be careful of who you give your heart to

Twice in a Blue Moon – Christina Lauren

Romance, fiction.

Rating 8/10

Tate is with her grandma, touring England. So is Sam and his grandpa. Tate and Sam meet in England and things start to become more intense. They have a fling that leaves her heartbroken and betrayed because he had ratted her out to journalists and paparazzi leaving her exposed and with no other option but become a star. To secretly have her face haunt him forever. Years later, on a movie set, their paths are crossed once more. She confronts him and he tells her the utter truth of why he did what he did. She hasn’t forgiven him at all for making that decision without her included but can’t be mad forever. Just when she thinks life can resume, her life is thrown into chaos and making her question who she can truly trust with her heart.

I’ve been on the fence and contemplated reading this novel for the longest of time. I like this novel and the premise is for sure intriguing. I try to read more romance and for me unless there is some sort of action or drama involved and involving science fiction, I do read it. However contemporary stuff I am unable to read due to the boringness some romance literature has. This was excellent and kept my attention with some comedic aspect and the intriguing plot too. I love the characters and the interactions they have with other characters. This author has an interesting way of having me come back to reading the author. I’ve read some of her works before and some of them are good and some of them I don’t care for much. I do recommend this novel.

yummy romance

My Favorite Half Night Stand – Christina Lauren

Romance, comedy, social media, dating apps, fiction. 

Rating 9/10

Millie and Reid get incredibly drunk and have a one night stand. After that night, they talk to each other about remaining friends and only friends. Millie doesn’t want to remain friends and neither does Reid. Millie helps set him and their mutual friends up with dating profiles. She makes her own and a fake one. The fake one matched with Reid so she accepted the match. Reid doesn’t know that this Cathrine was really Millie. This goes on for a while until Reid finds out the truth. Millie attempts to fix their friendship that leads to both of them confessing their feelings to each other. 

I loved this book. The characters are incredibly lovable and the plot is purely amazing. I was thrilled and intrigued at the idea that Millie was being herself through Catharine and yet Reid was totally oblivious. I binged this book a little fast because I was wanting to know if and when Reid would realize. I have to say that he was sort of a bad friend for not knowing Millie that well as he should have. Either way, I loved this book and I do recommend this novel.

Hate Becomes LUST

The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren

Comedy, romance, love stories, honeymoons, faking relationships, fiction.

Rating 9.9/10

Olive Torres is the opposite of her twin sister Ami personality wise but looks exactly like her. Only difference is Ami gets good luck and Olive gets bad luck. While at a wedding party, everyone minus her and this other guy gets food poisoning. Ami and her now husband ask Olive to go but the only problem is she must go with the groom’s brother whom she despises, Ethan. Both agree to play the happily new wed couple on the honeymoon that was paid for. As they spend time together on the honeymoon, both learn more about each other, and a relationship between them blossom as time progresses.

I was blown away with the title and synopsis. I had waited a while for the library to have this novel. I am a fan of this author and wasn’t surprised with the plot. I was sort of predicting that hate would attract lust between two people, it’s a fun trope that I enjoy. This novel was so incredible on many levels. Perfect amount of romance and comedy with lovable characters and subplots that involve the protagonist and the love interest.

Yuck

Roomies – Christina Lauren

Marriage, contemporary women, love stories, romance, fiction.  

Rating 3/10

Holland fell for this musician she stumbled upon while taking an adventure from her apartment to the subway. After a nasty fall, its clear that he saved her life. Holland wants to give him a reward, a role in one of her uncle’s play. Unfortunate she learns that he is an illegal immigrant and she thought of a way for him to stay, she decides to marry him and pretend being married, until pretending became reality.

I didn’t really like this novel. It felt too rushed in my opinion as well as a overused trope. Nothing fresh here.

Totally Not Dating!

Josh + Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating – Christina Lauren

Romance, drama, comedy, fiction.

Josh and Hazel defined each other as undatable ever since their brief interactions in college. Years later their paths cross and still think that they are undatable to each other. After Josh breaks things off with his ever-cheating girlfriend, Hazel fills the emptiness and cheers him up with horribly planned random hangouts as well as other fun activities. They plan each other’s dates, each going hilariously wrong that leads to them hanging out more. Hazel feels like she’s falling for Josh and vice versa. Each of them knew what was going to happen next. It’s the matter of time.

I extremely loved this novel, and this was a joy to reread. I laughed even harder after reading this again. I was rooting for them to immediately admit their feelings during their college years. Also, I feel like I am the main character, Hazel because we both get along with animals rather than humans as well as being weird. I have been told multiple times by my best friend that I am weird and was told to never be normal. This novel just screams that individuality is valued and should be valued. If one can’t be themselves then why bother hanging out with people who want one to tone down themselves? The author really knows how to make the main character relatable as well as the love interests. I’m holding out for a sequel of this novel.

