Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Blog Tour: Wesley James Ruined My Life


Hello all! Today we are apart of a blog tour for a very exciting summer read! We hope you enjoy it, and that you pick it up this summer too!

31145064Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

Released: July 18th, 2017
Read: July 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Format: Paperback ARC, 256 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.

So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired.

But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it. 

Review:

This book was the quintessential beach read. Honestly it was the kind of light book that you sometimes NEED during vacation, and it didn't disappoint. While it had a predictable and somewhat cliche plot, the backstory more then made up for it. Q is a likeable girl who (like me) loves England, and needs to make cash in order to go. Her relationships with her parents are complex (what with her gambler of a dad) and in many ways she is a fully developed character. Then in comes Wesley who "ruined" her life a while ago, who is stirring some new feelings in her. In my opinion it was stupid that she blamed him for the divorce of her parents. Like really Q? You really thought that he was the one to reveal to your mom that your dad lost his job? How dumb and naive can you be? But whatever. Wes is SUPER hot, and his reporte with Q is extremely cute, something that really drives the book forward. Their love/hate relationship is super fun and cute to watch, and it was perfect to lazily read on a summer day, outdoors with a lemonade in hand!

Rating: 7.5/10

Recommended for people who enjoy: sweet rom-coms, summer romances, England

Interview with the author:

Q: What was it that inspired the novel? (was it a summer romance of your own, simply a thought that came to you in the shower, etc.) How much of the story did you personally connect with?


A: I was inspired to write a book set at a medieval theme restaurant after attending a renaissance faire back in 2013. I loved the setting and I thought it gave me a lot to play with. I knew I wanted to write an enemies to lovers story, but there’s no real basis from my own life reflected in Quinn and Wesley’s relationship. The part I’m most personally connected to is Quinn’s relationship with her grandmother. My grandmother didn’t have Alzheimer’s but I was very close to her and I borrowed some of the feelings I had when my grandmother passed away for this novel.

Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!
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Happy reading,
Mari

Monday, July 10, 2017

Book Review: Traitor's Kiss



The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty

29346870Released: May 9th, 2017
Publisher: Imprint
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback, ARC

Summary from Goodreads:

An obstinate girl who will not be married. 
A soldier desperate to prove himself. 
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.


Review:

Going into this book, I was expecting it to be almost exactly like a Jane Austen novel. And it was, for the most part. The language was very "olde timey" and it had a feel for a classical love story. The twist being, that the main female lead is stronger than that of Austen's typical heroines, and that shes a spy. 

This novel was a fun read, but was reeeaaaallllllyyyy slow to get into. I am a HUGE Austen fan, and was excited to read a YA "version" of her work. But this was tough. Since I don't believe in DNFing anything, I pushed through. And it got really good. Once the action started, it kept moving, and it kept me at the edge of my toes. But like I said, it was really long to get into.

My favourite part of this book was (of course), the strong female lead. Sage is loud and very unladylike. She does what she wants, when she wants it. It's really easy to like her, because of the rich backstory that she has (very tragic, very Jane Austen). She falls in love with a soldier, and the road to true love is very rocky. 

The only thing novel/plot wise that made me really upset was the confusing strategy that the soldiers used, where they switched their names to stay undercover. As you could probably tell, it got confusing FAST. It was really hard to keep who was who straight. Other than that, it was a fun read, and I'll probably look out for book two. 

Favourite Quote:  “We don’t always like what’s good for us,” she said. “Especially at first.” 
― Erin Beaty, The Traitor's Kiss

Rating: 7.5/10

Recommended for people who enjoy: spy novels, romance, Jane Austen, historical fiction

Happy Reading,
Mari