Romance

Cover of Love and Other Disisters by Anita Kelly

Love and Other Disasters

By Anita Kelly
4
Rated by Gregg W.
Jan 18, 2022

Hello and welcome back to #NewTitleTuesday, where we take a sneak peek at an adult new release that hits the shelves today!


Contemporary romances are absolutely having their moment, especially those with a breezy, witty, compulsively readable - yet undeniably sexy - tone that leaves readers with a flush on their cheeks an smiles on their faces. Romcoms like Casey McQuiston's "Red, White, and Royal Blue," Emily Henry's "Beach Read," and Talia Hibbert's "Act Your Age, Eve Brown" have always have been in heavy demand on patrons' holds lists - not only by throngs of steady romance readers, but

Jan 8, 2022

When she was younger, Jude and her sisters were taken to a strange land, different from their earth. The High Courts of Faerie where different types of fey live. Though, her and her sisters were the only humans in this kingdom. The fey are not fond of humans and think of them as inferior. Jude wants to prove herself worthy and become a knight in the court. As she tries to make her way up, betrayal happens within the court, making it crumble. Jude uses deception and other tricks to work her way in which then leads to her having to create bonds with feys to keep her sisters, and herself. 


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Jan 5, 2022

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover is a romantic fiction novel that is extremely realistic. The book is told through the perspective of Lily who is a woman that moved to Boston and is ready to start her own flower shop. As she lives in the aftermath of her father’s death, Ryle Kincaid enters her life. Ryle is a handsome neurosurgeon who works long hours and is against romantic relationships. However, Lily may just be the exception to his aversion. Their relationship becomes complicated when Atlas Corrigan shows up. Atlas was Lily’s high school love who moved away years ago, but his appearance

Jan 5, 2022

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is a romantic realistic fiction novel following the story of two coworkers who are enemies. The coworkers Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman are assistants to the co-CEOs that run a publishing company. The publishing company was established when the Gamin and Bexley publishing companies merged. Each company had a set way of doing business and even after the merger, the employees don’t get along and often keep to themselves. The same is true for Lucy and Joshua who always get on each other’s nerves. Lucy is happy, upbeat, and likable, while Josh is uptight

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Verity

5
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Jan 5, 2022

Verity, by Colleen Hoover, is a fiction novel filled with suspense and romance. The book is told from the perspective of Lowen who is an author with a struggling career in New York. However, her career takes an unexpected turn when Jeremy Crawford shows up in her life. He offers her the job of a lifetime: finishing his wife’s famous book series. As Lowen begins her new job she is faced with challenges along the way. Lowen discovers secrets that Jeremy’s hurt wife, Verity Crawford, never intended to get out. Now Lowen fights the dilemma of whether or not to tell Jeremy the truth. The book takes

Jan 4, 2022

Yadriel is a Blacksheep. His whole family brujos and brujas fit into their roles as spirit savers and healers respectfully. But Yadriel, a transgender boy, is stuck in the middle identifying as a brujo but being acknowledged as a bruja by most of his family. To prove he is a brujo, Yadriel appoints his cousin (the other Blacksheep of the family) in saving the day through the powers of the brujos. Yadriel succeeds in using the brujo powers but summons the wrong spirit. Instead of helping his family, he summoned the spirit of bad boy Julian...


The book had a good premise I enjoyed the

Cinder

2
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Jan 4, 2022

The disease, Letumosis, is eating away at the shining city of New Beijing. Kai, the Prince, of New Beijing is holding a ball in a few days. And the Lunar Queen Levana is plotting. Meanwhile, Cinder, part metal and full-time mechanic, is facing her malicious family, prejudice, and mounting chores with only her tools and her android with a “flawed personality” Iko...


The premise was so eye-catching. But, the book was so disappointing. Meyer’s writing fell short. The main problem was that writing wasn’t vivid and it left the book without depth. The plot was predictable, I failed to feel

Sour by Olivia Rodrigo

Sour

5
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Dec 13, 2021

Sour


1.brutal - 3/10 - The song itself is very punk rock and is a great song for this genre, however it does not fit the style of the album. It is different instrumentation and is a completely different genre from the majority of the album.


2.traitor - 8/10 - The song talks about being in a relationship and having the other person move on before it’s over. Rodrigo talks about not being cheated on but being betrayed. The song is an 8/10 because it is so emotional and because of the way Rodrigo really lets her guard down.


3.drivers license - 9/10 - Drivers license by Olivia Rodrigo

Dec 9, 2021

Taking place in the future, we follow American Singer, a sixteen-year old girl, who is given the ultimate chance of a lifetime. The kingdom has offered thirty-five girls a spot to potentially marry Prince Maxon. American Singer is one of the thirty-five that is chosen, but unlike her peers who would kill for this part, she is unhappy. She cannot bear to think of leaving her lover, Ashton, for some man she doesn’t know at all. However, things start to change when she meets Prince Maxon in real life.


