Book Review: Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan

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Title: Confessions of a Domestic Failure
Author: Bunmi Laditan
Publication: May 2nd 2017
Pages: 320
Synopsis:

From the creator of The Honest Toddler comes a fiction debut sure to be a must-read for moms everywhere

There are good moms and bad momsand then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who’s trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably.

When Ashley gets the opportunity to participate in the “Motherhood Better” bootcamp run by the mommy-blog-empire maven she idolizes, she jumps at the chance to become the perfect mom she’s always wanted to be. But will she fly high or flop?

With her razor-sharp wit and knack for finding the funny in everything, Bunmi Laditan creates a character as flawed and lovable as Bridget Jones or Becky Bloomwood while hilariously lambasting the societal pressures placed upon every new mother. At its heart, Ashley’s story reminds moms that there’s no way to be perfect, but many ways to be great.

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MY RATING: 4/5

I picked this book on a whim from a thrift shop and immediately purchased it when I read on the back that it was a mixture of Becky Bloomwood from Confessions of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella and Bridget jones.

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I Have an Odd Reading Problem

 

chatting with remarakablylisaObviously, I’m a reader.

I have a blog filled with majority of book reviews and promos. My instagram is dedicated to photos of books. And for the past month, I’ve spent 3 hours each week taking photos of books and I’ve read over 20 books for the month of February.

Reading is a hobby. For some, reading is taken more seriously. I remember for the past two or three years since starting the Goodreads Reading Challenge that it wasn’t just a challenge to read a certain amount of books each year but how many books I can read to surpass my personal goal. Then it went to being competitive against myself and beating my personal best.

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Book Review: The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

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Title: The Upside of Falling Down
Author: Rebekah Crane
Publication: January 30th 2018
Pages: 252
Synopsis:

For Clementine Haas, finding herself is more than a nice idea. Ever since she woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission.

They tell her she’s the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she’s lucky to be alive. But she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels…lost.

With the relentless Irish press bearing down on her, and a father she may not even recognize on his way from America to take her home, Clementine assumes a new identity and enlists a blue-eyed Irish stranger, Kieran O’Connell, to help her escape her forgotten life…and start a new one.

Hiding out in the sleepy town of Waterville, Ireland, Clementine discovers there’s an upside to a life that’s fallen apart. But as her lies grow, so does her affection for Kieran, and the truth about her identity becomes harder and harder to reveal, forcing Clementine to decide: Can she leave her past behind for a new love she’ll never forget?

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MY RATING: 5/5 STARS

I was given a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book is my second 5/5 star read of 2018. It was so well written, it made me cry for so long during the last couple of hundred pages. The Upside of Falling Down taught me that life was beautiful no matter the circumstances. Your family and friends that surround you and their relationship they have with you are strong and unbreakable. They are they there to support you, lift you, and be there when you think you’re at your lowest.

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Book Review: Always You by Denise Grover Swank

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Title: Always You
Author: Denise Grover Swank
Publication: November 28th 2017
Pages: 352
Synopsis:

First love is better the second time around.

Matt Osborn had no idea coaching his five-year-old nephew’s soccer team would get him so much attention from the mothers-attention he doesn’t want now that he’s given up on love and having a family of his own. Yep, Matt’s the last of his bachelor buddies, and plans on staying that way. That is, until he finds himself face-to-face with the woman who broke his heart.

Single mom Anna paused her life in England to help her father recover from an illness. She can’t afford complications, and too-hot-for-his-own-good Matt Osborn-her almost former fiancé-is definitely a complication. He’s a reminder of what might have been-or should have been. That irresistible pull between them isn’t over. Not even close. But if she’s not careful, she’ll break both their hearts . . . again.

MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

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

This is my second book from Denise Grover Swank and it honestly was not a disappointment. I love second chance romances especially an emotional one like what college sweethearts Anna and Matt went through. Matt always knew Anna was the one. He fell completely head over heels for her when he first met her and knew his heart would forever be hers whether he wanted it to be true or not. It pained me to read how these two lovebirds fell apart. Anna was too young, too scared, and too weak to get locked down in a marriage when Matt popped the question. She said she accepted a job in London, England, and didn’t want kids or want to stay in the small town she grew up in. It completely shattered Matt when he heard all this.

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Book Review: The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine

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Title: The Traitor Prince
Author: C.J. Redwine
Publication: February 13th 2018
Pages: 416
Synopsis:

Javan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom. But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious imposter takes his place—and no one believes Javan is the true prince.

