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Bridal Boot Camp (Little Bridge Island 0.5) - Meg Cabot

Short and sweet read, but ultimately felt a little rushed.

Roberta James, our protagonist, is a physical trainer who seems keen on putting up a tough front, when in reality she's pretty emotional when it comes down to it. We see a little bit of this in Bridal Boot Camp, mainly through her reaction to Somewhere over the Rainbow. For the most part though, we have to go off her friend's description of her as a "big softie who cries at weddings and is obsessed with rom-coms". I will say that I definitely prefer to gleam information on protagonists based on their actions within the narrative; showing vs. telling and all that jazz. The issue here is that with a short story, there's only so much room for showing. And the focus here is definitely moreso geared towards showcasing the budding relationship between Rob and Ryan, than the actual characters themselves.

I don't think that's necessarily the mark of bad writing, but is definitely something to bear in mind going into this one. If you're looking for anything more than a quick-fix romance, this might not be the best bet. However, if you are looking for a quick-fix, Cabot definitely delivers! The characters are fun, and there's definitely some cute moments as well as some raunchier ones as well! Personally, I think this would have been a better fit for me if it were novel length, with a bit more development in plot and characters, but I pretty much guessed that would be the case gong in. I think novellas are a hard thing to pull off, and this missed the mark for me.

I will say that the setting is pretty well fleshed out. I got a pretty decent impression on what Little Bridge Island is like, both in terms of geography and the society too. We know all the best places to grab coffee, learn the lay of the land in terms of who's who and I even found the section on street names to be pretty cute and memorable. And I guess that makes a lot of sense to focus on the setting, given that this serves mostly as a precursor to No Judgements. That definitely felt evident to me whilst reading Bridal Boot Camp, especially with the mentions of the upcoming hurricane that we already knows will settle over the island for the events of No Judgements.

Overall a fun quick read, but lacking a little depth for my taste. Cabot does a good job of setting the scene for the following instalment (the real focus of the series), and I'm definitely left hoping that it pays off. Fingers crossed No Judgements is more to my tastes!

Source: http://richlywritten.blogspot.com/2019/09/review-bridal-boot-camp-meg-cabot.html
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Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4) -  Ilona Andrews

Ilona and Gordon are back with a new addition to the Hidden Legacy series, and this time we're following Catalina. We got a little peak into her (younger) head with Diamond Fire, and I think we definitely needed that stepping stone from Navada to Catalina. I know a few people have struggled a little with the swap from the eldest Baylor sister that we'd all grown attached to, which is understandable. After all, we know reasonably little about Catalina. But isn't that kinda great? A fresh take on a world that we've already grown to love sounds perfect to me.

 I decided pretty early on that I wasn't going to re-read the previous three instalments leading up to the release of Sapphire Flames. And honestly I think it did me the world of good. I came in a little hazy on the events of Navada's triology, but remembered enough to feel comfortable in catching up pretty quickly. And as usual, our favourite author duo pave the way beautifully for returning and new readers. You could definitely cut in here if for some ungodly reason you felt the need to shun the previous books. Again, from the hours I've spent reading reviews for this one, I know that a fair amount of readers felt the loss of Nevada and Rogan in this one. But I think we really needed it to cement us in Catalina's narrative. I did at least! And in a way, this was really a introduction to a very new Catalina.

We had a taste of her in DF, as I mentioned, but 3 years have passed, and she's had to grow up. I say had to, because as Sapphire Flames opens, we're at the end of House Baylor's grace period, and as such, our protagonist is just about to really experience what it means to be Head of her House. Oh and there's the little issue of good people getting murdered. In terms of plot, we're thrown in deep straight off the bat. It'll come to absolutely no one's surprise that the execution of the hit the ground running start is pretty flawless.

