eARC: The Bride Test, by Helen Hoang

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Romance, Contemporary

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I have received this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

In The Bride Test, Khai believes his autism makes him incapable of love and has never tried dating, and now that he’s 26, his mom decided it was time for him to marry. In Vietnam, Esme accepts a deal she never thought she would in her life: move to the United States for the Summer to try to seduce a handsome man she never met in her life into marrying her. Leaving her daughter Jade behind will be one of the most difficult things she’ll have to do, but this might be the break her family has been waiting for, and might give her a chance to find her father. Continue reading

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Review: The Unhoneymooners, by Christina Lauren

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Romance

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The Unhoneymooners is the story of Olive, probably the unluckiest girl in the world. While her twin sister Amy wins prizes and giveaways and is planning her wedding basically for free, Olive has never had any luck in her career, love life or anything. To add to that, she is okay with her soon-to-be brother-in-law, but absolutely cannot stand his brother Ethan. When the buffet in the wedding Amy won for free gives everyone but Olive and Ethan really, really sick, Amy begs her to do this one thing for her: please take her free vacation in Maui, or the whole thing goes to waste. There is only one problem: Ethan is going, too, in place of his brother, and will pretend to be married to Olive. Could this be Olive’s change in luck or is it just another series of unfortunate events waiting to happen? Continue reading

eARC Review: A Prince on Paper, by Alyssa Cole

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Romance, Contemporary

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A Prince on Paper is the story of Nya Jerami, knows very well what it means to have people assume things about her. Simple, fragile, perhaps in cohort with her traitor father. She went to NYC for her post-grad trying to turn herself into the strong heroine she has seen in so many movies, and failed. On the way back to Thesolo for the wedding of her cousin and friend Ledi, she realizes she will be seeing a lot of the playboy prince Johan. The insufferable, over-confident, handsome prince the tabloids seem to love. To keep the news away from his brother, and to stop people from still associating her with the treason from her father, they come up with a plan: they will pretend to be dating. Surely nothing can go wrong with this plan?

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Review: Daughter of the Burning City, by Amanda Foody

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Fantasy, Murder Mystery, Romance, Young Adult

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Daughter of the Burning City is the story of Sorina, a girl who sees without eyes and has the power to create illusions a person can even touch and hear. Gomorrah, the wandering city she has lived in her whole life, is full of wonder, magic and danger. When a murderer starts killing her family, Sorina must find out who is behind this and why. To do that, she allies with Luca, the boy who cannot die, no matter how gruesome the attempts to his life. Is he trustworthy? Will she be able to keep her family safe? As impending war approaches, Sorina knows she must trade with care, but cannot help slowly coming to trust and befriend Luca. Continue reading

Resenha: A Linguagem do Amor, por Lola Salgado

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Nota: ★★★★☆

Gêneros: Romance

Este livro veio recomendado por uma boa amiga minha, que é fã de romances e com certeza é mais conhecedora desse gênero do que eu! Então peguei uma cópia pela Amazon Unlimited bem animada.

A Linguagem do Amor é a história de Rebecca, caloura do curso de Letras que acabou de se mudar para Maringá e sonha em trabalhar numa editora um dia. Suas paixões incluem ler e desenhar, e ela tem um objetivo nessa nova etapa de sua vida: se dedicar aos estudos e não deixar nada distraí-la. Mal sabe ela que seu novo vizinho, um barbudo rude e grosseiro, pode vir a causar alguma distração… Continue reading

Mini-Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight, by Sarah J. Maas

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult

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In a spur-of-the-moment kind of decision, I bought all three Court books last year and never looked back. I was addicted to those books and flew through the steamy fantasy, so dark and new to me – neither “boring” adult fantasies nor young adult. This was new and different. So when I saw that A Court of Frost and Starlight was published, I immediately went and bought it! Then I saw lots of review saying it was basically a Christmas short story, and I was like, okay! I’ll read this in December to get the best atmosphere to read this book (it came out in May). So I waited and waited.

But the truth is that I saw no plot at all in this book, and a lot of it was just shopping for gifts and opening gifts. Some of the open points from the last ACOTAR book were briefly touched upon and then not really progressed or finished at all. More like a reminder – hey, remember this was going on? – and felt a bit pointless. Also, seeing the ultra-macho culture of the fae now, a year later, I’m cringing to think that I recommended this series both to my sister and my aunt. Gosh. I was rolling my eyes at it all the time during this book – how they say female and male, how characters’ ARCs are basically gratuitously violent pasts being now slowly healed by friendship and so on. The tortured, brooding, sexy male is abound in this series. I felt emotionally detached from all the characters, even Rhys. I’m still going to read the next book of the series, but this book really disappointed me. Was a really unnecessary thing and could’ve been a chapter or two on the last book of ACOTAR instead.

Review: A Duke by Default, by Alyssa Cole

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Romance, Contemporary

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If you’ve known me for a while, you know that I am not a big fan of romance novels. Well, Alyssa Cole proved me wrong.

A Duke by Default is the story of Portia, a young woman from New York who just arrived in Scotland for her apprenticeship as a swordmaker. Her whole life, she has felt like a big disappointment and, at almost 30, still struggles with finding out where her true passion is and follow a career path. Tavish McKenzie, her boss, excels at being… well, an asshole. But what starts as an aggravating relationship between them slowly starts to turn into something more passionate, and a family secret might just add even more complications to their lives. Continue reading

eARC Review: Pride, by Ibi Zoboi

pride ibi zoboiRating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Contemporary, Retelling

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This was among my most anticipated books of 2018, a Pride and Prejudice retelling with gentrification, black main characters, and this gorgeous, gorgeous cover.

Pride tells the story of Zuri Benitez,who grew up in Bushwick and wants to stop the rapidly gentrification of her neighborhood. When a rich black family moves into the big house across her street, she does not expect to like them; in fact, the younger son, tall and brooding Darius, is quite insufferable. Still, she finds herself asking if what she feels for him is really hate. Continue reading

Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, World War II

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First of all, I’d like to address the title and the cover of this book. As of the title: it sounds whimsical, but the story isn’t whimsical, although it’s quite witty! And as for the cover: there is romance, but the story is mostly not about the romance.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is one of the most charming books I’ve ever read. I was absolutely enchanted by it already in the first chapters: this tells the story of Juliet Ashton, a writer from London. She has written a lighthearted column during World War II to keep the spirits of her readers up during that horrific time, but now she wishes to leave that behind her and start writing serious stories. When she finds out that one of her books is in the hands of a man who’s part of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Juliet is intrigued by the funny name of the society and also by its creation during the war as an alibi for breaking curfew. Continue reading

eARC Review: What If It’s Us, by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

what if its us becky albertalli adam silvera Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

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Receiving this eARC by the wonderful authors of Love, Simon and They Both Die At The End was absolutely awesome and I was so excited to read this!

This is the story of Arthur and Ben, who briefly meet at a post station, but… they never exchange contact information. If the universe wants them to meet again, it will need to be with a little push of themselves. But finding each other in New York city won’t be easy… Continue reading