Book Review: You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry

Book Review: You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry

This is a book that I was so excited about. The ARC has, admittedly, sat in my TBR for a little longer than I’d like. Then I saw the opportunity to request the audiobook as an ARC as well as the e-ARC? You know I requested that as well. And I’m so glad that I did. This book would have been super easy to read anyway, but as I’ve been in a bit of a slump, I wanted to make it as easy on myself as possible. And it was a great choice. I really enjoyed listening to this book, and I would highly recommend the audiobook.

Backing up a little, I should actually tell you what the book is about. Meet Poppy and Alex; two best friends who take a summer trip together as often as possible. They didn’t get off to a great start in college, but after travelling home together one summer, they became great friends. And the tradition of a summer trip was born. 12 years later, and Poppy and Alex have been out of touch. After a mistake in Croatia, this could be Poppy’s last chance to make things work with Alex and keep him in her life. She’s determined to make this trip perfect, but things are definitely not going to be smooth sailing.

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Book Review: In the Ravenous Dark by A.M Strickland

Book Review: In the Ravenous Dark by A.M Strickland

I’ve been hyped for this book ever since I first heard about it. The second I saw that it was up for request on NetGalley? I was over there and requesting it. My request was granted pretty quickly, but it’s taken me until now to finally get to it for various reasons. The moment I started this book, I hoped to be dragged into a fascinating world with characters I would die for.

And I kind of got that.

In the Ravenous Dark is centred around Rovan, a young woman who has grown up trying to hide her magic after seeing her father taken away by guards. Those with magic like theirs, blood magic, are taken to the castle to join their ranks. And then are given a ghost guardian to keep an eye on them. Rovan never wanted that, but after saving a girl in view of everyone, she is taken to the castle to join her father and take on his bloodline.

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Blog Tour: Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Blog Tour: Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Would you believe that this is the first Becky Albertelli that I’ve read? As someone who reads a lot of queer YA, I’ve still not picked up any of her books before this. But this book sounded like so much fun that I grabbed at the chance to be on the blog tour, so I could read this book.

And I actually really enjoyed it. This book took me no time at all to get through, and it was actually more friendship focused than I expected. I really loved that. So if you’re on the lookout for more YA contemporary with more of a focus on friendship? This could definitely be the book for you.

This story follows Kate, a junior in high school and her best friend, Anderson. The two of them are described by other friends as being too codependent. To the point where they actually have communal crushes. You heard that right. They like crushing on the same guy. But these guys are usually guys that aren’t really involved in their lives. Until their latest crush, Matt joins their school and the school musical. Suddenly Kate is beginning to realise that liking the same guy as her best friend isn’t all that fun, even as other aspects of her life seem to be changing for the better.

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Book Review: The Man I Didn’t Marry by Anna Bell

Book Review: The Man I Didn’t Marry by Anna Bell

I wanna start this review by saying that Anna Bell is one of my favourite chick-lit authors. I’ve adored her books since I read Don’t Tell The Groom a good few years ago now. And I look out for her new books with excitement.

This is a book that I preordered myself before getting a copy of the physical proof in a giveaway from HQ/Harpercollins. So thanks so much to those guys. I was extremely grateful. It’s definitely weird having two copies of a book though, ha!

In this book, we follow Ellie Voss, a very pregnant woman with a 1-year-old daughter, the perfect husband and a house in their home town near his parents. Life is great until the day that her husband, Max, loses his memory. The doctor’s don’t know why or how long the memory will be gone, and Ellie has to accept that maybe it won’t come back. Max has no memory of the last five years, and because of that, it’s like he’s a totally different person. He and Ellie have to get to know each other again, and she hopes, fall in love.

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Manga Review: She’s My Knight volume 1 by Saisou

Manga Review: She’s My Knight volume 1 by Saisou

I seem to keep stumbling across shoujo manga series on NetGalley that I’ve never heard of before its translation has appeared. Which is a lot of fun. But it is making me start to wonder how much I actually like shoujo manga these days. I enjoyed this volume. I did. But it wasn’t quite for me, and I’ll get into why down below.

That being said, I won’t be giving this a low rating, and I’d definitely recommend it to shoujo lovers. I just might be growing out of it.

