Star-Crossed

There were things that I really enjoyed about this book and found myself wanting to find out how everyone’s lives were affected by the horoscopes.  There were other things that annoyed me and prevented me from giving this a higher ratting but it was a quick, fun read and I would recommend it as a summer read.

Justine and Nick grew up together and their mother’s always thought romance was in their future.  When they bump into each other years later, Justine is writing for a magazine and Nick is a struggling actor who believes in the astrological and always follows his horoscope—the horoscope that is published in the magazine Justine works for.  When Justine realizes she is in love with Nick, she decides to rewrite his horoscope to make him see they are made for each other.  The only problem?  All the other Aquarius’s that are listening to her predictions and making life decisions based on them.  Will Nick realize they are meant to be? Or will Justine find out that you shouldn’t mess with the stars?

This book was very cute and enjoyable.  There wasn’t too much angst and even though the reader should find Justine somewhat unlikable based on her actions, I still found myself rooting for her and Nick.  What I found surprising was my interest in the other characters and stories more than the central one.  I found both Nick and Justine to be okay characters but I didn’t feel as though they truly loved each other and was frustrated that Justine didn’t just tell Nick how she felt.   Nick was a bit boring as a love interest and I didn’t feel like he truly loved Justine.  At the same time, I was confused where Justine’s strong feelings of love came from all of a sudden.  They shared one kiss, one night together when they were teenagers and all of a sudden she is so in love with him that she risks her entire career and her credibility to send him secret messages through the horoscope?  Despite these issues, I wanted to see how their story would conclude and I liked the ending. Of more interest to me were the side characters and how their lives and decisions were influenced by the altered horoscopes. Most of the humor was found in those sections and I found myself laughing out loud several times.  I would have read books on several of them if Darke were to write a follow up.

Overall, this book is a great summer read and people who like movies like “Love Actually” where multiple characters fates are seen will enjoy it.  I would read other books by this author if I am looking for something without too much angst and some clever dialogue.

 

Author: Minnie Darke

Expected Publication Date:  May 21, 2019

Rating:  3.5 Stars

*I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

The Nest

When “The Nest” was released in 2016, I remember it being on every “must read” or “best of” list I saw.  It seemed to be the hottest book that year and it immediately went on my list of to be read.  And that’s where it stayed….until I needed a book about a family for one of my reading challenges. I am so glad I finally read this book because it was like nothing I expected it to be and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.

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Little Fish

This book was on my radar because I was looking for something to meet a reading challenge prompt of: a novel by a Trans or non-binary author.   Thanks to Goodreads, I found this book and saw the amazing reviews it had.  It ended up being a tough, emotional, absorbing look at what it’s like to be Trans in the world today.  I would highly recommend it.

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If, Then

In general, I am a fan of Sci-Fi books that involve alternate realities or characters that see things but don’t know if what they are seeing is actually there or just their imagination.  (Is there a sub-genre out there for this type of book?)  Kate Hope Day has managed to write a book that contains these elements disguised as a family drama that leaves the reader satisfied but also wanting more.  I could see this book being a great pick for book clubs because there is a lot to discuss and dissect.

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The Bird King

I don’t know how to write this review or recommend this book because while I didn’t end up enjoying it as much as I thought I would, it’s beautifully written and I could see the story appealing to fans of magical realism and religious fiction.   But about 30% into this book, I realized that it wasn’t my cup of tea and while I would have usually stopped reading, I received this book as an advanced reader copy and felt I owed it to the author and publisher to give it a shot and write an honest review.

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Bright Side

I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this book.  There were times I really wanted to stop reading but kept on because it was my book club pick and I wanted to be able to discuss it. Then something strange happened…about 40% of the way through the book I ended up really liking it and actually found myself crying at the end.  Suffice to say, there were things I really liked about this book and things I did not.

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The Wedding Date

This book had been on my radar since last year when it started popping up on some best lists and when I saw how much it was being checked out at my library.  I had heard mixed reviews but was looking for a quick, fun read that would fulfill one of my reading challenges.    There were things that I loved about this book but I can’t say it was the best romantic comedy I’ve read.   The writing was good though and I liked the characters enough that I enjoyed this book in the end.

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The First Husband

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much so that I want to read Laura Dave’s other books as soon as I can. This book meets another one of my reading challenges requirements, this time for a book that has an item of clothing or an accessory on the cover.  I am so happy that I basically stumbled upon this title through this challenge because it was one of the most entertaining books I have read in a while.

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The Pisces

You would think that the major issue I had with this book would have been the human-merman sex…but….I had SEVERAL MAJOR issues with this horrible book and I cannot believe it has any decent reviews, let alone was described as “hilarious.”  The only reason I finished this was because it was a fairly quick read (I read it over the span of 2 days) and I felt like I had to see this train wreck through.  Be warned, this review will have multiple spoilers as I feel like I cannot adequately convey my displeasure with this book without giving away some plot points.

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