Recent Reads Mini Reviews

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

By Any Other Name by Lauren Kate

By Any Other Name

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (DNF @34%)
Release Date: March 1, 2022

This was a miss for me. I like the premise – reclusive author is unexpectedly different than you assumed and the pot goes from there. But I felt nothing for the characters – I didn’t care about what was happening. And while I only got to the beginning of the romance and I liked the bits of antagonism and tension between the two, it wasn’t enough to keep me going.

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

The Fine Print by Lauren Asher

The Fine Print (Dreamland Billionaires, #1)

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: July 8, 2021

This was a cute riff on a Disney-esque empire romance. I loved Rowan and Zahra’s chemistry and the playful and banter-filled evolution to their romance. Seeing Rowan’s interaction’s with Zahra’s sister Ani was heartwarming, and I loved seeing him rediscover his love of drawing too. And Zahra’s optimism and ability to remain open and trusting, despite her previous relationship is a testament to her strength. I really had a great time and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Love and Other Words

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: April 10, 2018

This was a great blend of heartbreaking and heart melting – there’s a simultaneous beauty and tragedy to Elliot and Macy’s story. Spanning years, many firsts (crushes, heartbreaks) and unforgettable moments their history is rich and present. So when, after a decade they come together again, it wasn’t hard to fall for them in the present, as well as in flashbacks to their years growing up together through middle and high school.
This was a best of both worlds as someone who loves friends-to-lovers and second chance romances (in some cases). The reverence the pair had for each other is unmatched and the slow build of their relationship in the past helped with their quick progression in the present. The ending definitely felt rushed – the pair felt like they still had some stuff to work through after a few different reveals. And Macy’s relationship at the beginning of the book might as well not have been included for the blandness of unimportance of it, but those were my only real complaints..

No Exit by Taylor Adams

No Exit

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: January 25, 2017

This was perfectly fine. If you’re looking for a suspense action story with a little bit of a thriller lean, this would be perfect for you. I liked the tension in the story and it definitely kept me engaged (and able to read this entire book in a single day), but it didn’t grip me. I didn’t gasp, I wasn’t shocked, I was a passive observer in the story and that kinda sucked because I was expecting to be completely engrossed and unraveling along with the characters. I did like the writing style – it had a lot of inner thoughts and shifting perspectives which I appreciated and helped the reading experience, and the isolated setting was appropriately chilly and eerie. But overall, this was just okay for me.

What books have you been reading lately? Share below.


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