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.
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!
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.
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.
When Tara Park and Seth Kim meet at a wedding, there is an instant attraction between them. They try to ignore it- both of them are carrying baggage from previous relationships and know that anything between them is a bag idea. However after a drunken night together and a game of Truth or Dare, Tara and Seth come up with the idea of spending five dates together before Seth moves away to Paris. Their dates will remain a secret between the two of them and when it’s over, they both move on with their lives. But as time goes on, their dates do not go as plan and they soon start developing feelings for each other. This storyline was super cliche but I loved it regardless. Tara and Seth are too cute together and I was rooted for them since the first very page. If you enjoy romance novels, definitely give this one a go. I enjoyed this book immensely and hope to read more.
So I have slowly started reading again after the pandemic and boy has it been amazing!
The kind folk over at St Martin’s press sent me a few review copies which I enjoyed immensely and once I was done, I went straight to my bookshelf and picked out my next reads. Here are the books that are currently on my TBR list.
Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting: This is the last book that I read and I loved so very much. This is a sweet best-friends-to-lovers book and while usually I detest this trope, this book does it beautifully.
A Reckless Match by Kate Bateman: Anything by Kate Bateman is a winner in my books. I’m currently reading this and it is such a thrill.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi- I’m listening to the audiobook of this and honestly it really isn’t doing much for me. I think I might switch to ebook or paperback since I knew I loved the book when I picked it up on a whim. It was supposed to be a read just to pass time but it really sucked me in.
What are you currently reading? Do you have any recommendations for books that helped you out of a pandemic slump? I’d love to know below.
I’ve been interested in reading “Tales from the Hinterland” since the first time I picked up “The Hazel Wood”. Let me just say this book does not disappoint. “Tales from the Hinterland” is full of spooky illustrations and captivating tales that stay with you long after you’ve finished the novel. I especially enjoyed seeing characters and stories I remembered from “The Hazel Wood”. This was a well-written read that flows beautifully and can be finished in one setting. Even if you haven’t read “The Hazel Wood”, if you’re a fan of spooky fairytales, I definitely recommend this book for you
So previously I had never heard of “The Blue Salt Road” and since I hate trying anything new. I hardly ever try new authors/books. Except I came across a hardcover copy that belonged to a co-worker and the illustrations were oh so pretty. So I decided to give this book a go and I most certainly did not regret it. “The Blue Salt Road” tells the story of a selkie who decided to explore the land despite the warnings against it from of his own kind. They tell him that the people on land will kill him if they come to know of his true nature. But naturally he ignores his family and friends and goes on land regardless. He soon meets a female and is attracted to her. They spend a few nights together and she soon falls pregnant with child. The female decides to trap him and steal his memories to bound him to her. While this was a really well-written story, I was convinced that it was going to be a love story so that twist left me speechless. Which was fine because lots of other twists were on their way too. The whole book is totally unexpected however I loved it. If you’re a fan of fantasy, definitely give this a go.
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.