Long Story Short: Review

About the Book:

Title: Long Story Short 

Author: Serena Kaylor 

Publisher: Wednesday Books 

Release Date: July 26, 2022

Pages: 336

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance 

Synopsis:

Growing up homeschooled in Berkeley, California, Beatrice Quinn is a statistical genius who has dreamed her whole life of discovering new mathematical challenges at a school like Oxford University. She always thought the hardest part would be getting in, not convincing her parents to let her go. But while math has always made sense to Beatrice, making friends is a problem she hasn’t been able to solve, so her parents are worried about sending her halfway across the world. The compromise: the Connecticut Shakespearean Summer Academy and a detailed list of teenage milestones to check off. She has six weeks to show her parents she can pull off the role of “normal” teenager and won’t spend the rest of her life hiding in a library.

Unfortunately, hearts and hormones don’t follow any rules, and there is no equation for teenage interactions. When she’s adopted by a group of eclectic theater kids, and immediately makes an enemy of the popular—and, annoyingly gorgeous—British son of the camp founders, she realizes that relationships are trickier than calculus. With her future on the line, this girl genius stumbles through illicit parties, double dog dares, and more than your fair share of Shakespeare. But before the final curtain falls, will Beatrice realize that there’s more to life than she can find in the pages of a book?

In this sparkling debut from Serena Kaylor, Long Story Short is a YA rom-com about a homeschooled math genius who finds herself out of her element at a theater summer camp and learns that life—and love—can’t be lived by the (text)book.

Review:

*I received an e-arc via Netgalley from the author and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity!*

A YA summer romcom that gave me all the feels! This debut by Serena Kaylor was everything that I had wished for. There was friendship, romance, witty banter, a fun setting, and an unforgettable cast of characters! It should be noted that the main character has neurodiverse tendencies, although she’s not given a diagnosis in the book. The author tweeted that she herself is actually autistic and that nobody’s experience is the same. She also mentioned that a lot of the character’s behaviors and tendencies were mined from her own.

Sixteen-year-old Beatrice Quinn has grown up being homeschooled in Berkley, California. She’s a statistical genius and has dreamed of going to Oxford University to study math. She always thought that the hard part would be getting into this highly prestigious school in England, not convincing her parents to let her go. Math has always made sense to Beatrice, but making friends has been a problem she can’t solve, and her parents are worried about sending her so far from home. They decide to send her to the Connecticut Shakespearean Summer Academy with a list of teenage milestones to check off during her stay. She has six weeks to convince her parents that she can be a “normal” teenager and won’t spend the rest of her life hiding out, or she won’t be able to follow her dreams of attending Oxford in the fall, and will have to put off college for a year.

Upon her arrival at camp, Beatrice discovers that there’s no mathematical equation that can predict teenage interactions or relationships. She’s quickly adopted by some of the theater kids, but unfortunately makes an enemy of the very handsome, popular son of the camp founders, who also happens to be British. With her future on the line, she finds herself way out of her comfort zone and participating in things like double dog dares, and Shakespeare quote battles! Before camp ends, will Beatrice come to the understanding that you can’t learn everything in life from a textbook?

I was smitten with Beatrice! She’s so smart and quirky, and she had me in stitches. I loved that although she initially starts checking items off the teenage list to please her parents, eventually it becomes something she does for herself. The side characters are also amazing, and I’m so glad that Bea made some supportive friends. I also enjoyed the sweet romance in the story as well.

It was so difficult to put this one down, I loved it so much! A fun read that’s sure to put some sunshine into your summer! Available now, so be sure to pick it up or request from your local library. 

 

 

 

About the Author:

Thirty-something-year-old with a love of all things sparkly, over-dramatic, and pizza-related. Serena writes books about awkward teens, the chaotic world of theater, found families, Shakespeare himself, and a sprinkle of kisses.

A Darkness at the Door (Dauntless Path #3): Review

About the Book:

Title: A Darkness at the Door 

Author: Intisar Khanani

Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing 

Release Date: July 21, 2022

Pages: 486

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

I’ve been cursed, betrayed, and sold into slavery – but the truth I carry can’t be allowed to die.56131222._SY475_

Only Rae knows the extent of the corruption at the heart of the kingdom of Menaiya, from the noble lord who betrayed her, to the Circle of Mages whose wards protect the slavers from discovery. Injured and imprisoned on a slave ship, Rae’s options are quickly running out. When a desperate escape attempt goes terribly wrong, she finds herself indebted to a terrifying Fae sorceress.

