ARC Review – To Love a Scandalous Duke by Liana De La Rosa

I’ve been hitting the romance hard lately, and I’m not going to lie – I don’t hate it. I’ll be switching things up a bit more in the coming weeks, if you’re getting sick of love stories. I rarely do. πŸ˜‰

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, as I usually am with historical romance. I think I’m just… still unfamiliar with it? I often find the language to be stilted and the clothing descriptions to be cumbersome. But! I have fallen in love with Sarah MacLean, and the description of To Love a Scandalous Duke was similar enough that I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did, because I didn’t know how much I needed Allie and Declan in my life!Read More »

(Belated) ARC Review – Sovereign by April Daniels

Oh my goodness, I was so excited to get approved for this book. I LOVED the first book in the series, Dreadnought, and just couldn’t wait to get to this one. But you know how sometimes, you put off the things that you’re excited about because you don’t want them to end? That’s what happened here. I think I was approved back in April? I don’t know, I’ve had Sovereign sitting on my Kindle for months, and I didn’t want it to end. But I’m so glad I finally read the book, because it was SO GOOD, just what I had hoped for and more.

There will be spoilers for Dreadnought in this review. You can read my review for that here.Read More »

(Belated) ARC Review – Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

If you’ve read any of my previous reviews (I’ll be importing all of my Fangirlish and Booknista review links in the coming week), you’ll know that I love Sarah Dessen. She was the author who first turned me on to reading contemporary YA, to reading about young love, and to then writing about those things. Her books defined my high school career, and I’ve read every single one. So you can probably guess how excited I was to hear that she had a NEW contemporary YA coming out this summer, AND that she was going to be at BookCon! I thought she might be done after Saint Anything. There was something about that book that was personal and heart-wrenching, and I thought she might cap her career with it.

I’m very glad she didn’t.

Once and For All is billed to be about a girl who works for her mother, a famed area wedding planner. Louna is organized and strong and ready to be in college. Her high school graduation is one of the first things that happens in the book. But she is resistant to love – she’s only ever seen bad examples of it. Her parents split when she was very young. Her mother’s business partner has never stayed with one person for long. And then there was her own first love…

Okay, I’m about to start crying.

Here’s what the blurbs don’t tell you. This book isn’t about wedding planning. This isn’t really about weddings at all, and it’s not even about Ambrose (the love interest, because every Sarah Dessen book has a love interest). It’s about Louna’s healing process. It’s about Louna’s growth. It’s about Louna moving on. I want to spoil this so badly because I was wrecked when I found out what happened, but I won’t until later in this review (and I’ll warn y’all before I do).

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(Belated) ARC Review – Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

Oh hey! It’s another review, hurray! I finished up the month of May reading Noteworthy, and I absolutely loved it. This is one of many books where part of me wishes I hadn’t heard about it so much on Twitter before I read it – I was anticipating some terrible trans rep and gender rep, and I… well. It’s out of my lane anyway, but I’ll get to that down below.Read More »