Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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


When Stars Collide by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

When Stars Collide (Chicago Stars, #9)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: June 29, 2021

DNF @ 7%

This honestly might be closer to a 1.5 star situation because I really just didn’t mesh well with the writing style, and I found the characters a bit insufferable from what I read. Really just nothing in the story was working for me so I had to put it down.

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


What’s Not to Love by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

What's Not to Love

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: April 20, 2021

I just think that maybe Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka might not be for me, but I think that the premise for all their books sounds fantastic – and this rivals to lovers had me the most excited yet. But I just did not like either characters enough to care about them individually or the budding romance, so the whole thing fell pretty flat for me. ‘

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


Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Instructions for Dancing

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 Stars)
Release Date: June 1, 2021

My heart was completely torn in half by this amazing story because it’s a perfect mix of falling in love for the first time and seeing your family fall apart at the same time. I found myself smiling at the page countless times and the only reason this wasn’t 5 stars, was because the ending zigged when I wanted a zag. But overall, I loved this so much and think it’s the perfect book to knock out in one sitting!

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


The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The Guest List

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5 Stars)
Release Date: June 2, 2020

This was perfectly average in every way. While I did like the dual timelines – the wedding night and the lead up to the event, I was honestly a bit thrown by one of the audiobook narrators (who happened to narrate the wedding night parts, so I liked those a bit less. While the full cast was great, it wasn’t my favorite that I’ve encountered, but it did help with the many characters. Speak of, liked that all the characters were interconnected and had shared history. But this was not a surprising, shocking, or thrilling read so I can’t really praise it for the hallmarks of its genre. A decent read , and a good audiobook.

Trigger warning for self harm


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