Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Mini-reviews: More Than Words, When You Read This & Fame, Fate and the First Kiss

More Than Words by Jill Santopolo
Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons 
Publication Date: 5th February 2019
My rating: 3 stars  


Nina Gregory has always been a good daughter, a good girlfriend. Raised by her father, owner of New York City's glamorous Gregory Hotels, after her mother's death, Nina was taught that family, reputation, and legacy are what matter most. And her boyfriend Tim, thoughtful, kind, and honest, not to mention her best friend since childhood, feels the same. But after Nina's father passes away, she learns he may not have practiced what he preached. As her world falls apart, Nina begins to question everything she thought she knew and to see the men in her life--her father, her boyfriend, and unexpectedly, her handsome and attentive boss, Rafael--in a new light. Soon Nina finds herself caught between the world she knows and loves, and a passion that could upend everything.

I was the biggest fan of Santopolo’s The Light We Lost, it was a story which had me thinking about it for days after and Santopolo’s world building was majestically done. So, when I first heard about More than Words, I dived right in, going into books with the least amount of impressions works wonders for me, as I like being surprised by the different elements a book may bring. And whilst I loved Santopolo’s writing once again with this story; it really was beautifully done, I felt that More than Words wasn’t able to leave a big of an impact as The Light we Lost did. Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy this book, I liked following Nina on her journey of who she was, with the way her life had been going, things were already expected of her; to take over her father’s firm and she was in a secure relationship with her boyfriend Tim. But then with her father passing away and revelations coming from all over the place, things really weren’t as they seemed, what did Nina really want to do with her life? I liked how Santopolo allowed Nina to really explore her options, yes at times there were difficult decisions to make, but if Nina really wasn’t happy with something then she really shouldn’t have to settle. Despite there being several bumps along the way, I was happy with the character that emerged in Nina at the end of this story.


More than Words, gave us in my eyes a truly different story from Santopolo; but one I really appreciated, she once again gave us a gorgeously written story, and although it was tinged with loss and sorrow, it was still a story I devoured in such a short period of time.



When You Read This by Mary Adkins 
Publisher: Harper 
Publication Date: 5th February 2019
My rating: 3 stars   


Iris Massey is gone. But she’s left something behind. For four years, Iris Massey worked side by side with PR maven Smith Simonyi, helping clients perfect their brands. But Iris has died, taken by terminal illness at only thirty-three. Adrift without his friend and colleague, Smith is surprised to discover that in her last six months, Iris created a blog filled with sharp and often funny musings on the end of a life not quite fulfilled. She also made one final request: for Smith to get her posts published as a book. With the help of his charmingly eager, if overbearingly forthright, new intern Carl, Smith tackles the task of fulfilling Iris’s last wish. Before he can do so, though, he must get the approval of Iris’ big sister Jade, an haute cuisine chef who’s been knocked sideways by her loss. Each carrying their own baggage, Smith and Jade end up on a collision course with their own unresolved pasts and with each other. Told in a series of e-mails, blog posts, online therapy submissions, text messages, legal correspondence, home-rental bookings, and other snippets of our virtual lives, When You Read This is a deft, captivating romantic comedy—funny, tragic, surprising, and bittersweet—that candidly reveals how we find new beginnings after loss.

I went into When You Read This not really sure what I was expecting, and to be honest this book did end up surprising me in a lot of ways. Although the story was given to us from the main character Iris’ blog, I liked how despite Iris not being here anymore, the blog had an effect on all those left behind. Those individuals who were an integral part of her of life were bought together in the most unexpected of ways. I really liked the way the story was given to us in the form of emails and text messages, I’ve read a handful of books where this format has worked before, and I’m pleased to say that Adkins was also able to make it work with this book too. It is typically an unusual format, but once you got to know the characters, the story really begins to flow easily amongst them. Despite the story focusing on loss, I liked how Adkins was able to sprinkle some humour in the story too and gave us some lighter scenes to turn too when things became a little grim. I wish I had more of a connection with certain characters, that definitely would have made this story for me, but overall I did enjoy this book and how Adkins showed people dealing with a loss in their own different way. 



