Genre: Love & Romance


Aug 14
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – Review

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – Review

Reviews 32 ★★★★½

More Happy Than Not was such an incredible surprise to me. I apparently didn’t read the blurb very carefully (or the reviews – I just saw that they were glowing and knew that the main character was gay) because I didn’t remember about The Leteo Institute before I started reading, so that bit of sci-fi element to the book (some people are calling it fantasy, but I’d say it’s more sci-fi – the idea is that scientists come up with a way to make you forget parts of your life) took me by surprise. Once you get to the point that involves that, the book takes a very interesting turn! What I LOVED: The setting. This book is set in the Bronx and has a definite inner-city feel to it. Right from the start you find out that one of the neighborhood kids was shot and fights are pretty much a… Read more »


Aug 03
A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery – Review

A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery – Review

Reviews 17 ★★★★

A Million Miles Away is a story about how loss affects us and how we sometimes try to hold on to the past and refuse to let go. This was the case for Kelsey, who couldn’t figure out how to move on from her twin sister’s death. Her parents chose a grief support group, but Kelsey didn’t want anything to do with that. But when Michelle’s boyfriend reaches out to her from Afghanistan, Kelsey can’t bring herself to tell him that Michelle is dead – at first she just doesn’t know how to say the words, but then she feels like this is the one way she can keep her sister close. Keep her alive. Plus, Michelle’s boyfriend, Peter, sees Michelle as a lifeline when everything else in his life is turned upside down by war. Kelsey tells herself that telling him the truth would only harm him – so she… Read more »


Jul 31
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid –  Review & Giveaway

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 17 ★★★½

Never Always Sometimes is a YA contemporary romance with a bit of a twist. It’s the type of romance where you’re not exactly sure how things will end. Will Dave and Julia end up together or are they truly better as friends? It’s not a simple answer, and this isn’t a simple romance. What I loved: Dave and Julia. I really loved the relationship between Dave and Julia. They fit with each other and had a sort of easy friendship, even though Dave was hoping for more. Dave and Julia understood each other on a level that no one else seemed to. They spent all of their time together, and they liked it that way – until they decided to try to complete their Never list. Never always sometimes. The concept of the list of things that Dave and Julia were never supposed to do was really fun – even if it did… Read more »


Jul 27
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows – Review

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows – Review

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 30 ★★★★½

The Orphan Queen is a compelling YA fantasy novel that will be sure to hook anyone who’s a fan of the genre! I loved this one – and that ending! Now I can’t wait for 2016! The synopsis tells you pretty much everything you need to know, so I’ll jump right into my review. What I LOVED: The characters. There were so many characters in this book that I just truly  enjoyed. First off, there was Wil herself, who I found to be extremely likable and intelligent. She didn’t jump into stupid decisions and she always had others’ needs at the forefront of her mind – but she didn’t come off as being perfect either. She was just the type of person who seemed like she would make a good ruler! Then there was Black Knife, who Wil had always seen as an enemy but who proved to be an ally… Read more »


Jul 10
Anya and the Shy Guy by Suze Winegardner – Review & Winegardner’s Top Ten Addictions

Anya and the Shy Guy by Suze Winegardner – Review & Winegardner’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 6 ★★★½

Anya and the Shy Guy is the fourth installment in the Backstage Pass series, which chronicles the love lives of the members of Seconds to Juliet, a superstar boy band. I haven’t read the first three books in the series (those of you who know me well are gasping right now – I never read series out of order), but this book really did stand well on its own as a standalone – and now I want to read the others! The synopsis describes the book really well, so I’m going to jump straight to my review. What I loved: The twin story. I’m pretty much a sucker for a twin switch story, which is why I couldn’t resist this book even though I hadn’t read the first three. And Matt’s story definitely met all of my expectations – the pressure of the twin trying to pass himself off, the efforts to bend… Read more »


Jul 09
Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally – Review & $50 Giveaway

Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally – Review & $50 Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 17 ★★★★

Jesse’s Girl is the sixth standalone book in the Hundred Oaks series (and I have to say that, even by my standards, these books truly can be read as standalones). It’s a really fun romantic read with a dash of bad boy superstar behavior to keep us entertained (but not too much – Jesse’s not a jerk). Overall, a really entertaining read, just like all of Kenneally’s books! This book focuses on Maya (who is Sam’s younger sister, for those of you who read the first Hundred Oaks book) and her dreams of making it big in the music business! When Maya is assigned to shadow Jesse Scott, a huge country superstar, she’s eager to learn everything she can about the business, but she gets more than she bargained for! What I LOVED: Realistic main character. I loved that Maya wasn’t a perfect person, or even a perfect musician. While she… Read more »


Jun 30
Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips – Review & Giveaway

Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 14 ★★★★½

This book was so incredibly thought-provoking, I couldn’t sleep after finishing it because I just couldn’t stop thinking about it! I have to confess that I was nervous when the book started out – I wasn’t necessarily thrilled with all of Lexi’s choices, and I wondered if the theme of the book was going to be that Lexi should be “who she was” – bad choices and all – without worrying so much about the consequences. I discovered, though, that this was not the theme of the book at all. Yes, Lexi accepting herself was a huge part of the story, but so was Lexi realizing that she wasn’t truly who she thought she was – and that maybe others weren’t either. The synopsis sums up the story pretty well, so I’m going to jump right into my review. What I LOVED: Everything is not as it seems. Like I said,… Read more »


Jun 27
The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi – Review

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi – Review

Reviews 14 ★★★★

The Night We Said Yes is a sweet, fun romance with a unique spin – it’s told over the span of just two nights. The book switches back and forth between the night that Ella and Matt met and a night, a year later, when he returns after disappearing for six months. You learn about their relationship in between through Ella’s thoughts and memories on the latter night.  What I loved: The alternating story. I really enjoyed learning about Ella and Matt’s beginnings as it was interspersed with their current story. I thought that Gibaldi did a great job of weaving the two stories together. Most of the connection between Emmy and Oliver was built in the past, on the first day they met, but it never felt like insta-love because you knew you weren’t seeing their full relationship in that one night. You got to see how Ella and Matt got… Read more »


Jun 06
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan – Review & Giveaway

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 46 ★★★★½

I honestly didn’t know what to expect with this book. The cover made it almost look like a fantasy to me, but the blurb made it relatively obvious that it wasn’t. I’m not much for suspense, and I didn’t know if this book would venture too far into that territory for me to love it. Still, I was definitely intrigued and I ended up requesting this one through Shelf Awareness and was excited when I got it! Well, it turns out, I loved this book!! The book starts out with Frances being rescued after being adrift at sea for over a week. She and her friend Libby escaped their cruise shop when all of its inhabitants were brutally murdered, but unfortunately, Libby wasn’t able to last long enough to be rescued. When Libby’s father finds out what happened and that the murders are being covered up, he comes up with a plan… Read more »


May 07
A Matter of Heart by Amy Fellner Dominy – Review & Giveaway

A Matter of Heart by Amy Fellner Dominy – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 9 ★★★½

When I signed up for this tour, I was told to write about something sporty. I thought for a moment that this might be impossible, because I am one of the least sporty people in the universe. Unless you count marathon reading as a sport, I’m pretty much lost. But, then I realized I DO have something to write about. I may not be athletically inclined, but my daughter and husband both are – at least in certain things. My daughter is a gymnast. She trains nine hours per week (soon to go up to twelve), and she works hard. I am always amazed at this girl’s intensity and focus. And, here’s the thing – athleticism doesn’t come naturally to her. She didn’t miraculously get genes for grace and strength out of nowhere. She isn’t one of those athletes who seemed to be born with natural ability coming out of her ears. But what she did… Read more »