If You Like

If you’re been here a while, you’ve probably seen my posts where I suggest books to read based on other things you might like –  you can read them here and here – but this one’s a little different. This is book recommendations based on tv shows, and movies, and even a podcast or two.

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If you like…. The Vampire Diaries  

You’ll like….. The Morganville Vampires series ( Rachel Caine)

A whole town where vampires are the head honchos? Hell yes! Also, morally ambiguous characters, and characters of various supernatural species, if that’s what you’re into (which I am!).

If you like…. Riverdale

You’ll like…. Pretty Little Liars (Sara Shepard)

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Opening both series’ with a body, these two are very similar. There’s mystery, and intrigue – and romance, because duh! Also, there’s awesome LGBT characters in both series, and Pretty Little Liars is also a tv show, in case you’ve been living under a rock since circa 2010?

If you like…. The Flash

You’ll like…. Gone (Michael Grant)

Big massive event, and suddenly all these people have powers – that’s what both these things have in common. Gone is definitely more sci-fi than anything else, but don’t let that put you off reading it. The kids in this series are just as badass as Barry and the others in the Arrowverse.

If you like…. Spirits: A Drunken Dive into Myths and Legends

You’ll like….. Percy Jackson And The Olympians (Rick Riordan)

(and following PJO-related series)

If you know me in any capacity, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with mythology, and that’s why these are both right up my alley. Spirits is a podcast I recently discovered on Tumblr, and I’m currently obsessed with it! It’s two lovely ladies chatting about a different myth every episode, and so far they’ve covered a variety of subjects from Persephone and Hades (which we also come across in the Percy Jackson books) , to Haitian voodoo. Cool, right? Also, warning – once you get into Percy Jackson, it’s almost impossible to get out again. You’ll be captured by Seaweed Brain, and all the other charming demigods.

If you like…. Once Upon A Time

You’ll like….  Cinder (Marissa Meyer)

Seriously, just give me all the fairytale-related stuff! Once Upon A Time is one of my all time favourite fairytale adaptations (tv-wise, at least), and once I read Cinder, I was hooked on that particular fairytale world as well. One puts the fairytales in the real world, whereas the other one puts them into a futuristic dystopian where cyborgs and aliens exist. Pretty cool, right?

If you like…. Alice In Wonderland

You’ll like….  Alice In the Country of Hearts

Both are adaptations of the famous Lewis Carroll story, but both with a bit of a darker twist to them. I watched the Alice movie years ago when it first came out, and then I saw the sequel last year, and I came across this manga version in the library last year as well – well, obviously I had to read it and find out how good it was. It was very, very good; trust me. If you’re a fan of the whole Wonderland thing, check out these, and also maybe even read the original novels if you haven’t already? Yeah, alright.

If you like…. Elementary

You’ll like…. A Study In Charlotte (Brittany Cavallaro)

Another obvious thing if you know me at all – Sherlock Holmes in any form is like catnip for me, even more so when it’s modernised and switched up a bit. First, you have Elementary, with Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes himself, alongside Lucy Liu’s Watson; and then the next generation book which focuses on Holmes’ and Watson’s descendants, Charlotte and Jamie respectively. If you want more of my thoughts on A Study In Charlotte, head on over to my review, but let me just quickly state that if you’re a Sherlock fan, or even just a mystery fan, you HAVE to read this particular title. If you have, please talk to me so we can fangirl together?

If you like…. Roswell

You’ll like….Obsidian (Jennifer Armentrout)

ALIENS!!!! Don’t even get me started on how much I love aliens, I could talk all day. I have so many feelings about all of these charismatic aliens. Roswell has Katherine Heigl, Obsidian has….Daemon. ‘Nuff said.

