at once but I really need to throw some of my favs out there more often! So during my post today, I am going to share some of my top favs from my most RECENT reads!

I would love to hear about your fav reads too!! Share with me in the comments 🙂

ALSO!! I am including my own pictures in this post (I don’t know why I haven’t done this in the past??). Anyways, if you’d like hit me up on IG: thecomfyreader 🙂


Legendborn – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ OKAY so Legendborn was so amazing! I would say that this is probably my all time fav for 2020. I know… like who am I just deciding on ONE BOOK??? I don’t even know. However, I will say that I was very surprised by this book and loved every second of it. I received this ARC from a Goodreads giveaway and wow am I happy I did!!!

What I loved:

First off… this is a King Arthur retelling WHICH MEANS, I obviously loved it! The characters in this story were very relatable and I felt that each character had a purpose. All the main characters have a solid story line and I felt like they developed well.

I think Sel was my fav character. SEL ❤ – if you know, you know.

The magical elements were well done. I want to say this gave me some HP vibes mixed in with Hunger Games. There are trials the characters need to go through and then with the added magic and school based setting, it was just overall really good!

The Black culture represented in this story was so amazing. There was talk about history, racism, slavery… I felt that it was done tastefully and educationally. It added a special element to the book, especially because this story centers around King Arthur and the Round Table (all white men doing their white men things, ya know?).

What I didn’t like:

NOTHING IT WAS ALL GOOD


Clap When You Land – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was such a different style of book than I normally read! I was not 100% sold on it being written in verse but once I started reading it I was really into it!

What I loved:

The characters were so well written and I felt that I knew them personally. I loved the story about the father and his hidden lives. I felt the story was overall really touching and while the focus of the story was actually quite sad, the story turned out to be hopeful!

What I didn’t like:

There was no info on the girls after they found each other and go on with life… I kind of wish we would have seen them being sisters and seeing how that relationship grew. So much time was spent on the past and the father and the negative feelings… I just didn’t get what I wanted from the ending!


Get A Life, Chloe Brown – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ If you have read this then you probably feel like me and wonder where the heck Chloe Brown has been all my life?? This was such an unexpectedly fun story!

What I loved:

Chronic pain representation is huge in this story which is not a norm in stories and I really enjoyed it! I found Chloe’s character to be refreshing and new. The “real life” feel of this story was relatable. I loved how Red’s character comes across and this rugged and “manly” character with no feelings but as we get to know him we also learn his insecurities. Therapy is made normal in the story! I just feel this book took some many normal things that are never talked about and put them on full display!

What I didn’t like:

Not much….. the only thing is Chloe’s mom lol I found her to be too much and I just felt so cringy reading her parts!


Throwaway Girls – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ This feels like its going to be an underrated book. I read it from Netgalley and let me tell you – this gets to the real societal issues around women, drug use, and low-economic status. Its a good read that gets you thinking and takes you on a hell of a ride!

What I loved:

The story has some real depth to it. The story is about finding a missing girl. However, there are lots of other missing girls that no one is looking for because of their families, upbringings, class… I found the writing to be well done and the mystery around the missing girl is WOW. I didn’t see the ending coming and like damn, its not an easy ending but its real.

What I didn’t like:

I was a little confused with the flipping back and forth between characters. You don’t find out until the end of the book who the 2nd perspective even is. I had my guesses but still it is unclear and part of the mystery unfolding. It wasn’t bad but it just added a little confusion.


Big Summer – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Typical me goes into a book without actually knowing anything about it! I just saw it on IG and everyone was saying it was good and then next thing you know my BF bought it for me so I was like yup okay Ill read this! Its great though so yay!

What I loved:

Everything. The story was amazing! A plus sized IG influencer who is a strong and independent woman? Yes please! Also, I liked the friendship aspect of the book. The whole losing a friend because of a falling out but then coming back together is something people experience everyday! ALSO, its a murder mystery so like that was great! The mystery was well done. Some people say they knew the “bad guy” right away but I sure didn’t!

What I didn’t like:

Nothing, I really enjoyed it!!


