// Book Review // Cracked Up to Be by: Courtney Summers #BookReview #YA #MentalHealth

Cracked Up to Be by: Courtney Summers
Published December 23, 2008 by Wednesday Books

Summary: Perfect Parker Fadley isn’t so perfect anymore. She’s quit the cheerleading squad, she’s dumped her perfect boyfriend, and she’s failing school. Her parents are on a constant suicide watch and her counselors think she’s playing games, but they don’t know that the real reason for this whole mess isn’t something she can say out loud. It isn’t even something she can say to herself. A horrible thing has happened and it just might be her fault. If she can just remove herself from everybody–be totally alone–then everything will be okay…The problem is, nobody will let her.

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// Bookish Campaign // Book Review: Ferryman by: Claire McFall #BookReview #Ferryman #WalkerBooksUS

Ferryman by: Claire McFall
Published July 27, 2017 by Kelpies Edge

Summary:

Dylan has escaped a horrific train crash unscathed.

Except she hasn’t.

The bleak landscape around her isn’t Scotland. It’s a wasteland haunted by wraiths searching for human souls.

And the stranger waiting for her isn’t an ordinary boy. Tristan is a Ferryman, tasked with transporting her soul safely to the afterlife, a journey he’s made a thousand times before.

Except this time, something’s different.

Torn between love and destiny, Dylan realises she can’t let Tristan go, nor can she stay with him. Eventually, inevitably, the wraiths would capture her soul and she would be lost forever.

Can true love overcome the boundaries of death?

Ferryman is a thought-provoking and truly original story of a love that refuses to be limited by death. This stunning, award-winning debut novel is being reissued to coincide with the publication of the eagerly-anticipated sequel, Trespassers.


I joined Bookstagrammers.com and this is my first campaign. A HUGE thank you to the author, the publishers and bookstagrammers.com for giving me this opportunity and I can’t wait to do more!

I like greek type stories. I especially love retellings. I’m a sucker for them. I can’t help myself and no I do not have a problem! The cover to this book, this one, is absolutely gorgeous and it does really show the theme and imagery for this story. Dylan, after realizing what had happened to her on the train, is being escorted across some wasteland by a mysterious guy named Tristan. Tristan is sworn to guide and protect her so that she may move forward with her afterlife. Think of Charon…

The beginning of the story did have me hooked. I wanted to know about Dylan and this relationship with her supposed father, but hopefully there will be answers in the coming second book.

The wasteland that Dylan travels through is a place that works and creates based on her emotional state that time. Kind of a scary thought when you really think about it. You find out that you died in this crash and this land goes off by your state of mind…I can’t imagine what I would have to travel through if my mind was like ‘wtf just happened to me?’ I’m a huge true crime fan too…no telling what my head will concoct.

I’m getting off track now.

I won’t go into great detail because there is going to be a second book and questions are raised and we don’t have all the answers as of right now. That’s the point of a series, lol.

I like the style of this story. I enjoyed how it was told. It was nice that it wasn’t told from the MC point of view. I don’t always enjoy that view because there’s always the idea that the MC isn’t very reliable – I have to be in the mood for an unreliable narrator, just saying. Tristan is an interesting character. He takes the form of whoever he is guiding is most comfortable. It was kind of cute when he talks about how he took the form of Santa Clause for a young child…cute but a little sad.

I think my only genuine complaint, not really a complaint, is the relationship establishing between Tristan and Dylan. I had a hard time buying that there ‘had’ to be some sort of feelings of romance between them. Dylan wanted to stay with Tristan more than anything and I just…I wasn’t entirely on board with them. This is the first book so perhaps it’ll be developed better, but right now, I’m not entirely convinced.

But that’s just me. I look forward to a second book and seeing how this story plays out.

// Audiobook Review // People Like her by: Ellery Lloyd // #AudioBook #BookReview #Thriller

People Like Her by: Ellory Lloyd
Published January 12, 2021 by Harper

Summary:

To her skeptical husband, a washed-up novelist who knows just how creative Emmy can be with the truth, she is a breadwinning powerhouse chillingly brilliant at monetizing the intimate details of their family life.

To one of Emmy’s dangerously obsessive followers, she’s the woman that has everything—but deserves none of it.  

As Emmy’s marriage begins to crack under the strain of her growing success and her moral compass veers wildly off course, the more vulnerable she becomes to a very real danger circling ever closer to her family.


