Luck of the Irish to Ya | March Wrap-Up
Updated: Oct 14, 2020
Hello Book Lovers!
And we're back to our regularly scheduled content, yes we have a big wrap-up coming at you this month with a whopping 8 BOOKS, yes, this is a lot for me! With that being said, I will not be going into immense depth with each of these books in this post, or else we would be here forever. NO, I am not exaggerating.
OK, to begin I started out this month with Punk 57 and Birthday Girl, both by Penelope Douglas- yet, oh so different.
Punk 57 by: Penelope Douglas
Punk 57 is technically a YA novel, but with more mature themes than I was reading in my teens. This is a bully romance and was definitely problematic at times, but we all knew what we were signing up for when we picked up this book, so I ain't complaining. A steamy-read, so beware if it's not your thing, but overall super angsty and fun, with a bumping playlist at the beginning to fulfill your Sk8ter Boi dreams. It's going to be 3/4 from me dawg.
Birthday Girl by: Penelope Douglas
With Birthday Girl, pleasantly surprised me. It might seem like a taboo read from the premise but, I felt that it wasn't actually that taboo. Jordan and Pike made age-gap romances seem more readable to me and normalized these relationships in a way that I really appreciated. This book made me realize that relationships between people truly depend on people's stages in life, rather than age. But of course, it still has to be legal. No changing my stance on that one people! Overall, both books get a 3/5 stars from me- solid.
Vicious by: L.J. Shen
Alright, let's breeze through some of the rest of these March Books, shall we? Ok, so for the rest of my Kindle Reads we have: Vicious by L.J. Shen and The Guy on the Right by Kate Stewart. Starting with Vicious, we have another bully romance folks, no I have not switched to the Darkside, I merely am expanding my horizons. And with this read, expand I did. This book was a ride, let me tell you. Vicious and Emilia's story was dark, to say the least, but did have somewhat of redemption at the end. But I must say, Vicious didn't do enough in my opinion to earn Emilia back after all the awful things he did for "love". Their love story still had me flipping pages, so for that, I give a 3/5 stars my fellow readers.
The Guy on the Right by: Kate Stewart
Now, are you ready for a 5-Star read that knocked my socks off? Well, here it is, The Guy on the Right. Unexpected, I know, but so well deserved! Theo is the man of everyone's dreams and a musician to boot and Laney has enough sass to take up all of Texas, this pairing was too perfect to not be together! I loved every second of this friends-to-lovers romance. As if you don't already know, this read was 5/5 stars for me!
Alright, let's get back on track with The Game of Desire by Shannon Boodram and Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin.
The Game of Desire by: Shan Boodram
Game of Desire had some problematic moments, but overall, it had me intrigued the whole time. The heart of this book is the participants of this experiment and they truly had me cheering them on throughout their whole journey and for that, I give this book 3/5 stars, a solid score.
Fever Dream by: Samanta Schweblin
Fever Dream was exactly that, a fever dream. I felt like I was hallucinating right there with Amanda and the young boy David, who may or may not be real. This was a deep-dive into magical realism and had me gripping my book with both horror and intrigue a solid 4/5 stars for creativity from me.
And last, but certainly not least, we have The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver and Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. Oh yes, are you in for good reading recs.
Two Lives of Lydia Bird by: Josie Silver
Let's start with The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, great formatting with chapters paralleling when Lydia is awake or asleep and super creative plot, downside, felt like this was more contemporary fiction than romance, am I alone here? I was expecting more romantic moments to shine but, alas, I got more heartbreak, than love-make, if you know what I mean. Regardless, of the fact that this was not as romantic as I anticipated, it was still such a good read. The heart of this story were the supporting characters in Lydia's British small-town. They were charming and hilarious and kept the story light when you needed it the most. Throughout this book, Lydia goes on a journey to find herself both metaphorically, and later in the book physically in Croatia, which not only helps her deal with her grief, but also to find herself in ways she never knew how. What a splendid read! 4/5 stars!
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by: Talia Hibbert
I will begin by saying, this next book was exactly what you need to read if you are looking for a feel-good read! Get a Life, Chloe Brown, was such a quirky, cute, and sassy book about wanting to be loved with flaws in all and having to find acceptance in yourself, before you can give someone else the privilege to love you. Smudge, the cat, was just an added plus that added fluffy cuteness to the story. Chloe and Red's relationship was so cute to see, from enemies to friends, and then finally to lovers. This book deserves a hurrah!!! 5/5 Stars from me!
Well, see you next month for the April Wrap-Up.
Keep it Authentic!