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Review: Mud Vein

Good morning!! I hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far!
Today, I’m here with a review of my second Tarryn Fisher read, Mud Vein, which I very much enjoyed. I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into the book, but I ended up adoring it.
Enjoy!


Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
Genre: Adult – Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Pages: 283
Publication Date: April 2014
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read July 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat… and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.


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Have you read Mud Vein? Is it on your TBR?
Have you read any of Tarryn Fisher’s other novels? Which one should I read next?
I’d love to chat about it in the comments down below! 

As always, thank you so much for reading!! I hope you enjoyed, and hopefully I’ll see you again soon! ❤

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Review: Learning Not to Drown

Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy!
This morning, I’m back with a review of an unexpectedly enjoyable read, Learning Not to Drown. I had this book sitting and collecting dust on my shelf for years, and I’m so glad that I finally worked up the motivation to give it a read.
I hope you enjoy!! 


Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Pages: 352
Publication Date: April 2014
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read August 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
Family secrets cut to the bone in this mesmerizing debut novel about a teen whose drug-addicted brother is the prodigal son one time too many.
There is a pecking order to every family. Seventeen-year old Clare is the overprotected baby; Peter is the typical, rebellious middle child; and Luke is the oldest, the can’t-do-wrong favorite. To their mother, they are a normal, happy family.
To Clare, they are a family on the verge of disaster. Clare: the ambitious striver; Peter: the angry ticking time bomb; and Luke: a drug-addicted convicted felon who has been in and out of jail for as long as Clare can remember—and who has always been bailed out by their parents.
Clare loves Luke, but life as his sister hasn’t been easy. And when he comes home (again), she wants to believe this time will be different (again). Yet when the truths behind his arrests begin to surface, everything Clare knows is shaken to its core. And then Luke is arrested. Again.
Except this time is different, because Clare’s mom does the unthinkable on Luke’s behalf, and Clare has to decide whether turning her back on family is a selfish act…or the only way to keep from drowning along with them.


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Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR?
Which books would you consider to be “hidden gems”?

Thanks so very much for reading! Have a phenomenal night, and I’ll see you again next time!! 😉

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Review: F*ck Love

Good morning!! I hope you’re all having a phenomenal week! ❤
Today I’m here with a review of a book that’s been siting on my Goodreads TBR for over five years, and I decided to finally read it on a whim. I’m so happy that I did, but I really ended up enjoying it! I didn’t go in the direction that I had been expecting, but I still liked it. 
Happy reading!! 


F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher
Genre: New Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 266
Publication Date: January 2016
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read June 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
Helena Conway has fallen in love.
Unwillingly. Unwittingly.
But not unprovoked.
Kit Isley is everything she’s not—unstructured, untethered,
and not even a little bit careful.
It could all be so beautiful … if he wasn’t dating her best friend.
Helena must defy her heart, do the right thing, and think of others.
Until she doesn’t.


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Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR?
How do you feel about books with morally grey characters?
Have you read any of Tarryn Fisher’s other novels? Which one should I read next?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below!!

Thanks so much for joining me today! See you again soon! 😀

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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: It Ends With Us

Happy Monday!! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy. ❤
I’m here this evening with a review for a book that has been sitting on my Goodreads TBR for a long time. I’m really glad that I finally decided to hop on the Colleen Hoover bandwagon because this book was very different from what I had been expecting, but I was absolutely blown away.
Happy reading!


It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 385
Publication Date: August 2016
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read December 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up
— she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.


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Have you read It Ends With Us? Were you expecting any of those plot twists?
Have you read any of Colleen Hoover’s other books? Are they on your TBR?
I’d love to chat in the comments down below!!