I know I’ve been MIA for the week, but what can you do when life gets in the way of my bookish feels? Gotta love Audible. When they recommend you books based on ones you’ve already read (listened) or looked at briefly, you gotta wonder if the book is going to be good or not. And by the summary of it, I was pretty curious. The summary, however, seemed to be better than the book, which kind of stinks because I was looking for a good thriller/stalker type story after reading a few YA novels. I say reading, but listening and reading are two similar ways of retaining information and I will stand by that statement no matter who says otherwise.

The book is told in three points of views: You got Emmy who is the ‘Mama Bear’ Instagram influencer who makes her living off of photos of her children and the struggles of being a mom. Her husband, Dan, who was a writer but now makes the excuse that he has a hard time writing since Emmy kind of leaves him with the kids all the time (he’s a bit of a whiner and a complainer). Then there is the stalker whom you don’t get to know the identity of till much later, as well as the reason she wants to get rid of Emmy.

I wanted to like this story. I was interested when it started but while I normally appreciate different points of views, not when the two main characters are so unlikeable and constantly have some sort of negative thing to say about one or the other. Emmy is basically making her living off of her children, Coco (good lord why would you name your child that?) and baby Bear (again, why?!) She busies herself with her agent, photo sessions, award ceremonies (yes, an award ceremony) and complains about her husband who used to be a writer. Seriously, nothing nice to say about the guy.

You know how the met? She was seeing someone for three years and ended it when she met him. And he had no idea!

If that doesn’t scream red flag I don’t know what!

Then Dan who constantly complains about his wife to where I don’t even think he actually likes her at all. I don’t even think he much liked his children, especially when he has to be the one to watch them. He tires to be ‘supportive’ of his wife but it’s like watching someone who has gotten into this rut of a routine and just keeps going with it, and complain to whomever listens – in this case it’s the listener, me.

When we hear for the stalker, there’s no introduction or chapter break. The stalker just keeps talking. The woman is pretty vindictive for what she believes is Emmy’s fault. To be fair…I don’t think it’s really Emmy’s fault, but at the same time, you probably should keep record of what you tell your fans when the DM for you parental advice. I’m just saying. Emmy also did something that WAS SO UNFORGIVABLE that honestly…I was absolutely stunned that she did it and what made it sad, she sees it as she just used it as a story and feels she did nothing wrong.

I don’t want to tell you about it because it would give off spoilers, but let’s just say she used a friend’s tragic story as her own to land a TV show. That’s all.

I’ll get to the point.

I felt like the stalker’s reason for wanting to find Emmy and make her pay was highly weak. She lost her daughter but blames it on Emmy and the reasoning was the weak part. The ending was kind of cringeworthy meaning to be a some sort of happy ending but it definitely did not work out that way. I’m wondering if this was supposed to be some sort of story about the dark side of social media, it could have been better.

This is not at all against the author. She definitely told a story really well, the story itself just didn’t do it for me.

// Book Review // The Search for Synergy by: Brett Salter // #BookReview #Dragons #MiddleGrade

The Search for Synergy (Talisman Series Vol 1) by: Brett Salter
Published May 31, 2017

“The Search For Synergy” is the first book in The Talisman Series by author Brett Salter. It follows the exploits of two middle-school boys, Rome Lockheed and Julian Rider, as they transition from normal kids into epic warriors fighting for the existence of the Earth realm. Rome is secretly a fire dragon from the Den of Volcana placed under a spell which hides his true form. Julian is an oddball, up-and-coming knight with a case of the “try-hards”. Together, they perform an ancient pact which bonds their lives and souls forever. Under the tutelage and guidance of an eccentric, local librarian, Mr. Jones, the two learn of an impending invasion from an archaic evil desperate to invade from the other side of The Void.


Okay, it says ARC on the graphic, so ignore that little error. That and I’m too lazy to go back and change it and then re save it…I’m exhausted just even thinking about it. Anyway, I would like to give a shout out thank you to the author for reaching out to me to read this book for him. I do enjoy some fantasy from time to time, and I don’t often read stories about dragons. No real reason, I just never did. How would you react if someone told you that you were secretly a fire dragon? Would you react with total hesitance like Rome?

If you said no, you’re lying because come on!

