Princess of Banter and Humor // Royals by Rachel Hawkins

I went into this book hoping I’d enjoy it, but I didn’t count on how much I would like it. The premise seems really close to a book I read earlier this year and thought was okay but wasn’t really impressed by (Stephanie Kate Strohm’s Prince in Disguise), so that seemed like a point against … More Princess of Banter and Humor // Royals by Rachel Hawkins

4 Star Books Span Many Worlds and Genres // Mini-Reviews

Always Never Yours (Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka) | Goodreads | 4 stars I thought this book looked cute but didn’t have huge expectations, which just gave it a greater chance of topping those low expectations. At first blush, the protagonist seems like a typical YA protagonist – she has some romantic history, but she likes being behind the scenes. … More 4 Star Books Span Many Worlds and Genres // Mini-Reviews

Give It Up For the Director // From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Title: From Twinkle, With Love Position: Standalone Author: Sandhya Menon (When Dimple Met Rishi) Genre: Contemporary Pages: 328 Rating: 3.5/5 Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming … More Give It Up For the Director // From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Trouble Goes to Theme Parks and Raises the Dead // Mini-Reviews

Trouble Never Sleeps (Stephanie Tromly) | Goodreads | 4.5 stars I’m sad to see this delightful series come to an end. It was just as much fun rereading the first two books before this finale, though, so hopefully I have plenty of great rereads ahead of me. If you’re coming into this book expecting answers, then you’ll get them, … More Trouble Goes to Theme Parks and Raises the Dead // Mini-Reviews

Perfect Faces Don’t Make for Perfect Stories // Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten

Title: Bad Girls With Perfect Faces Position: Standalone Author: Lynn Weingarten Genre: Mystery Pages: 320 Rating: 2/5 When I looked up, his smile was wide and real. “Ready?” he said. I faked a smile back. I had gotten so good at faking things. I thought: You brought this on yourself, Sasha. You will have to pretend forever now. He squeezed my … More Perfect Faces Don’t Make for Perfect Stories // Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten

Girls Are More Than Their Rumors // A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

Title: A Girl Like That Position: Standalone Author: Tanaz Bhathena Genre: Contemporary Pages: 378 Rating: 5/5 A timeless exploration of high-stakes romance, self-discovery, and the lengths we go to love and be loved.  Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to … More Girls Are More Than Their Rumors // A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

Drama and Fluff Go Well Together // The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost It by Lisa Shanahan

Title: The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost It Position: Standalone Author: Lisa Shanahan Genre: Contemporary Pages: 295 Rating: 4.5/5 IN MY FAMILY, when anyone rides the wave of their emotions, we say they’re chucking a birkett. When the emotion drives out all common sense, we say they’re chucking a big one. The telltale signs are: flaming cheeks, … More Drama and Fluff Go Well Together // The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost It by Lisa Shanahan

Rock Stars and Over-Achievers All Have Drama // Mini-Reviews

The Brightsiders (Jen Wilde) | Goodreads | 4 stars I was extremely lucky to receive a digital ARC of this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of this review. I really love fame-based books. I’ve never wanted … More Rock Stars and Over-Achievers All Have Drama // Mini-Reviews

And the Bookish Oscar Goes to… // Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy

Title: Now a Major Motion Picture Position: Standalone Author: Cori McCarthy Genre: Contemporary Pages: 400 Rating: 4/5 Fandom and first love collide for Iris on the film set for her grandmother’s famous high-fantasy trilogy—perfect for readers of Fangirl! Unlike the rest of the world, Iris doesn’t care about the famous high-fantasy Elementia books written by M. E. Thorne. So it’s just a … More And the Bookish Oscar Goes to… // Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy

In Space, There is a Lot of Screaming and Death // Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Title: Obsidio Position: Book Three in the Illuminae Files Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Illuminae) Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 615 Rating: 4/5 Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources … More In Space, There is a Lot of Screaming and Death // Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff