★★★.5/5 | Goodreads
Will Juliette’s broken heart make her vulnerable to the strengthening darkness within her?
Juliette’s short tenure as the supreme commander of North America has been an utter disaster. When the children of the other world leaders show up on her doorstep, she wants nothing more than to turn to Warner for support and guidance. But he shatters her heart when he reveals that he’s been keeping secrets about her family and her identity from her—secrets that change everything.
Juliette is devastated, and the darkness that’s always dwelled within her threatens to consume her. An explosive encounter with unexpected visitors might be enough to push her over the edge.
I want to thank Tahereh Mafi for writing this book and giving me the feeling of wanting to read again after this awful long reading slump I’ve been having. School has been a pain in the ass and I’ve been so busy with my semester, I never thought I would write another review on this blog again. I was so out of the book community at one point that I completely forgot that Defy Me was coming out in April, making it a great surprise, tbh. I went to pick it up and gave reading another try and I actually read it in about 2-3 days. This book was such a quick read that I was left wanting more from Mafi. I’m definitely excited to see how it’s all going to conclude in the next novel.
★★★.3/5 | Goodreads
Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they’re happily married wives and mothers with successful careers–Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years.
As chief resident, Nick Xenokostas was the center of Zadie’s life–both professionally and personally–throughout a tragic chain of events in her third year of medical school that she has long since put behind her. Nick’s unexpected reappearance during a time of new professional crisis shocks both women into a deeper look at the difficult choices they made at the beginning of their careers. As it becomes evident that Emma must have known more than she revealed about circumstances that nearly derailed both their lives, Zadie starts to question everything she thought she knew about her closest friend.
This title card was probably the hardest to make because I just wanted to add so much but the book cover was already beautiful as it was. So after basically an hour of playing around – adding and removing stuff – I just resigned myself and opted to leave it as it was, lol. This is probably one of the most aesthetic cover I’ve ever seen, I’m kind of bummed I have the Ebook and not the physical copy to display it on my shelf.
Anyways, yay for book #4 of the year! My goal of reading 1 book this year has been surpassed by 400%, which is ah-ma-zing 😂. I’m attributing this to procrastination, though, so I don’t know if it’s supposed to be a good thing or not 🤷♀️. Like I mentioned in my last post, I heard about this book through a BookTuber and what really attracted me was the medical aspect of the plot. I’m not a fan of Grey’s Anatomy, which is a shocker because I feel like everyone in my class is insanely obsessed with that show. I don’t like that show because of its over-the-top drama and unrealistic plots and portrayal of the medical field. So, I was hoping that this book was not going to be basically an episode of Grey’s on paper. I’m happy to say that this wasn’t a hit and miss and that I really enjoyed it!
★★★★/5 | Goodreads
In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.
Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.
Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can’t help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe about Jews.
As Gretchen investigates the very people she’s always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?
Holy crap, what a busy week it’s been 😪. I had to take a break from reading for a couple of days because of my critical care midterm on Monday. I think the last time I was this stressed for an exam was my nursing licence exam 😂. But this class has been killing me. It’s an intensive 9 weeks course and after that you have to complete 7 days of internship as well as perform 2 lab simulations, which one I did yesterday 😭 (it’s similar to OSCEs to those who are familiar with that, bless your soul) and do a nursing assignment on your internship. And at the end of aaaaaall that hard work, you get to go through another exam that is on everything critical care-related that we’ve seen since the beginning of the semester 💀. Needless to say that I definitely need a break 😩.
Anyways, back to the actual review. I’ve tried reading this book back in 2015, but I had a hard time getting through the story. I didn’t think the pace was moving as quickly as I wanted because I was used to YA books being a quick read. I’m not a big reader of historical fiction (the only one I read was All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr) but I’m definitely glad I decided to give this book a second chance because it was a great ride 😄.
★★★★★/5 | Goodreads
Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.
Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.
It’s been a while since a love story made me feel so many feelings. I went from all the ranges of happy to sad over the chapters. I flew through this one. It was so good! I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it because the reviews were either they loved it or completely hated it. But I’m very happy to have trusted my instincts and picked it up because it’s the kind of book that stays with you after the last lines. The last time I had that feeling, I think it was when I read Karma Brown’s The Choices We Make. When the author said that what inspired her initially for this book was her own breakup from a long and stable relationship, it definitely made sense. You could see the heartbreak through her writing and that made everything more genuine and relatable.
★★★★★/5 | Goodreads
Hannah and Kate became friends in the fifth grade, when Hannah hit a boy for looking up Kate’s skirt with a mirror. While they’ve been close as sisters ever since, Hannah can’t help but feel envious of the little family Kate and her husband, David, have created—complete with two perfect little girls.
She and Ben have been trying for years to have a baby, so when they receive the news that she will likely never get pregnant, Hannah’s heartbreak is overwhelming. But just as they begin to tentatively explore the other options, it’s Kate’s turn to do the rescuing. Not only does she offer to be Hannah’s surrogate, but Kate is willing to use her own eggs to do so.
Full of renewed hope, excitement and gratitude, these two families embark on an incredible journey toward parenthood…until a devastating tragedy puts everything these women have worked toward at risk of falling apart. Poignant and refreshingly honest, The Choices We Make is a powerful tale of two mothers, one incredible friendship and the risks we take to make our dreams come true.
To continue on my adult fiction rampage, I decided to read this book. I had fallen on this title very randomly while I was browsing on the website where I order my books. Not gonna lie, the book cover looked like the ones from Catherine Mackenzie and that’s what caught my eye first.
I expected to like it but I did not expect to absolutely love it and feel completely heartbroken at the end 😭.
★★★★★/5 | Goodreads
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
This script is basically everything I wanted it to be. It gave me so many feelings. I was nervous because there were so many mixed reviews and I even saw hardcore HP fans not like this play. But I was really excited to get my hands on this book nonetheless.
One scene in and I was already tearing up. Welp.
Just a warning, if you haven’t read The Cursed Child yet and plan to, there might be spoilers in this review. I try to avoid putting anything that could reveal a plotline but I might’ve slipped one without realizing.
★★.5/5 | Goodreads
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.
And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.
As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.
I love the feeling of crossing off the title off my TBR list. Another one down! 🎉
I found this book to be a tad disappointing. It took me a while to read it because I wasn’t really motivated to know what was going to happen next. The storyline looked really promising and I was really excited to read what I thought would be an amazing story but, in the end, it fell a little bit on the short side for me 😢.