defy the night review

“I hate you.” “Everyone does”, he says.”

Brigid Kemmerer’s blockbuster fantasy series is one that you just pick up. Don’t even read the synopsis. It’s THAT good. I’m like this…

but K (that’s me)+ C = xx. Cruel Cory.

@ me. ☝️

Defy the Night is chef’s kiss. I LOVED IT. I was SUPER invested in the story. Too many emotions were warring in my chest. Tessa is fierce and reckless and passionate. Prince Corrick. Cory. His eyes spark with devilry and YA readers are going to gobble him up! “Lord, Tessa.” And I swoon. Every. Time. I have it BAD. If you enjoyed ACSDAL, then you will revel in the kingdom of Kandala.

places Defy the Night high on a pedestal

-YA fantasy
-hate to love
-Brothers: King Harristan & Prince Corrick
-the TWISTS of all TWISTS
-sickness & rebellion
-secrets & sacrifice
-outlaws & justice
-honeyed apples
-#IsThisAKissingBook: temple kisses, hand kisses… “we’ll pick that up later”.

@ Brigid Kemmerer ☝️

Thank YOU Bloomsbury YA for an advanced copy! I cannot wait to continue this story!

🎶Song: Don’t Give Up On me by Andy Grammer 🎶

Defy the Night Playlist

archers voice review

“I want to believe so badly that what you said is true- that something beautiful can come from all the ugliness and mess- from all the pain, from all the things that have made me who I am.”

Do you hear that? It’s the sounds of my choking sobs.

I just… I can’t… where… are my words. This. Story. Is… INSANELY good. It’s raw, deep, heavy, utterly emotional. There is pain, trauma, chains of grief, guilt, fear, loneliness. Two wounded hearts finding hope and healing and freedom through love. Archer’s Voice will take readers on a roller coaster of emotions… intense sadness, anger and despair, joy and happiness. Archer Hale kills readers with sweetness overload. Mia Sheridan wrote an EPIC novel that will stay with me forever. A poetic love story with a HEA. “There has only ever been you. There. Will. Only. Ever. Be. You.”

-best friends to lovers
-small town, Maine
-almond joy candy bars
-secrets & twists
-dandelion wishes
-astounding character growth
-dual POV
-mental health rep
-#IsThisAKissingBook: 18+ women’s fiction, romance. You’ll barely be able to breathe. Heart pounding and then your heart will swell in your chest.

“I knew I loved her- fiercely and with every part of my heart, even the broken parts, even the parts that felt unworthy and without value.”

Ps. you’ll barely make it through chapter 32. It will be completely blurry from the tears pouring from your eyes.

Pps. You’re going to have a MASSIVE book hangover.

Ppps. Don’t go the library route. Buy it.

🎶 Song: In My Veins by Andrew Belle ft Erin Mccarley🎶

the summer of broken rules review

“Oranges”, I murmured. “My shampoo,” Wit murmured back. “I love oranges.” “So you love me.”

I adore this book, but I love this book even more! A wedding weekend with an assassins game AND a cute romance. HERE FOR IT! (CW: grief, loss of a sibling, parent divorce). Wit is totally dreamy. Swoony. He’s super affectionate. His term of endearment for the day = dead. RIP @ me.

And so witty. wink. I love him, I love him, I love him. YA contemporary romance readers must read The Summer of Broken Rules.

-assassins (game)
-friends to lovers
-martha’s vineyard
-summer fun
-wedding weekends
-family dynamics
-swifitie x sherrio fandoms
-pie x puppy chow (emphasis on pie)
-#IsThisAKissingBook: like a thousand kisses! air kisses, knuckle kisses, temple kisses.

🎶Song: Hearts Don’t Break Around Here by Ed Sheeran 🎶

the orphan witch review

“Just this once, she thought, please let someone see me.”

I have your next autumn read! The Orphan Witch: night fog, cursed island, the tale of the blood moon crown, the prophecy promised. What a delightful assault on the senses! Beyond atmospheric! Enchanting! Paige Crutcher has a brilliant way with words! I am pleased as petunias with this entire novel! Dorian…the attractive bad-mannered librarian/guardian of The Library for the Lost. Swoon. He stole my heart and I was rooting for him and Persephone. I snickered, I got misty eyed, I sighed dreamily, I gasped over revelations! I was totally entertained by Persephone May’s journey. The Orphan Witch is perfect for fans of V.E. Schwab and Alice Hoffman. Best paired with a steaming cup of chamomile tea. ☕️

“I’ve always longed for a home. Like the ones I read in stories, but I was never Anne of Green Gables or even Pippi Longstocking.”

-lost & found family
-curses & spells
-pirates (very brief) & bargains
-tea & baking (“crustless cherry pies and chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting so bright it glittered.”)
-learning & libraries
-sisterhood of magic
-salt, the sea, a tang of honey and wine
-#IsThisAKissingBook: “They kissed the stars down into the sky and the lightning bugs into the air. They kissed the waters warm and the air into mist.”

Thank you St. Martins Press for an advanced copy!

🎶 Song: Crystal by Fleetwood Mac 🎶

To enter a paperback giveaway of THE ORPHAN WITCH click here

the friend zone & the good luck charm

“I’ll orbit around you and be your universe, because you’ve always been my sun.”– The Friend Zone

“So I guess you need to make sure she understands that she’s the other half of your soul, and that you need her because you love her, and no other reason.”- The Good Luck Charm


  • -friends to lovers
  • -blubbering & sobbing
  • -laugh cry & snort giggles
  • -McDonalds sweet & salty
  • -potatograms


  • -second chance romance
  • -childhood friends
  • -friends to lovers
  • -hockey
  • -hot lips cinnamon candy

Thank you ReadForever for gifting me a box o’ romance!

the pick-up review

“This weekend is supposed to be fun and simple. Love is messy and complicated and unnecessary.”

