August 2019 | Recent Reads Mini Reviews

Here are some mini reviews for some of the  the books I read (and enjoyed to varying degrees) in the last few weeks. 

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

House of Salt and Sorrows

Rating:  ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: August 6, 2019

DNF @ 7%

This was hard for me because I did really enjoy the mythology of the story in the beginning and how much reverence they had for the ocean. But I just could not really get into the characters and that made the story start to drag and I was bored so I was just skimming it, not even reading. I think this is largely a timing issue and I might come back to this some time in the future.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Truly Madly Royally by  Debbie Riguad

Truly Madly Royally

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Release Date: July 30, 2019

Cute and fun and exactly what I wanted. Truly Madly Royally was an insanely quick read that was just fun. The romance was cute, I liked seeing Zora’s family, and I really enjoyed to focus on philanthropy. A perfect cute, fun sumemr read.

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika & Maritza Moulite

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: September 3, 2019

DNF @ 40%
So this wasn’t bad at it, it’s just the more I read the more I raelized that this wasn’t the book I thought it was going to be be and I just started enjoying it less. (view spoiler) And while I love mixed media book formats, the ARC for this one was jumpy and hard to read. But it was wonderful seeing a spotlight on Haiti and Haitian culture – and Alaine’s love for her family both in Miami and in Haiti. So overall, not for me, but I’m positve many readers will enjoy Alaine’s story.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan

Rebel Girls

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: August 6, 2019

Rebel Girls, while enjoyable is probably going to be a mostly forgettable read for me. I loved the strong focus on sibling relationships, girl solidarity, and challenging belief you find harmful or disrespectful, but I just didn’t connect with the characters as much as I wanted to. Sister Catherine was probably one of the standout characters and I loved seeing her throughout the story. Unfortunately, I didn’t like any of the romances in the story – they were just too flat for me to care about. So while the 90s nostalgia was awesome, and the message was incredibly relevant and important, Rebel Girls didn’t quite get there – based on purely enjoyment factor – for me personally.

I received a cop of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

Meet Cute

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: April 9, 2019

This was exactly what I wanted it to be and I loved every minute of it. I need a light, easy read to get me back into a happy reading mood and Meet Cute was a perfect choice! I thought the romance was adorable and swoony – and I loved seeing how Kailyn and Daxton’s relationship has developed since college. And I’m always a sucker for a strong family element in any story – so I loved seeing Dax’a relationship with his sister Emme develop. What a fun ,cute story!!!!

Have you read any of these books? Which do you think you’ll pick up first? Share below!


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