The duality I never expected to see in a romance novel, but there we go!
Sometimes, the heart sees what’s invisible to the eye.
“I hate how my heart still beats for you after tearing it apart.”
Hollis is the first girl to make King Jameson laugh, so therefore she is the obvious heiress to the throne. But why can’t she bring herself to pull away from Silas, a foreigner seeking refugee in her country?
This book…was dramatic. It didn’t make sense in many parts and many of the characters bothered me. I found this book hard to read because I kept getting angry at the main character or her friends. Also, as a romance novel enthusiast I was superrrr disappointed with the love in what was promised to be a super steamy love triangle book. Relationships felt rush and I didn’t find myself rooting for any of the couples or characters. And just when I was maybe about to support one it was ruined. The ending was abrupt and messy, and didn’t really make sense. However, I did like the idea of the story and the plot. I guess I couldn’t get over Hollis not choosing to marry a king and then take him down from the inside, and then just running away. The ending felt very open ended and not in a cliff-hanger kind of way. It just felt rushed. This book had the potential to be amazing like Kiera Cass’ other books, but fell short in my opinion. Still worth the read if you want to have your emotions thrown all over the place and have it result in a non-happy ending.
My Colleen Hoover books collection is almost complete. 😍❤ Just found someone who was selling Finding Cinderella at a reasonable price now I’m missing 5 more books! Plus the other 3 new books of her that will be out this July and December. Ugh. Can someone buy me those? I’ll provide the link for my Amazon wishlist lol.
A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love has conditions: they agree it will last only one hour, and it will be only make-believe.
When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them seemed perfect only because they were pretending it was. Moments like that happen only in fairy tales.
One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in love-at-first-sight is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Unfortunately for Daniel, finding true love doesn"t guarantee a happily ever after… it only further threatens it.
Will an unbearable secret from the past jeopardize Daniel and Six’s only chance at saving each other?
A WALK TO REMEMBER
Landon Carter is one of the most popular kids in schools. He hangs out with the football team and has a pretty exciting social life. But how come he can’t get a date to homecoming? After failing to find a date, he asks Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the towns minister. He finds her embarrassing and feels sorry for the girl, but he cannot help but get tangled into her world. Jamie shows Landon how to be compassionate and helps him understand what it means to love.
Following a bit of a theme here lolz. I have seen this movie several times and always bawled my eyes out, but this book did not exactly do the same thing for me. For me, Landon’s embarrassment of Jamie really turned me off from thinking that he truly cared about her until he saw her looking “pretty”. I didn’t get enough material to truly feel like they were super in love and it made her passing away a lot less sad. Her passing was sad because of the character she was but not because of the love they shared and could have had. I think this is an iconic story and obviously well loved by many, I was just expecting a little bit more. Of course, I cried like a baby at the end but I could have cried more, and that’s what I’m focusing on. Still a classic love story, thus I am giving it 3 stars.
“That’s the beauty of books. We get to take what we want out of them and it can be different for everyone.”
- Kristen Ashley, Golden Trail
This little novella is, at its core, romantic. It is filled to the brim with longing and deep connection between two characters who only write letters to each other. Letters across space and time and death rather than real life conversation, dating, kissing, etc - and yet such a love. Which is palpable and clear in every word and jumping of the page. That is not an easy thing to accomplish, and it works so well. The world building is amazing, too - a lot is left unsaid and open and purposefully vague, but the two competing factions and their worlds, powers and interests are hinted at just enough to not only keep it interesting, but also plenty to understand what is going on and what is at stake. I read this through in one sitting, it just kept pulling me forward - and I would really like to see more of these characters and this world.
I decided to take a much-needed bath after the long and stressful day of dancing and family drama.
Having almost drowned in the water from falling asleep I decided it was best to get out and have an early night.
Much to my disappointment, that wasn’t the case.
“I don’t really see you as a teddy bear girl.”
Hemming was standing holding a purple bear my dad had left for me in my new room.
“Well, when your father has only seen you as a ten-year-old little girl your whole life what do you expect?” I sneered, pulling the bear out of his hands. “I also distinctly remember telling you to leave me alone?”
“I came to apologise.”
I stood silently by my bed before laying down and looking up at the ceiling.
“Thank you,” I said after a long silence passed. “I also should apologise, I wasn’t really in the best mood.”
Hemming decided to join me laying down on my bed uninvited. Although it irked me, my mom always told me to pick and choose your battles.
“Spending too much time with George can do that to people,” He joked.
“He really should just keep his mouth closed. Pretty face but nothing really going on upstairs.” I joined in.
“Tell me about it. I spent my school years trying to help him in math.” Hemming revealed. “It was like talking to a brick wall.”
I let out a short snort of laughter and we both fell silent. Enjoying some peace after an incredibly hectic day.
