THE QUEEN OF NOTHING by Holly Black – double review!

He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy.


Title : The Queen of Nothing
Author : Holly Black
Series : Folk of the Air #3
Format : library ebook (overdrive)
Page Count : 300
Genre : YA fantasy
Publisher : Hot Key Books
Release Date : November 19, 2019

Reviewer : Micky / Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ .5 / unrated


Micky’s 3.5 confused star review

First I’m going to give you my emotions – woop, oh, what, how, squeee, ffs, oh man, sigh, heart eyes, snake eyes, squirm, wtf. So yes, this is going to be a bit of a cluster of a review but it’s going to be spoiler-free and consequently, maybe vague.

THE QUEEN OF NOTHING started off really well for me, I felt back with the crew I loved rather quickly and into the current events. The pace of this final instalment moved fast and I liked it. Jude in the human world, life continuing in the faerie world but predictably, those worlds crossed. From there, I had some pacing issues, I would love a number of chapters, then feel a bit bored for a few.

I loved elements of this book but then I struggled with some plot developments. The bridle was a great plot device that…came to little. The snake was a great plot device that…I don’t know what that was. I loved the crown, I loved the throne and I loved Jude’s connection to the earth. So many exciting things but when that excitement didn’t come to fruition, I felt a bit disappointed.

Jude and Carden had a different dynamic in this book and I am going to leave it there even though I want to say so much more. There was a hole missing and I am grateful I got to see the letters from the Barnes & Noble edition because that filled the hole up. That leaves me thinking why wasn’t that part of the main body of the story; I just don’t get it.

I hope all that doesn’t sound too negative because overall this was read brought enjoyment and excitement with the frustration. I am happy with where the story ended up despite the fast wrap-up. I will look back at this series as a great one and a memorable one. I just wanted a bit more from this book.

How do people like us take off our armor?
One piece at a time.


Hollis’ unrated review

This is a book. And I read it.

Okay, but seriously, I don’t know how I feel about this one. THE QUEEN OF NOTHING frustrated me a hell of a lot less than THE WICKED KING but I mean.. at least the latter made me feel something? Because, to be honest, I felt pretty muted about this whole installment. There was a sense of unreality about it all because I was unsure why some things were happening, some things weren’t figured out, and also why there were literally no fireworks, no suspense, no sense of dread or urgency, or like, any kind of chemistry and intensity. N a d a. From anyone.

Also ARE YOU SERIOUSLY TELLING ME WE JUST FUCKING FORGIVE TARYN? WHAT THE HELL.

Ahem, okay, so I have like. One strong feeling about this story.

Anyway, we had some sweet moments, which I liked, but also.. I could’ve done with a lot less sweet moments because that would’ve felt truer to the characters. Again, I just missed the fire. For someone who didn’t even really like this series, that probably says a lot.

But ultimately I don’t even know how to feel about this story or this book. I don’t know what to rate. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great, and often it wasn’t even interesting. I was just passing the time. Not quite bored but far from immersed.

As a result, rating (likely never) to be determined.

ONE YEAR HOME by Marie Force 🎧

He came home a hero and lost the only woman he’s ever loved…

John
I have no idea how to survive without my beloved Ava. She had no choice but to move on with her life during my six-year deployment and has now married Eric. I hate him for taking her from me. I’d prefer to wallow in my depression and heartbreak, but the whole damned world wants a piece of the SEAL Team leader who helped capture the world’s most-wanted terrorist. I need help handling the relentless requests, and when Ava sends her new sister-in-law to manage the media circus for me, I’m prepared to hate her on principle. Her brother took my Ava. What else do I need to know about her?

Julianne
It takes five seconds to realize Ava’s ex is going to be the most complicated and difficult client I’ve ever had, but the opportunity to represent the most celebrated man in the world could make my career. I’m determined to do the job, even if I dislike John from the moment I meet him. And I like everyone. So much so that my brothers worry about me being exploited by those who would take advantage of my unwavering love for others. But John… He’s in a class by himself, and his bitterness is a festering wound that I begin to wish I could somehow fix for him. The more time we spend together, the more our mutual disdain morphs into something that feels an awful lot like desire. There’s no way I can want this man, or so I tell myself, and when Eric finds out I’ve developed feelings for the man causing trouble in his new marriage, well…
That’s going to be a hot mess.


