WWW Wednesday – March 3rd, 2021

Happy March! I took a bit of break from posting in February. Long story short, my anxiety and depression were kicking my butt and I kept getting really frustrated by my book choices. I’m back now though, ready to talk about the books I’ve been reading.

It is Wednesday, which means its WWW Wednesday! I’m answering the three questions below. Let me know you answers in the comments or share to your own blog! You can always follow along on my Instagram for more book talk.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading the talk of the book world, A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas. I had some fun pre-order drama with Barnes & Noble, that delayed me in reading this book by a week, but I’m now about half way through and enjoying it. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Nesta, so this book has been interesting. One big thing it is doing, is making me want to reread the ACOTAR series. I really miss Feyre and Rhysand. Obviously they are still players in the story, but I just want to hear everything about them. I feel like I’m going to need to schedule a reread in to help fill the hole.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished reading A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova. I absolutely loved this book. It was everything I needed from a fantasy romance. I’ll be posting a full review to the blog soon, but if you love fantasy romance this book checks off all the boxes. I loved that it was a stand-alone, and the slow burn romance between Eldas and Luella is perfect. I definitely recommend!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have been really bad about picking my next book to read for the last couple of weeks. That being said, my hold on The Hating Game by Sally Thorne just became available at my library. I think this will be my next read and should be perfect after finishing A Court of Silver Flames.

Review: The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“Daisy Patel is a software engineer who understands lists and logic better than bosses and boyfriends. With her life all planned out, and no interest in love, the one thing she can’t give her family is the marriage they expect. Left with few options, she asks her childhood crush to be her decoy fiance.

Liam Murphy is a venture capitalist with something to prove. When he learns that his inheritance is contingent on being married, he realizes his best friend’s little sister has the perfect solution to his problem. A marriage of convenience will get Daisy’s matchmaking relatives off her back and fulfill the terms of his late grandfather’s will. If only he hadn’t broken her tender teenage heart nine years ago…

Sparks fly when Daisy and Liam go on a series of dates to legitimize their fake relationship. Too late, they realize that very little is convenient about their arrangement. History and chemistry aren’t about to follow the rules of this engagement.”

REVIEW:

The Dating Plan was my Book of the Month choice for January, and just what I needed. The first week of January was chaotic to say the least. So every time I went to pick up a book, I was pretty distracted and couldn’t focus. I needed something more lighthearted. This book was perfect.

The Dating Plan has fake fiancé’s, fake marriage, and a woman who loves a good spreadsheet. Daisy is a software engineer, nerdy, but still sexy which was wonderful to read. Liam and Daisy have wonderful chemistry and their banter was perfect. Both of their families are well-rounded and feel incredibly real. (Daisy’s Aunties steal the show.) This book was everything I could want in a romantic comedy. I did find some of the plot, especially toward the end, a bit predictable but it didn’t really hinder the story for me. Sara Desai’s sense of humor is incredible and is a definite highlight of this book.

This book sucked me in with its gorgeous and colorful cover, and I wasn’t disappointed. The Dating Plan was an early release as a part of Book of the Month. It will be available to the general public in March. I definitely recommend it if you are a RomCom lover.

RATING: 4/5

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WWW Wednesday – January 13th, 2021

It’s Wednesday which means another WWW Wednesday. I’m answering the three questions below. Let me know your answers in the comments or share on your own blog!

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Fire Falling by Elise Kova (Book #2 in the Air Awakens series). Super excited to see what happens next in this series. It has similar vibes to the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. So if you are looking for something to fill that hole, I recommend this series.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished The Dating Plan by Sara Desai. It was my January choice for Book of the Month and an early release. It goes on sale to the general public in March. I absolutely loved this book. It was exactly what I needed to start off the year, and a distraction from the chaos of the first week of January. I definitely recommend this book!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I think my next read will probably be The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It is a spinoff of The Lux series, which I finished last year. I’m excited to see where this spinoff series goes. Honestly, though my mood has been all over the place so far this January and I haven’t really been able to stick to the books I’ve been picking.

