Tag: contemporary

ARC Book Review: Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

ARC Book Review: Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

Ever since I met Claire Legrand in 2014, I’ve been meaning to read her books. I know, I’ve been terrible about getting around to it, but the premise of Some Kind of Happiness was so unique that I decided I had to take the plunge right away. And I’m glad I did, because this book sure is special. While Some Kind of Happiness is a middle grade story, its message is so profound that young adults and adults can easily get deeply engrossed in it, because primarily this story focuses on the main character, Finley, and her struggles with anxiety and depression. First off, I […]

Posted May 1, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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ARC Book Review: This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

ARC Book Review: This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

My fond memories of Sarah Strohmeyer’s Smart Girls Get What They Want were immediately evoked when I heard her newest title: This Is My Brain on Boys. Nerdy cute contemporaries are my jam, you might say. But whereas her debut novel was charming, fun, and practically perfect, this book was… not. Uh oh. The premise of this book sure was a promising one. You have a main character who doesn’t believe in love. She wants to research the biological aspect of it though, with a theory that any two people can fall in love if they’re put into high risk, high stress situations. Heck, she […]

Posted April 26, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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ARC Book Review: No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista

ARC Book Review: No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista

Fake dating, a.k.a. fauxmance – one of my favorite tropes in romance novels. So, yeah, I couldn’t resist No Love Allowed. I like contemporary romances because regardless of quality, they’re breezes to read and I can usually find something entertaining or fun about them. No Love Allowed had that… and it didn’t. It was rather average, though undeniably disappointing in some parts. Caleb and Didi meet and quickly engage in a fake dating arrangement. Caleb is a notorious heartbreaker who needs a “girlfriend” so that he can get away unscathed during all the high society events. (He’s rich as fuck.) Didi is poor, her mother’s […]

Posted April 5, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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Book Review: Right of First Refusal by Dahlia Adler

Book Review: Right of First Refusal by Dahlia Adler

I adore Dahlia, so this book could have been exclusively about a Saturday morning spent doing groceries and laundry all by your lonesome, and I probably would have picked it up anyway. As it is, she asked me to read it for review and I jumped at the chance. In case you didn’t know, when it comes to spicy NA, Dahlia knows what she’s doing – a fact she only reinforced with Right of First Refusal. I will say, though, off the bat that the romance was not my top favorite thing about this book. Nay, it is actually in THIRD place, because Dahlia does […]

Posted March 17, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill

ARC Book Review: Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill

When Joss Met Matt remains one of my absolute favorite new adult books of all time. So, yeah, when I heard Ellie Cahill was coming out with another book, I was practically jumping for joy. (Some air kicks may have been done when I received a review copy.) But anyway, long story short, Call Me, Maybe delivered a few giggles and swoons but did not live up to my (admittedly high) expectations. Call Me, Maybe starts off STRONG. Clementine and Justin accidentally switch phones at an airport and keep in contact until they’re both back home to switch them back. That first part of their […]

Posted February 9, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

ARC Book Review: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

With a title and premise so perfect, as a self-proclaimed book nerd, there was no way I could resist this book. And MAN am I glad it exists. So fluffy, cute, and funny – it cheered me straight up and delighted me for hours. I will say it took me a little bit to get into Bookishly Ever After. Though the premise is perfection and I should have instantly been like OMG PHOEBE IS ME, I was nervous. The constant bookish references and little cute book nerd habits almost seemed kind of like they were trying to hard… like this book was completely pandering to […]

Posted January 5, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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Book Review: Bounce by Noelle August

Book Review: Bounce by Noelle August

Ever since Boomerang first came out, I thought I’d found a new NA romance writing duo that would suck me into the genre. Sadly, by Bounce I can officially say that it’s not quite the case. I enjoyed Bounce, sure, but it’s more or less like every other new adult title out there. Nothing special. I was super excited about Bounce when it was announced – we’d seen flashes of Grey in Rebound and he was the super fun, wild little brother to Adam. And he just joined a BAND. HELL FREAKING YEAH. I love stories about actors and/or musicians – the behind-the-scenes kind of […]

Posted December 12, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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ARC Book Review: The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill

ARC Book Review: The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill

No one is more upset about this than I am. I loved Morrill’s debut Meant to Be so much that I was convinced I could soon add her to my favorite authors list. Cute, romantic books with real characters and personal resonance? That’s instant bait for a fluff-devourer like me. But The Trouble with Destiny was just… not really my cup of tea. And one book does not a favorite author make. The Trouble with Destiny is basically A Midsummer Night’s Dream on a cruise ship between high school performing arts clubs with a super Disney Channel movie-like vibe. Now that’s the hook and, eventually, […]

Posted November 19, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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