Review: The Kiss Curse

The Kiss Curse was a cute, fast read, perfect for spooky season – especially for those of us who like our spooky season on the sweeter side. I absolutely loved The Ex Hex last fall, and was looking forward to joining the crew in Graves Glen again.

The Kiss Curse was Gwyn and Wells story, and this was definitely followed the enemies-to-lovers trope. (Which is one of my favorites, so I absolutely loved the witty banter and the journey in their relationship.)

Speaking of favorite things, Sur Purrcival – I absolutely that cat. He seriously steals the show every time he is in the scene.

I did really enjoy the inclusiveness in this book – Gwyn is bi and one of the side characters uses they/them pronouns. It’s subtle, but so seamlessly written into the story.

There is a little mystery in this, and there was a good red herring to keep the reader guessing. Although, in the end I did find the conclusion to be taken care of too quickly and easily.

Review: Pumpkinheads

Pumpkinheads is such a cute graphic novel – and perfect reading for fall reading.

Deja and Josiah are “seasonal friends” working together at the local Pumpkin Patch. But on their last day of the season, during their last year working at the Patch before heading off to college, the duo decides to go out with a bang. They seek out the girl Josiah has been crushing on for three years, but on the way, they also try all of the snacks!

I absolutely, positively connected with Deja – she planned their night around eating all of the snacks at the Pumpkin Patch, including the epic sounding pumpkin bomb.

I wish I had read this slower, and sooner, it was such a heart warming graphic novel.

Review: Witchful Thinking

Witchful Thinking was a cute witchy romcom, even if it was set in the summer. And, while it was a cute, fast read for the fall season, it definitely won’t be a story that sticks with me.

I really liked the small town, second chance romance between Lucy and Alex. I love any small town romance!

I did want to know more about the merfolk and more background to Freya Grove. The author started to give some information why there are so many supernaturals in Freya Grove, but I feel like the full reason was never fully explained. And with Alex being a merman, I wanted more information about what makes them special.

While this is a romcom, the romance is very lowborn and there wasn’t much steam on the page.

This was a fun reader spooky season, as it is set in the summer, it could absolutely be enjoyed as a summery witchy read, too.

Review: When Life Gives You Vampires

When Life Gives You Vampires had me laughing from the get go. I listened to this as an audiobook and the narrator, Meg Sylvan was absolutely perfect for this book.

I really adored Lily – she was such a spitfire, and her thoughts (when not focused on her body) were witty and sassy. Every time I hit play on this book, I felt like I was getting back together with a friend.

There were also some fantastic Buffy and Twilight references throughout the book that made me smile.

My biggest complaint, though, is how often Lily’s weight is brought up. I am all for a a plus sized main character, and even a plus sized main character that questions and worries about her weight. However, Lily mentions or thinks about her weight A LOT. It almost became a third character in the story.

Thank you to Dreamscape Media and NetGalley for the audio review copy of When Life Gives Your Vampires.

Review: I Hate You More

A romcom with all the doggies – you know I was all over this one! I listened to I Hate You More as an audiobook, and it was such a fun listen!

Ruby is a former pageant queen, but is now a nurse’s aide at a retirement home. But when one of those residents asks Ruby to show dog at the local dog show, Ruby breaks out her former beauty queen tricks.

The only problem standing in Ruby’s way is Spencer – who runs the dog show and is set on keeping her dog, Wheezy out of the show.

I couldn’t help but love the dynamic between Caleb and Spencer, and Spencer and Ruby. Oh, and Mrs. Orson stole every scene she was in.

This was perfect light, summer reading – not too heavy, not too steamy (a little steam), and not too serious.

Thank you to Dreamscape Media and NetGalley for the audio review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Review: The Summer of Christmas

Have you ever read a book and something just didn’t jive while you were reading it? That’s what happened while I was reading The Summer of Christmas.

The storyline was super cute – a heartbroken screenwriter, Ivy Green, writes a mostly autobiographical movie script about how her long-time boyfriend breaks up with her at Christmastime.

However, when that script gets picked up to be made into a movie and is filming in her hometown, where her ex still lives, love triangles ensue.

I really live the kitschy Christmas in July vibes in the story, and the small town feel and the found family in the movie crew. But the writing was a tough to read. Once I realized the authors were screenwriters and this is their debut novel, a lot of the weirdness in the writing made sense. It was definitely written more like a script than a novel.

Not that it is a pass for the writers, because this was still really awkward to read. There were lots of chapters that flipped back and forth between Ivy and Nick with transitions like, “Back on the boat” and “back on the movie set.”

This would definitely have been a cute Hallmark Christmas movie – something the authors’ style of writing would fit better.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Bad Luck Bridesmaid

Bad Luck Bridesmaid was a cute read, although it did feel like the storyline was a little disjointed. 

Zoey has been a bridesmaid three times in ten years, and not once has a bride made it down the aisle. When she meets the perfect guy, Rylan, her distrust of commitment and marriage come to the surface. Even more so when Rylan proposes to her. When Zoey’s BFF, Hannah, announces she’s getting married, though, Zoey is determined to see Hannah to the alter. 

My biggest issue with the timeline of the story, was the reader was taken through each of the failed weddings and Zoey meeting and getting closer to Rylan before the story starts to really take off. If we ha started the story with Zoey meeting Rylan and the failed weddings as “flashbacks” I think it might have worked better. Especially as Zoey is participating in Hannah’s wedding weekend in Ireland.

Since the third bride to not reach the alter is the tipping point for Zoey to run from Rylan’s proposal, the ending was expected.

I did enjoy this book, but it was definitely not my favorite romcom book this year.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the review copy in exchange for my honest opinion!

Review: Fangirl

Fangirl has been on my to be read list for a very long time. I happen to have a signed copy of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell on my shelves, but wanted to read Fangirl first, because I knew they were related.

I really liked Cath and appreciated her awkwardness as she navigated through striking out on her own at college and finds herself. I absolutely related to her struggles and thoughts…and did I mention her awkwardness.

I do feel like some parts were a little long winded, but I still absolutely enjoyed every minute of this. I frequently had to tear myself away to do adult things.

I also really enjoyed the fan fiction in between chapters from Cath’s “Carry On, Simon,” and I’m even more excited to read Rowell’s Carry On because of it.

Review: Fake It Til You Bake It

Romcoms and cupcakes – yes please!⁠

I immediately fell in love with Donovan, especially how he handles the uppity customer in his store. When that fiery customer turns into Jada – the granddaughter of the owner of the football team he plays for, who just happens to need a steady job while figuring herself out.⁠

I did find some of the middle of this a little slow while the author set up the faking dating scenario and until she got to the ultimate twist. However, I was definitely shipping Jada and Donovan and absolutely enjoyed every minute spent with these two.⁠

Review: Prom Theory

I was so honored to meet author Ann LaBar and have her sign a copy of her debut novel, Prom Theory. I bumped this book up on my TBR list to read it during prom season – while I was seeing friends post pictures of their children in their prom dresses and suits.

While friends to lovers isn’t my favorite trope in romance, the miscommunication (or in this case the lack of communication) trope never works for me.

That said, I did enjoy reading this book. The friendships felt honest, and I would have loved to be part of this friend group.

Iris is determined to scientifically prove that attraction is a chemical reaction. She sets her target on the most popular, and newly-single, boy in school.

I did really like the the NVLD representation in this book – and that the author took the time to give more information about NVLD in the back of the book.