Fame, Fate and the First Kiss
Publisher: Harper Teen 
Publication Date: 5th February 2019
My rating: 3 stars    


Lacey Barnes has dreamed of being an actress for as long as she can remember. So when she gets the opportunity to star in a movie alongside one of Hollywood’s hottest actors, she doesn’t hesitate to accept the part. But Lacey quickly learns that life in the spotlight isn’t as picture perfect as she imagined. She’s having trouble bonding with her costars, her father has hired the definition of a choir boy, Donavan Lake, to tutor her, and somewhere along the way she’s lost her acting mojo. And just when it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, it looks like someone on set is deliberately trying to sabotage her. As Lacey’s world spins out of control, it feels like the only person she can count on—whether it’s helping her try to unravel the mystery of who is out to get her or snap her out of her acting funk—is Donavan. But what she doesn’t count on is this straight-laced boy becoming another distraction. With her entire future riding on this movie, Lacey knows she can’t afford to get sidetracked by a crush. But for the first time in her life Lacey wonders if it’s true that the best stories really do happen when you go off script.

Kasie West’s last couple of books hadn’t really worked out for me, I’d struggled getting through them, or the MC’s just appeared too young for my liking. So, I went into Fame, Fate and the First Kiss with mixed assumptions. But I’m glad that I decided to give this book a go, because it started off great, Lacey, had finally got her big chance starring in a zombie movie alongside big time actor Grant. But Lacey had been struggling with her role, her dad was being over-protective and there was always seemed to be a negative press around her. I really was rooting for Lacey, I wanted her to do well in this role, and she was trying her utmost hardest. Then later it seemed like someone was sabotaging her all along, I must admit my interest was piqued here, and of course I had a couple of suspicions of who it could be. This aspect really did have me excited about the book, but then once the person behind it all was finally revealed, it felt like a big build up for no reason. Overall, I did enjoy this book, I was a fan of the cute love interest and the direction the romance went in, but again I felt like some of these characters were just too young for me, I don’t know if it’s because I’ve just moved away from YA books a lot in the last year, or that West’s books are just no longer working for me anymore. 


Saturday, 2 February 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up #38

Hi guys, just me Jasprit this week. I had a bit of a slow week this week, I was off sick from work, as I couldn't do much around the house, my only options were reading and watching tv shows, (no complaints here!). I used this week to catch up with Arc copies, I've really been slacking on this front, if anyone actually wants to buddy read any upcoming arcs, let me know, I'd love the extra motivation. And finishing and starting some new shows!
We link our weekly wrap ups with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer.

WHAT I READ/REVIEWED 
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Despite being home for the week, I had a slow reading week, I blame this entirely on the fact that I have so many books on the go at the same time :/  (I'm currently reading four right now). The Lost Sisters was a quick read, I know a lot of readers were quite impressed with this short story, I unfortunately wasn't. When You Read This ended up being a so-so read, I like the direction the story went it, but didn't really get a real emotional connection as I expected to. 


BOOKS RECEIVED 
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I had some great holds come in from library this week, I hadn't been on their digital site in forever and was impressed to discover they had copies of One Day in December (a book I'd had my eye on for sometime) and Children of Blood and Bone. Kleypas' Travises and Galbraith's Cormoran Strike are two series I still need to finish and I've been super excited about reading Backman's books! 


NEW TO MY TBR
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Thank you to Nick for putting Symptoms of a Heartbreak on my radar! And I started Kasie West's Fame, Fate and the First Kiss this week and I'm surprisingly enjoying it, so I went to check out her future releases and came across this book, which sounds super cute! 


  WHAT I'M WATCHING:

 

I finally finished The Good Wife, the finale episode was sort of disappointing, I was hoping there would be some closure on some aspects. Regardless I started The Good Fight which is a spin off show, and I'm almost done with Season 1, I'm really enjoying it so far! And I've made it a resolution this year to finish so many of the shows that I had started ages ago, so I finally started Season 4 of Jane the Virgin! 


EVENTS OF THE WEEK 

So we were given snow weather warnings this week, but luckily we managed to miss it all, we have had a bitter cold wind, but avoided the heavy snow, the rest of the country got! Thought I'd leave you this cute little dog in the snow. 

Source: Alex Beresford Twitter



How was your week?



Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: The ten most recent additions to my to-read list



Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl where each week a new top ten list is shared and fellow bookish folk share their lists on that topic.

This week's Top Ten post is: The ten most recent additions to my to-read list. 
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I've read a few of Higgins books this past year and really enjoyed them and so since then I decided to read all her future books. Emergency Contact is a book that I've had my eye on for some time, but I've just not got around to getting myself a copy, I think I'll need to rectify this immediately! I really do love my second chance romance novels, and with so many of my Goodreads friends loving One Day in December, I knew it was a book I had to had to my to read list! 

 

Helena Hunting and Bethany Chase are two authors whose books I've been meaning to read more of, so I'm delighted that they have these new books coming out this year. 


Meg Cabot has always been my go to author, she's always given me great comfort reads that I can turn to when I need a pick me up or even just a great swoony romance, of course these books were added to my to read list immediately when I heard about them. 



