The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

book review

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (Summer Book 1)

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Goodreads synopsis:

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

 

Review

This book made me laugh, smile, and cry! It’s one of those books that is just so good and filled with emotion that you can’t put it down. Let’s just say, I LOVED this book!

Belly, a forever childhood nickname for Isabella, is 15 when the book begins. She is a girl who just wants to be noticed. Belly claims that she measures her life in summer because that’s the best time of the year.

She goes to Cousins Beach every single summer with her mom and older brother Steven. Once they finally arrive at Susannah’s beach house, Belly’s mother’s best friend since they were children.

Belly has become such good friends with Jeremiah, and has had a crush on Conrad, Jeremiah’s brother, both of whom are Susannah’s sons. But every single summer, Belly is left out and unnoticed. When Steven, Jeremiah, and Conrad all hang out, Belly stays behind, uninvited. When Belly is noticed, she usually is made fun of being a “baby” since she is younger than all of them.

This particular summer is different. Belly is miraculously perceived. Both boys look at her in a way the never did before. But things get complicated with relationships and when Belly finds out a tragic truth.

I really enjoyed this book and appreciated the emotion. It could make you cry, but the whole story didn’t revolve around sadness, it balanced perfectly between good and bad that made my heart beat faster because of the intensity that made it even more amazing! And not only did it give me emotion, it gave me some butterflies too!

 

Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

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Book Boyfriend Rating

This was very hard for me because there is not 1, not 2, but 3 boys in this book! But, not all of them were her boyfriend, I just had to include them all in here but each for a different reason. For Jeremiah, I would give him a ⅗, he wasn’t the the best even though some things he did were cute, but he just wasn’t my favorite. For Conrad I’d give him a ⅖, in this first book he did things that are in my definitely not list! And as for Cam I’d give him a ⅗ because although he was nice, he didn’t appeal to me as much as I would have liked for a book boyfriend.

 

Kayla’s Age Recommendation: 13+

 

There are a total of 3 books in this series:

  1. The summer I turned pretty
  2. It’s not summer without you
  3. We’ll always have summer

 


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Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

book review

Overall Rating: 4 Stars
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Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]
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Goodreads synopsis:

Twenty-six-year-old Gaby Barreto might be a lot of things (loyal, sarcastic, one of the guys and a pain in the butt depending on which family member you ask), but dumb isn’t one of them. When her twin brother invites her to go on tour as his band’s merch girl, she isn’t exactly screaming at the top of her lungs with joy.

With no job opportunities pounding on her door, an ex-boyfriend she would still like to castrate, and no end in sight to moving out of her parents’ house in Dallas… it would be dumb to say no to the chance of a lifetime. Two bands, three continents, one tour. Spending the next ninety-plus days with three beloved idiots and eight complete strangers shouldn’t be a big deal, right?

If only the singer of the headlining band didn’t have tattoos… a great personality… a fantastic body… and if he wasn’t so funny….

Let’s be real: Gaby never had a chance against Sacha Malykhin.

Review

This is the first Mariana Zapata book that wasn’t 5 stars for me, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I certainly did. I think the reason why I ultimately took away one star was because I just wasn’t as invested in the main characters as I’d been in her other books.

I found a few of the things that Gaby did pretty immature and nonsensical for a 26-year-old. Particularly when it came to her ex-boyfriend. I also wanted more swoony moments with Sacha singing, but that could just be because I am a sucker for musicians. 🙂

Otherwise, I still really enjoyed this book and didn’t find that I was overly annoyed with any of the characters (just rolled my eyes a bit at Gaby a few times), I loved her relationship with her brother and his bandmates, and it was a fairly interesting story, if somewhat unoriginal.

Mariana is great about writing fun, down-to-earth friendships and relationships and this story was no different. If you love Mariana Zapata books, you’ll likely like this one as well. Definitely worth a read!

Audiobook Performance: 3 Stars

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The audiobook reader wasn’t bad, however, I couldn’t stand the male voices she did.

