The Beau & The Belle Review

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Beau Fortier starred in most of my cringe-worthy teenage fantasies.

I met him when I was a junior in high school, a time that revolved exclusively around bad hair, failed forays into flirting, and scientific inquiries into which brand of toilet paper worked best for stuffing bras.

That is, until Beau moved into the small guest house just beyond my bedroom window.

A 24-year-old law student at Tulane, Beau was as mysterious to me as second base (both in baseball and in the bedroom). He was older. Intimidating. Hot. Boys my age had chicken legs and chubby cheeks. Beau had calloused hands and a jaw cut from steel. Our interactions were scarce—mostly involving slight stalking on my end—and yet deep down, I desperately hoped he saw me as more of a potential lover than a lovesick loser.

Turns out, I was fooling myself. My fragile ego learned that lesson the hard way.

Now, ten years later, we’re both back in New Orleans, and guess who suddenly can’t take his eyes off little ol’ me.

My old friend, Mr. Fortier.

But things have changed. I’m older now—poised and confident. My ego wears a bulletproof vest. The butterflies that once filled my stomach have all perished.

When I was a teenager, Beau warned me to guard my heart.

Let’s hope he knows how to guard his 

My Thoughts

R.S. Grey has done it again! I swear Rachel is the queen of all rom-coms. I can easily devour her books in one day if I didn’t have to work and well sleep, but who I am kidding, I only get a few hours of sleep when I read her books because of the whole “one more chapter.”

I loved how the first few chapters are set in the past to help build character development and you get a peak at the chemistry that is brewing, but neither one will act on it because of various reasons mainly because of one and that is age difference.

After splitting ways Beau and Lauren run into each other again and their chemistry is like they were never separated. I loved the slow burn romance that builds although there were times where I was screaming just get together already, but I was happy with the pace that book went at.

This book was oh so, so, so sexy! It was also sweet, charming and full of laughs. Lauren was quirky, fun and very straightforward. While Beau is a pure gentlemen. His relationship with his mother made me all heart eyes and swoony (I am a sucker for a momma’s boy 😉 ) He is also a hard-working man thoughtful and so perfect with the slow seduction. Can he be a real person, because I want to be with man like him.

The Beau & The Belle is the perfect slow burn, second chance romance book. It is charming, laugh out loud funny, feel good and will make you fall in love all over again. With the setting in New Orleans it is hard not to fall in love. Now someone make some Beignet’s and I will bring the coffee, because the craving is real after reading this book.

XO

Stalking Jack the Ripper Review

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Book: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Page Count: 326

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.”

My Thoughts Going Into the Story:

Give me anything about Jack the Ripper and I am game.  I am not sure what it is, but I have always been fascinated by Jack the Ripper, I think a majority of what catches my attention is that the cases were never solved. I don’t really read synopsis before diving into a book, because they sometimes tend to give away some of the book and I like to go into a book completely blind. What sold this book was; Jack the Ripper (obviously) and that there was a strong female lead.

Plot:

I was completely hooked starting on page one. Granted it started off kind of gross with the autopsy descriptions, but I enjoyed that part as well (I think there is something not right with me) and I found those parts kind of fascinating since I have a thing for forensic science. I have one major complaint and it is not really even that big of a deal. I wish that the story had dived more into Jack and why he did and why he did it. I was going to give this book a 4.25 star rating until that ending which took me by surprise and had me on the edge of my seat and that is when I bumped it up to a 5 star rating.

Characters:

I adore the characters so much in this story. Audrey Rose is a perfect female lead character who has a passion for forensic science in a time where women were supposed to be attending tea and what nots. Thomas Creswell who I can’t wait to get to know more in the coming books gave me serious Sherlock Holmes vibes and I am okay with that.

Overall Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book overall and I cannot wait to see where the story will go in the series and the character development of Audrey and Thomas. I cannot wait to get my hands on Hunting Prince Dracula!

 

The Sword of Summer Review

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What Courtney a review?!? What is this? Yes this is indeed a review that I am FINALLY posting. With a untrustworthy computer and an internet connection that wants to get knocked out every time it storms or that one time a person took down the pole that held up the cable that is our internet causing our neighborhood to not have internet and cable for two days… yeah that was a thing.

But alas I am back and a more of an excuse will come Sunday, which will be a little update on life and my reading. Really though I have not read a lot lately and it is making me sad/irritated I am not sure what is going this year, but I am having the worst of worst slumps. It is the slump to end all slumps, it’s that bad. Okay I might be a tad overdramatic, but not really. Anyways I will stop jabbering and get on with the review!

The Sword of Summer was everything I wanted and more from a book written by Rick Riordan! It was fun, the characters were complex, the humor was perfect. Everything was perfect!

