Black sunshine review

“If only you were there, my dear, he says to me, his voice ragged. You are the balm to my monstrous heart.”

Who is your favorite vampire? I am a little more like Count Von Count. You know, one…two…three..four, ah-ha-ha. Sesame Street. wink

or…


Can you put a shirtless guy in a review? 😬awkward smile face 😬 Already, done. Oops. Team Stefan forever.

The forbidden love story of Lenore and Absolon. Black Sunshine is perfect for fans of HBO’s American drama series, True Blood. While the novel is dark, there is still some snort laugh moments. Like using Han Solo as a verb:

Black Sunshine is an adult paranormal romance about love, secrets, and revenge with epic world building and secondary characters that will make you wish for their own book (talking about Wolf here)! Thank you, Karina Halle for sending me a finished copy and curated gift box!

🧛🏻 READ IF YOU LIKE 🧛🏻:
-True Blood (HBO show)
-vampires & witches
-found family
-enemies to lovers
-forbidden love
-Buffy
-Bram Stoker & Van Helsing
-#IsThisAKissingBook: 18+ “he leans over and kisses me on the cheek and I feel like my heart just went off like a bomb.”

🎶Song: The Poet Acts by Philip Glass🎶

Black Sunshine PLAYLIST

they’ll never catch us review

“…Come on, they’ll never catch us… I came here so we can talk about all this. So we can come up with a plan.”

That was like an episode of Real Housewives: Teen Edition. Or definitely an episode of Jerry Springer. I am the worst sleuth of all the sleuths. SHOCKER! I did NOT see those events coming! GASP! Those Steckler sisters keep each others secrets. A decade ago, female cross country stars were brutally murdered. Whoever turned Edgewater into Deadwater finally came back. “What are the chances that some psycho killer would come back just for….” Jessica Goodman’s sophomore novel is a page-turner! Readers will be hooked as information is revealed chapter and after chapter. They’ll Never Catch Us is a must-stay-up-until-3:00-am-to-find-out kind of book!

READ IF YOU LIKE:
-cross country
-sister stories
-mystery & thriller
-secrets & twists & turns, oh my!
-your favorite dramatic reality TV show featuring teens
-small town with an even smaller police department
-Sherlock Homeboy is your BFF

Thank you Penguin Young Readers for an advanced copy!

Song: Silver Springs by Fleetwood Mac

curses review

“I love you, Merit. Who else is going to yell at me and throw cake when I’m terrible?”

“Beastly girl is right. You will get your gift from me this night.” Merit Cravan = absentee from her own betrothal ball. She refuses to marry her betrothed (old man). The refusal led to her curse. Her curse gives until her next birthday- which is only six weeks away. Tevin DuMont… doe eyes. heart eyes. I’m charmed. A trick of the light. No one could be that handsome. A deal is struck! Curses is an adorably cute story with some seriously LOL moments. There may or may not be a moment like this…

Lish McBride’s novel has some of the best side characters! The DuMont brothers *chef’s kiss*. Diadora and Willa, Merit’s cursed friends, who are akin to Ron Weasley.

Yikes. My FAVE scene is between the sisters and Tevin. Tev is most definitely shirtless. Must read! McBride’s gender swapped Beauty & The Beast is perfect for YA fans looking for a magical retelling.

READ IF YOU LIKE:
-magic & mages
-Belle & Adam (beast)
-charms & cons
-an absolutely enchanting (literally) LI
-romantic grand gestures
-#IsThisAKissingBook: it’s not a kiss…it’s combustion. “She just had the wits kissed out of her by the worst possible person.”

Thank you Penguin Young Readers for an advanced copy!

Song: Stubborn Love by the Lumineers

Moonflower elixir recipe & preorder promo

Just me again. The girl with zero chill. #Cursebreakers are just two months away from publication of DtN by Brigid Kemmerer! Woop! The preorder promo is now available and it is 😘🤌🏼 (Click here for promo form)

a Moonflower Elixir enamel pin! Do I need it? I think YES! Speaking of moonflower. See that blue drink? I made my own Moonflower Elixir recipe! The deets are posted on Katie’s Krazy Book Obsession! Enjoy sweet dreams of Prince “Cruel Cory” Corrick. (I know I will). And be sure to preorder #DefyTheNight! Ps. There’s also a Spotify playlist! Pps. The moonflower is one of the most romantic plants you can grow in a garden. The large, trumpet-shape flowers unfurl in the evening and stay open until the sun rises. Ppps. Thanks to the house wizard (Travis) for photoshopping the book cover and moonflower.

