Genre: Romance

Romance Mini Reviews: Waiting for Tom Hanks and Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune

Posted May 24, 2019 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
Romance Mini Reviews: Waiting for Tom Hanks and Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune

Hi, everyone! Today, I’m here with mini reviews of two romance books coming out from Berkley on June 11th. Let me know if you like this format, and I’ll do more reviews in this format in the future! Without further ado, let’s get into it. cw: death of a loved one; grief; agorophobia Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune was such a lovely debut about culture, family, food, home, identity and how they all connect. First and foremost, I will warn you: this book will make you HUNGRY. The recipes Natalie cooks in attempt to heal her neighbors are described in such detail that it’s impossible to not want to order Chinese food while reading. The book is, in […]

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ARC Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Posted May 8, 2019 by Madalyn / 15 Comments
ARC Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

content warnings: alcohol use, homophobia (always challenged), anxiety, ADHD, depression, talk of past drug use and drug addiction, depictions of racism in media, talk of past loss of a parent, talk of grief, brief mentions of pancreatic cancer in the past, brief talk of attempted sexual assault in the past (from a side character), outing, extensive discussions of politics It’s always indescribably difficult to sit down and attempt to write a review for a book that you know, immediately upon finishing, will almost certainly land at the top of your list of favorite books of the year; a book you realize, furthermore, has absolutely earned a spot on your “forever favorites” shelf on Goodreads. But here I am, reviewing this […]

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Meet Me In Outer Space by Melinda Grace

Posted March 11, 2019 by Madalyn / 1 Comment
Meet Me In Outer Space by Melinda Grace

If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you probably know by now that I can ALWAYS go for a cute YA contemporary. That being said, Meet Me In Outer Space delivered on that front! In Meet Me In Outer Space, we follow our protagonist, Edie, who is struggling in her French class due to a learning disability that her professor will not make adequate accommodations for. Her TA, Hudson, offers to tutor her to help her bring her grade up, and cute romance ensues. One thing I loved about this book was that it’s exactly the college-aged YA that so many readers have been begging publishers for. I always love reading books set in college, and Meet Me in […]

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ARC Review: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

Posted October 22, 2018 by Madalyn / 14 Comments
ARC Review: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

After reading and loving Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date last year, I was thrilled to get my hands on an ARC of her follow-up, The Proposal. And it did not disappoint! It had all of the things I loved about TWD, with a fun new premise and endearing new characters. The Proposal begins with our main character, Nik, being proposed to unexpectedly in front of 45,000 people on the Jumbotron at Dodgers Stadium– a nightmare for most people, but especially so when Nik has only dated this guy for five months and is most certainly not in love with him. Enter our hero, Carlos (who you might remember from The Wedding Date!), who manages to rescue Nik from the camera […]

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ARC Review: When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen

Posted October 1, 2018 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
ARC Review: When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen

I went into When We Caught Fire with high hopes– I mean, you all know how much I love YA historical fiction by now, right? Plus, I absolutely devoured Anna Godbersen’s previous two series– The Luxe and Bright Young Things– when I was younger, and I was excited to see how her writing held up for me as an adult. However, I’m sorry to say that this one ended up being a huge disappointment. We follow our main character, Emmaline, during the week leading up to her wedding to one of Chicago’s most sought-after bachelors. Emmaline and her father have come from nothing and, over the past couple years, have steadily climbed the social ladder. Finally, with the impending wedding, […]

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Blog Tour: Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkiss | Review + Giveaway!

Posted August 10, 2018 by Madalyn / 13 Comments
Blog Tour: Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkiss | Review + Giveaway!

Hello, everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Learning Curves blog tour. I’m excited to share this adorable novella with y’all! Read on for my thoughts and for a chance to win a copy! review When I saw that my friend Ceillie was publishing her first novella– a cis ace f/lesbian f novella with #ownvoices ace, ADHD, and anxiety rep– I immediately jumped at the chance to review it. And, friends, it was exactly the sweet f/f story my heart needed! Learning Curves follows two main characters whose friendship soon grows into a romance. Elena is a Puerto Rican law student, and Cora is working toward her MBA. The two meet in a business law class, and their romance develops […]

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ARC Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Posted June 7, 2018 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
ARC Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

 How do you write a coherent review for a book that was endlessly more delightful than you could ever have hoped? The Kiss Quotient is an example of a book that perfectly delivers on an excellent premise (and an amazing cover, let’s be honest). The characters are what make this romance stand out. Stella, our heroine, is an econometrician who hires a male escort, Michael, to teach her the ins and outs of dating. I always love romances with STEM heroines! Stella unashamedly loves math, mathematical puzzles, and her job– I love that she’s unapologetic in the things she’s passionate about. Plus, Stella is autistic, and this representation is #ownvoices. I loved reading from the perspective of a neurodivergent main […]

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ARC Review: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Posted April 5, 2018 by Madalyn / 14 Comments
ARC Review: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

After reading and falling in love with both of Jenn Bennett’s previous releases in 2017, I had high hopes for Starry Eyes. And, boy, did it deliver. I stand by my assertion that Bennett knows how to write the PERFECT YA romance. This was the friends-to-enemies-to-lovers camping romance I didn’t know I needed. One of the things I appreciate most about all of Bennett’s protagonists is how passionate they are about specific, quirky interests. But, like, in a totally genuine, non-manic-pixie-dreamgirl way. Zorie, an aspiring astrophysicist, is no exception. I always love YA girl protagonists who are driven and have a clear vision of their futures. I recognize this isn’t reality for everyone, but that was totally me when I was […]

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ARC Review: More Than We Can Tell by Bridget Kemmerer

Posted March 6, 2018 by Bee / 10 Comments
ARC Review: More Than We Can Tell by Bridget Kemmerer

Well then. I suppose I better read Letters to the Lost, huh? Because this novel slayed me with feels. I died, then was resurrected and then died again. I am speaking to you from beyond the grave, be warned. No but really, my heart ached so much reading this. Mainly for Rev. Omgggg Rev! I love him so much and need to wrap him in blankets and protect him. So yes, I’m glad I read this. And I will for sure read more of Bridget’s contemporary books. I kind of feel like I have to after what I went through with this book. The Positive • Emma’s best friend is named Cait and let me just say that is an […]

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Mini Reviews: Recent Romance Reads! (2)

Posted August 24, 2017 by Madalyn / 1 Comment
Mini Reviews: Recent Romance Reads! (2)

Hello hello! Today, I’m bringing y’all another edition of mini reviews of a couple of the romance novels I’ve recently read (and really enjoyed!). Without further ado, let’s get into some of my thoughts!   The Queen of Dauphine Street was SUCH a pleasant surprise for me! It’s book two in the NOLA Nights series of companion novels. I enjoyed the first book, The King of Bourbon Street (which I featured in a mini reviews post a few months ago), but I was hesitant to go into this second book because it centers around a character I hadn’t particularly cared for in the first book. However, I ended up LOVING Maddy in this book. We learn so much more about […]

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