How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks (The Embraced #1)

4 Stars

It has been way too long since I last read a paranormal romance, and it felt good to be back. How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days is the first book in Kerrelyn Sparks new The Embraced series. I haven’t read any of her books before, but enough of my friends have raved about her work that I was pretty sure she would be a hit for me.

This book was a perfect start to a new series. The world building was detailed and unique without getting bogged down with unnecessary information. It was funny, charming, and still had some heat. It did feel a little long, but it was a quick read because it was so engaging. The next book in the series will be So I Married a Sorcerer coming out at the end of August.

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I received an advance readers copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Twist by Kylie Scott (Dive Bar #2)

4 Stars

I’m always searching for authors I can count on to deliver, and I think Kylie Scott will make the list. Twist is the first book I’ve read by her and the second in the Dive Bar series, but it was satisfyingly steamy with a healthy dose of humor.

This book was a great standalone, but I’m definitely interested in seeing the stories for other characters. I’m a little disappointed that we won’t get to see Nell & Pat’s story because they seem like such an unlikely couple…. and Pat sounds pretty hot. Small disappointment aside, I’ve already pre-ordered Chaser, the third book in this series, and hope I can find some room in my schedule to read Dirty soon.

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I received an advance review copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

 4.5 Stars

Girl out of Water is an unexpectedly good debut by Laura Silverman. The blurb sounded really interesting to me, but I don’t read YA Contemporary very often so once I received it I had “reviewers remorse” and didn’t pick it up for several months. I wish I hadn’t waited so long. This book is really good.

Laura Silverman did an amazing job of capturing what it feels like to surf and skateboard. Or at least what I, as an extremely uncoordinated non-athlete, imagine that it feels like to participate in those sports. Her descriptions made me want to try my hand at both activities. The characters were perfect. They were diverse and seemed well fleshed out. Lincoln is her “disabled” black love interest (he seems anything but disabled)…. and he’s smart & hot! She has a Samoan best friend and counts a lesbian couple that has been together forever as part of her core group of friends.

I will mention for those that care, Anise has a “sailor’s mouth” and extensive curse word vocabulary. There is underage drinking and talk of sex though I believe kissing is the furthest anyone goes. It is a true depiction of teenage life and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!

The love triangle-ish situation made me uncomfortable because both guys are really great. They both have reasons why they are perfect for her and it’s sad when you realize that someone will inevitably get hurt. The ending is HFN, which I’m not usually a fan of, but fits this couple and their life plans.

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I received an advance review copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

 

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

4 Stars

This book was adorably geeky and fun. While reading it, I had complete A Cinderella Story vibes (you know you love that cheesy movie!) It was perfect YA fluff and I would have no qualms about giving it to any of the geeky girls in my life.

My favorite character BY FAR was Sage. She was so well developed and cool that I would have loved to see even more of her. I love when books have LGBT characters that they don’t make a big deal about. They just let them live their life without making their sexuality the main event.

I wasn’t a big fan of this cover when I first saw it, but the pics I’ve been seeing on Instagram of the hardcover make me want a copy for my bookshelf. It is GORGEOUS and photographs so well that I just want to buy it and take pictures. In short, if you want a light-hearted YA romantic comedy this is a solid bet.

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I received an advance review copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Stealing Mr. Right (Penelope Blue #1)

4 Stars

This was a seriously fun, lighthearted romp. It made me smile throughout and I didn’t want it to end. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a “romantic comedy” and it made me want to go find more books like this. This is a perfect summer beach read and I’ll be looking out for more Tamara Morgan, that is for sure.

The only problem I think some people may have with this book is that it’s told in alternating timelines. The chapters alternate between present day and the beginning of their relationship. I didn’t find it confusing because it tells you what time period you are in at the beginning of each chapter. I think it was a great way to keep the action spread throughout the book and also allowed you to see what led to where they are now. I kinda loved it.

Also, I would be first in line if they made this into a movie. Just throwing that out there.

If anybody has any similar book recommendations, I’m all ears. Until then, I’ve already added Saving Mr. Perfect and Seeking Mr. Wrong (Books 2 & 3) to my TBR list. I’m definitely going to want to go along for the ride.

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Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

4 Stars

This isn’t my normal genre, and I’m not really a Trevor Noah fan but neither is required for this to be a really enjoyable book. It was funny, touching, and educational all rolled into one.

By “not a Trevor Noah fan”, I don’t mean that I dislike him, more that I have very limited knowledge of him. I’ve seen parts of his show, but never a whole episode.

I listened to Born a Crime on Audible and believe that added to the enjoyment, because listening to Trevor Noah narrate his own life was a treat. The voices were phenomenal and he really has a talent with storytelling. I’m ashamed to admit that I had very little knowledge of apartheid prior to reading this. I learned so much and enjoyed myself while doing it.

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All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

4 Stars

It’s hard to put into words how I felt about this book. There are so many things and so many feelings that I’m not sure exactly where to start. Overall, I enjoyed this book, it was convoluted, but in the best way possible. I was constantly wanting to know what happened next and simultaneously rooting for and hating the main characters.

All Our Wrong Todays is a bit longwinded in some areas, a bit compressed in others, a bit too “literary” for my tastes and a bit too sad.  Writing all that stuff down, even I wonder if I really enjoyed this book but the truth is I did. Usually after reading a book I can tell if it will appeal to the people I usually share books with. I can’t on this one. Part of me thinks that everyone will love the fantastical time traveling elements but the emotions of this book might turn those same people off. The main character’s life is sad for pretty much the first 40% of the book. Then, his sadness turns to guilt for another large portion. The author/narrator/whatever goes on various lofty tangents about various things using big smart people words, that I honestly had to skim over because if I had read the whole thing then my eyes would have fallen out of my head and rolled across the floor and its hard to find eyeballs in dark. But I still liked it.

For me, this felt like a blend between science and literary fiction. It had enough science-y, mind bending adventure elements that I enjoyed the story but not enough that it felt like true science fiction. This would probably appeal more to readers that enjoy literary fiction but can also suspend their sense of reality for a bit while they read a story. Not my normal cuppa tea but enjoyable all the same.

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai will be released February 7th.

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I received an advance review copy of this book that I have chosen to review.