Book Review: The Sinner by Emma Scott

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Shy, introverted Lucy Dennings lives a quiet little life in New York City, working for a nonprofit and keeping to herself. Every afternoon, she goes home to her empty apartment and Edgar, her houseplant, and every night, she loses herself in the pages of her beloved romance novels. Her lonely heart seeks solace in tales of passionate, enduring, all-consuming love, but more and more, Lucy feels she’s not just reading for pleasure but searching for a lost piece of herself in the pages. As if she once touched something beautiful but it’s been ripped away.

Until one day Lucy discovers a dead body in the alley behind her apartment. Even if it’s too late, her first instinct is to help.

Her second is to run.

Because the dead body isn’t so very dead, and suddenly, her little world isn’t so little but one in which dreams feel like memories, “inner demons” actually lurk in dark alleys, and a beautiful creature of darkness with amber eyes and wings like night might hold the key to what her heart has been aching for…if she doesn’t fall down the path of eternal damnation first.

From USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Emma Scott, comes an emotional paranormal love story of passion, sacrifice, and the soul-deep love of a lifetime…more than one. (From: Goodreads)

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Book Review: Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau

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Seventeen-year-old Mia, an American girl at an elite summer ballet program, has six weeks to achieve her dreams: to snag an audition with one of the world’s best ballet companies. But there’s more to Paris than ballet—especially when a charming French boy, Louis, wants to be her tour guide—and the pair discover the city has a few mysteries up its sleeve.

In the vein of romances like Love and Gelato, this is the perfect summer adventure for anyone looking to get swept away in the City of Love. (From: Goodreads)

Praise for KISSES AND CROISSANTS:

Bustle “Best New Books to Read This April” selection

A Junior Library Guild selection

“A charming story about family, first love, and chasing your dreams. Grab a croissant, because this book will leave you smiling, swooning, and desperate to visit Paris!”—Katharine McGee, New York Times bestselling author of American Royals

Watched Emily in Paris and want more romance, pastries, and ParisKisses and Croissants is the one for you. It was an incredibly satisfying and delightful read and you’ll find yourself completely absorbed in Mia’s journey.”The Nerd Daily

“If you’re looking for a Parisian escape this spring, then look no further than the enchanting confection that is Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau.”—Popsugar

Sweet and romantic! I couldn’t put it down.”—San Francisco Book Review, ★★★★★

“If you love romances like To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before or Anna and the French Kissyou’ll LOVE Kisses and Croissants.”—Brit + Co

Paris simply shines; readers’ senses will come alive with all the city has to offer.”—SLJ

(Praises of this book from Amazon)

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Book Review: People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

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Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.

Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.

Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.

Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.

Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read, a sparkling new novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations. (From: Goodreads)

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Book Review: Into Temptation (Deliver Us from Evil #2) by Monica James

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Monsters are real…and that monster is my father.

Ten years ago, I surrendered. I thought I was doing the right thing. But lies and greed have once again destroyed my life, leaving me to deal with the aftermath.

This life has always been a curse, but the world as I know it has changed. Belfast isn’t what it used to be.

Alliances are broken. Kingdoms have fallen. But those who remain loyal see me as their rightful king.

With secrets unraveled, my need for vengeance grows stronger every day.

However, ten years is a long time. People have changed. I have changed. But the one thing that remains untouched is my love for Babydoll—I love her…even if she doesn’t feel the same.

I will take back what’s mine.

My kingdom.
My name.
And my girl.

Every monster is scared of somethin’…and that somethin’ is me.

No more hiding in the shadows because I’m huntin’ you…Father.

Run, wee monsters, run. (From: Goodreads)

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***Life Updates & Birthday RAOK: Emily Cromwell Designs Wishlist (Giveaway-style)***

Hello, beautiful bookish peeps! Happy JUNE!!!

Wow, I feel like every month literally slips through my fingers without me knowing it and I keep having the same sentiment that time really does fly. LOL That being said, if by some miracle, you still manage to stumble upon my blog and stop for a second here, well, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart because I admit I haven’t been here for…a very long time. *understatement of the year* 😛

In order to make up for my previous inactivity, I’m gonna share some life updates, the current COVID-19 situation in my region, and most important of all, an exciting wishlist giveaway for my upcoming birthday! In a nutshell, here’s everything you can expect from this almost-once-in-forever post (LOL):

  • Quick updates about my life in general from 2020 to now
  • An unforgettable rep experience + greatest bookish achievement so far ❤
  • Exciting birthday RAOK (Random Act of Kindness) for YOUR wishlist

Okeydokey! Without further ado, let’s get started, shall we?

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Blog Tour: Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley (Book Review)

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Inspiration can come from the most unlikely—and inconvenient—sources.

Kara Sullivan’s life is full of love—albeit fictional. As a bestselling romance novelist and influential bookstagrammer, she’s fine with getting her happily-ever-after fix between the covers of a book.

But right now? Not only is Kara’s best friend getting married next week—which means big wedding stress—but the deadline for her next novel is looming, and she hasn’t written a single word. The last thing she needs is for her infuriating first love, Ryan Thompson, to suddenly appear in the wedding party. But Ryan’s unexpected arrival sparks a creative awakening in Kara that inspires the steamy historical romance she desperately needs to deliver.