Unless you’re Toothless…anyway…

The series is targeted for middle grade audience. That does not mean us of not younger people (I’m not saying old) cannot enjoy this series either. The start of the book was really fun. Rome takes his time to come to terms with being a dragon and having this bond with Julian. I don’t know why, but it reminded me of this old cartoon movie called, ‘Flight of Dragons’. That was/is one of my favorite cartoons when I was younger. John Ritter was the one of the voices…RIP.

The first book is introduction and story building. You got Rome who has been put under this spell to hide his dragon self and Mr. Jones helping to help him control himself. A few things happen along the way when Rome’s dragon self makes an appearance – cops were involved a little, but, don’t worry, no body was hurt…at least not then. I liked the bond between Rome and Julian and at times I wanted to be like ‘Julian! Rome is trying to tell you something about this woman! Pay attention man/little man!’ Yes, I talked to the words in my book and think maybe they’ll listen to me – it never works out.

It was a fun beginning to the series. You get to learn more about Rome and Julian’s family (old english talk and all) and how Rome really begins to embrace his inner dragon.

I think we all need to do that.

It is middle grade level so it’s not for everybody like me who likes to read YA or middle grade from time to time. If you like dragons and learning some history behind why Rome has his dragon hidden and why it was, it’s a good series to absorb yourself.

// Audio Book Review // The Summer of Jordi Perez by: Amy Spalding // #BookReview #AmySpalding #AudioBook

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by: Amy Spalding
Published April 3rd, 2018 by Sky Pony Press

Summary:

Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby has stayed focused on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a prized internship at her favorite local boutique, she’s thrilled to take her first step into her dream career. She doesn’t expect to fall for her fellow intern, Jordi Pérez. Abby knows it’s a big no-no to fall for a colleague. She also knows that Jordi documents her whole life in photographs, while Abby would prefer to stay behind the scenes.

Then again, nothing is going as expected this summer. She’s competing against the girl she’s kissing to win a paid job at the boutique. She’s somehow managed to befriend Jax, a lacrosse-playing bro type who needs help in a project that involves eating burgers across L.A.’s eastside. Suddenly, she doesn’t feel like a sidekick. Is it possible Abby’s finally in her own story?


Yes, I posted the summary from Goodreads (not the whole thing) because quite frankly, writing my own summary for this book would just confuse people…and myself. I’ve wanted to try this book for the last year or so and just never picked it up or listened to it. I love YA, I do, but there are times I pick the book that just makes me want to roll my eyes obsessively and be like…oh geez, seriously? But I can’t fully judge, because weren’t we all there at one point in our lives? I feel like sometimes I’m still there…and I’m in my 30’s.

Yeah, it really does.

Anyway, back to the review.

This would be one of the books that made me want to roll my eyes, question Abby’s choices out loud (granted I’m in my car when I do this) and every now and then agree with a resounding ‘RIGHT?!’ I liked Abby, but I just adored Jordi. With Jordi and her photography, made me think of those days where I used to take pictures all the time. Abby’s wardrobe choices so sound so damn cute. I’m wondering if I could really pull off fruitful outfits. I mean like the ones with pineapple pattern on a skirt. Could I? We shall see.

I really enjoyed the story. You get to the root of Abby, even when the story is in her point of view, there’s no questioning if we can trust her story or not. I felt for her when her when she mentions her mother at one point targeting her weight. Girl, I unfortunately, have been there before and it almost caused a rift between us. It happens and I’m glad it didn’t, but every situation is so different. Her mother is die hard NO CARB cook and has her own local show and whatnot – sorry lady, but the body cannot live without carbs. Science. Just saying.

I was really wondering WHY people were so mean to Jacks! I absolutely loved him. Sure, he had some flaws, but what person doesn’t, but I liked him and couldn’t understand some of the hate he got. I’m just saying. And the guy wants to get burgers to provide research for an app! Sign me up!!

I do like how the story ended. I hate when people don’t resolve issues they have in the beginning, or at least confront them and begin the path of resolving or coming to a resolution. Yes, I agree, Jordi kind of messed up a little, but my little heart was so happy to have those two girls back together! I can’t help myself. I am a hopeless romantic after all.

It is a pretty typical YA story with LGBTQ representation and plus size! I liked it for its story and its characters…and made me hungry for burgers. Yum!

// Audio Book Review // One Last Stop by: Casey McQuiston #BookReview #LGBTQ #AudioBook

One Last Stop by: Casey McQuiston
Published June 1, 2021 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Summary:

For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.

