Choosing Not to Review Books

I like reading (obviously) and truthfully I made this blog to yell about all the books that I loved. So it’s really strange that I find myself choosing not to review books that I’ve enjoyed and loved.

Reviewing requires taking a deep dive into a book. Examining what you liked and didn’t like about it. How the author conveyed a story, developed their characters, and delivered that ending or plot twist. Some of these opinions and thoughts on books are almost reflexive, but others require really thinking about the books. I feel that with these books I love, thinking too much about them takes away from the magic I felt when I first read it.

Reviewing and thinking about books also means thinking about where these books exist in the wider scope of things, the politics they reflect, and the world they envision. Most of the books I enjoy contain a certain degree of hope about the world and its future, thinking too much about the reality sometimes breaks the fragile world developed in the book and lead to the loss of that brief sense of hope.

I believe that keeping the magic in some books, while reviewing others which we have also loved, continues to make reading a fun activity when otherwise it might begin to seem like another task on a long list of to-dos. Sometimes the best books don’t need to be yelled about from the rooftops, but quietly acknowledged that they touched our hearts and made us feel something.

Recent reads that made me feel something

A Prince on Paper – Alyssa Cole

Love From A to Z – S.K. Ali

An Enchantment of Ravens – Margaret Rogerson

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Blog Tour: Highland Crown

about the novel

Inverness, 1820
Perched on the North Sea, this port town—by turns legendary and mythological—is a place where Highland rebels and English authorities clash in a mortal struggle for survival and dominance. Among the fray is a lovely young widow who possesses rare and special gifts.

WANTED: Isabella Drummond
A true beauty and trained physician, Isabella has inspired longing and mystery—and fury—in a great many men. Hunted by both the British government and Scottish rebels, she came to the Highlands in search of survival. But a dying ship’s captain will steer her fate into even stormier waters. . .and her heart into flames.

FOUND: Cinaed Mackintosh
Cast from his home as a child, Cinaed is a fierce soul whose allegiance is only to himself … until Isabella saved his life—and added more risk to her own. Now, the only way Cinaed can keep her safe to seek refuge at Dalmigavie Castle, the Mackintosh family seat. But when the scandalous truth of his past comes out, any chance of Cinaed having a bright future with Isabella is thrown into complete darkness. What will these two ill-fated lovers have to sacrifice to be together…for eternity?

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Review: Stealing Luna

Title: Stealing Luna

Author: Carla de Guzman

Rating: highly recommended

tropes: second chance romance, bodyguard hero

content warning: stalking, death threats

ARC supplied by the publisher

An art heist with romance?? Sign me up!!

I was so excited going into this novel mostly because with its combination of storyline and tropes it seemed as if it was written just for me. Carla de Guzman delivers a story that is sweet and so damn interesting at the same time.

We meet Cora who is out for revenge and living up to her family legacies. Her father’s involves helping those in need. Her mother’s involves art heisting. Stealing a famous painting that’s privately owned by a family that has damaged the lives of innocent people is basically what Cora was born to do.

We also meet Luis who has been hired as Cora’s bodyguard by her uncle. Luis owns, along with his brother, and runs a security agency. And Cora is one of many clients. However, in college Luis and Cora had a thing before Luis turned her down and destroyed the budding romance. Luis is determined to apologise and win over Cora. Continue reading “Review: Stealing Luna”

Review: The Ultimate Pi Day Party

Title: The Ultimate Pi Day Party

Author: Jackie Lau

Rating: highly recommended

content warning: strained relationship with parents, mentions of pregnancy

ARC supplied by the publisher

The Ultimate Pi Day Party is such a delicious novel. The story follows Josh, the CEO of a tech start-up based in Toronto, he’s determined to repair his strained relationship with his maths teacher father and has the perfect idea in mind about how to do that. A Pi Day party featuring a lot (really, it’s a lot) of pie. That’s where Sarah, owner of a small pie making business, comes into the picture. Josh hires her to cater his party and from there a romance blooms between them. Continue reading “Review: The Ultimate Pi Day Party”

Review: Graham’s Delicacies

Title: Graham’s Delicacies

Author: Em Ali

Rating: highly recommended

tropes: mutual secret pining, enemies (antagonistic) to lovers

content warnings: mention of parent’s death, misgendering of character (challenged on page)

ARC supplied by the publisher

Em Ali seriously hits it out of the park with this collection of three stories all about the employees at Graham’s Delicacies. The stories are diverse featuring characters of colour and non-binary characters. All of the stories manage to be soft and sweet while also being undeniably sexy. All of the characters are well developed, with references made to their interests, families, pets, and the lives they lead outside of the place where they just happen to work together. Continue reading “Review: Graham’s Delicacies”

Review: It’s Getting Scot In Here

Title: It’s Getting Scot In Here

Author: Suzanne Enoch

Rating: recommended

content warning: controlling mothers

ARC supplied by the publisher

Amelia-Rose wants a man that sees her as an equal, who respects her mind, and is someone that she can see herself being happy with. Niall’s older brother is arranged to marry Amelia-Rose. However, he doesn’t seem interested in the match. Niall knows what the situation is: his brother must marry a girl of their mother’s choosing or they will lose all claim to her money which runs their ancestral estate. So, Niall sets out to convince Amelia-Rose that his brother is exactly the kind of man that she has been searching for. Somewhere along the way, Niall finds himself falling for bright and funny Amelia-Rose. Continue reading “Review: It’s Getting Scot In Here”