“Do you think you will accompany Clarise?” I whispered curiously.
“I suppose so.” He shrugged, not really bothered by my questioning.
“Doesn’t that bother you, having to do everything your parents tell you to do? I mean it’s your love life?”
He lay silent with his eyes closed pondering over my questions.
I felt so bad for everyone attending the Royal Charter. It felt like everyone’s parents were manipulating and forcing their children to attend the ball in order to maintain or gain social capital.
It was like a weird rich person game of snakes and ladders. Everyone is just trying to climb to the top of the social pecking order the quickest.
“My parents aren’t forcing me to do anything.” He finally said.
“I don’t have to do anything they say, including taking Clarise to the ball.” He said looking at me, “But if I don’t do it, it could cause a bit of unrest between our families. My parents have also sacrificed a lot for me and Viola. It’s the least I could do.”
“Why does everything here sound like you’re all living in Victorian England.” I laughed “May cause a bit of unrest.” I mimicked.
“It is just different, more traditional here.” He seemed to be getting defensive. “We have traditions and values which we like to uphold.”
“Traditions are something cute like putting out milk and cookies for Santa or a family board game night,” I countered. “Not forcing two people to be together for the rest of their lives because they will have cute babies or they both come from wealthy and high achieving families.”
“You’re being way too dramatic,” Hemming narrowed his eyes at me. “And like I said before, this is a different world. This is how we do things around here, so why don’t you just respect it?”
FIVE FEET APART
Five Feet Apart tells the tragic but real love story of two teenagers who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis. Stella has been routinely following her regime in order to keep herself healthy and therefore keep her parents happy. Will routinely ignores his medications to spite his problem solving mother. When these two both end up in the same hospital, a connection like no other is formed. Only problem is they are not allowed to be closer than six feet apart.
This book battles with the constant pain of being close to the one you love but not being able to be there physically. This book also dealt with the very serious issue of terminal illness and turned it in to something beautiful. Two souls demanding more than what the universe has allowed them to have. This kind of love story always breaks my heart, but it is also always very heartwarming and important to hear. Not every love story ends tragically but not every love story also ends perfectly. The ending of this book upset me but not in a way where I needed to go sob but in a way of respect and pain for these two teenagers who were forced to grow up way too young. This book has everything, romance, angst, philosophical advice, and humor. I think this is a really good representation and modern take on a love story. Love stories don’t always have a movie perfect ending.
I know I started off saying I was getting through this book pretty quickly, and that was mostly true. The weekend happened, however, and I found myself without very much time to read at all. Plus I’ve been trying to do some extra adult things in my life, which has left me mentally exhausted on most days. Nevertheless, I finally got to finish this novel this morning, and I think I’m ready to share my thoughts, feelings, and rambles on…
WAITING FOR TOM HANKS
annie is a normal girl with normal dreams. those dreams just happen to include marrying a rom-com worthy leading male who also happens to own a house boat and have a sentimental personality. until the day that she meets her tom hanks she spends her time living with her uncle, writing her own rom-com screenplay and bothering her friends at their work. when she discovers a rom-com is filming her small town, she is thrilled to finally have a chance to accomplish her dreams. except for the fact that drew danforth is the leading role of said rom-com, a prankster celebrity who can’t take a single thing seriously. there is no way he will take the very important genre of romantic comedies seriously! while annie is navigating working on her first movie set and still trying to find her movie perfect meet-cute guy, she can’t help but become frustrated by drew’s teasing and taunting. there’s no way that could be his way of flirting…or is it? THIS IS MY KIND OF BOOK. this is also coming from a girl who has delusions of grandeur and slight unrealistic expectations for her love life. the main character annie and her romanticizing of life itself spoke to my soul. along with her t-swift, jo bro, and other pop culture references. i loved this book. one of my favorite tropes is celebrity falls in love with the small town girl (i wonder why that could be). i feel like this book can be relatable to everyone because it touches on being blind to something that is right in front of you. annie refuses to believe that a guy like drew would ever like a girl like her, and that is her downfall. that being said, some parts were kind of weird. like when she took a picture of him naked in bed…that was weird. i understood it was needed to create some drama but they didn’t ever real touch on how that made drew feel, like he apologized to HER??? another issue i had was the fake “wokeness” and lack of color in this book. there was one character of color, and she was barely mentioned. aside from issues like that, this book made me laugh and i honestly cannot be too judgmental because i myself am a crazy delusionist who writes reviews of strictly romance novels.
Spitfire chapter 15 “Gossip” is up on AO3!
Spitfire is my queer fantasy romance novel. it contains themes of autonomy, found family, gender exploration, and self reflection. and dragons. and blood. and lots of sex. (it’s 18+ so you kids get out now)
chapter excerpt below the cut: