DNF

I did not finish “The Bone Witch” by Ron Chupeco. It would be a great fantasy read for those who thoroughly enjoy descriptive world building. However, I need more character agency to connect. Here’s my thoughts while reading: The prologue is about a bard who witness a young girl (asha or bone witch) kill aContinue reading “DNF”

Review #292

I gave this standalone contemporary romance a 5/5 stars. It’s written in two points of view, switching between Katrina and Nathan, both in first person present tense. This author duo made me completely fall in love & I wasrooting for them the whole way. The prose were effective, flowing, beautiful & well balanced between movingContinue reading “Review #292”

Review #281

I loved this historical fiction standalone about World War II. I rated this one a 4.5/5 stars. Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas all have a hard journey and take us through their three stories. Because Ruby was American it gave a slightly different spin from the comps similar to this novel. Here’s my thoughts live whileContinue reading “Review #281”

Review #239

I gave The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff a 4.1/5 stars for this historical fiction standalone. I loved that there were three alternating female POV in different years until their story intersected. There wasn’t much romance in this (no steam) but the little that was there fell a bit flat for me inContinue reading “Review #239”

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 #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 #182

Title- The Paris Key Author- Juliet Blackwell Series- standalone Rating– 4.5/5 Genre- Adult contemporary POV- third person past tense for most of it and third person present tense for Angela’s portion in 1983 Trope- life transitions, healing Steam level- 0/5 Cover– I thought it would be more upbeat because of the cover Comps– Much AdoContinue reading “Review #182”

Review #137

Title- The Cottingley Secret Author- Hazel Gaynor Series- standalone Rating– 3.7/5 Genre- historical fiction merged with fantasy and dual timeline also throws in contemporary POV- The prologue was in first person present tense and I wished that continued into chapter one, but it switched to third person past tense. Frances accounts of 1917 are thirdContinue reading “Review #137”

Review #128

Title- Magnolia Palace January 2022 Book of the Month Selection Author- Fiona Davis Rating– 4.1/5 Genre- historical fiction (with duo time period) POV- There were two different time periods. 1919 and 1966. For those who are super great at math like me, that’s 47 years difference, give or take. They went back and forth betweenContinue reading “Review #128”

Review #121

Title- The Book of Lost Names Author- Kristin Harmel Rating– 5/5 Genre- historical fiction with a few contemporary flashforward chapters POV- 2005- first person, present tense & 1942- third person, past tense  Trope- war Similar Books/Comps- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah Steam level- (0- no sex, 5- erotica) Cover– beautiful and captivating for a bookworm.Continue reading “Review #121”