Title : One Year Home
Author : Marie Force
Series : Navy Captain John West #2
Format : Audio
Length : 8 hours, 37 minutes
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Publisher : HTJB, Inc
Release Date : August 20, 2019

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★


Micky’s 4 star review

If you were left after FIVE YEARS GONE (book one) satisfied like me, you might question the need for a second book. Ten minutes into this listen, I realised that this was the sequel I didn’t know I needed and I could quickly see I was in for an emotive and angsty ride.

I knew this story was going to centre on John, broken, battered and bruised both outwardly and psychologically. This reluctant hero, thrown into fame and fortune he didn’t want or seek, made for compelling reading. After FIVE YEARS GONE, I felt sorry for John but I still wasn’t his biggest fan, I wanted Ava with Eric so…yeah. Coming at this story from John’s POV meant everything from an altered perception and I became his cheer team.

John’s story included accurate and compelling narrative about recovery from amputation to shrapnel, PTSD and sepsis. I challenge anyone not to be pulled into the journey. Yet, most compelling was John’s mangled heart and broken soul. The story of John connecting to Julianne was fast but not too fast, and I devoured the story.

So you think you know where this review is going? Colour me surprised when this isn’t just John’s story but it was very much back to Ava and Eric. I didn’t know how I felt about that and what was happening with this very new HEA; it was a rollercoaster. I was just glad we had four fantastic narrators along to present the ride to the listener.

This duology has been one of my favourite and most memorable military romances. I don’t often seek out this kind of story but Navy Captain John West series is one you should read if you’re a fan of this sub-genre or if you’ve never tried it before. This duology has made a Marie Force fan of me and I am eager to try my hand at her other kinds of romances and in 2020, I will.

SERIES REVIEW : Sebastian St Cyr by C.S. Harris (books 1 – 14)

You might be thinking this review looks a little different from our usual format and you’d be correct! As a result of someone (cough) going on a manic binge read, this someone has decided to do a series review (thus far) instead of fourteen different reviews.. considering someone (cough) was reading two to three of these books a day for the handful of days it took her to binge the series (cough).

Anyway, yes, if you don’t follow me on GR and are already aware, this is Hollis. Hello and welcome.

For six days, I lived and breathed the Sebastian St Cyr series. For those of you who don’t know, this is a series of historical fiction thrillers that follows the Viscount Devlin, Sebastian St Cyr, investigating murders. He finds himself with this somewhat macabre hobby after book one where it’s he who is accused (falsely) of murder and goes about trying to clear his name. Post-book one, he’s approached by a local magistrate to help investigate other crimes both due to his connections as well as his ability to navigate the ton.

Many of these murder mysteries are dark, particularly the first one and book twelve, and it was something of an adjustment to watch an investigator run back and forth, to and fro, to the same suspects as stories and evidence, testimonials, change as a result of the slow progress made back in the day before CCTV and crime labs. Honestly, it’s a miracle he ends up solving a single murder, much less fourteen (and then some)! But it feels very accurate to the times and the process is helped thanks to the expertise of his peers, specifically Paul Gibson, a fellow he met during the war, who now works as a surgeon and performs autopsies; and Sir Henry Lovejoy, the magistrate, who started off as the investigator trying to bring Sebastian to justice and then, later, becomes a friend.

Along the way, we come to see these recurring characters — and more! — and see their dynamics, and relationships, grow. Two of these characters deserve shoutouts (even if I like one more than the other) for being strong, smart, and savvy women in a time where women were preyed upon or overlooked.

This series is juicy, drama-y, things get revealed, things are still a mystery (and or a secret), and at this rate who even knows how long this series will go before we (and Sebastian.. and others.. who shall not be named) get the answers they seek, or that they don’t even yet know they know they need.

I’m realizing as I write this “review” that this is a tricky overview to write because spoilers.