Thanks for hanging with me today. See you next time! 😉

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Review: One to Watch

Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re all having a fantastic day so far!
This morning I’m here with a review of a book that I actually read a couple of months ago, One to Watch. This is an adult rom-com release from earlier this year based around a show called Main Squeeze (basically The Bachlorette) and it was a lot of fun!
Happy reading! 😉


One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London 
Genre: Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 432
Publication Date: July 2020
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read September 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Real love… as seen on TV.
Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger who has amazing friends, a devoted family, legions of Insta followers–and a massively broken heart. Like the rest of America, Bea indulges in her weekly obsession: the hit reality show Main Squeeze. The fantasy dates! The kiss-off rejections! The surprising amount of guys named Chad! But Bea is sick and tired of the lack of body diversity on the show. Since when is being a size zero a prerequisite for getting engaged on television?
Just when Bea has sworn off dating altogether, she gets an intriguing call: Main Squeeze wants her to be its next star, surrounded by men vying for her affections. Bea agrees, on one condition–under no circumstances will she actually fall in love. She’s in this to supercharge her career, subvert harmful anti-fat beauty standards, inspire women across America, and get a free hot air balloon ride. That’s it.
But when the cameras start rolling, Bea realizes things are more complicated than she anticipated. She’s in a whirlwind of sumptuous couture, Internet culture wars, sexy suitors, and an opportunity (or two, or five) to find messy, real-life love in the midst of a made-for-TV fairy tale. In this joyful, razor-sharp debut, Bea has to decide whether it might just be worth trusting these men–and herself–for a chance to live happily ever after.


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Have you read One to Watch? What did you think of it? Which of the men on Main Squeeze were you rooting for?
I’d love to chat about it in the comments down below!!

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Review: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Good morning!! I hope you’re all having a fantastic day! ❤
Today I’m here with a review for the widely acclaimed YA novel, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, which I really, really liked.
I  hope you enjoy! 😉


It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Mental Illness, Romance
Pages: 444
Publication Date: May 2007
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read August 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.
Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.
Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.


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Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR?
What are your favourite YA books that deal with mental illness?
I’d love to know in the comments down below!

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Review: 10 Blind Dates

Happy Saturday! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day! 🙂
This afternoon I have a review for my latest read, 10 Blind Dates, which is a fun and festive YA rom-com that I really enjoyed!
Happy reading! ❤


10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance, Holiday
Pages: 336
Publication Date: October 2019
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read May 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.
Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.
When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.
This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever… or is it?


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Have you read 10 Blind Dates?
What were your thoughts? Which date was your favourite to read about?
Have you read any of Ashley Elston’s other books? 
I’d love to discuss it in the comments down below!

As always, thank you all so very much for joining me today. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Until next time! 😉

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Review: Easy (Contours of the Heart #1)

Happy Thursday!!! I hope you all had a lovely day! ❤
This evening I’m back with a review of Easy, which is easily one of the best new adult books that I have ever read, no pun intended. After a series of disappointing reads, this was such a pleasant surprise. 
I hope you enjoy!! 😉


Easy by Tammara Webber
Genre: New Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Series: Contours of the Heart #1
Pages: 336
Publication Date: November 2012
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read May 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Rescued by a strnager.
Haunted by a secret.
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…
He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…
The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.
Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth – and find the unexpected power of love.
A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl’s struggle to regain the trust she’s lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.


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Have you read Easy? 
Do you like the new adult genre? What new adult romances would your recommend?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below!!

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Review: But I Love Him

Hello, my fellow bookworms! I hope you all are having a fantastic weekend so far!
Today I’m back with a review for the first book that I read for the Magical Readathon! I picked this up totally on a whim  and flew right through it – the story was so well done.
Happy reading!! 😉


But I Love Him by Amanda Grace
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 245
Publication Date: May 2011
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read April 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Sometimes at night, I wake up and stare at the heart for hours. I think of how I collected each piece from the beach, how I glued it all together into one big sculpture. I wonder if Connor realizes what it means, that he’ll always have a piece of me no matter what happens. Each piece of glass is another piece of myself that I gave to him.
It’s too bad I didn’t keep any pieces for myself.
At the beginning of senior year, Ann was a smiling, straight-A student and track star with friends and a future. Then she met a haunted young man named Connor. Only she can heal his emotional scars; only he could make her feel so loved – and needed. Ann can’t recall the pivotal moment it all changed, when she surrendered everything to be with him, but by graduation, her life has become a dangerous high wire act. Just one mistake could trigger Connor’s rage, a senseless storm of cruel words and violence damaging everything – and everyone – in its path.
This evocative slideshow of flashbacks reveals a heartbreaking story of love gone terribly wrong.


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Have you read But I Love Him?
How did you feel about the reverse chronological order writing style?
Which books about abusive relationships would you recommend?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day. 🙂
Until next time! ❤

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