Now Rae will not rest until she has rescued her fellow prisoners and freed her land from the darkness that has taken hold. To succeed, she’ll need every ally she can find—including Bren, the thief who may have stolen her heart. But Bren is hiding his own bloody secrets, and the curses that encircle Rae have sunk their claws into her mind. With her debts coming due and time running short, all the truths in the world may not be enough to save her kingdom, or herself.
 

Review:

5

*I received an e-arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity!*

*This review may contain spoilers from the previous two books in the series*

The thrilling conclusion to the Dauntless Path series, A Darkness at the Door will take you on one heck of a ride! This was the absolute perfect conclusion to a series that I loved, it was everything I thought it would be, and more. 

 Only Rae knows the extent of the corruption permeating the heart of her kingdom, from the noble lord who betrayed her, to the Circle of Mages whose wards protect the slavers from discovery. After being injured and trapped on board a slave ship, she realizes that her options are quickly running out. When a desperate escape attempt goes awry, Rae finds herself unexpectedly indebted to a fearsome Fae sorceress. 

Rae decides that she will not rest until she has freed her fellow slaves and rid the land of the darkness that has seized it. To succeed, she’ll have to rely on her allies, including Bren, the thief who just may have stolen her heart. But Bren is keeping his own secrets, and the curses around Rae are taking their toll on her mind. With time running short and with debts to be paid, all the truth in the world may not be enough to save herself or her kingdom.

I am so impressed with Rae’s character arc throughout the story. Even though Rae is such a compassionate and kindhearted soul, she realizes that she has to do some bad things to survive and to help save the slaves. I could feel the inner turmoil that she was dealing with. She is stubborn, smart, brave, and loyal to a fault. I also appreciated how she has grew into getting to know and love her body the way that it is, and used that to her advantage. It was wonderful to see a disabled POC character represented in such a positive way. 

I loved the slow burn romance in this book! I honestly found myself moved to tears several times. It was just what I had hoped for. 

I really enjoyed all the secondary characters, and I felt that they brought a lot to the story. I especially loved the new character and was so happy that Rae had someone else to talk to. 

A story about love and loss, magic, family, sisterhood, friendship, justice, corruption, and court intrigue that you don’t want to miss! I hope that the author writes more in this world, as I’ll miss these characters so much. Highly recommend! 

 

 

About the Author:

Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Prior to publishing her novels, Intisar worked as a public health consultant on projects relating to infant mortality and minority health, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy.download (36)

Intisar is the author of the Dauntless Path books (Thorn, The Theft of Sunlight), and her indie epic fantasy series, The Sunbolt Chronicles.

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Spells for Forgetting: Review

About the Book:

Title: Spells For Forgetting 

Author: Adrienne Young 

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: September 27, 2022

Pages: 352

Genre: Adult Fantasy, Adult Mystery 

Synopsis:

A rural island community steeped in the mystical superstitions of its founders and haunted by an unsolved murder is upended by the return of the suspected killer in this deeply atmospheric novel.download (34)

Emery Blackwood’s life was forever changed on the eve of her high school graduation, when the love of her life, August Salt, was accused of murdering her best friend, Lily. Now, she is doing what her teenage self swore she never would: living a quiet existence among the community that fractured her world in two. She’d once longed to run away with August, eager to escape the misty, remote shores of Saiorse Island and chase new dreams; now, she maintains her late mother’s tea shop and cares for her ailing father. But just as the island, rooted in folklore and tradition, begins to show signs of strange happenings, August returns for the first time in fourteen years and unearths the past that no one wants to remember.

August Salt knows he is not welcome on Saiorse, not after the night that changed everything. As a fire raged on at the Salt family orchard, Lily Morgan was found dead in the dark woods, shaking the bedrock of their tight-knit community and branding August a murderer. When he returns to bury his mother’s ashes, he must confront the people who turned their backs on him and face the one wound from the past that has never healed—Emery. But the town has more than one reason to want August gone, and the emergence of deep betrayals and hidden promises that span generations threatens to reveal the truth behind Lily’s death once and for all.

Evocative and compelling, Spells for Forgetting is a vivid exploration of lost love and the unraveling of a small town and its many secrets.