What I will say, as my end-of-binge takeaway, is that while I was hella focused on this series, and jumping in to the next book seconds after finishing the one before, I’m not sure it’s a perfect series to binge. My ratings definitely fluctuated all over the place (breakdown to be posted near the end of this review) and there is some skimming involved after a while as there is a lot of repetition of description, events, and phrasing. I almost wonder if Harris wrote these books in a way where if someone wanted to pick up book eleven, despite some spoilers or shifts in dynamic, the reader could at least follow along without being confused. Which, hey, that’s not a bad way to write. But it does drag a bit on a binge reader. Also I did get to the point where I was a little punchdrunk and started making jokes about some of those repetitions but, hey, you can make fun of something and still enjoy it! At least, I can.

That said, some of these were such great installments, either because of the personal drama (there’s a lot) or the mystery (some were just amazing). Sometimes neither did much for me. But not a single one of these books dropped before three stars, so. I think that says a lot. I’ll link my GR mini/silly reviews in the list below, too, if you’re curious to see my “real-time” thoughts in the aftermath of each book.

If you’re a fan of historicals, enjoy procedurals, love a series that follows the same set of characters, want more crime/thrillers in your life, and want to immerse yourself in very historically detailed events set in England in the early 1800s, with all the class, gender, and societal issues that come with the times.. you’ll want to give this series a try.

WHAT ANGELS FEARthree stars
WHEN GODS DIEfour stars
WHY MERMAIDS SINGfour stars
WHERE SERPENTS SLEEPthree stars
WHAT REMAINS OF HEAVENthree stars
WHERE SHADOWS DANCEthree stars
WHEN MAIDENS MOURNfour stars
WHAT DARKNESS BRINGSfour stars
WHY KINGS CONFESSfive stars
WHO BURIES THE DEADfour stars
WHEN FALCONS FALLfour stars
WHERE THE DEAD LIEfour stars
WHY KILL THE INNOCENTthree stars
WHO SLAYS THE WICKEDthree stars

Book fifteen, WHO SPEAKS FOR THE DAMNED, is out April 7, 2020, so there’s lots of time for you to dive in to this series if you haven’t already!

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – DECEMBER 17, 2019

Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!
As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.


A SCARCITY OF CONDORS by Suanne Laqueur is the third book in her Venery series and highly anticipated by both of us. Concentrating on the events and legacy of the military coup in Chile, told through families and relationships, this promises to break our hearts and make us feel. This actually came out yesterday so you can definitely get your hands on it now!

THE WIVES by Tarryn Fisher is bringing her usual flair to a story about a woman married to a man with two other wives. Not only is that a recipe for all sorts of intrigue but it’s also classed as a thriller. We’re both excited for this one. Likewise with the above title, this one was out as of the sixteenth, so you can dive right in.


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below!

WILDFIRE by Ilona Andrews

Just when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…

Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him.

As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whereabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke. 


Title : Wildfire
Author : Ilona Andrews
Series : Hidden Legacy #3
Format : ebook
Page Count : 400
Genre : Urban fantasy
Publisher : Avon
Release Date : July 25, 2017

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ .5


Micky’s 4.5 star review

I love that this Hidden Legacy series is paced a little faster than the Kate Daniels series, what I mean is that the longer storylines are happening over less books. Its not that I don’t appreciate all ten books and novellas of the KD series, but I was ready for a little less commitment. WILDFIRE moved Nevada into a new position in this book, secure in her relationship and becoming the leader of her family in a more formal way. Both these elements made me love this book.

First and foremost for me in this series, is the Nevgan (awful ‘ship’ name alert). These two continued to dig through who they were together and where their boundaries sat. What I love about Connor (Rogan) is how he was selfless and both selfish in his love, that said, he had the balance just right as situations presented. These two got to have a date in this book and I lived for that experience. I think I am possibly too hung up on these two…

“I’m starving. I haven’t had anything to eat since I stole a bear claw from your kitchen this morning.”
“You didn’t steal it. All my bear claws are yours.”

The whole storyline about the becoming of a House was fascinating and the reveals about the youngest Baylor sister and Leon were pretty wow. The baddies were fierce and I definitely saw parallels between Grandma Tremaine and Kate Daniels father – the strong, evil patriach/matriach but with a dose of they might care a bit.