The Paris Model – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I am a sucker for historical fiction so when I saw this I knew I needed to read it! I am not a huge fashion person but I have to say that I try to be somewhat fashionable and I do like following the trends. This book was such a fun historical fiction with a lot of unexpected elements!

What I loved:

Christian Dior! How cool is it that the main character is a model in Paris for Christian Dior just after WW2 when he was basically the God of fashion! I loved all the fashion parts because it was interesting imagining what life would be like during that time. Also, I liked the family drama that Grace was dealing with from overseas. And of course, the spy/undercover story line that occurs as well. I just got so many different things from this story!! It was fab!

What I didn’t like:

There is mention of rape and unpleasant sexual experiences. I found these parts to be uncomfortable and I kind of wish they were not included (but I do also see the relevance to them so its fine but yeah, could be a negative factor for some).


What have you read recently? Has September been a good or bad reading month for you?

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Review: The Last to Know by Jo Furniss

A family’s past pursues them like a shadow in this riveting and emotional novel of psychological suspense by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of All the Little Children. – Goodreads

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Title: The Last to Know

Author: Jo Furniss

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Format: eARC from Netgalley

Pub date: Aug 11, 2020

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

American journalist Rose Kynaston has just relocated to the childhood home of her husband, Dylan, in the English village of his youth. There’s a lot for Rose to get used to in Hurtwood. Like the family’s crumbling mansion, inhabited by Dylan’s reclusive mother, and the treacherous hill it sits upon, a place of both sinister folklore and present dangers.

Everyone knows what happened at Hurtwood House twenty years ago. Everyone except Rose. And now that Dylan is back, so are rumors about his past.

When an archaeological dig unearths human remains on the hill, local police sergeant Ellie Trevelyan vows to solve a cold case that has cast a chill over Hurtwood for decades. As Ellie works to separate rumor from facts, Rose must fight to clear the name of the man she loves. But how can Rose keep her family safe if she is the last to know the truth?


MY REVIEW:

This story is characterized by: old family secrets, hauntings, small town drama, and murder.

I really enjoyed this book. At first I was unsure… It started off slow and just did not catch my attention, however, it picked up and soon I was hooked. This story follows a few key characters: Rose and her husband Dylan, Dylan’s mother, and the local police officer Ellie. The story mainly flips back and forth between Rose and Ellie.

Rose and Dylan move to Dylan’s hometown in England to live with his mother. Right away when they arrive something seems off. Dylan’s mother is a little weird and just something wasn’t right. Shortly after some mysterious events start to occur and BAM you think this is a paranormal story. But, as soon as you settle in for that…. You find out about a deep dark secret in the family and realize the people in the town might know something about it. Rose goes off to find some information about Dylan’s family and starts to realize some really dark stuff.

The rest of the story takes on more of a police procedural/ journalism feel. I didn’t think I would like that part as much as I did but it was great! Everything was in depth enough that I was able to follow along with the mystery but also left out enough that I had no idea what was going to happen next!

This is one of those stories where everyone seems to be interconnected and secrets go back deep into the history of the family/ town. One things is discovered but leaves even more unanswered. Everyone seems to be hiding something so you are just on the edge of your seat the whole time!


What do you think? Is this something you would read? Do you enjoy a good family mystery?

ARC Review: The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel


Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis – Goodreads

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Title: The Book of Lost Names

Author: Kristin Harmel

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre: Historical Fiction

Format: eARC from Netgalley

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Pub date: July 21, 2020


SYNOPSIS:

Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph in a magazine lying open nearby. She freezes; it’s an image of a book she hasn’t seen in sixty-five years—a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names.

The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War II—an experience Eva remembers well—and the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago. The book in the photograph, an eighteenth-century religious text thought to have been taken from France in the waning days of the war, is one of the most fascinating cases. Now housed in Berlin’s Zentral- und Landesbibliothek library, it appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers don’t know where it came from—or what the code means. Only Eva holds the answer—but will she have the strength to revisit old memories and help reunite those lost during the war?

