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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Always The Almost by Edward Underhill ARC Book Review

 


Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book, my thoughts are my own.


This book was nice, reminiscent of "I wish you all the best" by Mason Deaver, it was a book about self acceptance, becoming/discovering who you are as a person when you grow older and more into your true self. 


The writing style was easy to read and the main characters likeable. Unfortunately in the first half of the book the side characters lack dept, I would've preferred to have a more seamless way to get to know them more spread throughout the book rather than very condensed in the second half of it. 

The pacing of the story is well kept, plot wise, there is enough information about both MC's to get a sense of who they are and see the personal growth each get by the end of the book. I did however find myself putting it down for no apparent reason in the first 30-40% of the book. There wasn't a particular reason I just felt meh about it, not loving or hating it just okay. Things really picked up for me once I got more attached to our MC's.


Overall I enjoyed the book, while not perfect it was entertaining and fun as a whole.

4/5 stars

Bookarina 

Monday, January 2, 2023

The Secret Society of Salzburg By Renee Ryan Book Review

 



First things first : A huge thank you again to the publisher Harlequin for providing me with a copy of this book.


Disclaimer: My thoughts are my own and in no way influenced.


This book was great.

There's no other way to put it, from the formatting to the way we jumped in time and places (always clearly stated in the top part of each chapter), to the way each character was so gradually fleshed out, it was wonderful.


I really enjoy historical fiction in the winter, it's just the perfect setting for most impactful stories and makes for a very atmospheric read. I really enjoyed how the author managed to mix such an emotional read with a great romantic (also tragic) story.

The way the story progresses, the wedding , how she slowly sees people become different from what she knew them to be and the slow progression of her husband scaring her. 


The sisterhood between women trying to save as many Jewish people around them and how the world around them suddenly becomes this cold, untrusting and unsettling place.


While not perfect, it is a great way to start 2023.

I highly recommend this read.

4/5 stars

Bookarina 

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Glitterland by Alexis Hall ARC Book Review

 



This was a solid read.


Disclaimer: Thank you for the ARC, my thoughts are my own.


While I had a HARD and I mean H-A-R-D time getting into the book at first, because of the way Darian's "speaking text" is written as a way to make him sound as if he is heavily using his accent.

 I did not hate the romance itself, I found the couple cute and their romance felt like it could've happened. It was an enjoyable read, overall I had fun & a lot of the scenes they had together were cute and the author managed to make me root for them. 


I don't have bipolar disorder and so I cannot speak on the representation that Ash character brought, but it was nice to have a character who's bipolarity did not take over their whole personality. It is a part of him, but it isn't him. We could see how it affected every aspect of his life and how it also impacted/reflected in his personal relations with other people (family, friends, etc.).


While this is at time a sweet read, do not be fooled by the cover or the old cover (which I highly miss and will mourn in my heart) this is a really emotionally heavy book & not as steamy as I wished. The ending wraps things up nicely.


Overall this was a 4-4.5 /5 stars

Bookarina

This was a solid read.


Disclaimer: Thank you for the ARC, my thoughts are my own.


While I had a HARD and I mean H-A-R-D time getting into the book at first, because of the way Darian's "speaking text" is written as a way to make him sound as if he is heavily using his accent.

 I did not hate the romance itself, I found the couple cute and their romance felt like it could've happened. It was an enjoyable read, overall I had fun & a lot of the scenes they had together were cute and the author managed to make me root for them. 


I don't have bipolar disorder and so I cannot speak on the representation that Ash character brought, but it was nice to have a character who's bipolarity did not take over their whole personality. It is a part of him, but it isn't him. We could see how it affected every aspect of his life and how it also impacted/reflected in his personal relations with other people (family, friends, etc.).


While this is at time a sweet read, do not be fooled by the cover or the old cover (which I highly miss and will mourn in my heart) this is a really emotionally heavy book & not as steamy as I wished. The ending wraps things up nicely.


Overall this was a 4-4.5 /5 stars

Bookarina

This was a solid read.


Disclaimer: Thank you for the ARC, my thoughts are my own.


While I had a HARD and I mean H-A-R-D time getting into the book at first, because of the way Darian's "speaking text" is written as a way to make him sound as if he is heavily using his accent.

 I did not hate the romance itself, I found the couple cute and their romance felt like it could've happened. It was an enjoyable read, overall I had fun & a lot of the scenes they had together were cute and the author managed to make me root for them. 


I don't have bipolar disorder and so I cannot speak on the representation that Ash character brought, but it was nice to have a character who's bipolarity did not take over their whole personality. It is a part of him, but it isn't him. We could see how it affected every aspect of his life and how it also impacted/reflected in his personal relations with other people (family, friends, etc.).


While this is at time a sweet read, do not be fooled by the cover or the old cover (which I highly miss and will mourn in my heart) this is a really emotionally heavy book & not as steamy as I wished. The ending wraps things up nicely.


Overall this was a 4-4.5 /5 stars

Bookarina