Butterfly Rating: 2 Stars

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Like I mentioned, I didn’t connect with the characters as much in this novel, therefore, I’m sorry to say, the relationship fell a little flat for me.

Re-read Worthiness: No

I likely won’t reread this one.

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

I plan on having a copy of every MZ book on my shelf!

New Book Boyfriend: No

Sorry Sacha!

 


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Big Shot by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

book review

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

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Big Shot (Book Boyfriend #1) by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

[Audiobook and ebook Purchased from Audible and Amazon]

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Goodreads synopsis:

Fall in love with your next Book Boyfriend . . .

Wes Sinclair is a notorious heart-breaker, a hot as sin bad boy with a panty-dropping smile no woman can resist. Except for his prim and proper adversary, Natalie Prescott, who seems immune to his flirtatious charms. While she’s become a permanent fixture in his dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies, she wants nothing to do with him, or his seductive promises. Challenge accepted. His goal? To bring her to her knees, make her beg, and show her just how good being bad can be.

Review

I’m going to preface this review by saying I just came off of a major swoonfest after re-reading Hearts in Darkness and reading Love in the Light and Forever in the Light by Laura Kaye for the first time. Does that have to do with the low star rating on this book? I don’t know.

This story fell woefully short for me and I was pretty disappointed. First of all, the series is called Book Boyfriend and that’s kind of my thing, secondly, I’d heard good things about this book. However, I felt no connection to the characters and the story was a little too formulaic (which doesn’t always bother me).

You know how sometimes when you read a book, you can tell that the author was so in love with her characters that she managed to bring them to life Warm Bodies style? That didn’t seem to be the case with this book.

The synopsis says, “fall in love with your next book boyfriend,” but, to me, there was very little to like about Wes Sinclair, our hero. Whether that is because of his overly stereotypical cocky personality (not very likely since I have several cocky book boyfriends whom I adore) or maybe because his character seemed pretty one dimensional to me, I’m not really sure.

The same goes for Natalie, our heroine. Her character development was lacking and though it seemed like her character probably should be likable (according to the formula), I felt kind of “meh” about her. I also felt that way about their entire relationship.

Though, I suppose this relationship doesn’t quite categorize as instalove since the two characters grew up together, what matters is that it felt like it. I also felt like I was being hit over the head with how amazingly incredibly godlike these two were in their attractiveness. Every other description was one character swooning over the other and that kind of got on my nerves after awhile.

I will say that I didn’t dislike any of the characters, I just didn’t feel invested in any of them, either. Sometimes supporting characters will revive an entire book even if I don’t like the main characters, but all the other characters in this book felt thin as well.

Anyway, three stars for this book because it wasn’t awful, it just wasn’t my favorite. I finished the book and I didn’t feel like it was a waste of my time, it was just an epic shoulder shrug.

Audiobook Performance: 3 Stars

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I don’t have too much to say about the reader. She was also just ok.

Butterfly Rating: 0 Stars

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Nothin’. There was nothin’ there for me.

Re-read Worthiness: 0 Stars

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Bookshelf Placement: No

New Book Boyfriend: No

Sorry, Wes!


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Love in the Light by Laura Kaye

book review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness #2) by Laura Kaye
[Kindle eBook Purchased from Amazon]

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Goodreads synopsis:

Two hearts in the darkness…

Makenna James and Caden Grayson have been inseparable since the day they were trapped in a pitch-black elevator and found acceptance and love in the arms of a stranger. Makenna hopes that night put them on the path to forever—which can’t happen until she introduces her tattooed, pierced, and scarred boyfriend to her father and three over-protective brothers.

Must fight for love in the light…

Haunted by a childhood tragedy and the loss of his family, Caden never thought he’d find the love he shares with Makenna. But the deeper he falls, the more he fears the devastation sure to come if he ever lost her, too. When meeting her family doesn’t go smoothly, Caden questions whether Makenna deserves someone better, stronger, and just more…normal. Maybe they’re too different—and he’s far too damaged—after all…

Review

I was not expecting to love this book as much as I do. I didn’t think that there was any possible way to top my love for the first book in this series, and while I don’t think this book is better than the first, I do think it is just as wonderful — which is pretty rare.

