london prep 5: the party by jillian dodd

“You always lose focus, watching me. You get lost.” “I like getting lost in you,” I whisper.”

Okay Google, play Without Me By Eminem. …Guess who’s back? Back again.

As the president of the Noah Williams fan club, I can confirm….NOAH’S. BACK! Our little English rose. And readers will slide down on to the floor like jell-o.

There are so many good quotes in this book! London Prep readers are going eat up all the sweetness in book five. Consumed! Ecstatic or terrified? Heart pounding. Lots of chanting!

JD fans know she is the queen of the cliff (hanger); however, The Party will leave readers looking forward to LP 6 with minimal angst. I’m crossing my fingers for chocolate popcorn in book 6!

⚽️ READ IF YOU LIKE ⚽️:
-wearing your boyfriends sweats
-association football
-the boys club
-dancing with your boy
-passing notes in class
-pumpkin cookies with maple syrup frosting
-the eye of the storm & Noah’s art project
-#IsThisAKissingBook: 14+. the smiles, the glances, the kisses. Battle of the bathroom. It’s all there!

Thank you Jillian Dodd for an advanced copy!

🎶Song: Favorite T-Shirt by Jake Scott🎶

a shadow in the ember by jennifer l. armentrout review

“Trouble”, he murmured thickly. “You are trouble, liessa.” Something beautiful and powerful…”

I have a new OTP that I adore: Sera & Nyktos! The maiden, fated to belong to the Primal of Death. “Make him fall in love, become his weakness, and end him.”

I love all of JLA’s couples! I have yet to meet one that I don’t like. She writes some powerhouse couples/characters!

I do agree with other readers, that there are a lot of similarities to Poppy & Cas. It’s been a while since I’ve been in the Blood & Ash world so I am not sure if that was intentional or maybe I missed something but I was aware of the likeness. There is a lot of information to digest in ASITE. Overall, an enjoyable fantasy novel and I am looking forward to Flesh and Fire #2!

🗡READ IF YOU LIKE🗡:
-morally gray heroine
-“I was supposed to kill you” trope
-the FBaA world
-hades x persephone
-dragons (draken)
-threats & trechery
-freedom & consent
-#IsThisAKissingBook: 18+. it’s more of a slow burn in this one!

Thank you Social Butterfly PR and Jennifer L Armentrout for an advanced copy!

🎶Song: I Found by Amber Run 🎶

kingdom of the cursed review

“Try not to look too thrilled, or I might think you like me.” “Count your blessings. My liking you would be a dangerous thing.”

KERRI!!!

YOU CANNOT END A BOOK LIKE THAT!!

The bar is set unbelievably high. Like soaring. Colossal.

💀READ IF YOU LIKE💀:
-vengeance & revenge
-enemies to lovers
-suspicions, deception, lies, betrayal, oh my!
-food (chocolate covered fruits, creme brulee, toast with roasted garlic, goat cheese, and pesto)
-rumors & curses
-royal posturing (i think that means political intrigue 😂)
-accidental betrothal (whoops!)
-#IsThisAKissingBook: Yes! And while shelved as young adult, ages 14-18, I respectfully disagree based on the content. (did i just open the flood gates? 😬😂)

🎶Song: Darkside by Oshins🎶

window shopping review

“This isn’t about me carrying you, it’s about us walking together and deciding where to go, all right?”

YES! TB has a feel-good Christmas romance! Here we go!

Okay Google, play “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” by Frank Sinatra. Window Shopping…chef’s kiss! I matching robes love Aiden and Stella! Aiden and his zippity do dah, happy-go-lucky attitude is a BIG cornball! And guess what?

And if you are too, you will ADORE Window Shopping. Readers are going to collapse into a puddle of GOO. Stomach’s will be flip flopping. Tears WILL 100% be shed. (For the record, I cried four times. Shocker.) still sniffling. I feel so proud of Stella. And Aiden. Le sigh. Romance bookworms NEED the Christmas magic of Window Shopping this holiday season!

God bless, Aunt Edna.

