4 Reasons why The November Girl should be on your To-Read List // magical realism, romance and quirky characters

After being in kind of a reading/writing/general life slump this month, I was SO stoked that the first book I picked up at the end of November after I got over my struggles had been a great read for me.

Me at the beginning of the month: not in the mood to read ANYTHING, forcing myself through the 3 kinda shitty books I had to read for uni

Me at the end of the month: 4 STARS! 5 STARS! ALL THE STARS! I LOVE READING!

The first book I read this month that WASN’T average or complete garbage (I literally just typed bargage wow) was The November Girl. YASSSSSS.

It’s a book I’ve been really excited for because one of my trusted book reviewers had given it a high rating so I had high hopes! AND THANKFULLY I WASN’T LET DOWN.

Also, I am part of the The November Girl blog tour so I hope you enjoy my stop and make sure to follow the rest of the tour here.

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The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin // Very fun and uplifting summer read! + Giveaway

Oh, hi there! Guess who’s back with another blog tour? *points at self* THIS GIRRRLLL.

Welcome to my stop of the The Big F blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! Today, I’ll be sharing my review and the tour-wide giveaway with you!

Coincidentally, I seem to have been a part of many blog tours which promoted books from Swoon Reads (such as this one hehe) and I’ve always had luck with their books thus far! They always have such fun and relatable contemporaries that I find very easy to read—and The Big F was no different!

Keep on reading if you’d like to know why I loved reading this book!

PS. You can follow the rest of the tour here!

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Just Friends Blog Tour // Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop at the Just Friends blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!

I am here to share my review with you (I tried and succeeded in keeping it quite short!) and there will also be a giveaway at the end of this post!

If you’re into easy-to-read contemporaries and the fake-friendship (no fake dating trope i’m sorry. but tbh i’m kinda disappointed too) and pining-for-each-other tropes, this might just be the book for you!

You can follow the rest of the tour here.

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Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener // Review + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my stop at the Amid Stars and Darkness blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!!!

I’m super excited to share my thoughts and feelings about this book with you!!! It’s a very action and drama-packed novel and it takes place in space—which is usually not my thing—but this was so much better than expected! I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out!

There will also be a giveaway at the end of this post so be sure to check that out!

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Review: The Map That Leads To You by J.P. Monninger – stunning!

via Goodreads:

“”Romantic and unforgettable.” –Nicholas Sparks

A romantic, vivid novel that takes place in the tender time of a young woman’s life:

Heather has graduated from college and is traveling around Europe with her two best friends. She’s left school responsibility behind and adult responsibility is looming, but this is her one, ONE last summer to be free.

Heather doesn’t expect to even meet Jack, let alone fall in love with him. Jack is an enigmatic Vermonter a few years older than she is, who is following his grandfather’s journal to various cities around Europe.

But in the same way that forces are bringing Jack and Heather together, life and duty are pushing them apart. And Jack has a secret that is going to change absolutely everything.”

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Review: Heartborn by Terry Maggert or… why I almost DNFed this book

Title: Hearborn

Author: Terry Maggert

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Published: July 31st 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Pages: 238

via Goodreads:

“Her guardian angel was pushed.

Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where violence and deceit are just around every corner. His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand.

Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival. Until Keiron arrives. I

n the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice. Fall with Livvy and Keiron as they seek the truth about her heart, and his power, and what it means to love someone who will give their very life to save you.”


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*I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my opinion in any way!*

Heartborn is a novel about… I am too #lazy to write a short summary but it is somewhat explained in the following paragraphs – or go read the blurb before reading this review!

The book had an interesting premise and it started out great but it was very anti-climactic for me.

Heartborn had a great opening scene – Keiron is an angel and stands on some kind of floating-in-the-sky island, about to jump down to get to earth. But his brother binds/chains him and his wings and pushes him to his death – it was so intriguing and I immediately wanted to know more about the world and what was going to happen next!

Then there is a POV switch and we get to know Livvy who struggles with a heart condition – she only has half a heart and therefore needs to be very careful when doing simple things like walking. She is working at a library at the desk to spare her heart from having to endure too much.

I thought the concept was pretty interesting and I was excited for Keiron and Livvy to meet. I was eager to find out what Keiron’s “destiny” was and why he was in such a rush to get to earth to meet Livvy.