But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train.

Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. Jane with her rough edges and swoopy hair and soft smile, showing up in a leather jacket to save August’s day when she needed it most. August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon, she discovers there’s one big problem: Jane doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker. She’s literally displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help her. Maybe it’s time to start believing in some things, after all.


I posted the full summary of this book from Goodreads because…I honestly got this audiobook without even READING the summary. I just saw another book by Casey and was like, oh gotta have it. Thanks, Bookstagram and BookTok. Now, I’m not saying that if I had read the summary that I wouldn’t have picked it up. I’m saying that if I had, then I would have been more prepared for the story than I was before without reading what it was about. Have you ever bought a book without reading the summary? Wait, no, that’ll be a separate discussion. Wait for that post before answer.

I’m gonna say that I loved how the story was told. It’s not August’s point of view, so there is no unreliable narrator or any details that may have been needed or were omitted by the character. It’s like someone is genuinely telling you the story and letting you know that the narrator is aware of the characters and their genuine feelings and faults. Not that I don’t like stories being told by the characters, but sometimes it gets a bit annoying because you don’t know if the person is leaving something out or if they are perceiving something in their eyes than it actually is.

Perfect example: Joe from YOU (both book and series)

I ADORED the characters in this book. I did like August, but I loved Niko, Myla, Wes, Isaiah, just to name a few. The representation in this book is so fulfilling with Trans and Drag representation and Myla…you’ll fall in love with her just instantly. I can say that while this wasn’t my favorite story, I could never love these characters more. In fact, if we ever get a story of Niko and Myla together I would totally be down for a story with them. Jane was a cool character and I enjoyed finding out bits and stories of her past.

With that being said, the storyline confused the hell out of me. When it comes to time travel, or time anything in a story, it gets complicated. I don’t know if this was something that has been explored or if this is something that is kind of made up from something and worked with the story, but it was just so off and I couldn’t really wrap my mind around it. I’m not saying this to be negative because again, it was my fault for not reading the summary first. The ending also felt very…I don’t know kind of off.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’ll leave it at that.

I enjoyed the small side story with August having to help her mother find her long lost uncle from the 70s and finding out more about that was like…what?! I actually really liked that part of the story.

All in all, the story was pretty good if not a bit confusing. It wasn’t really for me, but I still love the author and no matter what – I bet with any author I adore, I’ll do the same thing with their next book simply because…it’s their next book. Enjoy!

// Audio Book Review // Malice by: Heather Walter // #BookReview #Malice #LGBTQ

Malice by: Heather Walter
Published April 13, 2021 by Del Rey

Summary: A twist to a classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, the story is told by Alyce, a Villa/Dark Grace who is despised by all, but is often used for her dark potions for anything petty such as causing someone to be outwardly ugly. Briar’s last remaining heir, Princess Aurora, is cursed and must find her true love in order to break the curse before her 21st birthday. Princess Aurora wants to break the curse, but on her terms with or without a prince to break the curse. A friendship blossoms plus something much more…much more powerful or dangerous?

I normally post the summary from Goodreads, but one it is VERY long and two, I’m not sure how I feel about summaries that are almost from the book itself. I saw this book all over Tik Tok and Bookstagram that I just couldn’t resist. The story as whole is very unique and so different. I love the LGBTQ story with the villain/Alyce with Princess Aurora. This the first installment in a series so there will be another book out, but not till next year. I loved the the original story, but the story also disheartened me that it took me a while to finish this audiobook.

The cruelty Alyce endured with other people just broke my heart to where I had to step away from it. It’s always so funny that people can treat someone as a monster or something so negative that they eventually BECOME what people call them – then they point the fingers and say ‘told you so!’ Idiots!

The story goes into detail about history of Fae and the Graces that I would give away a lot of the story if I tried to explain it. But in a nutshell, there are women born with certain abilities called Graces. They have a ceremony and are bound by the king to perform certain duties, depending on your ability. Beauty Graces help with outward appearances like hair and makeup by using a drop of their blood in certain elixirs/potions. To me, sounds inhumane, but whatever. Alyce is what is called a Dark Grace, but her power is stronger than most Graces.

I’m getting ahead of myself. I love Maleficent in the cartoon, not so much in the remake, but that’s a whole other story.

Other than it took me some time to finish the story because of the hurtful things Alyce went through, I also found a phrase so repetitive that I got annoyed anytime I heard it.

