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Dirty (Dive Bar Book 1) by Kylie Scott Review

Title: Dirty (Dive Bar 1)25671827

Author: Kylie Scott

Genre: Romance

Rating: 3/5 Stars



 

The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that come with her.

Lydia Green doesn’t know whether to scream or cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it’s with his best man is another thing all together.

Just when this runaway bride has nowhere left to turn, a handsome stranger offers her a broad, muscular shoulder to cry on. Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessmen she’s normally drawn to. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and is facing his own crossroads. But Lydia’s already tried Mr. Right and discovered he’s all wrong–maybe it’s time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what’s wrong with getting dirty?



 

After I read Trust by Scott, I was really excited to check out some of her other books. I was a little let down by this one, it wasn’t as good as Trust was and I felt like things moved way too quickly. The ‘instalove’ was VERY instant in this novel. It started out hilarious, I mean, what would you do if you found a porn of your soon-to-be husband having sex with his groomsmen? Talk about dodging a bullet.

One thing I’m not a fan of in Kylie Scott’s books is how she makes her characters self-conscious of their body weight. Unless it has to do with the plot, which it didn’t in this novel, don’t make it part of the story. I feel like she’s only writing overweight characters in order to get a target audience. Not into that.

This novel takes place over one week… as I mentioned before about the instant love between these two characters, I wasn’t lying. Even Lydia says at the end of the book that they moved too fast.

With all that said, I might still read book two in the series (Twist) just to see if it’s any better.

 

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Book Review: Bad Penny by Staci Hart

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Author: Staci Hart

Genre: Romance

Rating: 3/5 Stars




 

Nothing good comes after the third date.

Date three is the crucial point when things get real, which is exactly why I bounce out the door, twiddling my fingers at whatever poor boy I’ve left behind. Because if I stick around, one of three things will happen: he’ll profess his undying love, he’ll get weird and stalky, or I’ll go crazy. Like, Sid and Nancy crazy. Like, chase-him-through-the-streets-begging-him-to-love-me crazy.

Seriously, it’s better for everyone this way.

So when I meet Bodie, I figure it’ll be the same as it ever was. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t put a single string on me. Doesn’t matter that he’s funny and smart and jacked or that he can play my body like a grand piano. Because even though I’m built for love, love has only carved me up like a Christmas ham.

Resistance is something I can only hang on to for so long, and he has persistence in spades. But my heart isn’t as safe as I want to believe, and neither is his. And the second I ignore my cardinal rule is the second I stand to lose him forever.




 

Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the norm and ready a fun and easy romance novel. This did just that for me. This book pulls you in with its wit from the very first chapter title, literally, I laughed out loud when I saw it. Penny is an all around happy, independent woman who knows what she wants in life, that is, until she meets Bodie. I’m so used to the tame, girl next door type going after the bad boy in these types of novels, so it was cool to see a badass tatted girl in a novel getting involved with the nerdy gamer (who is also chiseled beyond belief). I admit, I saw the cover and that’s what pulled me in, I don’t think I even looked at the synopsis.

With alternating chapters, we get to see both POV’s, which I loved because we got to know that Bodie wasn’t just using Penny like she was using him in the beginning.

If you’re not a fan of ‘insta-romance’, this book isn’t for you because the romance starts off within the first two chapters. There’s no build up at all. If you’re looking for erotica, this book also isn’t for you. The sexual scenes in this novel were very tame in nature, but they did exist.

I rated this lower than my normal reviews only because there wasn’t enough conflict to keep me involved and concerned for the characters. And when there was conflict, it was rather annoying and self-inflicted.

Would love to see a second book in Veronica’s perspective. Who is she dating?!

The ending was perfect, but I feel like the characters (or at least Penny) didn’t act their age throughout the entirety of the novel.

 

What are your favorite adult romance novels? Looking to fill up my kindle with some reads similar to this.

 

 

Book Review: Long Way Home by Katie McGarry

Title: Long Way Home (Thunder Road #3)30738170

Author: Katie McGarry

Genre: Young Adult

Rating: 5/5 Stars




 

Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.




 

Book three of the Thunder Road series was possibly my favorite. I feel like books 1 and 2 set book three up perfectly. I wasn’t so sure that I would enjoy reading from Violet and Chevy’s perspectives but I think they were the best. This one also starts out with way more action than the first two. That’s what I really loved about it.