And then the confusing POV switches happened – you either got to see whatever was happening between Keiron and Livvy on earth (from Livvy’s POV) or what was happening at House Windhook in the sky (the place where Keiron’s family live).

That fact alone was very confusing because the story completely lacked world-building. The only thing I knew was that a House Windhook existed and Keiron’s parents lived there but I didn’t know what their purpose was, if there were other houses, how they stood in relation to each other/how the whole angel society up in the sky worked etc.

I also found myself not caring for any of the characters of House Windhook. Some girl named Cressa (I believe?) appeared, delivering a message (from another House apparently) that Keiron’s brother was going to get murdered for pushing his brother off their land because they had assumed Keiron had died in the fall.

But since nothing was really explained, I didn’t even bother to understand the future events that happened at House Windhook and I found myself skimming through it. There was a major fight scene in the last third of the book between House Windhook and some other angelic House (I still don’t get who they were and what their purpose was lol like were they superior or not? Why did you fight? What is this???) so I didn’t care for any of those new characters EITHER!

At first, I was still quite interested to see how Keiron and Livvy would get along and I thought the romance between them was going to be slow-burning because he was there on a mission to save Livvy – but literally a day after they met they kissed and talked about dating and I was like…… OH HI THERE INSTA-LOVE, IT’S NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN!!!

Another annoying trope in the book was the group of bullies that were obviously your typical stuck-up mean girls who made fun of Livvy and called her Wheezer because of her heart condition (umm, who does that?????!?). I am SO tired of this trope like can we just stop *unimpressed smiley*

The story simply couldn’t hold my interest any longer and I found myself skimming through the last 40% of the book. I was so close to DNFing it!

I thought it was going to get better but the ending was so very predictable. It was partly revealed in the synopsis already so I was not very surprised lol.

There was nothing new or exciting in this book or specific to point out that made me go “Wow, this is unique!”

(I think the reason why I didn’t find it in me to care for any of the characters or how the story up in the sky progressed might have been because I only ever read this book on my 20-minute journey to and from uni and I was never really concentrated enough to read this book. *oopsies* #myfault #maybe)

Heartborn had such great potential to become a whole action-packed novel about angels and humans with a lot of fighting but it absolutely fell short.

Sadly, the lack of world-building, the major plot holes, the cliché tropes and the forgettable characters that I couldn’t connect to lead me to give this book 2 stars only. 

⭐⭐ (2 OUT OF 5 STARS)

Do you guys know the video of the woman saying *I am confusion* when talking about the pronunciation of Kansas and Arkansas??? Yeah, that’s how I was feeling while reading this book.

I don’t usually rate books below 3 stars because I feel like… just because I didn’t enjoy the book doesn’t mean someone else won’t! But this simply wasn’t very enjoyable for me and I would have DNFed it if I wasn’t already so far through with it. 

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Review: The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris

“Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new mission—Operation Find My Happy—and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart.

Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son’s nanny. Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF…

With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing’s for certain—their story would make one heck of a country song.”


Title: The Nanny Arrangement

Author: Rachel Harris

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Published: May 22nd 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC


“The best love stories always start with friendship. Luke and Lorelai, […] Harry and Sally. And don’t even get me started on my books. That’s my favorite trope by far.”

*I received a free ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion in any way!*

I was in the mood for a quick, light and easy contemporary read and when I stumbled across The Nanny Arrangement and spotted the childhood sweethearts trope, I WAS SOLD! This was the kind of sweet, cheesy love story that I was looking for!

The Nanny Arrangement is the story of shy and sweet Hannah who makes it a mission to make her childhood best friend Deacon, the man she’s secretly in love with, finally see her as more than just her best friend. Deacon is the new fiddle player in country music’s hottest band and he needs a nanny to look after his 2-year-old son while he’s on the road. And who could be better for the job than his best friend Hannah?

This was such a cute and adorable story! It made me feel all fuzzy and warm inside – mixed with a little bit of angst towards the end of the book. This was such a quick, light and adorable book, I flew through it in 2 days!

I mean, the term ‘best-friends-to-lovers’ literally already tells you what the story is about and how it is going to end, so I guess you could say that the story was predictable. But did I care? NOPE! ABOLUTELY NOT! 😀

The BFF to lovers trope is one of my favourite tropes ever – if it’s well-done – and The Nanny Arrangement definitely was!

