My thoughts while reading It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover

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Earlier this year I was caught up in my curoisity and read It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover after being bombarded with it every time I opened my tiktok. I did a whole review detialing my thoughts on this book but to sum it up: I think I would have enjoyed that book more if I had gone in blind.

It Ends With Us is not a romance novel. I feel like the whole point of that book is that it lures you in, makes you think it’s one thing, but then subverts that and you feel all these ups and down and conflicting feelings alongside Lily, the main character. Because I knew what was going to happen so I couldn’t by in to that.

We’re now a month or two out from the release of the highly anticipated sequel, It Starts With Us, and I’ve managed to avoid all spoilers. I really need to hurry up and read it though before I stumble across some. So today I’m going to start reading the book and document my thought process while reading.

Just before I start reading the initial thing I’m interested in is the relationship between Lily and Atlas. These two were so hyped up online, especially Atlas Carrigan, but I just didn’t connect to them in any way. Like I could acknowledge that Atlas was a good guy and clearly the better option for Lily, but to me, that book was less about shipping the two of them, and more about the inner workings of Lily’s other relationship so I’m curious about the dynamic in this sequel which I feel will definitely have the chance to be a romance unlike the first.

Anyways, on with my reading …. (spoilers ahead btw).

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ARC Review: The Society For Soulless Girls by Laura Steven

Release Date: July 7th 2022

Ten years ago, four students lost their lives in the infamous North Tower murders at the elite Carvell College of Arts, forcing Carvell to close its doors.

Now Carvell is reopening, and fearless student Lottie is determined to find out what really happened. But when her roommate, Alice, stumbles upon a sinister soul-splitting ritual hidden in Carvell’s haunted library, the North Tower claims another victim.

Can Lottie uncover the truth before the North Tower strikes again? Can Alice reverse the ritual before her monstrous alter ego consumes her? And can they stop flirting for literally fifteen seconds in order to do this?

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Book Review: Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Publication Date: October 2nd 2012

Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known.

Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come “home.” There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans—that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.

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Series Review: The Ravens by Kas Morgan & Danielle Paige

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Today I come to you with a review of The Ravens duology by Kas Morgan and Danielle Paige. I’ve been excited to read these books since before even the first book was released. I was super intrigued by the concept of a college sorority that doubles as a witches coven.

It took me a little while but this October, just in time for the spooky season, I binged both books back to back and here are my thoughts 🙂

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Series Review: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

I would like to say for the record: I did not read this book because of Isaac from Heartstopper. Yes A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson is one of the many books he reads in the series and yes I picked it up just a couple of months after the show’s release but there is no correlation. Me and Isaac just both have really good taste in books.

None of this is relevant to this review but I think it would be a nice little touch in season two if we see him reading the sequel. I’m not here today to talk about Isaac though (sadly), I’m here to review this trilogy that I completely ate up over the summer!

Out of all three of these books, the first is definitely my favourite. Hands down, no contest so don’t mind me if I go ahead and gush about this first book before getting to the rest.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder follows seventeen year old Pip who’s investigating the five year old murder of Andie Bell, a girl from her town, for her final year project. The problem is, however, that the murder has already been solved and the case is closed – five years ago Andie Bell was killed by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself too. Only, Pip isn’t convinced. Teaming up with Sal’s younger brother Ravi, the two of them set about to clear Sal’s name and find out what really happened to Andie Bell.

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🌧grumpy/sunshine🌞 I still love you!

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Last year I shouted my love for the Grumpy/Sunshine romance trope from the rooftops, specifically in a dedicated post where I read three books with this aspect. I had a lot of fun reading and reviewing those books and have wanted to do it again ever since.

And now the time has finally come and today I’ll be reviewing Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert and The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren.

I was meant to also include It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey but I got 60 pages in and couldn’t do it anymore. I wasn’t loving the characters or the plot and had to DNF it, at least for now. I might go back to it, I might now. If it get’s better and is actually worth reading, please let me know down in the comments 🙂

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

I’m gonna start off by saying that I don’t think I’ve ever laughed out loud (lol-ed as the kids say) so much while reading a book in my life. From page one this book had me in literal stitches which is exactly what I needed to get me out of my mini book-slump.

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What I love about Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Books.

If you have in your posession Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid, just know that I am insanely jealous of you right now.

I say this as someone who, this time last year, hadn’t picked up any book by Taylor Jenkins Reid and didn’t plan to, despite how popular and how often they were recommended. Thankfully 2022 me came to her senses and picked up Daisy Jones & The Six, then The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and finally Malibu Rising.

I loved every single one of these books and plan to tell you today exactly why I loved them so much!

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Let’s Talk Bookish: Reviewing Books

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I am in a state of shock. As I’ve mentioned once, twice, a million times, I’m starting my study abroad programme soon. When I get there we’ve got this “retreat” for foreign students and I’ve just found out I’ve been put in “camping and outdoor activities”. I’ve not been camping since I was three years old and now I’m going to be camping in a foreign country with total strangers. I’m going to need a minute to process this new information.

In the mean time, let’s crack on with a new week and a new topic of Let’s Talk Bookish!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme create by Rukky @Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, and it’s where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts! If you want to join in the bookish discussion fun, check out the August 2022 prompts!

This week’s topic is … Reviewing Books? (Rachel @ A Bookworm in Paradise)

Prompts: What makes you want to review or not review a book? Do you review every book you read? Are some books harder to review than others? Do you review books you disliked? If you’ve ever written a ranty review, have you regretted doing so afterwards? Do you delete reviews that are “outdated” or don’t follow what you think of the book now?

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Book Review: In Deep Waters by F.T Lukens

Release Date: April 20th 2021

Prince Tal has long awaited his coming-of-age tour. After spending most of his life cloistered behind palace walls as he learns to keep his forbidden magic secret, he can finally see his family’s kingdom for the first time. His first taste of adventure comes just two days into the journey, when their crew discovers a mysterious prisoner on a burning derelict vessel.

Tasked with watching over the prisoner, Tal is surprised to feel an intense connection with the roguish Athlen. So when Athlen leaps overboard and disappears, Tal feels responsible and heartbroken, knowing Athlen could not have survived in the open ocean.

That is, until Tal runs into Athlen days later on dry land, very much alive, and as charming—and secretive—as ever. But before they can pursue anything further, Tal is kidnapped by pirates and held ransom in a plot to reveal his rumored powers and instigate a war. Tal must escape if he hopes to save his family and the kingdom. And Athlen might just be his only hope…

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If you like that, you might like this …

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I come to you today with a recommendation post I’ve wanted to do for ages but just forget that I’ve started until I find it buried in my drafts and by that point, I’ve lost the drift of what I was trying to say.

I love watching “If you like that, you might like this” videos on Youtube so I’m excited to be able to do my own :))

If you like “Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco”, you might like “Belladonna by Adalyn Grace”

I read Belladonna by Adalyn Grace recently and immediately got Kingdom of the Wicked vibes. Both stories are set in a historical time period and follow a girl with powers they don’t really know how to use who, while trying to solve a murder, become involved with a powerful and broody man. In Kingdom of the Wicked that’s the Wrath, the demon prince, and in Belladonna it’s Death. Like literally Death.

In my notes I said that I liked Belladonna more but that might just be recency bias on my part. Either way both of these books were a fun time, I really liked the historical setting and the mysteries both kept me intrigued.

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