As a graduate student in 1942, Eva was forced to flee Paris after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew. Finding refuge in a small mountain town in the Free Zone, she begins forging identity documents for Jewish children fleeing to neutral Switzerland. But erasing people comes with a price, and along with a mysterious, handsome forger named Rémy, Eva decides she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children who are too young to remember who they really are. The records they keep in The Book of Lost Names will become even more vital when the resistance cell they work for is betrayed and Rémy disappears.


MY REVIEW:

Wow. This book has left me speechless with tears in my eyes. This was so incredibly beautiful and haunting.

Eva is a Jewish girl living in Paris during the time of the German take over of France. Eva flees with her mother to escape the Nazis and start a new life in the free zone. On the way, she gets involved in the resistance and forges documents for innocent people to escape France to Switzerland. There are a lot of twists along the way and a lot of heartbreak.

Remy is a man who works with Eva during this time. All I can say is that Remy is an amazing character and he tore my heart out and then brought me back to life. The ending of this story shook me!!

This is such an interesting story of bravery and love. Eva is amazing! She is a hero. She lives all her life with regrets and her story is so sad. This is truly an unbelievable story. All of the people who helped the Jewish population during WW2 are heroes. It is heartbreaking thinking about what happened to people. This story opened my eyes to things I already knew, but took me there to really feel it in my heart.

Read this book. The author is amazing and this story in life changing. So beautiful and full of despair, yet hopeful in a way. The last few chapters will make you go insane. I LOVED this book!

* Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review!


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ARC Review: The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull

This novel is the fictionalised story of the American divorcée who captured Prince Edward’s heart before he abdicated his throne for Wallis Simpson.


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Title: The Woman Before Wallis

Author: Bryn Turnbull

Publisher: MIRA

Genre: Historical Fiction

Format: eARC from Netgalley

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Pub date: July 21, 2020


SYNOPSIS:

In the summer of 1926, when Thelma Morgan marries Viscount Duke Furness after a whirlwind romance, she’s immersed in a gilded world of extraordinary wealth and privilege. For Thelma, the daughter of an American diplomat, her new life as a member of the British aristocracy is like a fairy tale—even more so when her husband introduces her to Edward, Prince of Wales.

In a twist of fate, her marriage to Duke leads her to fall headlong into a love affair with Edward. But happiness is fleeting, and their love is threatened when Thelma’s sister, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, becomes embroiled in a scandal with far-reaching implications. As Thelma sails to New York to support Gloria, she leaves Edward in the hands of her trusted friend Wallis, never imagining the consequences that will follow.


MY REVIEW:

The Woman Before Wallis was a beautiful story about life, love, and heartbreak. I will start this by saying I enjoy a good historical fiction. I really respect the author for writing such a fantastic story and for making such a grand effort to have all the details from the actual story correct.

Thelma, is the main character of this story. She is a wonderful woman. Truly special. For her time she is independent, motivated, and just wanted something different for herself than what was the expectation. Her character took me on this whirlwind of an adventure that at times filled me with happiness and at other times filled me with sorrow. I would say I am a sucker for a love story and if you think this is going to be a love story – you are mistaken. There are relationships and yes, some love, but this is far from a love story. It is rather heartbreaking actually, but in a beautiful way.

Thelma is a divorcee, which during this time, is not well received. She then gets lucky and marries a new man (Duke Furness) and becomes part of the “high society” in England. Lucky lady, indeed. Throughout the rest of the story, Thelma is constantly fighting for happiness. While she marries a lovely man, she cannot stay happy. The instability of marriages during this time was unbelievable. Having affairs was more accepted than getting divorced. This part especially hurts Thelma. This leads to her meeting and ultimately, to her relationship with the Prince of Wales. Again, lucky lady! Again, she struggles with this relationship and many events occur throughout the rest of the book that are full of love and happiness and as well, full of sadness.

To be honest, I didn’t know whether or not I was even enjoying this book until I got about half way through. I was getting confused trying to keep up with the characters and the names. I had a hard time remembering the family names and keeping track of this “social map” of people. I can only imagine how stressful this would be in real life. It was exhausting keeping up. I found at the half way point it became easier and I started to feel very attached to some of the characters.

