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4 Stars for the “Enjoyable” Fantasy

4 Stars for the “Enjoyable” Fantasy

The Smoke Thieves was a cleverly plotted and constructed fantasy filled with intrigue and many active storylines. From its vast array of POVs to its wide range of participating characters, it is not a story to to read passively. Instead, it insists that you engage and follow along. As the story builds and beguiles, each characters’ purpose […]

Top Recommendation for new Romance

Top Recommendation for new Romance

Filled with a delicious combination of witty charm and ambivalence, Arrogant Devil thrilled from the first page. With a delicacy only skilled writers have, Grey balanced their every exchange with perfect amounts of unwanted lust and volatility. Using the dynamic of a broody cowboy placed opposite a (seemingly) spoiled city girl only heightened this effect and brought […]

4.5 for Whelan’s Debut Novel

4.5 for Whelan’s Debut Novel

My Oxford Year is as tender and heartbreaking as it is charmingly witty. Whelan’s debut novel draws on the subtleties of relationships: both romantic and otherwise, and it expounds their effects in great detail. Told with boldly captivating characters and the beauty of England, I fell in love with both the beauty of this country as […]

6 Stars for the Christina Lauren’s newest novel

6 Stars for the Christina Lauren’s newest novel

Love and Other Words, which was officially released yesterday, was a beautiful and emotional journey of exploration, first love, and the crucial moments that can long effect you into adulthood.  After finishing it last week, it took me a few days to find words to express the praise I have for this story. Each alternating timeline of […]

Siskiyou Review: Another Romance, Unique and Touching in its own right

Siskiyou Review: Another Romance, Unique and Touching in its own right

Only You was a touching and sweepingly romantic tale of a woman falling for a man as he falls for parenthood. With Melanie Harlow’s magnetic writing, this story and its characters were evocative and vivid in their portrayal from the very first page, and they carried in that same fashion until the end. Its allure stemmed […]

Siskiyou Review: ‘Getaway Girl’ get 5 Stars

Siskiyou Review: ‘Getaway Girl’ get 5 Stars

Getaway Girl by Tessa Bailey was the quintessential friends-to-lovers romance with an angst-filled and wonderfully written lead-up from friendship to beyond. Most crucial to this story was the friendship between Addison and Elijah. Bailey took her time with it, creating and crafting a close companionship that spoke louder than attractions and became this foundation for two […]

‘More Than We Can Tell:’ Engaging and Additive

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer was a heartbreaking and distinctly visceral look into teenage realities and its issues. As with Kemmerer’s first novel, she again beautifully converged two characters’ separate but moving stories into one powerful and hard-hitting narrative. Told in dual perspectives, both Rev and Emma will have you fully engaged in […]

‘Hello Stranger:’ A Boldly Beautiful Romance

‘Hello Stranger:’ A Boldly Beautiful Romance

Historical Romance is often a genre I forget that I absolutely adore until I’ve jumped back in, and Hello Stranger was just the one to remind me. Both smartly written and tightly structured, it had the perfect blend of charmingly witty characters to keep it interesting and light while maintaining a forward-moving plot of steamy romance and cloak-and-dagger intrigue. […]

“Midnight Valentine”: Beautiful Read with a Cliff Hanger Ending

“Midnight Valentine”:  Beautiful Read with a Cliff Hanger Ending

Uniquely powerful and oddly fantastical, Midnight Valentine by J.T. Geissinger told an unusual love story with heavy undercurrents of heartbreak and second chances. In working with two characters with an abundance of loss– a widowed heroine and a hero who lost himself after a horrific accident– there was a risk of having so much sorrow that hope could […]

“Unearthed”: A Page-Turning Thrill Ride

“Unearthed”: A Page-Turning Thrill Ride

Filled with heart-pounding action & adventure and two engaging characters, Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner felt like a wonderful sci-fi version of a mash-up of Lara Croft’s Tomb Raider and Drake’s Uncharted video games in written form. If you’re not a gamer and don’t understand the reference, think of it as a race to save humanity paired with […]

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