Fairytale Smairytale: Swoon-Worthy Reads

SOMEONE ELSE’S FAIRYTALE by E.M. Tippetts was a surprise of a story. I thought I’d be getting something fluffy by judging the cover, but looks were mildly deceiving on this one. This book has depth in a far-fetched plot, and I like that kind of combination.

Someone Else's Fairytale
I’m seeing a trend in the books I pick by cover lately. There’s lots of teal and fun graphics that hint of adventure. I don’t know what this says about my life, but–let’s be honest–I don’t really care. Just gimme all the books! 
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Five sizzling lightning bolts!
 
Are you reading something worth sharing? I’d love to put a few of your tried-and-true stories on my TBR! 😍

Mustache and Mayhem: Swoon-Worthy Reads

I ‘d never heard of PENNY REID until this book came into view. If you know me, you know how much I adore all things vintage. This cover caught my eye in all its cross-stitched, past-honoring glory. It even made up for the strange title, which eventually I understood because I read the book. The story was as glorious as the cover. Since then, I’ve read quite a few of Penny Reid’s books, but this one has a special place in my heart cockles. So, not only is this my cover crush today but also a book rec! 

Beauty and the Mustache

 

I ‘m reading CHASING FIRE by AVERY KINGSTON. (You may recall the lovely sunburst and pensive stare cover.) It’s Avery’s debut and there are many kudos to be given. First, the cover/inner matter is gorgeous. Second, the writing and structure is super well done. She mixed up the structure a little and that small tidbit gave the story urgency pre and post EVENT. *No spoilers* Third, she covers some hard topics, y’all. And she does it based upon her characters needs and motivations so far as I’ve read. I’m on page 198 out of 355 and I had to take a break. I will continue, but it’s intense and I needed a breather.

I do need to send out a disclaimer: If you don’t like to read books with detailed sex scenes, this book is not for you. Sex is a coping mechanism for these characters and long scenes are dedicated to it. I wasn’t aware when I began, and it’s to the point now where I just flip past them, but if that’s not your jam or something you can overlook, you won’t be happy with this book.

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I’ll hold off on my adorable grading scale of lighting bolts and rain clouds  until I’m done reading, so it gets a fair shake.

Are you reading something worth sharing? I’d love to put a few of your tried-and-true stories on my TBR! 

Breaking the Mold and Eating it: Swoon-Worthy Reads

Some years ago, I saw this blue-toned gem and had to have it. Never had I seen a book with such a lovely cover, so SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi changed the landscape of YA covers from dainty girls in ball gowns to a dressed up eye. (All of her novels’ covers in this series are just as gorgeous, btw.)

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Not only was Mafi’s cover gorgeous, her prose felt fresh and real even in the post apocalyptic setting. Her first-person portrayal of Juliette coming into her own with censored sentences scratched out of paragraphs and replaced with more “appropriate” statements was something I’d never seen before. The novelty was well done, and combined with good story and gorgeous prose, I can’t be anything but a fan!

I read THE OPPOSITE OF YOU by Rachel Higginson. (You may recall the lovely beard on the cover.) Here. I will remind you.

The Opposite of You

The story was good. The meals described in the book sounded DIVINE. The backstory was revealed at just the right time. It ended conveniently (as a lot of romances do, I’m finding), but here was the BIG thing for me.

There was so much repetition in it.

It was like there was a list of, like, 4 key things the author wanted to make sure the reader knew, and then I (the reader) was pummeled by those things. It got to the point where it felt like filler.

I’m going to start rating scale, I think. (This is seriously off the cuff)
Story 
Character depth
Dialogue 
Freshness 
Writing ☁️

Overall, four sizzling lightning bolts and one rainy-type cloud! So, if you’re looking for a feisty story with culinary appeal, here’s a rec for you!

Are you reading something worth sharing? I’d love to put a few of your tried-and-true stories on my TBR! 😍