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 🎶

To sir, with love review

“Why should I settle for less than a stomach-flipping meet-cute or the kind of romance you see in old movies and listen to Frank Sinatra songs?”

Goodness! I LOVED THIS BOOK. “There’s something lovely about two souls connecting over words alone.” Gracie Cooper, thirty-three years old, proud owner of Bubbles & More. B&M is on the struggle bus though. Sebastian Andrews is a troll in a business suit and his corporation is proposing a buy-out on some very-high quality stationery. Insufferable and handsome Sebastian Andrews. Gracie has a lot of her plate and seeks advice from a mystery man “Sir”: her romantic pen pal from a dating app. Gracie and Sebastian are not friends. They’re downright adversaries. But they’re connected somehow. She has feelings for both men, can have neither, and is left wanting…

To Sir, with Love is a story about hope, first impressions, forgiveness, growth, kindness, love, and friendship. And it is intensely romantic. wipes tears from cheeks

Lauren Layne wrote the classic 1998 You’ve Got Mail premise into the twenty-first century… falling in love over a dating app. A timeless story that romcom readers need on their shelf! Easily a top comfort read. I already can’t wait to reread! A FAVE of 2021!

🥂READ IF YOU LIKE🥂
-those three little words: You’ve Got Mail
-romcom & chick lit
-enemies 2 lovers
-anonymous internet romance
-the classic blaring NYC horn
-Frank Sinatra
-Cinderella AKA fairy tale nut
-those butterflies & old fashioned romance
-pen pals
-family dynamics
-#IsThisAKissingBook: It’s a PG-13 fairy-tale kiss with cheering and whoops from the crowd!

Thank you Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books for an advanced copy. I am going to cherish this one forever!

🎶 Song: It Had To Be You by Frank Sinatra 🎶

Click here for a To Sir, with Love Playlist

Better than the movies review

“Trust me when I tell you that sometimes the person with the most ‘magical night possibility’ is the last person you’d expect. Sometimes there can be someone you’ve known forever, yet never really noticed.”

Better Than the Movies is in my top five FAVE of 2021! I am beside myself…bursting with ahhhh! Wes Bennett is dreamier then any of the other fictional boys.

Wes and Liz are full blown enemies, they get off on besting each other. But readers will fall in LOVE with Wes by 9% and be 100% infinite heart eyes by his sudden cavemannish protectiveness. For someone who is super into love and shtuff, Liz Buxbaum is kind of clueless. Her late mother bequeathed to her, her unwavering belief in happily ever after. She’s a little love-lover. And Wessy is her little love fairy godfather. I’m totally SMITTEN over Lynn Painter’s debut romcom! Readers will have the warm and fuzzies over BTTM’s OTP. A MUST READ to find out if Liz finds her rom-com happy ending that her mother would have loved.

“I fell in love with teasing you in the second grade, when I first discovered that I could turn your cheeks pink with just a word. Then I fell in love with you.”

✨READ IF YOU LIKE✨:
-YA romcom
-enemies to lovers (classic trope)
-fake dating
-kiss infused happy endings
-antagonistic neighbor boy
-nerd level fascination with movie soundtracks
-ALL the romcom films (TATBILB, YGM, Pretty in Pink, Pretty Woman)
-For the love of Nora Ephron…romantic running!
-#IsThisAKissingBook: straight from The Notebook kiss in the rain

🎶Song: Lovers by Anna of The North🎶

The soundtrack of W&L