#WhenMariMetTJ. Mari and her sister catch a rideshare to a music festival. Mari is sandwiched together in the backseat with buff, six foot tall, TJ, and it’s like a game of twister. Mari and TJ enter the festival together, but get separated, and she forgot to get his number. Oops! Will fate and a viral hashtag #FindTJForMariPleeeeeeease bring them back together? Is it love a first sight? Or a hot summer fling like in a rom-com?The Pick-Up is a really fun story! “A smooth shot of whiskey to my heart!” TJ is, and I quote, “the sweetest cinnamon roll.” He is straight forward and respectful and mature. And dashingly handsome. I like his sense of humor. Readers will FEEL for Mari. I was heartbroken over her family life (tw: divorce). If you like Miranda Kenneally’s YA books, you’ll adore this one too.

-music festivals
-ride sharing
-family dynamics
-YA rom-coms
-love & art
-#IsThisAKissingBook: TJ and Mari’s chemistry is seismic!

Thank you Source Fire Books for an advanced copy!

🎶Song: Glad You Came by The Wanted🎶

even when im gone review

“Kiss her crazy and love her insane.”- Oliver Masters

“Mia and ollie. Forever. Not pam and Jim. Not ross and Rachel. Not Romeo and Juliet. Mia and Ollie.”

Every inch of this book has seared into my soul like a permanent tattoo. Even When I’m Gone is a heart wrenching, all consuming story. I am totally in control of my emotions (bawling). The evolution of Mia and Ollie= ugly crying. Nicole drops some (more?) bombs in the sequel to Stay With Me. Unintelligible sobbing. Ollie has the heart of a thousand angels and I cannot wait to get my oversized poetic hoodie.

-paper roses
-broken & beautiful themes
-flipping pancakes at three a.m.
-sipping coffee in your knickers
-dancing to the beatles
-#IsThisAKissingBook: 18+ women’s fiction, romance. Kiss her crazy. “We’re not out of the woods yet, but let’s kiss in the leaves while we’re here.”

Even When I’m Gone playlist

🎶 Song: Bloodstream by Stateless 🎶

kulti review

“I haven’t done a single thing in my life to deserve you, schnecke, but I will never give up on you, and I won’t let you give up on me.”

Reiner Kulti x Salome Casillas. He’s the Mr. Silent-Superstar assistant coach and she is the home-state sweetheart soccer player. A chef’s kiss MZ book! Perfect banter. LOL moments. Hate-eyes and angry nicknames (e.g. bratwurst, frankfurter, sauerkraut). Slowest of the slowest slow burns. Mooney eye scenes….it was the shoes for the kids whose parents couldn’t afford them that tied the noose around my neck. Romance reader’s heart will pit-pit-pat over Kulti, the German pumpernickel. I love you, Reindeer. Pretzel face and taco forever!

“I really, really want to punch you in the face right now.”

-men and women’s soccer
-13 year age gap
-grumpy x sunshine
-enemies to BFFs to lovers
-childhood adoration
-boxed wine
-the most precious dad
-#IsThisAKissingBook: the sweetest of kisses but you gotta wait until like 93%. s-l-o-w. b-u-r-n.

🎶song: Kiss with a Fist by Florence + The Machine🎶

these hollow vows review

“Go to the Seelie Court, find the queen’s secret portal to enter the most dangerous place in Faerie, find my sister, and rescue her from a power-hungry king. Child’s play.”

Bruh. TWO fae princes. One dark. One light. Lies and manipulation. Action packed! A feud within two fae courts. A band of misfits. A ruse to pose as a contending bride for a prince. Who is end game?

Calling all ACOTAR stans. This has your name on it. Ps. this one will leave you on an RIP reader cliff (hanger). BOOK TWO! ASAP.

“May you always have a star to wish on, Abriella, and a reason to believe.” 🥺🤧🤭

-a bargain & a quest
-secrets & sacrifice
-ping ponging between two fae prince
-sister bonds
-cinderella vibes
-two protective wolves 🖤
-#IsThisAKissingBook: YA fantasy romance. “his kiss feels like it could light all of Fairscape, all of Elora.”

🎶 Song: Traitor by Olivia Rodrigo 🎶

the wall of winnipeg and me review

“I’m not going anywhere without you.” He squeezed, his words ringing through my ears. “You’re not alone.”

Aiden Graves x Vanessa Mazur. He is the three-time National Football Organization’s Defensive Player of the Year. Big guy. The Wall of Winnipeg. Incredible Hulk. Only smiles in the presence of dogs.

She is his assistant and completely ignorant when it came to football. Aiden and Vanessa weren’t BFFs, much less confidants. His name was saved on her personal phone under Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada.

LOL. Plot twist! Vanessa quits! Aiden wants her back. As… what? 🤭 My heart. My poor, weak pathetic heart. 🤧 Burst of affection! Smiling. Mooning. 🥺

I LOVE MZ! Team Graves! I cried. Shocker. Tears were flowing like the powerful Mississippi. READ IT NOW!

-grumpy goose x ray of sunshine
-marriage of convenience
-enemies to friends to lovers
-terms of endearment
-anime (that Dragonballs show)
-a precious pup 🥺
-#IsThisAKissingBook: women’s fiction, romance. “A peck. A shot better than tequila, made up of friendship and affection and organic sugar.”

🎶 Song: Coming home by Leon Bridges 🎶