[Mini-Review] Two Romances I Absolutely Adored: Flipping the Script & You, Me, U.S.

It occurred to me the other day that I hadn’t written a review for a romance novel in a while – which is remiss of me, admittedly, because I’ve recently read two of the most amazing romance books ever. Both of them are #romanceclass books that were published this year, and I was lucky enough to be able to receive e-ARCs from the authors.

Confession time: these reviews were due ages ago. I have no excuse, except for the usual – real life, work, yadda yadda. But hopefully this post makes up for the lateness, because it’s mostly just gushing about how much I loved these two novels!

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[Book Review + Giveaway] With the Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo // the phrase “it takes a village” in book form

You ever see a book cover and then think, whatever that book is about, you just know beyond a doubt that you’re gonna love that story? Like, the cover is just so beautiful and speaks to you so much that you know its contents are gonna be just as great?

That’s how I felt when I first saw the cover for With the Fire On High.

I mean, you all know how hard I bat for POC on book covers. And this one, with a lovely Afro-Latinx curly-haired girl in a stylish head scarf (a thing I’m learning to do to my own hair!), is just so beautiful. Plus that color palette, and the grapefruit and orange pattern all over is the right something extra that the cover needed to push it from ‘wow’ to ‘omfg I gotta read this right away!’

All of that, plus that amazing summary? Sign me the hell up! 😍

So you can imagine just how grateful I was when Karina @ Afire Pages said I was gonna be part of the blog tour, I was ecstatic! I read it in one sitting, on a Saturday when I had nothing else to do. When I was done, I literally wanted to grab the nearest person and yell at them about how good the book was – which, the nearest person was my cat, so I did grab her and tell her about good the book was, as evidenced by the photo here.

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Amazon
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[Book Review] Kiss and Cry – Mina V. Esguerra // a second chance sporty romance that’s also all about compromise

Honestly? I have no excuse for how long it took me to post this review. This book was so good, y’all.

As always, thank you Mina and #romanclass for the lovely ARC!

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Title: Kiss and Cry

Author: Mina V. Esguerra

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 4.5/5

Summary:

Calinda met Ramirez when she was 20 and he was 22. She was the rising star of women’s skating, and he was the superstar forward of men’s hockey. Her parents and coach were against their relationship, and because Calinda wanted to prove that no hot guy would ever distract her from her dream, she chose skating over him — and also avoided him all together.

Ten years later, they meet again as gold medalists and prominent sports advocates, still single and undeniably attracted to each other. It’s still not a good time for them, because Ramirez is retiring from hockey and moving back to the United States. Calinda doesn’t do relationships, really, and proposes they use his final three weeks in Manila to explore what might have been, and do all the things they wish they’d done (there’s a list!). Then he can leave for good, and they can both move on with their lives without this one regret.

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[Book Review] Bloom – Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau // Yuri on Ice, but in a bakery (Yuri on Icing…?)

Let me preface this review by saying that this was due over a week ago, because I am premium trash. And because JM @ Book Freak Revelations, who hosted this book tour, is a treasure of the first water, he forgave me for being late. You are the light of my life, JM!

I’m gonna ask my readers to please cut me some slack for this one, because – pause for effect – I’ve never read and reviewed a graphic novel before. I KNOW, I KNOW. My boyfriend swears I’m the devil or something (for the record, it’s one of two things he and my dad can agree on; the other is that DC has better villains but Marvel has better heroes). So I don’t have the same critical eye with assessing a comic that I do a novel, to say nothing of being able to critique the art! Nevertheless, I will try!

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[Book Review] Empire of Sand – Tasha Suri // a love story wrapped in a tale of survival and sacrifice

Hey there, comrades! Today I’m going to talk about Tasha Suri’s debut novel, which has been on my radar for quite some time. I even talk about it in my most anticipated 2018 releases post. When it finally dropped, I was super excited to get started – but unfortunately, my blog hiatus happened.

Well, I finally got around to reading it just before the New Year festivities, and I finally finished it the morning of January 1st! And I think this is a great way to start the year because not only did I get to add one book to my 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge, I got to add a five-star read to my 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge!

So here’s what I thought of Tasha Suri’s amazing book!

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[Mini Review] #Romanceclass Recent Releases: How She Likes It and Mango Summer

Now just because I was on a blogging hiatus didn’t mean my reading had come to a complete standstill! I read a ton of books over said hiatus that I can’t wait to review – including recent #romanceclass releases, How She Likes It by Carla de Guzman and Mango Summer by Agay Llanera, both of which were launched at the last #romanceclass event, Feels Fest 2018 (read my recap here!).

After hearing the summaries of both books, I just knew I had to have them. (Also, y’all know I am a certified first-class #romanceclass ho.) Female CEO and her single father assistant? Magic mangoes on a farm in Zambales? Um, yes? I was lucky enough to get an ARC of of How She Likes It, and managed to get Mango Summer at its intro price just shortly before it was released on Amazon.

Read on the find out what I thought of these two recent #romanceclass releases!

Purchase Links:
Mango Summer
How She Likes It

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[Book Review + Giveaway] Mirage – Somaiya Daud // a lush Moroccan fantasy set in outer space

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Title: Mirage

Author: Somaiya Daud

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 4.5/5

Summary:

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

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