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Review: It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2)

Good morning!! I hope you’re all having a magnificent day so far!
Today I’m returning with a review of the second installment of Jenny Han’s Summer series, It’s Not Summer Without You. 
Happy reading! ❤


It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Series: Summer #2
Pages: 275
Publication Date: April 2010
My Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Read May 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
Belly finds out what comes after falling in love in this follow-up to The Summer I Turned Pretty from the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (soon to be a major motion picture!), Jenny Han.
Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?
It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.
But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started—at Cousins Beach.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read this series? Are you Team Conrad or Team Jeremiah?
Let me know in the comments down below!!

As always, thank you so much for joining me today.
I hope you have a wonderful evening!

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The Birthday Book Tag: I’m Turning 20!

Happy Sunday, my lovely readers! I hope you’re all having a beautiful weekend!

This morning I’m here with a super fun Book Tag to celebrate my 20th birthday this week!
Ahh, I still can’t believe that I’m entering my twenties. This is my last weekend as a teenager!
To celebrate, I’m going to do The Birthday Book Tag, which was originally created a few years ago by Antonia @ Always Books.

I hope you enjoy! If your birthday is coming up (or you just want a fun tag), then I encourage you to join in!


Birthday Cake – A book with a plot that seems cliché but you adore it anyway

That’s a fun question! I’m going to choose Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The Lux series definitely has a strong cheese factor and some clichés, but it is without a doubt one of my favourite series!
Click here to see my review of Obsidian (Lux #1).

Party Guests — Your most anticipated book release for this year

My most anticipated release for 2021 actually already came out, and that was Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle. After how much I loved her debut novel, I couldn’t have possibly been more excited for Twice Shy. I was lucky enough to read the book a couple of months ago, and while I did enjoy it, the book was not quite everything I dreamed it would be.
Click here to see my review of Twice Shy.

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Review: A Touch of Darkness (Hades and Persephone #1)

Good morning, my lovely readers!! I hope you are all having a beautiful day!
Today I’m back with a review of my first fantasy novel of the year, A Touch of Darkness. As a big fan of both Greek mythology and retellings, I was super excited for this book, especially because of the countless positive reviews that I’ve seen. Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed by it in pretty much every aspect.
I hope you enjoy!! 😉


A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair
Genre: New Adult – Romance, Fantasy, Retellings
Series: Hades and Persephone #1
Pages: 299
Publication Date: May 2019
My Rating: 1 of 5 stars
Read May 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
A Modern Hades and Persephone Retelling
Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist.
Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible.
After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever.
The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows—and it’s forbidden.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read this book or series? How did you feel about it?
What’s your favourite book with Greek mythology? What’s your favourite retelling?
I’d love to chat about it in the comments down below!! 😀

Thank you so much for reading!! I hope you enjoyed and have a fantastic day!
See you again soon! 

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Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1)

Hello, hello, my lovely readers, and happy first day of June!! I hope you’re all doing well! ❤ I cannot, and I repeat CAN NOT believe that it is already June. Where is this year going?! 
This morning, I am here with a review of The Summer I Turned Pretty, which as the title implies, is a summery story to fit with the beginning of the summery months! This book is one of the first that I added to my Goodreads TBR when I joined over six years ago, and I only just finally picked it up! I was a little disappointed by it, especially considering how much I adore Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, but it was a cute and very summery story.
Happy reading!!


The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Series: Summer #1
Pages: 276
Publication Date: May 2009
My Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Read May 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer—they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read The Summer I Turned Pretty? What about the other books in the series?
Have you read any of Jenny Han’s other books? Are they on your TBR?
What is your favourite summery contemporary romance?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below!!

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you enjoyed!
See you next time! 😉

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I Spy Book Challenge

Good morning, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well! ❤
I stumbled upon this really fun book challenge, which is essentially a scavenger hunt of your bookshelves!! It looked like too much fun not to participate in it!! I had a blast doing it!
This challenge was creating by Kayla @ Books and Lala on Youtube.
I hope you enjoy! 🙂


Rules:
Find a book on your bookshelves that contains (
either on the cover or in the title) an example for each of twenty categories.
You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!! (or longer if you have way too many books on way too many overcrowded shelves!)

#1 Food – Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
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(see my review here)

#2 Transportation – Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
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(see my review here)

#3 Weapon – A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
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#4 Animal – Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
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#5 Number – 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
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(see my review here)

#6 Something You Read – A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
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(see my review here)

#7 Body of Water – We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
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#8 Product of Fire – The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn
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(see my review here)

#9 Royalty – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J. K. Rowling
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#10 Architecture – Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
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(see my review here)

#11 Item of Clothing – Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn
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#12 Family Member – The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan
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#13 Time of Day – Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
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#14 Music – This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
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#15 Paranormal Being – Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
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#16 Occupation – Kill The Boy Band by Goldy Moldovsky
(Being in a boy band counts as an occupation, right?)
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(see my review here)

#17 Season – Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
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#18 Colour – Red Queen by Victoira Aveyard
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#19 Celestial Body – Written in the Stars by Aisha Saheed
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(see my review here)

#20 Something that Grows – The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
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(see my review here)


Do you have any of these books on your shelves?
Have you read any of them? Which one is your favourite?
Let me know in the comments down below!! 😉

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you had as much fun as I did!
See you again soon! ❤

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Review: Tempting the Best Man (Gamble Brothers #1)

Good morning! I hope you’re all doing well. ❤
Today I’m back with a review of what is quite possibly one of my least favourite books that I have EVER read. As a pretty big of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s work, as well as a good older brother’s best friend romance trope, I had high hopes for this one. I listened to the audiobook, and I very much regret it.
Happy reading!


