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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.


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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: Verity

Good evening and happy Thursday!! I hope you are having a fantastic day! ❤
Tonight I’m back with a review of my second Colleen Hoover standalone, Verity. It was a very twisted and unique story that I flew right through. 
Happy reading!!


Verity by Colleen Hoover
Genre: Adult – Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery, Romance
Pages: 324
Publication Date: December 2018
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Read December 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.
Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.
Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.
A standalone romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover.


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Have you read Verity? What did you think of it?
Do you like Colleen Hoover’s books? Are they on your TBR?
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Blog Tour – Review: The Mall

Good morning and happy Sunday, my lovely readers! I hope you’re all having an excellent weekend. ❤
Today I am so excited and honored to be participating in the blog tour for Megan McCafferty’s newest book, The Mall. This is the first story that I ever read from this auhtor, but I’m so glad to say that I enjoyed it!!
This novel will be on sale this Tuesday, July 28th! 


The Mall by Megan McCafferty
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Pages: 320
Publication Date: July 2020
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Read May 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty returns to her roots with this YA coming of age story set in a New Jersey mall.

The year is 1991. Scrunchies, mixtapes and 90210 are, like, totally fresh. Cassie Worthy is psyched to spend the summer after graduation working at the Parkway Center Mall. In six weeks, she and her boyfriend head off to college in NYC to fulfill The Plan: higher education and happily ever after.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…
Set entirely in a classic “monument to consumerism,” the novel follows Cassie as she finds friendship, love, and ultimately herself, in the most unexpected of places. Megan McCafferty, beloved New York Times bestselling author of the Jessica Darling series, takes readers on an epic trip back in time to The Mall.


Review:
Thank you so much to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Mall is a quick and lively coming-of-age tale set at a shopping mall in the ‘90s. It’s unique, fun, and sure to put a smile on your face!

I really, really loved the setting of this story. The choice to keep the entirety of this novel set in the shopping mall was a really unique decision, and in my opinion, it was brilliant. I loved visiting all of the different stores, but even more than that, I ADORED watching the way that the employees from different stores interacted with one another!
Something that I think would have been a very cool addition to the book is a map of the mall! Books that have maps in them are the elite. It makes the world, or in this case, the mall, seem so much more realistic and immersive!

As a nineteen year old, I could not relate well to the nineties nostalgia of the book. I understood all of the references – I mean, Cabbage Patch dolls were popular when I was young too (which is rather unfortunate because those things are anything but cute), and I’ve worn and loved scrunchies for my entire life – but other than being fun and refreshing, the ‘90s setting didn’t really do all that much for me. However, I feel that this will certainly be an element that anyone who grew up in this era will really enjoy!

This book had very short chapters, which was something that I absolutely adored. It made for a fantastic, quick pace that consistently kept me engaged and on the edge of my seat.
I also very much appreciated the fact that the chapters had titles, which were often witty to boot, and that is unfortunately something that I very rarely see in YA books these days. It’s a real shame because titled chapters make everything better, in my opinion. 

The mystery aspect of this story was fun and intriguing, not to mention totally unexpected! The treasure hunt added a really exciting twist to the book, but I wish we had gotten a little bit more emphasis on it. In all honesty, the ending of the hunt was a little unsatisfying for me.
I did very much enjoy moving from deciphering the clues and traveling from store to store in the mall with the girls, though!

I had expected this novel to have a heavier emphasis on romance than it actually did, which I as a huge romance fan, I was initially disappointed by. Upon further reflection, however, I think it was a wise and realistic choice. A lot of teenagers don’t actually have relationships or fall in love in high school, so it’s really so much more refreshing and relatable to find a YA story that focuses more on personal growth and friendships than a big, dramatic love story. I got so swept up in the thrill of the treasure hunt, and watching Cassie’s personal growth and friendships that I honestly didn’t miss having a romance one bit. 

The writing style of this book was very unique. It was written in past tense first person, but also as though the protagonist is directly speaking with you.
For instance: Wood World was the only store at the mall devoted to the boner arts. Ha! Get it? Gotcha! Just joshing! Wood World sold quality woodcrafts but whee! That’s how giddy I felt – giddy enough to come up with a dumb dick joke with no one to share it with.

