It’s been a while since I did mini reviews the last time, but as I was analyzing how many books I have read and what genre I’ve most frequently read so far and stuff like that, I stumbled upon some very very short reviews that I wrote way back in 2016, which is around the time this little humble blog came into being.
I usually tend to write lengthy reviews which surely take up a lot of your time (sorry about that!), but I’m almost running out of the stocks of my reviews (being a slow reader, yes) and I thought it would be interesting to reflect on how my reviewing style has changed and evolved over time.
Let me warn you in advance – some can be cringe-worthy and totally embarrassing, but they were all written almost 3 years ago, so bear with me.
Now, let’s get on with it, shall we?
Chat Love by Justine Faeth
City girl Lucia is having trouble finding a man. With a few nudges from her friends, she decides to try out Chat Love, an online dating service for New Yorkers. Hilarity ensues with one disastrous date after another…where do these men come from? Mars? Certainly not Manhattan! She finally meets someone from work who is almost perfect, but decides to move on as he’s still seeing other women. She keeps in contact with a man named Jack on the Chat Love site. Could he be the one? What about her love interest at work? Just like the lovable cast of characters from Sex and the City, Lucia is Carrie, a stylish woman who has found her “Mr. Big” but can’t seem to get him to commit. Danni is Samantha, who loves to have fun and is wild and promiscuous. Autumn is Charlotte, desperate to meet the right man and settle down. Skyler is Miranda, level-headed and quick to offer advice. Will these ladies ever find love? Will Lucia find her man? Chat Love will give you something to talk about! (Goodreads)
It was a quick, incredibly riveting read; I finished reading it in two days which doesn’t happen to me so often – a testament that shows how captivating the book is. The plot was well-written and it was just so much fun to read!
The try and error part that describes the ups and downs of the dating site is just hilarious. The overall plot was a bit predictable; I could totally see the spark between the main two characters from miles away and knew all too well how they were going to end up, but I just couldn’t stop turning pages. I got completely hooked on this funny, exhilarating love story.
One drawback – well, it probably can’t be seen as a drawback anyway, it’s more like my personal pet peeve – is that I don’t like people who drive themselves in a state of despair for no reason, even when the situation says otherwise; I was gritting my teeth seeing Lucia feel down in the dumps after the shocking revelation up until she finally comes to her senses, I had a strong urge to nudge her to admit her own feelings and follow her heart.
Like I said, some may find the plot rather predictable, but finding how all the pieces come together in the end brought a smile on my face. It was like an “a-ha!” moment.
I highly recommend reading this book. You won’t regret it.
Better Than Chocolate (Sweet Something #1) by J.Lynn Rowan
Carmella Sannarelli is a people pleaser. She can’t say no to anyone, even when it means putting off her own personal goals in the process. So, when her best friend, Sadie Miller, calls with the announcement that she’s broken up with one fiancé and eloping with another in St. Croix, Carmella can’t stop herself from dropping everything and accepting the invitation to stand as maid of honor.
Jilted fiancé Ryan Wutkowski has been the third member of the Carmella-Sadie trio for nine years. He fully supports Sadie’s new engagement and upcoming nuptials, knowing it’s the right decision and best for both of them. But when he boards a plane to San Juan for a business conference, Carmella is the last person he expects to find occupying the seat next to his.
Two days in San Juan, then a week in St. Croix–Carmella knows her two best friends are hiding something. But can she figure out what went wrong between them as she battles her own tingly, off-kilter feelings toward Ryan, while dodging advances from a womanizing best man, and confirming for herself that Sadie did make the right decision? When Ryan unexpectedly shows up at the rehearsal dinner and gets himself invited to the wedding, will Carmella finally uncover the secret he’s held since the day they first met? (Goodreads)
This short novella turned out much better than I had initially anticipated.
How can such a short book be so engaging and entertaining? It’s a quick read, but it’s just like an emotional roller-coaster packing all necessary elements rolled into one.
The writing is brisk, strong, and evocative, I gritted my teeth reading along how Carmella being wishy-washy and not willing to take the plunge. I attributed my frustration pretty much to my personal traits, but I was marveled at how much I was swept up in my emotions by this little novella, I really enjoyed reading how the stories entwine and develop, I was quite happy with how it concludes.
I highly recommend this to anyone who has a soft sport for romance fiction.
The Guestbook (Modrona Island #1) by Andrea Hurst
Fleeing her picture-perfect marriage among the privileged set of Brentwood and the wreckage of a failed marriage, Lily Parkins decides to move to the only place that still holds happy memories, her grandmother’s old farmhouse. The lush and majestic setting of the Pacific Northwest calls to her and offers a place of refuge and perhaps renewal. Her grandmother has passed away, leaving the Madrona Island Bed & Breakfast Inn to Lily.
Left with only an old guestbook as her guide–a curious book full of letters, recipes, and glimpses into her family history–Lily is determined to embrace her newfound independence and recreate herself, one page at a time. With the help of the quirky island residents she has befriended, she slowly finds the strength to seek out happiness on her own terms. But as soon as she has sworn off men and is standing on her own two feet, Lily meets Ian, the alluring artist who lives next door, and her new life is suddenly thrown off course. The last thing she wants to do right now is to open her heart to another man.
Ultimately, Lily must decide if it’s worth giving up her soul for security or risking everything to follow her heart. (Goodreads)
I honestly would give this book 3.5 stars. I got this book as a freebie from amazon and I enjoyed it.
The protagonist, Lily seemed a bit too mentally fragile and vulnerable even with the situation and mounting concerns considered, pretty much wallowed in her own misery. I wanted to slap her to snap out of it, there were some points that I couldn’t fully relate to her.
That said though, I enjoyed witnessing the mental turmoil and suspense the characters go through and how everything eventually tied in together in the end.
It’s an entertaining, loving quick read and it doesn’t hurt to read this because it’s free anyway.
There you have it; these are my mini reviews for some books I read back in 2016.
As you can see, how short my reviews were back then – I think I wrote these reviews when I knew nothing about book reviews, I just covered my basic thoughts without digging deeper into the plot, characters and such!
I honestly don’t know my current lengthy reviews are better than these short ones, but I hope you take it as a sign of my growth as a reader!
Thank you so much for dropping by as always, I’ll see you in my next full review for whatever book it may be!