🎄READ IF YOU LIKE🎄:
-grumpy heroine x sunshine hero
-the most opposite of opposites
-new york city
-seven year age gap
-workplace romance
-bowties
-new beginnings
-plates and saucers with basket weave pattern as picked out by Aiden
-#IsThisAKissingBook: 18+ “I kiss her forehead, her cheeks, her nose, everywhere I can reach until she gives me that incredible laugh.”

Ps. Can we talk about amazing secondary characters? Leland takes the cake (#LelandGirls) and readers will be falling off their chair, laughing out loud, over his antics and ranting. And Seamus and Jordyn? I’m wanting their story!

THANK YOU, Tessa Bailey for an advanced copy!

🎶 Song: Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley 🎶

the nature of witches review

“Paige says I look at you like you’re magic,” I say to him, not caring who hears me. He laughs, and his eyes get teary. He searches my face and touches my skin, and I know that as long as he’s in the world, I want him beside me. “You’re my sun,” I say.

A love letter to earth. Beautiful and atmospheric. Seasonal magic in this stunning poetic story!

The transitional magic of autumn. The aggressive magic of winter. The patient magic of spring. and the intense magic of summer. I was enchanted by it all and I loved Clara’s journey to self-discovery.

Clara and Sang are precious! He’s genuine and caring and supportive. He sees Clara with awe and adoration. Just perfect. The Nature of Witches will capture readers heart with this swoony romance. I cried. What’s new. A single iris for you, Rachel Griffin.

🌼 🌧️READ IF YOU LIKE 🌼🌧️:
-witches & magic
-black tea & honey
-friends to lovers
-the four seasons: spring, summer, fall, winter
-#IsThisAKissingBook: 14+ “Kissing him feels like hunger and standing in the rain and falling from the peak of a roller coaster all at once.”

🎶 Song: Let It All Go by Rhodes ft. Birdy 🎶

so, this is christmas review

“What other girl would wade into a freezing pond in December to save a tiny bee?” “No one sane.” “No one so extraordinary.”

Sarah Dessen meets Let It Snow. GASP! I knew I needed this ASAP! So, This is Christmas is the coziest novel that YA readers need this holiday season. Finley (a total Hermione) and Arthur (Is that a British accent? Yes!) are the cutest OTP. So Arthur and Finley are… social satellites… “friends”… awkward…-ish from their prestigious boarding school. Arthur and his Auntie show up in Oklahoma. Christmas, Oklahoma. Finely’s hometown. And specifically, at Finley’s grandmother’s inn. After a miscommunication aka website of deceit…Finley agrees to show Arthur and his Auntie a “proper American Christmas”. Will Finley and Arthur upend their life for a holiday romance?

I totally felt the flutter of butterflies while reading Tracy Andreen’s Christmas novel. A squeeze in your heart! TOO. CUTIE! So many fun Christmas activities and scenes.

100% purchasing Harney & Sons holiday black tea for the release of So, This Is Christmas! Happy Christmas, readers!

🎄☃️ READ IF YOU LIKE ☃️🎄:
-Hallmark channel movies
-Jammie Dodgers
-romcom (you will LOL)
-British accents
-are a longtime sucker for a good cheek dimple
-family dynamics
-small towns x high school
-Christmas parades, baking, festival of lights, hot cocoa, sleigh rides
-#IsThisAKissingBook: “he squeezed my hand and leaned forward to kiss me a second time and a third and then I forgot to count.” My heart is full.

Thank you Penguin Young readers for making my Christmas in July dreams come true! On shelves October 12th!

🎶 Song: Sleigh Ride by Johnny Mathis 🎶

broken french review

“Je suis complètement amoureux de toi.”

Broken French is chef’s kiss. Parfait! I love Mr. Pascale, Xavier, and his white knight complex. My kryptonite. BONUS JONAS: gifts of food, which is basically the fastest route to my heart. AND..Dauphine, the little girl, wormed her way into my heart too. Her letter to Josephine at the end HAD ME IN TEARS. Be still my heart. “This book is a homage to the big beautiful world out there, waiting for us all to get well and safely start exploring again. Until then, we can still dream about oceans, yachts, true love and happily ever afters.”

