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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