Category: Reviews

Made in Manhattan by Lauren Layne | ARC Review

Posted February 21, 2022 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Made in Manhattan by Lauren Layne | ARC Review

I’ll admit, the cute cover of this novel was what drew me to it on NetGalley. Coupled with the Gossip Girl-esque setting (which is my forever reference point for books set in bougie New York society, sorry but that’s what being a teen in the early aughts will do to you) I decided to request on a whim and hope for the best. I was pleased to discover that Made in Manhattan is a super cute, fun romance that was honestly just what I needed after struggling with an urban fantasy book that I eventually DNF’d. Made in Manhattan follows […]


As Good as Dead (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #3) by Holly Jackson | Review

Posted February 7, 2022 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
As Good as Dead (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #3) by Holly Jackson | Review

Whoa. Whoawhoawhoawhoawhoa. Just when I think Holly Jackson can’t build upon her previous mysteries BAM she gets me with a twist so unexpected that I’m left reeling. I have a lot of whiplash from this book, the third and (likely) final installment in the Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series, and it went in a direction I was NOT expecting. I’ll admit, I considered DNF-ing this one initially, because the beginning is super slow. Pip is obviously dealing with PTSD (as she was after the first book, however it’s amped up a LOT after what she went through in the […]


Ramon and Julieta by Alana Albertson | ARC Review

Posted January 31, 2022 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Ramon and Julieta by Alana Albertson | ARC Review

Every year I try and make it a priority to read several books by Latinx authors and/or books that feature Latinx characters, and I’m pleased that I got to kick off 2022 with Ramón and Julieta! Not only was I getting to dive into a diverse romance set in San Diego, but I was intrigued that it was a retelling as well! Add in a stunning cover and a focus on food and I was so excited to read this one! Beginning on Día de los Muertos, Ramón and Julieta follows romantic protagonists from two very different walks of life, […]


Mini Reviews | Never Saw You Coming (ARC) and The Jasmine Project

Posted January 24, 2022 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Mini Reviews | Never Saw You Coming (ARC) and The Jasmine Project

As a former Religious Studies major during my undergrad years, I am always intrigued by YA novels that tackle the topic of religion, though many popular titles in the past few years have seemed to focus more on the extreme side (Devoted, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, The Project, etc.). I was intrigued to read a novel where the religious aspects seemed more naturally woven in with the contemporary elements, which is definitely the case in Never Saw You Coming, which follows 18 year old protagonist Meg as she strikes out on her own for the first time in […]


Mini Reviews: The Silver Blonde and Killing November

Posted January 17, 2022 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Mini Reviews: The Silver Blonde and Killing November

I’ve really been enjoying historical fiction the past few years, so when I heard about The Silver Blonde I was excited to add another title to my TBR! I was also curious as I hadn’t read anything set in post WWII Los Angeles and was intrigued to see how the entertainment industry was impacted by the war, especially in the context of a mystery. This story had a lot of interesting elements going on- a mystery, an exploration of the film industry in the aftermath of WWII, the German immigrant experience in America after the war, the journey of women […]


Romance Mini Reviews | The Love Hypothesis and Witch Please

Posted January 10, 2022 in Books, Reviews / 4 Comments
Romance Mini Reviews | The Love Hypothesis and Witch Please

I feel like I haven’t heard of a contemporary romance getting this much hype since The Hating Game. After what felt like an unbearably long library wait, I finally got to dive into this graduate school set romance and when I tell you I was addicted, I mean it! I love books set in college (though I still feel as though there’s a huge lack of) and I’ve never read a book set in grad school, so that alone made this one really unique! I loved Olive, loved her determination, her naivety, her dedication to her research and her pursuing […]


Kingdom of the Cursed (Kingdom of the Wicked #2) | Review

Posted January 3, 2022 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Kingdom of the Cursed (Kingdom of the Wicked #2) | Review

Whew, I was NOT expecting to become as addicted to this book as I did, but here we are. What began as a mildly intriguing series that seemed steeped in tropes from early 2000s paranormal romance really blossomed into its own with the sophomore installment, and in my humble opinion is loads better than its predecessor! Picking up after Emilia signs a contract to marry the Devil at the end of the first book, Wrath (one of the seven princes of hell that she had formed a tentative alliance with in the first book) escorts her to hell to start […]


Mini Reviews | One Great Lie & The Moon and More

Posted October 4, 2021 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Mini Reviews | One Great Lie & The Moon and More

There’s something about the way Deb Caletti writes that completely transports me. I am taken from my time and place and I am truly IN the protagonist’s mind. So with One Great Lie, I embarked on a dark summer adventure in Venice with protagonist Charlotte as she navigated the cruel, often heartbreaking truths of being a woman in society, both in the past and in the present. Caletti’s YA novels often seem to tackle current social issues, and One Great Lie is no exception. Charlotte wins an incredible, once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in a summer workshop abroad […]


The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith | ARC Review

Posted September 27, 2021 in Books, Reviews / 4 Comments
The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith | ARC Review

This year, I started celebrating ~spooky season~ on August 31st, and was already building out my autumnal TBR weeks before then. When I was pitched the opportunity to read The Witch Haven as an ARC, I knew it would be an amazing story to officially kick off my autumn themed TBR. I’m a huge fan of historical fiction, so a paranormal, witchy boarding school story set in the early 1900s sounded right up my alley! The story follows Frances, a girl living in New York in 1911, who is reeling after the death of her brother and working as a […]


Romance Reviews: Heartbreak for Hire and The Soulmate Equation

Posted September 13, 2021 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Romance Reviews: Heartbreak for Hire and The Soulmate Equation

Heartbreak for Hire has a really unique yet bizarre premise: a company of women who are hired to exact revenge on men who have wronged women. It’s a little crazy to wrap your head around at first, but once you adequately suspend your disbelief it’s intriguing to see how such a company would operate and the moral/ethical questions it poses. The story follows protagonist Brinkley, secret artist and failed (at least in her mother’s eyes) academic who thinks she is healing her own heart through the work she is doing to take down men with “egos” for the company. Since […]