After barely escaping the imposter’s assassins, Javan is thrown into Maqbara, the kingdom’s most dangerous prison. The only way to gain an audience with the king — and reveal Javan’s identity — is to fight in Maqbara’s yearly tournament. But winning is much harder than acing competitions at school, and soon Javan finds himself beset not just by the terrifying creatures in the arena, but also a band of prisoners allied against him, and even the warden herself.

The only person who can help him is Sajda, who has been enslaved by Maqbara’s warden since she was a child, and whose guarded demeanor and powerful right hook keep the prisoners in check. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive — but she has dangerous secrets.

Together, Javan and Sajda have to outwit the vicious warden, outfight the deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan. If they fail, they’ll be trapped in Maqbara for good—and the secret Sajda’s been hiding will bury them both.

MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

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

The Traitor Prince is a highly anticipated book that follows in the Ravenspire series but can be completely read standalone. I never read the first two books in this story and understood this one completely. It tells the story of Javan, a prince that has been studying rigorously for the past 10 years in a special school for princes because he wants to honor his late mother’s wishes and bring pride and joy to his kingdom and of course, impress his father. Suddenly, well planned out attacks to Javan are taking place.

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BOOK REVIEW: Twisted Fate by Jessi Elliot

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Title: Twisted Fate
Author: Jessi Elliot
Publication: February 13th 2018
Pages: 243
Synopsis:

Being kidnapped by the leader of the fae really puts a dent in your senior year.

Aurora Marshall is sharp, witty, and always has a plan. Ready to finish her business degree and graduate, her life is going smoothly—until the night she meets Tristan Westbrook.

Tristan, the overbearing, gorgeous Fae Leader, and an admired businessman in the human world, is all kinds of dangerous. While he finds Aurora intriguing, her refusal to bend to his will keeps them locked in a constant power struggle.

Entering into a deal is the only way to escape Tristan’s clutches, which only plunges Aurora deeper into the fae world. With her future at stake, she is forced to handle his arrogance and extraordinary fae abilities as she fights to stay grounded in her mundane life.

Not to mention her struggle to ignore the growing attraction she knows she shouldn’t feel for the man who kidnapped her.

When people said college would be the most exciting time of her life, Aurora never thought this is what they meant.

MY RATING: 3.5/5 STARS

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

When Jessi first approached me back in Summer of 2017 with hopes of letting me review her debut novel, I knew I had to get my hands on one. I loved romance but I didn’t know what urban fantasy was nor did I know if I actually liked fantasy novels. Thank goodness, a long list of fantasy arcs from publishers fell into my hands and converted me into a fantasy lover so I absolutely had no doubts when I read this book.

Twisted Fate tells the story of Aurora Marshall, a senior in university who has eyes on the prize also known as graduating and making a name for herself. While she may seem like a typical student, she has a family that is drained financially from taking care of her younger brother who is fighting cancer. That’s right, folks. It’s going to be a tear-jerker. Typically found in libraries cramming for the next exam or finishing up a project, Aurora is convinced to attend a party and it’s there were things go wrong. She’s kidnapped, exposed to the world of faes (mythical creatures who look eerily like humans but so much more beautiful), and finds herself on a quest to protect her best friend. Oh yeah, and it doesn’t hurt that the leader of the faes is smokin’ hot.

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Book Review: The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

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Title: The Queen’s Rising
Author: Rebecca Ross
Publication: February 6th 2018
Pages: 464
Synopsis:

When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

MY RATING: 3.5/5 STARS

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

The Queen’s Rising is one of those books that is written so beautifully and so well that you’re sucked into the story and you’re forgetting that the book is about 500 pages. I know a lot of you guys love thick books but after reading Zenith, I’m tired guys! But anyways, The Queen’s Rising is Rebecca Ross’s debut novel. While there are some flaws with the pacing and the way certain things executed, it was a wonderfully adventurous book that I’m sure a lot of fantasy genre lovers will love.

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Book Review: When My Heart Joins The Thousand by AJ Steiger

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Title: When My Heart Joins the Thousand
Author: AJ Steiger
Publication: February 6th 2018
Pages: 352
Synopsis:

A YA romance featuring a neuroatypical girl with a tragic history and the chronically ill boy trying to break the vault encasing her heart

Obviously I’m not what most people would describe as happy. But that has nothing to do with anything. Happiness is not a priority. Survival is.

Alvie Fitz doesn’t fit in, and she doesn’t care. She’s spent years swallowing meds and bad advice from doctors and social workers. Adjust, adapt. Pretend to be normal. It sounds so easy.

