I loved Kiss me, Catalina more than West Side Love Story

Hey booklovers, I interrupt our Lunar Chronicles review for some contemporary romance reviews just in time for Valentine’s Day. But not to worry, I will return to my review of Cress and Winter in March.

Priscella Olvieras has done it again! The queen of latine rom com has released the sequel to West Side love story, a mariachi Romeo and Juliet retelling. Kiss me, Catalina, the sequel, is just as explosive, but this time Oliveras has taken inspiration from Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” 

But don’t write this one off if you hated that particular Shakespeare play, Kiss Me, Catalina is a loser interpretation.

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Scarlet the unhinged sequel to Cinder

Last week, I shared my review on Cinder, Marissa Meyer’s sci-fi Cinderella retelling. Well, the fairytales continue with it’s sequel, Scarlet.

This time Meyer brings two new protagonists into the mix and a dreamy thieving pilot who brings the chaos.

Scarlet brings the story of little red riding hood and the Big bad Wolf into a futuristic France. But while their story unfolds, Cinder and Kai are trying their hardest to keep the world from crumbling. But who is watching out for them!

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An Electric Sequel to Neon Gods

Hey blog readers I have returned for another year of sharing and reviewing all things bookish. If you loved the novel Neon Gods, then you’ll probably enjoy its electric sequel as much as I did.

Electric Idol is the dazzling sequel to Katee Roberts’ successful Neon Gods. These novels reinterpret the Greek legends many of us are familiar with and give them an aristocratic touch as well as a modern setting.

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Another Persephone and Hades retelling? Yes, please!

Although Katee Roberts is a popular erotica author who has many novels under her belt, Neon Gods, released last year, is the first novel in a Greek Gods series. Neon Gods is a smutty masterpiece that humanizes Greek legends and launches them into the modern world. Hades and Persophone have a fascinating dynamic together and are the best dog parents!

I have had Neon Gods by Katee Roberts recommended to me so many times before! And I finally got around to reading the audiobook. In short it was stunning! Seriously if you have the opportunity to listen to the audiobook give it a try, it has dual narrators! 

Neon Gods is a Hades and Persephone retelling with modern twists. The Gods live in modern Olympus, and have access to cell phones, social media, books, and even paparazzi. But what makes this adaptation fascinating is the gentle leading man, Hades.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know I read most of my books through the Libby app, a library app you can access with a free library card, and my library has a great selection! Try it if you haven’t already.

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My Top Ten Reads of 2022

2022 has been quite a year. There have been moments of utter bliss as complete sadness. But I am grateful that this year has brought me. Now onto the books. At the end of each year, I love to look back at all the books I’ve read and share my favorite reads of the year. 

This year I’ve read a little out of my comfort zone and dipped my toes into horror! And I’ve also decided that the friends-to-lovers trope isn’t so bad.

Please note some of the novels on this list are published by Harper Collins and their employees have been on strike since November 10. As a book reviewer I fully support the strike, but they’ve asked readers not to review any books published by HarperCollins at this time. Although I’ve reviewed some of these books before the strike, I will not be restating my thoughts now. You can read more about the union’s efforts to secure fair wages and donate to the strike fund or follow their Instagram page.

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Five Winter themed novels to add to your tbr

As if you didn’t need more novels to add to your shopping cart well here, I am *whispers* the menace. I have the perfect romance recommendations to cuddle with next to fireplace while sipping on hot chocolate. And don’t worry this list won’t just be Christmas romance novels, although those are lovely, the books on the list today are novels that take place during the wintertime or give winter vibes.

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Love in the Time of Serial Killers: A soft romance for True Crime lovers!

Love in the Time of Serial killers by Alicia Thompson has the cutest cover and a curious plot! It immediately caught my attention, and I needed to add it to my Libby queue asap. So, I did.

If you know a few things about serial killers and true crime cases, you will probably enjoy this novel. Not just because our protagonist, Phobe, knows a lot about these cases but because she’s writing a dissertation on the True Crime genre. I found that really interesting! 

Although this novel has a boy-next-door type of romance and a cute stray black cat, I really loved that it explores sibling relationships, friendships, and grief too!

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A Kingdom of Runes: A delicious but incomplete fantasy series

The Kingdom of Runes series is a new adult fantasy with a headstrong heroine who often gets herself into trouble. Written by Audrey Grey, a bestselling author most known for the Evermore Academy books. All novels in this series are available through kindle unlimited.

This series was advertised to me on Instagram two years ago, and the ad promised a “Rhysand” type of love interest. Which to me means a love interest with a bit of a villain arc. And to be honest, our leading man Stolas was exactly that. However, I am sharing this review now because I am eagerly awaiting the final novel in this series. But the author disappeared last December, promising to finish the final book in this series but more on that later. In this post I will break down the first four novels in this series.

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