Here’s the thing. I very, VERY rarely purchase ebooks. Why? Because I obtain something like 10 free ebooks every single week and the thought of purchasing one seems absolutely ridiculous to me.

However, when I spontaneously decided I just had to re-listen to Hearts in Darkness earlier this week (after purchasing 4 brand new audiobooks from Audible’s Summer Sale. I know, I know.) I fell in love with Caden and Makenna all over again… and I needed to know what happened next in their story. So, I downloaded a sample, thinking that I could just get a taste, realize that it wasn’t as good, and move on with my life.

That’s not what happened. I was addicted immediately, bought the whole book, and read it in a day. Which was easy considering this was a novella as well.

There is a whole lot more drama in this book that I was not expecting AT ALL. The instalove that did not bother me at all in the first book, continued to grow quickly and believably, and even when a cliche/trope that I’m not usually fond of occurred, I still loved every second of it.

Caden’s worries and issues are believable and, for me, relatable. Nothing seemed forced and the pacing, despite this novel being so short, was absolutely perfect.

I’m in such awe of Laura Kaye and her ability to give you all the feels and tell such a complete, fulfilling story in such few pages.

Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars

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I was DYING from butterfly overdose, especially in the beginning of this novel, in the best way possible.

Re-read Worthiness: 5 Stars

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I mean, I already reread the first book. Chances are high I’ll reread this one.

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

I’m obsessed. My bookshelf needs this series.

New Book Boyfriend: Yes

CADEN I LOVE YOU!

 


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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

book review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

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Goodreads synopsis:

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Review

Oh, Rainbow, you’ve done it again. You’ve made me fall in love with your characters, your writing style, and your story-telling. I could easily see myself falling into a vicious cycle between this book and Fangirl — reading and re-reading each one over and over again.

Now, I’m about to make a confession that will make me lose serious cool points in the book community. I’ve only ever read the first Harry Potter book. ::Hides from flying fruit::

I’m sorry. I know.

It’s because of this that I was a little worried that I wouldn’t fall in love with this book, despite it being written by one of my favorite authors.

However, I was proven wrong. I could give or take the storyline, to be honest. Not that it wasn’t interesting, just that it’s not my favorite genre. However, for me, the redeemer was wholly Simon and Baz.

I fell so deeply in love with their story that the entire thing could’ve taken place in nearly any world and I’d probably love it. I was living for their every interaction and inner monologues as they fell in love.

I think I may have mentioned this before, but Rainbow has a way of planting you so deeply into the minds of her characters, that the smallest gestures seem monumental. (The first time Eleanor and Park hold hands, Cather and Levi’s first kiss, etc.) So, that very first intimate moment between Simon and Baz had me completely reeling and craving more.

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

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If I could give this 10 stars, I would. Euan Morton is one of my favorite audiobook readers. His voice for Baz was so swoony, I swear, it’s 50% of the reason why I’m so in love with Baz.

Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars

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SO MANY BUTTERFLIES

Re-read Worthiness: 4 Stars

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There is a good chance I’ll reread this one!

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

I need ALL the Rainbow Rowell books on my shelves!

New Book Boyfriend: Yes

Absolutely. I’m partial to Baz!

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That Time I Published a Novel…

Things have been pretty quiet here on the blog lately and I swear I have a pretty good reason.

I pushed the launch button on my debut novel, A Soul Full of Stars.

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It’s terrifying and exciting and surreal and I cannot wait for you to read it.

Ever since I could put pen to paper I’ve been writing stories, but this is the very first that I’ve ever actually finished to the point of publishing. I chose to independently publish my novel mostly because it was just so darn easy with Kindle Direct Publishing.

