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

I really enjoyed Love & Gelato so I was excited to finally get around to reading Love & Luck! In this book, we follow Lina’s (from L&G) friend Addie around Ireland when she travels there for her aunt’s wedding. She has had her heart broken and suffered some embarrassment thanks to a boy, so when she finds an eccentric guidebook called Ireland for the Heartbroken, complete with homework she has to complete in various destinations all over Ireland, she decides to read the book and travel along on its journey through the country.

This book is definitely geared towards younger readers but I thought it was still a good read. I liked how readers got to experience various sights of Ireland along with Addie while she tried to mend her broken heart and the relationship with her brother. Love & Luck was quirky and fun to read.

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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: 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: 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. 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. 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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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: 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. 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.

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Book Review: After the Game (The Field Party #3) by Abbi Glines-4 Stars

 

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The third book in The Field Party series tells tells Brady’s story. I’ve enjoyed this series as it’s set in a small town that’s centered around football which is exactly how I grew up so it resonates with me.

Two years ago Riley Young and her family were shunned from Lawton when Riley accused Rhett Lawton of rape. No one believed Riley, that a Lawton boy could do such a thing. Now Riley and her parents are back in Lawton to take care of her grandmother who has Alzheimer’s, along with Riley’s daughter, Bryony.

Brady Higgins, football star and all around southern gentleman, like everyone else in town, hates Riley for the “lie” she told about Rhett but after an unexpected car ride, he starts to doubt that Rhett is innocent. Riley and Brady start to spend more time together as she literally had no friends left. I loved how Brady didn’t care if he was seen with Riley-even though he was nervous at first due to how Gunner would react. In the previous books we get a glimpse of just how sweet Brady is, so it was great to have a whole book dedicated to him. Like any teenager he cares about what people thinks to an extent but deep down he has a great heart and is a romantic! Riley and the boys were all friends from a young age but this trauma obviously caused them all to drift apart.

I sort of had an issue with how Riley’s rape and her being shunned was just kind of glossed over. Brady believed her, but no one really seemed to understand the magnitude of what happened. Overall though I’m glad I got to read Riley and Brady’s story and I’m looking forward to the next book in this series!

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Book Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green- 4 Stars

Summary from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. 

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

I’ve only read one other John Green book, The Fault in Our Stars, and absolutely loved his writing style and character development.

In Turtles, there’s two storylines going on- Aza and her illness, and the Russell Pickett situation. Aza has a severe mental disorder that runs her life. The way Green explained how Aza felt made MY anxiety levels rise! You truly feel like you’re in the character’s mind and dealing with her struggles. Green definitely captured Aza’s compulsions, paranoia, and inner struggles perfectly. While this book deals with some heavy issues, you’ll find yourself laughing as well.

I thought reading about Aza’s struggle with her illness, her relationship with her mom, and her friendship with Daisy was interesting and captivating, I didn’t think the other plot with Davis and his dad seemed to fit. It was just kind of tossed in. I would have liked to just see Aza and Davis reconnect and explore their frienship more, without the weird situation concerning his dad. Overall I really felt emotionally invested with this novel and the characters and would definitely recommend!

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Book Review: The Gauntlet (The Cage #3) by Megan Shepherd-4 Stars

The Gauntlet is the final book in The Cage series, and while I found it thrilling and interesting, it was my least favorite book in the series because of the ending.

In The Gauntlet, Cora and her friends escaped from the Kindred and are on a ship with Bonebreak, a mosca. They left behind Cassian who was being tortured because Cora needs to run the Gauntlet so humans can be considered intelligent like the other species.

There was a lot of drama, death, surprises, and twists (and a little romance) throughout this novel. Cora is so strong, as is all the others who escaped with her, but they as humans can only fight for so long without help from others. The actual gauntlet sounded incredible and interesting, a total mind warp that pushes you in every direction. With certain species on the brink of war with one another and ready for a complete take over, can Cora successfully complete the Gauntlet to save humanity and her friends, and be considered as worthy as the others?

With plenty of action and heart stopping shockers, The Gauntlet was super intriguing but as the final novel, it was slightly disappointing because of the decision a certain character made at the end.

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Book Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han- 4 Stars

I waited for 2 years for a sequel and it was PERFECT. Totally worth waiting for!!!! It is a little juvenile feeling than most YA novels I read, but I still really enjoyed it!.

“Always and Forever, Lara Jean” picks up with Lara Jean and Peter stronger than ever in their relationship and waiting for their college acceptance letters. Their senior year is coming with lots of changes, with school, their relationship, friends, and family. Can their love last?

This book is sweet, hilarious, and heartbreaking, but it’s a great story of young love, acceptance, and growing up. The family dynamic between the Song family is one of my favorites I’ve read in a YA in awhile. Margot was really obnoxious at times, but understandable. And I definitely liked Kitty a lot better in this book than the previous ones. She’s a hoot!

Peter and Lara Jean’s relationship is great as well. I love how they just seem to belong together even though they are so different! This is just a book that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. (After you’re done crying and hating Peter’s mom, but no spoilers!)

Also, WHY is John Ambrose McLaren STILL hanging around?! -_-