I was so drawn into the story. I read this book in 2 days. It sucked me in. I loved the fancy life of English royalty and upper class. It made me want that life. However, as scandals came up throughout, it made me realize that is NOT the life I want. I really did enjoy that part though. It was so fun to read about the fancy parties and events that these people had on a regular basis. I loved reading about the extravagant dresses and outfits as well. It was so dream like.

When it came to the end of the book I felt so mixed! I truly loved this story. Thelma has a special place in a heart. She was so strong and while at times did not make the best decisions, she sure stuck to her heart and that is very respectable. I wish it would have ended differently for her. It was a sad ending in my opinion, but not everyone gets a fairy tale ending. The only reason I did not rate this as 5 stars was simply because the ending left me asking questions and wanting to know exactly what happened. Of course, I understand that filling in the gaps would probably be an entire other book, but I felt almost cheated not know exactly the events that led to Wallis and David. I’m actually not too sure my heart could take it now that I’m thinking more about it!!

Overall, this was a fabulous book. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction in its truest form. It was a beautifully written story.


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Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes


Ambition will fuel him. Competition will drive him. But power has its price.

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Title: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Author: Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Genre: YA, Dystopian

Format: Physical book

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capital, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.


MY REVIEW:

I have read so many mixed reviews on this book and for that reason I honestly went into it with really low expectations! I was ever questioning this book before reading any reviews at all. I felt like I didn’t need this prequel and just felt that The Hunger Games were over and done and didn’t need to be brought up again.

But you guys… I really liked it! Don’t get me wrong – THIS IS NOT A HUNGER GAMES BOOK. This is before the series and it is MUCH different. Do not go into this expecting the crazy action packed books like before. This takes on a whole new approach and new view of the games.

What I liked the most:

  • Seeing Snow’s character before he is the horrible president that everyone loves to hate
  • Finding out what the Hunger Games used to be like and how it evolved
  • Getting some information about what it’s like to be a Peace Keeper
  • Finding out why Snow is the way he is and piecing it all together!

For me, I like some good background information. This book did just that! We follow Snow while he is a student and also part of the very first mentor program for the games. It was interesting to see how the games unfold and learn how the games became this HUGE event later on. I loved seeing Snow change and evolve. Snow has quite a few personality flaws that really clear up why he is so horrible in the future but also his life was not some simple, easy, perfect life and a part of me felt for him and understood. Snow faces a lot of challenges in this story and a lot of them are moral and ethical dilemmas. As much as I love a character that is out there to make the world a better place, it is also fun to have a morally gray character too. Snow is the MOST morally gray character ever haha sometimes he seems “good” and other times he actually shocks you with his decisions. In the end, none of it is much of a shock because we all know who he turns out to be later on.

While there wasn’t a ton of action I still felt the story to be fast paced enough that I was invested in it. There were definitely sometimes I was on the edge of my seat! There was no lack of suspense at all. I will say though that there is a romance that happens during the story and for me I felt it could have been left out OR not had such a large part. It just didn’t seem important and at the end it didn’t really add anything useful. It was cute though at parts but… meh.

I would say read this book if you loved The Hunger Games and you are interested in seeing it from a different lens. Read this book if you want to know more about Snow and how the heck he became the man he did. Read this book if you like a good origin story! I think overall, if you liked the series, this is worth the read.


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ARC Review: The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles


Based on the true World War II story of the American Library in Paris, an unforgettable novel about the power of books and the bonds of friendship—and the ordinary heroes who can be found in the most perilous times and the quietest places. – Simon & Schuster

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Title: The Paris Library

Author: Janet Skeslien Charles

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Historical fiction

Format: eARC from Netgalley

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Pub date: February 2, 2021


SYNOPSIS:

Paris, 1939. Odile Souchet is obsessed with books and the Dewey Decimal System, which makes order out of chaos. She soon has it all – a handsome police officer beau, an English best friend, a beloved twin, and a job at the American Library in Paris, a thriving community of students, writers, diplomats, and book lovers. Yet when war is declared, there’s also a war on words.

