Rule Number 32

Enjoy the little things. ~Zombieland

Lazy book reviews: chapter 15

My recent reads were a cute Hallmark romance (with an equally cheesy movie that is worth the watch!), a boring classic with like three good scenes, and a fun YA fantasy graphic novel featuring a sassy android with a heart of gold.

~โœจ๐Ÿ“šโœจ~


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The Story Of Us
by Teri Wilson

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Romances with bookshops as a setting are my kryptonite. There were a ton of great elements in this novel that added up to a quite good read: the romantic history between Jamie and Sawyer, the awkwardness between Rick and Lucy, the history of the bookshop, the love of books (and food), and the rekindling of Jamie and Sawyer’s relationship. A little more length would have allowed their romance to rebloom more fully, but this book was still a very nice portrayal of love.

Sidenote: Jamie compared Sawyer to Wentworth a few times and made it allย sound so romantic, so I immediately started readingย Persuasionย after finishing this book.

~๐Ÿ’Œโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ“š~


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Persuasion by Jane Austen

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Classics seem to be not for me… I was super bored for 90% of this book. So much of it was not about Anne and Wentworth. I got to the point where I had no idea who the other people even were, and didn’t care to find out. Austen’s social commentary was still (of course) really good, but there were just too many characters to follow and not enough of what I came here for. I suppose I’ll stick with movie adaptations!

Thankfully there were some lovely Austen classics: hero handing heroine into carriage, longing glances across the room, small talk just to be close to each other, and super romantic letter writing.

~๐Ÿ–‹โœ‰๏ธ๐Ÿ’~


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Wires and Nerve
by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This was lots of fun! I wasn’t into graphic novels before, but maybe I’ll get more into them now?! I was able to speed through this book in a couple hours and totally enjoyed every minute of it. The plot was captivating and I loved revisiting all of these characters to see what they are up to – especially through Iko’s awesome perspective. I really dug the art style and found the shades of blue very easy on the eyes. I’m really looking forward to the next part of this story.

~๐Ÿ”‹๐ŸŒ•๐Ÿบ~


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These Rebel Waves review

This was a fun fantasy read with an immersive world, well crafted characters, intriguing magic, well-placed humor, and great political tension. And it totally made me want to hop on a boat. And do some plant magic.

~๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒŠโ›ต๏ธ~


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These Rebel Waves
by Sara Raasch

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had a really good time reading this book! The worldbuilding was great, the characters were interesting and made some wild choices, there were some big twists, and the quick pacing kept me so engaged the whole time.

The storylines of Lu and Vex connected very early, but it took longer for Ben to join the party at the height of the action. So having two (sometimes three) separation storylines to follow required some extra attention. But I think Raasch handled it really well. Ben is one of those characters that you aren’t sure about at first. (None of them are on the “right” side of things really, but Ben has the most growing to do over the course of this book.) I think his character will take a very interesting direction in the next book.

Lu and Vex were both really fun characters to read about, for very different reasons – but those reasons allowed them to compliment each other in such a great way. Their pasts were very complex, and their decisions led to a plot full of exciting events, great dialogue, and plenty of humor to lighten things up.

The world that Raasch built was very interesting! This book was so political, and the magic system was a huge component of the power struggle going on in this world. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens with this wild political situation in the next book – that cliffhanger at the end was insane!


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The Tyrant’s Tomb review

Being disappointed in Uncle Rick is not a fun feeling… The slow pace and lack of urgency in this book (especially after what happened in the previous book) left me with an overall impression ofย meh – which was only improved to aย okay thanks to some stellar past favourite characters and Apollo’s character growth. Book five better be godly…

~๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿน~


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The Tyrant’s Tomb
by Rick Riordan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Gave this a generous 3 stars for the badass that is Reyna Avila Ramรญrez-Arellano, the shapeshifting treasure that is Frank Zhang, and for Apollo finally facing the consequences for some of his many mistakes & learning from them.

I say generous because this book was stupidly long for the amount of actual plot it contained. There was so much filler, the stakes didn’t feel very high, the action wasn’t exciting enough once it finally arrived, and the humor that was so good previously in this series was almost completely missing.