I am hugely excited for where the next book goes. I need more of this family but more importantly more of ‘Nevgan’ (sorry). They’re not quite Kate and Curran but probably only because I don’t know them quite as well. Ilona Andrews know how to create a story, a couple to last and cheer for.

WHEN THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

A novel about a young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open.

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She’s barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark.

But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world–until the unthinkable happens.


Title : Where The Crawdads Sing
Author : Delia Owens
Format : Paperback Arc
Page Count : 368
Genre : Literary Fiction
Publisher : Corsair/Little Brown
Release Date : December 12, 2019

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ .5


Micky’s 4.5 star review

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING was a singular story, carried by a cast of many in the background but only Kya in the foreground. It was a story evoking strong emotion, anger and empathy and I experienced all of these feelings many times whilst reading. It was also a tough reading experience from a contextual perspective in a number of way and therefore there may be trigger themes for some readers.

Kya was a young girl, a ‘marsh girl’ abandoned by first her mother, then her siblings and finally by her father. She resided in a shack in the marshlands and learnt how to live. This aspect was much of the early book and my heart ached on reading. Kya was vulnerable, naive but a survivor with the kind of resilience that was hewn out of circumstance; it was do or die. Seeing Kya’s unfulfilled longing for love and relationships was distressing. There were themes of racism, prejudice and extreme poverty. I felt that these aspects were written exceptionally well with such tangibility.

There were people who came into Kya’s life and made it bearable, Jumpin’, Mable and Tate. I adored Jumpin’ and I loved Tate’s desire to help Kya without wanting anything from her. The lack of plain sailing was inevitable but it stung to read how things turned out. Chase was rotten from the first encounter and it was hard to see Kya’s naivety lead her in a sticky direction. The mystery that later unfolded was fascinating in a painful way.

The narrative and description in this book was decadent in terms of the flora and fauna but there were no holds barred in terms of the reality of marsh and shack life. Delia Owens had a way of bringing nature to life, birds, trees and feathers, through their sights and sounds. My visualisation was vivid and that was down to the descriptive prose.

I was grateful for the time frame and the journey in this book. I was relieved to have answers at the end and some surprises. This book has the kind of story that would appeal widely, regardless of what genre you might prefer; it is worth any reader’s time. WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING was a rare case of a book that lasts a lifetime and I sense it could also stay with me as long.

Thank you to Corsair and Little Brown for the proof copy for review.

CONFESSIONAL : BOOKS WE BOUGHT IN 2019

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

Forgive us, bank accounts, for we have spent money on books. It’s been [insert day here] since we last promised to curb our bookish transactions. And no doubt the next transgression is fast approaching..

.. but are we really sorry? Nope.

Micky and Hollis here! Someone had the bright idea (it wasn’t Hollis) to cop to, and confess, our tally of bought books for 2019 — physicals only. We are always striving to do as much as we can to limit spending, both big picture-wise and because you never know if a book will disappoint, and we mostly use our libraries, and OverDrives, as our main reading resource. When not reading ARCs, of course.

That said, buying still happens! Whether to support a beloved author, or because we loved it enough to want to own.. or because it was an impulse buy. Whatever the reason, we’re going to break down (to the best of our abilities), and discuss, our book buying for the past year.

First up? Hollis. I’m not much of a buyer, I have to really love something to add it to my space-is-an-issue shelves, and you can tell by my round-up below. For a bookworm, and avid reader, there ain’t much! The library has changed my life and kept my wallet.. sorta padded (not really). Micky had the brilliant idea to indicate if her bought books have been read or not and I’m editing my list to add that in but she gets full credit.

CALL DOWN THE HAWK by Maggie Stiefvater (UK ed, via BD) — unread
THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern (CAN/US ed, via Chapters)
NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo (UK ed, via Waterstones)
GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Miur (UK ed, via Illumicrate/Micky)
AURORA RISING by Kaufman & Kristoff (UK ed, via Goldsboro)
BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo (UK ed, via BD)
ALEX, APPROXIMATELY by Jenn Bennett (AUS ed, via BD)
STARRY EYES by Jenn Bennett (AUS ed, via BD)
RED, WHITE, & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston (CAN/US ed, via Chapters)
MELT FOR YOU by JT Geissinger (CAN/US ed, via Chapters)
99% MINE by Sally Thorne x two (UK ed, via BD)
THE VOYAGES OF TRUEBLOOD CAY by Suanne Laqueur (US ed, via author)
KING OF SCARS by Leigh Bardugo (UK ed, via Waterstones) — unread

All told it’s not that terrible! My read vs unread isn’t much of a surprise, however, as 96% (made up number) of what I buy are books I’ve read and loved. Fourteen books and only two unread! Now onto my partner in crime.