Review:

5

*I received an e-arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Delacorte and Netgalley for the opportunity!*

All I can say is WOW, Spells for Forgetting is sure to put a spell on you! Young’s adult debut novel is a hauntingly alluring read, that had me reading well past my bedtime. Releasing on September 27, 2022, this is the perfect read for fall and spooky season. 

The rural island community of Saiorse is suffuse with the mystical superstitions of its founders and haunted by the unsolved murder of one of its own. The return of the suspected killer overwhelms the community completely.

Emery Blackwood’s life was never the same after the love of her life, August Salt is accused of murdering her best friend, Lily on the eve of her high school graduation. Now, she is doing what she swore as a teen she would never do: living a quiet life among the community that completely ripped her world apart. She had once thought that her and August would leave the island together, instead she is running her late mother’s tea shop and caring for her ailing father. Just as the island begins to show signs of strange happenings, August returns to the island after fourteen long years. The past is brought up that no one wants to remember.

August Salt knows that he is not welcome on the island, not after that night that changed everything. As a fire raged in the Salt family orchard, the body of Lily Morgan was found, the community was totally shaken, and August became the main murder suspect. When he returns to bury his mother’s ashes, he must confront his past and all those that turned their backs on him. He also must face Emery, the one wound that would never heal. But the town has more than one reason for not wanting August home, and long buried secrets and betrayals he never could have imagined will be revealed.

A deeply compelling read that you won’t want to miss, abounding with witches, magic, lost love, and plenty of mystery. I highly, highly recommend this one! 

 

About the Author:

Adrienne Young is the New York Times, USA Today, and Indie list bestselling author of the Sky in the Deep duology, the Fable series, and the forthcoming Spells for Forgetting and Saint. Her books have been published in over twenty-five countries around the world and Fable had the honor of being selected as a Reese’s Bookclub YA Pick.download (35)

Young is also the creator of the continuously sold out Writing With the Soul Workshop and numerous initiatives to support women and youth storytellers, including the Fable Grant. Her first nonfiction project is the soon to be released The Storytellers Workbook, in collaboration with artist and author Isabel Ibañez.

When she’s not writing, you can find Adrienne on her yoga mat, on a walk in the woods, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives and writes in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

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The Charmed List: Review

About the Book:

Title: The Charmed List

Author: Julie Abe 

Publisher: Wednesday Books 

Release Date: July 5, 2022

Pages: 304

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

After spending most of high school as the quiet girl, Ellie Kobata is ready to take some risks and have a life-changing summer, starting with her Anti-Wallflower List—thirteen items she’s going to check off one by one. She’s looking forward to riding rollercoasters, making her art Instagram public (maybe), and going on an epic road-trip with her best friend Lia.

But when number four on Ellie’s list goes horribly wrong—revenge on Jack Yasuda—she’s certain her summer has gone from charmed to cursed. Instead of a road trip with Lia, Ellie finds herself stuck in a car with Jack driving to a magical convention. But as Ellie and Jack travel down the coast of California, number thirteen on her list—fall in love—may be happening without her realizing it.

In The Charmed List, Julie Abe sweeps readers away to a secret magical world, complete with cupcakes and tea with added sparks of joy, and an enchanted cottage where you can dance under the stars.
 

 

Review:

*I received an e-arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

The Charmed List is a cute contemporary romance with a touch of magic (literally). It was just the pick me up I needed! 

Ellie Kobata has spent most of high school as the quiet girl. It’s the summer vacation before her senior year, and she’s determined to take some risks and shake things up a bit. She makes an Anti-Wallflower list of thirteen items that she plans to check off one by one. She’s looking forward to a road trip with her best friend Lia, riding a roller coaster, and maybe making her art Instagram public. 

Item number 4 on her list is getting revenge on Jack Yasuda, her former best friend, and things go horribly wrong. Ellie is quite certain that her summer has gone from charmed to cursed. Instead of going on a road trip with her bestie, she finds herself heading to the magical convention with Jack. But as Ellie and Jack travel down the coast of California, Ellie begins to develop feelings for Jack.

Ellie and Jack are so adorable! This a story about former childhood friends that have grown apart, and it was great getting to hear their stories about the past. I also liked how they were getting to know each other again in the present.

A fun and enchanting story that I definitely recommend. Prepare to be swept into a magical world, that makes you want to drink all the tea and eat all the cupcakes! 

