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Book Review: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover-4 Stars

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CoHo is one of my favorite authors when it comes to raw, gritty, dramatic romance. I always say her novels are like Lifetime movies in book form! In typical CoHo fashion this book deals with heavy subject matter, (i.e. suicide, abuse, mental illness, etc) so proceed with caution.

Without Merit tells the story of the Voss family. They are screwed up, messed up, harboring hurt, pain, and secrets.

Merit lives in an old church building that her father turned into a house. Her sick mother lives in the basement, and upstairs, her father lives with his new wife, their son, Merit’s twin Honor, and their brother Utah. Something horrible has happened to Merit and she feels disconnected from the family. She hates keeping their secrets, dealing with their drama, and feeling alone. When a hot stranger passionately kisses her one day, she can’t stop thinking about him, even after realizing he thought she was Merit, and he moves in with them.

Throughout the book Merit struggles with the secrets and resentment she’s been holding on to. While there is romance in this book it’s not as heavily focused on like other books by this author. Mostly, it’s about Merit coming to terms with her life and situations involving her dysfunctional family. Merit is about to literally and figuratively collapse from the weight of secrets she is responsible for.

It was tough to read at times but there’s also that dry wit and humor I love in a CoHo book as well!

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Book Review: Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch-4 Stars

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This was such a sweet and charming novel! It’s a happy coming of age tale that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy!

After Lina’s mother passes away she fulfills her dying wish that she go to Italy and get to know her father, Howard. The father Lina never heard about for sixteen years, and now she’s expected to LIVE with him in a country she’s never been before?!

When Lina begins reading her mother’s journal, her new friend Ren makes it his mission to help her tour the places her mom mentions. Lina begins to unravel the mystery of her father and her mother’s true love while exploring the city her mother adored.

Love and Gelato was such a cute story about what it means to fall in love, and what it means to be a family. The descriptions of the Italian countryside and all the sightseeing Lina does was magical and I felt like I was right there with her! All in all it was a charming little story and I definitely recommend!

 

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Book Review: Good as Gone by Amy Gentry-4 Stars

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This was a great suspense! I was completely taken by surprise at every twist and turn!

When Julie is thirteen she is taken from her home while her younger sister Jane saw everything while hiding in a closet. Now, eight years later, a young woman shows up who is apparently Julie…

But is it truly her? How could so many years pass and they find no trace of her? But if it’s not her, why does she know things about the family? Her story seems sketchy and unreliable. These are all questions Julie’s mom Anna must face, but truly, she seems in denial. Her baby has come home and she doesn’t care how strange it seems.

This expertly crafted suspenseful novel will leave you wide eyed and shocked. There were so many layers to Julie’s story and it was so fast paced that you will not want to stop reading.

 

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Book Review: Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout-4 Stars

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*Spoilers if you haven’t read Obsidian!*

 

FINALLY KATY AND DAEMON

Katy is still slightly annoying, Daemon is still very annoying, but the chemistry between them is explosive! It’s such a ridiculous, juvenile series but good grief I can’t help but be addicted!

After fighting the Arum, Katy is linked to Daemon and she has certain powers. The DOD is sniffing around town, and a new guy shows up that befriends Katy. There are a lot of shocking events and twists, as well as lots of romance! It’s fast paced and there is so much action happening which makes for a quick, easy read.

 

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Book Review: A Royal Shade of Blue (Modern Royals #1) by Aven Ellis-5 Stars

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I love the royals and I am obsessed with everything Aven Ellis writes so I was ecstatic when this landed in my inbox! Life has been crazy but I’m finally getting around to reviewing! It’s out now so make sure to get your copy!

Clementine Jones loves antiques and their history. When a mysterious British guy named CP sends her an Instagram DM Clementine doesn’t expect to be able to talk to him so easily, especially not knowing what he looks like. She’s able to reveal her biggest secret and turn to him for encouragement during a frightening time in her life, and she begins falling for him. But when CP finally shows her what he looks like, she can’t believe she’s been catfished by someone pretending to be a prince!

Clem and Prince Christian, or CP, dive headfirst into a relationship but of course they each have their baggage. Christian detests the traditional monarchy and the way his mother acts, as if being royal is everything. Her status means more to her than her family and Christian desperately wants to stay out of that rigidity. Clem’s family is very protective and overbearing due to a childhood incident and because of that, she feels trapped a lot of times and just wants to live her life on her terms.

I loved all of Christian’s family, except of course, his mother. Jillian, Clem’s flatmate, was also a favorite and I would LOVE for her to get her own story!