Honestly the book is flawless, so if you were hoping for a 'but' at some point, you came to wrong place. I'm pretty damn smitten with the characters, setting, plot and general writing style. And lets just take a moment to discuss the setting. Sure, it's the same world we've walked in throughout the series, but damn if it isn't incredible. No one world builds quite like the Andrews. The magic structure is fresh and fun, you can tell they have a perfect control on the history of the world and the magic, and it really pays off. I struggled for a while trying to figure out exactly what is was that makes these books, more so even than the Kate Daniels series, so incredibly readable. And I think it's just that. Its no single part of the world or character building, or the fun and witty dialogue that makes's this so great. It's all of it. I honestly don't know how they do it, but at the risk of sounding cliche, picking up a Hidden Legacy book feels as easy as breathing. It's completely effortless. Some of my lucky Goodreads friends received ARC copies, and some of them read the book several times before it's official release date. Normally this would confuse me, because I'm not typically someone who easily re-reads within short frames of time. But let me tell you that I could just as easily have turned back to page one when I finished Sapphire Flames than put it down.

In fact, I'd say it was a great deal harder to put it down than to just start it all over again. This series is so addictive, that I'm pretty much ruined for all other books. If I had to reach for any series, it would hands down be this one. And with the ending of Sapphire Flames, I'm left desperately ready for a sequel. You can bet any money in the world that I will be spending every book until Hidden Legacy #5 just slightly disappointed, because nothing quite lives up to this standard. I'm almost tempted to say that I wish I'd waited to read Sapphire Flames until closer to the next release. 'Almost', because I'd be doing myself such a disservice. Honestly I've said it before and I will say in again and again until someone stops me: No one else write quite like Ilona and Gordon. There such an energy to every word, can you can tell how much love goes into each piece of writing.

 On the subject of love, lets talk romance. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about Alessandro and Catalina, mostly because I wasn't fully sold on Alessandro going in. I know, I'm surprised too. Happy to say that that was pretty swiftly nipped in the bud. We learned more about him pretty early on, that immediately had me sold. What can I say? All it takes is confidence, a nice smile and the ability to murder a man and then jump out a glass window. I'm a girl of few needs. But less on myself and Alessandro, and back to him and our new protagonist. I loved these two. In just one book, we really got a chance to see them in a variety of scenarios, and it was a nice chance to see how they reacted to each other. Angry, annoyed, flirty, protective, to name a few.

We went in knowing that Catalina had issues when it came to her magic and the possibility of any romantic endeavours was pretty off the table as far as she was concerned. Thankfully for her (and us as readers), Alessandro is pretty keen to put things very much on the table (or sink, I'm looking at you chapter 14). I was worried that I'd find the issue of Catalina's powers and the relationship a little iffy, but actually it was nice to see her vulnerable. As Head of House, she has to be everything but vulnerable, so the moments we get of her like that are pretty great.

Going in, I had a lot more questions about Catalina than Alessandro, but boy have the tables turned. Honestly I could go on and on and on about this one, but I'm in danger of spending all night glued to my laptop staring bleary eyed at the screen while typing away all my thoughts. I'll leave you with this quote:

"He should've never kissed me. He was mine now and I wanted him." 

If that doesn't have you eagerly awaiting the next instalment, I don't know what will. (Other than a pregnant Nevada finally returning, unveiling secrets about Alessandro and seeing how many more sacrifices Catalina is willing too make for the people she loves.)


Source: http://richlywritten.blogspot.com/2019/09/test-3.html

Abounding Might

Abounding Might - Melissa McShane I’m having a hard time putting my thoughts down about this series, short of a listing of every positive adjective that I may bring to mind.
With each addition to the series, I’m drawn even deeper into this complex mixture of awe and empowerment that each novel inspires in me. The level of attention to detail that goes into this series is very evident within the work itself, but it’s even more apparent to anyone who has taken a moment to read through the Authors Notes.
I’m always very hesitant about reading historical novels of any kind because I find that if they are not handled in the right way then I struggle to enjoy the novel fully.
This could not be further from the case here. I can honestly say that not only does McShane create and incredibly immersive and believable world for the reader, but she creates one that I can honestly say I would accept as my own sooner that I would the past that it is built upon.
I am obsessed with this series and absolutely cannot wait for the fourth book, which if I recall correctly, may be arriving sometime this year!

And I haven’t even addressed how empowering the ladies of this series are! Honestly some of my favourite protagonists to date!

I cannot recommend this series enough!
The only possible faults I can even think of are
1. That there isn’t yet more to enjoy (although thankfully I have the rest of McShane’s books to read)
2. The slight awkwardness of finding yourself struggling to remember modern dialect when you’ve read all three novels back to back over the course of a week.

