Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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

Queen by Karen Lynch

Queen (Fae Games, #3)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: February 22, 2022

While I loved the setting change, exploring Faerie, and Jesse’s many changes and challenges, I felt like the pacing was lacking for me. So many scenes were rushed or just skipped over and it made me really sad. There were so many times when the story would jump days or weeks and I feel like that extra development – especially in a new setting and Jesse is learning about her abilities would have only made the story better. Especially because the side characters really took a back seat and we got a lot of solo Jesse page time. And while it was a fun time, it wasn’t as satisfying as it would have been.

Wait For It by Mariana Zapata

Wait for It

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: December 7, 2016

This was such an adorable read. Diana and Dallas are so cute and have amazing chemistry. And I really loved the little family they made together with Diana’s nephews, and the strong family-centric plot dealing with both characters complex family situations. It was also fun getting cameos from other Zapata-universe characters. The slow build didn’t feel drawn out, and I loved Di and Dallas really developing a friendship first. Diana was such a genuinely relatable character and her humor/personality was amazing.

Tempting the Best Man by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Tempting the Best Man (Gamble Brothers, #1)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5 Stars)
Release Date: April 23, 2012

This was a quick, easy, fun romance with solid tension, but my enjoyment was brought down by the poor pacing and the overuse of miscommunication. I know this is a novella and it doesn’t have as much page time to resolve conflicts, but the ending of this story was rushed and left me feeling unsatisfied even though I could buy into their quick chemistry and history.

Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

Reminders of Him

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 Stars)
Release Date: January 18, 2022

This is a gut-punch of a story about grief, loss, guilt, and healing. Kenna and Ledger’s journey was emotional and powerful. And both have a lot they are working through, but they don’t let their fear or other’s perceptions of them change them. I really loved the inclusion of the letters Kenna was writing. It helped me get to know her so much as well as her relationship with those no longer in her life. And even though their connection is pretty instant, I never found the story to feel rushed. Kenna and Ledger really took the time to confront each other and see from the other’s perspective. Just a great read.

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