Book Reviews

Book Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

I REALLY LOVED IT. This book is so darn cute I swear I still have dopey heart eyes.

Also, I have found my fictional boyfriend of 2019!

Sure, there were some situations in the story that were a little too convenient. But this is just to up the cute and awkward factor. Thankfully, it worked like a charm.

Meet our main character Olive Torres. She refers to herself as the unlucky twin.

All those years growing up, it was always her identical twin sister Ami who wins at life. Now she’s getting married to a guy she’s crazy in love with, and she didn’t even have to pay for her wedding because of all those internet contests that she won.

But then a stroke of good luck for Olive, albeit bad for the entire wedding party, including Ami and her new husband Dane. They all fall sick after eating bad shellfish from the wedding buffet.

Only Olive and Ethan, Dane’s hot older brother, came out unscathed.

The two have never really gotten along since day one.

She thinks he’s obnoxious and judgey because of how much she loves carbs.

He thinks she’s just a bitter, cold, and angry human being overall.

But they will have to put aside their personal hatred for each other if they’re going together on Ami and Dane’s Hawaii honeymoon. Ami worked her ass off to win that perfect vacation package, and she’s not going to let it go to waste just because of food poisoning.

Anyway, no one in Hawaii knows that Ami has an identical twin, and that Dane has an older brother who looks a lot like him. It’s a good plan, even if it means pretending to be a newlywed couple on their honeymoon.

Might as well hop on that plane, spend ten wonderful days in paradise, and try her best to avoid being in the same place with Ethan. Sounds easy enough, right?

This is where the fun begins, and this is where you will start to fall in love with these two frenemies.

I know the plot does not sound like a lot, but there are layers to the story that will keep you turning the pages.

I honestly thought this was going to be just a lame, cutesy, and cheesy rom-com about enemies turning into lovers.

I was wrong. It was fun, hilarious, delightful, cute, witty, heartwarming, and oh-so-romantic.

It made me swoon, giggle, laugh out loud, and scream into a pillow while wishing so hard that Ethan Thomas were real so that I could stalk and date him.

I really loved the whole Ethan and Olive dynamic. I super enjoyed their quasi-hatred for each other that I found myself checking how many pages I have left BECAUSE I DID NOT WANT THE BOOK TO END.

Read this if you’re up for a good time, in need of some positive vibes, or simply need to be swept off your feet. Sigh.

Witty banter, sexual tension, cute romance, Maui paradise, loud and meddly family, hot but stuffy guy who says all the right and wrong things, and a main character who takes herself too seriously until she does not. What more can you ask for?

Book Reviews

Recursion by Blake Crouch Book Review


When NYC cop Barry Sutton responds to a call about a woman on a building rooftop about to jump off, she told him that she’s got FMS, or False Memory Syndrome.

She recalled having pain at the back of her head and an awful nosebleed, and then suddenly having all these memories of another life where she was a mother to a nine-year-old boy named Sam and a wife to her husband Joe Behrman. They lived in Vermont, and she and her husband owned a landscaping business.

From the memories that she saw, she knew they were a very happy family.

But how could that be possible when she’s single and works as an investment banker in New York?

The last thing the woman said before jumping to her death was “My son has been erased.”

This is how the story begins, and what follows is a mind-bending, death-defying adventure that travels through different timelines, from the present to as far back as the 1980s,culminating in all things shocking, horrific, or heartbreaking.

It’s up to Barry and Helena, the neuroscientist responsible for creating the technology that’s changing the world and altering people’s memories, to step in and do the right thing before the mistake becomes irreversible and plunges all of mankind into death and destruction.

I’m a huge Blake Crouch fan. When I found out that he had a new book coming out, of course I had to read it the day it gets released!

I enjoyed his previous book, Dark Matter, immensely. Recursion is in the same boat as Dark Matter, but this is really wild, entertaining, shocking, fast-paced, thought-provoking, and yes, romantic even.

It can get pretty confusing when Barry and Helena start jumping to different timelines. It also gets too scientific at one point, but the action never stops.

Pay attention to the dates every new chapter and you’ll be just fine.

