Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins Review

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3.5/5
I went into this book thinking the stories would be very easy, cute reads and was pleasantly surprised to find a wide range of genres, with diverse characters, talking about real issues. This is the perfect book to avoid the dreaded summer reading slump or to flip through lazily at the beach.

Heads, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo- 4/5
This was probably one of my favourite stories in the whole book. It is adorable while still throwing in some fantastical elements. The perfect start to the anthology!

The End of Love by Nina Lacour- 3/5
A very realistic story about love and friendship. My only problem is I felt we didn’t get to know anyone, besides the protagonist, very well.

Last Stand at the Cinegore by Libba Bray- 2.5/5
This book definitely focused more on the comedic moments than the romantic ones. It had a very similar style of joke as Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, but a lot of jokes fell flat.

Sick Pleasure by Francesca Lia Block- 3/5
I spent most of this book thinking it was just okay, but once I got to the last page I was completely blown away.

In Ninety Minutes, Turn North by Stephanie Perkins- 3/5
Stephanie Perkins never fails to write the cutest love stories.

Souvenirs by Tim Federle- 2.5/5
I wasn’t a huge fan of the love interest, which made me kind of uninterested in how things would end up. I did however love the interactions the protagonist had with his mother.

Inertia by Veronica Roth- 2.5/5
While I think this is a creative concept, the lack of character depth and simple writing style made it feel boring.

Love is the Last Resort by Jon Skovron- 3/5
This felt like I was reading an old sitcom in good and bad ways. It was a very light easy read, but the dialogue sounded very unrealistic (especially during arguments.)

Good Luck and Farewell by Brandy Colbert- 3.5/5
The actual romance in this book seemed unimportant compared to weight of the plot. The characters were very realistic both in what they had been through and how they were handling it. Another one of my favourites.

Brand New Attraction by Cassandra Claire- 2/5
I feel like this would have been better suited for a full length novel. It was so rushed I felt like we went from the beginning straight to the end. However, I did think the writing style was very immersive.

A Thousand Ways this could all go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith- 3.5/5
This might be my new favourite Jennifer E. Smith story. It perfectly handled a very delicate subject and was adorable the whole way through.

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman- 2.5/5
This was another very creative concept but I spent the entire book frustrated that the characters didn’t want answers, that the romance aspect was lost on me.

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Those Apart by Padraig O’C Review

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4/5

Disclaimer: Although this book was sent to me to review by the publisher I have not been payed to write this review. All opinions expressed are my own and are completely honest.

Pros:

  • Realistic and respectful representation of the LGBTQA+ community
  • LGBTQA+ characters are well written and not defined by their sexuality or gender identity
  • Racially diverse
  • Incredibly immersive
  • Who doesn’t love a book with a map in it?

Cons:

  • Starts off fairly slow
  • The character names and politics of the world are difficult to keep straight at first

If you want a book to take you to a different world entirely Those Apart is perfect for you. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series!

 

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson Mini Review

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3/5

I have some mixed feelings about this book. While I did have fun reading it, I noticed multiple plot holes/unresolved issues. It wasn’t until the middle of the book that I started to care about the characters and what would happen to them. I felt the same way when I read My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, a fun way to pass the time. Ultimately this book was a nice casual read to start off summer vacation.

What books are on your summer TBR?

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Mini-Review

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4/5

I now understand why everyone raves about this book.
-The beginning was a bit slow for me but once I got into it I couldn’t stop reading.
-I wasn’t a huge fan of the love triangle but aside from that I loved every part of this book.
-It is by far one of the most immersive and well thought out fantasy novels I have ever read.
-If it weren’t currently the middle of the night I would be running to the book store to buy the sequel.

I highly recommend this book for anyone in need of a vacation from the real world!

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