This has really set the standard for any books I might read this year.

If There's No Tomorrow

If There's No Tomorrow - Jennifer L. Armentrout This is going to be a slightly confusing review, given that I rated this four stars, but mostly nitpick the novel here, so bare with me.

I toyed with the thought of rating this three stars. Frankly, my chosen rating of four stars is definitely more of a testament to my mental block to rate good books lower that four stars, than it is to the actual rating I think this probably deserved.

Now, don't get me wrong. This is in no way a bad book; it just isn't a great book. And I think, that from the years that I've spent reading Armentrout's various works, I've come to expect a slightly higher standard.

I definitely think that she does a wonderful job of conveying emotion and that it serves to convey some important messages and morals. I do feel like it came across a little heavy handed though, and as a result seemed a little immature at times. The peril of reading Young Adult novels as a 21 year old, I suppose.

I think the novel would have had a greater impact as a New Adult release, which would have given the author the chance to explore some of the themes to a more serious degree. I felt like a fair portion of the book was spent tiptoeing around the protagonist's survivor's guilt, and the extent to which this was affecting her mental health. A couple of instances, such as the discussion of her future with the grief counsellor, really left me anticipating a big admission from the protagonist. Did she wish she'd died in the accident? Was she depressed? I feel like it was hinted at, but never strictly addressed. I think that in theory, it makes sense to target a YA audience, because of the moralistic message of the book. But unfortunately, I think that in practice, it hindered the novel a lot.

I felt like I was constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop. I think it's probably because we've become used to the standard plot formatting of having a big climax towards the end of the novel. And while that does, kind of happen, when Lena and Sebastian fall out, because of that earlier, much larger climatic event, it all falls a little short for me.

And to top that off, I think that way about the halfway mark of the novel, it started to feel a little rushed. And as a result I felt like there were a few loose ends when the novel came to a close. Did Sebastian know that Lena and Cody had a thing at some point? What happened to Keith's parents? Did he and Abby actually date?

Iron and Magic

Iron and Magic -  Ilona Andrews I need to give this one a try again at some point! Read through the chapter a while back and could get into it, but I’m hoping it was just right book wrong time!

Beautiful Dangerous

Beautiful Dangerous - Penny Dee Meh..
Started of strong, but leaned more towards the over dramatic nearing the end of the book. Felt very slow paced to begin, and then rushed at the end.

Out on Good Behavior

Out on Good Behavior - Dahlia Adler Shorter then I would have liked, but overall I really did enjoy it.
Review to come. (Ahem.. The Radleigh girls have officially debilitated me from being able to ignore innuendos, dammit..)

The Bad Ones

The Bad Ones - Stylo Fantome You can check out other reviews on my blog:

This book really blew me away. I'm not sure if I mean that in a good way or a bad way, although my rating seems to suggest a lean towards the positive.

Relatively vague spoilers included.

Fantome is truly an incredible author. I've read all of her other works, bar My Time In The Affair which I plan to read shortly hereafter, and I never cease to be amazed by how quickly I become invested in her characters. And I think that's of particular importance here, because of the ethical issues that arise.

What I mean to say is that it takes a particular set of literary skills to render murderers entirely relatable.

I can't speak for other readers, but the book quickly prompted me to question my own morality. Don't get me wrong, I'm not in danger of setting out on a killing spree anytime soon, but the book certainly makes you think about it, if nothing else. Or at least it did for me.. (Someone please reassure me in the comments that I'm not alone!)

There were moments when I thought about putting the book down for good. Not because it was bad, or I didn't like it, but for the exact opposite reason. This is the first time in reading a novel that I've understood the term Taboo. By portraying it through the eyes of the characters, Fantome makes murder seem not just ok, but enjoyable. There's no escaping the knowledge that what the characters have done and are planning to do, is ethically problematic. But there's also no escaping the knowledge that they like it.. And maybe you do?

At the risk of sounding entirely cliché, I'm going to evoke the old image of the beautiful storm that you can't tear your eyes away from..