The chapter headings really set the tone for the story. Something I have always loved about Rick is that he knows how to set up a story whether it is with chapter headings or with his first sentences. There is even a chapter heading that says, “Come to the dark side, we have Pop-Tarts!” I kind of paraphrased that because I don’t have my book with me.

The characters are so good! Magnus is witty and sarcastic and I loved reading out his POV. Also he is the family member that Annabeth mentions in I believe it was Blood of Olympus and it was so good to see her again! I also want to back track and take a second to share my love for the fact that each series is connected in some way or another. As always I enjoyed the side characters as well, especially Sam!

The Gods, where do I even start with them? Unlike the other series that Rick Riordan has done, the Gods in The Sword of Summer did not come across as arrogant Gods. Don’t get me wrong I love the other series, but in those the Gods acted like what you thought Gods would act. In The Sword of Summer they were more relaxed and down to earth.

As always Rick Riordan has created a story that is fun, fast paced and of course one epic adventure. I cannot wait to see where the series goes from here in The Hammer of Thor which comes out October 4, 2016.

Rating: 5/5 stars

The Selection Review

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Author: Kiera Cass

Genre: Young Adult

Page Count: 327

My Edition: Paperback

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America, Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a firerce competition for a crown she doesn’t want.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she begins to realize that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

My rating 4/5 Stars

Review

This book was the perfect slump breaker and the best way to cure my winter blah that I had been in. I read this book in one sitting, while I was curled up on the couch with hot coco sitting by the fire. It was the perfect story just to do just that.

I really liked how this story reminded me of the Bachelor just set in a future dysptopian world of the United States now called Illéa. The plot was entertaining with 35 girls competing to be chosen as The One, who would be princess of Illéa. The girls were all different and from different caste system, which added some interest in the story. You had the nice ones, shy ones and of course your bitchy ones. The caste system was interesting and how each level decided what you did for a living. The political aspect of the story was in the background of this story and I kind of wished that it was more prominent in the story, especially with rebels attacking the palace.

Characters

Every review I have read was about how much people hated America, I actually liked her. Although there were moments where I was tempted to scream in frustration at her. Especially when she would get melodramatic over Aspen, instant eye roll. What I really loved about America she was not like the other girls, she didn’t fall instantly in love with Prince Maxon.

Speaking of Aspen, I hated him from the start. All the no for that boy. Aspen would have been alright, but when he got mad at America when she tried to give him something all because he wanted to the ‘man’ and wanted to do everything for America and provide for her. Just hush. I really like how Kiera Cass tried to break that sterotype that men should be the ones to provide for the woman.

I was instantly charmed by Maxon from the start. Prince Maxon is definitely a character that could make anyone swoon. And his chemistry with America just made my heart happy. I mean he gave her time to figure out what America felt, which made me want to scream at America to fall for him already but I enjoyed the pacing on their relationship. I also have to mention his concern over America and how he is willing to do anything for her.

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone. It is fun, light and the romance in it pulls at your heartstrings. I am so happy that I finally made time for this series.

Happy reading,

Courtney

 

 

A Monster Calls Book Review

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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary

Page Count: 205

My Edition: Paperback

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

So we are only on the second day of October and I have already knocked out a book that was on my TBR. I knew A Monster Calls was short, what I didn’t know that once I started reading the book that I would not be able to set it down or that I would loose track of time and not realize that when I started reading in the morning with my cup or two of coffee that I would be finished by the afternoon where my dog looked at me impatiently wondering when we were going to go on our walk.

I am going to keep this review short and simple mainly due to the fact that I will giveaway the book. One of the things that I will say is the writing is well done. Patrick Ness is a natural story teller, and his writing style is beautiful. That is really the only way to describe it, its just beautiful. This is the first book by Patrick Ness that I have read and I must say that I am now a fan of his work and I will start collecting his books from now on.

The characters in this story are well drawn out, even characters that are only in one or two pages are well thought out and you can tell there was a wealth of time and attention focused on them. Nothing in this story seemed like it was not supposed to be there or that it was a filler. I will say based off the title and the cover I was suprised by the contemporary atsmophere, but it only added to my intrigue to the story.

Not only was the writing beautiful and well done, the illustrations enhanced the story, letting you see what was happening in the story. I liked that the illustrations were not on every page, and that sometimes they took up two pages so you can get the full imagery of what you just read. Like I said earlier everthing was part of the story for a reason and things floated together so wonderfully creating a truly remarkable story.

A Monster Calls will be a story that I will never forget any time soon, in fact I cannot stop thinking about it now, even though I have been trying to move on after I sobbed for a solid hour after finishing. If you have not read this book yet, I highly suggest you pick it up and give it a go. You will not regre it, I promise you that.

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and happy reading!