We see Violet on occasion going against the MC because of her father’s death, during her few scenes in the first two, but finally getting in her head and watching how strong she is was incredible.

Most reviews on GoodReads seem to agree with me on the fact that they weren’t sure they were going to enjoy a book with Violet as the main character but they all ended up enjoying it. I honestly found myself noticing more motorcycles and wanting to be a part of that world while I was reading this book.

Spoilers Ahead

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It did leave me with some questions though, like what Chevy’s mom thought about him going to see his half brother and possibly not becoming a member of the MC when he turns 18. I figured her reaction should have been a big deal.

I also wondered what happened with Addison. I thought this was supposed to be the final book, but McGarry seems to set it up well for another one featuring Addison, Breanna’s friend from the second book. We’ve heard about her troubling home life many times and even hear it mentioned that someone in the MC has their eyes on her.

Please let there be another book!!

June Wrap Up, July TBR & July Camp NaNoWriMo Prep!

June Wrap Up

 

 

Mann Cakes by Mysti Parker– 4/5 stars. Great beachy summer romance from a local (to me) author. The only thing that I wish was different was that the only POV’s be between Tanner and Paige, instead of all four characters.

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry– 4/5 stars. I think I ended up liking the second book in this series better than the first book, but they’re still not hitting a perfect score with me. However, I felt more compassion throughout the book for Razor and Breanna, more than I had for Oz and Emily from the first Thunder Road book.

Long Way Home by Katie McGarry– Probably my favorite book out of this series. I feel like all the other books have set us up for Violet and Chevy’s story! Review to come!

I also just realized every book I read in June (and finished) was set in Kentucky! How cool is that? 

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July TBR

July is not going to be a reading month for me since NaNo will be going on, but I am going to try and finish one book that I started in June and read a few chapters from a book I recently purchased.

I’ve been reading chapters here and there on Letters to my Daughters, it’s one of those feel good, faith books. I’ve been trying my best to read up more on my bible and books like LtmD:TAoBaW, it’s just a book that I’m making a habit of pulling out before bed to read and relax.

Once and For All, Sarah Dessen’s latest release, just came out a few weeks ago and I thought this would be a good book to focus on in July during camp NaNo. You’re supposed to read how you want to write, right? I’d love to be as successful of a writer as Dessen. Here’s to hoping.

And I’ll also be reading a romance novel, just to take a break from CAMP and all the other marriage/wedding stuff haha. Sometimes it’s nice to read something sexy! I’ll be at the lake for a weekend, so the romance will be a fun breather.

 

 

 

Camp NaNoWriMo Prep

July Session

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Back in April, I started writing a new summer contemporary YA novel. Since then, I’ve been editing here and there trying to prepare for July’s session of camp. If you’ve been following my blog, you know I struggled the final week of camp in April, especially that final day and I only have a goal of 40k. I’m hoping this month goes a bit smoother, with a goal of 30k. I have a pretty good feeling about this one now, better than anything I’ve written before.

During edits this June, I haven’t had to scrap too much, just the last couple thousand words because they didn’t even fit with the plot. I was just writing to hit the word goal that last day in April. Probably the worst writing month I’ve ever had.

I’m excited for this coming camp NaNo though. I have a great cabin (some people from April’s session and my husband), so I should be pushed to finish. Wish me luck!

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True by Erin McCarthy Book Review

Title: True (True Believers #1)17332551

Author: Erin McCarthy

Genre: New Adult

Overall Emotions: Gross…what… meh…

Rating: 2/5 Stars




 

When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.

Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…

Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…




 

I’m always very cautious when stepping into the realm of new adult because the content is usually a bit out there. My friend recommended this one to me and she read it in about a day, followed by the rest of the series in a week. I, however, wasn’t too fond of this book, but I wanted to love it. The author is local to me, and the book is even set around University of Cincinnati, so everything that happens is logical, but I didn’t like reading it.

Here’s the thing, most of the time I was highly grossed out from Tyler’s chain smoking addiction. I wondered why Rory was attracted to him because the smoking really bothered me. If Tyler hadn’t been a stress smoker, I may have found him attractive but he’s now my least favorite book boyfriend.  I do think Rory was amazing at looking past all of Tyler’s family issues, but I didn’t understand why a girl like her would even be hanging out with friends like Jess who were doing drugs.

