Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Last Chance Books 📚 by Kelsey Rodkey

Last Chance BooksLast Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While I perfectly liked some aspects of Last Chance Books, the things that were troublesome for me unfortunately added up for an inclination toward the “didn’t-care-much-about-it” territory. And that’s actually sad, since I enjoyed the author’s writing and some parts were actually laugh out loud funny, but I don’t know, I expected more I guess.

Starting with our main characters, both Madeline and Jasper were a little too all-over-the-place for my liking. Like I couldn’t figure out their personalities up until the point in the book where I was no longer invested in their story. While I understand they are teenagers (believe me, I understand, I was one too) and are entitled to be selfish and moody, there has got to be a balance between the good and the bad. I can’t invest myself much when I have a hard time liking the people I am reading about.

But removing the fact that pretty much every character felt underdeveloped to me, I really think there is an undeniable talent in there, and I am really up for more from the author in the future.

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Monday, January 25, 2021

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon 🎙 👧 👦

The Ex TalkThe Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not only am I a sucker for enemies turned lovers stories, this book also has something that always manages to grab my attention and make me laugh out loud: coworkers. And not only that! It is about radio cohosts!! Like, when was the last time you read a book about radio cohosts? Is radio still a thing anyway? to anyone else but me and my grandparents?

Honestly, despite that a big chunk of this book concentrates on making a public radio show, it still feels so current to me. And not only because I am a solid 28-year old millennial. But it’s not only because of my age that I could relate to our main characters Shay and Dominic, so much about them spoke to me on a spiritual level. All the melancholy about figuring out one’s adult life, the loneliness that comes with growing up, the feeling of being stuck in work limbo. I just felt understood. And that’s what made most of the book for me.

But it wasn’t just that. This was a romance after all, and a good one at that. There was great chemistry between Shay and Dom. I found myself constantly chuckling at their banter, I would totally listen to their podcast.

And don’t even get me started on that final time they were inside the recording booth together *swoon*. Over and out.


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Friday, September 11, 2020

Review: Well Met 🎈🍗🌹 by Jen DeLuca

Well Met (Well Met, #1)Well Met by Jen DeLuca
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was a ren faire virgin before this book. I had heard of them of course, who hasn't?, but I never considered them enough to hold an interest to me but this book looked so charming that I just had to dig in.

And cute this was *yoda voice*.

Emily Parker is freshly dumped and homeless, so she travels to Smalltown, Maryland to help her sister and niece get themselves together after a horrible car crash. There she finds herself signed up to volunteer at a local renaissance faire being a taver wench.

Everything goes wrong from the start since the one in charge is no other than English teacher, Simon Graham--who is super serious and uptight, thanks to a family tragedy but we don't know that right away.

This ensures that Simon and Emily start off of the wrong foot and snowball into a complicated mess. But you know what they say, love is not that far from hate, right?

I liked both Emily and Simon in their own personas. But were well developed and I totally got were they were coming from. I also liked the idea of a romance between them, but I somehow felt the actual development of a relationship somehow lacking. I don't know, I feel they so seldom interacted to really make me feel their mutual attraction. I mean there was attraction, and there was romance, it just felt to me like it was rushed and a little lacking.

There is plenty of romantic gestures *after* they decide they are in love with each other. And they were really cute and had me smiling for real. So I might be the only one who didn't feel the connection with Emily and Simon as a couple. So try for yourself! :)

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Review: Fight or Flight ✈️ by Samantha Young

Fight or FlightFight or Flight by Samantha Young
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I was maybe half way convinced while reading this, still thought Caleb was a pretty shitty human being for saying service people shouldn’t get a “thank you” because they are doing their jobs. So I really had my reservations about this man, but then the author had to go and make *that* the conflict.

(*****spoiler alert******** that Caleb’s ex girlfriend had an abortion behind his back. Like whaaaaaat. Like Samantha Young knows how hard it has been to legalize a woman’s right to choose and then she goes and makes the woman a “villain” for “killing his baby”. It was unnecessary and backwards and gross. Like ugh. I can’t even.)

Just no. And don’t even get me thinking about the amount of people that have read this book and don’t find that whole plot bothersome.

Also, Ava seemed so much better than that! Like I remember how much it used to bother her at the beginning of the book that Caleb was a huge jerk but by the end she was like “Oh he is hurt on the inside that’s why he is mean.”

Get out of here.

*throws kindle away* *stomps away angrily at the amount of time I wasted reading this*

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