A Dark Twist to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland

Alice – Christina Henry

Imaginary places, Carroll Lewis, Alice in Wonderland, thrilling, horror, fiction.

Rating 10/10

Alice went mad and was sent to be locked away at a mental asylum. One day, a fire breaks out at Hatcher, a man who lived in the cell beside hers rescues her and himself out of the fire. When the two escaped, Hatcher explains why the asylum went up in flames, it was because the Jabberwocky and the jabberwocky is angry due to its long-imprisoned life. Alice goes on with Hatcher on an adventure to find the blade. A bar keep tells Alice to avoid The Walrus and The Rabbit. Unfortunately, Alice had a run in with the infamous Rabbit long ago. She managed to escape but doesn’t remember due to all the drugs the hospital was giving her. Slowly as they’re journey progresses, she remembers taking the Rabbit’s eye and him marking her. The Cheshire Cat tells the two to go to the Caterpillar to find what they need to destroy the jabberwocky. Both take down the Caterpillar, the Walrus, and the Rabbit. Now the two must still find the sword to take down the jabberwocky.

I had thought that this novel was going to be innocent and a retelling of the classic, but I was glad I was wrong. This was no ordinary tale of a teenage girl following a white rabbit. The novel offered more and added horror and thrilling scenes. Christina Henry is excellent at the horror retelling of classic childhood stories into modernized tales for adults whom seek thrilling horror to enjoy. I enjoy classics but prefer to read the different variations of classic childhood tales as an adult. The theme was nothing was as it seemed in this novel. I recommend reading this novel for sure. I nearly finished this novel in one day.

Mermaids are Neat Creatures

The Mermaid – Christina Henry

Sideshows, mermaids, circus, fantasy, fiction.

Rating 8/10

A mermaid becomes curious of land and finds herself realizing she can turn her mermaid fin into two legs and walk on land. She approaches a fisherman by the name of Jack, and he knew she was a mermaid, one that he had caught and released back into the ocean. Jack taught her English and other necessary things for survival. They had lived in the cottage together for a while until he left on an expedition and never returned. Amelia, deciding to keep the name, lives in the cottage and interacts with the village folk. Barnum is looking for a new exhibition and wants a mermaid. He sends his henchman to find a mermaid in the small village that was rumored that inhabits a mermaid. Levi finds Amelia, she at first claims she is no mermaid and the rumors are of drunken fishermen. Amelia decides for herself to go to the Museum and make a deal with Barnum. Barnum is proud of Levi and rewards him. Amelia confronts Barnum about multiple issues and Levi agrees with her points. Barnum fails to see and fails to be reasoned with. Levi has fallen for Amelia and vice versa. They married and had a child together and leave the circus for good.

I enjoyed this novel so much. I recommend this to mermaid fanatics to read this novel. It was well put together and a page turner. There were no dull moments in this novel nor was plain. The way the author told the story and added so much plot made the story interesting. The take on the mythology of mermaids was unique and was not cliché. My only problem with the novel was that it was the stereotypical circus man seeking new attractions was an issue but nonetheless it was a good novel overall.

A Darker Side of the Lost Boys

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook – Christina Henry

Peter Pan, Never Ever Land, fantasy, horror, fiction, retelling

Rating 15/10

In this novel, it is a retelling of a classic childhood favorite but through the eyes of Captain Hook and his origins. Jamie was originally a lost boy that Peter Pan had rescued from the Other World. Peter Pan rescues these boys and whenever the boys start to age, they were cast off the island. Sometimes they survived to become pirates, some don’t survive at all. Whenever a boy would fall to illness and death, they were simply replaced. Peter Pan never ages, that is a fact here. Jamie slowly got tired of Peter Pan’s behaviors and decided to rebel against Peter after an incident that changed Jamie forever. He slowly started to grow up and Peter did not like that at all. So Peter cursed Jamie to be forever an adult and to remain on the island. Jamie was never meant to be the villain; it was Peter whom made Jamie the villain. Made Jamie into Captain Hook by cutting off his left hand as well as the whole curse.

I really enjoyed this novel so much. I had loved the idea of the other side of the fairy tale, no matter how dark it would be. This was just the right amount of horror I wanted as well. It is interesting to hear how the famous villain, Captain Hook, was originally was a lost boy. Made me sympathize with Jamie because Peter Pan kept bringing more and more boys onto the island and not really caring for these boys. Let them die of sickness or being killed and the sad part was that Jamie buried these boys that came and went. I would’ve done the same thing as Jamie did. Just give it all up, just grow up, and attempt to leave. I will for sure plan to reread this book in the future.