She’s My Knight was apparently called Ikemen Kanojo to Heroine na Ore!?, which people translate to mean ‘She’s the Prince and I’m the Princess!?’. That should tell you all you need to know about this series. It follows Ichinose Haruma, an incredibly handsome teenage boy who is used to the girls flocking all over him. But he’s not the most charming person in school. That title goes to Mogami Yuki. A girl who is taller, even more handsome. And also happens to be the person Haruma has a crush on. This is a silly series about Haruma trying to be the suave guy to impress Yuki, but he keeps failing.

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Blog Tour – Two Metres From You by Heidi Stephens

Blog Tour – Two Metres From You by Heidi Stephens

I know a lot of people would rather avoid books that feature the pandemic. The world is still scary, and who knows when it’ll finally be over. But, it’s something that has affected us all and will affect the way we see things for many years to come. So it’s safe to see that when I stumbled across a chick-lit book set during the early days of lockdown? I was very curious.

I do have to say that some things happen in this book that probably shouldn’t actually happen during a real lockdown for safety reasons. But umm, the romance can be excused at least with support bubbles and stuff. Though, I’m not sure when exactly those came into place… They do consider themselves part of the same household though, as technically they do live on the same property. So, it gets a pass.

Anyway, this book follows Gemma, a freelance writer who has just discovered her boyfriend cheating on her. Her solution? Stay in a cottage owned by a friend in the countryside. It would only be a few days, and it would give her a much-needed break before she went back to London to find a new flat. And then the lockdown happens. Gemma is stuck in an unfamiliar house in a village with her dog. Her only other company? The man who lives in the shed at the end of the garden.

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Book Review: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Book Review: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

This is a book that’s been out for a good while now, I know. But it’s finally getting released in the UK on the 18th of May. And that allowed me to read this book through the publishers. Thanks so much to Bethany Carter from Faber & Faber for sending me this gorgeous proof. I actually loved it, and it really was a book I needed to read.

Felix Love has never been in love. He’s 17-years-old and focused on the summer art program at his school. He wants to fall in love, he wants to figure out what to do for his portfolio, and he wants to figure out why guy doesn’t always fit right. Sometimes he wonders if being black, trans and queer is too much and when someone at school reveals old pictures of him with his dead name… He starts to spiral.

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Book Review: Rogue Untouched by Alisa Kwitney

Book Review: Rogue Untouched by Alisa Kwitney

I’m so happy that this novel series is a thing. Admittedly, this book is the only one I’ve read in it… But I love Rogue and have done since I was a kid. So this was obviously the way it was going to be. I was lucky enough to receive my e-book copy of this through Netgalley for an honest review. So thanks very kindly to the folks at Aconyte Books for that.

Rogue: Untouched is an origin story. It follows a young Anna Marie as she works to try to earn money to get out of the town she nearly killed her boyfriend in as a teenager. One day two mysterious people walk into her cafe, and she doesn’t realise that, together, they’ll change her life forever.

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Book Review: The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni

Book Review: The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni

I knew pretty much straight off that this book was going to be right up my alley. And I was oh so right. I have to give a big thanks to Kate Keehan and the kind folks at Hodder and Stoughton for giving me the chance to read one of the few physical ARCs they had. I was oh so excited to read it in the post, and I devoured this book.

The story follows Kiva, a teenage girl who lives and works in the continent’s prison as a healer. Her family was accused of committing treason when she was young, and she was taken into prison with her father. Years have passed, now two intriguing prisoners have arrived close in time. A boy who seems to want to get to know her and the rumoured Rebel Queen. Kiva receives a note from her family telling her to protect the Queen, and they’re coming to collect her. But to keep her alive, Kiva will have to take part in her Trial by Ordeal instead.

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Manga Review: Those Not-So-Sweet boys by Yoko Nogiri vol 1

Manga Review: Those Not-So-Sweet boys by Yoko Nogiri vol 1

Sometimes you just want to dive into a fun shoujo manga. And that was why I was so excited to read this manga. It wasn’t one I’d heard of before. I hadn’t even heard of the manga-ka before, but the art looked nice, and the plot sounded fun.

Midori is a teenage girl whose family situation means that she has to take on a part-time job in a café bar. But working part-time is against the school rules, and she could lose her scholarship. The school chairman gives her an out though, if she can get three boys to come back to school, then she’ll keep her scholarship and be given a new school-approved job. What she doesn’t know is that even if she manages that? She still has a lot more work to do to keep them in line.

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