Review: Meet Cute ed. by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hi guys! I’m going to try to keep up with my reviews this year. I missed reviewing a lot of the books that I read, and maybe one day I will catch up on them. Today is not that day, though. I’m already behind on my reviews for the year, but no fear! I am working on them when I can. Today I’ll be starting with my first read of the year — Meet Cute, an anthology of first meetings edited by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Title: Meet Cute: Some People are Destined to Meet

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet
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Author: Various, edited by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: HMH Teen

Release date: January 2, 2018

My rating: 4/5 Goodreads stars

Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.

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This was the perfect way to start off 2018! I know 2017 was a rough year for many people, myself included, so to help with the changes I let myself get sucked into many different love stories — one of my favorites to read. Here are some initial thoughts on Goodreads:

First read of the year! It was sweet and quite lovely to read each story. I love the anthology format because of the natural stopping points. Now my high expectations with romance make even more sense! 😉

It’s true that I have a few high expectations with love! I read so many perfect love stories that somehow come together in the end that I can’t help but want a little piece of it for myself, is that too much to ask for?! However, I do realize that these are fictional stories not bound by the conventions of the real world (fortunately anything can happen here).

One of my favorite stories by far was Nicola Yoon’s story about a Relationship Doctor and a Client. The main character is an expert in heartbreak and she works for the institution of love as a specialist in heartbreaks and detecting how they happen. You can imagine what comes next. I honestly want this one to become a full-length novel. It sounds like a beautiful world that could be built from this little beginning here. Think Love Charms and Other Catastrophes by Kimberly Karalius but a shorter story and written by the wonderful Nicola Yoon.

Another wonderful story in this book was Jennifer Armentrout’s! I love the idea of meeting my s/o in a bookish setting and the library hits the nail right on the head. I can’t get over how beautiful and perfect it all came together. It was pretty zazzy in my opinion 😉

This gave me the perfect feel good vibes that I wanted. The natural breaks between stories made it easy to read in spurts. I wish they were all longer — I want to know what happens to our heroes!!

Definitely pick this one up if you’re looking for a little romance or to renew your belief in that L-word.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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Book Chat: Favorite Books About Love

Happy Valentine’s day everyone! I would say this is a bit of a Hallmark holiday with all of the extra things that go along with it. However, I don’t think it’s wrong to take a day to say a little something extra or special for those you love. Plus I will never say no to an opportunity to eat more chocolate! 😉 Buckle up and pull that blanket over your legs and cozy up with one of these great reads.

For the activist: Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Goodreads | Amazon | Review

Love, Hate, & Other Filters is an amazing book that tackles Islamophobia in an excellent and beautiful way. Maya is a lovely character that everyone should meet. In addition to the lovely plot line, there is a great element of ~*romance*~ involved 🙂

For the first love: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Goodreads | Amazon | Review

This is a classic love story. I absolutely love Jenny Han’s work and this one is perfect for this time of the year! I am definitely in need of a re-read. Be sure to read Lara Jean’s love debacle as the letters to each of her past loves are mailed out.

For the hopeless romantic: Meet Cute ed. by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Goodreads | Amazon

What better than this *cute* anthology to get you through this day? I loved these little stories so much! Each piece was excellent and made me swoon every time. From people like Katie Cotugno to Nicola Yoon, you are sure to find a story you love. Be sure to check out my review of this next week!

For the paranormal lover: The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Goodreads | Amazon

A heartbreaking and beautiful novel, this will take you on a great journey. The writing is lyrical and full of great characters. Dee ‘s world is full of demons and when she sells her heart to make a deal with one she finds herself getting more than what she bargained for.

For lover: Rookie on Love ed. by Tavi Gevinson

Goodreads | Amazon | Review

This book is a wonderful collection of essays, short stories, comics, and other good pieces. The topics range from love for your dog to love for a book and you’re sure to find one you love.

For the retelling fan: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Goodreads| Amazon | Review

Take a ride on the Magic Pumpkin as Elle navigates her way through her summer determined to get to ExcelsiCon and win the cosplay contest. Add in a secret love a la A Cinderella Story and you’ve got an epic geek love on your hands.

 

Do you have a favorite romance novel? Tell me in the comments below!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Kick-off to 2018: My Goals & What I’m Up To

Hi all! I know this is a bit late and that I’ve already posted a bit since the year has started, but I really haven’t gotten into blogging the way I used to.

I came into 2018 wanting to do a lot more with this blog than I have in the past couple of years. It had become a bit of a chore because I felt like I didn’t have a lot of content to write about and with the number of posts that I wanted to do versus the time that I had to write them was few and far between.