 

About the Author:

Julie Abe is the author of the EVA EVERGREEN, SEMI-MAGICAL WITCH middle grade fantasy series; the middle grade fantasy ALLIANA, GIRL OF DRAGONS; and the young adult novel THE CHARMED LIST. She has lived in Silicon Valley, spent many humid summers in Japan, and currently basks in the sunshine of Southern California with never enough books or tea, where she creates stories about magical adventures.

Wind Daughter (Echo North, #2):Review

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About the Book:

Title: Wind Daughter 

Author: Joanna Ruth Meyer

Publisher: Page Street Kids 

Release Date: July 12, 2022

Pages: 352

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Retelling 

Synopsis:

In the dark, cold reaches of the north lives a storyteller and his daughter. He told his daughter, Satu, many stories–romances like the girl who loved a star and changed herself into a nightingale so she could always see him shining–but the most important story he told her was his own. This storyteller was once the formidable North Wind, but he lost his power by trading it away in exchange for mortality–he loved her mother too much to live without her. The loss of his magic impacted more than just their family, however, and now the world is unraveling in the wake of this imbalance.download (32)

To save the North, Satu embarks on a perilous journey to reclaim her father’s magic, but she isn’t the only one searching for it. In the snow-laden mountains, she finds herself in a deadly race with the Winter Lord who wants the North Wind’s destructive powers for himself.

Satu has the chance to be the heroine of her own fairy tale, only this one has an ending she never could have imagined.

A hauntingly beautiful fairy tale about love and loss, this Echo North companion novel is perfect for fans of the Winternight Trilogy.

 

Review:

5

*I received an arc from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity!*

Wind Daughter, a companion to Echo North, is a sparkling and enchanting fairytale that will hold you in its icy grasp from beginning to end. I was completely blown away once again by Meyer’s beautiful writing and her storytelling prowess. 

Satu North is the daughter of a storyteller. She grew up listening to his magical glittering stories, including the most important one, his very own. Her father was once the formidable North Wind, but he lost his power when he traded it away for his own mortality. He loved Satu’s mother so much, that he couldn’t live without her. The loss of his magic impacted so much more than their family, and the world began unraveling due to the imbalance.

To save the North, Satu goes on a quest to take back her father’s magic. She finds along the way that she isn’t the only one searching for it. In the snow covered mountains, she finds herself in a lethal race with the mysterious Winter Lord who wants the North Wind’s immense power for himself. 

Satu has the chance to be the hero of her own fairytale, but will her fears and her feelings prevent her? This fairytale has an ending that she never possibly could have imagined. 

I just can’t come up with the words to express how much I love this book. Satu is such a strong and genuine character despite what she thinks of herself. Her journey is filled with self discovery, friendship, emotion, and love. I was so happy to see my dear Echo and Hal weaved into the story as well. I also lay claim to the Winter Lord! 😉

I highly recommend this amazing story of love and loss. If you like books that make you cry and melt your heart, this one is for you! 

About the Author:

Joanna Ruth Meyer is the author of the critically-acclaimed Echo North, as well as the companion novel duology Beneath the Haunting Sea and Beyond the Shadowed Earth. She writes stories about fierce teens finding their place in the world, fighting to change their fate, save the ones they love, or carve out a path to redemption.images (2)

Joanna lives with her dear husband and son, a rascally feline, and an enormous grand piano named Prince Imrahil in Mesa, Arizona. As often as she can, she escapes the desert heat and heads north to the mountains, where the woods are always waiting. 

The Song That Moves The Sun:Review

About the Book:

Title: The Song that Moves the Sun 

Author: Anna Bright

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: June 28, 2022

Pages: 464

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Contemporary 

Synopsis:

This sweeping YA fantasy romance full of star-crossed love, complex female friendship, and astrological magic is perfect for fans of Laini Taylor, Alexandra Bracken, and V.E. Schwab. From the acclaimed author of The Beholder.download (31)

Best friends Rora and Claudia have never felt more like their lives are spiraling out of control. And when they meet Major and Amir–two boys from one of the secret cities of the spheres, ruled by the magic of the astrological signs–they discover they’re not alone. There is a disruption in the harmony between the spheres, and its chaos is spreading.

To find the source of the disharmony, Rora and Claudia will embark on a whirlwind journey of secrets, romance, and powerful truths–about themselves, each other, and two long-ago explorers named Dante and Beatrice, who were among the first to chart this course toward the stars.