That and, ultimately, I just really wanted to share these characters with fellow romance-novel-loving people. As much as the thought of being a full-time novelist sounds appealing, I truly write because I love it and I love the story and the characters and I really love sharing those things with others.

A Soul Full of Stars is a story that contains everything I crave in romance novels. After all, some of my very favorite authors always say, “Write what you love.”

So I did. I wrote about fierce friendships, sisterhood, and falling in love. I included poetry and heartbreak and butterflies and, of course, a fair amount of steam. (There are also hot, talented guys with tattoos thrown in.)

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

Sonnet Cole wants nothing less than absolute poetic devastation at the hands of a broken heart. After all, how else will she know that hers is beating?

If you ask her best friend and tattoo artist Vaughn, however, he’ll tell you (with an eye roll) that she is far too caught up in her excessive dream world to ever fall in love in the first place. At 25 years old, Sonnet has curated a near-perfect life for herself: She owns an artistic salon right next door to her two best friends’ tattoo parlor, both of which harbor fantastically interesting clients. She lives in an adorable loft right in the middle of the city, she satisfies her love of poetry in her spoken word group, she lives for making her melancholy twin sister and mother of two laugh with stories of her “life of luxurious freedom.”

There is one very important thing missing from Sonnet’s life, though. She’s never been in love. More importantly, she’s never had a broken heart, and that’s what she craves most as a poet and as a human being.

And what better way to confirm that she is alive than to have her heart ripped from her chest?

But when Sonnet finally gets what she wants, well, we all know how that is going to end. Or do we?

 

A Soul Full of Stars is available on Amazon. The ebook is free on Kindle Unlimited and .99 otherwise. The paperback is $10 on Prime.

However, if you’d like a copy of the ebook in exchange for review consideration, you can email me inloveandwords@gmail.com.

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

book review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

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Goodreads synopsis:

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Review

And, so, it appears I have a new book to add to my favorites list and it has everything to do with my obsessive love with the main character, Monty. While I enjoyed the story, it is Monty’s character and his charming, hilarious cluelessness that made me fall in love with the story. Pair that with the strong supporting characters and this book makes it to my Top 5 list!

I always get super excited about reading hyped books because I tend to really enjoy what the masses are raving over. This book was no different, and though historical novels are not my favorite, I loved this one and it was all thanks to the characters.

Monty reminded me of Adrian Ivashkov from Vampire Academy and he just happens to be one of my favorite characters in the series. I have to say, I like Monty even more than Adrian. I love how much he adores Percy, I love his self-deprecating sense of humor and his optimism even in dire circumstances (of which he finds himself in quite a bit in this book.)

And the romance in this novel was so, so sweet. Just like Percy. I absolutely fell in love with Percy and, of course, Monty’s sister Felicity. Percy was such a perfect antidote to Monty’s huge personality and Felicity was the grounded, brilliant, fierce pillar that both men needed.

These three characters could go through just about anything, mundane or otherwise, and I’d happily read about it simply because I like their dynamic together that much.

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

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This is me swooning all over the place thanks to Christian Coulson’s performance. If you get the chance, I highly recommend the audiobook version of this novel. I cannot say enough about it!

Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

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I had all the cute little tinkling butterflies while reading this novel. Like I mentioned above, the romance was so sweet, I found myself putting a hand to my chest and “awww”ing all over the place.

Re-read Worthiness: 5 Stars

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I will absolutely re-read this one when given a chance!

Bookshelf Placement: Absolutely

The glorious thing about my mom having the same taste in books as I do and the fact that she doesn’t like audio or digital books is that if I recommend a book to her, she’ll buy the hard copy and give it to me when she is done. I have a special place in my library for this one!

New Book Boyfriend: Yes!

Monty and Percy are the newest loves of my life.

This book was my first Buddy Read with Amanda from A Court of Books and Love


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Top 5 Wednesday: Characters’ Fitness Routines I Want

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Happy Top 5 Wednesday!

