Book Review: Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein

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Title: Chemistry Lessons
Author: Meredrith Goldstein
Publication: June 19th 2018
Pages: 256
Synopsis:

For seventeen-year-old Maya, the equation for happiness is simple: a dream internship at MIT + two new science nerd friends + a perfect boyfriend = one amazing summer. Then Whit dumps her out of the blue.

Maya is miserable until she discovers that her scientist mother, before she died, was conducting research on manipulating pheromones to enhance human attraction. If Maya can finish her mother’s work, maybe she can get Whit back. But when her experiment creates chaos in her love life, she realizes that maybe love and loss can’t be understood using the scientific method. Can she learn to trust the unmeasurables of love and attraction instead?

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

It’s not the first time I’ve done this but I requested this book based on the cover and of course, a quick glimpse of the synopsis. It sounded like an adorable romance YA contemporary novel that will kick off my summer festivities. Chemistry Lessons did not disappoint me. With a fun plot, Chemistry Lessons follows a young scientific genius who is dealing with heartbreak. After discovering her deceased scientist mother had been in the process of creating a formula to make love last or make attraction grow stronger between two people, Maya embarks on the journey to find the answers in hopes of winning back her ex.

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Is Thor: Ragnarok Worth Your Time?

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Okay.

I know what you’re thinking. Thor: Raganork came out months ago so why is this still relevant now? Well, because I never watched it until now and since it’s my blog and I have a lot of feelings about it, I’m going to write a blog post/review about it.

So there.

The reason why I chose not to watch it during relevant times and of course, when it was initially released back in November 2017 was because of one reason. Tom Hiddleston. Okay, maybe two. I used to be a huge stinking fan of the man. Like obsession huge. Like I would blog about him on my 50,000 followers Tumblr account day in and day out like it was my sole purpose on this Earth. Somewhere along his hiatus from work, I fell out of love with him. And like old lovers, I never wanted to go back to see him on screen in fear it’ll drudge up too many old memories or it’ll end up pulling me down into the pits of hell I was trapped in because of him. Reason number two was that I thought I was growing out of my Marvel quirky relationship too. They’re good movies but it’s a cult following and a fandom I didn’t have much interest in anymore. At least the excitement was dying down for me. However, I learned to get over myself and just watch the films for their sole purpose which was for pure entertainment and not for the fandom.

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Book Review: It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

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Title: It Takes Two
Author: Jenny Holiday
Publication: June 26th 2018
Pages: 384
Synopsis:

All’s fair in love and war
Wendy Liu should be delighted to be her best friend’s maid of honor. But after years spent avoiding the bride’s brother – a.k.a the boy who once broke her heart – she’s now trapped with him during an endless amount of wedding festivities. Luckily she’s had time to perfect her poker face, and engaging Noah Denning in a little friendly competition might just prove that she’s over him for good…

Noah Denning is determined to make his little sister’s wedding memorable. But it seems Wendy is trying to outdo him at every turn. Challenging each other was always something he and Wendy did right, so when she proposes they compete to see who can throw the best bachelor or bachelorette party in Sin City, Noah takes the bait – and ups the stakes. Because this time around, he wants Wendy for keeps. And when you’re fighting for love, all bets are off.

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MY RATING: 4.5/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Okay, this is my second book ever from Jenny Holiday and if you haven’t read One and only (the first book in the Bridemaids Behaving Badly series) then you really need to reconsider your to be read pile. Seriously. One and Only released earlier this year and it blew my mind. It was simply a romance novel filled with richness and depth.

It Takes Two is the second novel in the Bridemaids Behaving Badly series and unlike the second one, I found Jenny Holiday taking a lighter edge to her main characters, Wendy Liu and Noah Denning. Unlike One and Only featuring Jane and Cameron, Wendy and Noah were cut from the same cloth but when compared to them, they don’t hold as much emotional baggage. Where Jane carried guilt over her alcoholic father’s death, Wendy had a father that passed away too young and a mother too absorbed with earning a living than focusing on raising her child. While Cameron was deemed the black sheep of the town let alone his family for misdemeanors that were really unfortunate accidents, Noah lost a father, grew up too fast when he was too young to take care of Jane, his younger sister, and his depressed mother. Sure, it was sad but it wasn’t as complex or it didn’t knock out the breath from my lungs like Jane and Cameron’s backstory.

