Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Books Lately

Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! I've not had the best luck with books since the last link up. Nothing horrible, just nothing amazing either. 

Love and Other Words - Christina Lauren
second chance romance, something happened 11 years ago
This reminded me a lot of Swear on this Life. In some ways better, in other ways not. I don't always like when one chapter is the past and one is the present, but obviously if it was told in order there would be no tension in the present half. So I get it, but still. I recommend if you liked Swear on this Life. It is a romance, but it's not this author duo's normal style, it's more grown up. Read it in one sitting, I liked it but felt like I must be missing something because people were raving about it, then I got to the end. The ending kicked me in the heart and then gave me a hug. Feelings, I had 'em.

Bright Side - Kim Holden
incessantly happy and optimistic girl goes to college and meets a guy but secrets
This book is insanely popular on goodreads and amazon, I liked it but didn't love it. Honestly the main character drove me bonkers and I wanted to push her in front of a bus. Not because she's optimistic, that's just the reason behind her nickname, bright side. Unfortunately, the book kind of hinges on you liking her because of reasons that I can't tell you because spoilers. So. Do I recommend it? I don't know. If you don't hate the main character, sure.
The Summer Wives - Beatriz Williams
famous actress returns home to island after being gone for 18 years
I have only read one other Beatriz Williams book - A Hundred Summers - and absolutely loved it, so my expectations were high for this one. This wasn't as good, but it wasn't awful. Took a bit to get into and I had a hard time with the flip flopping between times and keeping all the characters straight (not a strength of mine when books go back and forth between multiple time periods). But it was overall a good read.
Received from Edelweiss.
Send Down the Rain - Charles Martin
secrets, second chances and stupid people
I didn't absolutely hate this, but I had super high expectations and it never really got more than 'okay' for me. It felt like it was trying too hard to teach me a lesson but I was too busy rolling my eyes to get it.
Received from Netgalley.
Blind Kiss - Renee Carlino
two people kiss blindfolded and then stay friends over the years
This is a romance, yes, but I feel like people read this author even when they aren't super into romance so it kinda crosses over into normal mainstream kind of books? Either way, I don't recommend it at all. I had high hopes and it was not good. The characters were awful and made stupid decisions and then got all butt hurt when those decisions had consequences.
Received from Netgalley.

Record of a Spaceborn Few - Becky Chambers
3rd in wayfarer series 
This is a DNF for now, I loved the first two but got to 18% in this one and couldn't have told you anything I'd read. So I'm giving up for now, I might pick it up again one day, but maybe not. It just didn't grab me like the previous two books. Womp.

Still reading Still Me and The Fifth Season. I've not been in the mood for Still Me and I'm struggling through The Fifth Season. I would DNF it but KC really wants me to read it so we can talk about it. So I continue.

Linking up with Steph & Jana.
Life According to Steph

If you're a romance fan, here are a few I enjoyed recently:

Dragon Bound // The Ravenals series // Dr Strange Beard (5th in Winston Brothers series) // Not So Nice Guy - not my favourite RS Grey but still enjoyable.

TL;DR - I recommend The Summer Wives and Love and Other Words if they sound like your jam. 

Read anything decent lately?

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