Things have been hectic around here with school starting this week, but I couldn’t miss a Top 5 Wednesday. Especially this one since the theme is “Characters’ Fitness Routines You Want,” and I am currently on Month 3 of trying to up my fitness game.

As a little reminder, Top 5 Wednesdays is a theme/tag developed by GingerReadsLainey and moderated by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. I discovered T5W thanks to Amanda over at A Court of Books and Love. Check out the GoodReads group if you’d like to participate, too!

And we’re off…

Feyre Archeron from the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series

Ok, so mostly I want her routine because in books 2 and 3 she works out with three great guys, but also because she is working out with magic and strength. Pretty freaking cool.
Goodreads | Amazon

 

Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

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Working out with Dimitri Belikov? Sign me up. And not just because he’s gorgeous, but because he really pushes her to go beyond her limits. I really wish there was some sort of fitness class that was based on dhampir training lol!
Goodreads | Amazon

 

Sal Casillas from Kulti by Mariana Zapata

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Bringing it back to the “real” world for a moment, one thing I always wished I’d done was participated in sports more. As it happens, I’m the least athletic person known to mankind, so when I read Kulti, I was jealous of Sal’s ability. What a fun way to exercise!
Goodreads | Amazon

 

Aiden Graves from The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

Ok, so maybe not his exact workout routine, because it’s monstrous, but I mostly have him on this list because of his dedication to it from nutrition to the amount of time he puts in at the gym. It’s his life and he doesn’t stray from it.
Goodreads | Amazon

 

Eliza Caelum from How to Kill a Rockstar by Tiffanie DeBartolo

How to Kill a Rockstar

It’s not a big part of the book, but Eliza is a runner. I’ve always been super jealous of runners because I am certainly not one. It’s incredibly uncomfortable for me to run and being that I live in Florida, the heat is way too intense for me. I much prefer cycling since it is a heck of a lot cooler given the wind + sweat situation. I just don’t move fast enough when I run to cool down from the wind!
Goodreads | Amazon

 

And that wraps up my list! In putting it together, I realize how few characters in books I read have workout routines. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to come up with a list of five, but I’m happy with this list!

 

What about you? Which characters have your favorite workout routines? Comment below or link to your own Top 5 Wednesday post!

 

Bells of Avalon by Libbet Bradstreet

book review

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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Bells of Avalon by Libbet Bradstreet

[Audiobook Given in Exchange for Honest Review]

Bells of Avalon

Goodreads synopsis:

Thrust into a limelight she never chose, Katie’s been paired with Danny for as long as she can remember. Films, roadshow tours, and drugstore appearances…post-war Hollywood can’t seem to get enough of the sweetheart team. They’ll even fall in love one day. But young love seldom survives the fog wake of Los Angeles–a place of dreams and nightmares.

 

Review

Bells of Avalon was gorgeous and tragic with just a tiny glimmer of hope. This story has that softened, almost blurry feel of closeups in those movies from the 1950s and 60s, where everything is all gentle hues and violins. There is always that touch of sorrow in the romance… and that’s how this book felt to me.

The writing was lyrical and stunning. I was easily swept away with the words and it makes me want to read more books by the author. It doesn’t even matter what she writes about, I just want to see how she writes it.

And to be honest, these four stars aren’t necessarily for the story itself, it is for how the story was told. If you love the glamour and mystery of old Hollywood, you will love the story.

Though it is told across many years, it doesn’t feel choppy. It runs the course of those years smoothly and elegantly.

The characters are wonderful and troubled and perfectly flawed, but mostly, what made the characters so great, was the fact that they are believable despite their circumstance. And though I couldn’t relate at all to them, I still believed them, which is just as good as (if not better than) relating to them.

I took away one star partly because I got confused several times about what was happening since the perspectives change quite a bit. It could be because I was listening on audio and this book may be better suited for actual reading, though. I usually don’t have any trouble with audiobooks, but this book, though beautifully written, wasn’t necessarily clearly written. That’s not a bad thing, it just doesn’t lend itself to audio very well.