Have you read any of these books? What are you currently reading?

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January TBR

Happy 2021! I hope everyone is having a safe and healthy start to the new year. Obviously a lot of 2021 is going to look like 2020, but don’t worry we still have books to keep us company!

I am a mood reader by nature, but I also have a ton of unread books sitting on my shelves. So I need to plan out at least some of my reads for the month.

#1 – Fable by Adrienne Young

This book has been all over bookstagram and I’m very excited to start reading this.

Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men. Fable takes you on a spectacular journey filled with romance, intrigue, and adventure.

#2 – The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

As I’ve said before I’m a sucker for a good romance novel, and look at that gorgeous cover. This was my Book of the Month choice for January and I think it will be a nice little interlude between the amount of Fantasy novels I read every month.

“Even with a step-by-step plan, these fake fiances might accidentally fall for each other in this hilarious, heartfelt romantic comedy from the author of The Marriage Game.”

#3 – The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I am super excited to return to the Lux universe, and start this series. I really enjoyed the Lux series, and the world was so different than the things I normally read.

“#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old.”

What are you reading in January? Let me know in the comments!

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My 2020 in Books

This year I started a new job in a new apartment. I had a decent commute on public transportation, so I saw myself reading a bit more than I had in recent years. Then the pandemic happened, I saw myself working from home and having even more time on my hands. I started thinking about making a bookstagram and blog to talk about the even more books I had been consuming. Then I got laid off, and my decision was made.

It has been really exciting to share what I’ve been reading and starting this blog. 2020 has been a weird year, but this blog has brought a little slice of happiness.

So here is my year in review…

In 2020 I joined the cult of Sarah J. Maas

Also wish they had kept this cover art

In March, I began the Throne of Glass series and while I had a few problems with it overall, it was an incredibly immersive fantasy series that I needed at that time in my life. After finishing that series everyone kept tell my I needed to read A Court of Thorns and Roses. So I splurged and bought the entire series. Wow! I absolutely loved this series! Feyre is an incredible heroine. I loved this series so much more than the Throne of Glass Series. One unpopular opinion I do have though is I wish she wasn’t continuing the series. While I will still read A Court of Silver Flames, I’m not dying to read it since I feel like the story is finished.

I fully embraced my love of Romance novels…
I feel like a lot of people get shamed for loving romance novels, but this year I fully embraced it. I read some amazing romance novels this year, that were way better than some other more touted books. The Roommate by Rosie Danan was one of my favorite books I read this year. I also discovered the world of Evie Dunmore and her League of Extraordinary Women and Beach Read by Emily Henry. There are truly some extraordinary things happening in Romance.

I got sucked into Bookstagram suggestions…
Once I set up a bookstagram, I feel like my TBR grew tenfold. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I love seeing people’s flatlays and their book recommendations. Sometimes though, the hype can be overblown. This happed to me with Serpent & Dove and Blood & Honey. I saw these two books all over Instagram, and quickly added them to my TBR. I read Serpent & Dove which I enjoyed but didn’t love. Then I picked up Blood & Honey. Boy, did I not like this book. It felt like a mess and when I discovered that this originally was meant to be a duology it made a lot of sense. A majority of the book was filler and I’m hesitant to continue this series when the last book comes out. So 9 times out of 10, bookstagram suggestions are great but sometimes you get burned.

I discovered the world of Jennifer L. Armentrout…

I stumbled upon the world of Jennifer L. Armentrout this summer. I had finished ACOTAR and was looking for something similar. From Blood and Ash kept popping up in my suggestions on Amazon. An obsession was born. Since this summer I’ve read the Lux Series and the Dark Elements Series with plans to read more. While the Blood and Ash series is still my favorite so far, I’m excited to see where her other books take me.

