Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy review day! I was think of doing a WWW Wednesday, but I realized I didn’t really have much to update on my reading for you guys since posting my TBR. Only thing I have is that decided to add Nevernight and Godgrave by Jay Kristoff to my TBR to get ready for the last book release that’s just next month!! Anyways! Let’s just jump into it!

My Lame Synopsis: Alice works in the library (great job!) during the summer to pay for rent. Living on your own ain’t easy especially if the start of summer your girlfriend and roommate dumps you from not understanding you. Then Takumi starts at the library. Goodreads

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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Let’s start with I liked about it first. What a great group of friends between Alice, Ryan and Essie! I have one best friend that I joke is my sister from another mother. Also, more so now than ever before I understand the whole the family you pick versus the family who gets picked for you. Some of my favourite moments in the book were between Alice and Ryan.

I so respect and empathize with Alice’s struggle with her sexuality. I adore her personal growth and her journey throughout the book; a true sign of courage is being yourself unapologetically. I appreciate what I learned about asexuality from this book and Alice.

Now for the things I didn’t like. I felt the writing was a little awkward and more than once took me out of the story. I felt the sentence structure could have been more fluid and natural. Additionally, Alice was just a little too whiny sometimes, which made me more annoyed than sympathetic.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! Today’s review is for Prince Charming, which was originally called Royals with a completely different cover too. A gloomy day here with lots of rain and thunderstorms. Does rain make you feel peaceful, calm or depressed? I use to love the rain, but it now affects my chronic pain so it’s not my bff anymore.

My Lame Synopsis: This girl from Texas, goes to Scotland where her sister who she doesn’t really get along with is marrying a prince. Goodreads

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

As I have mentioned in a previous post, I read this because I was more interested in the sequel, but didn’t want to skip Prince Charming in case something happened that could leave me confused when reading Her Royal Highness. I’m so glad I read this because it gave me the ability to find depth to the characters in Her Royal Highness through building understand of certain character that make an appearance in the sequel.

It was a pretty generic YA contemporary that was overall pretty happy in storyline. I feel like I could easily pick this up again on a day that I’m having a hard time and Prince Charming would definitely cheer me up.

The characters had great relationships, and personalities. My favourites were Daisy and Miles in relationship and as individual personalities. The only thing is I wished it had more moments between sisters. It would have been so nice to more bonding between Daisy and Ellie.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! My apologies for not being consistent with the content lately. I’ve been feeling pretty run down so I’ve been focusing more on reading.

My Lame Synopsis: what if the first son of the US President fell in love with the Prince of Wales, this is their love story in a different reality. Goodreads

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

When I first heard about Red, White and Royal Blue, I have to say I wasn’t excited, even turned off by it. I try to avoid books that are politics heavy. But, oh boy, this book is steamy. Thank these two beautiful souls that I did end up reading this! The hype is so real and very much earned. It was an adorably sweet story. I appreciate Casey McQuiston managed to make me laugh out loud multiple of times. What can I say to make you read this?? [Imagine that here].

I so wish I had a relationship like Alex had with his friend and sister. Their banter and how they got along was so heartwarming. I can’t forget to mention everyone’s reaction to the characters coming out. It was handled beautifully with some well timed humour too. I hope the people in my life are that supportive me.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Down The TBR Hole #19!!

Good hello, friends! Happy Monday, ya’ll! I got another Down The TBR Hole today and new books on the chopping block!

Down The TBR Hole was originally created by Lost In A Story and the lovely logo!

Anyway, it works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Let’s Just Jump Into It!



1. Burning Tracks by Lilah Suzanne

This is a sequel and I don’t understand why I had book 2 on my goodreads TBR, but that’s it, not books 1 or 3. I have no interest in this book, nor the series. It actually doesn’t sound something I would ever pick up, actually. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

2. Inheritance by Malinda Lo

Another one I don’t remember and it’s a sequel. The amount of sequels I’m coming across I’m even more glad that I’m doing this series here to get rid of them, at least the ones I have no interest in. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

3. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

This is the week of cleansing because this one is out too. If I had interest in it before, which I believe I added this one before for it was an Our Shared Shelf book club book. I don’t have any interest now. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

4. All About Love by Bell Hooks

I’m starting to think Goodreads fairy came along and added a lot of books I’ve never seen or heard of before. All About Love does actually sound like something I would like. I definitely would love to give it a try. Maybe I’ll pick it up as an audiobook. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

5. Feminism is for Everybody by Bell Hooks

Bell hooks coming through at the end of this blog post with books that sound intriguing! I just might have to add both, All About Love and Feminism is for Everybody, to my wish list for audiobooks so I can listen to them soon! Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday and day 2 of The Reading Rush! I just finished my first book for the readathon and I’m very excited to continue reading!

Who’s ready for another book review! I do want to say to say that I did enjoy the book, Radio Silence, I just had a couple problems with it.

