Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: May 12, 2015

This was a surprisingly quick read, and I did enjoy it a lot. I think part of not giving this a higher rating is a purely me thing because I didn’t give this my 100% divided attention the entire time I was reading it. But I loved Shahrzad and her conviction. She’s also determined and resourceful which all made for a great character and development. I do think the romantic turn was a little too quick for my liking, but I enjoyed the build-up and the time they spent together so I can’t be too made. This was a great story, I’d still highly recommend and I will definitely be finishing the series next year.

Admission by Julie Buxbaum


Release Date: December 1, 2020

Its gonna be a no from me.

I had a tough time getting into this story. I thought that Chloe was naive to the point of frustration so it made it hard for me to feel sorry for her even though nothing happening was entirely her fault. But her entitled parents and wishy-washy friends left a sea of unlikeable characters and no one for me to latch onto. The story was okay and fun in ‘ripped-from-the-headlines’ sort of way, but I fear that I’m liking each of Julie Buxbaum’s books less and less.

One Day in December by Josie Silver

One Day in December

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: October 16, 2018

What a perfect holiday romance. One Day in December is a story of missed connections, friendships, and second chances. The characters were all strong and the relationships all felt real and earned. This put me into the biggest holiday romance mood and I need more!

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: March 3, 2020

This was a perfectly balanced sweet and sad story that will tug at your heartstrings
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a story of healing, moving on, and finding hope after an unspeakable tragedy.

What books have you been reading lately? Share below.


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