Montana, 1983. Widowed and alone, Odile suffers the solitary confinement of small-town life. Though most adults are cowed by her, the neighbor girl will not let her be. Lily, a lonely teenager yearning to break free of Froid is obsessed by the older French woman who lives next door and wants to know her secrets.

As the two become friends, Odile sees herself in Lily – the same love of language, the same longings, the same lethal jealousy. The Paris Library’s dual narratives explore the relationships that make us who we are – family and friends, first loves and favorite authors – in the fairy tale setting of the City of Light. It also explores the geography of resentment, the consequences of unspeakable betrayal, and what happens when the people we count on for understanding and protection fail us.


MY REVIEW:

The Paris Library was an outstanding book. I fell in love with every piece of it! I loved the characters, the setting, the drama, and all the love.

First off, the book is interesting because it not only shifts between characters but it also shifts between time. Some chapters are in WWII Paris and some are in 1980’s Montana. I loved it! The story was serious and kind of sad at times but there was sprinkled in humor too!

Odile is the main character. She is a strong young woman who works in the American Library in Paris. I enjoyed her absolute love for books and the library. Lily, is a young girl living in Montana next door to Odile as an old woman. Lily experiences loss and Odile ends up being the person that helps her through it. I really enjoyed the characters and how different but similar they were. I liked how the author flipped back and forth and intertwined the stories so it all fit together like a beautiful masterpiece.

When I put the book down I couldn’t help but reflect on my own life. It opened my eyes to things I’ve done and things I’ve overlooked because of the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I feel that if a story makes you reflect so deeply it must be an amazing book written by an outstanding author. That is what this book was. It was amazing, heartfelt, full of despair and hope, eye opening, and thoughtful. I loved this book with all my heart as I knew I would when I read the synopsis originally. Odile and her friends are the type of people I wish I knew and aspire to be. This story reminded me that not everyone is as they seem and that people change and grow throughout their lives.

The setting of the American Library is the best. It felt like home and it was a home to the characters in the book. I loved that part. Every time the library is mentioned or Odile was working there it just felt so whimsical and full of wonder. It’s a place I would love to see. Something from a dream.

I have always been interested in history which is a reason I was excited for this book! I found the writing to be so good that when the first bombs were dropped and I was reading about the peoples fear and uncertainty, I too felt that way. My heart rate increased, I was holding onto every word, I could not stop reading. This story opened my eyes to the struggles of war. How people had to do things they didn’t want to or thought were wrong just so they could survive. How people turned on each other. How there was so much hidden racism and discrimination! Odile is such a hero throughout the book. Living during that time is unfathomable. Unreal.

Finally, this story is full of love and loss. Odile suffered much loss throughout her life and Lily is lucky to have such a role model. Lily suffered loss as well and in the end it was very heartwarming that they were able to help each other and have such a great relationship! I sure enjoyed the romance and true love expressed in this book. It filled my heart many times. This story is worth the read. It is really something special that I thoroughly enjoyed!

** Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review!


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ARC Review: Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth


Five twenty-something heroes famous for saving the world when they were teenagers must face even greater demons–and reconsider what it means to be a hero . . . by destiny or by choice. – Goodreads

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Title: Chosen Ones

Author: Veronica Roth

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Genre: Fantasy

Format: eARC from Netgalley

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones.

Ten years later, though the champions remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended.


MY REVIEW:

Chosen Ones gave me all sorts of feelings from good to bad to mixed and confused. I will start by saying that I enjoyed this book but I also feel a little let down 🤷🏼‍♀️ here is why:

The first like 200 pages is slow. It was SAD as all heck you guys. It drags. I was bored and honestly didn’t want to read it. Just a warning as well – some of the topics discussed during the first half of the book are tough. There is trauma, PTSD, flashbacks, drug use, addiction, death… some dark things! Which is a big reason to why I said the first half is sad. I felt there was nothing positive happening and just bad after bad thing was happening.

BUT after 200 pages this book is fantastic! Its fast paced, full of mystery and adventure, has magic and zombies and alternate dimensions!!

I really liked the characters! Sloane is a fabulous character full of flaws which make her so special and relatable. I especially enjoy Mox! He was tall, dark, and mysterious! I’d say as soon as he came in I was like ‘oooooo here we go this the story I want to know’ haha.