Speaking of Jess… I think I hated her more than Tyler’s pill addicted mother. I felt like she was never actually okay with Rory and Tyler being together (her and Tyler used to hook up), she just seemed to have this attitude throughout the book.

I don’t think I’ll continue this series, just because I didn’t fall in love with any of the characters.

I’ve never had good luck searching for a new adult book without all of the same troupes of bad boys in college. Any recommendations out there?

 

Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken Book Review

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Author: Rachel Van Dyken

Genre: New Adult Romance

Rating: 3/5 Stars




 

Lucas Thorn wasn’t born a cheater. All it took was a single moment—say, a certain disastrous incident on the night before his wedding—and boom. Reputation destroyed forever and always. So now he owns it. He has a lady friend for every night of the week (except Sundays—God’s day and all), and his rules are simple: No commitments. No exceptions.

But a certain smart-mouthed, strawberry blonde vixen is about to blow that all to hell.

Avery Black has never forgiven Lucas for cheating on her sister. And suddenly being forced to work with him is pretty much a nightmare on steroids. Of course, it does afford her the opportunity to make his life as difficult as possible. But no good revenge scheme comes without payback. Because he didn’t become the Lucas Thorn without learning a few things about women.

Now Avery’s lust for vengeance has turned into, well, lust. And if Lucas stops cheating, it’s definitely not because he’s falling in love




 

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, all a different girl in Lucas Thorn’s bed, except for Sunday, that’s God’s day.

Lucas Thorn is embracing his mistakes, by doing exactly what everyone expects of a cheater, to keep cheating. Once a cheater, always a cheater. Right?

This novel was written in alternating point of views but my issue with that is the characters voices were not distinctive enough. I couldn’t really bring myself to love Avery, but I did sympathize with Lucas, surprise! At times, I could see why he was in love with Avery. Mostly in his flashbacks of when they grew up together, but the Avery that just kept being a total bitch to him (no matter if he deserved it) I couldn’t stand her. Lucas knew that he messed up with her sister, he even tells us when the story begins, that we’ll hate him.

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I would say this book is Fifty Shades of Grey (set in Seattle with a rich bachelor and a poor girl) meets John Tucker Must Die (the cheating and want for payback). Which, you would think would make for a fantastic novel but it sadly fell short in my opinion. This story does set itself up pretty well for the sequel (Cheater’s Regrets), and I just might read that.

I couldn’t stand Lucas’ mother though, she was way over the top and not in a good way! If her character would have been toned down a bit, I would have loved it more. Would have been fantastic to see more of Avery’s family also. The only time we see them is when Kayla’s crying (get over it) and Brooke’s trying to shove her tongue down someone else’s boyfriends throat (you’re the bad guy in this).

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I was pleased with how Van Dyken managed to wrap things up in the end, but I was still expecting a un-perfect ending since they keep repeating ‘once a cheater, always a cheater’ and Lucas saying we’ll hate him no matter what. If I hated anyone it was his mother and Avery’s sister, Brooke.

 

 

 

 

 

Roommates by Erin Leigh & Tara Brown Book Review

Title: Roommates (#1)27276645

Author: Erin Leigh & Tara Brown

Genre: New Adult Romance

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Overall Emotions: Felt very juvenile, but quick and easy to read. Kind of weirded out by the male perspective.




 

Life is full of expectations.
For Brady Coldwell it’s always been about the game.
Hockey is and always will be, his life.
His family sacrificed everything to get him here and he won’t let them down.
He knows what’s expected of him.
Natalie Banks is no different.
She too knows what it means to have everyone sacrifice for you.
She knows about the debt that’s left owing in the end and the price you pay for making up your own mind.
But when an innocent mistake lands them as roommates, neither of them is prepared for the feelings they have or the consequences of their actions.

How do you negotiate matters of the heart?
How do you say no when it simply feels so right?




 

Review

This book had so much potential but it fell short… very short. The synopsis and the cover make it seem like a very innocent book, so the second there was talk from Brady about screwing the nurse after hockey practice (in great detail by the way), I realized this book is aimed toward an older audience, as in, out of high school. I wouldn’t call it an erotica, there were only about four scenes that were cringe worthy. And Brady’s constant inner dialogue of wanting to have sex with Natalie was a bit weird.

