Review #206

Title- The Last Thing He Told Me Author- Laura Dave Series- standalone Rating– 4.4/5 Genre- contemporary suspense POV- first person, present tense Trope- step-mother/daughter bonding, family drama, family secrets Cover– It felt more contemporary than suspense due to the font Comps– The Maidens Plot/Blurb- Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his belovedContinue reading “Review #206”

Review #203

Title- To Kill a Kingdom Author- Alexandra Christo Series- standalone Rating– 4.8/5 Genre- YA fantasy (some romance- clean) POV- first person, present tense. Dual POV Trope- enemies to lovers Cover– The image wasn’t easily popping out as “ocean” to me. And I honestly didn’t get much of an octopus vibe in the book, so IContinue reading “Review #203”

Review #169

Title- With the Fire on High Author- Elizabeth Acevedo Series- standalone Rating– 4.0/5.0 Genre- YA contemporary POV- first person, present tense Trope- teen pregnancy, coming of age Cover– I’m in love with the cover and the hardcover without the jacket is gorgeous. I want to buy a copy so I can show it off bothContinue reading “Review #169”

Review #168

Title- A Song Below Water Author- Bethany C. Morrow Series- “A Chorus Rises” is #2 Rating– 3.8/5 Genre- young adult fantasy yet contemporary POV- two points of view, alternating first person present tense Trope- shunned/racism/coming of age Cover– representative of the genre and eye-catching Comps– The Hate U Give meets The Darkest Part of theContinue reading “Review #168”

Review #166

Title- Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry Author- Joya Goffney Series- standalone Rating– 3.9/5 Genre- YA contemporary POV- first person, present tense Trope- coming of age Cover– representative of the genre Plot/Blurb- Quinn keeps lists of everything—from the days she’s ugly cried, to “Things That I Would Never Admit Out Loud” and all the boysContinue reading “Review #166”

Review #147

Title- The Shadows Between Us Author- Tricia Levenseller Series- standalone Rating– 4.4/5 Genre- fantasy romance POV- first person, present tense Trope- enemies to lovers Steam level- 1/5 (clean) Cover– I wished it was matte instead of glossy, but the image is pretty. It looks very similar to another fantasy book I recently saw, and mixed/confusedContinue reading “Review #147”

Review #146

Title- This Poison Heart Author- Kalynn Bayron Series- The sequel “This Wicked Fate” comes out June 2022 Rating– 4.8/5 Genre- YA fantasy POV- first person, past tense Trope- “chosen one,” family secrets Steam level- 0/5 Cover– gorgeous and representative of the genre Comps– A mix between “The Nature of Witches” and “The Gilded Ones” Plot/Blurb-Continue reading “Review #146”

Review #143

Title- You’ve Reached Sam Author- Dustin Thao, a Vietnamese American Series- standalone Rating– 4.1/5 Genre- YA contemporary POV- first person, present tense Trope- lost love, coming of age, grief stages Steam level- 0/5 Cover– on target Comps– “If I Stay” is all I could think of Plot/Blurb- Seventeen-year-old Julie Clarke has her future all plannedContinue reading “Review #143”

Review #141

Title- Kisses and Croissants Author- Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau Series- standalone Rating– 3.9/5Genre- YA contemporary romance- clean POV- first person, present tense Trope- coming of age, parent who doesn’t understand me, finding a path in life Steam level- 0/5 Cover– Ballet is a huge deal with her story, yet I didn’t expect that from the cover Comps–Continue reading “Review #141”

Review #140

Title- All the Tides of Fate Author- Adalyn Grace Series- sequel to All the Stars and Teeth Rating– 4.2/5 Genre- YA fantasy POV- first person, present tense (which is refreshingly well written) Trope- Queen/royalty Steam level- 2/5 Cover– matches the first. It shows the setting well, but I liked the cover of the first betterContinue reading “Review #140”