“Love filled me like a sudden hurricane, as if I’d opened the final window in my soul, swirling through my insides and robbing my breath.”

🇫🇷 READ IF YOU LIKE 🇫🇷:
-grumpy x sunshine
-au pair/employer/employee
-billionaire Frenchman single dad
-yachts & sailing
-baguette sandwiches & sparkling drinks
-the Mediterranean
-#IsThisAKissingBook: “Jamais … ensuite il y a eu toi…tous les bisous”. stupid, big, all-consuming love.

🎶 Song: Canopee by Polo & Pan 🎶

the ex hex review

“I was mad about you, Vivienne,” he said softly. Sincerely. “Utterly mad.”

erin sterling! you deserve a medal. possibly a parade. i am fairly certain readers will have cartoon hearts literally pouring out of their eyes. and falling out of their chair from laughing. bump the ex hex up on your tbr and get it read this october!

🕯 READ IF YOU LIKE 🕯:
-meet cute after 9 years = brush with vehicular homicide
-second chance romance
-hero from wales with an accent
-steaming mugs of tea
-normies (normal peeps) & witches
-very baller magic (like impressive) & hipster magic
-#IsThisAKissingBook: “hiking across campus, fighting ghosts, snogging in libraries…”

🎶 song: Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac 🎶

it started with a dog review

“I’ve never known anyone like you, Jonah. I thank my lucky stars every day that I was in your Lyft.”

I can’t stop smiling! 🥰 This was adorable and charming and hilarious and so sweet! If you like You’ve Got Mail, you NEED this book!

A phone mix up in a ride share. Think: reality TV show where you talk first and meet later.

The Lucky Star vs. Deja Brew. Rival coffee shops. Will they go to the mattresses?

Jonah and Harper have SUCH natural flow that was a DELIGHT to read. I am a smitten kitten! “Near perfect relationship, formed on a serendipitous meeting in a dark car and built on a mutual love of dogs and horror movies.” Nora Ephron fans! Get this book!

✨READ IF YOU LIKE✨:
-friends to lovers 🥰
-pups. like ALL the dogs🐶
-emoji’s👏🏼
-You’ve Got Mail (business rivalry)📧
-text-flirting banter📱
-family dynamics 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦
-street tacos 🌮 & pie 🥧 (not together)
-#IsThisAKissingBook: 😘YES! Jonah is a cinnamon roll and loves forehead kisses and lingering kisses and kissing Harper with exhilaration.

Thank you Berkley for an advanced copy!🤟🏼 on shelves october, 5th!

🎶 Song: The Puppy Song by Harry Nilsson🎶

down comes the night review

“Should we survive this, if you will have me, I will follow you wherever you go. Whatever use you have for me, I am at your disposal.”

Hello, my name is Katie and I am an Allison Saft stan.

Raise your hand if you like Kerri Maniscalco and Margaret Rogerson.

Then you need Down Comes the Night! The reaper and the healer. Hal Cavendish and Wren Southerland. I am TRASH for Hal and his kindness and tenderness. SUCH a monster, that one. (That came out sounding super British). Wren and her sensitive nature… talk about a relatable character! Allison Saft’s debut novel is crawling with darkness: missing soldiers, murder, squeamish anatomical transplants (yikes! ojos!), ghosts and memories. Think along the lines of Stalking Jack the Ripper. A must read at any time, BUT perfection for a rainy, autumn day.

ps. if you are a tabber, you’re going to need an entire pack. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration but STILL. You’re going to tab up a storm!

illustration from @nicole.deal.art

“You understand you’ve made a serious commitment, yes?” She wound her arms around his neck. “I might not let you go.”

🕯✨ READ IF YOU LIKE ✨🕯:
-sensitive heroine and morally grey hero
-magic systems
-forbidden love
-there’s only one bed
-games & threats
-mystery & murder
-political affairs & justice
-a war-torn world
-#IsThisAKissingBook: 16+ upper YA. “So she cradled his jaw in both hands and brushed her lips against his.”

Song: Those Kisses by The Fishermen Three