Review | Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes by Karin Slaughter (Pretty Girls #0.5)

“The only reason my daughter has not come home is because someone is keeping her.” Keeping her.” 2/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: bars, young girls, and… not much more.

A missing girl in the news reminds Julia Carroll of herself: nineteen, beautiful, blonde hair, blue eyes.

Julia begins to dig deeper and plans an article for her college paper. She becomes gradually more obsessed with the case, never imagining how close she herself is to danger.

Includes an extract from Karin Slaughter’s gripping new novel, Pretty Girls.

What was even the point of this novella? I picked this up right after finishing “Pretty Girls”, and I was expecting to get Julia’s perspective on the night she went missing.

And I guess that’s what you get but… nothing actually happens. There’s a lot of her going to class and thinking about the girls that were missing… and that’s it.

Sure, I understand this is supposed to be a short novella, but I still thought we would get at least something interesting from it. When the story finally got interesting… It ended. So again: what was even the point of this short book?

The only thing I found interesting is how she was a little different from what her sisters described her in the main story. Other than that, it was a waste of time.

Review | Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter (Pretty Girls #1)

“It’s the truth. I’m sorry to be blunt about it, but girls don’t like guys who are doormats. Especially pretty girls, because there’s no novelty in it. Guys are hitting on them all of the time. They can’t walk down the street or order a coffee or stand on a corner without some idiot making a comment about how attractive they are. And the women smile because it’s easier than telling them to go fuck themselves. And less dangerous, because if a man rejects a woman, she goes home and cries for a few days. If a woman rejects a man, he can rape and kill her.” 4.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: siblings, diary entries, necklaces, creepy photographs, shocking pasts, a lot of secrets and incredible revelations.

#1 internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter returns with a sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution, in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastate their lives.

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today.

I know this book is very popular with thriller fans, so I was excited to pick it up and have my own thoughts on it.

My experience reading this book was very positive! Now I get the hype of this story being so immersive and well written, but I still don’t understand why some people say this is the best book they have ever read. I agree that it is a good, well constructed mystery, but in the end it felt just like another thriller to me.

In this book we follow two sisters, Claire and Lydia, who overcome their differences to investigate their sister’s disappearance together. Julia, the missing sister, disappeared a long time ago but now there is evidence that her disappearance may be connected to the disappearance of another girl the same age in the present. And of course, a lot of dark secrets are revealed by the sisters…

The topics in this are pretty heavy and I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. There were scenes in here that made me really uncomfortable and I had to stop reading a few times just to breathe and gain courage to keep going. So if you’re considering reading this, be aware of the trigger warnings for: rape, sexual assault, suicide, violence, murder and horrible torture.

The plot was really good, though! There are a lot of surprises and twists, so you feel captivated to keep reading and finding out more. Also, the writing was incredible. I just wonder if it was really necessary to have this big of a book for this story in particular? 

I have two more Karin Slaughter books on my shelf waiting for me and I’m very curious to see what they’re all about. Now I have high expectations! If you love shocking and horrific thrillers, you should seriously consider reading this one!

Recommendations | Books with Weddings

Hello friends!

I hope you’re all doing well and I hope the first half of the year was nice to you – time flies in a blink of an eye! Tell me dear reader, can you hear the wedding bells chiming? Because today I’m bringing you a fun little post all about wedding themed books!

Maybe it’s my romantic nature speaking, but I thought it would be a cool idea to make a post about a few of my favorite wedding books! These recommendations I’m bringing you today are all fiction books I’ve read in the past that have some sort of wedding celebration in the story. No non-fiction today, sorry!

So without further ado, here are five wedding themed books. Enjoy!

1. Once And For All” by Sarah Dessen

First on the list we have “Once and For All” by the one and only Sarah Dessen! This fluffy, cute YA book is all about wedding planning and preparations. You get to see the backstage of the entire wedding planning while falling in love with our very special main characters!
This is obviously a romance book, but the characters in this are… peculiar, to say the least! Well, just Ambrose to be honest (the male lead), but you have to see it for yourself. I promise you’ll laugh a lot!
This book is packed with a lot of good stuff: great family dynamics, a fluffy (and unique) romance, likable characters and a hint of drama. It is definitely a fun option if you like wedding books. Also, Sarah Dessen’s writing is incredible and perfect for this time of the year!