I've been loving the heck out of Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians series, I finished book two last week, but have held off in buying a copy, as I have so many of books to get through first, so will treat myself once I finally whittle my pile down. Backman is a new to me author, his books have been cropping up on my Goodreads feed a lot recently, so I knew I needed to give his books a go. And what sort of ending was that in The Wicked King, the wait for The Queen of Nothing is far too long! 


Which books have you recently added to your to-read list? 



Saturday, 26 January 2019

Weekly Wrap Up #37

Hi guys, just me Jasprit again this week. It was a quiet week for me this week, I feel like this week just flew by with me doing nothing but reading, which was a good thing, as I had my first five star read in what feels like forever and I'm actually in the mood for reading!! I've got my reading plan for my next couple of books too, which I haven't done in a while. The only time I went out was to watch Glass, which was incredible, more on that later and I got to spend the day with my niece and nephew, what more could I ask for!
We link our weekly wrap ups with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer.

WHAT I READ/REVIEWED 
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Although I didn't enjoy More than Words, as much as Santopolo's The Light We Lost, this story was still a beautiful one. China Rich Girlfriend took up most of my reading time this week, I didn't realise this book was so long, but it was so worth it, as I ended up giving this book five stars. 

BOOKS RECEIVED 
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Christina Lauren have quickly become my new favourite writing duo, I just love getting lost in their laugh out loud sexy books, so of course I snapped this book up straight away. 

NEW TO MY TBR
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Bear Town was a book which kept popping up on my Goodreads feed this week, so I decided to see what it was about, surprisingly I found that all my Goodreads friends who had read it, had rated it five stars, and just from reading the summary it sounds like an incredible read! And of course after reading and loving China Rich Girlfriend, I knew I had to read the next book in what is becoming one of my favourite series! 


  WHAT I'M WATCHING:


Me and my friend went to watch Glass this week, after watching Split and Unbreakable impulsively one day, whilst I was a fan of Split, Unbreakable not so much, we were incredibly excited about watching these three actors come together. Shyamalan once again didn't disappoint, things kicked off from the beginning and had me sitting on the edge of my seat until the very end. If you're new to this Unbreakable series, then it's one I highly recommend watching. 

EVENTS OF THE WEEK 



Me and my friend went to check out the new pizza place which had opened up near where I live; MOD pizza, you can create your own pizza with whatever toppings you want, I was pretty impressed with my pizza at the end. I definitely think I'll be visiting this place again sometime soon. 

How was your week?

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Weekly Wrap Up #36 - I'm back

Hi everyone, it's just me, Jasprit. It's been forever since I've done one of these, I got busy with life last year, then went to Canada for the month, then I came back and went to Mykonos, which was absolutely beautiful. Then I wasn't feeling reading or blogging for, but now it's been far too long and I've really missed it all, especially you guys! I won't go over everything since then, but will share my most recent highlights. We link our weekly wrap ups with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer.

WHAT I READ/REVIEWED 
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A sort of mixed week this week, I ended up DNF'ing 99 Percent Mine, I just couldn't connect with the main character and really wasn't feeling the book at all. Magic Burns I ended up giving three stars, I know so many blogger friends who loved this series, so I do want to know what the hype is about, but I think with my mood right now I'm just not feeling it. I did enjoy Wicked King, maybe not as much as The Cruel Prince, but the ending was just so unexpected! 

BOOKS RECEIVED 
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I've really enjoyed Bennett's last couple of books that I read, so I'm thrilled that Bennett has a book out again so soon, I'm hoping this will rekindle my love for YA Contemporary books once more. 


NEW TO MY TBR
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I didn't even know that Meg Cabot had not one but two new releases this year (thanks for the heads up Nick!). I've been the biggest fan of Meg's work for as long as I can remember, so can't wait to devour these new reads! 


  WHAT I'M WATCHING:


It feels like I've been watching this show forever, I loved it from the beginning, then I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue, but now once again I'm obsessed. I'm midway through the final season and don't know what I'm going to watch once I've finished. If you're a fan of Scandal or Suits, I would highly recommend this show, as it's a nice mix of both shows - focusing on both the political and law aspects. 

EVENTS OF THE WEEK 


So it's been freezing cold here this week, and I've been trying to get back on track with the gym and eating, I always seem to let myself down in terms of eating, it doesn't help that I still have biscuit and chocolate boxes left over from my birthday and Christmas! But I'll leave you with the sunset view in Mykonos, the only thing that gets me through my stressful and long weeks! 


How was your week?

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