Review: Christmas by Accident

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Rating: ★★★★

I received this book for free for review purposes.

This was such a cute Christmas read! 

The story was relatively simple and doesn’t go too in-depth, but it totally worked for this book. This is a great book to read if you are looking to get into the holiday spirit because it has a little of everything. There’s some romance, familial love and reconnections, a cute bookstore with a cafe, and a ton of Christmas spirit. What more could you want? 

I loved the two main characters, Carter and Abby. It was nice seeing the two of them come together and I loved how they were both bookish and into writing. The supporting characters were also great. One of my favorites was Carter’s coworker, Lenny. 

This book is also short enough to read in a day, so if you want to squeeze in a last minute holiday read, this is perfect.

Lastly, as a bonus, there are recipes at the end for holiday themed treats! 

Overall, this is a short and sweet Christmas romance with a lot of heart. If you are looking to read just one Christmas book this year, read this one! 

Review: Let It Snow

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Rating: ★★★

I received this book for free from Penguin Teen for promotional purposes.

I was really excited to read this because I wanted to watch the movie on Netflix. For once, I was good and actually read the book first. I haven’t watched the movie yet but I will at some point in the next few days so my review is solely based on the book.

As a whole, I found this to be underwhelming. I had such high hopes but it didn’t quite reach them. This book was originally published in 2008 and I felt like this was a very typical YA book from that time. There was nothing that really drew me in and made me fall in love with it. I also didn’t feel any sort of attachment to the characters. I felt sort of meh about all of them. 

As for the three stories, the best one was The Jubilee Express, followed by The Patron Saint of Pigs and A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle. 

I did like that even though they were three separate stories, they still felt cohesive, as if they were all a part of the same novel. I liked that some of the characters crossed over into the other stories. That helped tie everything together nicely. 

Overall, this book wasn’t what I was expecting, but if want a cheesy YA romance to read for Christmas, give it a shot! 


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Review: Dare to Be You

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Rating: ★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

This book is basically a collection of quotes from famous women and a few men. The book is divided into short little chapters based on themes like being yourself and caring for the planet.

The selection of women featured was expansive. You had everyone from politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Stacey Abrams to actresses like Jane Fonda and Amy Poehler. 

At the end of the book there are short biographies of all the people who were quoted. I kind of wished that these bios were incorporated throughout the book to help break up all the quotes. It got a little tiring reading a bunch of quotes without anything there to mix it up. Having the biographies intermixed would help with that. It would also help give the quotes some context because I’m sure there are some people who read this book who won’t know who everyone is. Also, a lot of quotes would be more impactful if you knew the story behind the woman saying it. 

Overall, I would recommend this book to young girls and teens. I think this book would really resonate with them and would make a great gift. 

Review: Terror is Our Business

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Rating: ★★★

This was a fun collection of spooky short stories. 

In the introduction, Joe Lansdale recommends spreading out your reading of the stories and I agree with that. Like he mentions in the intro, the stories follow a similar structure so reading them over time is definitely the better option. Otherwise, it is easy to tire of them.

Personally, I really loved Jana as a character. I felt more of a connection with her than I did with Dana. Jana was more relatable and added a nice dash of humor to the stories. My favorite story from the whole collection was the Jana solo story, “Blind Love.” That story felt very modern and fresh. That being said, aside from “Blind Love” my favorite stories were the Dana solo stories. Jana was great in the other stories, but I didn’t find the plots of them to be as interesting as the earlier Dana stories. 

I also was happy that this book centered on female leads since you don’t always see that in the horror genre.

As for the horror level of this book, it is pretty mild. So if you are a scaredy cat, you’ll still be able to enjoy this collection. 

Overall, this is a great collection of stories if you are in the mood for some paranormal mysteries. 

Review: His to Defend (NOLA Knights #1)

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Rating: ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher (Harlequin) as part of their bookstagram publicity campaign. 

This is the first book in a new spin-off of Rhenna Morgan’s Men of Haven series. If you haven’t read that series you can still read this one as a standalone. Some characters from Men of Haven do make an appearance but it is not imperative that you read their books first. I’ve only read the last book in the Men of Haven series and was able to enjoy this book just fine. 

This was a great contemporary alpha male romance. I’ve never read a book about a modern day mobster so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I ended up loving the dynamics. 

I loved how protective Sergei was of Evette and her son, but also how sweet he could be. Evette was a nice leading lady. She had spunk and I loved that she was honest with Sergei. A lot of times in romances, characters will not tell the person they’re dating about something super important and all it does is just create unnecessary drama. Luckily this book does not fall prey to that. Evette was smart! 

Overall, this was a solid to start to a sexy new series and I am looking forward to reading the next installment. 


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Review: Lady Jayne Disappears

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Rating: ★★★★

I received this book for free from JustRead tours as part of their Blind Date with a Book tour. 

First off, I just want to say that JustRead tours did an amazing job matching me with this book. It was right up my alley. 

This book was like Jane Eyre meets a Charles Dickens novel and I loved it. It’s like Jane Eyre in the sense that the main character is living in a mysterious house with people above her station. Similar to a Dickens novel, this book deals with and shed light on some unsavory things about the Victorian era like debtors’ prison. 

I loved the vibe of this book. It’s mysterious with a hint of a gothic feel to it. 

There’s a little bit of romance too. The love interest was perfect for the main character. They were really good together. Also, he was an avid reader so you gotta love him. At point he says, “I admit I’man escapist when it comes to books.  I become drunk on story, on words, as a buffer against reality” (pg. 104). 

This book is Christian fiction but it is very light on the religious aspects. It doesn’t overpower the story itself which I liked. 

The only thing I didn’t love was that the mystery wasn’t as exciting as I would have liked. 

Overall, this was an enjoyable Victorian tale with a beautiful blend of romance and mystery. 


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Review: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse

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Rating: ★★★★★

I received this book for free as part of an Instagram tour (TLC Book Tours specifically) I did to promote the book. 

This book was absolutely amazing! I loved everything about it.

The story is very simple but very profound. There are lots of little pieces of wisdom sprinkled throughout that really hit me hard. For example, this was one of my favorite passages:

“Sometimes I feel lost,” said the boy.

“Me too,” said the mole, “but we love you and love brings you home.”

It reminded me a lot of Winnie the Pooh in the best possible way. It had the same innocence and spirit. 

Even though this is such a short book, I fell in love with all 4 of the characters. I particularly loved the fox because even though he was very silent, I still felt his impact. 

The illustrations in this are gorgeous. They’re whimsy and magical and just perfect, especially when accompanied with the handwritten text. The text was stylized so beautifully, they almost become part of the pictures. 

Honestly, I think everyone should read this book. It’s such a comforting little book that everyone can benefit from reading. Young or old, everyone at every age can enjoy this. 

Also, since the holiday season is approaching, this would make the perfect gift. 

Overall, if you couldn’t tell, I LOVED this book and recommend it to readers of all ages.