Reading Round Up: September Part 1

Hello Friends! I have been a bit slower with my reading this month and having a hard time sticking with books. I keep picking them up and read a chapter or two and then put it down to start something new. Hopefully I get back into a groove soon until then here is my first round up where I finished 4 books and dnf’d 2.

This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede – 2 Stars When I saw this cover and heard the synopsis months ago I knew I wanted to try it. Even though it’s considered New Adult it is Young Adult and I really struggle with any book in that genre. I decided to go ahead and try this one anyways and I will say my problems for this one weren’t related to the age of the characters but the pacing of this book. It was so boring and I really had a hard time making myself read it. I don’t have a lot else to say other than this one was not for me and I won’t be continuing with the series.

Marlowe Banks, Redesigned by Jacqueline Firkins – 4 Stars I really enjoyed this one!!! This story follows Marlow who is currently working as an assistant to a costume director for a TV show in LA. We learn that after her designs for a play in New York does not do well with the critics, Marlow escapes to LA to lay low. While working on the show she has a run in with the main actor Angus Gordon that does not go well. Angus turns out to not be quite what she expected and two form an unlikely friendship. As I said earlier I really enjoyed this story and couldn’t put it sown once I started. I loved the slow build relationship between Marlow and Angus, I am sucker for a slow burn and this one delivered. Highly recommend if you are looking for a fun and easy romance to read! Thank you St. Martin’s Press and netgalley for my gifted copy for review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Publishes October 25, 2022.

A Cat Cafe Christmas by Codi Gary – 4 Stars – This book really surprised me as I am not usually a fan of holiday books or books centered on animals but I really enjoyed it. Kara is a veterinarian who opens a cat cafe with her best friend but prefers to stay in the back instead of up front with the customers. One morning wile going into work she sees a huge line to get in and strikes up a conversation with the gentleman beside her named Ben. Turns out he is behind a marketing campaign that is trying to increase business for the area and Kara is not happy about it! Slowly Ben and Kara begin to work together to save the cafe and we also learn about Kara’s hesitance to be in the media. This was such a warm and fuzzy holiday story and if you are a fan of cute cats being featured at the beginning of every chapter then you should check this one out. Thank you Forever Publishing and netgalley for my gifted copy for review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Publishes October 4, 2022.

Love On The Brain by Ali Hazelwood – 4 Stars – I finally got my pre-order in so I started the book right away and really enjoyed it! Right after reading I rated this 5 stars because I had a really good time reading it but the more I thought about it I had to bump it down a star because the main heroine really annoyed me with her quirks that were probably supposed to endearing but were in reality really annoying! She talked to Marie Curie all the time like she was there with her. She used these phrases that she would have trade marked with the TM in the book. And the most annoying is she cried every time she saw road kill on the side of the road, not like little sniffles but full on sobbing and I found it t be a bit much and would skip paragraphs about it. I still really enjoyed the story overall but found her to be not to my taste. I will also say that in some ways this did remind me quite a bit of The Love Hypothesis but I didn’t mind that as I love a rude hero and an enemies to lovers story.

A Broken Blade by Melissa Blair – I was listening to this one on audio but was getting pretty bored with it. I put it down at about 40% and realized I just didn’t care what happened in this story and never wanted to pick it back up so this one is a dnf. This is another book that is said to be an adult fantasy and while the characters are older it still felt very much like a YA story and thats just not for me. Thank you LibroFM for my influencer copy!

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney – I picked this one as a book of the month pick and also got the audio to listen too because I really enjoy the narrator for Alice Feeney’s books but sadly this one is not working for me. I only got about 20% in and I can already see where this is going and what the twist will be and I just didn’t care. I may pick this one up again in the future but Im not sure when that would be.

Published by Becky Lewis

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog. My name is Becky and I am a Real Estate Agent/Stay At Home Mom and I live in the beautiful state of Colorado with my husband, two kids, dog and cat. I am an avid reader and read on average 2-3 books a week. I started my blog because I needed a place where I could talk about books and put down my thoughts on all things book related.

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