Moonflower Elixir

  • 1/4 teaspoon Blue Majik
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon water, plus additional, if needed to blend paste
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I use vanilla almond milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Combine Blue Majik, maple syrup and water in a large mug. Stir until the powders are dissolved, adding additional water as needed.
  2. Heat the milk in a small pot over low to medium low heat until warmed to your liking.
  3. Pour milk into the mug with the paste mixture and stir to combine. Stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Enjoy!
    *recipe adapted from the chic life

how sweet it is review

“Love is probably the only thing on this planet worth fighting for. Worth losing everything for. You’re a fool if you let pride stand in your way.”

The Queen of Happily Ever Afters and The Knight of Nightmares. Kate Sweet is in charge of Drake Matthews’ book launch. Instead of an “aw” factor, she’s making it an “AH!” factor. Kate wants to win an event planning award and Drake needs help with…research for a secret project. It’s a done deal! Will Kate be able to give Drake the best book launch of his nightmarish dreams? And maybe find love in her nonexistent love life? How Sweet It Is…is just THAT. A sweet rom-com with a side of creep! Dylan Newton’s debut novel is perfect for fans of Beach Read by Emily Henry and The Wedding Planner starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughe. Readers are going to fall in love with the fun, honest, and good-hearted Drake Matthews! A chef’s kiss epilogue!

🥰👻 READ IF YOU LIKE 👻🥰
-spooky scenes, horror fans!
-romcom & chick lit
-a little insta love
-an LOL meet-cute “I scaled him like a freaking koala on a eucalyptus tree!”
-small town vibes
-a not photoshopped, tall, dark, and twisted LI
-a last minute scandal
-#IsThisAKissingBook: theres an almost-kiss-tastrophe and a kiss on the tip of her nose and an encore!

Thank you Readforever pub for an advanced copy!

🎶 Song: Unforgettable by Nat King Cole 🎶

the croc review

“I wanted to love you forever,” he said with a laugh, touching his forehead against hers, “but I’ll settle for one lifetime.”

It’s o-v-e-r! 🥺😭 It’s always bittersweet when a trilogy comes to an end but I am PLEASED with the final book in the PAN trilogy. Even though I already totally and completely miss Neverland’s resident bad boy, Deacon Elias Ashford. Clap it up for @authorjennyhickman ! She will make you feel ALL the emotions: fear, anger, jealously, betrayal. You probably will be chanting, “please be okay, please be okay, please be okay”. Don’t worry reader, Jenny writes kissing books and HEA’s. You’ll swoon. You’ll cry. You might even squeal. #DamesForDeacon. Any last words? …. tick tock. And I love you, Casanova. Pick up this fantastically magical Young Adult trilogy!

✨READ IF YOU LIKE ✨:
-cozy, dry socks (LOL IYKYK)
-making memories
-21st century Peter Pan
-magic & community
-A Walk to Remember
-young love
#IsThisAKissingBook: a kiss to her hair, a kiss to the back of her hand, a kiss to the temple. ALL the kisses 😘

Thank you Jenny for an advanced copy! The CROC is released TOMORROW! 👏🏼

🎶 Song: Never Say Never by The Fray 🎶

All Rhodes lead here review

“You’re mine. Just as much as Am is. Just as much as anybody ever will be.”

Are you cursed like me? And Aurora? Always crying when other people cry? That lower lip tremble and nasal cavity tingle? Then you probably will get the chin quiver a few times while reading All Rhodes Lead Here. 20 years later and Aurora is back in the town she grew up in. Mending her broken heart and starting over. Her landlord… Mr. Friendly, Mr. Warm and Fuzzy, Mr. Grumpy Gus, Tobias Rhodes, might just be the cure.

Mr. Rhodes (Tobes)…grumpy but cute.

SWOON WORTHY. A good person with an enormous heart. Rhodes will make you cry… Break your heart for the good reasons. How can I buy him?

Aurora will make you laugh. She’s a chatty Cathy, a sir talks-a-lot. Sorry, not sorry.

Aurora (Ora) is a dynamic character, overcoming hardships and finding a place where she belongs. A place with love that feels like home.

Reader! Hold on to your heart! It’s going to fly high. You’ll be sick with happiness! You’ll carry Rhodes and Aurora’s love deep in your soul. ARLH is perfect for fans of The Simple Wild by KA Tucker!