It was a struggle at times to keep reading this book. I didn’t like Lavinia, the new important supporting character for this part of Apollo’s quests. She annoyed me and there wasn’t enough explanation for many of her actions. The mythology is usually fun to learn and delivered in creative ways in Rick’s books, but this time around it felt like Apollo was just like, “So I did a bad thing to this person a long time ago and they still hate me.” The usual exposition was missing, and there was a lot of repetition thanks to the emperors still set on their evil domination. (They were somehow one of the most interesting parts of this book? What happened there…?)

I really hope the series finale picks up the pace and has more of Apollo’s humor added back in. And more mythology woven into the story rather than presented so plainly. And maybe the appearance of a certain Greek demigod. Is that too much to ask?


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Lazy book reviews: chapter 14

Here are my four pre-Valentine’s Day audiobook romance reads. Perfect timing if you are still feeling all the feels after Valentine’s Day.ย They were mostly okay, but just not entirely for me. Maybe they will be your thing! The first one was not that romanticย and I wouldn’t recommend itย – but theย last three are fun, light reads with plenty of steam.

~โœจ๐Ÿ“šโœจ~


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The Flower Shop on Foxley Street
by Rachel Dove

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ugh. This “bright, warm women’s fiction title” turned out to be a flat, dull book. It was one of those reads where you keep thinking it will get better in the next chapter, that the main event is just around the corner, and that the leading lady will soon have a change of heart about everything. The synopsis makes it sound like love will soon be blooming in Lily’s life. That she will realize that her life isn’t what she wanted it to be. That she will grow into an independent, inspiring woman. That her and Will are meant to be. But that is not how it happens…

Rather than rant about all the things I didn’t like in this book (and scream about the many problematic things and stupid romance novel tropes it featured), I will just give a bit of a warning to potential readers: this is not the cute story about new love the synopsis and cover try to sell you.

~๐Ÿ’๐Ÿธ๐ŸŒน~


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Parental Guidance
by Avery Flynn

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the unique premise of this romance novel. Having your parents control who you date (and having to talk about it on TV no less!) sounds awful. It led to some fun interactions and awkward conversations that made this book quite entertaining. Zara’s dog earned major bonus points for this book too!

I would have liked more scenes to show the building chemistry between Zara and Caleb. There was a lot of thinking/telling the reader about how much they refused to acknowledge their growing feelings, but I didn’t feel super invested in their relationship for a long time. One thing I adored was how much they put off scheduling their official dates to spend extra time together.

~๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ’~


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Accidental Tryst
by Natasha Boyd

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love finding romance novels with fresh ideas and concepts that throw usually dating habits out the window. In this case, Trystan and Emmy are in different cities and communicate mostly through texts and emails, with a few video calls added in – all before they officially “meet” in person. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this format, but I quickly fell for it. It was so entertaining!

As cute as the romance was between Trystan and Emmy, there were some frustrating communication issues that should have been solved sooner. This made the growth of their relationship less enjoyable, but at least the end was good!

~๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ“ฑโœˆ๏ธ~


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Inconvenient Wife
by Natasha Boyd

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

The repetition in this book took away from what could have been a great friends-to-lovers romance. The same feelings were expressed (or repressed…) over and over, with neither Gwen or Beau being able to say how they really felt for the longest time. They did have nice chemistry, but it was hard to tell because they were acting strange around each other due to the new developments in their relationship.

There was also a lot of repetition in the plot from the previous book wherever Beau and Trystan’s stories overlapped. I think the two books could have been mashed together into one really great book with the two couples featured as their stories overlapped. Having both Trystan and Beau’s perspectives on the same events didn’t change much – I wanted more time of Beau and Gwen together!

~๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿšค๐ŸŽฑ~


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Love Lettering review

I was feeling in the mood for a romance, and then my hold on this one was filled! Maybe it was a sign? This lovely book fulfilled exactly what I wanted out of it, and so much more. There is a lot of substance to this novel, and Kate Clayborn handled all the topics she took on really well. It was funny, heartwarming, tense, and very enjoyable.