If she can make it to her eighteenth birthday without any major mishaps, she’ll be legally emancipated. Free. But if she fails, she’ll become a ward of the state and be sent back to the group home.

All she wants is to be left alone to spend time with her friend, Chance, the one-winged hawk at the zoo where she works. She can bide her time with him until her emancipation. Humans are overrated anyway. Then she meets Stanley, a boy who might be even stranger than she is—a boy who walks with a cane, who turns up every day with a new injury, whose body seems as fragile as glass. Without even meaning to, she finds herself getting close to him. But Alvie remembers what happened to the last person she truly cared about.

Her past stalks her with every step, and it has sharp teeth. But if she can find the strength to face the enemy inside her, maybe she’ll have a chance at happiness after all.

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

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

This book guys. This book made ripped me open, exposed the ugliest bits of me, made me cry and laugh, made me feel, and made me everything. My Heart Joins the Thousand has got to be my favourite read this entire year so far and I know 2018 just started but I know it’ll be a top favourite book of mine by the time December comes along.

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BOOK REVIEW: This Love Will Self-Destruct by Leslie Cohen

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Title: This Love Will Self-Destruct
Author: Leslie Cohen
Publication: January 23rd 2018
Pages: 336
Synopsis:

This is the classic tale of boy meets girl: Girl…goes home with someone else.

Meet Eve. She’s a dreamer, a feeler, a careening well of sensitivities who can’t quite keep her feet on the ground, or steer clear of trouble. She’s a laugher, a crier, a quirky and quick-witted bleeding-heart-worrier.

Meet Ben. He’s an engineer, an expert at leveling floors who likes order, structure, and straight lines. He doesn’t opine, he doesn’t ruminate, he doesn’t simmer until he boils over.

So naturally, when the two first cross paths, sparks don’t exactly fly. But then they meet again. And again. And then, finally, they find themselves with a deep yet fragile connection that will change the course of their relationship—possibly forever.

Follow Eve and Ben as they navigate their twenties on a winding journey through first jobs, first dates, and first breakups; through first reunions, first betrayals and, maybe, first love. This is When Harry Met Sally reimagined; a charming tale told from two unapologetically original points of view. With an acerbic edge and heartwarming humor, debut novelist Leslie Cohen takes us on a tour of what life looks like when it doesn’t go according to plan, and explores the complexity, chaos, and comedy in finding a relationship built to last.

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MY RATING: 3.5/5 STARS

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

This Love Will Self-destruct seems exactly like the chick-lit novel you’ve been browsing around the bookstore for. It has an adorable cover, an enticing synopsis, and it just seems light and fun from a quick flip through. You’re not wrong. I found myself slipping into this story, needing to know what would happen to our hero and heroine, Ben and Eve after the first chapter. I enjoyed this story but what was really weird was that I was so completely satisfied with the ending; I ended up enjoying the ending more than the beginning, and the build up.

I know!

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Book Review: By the Book by Julia Sonneborn

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Title: By the Book
Author: Julia Sonneborn
Publication: February 6th 2018
Pages: 384
Synopsis:

An English professor struggling for tenure discovers that her ex-fiancé has just become the president of her college—and her new boss—in this whip-smart modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Persuasion.

Anne Corey is about to get schooled.

An English professor in California, she’s determined to score a position on the coveted tenure track at her college. All she’s got to do is get a book deal, snag a promotion, and boom! She’s in. But then Adam Martinez—her first love and ex-fiancé—shows up as the college’s new president.

Anne should be able to keep herself distracted. After all, she’s got a book to write, an aging father to take care of, and a new romance developing with the college’s insanely hot writer-in-residence. But no matter where she turns, there’s Adam, as smart and sexy as ever. As the school year advances and her long-buried feelings begin to resurface, Anne begins to wonder whether she just might get a second chance at love.

Funny, smart, and full of heart, this modern ode to Jane Austen’s classic explores what happens when we run into the demons of our past…and when they turn out not to be so bad, after all.

MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to start this review off that I totally didn’t know that this book was based on Jane Austen’s Persuasion! Given that I never actually read Persuasion, By the Book by Julia Sonneborn was reviewed based on my enjoyment of the plot and not on how it followed the plot line of the classic etc.

By the Book tells the story of a couple who isn’t a couple anymore. Anne and Adam were college sweethearts but after much pressure from Anne’s professor, family, and life, Anna and Adam break it off after their college graduation. Add ten years or so and we have Anne, unhappy, uninspired, and lonely, working as a college professor, teaching literature to the young and vulnerable. It isn’t until Adam is elected as the college’s president is then when we finally learn the backstory of them.

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