It was lovely to see how Hannah and Deacon worked together as best friends and how much both of them loved Deacon’s child Max! Hannah had such a bright and happy personality and that really showed when she was around the kids! She has such a creative and silly mind and it was so endearing to read about it!

And there is just something about single-fathers that I love! I mean, it is kind of attractive, right?! 😛

You could really tell that Deacon loved his son to death and he would do anything to make him happy! Being in a band and touring the entire country did take its toll on Deacon because he thought he’d make Max feel abandoned – but Hannah always made sure to reassure Deacon and get him to get out of his head!

I really liked the dynamic between Hannah and Deacon and it was adorable to see how the both of them realised that they had feelings for each other! And the grand gesture at the end definitely made me tear up!

As I said, I AM A SUCKER FOR THE CHILDHOOD SWEETHEARTS TROPE!!! ❤

The Nanny Arrangement was a perfect read for me – it had best friends falling in love, a single-father with an adorable son, a band *swoons* and some great, supportive friendships along the way!

I would totally recommend it to people looking for a short contemporary read and fans of the friends-to-lovers trope who don’t mind some cheesy-ness and fluff!

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 OUT OF 5 STARS)


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Thank you for reading!

PS. Have you noticed? I am trying to keep my reviews short and not ramble too much 😛

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Down the TBR Hole #2 – Decluttering my TBR

This meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story. The title basically says it all – you go through your TBR and decide which books you really want to read and keep on your TBR and which books can go!

HOW IT WORKS

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | Spoiler-free

Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Published: September 1st 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Pages: 310


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(via Goodreads):

 “My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”

I read this book a few weeks ago but never got around to upload the review so here we are! 😀

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time and when I saw the movie trailer with Nick Robinson (gosh, I love him) when it first came out, I knew I had to give it a go!

I have to say I really enjoyed reading it at first – we have a diverse (yay!) main character (half-black/half-Japanese) who has a rare disease that doesn’t allow her to leave the house. The only human contact Madeline has is her mother and her nurse who both check on her every day. When Olly, the new neighbour from next door, starts messaging her and they start getting to know each other, Madeline falls in love. And that love has been doomed from the start.

Madeline was a very relatable character and she reminded me of my young, naive and pubescent self! When I had my first crush (and my second… and my third lol) I behaved exactly the same way she did. Just thinking about the other person makes you blush, you get butterflies in your stomach whenever they message you and all that jazz! It was so cute to read about all her thoughts and initial feelings and emotions when contacting Olly, whether it be via chat or in person.

I enjoyed Nicola Yoon’s writing a lot and the whole set up of the book was so cool. It was so easy to just breeze through it because the writing just flowed so naturally. And there were loads of drawings, lists, emails etc which was really engaging and made the reading experience so much more fun! This is also a book that you could easily finish in one sitting!

I really liked the idea of an impossible and basically hopeless romance between Madeline and Olly. Madeline is trapped in her house forever because of her illness and Olly has to sneak in when her mum isn’t home. The thought of a relationship between them was crazy at first but with time they could have made it work! I thought it was an interesting idea and would make the story really unique!

And I was really liking this book until I got to the end and the very disappointing plot twist. The ending really is the only reason why I gave it 3 stars instead of 4 or maybe even 5.

I won’t spoil anything on my blog but I will link you to an #ownvoices review if you want to know more about why the ending of Everything, Everything is harmful and ableist. Be aware that the review contains spoilers!

All in all I think the concept of this book was unique and promising and it had good potential but it wasn’t carried out/developed well enough. I am really disappointed with the ending and a lot could have been done differently! I feel like the author herself wasn’t sure how to wrap the story up so she did that.

While I have acknowledged and realised why Everything, Everything is problematic, I still enjoyed the rest of the story and therefore I give it 3 stars.

⭐⭐⭐ (3 out of 5 stars)

I’m still going to watch the movie because the trailer is soooo cool – I swear I’ve probably seen it 50 times. Nick Robinson might be the BIG reason why I’ll be watching it haha he is just adorable *drools*. And I love Amandla Stenberg! Watch the movie trailer for Everything, Everything below!

Have you read Everything, Everything? What did you think of it? Are you planning on watching the movie? Let’s chat in the comments!