I definitely did not expect to enjoy this like I did. Granted, there were parts I thought just dragged on but the story as a whole was adorable and its heart was amazing. I was glad to dive back into Lara Jean’s world, to see her family again and experience the sisterly love and the new addition to their family, and to see her with Peter, all the while experiencing these new and sometimes final things throughout her senior year of high school.
So, I’m really confused at this book. I requested in via NetGalley and the publisher lists the release date as February 13. But when I check on Goodreads, it’s been out since 2014! I don’t know if there are content changes or it’s being released by a new publisher. But I’m going to go ahead and label this as an ARC review.
Thanks NetGalley and First Second / Square Fish Books for giving a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
I forget how much I like doing these posts, and it’s been a while since I’ve done one so here we go!
WWW Wednesday is a weekly blog meme started by Should Be Reading. In this blog post, I’ll answer the following questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
I wanted to love this book so much. First off, the cover is absolutely stunning. It provides just a hint of the lush, magical world of The Belles. And yet… Well, when authors I love rave about this book as well, it makes me all the more excited. This is the first book by Clayton that I’ve read, her fantasy debut. While I enjoyed it for the most part, there were also some glaring issues which prevented me from clutching the book to my heart in merriment.
Thank you to NetGalley and Disney Book Group for giving me a free, digital copy in exchange for an honest review!
I didn’t quite like this as much as the others, but it was still enjoyable. I initially listened to this via audiobook, but then couldn’t renew it from the library. Good thing I actually have a physical copy of the book. (I feel like that’s the story of my life for the past two years, haha.)
What a fun beginning to the new year! I can’t believe January is already over! I felt like it just started!
Anyway, this was a fun month for me. I celebrated my 29th birthday by buying books! Okay, well, I bought myself one book and the rest were bought with gift cards or were given to me as gifts! And I actually surprised myself by reading my normal average number of books. I doubt I’ll do so well the rest of the months due to personal issues and a general hiatus I plan on taking (more on that in a later post).
Oh my goodness, where do I even begin? My anticipation for this book was raw and pure joy. I think I did a fine job for myself by pre-ordering it as a birthday gift, considering it released the day before my birthday, lol. The book gods and Pierce Brown have blessed me tenfold and more.
I’m not one for fairytales. It’s true. And what might be worse yet is that I don’t read a lot of short stories because I always feel as if they’re incomplete. Perhaps I’m still bitter about Three Sides of a Heart… Who knows. 😂
But I knew diving into another book by Leigh wouldn’t disappoint. I was right. Oh, I was so very right. Not only is the physical book absolutely beautiful, but the stories are magical, powerful, with just a touch of darkness.
Here’s the truth: I don’t actually discuss a lot about the books I disliked. They become a distant memory in my mind. Mainly because I didn’t like them! 🤭 But if someone were to ask me why I didn’t like a particular book, I don’t mind saying why. That’s discussing, right?
Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blog meme started by Goodreads. You can check out the rest of January’s topics and keep an eye out for February’s here.
Quite frankly, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. However, I do think if I had read this when it was released back in 2009, I might have enjoyed it more! I’ve seen this compared to Twilight (which I LOVED in high school but grew out of now that I’m older), but I think Shiver has a bit more finesse in its pages.