Synopsis:

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.
Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

2. Maybe This Time by Kasie West

Another book I thought about when I first created this list is “Maybe This Time” by Kasie West. This book is a little different from the others in this list in the sense that it takes place not only in a wedding, but in different events over a span of a year. So not only do you get a wedding in this book, but you get a set of different events! The reason for this is because the main character works in a flower shop that is doing flower arrangements for all of these events.
It’s a very cute book with great characters and a nice romance. I highly recommend it for a light reading!

Synopsis:

One year. Nine events. Nine chances to… fall in love?
Weddings. Funerals. Barbecues. New Year’s Eve parties. Name the occasion, and Sophie Evans will be there. Well, she has to be there. Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.
Enter Andrew Hart. The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie. Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew. Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school. But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated. Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn’t so bad after all…
Told over the course of one year and following Sophie from event to event, this delightful novel from master of romantic comedy Kasie West shows how love can blossom in unexpected places.

3. “Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Next on the list is a very fun and summery book: “The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren! This super fun chick lit not only is wedding themed, but also honeymoon themed. The cover gives a glimpse of the atmosphere of the book very well: what you get in this book is the most perfect tropical honeymoon…  with a twist! The couple is not the bride and groom, but the bride’s sister and groom’s best man! Interesting right? The bride and groom got food poisoning so they sent them to enjoy the honeymoon instead (or they would just lose the money). The problem is they hate each other. Well, you know what happens next! If you’re a big fan of the hate-to-love trope, this will be a treat.
The setting is gorgeous and summery and the couple has the best banter and hate/love relationship. It’s a really good option to bring to the beach!

Synopsis:

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.
Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.
Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

4. “The Guest List” by Lucy Foley

This one is a little different from the other books because it’s everything BUT romantic. This is not a romance book, it is a thriller! I decided to add something a little different to this list for my thriller fans out there.
How to describe this book? This was a really fun murder-mystery set on an isolated island… during a wedding! The cool thing is that you’re not only trying to find who was the murder… you don’t know who dies in the first place, so you’ll be guessing on that too! It was a very fun mystery full of possible suspects and different motives. I highly recommend it!
You can find my thoughts on this book right here.

Synopsis:

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.
But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.
And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?

5. “Save the Date by Morgan Matson

The next recommendation is “Save the Date” by Morgan Matson! This is another very fun option to pick due to its great humor and family dynamics. The cool thing about this book is that it’s wedding themed… but only disasters! Everything that could possibly go wrong goes wrong, so you’ll be laughing the entire time of the perfect disaster that is happening (and maybe get some anxiety as well).
This wonderful and heartwarming book also has amazing sibling relationships that were beautifully written and explored. Needless to say, if you like wedding books, this one is a must!

Synopsis:

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.
The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster. There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.
There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo. Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractedly cute.
Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

And that’s it folks! I hope you enjoyed these wedding themed recommendations. Tell me about you! Do you like wedding themed books? If you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments.

Thank you for reading! I’ll see you in the next post 🙂

Review | Everything is OK by Debbie Tung

“Recognize your uniqueness. Be proud of who you are, what you have, what your life is about, and what you want to pursue. Pay attention to your own path. You don’t need validation from others.” 4.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: cute illustrations, depression, mental illness, feelings, being overwhelmed, big workloads and great partners.

From the bestselling author of Quiet Girl in a Noisy World comes a gently humorous and poignant collection of comics about anxiety and depression—because sometimes even the simple things like getting out of bed every day feel like an uphill battle.

Everything Is OK is the story of Debbie Tung’s struggle with anxiety and her experience with depression. She shares what it’s like navigating life, overthinking every possible worst-case scenario, and constantly feeling like all hope is lost.

The book explores her journey to understanding the importance of mental health in her day-to-day life and how she learns to embrace the highs and lows when things feel out of control. Debbie opens up about deeply personal issues and the winding road to recovery, discovers the value of self-love, and rebuilds a more mindful relationship with her mental health.

In this graphic memoir, Debbie aims to provide positive and comforting messages to anyone who is facing similar difficulties or is just trying to get through a tough time in life. She hopes to encourage readers to be kinder to themselves, to know that they are not alone, and that it’s okay to be vulnerable because they are not defined by their mental health struggles. The dark clouds won’t be there forever. Everything will turn out all right.

