ARC Review: “A Sweet Mess” by Jayci Lee

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for giving me a free digital copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a quick and easy read that I managed to finish with a day. I was eager to read a sexier NA romance because the two I’ve read previously simply failed to deliver there. While yes, this definitely was a bit more hot and heavy than the others, I still wanted more.

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Review: “The Paper Girl of Paris” by Jordyn Taylor

Actual rating:3.5 stars

Content warnings: PTSD, depression, anti-Semitism

I saw this book come up randomly on my Twitter, and I was instantly intrigued by the synopsis and the cover. I wasn’t quite sure where this book was going to take me, but it’s a wonderful historical fiction novel that centers around a young French women who works for a resistance group in Nazi-occupied Germany and her great-niece 70 years later.

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ARC Review: “Where Dreams Descend” by Janella Angeles

Thank you to Wednesday Books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Let me just say that no one is more disappointed than I am for not liking this book. When I first heard about it, especially with a comp title like The Phantom of the Opera and Moulin Rouge, I immediately added this book to my TBR. So bless the book gods when I was sent an ARC! I planned on starting it way sooner, but then the pandemic hit and so many books’ publication dates were pushed back–this one included!

I got stuck in a bit of a mental rut and wanted to pick up a book I’d been eagerly looking forward to so Where Dreams Descend kept popping up in my head. The synopsis sounded magical and the cover is gorgeous! Sadly, this book was a complete letdown for me.

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Review: “RoseBlood” by A.G. Howard

Content warnings: human trafficking; use of the term slur/slang “gypsy” to describe the Romani people; attempted murder

I’ve been on a Phantom of the Opera kick so after reading the actual novel, I picked up this PotO-inspired retelling. This is the first book I’ve ever read by A.G. Howard. I really like how she weaved both real life (from Leroux’s novel) and fiction into this story. I have to be honest though, after reading the synopsis, I thought this was a historical fiction novel. Of course that wasn’t the case, so I was eager to see how the author would turn this into a modern retelling. And let me tell you, it took some twists I didn’t expect at all.

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Review: “Aurora Burning” by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

**Possible SPOILERS if you haven’t read the first book, Aurora Rising.**

So that’s how it’s going to end, huh? I should know better than to believe anything else when it comes from Amie and Jay, LOL. I briefly saw people reviewing this with somewhat polarizing opinions. But the general consensus is that the ending is a cliffhanger. And it’s true. It totally is! What the heck!

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