My Lame Synopsis: A girl who’s great at school, hides behind her book smarts to not reveal her passion for drawing and a podcast that she does fan art for. This isn’t a love story. Goodreads

 

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars

What a beautiful story about friendship, sexuality, mental health, and the characters finding themselves in this coming of age tale. I loved the different journeys the characters took; there was great character growth. I felt a real connection to both Aled and Frances for different reasons. I think Alice Oseman is very talented in doing that and giving each character their unique voice.

However, I did have a couple of issues.. The main character constantly being self-deprecating was triggering for me, so just a heads up on that for whoever wants to read this. I’m not saying that’s not realistic to teenagers because it is. It just put me in a not so good head space.

I have to say that I felt that with the main character being biracial there was something missing. When a story is own voices, you can tell because race that it often the forefront of the character’s mind, for obvious and very real reasons. That’s what Radio Silence was missing. Frances didn’t have that inner dialogue that a character has when the book is own voices.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Down The TBR Hole #18!!

Good hello, friends! Happy Reading Rush day one! Are you also participating? What’s the first book you’re reading?? I started today Sabriel by Garth Nix, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling the screenplay, and a book I was asked to review called Saints and Curses by Alexis Lantgen (Goodreads).

Down The TBR Hole was originally created by Lost In A Story and the lovely logo!

Anyway, it works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Let’s Just Jump Into It!



1. A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley

I don’t remember this book and I couldn’t even get through reading the synopsis. I have no interesting; just sounds boring. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

2. I, Girl X by Annalise Grey

Another one I don’t remember, but this one actually sounds interesting and it’s told in verse, which is cool. I’m glad I looked at the reviews section. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

3. The Ballroom by Anna Hope

This sounds beautiful! I really wish I could remember where I heard about this book, but oh well. The Ballroom seems like it would have good conversation around mental illness and I’m all for it. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

4. Into The Blue by Penne Henson

Is this a movie? I feel like it is. If I’m wrong then there’s a movie like it out there. I don’t know where this one came from either, but not really feeling the surfing storyline. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

5. Certainly, Possibly, You by Lissa Reed

Female/female relationship?!? Did you see that? That was my ears perking up! Now, if only someone could tell me if I have to read the first book in the series or not.. Goodreads

Judgement: Maybe Keep

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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June Haul!!!

Good hello, friends! I’m doing a haul for all the books I got in June. I went a little cray-cray since it’s been a hot minute since I allowed myself to go a little wild! I got a total of 19 books in the month of June. I genuinely shocked myself when I counted them all up! Haha!


Let’s Just Jump Into It!

GURL! What did I say?!? I went cray-cray!

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I actually picked this one right away, and I loved it! It was such a fun, happy read! Goodreads


Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins

Another one I picked up right away! I was really gunning for the the next book in the series, but enjoyed this too! Goodreads


Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kahn

I’ve been wanting to read this for about a year or so and I finally picked it up for Pride month! Goodreads


Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

Well, I already mentioned this. It’s the sequel to Prince Charming, but gayer and thank the heavens! I loved this cute female/female relationship! Goodreads


City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

I was also just gunning for City of Girls since I had heard of it. Only I’ve heard there’s some similarity to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid so I changed my mind about picking it up right away. I don’t want to ruin my experiences of either book since I just reread The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Goodreads


The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

I was a little hesitant to pick this up because of trigger warning, but I’m just such a sucker for fantasy and hype. Goodreads


The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

I haven’t ever read anything by Christina Lauren although I do own one of their books and for a while too. I just loved the synopsis of The Unhoneymooners that I had to get it! Goodreads


Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

I believe I mentioned this at least on Instagram (link below) that the BookTuber ChelseaDolling reads got to me with this book; I went and bought it the next day! Goodreads


The One by John Marrs

Ads sometimes get me too… Goodreads


I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

This was a group book for a readathon that I didn’t ended up doing.. I, however, heard great things and I’m really excited to read it! Maybe I’ll save it for Contemporary-a-thon in September, we’ll just have to see! Goodreads


Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I was just drooling over the Waterstones/UK edition and I just had to get it! So gorgeous!! Goodreads


Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

Another female/female romance that I was excited for! Goodreads


The second Mistborn series starting with The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

I’m putting this series together because nobody got time for that. 😀 Goodreads


Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

I, of course, need to read his first book! Goodreads


Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

I don’t remember what Queenie is about, but I know I loved the synopsis when I added it to my cart. Again, love the Waterstones edition! Yes, please! Goodreads


Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Heard amazing things and thought it would be a good addition to me exploring more thriller/horror books. Goodreads


FINALLY THE LAST ONE! *BUT NOT LEAST

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I’ve been curious about Jane Eyre since I read and hated Wuthering Heights by the other Bronte sister. I was happy to find a book box that helps with dissecting literature with this book. Goodreads


We Finally made it to the end!!

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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