What Fantome has accomplished in essence, is make the reader not only understand, but empathise. You know exactly how the protagonists feel, because you feel the same way. Just like the characters could be caught indulging in murder, you could be caught indulging in their own indulgence. (If that makes any sense?) The consequence of their actions are far greater, sure, but the same emotions are triggered.
And I think that is incredible writing.

This is my first novel of 2017, and it's really set the bar high, I must say.

Over & Out, T xx
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I'm hoping this is a Brock x Katie tbh because lord knows I've been wanting a Katie book forever.


It's not looking promising guys:

Upon reading [b:Dream of You|23795188|Dream of You (Wait for You, #4.5)|J. Lynn|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1421520265s/23795188.jpg|42939616] I've decided that this is most likely going to be Brock x Jillian.

Over & Out, T xx

Love Me Never

Love Me Never - Sara Wolf I'm really torn on how I feel about this book.. On the one hand: a clusterfuck, the other: a masterpiece..

I didn't enjoy the pov switches, although I suppose they played their part towards the end of the novel, for the purpose of flashbacks.

The book certainly wasn't a what I was expecting going into it.. It's very centred around mental health, and is somewhat realist in its portrayal of life.. Definitely not one if you're looking for a happy read though, this is much too existential (for me at least)..

I resent the cliffhanger somewhat too, because I now have to read the sequel, still unsure whether I even like this one..

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Blood Games

Blood Games - Chloe Neill Hmm.. This cover is kind of different to the rest of the series.. Not as dark.. I still like it though ! (:

Over & Out, T xx

Royal Wedding: Princess Diaries, Volume XI

Royal Wedding: Princess Diaries, Volume XI - Meg Cabot I need this.

The Princess Diaries has been and will forever be my favourite series. It was the first real series I ever read and if my sister in law hadn't bought me the first book for my twelfth birthday I probably wouldn't even be writing this because I would never have got into reading books. That scares me a little, but I think it shows how much the series means to me.

To this day the series is my comfort blanket.. If I've had a bad day or I just feel like crap I will pick up one of the books (at random now because I've read them so many times I basically have them memorised) and settle down with my old pal Mia (who's name I have always pronounced Maya because that's how I thought it was pronounced when I first read it) and relive the crazy happenings of the fictional world of princesshood that Cabot created all those years ago.

I somehow manage to link anything that happens in my life to the series because it was such a huge part of growing up for me.. I still stand by the fact that I am essentially a mixture of Mia and Tina, because I definitely have Tina's love for romance novels and Mia's attitude towards animals and just life in general..

I've only just now realise I totally missed the opportunity to do this review pre-read review diary-style.. Oops

In light of how much the series means to me I have a few wishes going into it :
• I wish that Mia still keeps a little bit of her juvenility despite being all grown up because lord knows I act more childish every year.
• I wish to see Fat Louis as happy as can be, perhaps with a lady cat friend?
• I wish to see is Tina and Boris are still together
• I wish really really hard that the plot of the book doesn't become too.. Much.
• I wish to see what teenage Rocky is doing nowadays..
• J'espère que Grandmère est toujours vivante par ce que c'était vraiment une de mes personnages préféré dans la série ! Et j'espère aussi que son chien est toujours vivant.

Anyways, I think that at this point it kinda goes without saying that I'm super excited for this I really cannot wait!

Over & Out, T xx

Saint Anything

Saint Anything - Sarah Dessen You can find the full review and others on my blog:

I think that my thoughts about Saint Anything could easily be described in one sentence: I stayed up until 4AM finishing this book.

Yep, that's right. I, being the teenage bookworm that I am, sacrificed a solid 4 hours of sleep last night in order to finish this young adult romance. And I had to get up at six this morning, on the weekend before my exams begin..

*Yawn* I'm so tired.. But at least I have my priorities in check..

With that in mind, I think it's safe to assume I loved this book. I did. I don't know how Dessen does it, but all her books grab my attention from the first page, if not the first sentence. She's one of those authors who's so great at normalcy that every scene is just so realistic and she's written some of my favourite books of all time, such as The Truth About Forever and Just Listen.

Sydney Stanford has always been second best to her brother Peyton. This is clear right away, I mean there is literally a portrait of her brother hung "directly across" from the front door. It's the "first thing you see" when you walk into the Stanford's house. Now if that isn't favouritism, I don't know what is.

