Short and Sweet Reviews

Everything Everything—Nicole Yoon 

Well. 

Well. 

Bloody hell. 

Look, there might be spoilers in this review. Take it or leave it. 

This book was amazing.

I love a well written young adult novel that takes a hot minute to read and is a DAMN good story. 

This book was about a girl with some sort of medical condition that made it impossible for her to go outside. Her mother is her doctor and keeping tabs on her at all times with the help of a nurse that keeps up her medical care as well.

Okay, there won’t be spoilers because y’all just need to read this. 

It was so good. 

Damn. 

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The Kiss Quotient—Helen Hoang 

This book had me questioning my entire life. 

It had me questioning if I’m on the spectrum. It had me questioning if I should hire a professional sex worker. It had me questioning things I haven’t thought about since I was kid. Like how long my anxiety has been affecting me, how I dealt with it, who helped me. 

You know? 

It was a wild and hot book. 

I ain’t gonna lie to ya! This book was sexy sexy. Haha, which you wouldn’t think it would be because it was about a woman who is intensely into math. 

Like real intense. 

BUT. It was a lovely story and an interesting perspective and like I said, it made me think about my ENTIRE life. Which not a lot of books can manage that. Especially not what could be seen as a romance novel.

I honestly looked up all the tells of a being on the spectrum and then I was like Whoa…I think I actually have ADHD based on all this research. (That and I was listening to a podcast about the same subject that made me think I am.)

WHICH MAKES SO MUCH SENSE YOU HAVE NO IDEA.

I should probably see a professional about it.

Anyway, read this book it was wonderful. 

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Trouble is a Friend of Mine—Stephanie Tromly

This book was fun! It was a mix of Veronica Mars and Ferris Beullers Day Off. It was fun and adventurous and I’m really glad it’s a series. 

It was about Zoe Webster and Philip Digby, where they are trying to solve a crime or two.

Honestly, I barely remember this book because I read it last year, but I gave it 4 stars on GoodReads and that means a lot because I base everything off of one criteria:

Was this as good as Harry Potter? 

Four stars means it was a damn fine romp of a time.

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As You Wish—Jude Deveraux

For a Jude Deveraux book I was very disappointed. 

It was a cookie-cutter version of some of her other books, which is to be expected given that it’s a romance novel, but she always manages to make things fun no matter what, but somehow this didn’t work.

I think it was because I hadn’t read the books leading up to this, I had no idea that this was in a series of sorts. 

But even with that it was still stilted and weird. 

Like I’m normally all for time traveling change your life kinds of books, but this was just eyerolling. 

Which sucks since I love Jude Deveraux. 

Thankfully she has a ton of books to choose from. And maybe reading the lead up books to this will change my mind. 

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Eleanor and Park—Rainbow Rowell 

I think I need to reread this. 

I don’t really remember it from reading it the first time, but my GoodReads rating says that I gave it 3 stars. 

Which probably means that it was cute but not my most favourite.

But I also have a bunch of other Rainbow Rowell books on my shelf…

Suspicious. 

Means I liked her writing at the very least. 

Hmm…deeply suspicious. Maybe I’ll read it again. 

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Wishes—Jude Deveraux

After the debacle of As You Wish, I decided to read another Jude Deveraux. Which brought me to Wishes. 

It’s about Nellie Grayson and Jace Montgomery (love those Montgomery’s).

It was good, fun, romantic. 

There’s a ghost. It’s kind of great. 

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Shrill—Lindy West

Get. It. Lindy. West. 

I love her. 

Admittedly, I was only reading this because I wanted to watch the tv series.  But THANK GOD I DID. Because what a fantastic read. 

This entire book was just one big shout out to big girls everywhere and what it means to constantly be berated because you DARED (eye roll) to show up and stand up and just breathe in a room.

The audacity. 

She tells her story in an eloquent and punch-to-the-mouth way and I love her. 

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Constant vigilance!

Double Trouble

Hello Little Ducks,

So I have a backed up log of books and thought I would throw two reviews at you at once!

Especially considering I read these last year. Whoops.

Here’s “Moonlight Masquerade” by Jude Deveraux (from last summer.) and “A Place Called Here” by Cecelia Ahern.

Moonlight Masquerade–Jude Deveraux 

In the summer I like to partake in at least one Jude Deveraux novel as I’m partial to not listening to a hardcore storyline while also wanting to read about people falling in love.

This one was a bit weird. But only because I felt like that story was a little forced and campy.

