Review #321

The cover is breath-taking. But I’m giving this mermaid-esque fantasy novel a 2.9/5 stars. I read the first novel in this series many months ago but I’m immediately overwhelmed by too many names being dropped by page 2. To be reintroduced to all of these all at once is a bit too much too fast:Continue reading “Review #321”

Review #319

Well, “The Shadow in the Glass” started out so well but I’d give it a 3/5 stars because I skimmed pages 200-370 to get the gist of it. First of all, I wouldn’t have marketed it as a Cinderella story. Not at all. I agree with the gothic vibe, but none of the Cinderella-esque feelsContinue reading “Review #319”

Review #311

I’ll give this one a 3.2/5 stars but technically I didn’t finish. 200+ pages is still a good chunk to write a review. Unfortunately at the halfway mark I started skimming ahead. I didn’t find all 3 answers I was looking for, but the ones I did find felt anticlimactic and a little disappointing. IContinue reading “Review #311”

Review #305

I rated this contemporary story a 3/5 stars. The prologue starts ten years ago with Lily and Leo in love and ready to run a ranch together. Chapter one is present day and Lily desperately wants the financial luxury to stop relying on income from the touristy treasure hunting events they offer travelers. And what’sContinue reading “Review #305”

Review #302

I gave this standalone contemporary romance a 3/5 stars. I had trouble with liking Elliott throughout the book and didn’t quite see what she saw in him. Overall this book was a little flat for me in the emotion department. I wanted to feel more than I did. The looming presence of her deceased motherContinue reading “Review #302”

Review #293

I rated this a 3.4/5 stars. I won’t be reading the sequel. Here’s my live thoughts while reading: So, Iris, a 17 year old employee glass blower seems to envy her twin sister, Malina’s skill. But I’m unsure exactly what their magic is, if it’s about flowers blooming or related to art and music andContinue reading “Review #293”

Review #287

This Book of the Month selection has been sitting on my shelf for a while but I finally got to it. I loved that it was in first person narrative but gave it a 3.5/5 stars. This is a short review because I found myself skimming so I can’t do the book full justice. Kaikeyi’sContinue reading “Review #287”

Review #284

Read this sequel in a YA fantasy series that represents LGTBQ+ characters if you love Greek mythology references in contemporary stories. I gave this a 3.6/5 stars because I liked the first one so much more. Here’s my love thoughts while reading: I know it’s a recap, but there’s too many characters in the firstContinue reading “Review #284”

Review #280

I rated this a 3.7/5 stars. This standalone book of the month selection was a suspenseful mystery with family drama, sabotage, lies, secrets, & unravelings. There were many points of view and the writing felt a bit dry overall.  Here’s my thoughts while reading.  The prologue shows that Amaya is a neurotic woman who possiblyContinue reading “Review #280”

Review #278

I gave this ‘book of the month’ club a 3.0/5 stars. It’s hard to classify the genre: dark literary is what I would’ve done on my own but the blurb says gothic fantasy. Yes there were paranormal things in the plot but I’ve never read a book like this so it’s hard to classify. AContinue reading “Review #278”