In fact, for the majority of the novel, Sydney's parents basically ignore her in favour of her brother. The brother who doesn't even live with them. Because he's in prison for drink driving and putting a boy named David Ibarra in a wheelchair.

Drive safe, kids. 

But her brother wasn't always a delinquent. Once upon a time he was just her big brother who would walk across sinkholes on a tree trunks, watched cartoons with her on the weekends and was a pro at Hide and Seek.

Now you see me.. Now you-- POOF!

However, soon the siblings' roles were reversed. Peyton who was once able to "find the invisible place" became the centre of attention, whilst Sydney became all but invisible.

I find that Dessen always touches on important subject matters, and for Saint Anything it was the feeling of invisibility. This is something that I'm sure a lot of readers are going to be able to relate to. I think it's safe to say that we've all felt invisible at some point in our lives, although perhaps not to the same extent as Sydney.

Why can't you see me? I'm right here.

As always, I loved the romance aspect of the novel. The relationships, like the novel itself, come across as effortless, which I totally love. Not to mention the love interest Mac was a Micheal Moscovitz, by which I mean he was my exact type. In a band, best friend's brother and a nice guy. Plus, he delivers pizza. My favourite food. It was basically love at first read.

I think what I especially liked about the relationship between the two of them was that it was a helthy one. So often in YA the protagonist falls head over heels for a guy and ends up depending on him for everything. I hate that; it sends such a bad message to the reader. What Dessen portrayed instead was relationship in which each person supports the other when needed, without suffocating them.

"He left me enough space to stand alone, but stood at the ready for the moment that I didn't want to."

Plus, being the sucker for cheesiness that I am, his admission of "You weren't invisible, not to me." abso-bloody-lutely slayed me.

Killed with kindness cuteness.

So to conclude, Saint Anything is a novel about letting others see you, and having the patience to do so.

It's a novel about family, and how that doesn't necessarily mean biology.

It a novel about sight, forgiveness and most importantly, love.

And I loved it.

Over & Out, T xx

Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance

Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance - Emily Franklin, Brendan Halpin This book was so much more than I thought it was going to be. It was beautiful and insightful.

I would honestly recommend it,
Over & Out, T xx

Dream of You

Dream of You - J. Lynn, Jennifer L. Armentrout Check out my blog for more reviews like this one:

A normal pre-read review just wasn't cutting today, so we're tying something a little different.. Interview style!

Q: Tabatha, will you be reading [b:Fall with Me|20980781|Fall with Me (Wait for You, #4)|J. Lynn|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1412778770s/20980781.jpg|40358009]?


Yep. Yes. Indeed. Absolutely. Absofreakinglutely. Of course. Affirmative. YES GIVE IT TO ME NOW.

Q: So I take it you're excited for the fourth book in the series then?

Let me put it this way, if Ms [a:J. Lynn|699143|J. Lynn|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1360991177p2/699143.jpg] were to approach me at this exact moment in time with the ultimatum of [b:Fall with Me|20980781|Fall with Me (Wait for You, #4)|J. Lynn|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1412778770s/20980781.jpg|40358009] right now or a lifetime supply of pancakes I'd choose the book.

And let me tell you, I take pancakes seriously.

Um.. Next Question?

Q: Right. Is there anything in particular that you're excited about?

Actually yes! If you've read any of my reviews you'll probably have guessed that I'm obsessed with romance. Literally, you can hand me any book (or film for that matter) with even the slightest hint at romance in it and I'll give it a shot.


When I read [b:Stay with Me|19501672|Stay with Me (Wait for You, #3)|J. Lynn|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1400524327s/19501672.jpg|24797649] I knew straight away that there was going to be a book about Roxy and Reece (loving the name choice by the way, I'm a sucker for alliteration).
There was obviously something between the two and I really cannot wait to see their relationship develops!

Q: Anything else you want to add?

Yes, I thought I'd mention how much I enjoy and appreciate the fact that [a:J. Lynn|699143|J. Lynn|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1360991177p2/699143.jpg] always addresses a serious topic/issue in each book of the series!

Over & Out, T xx

PS: If there are any questions that you want me to answer it my typical cat gif fashion ask me below ! ♥