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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Last Girl by Goldy Moldavsky

The Last Girl

The Last Girl by Goldy Moldavsky

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I received a copy of this book in exchange for a free review. I originally was attacted to this book because of the cover and the title reminded me of “Final Girl” (the film). The synopsis caught me attention and I knew this was a must-read.
It did take me a few weeks to get to it because of life but I loved every second of it and sped through the book.
“The Last Girl” tells the story of Rachel Chavez, a traumatized female who moves to a new school and is struggling to fit in. She stumbles upon the “Mary Shelley“ club, a small but elite club of students from different backgrounds who all share the same love for horror movies and indulge in pranks inspired by urban legends.
But as time goes on, the pranks start to take a dangerous turn and Rachel realizes that it might not be that easy for her to start a new life.
I found the first chapter woefully cliché with the whole new girl who doesn’t fit in trope but after that the book picked up speed.
This was a really well-written book. The plot was kind of cliché but it was a great comfort read. I loved the references to horror movies and saw some of my favorites mentioned in this book.
Basically this book gave me the same level of comfort that horror movies gave to Rachel.
If you are looking for a thrilling read, I strongly suggest this one.




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A Duke in Time (The Widow Rules #1) by Janna MacGregor

A Duke in Time by Janna MacGregor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Katherine Vareck is astonished when she discovers after her husband’s death that he had two other wives- one of whom is pregnant. Her late husband’s brother, Christian reluctantly steps in to try and sort out the mess.
Christian has spent his entire life avoiding his family and their scandal but there is something about Katherine that makes him want to protect her from his family and their drama.
Katherine and Christian are an adorable couple and it is clear that they have very strong chemistry from the start.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or romance.

Book Review- Boyfriend by Sarina Bowen

Boyfriend (Moo U #0)

Boyfriend by Sarina Bowen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I received a copy of this book in exchange for a free review.
Abbi has had a crush on Weston for a while now. Nothing major- just a small silly harmless crush. So when she sees him hang up a flyer advertising his services as a fake boyfriend for Thanksgiving, she jumps at the offer.
Weston is surprised when his mystery date turns out to be the attractive waitress from the team’s regular hang-out spot. But a deal is a deal and she promised him a delicious meal with all the trimmings.
However sparks fly during their own fake date and it isn’t long before Weston and Abbi eventually get something going between them.
I absolutely loved this pairing. Weston and Abbi are adorable. They both have their own baggage and family secrets but I enjoyed being able to see how they fit into each other’s lives so well.
This was a fun, light read that I devoured in one setting. Definitely give this a go!



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani

The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In the spirit of full disclosure you should know that:
1) I got impatient and ordered an eBook copy a week after requesting this book
2) I did not finish this book because I saw a spoiler online and then I myself skipped to the end of the book to check said spoiler.
Yes I am a book-ruiner. I accept my fate.
Anyway, “The Theft of Sunlight” is just as compelling as “Thorn”. Like “Thorn” I was unable to put it down. In fact if it wasn’t for the spoiler and my forward, page-skipping ways I would have enjoyed it. I definitely did enjoy the 200+ pages I read and I will be going back to finish this book as soon as the next one is written.
Intisar Khanani’s writing is magical and her worldbuilding is incredible. If you are a fan of fantasy novels, definitely give this one a go



SPOILER ALERT

It has a cliffhanger ending. That is the part that ruined the book for me. That and the strong violence






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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Christmas Fairytales by Nora Roberts

Christmas Fairytales (The MacGregors, #7)

Christmas Fairytales by Nora Roberts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Meddling Daniel MacGregor has grown tired of waiting for his grand-daughters to marry and give him great-grandbabies. So he cooks up a plot and finds nice healthy males from “nice healthy stock” (his words not mine) for all three of them.
It’s hard not to admire Daniel and his schemes. He carries them off SO WELL!
I loved that each character in this book was so different and you could really see how their background and family shaped them.
I have been following this series from the very beginning and it was so good to see characters from the earlier books pop up again.
I flew through these stories and really enjoyed myself.
If you’re interested in a light read I definitely recommend this book.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- A Reckless Match by Kate Bateman