‘Dragon’s Teeth!’ It’s a phrase used to basically sum up any kind of frustration or surprise. It used so often that it came in several sentences at once. I got a little chuckle when the word fuck was used in it, but that is more of an annoyance than something to add to a dislike list.

Bottom line, if you love fairy tale retellings and are looking for LGBTQ representation – and of course the princess falling in love with Maleficent, this would be a good story for you. Bare in mind, you have to wait till next year for the second book. Now you must suffer with me!

Other than some talks of some of the cruelty Alyce endured (words, nothing really physical) there are some talks of what kind of torture she went through as a child, so just keep that in mind when listening or reading.

// Audio Book Review // The Chaos of Standing Still by: Jessica Brody #BookReview #AudioBook #JessicaBrody

The Chaos of Standing Still by: Jessica Brody
Published November 28, 2017 by Simon Pulse
Young Adult/Mental Health

Ryn Gilbert’s life changed irrevocably a year ago when her best friend, Lottie, was behind the wheel of a T-boned car. Ryn has held onto many things ever since, including one text message that allows her to keep Lottie near— it has gotten to the point that she questions her own sanity, and even keeps her therapist from knowing that she still sees and speaks to her friend.

Now Ryn is stuck in the Denver Airport on the night before the anniversary of Lottie’s death due to a blizzard with Xander, a boy she meets when they accidentally swap phones. The airport setting allows Ryn to open up to Xander, who is connected to her by circumstance and weighed down by his own issues.

It also allows them to interact with other unique characters, including a child prodigy and the slightly older airport workers Siri and Harvey, who throw an illicit New Year’s Eve party, while helping Ryn work out problems that she has been unable to face in her own life.


I’m still behind on reviewing and updating this blog. I feel like a terrible book blogger. Anyway, this audiobook came recommended by a book tocker because I picked the color blue. I had never heard of this book or the author so it was fun to know something new. The story follows Catheryn ‘Ryn’ who is coming home from her dad’s house and going back to her mother’s house during a pretty bad snow storm. Ryn needs to be home before 10:05 on New Years day. That gets halted when the airport is shut down due to the snow storm getting worse and the planes cannot take off in the weather. Ryn is not happy with being stuck in an airport and tries to hold onto some glimmer of hope that they will clear the snow and let her leave to get home. She has to get home. During her stay, she meets a couple of interesting people in the airport, including the son of renowned child psychiatrists, Xander – and it’s difficult to not be considered ‘crazy’ when your best friend who died a year ago is still talking to you as if she never died.

The whole story is told in Ryn’s POV and her mind just races! I couldn’t help but relate to her and be a little annoyed. But that makes me question do people think this of me when I tend to go off in my own little world like that? Ryn cannot seem to shake her best friend, Lottie, away but she doesn’t want her to go away. If she did go away that would mean admitting that she was truly gone. Ryn’s anchor is her phone with one text message from Lottie that remains unread. She sent that message right before she dies and Ryn can’t bring herself to read it. The story deals with grief in the aspect that this particular character just refuses to deal with her grief.

Another tic that Ryn also does is that she asks Google questions. She types fiercely away at her phone asking different types of questions. Snowstorms. Airports. Automatic doors. Whatever question she comes up with she has her phone to ask it. She doesn’t use her phone to stay glued to the screen, it supportive poses as her mental anchor. It gives her comfort just to have it in her hand.

She meets this girl, Siri, whom takes her phone away in order for her to ‘have fun’ and I gotta say that while I kind of see Siri’s point, she had no clue what Ryn’s situation was so taking her phone was kind of out of line in my opinion. I really like Xander and while Ryn has these assumptions about him because her mother reads his parents books about ‘children coming first’ she grows to like him for an airport companion – no matter how resistant she is at first with him. Lottie sure does have a lot to say.

Being locked in an airport is probably the worst thing and best thing for Ryn. I like that the story doesn’t really end with everything tied together – but a start, a growth for both Xander and Ryn. I rather enjoy stories that take place within a 24 hour time frame because you don’t realize so much can happen within an hour or even ten minutes – imagine all that happens in all of 24 hours.

I felt for Ryn. I felt awful for her, I felt angry for her and with her, I felt sad for her, I’ve felt happy for her when some harsh things had to happen but she is able to go through it. When you feel like you can’t get through it, it’s like a warm blanket wrapped around you to keep you from going through what could cause you emotional stress. I use a blanket metaphor and yet I have several blankets of my own.