The Selection is essentially The Bachelor, but in book form and for teens. This is probably

Dec 7, 2021

The story of love, heartbreak, betrayal, and reunion between the two main characters, Connell and Marianne. Told over the course of a few years, readers follow their journey through high school and college as they navigate their ever-changing relationship. I really wanted to like this book. After everything I had heard about Sally Rooney, I had high expectations for this book, and unfortunately, I feel like it didn’t quite live up to the hype. Normally I am a big fan of romance, but this one just didn’t cut it for me. It was pretty boring most of the time, and a lot of chapters seemed to drag

Dec 7, 2021

When Alina Starkov is sought to have a special power, she is sent to a school for the magic to learn and train with the best of the best. During the process she encounters new acquaintances, romance, and plenty of secrets. This book was amazing! Bardugo does a fantastic job of world building; from the moment the book starts, you immediately feel like you are in the Grishaverse with Alina. The imagery the novel provided was spectacular, and I was hooked off the bat. The concept was very unique, and it made me that much more engaged. This book has everything a reader could ever want: adventure

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium

4
Rated by
Dec 7, 2021

Delirium is the story about a dystopian society where love is a disease and people are forced to take the “cure” when they turn 18 in order to be unable to fall in love. Lena is very excited to get the cure until she falls in love with a boy named Alex only a few months before her 18th birthday. The concept of the book alone was enough to make me love it. I love dystopian stories, and Delirium was a super fascinating take on totalitarianism. Something the author did well was developing the romance between Lena and Alex. The slow burn of them falling in love kept me on the edge of my seat, and

Axie Oh

XOXO

5
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Dec 4, 2021

I think that this book was great. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a little romance but also a little conflict. Anyone who likes K-pop especially will enjoy this book a ton. I think it has the perfect mix of having to choose what you love, over who you love. In this book a girl had to choose her dream of playing cello, over her special love interest. Overall, I loved reading this book and getting sucked into K-pop romance and I think anyone else who might enjoy that will love this book and I think they should read it.

Dec 2, 2021

Feeling bored with the lack of Christmas spirit around her, Noelle Partridge decides to join the family she babysits for on a ski trip. She is ready for festive fun when she finds out her crush Wyatt, a half-brother to the kid she babysits, is joining. Want to know what happens next? Read more to find out!


I personally enjoyed this book, considering how the holidays are nearby. I think that the plot of the book is nice and heartwarming. The book was easy to read, and the characters were relatable. The cover of the book is fun and colorful and is what piqued my interest in the story. I

Nov 23, 2021

Eliza is a pro at writing poetry. She is so good, that boys in her school ask her to ghostwrite love notes for their significant others. At first, she doesn’t mind using her talents for others, but when Theo Moses, a guy she likes, asks her to write a love letter for his girlfriend Lila, she contemplates what is good for her and what isn’t. What happens next? Read more to find out!


I really like how the author had a way with words while writing this book. The author used vivid imagery as a way of describing. I liked that this book wasn’t just a book about romance, but it was about

Nov 22, 2021

Claire Draper seems to have a good life, she lives in New York with her family, and she has a girlfriend named Vanessa. But when a pandemic hits, she is forced to quarantine with her family. After spending so much time inside, she notices a girl across her apartment, sitting on a fire escape.  Claire decides to write a story based around this mysterious girl. She didn’t expect it to gain much traction, but when it does, she does not know what to do. Want to know what happens next?  Read more to find out!


I personally did not like this book. I don’t like how Claire is obsessed with the girl

Nov 19, 2021

Natalie, a Brazilian teenage popstar is uncertain of what to do after her image is ruined after a publicized breakup. Her managers convince her to fake date a British actor named William. As she spends more time with him, she starts to develop feelings for him. Does she end up dating William? Read more to find out!


Even though I enjoyed reading the book, it felt unrealistic considering how the main character is only 17. I feel like I am reading a book that is aimed towards younger children, rather than a book aimed for young adults. I liked the diversity of the characters, though. The cover

Nov 19, 2021

While working in a grocery store just before lockdown begins, Maxine bumps into a boy named Jonah. Instantly, they start to form feelings for each other and struggle to maintain contact. Do Maxine and Jonah form a relationship? Read more to find out!


I enjoyed reading this book, considering how the timeline and settings of this book is relatable to many people. I enjoyed how the author formed a question in my head while reading this: is love really meant to solve all problems? This book explores how teens are also vulnerable to tough problems and situations like pandemics. The characters

Nov 18, 2021

When Mary’s father passes away, she decides to move from California to New York, in hopes of starting fresh. She is faced with balancing her old life, friends, and grief, all while forming romance. Is Mary able to face her past? Read more to find out!


I liked how the author portrayed serious themes such as grief in this story. The author managed to show how it’s not the same with everyone, and how serious it is. I enjoyed how Mary had interests and bonds that helped her cope with her grief. I didn’t really like the romance in this book though, I feel like it should’ve leaned more towards

Nov 18, 2021

During a strong snowstorm, two high schoolers, Teagan and Mac, coincidentally seek shelter and spend the night at the Thomas Edison Museum. Both teens are totally different, and live separate lives. Teagan, lives with a disability, while Mac lives as a popular guy in his school. Does romance bloom between them? Read more to find out!