An element of this book that I really enjoyed was the humour. This story ended up being way funnier than I had been anticipating, There were countless moments that had me laughing out loud, which helped shape this book into such an easy and light-hearted read! Here are a few examples:

With the tiniest push of a pinky, I sent my ex sprawling backward into the massage chair – for all I knew – he might be to this very day.

”It didn’t seem random,” I said.
“She screamed, ‘Die, Mono Bitch.’”
“What?” Troy asked. “Are you sure?”
I held my head under the faucet, swished water around my mouth, and spit it out. “Yeah. I’m sure.”
“No, it was definitely: ‘Try Melon Spritz,” Troy replied. “Maybe the mono damaged your eardrums.”

Furthermore, having read The Mall while in quarantine due to the coronavirus, it was oddly ironic that the protagonist had just emerged from self-isolation at home because she had caught mono.
After six weeks of quarantine, I was finally reunited with my boyfriend, Troy. […]
But  forty-three days of social isolation and physical deprivation had taken a major toll. 

(Oh, how I wish that this quarantine only lasted 43 days…)

Can we all take a minute to appreciate the cover?!? It’s bright, unique, and fun, which I think perfectly encompasses this story! I feel like many of the covers for recent YA contemporary releases have been very similar, and as much as I do enjoy an illustrated cover, it’s getting a little boring. This one really stands out and I appreciate how original it is. 

All in all, this was a quick, atmospheric, and zesty coming-of-age tale with a focus on friendship and self-discovery! 

I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Sarah Dessen because this novel shared a similar vibe to her work. This story had the same fun, summery feel, except this was a lot less romance-heavy than many of Sarah Dessen’s more popular books.


If you would like to read an excerpt of The Mall, you can click the link below!! 
Click here to read the first chapter of The Mall.

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You can purchase a copy of The Mall here.

You can visit Megan McCafferty on Twitter here.


 

Is The Mall on your TBR?
Have you read any of Megan McCafferty’s other books? Which one should I read next?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you enjoyed!
See you again soon!! ❤

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Review: Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet

Good morning, good morning!! I hope you’re all doing well. 
Today I have a review for a really cute anthology written by a group of very talented young adult authors. I’ve been slowly working my way through these stories since January of last year, and I had so much fun doing so. There’s nothing like a short and sweet love story to put me in a good mood!
Hope you enjoy!! 🙂


Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Dhonielle Clayton,  Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn DaviesNina LaCour, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, Kass Morgan, Meredith RussoSara ShepardNicola YoonIbi ZoboiJulie Murphy
Genre: Young Adult – Romance, Anthologies
Pages: 314
Publication Date: January 2018
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Read March 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.
Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.
This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.


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Have you read this anthology? Which stories were your favourite?
Which other anthologies would you recommend?
Let me know in the comments down below!!

Thank you all so, so much for joining me today! I hope you enjoy the rest of our week!! 🙂
See you again soon!! ❤

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Review: I’ve Got Your Number

Good morning! I hope you’ve all been having a fantastic week! 
Today I’m back with a review for one of my first dives into the world of adult chick-lit romance. It was my first Sophie Kinsella novel, it may have also been my last – I’m not quite sure yet.
Hope you enjoy!


I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Genre: Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 433
Publication Date: February 2012
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Read January 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
I’ve lost it. 😦 The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive 🙂 !!
Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!
Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.
What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.


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Have you read I’ve Got Your Number? Which scene was your favourite?
Did you hate the scene with the Single Ladies song as much as I did? (please tell me I’m not the only one!)

Have your read any of Sophie Kinsella’s other books? Which ones would you recommend?

Thanks so much for reading! Hope to see you again soon!!
Have a lovely day! 🙂

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Review: Someone Like You

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 304
Publication Date:
May 2004
My Rating:
3.5 of 5 stars
Read July 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:
Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she’s carrying his baby, she’s devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it’ll never break—because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever.


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Have you read this book yet? How did you think it compared to Sarah Dessen’s other novels? What did you think of Macon?
Have you read Sarah Dessen’s other novels? Which one is your favourite?

Let’s chat in the comments down below!

Thanks for hanging with me today. I hope you have a lovely week! 😀

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See my reviews of Sarah Dessen’s other books:
Along for the Ride
What Happened to Goodbye