Friday Raves: Binge Reading Contemporary Romance (Claire Contreras)

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FRIDAY RAVES is a feature on my blog, in which I “RAVE” about authors, book events, books, novelties, and/or other bookish announcements.

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Well, it’s been awhile since I have done a Friday Raves post, lol. But I just had to shout out to the world my latest obsession. In the month of February (and usually in April too, for some odd reason), I binge read numerous New Adult and Adult contemporary romances. And over the past weekend I discovered and fell in love with  Claire Contreras‘s books. The romance was angsty and heated, the characters were realistic and fully-developed, and the stories were so heartfelt and beautifully written. 

Below are a few of Claire’s stories that I read and adored. 

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This was the first book I read by Claire. I am a sucker for enemies-to-lovers and former lovers-to-lovers tropes, so this story was the perfect book to sink into. There is angst, heated conversations, drama, and the perfect dash of swoons. 

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I think this is the book that really made me fall in love with Claire’s writing style. Once again, I was enamored by a favourite trope of former lovers-to-lovers along with idea of childhood friends falling in love. Elle and Oliver’s relationship is an emotional roller coaster and I was buckled up tightly for all their twists, turns, and loops. 

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Gah! This is definitely my favourite book out of all the books I binge read over the weekend. Mia and Jensen’s relationship was achingly beautiful and heartbreaking and heartwarming and just so damn frustrating and sweet all at the same time. I adored both characters so much. While I was sulking with Mia and relating with all her stubborn decisions, I was also secretly cheering on Jensen to win back Mia’s favor. You guys, I fell so hard for this best friends to lovers to enemies to lovers story. The dramatic moments were not uncalled for and the story provides so much hope for second chances and forgiveness. I cannot wait to reread this story again.

What are some of your favourite contemporary romance novels? Comment below, I would love to hear your recommendations. 

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Babysitter’s Coven by Kate Williams

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Title: The Babysitter’s Coven
Author: Kate Williams
Publication date: September 17, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte
Genres: Young Adult

Synopsis

Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this funny, action-packed novel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil.

Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it’s kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she’s good at it.

And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let’s just say she owes some people a new tree.

Enter Cassandra Heaven. She’s Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria food. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme’s babysitters club?

The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra’s mother left her: “Find the babysitters. Love, Mom.”

Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they’re about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.

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UMM…”Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer”…YES, PLEASE!!!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Couples in Books

Formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl


This week’s topic is…Favorite Couples In Books

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  1. Kestrel and Arin in The Winner’s Trilogy.
  2. June and Saul in A Million Junes.
  3. Blue and Gansey AND Ronan and Adam in The Raven Cycle series.
  4. Helen and Jake in Happiness for Beginners.
  5. Zorie and Lennon in Starry Eyes.
  6. Paige and Max in The Start of Me and You.
  7. Hannah and Garrett in The Deal.
  8. Kate and Curran in the Kate Daniels Series.
  9. Nora and Crosbie in Undecided.
  10. Celia and Marco in The Night Circus.

New Favorite: I just read this book over the weekend, and I fell in love with these two characters so hard: Mia and Jensen in Paper Hearts.

Who are some of your favorite book couples?

Review of Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

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Author:  Faith Erin Hicks
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: February 12, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis:

Miriam’s family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically nothing, and now that’s what Miriam has: practically nothing. And practically nothing to look forward to either-how can she afford college when her family can barely keep a roof above their heads? As if she didn’t have enough to worry about, Miriam’s life gets much more complicated when a cute boy shows up in town . . . and turns out to be the grandson of the man who defrauded Miriam’s grandfather, and heir to the TomorrowMen fortune.

In her endearing debut novel, cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks pens a sensitive and funny Romeo and Juliet tale about modern romance, geek royalty, and what it takes to heal the long-festering scars of the past (Spoiler Alert: love). 

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Filled with laughs, swoons, and comic book culture, book nerdigans are going to love Comics Will Break Your Heart. Set up as a mild enemies-to-lovers story, this book builds a story around multiple generations caught in an emotional and legal battle involving a comic book franchise. As the newer generation, in this case Miriam and Weldon, get the brunt gossip of the past, both teenagers try to build a friendship without being pelted with bitter feelings from various familial perspectives.

Comics Will Break Your Heart 
takes a realistic approach in describing the vulnerability and anger that often encompasses situations that teenagers experience, such as friendships growing apart, college worries, first love, and financial problems. All of these situations are not sugar-coated, but fully unravel as the story progresses. There are tears, heartache, and throwing coffee cups at windows, but there is also comfort, much-needed hugs, and wide-open communication. Additionally, I really enjoyed the family dynamics in this book. Miriam’s parents are so heartwarming and funny. And her father has the best sense of humor…he’s the typical father that has so many “dad jokes” that had me laughing out loud throughout the book.

If you are fan of comic books and comic conventions, the nerdy side of this book is so welcoming. These characters have a passion for creativity and respect for one another. As a quirky and quick read, Comics Will Break Your Heart provides a realistic understanding of life’s woes and unpredictability. Add in a dash of romance and “POW,” the story unfolds with compassion and forgiveness in the mix. Comics Will Break Your Heart is not a full-on rom-com but it is very sweet and funny at times.

 

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Note: Thank you to Fierce Reads for providing me an early copy of this book to read and review. I was not compensated for this review. All statements and opinions in this review are mine.

Waiting on Wednesday: Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Title: Once & Future
Author: Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
Publication date: March 26, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company 
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Science Fiction

Synopsis

I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming Releases I’m On the Fence About

Formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl


This week’s topic is…Upcoming Releases I’m On the Fence About

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What are some upcoming releases that you are on the fence about?

Treat Yo Shelf: January 2019 Recap

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January 2019: Monthly Recap

Welcome to my monthly recap post, in which I highlight the books I read in the last month, bookish items I acquired, book events I attended, bookish news, and/or subscription boxes I received this month.

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Check out my review here

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Check out my full review here!  

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Check out my full review here.

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I should have a review up soon. This book was such a cute contemporary.

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Gah! I loved this book. I’m still on the fence between a 4 to 5-star read, but you guys, the SWOONS, and the PIE, and realistic relationship awkwardness was just perfect. I will be posting a full review at the end of February.

 

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Serious Moonlight
As a lot of you may know, I am a huge fan of Jenn Bennett and her contemporary books. A few weeks ago, a publicist at Simon Pulse emailed me regarding an early copy of Serious Moonlight and I freaked out and immediately said “yes, please.” You guys, I devoured this book and I cannot wait to share my thoughts soon. 

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Books for Trade on Twitter came to the rescue again. I adored Margaret Rogerson’s An Enchantment of Ravens, so I was so excited when someone offered to trade their ARC of Sorcery of Thorns through the hashtag. I cannot wait to read it.

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January Book Haul

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January’s Uppercase Box

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January’s #YAWRC2019 Book Pick

As an #YAWRC2019 Ambassador,I received the January pick, The Gilded Wolves, from BookSparks . I am slowly savoring this book, so a review will hopefully be up before the end of the month. 

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How did you treat your shelves in January?