Genre: Romance

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Posted August 23, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

This was a book I was either bound to love or hate.  It’s like a new movie with a lot of big name actors.  It’ll either be wonderful or absolute ridiculousness riding on the power of its stars.  Speak Easy, Speak Love has a lot of elements I like – it’s set in the 1920s and it’s based on Much Ado About Nothing.  That’s my favorite Shakespeare play – a great comedy and light romance with a lot of wit instead of the usual foolishness.  Add the glitz and glamour of a ’20s speakeasy, and there are a lot of promises. For […]

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Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Posted August 15, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

I wanted so so much to like Bright Smoke, Cold Fire with the same fiery passion as I liked Crimson Bound.  Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out for me. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire has the feeling of a book that wants to do too many things.  There are two POVs in this one – Runajo and Paris, and both are trying to accomplish the same thing – save the city.  In one POV, we learn about the inside of the religious order of the city – in the other, the reader experiences the correct underground.  Either view could have been interesting enough in […]

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Tandem by Anna Jarzab

Tandem by Anna Jarzab

Posted August 14, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

I always get sucked in by books promising a fabulous multi-verse.  It’s a really complicated theory for a book, where there’s a limited amount of space and a lot of explaining to do.  I feel pretty confident in saying that from the scientific, worldbuilding POV, Tandem is the best YA multi-verse I’ve ever read.  It’s such a complicated subject to get across and explanations need to justify suspension of disbelief, not just ask for it.  I think Anna Jarzab did a really good job in that respect. Unfortunately, because of the immensity of worldbuilding required – not just one, but two, and […]

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Posted August 7, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

You know that feeling when you read a book or watch a movie and feel like you’re found a kindred spirit in the creator?  That’s how I feel about Mackenzi Lee and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.  There are so many bits and pieces that I really loved about this book… both its content and the writing itself. Okay so first of all, let’s talk about the language Mackenzi Lee used.  It’s perfect.  Both the dialogue and the narrative flow expertly.  The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is completely immersive.  Mackenzi Lee has gone the extra mile to use […]

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Mini Reviews:  Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

Mini Reviews: Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

Posted July 30, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

I know I rarely do mini reviews (read: never) but every once and a while, I do humor myself and re-read a book that I’ve read before.  For posts like these, I don’t think that a unique, standing review is strictly necessary.  After all, I’ve already outlined all the good stuff about these novels.  However, experiences differ between an initial read vs. a reread, and I still want to talk about these books. To solve the repeat-book dilemma, I’ve decided that every time I collect 3 re-reads, I’m going to give y’all a set of mini reviews!  Not as much of a […]

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