Pumpkin Spice Latte: a book everyone likes to hate on but is delicious
Bree: I feel like I see people hate on The Selection because it’s basically dystopian Bachelor, but honestly I love America & Maxon. Their friends-to-loveship is so cute; every reread is a sweet nostalgic treat.
Tree: Serpent & Dove gets a lot of hate, but that novel was just a fun time with a solid romance so no complaints from me! (It does also get a lot of love, just I saw a lot of *very* negative review).
“Fall is my favorite season”: A cliché you can’t get enough of
Bree: If I’m being honest, I have a real weakness for the “bad boy with a heart of gold” schtick. Like, hello.
Tree: Romance novels have many clichés and I am here for them like 98% of the time.
Sweater Weather to T-Shirt Weather: A book you thought was one thing but was completely different by the end
Bree: It has to be All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace. For some reason I was completely convinced this book was about mermaids/mermaid daughters/mermaid princesses?? But it honestly reminded be a lot of House of Salt and Sorrow, but if they went on a ship journey instead of to enchanted balls.
Tree: The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater because I did not realize it was nonfiction even though it says that on the title. This is such a powerful read and I am so glad I ended up reading it. Read my review here.
“Spoops”: Do you have a spooky book on your tbr?
Tarot Reading: A five-star prediction
Bree: I’m just going to go ahead and say How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories because I am Jude & Cardan trash, and it’s very unlikely that I won’t love this book.
Tree: I have no idea…Five star books usually tend to take me by surprise unless they are one of my favorite authors. I have high hopes for First Comes Like by Alisha Rai, An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi, & The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
Sephora Sage + Crystal Set: A book that meant well but missed the mark by a landslide
Bree: For me Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle, was a well-intentioned hot, hot mess. The premise is fascinatingly witchy, but the book fails to explain anything that happens and the characters are happy to continue on like nothing ever happened? Without answers??
Tree: A lot of people have been hyping Shipped by Angie Hockman, but it just did not work for me. I could not get behind the main character’s actions at all and thought the author tried to do too much, which resulted in a bit of chaos at the end. I didn’t *hate* it and I did finish it, but I wanted a different story from this premise. I talk about it a bit more in my ARC August wrap up here if you are interested.
xoxo, Bree & Tree