It’s hard losing someone so close to you, platonic or romantic. And grief isn’t something that you can just get over; you have to get through it and learn to live without that person who is not coming back, no matter how much you try to avoid it.

The story doesn’t have highly strong triggers other than the loss of a friend, mentions of cheating (parents) and seeing that people do indeed grieve in different ways. It’s not always sitting in a corner and balling your eyes out. Sometimes…it’s something entirely different.

I would definitely recommend this book. It doesn’t have a high star rating on goodreads, but since I don’t rate books anymore, I am going to say it’s a good read or even a good listen.

// ARC Review // Blood and Silver by: Vali Benson // #BookReview #ARC #BloodandSilver

Blood and Silver by: Vali Benson
Published April 3, 2020 by Tellwell Talent
Historical Fiction/Young Adult

What is a twelve year old girl to do when she finds herself in the silver boom town of Tombstone, Arizona, in 1880, and her only home is a brothel and her only parent is a drug-addicted mother? If she is Carissa Beaumont, she outsmarts the evil madam and figures a way out.


I want to give a huge thank you and a HUGE apology to the author for giving me the opportunity to read this book for her, and the apology for taking so long to get this out. I finished this book about a month ago but January didn’t give me a good start and I kind of fell behind. Anyway, it’s February now so I’m hoping to get back on track.

The story follows Carissa Beaumont in the year 1880. She is 12 and has to take care of not only her drug addicted mother, but also the other ladies in the brothel that she, unfortunately, lives in. The whole brothel, run by Madam Lucille, moves to Tombstone, Arizona for better work opportunities. Madam Lucille has plans on turning Carissa into one of her working girls once she is old enough – until then, she makes Carissa cook, clean, wash clothes, and other chores and errands.

Like the girl doesn’t have enough to do already!? Wench!

I really don’t know much about the historical aspect of this book including finding silver in that time. But as the story progresses, Carissa becomes more concerned with her mother as she gets sicker – Madam Lucille has been keeping her drugged this whole time but she still works as one of her girls. Carissa persuades to get a doctor which he then says no working for at least a few weeks.

Oh, Madam Lucille did not like that at all!

I think my favorite part is when Carissa goes to a different part of Tombstone to meet with China Mary. The Sheriff is not in charge, China Mary is. She has the drugs and the girls and much more. China Mary takes a liking to Carissa because she is polite and innocent and just wants to help her mother heal.

It’s a bit funny that China Mary refers to her as ‘White-White’. Damn, girl can’t help that, ha!

I won’t go into more detail because that would give the story away. The book was a simple read. I liked Carissa and of course hated Madam Lucille. There are a few little side stories in one big story as well. The murder. The working at a hotel. The silver. It’s not a very large book, but that’s not a big deal. I finished it in no time, it just took me a while to get to reviewing it.

This is Vali’s debut novel. If you enjoy a bit of historical fiction I think you would enjoy it. Don’t be fooled by the Young Adult, the only thing young adult about it is that Carissa is 12. It’s more fiction than young adult. A quick and interesting read in the end. I actually enjoyed it.

// Audio Book Review // Written in the Stars by: Alexandria Bellefleur #BookReview #Romance #AudioBook

Written in the Stars by: Alexandria Bellefleur
Published November 10, 2020 by Avon
Romance/LGBT/Fiction

After a disastrous blind date, Darcy Lowell is desperate to stop her well-meaning brother from playing matchmaker ever again. Love—and the inevitable heartbreak—is the last thing she wants. So she fibs and says her latest set up was a success. Darcy doesn’t expect her lie to bite her in the ass.

Elle Jones, one of the astrologers behind the popular Twitter account, Oh My Stars, dreams of finding her soul mate. But she knows it is most assuredly not Darcy… a no-nonsense stick-in-the-mud, who is way too analytical, punctual, and skeptical for someone as free-spirited as Elle. When Darcy’s brother—and Elle’s new business partner—expresses how happy he is that they hit it off, Elle is baffled. Was Darcy on the same date? Because… awkward.

When Darcy begs Elle to play along, she agrees to pretend they’re dating to save face. But with a few conditions: Darcy must help Elle navigate her own overbearing family over the holidays and their arrangement expires on New Year’s Eve. The last thing they expect is to develop real feelings during a fake relationship.

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