That being said, I don’t think it’s ever too late to try to make something work or reinvent something you used to love. Since coming to college, I have tried so many different and new things that I have truly loved and things that I realized don’t have a place with me anymore. It’s truly a time of great change that a lot of people talk about, and it’s slowly being written about in today’s literature.

This post started out as a resolutions post, so why not continue with that theme? Here are some personal resolutions I have set for myself:

  • Read 100 books — I read 104 last year, exceeding my goal of 80, so I thought I’d set the bar high again. Maybe I’m a little ambitious?
  • Drink more water — seriously, I don’t do this enough and I find that sometimes I think I’m hungry but I drink some water and it turns out I was just really thirsty
  • Achieve at least a 3.5 GPA — I push myself hard academically, so this is nothing that isn’t new to me. I’m really hoping to keep up the good mojo I have from last semester!
  • Blog at least 3 times per week — Needless to say, I’ve already failed at this one, but I’m trying to work out a better schedule for myself to write more and sacrifice a little bit of my reading time
  • Complete another year of bullet journaling — Last year I got into the trend of bullet journaling! I made it through the whole year and it’s been a very useful tool for me. It’s also one of my creative outlets that I’ve found to be really relaxing.

Do you set resolutions? I know a lot of people do and a lot of people don’t. It’s something that I don’t always do, but turning over a new leaf and trying to cultivate some better habits for myself is always something I look to achieve.

With that I’m ready to wrap up this post! Thanks for joining me on this rambling post of mine.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Blog Tour: Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay

Hi guys! I am so excited to be part of the tour for this amazing book! Today I’ll be talking about Your One & Only by debut author Adrianne Finlay. Without further ado, let’s jump right in!

Your One and Only

by Adrianne Finlay
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 6, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Synopsis:

Jack is a walking fossil. The only human among a sea of clones. It’s been hundreds of years since humanity died off in the slow plague, leaving the clones behind to carry on human existence. Over time they’ve perfected their genes, moving further away from the imperfections of humanity. But if they really are perfect, why did they create Jack?While Jack longs for acceptance, Althea-310 struggles with the feeling that she’s different from her sisters. Her fascination with Jack doesn’t help. As Althea and Jack’s connection grows stronger, so does the threat to their lives. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

About the Author

Originally from Ithaca, New York, Adrianne Finlay now lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa with her husband, the poet J. D. Schraffenberger, and their two young daughters. She received her PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University, and is an associate professor of English at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa.
She is also an avid soap maker, and sells handmade soap locally to raise money for type 1 diabetes research.
https://semisweetsoaps.com/

Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

Review

THIS. BOOK. I can’t get over how awesome this book was! I wish I could say it echoed pieces of A Brave New World, but I honestly don’t know because I’ve never read that book (missed that part of the required curriculum in high school, my dudes).

I like how intricately plotted this book was! It was two parts world, two parts character, and 100% amazing. (Sorry for the cliche, but I can’t help myself.) I loved the how the Homo Factus communed with each other and how they “perfected” the genes. It’s interesting to see how they evolved over time and how Samuel-299 (aka Sam) was pushing for genetic diversity.

As you get further into the plot, you see how this lack of diversity is sucking the life out of their community. Many of the cultural elements of human life are lost with each passing generation of these clones. This is what makes Jack such an amazing character. He adds depth to the world. He reminds them what it’s like to be human and not just carrying out what they have done for years upon years.

Carson-312 reminded me a little of Biff from Back to the Future. He was a big bully without much going on in the head, but Carson-312 was too smart for his own  good.

Follow the Tour

January 30th

Pink Polka Dot Books– Welcome Post

January 31st

February 1st

Literary Meanderings– Guest Post
Justicereads– Review & Favorite Quotes
Vicky Who Reads– Creative Post

February 2nd

Wishful Endings– Interview

February 3rd

February 4th

February 5th

Giveaway

Prize: 3 copies of YOUR ONE AND ONLY by Adrianne Finlay (US Only)

Starts: 1/30

Ends: 2/9

Here’s the link: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9681b86278/

Be sure to check out this amazing book this coming Tuesday!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Sneak Peek Sunday: Match Made in Manhattan by Amanda Stauffer

HI GUYS! I know I resolved to write more here this year, but it has been hard to find the time to sit and write among all other things going on right now. It has already been quite a year despite being only 21 days in. I’m here to talk about the debut book by Amanda Stauffer — and I can’t wait for you to read it this Tuesday!

