Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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

The Push by Ashley Audrain

The Push

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Release Date: January 5, 2021

I know everyone else loved this and they were talking about how messed up, suspenseful, and tense the story made them and I’m sad the say that I went through this story being vaguely bored the whole time. Don’t get me wrong, there wasn’t anything really bad with the story – though I have to say I did not enjoy the flashbacks at all, I found that they killed momentum and frankly I just didn’t care about the characters at all – but nothing in the story really wowed me either. It’s just a creepy child being creepy. And I guess a big draw would be the conflicting feelings of motherhood that Blythe struggles with through the story, but again, I felt nothing. As with any review, book enjoyment is completely subjective and I’m sure there will be many others who will just devour this book and be amazing, that wasn’t me, but maybe it’ll be you.

The Soulmate Experiment by Christina Lauren

The Soulmate Equation

Release Date: May 18, 2021

Another cute, charming, and banter-filled book from Christina Lauren.

In the Soulmate Equation, we follow freelance analysist Jess Davis as she gets back into the dating game after being matched with Dr. River Pena, the CEO of a revolutionary new Dating App, GeneticAlly, where people are matched on capability based on their DNA. Jess and River’s chemistry is palpable, and they are both struggling with their match and want to make sure their feelings and choices are their own, not dictated by the App and the pressures of a pre-launch in a few months.

Another win in the book came in the form of all the amazing side characters: Fizzy, Jess’ romance novelist best friend, Juno, Jess’ precocious seven year old, and her loving grandparents who are good for a laugh and spoiling Juno. They really rounded out the world and helped ground the light sciencey and math topics in the story.

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

Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

Twice Shy

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: April 6, 2021

Well this was sufficiently cute. While I couldn’t really related to our main girl, Maybell, (she was a big daydreamer, and I cannot relate) I liked that she had a big heart, a ton of optimism, and a happy and positive outlook. Our hero, Wesley is also a soft, anxious, precious person and I thought he paired with Maybell exceptionally. The two of them growing closer via forced proximity and both learning to stand up for themselves and make assertions in their personal and romantic lives was great to see.

Second First Impressions by Sally Throne

Second First Impressions

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: April 13, 2021

I’m continuing on my romance kick with another win for both the genre and for Sally Thorne. Second First Impressions is a light-hearted and sweet read about an opposites attract pair working together at an exclusive retirement community. There is a charming, tattooed ‘bad boy’ (light on the bad and heavy on the charm), a reserved but passionate reverend daughter, a lovingly meddling best friend, many outspoken elder residents, and an abundance of endangered turtles. If your looking for your next summer romance pick, look no further.

What books have you been reading lately? Share below.


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