If you like…. Beastly

You’ll like…. A Court of Thorns and Roses/A Court of Mist and Fury (Sarah J Maas)

This one’s especially apt at the moment, with the Beauty and The Beast movie coming out in the next few weeks, but I’m always a fan of retellings of this classic story. Beastly (starring the gorgeous Vanessa Hudgens) is more modern, whereas Maas sets her retelling in the world of the Fae, but both are just as good. Also, Beastly happens to be a book as well, if you’re interested in that?

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If you can think of any others, please let me know – either for tv shows, or books. I’m always looking for something new to read/watch (as if I don’t have a long enough TBR as it is…), and recommendations are always welcome. Extra points if you can link a tv show and a book.

Happy reading!

 

Book Review – Ruby Red (Precious Stone #1)

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Title: Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy #1)

Author: Kerstin Gier

Synopsis: Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

Rating: 5 stars

Review: Time travel? Victorian times? HELL YEAH!

Me before reading this:

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Me halfway through:

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Me after finishing it:

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This is the first book on my reading list for the #ReadThemAllThon, and it’s the Pewter city choice, which means I have earned my Boulder Badge! Whoop!

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This book is the first in the Precious Stone trilogy, and it focuses on Gwyneth Shepherd, who finds herself thrust headfirst into a world of time travel, creepy counts, and arrogant time-travellers. The main idea behind it is that there’s only twelve time-travellers with a particular gene that allows them to hop through history, and their blood can power a device called the chronograph.

I absolutely loved almost everything about this book – I read it in just over a day – and I am so eager to post this review and get onto reading the second one in the series.

Actually, I think it’d just make sense to make a list of reasons why you should read this amazing book:

1. It’s about a female time traveller. That’s rare enough as it is. Just think about how many male time travellers there are in the world.

2. Gideon De Villier. He’s the character I love to hate, but also hate to love.

3. It’s fast-paced – one minute you’re with Gwyneth at The Temple, and the next, you’re caught up in a Victorian-era fight in Hyde Park.

4. There’s amazing world-building – it takes the time to explain exactly what this world is and how it works. Even with the secrets, it’s still set up nicely.

5. The villains are written so beautifully that I have mixed feelings about them – a combination of fear and fascination.

There are more reasons, but a lot of them are along the lines of:

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If  you liked reading ‘The Infernal Devices’ trilogy by Cassandra Clare, or anything to do with time travel, you’ll love this series. I was initially recommended this by Sasha (A Book Utopia) through one of her recommendation videos, and I’ve loved it, so go read if this is something you think you’d like. Also, it’s a movie! Just saying.

Happy reading!!

Book Review – Heir Of Fire (TOG #3)

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Title: Heir of Fire (Throne Of Glass #3)

Author: Sarah J Maas

Synopsis: Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

Rating: 4 ½ stars

Review: Talk about your thrill ride! I was enthralled from the first word right through til the very last, and I don’t regret a single thing.

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After the events of the last book, Celaena goes searching for answers, but isn’t quite prepared to find different answers to the ones she expected. New relationships form, secrets are revealed, and trouble is stirred up.

WARNING – if you haven’t read the previous books in the series yet, stop here before you get spoiled.

Good?

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Okay. Let’s start by talking about the relationships shown in this book – starting with Rowan and Celaena.

These two are both alike, and also scarily different. While Celaena wields fire, Rowan brings the cold. Yet somehow they work together so well once they adjust to each other. I definitely want to see them reunited in the next book (Queen Of Shadows, which I am currently knee-deep in!) and maybe for them to become a couple. I ship Rowaelin!

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Dorian and Sorscha – what a huge mess! I honestly didn’t trust her from the beginning, and I didn’t want them to have a happy ending. Sorry.

Rowan and Maeve – ugh! She’s insufferable, in a very Umbridge-way. That was one relationship I wasn’t sad to see done with.

Aedion and Aelin – little sweethearts!!! These cousins have to be reunited!

Manon and her grandmother – I have a bad feeling that this particular relationship will end up with blood being spilt….

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As always, SJM creates this beautiful web of a story with all these different layers, and complicated characters, and I was enraptured from the first page right through til the end. She builds up these characters, and makes you feel things, and then hits you with surprises at every turn – that’s what makes an amazing author.

We see the three storylines – Manon and her coven with the wyverns, Celaena training, and Chaol and Dorian back in Adarlan – and everything interwines in a way that just keeps you so interested all the time.

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I’ve just binge-read the first three books, and I’ve started the fourth, so I am currently waist-deep in Adarlan and Wyrdmarks and Fae, and I do not regret any of it. However, I probably won’t finish Queen Of Shadows for a while, since I am taking part in a readathon starting from today.

I wholly recommend this book/series if you enjoy ‘A Court of Thorns And Roses’ or just high fantasy in general. High fantasy is very cool.

Happy reading!

Book Review – Origin (Lux #4)

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Title: Origin (Lux #4)

Author: Jennifer Armentrout

Synopsis: Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

Rating: 5 stars

Review: I literally devoured this one in a day, and I’m so hyped up on Luxens and hybrids that I can’t pick up another book until I finish this series and then get over the following hangover.

This book actually reminded me a lot of ‘Shatter Me’ by Tahereh Mafi – the clinical-like institution, the psychotic leader, the ridiculously dangerous ‘tests’ – it’s very reminiscent of ‘Shatter Me’ in my opinion. That’s not a bad thing though, because I loved reading that book just as much as I loved this one.

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However, I am screaming about the fact that I can’t be sad over who dies in this one, because that would be spoilers, and that would make me kind of a douche canoe if I divulged spoilers. Ugh. Being a book blogger is hard!

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Also there’s some other things about this book that I would love to squeal and fangirl over, but that would also be spoilers, and spoilers suck, so I’m keeping mum. If you want to find out what these big surprises are – one of which I saw coming for ages! – then read the book yourself and find out for yourself.

(Quick note – Blake totally deserved what he got. No sympathy there.)

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Anyway, let’s talk about Daemon’s attitude towards Katy. There’s so much character development from Obsidian to now!! At the start of the series, he was very much for keeping her at arms length, but now he lets her fight with them and he’s proud (and even turned on) when she shows her tough side. He doesn’t suppress her, or her strength, even though he wants her safe. That’s a relationship that I admire.

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“She attacked several members of my team.”

A smile spread across my face. That’s my girl.

When she swung on him, pride swelled in me. That was my Kitten, claws and all.

Go Katy!

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Also, this book had alternating points of view, which was a nice change. This time we get to see things from Daemon’s point of view as well as Katy’s – alien/human, guy/girl.

The whole book was one huge thrill ride from start to finish, and I just couldn’t put it down. That’s the mark of a great author – when you’re reading something and you just can’t tear yourself away from it. I devoured this book like it was the last one on earth (God forbid!) and I laughed, I cried, and I celebrated. For the whole time, I genuinely felt like I was a part of this amazing world.

In case this review so far doesn’t have you rushing to your nearest bookshop to pick up a copy of this book, here’s some quotes to get you excited.

Then it struck me. A strangled laugh escaped. “Area 51?”

It was like being in a real, albeit messed-up, version of The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games for alien hybrids.

My spidey senses were telling me this thing was rigged with onyx.

“If I had a Mogwai, I’d totally feed it after midnight. That mohawk gremlin was a badass.”

Jesus H. Mary mother of Christ in crutches, came Daemon’s voice.

“What? Is Daedalus moonlighting as Match.com for Luxen and Hybrids?”

Nancy was so thrilled, I thought she was going to kiss me – and I thought I was actually going to have to hit a chick.

Why in the world did humans think aliens looked like a whacked-out Gumby?

This wasn’t a romantic getaway at the Ritz, unless running for your lives counted as foreplay.

I rate this one a full five stars because there was nothing I didn’t love about ‘Origin.’ If you like the paranormal, and live for intense fictional romances, this is the book series for you.

