Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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


Whatever It Takes by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Whatever It Takes (Bad Reputation Duet, #1)

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: January 21, 2020

This was such a quick (and satisfying) read. I loved getting to know Garrison and Willow more. And seeing events from the series in their perspective. Garrison especially is fleshed out and becomes a true character in his own right and not a background filler. 

Wherever You Are by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Wherever You Are (Bad Reputation Duet, #2)

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: January 28, 2020

What a wonderful full circle feeling to Garrison and Willow’s story. I’m so happy that we got to see more of this couple and I loved getting to know them more (and the sneak peak at the Like Us series has me hooked already – I just can’t escape this universe, and I’m totally fine with it.)

Hands Down by Mariana Zapata

Hands Down

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: July 2, 2020

There was parts of Hands Down that I really loved, but I’ve yet to find a perfect Mariana Zapata book for me so I’m still on the hunt. This was one again a slow burn, swelling romance between childhood friends reunited after loosing touch for ten years. You can feel Bianca and Zac’s rich and full history. I believe that they have known and loved each other to varying degrees for most of their lives. They have such pure, raw connection that is beyond genuine, with lots of humor and an ability to truly be themselves with each other. But individually, I didn’t really care all too much about the characters – but I appreciated that they were developed outside the relationship – Bianca with her cooking channel and Zac’s football career. The book was definitely a win for me, but not quite a home run, but I do plan to pick up more from Mariana Zapata in the future!

All’s Well by Mona Awad

All's Well

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

Eh, this was fine but I was mostly just bored through like 90% of it. The story is very internal, which as someone who typically loves character driven stories, I should like, but the story was very tonally similar the entire time for me so it lacked the tension and movement that I was expecting and hoping for. Miranda was kinda boring as a main character too, if I’m being honest. And even thought the narrative is driven my her and her journey and struggles with herself physically and her place in the theater department, she felt like such a passive character. The story didn’t keep me engaged and I wasn’t excited to pick it up.

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