I absolutely adored this story. Aven has a way with words in all of her novels, but I could truly feel myself there with Christian and Clementine while traipsing around Oxford or lounging about with their dogs. Aven really does her research and I loved all the historical elements sprinkled about, including just the day to day life of a royal!

This was such a fresh, modern take on a royal love story! You will laugh, you will cry, and you will probably have an urge to watch Shrek after reading it! πŸ˜‰ It’s light-hearted, warm, and funny and the romance is oh-so-sweet and sexy! I highly recommend!

 

*Book provided by the author in exchange for a review, THANK YOU!*

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Book Review: Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout-3 Stars

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When Katy moves to West Virginia and meets her neighbors, sweet, friendly Dee and her brother-hot, rude, arrogant, HOT Daemon, she had no clue she was becoming friends with aliens.

Daemon was super annoying as was Katy for putting up with his crap. Otherwise, I really liked Katy! She is a book blogger and loves reading, she’s sassy and loyal. After her dad died her mom wanted to move, so Katy is grateful for Dee’s friendship- after a fresh start she needs a friend.Β I hated Daemon but the paranormal romance aspect kept me reading!

There are a lot of similarities to Twilight but instead of vampires we have aliens.Β The premise of the Luxen and their history was interesting and I liked how Katy became involved in their little group. The sci-fi battle and action scenes were awesome!

I read this in just a few hours while the baby was sleeping. It was fun and a quick read. If you’re looking for something light to enjoy for a few hours give this a try!

 

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Book Review: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn- 4 Stars

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Another fast-paced thrilling suspense! I loved it!

Anna is a recluse. She lives alone, and she can’t go outside. She spends her days creeping on her neighbors through a camera lens, kept company by wine and anxiety meds. Her family doesn’t live with her but she talks to her husband and daughter frequently.

When a new family moves in, Anna befriends their teenage son and soon after meets his mother. They hit it off immediately and Anna is thrilled someone wants to hang out with her, considering her unstable condition.

Late one night Anna sees something horrible happen next door through the window. She calls 911, and the next thing she knows, she is waking up in the hospital.

What really happened? Did all those bottles of wine and meds finally bring Anna to the brink of insanity? Did she imagine things? Surely, she can’t be trusted. But who can?

Anna is in a race against time to figure out what’s real and who is and isn’t what they seem. This high speed read kept me hooked for hours and the ending was such a shocker! It’s intense, emotional, and riveting; I highly recommend!

 

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Opal (The Raven Cycle #4.5) by Maggie Stiefvater- 5 Stars

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Yay! A novel all about Adam, Ronan, and Opal! The Raven Boys is one of my all time favorite series, and Ronan is my favorite from the books so I am ecstatic that Maggie came out with this!

It’s just a short little story dedicated to Opal, Ronan’s dream world girl. I love this world in The Raven Boys and I’m so glad we got to revisit it through Opal’s eyes, and see glimpses of Ronan possibly dreaming up a new Cabeswater.

I loved this but of course wish there was more!

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Book Review: Daddy-Long-Legs (Daddy-Long-Legs #1) by Jean Webster- 4 Stars

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This was such a lovely and interesting read, and outside my usual realm of reading!

Jerusha Abbott is living in an orphanage but is nearing 18 so her time is up. Being poor and parentless, she doesn’t know what the future holds but aspires to be a writer. When a benefactor of the orphanage gives Jerusha a chance to attend college, with the only stipulation being she must write him letters while doing her studies. When all she sees is his long legged shadow, not being given his name, she nicknames him “Daddy Long Legs.” Jerusha becomes Judy once in college, and she is strong, hilarious, smart, and witty. She definitely defied the norm of women in her day.

Along the way Judy makes lifelong friends and a possible romance but desperatly wants to meet the rich old man who gave her this great opportunity. Will she ever find out who Daddy Long Legs is?

This was a quick read and I absolutely loved it!

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Book Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins-3 Stars

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Well, this was a letdown. I was really excited for this one but it was rather strange. I think it was supposed to be scary but it was more so just sadistically weird and rather gruesome, especially for a YA, so it seemed odd.

Makani has moved from Hawaii to small town Nebraska and is hiding a dark secret.Β High school students are individually being murdered in gruesome ways, and as the body count gets higher, Makani fears for what might happen if her past is found out.

It was pretty gruesome but it wasn’t a frightening thriller which is what I prefer, suspense and thrill over gore. I did like the relationships between Makani, Ollie, and her friends and the revelation of the killer was interesting but I felt the overall ending and book as a whole fell flat for me.