I’m so excited to see where 2021 takes my little book blog! I hope you enjoy my reviews, and I’m hoping to expand a bit more with what I do with this blog. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram and most importantly…

Happy New Year!

Review: A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“Lady Lucie is fuming. She and her band of Oxford suffragists have finally scraped together enough capital to control one of London’s major publishing houses, with one purpose: to use it in a coup against Parliament. But who could have predicted that the one person standing between her and success is her old nemesis, Lord Ballentine? Or that he would be willing to hand over the reins for an outrageous price—a night in her bed.

Lucie tempts Tristan like no other woman, burning him up with her fierceness and determination every time they clash. But as their battle of wills and words fans the flames of long-smouldering devotion, the silver-tongued seducer runs the risk of becoming caught in his own snare.

As Lucie tries to out-manoeuvre Tristan in the boardroom and the bedchamber, she soon discovers there’s truth in what the poets say: all is fair in love and war…”

REVIEW:

I read Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore at the beginning of 2020 so I was very excited that she was continuing the series about her lovely group of suffragettes finding love. A Rogue of One’s Own popped up in my library last week, and I had to grab it.

Just like Bringing Down the Duke, we have a smart and capable heroine in Lucie. We go on a journey with her as she comes to the realization that she can still champion her cause while sharing herself with someone. Her and Tristan’s relationship is an equal partnership, which I loved. As they got to know one another better, even though they had grown up together, Tristan discovers why Lucie’s cause is so important to her and how important it is to the country. Lucie discovers that Tristan is more than meets the eye, and has many layers hiding underneath the pomp. I loved their chemistry and how their shared past tied into their present relationship. I loved Lucie’s characterization. Her passion and dedication to the cause always feels authentic and is consistent throughout the novel.

Unlike Bringing Down the Duke, A Rogue of One’s Own dragged for me at times. I felt that the setup took forever, and some of the new side-characters were horrible cliches. Side plots often became too convoluted and made me lose interest at times. Once Lucie and Tristan began their affair, the book took off for me. Their moments together are the book’s strongest.

While I still enjoyed A Rogue of One’s Own, I found it lacking. Honestly, it is lacking because of how strong Bringing Down the Duke was for me. I still recommend this book though because Lucie is a fantastic heroine, and overall I enjoyed it. I’m excited to see what is next in store for the League of Extraordinary Women.

RATING: 4/5

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WWW Wednesday – December 23rd, 2020

Happy Festivus! It’s Wednesday which means another WWW Wednesday. I’m answering the three questions below. Let me know your answers in the comments or share on your own blog!

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore. I was very excited to pick this up at my library since I read Bringing Down the Duke at the beginning of the year and loved it.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished Air Awakens by Elise Kova. It is book one of the Air Awakens series. Overall, I really enjoyed it. I think it had some really great world building and I loved Vhalla and Prince Aldrik. It has some similarities to the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, but isn’t a carbon copy.

What do you think you will read next?

I think I’ll be reading the next in the Bargainer series, Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa. I loved Rhapsodic and completely devoured it. So I’m excited to see where this series goes, and see how Callie and Desmond relationship develops.

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Review: In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.”

REVIEW:

In a Holidaze has been all over my instagram and I was excited to see that it was one of the December choices for Book of the Month. This book was definitely worth the wait. It put me in the holiday mood, and was perfect as I watched Winter Storm Gail hit my parents’ house. This was also my first Christina Lauren novel, and now I need to add more to my TBR.

I personally really connected with Maelyn. I am a late 20-something who recently had to move back in with her parents. I was laid off, due to Covid-19 and couldn’t afford my rent on my unemployment benefits. These last couple of months have been hard, and I’ve struggled to really find what makes me happy. I’m also a people pleaser. I am so worried about disappointing my family, that I often make decisions that would make them happier than myself. Though I don’t have a hunky life-long family friend who I’ve been in love with waiting in the wings. Because of these similarities, In a Holidaze really hit home for me. I do think that Maelyn will be relatable to a lot of people. It was just really nice to read a book where the lead was a bit lost and stuck.