I was torn between giving this book a 3 or 4 star rating. I felt 3 star was fitting because how slow it was and how it took me a bit to get into it. However, once it got going I actually loved the story and felt that it was well written and enjoyable…. so giving it 3 overall felt wrong. So, I gave it 4 stars because of how it picked up. That being said, if you don’t like a slow start to a book then maybe this isn’t for you! You might not agree with my 4 star rating.

However, if you like a interesting fantasy with magic, war, the undead, plot twists, and a touch of cute romance then I think you will enjoy this!


What do you think of this one? Have you read it?

Do you like books by Veronica Roth?

ARC REVIEW: The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans

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Title: The Little Bookshop of Love Stories

Author: Jaimie Admans

Publisher: HQ Digital

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Format: eARC from Netgalley

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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SYNOPSIS:

Today is the Mondayest Monday ever. Hallie Winstone has been fired – and it wasn’t even her fault!

Having lost her job and humiliated herself in front of a whole restaurant full of diners, this is absolutely, one hundred percent, the worst day of her life.

That is until she receives an email announcing that she is the lucky winner of the Once Upon a Page Bookshop!

Owning a bookshop has always been Hallie’s dream, and when she starts to find secret love letters on the first pages of every book, she knows she’s stumbled across something special.

Things get even better when she meets gorgeous, bookish Dimitri and between them, they post a few of the hidden messages online, reuniting people who thought they were lost forever.

But maybe it’s time for Hallie to find her own happy-ever-after, too?


MY REVIEW:

I feel like I just returned from the most amazing little trip to the sweetest town and bookshop after finishing this book. First off – this was ADORABLE. Hallie and Dmitri are so cute and I just could not get enough of them!

Hallie has lived a super unlucky life! Everywhere she goes bad luck seems to follow. She finds out she’s the winner of her favorite bookshop and she decides to start a new life as a bookshop owner! I LOVED this! I didn’t realize how much I also want to own a bookshop hahaha this story just makes it seem so perfect and I need that in my life.

Hallie meets a wonderful man, Dmitri, who helps her with the bookshop and of course an adorable romance ensues! I loved reading about their blossoming love and the exciting discoveries they make while working in the bookshop!

I was so impressed by this book. The writing was great, story was sweet, there were some interesting twists and turns, I enjoyed the characters a lot!! Really there were no negatives to this. If you love stories about books/bookshops and cute fluffy romances then this is for you!! Prepare to have your heart filled with love and happiness 💟

** Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review


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BOOK REVIEW: Wilder Girls by Rory Power

A feminist Lord of the Flies about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears. This fresh debut is a mind-bending novel unlike anything you’ve read before. – Penguin Random House

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Title: Wilder Girls

Author: Rory Power

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: YA, Horror, Mystery

Format: Physical book

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.


MY REVIEW:

I would describe Wilder Girls as a mix of YA horror, survival, and dystopia. The author did a great job of writing the gruesome horror aspects! I would say that was the strongest part of the book.

The story follows 3 girls who are at a boarding school on an island. The girls at the boarding school all get sick and start to form all sorts of different deformities. Its unclear why this is happening to the girls and therefore, the island is under quarantine while scientists try to cure them.

The idea of this book is awesome! I really enjoyed the characters. I loved the main character Hetty and her friend Byatt. I have to admit I wasn’t the biggest fan of Reese 🤷🏼‍♀️ I liked that there was little to no romance in this story. There was some hints of romance but it was really kept to a minimal.

Survival was a big part of the story. Probably 99% of the time the story focuses on the girls just trying to survive another day. It was quite desperate at times and did keep me on the edge of my seat.

BUT this story just lacked something for me. Maybe it was the fact that no real action happens until the end of the book. Maybe it was ending that felt totally unresolved and just finished with nothing answered. The characters really kept me in this book. The story itself was interesting and unique but wasn’t AMAZING!


Have you read this one or is it on your TBR? I’d love to hear what you think of this one!! Chat with me in the comments!