Micky here and oh ****, this is where I look really bad because before I even start I know I’ll have the books from Illumicrate, then all the purchases on top. This is going to be bad but it was all my idea, so it’s also all my fault. I’m also going to preface this by saying in December 2018, I had a huge bookshelf built, so you know, I needed to fill it…and now I need to stop. I’m going to list mine slightly differently and tell you if I’ve read them or not.

GOLDSBORO
DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins-Reid signed HB unread
AURORA RISING by Jay Kristoff/Amie Kaufman signed HB unread
TO BE TAUGHT, IF FORTUNATE by Becky Chambers signed HB read
DARKDAWN by Jay Kristoff signed HB unread

ILLUMICRATE
DESCENDENT OF THE CRANE by Joan He signed HB unread
THIS TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT by Misa Sugiura signed HB unread
BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo signed PB read
AURORA RISING by Jay Kristoff/Amie Kaufman signed HB unread
ONCE AND FUTURE by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy HB signed unread
WE HUNT THE FLAME by Hafsah Faisal signed HB read
SANCTUARY by VK James signed HB unread
THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern HB unread

WATERSTONES
QUEEN OF NOTHING by Holly Black HB unread
THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E Harrow HB unread
THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood Graphic Novel HB read
THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden HB signed unread
ON THE COME UP by Angie Thomas PB signed read
KING OF SCARS by Leigh Bardugo HB signed unread

SECOND HAND
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by LM Montgomery Folio Society HB read
NORTH & SOUTH by Elizabeth Gaskell Folio Society HB read
WIVES & DAUGHTERS by Elizabeth Gaskell Folio Society HB read
EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway HB read
THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller HB signed read
THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern HB read

OTHER PURCHASES
STARRY EYES by Jenn Bennett HB read
HEARTSTOPPER 1 by Alice Oseman PB read
THE VOYAGES OF TRUEBLOOD CAY by Suanne Laqueur PB signed read
GRIP by Kennedy Ryan PB signed read
STILL by Kennedy Ryan PB signed read
LONG SHOT by Kennedy Ryan signed PB read
99 PERCENT MINE by Sally Thorne x 2 PB signed read
NOTES ON A NERVOUS PLANET by Matt Haig PB read
SCYTHE by Neal Schusterman PB read
THUNDERHEAD by Neal Schusterman PB unread
THE TOLL by Neal Schusterman PB unread
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young PB unread
SUPERMAN by Matt De La Pena HB unread
THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller PB signed read
A WINTER’S PROMISE by Christelle Dabos unread
A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER by Sara Barnard PB read
GOODBYE PERFECT by Sara Barnard PB unread
TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han PB read
PS I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han PB read
ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN by Jenny Han PB read
A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES by Deborah Harkness PB read
SHADOW OF NIGHT by Deborah Harkness PB read
THE BOOK OF LIFE by Deborah Harkness PB read
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont HB read

That’s 48 books for Micky, 30 read and 18 unread. Face plant and I must stop.


What about you, readers? Do you track your purchases, do you tally up the read and haven’t read, and also pull out your hair in frustration? Are you a Hollis or a Micky? Let us know!

SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY by Emma Scott

How long would you wait for love? 

Max Kaufman was kicked out of his home as a teen and his life has been an uphill battle ever since. From addiction and living on the streets, to recovery and putting himself through nursing school, he’s spent the last ten years rebuilding his shattered sense of self. Now he’s taken a job as a private caretaker to Edward Marsh III, the president and CEO of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Max soon learns Marsh’s multi-billion-dollar empire is a gold and diamond-encrusted web of secrets and lies.

