Tag: contemporary

ARC Book Review: My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill

ARC Book Review: My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill

I think I’ve surrendered myself to the fact that I will never not be attracted to a celebrity romance premise. It’s turning out to be kind of a curse, because for the life of me, it seems like I just can’t find one that’s good. Indeed, even My Unscripted Life, written by an author I have loved before, fell short. This story follows Dee, a high school student who fills up her summer by working as a PA on set of a movie after she got rejected from a precollege fine arts project. There, she meets teen heartthrob Milo Ritter – who she has of […]

Posted October 8, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

ARC Book Review: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

I was already a fan of Emma Mills’s first book, First & Then. It was cute and happy and romantic, and so I thought, this is an author I should keep an eye on. I did NOT think that she would level up so supremely for her sophomore title. This Adventure Ends is heartfelt, lovely, and so, so meaningful. Sloan is a soul friend. I mean this in the sense of the side characters that she befriends, but also because she’s such an understandable and relatable character. Her voice is awesome, and her personality is one that just instantly draws you (and other people) to […]

Posted October 4, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

ARC Book Review: Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

How… did we end up… here. After loving Brodi’s Everneath series and her latest co-writing adventures in My Lady Jane… Between all of that, I figured this was an author that couldn’t possibly lose my love. But I guess there are still some surprises to be had in the world. Diplomatic Immunity just wasn’t good. So this is a story of the uber-privileged kids in Washington D.C. Piper winds up at their school on a special scholarship and hopes that it’ll be able to get her a win in a journalism competition that would get her a college scholarship. Considering her family’s financial struggles, it’s […]

Posted September 11, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill

ARC Book Review: The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill

I picked up The Cat King of Havana for one simple and perhaps shallow reason: I’m going to Cuba in November. And I know basically nothing about the island, the culture, the history, and only bits and pieces about the political situation. What better way to get a taste of all of that than through fiction? Well, The Cat King of Havana, while for the rest not being a typically me story, did deliver on that. The Cat King of Havana is about Rick, a Cuban American webmaster of a cat video site who may be considered… a geek. He doesn’t get out much, but […]

Posted September 6, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Book Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Book Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Anytime a new Kasie West book is on the horizon, I get tingly and excited and just cannot even bare the wait. It was about 10 times worse for P.S. I Like You, though. The title alone made me excited, the blurb got me bouncing in my chair, and when I got to post the cover reveal, I damn near fainted. IT WAS SO CUTE, THIS WAS OBVIOUSLY THE BOOK FOR ME — and I was so right. This book is a new favorite. P.S. I Like You, at its essence, is You’ve Got Mail – only my favorite romcom of all time – meets […]

Posted August 23, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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Book Review: Run by Kody Keplinger

Book Review: Run by Kody Keplinger

Ever since I first read The DUFF – which, incidentally, was one of the first books that got me into YA contemporary romances – Kody Keplinger has been one of my favorite authors of all time. Obviously, that means that I have rather high expectations, and reviewing books when they don’t live up to those expectations is ridiculously hard. Run was not exactly a Debby book. I already feel horrible about saying that, because when it comes to own voices, this is one of the most authentic and personal books on the market. Kody is blind, and in this book, Agnes is blind. Bo is […]

Posted August 18, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Book Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

Book Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

A little birdie told me that I would absolutely like this book – by which I mean to say, Christina raved about it for weeks and then shoved it in my face by way of a Christmas gift. Yeah. I got the hint. But Christina knows me, so yes, I loved this book. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is not a contemporary romance I would ordinarily go for. The blurb seems very much like it’s saying there’s some instalove, some all-encompassing first love, which to me would be a warning sign for sap. That’s so not this book. It’s cute. It’s light. It’s heartfelt. […]

Posted August 16, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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Book Review: Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

Book Review: Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

If you’ve been around for a while, reading my reviews, you’ll probably know that Miranda Kenneally is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. Her books are always perfectly timed, because if anything, they’re the perfect summer reads. But, this being the 7th book, it figures that at some point, she’d resort to tropes that are less my thing. Though I enjoyed Defending Taylor, it wasn’t that special to me. All of the Hundred Oaks books focus on a sport or passion and some shippy romance. This time, the sport is soccer – score, one of the only sports I really like. The main character’s […]

Posted August 13, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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