Sometimes Covers Reflect the Stories Within Them // Mini-Reviews

This Adventure Ends (Emma Mills) | Goodreads | 4.5 stars I’ve been hearing more and more about Emma Mills over the years, but I never picked up her books – until I saw this beauty in a Barnes & Noble. Even though I hadn’t read any of her stuff, the cover was pretty and it … More Sometimes Covers Reflect the Stories Within Them // Mini-Reviews

Families Can Be Just As Thrilling as Kidnapping Mysteries // The Second Life of Ava Rivers by Faith Gardner

Title: The Second Life of Ava Rivers Position: Standalone Author: Faith Gardner Genre: Contemporary/Mystery Pages: 364 Rating: 4.5/5 Ava’s disappearance was the crack in the Rivers family glacier. I wish I could explain to you how we were before, but I can’t, because the before is so filmy and shadowed with the after. The after is all Vera remembers. When her … More Families Can Be Just As Thrilling as Kidnapping Mysteries // The Second Life of Ava Rivers by Faith Gardner

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

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

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

Girl Power Can Be Found in All Kinds of Places // Mini-Reviews

Restore Me (Tahereh Mafi) | Goodreads | 4 stars I loved the original Shatter Me series for how it focused less on world-building and instead on character building. Juliette’s journey from a broken, totally insecure and weak girl into someone who could take control back from a terrifying dictator-esque leader was a good one, even if we … More Girl Power Can Be Found in All Kinds of Places // Mini-Reviews

Mental Health is Complicated and Personal // A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland Review + Discussion

Title: A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares Position: Standalone Author: Krystal Sutherland Genre: Contemporary Pages: 368 Rating: 4.5/5 Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather met Death, her entire family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime—a fear that will eventually lead each and every one of them to their graves. Take Esther’s father, for instance: He’s an … More Mental Health is Complicated and Personal // A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland Review + Discussion

The Arts Help Protagonists Cope With Plenty of Drama // Mini-Reviews

Noteworthy (Riley Redgate) | Goodreads | 4.5 stars I mainly picked this up because it looked like it had an interesting concept that could go horribly wrong or wonderfully right; luckily, I think it was the latter. The main character is a girl who goes to a performance arts school who is always passed over … More The Arts Help Protagonists Cope With Plenty of Drama // Mini-Reviews

Change Can Be Scary and Wonderful All at Once // Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

This series is an odd one for me – I love it, and whenever I’m reading the books, I love them, but when I’m not reading them, I worry that my opinion is wrong or has changed. What if I don’t like it anymore? That was definitely a worry coming into this third and final … More Change Can Be Scary and Wonderful All at Once // Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han