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Made Me Want To Do/Learn Something

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This week’s Top Ten topic is books that have made me want to do or learn something from reading them. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and The Bookish, and if you do one of the prompts set, you can link your post to their post and others can read your top ten. Cool, right? Lets start.
1. Sketching (Isla and The Happily Ever After)
I already draw a lot, but then I read Isla and The Happily Ever After, and my passion for sketching just exploded from there. I was inspired, sue me.
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2. Turning into an animal at will (Harry Potter)
Who didn’t read Harry Potter and wish they could be an Animagus like Professor McGonagall or Sirius? I like to think I’d turn into an animal as quirky and unusual as I am.
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3. An exciting adventure/quest (Lord of The Rings)
Like Charlie said:
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4. How to be a samurai or ninja (The Young Samurai series)
From the moment I started reading this series, I was hooked and I really, really wanted to be a samurai, and then later on a ninja (because why not?), and for a while that was definitely my dream.
5. Archery (Hunger Games)
Lets be real, everyone wanted to be a top-notch archer after reading about Katniss and her defiant bow and arrows.
 
6. Fly a spaceship (Scarlet)
Ugh, I want to fly the Rampion so much! Yet, I know Thorne would rather give up both hands than give up control of his beloved ship. Boo.
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7. Go to a grand ball (Cinderella)
This is all any little girl wants – to get all prettied up to just dance the night away at a ball with a prince. Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!
8.  Leaving a notebook with dares in a bookshop ( Dash And Lily’s Book of Dares)
I actually did this one! After I’d finished reading Dash and Lily, I made my own little book of dares and left it in my usual bookshop, but nobody picked it up. Oh well. I tried.
9.  Flirt with a Starbucks barista ( Fangirl)
I still haven’t done this one, mostly because I live nowhere near a Starbucks and also because I can’t flirt to save my life, but I would love to find the real-life equivalent of Levi who, lets be real, is a literal cupcake.
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10. Fall head over heels in love ( every romance book ever)
Hey, don’t judge me! I’m a hopeless romantic who believes in happily ever after, and love at first sight. I’m still looking for anyone who wants to date me, since it hasn’t happened yet, but hey, hope springs eternal.
What have y’all put on your lists this Tuesday? Send me a link to your post, and I’ll definitely have a look, because I’m genuinely fascinated about this topic.
Happy reading!

Book Review – Opal (Lux #3)

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Title: Opal (Lux #3)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis: After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Okay, how do I begin this review? With all these feelings, I guess the only way is to express them with gifs.

Me when I started reading it:

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Me halfway through it:

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Me once I’d finished it:

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Get the gist? Yeah, I’m still working through all my feelings about this. Let’s try actual words now.

Opal follows on from the end of Onyx, and relationships are fractured by the losses suffered in the previous book – especially Dee and Katy’s friendship. However, now the third Black sibling is home, and that brings both happiness and complications, involving the DOD.

Ugh, Blake is the biggest arsehole out of all the arseholes in the world. After what he did in Onyx, I never fully trusted him again, and with good reason. After all, what’s the phrase? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Blake must die! Die, die, die!

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Dee, on the other hand, deserves all the love in the world. Grief makes her a little bit of a bitch, but she’s still a total sweetheart. It really hurt when her relationship with Katy was basically a pile of poop – broTP, much? – but it just made it all the more heart warming when they took that step forwards again. Yay Dee and Katy!

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Then we have Daemon. Like Katy, I alternate between wanting to have my way with him, and wanting to kill him. He’s so annoying, yet ridiculously sexy. Here lies the perils of having book boyfriends.

Also, have I ever mentioned how much I love that Katy is a book blogger? I mean, there’s parts of the books where she’s just being a book blogger or book fangirl, and Daemon is genuinely interested, and I love that.

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Jennifer Armentrout just creates this fascinating world of aliens and humans and hybrids, and you can’t help but get sucked into it and into these complicated and layered characters. I only just finished Opal today, and I can’t wait to move on to reading the next one ASAP.

