Recent Reads Mini Reviews

More mini reviews from books I’ve enjoyed to varying degrees over the last few weeks.

Majesty by Katharine McGee

Majesty (American Royals, #2)

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Release Date: September 1, 2020

While I don’t know if I enjoyed this one quite as much as the first, I did still really like it. I like how it shook up my expectations but still left me satisfied with all of the character’s journeys. Sam really grew on me – and grew up – in this story. But I think Bea and Nina were both my favorites. They were realistic, kind, and relatable. I do wish Jefferson had more to do through both books. He always seemed to be on the periphery and didn’t have his own story line that wasn’t related to who he was dating. Daphne though remains the absolute worst and I have to say I don’t feel sorry for where she ends up. I do think the drama is engaging and addicting, but the court politics are very light, so if that’s not usually your thing I do think this book could still work for you.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pennaken

The Wife Between Us

Release Date: January 9, 2018

I fun and surprising story that kept the pages turning. Like most mysteries, there was a few things I could guess – and a few I couldn’t- so this was an engaging story that is well worth they hype!

Who I Was with Her by Nita Tyndall

Who I Was with Her

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Release Date: September 15, 2020

This was not a bad book by any means, I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted too. Corrine Parker just lost her girlfriend, Maggie, of 1 year – that no one knew she was dating. I thought the depictions of grief were complex, confusing, and appropriate for all that Corrine was going through, especially as she developed feelings for Elissa, Maggie’s ex. But I just did not like romance parts of the story. And I had some minor issues about Corrine’s coming out – it really felt like everyone was pressuring her to do it, and I didn’t love it.I also wasn’t that happy with how Corrine’s mothers alcoholism was handled – it felt brushed off, or put onto Corrine’s shoulders. But I do think the author use alternating timelines effectively to parallel the buildup of Corrie and Maggie’s relationship, with it’s fallout. Overall a good story with some minor issues, but I’m sure many others will love this story too.

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

The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Candor

The Code for Love and Heartbreak

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: October 6, 2020

DNF @25%

I found the main character, Emma Woodhouse, to be supremely unlikeable. Not because she is actively rude or antagonist toward anyone, she’s just inconsiderate to the point of selfishness and it made me not really want to send time with her. I understand that this is a sort aloofness id a must when doing an Emma retelling or reimagining, but we just did not connect. While the characters were a disappointment, if I enjoyed the romance, I fell like I still could have liked the story overall – but unfortunately for me, the romance was a miss too. The Code for Love and Heartbreak had potential, but it didn’t live up to my expectations.

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

What books have you been reading lately? Share below.


3 thoughts on “Recent Reads Mini Reviews

  1. fangirlfury says:

    I had very similar thoughts about Majesty, like I’m content with the ending but I still want more? I hate middle book syndrome, but I’m really hoping Katharine McGee does get a deal for a third book and can give us a really great ending.

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