Thursday, September 28, 2023

Binding 13 by Chloe Walsh

Binding 13 (Boys of Tommen, #1)Binding 13 by Chloe Walsh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I could not get into the audio with the narrators. I may grab the physical or ebook.

Update! With all the hype over this series, I had to try again. This time I did get into the story.

I was not expecting this to follow teenagers. Our main characters are 17 and 15. I guess I never realized that this is a young adult series. It does read very young adult, but also does deal with some serious issues. Triggers for bullying, mental health, family violence, injuries, and more.

The first half was too slow for me and I almost gave up. However; I knew that Shannon and her family was going to bring some heart shattering moments, so this storyline kept me going. The second half was so much more intense and so much better. We also get much more of Johnny and Shannon together.

Did this blow me away? No, but I will probably keep going in the series.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Reign by Katharine McGee

Reign (American Royals, #4)Reign by Katharine McGee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a big fan of this series overall. I think I enjoyed this since the characters were getting older as we get to learn more and more about them. It was just a fun series and I was excited to see how it all unfolded in the end.

I had to refresh myself a little before jumping in, but everything came back to me as I continued to get back into this world. I wish things went in a different direction for some of our characters, but overall everything wrapped up nicely with this one.

Overall, a great series!

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Monday, September 18, 2023

He Should Have Told the Bees by Amanda Cox

He Should Have Told the BeesHe Should Have Told the Bees by Amanda Cox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was sent a copy of this book from a publisher/publicity team/giveaway. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.

Even though I had the physical book on this one, I did end up picking up the audio as well which I really enjoyed. I went between the two when reading this one.

This is told through both Callie and Becketts perspectives and I liked the contrast between the two. The story was still easy to follow and had a really nice pace. I also really enjoyed some of the other characters with this one as well.

Overall, I really enjoyed the emotional aspect of this story. It was my first book from this author and now I am hooked. I want more.

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Letters from My Sister by Valerie Fraser Luesse

Letters from My SisterLetters from My Sister by Valerie Fraser Luesse
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was sent a copy of this book from a publisher/publicity team/giveaway. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.

Historical fiction can be hit or miss for me. I enjoyed this story for what it was. I enjoyed the characters and the sibling relationships. There were times that I was a little bored and it dragged in some places, but I did enjoy it enough to continue on.

The romance was slow at times and I could wanted more, but that is also the romance reader in me. But I did like that this had an added mystery as well to keep everything moving.

Overall, I enjoyed this and I am interested in seeing some of the other works from this author.

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Friday, September 15, 2023

Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Block Shot (Hoops, #2)Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan

I loved Long Shot so much and was so excited to jump right into book two! Sadly, this is going to be a DNF for me.

This started off with the main character being told to blank "the fat girl." That was not my issue at all. My issue was that as soon we jump into the future, the alleged "fat girl" who was not even fat was very focused on losing weight and her health. It was all about going to the gym and being on weight watchers. Then it was revealed she was ONLY a size 10! I just could not!

This man started off liking her the way she was, and I wish even if she was not a bigger girl, they would have kept her as she was.

I was just too over it way too quickly to keep going if that was going to talked about over and over again.

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Thursday, September 14, 2023

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Long Shot (Hoops, #1)Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I’ll play you at the five.”

Triggers for post-partum depression. Scenes with descriptive domestic violence including physical, emotional, and rape. This is not going to be for everyone, but I loved it. Be mindful the original cover does not reflect the story within besides involving basketball players.

This has been on my TBR for years! I kept pushing it off. When I saw my library had the audio on Libby, I had to snatch it up.

This started off like many sports romances and I was a little turned off with the characters meeting instantly. However; I highly recommend pushing past this as this will take a very different direction than you initially think. I was a little annoyed that Iris was putting August instantly over a boyfriend of over a year from one night of talking. I was glad they take a step back and not thrown together that night. They do not end up together quickly at all even if there is insta-love.

This story made me feel so many emotions. I was sad, I was mad, I was crying during happy moments. I love stories that can bring so many different reactions.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals (The Naturals, #1)The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one really surprised me!! It is considered young adult and does follow a cast of older teens. However; the subject matter is much darker. The teens are being trained to use their skills to solve serial killer murders.

There are also references to child abuse/sexual abuse. No details but it is mentioned/inferred.

This was such a fast read and I easily finished it in one day. I am so bummed my library does not have book 2 ready for several weeks on audio. I cannot wait to continue this one!!

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