Don’t get me wrong, I still loved it.
It got a little old school corny though because the characters met under duress, then she was working for him and he was hiding his identity, and then a series of other randomness and finally a sexy picnic in costume.

It was just odd balls all around.

Funny and worth it if you are looking for that sort of thing and enjoy when things always end well in a book.

(#10 A Book Set Somewhere You’ve Always Wanted to Visit. Don’t judge me. Edilean is set in Virginia and all the men are rich, hot, smart, cowboys, or handymen. Who the hell wouldn’t want to go?)

A Place Called Here–Cecelia Ahern 

Set in Ireland, written by an author who isn’t afraid of the fantastical, and an interesting plot made for an excellent read!

I’ve had this on my shelf for awhile and was glad that I was led to reading with the BringingUpBurns book challenge. I had started this book awhile ago and then (ironically) lost it.
Under my bed.

You don’t get the irony because you haven’t read it, but let me explain.

This book is about where all the things that go missing are. It’s about where your bobbypins, socks, books, and sometimes: people, are.

It was a lovely read as always as a woman who has become obsessed with finding out where all the missing things are (since she was a girl and a childhood enemy went missing) and finally finds out.

Wonderful book.

(#11 A Book I Started But Never Finished)

Constant vigilance!

Carolina Isle–Jude Deveraux

After some in depth reading of a YA series, I need some serious adult time.

I was a moron to pick this book of all the Jude Deverauxs on my shelf.

The book itself sounds like it’s going to be fun, two cousins meet, they realize they look practically identical and decide to switch places in life since one is an overworked lady with a tyrant for a boss and the other is an underworked over life-styled princess with an overbearing mother.

What’s weird was that the promised switcheroo was bland and didn’t play out in even a quarter of the book.

This book would’ve been better if she ditched the romance and just made it into a murder mystery because it was creepier than a bunch of her others and probably would’ve played out better to an audience. (Not her general one since she writes romances.)

Anyway, not my favourite, probably the worst of her books that I’ve read, but hey, everyone writes terrible books every once in awhile, even the greats.

I’m looking at you Stephen King.

…I don’t know why I just called him out. Mea culpa. Mea culpa.

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Wild Orchid–Jude Deveraux

I feel like at this point I should just copy and paste my conversations on these books with my friend because even after reading the back jacket of this book (and actually reading it months ago) I still don’t remember what it’s about and I think that our texts would better provide me with information on if I was enjoying it or not when I read it.

Run on sentence much?

So. This writer guys wife dies, he then seeks to hire an assistant. After going through several dimwitted assistants he meets Jackie Maxwell who is a sass attack of a woman.

OH YES! I remember now. She has vapid friends who are annoying and she tries to stop her prettily crying friend with a story and this guy hears her and tries to get her to work for him and she keeps turning him down and then eventually takes the job after running away from her wedding and they go to North Carolina and she helps him write a book while researching whether or not some story this lady heard somewhere was true about somebody falling in love with the devil himself and she discovers her roots and all this hoopla. It was a good book! I liked it!

Supernatural elements, funny dialogue, and (as always) great love stories.

Add it to your romance shelf because even if you are like me and don’t remember it later, at the time, it’s a really sweet story for the week.

 

Moonlight in the Morning–Jude Deveraux

Sometimes you need a little love in your life. And since I’m single, that line of duty falls to Jude Deveraux.

She’s quite obviously my go-to romance writer.

I just realized I’ve been reading her books for four years. That’s insane… but I guess I’ve been reading Tolkien, Lewis, and Rowling since I was a wee little lassie.

I don’t know where that Scottish came from, it has nothing to do with any of these. Well, except maybe the ancestors of Moonlight in the Morning.

This is placed in one of my favourite literary towns: Edilean. An artist and a doctor are falling in love but the thing keeping them from truly falling is that Jecca has to return to the “real” world at some point in the city where she has a job and a “life”.

Like all Judes books, I loved this one. Easy to read and exactly what I needed after reading Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Constant vigilance.

The Velvet Promise–Jude Deveraux

What is up with the Jude Deveraux’s that I’ve come across lately? This is not on my list of favourites, which is disappointing because I love the Montgomery clan. I love that they are all big buff men with dark hair and always get surprised when a girl stands up to them for the first time. I love the contrasting personalities and the women they fall for.

            SO why didn’t I love this one?

Rape. That’s why I didn’t love it. Yes, during that time it happened a lot, even if they were married and it was the ladies “duty” to have sex with her husband whenever he wanted it. But come on, it’s still rape when she says “No”. No means no you 17th century prick!

