ARC Review: Taproot by Keezy Young

Special thanks to Oni Press for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

Goodreads: Taproot
Publisher: Oni Press
Publication date: 28 June 2022
Genre: Young Adult Graphic Novel

Panda Rating:

(3.5 pandas)


Blue is having a hard time moving on. He’s in love with his best friend. He’s also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart’s content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal’s strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means… leaving him.

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Birthstone Book Covers: June Alexandrite Edition 💚💜

Hello friends, I’m back today with another month’s edition for The Birthstone Book Covers series created by one of my favourites, Leslie @Books Are the New Black. This is a series she created at the start of 2022 and was born out of her curiosity about birthstone colours and it’s a fun way to show different book covers/titles corresponding to that month’s birthstone.

Check out my Birthstone Book Cover: May Edition!

I have very little clue about birthstones in general so I had no idea that June several to choose from. I decided to go with the Alexandrite stone that changes colours depending on when you observe it; so sometimes it’ll look purple and other times it’ll look dark green/turquoise. Cool, huh? I had to dig a little deeper into my read list to get to some of these covers but I’m surprised how many I managed to find! I also really enjoyed all these books so I’m quite happy with this list.

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ARC Review: Sweeter Than Honey by Joy Avery

Special thanks to Montlake for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

Goodreads: Sweeter Than Honey (Honey Hill #2)
Publisher: Montlake
Published: 28 June 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Panda Rating:

(3.5 pandas)

A talented baker and a small-town sheriff forced into a fake relationship decide whether to take a chance on love in this delectable romance from Joy Avery.

Baker extraordinaire Rylee Harris has a recipe for everything—except love. It’s been five years since she lost her husband, but romance is still a struggle for Rylee. In her small hamlet of Honey Hill, North Carolina, Rylee knows she’ll be the talk of the town when she finds someone new.

To ease her mother’s worries about her love life, Rylee impulsively invents a fake relationship with the only man who’s caught her eye: the town sheriff, Canten Barnes. It’s supposed to be a secret, but secrets don’t last long in Honey Hill. One bit of gossip leads to another, and soon the whole town thinks Rylee and Canten are an item.

As Rylee and Canten embark on a make-believe relationship to save face, they slowly realize that their feelings for each other aren’t fake at all. Can Rylee and Canten keep the charade going—or will the town’s prized baker and respected lawman take a real chance on love?

TL;DR: There was a lot about this small-town romance between the sheriff and the baker that I really enjoyed, but certain aspects made it a little difficult for me to really get into. While I definitely had fun with all of the characters and our main couple, I’m bummed that I didn’t enjoy this one more; although I do feel like I’m in the minority with this feeling. Sweeter Than Honey had: brother’s best friend/best friend’s little sister, friends-to-lovers, fake dating, and a small-town setting complete with meddling parents and nosy and gossiping elderly folk.

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Let’s Talk Bookish: Book to Film Adaptations

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, and it’s where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts! If you want to join in the bookish discussion fun, check out the June 2022 prompts!

Now without further ado… The topic asks us about:

BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATIONS

(SUGGESTED BY ARIA @ BOOK NOOK BITS)
Prompts: What are your favorite book to film adaptations? What are your least favorite ones? Do you think that books translate better to movies or shows? Would you rather see a standalone or a book series adapted? What do you think is important for a successful book to film adaptation?

not much of an adaptation watcher/reader

I considered skipping the prompt this week because I haven’t watched many adaptations of the books I’ve read or conversely, I haven’t read the books that I’ve seen the adaptations of. I like to tell myself that I’d rather read the book first before watching any adaptation but then I never get around to reading the book, thanks to my ever-growing TBR 😂, so then I never get around to watching the adaptation. Whoops! When it comes to watching adaptations of books I’ve already read, I always hesitate to do it because I’m worried that I won’t enjoy the film/show if I loved the book, and then I end up waffling on a decision until I simply end up not watching it.

LEAST FAVOURITE ADAPTATIONS

So, with that in mind, it took a while for me to come up with a list of my least favourite adaptations! One of the first that came to mind was Ready Player One. I really enjoyed the book but I thought the film didn’t capture half of what I loved about it. This might be an unpopular opinion but back when I first read Twilight while I was at uni, I really enjoyed the books but the one and only time I walked out of the cinema was when I went to see the first movie (yep, I walked out cos I hated it so much)! 🤣

Film vs tv show, standalone vs series

Honestly, I’m not particularly fussed either way. They can make a book series into a series of films, they can make a standalone book into a film or (mini-)series like they’ve done with many books (Normal People, Good Omens, and American Gods are a few that come to mind). Ultimately, I don’t think the medium matters so much to me as long as the adaptation is well done. I’m a bit picky when it comes to books I love being adapted because I usually prefer if they stay true to the storyline and only make a few changes; there are obviously exceptions, but I mostly like for things to be recognisable or at least for the changes to not detract from the characters or stories.