A Reckless Match by Kate Bateman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I don’t care how much of a book slump I am in. I am always down for a Kate Bateman book. “A Reckless Match” follows two feuding families.
The reasons why they’re feuding are not really clear but their dislike has been passed down to the kids and that’s where the story begins.
Maddie and Gryff show up for their families annual “pledge of goodwill” meeting. The two of them have been enemies since they were kids and that hasn’t changed.
Until they uncover a smuggling plot and team up to stop the smugglers. Soon the two enemies are sharing passionate kisses and spending nights together- all to bring the bad guys to justice of course.
Kate Bateman writes books with strong-willed heroines, swoon-worthy heros and a plot that just drives you to know more. This book is no different.
I enjoyed “A Reckless Match” immensely and cannot wait to read more about this feuding family.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Naomi and Nick are the perfect couple. At least that’s what they want their friends and family to think. In reality though, they can barely stand each other. Neither of them want to call off their upcoming lavish wedding and be left with paying the bill.
So Naomi comes up with a different suggestion. She would make Nicholas so miserable that he would have to choice but to call off the wedding.
But it looks like Nicholas has a game of his own and when he moves them to a house in the middle of the woods, Naomi is forced to confront her own deep-seated fears and issues regarding their broken relationship.
This was a really cute novel. At the start I truly hated Nicholas and actually wanted to stop reading because he seemed so annoying but I persisted and eventually he redeemed himself in my eyes.
I feel like I really saw the characters grow throughout this novel which was fun considering the way they started off (i.e barely tolerating each other.
This book is definitely worth a go if you’re looking for a fun, light read.



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Fiction Friday: Brambles by Intisar Khanani (Dauntless Path #1.5)

Brambles by Intisar Khanani

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I absolutely loved Thorn. So it was a no-brainer that I would read this when I found it on Scribd recently.
“Brambles” tells the full story of how Alyrra earned the contempt of her family and even her closest friend.
It’s a story that is briefly mentioned in “Thorn” but while I STILL don’t get the cruelty of those around her (Alyrra did the right thing. Guess that makes us both silly, naive geese. It’s cool. We don’t mind) it was enlightening to see the full story.
The short story took is quick to read but packs a quick emotional punch. We also get to see how her relationship with the magical wind starts.
“Thorn” was one of the last books I truly enjoyed before Covid and “Brambles” really took me back to that feeling of being involved in a story without really realizing you are reading a story.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- My Five Dates (A Love Like That #2) by R.L. Kenderson

My Five Dates by R.L. Kenderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I picked this book partially because I enjoy this series but mainly because I REALLY like this cover. Sloan decides to take revenge on her best friend’s cheating boyfriend but unfortunately gets caught by his brother, Caleb.
Caleb is not a fan of his brother and his crappy behavior. But when he sees the opportunity to get ahead at work with Sloan playing the part of his dutiful girlfriend, he takes it.
She’ll pretend to be his girlfriend to impress his boss and in return he won’t tell his brother about her damaging his beloved car.
They agree on five dates but of course, it isn’t long before they start having genuine feelings for each other.
I loved how this was such a quick read. It was fun and light-hearted and I absolutely adored Caleb’s character.
Definitely give this a go if you want a book that isn’t too heavy and will leave you with all the feels.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Devil Wears Black by L.J Shen

The Devil Wears Black by L.J. Shen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Maddie is a free-spirited, kind-hearted designer who doesn’t know how to say no. Her ex, Chase Black, is a cheating scoundrel who has no qualms about being a jerk.
So when Chase walks back into her life and demands that Maddie pretends to be his fiance, she takes great joy in refusing him. At first.
But eventually Maddie realizes Chase just wants to act out an engagement in order to please his dying father.
Maddie goes along with Chase’s plan in an attempt to help him and his family. But it isn’t long before she starts to develop genuine feelings for both him and his family.
This was very different from L. J Shen’s usual work however I enjoyed it regardless. This was so much less angsty but still very beautiful and well-written.
Chase Black is an asshole but it is hard not to root for him considering his messed-up past with his bro/cousin. Maddie reminded me of Jess from New Girl but she was adorable and I just wanted to see her get the happy ending she deserved.
If you are a fan of contemporary romance, give this a go.



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