🦇🌲 READ IF YOU LIKE 🌲🦇:
-rough handsome, silver fox (also, overprotective dad)
-small town in the mountains
-hiking & camping
-friends to lovers (slight enemies vibes)
-romantic gestures
-acceptance & affection
-tears that will keep coming out of your eyeballs
-#IsThisAKissingBook: slowest slow burn of all the slow burns. Worth the wait.

🎶 Song: Love Me Like You Do by Sleeping At Last 🎶

The queen will betray you review

“A wise pirate once told me love is the most powerful force on earth.”

Okay, Google. Play Storybook Love by Mark Knopfler.

Like wow. 👏🏼 A superb sequel in Kingdom of Sand and Sky duo! Or series? There’s MORE right? Readers double crossing their fingers waiting for a response that’s like…

To be together forever, Ama and Luca must part. INTERNALLY SOBBING.

“I love you. Our time apart will not change that.” “I love you too, Ama. Always, Princess.”

SWOON.

The Queen Will Betray You is action packed (hello, anxiety, old friend). A jaunt into the Torrent! The story is also romantic and undoubtedly noble. And FULL of secrets. Henning’s characters are clever, confident, and malicious. They are also brave, strong, heroic, and fight for the good of the Sand and Sky. I was fully entertained! I’m here for more Ama and Luca!! Did I read The King Will Kill You?? BOOK THREE? 🤞🏼 Who do I have to stalk to make that happen?

⚔️READ IF YOU LIKE⚔️:
-The Princess Bride vibes (less present this book)
-A merry band of pirates
-a handsome stableboy
-newfound family
-patriarchy & regicide
-“survive the battle, see the war”
-power hungry women
-#IsThisAKissingBook: As Luca would say, “Always, Princess.” And, “He cradled the sides of her face, then leaned in and planted a kiss to her brow.”

Thank you Tor Teen for an advanced copy!

🎶 Song: Save You Tonight by One Direction 🎶

People we meet on vacation review

“He shook his head and pulled me into his chest, squeezing me, lifting me up into him like he planned to absorb me. “I love you,” he said, and kissed my head. “And if you want, we can die alone together.”

I wish I could bottle this book and wear it as a perfume. Emily Henry’s novel speaks to me (IYKYK). I loved Beach Read but I am besotted with People We Meet On Vacation!

Years of undying love, occasional jealousy, missed opportunities, bad timing, other relationships, building tension, a fight and the silence afterward, and the pain of living life without Alex. Poppy and Alex have gotten over their friend breakup, but the more they talk, the more they miss each other. Alex is a cinnamon roll! He’s got this lovable grandpa side that’s super endearing. He makes Poppy feel known, loved, wholly accepted. And she is hysterical! Like ROTFL. My heart flutters happily over Poppy & Alex! I cried. (What’s new?)

🌵READ IF YOU LIKE:🌵
-When Harry Met Sally
-friends to lovers
-only one bed
-the travel bug
-past vs present
-tall, quiet, and eager to see the library LI
-short, loud, and wants to know where the party’s at MC
-buttery and warm and perfect pastries
-#IsThisAKissingBook: “a warm slow, drink of a kiss”

🎶 Song: I Only Have Eyes For You by The Flamingos 🎶

Grace & Glory review

“He committed an act of selflessness and sacrifice by coming to your aid. He did so out of the purest love. He was restored to his Former Glory.” “Former Glory?” I had no idea what he was talking about. The Throne nodded. “But he chose you. He chose to Fall.”

My heart gave a happy little dance with the finale of the Harbinger trilogy! Zayne is so incredibly thoughtful and considerate. Trinity is brave and strong. Fearless. The duo will need everything to defeat the friendly neighborhood homicidal archangel aka the Harbinger. Bust out the big guns. A Trueborn and a Fallen. YOLO. JLA takes you through some feels: hopelessness and despair, sorrow and grief, relief and pounding joy. An excellent conclusion! 👏🏼

✨ READ IF YOU LIKE ✨:
-YA fantasy
-angels & demons
-pop culture references
-gargoyles & witches
-thrilling twists & turns (peanut 😱)
-action packed scenes
-#IsThisAKissingBook: “Love shone with each kiss.”

“I was willing to die a thousand deaths for you. That I loved you that much. Then he asked what I would do to be reunited with you. I told him I’d do anything.”

🎶 Song: Highway To Hell by AC/DC 🎶