Review: All the Right Reasons

I’ve recently found that I haven’t enjoyed YA romance as much as I used to. However, All the Right Reasons was definitely an exception to this – as the romance for the main character was definitely secondary to the rest of the story.

When Cara and her mom are cast for a dating reality show, they go into the show knowing there’s a payout on the other end. What they don’t expect is producers meddling in budding relationships.

I really enjoyed reading this book – although a lot of the conflicts could easily have been solved with a little communication. The budding relationship between Cara and Connor was super sweet and honest, and seeing how Cara’s mom, Julia, was considering her potential suitors.

I did really like the ending. Although I did kind of guess the surprise twist, I still swooned and couldn’t read it fast enough.

Review: March (Book 3)

March Vol. 3 is the final book in the March trilogy from John Lewis, and it was definitely not a let down. In fact, it had me weeping throughout the graphic novel. Not only because there is so much work still to be done, but by what those who fought for civil rights endured.

Without giving too many spoilers (besides, ya know…history) I don’t want to give too much about the book.

But the illustrations are fantastic and there were times I spent time just taking in all the details of the illustrations.

If you haven’t checked out this series yet, definitely go pick it up now! And if you have been wanting to dip your toes into the graphic novel genre, I would recommend starting with this series.

Review: How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days

With a title like “How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days” I couldn’t resist purchasing this book from Book of the Month.

It was kind of slow in the beginning for me, to be honest. But once the “K90” plan was put into place, I started to enjoy this one more. I definitely chuckled quite a few times while reading this and loved the adventure.

I will say, I think there might have been Keanu-inspired jokes that went over my head since I’m not much of a movie person. Regardless, this was a cute read.

I did enjoy the friends to lovers trope in this book. I wasn’t sold on the relationship at first, let alone really expecting the budding relationship. But I did fall in love with Lu and True together.

And the ending! Oh my goodness – absolutely perfectly swoony.

Despite the slow start, I really enjoyed How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days! It was a super cute romcom read this spring.

Review and Recipe: Heartstopper Vol. 1

“You can’t tell whether people are gay by what they look like. And gay or straight aren’t the only two options.” 

Heartstopper was absolutely a Bookstagram made me do it book. And while I don’t typically read books that are this hyped on social media, this one was worth all of the hype it has received.

Nick and Charlie are adorable together, and I love their friendship and the story of finding your identity. This is such a sweet, heartwarming, wholesome story – and clean! Yay for clean YA books! 

But that ending was heart breaking. So much so that I cannot wait to read the next book.

Like chocolate and peanut butter, Charlie and Nick are so sweet together. Below I’m sharing a chocolate peanut butter cupcake brownie recipe that is perfect to snack on while you read Heartstopper!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake Brownies

Ingredients

3/4 cup cocoa

2/3 cup vegetable oil

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1 1/4 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 10-oz bag of peanut butter chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Stir together cocoa and vegetable oil in large bowl until smooth

Stir in sugar

Beat in eggs and vanilla.

Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt

Once mixed, stir in 1 cup of the peanut butter chips (reserve the rest for the topping)

Spoon batter into lined cupcake tines, filling about 3/4 full

Bake 15 to 19 minutes (mine took about 19 minutes)

Remove from the oven and immediately place fingers full of the reserved peanut butter chips into the center of each brownie, using a knife to swirl.

Video Background Music by https://www.soundotcom.com

Cover Reveal: A Risky Play

⚾ COVER REVEAL FOR A RISKY PLAY ⚾

I am so excited to be on the street team for the cover reveal for @marissajgramoll’s new book, A Risky Play! A Risky Play releases on March 31, but you can pre-order now for the special limited time pre-order price of $2.99.

A Risky Play is Book Two of the Suncastle College Series of Standalones. (woohoo for standalones!)

Synopisis:

He knows she’s the one. She can’t decide if she’s ready to fall in love.

From the author of A Game Like Ours comes this hot and spicy angst-filled college romance.

A Risky Play Blurb:

Zac Williams’ loves the attention of being a starting first baseman for the Suncastle Knights. Girls wear his number. Charm earns him internet fame.

But Zac wishes he had the perfect, easy life everyone thinks he does. Instead, he’s fighting an internal battle every day. Then Trish shows up. She’s everything he didn’t know he needed and makes the demons in his head quiet for a while.

They promise to keep it casual. No strings attached.

Only, there’s so much between them that it’s impossible to ignore.

Zac can’t keep juggling his baseball career, his internet following, and a girl who takes so much effort to keep from slipping through his fingers.

When he’s finally ready to make a risky play, and go all in, she’s determined to walk away before she’s trapped….

Will Zac convince her they are made for each other? Or will she leave everything behind before he has the chance?

What to expect from A Risky Play:

💜 No Strings Attached
💜 College Baseball Star
💜 Freelance Photographer
💜 Lots of Spice
💜 Mental Health
💜 Broken Hero/heroine
💜 LGBTQ + Rep
💜 Southern Smalltown
💜 Book Two in Suncastle College series of standalones

Cover Designer: Sarah Sentz of Enchanting Romance Designs

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59535332-a-risky-play

Order here: https://books2read.com/u/bPyrdz

Feature: Swan Song of my Era

Thank you to Turn the Page Tours for including me on this tour!

TITLE:  Swan Song of My Era

AUTHOR: Elsie Swain

PUBLISHER: Okiyoto Publishing
RELEASE DATE: April 13, 2021

GENRES: YA Contemporary

BUY LINKS:

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/swan-song-of-my-era-elsie-swain/1139322877

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Swan-Song-Era-Elsie-Swain/dp/981498924X

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/25463/9789814989244

SYNOPSIS:

What happens when Hope Vale, an aspiring Vitiligo make-up artist who wants to eradicate the market of whitening products meets Spes Zrey, an arrogant Hugo-Boss awardee struggling to shape her Designer dream, as they envision reshaping Asia into the next fashion empire together?

Set in Malaysia, this Contemporary Fiction is all about the grueling ambition against all hurdles of reality to break the confinements of Gender and the stereotypes of preferred white beauty in Asia.

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Author’s instagram: ihttps://www.instagram.com/elsie.ilye/

Review: Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found

I couldn’t read Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found fast enough. 

Kingston has moved back to Echo City, the last place his father was seen alive, and King is determined to find his father again. Except King’s Mom wants nothing to do with magic in their lives anymore.

But when King sees a reflection that looks like his Dad in the closed down theater he was last seen in, he makes a plan with his friends to break in and figure out what’s going on.

There were so many twists and turns in this book, and I was on the edge of my seat so often! I could not believe this was a middle grade book!

Review: Three Little Monsters and the Cranky King

I know the saying is to never judge a book by its cover – but Three Little Monsters and the Cranky King is definitely a lesson in not judging a person by their appearances. 

Such a cute story about not making judgements and giving people a chance and extending kindness to everyone. I love how the three little monsters change their song at the end to include the king. 

Illustrations are so fun and bright! This was a cute read!

Thank you to the author Teydon Rae for a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Review: Cupcake

Cupcake was such a cute read! Ariel, whose nickname is Cupcake, is nominated for homecoming court her senior year of high school And while she’s not unpopular, she doesn’t describe herself as the “princess type.”

The prince Ariel is paired with for homecoming court, Rhys, is the quarterback of the high school football team.

The friendship that builds between Cupcake and Rhys was super cute and (spoilers!) I loved the very slow burn to them kissing.

This was definitely a feel good YA read with lots of different representations. Absolutely an enjoyable read!