I just read that there will be a Netflix adaptation, and it will be both a movie and a series, with Shonda Rhimes and Matt Reeves at the helm. Well, that was quick! It will be really cool to see all those timeline jumps.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Verity by Colleen Hoover


Without giving away too much of the plot, it’s about struggling writer Lowen Ashleigh who receives a once in a lifetime writing opportunity that will get her out of her financial mess.

The job will require her to co-write and finish the remaining books in the bestselling and critically acclaimed series of Verity Crawford.

A task that Verity can no longer accomplish because of the injuries that she sustained from her recent car accident.

Lowen is not too keen at first. But because of her unexpected affinity with Jeremy, Verity’s husband, she finds herself saying yes.

To be able to write the three remaining books in a span of 24 months, Lowen must sort through years and years of Verity’s notes and get familiar with her style of writing.

All while trying to fight the powerful attraction that she has for Jeremy, devoted father and married man.

All while fighting a moral battle whether she should tell him about Verity’s autobiography manuscript or not, because it’s so horrifying that he will never look at his wife the same way again.

This book is twisted, dark, and disturbing. It’s a total mind f*ck. Therefore, I loved it.

I loved the feeling of unease, dread, and shock that Colleen Hoover has powerfully created here. I’m not a fan of her romance novels, but this first foray to suspense thrillers is definitely an achievement. I was hooked from the get-go, and I could not believe that shocking ending. Holy hell.

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Book Review: One Day in December by Josie Silver


One snowy December day in London, Laurie finds herself locking eyes with a man waiting at the bus stop.

She never believed in love at first sight, but this must be what it feels like.

But she’s in a crowded bus, and there’s no way for her to just come up to him and ask for his number.

The weird thing is the man is looking back at her, too. The expression on his face tells her that he feels the same electric connection.

And then Laurie’s bus drives away.

What follows is a whole year of scouring the streets, pubs, coffee shops, and bus stops of London for Laurie’s mysterious man.

Her search comes to an abrupt end when her best friend in the whole wide world, Sarah, introduces him to her one day as her new boyfriend, Jack O’Mara.

I’m actually pretty happy that I did not give up on this book. The first few chapters were ugh, too cutesy and cheesy for my taste. The tone of writing was also that.

But as the story unravels, things also dramatically change in Laurie, Sarah, and Jack’s lives. It takes a more interesting, more serious, and more adult turn.

Fans of a good romance with a serendipitous theme will totally adore this book. It will warm your heart, make you sigh, giggle, blush, and smile, and even blink back a few tears.

I appreciate that the characters are also very likable. There are no real bad guys here, even if you hate their actions. They make the realest choices and decisions, even when they find themselves in the most impossible situations.

As expected, the ending is big and cheesy but still swoon-worthy. I think you will cheer out loud and giggle at the cheesiness of it all, too.

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Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid


I was not too keen at first when I learned that this book was an oral history of a famed fictional ’70s rock and roll band. But because I love Taylor Jenkins Reid and all her books, I just had to give this one a chance.

The entire book is a transcript of interviews with Daisy Jones & The Six during that crazy and glorious time in the band’s history. It delves into the band’s humble beginnings and its historic rise to fame, as well as the real reason why they suddenly broke up at the height of their stardom.

With this transcript format, it truly reads like a rock and roll documentary. Not a lot of people will like it, so I think it’s best to listen to the audio book instead.

I did not hate it. I was just not so crazy about the format. But her writing is still raw and emotional, and there are still so many lines that hit me so hard.

After reading the book, I wanted so much to listen to the songs and watch videos of Billy and Daisy’s electrifying performances. It’s so hard to believe that they’re just a fictional band. I fell in love with them and became a fan so easily. They are that real.

Taylor Jenkins Reid has done it again. She’s really such a talented and evocative writer. She’s taken me to that period in the ’70s and given me an intimate look into the heady, exhilarating, and intoxicating lives of rock stars and those who love them.

Billy Dunne and Daisy Jones are famous, talented, beautiful, and flawed people that are truly the gems of this book. But I also have to say that I loved Billy’s wife Camila the most.