In case you haven’t jumped on the Luxen bandwagon yet (which rock have you been hiding under?!), here’s several quotes to get you into this book:

Daemon was beautiful but prickly, like a Christmas cactus.

-It had taken a lot for us to get to this point, being in the same room with each other, and not overcome by the urge to commit first-degree murder.

Our precious moment of being normal ended with a body lying on my bedroom floor.

It always felt good typing up a review on a book I enjoyed and I went all out, finding bizarre pictures to emphasize the wow factor. I preferred ones with cute kittens, and llamas. And Dean Winchester.

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– “He’s like a suicidal Energizer bunny.”

Oh dear baby kittens…she’d been mutated.

It sucked – sucked worse than people who pirated books, sucked more than waiting a year for the next book in a beloved series, and sucked more than a brutal cliffhanger ending.

The only reason I’m giving this a four star rating instead of a five is because of that ending. That’s not just a cliffhanger – it’s cruel. Curse you, Armentrout! Not really, I love you.

Happy reading!

Book Review – Isla And The Happily Ever After

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Title: Isla And The Happily Ever After

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Synopsis: Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

Rating: 5 Stars

Review: Why did I wait so long to read this?! It’s amazing! I have so many feelings about this book, but I’m going to try and put them into words (and a few gifs).

We first met Isla briefly in ‘Anna And The French Kiss’ and we know Josh – St Clair’s best friend – from the first book as well, but in this book we get to know Josh and Isla a lot more. Isla has been nuts about Josh for years, and he likes her too, but there’s always some obstacle in their path to happiness.

Oh my god, there were so many obstacles! Romeo and Juliet just had their parents to worry about -Isla and Josh have family drama on top of their own messed up schedules, and their separate friend groups, and new school rules on top of that, as well as Isla’s own insecurity. It’s a wonder they ever find their happily ever after.

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I absolutely love Stephanie Perkins’ fluffy writing – it’s just the thing you need when you’ve been stuck into some pretty serious literature or even just having a bad day. It’s the perfect antidote to life.

There’s cameos from past favourites like Anna, Etienne, and even Lola and Cricket, but we also meet new characters like Kurt – Isla’s best friend. Oh my god, Kurt is incredible! It’s very rare that you see a character with Aspergers in a YA book, but Kurt was written exquisitely.

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Josh knows that Kurt has high-functioning autism. Everyone here knows. When a stranger misinterprets Kurt’s behaviour as rudeness and reacts poorly, I can usually forgive them. But when someone who knows him doesn’t even want to try to understand him? No. I can’t forgive that.

“Yeah. What the DSM used to call Aspergers, and what they now call high-functioning autism. It’s the same thing. But it’s not a problem, it’s not like it’s something that needs to be cured. His brain just works a little differently from ours. That’s all.”

Ugh, so good! Everything about this book is so good! Well, except Isla’s sister Hattie. Hattie is a brat.

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I think my favourite part of the whole book is at the end when everyone’s together at Point Zéro – if you’ve read the book, you’ll know why this is my favourite. Everyone’s together and happy and it’s just such a pleasant atmosphere.

I’m actually very sad that this series is over, because you know, you only read a book for the first time once. On the other hand, I’m a sucker for fluffy romance, so I’ll probably read this book again soon.

Here are some of my favourite quotes from the book, chosen especially for this review;

If only I could say, “Listen, I like you, and you like me, so let’s go find a secluded park and touch each other.”

“It must be difficult to remember when your brain is smaller than your penis. Which, rumour has it, isn’t that big in the first place.”

“My fiancee and I are headed out for a celebratory dessert. I’d ask you all to join us, but I don’t want you there.”

Five star book! Go read it if you haven’t already, because it really is amazing. The whole series is a cute, fluffy breath of fresh air that I consider to be the antidote to life.