The longer Max works and lives with the Marsh family, the tighter the secrets tangle around him. And his heart—that he’s worked so hard to protect—falls straight into the hands of the distant, cold, and beautiful son of a dynasty…

Silas Marsh is set to inherit the family fortune, but his father is determined his heir be the “perfect” son. Before Silas can take over the company and end its shady business practices, he must prove himself worthy…and deny his true nature.

Silas must choose: stand up to his father by being true to himself and his undeniable feelings for Max. Or pretend to be someone he is not in order to inherit everything. Even if it means sacrificing a chance at happiness and real love.


Title : Someday, Someday
Author : Emma Scott
Format : eARC
Page Count : 374
Genre : LGBTQIA+ romance
Publisher : indie
Release Date : November 24, 2019

Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★


Hollis’ 2 star review

So, I want to be clear, that I respect what the author set out to do with this story. With the subject matter, the redemption, the healing.. even dragging something as relevant to our every day as the opioid crisis into the spotlight. But..

.. but. This story feels a lot like it’s trying very hard for me to feel things. For me to be heartbroken, or angry, and to champion the MCs, to rage against the villains. All of which, like, valid. The material is there. I just didn’t quite sink into any of it. Probably because so much of it is melodramatic, or manufactured, and also just vacillating between different extremes to the point that things felt a little (a lot) unbelievable and hard to hold onto.

I’ll say it again. I appreciate some of the topics, I appreciate the representation, but this was just a little too OTT for me whilst also not being enough for me to feel much of anything. But hey, what do I know, this is beloved by almost everyone, so, hey. Grain of salty salted salt.

This was my first Scott, despite having bought up most of her books during one kindle sale or another, and I would like to give her other works a try. This is definitely not the worst ‘romance author tries m/m’ foray I’ve ever read. I think I’ve just read too many better ones to think much of this one. But a lot of potential was here so I definitely won’t be deleting her off my kindle. I might even finally read those other books! Sounds like a good 2020 goal.

** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

REGRETTING YOU by Colleen Hoover – review and giveaway!

Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.


Title : Regretting You
Author : Colleen Hoover
Format : eARC
Page Count : 365
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Publisher : Montlake Romance
Release Date : December 10, 2019

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ 


Micky’s 3 star reciew

I know this opinion will separate me from the populous but for me, this was a very run-of-the-mill read. I didn’t hate it, I kind of liked it but I definitely didn’t love it even though I wanted to.

I found the start to this story interesting with the four characters of the past, I liked that more than the present, initially. However, by 22% I was finding it so slow that I was willing SOMETHING to happen. I actually got my wish with the dropping of an emotional bomb. Am I sadistic that I was grateful for that? Whatever, I welcomed it and enjoyed the story a bit more from there.

This was a story of families and relationships intertwined and connected in the most complex way, a really unsatisfying way. It was about two generations, mother and daughter, father and son, sister and sister and husband and wife. I hated some of the characters, and I was supposed to. I much preferred the narrative around Morgan and Jonah than I did of Clara and Miller. I felt frustrated with Clara and Miller but I know their actions and behaviours were fitting for 17/18 year olds.

I struggled with some of the instant connections, some of which were supposedly built on older feelings but I didn’t buy into the elements of this, especially with the younger characters. There were other parts of the story that I wanted more of, like Gramps.

Overall, I’ve come out of REGRETTING YOU feeling a bit ‘what was that explosion and why is everything now peachy’. I needed more tangibility in the longer term but I appreciated some of the elements of the grief narrative which really hit the spot.

Thank you to Montlake Romance for the early review copy.


Author Biography


Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including the bestselling women’s fiction novel It Ends with Us and the bestselling psychological thriller Verity. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Hoover and her family founded the Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service that offers signed novels donated by authors. All profits go to various charities each month to help those in need. Hoover lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

Visit www.colleenhoover.com.

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NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – DECEMBER 10, 2019

Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!
As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.


REGRETTING YOU by Colleen Hoover takes two generations of inter-related characters, twists them up and throws them into a shaker and spills them out. Keep an eye out for Micky’s review!

Also out this week is MEET ME ON LOVE LANE by Nina Bocci. This is the second in her series set in a small town. This story features a NY city girl returning to her home town where two golden ‘boys’ are vying for her affection.


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below!