SPOILER ALERT

Another reason why this did not receive the full 5 stars for me was the lack of a true happily ever after (HEA). This was an “almost, but never” situation and since this is categorized as a historical romance, I think some may question whether it truly is a romance. I know there is a lot of debate about whether a book can qualify as a romance without an HEA or happily for now (HFN). I’m not sure where I stand on this, but I will say that I much prefer an HEA or HFN.

That being said I wouldn’t change the ending even if I had any say in the matter, because the undertone of this story was melancholy throughout, it just made sense that it ended the way it did.

SPOILER ALERT OVER

Overall, I think historical romance lovers and lovers of old hollywood will really enjoy this story!

 

Audiobook Performance: 3 Stars

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The reader wasn’t my favorite, but I will say that her accent and different voices were pretty good. I think the narration (when she wasn’t reading speaking parts) was a little monotonous and overly breathy, but it didn’t drive me crazy.

 

Butterfly Rating: 1 Star

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Not too many butterflies in this one. I usually get butterflies in books when something sweet and happy happens, but there wasn’t a lot of happy in this one!

 

Re-read Worthiness: 1 Star

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I likely won’t reread this one, but I will suggest it to my sister! It sounds right up her alley.

 

Bookshelf Placement: No

As much as I think this is probably one of the rare books whose cover matches what is inside the novel perfectly, I probably won’t display this on my shelf.

 

New Book Boyfriend: No

Danny is definitely not my type at all, however I will say that I really liked Max!


Bells of Avalon by Libbet Bradstreet

Amazon | Audible


The Princess Game by Melanie Cellier

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Review by Kayla

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

The Princess Game: A Reimagining of Sleeping Beauty (The Four Kingdoms Book 4) by Melanie Cellier

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Goodreads synopsis

They call her the Sleeping Princess, but Celeste is far from asleep…

Celeste has been cursed since her sixteenth birthday–just not in the way the rest of the kingdom thinks. All they see is her breath-taking beauty, marred by her foolishness. Only she knows that she retains her brilliant mind. And it’s a secret she must keep at all costs.

Over the years she’s grown accustomed to the necessary deception. After all, her life depends on it. And she’s even found a way to protect her kingdom, working from the shadows. But now a dangerous new threat has emerged, one that Celeste can’t defeat alone. She needs the help of a newly-arrived prince. One who’s altogether too handsome and too charming. Somehow she needs to keep her secret, save her kingdom and find a way to free herself from the curse. The last thing she has time to do is sleep.

In this reimagining of the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, it’s only the princess’ mind that is asleep. And sometimes appearances can be deceiving.

 

Review

The Princess Game is the last book in The Four Kingdoms series, and let me tell you how pleased I am! I thought the whole series was so intriguing and so creative! This book is my favorite out of the whole series.

When Princess Celeste gets cursed by her aunt after given the gift of beauty and intelligence from two godmothers her whole world changes only a few days after her birth. The innocent baby is sentenced to death on her sixteenth birthday. But when a third godmother steps in she declares that at the age of sixteen, Celeste will not die, but will sleep until true love awakens her. But with the outrage of her father the King, and the Duchess of Sessily suggestion, the godmother gave her gift to the innocent princess: instead of death, only will her mind sleep.

No one knows what actually happened to Celeste. The curse forces her to act like her mind is sleeping, but inside, Celeste is the same and must protect the kingdom. Things get hard though with the curse preventing her.

This book was so intense and intriguing with a great twist on the story!
This is a wonderful series that I enjoyed reading, if you like re-telling of fairy tales with a little bit of romance, you will definitely like this series!

 

Kayla’s Age Recommendation: 12+

 

Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 Stars

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William truly loves Celeste for who she is and not all because of her beauty. He even is willing to sacrifice himself for her.

 

Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

The book did give me some butterflies! The story also produced emotion which was well written.