I didn’t know what to expect when I picked this up, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised with this book!

This graphic novel is, in essence, a memoir. In it you’ll read about the author’s struggles with mental illness and depression and how she overcame those challenges in her life. She talks about how it started and how people’s expectations built up to her feeling overwhelmed and depressed. She then shares with the reader how she felt and how professional help was crucial in getting her better.

There’s a lot of great things about this book, but what I think makes this book so amazing is how relatable it is and how it almost works as a guide for other people going through the same situation. You get everything here: you read about how it started, how she felt and what she did to overcome it. Not only that but you also get great advice and motivation from her. She touches in a lot of important points like being aware of your internal dialog and taking care of yourself. I’m very glad there are a lot of inspirational and motivational moments in this book!

I was also surprised with the art and how it paired beautifully with the content of the book! It was simple, but beautiful. I really liked how the author used color to highlight the happier times and black/white for the times she was depressed. I also really liked the color scheme the author used for the novel! There’s a lot of purple, pink and blue.

While I was reading this, I kept taking note of the quotes that I loved and there were so many of them. So here are a few of my favorites:

“I used to see my sensitivity as a weakness. I’ve come to understand that it is also my strength.”

“It’s OK to not know what you’re doing. It’s OK to feel overwhelmed. It’s OK to feel scared and confused. It’s all OK.”

“I can be really hard on myself. But I’m still learning. I’m trying my best. And that’s what matters.”

“You are allowed to have a little cry. It doesn’t mean you’re not coping. It doesn’t mean you’re failing.”

I’m impressed. Now I have a great book to recommend to other people who are going through the same challenges. I think the author did an amazing job with this book!

A big thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review

Review | The Blouse by Bastien Vivès

1/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: silk blouses, affairs, college classes, babysitters, birthday parties, game nights and neglectful boyfriends.

A student of Classical Literature at the Sorbonne, Séverine is neither beautiful, ugly, brilliant, nor mediocre. The young woman lives a banal existence, without brilliance but without drama, alongside a companion who pays her less attention than a television series or video game.

After babysitting, she is given a silk blouse that will mysteriously change her life. From that day forward, men give her a different look, loaded with desire. Does the garment have a magic power? Séverine doesn’t know, but she finds that it gives her confidence. And it allows her to take destiny into her own hands…

With the grace and the sensuality which he has in particular already demonstrated in “A Sister”, Bastien Vivès draws a new female portrait completely adult and contemporary in “The Blouse”.

I’m struggling here. Maybe I simply don’t understand what this book is trying to achieve, but I’m feeling conflicted about (what I think) the message is.

So in this book we follow a plain Jane named Séverine. She doesn’t stand out in any way, shape or form… until she puts on a silk blouse. Then all of a sudden she becomes a sex bomb. And not only that, but her personality changes just like magic. First she’s very shy, does not smoke and is very quiet. After putting on the blouse, she starts smoking, starts cheating on her boyfriend and “interacts” with strangers with confidence.

When I started reading this book I was shocked with some of the things I was reading, so I started taking notes to talk about them later in my review. I quickly realized I was wasting my time, because it kept getting worse and worse. The first scene that made me icky was when she was babysitting the girl and she pulled her pants down and they talked about her “butterfly” (like they said, not me). I just remember thinking “okaaay… this is pretty weird”. And it just escalated from there (fortunately not with kids anymore). 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind steamy scenes. As a matter of fact, I’m an avid romance reader and I love good romantic scenes. But the amount of vulgarity and cheating in this book made me uncomfortable. Especially that scene when she was in the car and some guy appeared close to the window… What in the world was that?

Now, here’s the thing: I think it’s important to know that this book is originally French, and I can see how this book would be more easily accepted with the French book community because of the strong cultural influence it has. And I’m not talking just about the setting of the story being in France, but also the way the story is written and presented. From everything I’ve experienced when I was in France, I know they talk a lot about topics like sex and periods more freely than in other places, and I completely understand that may be weird to other people. I remember how shocked I was when I saw a commercial on tv about period pads, and they “showed” vulvas and blood on the commercial. I think there’s a possibility that if you’re from another country and you pick up this book, that you’ll find some of the things here a little shocking, so keep that in mind!