Tempting the Best Man by J. Lynn / Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Series: Gamble Brothers #1
Pages: 172
Publication Date: April 2012
My Rating: 1 of 5 stars
Read April 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
Madison Daniels has worshiped her brother’s best friend since they were kids. Everyone thinks she and Chase Gamble would make the perfect couple, but there are two major flaws in their logic. 1) Chase has sworn off relationships of any kind and 2) after blurring the line between friends and lovers for one night four years ago, they can’t stop bickering.
Forced together for her brother’s wedding getaway, Chase and Madison decide to call a truce for the happy couple. Except all bets are off when they’re forced to shack up in a tacky ’70s honeymoon suite and survive a multitude of “accidents” as the family tries to prove their “spark” can be used for more than fighting. That is, if they don’t strangle each other first…


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Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it?
What is your least favourite book that you’ve ever read?
Let me know in the comments down below!

Thanks so much for joining me today!!
Have a wonderful day, and I hope to see you again soon!! 🙂

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Review: Twice Shy

Hello, hello! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day! ❤
This morning I’m here with a review of Sarah Hogle’s second novel, Twice Shy, which was my most anticipated read of 2021! Unfortunately, I did not end up loving the book as much as I had hoped to, but it was cute and fun. 
Happy reading!! 


Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle
Genre: Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Publication Date: April 2021
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Read April 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
Can you find real love when you’ve always got your head in the clouds?
Maybell Parish has always been a dreamer and a hopeless romantic. But living in her own world has long been preferable to dealing with the disappointments of real life. So when Maybell inherits a charming house in the Smokies from her Great-Aunt Violet, she seizes the opportunity to make a fresh start.
Yet when she arrives, it seems her troubles have only just begun. Not only is the house falling apart around her, but she isn’t the only inheritor: she has to share everything with Wesley Koehler, the groundskeeper who’s as grouchy as he is gorgeous—and it turns out he has very different vision for the property’s future.
Convincing the taciturn Wesley to stop avoiding her and compromise is a task more formidable than the other dying wishes Great-Aunt Violet left behind. But when Maybell uncovers something unexpectedly sweet beneath Wesley’s scowls, and as the two slowly begin to let their guard down, they might learn that sometimes the smallest steps outside one’s comfort zone can lead to the greatest rewards.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read Twice Shy? Did you read Sarah Hogle’s debut, You Deserve Each Other?
Have you read any of 2021 releases? Which one was your favourite? What is your most anticipated release of the year?

Thank you so much for reading; I hope you enjoyed!!
Wishing you all a wonderful night! Until next time! 😉

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Review: Pumpkinheads

Good morning! I hope you’re all doing well. ❤
Today I’m here with a review of Pumpkinheads, a graphic novel that was a highly anticipated read for me! I read this at the beginning of May, but as a big fan of Halloween and autumn, I very much enjoyed the cozy fall atmosphere of this story.
Happy reading! 


Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks 
Genre: Young Adult – Graphic Novel, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 209
Publication Date: August 2019
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read May 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.
Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.
But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.
Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .
What if their last shift was an adventure?


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Have you read Pumpkinheads? Is it on your TBR?
Do you enjoy graphic novels?
Do you like stories with seasonal settings? Which one is your favourite?
Let me know in the comments down below!

Thanks so much for reading; I hope you enjoyed!!
Have a great night, and I’ll see you again soon! 🙂

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Review: The Way I Used to Be

Good evening and happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a fantastic day! 🙂
I’m here today with a review of The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith, which is definitely one of my new favourite books! It was very emotionally intense and heartbreaking, but it was so beautifully executed.
Hope you enjoy!


The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 376
Publication Date: March 2017
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Read April 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel “is a poignant book that realistically looks at the lasting effects of trauma on love, relationships, and life” (School Library Journal, starred review).
Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.
What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.
Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, all while learning to embrace the power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read The Way I Used to Be? What were your thoughts on it?
Have you read any of Amber Smith’s other books? Are they on your TBR?
What is the most emotional book that you’ve ever read?
I’d love to chat about it in the comments down below! 😉

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a great week!
Until next time! ❤

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ARC Review: You’ve Reached Sam

Good evening and happy Monday! I’ve been gone for a while because of school and exams, but I’m so excited to be back! I hope you’re all doing well!! ❤
Today I’m here with a review of You’ve Reached Sam, which will be published this November! I was extremely excited when I received an eARC of this book, but unfortunately, it did not quite meet my expectations.
Happy reading!


You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance, Magic Realism
Pages: 304
Publication Date: November 2021
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read April 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
If I Stay meets Your Name in this heartfelt novel about love, loss, and what it means to say goodbye.
Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes.
Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his things, and tries everything to forget him and the tragic way he died. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces back memories. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.
And Sam picks up the phone.
In a miraculous turn of events, Julie’s been given a second chance at goodbye. The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam’s voice makes her fall for him all over again, and with each call it becomes harder to let him go. However, keeping her otherworldly calls with Sam a secret isn’t easy, especially when Julie witnesses the suffering Sam’s family is going through. Unable to stand by the sidelines and watch their shared loved ones in pain, Julie is torn between spilling the truth about her calls with Sam and risking their connection and losing him forever.


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Is You’ve Reached Sam on your TBR? Is it one of your anticipated releases of 2021?
What are your favourite books that deal with grief?

Thanks so much for reading!! I hope to see you again soon!
Have a fantastic day!! 🙂

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