~๐Ÿ‘”๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’Œ~


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Love Lettering
by Kate Clayborn

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This was a super cute romance, but also had such great development and emotional depth. Meg and Reid were both at points in their lives where they had to make some big decisions and allow themselves to grow and become who they wanted to be. I don’t think either of them anticipated counting on each other to get through it all, but that’s exactly what happened! Reading about it all through Meg’s funny narration was awesome.

This slow-burn romance made my heart so happy. Reid and Meg complimented each other so well and were challenged to open up and express the best parts of themselves. I adored the walks they took and the games they played. As they slowly got to know each other, there was undeniable chemistry. Their personalities were so different, yet they seemed so right for each other.

The problems they encountered throughout the story, both in their relationship and in their own lives, felt so real – and the tension it all created added a lot to the already stellar plot. Meg and Reid came to rely on each other and developed a really loving relationship.

~๐Ÿ”ขโž•๐Ÿ–‹~


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Tone Deaf review

This was another day of me avoiding studying by reading instead. And in this case, I read the whole book in one day – completely avoiding responsibilities is a skill of mine. This book deals with some very important topics and features great diversity.

~๐Ÿ˜ข๐ŸšŒ๐ŸŽถ~


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Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

“And you still haven’t forgotten how music sounds?”
A small, sad smile plays at the corners of her lips. “I’ll never forget.”

This story was really addictive! I really wanted to know how everything would play out and I couldn’t put it down once I started. There are mixed reviews about the deaf representation in this book, but it seemed like Rivers did a lot of research, and I gained insight into what it would be like to lose your hearing and feel very lonely – so I think it was quite well done. The other difficult topic to write about was child abuse, which was absolutely gut-wrenching. Again, there are so many different experiences with this (which is beyond sad) and Ali’s story seemed like it could most definitely be real.

I think the romance between Ali and Jace would have benefitted from more time getting to know each other before they ended up together. And their lives had a lot of parallels, which definitely could happen but felt a bit too matched up. They did compliment each other really well, and I could easily see the connection between them, so it was still a cute story. There was a lot of pain for them both to work through, and I think the weight of their trauma may have been lifted a bit too quickly in this book, but I get what Rivers was portraying through these characters.

The supporting characters were nice additions, especially to show a different side of Jace. This novel was pretty short, and I think it would have benefitted from being a bit more fleshed out. I would have liked more music scenes and more of an insight into why music was so important to each of them, as it almost felt like an afterthought much of the time. Overall, I really liked reading about these different perspectives and going on this very emotional road trip with these characters.


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Don’t Read the Comments review

Reading to procrastinate is one of my favourite forms of avoiding responsibilities. I should have been studying, but instead I read this whole book in one day. No regrets. It was really good, and it talked about so many more issues than I was expecting. And it handled them all really well while also still having a cute relationship and a great plot. Also, if Reclaim the Sun was a real game, I would play the shit out of it! The description was on point in this book and I was completely entertained.

~๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ•๐ŸŽฎ~


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Don’t Read the Comments
by Eric Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If only it were that easy. If only every person who gave that advice, who claimed that they heeded that advice, actually took that advice.
Everyone reads the comments.
Every single one.

This book was hella cute, super relevant, and very addictive. I don’t game online or have anything to do with that community, but this story was still so interesting and totally kept my attention the whole time. I was planning on just reading a couple chapters to start, but I ended up being completely absorbed and read the whole thing.

I think the idea of “don’t read the comments” applies to so many aspects of the internet – this book just happened to frame it from a streaming gamer’s point of view as she plays online with tons of fans. Gender was also a big part of the conversation, which I thought was handled so well and led to interesting dialogue. There were also so many more issues worked brilliantly into the plot and these characters’ lives and core essence.

Divya and Aaron both had interesting perspectives on what was going on in their lives, both in person and online. I adored how easily their friendship blossomed, and how it showed how lovely online relationships can be. I would have enjoyed the ending more if it was a bit longer, but I get that that wasn’t the point of the book – it just felt slightly rushed. I would totally recommend this read if you have any interest in real teen problems, internet culture, online friendships, soft romance, dealing with parental expectations, and/or the struggles of being a teen girl.


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