I personally don’t mind simple artwork, but this was particularly underwhelming to me. The color scheme and drawings were just okay. Nothing too interesting to look at, in my humble opinion. Not bad, but also nothing stood out.

Am I the target audience for this book? Maybe not. Still, I believe the story is probably underwhelming and weird for everyone – but that’s just my opinion.

A big thank you to NetGalley, ABLAZE Publishing and Diamond Book Distributors for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review

Wrap-Up | What I Read in July 2022

Hello friends!

August is here, and with it comes another wrap up here in the blog. So today I’m sharing with you what I read in July.

I have to be honest with you, I did TERRIBLY this month. I really wanted to read more this month, but I had a few health scares that made me turn my focus on my well being instead. So I ended up only reading 2 books in July. And here they are!

  1. The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen: 2/5⭐
  2. Truth or Dare by Camilla Läckberg: 3.5/5

As you can see, not even the ratings were great. I read the romance “The Kiss Thief” but I didn’t love the amount of unnecessary drama and toxicity, so I decided to rate it 2 stars out of 5. And then close to the end of the month I read “Truth or Dare” (in portuguese, “A Noite É Um Jogo”) which was a nice short thriller that I ended up giving 3.5 stars out of 5. I’m glad I picked up this smaller book because it helped me to feel like I was at least reading something! You can see my thoughts on each individual book here on the blog.

To be honest, I don’t have high hopes for August when it comes to reading. I’m going to do what feels right for now, and I’m not sure if I’m going to be in the mood for reading. But who knows… I might be surprised 🙂

What about you guys? How was your reading month? Let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading friends, I’ll see you later.

Review | House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

“We are born of the Salt, we live by the Salt, and to the Salt we return.” 3.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: special slippers, lockets, bathtubs, nightmares, terrible deaths, midnight balls, masks, satin dresses, secret passages.



In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.



I can understand why people have so many mixed reviews when it comes to this book. Personally, my experience was overall positive.

I really liked how creepy this book is. This book has a very mysterious and dark atmosphere/setting, which is something I really like in fantasy books. There are so many gore elements and horror elements that make this book come alive! And don’t even get me started on that turtle scene… that was so graphic!

The characters were just okay. I didn’t connect with the main character like I thought I would, but she was okay. You can say there’s a small dose of romance in this, but there’s nothing too fancy about it (I honestly didn’t pay any attention to it). What I did like was the family dynamics in this! I really liked reading about all the sisters and their relationships with each other.

I also liked how this book was inspired by a classic: “The 12 Dancing Princesses”! I have heard about this story before, but I never knew what it was about so I did some research to get to know the story before reading this book. At least I got to learn something new!

I can agree that the overall plot wasn’t the best and I found the end confusing and nonsensical. This retelling has a very interesting approach to the original story, and I appreciate what the author tried to do but I think the link between the stories felt a little off. I think the “new” plot had a few flaws that ended up influencing the entire retelling in a negative way. I admit there were a few times where I couldn’t understand exactly what was going on or even how to visualize the scenes, and this caused some confusion during my reading experience. And the icing on the cake: the ending was a little weak and I was a little disappointed with the way the story was concluded.

In the end, I enjoyed this story for what it was and I ended up liking it even if it was far from perfect!

Review | The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

“No love is fully requited. No love is equal. No love is fair. There is always one side that loves more. And you better not be that side—because it suffers.” 2/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: new homes, cigarettes, broken pictures, envelopes and stolen kisses.

They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.
Two men.
Three lives.
Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.

This book was a lot.

I personally don’t mind intense books and intense romantic relationships, but in this particular case it didn’t work out well for me. Actually, there were a number of things here that didn’t work out for me. 

For starters, I didn’t really care about the characters or the romance. The guy was an arrogant, douchebag (and not in a cool way) and the girl was the typical, pure girl that melted every time the guy touched her even if he was treating her badly – also, she’s not an actual teenager, but she is constantly referred to as “teenage bride”?

I wasn’t bothered by the age gap between the main characters, but some of the things that bothered me were the crazy amount of sexism, double standards and drama in this book. And don’t even get me started on their communication… “Nemesis”? Cringe.