Inspired partly by the classic works of Dante Alighieri, this gorgeous stand-alone contemporary fantasy will captivate readers of Lore and Star Daughter

Review:

5From the author: Content warning: Readers should be advised that this novel deals heavily with anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. It also makes reference to suicide, disordered eating, and infertility, and contains content that may be triggering to readers with emetophobia. For fuller details, see www.annabrightbooks.com/novels.

*I received an e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

In this new standalone fantasy adventure, Bright takes us to secret cities hidden among the spheres of the heavens. It’s a beautiful story that is filled with amazing world building, magic, music, friendship, mystery, romance, and has fantastic anxiety and depression rep.  Each turn of the page was an absolute delight! 

Rora and Claudia are best friends that feel as though their lives have recently been spiraling out of control. They meet up at a concert one night and there they meet Major and Amir. Major and Amir are two boys from the secret cities of the spheres that are ruled by the magic of the astrological signs. The girls discover that they’re not the only ones feeling that their lives are out of control, as there is a disruption in the harmony between the spheres that’s been spreading.

Rora and Claudia agree to embark on a journey to find the source of the disharmony. Throughout their travels they discover secrets, romance, and powerful truths about themselves, each other, and two long ago explorers named Dante and Beatrice. Dante and Beatrice were among the first to chart this magical course to the stars. Will Rora and Claudia be able to help save each other and the spheres?

I really came to care for these characters and what happened to them. I loved Rora and Claudia’s friendship so much, and I loved the friendships they made along the way. Major and Amir were both amazing friends as well and I love how they looked out for each other. Each character has their own struggles and strengths they bring. This quote by an unknown author made me think of this story, “The darkest nights produce the brightest stars.”

I highly recommend this one! Great for anyone that loves ya and fantasy. 

 

 

About the Author:

I believe in woods, mountains, highways, cobblestones, roller coasters, dancing, concerts, cherry Pop Tarts, books, and magic.
When I’m not reading or writing on my couch, I’m dragging my husband off on an adventure, snuggling my new baby daughter, communing with Salem (my kitten/spiritual familiar), or causing trouble at One More Page Books, where I work.x500

 

The Sizzle Paradox: Review

About the Book:

Title: The Sizzle Paradox 

Author: Lily Menon 

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin 

Release Date: June 28, 2022

Pages: 304

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance 

Synopsis:

The Kiss Quotient meets Love Potion No. 9 in the next sparkling romantic comedy by Lily Menon, The Sizzle Paradoxdownload (30)

Lyric Bishop feels like a fraud – she’s studying sexual chemistry in romantic partners and what makes for a successful long-term relationship, only she can’t seem to figure it out in her own dating life. The science is sound, but how can she give her expert opinion with no real-world experience? In order to complete her doctoral thesis, she must crack the Sizzle Paradox – it seems the more sexually attractive she finds a guy, the less likely it is to come with an emotional connection; but why? – and to do that she must get the help she desperately needs.

Kian Montgomery, her best friend, roommate, and fellow grad student, has no trouble bringing both romance and sizzle to his own relationships. When he offers to tutor Lyric on dating tactics to find a good match, she’s certain it will solve her problems, and in exchange she agrees to set long-term-commitment-averse Kian up with someone different to give his romantic life a much-needed shakeup.

But once the two progress with their “tutoring sessions,” they start to feel less like the academic exercise they were supposed to be as real feelings develop. Which is a problem, because Lyric and Kian are best friends and absolutely, irrefutably nothing else… Right?
 

Review:

4

*I received an e-arc from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This is Menon’s second adult novel and it was such a delight! If you like friends to lovers, fake dating, and a graduate school setting I think you would enjoy this contemporary romcom.

Lyric Bishop and Kian Montgomery are besties and roommates. They’ve been great together since they met years ago in college. Currently they are both working on their doctorate degrees.

Lyric feels like a complete scammer as she’s studying sexual chemistry in romantic partners and what makes relationships last long term, and she can’t even figure it out in her own life. The science she’s researched is sound, but she feels as though she can’t give her expert opinion on the subject without some real world experience. In order for her to complete her doctoral thesis, she needs to crack the Sizzle Paradox, and she desperately needs some help.

Kian has never had trouble bringing sizzle and romance to his own romantic relationships. He offers to tutor Lyric on dating tactics so that she can find her own match. Lyric is certain that this offer will help her to solve her problems, and she offers to set Kian up with someone different than he usually dates to stir things up a bit.

