Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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


Counting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan

Counting Down with You

Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
Release Date: May 4, 2021

The was a cute and quick little read. Karina is a great character who has plenty of drive and desires, and goes on a good journey to confront her parents expectations and limitations they’ve places on her. Karina and Ace were cute – nothing too special, but adorable nonetheless. The dialogue was so unapologetically teen which helped it go by so quick. (Though I wasn’t the biggest fan of the narrator for some of the secondary characters).

 


The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu

The Donut Trap

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5 Stars)
Release Date: January 12, 2021

While this was a perfectly average read, I severely lost interest in the last quarter that made the story drag. I can appreciate Jas’ personal development- standing up to her parents and branching out on her own, I felt like she was given a pass for a lot of the same reasons she was upset with Alex (her love interest). And the final conflict was a bit convoluted and rushed leaving the story feeling slightly unsatisfying. But with the strong family focused- though frustrating at times – The Donut Trap is a well balanced contemporary romance.
I received  a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Cheat Sheet by Sarah Adams

The Cheat Sheet

Rating: ★★★★★
Release Date: August 17, 2021

This was such a perfect light and fun read. I loved ever single trope included here – childhood friends, mutual pining, fake dating – all of it worked. I gravitate to sports romances because they’re super fun and flirty and The Cheat Sheet was no different. I bought into Bree and Nathan’s history – and therefore their feelings for each other. I wanted their romance to succeed, and to see them happy together. I could not put this book down, which is why I read the entire thing in one sitting.


Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

Places No One Knows

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Release Date: May 17, 2016

I was really excited going into this because Benna Yovanoff has been one of my favorite short story authors from every anthology book she’s been a part of, so to say I had high hopes is probably an understatement. And while I don’t this story will stick with me as she short stories have, this was still an enjoyable read.

I really loved Marshall and the journey he went on. His growth and development were incredibly relatable and I empathized with his struggle. It was a bit harder to connect with Waverly, but that was very intentional because as a character she liked to keep everyone at arms length – a façade presented to the masses so her cracks never show – and while again I found that relatable, it made it hard for me to like her because she was so conscious of her presentation and social standing – and keeping it to the detriment of others – that I was often frustrated by her. But she does go on a journey of growth as well, and like Mars’, I thought it was very well done. I could see how these two were pulled together and believed in their connection, which was so important for the book.


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