       This guy was like the anti-hero and I just didn’t feel the love like I normally do. You know when you are reading and the characters are fighting because they don’t know they love each other yet?

     I just felt like these characters hated each other and didn’t love or understand each other at all. They didn’t click for me. Or were too dumb and let everyone influence everything that happened to them and it made me angry that they couldn’t trust each other. Then bam! Like ten pages from the end it’s all like ‘I love him! I love her!” and then it’s over. For most of the book they were fighting and barely tolerated each other!

            Gavin was in “love” with another woman and then had to marry Judith. The woman he loved (which I think was called Alice) was a manipulative bitch and I don’t believe that anyone could be so infatuated with someone and not see that. Unless of course they were just CHOOSING not to see it and that makes them a whole other level of ridiculous.

            Not my favourite book, not my favourite characters, and I barely got to see any love the couple had for each other and that’s not what I want in a romance novel. Thank God she has a million others to choose from!

Return to Summerhouse–Jude Deveraux

The second in this “series”, I say it like that because it’s not the same characters it’s just the same place they go to, forced by a therapist who thinks it’s exactly what these ladies need.

            Again, it’s three women that visit the summerhouse and meet a mysterious Madame Zoya and her sister Primrose.

            The difference is (which I really liked about this one opposed to the first one) that all three women can go back to a place in time with each other. All three at once! That was a nice little twist. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, but they get to go back in time to 18th century England where they get to help alter one of their ancestries in order for their life to be back on track.

            This one was interesting because I like reading how people lived back in the day. The weird things they thought were okay (like locking someone up in a room if they were sick. Hello, it’s called fresh air.) and what they wore and what kinds of different jobs there were.

            Plus this one was funny, definitely a good summer book/plane/train/automobile/travel book. As most of hers are.

Heartwishes–Jude Deveraux

This was one of my favourites of Judes. I love when nerdy people get together with super hunky guys. It’s my favourite thing ever.

‘Heartwishes’ is about an old family, one of our favourites that we rarely see get the main screen, but is almost always related to someone in the background, that needs some things organized pertaining to their family history. Like 800 boxes of things; Old documents and the like. The person will be hired to work for a few years to get it all together and luckily for Gemma Ranford, she has a dissertation that needs to be written and thinks this would be the perfect opportunity to research.

There’s a family mystery that goes with the Fraziers, the legend goes that the women of the Frazier family get their ‘Heartwishes’ from a family jewel (that has gone missing) and anything they want so deep in their hearts happens.

Oh and the hunky lover boy in this is named Colin. And there’s an international jewel thief on the loose.

And it’s just amazing and I love it.

An Angel for Emily–Jude Deveraux

*This was written before I moved.

 

Okay, I have a bunch of Jude’s book left on my shelf because they are light for packing. Aren’t you proud of me? All my heavy books are done! Or packed up. I’m a maniac, maaaaaniac…on the dance floor. (*Avoids water gushing from ceiling bucket.*)

Anyway, this book sounds like a cornball riot of fun. And it really, really, was. It’s about a librarian (right up my alley, eh?) who is engaged to a tv news reporter.

Then: a miracle from God. An angel is sent to her because she’s in danger.

And holy crap, I bet you didn’t see this coming: She falls in love with the angel. Mind blown, right?

This book was a cheesefest and I loved every second of it. It had me giggling like a little girl. And on the plus side, it was nothing like City of Angels where it pisses you off at the end.

Read it, the Archangels Michael and Raphael want you to.

*Insert holy music. *

The Invitation–Jude Deveraux

It felt really good to read a Jude book. There’s something about the way she writes that just welcomes you back home into a world where men are hot tempered, but honorable. They stand by their women, they treat them well, and even though they get mad at them it’s because they care. And the women are always strong characters. There’s something different about each of them, but the one thing they have in common is that they stand up for themselves. I like that.

This book was split into three stories; the first was in the 1930s about an airline pilot who falls for a younger man after her husband dies. The second was about the twin brother of a character from another book of hers, who falls in love with a blond writer who has no filter. (She reminded me of me.) And the third was about a homely girl in need of help, she asks an “aging gunslinger” to help get her sister off her back.

Don’t look at me like that! They aren’t as cheesy as they sound! All the women were confidant and said what they meant and meant what they said. It was fantastic.

I suggest this if you are in need of short and sweet love stories and need some handsome and rugged men in your life.