With her wedding duties intensifying, her deadline getting closer by the second and her bills not paying themselves, Kara knows there’s only one way for her to finish her book and to give her characters the ever-after they deserve. But can she embrace the unlikely, ruggedly handsome muse—who pushes every one of her buttons—to save the wedding, her career and, just maybe, write her own happy ending?

“A fun and sexy romp, with chemistry that gave me all the feels!” —Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author of Our Italian Summer

“Add this book to your TBR list immediately!” —Sarah Smith, author of Faker 

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Book Review: The Last Piece of His Heart (Lost Boys #3) by Emma Scott

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At Santa Cruz Central High School, they called them the misfits, the outcasts, the weirdos. But most of us knew them as the Lost Boys…

Ronan Wentz has been to hell and back, and he carries the scars to prove it. Worse, the blood of a monster runs through his veins. After ten years in foster care, eighteen-year-old Ronan is finally reunited with family. His uncle gives him a roof over his head and puts him to work, managing a shabby apartment complex in Santa Cruz, California.

But a second chance is still a second chance. Ronan becomes a solitary hunter, a vigilante, walking the streets at night to keep the nightmares at bay. If he can use the anger burning in his tainted blood to protect instead of hurt, maybe then he’ll find the absolution he seeks.

Then he meets Shiloh.

Shiloh Barrera looks like she has it all together. Smart, ambitious, and full of artistic creativity she channels into making beautiful one-of-a kind jewelry. But Shiloh’s cool, capable demeanor is a front. Her demons drive her to succeed as much as her ambition—to prove her worth to the mother who can’t stand to look at her, and who’s harboring secrets of her own.

When Shiloh and Ronan meet, the physical attraction is instant and scorching. Neither believes it will last. Falling in love is an impossible pipe dream saved for those less shattered and damaged than they are.

But as hard as they try to resist, the growing feelings between them seem inevitable… until one terrible night destroys Shiloh’s dreams and Ronan’s future. When the smoke clears, and the rubble settles, they’ll have to choose – do their pasts determine their future, or can they build a new one from the broken pieces of their hearts?

Lost Boys is a new series of interconnected, coming-of-age standalones from USA Today bestselling author Emma Scott.

(From: Goodreads)

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Book Review & Recommendation: Thy Kingdom Come (Deliver Us from Evil #1) by Monica James

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Monsters are real.

When I was five years old, I watched my mother take her last breath—a breath three monsters stole from her.

I never chose this life. My father says it’s my birthright, but all I see is a curse. It’s because of the Kelly name my mum was slain by the Doyles—our enemies in Dublin, the fellas livin’ on borrowed time.

All of Belfast fears my family, especially me. I’m Puck Kelly, otherwise known as Punky; the lad ye don’t want to double cross.

I don’t do feelings or emotions. I never have…until she walks into my world.

Babydoll is a liar and a thief, but I can’t stay away. We both thrive in the darkness because that’s where our demons can play.

No word af a lie, sixteen years later, those monsters still haunt my dreams. But every monster is scared of somethin’…and that somethin’ is me.

No more hiding in the shadows because I’m huntin’ youse.

Run, wee monsters, run. (From: Goodreads)

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Book Review: Playing with Fire by L.J. Shen

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A broken boy on the path to destruction.
A scarred girl without direction.
A love story carved in secrets, inked with pain and sealed with a lie.

Grace Shaw and West St. Claire are arctic opposites.
She is the strange girl from the food truck.
He is the mysterious underground fighter who stormed into her sleepy Texan college town on his motorcycle one day, and has been wreaking havoc since.
She is invisible to the world.
He is the town’s beloved bad boy.
She is a reject.
He is trouble.
When West thrusts himself into Grace’s quiet life, she scrambles to figure out if he is her happily-ever-after or tragic ending.
But the harder she pushes him away, the more he pulls her out of her shell.
Grace doesn’t know much about anything beyond her town’s limits, but she does know this:
She is falling in love with the hottest guy in Sheridan U.
And when you play with fire—you ought to get burned. (From: Goodreads)

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Blog Tour: Tempting Heat (Tempt Me #1) by Sara Whitney

Hello, beautiful bookish peeps!! Happy February & Happy Tuesday!

I know I haven’t been very active here since last year, and the main reason is because I’m still trying to find the balance between my bookish and personal life. Shamefully, I’ve spent literally 99.9999% of my daily life on my current job and the insanely amount of workload and I honestly wish I could find a way out. Like, get more quality time with my friends and family, or at least dedicate some of my life to my favorite bookish worlds, including this blogging community and the bookstagram one. I mean, remember the unbelievably incredible opportunity to be my all-time-favorite bookish shop’s permanent rep which I once mentioned in the previous post? I promise that I’ll share more details someday soon but right now, I simply want to relish and savor the once-in-a-lifetime experience as much as possible. ><

Anyways, before I start rambling, let me present you with a super cute, quick, fun read I recently devoured!

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