Genre: Love & Romance


Apr 20
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby – 5 Star Review

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby – 5 Star Review

Reviews 18 ★★★★★

I’ve waited a long time to write this review because, I didn’t know how to describe my love for this book. Honestly, when you read the premise, it sounds like a standard story with no real surprises – and it was. I mean, I knew basically how this book was going to go. Girl loses boyfriend, meets boy who got boyfriend’s heart, doesn’t tell him, falls in love with him, he finds out and is upset … yep, there aren’t any amazing twists or huge bombshells that I wasn’t expecting. Still, I ADORED this book and I still haven’t stopped thinking about it, four months after I read it. (Yes, I read this book at the end of December and I’m just reviewing it NOW – the fact that I can do that should prove, right there, that this is the type of book that sticks with you. I mentioned… Read more »


Apr 04
The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow – Review & Giveaway

The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 5 ★★★★

The Secret Diamond Sisters was a fun read, full of glitz and glamour and a life of privilege (with some back-stabbing and intrigue on the side). The story follows the three Diamond sisters, who discover that their father is a billionaire hotel tycoon. When their mother ends up in rehab, the sisters head to Vegas, where they have to adjust to a whole new world. The story is told from four perspectives: the three Diamond sisters and Madison, a somewhat stuck-up Vegas girl who feels like the Diamond sisters are invading her territory. Because of the book’s format, I thought it would make sense to talk about each of the girls. What I loved: Savannah. Savannah was the youngest Diamond sister at fifteen. She was a bit naive and unsure of herself, used to living in the shadow of her best friend back home. When she headed to Vegas, she was thrilled… Read more »


Mar 18
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – Review

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – Review

Reviews 23 ★★★★½

This book is incredibly hard to review because it’s so hard to even describe. The story is told in alternating POV’s. We get Noah’s POV, describing what happens when the twins are 13 years old and starts out when they are still very close. Jude’s POV jumps to when the twins are 16, and we see that a huge rift has formed between them. As the story unfolds, we slowly start to see how this happened – how both small moments and huge events chipped away at their relationship until the gulf between them feels impossible to traverse and they can’t find each other at all anymore. I don’t want to go into the specific plot much because it’s best if you discover it on your own. Instead, I’ll just jump straight into my review. What I LOVED: Artistic, beautiful writing. I absolutely ADORED Noah’s voice – the way he saw his… Read more »


Mar 06
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Review

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Review

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 15 ★★★★★

All the Bright Places is a difficult but intensely powerful read. This is not the type of book that will leave you feeling satisfied or refreshed. It will leave you feeling gutted and a bit broken, but also uplifted in an odd sort of way. I chose to read this on my birthday because I wanted to read something amazing that day – I got what I wanted, but I also spent that night sobbing. You have been warned. The book starts out with Finch and Violet meeting – on a ledge. It was obvious right from the start that these characters were going to have issues. It was even a little bit obvious where things were heading. But the journey was incredibly bittersweet. This book hit me in a lot of incredibly personal ways, which is probably why I adored it so much. I can’t even begin to go… Read more »


Feb 28
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers – Review

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers – Review

Reviews 11 ★★★★½

I am a huge fan of this series! I’m so glad that I found it! The final book in the series focuses on Annith, who desperately wants to flee the “destiny” that the abbess has set before her – to become the new Seer. What I loved: Tangled webs. This book has the most twists and turns of any in the series. Annith discovers a lot about her own background in this book and we learn it right along with her. Now I do have to say that there were some twists (especially those about Annith’s background) that I saw coming – I do tend to figure out twists in books pretty consistently though. And there was one major twist that I didn’t see coming – it was a big surprise, and I LOVED it!! Balthazar and the Hellequin. My favorite parts of this book were the parts that involved Balthazar and the Hellequin. The… Read more »


Feb 13
Review – Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Review – Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Reviews 27 ★★★★

Since You’ve Been Gone is a story about friendship and learning to be your own person and take risks in life. It follows Emily, who doesn’t know who she is without her best friend Sloane. She has spent the last two years living in her friend’s shadow (mostly by choice), so when Sloane disappears and leaves Emily with only a strange list of things she has to accomplish, Emily feels like she has to tackle the list – she imagines that it will somehow lead her to Sloane. But in the process of trying to find Sloane, Emily instead finds herself (and makes some new friends) – and learns who she could be if she’d give herself the chance. What I loved: Emily’s development. Emily starts out as a girl who’s sort of painfully shy. She is content to latch onto to Sloane and live vicariously through her – she feels like she can… Read more »


Feb 05
Review – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Review – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Reviews 37 ★★★★★

Red Queen is an exhilarating ride. This book has all of the elements that fantasy lovers adore – magic, power struggles, deception, political intrigue, uprisings … and plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes! What I enjoyed: The characters. I felt a real connection to pretty much all of the characters in this book, which is probably the main reason that I loved it so much. Mare has spent her life feeling sort of worthless – she doesn’t have a skill like her sister, so she can’t help support her family (except by stealing – which she does quite well). She’s basically just waiting to be sent off to war to die. But when she gets sent to the palace as a servant, things suddenly change for her and she finds herself thrown into a world she isn’t prepared for. To make things more complicated, she… Read more »


Jan 22
Review & Giveaway – Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Review & Giveaway – Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 41 ★★★★

Isla and the Happily Ever After is a fun, romantic read that’s pretty much right on par with its predecessors. While this story is a bit different than the first two (since it explores Isla and Josh’s relationship after they become a couple instead of focusing solely on them getting together), I felt like this book was a fitting end to the series. What I enjoyed: Isla and Josh. Just like we’ve come to expect from Perkins, Isla and Josh are both believable characters who shine. I especially loved Josh and how he expressed himself through his art (see my next bullet point). Isla is a little more vanilla, but that’s actually kind of the point – she doesn’t know who she is really, so it’s hard for us to get to know her completely either. I thought some of her best moments, some of the times that we really got to see… Read more »


Jan 19
Review – Split Second by Kasie West

Review – Split Second by Kasie West

Reviews 28 ★★★★½

I was surprised (and actually a little worried) when I read the back of this book (which wasn’t as detailed as the actual blurb) – it sounded like it would focus on Laila instead of on Addie. But my fears were unfounded. The book actually switched back and forth between Laila’s and Addie’s POVs, so we got to learn a lot more about Laila while, at the same time, her story was entwined with Addie’s. This turned out to be perfect! What I LOVED: Laila and Connor. In this book we got to see a lot more about what makes Laila tick – why she holds herself aloof and uses boys to get what she wants without connecting with them. I thought that the relationship between Laila and Connor was well-developed. You could see a connection between them right away, even though they both shielded themselves with snarkiness and an… Read more »


Jan 15
ARC Review – Inked by Eric Smith

ARC Review – Inked by Eric Smith

Reviews 18 ★★★½

Inked is a fun fantasy story that starts out really strong, but loses a little bit of it’s flair as it moves along (at least for me). Overall, I still did really enjoy the book, though. I loved the concept, and I enjoyed the characters, but I found my interest waning a bit in certain parts. Here’s more of an explanation why: What I enjoyed: The tattoos. I loved the concept of this book – that people are tattooed with an image that basically defines who they will be for the rest of their lives. And the tattoos themselves were incredibly interesting – I loved the descriptions of Dreya’s tattoos and how they move and wind around her body and change with her emotions (and the seasons). It was also intriguing how the changes in the tattoos affected Dreya emotionally. The explanation for how the tattoos were created was imaginative and surprising, so… Read more »