Sneak Peek Sunday: Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry

Hi, folks! I’m here to talk about one of my most anticipated reads of the year. Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry are two of my go-to, auto-buy authors, and I could not have been more stoked to see that they were writing together! I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC, and I brought it with me on my short trip to London last weekend!

Title: Hello Girls

Authors: Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Expected release: August 6, 2019

My rating: 5/5 Goodreads stars

Best friends are forged by fire. For Winona Olsen and Lucille Pryce, that fire happened the night they met outside the police station—both deciding whether to turn their families in.

Winona has been starving for life in the seemingly perfect home that she shares with her seemingly perfect father, celebrity weatherman Stormy Olsen. No one knows that he locks the pantry door to control her eating and leaves bruises where no one can see them.

Lucille has been suffocating beneath the needs of her mother and her drug-dealing brother, wondering if there’s more out there for her than disappearing waitress tips and generations of barely getting by.

One harrowing night, Winona and Lucille realize they can’t wait until graduation to start their new lives. They need out. Now. All they need is three grand, fast. And really, a stolen convertible to take them from Michigan to Las Vegas can’t hurt.

This book was such a riot! I loved it so much. Henry and Cavallaro are such a fantastic duo. I want more from them already, and this one isn’t even published yet!

I ate this book right up!!! I loved every page, and couldn’t wait to see what would happen. Emily Henry and Brittany Cavallaro are superb storytellers, and their writing together can’t go wrong. I can’t wait to writ up a full review for you!

Goodreads initial thoughts

And here that full review is! I’m really going strong on that review game (for now, ha!). But seriously, folks, let’s get down to the nitty and the gritty — Hello Girls.

This one was such a page turner. Every time I thought I knew what would happen, something wilder and more outrageous would happen, and I about pooped myself seven different times. Cavallaro and Henry know how to keep you on your toes!

Winona was such a fun character. She leapt off the page and straight into my brain. She was dynamic, and her scars made her stronger. It was so fascinating getting to know her and watching her grow and change throughout the book. Her initial innocence is tested and we see her become a woman who doesn’t flinch in the face of a huge roadblock.

Lucille was so relatable for me. Some of the parts where she talked about her relationship with Winona reminded me a lot of me and my best friend. It’s like she reached into my brain and my heart and pulled out the deepest things I feel and fear sometimes. Her fierce loyalty kept me coming back for more.

Lucille and Winona had a friendship that reminded me of my own best friends. They’re people I would steal a car and drive across the country with and not bat an eye. Their loyalty to themselves and to each other is admirable, and it’s something I saw reflected in myself.

The plot itself was a little fantastical, but that was probably one of the most fun parts of it. You could tell that Henry and Cavallaro were having fun with the characters and the setting. I’m not familiar with Thelma and Louise, but this is exactly what I imagine could happen with the two of them.

All in all, I really hope you go pick up a copy or pre-order it for yourself! This book is perfect for you if you love roadtrips, best friends, and gritty women.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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Sneak Peek Sunday: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Hi folks! I hope you’ve been having a great summer thus far. I can’t believe it’s already July! Time has been flying by. I am loving my time abroad, and can’t believe the midpoint has already passed us.

Today I’m here to discuss one of my TOP anticipated reads! If you recall, I did a post on Asian voices I was looking forward to reading at the start of the year. This one was a book I have been looking forward to since last year!

I want to say, thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a copy via NetGalley. Additionally, I read from a physical ARC I traded for. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This does not bear any weight on how I read and reviewed this book.

Title: Spin the Dawn

Author: Elizabeth Lim

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf BFYR

Expected release: July 9, 2019

My rating: 5/5 Goodreads stars

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

Y’ALLLLLLLL I was hooked from the first line of the first page. It was an absolutely all-consuming love. I could not put this book down. Here’s what I first said when I marked it as ‘Read’ on Goodreads:

SOMEONE HOLD ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS BOOK !!!!!!! Wow, okay, this was an incredible book, and I cannot wait to write a full review of it – look for it this Sunday, folks!

My review

Here we are today, on this fine Sunday. I sincerely did enjoy this book a lot. The world building was well done, and the characters were compelling. I could not wait to see what would happen. For some reason, I thought the section with the trial to become the imperial tailor would last longer, but now I see that it was nicely paced.

The characters themselves were so great. They were dynamic, and I’m interested to get to know more of them in the coming book! I’m most interested to learn more about Lady Sarnai. She seems like a woman I can get behind. Her past has shaped her present greatly, and it’s obvious she works hard to keep her guard up. I hope she and Maia connect in the next novel!

The tales that were part of this story were so good. I loved how they were woven throughout the book, and how they added more layers. It made me want to stay in the world a little longer.

The world itself was so gorgeous. I can’t wait to see the map!!! It’s so lush, and the areas Maia travels to are so different from each other, but I felt like I was right there with her.

I highly, highly recommend this incredible novel. Please do yourself a favor and pre-order yourself a copy or pick it up Tuesday!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