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Title: Match Made in Manhattan

Match Made in Manhattan
Goodreads | Amazon

Author: Amanda Stauffer

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing

Expected Release: January 23, 2018

Source: ARC

My Rating: 4/5 Goodreads stars

After two intense, dead-end relationships, serial monogamist Alison finds herself confused, lonely, and drastically out of touch with the world of modern dating. Refusing to wallow, she signs up for a popular dating app and resolves to remain open-minded and optimistic as she explores the New York City singles’ scene. With the click of a button, her adventures begin: On one date, she’s dumped before the first kiss; on another, she dons full HAZMAT gear; she meets a tattooed folk singer turned investment banker, an undercover agent who tracks illegal exotic animals, and dozens of other colorful, captivating personalities.

Giving them each her signature “pants speech”–her pants aren’t coming off unless she has a real connection with someone–she desperately wants to push past the awkward small-talk phase to find true love, but finding “the one” is starting to feel impossible. That is, until she meets Luke, who is sophisticated, funny, and not to mention, hot. Alison finds herself falling for Luke harder than any guy she’s dated and finally letting her walls down, but will he stick around or move on to his next match?

Match Made in Manhattan is a fast-paced, contemporary story about the struggles of dating in the digital age. Replete with online profiles, witty dialogue, and a super-supportive group of female friends, this all-too-real and relatable debut novel will have readers laughing, crying, and rooting for Alison all the way to the end.

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I remember when I was first contacted to read this book I was intrigued by the premise. I seem to be able to relate to the characters a lot more because I am seeing and experience the same frustration that Allison finds herself feeling.

The dating snafus that Allison goes through are SO GREAT. I loved how she navigated each situation differently and took it all in stride, even if it wasn’t easy. Her patience as a character is truly boundless, and you can tell how she handles herself in the wild situations she gets herself in with these dates.

Reading books like this one reminds me that I have high expectations for my own romantic life because of reading. It seems that while everything everything is going to hell for Allison, she still is able to find love and get out of her own head to experience falling in love. She gets to go on wild adventures even when things aren’t clicking for her. I love her spirit.

One of my favorite parts of the book was Allison’s job!! I learned so much about art and the architecture that I felt that I was there with her restoring buildings. It was lovely to see the world through her eyes.

All in all, I highly recommend this!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Sneak Peek Sunday: Everless by Sara Holland

Hi guys! I’m here to wrap up the year with one last review. Be sure to check this one out right as the new year begins 🙂

Everless (Untitled #1)
Goodreads | Amazon

Title: Everless

Author: Sara Holland

Publisher: HarperTeen

Expected Release: January 2nd, 2018

My rating: 5/5 Goodreads stars

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

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I finished this book last Wednesday, and OMG!!! I can’t get this story out of my head. I love it so much. I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL THE SECOND BOOK OMG SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE ME DETAILS ABOUT IT I’M DYING OVER HERE!!!!!!!!!!!

Here are a few things I had to say on Goodreads in my initial review:

BUCKLE UP KIDS BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE HECK OF A YEAR! I absolutely loved this book; it was unputdownable. I can’t get over the lush world that Holland creates between these covers, and I am DYING to know what happens in book two already!! (Seriously, if you know anything pls send them to me!!!)

There are a lot of characters, but that doesn’t make it confusing. Jules was an awesome character. She was strong, confident, and strong willed sometimes to her disadvantage. However I don’t think this takes away from her, it just adds to it.

I can’t wait to see what becomes of Ina in the second book! We don’t see much development of her character, but toward the end of the book we get to understand more of who she is. I want to know more. I also want to know how Caro develops too. I like the way Holland left them at the end of the book, but I’m excited for the direction she may take them in.

Something that confused me a little bit was the whole concept of blood = time and how it worked within the world. I wasn’t sure how the whole system worked, but I feel that it worked itself out as the book went on. I wish there was a more articulate way to express my exact confusion, but this will have to do.

The fairy tale elements within the book worked well. I like the different fragments that were included and how Holland created it. This isn’t a huge part of the story, but it gives a lot of back story and is one of the key details.

Overall I highly recommend this one. This gave me a lot of Red Queen and Strange the Dreamer vibes so if any of those are what you’re into, you may like this one!

Happy reading and Happy New Year!

Sophie 🙂

Sneak Peek Sunday: Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Hi guys! How is your holiday season going for you so far? I’ve been focusing on finals and then I can really get into the holiday spirit. I can’t wait to go home and be with my family and my cats 🙂 Today I’m here to talk about a cute contemporary that’s perfect for the holidays!

