Where the Crawdads Sing- Delia Owens - This was one of our book club reads and I absolutely loved it. The writing still of The Marsh vs the courtroom was so good. The descriptive writing made me really be able to visualize everything I was reading, I loved seeing the growth of Kya and how she learns and survives through her life and relationships. Plus the ending was just absolutely amazing
It Ends with Us- Colleen Hoover - I heard this book was great; I went into reading it without totally knowing what it was about and I got wrecked. Oh my goodness this story was amazing. It’s about breaking the cycle of abuse and the ending was just amazing and I cannot wait for her to continue this story. Ps some people I saw reviewing this said they didn’t like it at all because of how the abuse (how she kept going back, making excuses etc), was but it was actually based on her parents and what it takes to walk away.
The Hating Game - Sally Thorne - I saw this book all over Instagram and snagged it when I saw it on sale at Target, I’ve just started reading romance novels this year and I’m pretty hooked! I like a story that I get swept up on and this one definitely did that since I couldn’t put it down. I loved the characters, how they obviously were going to fall in love, but loved the ride to get there. Definitely recommend the book over the movie, I watched it to compare, it was cute but I would have never watched it if I didn’t read the book first.
People We Meet on Vacation - Emily Henry - I love friends to lover stories, but this one didn’t do it for me. Once I realized different chapters were in the past I knew it would take me pretty much the whole story to find out this “big thing” that halted their friendship and honestly I wasn’t impressed with it. Their chemistry wasn’t as strong as I thought it would be and it felt like Poppy just wanted him because he’s always been around and not because she was so deeply in love. It wasn’t a bad read but not one I would read again.
The Deal - Elle Kennedy - Did I buy this majorly discounted on my kindle as a smutty type of book? Absolutely? Did I plan on loving it? Of course not….but I did and now I want to read the other stories this set. TW: r@pe is a big part of Hannah’s character but it is important to the story.
I loved this story, it was so easy to read, obviously you can predict what’s going to happen, I knew there would be a twist but not what I expected. I read it in a day and loved Garret’s character- yes he was pushy and cocky but also sweet especially when you realize his backstory.
Beach Read - Emily Henry
As I started reading this and thought about the fact that an author wrote a story about two different authors writing their stories is genius. Then I read her notes for book discussions and she said she had writers block and that’s how this story of two writers experiencing the same thing came about and I love it even more! I enjoyed how these two different authors came together to share their experiences to help share how they find inspiration for their stories. Obviously it’s predictable but I love the little surprises along the way and of course the super cute ending.
Have you read any of these, or are they on your to be read list? Let me know in the comments!
“Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.
Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.
Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou's, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.
The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou's most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.
And love makes fools of us all.”
Ok, is this predictable? Yes. Did I read the series anyway? Also yes. I wrote down my thoughts as I was reading and wanted to share with you about what I thought of this series.
Serpent & dove
The plot was what you would expect and gave plenty of hints where you could guess what was going to happen next. There was one sexy scene also so be warned if you don’t do the spice. The ending was actually pretty good, and has a few “twists” in there that made me want to read the next book to see if what I predict is going to happen.
Oh my, what I thought was going to be a lighthearted fantasy novel turned into so much more! I found a Court of Thorns and Roses in a discounted section and snagged it because the storyline sounded interesting. Here I am a month later reading another one of Sarah J Maas’ series because I am hooked.
I saw a few people mention that it was hard to read, the plot took too long to develop, there isn’t enough foreshadowing, etc, but in my mind that makes me want to read more because I had to know what was happening. Books are often too predictable, you know how the love story will end, the hero is who you expected. Of course some things are still predictable but it was still fun to see how the rest turned out in this series because some things happened that did surprise me a little!
This is the story of a mortal girl, Feyre, who kills a Fae in the woods one day, of course she didn’t know at the time. She’s whisked away to Prythian, home of the Fae, where she will live the rest of her days as punishment for murdering the wolf. The story develops with Feyre and Tamlin - gets real spicy in there, and then comes Amarantha, our villain.
Honestly it took me a bit to figure out the whole plot of why Tamlin took her but I like that. I hate when books get too predictable. There were just some weird parts with Lucien that threw me off, but eventually you learn what the curse entails. I ended up falling in love with Rhysand over Tamlin through the whole series though, go figure, I picked the one from the "dark side", how typical.
In A Court of Mist and Fury, Feyre is now a new person (won’t spoil it for you totally…) and has a bargain with Rhysand - the High Lord of the Night Court. I loved how the characters developed in this book and how Feyre and Rhysand stories intertwine, obviously we find our new love connection and it’s much better than Tamlin in my opinion. The story continues into the next book, A Court of Wings and Ruin and you still see a glimpse of what happened to Tamlin and what the war truly means throughout all the different courts.
Through the series you follow Feyre’s story twisted with Tamlin, Rhysand, and her family as well. Speaking of family, Nesta (her oldest sister) is such a good character, so hardened and cruel which made her character development so much better - the last book was one of my favorites and centered around her. I think the main climax of the final book really showed what changes can happen within a person and what sacrifices people will make for those they love.
I wasn’t sure if the Fae and Faeries would be for me but now I've already finished two Fae series and have started another. These books were easy to read and the story kept me wanting more. If you are not into spicy novels be warned there are some scenes you will need to skip throughout the entire series because hello details, but overall I enjoyed the story and how it had a true ending. It's marketed as Young Adult Fiction but honestly this series is not for teenagers in my opinion. I'm still upset that my last book doesn't match the rest of the set, but it's now available in softcover, or you can get the whole series in hardcover.
This series is so good if you like action, adventure, love, and growth. It was truly such an easy read and I enjoyed the world that she created. You easily get sucked into the world of magic and care about the characters. It's hard to put these books down and I foresee myself reading them again in the future. PS the books are on sale on the Kindle right now if you have one!
I instantly got sucked into Netflix’ Bridgerton series - I binged watched both seasons when they came out. I finally decided to read the books and I am glad I did. To be honest, I’m not sure I would have ever chosen to read these if I hadn’t watched the show. I loved the show, but after reading the books I realized how much more they put into the show to make it well, more dramatic. Of course a word for word adaptation wouldn’t be as entertaining - I mean hello Duke - but I was glad to see that Julia Quinn was involved with the show even though she did let them take creative liberties which worked well for making it so easy to watch. Check out my review for the first three books, warning: spoilers if you haven’t seen or read them!
The Duke and I actually stuck to the plot in the book pretty well when it came to the Duke and Daphne, except for the whole Queen ordeal. In the books there is no Queen on the mission to find out who Lady Whistledown is or running the show; and honestly Lady Dansbury was a disappointment in this books - she gets better later on.
I love Daphne and Simon and the fact that I got a second epilogue in the book made me so happy because you really see how in love they are and how their family grows. I also like that they have the appearance in the second book as well giving us more insights into how important family is to the Bridgertons.
If you’re like me, you’re a sucker for the Netflix Originals, and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is one I’ve watched multiple times already. I decided that I wanted to read the books to compare the movies so I snagged the set and read away.
To be completely honest, it took me a bit to get used to Jenny Han’s writing style. It’s a little jumpy, flashes to the past, and sometimes seems to just end in the middle of what I thought would be more. It gets better and I got used to it but definitely not the style I am used to reading.
If you don’t know the story line, Lara Jean is a teenage girl who gets so consumed with her emotions that she writes it down in love letters - 5 actually, addresses them and then never sends them out. It is her way of dealing with her crush and then moving past it. Of course we need more than that to have a good story, so her little sister sends off her letters and that’s where it all begins.