I thought I’d share a list of the film/show adaptations that I’ve read the books for and have actually enjoyed both versions! Again, this is my opinion so maybe others might not agree but that’s cool!

Favourite film adaptations:

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Persuasion
  • The Hobbit (I’m sorry but I was bored to tears by the book but the movie is one of my comfort faves!)
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • The Princess Diaries
  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower (maybe another unpopular opinion but I enjoyed the movie more than the book, though I did like the book well enough)
  • The Hunger Games
  • Jurassic Park

Favourite show adaptations:

  • The Magicians (I only read the first book because (I’m sorry) it absolutely bored me to tears!)
  • Heartstopper (can’t remember the last time I loved a book and series equally!)
  • Game of Thrones (I binged the first four books in the span of two weeks and ‘warred’ myself out so I took a break and then never picked it back up again, lol)
  • The Umbrella Academy (I didn’t read all the volumes but it was too chaotic for me lol)

What do you think about books being adapted to films/tv shows? Do you prefer one medium more than the other or are you also not particularly fussed? What were your least fave adaptations? Your favourite adaptations?

ARC Review: The Devil You Know by Elizabeth O’Roark

Special thanks to Valentine PR for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Goodreads: The Devil You Know (Devil #3)
Publisher: Elizabeth O’Roark Books
Published: 23 June 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Panda Rating:

(4.5 pandas)

There’s a devil on my shoulder, and every Monday morning she announces herself. She’s this delicious flame in my chest, a flurry of whispered suggestions in my ear. Suggestions I ignore…because every single one of them is about Ben Tate.

Ben—Stealer of Clients, Evicter of Homeless Women, Nemesis. Sitting across from me every damn Monday with his lovely, smug smile and his too-perfect teeth, the living symbol of everything I hate. It’s been my policy to avoid him, but when a case comes into the firm—one that could change his career and mine—I make an exception. It means weekends and evenings by his side. It means enduring his smirk and his smart mouth and never taking the bait.

Until the night Ben says, “Beg.”
And that devil on my shoulder decides to make a few demands of her own.

TL;DR: This was probably my favourite book in the series so far. This is a rivals-to-lovers office romance done so perfectly! I absolutely loved Ben and Gemma’s snippy banter, their insanely hot chemistry that could set the world on fire, and the way they built trust and a relationship together. Seriously, SO GOOD that it will have you swooning hard!

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#WWWWednesday: 22 June 2022

Hello, hello and welcome back to another episode of WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, which means I’ll be answering these questions:

  1. What did you read last?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What will you read next?

Post divider: What did you just finish reading?

Since last week I’ve managed to finish three books. Compared to last week’s low-rated reads, this week’s reads have been winners! Elizabeth O’Roark is slaying me with her angsty romance chemistry and I’m 100% here for it. 🥹

(KU) The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Devil #2) by Elizabeth O’Roark ★★★★½ (rounded up)
There was little that I didn’t love about Drew and Josh! I love myself a simp hero and Josh is definitely a favourite contender. This ‘Devil’ series is making me reconsider my stance on angsty romances because these books deliver such fantastic angst and I love it so much?

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
I’m actually buddy reading this with Leslie but I accidentally ended up reading it in one day? 😬 I’ll share my rating later but I’d defo rec it! Long story short: I loved it. It’s messy, realistic and written with so much heart! I cried (lol).

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#TopTenTuesday: LGBTQIA+ Book Reccos

So, we’re back with another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week is actually a freebie and so I decided to do a topic that I don’t think I’ve done before: Bookish Wishes (List the top 10 books you’d love to own and include a link to your wishlist so that people can grant your wish. Make sure you link your wishlist to your mailing address [here’s how to do it on Amazon] or include the email address associated with your ereader in the list description so people know how to get the book to you.)

This week’s topic is about bookish wishes but I feel like this topic has already been done fairly recently so, in keeping with Pride Month, I’ve decided to share 10 LGBTQIA+ books that I’ve read, loved and would recommend! If you’ve been on my blog before you’ll likely have seen me mention a few of these books many times because I adore them. I’d definitely love to know your favourites and recommendations too so please share in the comments below! 💜

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ARC Review: Fake It Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley

Special thanks to St. Martin’s Press for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

Goodreads: Fake It Till You Bake It
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published: 21 June 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Panda Rating:

(4.5 pandas)

A reality star and a cupcake-baking football player pretend to be a couple in order to save his bakery in this sweet and sexy romance from Jamie Wesley, Fake It Till You Bake It.

Jada Townsend-Matthews is the most reviled woman in America after turning down a proposal on a reality dating show. When she comes home to lick her wounds, Jada finds herself working at San Diego’s newest cupcake bakery, Sugar Blitz, alongside the uptight owner and professional football player Donovan Dell.