Title: Prince in Disguise

Prince in Disguise
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Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Expected Release: December 19, 2017

My rating: 3.5/5 Goodreads stars

Someday I want to live in a place where I never hear “You’re Dusty’s sister?” ever again.
Life is real enough for Dylan—especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.

As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises—including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.

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This book was like watching a Hallmark movie, but better because it was significantly less cheesy and still gave you the same gooey feelings. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the plot twists within it.

Dylan is such a fun character. Her distrust of TRC affects her relationship with her sister greatly, but you see that no matter what she will stick her neck out for family. Her loyalty is something that is hard to come by, but once you have it she will defend you to the death.

I wasn’t sure what to make of Jamie until the last third of the book. I was suspicious of him the whole time, and I was ready for him to be someone he wasn’t. However, I loved his bookish nature and incessant need to reference literature. (THE WHOLE DISCUSSION ON JANE AUSTEN MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD!!)

The story was interesting and unique. The only book I can think of that is also about reality T. V. is Royce Rolls by Magaret Stohl, but that has a very different tone. It was smart and the literary references were sprinkled throughout which made me really happy to see. It didn’t feel forced, and everything was well placed.

I liked the plot twists in this book. They moved the story forward and weren’t too trite. I predicted something different would happen with Jamie than what actually happened, but I’m glad I was wrong. All in all, I highly recommend this one for your winter reading list!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Blog Tour: Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson Review & Giveaway

Who is excited for the sequel of  The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You?! Here I am today celebrating the new release of Not Now, Not Ever. Stay tuned for a review and giveaway later in the post!

About the Book

Not Now, Not Ever by Lily AndersonScreen Shot 2017-10-18 at 23.53.18

 

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: November 21st 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis:
The sequel to The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You, inspired by The Importance of Being Earnest.
Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn’t going to do this summer.
1. She isn’t going to stay home in Sacramento, where she’d have to sit through her stepmother’s sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
2. She isn’t going to mock trial camp at UCLA.
3. And she certainly isn’t going to the Air Force summer program on her mother’s base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender’s Game, Ellie’s seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it’s much less Luke/Yoda/”feel the force,” and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn’t appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she’d be able to defeat afterwards.
What she is going to do is pack up her attitude, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and go to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College, the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program. And she’s going to start over as Ever Lawrence, on her own terms, without the shadow of all her family’s expectations. Because why do what’s expected of you when you can fight other genius nerds to the death for a shot at the dream you’re sure your family will consider a complete waste of time?
This summer’s going to be great.

About the Author

Lily Anderson is a school librarian and Melvil Dewey fangirl with an ever-growing collection of musical theater tattoos and Harry Potter ephemera. She lives in Northern California, far from her mortal enemy: the snow

review

Get ready for another phenomenal read from Lily Anderson. The hijinks that ensues after Elliot gets to camp is, to say the least, exciting. I haven’t read The Importance of Being Earnest, but her first novel follows Much Ado so well that I can only assume it was well done. (I’m reading them out of order :P) I also liked how she integrated the play within the novel through Elliot’s stepmom. It was done in a way that didn’t feel forced.

What I really liked was that the characters from the first book make an appearance in this one, and how they contribute to the new story as well. It remains Elliot’s story while also quietly following up on the first characters we know and love.

Becoming oneself is important to this novel, and I liked the presentation of it. Elliot has to live this double life, and she has to decide what to keep from her old life and what she wants to explore as this new self that has a new slate. It speaks true to what it’s like to feel as though you have a different self for different situations. The reconciliation of these are what is key to helping discover yourself.

Brandon and Leigh are such fun characters. I like how forward Leigh is when Elliot first gets to camp. (Leigh is Elliot’s roommate.) The scene when they first meet their teammates made me nervous for them!

All in all, this was a great read. Highly recommended. Reading the first book is helpful but not necessary to understanding this one.

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November 14th

November 15th

the bookdragon – Review

November 16th

YAWednesdays – Guest Post
Amanda Gernentz Hanson – Review + Favourite Quotes

November 17th

BookCrushin – Guest Post
Book Munchies – Review + Favourite Quotes

November 18th

November 19th

Staircase Wit – Interview
We Live and Breathe Books – Review + Favourite Quotes

November 20th

The Mind of a Book Dragon – Review + Playlist
The Layaway Dragon – Review

November 21st

Boricuan Bookworms – Review + Playlist
forthenovellovers – Review
giveaway

Prize : 1 copy of NOT NOW, NOT EVER by Lily Anderson (US Only)

Starts: November 14th

Ends: November 22nd

HERE IS THE LINK: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9681b86271/

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

Blog Tour: My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff Review & Giveaway

Hello there! Happy Halloween 🙂 What better way to celebrate this holiday than with a Christmas book 😛

About the Book

My New Crush Gave to MeMNC
by Shani Petroff
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis:

This sweet, funny holiday romance from the author of Romeo And What’s Her Name features cute boys, plenty of rom-com mishaps, and a determined heroine readers are certain to fall for.

Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s a star athlete, a National Honor Society member, and the most popular guy in school. Plus he contributes to the school paper, where Charlie is a co-editor. Basically, he’s exactly the type of guy Charlie’s looking for. The only problem is—he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie has a plan: rig the paper’s Secret Santa and win his heart with the perfect gift. The catch? She has no idea what to get him. Enter J.D. Ortiz–Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, disorganized, and spontaneous—the exact opposite
of Charlie (and Teo). But he knows what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.

Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

Shani Petroff’s newest young adult comedy of errors, My New Crush Gave to Me, is the perfect read for those searching for some love and laughter along with their holiday spirit.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33158563-my-new-crush-gave-to-me

Purchase: 

About the Author

Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She’s the author of the “Bedeviled” Shaniseries, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of the “Destined” series which includes Ash and Ultraviolet. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.
Author links:

Review

Ahh this book was so cute! I could tell what the ending would be — it was a little predictable, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this book at all. I really loved the writing style and the characters.

Charlie reminded me a little bit of myself. She’s someone who likes to have control of things, and she likes having a plan. It’s something that causes a lot of problems for her with people outside of her friend group, and even those in it. I love how her character grows throughout the novel. She learns how to compromise better and truly begins to listen to others and their opinions.

J. D. and Morgan were easily two characters that complimented Charlie’s well. They give her balance and depth that wouldn’t be there if there weren’t characters who didn’t understand her. I was so jealous of Morgan’s baking ability the whole book! She has some mad talent that I wish I had. Not only does she make things like cookies and cupcakes, she makes donuts and other cool desserts like that.

The plot, while predictable, was good. I liked the whole set up and the idea of a Secret Santa to win over your crush. I have never been this creative in an attempt to win someone over.

All in all, I highly recommend this one. It’s the perfect book to get you in the spirit of the holidays.

Follow the Tour

October 30th
Life of a Literary Nerd >> Review
Readingwithwrin >> Review
The Candid Cover >> Excerpt
Writing Pearls >> Review
Dani Reviews things >> Review

October 31st
Smokin’ Hot Reads Book Blog >> Review
Love in a time of Feminism >> Guest post
Rolling with the Moments >> Review
The Mind of a Book Dragon >> Review
The Bibliophile Confessions >> Review

November 1st
Here’s to Happy Endings >> Review
Married To Books Reviews and Blog >> Review
Rainy Days and Pajamas >> Excerpt
Katie’s Stories >> Excerpt
Buried Under Books >> Review

November 2nd
Books Direct >> Review + Excerpt
Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile >> Review
Character Madness and Musings >> Interview
I Read Indie >> Excerpt
Chocolate and Chapters >> Review

November 3rd
Creating-Serenity >> Review
The Heart of a Book Blogger >> Review
Supercalireader >> Review
Lisa Loves Literature >> Interview
The Genre Minx Book Reviews >> Playlist

Giveaway

Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)
  • Print copy of My New Crush Gave to Me
  • Ends November 9th

HERE IS THE LINK — https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232117/

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

Book Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

Hi! If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend you do 🙂 This book is something that I look to as an excellent example of great representation done well.

Title: I Believe in a Thing Called Love

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Author: Maureen Goo

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux Inc

Release date: May 30, 2017

My rating: 5/5 stars

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into 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 guidance 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 Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged 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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I absolutely loved this book. Desi was so relatable, and she reminded me of myself. This is a cute, quick read that is perfect to pull you up for a pick-me-up.

One of the best parts of this book was Desi’s resilience. She is persistent, and that is something I find admirable. While she is very much a planner (and doesn’t like surprises), she is quick to adjust her plans and reconfigure the way she approaches problems.

The way Korean culture is intertwined in this book was phenomenal. I really liked that it was part of the book, but it wasn’t the whole point of the book. It gives the book diversity that is genuine, and definitely inspired me to make my own ramen at home! After reading this I really wanted to start watching K-dramas, so if you’ve watched any before comment your suggestions!

Desi’s friends are equally as great. They are very supportive of Desi, and defend her till the end. They understand her need to have steps to follow, and I appreciate their friendship the whole way through.

Overall, this was a really enjoyable read. It was fun and light, and I recommend it to anyone looking for something that is a quirky, cute contemporary.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