FANtastic Fiesta Part 1: Author Guest Post by Hannah Fielding (Author of The Andalucían Nights trilogy)

FANtastic Fiesta Part 1- Author Guest Post

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The Andalucían Nights trilogy by Hannah Fielding

Andalucian Nights trilogy

 

The award-winning epic Andalucían Nights Trilogy sweeps the reader from the wild landscapes of Spain in the 1950s, through a history of dangerous liaisons and revenge dramas, to a modern world of undercover missions and buried secrets. Romantic, exotic and deeply compelling, and featuring a memorable cast of characters, including a passionate young gypsy, a troubled young writer and an estranged family, The Andalucían Nights Trilogy is a romantic treat waiting to be discovered.

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Holly Freakin’ Hughes by Kelsey Kingsley (ARC Review)

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[I was generously provided with a free advance review copy by the author in exchange for an honest review; that doesn’t affect my review in any way]
I understand what the author wanted to deliver through this book; the friends-to-lovers trope is one loved by a lot of people out there, myself included. But there were a lot of things I couldn’t cope with. The first was that the main character, Holly, seemed to me like the kind of person that cannot cease complaining although she literally had everything she needed. I understand that was she’d gone through was life-altering. But even after that, when here sister provided her with a cozy home and a good-enough job, she started complaining about how her room was like ‘Harry Potter’s little cupboard of a room underneath the stairs’. Like, her sister genuinely opened up her house and welcomed Holly with open arms, why can’t she be thankful for that? Then there’s that thing with Brandon. The insta love was cringe-worthy, to be honest. I have no problem with insta-love, but it just didn’t feel right here. Which brings us to the third thing that didn’t click with me; Holly & Brandon’s relationship. I saw no chemistry between the two characters whatsoever. And honesty? Breaking them up and putting them back together does not make their relationship any stronger or any righter. Other than that, I was honestly fond of Holly’s devotion to her job. And I liked the parts featuring Ester, who was really funny at times.
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Lucky Charmed by Sharla Lovelace ARC Review

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[I received a free advance review copy in exchange for an honest review]

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The second I finished this book, I just wanted to start it all over again. And if there wasn’t a huge pile of TBR constantly poking me and reminding me of its very well noted presence, I would’ve done just that. There’s something about the writing style that just grabbed me. It was so easy and whimsical and hilarious, that it made me want to read every other book written by this author. Continue reading

Words and Phrases I Use Devotedly as a Book Blogger

Words and Phrases I Use Devotedly

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It’s been a while since I’ve written a post that isn’t a book review or a tag. I’ve been having a reviewing slump lately. Which is as terrifying and as frustrating as it sounds. But I’ve been thinking about how annoying my tweeting/blogging/Goodreads-ing habits are. Especially when it comes to my overuse of GIFs and certain words and phrases that I’ve realized are extremely irritating. Continue reading

Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin ARC Review

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[I received a free advance review copy in exchange for an honest review]
I’m sobbing.
I’M DOWNRIGHT SOBBING THIS WAS SO GOOD.
Not the cute kind of sobbing with a couple of tears running down my face. Nope, none of that.
It’s the ugly kind. The one where you get under-eye bags for days afterwards.

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I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed YA contemporaries until now. Because I honestly gave up on them after Jandy Nelson’s books, I’ll Give You The Sun and The Sky Is Everywhere, because every book I read afterwards just didn’t come close to their perfection. But then this one was like a mashup of these two, only it was way more exotic and beautiful. Continue reading

Resilient Book Review

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[I received a free advance review copy in exchange for an honest review]
I was so excited to dive into this book. There were some pretty hilarious scenes. That scene in the car? When Tank and Nicole were taunting and teasing each other was like, the cutest thing ever. I’d say the book started off at the light side and then started becoming a little intense.
I loved the bad boy attitude with Tank. He’s a biker, could he be more badass than that?
What I didn’t find satisfying enough is the characters’ backgrounds. We didn’t get to actually meet Austin, for example. And I think there are things that were left unsettled at the end. Continue reading