This was a raw story. It is a YA genre, but I would definitely say it’s a mature young adult story. I loved that this felt like a real-life high school situation. This reminded a bit of how high school actually was.
How I Felt:
The characters are heartbreaking, yet heartwarming. Cleo comes from a home life that leaves her broken and bruised. She’s a kick-butt kind of girl that does what she needs to for survival. In a book about a house fire that destroyed so much, Cleo is a different spark of fire that Shake needs in his life. Shake is angry and lost. The deaths of his family have torn him apart and he doesn’t know where to go from here. Together, they made an odd, yet perfect pair.
I love this twist on a romance storyline! A one-night-stand turned into a pregnancy and love story was adorable, and I loved it! One other thing I just adored about this book was the cover! I just think it’s utterly fabulous and I was drawn to the book from that alone!
How I Felt:
The characters were so lovable in this story. Jade, our female lead, has no interest in love. She is focused on her career. When life throws her curve-balls though, we find how adaptable to change she can be. I liked her strength and determination in all things life gave her. Max is also not looking for love, and yet love seems to find him. He’s a wonderful love interest, and I loved his strength of character. He was willing to commit to the situation and I appreciated that so much. Together, Jade and Max make a fabulous pair and they were so fun to read about.
I loved that the relationship in this romance was complex. Healthcare workers don’t seem to be featured in this type of situation in books often, and it was a nice change to read about it.
How I Felt:
Perfect Distraction was the perfect distraction that I needed with the recent events happening in the world. It was a lovely story that offered a new type of romance story.
The characters were easy to like, and you kind of fall in love with them right from the beginning. Lauren is adorable and I want to be her friend! Her wit and humor had me connecting with her so quickly. She’s a career-focused woman who isn’t looking for love, but she manages to find it with Andrew. Andrew, a cancer-patient, is focused on recovery and school, not on love. Love, however, has a way of doing its own thing.
With the entire country under an essential house arrest until further notice, I know that our house has been on the hunt for new things to do and read. I have been on the hunt for new books to fill up my e-reader without spending a ton of money. I was so excited to find out that there are a ton of options that are free to download or cost just $0.99! Here is a compiled list of where to find these great books!
Berkeley, the main character, is the perfect character to make you believe in second chances. I loved how she struggled with the inner demons of her own making, as well as the ones from outside and beyond her control.
How I Felt:
When the first book in a series ends, I’m a bit sad because I have to wait for the second book, and I just want to know what that next part of the story is! I was so excited to get my hands on One Week Queen, the second book in The Robinson Sisters series. This book did not let me down one tiny bit! I loved it!
Matilda Empress had SUCH an intense world! I really appreciated Lise Arin’s creation of Matilda’s life. The buildings, people, and story just felt so real. It was just how a historical fiction should feel, and I loved it!
How I Felt:
The Characters: Matilda turned out to be a bit more of an unlikable character than I had anticipated. I really wanted to like her, but I found her to be a bit snobby. Her utter infatuation with her cousin was a lot to take, however, it didn’t turn me away from the book. That’s not the first time something like that would have happened in history!
Resuming Eden had SUCH an interesting world! I was truly fascinated with the concept of this story. There were so many intricate details that showed how well the author thought through the world before writing.
How I Felt:
The Characters: While there are a variety of characters in this story, there are three that I felt impacted me in some way.
Aahana is the main character. My feelings towards her were a bit all over the place. At times, I found her cold and calculating, but then I would forgive her for these faults because of her struggles and the events in her history. I couldn’t quite connect her dismissal of Matt as a suitable boyfriend. As pieces of information were given throughout the story, I would understand her better, but overall, I do think she was a bit too harsh on Matt. Her character overall though was the reason this story was so intoxicating. I WANTED to see her fall for Matt. I wanted to see her find the path to Truth, Honor, Trust, and Faith. I appreciated her fierce determination to keep her family safe. I found her to be a complex and interesting character.
When Ace leaves home to spend the summer in Cherokee, North Carolina the last thing she expects to find is a boyfriend—until she meets Cherokee Tribe member John Spears.
As Ace and John’s friendship blossoms, they find their life experiences mirror each other and they fall in love. Despite hurdles thrown by well-meaning family members and jealous frenemies, the star-crossed lovers remain committed to their mutual belief that the universe has drawn them together.
I loved the fun YA plot of a girl being chased by a rock star. It was a cute way for the two of them to meet and begin to interact. I loved the struggle that Kai faced as the story unfolded. His feelings towards Ada or his duty to the society? Will their love prevail?
I LOVED this book. Every single word, every page, every character. Can I also just throw in my massive cover-love for this one! It was a wonderful, exciting ride filled with a witch’s curse, a romance that spans lifetimes, secrets, and so much more!
The focus on art in What I Want You to See was amazing. I fell in love with a book many years ago about art and since that book, I have been so intrigued by other books that feature art. I’ll link to the book in my footnotes of this post.