Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love


Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She’s for sure going to Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

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Information:

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Publication date: May 30th 2017

Source: paperback ARC provided by publisher

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Review:

OMG!! I need more! I believe in a thing called love is such an adorable and hilarious complementary. It’s also a bit embarrassing to read sometimes, as Desi does some very crazy and amusing things in order to complete her list.

I adore all the characters and the diversity in this book. The main character, Desi is one of my favorites. She is so clumsy and cute!! She is also super smart and likes to be in control of everything. She is such a relatable character—love it!! Desi’s dad is so way to lovable. He is just so caring and supportive! In addition, Desi’s friends are super fun too. I love their bond. So basically, I just want to hug all the characters.

Now for the romance, it was——

I love love love Luca. The relationship between Desi and Luca is just the cutest. To sum it all up, if I believe in a thing called love isn’t on your TBR, you are SO loosing out!

Review: Cold Summer

 

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.

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Information:
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Source: Hardcover (322 pages)
Published: May 2nd 2017 by Sky Pony Press

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Review:

Time travel+WW2= Something…

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I adore Cold Summer!! The characters are really relatable and are so down to earth. I love how the romance is not all love at first sight and chemistry but more of connection and understanding. And also we can’t forget the cover—it’s STUNNING!!

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 The concept of time travel is so enthralling. It is one of the things that I adore about this book. I love how, although the concept of time travel wasn’t explained thoroughly, I still enjoyed it and had lots of fun. I couldn’t stop turning the pages like this cat…

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To sum it up, if you are looking for a fun summer read, definitely check this out!! 🙂

 

 

Review: Reflection: The Stranger In The Mirror 

An Heiress, an ancient prophecy, and a masquerade…

Nerissa, the Heiress of Chiyo, prepares for the masquerade celebrating the twentieth anniversary of a thwarted assassination attempt on her family. Longing to be admired for herself and not her title, she arranges to switch costumes and enjoy the ball in blissful anonymity. But, when the fateful night finally comes, a prophetic warning of a second attack arrives too late, and the evening turns from revelry and romance to violence. After being pulled from the chaos by an enigmatic guardian, Nerissa learns that the Royal Family has been concealing a formidable secret for generations–and it is only one of many that are about to be revealed.

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Author: Rachel R. Smith

Rating: 4/5 stars

Source: paperback copy

Publication date: May 9th 2015

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Review:

Isn’t this cover stunning?! I absolutely LOVE it so freakin much. This cover caught my attention right away and I knew I had to read it.

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The world of Reflections is very interesting and unique when compared to other fantasy novels.

I found the concept of crystals and prophecies extremely captivating. There is also many things happening at once and I really enjoyed that. And it didn’t become too confusing either. The last section of the first book is my favorite. Although the story ends as a cliffhanger, I feel like that is a great way to end and prepare readers for the following book. I’m so happy I have the sequel! *screams*

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However, I had trouble with the many characters. I was a bit confused in the beginning. But the great thing is, everything was later mapped out very well.

In addition, the first part of the book is a bit too slow. I got just a bit bored in the first quarter of the book. But, again, the last section of the story definitely won me over.

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To sum it all up, if you are looking for an entertaining story, definitely consider this one!!

 

**Huge thanks to the author for sending me a copy of her series **

Review: The Truth About Happily Ever After


Chin up, Princess, or the crown will slip.

A theme park princess must put her life back together after her happily ever after falls apart in this contemporary YA romance from Karole Cozzo, author of How to Keep Rolling After a Fall andHow to Say I Love You Out Loud.

Everything was supposed to be perfect. Alyssa has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at her favorite theme park; a fantastic group of friends; and a boyfriend who will no longer be long distance. But as the summer progresses, her prince becomes less charming and more distant, and Alyssa’s perfect summer falls apart.

Forced to acknowledge that life is not always a fairy tale, Alyssa starts working to pull her herself back together. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to do it alone. With her friend Miller’s support, she’s determined to prove that she’s more than just a pretty princess. And with his help, maybe she’s finally ready for something better than dreams. Maybe she’s ready for something real.

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Source: ARC provided my publisher

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Swoon Reads

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Review:

The Truth About Happily Ever After is my first book by Karole Cozzo and it surely won’t be my last! I really really enjoyed this book. I love seeing the character growth and my emotions were literally everywhere as I was reading The Truth About Happily Ever After. Oh, and the romance is SO swoon-worthy.

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The story follows Alyssa who has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at her favorite theme park. She has the “perfect boyfriend” who will no longer be long distance and has a great group of friends. Her summer is supposed to be perfect.

 

But it isn’t. When Alyssa and her boyfriend reunite, things don’t feel right or seem right. I hate Alyssa’s boyfriend, Jake SO much. I hate the way he treats her. Alyssa works so hard to make the relationship work, but he just doesn’t seem to care. I knew he was trouble when he walked it (like literally). (Haha did ya see what I did there?!)

 

However, things get better. How?! Well, you will have to read for yourself to find out.

 

My favorite character is probably Miller. He is such a great friend and too sweet. He is also super supportive and I’m so happy that he got an ending that he deserves. By the way, the ending is super super cute. You don’t want to miss it!

 

To sum it up, if you are looking for a quick, sweet, summer read, definitely add this book to your TBR.

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