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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

February 16, 2018

In the third and (probably?) final installment in the life and loves of Lara Jean, she’s in her senior year, and all excited and ready to head off to college with Peter. She’s also planning (or rather taking over) her father’s wedding to Ms Rothchild, and on a quest to bake the perfect cookie!

But things don’t go according to plan, and Lara Jean is left scrambling as she tries to cope and make some difficult decisions.

I found the pace a little slower than the previous two books, and things didn’t really liven up till just past the half way point in the book. Lara Jean was less likable, and especially in the first half of the book, sometimes felt like reaching through the book and throttling her.

But like with the previous books, Lara Jean has some growing to do as a person, and it was great to see how the character developed throughout the course of the book.

What I loved:- Food, and cookies, and Korean face masks. A light, and cozy read, perfect for my Valentines read.

What I didn’t love:- Little in the way of antics in the retirement village.

I enjoyed all three books in the series for what they are, a light and easy read, that was the perfect break from some of the heavier, and more emotionally twisted novels. But I’m happy now to put them aside, and get into something else.

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P.S. I Still Like You by Jenny Han

February 11, 2018

Well, that didn’t last long did it? I somehow devoured the second installment in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before even quicker than the first one, finishing it up just before my clock hit 2am and I was in dire need of some sleep.

So, it’s not surprising that I found P.S. I Still Love You as light and easy to read as the first. It was heart warming, it was warm and fuzzy, and it was completely adorable and utterly cute.

All the foodie goodness that I loved in the first book was just as sweet in this one, with the added touch of the Stormy antics, and all the goings on in the retirement village where Lara Jean is now working. I enjoyed the insight that Stormy gave to Lara Jean’s problems with the video, and the ongoing and perhaps unwanted advise into her love life, including a completely awkward and very relevant chat on safe sex.

I did think the story was a little bit slower paced than the first one, with most of the storyline seeming to unfold in the second half of the book, but the adorable supporting characters, especially Kitty and Stormy, really seem to carry it all the same.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

February 9, 2018

This was a surprisingly enjoyable read, easy, relatable and likable characters and a story that warmed my heart. I needed a light and fun read, and this filled that need perfectly. I found myself drawn in to Lara Jeans world and her predicament right from page one and unable to put the book down, read it in about a day, which would be the fastest read I’ve done for quite a while!

I loved that Lara Jean is half-Korean, and those little details about her father trying his hardest to cook Korean food, and other aspects of their culture just really added to the story. I also enjoyed that the story revolved around the three sisters, and how they cope with their mother’s death, and then the Margot’s departure off to school. It made me more than a little wistful for a sister or two of my own.

The progression of developing feelings towards the male characters in the story was right on point, and had me experiencing all the feels right up to the last page. I was going to read something else next, but find that I have no choice but to read the next in the series. And probably the next after that!

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Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

February 8, 2018

I really wanted to love Unearthed. It seemed to have all the elements I would like: space fun, planetary exploration, mysterious aliens, archaeology puzzles and a whole lot of sci-fi…

But I really struggled with reading it. With the shifting back and forth between Amelia and Jules, there was no mystery as to what either of them were up to. All their thoughts, and plans, and lies were all laid out to the reader each time we shifted to their point of view.

And boy was it laid out! It felt like the inner monologue made up a good 75% of the book at times with action and dialogue taking a back seat. Which is a pity because when we did get to see the interaction between Jules and Amelia, it was great! I just wanted to see more of it!

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

February 1, 2018

That was phenomenal. I haven’t read a book this good in a long time. Lives up to every little bit of the hype, and exceeded it.

The story progressed well, it had enough twists that while I had an inkling about some of them, there were still plenty of surprises. The twists themselves didn’t come out of the blue, but when revealed, there were a lot of aha moments, where suddenly everything makes sense and connected.

It was incredibly well written with characters that felt very real, full of flaws and vulnerabilities. The main character, Jude was afraid, but still managed to kick ass.