At the end of the day, this book felt like a pile of nothing. Not only because of the reasons I mentioned before, but there’s a lot of “hating each other” that feels continuous and unnecessary. There’s a lot of negativity in this book constantly, and I didn’t like that.

It’s perfectly fine if a book doesn’t have a deep story behind it, but it should be at least entertaining…. and this definitely wasn’t. With the crazy amount of romance books out there, I think you would find a better one elsewhere in my humble opinion!

Review | Truth or Dare by Camilla Läckberg

3.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: fireworks, New Year’s Eve parties, secret apartments, Monopoly, short dresses, truth and dare, a catering service, quick phone calls, terrible haircuts and rich families.

Four friends
Liv, Martina, Max and Anton have been best friends for years. So on New Year’s Eve, they’re more than happy to spend it together – drinking, flirting, and playing games.

Four terrifying secrets
But each of them is keeping a terrible secret. And when a game of truth or dare takes a dark turn, it’s not long before the shocking truth emerges.

A night that will end in murder
Now the secrets are out there, nothing will ever be the same again. And not everyone will live to see the chime of midnight…

This book was exactly what I needed to fight my current reading slump! 

This short fiction book follows the New Year’s Eve party of four (very rich) teenagers: Liv, Martina, Anton and Max. They decided to have their own small party at Max’s place while their parents are celebrating next door at Anton’s. Even though they’ve been best friends since primary school, all of them have some personal issues that they feel like they can’t tell each other – so, as you can imagine they have some dark secrets they’re hiding! As the evening progresses, they keep drinking and the games they play also keep getting darker… and that’s where I’ll leave it!

The teens are not very likable at first, but that plays a big part in this story so I’m not mad at that. Just imagine the typical super rich kids that are arrogant and feel like they can buy their way in the world – yep, here they are! As the book progresses, you start to feel a little sympathy for them because they begin to show more of their human side and vulnerability. They slowly progress from futile to human, and that made me care for them more.

As far as plot goes, I was really invested in what was going on until the end started. I was interested to see where their night was going since they started to open up more and more. But with that said, I didn’t love the way the book ended (it wasn’t terrible either). Let’s just say I was expecting something more surprising/shocking to happen. I ended up feeling a little underwhelmed with the “main event”.

Still, I had fun reading this and I liked it for what it was: a quick and entertaining short story!

Wrap-Up | What I Read in June 2022

Hello my dear bookish friends!

It’s the beginning of a new month, and you know what that means… it’s time to take a look at all the books I have read in June!

June was an okay reading month. Life got very busy really quick and I didn’t have more time to read! I spent one week abroad, then I got Covid right after coming home (and I couldn’t read with all the headaches), and to make matters worse, things got VERY busy with work right after I got better! So not only my reading time was limited, but I wasn’t really in the mood to pick up anything.

So in retrospect, my reading month wasn’t that bad after all! I ended up reading 6 books: 3 romances, 1 graphic novel and 2 thrillers from the same series. So let’s get to the books!

  1. Fauxmance by Cookie O’Gorman: 4.25/5⭐
  2. Pretty Girls (Pretty Girls #1) by Karin Slaughter: 4/5⭐
  3. Blonde Hair, Blue Eyer (Pretty Girls #0.5) by Karin Slaughter: 2/5⭐
  4. Tidesong by Wendy Xu: 2/5⭐
  5. Wallflower by Cookie O’Gorman: 4.75/5⭐
  6. Cupcake by Cookie O’Gorman: 4.75/5⭐

It may have been a small list, but the reviews are very mixed. I ended up loving two of the books, one was neutral and the other two received negative reviews from me.

The stars of this month were definitely the romance books from the author Cookie O’Gorman! “Fauxmance”, “Cupcake” and “Wallflower” were the perfect feel-good romances that I didn’t know I needed! Definitely recommend this author if you like fluffy, young adult romances. The neutral book was the thriller “Pretty Girls”. It’s a thriller with a good story, but there was nothing too outstanding about it, in my humble opinion. The two books that received negative reviews are “Tidesong” and “Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes”. You can see my thoughts on each individual book here on the blog!

I was sad I couldn’t read more in June, so I really want to compensate and read more in July. I hope I’ll do better this month!

What about you guys? How was your reading month? Let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading friends, I’ll see you later.