This book is an example of the classic nerdy girl and popular boy romance novel. I liked the book, but it seems a little bland for me. If you enjoy books about heartfelt romance, this book is the one for you! I like the cover of the book, and how it illustrates

Nov 18, 2021

17-year-old Syd works in a bakery while struggling with the aftermath of a breakup. When baking brownies, Syd discovers that they can bake their feelings into sweets. When Syd’s brownies end up breaking up the relationship of whoever eats them, Syd tries to fix the problem by baking sweets with good feelings. Can Syd fix the broken relationships? Read more to find out!


I really liked how this book has diverse and relatable characters. This book is perfect for those looking for books with themes of inclusion and heartfelt romance. I really enjoyed the writing of both the story and the

Nov 17, 2021

This book is about a girl who loses her memory and becomes engaged to her father's enemy. However, she does not remember loving him. Doctors tell Aria that she has lost her memory. Therefore, Aria goes looking for answers, and meets a boy named Hunter. Can she find the answers as to why she lost her memory?


I liked reading Mystic City because it contains good details. For example, Aria loses her memory. I like that she has to search for the answers, and she meets another boy, whom she believes is better for her. I like that the author gives a good description of the characters. It allows

Nov 17, 2021

Princess Talia, who is woken by Jack, comes to the future. She realizes that she has slept for three-hundred years and does not know what the new world is.  Princess Talia believes that she can escape her village and live with Jack, whom she must seduce to fall in love with her. However, she must do so before the witch takes her away.


This book is mostly well written. I particularly enjoy that A Kiss in Time is mostly related to Sleeping Beauty. However, there are multiple changes and real-life situations. I also enjoy that each chapter is from different perspectives. This gives me an idea

Nov 5, 2021

Julian Jackson has lived his whole life in a small town, and now, as the captain of the football team, he is pressured to get scholarships, pursue his dreams, and go to a good college. Then Elijah Vance returns to his town, Elijah was his best friend and teammate.  Will they be able to mend their friendship?


I really liked this story, I enjoyed the plot of the story, and I think its original. This is a heartfelt romance story perfect for those that are looking for happy books to read. I liked how the characters are relatable and face real struggles.  I like the cover of the book, it relates

Nov 3, 2021

Meet two rival magician assistants, Jack and Wilhelm. Jack works for the Enchantress, and Wilhelm works for Laszlo. During the Exposition, they both cross paths and form a secret romance. Does the romance between Jack and Wilhelm keep them together? Or does it fall apart? Read more to find out!


I had high expectations for this book, I thought it would be entertaining and romance filled. Thought I think that the book was an okay read, it didn’t really exceed my expectations that much. There was just not anything memorable in this book. I enjoyed the romance between the main characters, but

Nov 3, 2021

Two soulmates, Tamar and Fayard, have both lived a multitude of lives and have died together. They are tired of finding romance and losing it, so when they discover a way to break the cycle and live a long fulfilling life, they fight that chance. Will they break the cycle? Read more to find out!


The cover of the book really enticed me to read it, however, the plot of the book wasn’t what I was expecting. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book, but the middle and the end of the book made me really confused. I think that the idea of the book was interesting, but it just doesn’t seem well

Nov 3, 2021

Luisa and Sam have been inseparable friends up until middle school. 4 years later, they live totally separate lives: Lou is introverted, and Sam is popular. Lou is set on getting accepted to major colleges, but when she finds an old bucket list that they both made together, they set off on a mission to complete the tasks. Will they complete the bucket list? Will they find romance? Read more to find out!


This book is perfect choice for those who love cheesy teen romance. This main character of this book is Latina, so there is quite a bit of representation for the Latinx community in the

Nov 3, 2021

When teenager Finely Brown returns to hometown Christmas, Oklahoma for the holidays, life ends up not being what she expected. Her friend, Arthur comes to her hometown expecting an amazing holiday, he ends up feeling disappointed. So, Finely must try her best to make Arthur’s Christmas the best he ever had.


This book is perfect to read considering that the Christmas holiday is right around the corner. I like how this book is kid friendly and a perfect read for people of all ages. This book fits in the slice-of-life genre and is a good fit for those who are looking to escape into a world

Nov 2, 2021

Meet Adam, the son of an arcade owner, and Whitney, the daughter of an e-sport café owner. Tensions rise between them as their rivalries increase, but when a snowstorm suddenly traps them in the arcade, they are forced to mend their broken relationship.


I really enjoyed this book, considering its part of the enemies-to-lovers genre. This is an original story that focuses on topics such as e-sports and arcades. One of the main themes in this book is family, which I really enjoy. Although I really enjoy this book, I wish there was more development of their relationship, it just feels to

Nov 2, 2021

The only reason Alessandra attends the Shadow King’s ball is to win his heart — and to kill him once he makes her his queen. She’s selfish, manipulative, and murderous. After all, she did kill her first love after he broke her heart. Alessandra has been cast aside all her life, the spotlight focused on her foolish, naive older sister, Chrysantha. She’s tired of being powerless and ignored, she knows what she wants, and she isn’t afraid to do what it takes to achieve it. There’s just one obstacle that she didn’t anticipate — her heart.


In all honesty, I was quite disappointed by this book