Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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

#Starstruck by Sariah Wilson

#Starstruck (#Lovestruck, #1)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: July 27, 2021

This was a fine quick read, but I know it’s not going to stick with me because while there was some cute moments. The characters just felt both flat and ridiculous – and I didn’t care or buy into the romance at all. It was fun, cheesy, and required zero brain power with is mostly what I was looking for, but I wasn’t invested in the story at any point.

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Ace of Spades

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: June 1, 2021

Ace of Spades was a high stakes, engaging story about institutional racism and the legacy of privilege and hate that can permeate any spaces. I do think Gossip Girl meets Get Out are the perfect comps to give you the vibes of the story – Chiamaka was 100% channeling her inner Blair Waldof and I was so here for it. We know from the synopsis that The Aces are the group terrorizing Chi and Devon, but they don’t really know about them until the last third of the book – which makes sense in the context of this story, but it was frustrating at times because they didn’t talk about their problems to anyone or seek help from anyone. But overall, this story was incredibly successful in it’s goal and created an unflinching examination of privilege, power, and racial politics.

Where It All Lands by Jennie Wexler

Where It All Lands

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

The parallel stories complimented each other perfectly without feeling repetitive. I loved Drew and Shane’s friendship, but the romance didn’t do much for me honestly. But I did really enjoy seeing Drew, Shane, and Stevie grow closer together over the course of the story. And I like the ambiguous ending too – it, like the trio, was filled with possibility.

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

If the Show Fits by Julie Murphy

If the Shoe Fits (Meant to Be, #1)

Rating: ★★★★★
Release Date: August 3, 2021

Well, this was an absolute delight to read.

If the Shoe Fits is a modernized Cinderella retelling that merges a fairy tale romance and a reality dating show perfectly to have the whirl wind and whimsy you’d expect, along with the drama and sexual tension you want. I love how Julie Murphy brought this story to life – giving a fat girl the chance to shine and find her prince charming, building a supportive and caring family around Cindy (who needs shrewd or cruel step family, when you can have a full cast of characters you genuinely enjoy), and the humor and personality in the dating show and the other contestants was fantastic. This story kept me completely entertained and I could not put it down – which is probably why I finished it in one sitting. If the Show Fits is a fast-paced, fashion-filled romp you won’t want to miss.

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

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