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Book Review: Dawn by Jessica Florence

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Title: Dawn
Author: Jessica Florence
Publication: October 17th 2017
Pages: 310
Synopsis:

Dawn has come, a time for heroes to rise.

Draco has lived long and felt the pain of loss more than anyone in one lifetime could imagine. Immortality was given to him as a gift, a gift that failed him and turned him into a shell of the man that has nothing left but to wait out the end of existence alone.

Until her.

Rose is an empath who sees more than who Draco is supposed to be: she sees him, and what they could be.

Together, they will begin the search for others with extraordinary powers, to stop a war that’s been brewing for over a millennia.

The journey is only beginning, and an unnamed enemy has started to make his mark on their world.

The dawn of heroes has finally arrived.

Only time will tell if it’s too late to defeat the upcoming darkness of night that now descends upon all of mankind.

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Superheroes and villains–oh my! When I saw this book floating around ALL of bookstagram, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I’ve been meaning to get into paranormal/fantasy/urban fantasy tales and Dawn by Jessica Florence did not disappoint.

The writing was fast paced and easy to sift through. There were a lot of action scenes as well as a lot of world building scenes that added the meat to the story. And when I read it, the entire time, I thought of The Avengers. Except maybe more Greek God given powers or something instead of an Iron suit that costs billions of dollars or a man that turns green and huge when he’s angry.

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Book Review: Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost by Iain Harding

Title: Kitty Hawk and The Hunt for and Hemingway’s Ghost
Author: Iain Harding
Publication: September 10 2013
Pages: 339
Synopsis:

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost is the exciting second installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This second book in the series continues the adventures of Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot who has decided to follow in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart and make an epic flight around the entire world. After flying across North America Kitty’s journey takes her down south to Florida where she plans to get a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on with the rest of her long and grueling flight. As Kitty explores the strange and magical water world of the Florida Keys her knack for getting herself into precarious situations sweeps her headlong into the adventure of a lifetime involving mysterious lights, ancient shipwrecks, razor-toothed barracudas and even a sighting of the great Ernest Hemingway himself. This exhilarating story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept across the landscape and history of the Florida Keys all the way from Key West to the strange and remarkable world of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas.

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn about and experience as much of our amazing world as they can – just like Kitty Hawk herself.

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MY RATING : 3.5/5 STARS

I received a copy from Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review.

This is my second novel from author Iain Harding and it’s also the second novel of his popular series, Kitty Hawk, and I must say that it did not let me down.

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Book Review + TOUR + Q&A : Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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Title: Save the Date
Author: Morgan Matson
Publication: June 5th 2018
Pages: 432
Synopsis:

Father of the Bride meets Sixteen Candles in the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson.

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, I’m a HUGE fan of Morgan Matson. Her contemporary novels are usually thick but also very enjoyable and entertaining even if nothing really happens. Some may argue that her books can get dry in areas but I never found any problems with that. Save the Date is different from her other books. Instead of focusing on character growth and development with obvious character flaws, I felt that Save the Date focused more on the story itself. The story features Charlie, our main heroine, who helps her sister with her big wedding and a secondary story line featuring her family who have been popularized in her mother’s comic strip that has been beloved by the entire nation.

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Book Review: Winner Takes All by Erin Kern

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Title: Winner Takes All
Author: Erin Kern
Publication: August 30th 2016
Pages: 384
Synopsis:

THE LOVE OF THE GAME

Money. Fame. Endorsements. Blake Carpenter had it all—before his professional football career spiraled out of control. Determined to rebuild his life, he takes on coaching the high school team in his Colorado hometown. Despite a few fumbles, Blake knows he can lead these boys to victory. As long as he can keep his eyes on the prize and off the team’s distractingly gorgeous physical therapist.

Annabelle Turner knows all about the scandal that cost Blake his NFL career, and she’ll be damned if she’s going to let hismistakes hurt her team. What she doesn’t count on is the intense attraction that turns every heated run-in they have into a wildly erotic competition. Point by point, play by play, kiss by kiss, they try to keep things professional for the good of the team. But when the score is this close—and the passion this fierce—it’s anybody’s game…

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I reviewed this book after book # 2 but I read this one before book 2 as well so it all works out.