I loved Andrew and Mae’s relationship. The chemistry is so well done, and also captures the history that is in their relationship. All the characters in this book are fleshed out really well. You can feel their love and support of each other. I loved learning about their holiday traditions. You can really feel Mae’s frustration and panic over why she has been sent into this time-loop.

I definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a fun festive read. The overall flow of the book is great, so it is a super quick read as well.

RATING: 4/5

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WWW Wednesday – December 16th 2020

It’s another WWW Wednesday, and I’m answering the three questions below. Let me know your answers in the comments or share on your own blog!

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren, this was my Book of the Month choice and I’m very excited to finally start reading it. It has a Groundhog Day-like plot involving a time loop just set around Christmas. I’m loving it so far.

What did you recently finish reading?

Just finished City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare. I am not loving this series so far, but I’ve also heard that the first three books are the weakest set in the Shadowhunters world. So I am pushing through. I requested City of Glass at my library, but I think I’m going to read a few books before I start that.

What do you think you will read next?

I think my next book is going to be Air Awakens by Elise Kova. It is book one in another fantasy series (I think I might have a problem). It sounds super interesting and it is featured through Kindle Unlimited. We will see how In A Holidaze has me feeling after I finish it, since that will really determine what I read next.

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Review: The Roommate by Rosie Danan

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

House Rules:
Do your own dishes
Knock before entering the bathroom
Never look up your roommate online

The Wheatons are infamous among the east coast elite for their lack of impulse control, except for their daughter Clara. She’s the consummate socialite: over-achieving, well-mannered, predictable. But every Wheaton has their weakness. When Clara’s childhood crush invites her to move cross-country, the offer is too much to resist. Unfortunately, it’s also too good to be true.

After a bait-and-switch, Clara finds herself sharing a lease with a charming stranger. Josh might be a bit too perceptive—not to mention handsome—for comfort, but there’s a good chance he and Clara could have survived sharing a summer sublet if she hadn’t looked him up on the Internet…

Once she learns how Josh has made a name for himself, Clara realizes living with him might make her the Wheaton’s most scandalous story yet. His professional prowess inspires her to take tackling the stigma against female desire into her own hands. They may not agree on much, but Josh and Clara both believe women deserve better sex. What they decide to do about it will change both of their lives, and if they’re lucky, they’ll help everyone else get lucky too.”

REVIEW:

Wow, I love this book! It has been sitting on my bookshelf for the last couple months. I’m so glad I made time to read it, but also want to smack myself for waiting so long.

Josh and Clara are both incredible and are real, fully fleshed out characters. I wanted them together the instant that they met. Clara is very relatable, she is a smart and independent woman who has been let down in the romance and sex department. She has never really been taught to love and appreciate her body. Her people pleasing ways have led her to a life where she has never been selfish. Josh has the stigma of being a sex worker hindering his life. He is proud of what he does, but is frustrated that society treats him like a black sheep.

I love how Josh and Clara change each other for the better. I loved that this book shows sex workers in a normal and positive light, and I loved the emphasis on female pleasure. This is a very sex-positive romance and I’m all in. It’s incredibly funny, and encourages you to think and work on your perspectives. I do wish there had been a little bit more about Clara’s family finding out about her new business, specifically with her Mother. It was such a big theme in the book, even if it had just been a phone call between Clara and her mother. The story felt like it was naturally building to that, so when it didn’t really happen I was a little disappointed.

This is easily one of my favorite books I have read this year. I’m going to tell everyone I know and maybe strangers on the street to read it. If you love romance novels but are looking for something a little different, then The Roommate is perfect. It manages to hit all of the beats of a romance novel, while still bringing something new to the table.

RATING: 5/5

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