When a reporter mistakenly believes Jada and Donovan are an item, they realize they can use the misunderstanding to their advantage to help the struggling bakery and rehabilitate Jada’s image. Faking a relationship should be simple, but sometimes love is the most unexpected ingredient.

Fake it Till You Bake It is a sweet confection of a novel, the perfect story to curl up with and enjoy with a cupcake on the side. 

TL;DR: This was such a delightful romance and while I did have some issues with it at the beginning, I’m so glad that I ended up loving it as much as I thought I would! Jada and Donovan were such a great couple and their romance made me so giddy. If you love fake-dating, great banter, fun playful chemistry between H/h, and A FOODIE ROMANCE, I would recommend picking this up. Also, prepare to get hungry and crave cupcakes while reading this because all the flavours sounded *exquisite*! 🤤

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Sundays in Bed With… #MyWeeklyWrapUp

We’re back with another Sundays in Bed With… meme! This meme dares to ask you what book has been in your bed this morning and is hosted by Midnight Book Girl. Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed with, or which book you wish you had time to read today!

It’s been a long day so I’m looking forward to spending the rest of my Sunday night in bed with my ARC for The Devil You Know by Elizabeth O’Roark. Listen, the angsty but incendiary chemistry between Ben and Gemma is SENDING ME. I can’t believe I’m loving this angsty “I-say-I-hate-you-but-I-don’t-really” energy in romance right now but it’s got me melting. 🥵

What are you currently reading?

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The Contradictions Book Tag

Hi, friends! Hope everyone is doing okay 💜 I’m back with another tag today!

A few weeks ago, Jordyn @ Jordyn Reads tagged me to do The Contradictions Book Tag! It’s an original tag created by Daniela @ If Only For A Page and it was lots of fun to do but I also found a few of the prompts a little tough to find answers for, especially for the ones about tropes (my brain decided to go on vacation)! Now without further ado, let’s get to it.

1. I LOVE THIS GENRE BUT DIDN’T LIKE THIS BOOK

when sparks fly by helena hunting

I know HH is a popular author but this was my first book by her and it just didn’t click with me. It could be because I didn’t like both characters, especially the leading lady? I’m happy to say that I liked the second book better though!

2. I RARELY READ THIS GENRE BUT I LOVED THIS BOOK

killers of the flower moon by david grann

I don’t read a lot of non-fiction but I read this as fast as I usually read fiction and it quickly became one of my favourite books (still is). It’s so well-written and engaging!

3. I LOVE THIS TROPE BUT DIDN’T LIKE THIS BOOK

josh and gemma make a baby by sarah ready

Despite not being a big fan of angst, I do really enjoy the brother’s best friend/best friend’s little sister trope but this one didn’t work out for me.

4. I HATE THIS TROPE BUT I LOVED THIS BOOK

heartbreak symphony by laekan zea kemp

I strongly dislike the instalove trope and the romance in this one had those vibes. Luckily, the romance wasn’t such a big part of this that it bothered me all too much!

5. I LOVE THIS AUTHOR BUT I DIDN’T LIKE THIS BOOK

the ocean at the end of the lane by neil gaiman

I’ve read a few of Neil Gaiman‘s books now and I love his writing and the whimsy, magic and darkness in his stories. However, this book just didn’t work for me. I also listened to it on audio (narrated by Neil himself), which I thought would help me enjoy it more, but sadly, I didn’t and found it a little boring (if I’m being honest).

6. I PREVIOUSLY DISLIKED A BOOK BY THIS AUTHOR BUT I LOVED THIS BOOK

normal people by sally rooney

The year before this book came out, I was recommended Rooney’s debut, Conversations with Friends, and I absolutely *hated* it. 😂 Like, it made me so frustrated and angry and it was just not a good time. So it was such a total surprise to me when I loved Normal People and I still think about it to this day!

7. I LOVE THIS COVER BUT I DIDN’T LIKE THIS BOOK

frozen hearts and death magic by day leitao

This cover ate but sadly, the story inside was not great (imo). I was so excited to start reading it but it read so young and maybe it was the whole “telenovela” in written form that just didn’t work for me? Whatever it was, I didn’t enjoy it and this is one of those books I really should’ve DNF’d!

8. I DON’T LIKE THIS COVER BUT I LOVED THIS BOOK

the mindf*ck series by s.t. abby

IMHO, all the covers in this series are terrible. They make it seem like this series is something completely different from what it is. The Mindf*ck series was such a pleasant (albeit gruesome) surprise and I loved it so much!

That’s it from me, folks! I won’t be tagging anyone specifically but if you want to do it, be sure to link back to me so I can go check out your answers and see what the tea is! 😉

Have you read any of these books? Do you agree/disagree with my answers?