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

Okay, so this book was pretty decent considering it’s the first one in the series and technically, Erin Kern, couldn’t be recycling her ideas from book # 2 or # 3 because it wouldn’t make sense if this one was published before everything else. LOL I don’t know if anyone followed this train of thought but moving FORWARD.

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Book Talk: I’m Going to Take a Break From Reading and Here’s Why

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With a staggering stack of ARCs from publishers, it might be crazy for me to take a break from reading. Maybe I should backtrack. I’m going to relieve myself the pressure of reading as many book as I can this week and just focus on maybe reading one book (From Twinkle, With Love) simply because I like Simon Schuster Canada and I don’t want to ruin my relationship with them. *Whispers* Sorry, Harper Collins Canada in advance. I’m not in the mood for heavy YA fantasy right now so reviews from me may be a little delayed. 

I got the flu…

But anyways, the reason why I decided to take a break from forcing myself to read as much as I possibly can is because I got the stomach flu a week ago and I think a part of my brain died. I’m being dramatic. Nothing actually died. But I’ve been in a funk where I can’t get into a story like I did previously. *looks awkwardly at ForeverRomance* I’m a romance reader but I can’t even feel excited from reading a romance novel. I think I’m dead inside at the moment.

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Book Review: Back in the Game by Erin Kern

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Title: Back in the Game
Author: Erin Kern
Publication: October 31st 2017
Pages: 318
Synopsis:

WHEN YOU PLAY FOR LOVE, YOU PLAY FOR KEEPS
Stella Davenport wasn’t made for small-town life. Sure, teaching ballet in Blanco Valley, Colorado, is great, but she longs for the chance to perform in a big city. Stella swore she’d never let anything get in the way of her dream–until sexy, broad-shouldered Brandon West walks back into her life. Stella is determined to resist him, even if arguing with Brandon is sexier than any foreplay.

For Brandon, it’s always been just him and his son, Matt. Knowing that love only leads to heartbreak, he isn’t looking to expand his family any time soon. Stella, with her long, gorgeous legs and infectious laugh, is a breath of fresh air he didn’t even know he’d been missing. But when she’s offered her dream job in Chicago, will he be willing to put his heart on the line?

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MY RATING: 2/5 STARS

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Book Review: Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties by Camille Pagan

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Title: Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties
Author: Camille Pagan
Publication: February 27th 2018
Pages: 254
Synopsis:

From bestselling author Camille Pagán comes a hilarious and hopeful story about a woman on the verge of a nervous breakthrough.

At fifty-three, Maggie Harris has a good marriage and two mostly happy children. Perpetually anxious, she’s also accumulated a list of semi-reasonable fears: falling air conditioners, the IRS, identity theft, skydiving, and airbag recalls. But never once did Maggie worry that her husband of nearly thirty years would leave her.

On the day Adam walks out the door, everything that makes Maggie secure goes with him. Only then does she realize that while she’s been busy caring for everyone else, she’s become invisible to the world—and to herself.

Maggie cautiously begins to rebuild her life with a trip to Rome, a new career, and even a rebound romance. But when a fresh crisis strikes and an uncertain future looms, she must decide: How much will she risk to remain the woman she’s just become?

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MY RATING: 4.5/5 STARS

I received a copy from Thomas Allen and Sons in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, when I asked to review this book, I was looking for a woman’s fiction novel that was realistic and well written enough to make me feel like the main characters. Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties is that novel. And it was fantastic.

WLSIHT (my own short form) follows Maggie Harris, a 53 year old woman, who cannot believe after thirty years of marriage, her husband decides that she no longer loves her anymore. Adam, her husband, leaves her, claiming he loves another woman and cannot live the same mundane life he’s been living since they got married. It’s traumatic to Maggie. She copes by drinking too much cheap wine, not really eating full healthy meals, and trying to keep in touch with her two children who are now fully grown and with high profile careers. It can be a bit depressing at times as Maggie tries to figure out the year she’s separated from Adam. She goes on vacation by herself in Italy. She drinks, eats delicious food, and meets new friends. When she returns, she changes into a new woman. Maggie is no longer weak and depressed. She’s strong and optimistic about the future. Moving into a smaller town, far away from her ex who seems to be entertaining himself with random hobbies, she relaxes into her new routine of grabbing coffee from the local cafe and joining a divorce support group.

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