Review #235

I rated The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain a 3.9/5 stars. This standalone was a mix of contemporary and historical fiction involving a hard theme involving racism, segregation, and murder with dual timelines. Here are my live thoughts while reading: Well the first chapter definitely hooked me. Kayla is in 2010 andContinue reading “Review #235”

Review #234

I gave Darling Girl by Liz Michalski a solid 4.4/5 star rating. This was a unique Peter Pan retelling with Holly Darling as the main character and Peter as the ultimate villain. I’m glad I chose this Book of the Month selection since it was a swirl of dark contemporary mixed with whimsical fantasy. TheContinue reading “Review #234”

Review #227

Unfortunately, this contemporary trajectory was a 2.9/5 star rating for me. I loved the LGBTQ representation and the bravery of addressing the difficult theme of death. The first chapter felt pretty choppy, vague, staccato and the prose were a little awkward. In the first section of “Death-Cast” I was a little confused on the rulesContinue reading “Review #227”

Review #226

The contemporary romance of “November 9” was a solid 5/5 rating for me. I’ve read more than a handful of CoHo books and I’m finally starting to understand the rage. Her characters are so crystal clear and layered from the very first chapter. It reminded me of “One Day” by David Nicholls and “This TimeContinue reading “Review #226”

Review #223

So, one day when I walked into Barnes and Noble, I told the salesclerk I was looking for fantasy and sometimes dipped my toes into demon themes. She highly recommended House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland but said it was a bit scary. I was nervous and hesitant to purchase it, because I don’t likeContinue reading “Review #223”

Review #220

The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd was a standalone, contemporary Book of the Month Selection that I rated 4.0/5.0 stars. I also read The Paris Apartment this month and that one was scored higher. Compared to all 20+ BOTM reads I’ve finished so far, Cartographers felt as if it was meant for a higher educated readerContinue reading “Review #220”

Review #219

I read Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover in one day and it was a great 4.9/5 star rating! This was my favorite CoHo book so far (compared to Regretting You, It Ends With Us, Ugly Love, Verity and Layla). This standalone fit into the contemporary genre and had a first person, present tense point ofContinue reading “Review #219”

Review #217

Title- Neon Gods Author- Katee Robert Series- yes, but the next are a side story of different characters. Rating– 4.75 Genre- erotica, Greek mythology retelling, adult contemporary romance POV- dual – Hades and Persephone Trope- forbidden love Cover– The image was appropriate but I didn’t really understand the term “neon” in the title, it didn’tContinue reading “Review #217”

Review #216

Title- A Thousand Boy Kisses Author- Tillie Cole Series- standalone Rating– 4.3/5 Genre- YA contemporary POV- dual POV, first person Trope- cancer (yes, I know it isn’t a trope, but it kind of feels like it sometimes) Cover– I wasn’t expecting this story based off the cover. Yes the bar of hearts is there butContinue reading “Review #216”

Review #213

Title- White Smoke Author- Tiffany D Jackson Series- standalone Rating– 3.9/5 Genre- YA contemporary Cover– representative POV– first person, present tense, one POV Plot/Blurb- Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern cityContinue reading “Review #213”