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These characters seemed younger than they were supposed to be also, but then way older at times, but never their actual age. At times I felt like Nat was 17, probably because that’s how her mom treats her. I kind of would have rather heard this story straight from Brady’s POV, I found myself annoyed with Nat most of the time.

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***Spoilers follow….***

And then they finally admit their feelings for each other… weeks after they have sex… they decide to move out only to move back in with each other weeks later! What?!

The only part that I really enjoyed was the ending where instead of an engagement ring, he gives her a key to their new apartment. I felt like the over all plot was too quick and a lot of the hockey play talk was a bit boring. I actually started skimming over those parts because I didn’t know what half of it meant.

I would compare this to Fifty Shades of Grey minus the BDSM because at some points Brady reminded me of Christian, not wanting Nat to drink too much, getting jealous, dating a ton of women…

Was a very easy read though, just what I’m looking for at the end of the year. I’d recommend this to someone who is between New Adult and Adult Romance. There’s only a few in depth sex scenes, but they’re not cringe worthy.

Gilmore Girls A Year in the Life (Reaction, Spoilers Included)

Welcome back to Stars Hallow, my favorite fictional town! Did you guys enjoy your return visit? I was so excited that they brought back my favorite mother/daughter duo. Sadly, I felt really let down by the end of it.

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WINTER

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I felt like the beginning of this episode was really awkward. We’re brought back into the lives of Rory and Lorelai Gilmore, and things are a bit different. Rory is dating a guy named Paul that she just keeps forgetting about… actually… everyone keeps forgetting about. I loved seeing all the old characters have their random appearances but I would have loved to see more of them. We mostly saw Krik (but when we do, it’s hilarious). We also see how Mrs. Gilmore is dealing with her husband’s death, which might have been my only favorite part of this. I’ll be honest. I wasn’t too fond of Rory in this revival, but I hated Emily (Mrs. Gilmore) in the original series.

Paris Geller though, loved her introduction back into the show! She was hilarious. Working in a fertility clinic/finding surrogate mothers, and Luke just not understanding that he doesn’t have to have sex with the surrogate to have a baby with Lorelai. I just don’t get that Luke and Lorelai want a baby, or Lorelai mostly. I feel like that was very forced.

The only Rory love interest we’re shown is Logan so far, which, I was hoping she would be with Jess.

2/5 Stars.

 

SPRING

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Lorelai and Emily are going to therapy, but I feel like Rory is the one who needs to be in therapy if I’m being honest. Rory is screwed like most college grads, not being able to find her dream job so she’s been living house to house out of boxes.

Rory has been visiting London to see Logan (with what money, Rory?) I’m not surprised by the fact that Rory is ‘the other woman’ again in the revival, with Logan this time. I felt like she was just playing with Logan’s heart, she could have told him she was ready to get married and he would have dropped everything for him. Uhg! Stop being a bad person Rory!

Oh, Paul Anka!! 🙂

I love the change in Emily now (which is sad since it’s due to her husband’s death).

The Rachel Ray cameo was my favorite, I might be the only one who thinks that. I thought it was hilarious when Lorelai catches her in the kitchen! But where’s our favorite chef?!

Let’s talk about Paris and Rory going back to visit their high school. That scene was awesome but it felt very dragged out.

3/5 Stars

SUMMER

 

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In this episode, we welcome April and Jess back. Yay, Jess! April, meh. I kinda think it was random to bring her back. Luke doesn’t even talk about her until she makes an appearance. As for Jess, gosh, has to grown into such a great person from the bad boy we remember. He suggests that Rory write a book about her and her mom and I think he actually brought her our of her rut. We needed more Jess!

The Stars Hallow Gazette is also closing, but Rory steps in and decides she wants to keep it going. This was my favorite thing that happened in all four episodes. I thought it was the best decision Rory made. She wanted to be a journalist, and here she is. Though, I really wanted her to fire the two employees that weren’t actually working. Her and Jess could have banned together to make a great paper.

Emily starts (sort of) dating a new man, but that whole ordeal really weirded me out.

Rory keeps ‘butt dialing’ Logan for most of this episode, and the entire time I’m just shaking my head. Really Rory? Just delete his number. Be done with him. Stop being a home wrecker. Stop it.

Lorelai also makes the decision to go on this super long hike in order to figure things out, which I fully support but the way she goes about it really bothered me. She needed to talk to Luke about what was going on in her head.

4/5 Stars

FALL

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By far, my favorite of the four revival episodes.