Once the tutoring sessions begin however, they don’t really feel like academic exercises to Lyric and Kian as real feelings begin to develop. This becomes a big problem as they have always been best friends and nothing else. Will their friendship survive?

I found myself cheering for Lyric and Kian along the way! I loved the banter and all of the angst. Such a cute and swoony romance that you’ll be sure to enjoy. This one is coming out on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 so please pick this one up and/or add it to your TBR.

About the Author:

This is Lily Menon’s second adult novel. Her first adult novel was Make Up Break Up, followed by the novella Booked For Christmas.

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Our Crooked Hearts: Review

About the Book:

Title: Our Crooked Hearts 

Author: Melissa Albert 

Publisher: Flatiron Books 

Release Date: June 28, 2022

Pages: 352

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

THE SUBURBS, RIGHT NOW . . .

Seventeen-year-old Ivy’s summer break kicks off with an accident, a punishment, and a mystery: a stranger whose appearance in the middle of the road, in the middle of the night, heralds a string of increasingly unsettling events. As the days pass, Ivy grapples with eerie offerings, corroded memories, and a secret she’s always known—that there’s more to her mother than meets the eye.

THE CITY, BACK THEN . . .

Dana has always been perceptive. And the summer she turns sixteen, with the help of her best friend and an ambitious older girl, her gifts bloom into a heady fling with the supernatural, set in a city of magical possibilities and secret mystics. As the trio’s aspirations darken, they find themselves speeding toward a violent breaking point.

Years after it began, Ivy and Dana’s shared story will come down to a reckoning among a daughter, a mother, and the dark forces they never should’ve messed with.

Review:

 

*I was provided with an arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Flatiron Books for the opportunity.*

I absolutely loved Albert’s Hazel Wood series, so I was very excited for this one! This was a compelling and beautifully dark read! If you like witches, magic, secrets and complex family relationships, this one is up your alley. Albert’s writing and imagery are so enchanting, I definitely felt transported into the story!

The story is told from dual points of view. Ivy in the present day and Dana many years prior.

In the present, seventeen-year-old Ivy starts her summer vacation off with a bang! A stranger appears in the middle of the road, in the middle of the night, and sets off a chain of strange and unsettling events. Ivy finds herself dealing with sinister offerings and tainted memories, and a secret she’s always held, that there’s more to her mother than everyone believes.

In the past, sixteen year old Dana has always been discerning. With the help of her best friend and an older girl, she uses her gifts and dabbles in the supernatural, in a city full of mysteries and mystics. As things grow ever darker, the friends find themselves on a very dangerous path.

Years later, Ivy and Dana’s shared story all comes down to a mother and daughter relationship, and the dark forces that they should have left alone.

I hope you pick up this spooky and magical read, which is releasing on June 28, 2022!

About the Author:

Melissa Albert is the New York Times and indie bestselling author of the Hazel Wood series and Our Crooked Hearts, and a former bookseller and founder of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog. Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages and included in the New York Times’ list of Notable Children’s Books. She enjoys swimming pool tourism, genre mashups, and living in Brooklyn with her hilarious husband and magnificently goofy son.

Okay, now I will stop talking about myself in the third person. I try to reply to all messages and questions, so please reach out, or come find me on Twitter (@mimi_albert) or Instagram (@melissaalbertauthor)! (But please note: I don’t accept GR friend requests anymore because of Amazon’s related review policy.)

See You Yesterday:Review

About the Book:

Title: See You Yesterday 

Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon

Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Release Date: May 17, 2022

Pages: 432

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance, YA Sci-Fi 

Synopsis:

Barrett Bloom is hoping college will be a fresh start after a messy high school experience. But when school begins on September 21st, everything goes wrong. She’s humiliated by the know-it-all in her physics class, she botches her interview for the college paper, and at a party that night, she accidentally sets a frat on fire. She panics and flees, and when she realizes her roommate locked her out of their dorm, she falls asleep in the common room.61uweFMwNzL

The next morning, Barrett’s perplexed to find herself back in her dorm room bed, no longer smelling of ashes and crushed dreams. It’s September 21st. Again. And after a confrontation with Miles, the guy from Physics 101, she learns she’s not alone—he’s been trapped for months.

