Posts Categorized: Contemporary Romance

Oct 13
Review: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Review: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

I have been dying to read Just One Year ever since I read the last word of Just One Day.  (You can see my review of that book here.)  Just One Day gave such a realistic portrayal of love and heartbreak, and it took us through Allyson’s (Lulu’s) journey as she struggled to get over Willem.  And then that last moment of Just One Day when he opened up the door… What an amazing cliffhanger!  It left me so eager… Read more »


Sep 19
Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Where the Stars Still Shine is set in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and after reading this book, I had to do a bit of research, because I wanted to visit this Gulf Coast town NOW.  Throughout the story, Doller made me feel like I was right there with Callie, viewing this town through her eyes. Callie had a childhood that was unconventional, at best.  Her mother kidnapped her at a young age from her father, and the two spent Callie’s childhood… Read more »


Sep 06
Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

You don’t have to have a twin sister to feel Cath’s pain when, during their freshman year at the same college, her twin, Wren, makes it clear she wants a separate identity from Cath.  Wren wants a college experience of new friends, guys, parties, and maybe a little bit of school.  Parties and meeting new people make Cath anxious, so the sisters quickly go their separate ways.  Cath is hurt, but she accepts Wren’s decision.  Wren settles easily into college… Read more »


Aug 26
Review: Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

Review: Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

Pivot Point, by Kasie West, is one of my top reads in 2013 and is a stand-out among books with a parallel lives focus.  (You can see my review of Pivot Point here.)  Just Like Fate is just like Pivot Point’s wanna-be little sister. Caroline’s story heads down two paths when her beloved grandmother is near death.  Caroline’s family is visiting her grandmother in the hospital to say their goodbyes.  Caroline’s best friend, Simone, encourages Caroline to get out for… Read more »


Jun 17
Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

I kept waiting and waiting to like The Sea of Tranquility.  It has one of the highest ratings on Goodreads I’ve come across, with thousands of reviews, along with an overall 5-star rating on Amazon.  But it never happened.  I slogged through because of all the praise, but I was ultimately disappointed. The main source of my disappointment was one of the two main characters/narrators, Nastya.  Throughout the book, she references a horrible trauma without providing details.  This trauma led… Read more »


Jun 05
Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Dare You To is a companion novel to Pushing the Limits, rather than a sequel.  Some of the secondary characters in PTL are featured here, and while the events take place subsequent to PTL, either book can be read first. Beth was an intriguing character in PTL.  She initially came off as brusque and even rude at times, but it soon became clear that she had unexplored layers.  As one of the two main characters in Dare To You, we… Read more »


May 13
Review: Parallel by Lauren Miller

Review: Parallel by Lauren Miller

The first thing that I’m going to praise in Parallel is the character of Caitlin, Abby’s best friend.  How often do we have the best friend character who is there to deliver a bit of snark and not much else?  In Parallel, Miller gives Caitlin both the physical, mental, and emotional characteristics more typically seen in the main character.  I’ve wondered if there is some writers’ guideline that dictates “the best friend” must always stay in the background.  If so,… Read more »


May 08
Review: Golden by Jessi Kirby

Review: Golden by Jessi Kirby

Maybe my expectations for Golden were too high.  It was perfectly pleasant, but also quite predictable.  The set-up was great; Parker discovers and reads the journal of a high school student who, along with her boyfriend, disappeared during a storm a decade earlier.  Parker becomes consumed with uncovering what happened to Julianna and Shane, even as her overbearing mother pressures her to prepare a speech for a looming scholarship competition. Can you love a book if you don’t love the… Read more »