Review: The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin

Review: The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin

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★★★.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!

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Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1) by Anne Blankman

Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1) by Anne Blankman

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★★★★/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 😄.

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Review: The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Review: The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

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★★★★★/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.

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Review: The Choices We Make by Karma Brown

Review: The Choices We Make by Karma Brown

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★★★★★/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 😭.

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Review: The Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany & J. K. Rowling

Review: The Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany & J. K. Rowling

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★★★★★/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. 

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Review: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Review: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

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★★.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 😢.

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Review: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

Review: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

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★★★★★/5 | Goodreads

Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.

Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.

Guys. I just found one of my favourite book and movie of the year!

I decided to watch the movie Brooklyn on a whim. I just came home from work and it was airing on TV. I had heard a lot of good reviews about it but I had no idea of what the plot was, so I was going in completely blind. I was blown away. I think I pretty much cried about 4 times (if not more) while watching it – it was brilliant!

Obviously when I learned that it was adapted from a novel, I quickly bought the Ebook (because I wanted to have it as soon as possible) so I could read the whole story and I pretty much flew through it. I got so immersed in the story that I even read from my phone while I was at work (don’t do that, kids) 🙊.

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Review: First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

Review: First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

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★★★★.5/5 | Goodreads

Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond.

Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter ends up in her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.

On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately, Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired.

As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover they need each other more than they knew . . . and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first.

One book down from my summer TBR! 🎉

As I have mentioned before, I love Emily Giffin. Her book Something Borrowed is one of my all-time favorites and I have been a loyal and avid reader ever since I discovered her. So it’s kind of hard for me to say that her 7th novel, The One & Only, was a complete disaster. When I finished the book, I was kind of in shock about how bad it was. There were so many problematics in that novel, I vaguely remember the storyline. I just remember that the protagonist ends up with the father of her best friend (who is a widow) and that threw me completely off. And there was too much football. No one wants that in a chick-lit.

So needless to say that I was really uncertain about how First Comes Love was going to go. The synopsis seemed already better than TO&O, it sounded more like what I was used to in Giffin’s novels; a story about love, sisterhood, family and forgiveness. Once I started it, I absolutely flew through the pages. It was such a easy read filled with a great story. A typical amazing Emily Giffin novel 😁, exactly how I love them.

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Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

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★★★★.5/5 | Goodreads

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Sorry I was AWOL for a while! My computer was at the shop for about a week and a half so I had no Photoshop to make my title card and I like my posts to look coordinated 😂 (I’m trying out a new style for my title cards, btw. Tell me what you think 😉).

I wanted to read this book for so long. I kept passing by this one every time I would be at the bookstore but I never picked it up. I bought it as an e-book because it was on sale and I thought that I could keep it until I would want to read it. I wasn’t planning on doing it now but the movie was going to start playing on The Movie Network soon so I thought might as well read it so I could watch the movie without getting spoiled 😂. I’m really glad I read it because it was such an emotional ride although amazing, nonetheless 😳.

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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★★★/5 | Goodreads

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

I’ve been very hesitant about reading this book for the longest time ever. Every reviews I’ve heard and read were extreme opposites; either people loved it extremely or hated it completely. I’ve heard there was some problematic scenes and I think that’s why I’ve decided to just put it aside. But when the sequel came out and everyone was raving about it my curiosity got the better of me. So I bought both books to marathon and buddy-read ACOTAR with Trang from Bookidote 😂.

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