When her attempts to fix her timeline fail, she agrees to work with Miles to find a way out. Soon they’re exploring the mysterious underbelly of the university and going on wild, romantic adventures. As they start falling for each other, they face the universe’s biggest unanswered question yet: what happens to their relationship if they finally make it to tomorrow?

 

Review:

5

*I received an e-arc from Netgalley and Simon Schuster in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity*

See You Yesterday is a YA contemporary romance, with some sci-fi by Rachel Lynn Solomon. She is an auto-buy author for me now, and I just adore her books. If you like slow-burn, enemies to lovers, and time loops set on a college campus, I highly recommend you check this one out!

Barrett Bloom is really hoping that her college experience can be do over after a horrible high school experience. But when school begins for her on September 21, everything goes terribly wrong. She’s humiliated by a guy in her physics class, she blows her interview with the college paper, and at a frat party she sets a frat house on fire. She panics after the fire and flees the scene. When she gets to her dorm, her roommate has locked her out of the room and she falls asleep in the common room.

She wakes up the next morning in her dorm room bed as though nothing has happened, and she discovers that it is September 21st all over again. After a confrontation with Miles, the student from her physics class, she discovers that she is not alone in this, and that he has been trapped for months.

Barrett attempts to fix her timeline, and when all of her attempts fail, she agrees to work with Miles to escape the time loop. Soon they are exploring the university and going on crazy adventures together. They begin falling for each other, and wonder what will happen when they finally get back to tomorrow?

I really enjoyed Barrett. She is a very passionate character, and has such a sense of adventure about her and a wonderful sense of humor. She also has such a sweet and sensitive side to her as well. Miles is such a cinnamon roll! He’s shy, sweet, and incredibly smart and also has a great sense of humor. I absolutely loved the banter between these two characters! I loved how they decided to work together to see if they can get themselves out of the time loop. As I was watching their relationship develop, I kept wondering if they would be able to discover a way out, or if they would be trapped forever on September 21st?

This book is releasing on Tuesday, and I recommend that you pick it up and/or add it your TBR. Perfect for Rachel Solomon fans, or any fans of YA romance!

About the Author:

Rachel Lynn Solomon writes about imperfect people falling in love. Her bestselling books for teens and adults include The Ex TalkWeather GirlToday Tonight Tomorrow, and See You Yesterday (available May 17, 2022). Originally from Seattle, she’s currently navigating expat life with her husband in Amsterdam, where she’s on a mission to try as many Dutch sweets as possible. Find her on Instagram @rlynn_solomon. 15298200 (1)

The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton’s #2): Review

About the Book:

Title: The Viscount Who Loved Me

Author: Julia Quinn

Publisher: Avon Books 

Release Date: February 23, 2017 (First Published December 5, 2000)

Pages: 400 

Genre: Adult Historical Romance

Narrator: Rosalyn Landor 

Synopsis:

ANTHONY’S STORY

This time the gossip columnists have it wrong. London’s most elusive bachelor Anthony Bridgerton hasn’t just decided to marry—he’s even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended’s older sister, Kate Sheffield—the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate’s the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams…download (29)

Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands—and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate’s determined to protect her sister—but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony’s lips touch hers, she’s suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself…

 

 

Review:

4

 

I did this a little backwards again, and read the book after watching season two of Bridgerton on Netflix. The book was quite different than the show, but I love that the show kept most of the key elements of the story. This one has one of my favorite tropes, enemies to lovers and a whole lot of angst!

I absolutely adored Anthony and Kate’s story much more than I thought I would. Kate is so sassy, and I’m here for it! She’s so smart, funny, and passionate. I felt the book allowed me to go more into depth regarding Anthony’s character, and made me care for him even more. He’s so grumpy, stubborn and sexy, and I ate it up. The chemistry between these two characters is just off the charts! I enjoyed the back and forth banter between them so much as well.

The book satisfied my craving for regency romance, and I definitely recommend it. I am quite excited for book three and another season of Bridgerton as well!

About the Author:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don’t read (or write) romance, and and if you watch reruns of the game show The Weakest Link you might just catch her winning the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.63898

A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, Ms. Quinn is one of only sixteen members of Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame. Her books have been translated into 32 languages, and she lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

The Bridgertons, her popular series of historical romance, is currently in production by Shondaland as a Netflix original series starring Julie Andrews, Phoebe Dynevor, and Rége-Jean Page.