Lorelai goes on her ‘Wild’ adventure hike, but she doesn’t actually go on it but it’s all about the journey right? She goes through all this trouble of packing her backpack and being delayed but in the end, she loses her permit and never gains access to the trail. She finally calls her mom and tells her her favorite memory of her and her father when she was in high school. I’d like to say she finds exactly what she was looking for out of that trip and she didn’t even need to go on the hike.

My favorite part was when Rory’s friends from college show up in her hometown late at night and take her on this wild adventure. Logan also shows up, I wasn’t too thrilled about that though. I wish it had just been his friends. The night she spent with them had me in tears. Especially, when Rory finally ends things with Logan.

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Luke and Lorelai finally set their wedding date… finally. And as they’re planning the big day, they end up not even doing it the day off. They sneak off in the middle of the night, a small group and get married. That scene was so beautiful to me. It was perfect. I’m so thankful Lorelai didn’t let Emily talk her into an extravagant wedding at a country club.

My favorite scene with Emily in the entire series happens. When she tells the ladies in the DAR off and goes onto start her new life in Nantucket. She gets a job at the whaling museum and decides to expand the Dragonfly.

Rory goes on to see her father and asks him all these questions about why he wasn’t around when she was growing up and if he thought it was a good idea for her mother to raise her on her own. That scene made zero sense to me at all… until the four last words.

Rory also runs into Dean at the store and asks if she can write about him in her book and that he was the best boyfriend ever. I thought for sure that she was going to cry on his shoulder. I loved seeing his small cameo though, learning where he is in life.

Lorelai gives Rory permission to write the book and to call it Gilmore Girls, drop ‘the’. Perfect.

And the four last words, ‘Mom.’ ‘Yeah?’ ‘I’m pregnant.’

Not cool! Not cool!

Give us more!

5/5 Stars

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They gave us a great conclusion with Lorelai but zero conclusion on Rory. I guess we just assume that it’s Logan’s baby and Rory becomes her mother, raising the baby on her own. That or it’s the Wookie’s…

Blue Lily, Lily Blue Book Review

Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Book 3 of The Raven Cycle)blue-lily-lily-blue

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Rating: 5/5

Overall Emotions: Mind blown, holy crap!

 




 

The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

 




 

By far my favorite of The Raven Cycle books thus far! After Dream Thieves, I wasn’t too thrilled to keep reading the series. I didn’t like being in Ronan’s head that much but this book was fantastic.

Someone is missing. Someone dies. Someone almost falls in love.

I loved seeing the almost chemistry between Gansey and Blue in this book. And what I loved even more was the banter between Blue and Ronan toward the end.

This book made me wish that they would make a book to movie adaptation! How sick would that be?

Honestly, I feel like I can’t get the words I want down to express how good this book was. Sorry for the crappy review, just know that I loved it!

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Five stars for this one!!

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If Blue doesn’t get her kiss by the end of book four, I’m going to rage.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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So, it’s been a VERY long time since I have read a YA vampire book and this one didn’t let me down (that is, not until halfway through.) The following way I’ll be reviewing this book is by a rubric grading system that jennaclarek from YouTube created in order to give an unbiased grade to the book you’re reviewing.

I wanted to read this book because I saw a handful of booktubers discussing it recently and what sold me on it was the book trailer. Holy moly! The book trailer gives me shivers! This is pretty much how I looked during the whole video.

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The book started out fantastic, and ended perfectly but the middle was a bit horrible. I expected more romance but this wasn’t like your usual vampire YA novel. You hardly even see the two love interests together. The ending through, gave me all the feels.

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So here’s my rubric breakdown:

Enjoyment/Feels

  • Characters/ships-4
  • Plot twists-5
  • un-put-down-able-3
  • Re-read worthy-1

Characters

  • Representation- 5
  • Likeability- 5
  • Development-4

Plot

  • Predictability- 5
  • Complexity-5
  • Conclusion- 5
  • Other- 4

Writing

  • POV’s- 2
  • World building- 3
  • Language/ word choice- 5
  • Voice/ style- 3
  • Quotable- 1

Themes/ Content

  • Complexity- 5
  • Execution- 4
  • Meaningful-2
  • Unproblematic- 5

Total: 76/100

This weekend I’ll post my video review for you guys to check out which will give you a more opinionated view from me.