Wednesday, November 28, 2018

We Love Lists: Five Fake Relationship Romances

Does anyone else spend all of November and December watching Hallmark Channel movies? It's an obsession that I just developed in the last few years. But recently it got me thinking about romance tropes. And I realized I love the Fake Relationship trope. It's great for fluffy Holiday movies, but it works equally well in both adult and YA books. 

Here are some of my faves:

Big Rock by Lauren Blakely
The over the top male POV in this friends to lovers story took me a bit to get used to but it was lots of fun once it got going. It introduces most of the characters in the rest of the series, which I really enjoyed, as well.

Don’t Bite the Bridesmaid by Tiffany Allee
Alice's sister's getting married on a cruise. And her ex will be there too. She asks her neighbor to be her fake boyfriend, not realizing that he's a vampire.

The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert
Cherry gets caught in a compromising position with a prince. To avoid a scandal, his people tell the tabloids they're engaged. And she's whisked off to his estate to play fake fiancee.

Royals by Rachel Hawkins
The publisher just revealed a new cover and title for Royals. Soon it will be called Prince Charming. But it's still a fun YA version of Pretty Woman set among Scottish royals.
Read my review.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
How many times have you watched the Netflix movie? I think I'm only at 3, but I want to read the rest of the series so much now.
This summer we did a list of 10 Things to Watch After TATBILBT.

What's your favorite Fake Relationship Story?

Friday, November 23, 2018

Black Friday Book Bonanza

Welcome to the 8th Annual Black Friday Book Bonanza hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and Kimberly at The Caffeinated Reviewer! I love getting to check out all the blogs on this hop - find the list below and give them a visit.

You've all seen the #whatsinmybag tag, right? I'm calling this the What's in My Book Bag Giveaway because it's full of bookish merch. Here's what you can win:

Sapphire Rose Booksleeve from StoryTimeSleeve
Raven Cycle wallet
Daughter of Smoke and Bone pouch
The Belles mirror compact
Game of Thrones lip balm from Geekfire Labs
I Believe in Stardust hand lotion from Bath and Body Works
Strange the Dreamer notebook
Newt Scamander Funko Pop keychain
Because of shipping costs, this is U.S. only.

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Check out all the participating blogs:

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

We Love Lists: Books I've DNFed This Year

Hi. My name is Rose Red and I don't believe in finishing books I'm not enjoying. I'm a mood reader and a lot of times I'm just not in the mood for the book I pick up. And I've come to be able to tell the difference between when I'm not in the mood to read something and when I'm not liking a book. I can't begin to tell you how many books I've DNFed over the years. Sadly, I DNF a lot of YA books I pick up. I've been the black sheep on so many books the last few years. 

That being said, it's hard to write reviews for books I DNF because sometimes a book just isn't for me and I can't explain why. Other times the book is slow and info dumpy or I can't connect with the characters. Sometimes a book has major plot holes and I don't have the patience or energy to keep reading. But I think it's important to acknowledge books that we have problems with so I decided to do a list post.

Furyborn by Claire Legrand
This is one of those books that was probably hurt by all the hype for me. I found the alternating POVs very distracting and just couldn't get into the story.

Lifelik3 by Jay Kristoff
This book is actually don't know if it was the book or my mood that put me off reading this one. It felt slow and I just couldn't keep my attention on it. This is one that I'm on the fence about DNFing. Putting it asid while I was reading it was totally the right move but I'm still undecided if this will remain a DNF. I might try reading it again later.


Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Maureen Johnson is one of those authors whose work is either a big hit or a huge miss with me. And this book was a miss. I just couldn't get into it. I found myself putting it down for days at a time and when my library hold expired I never felt the need to check it out again. 

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
I think this book's problem was that I was expecting lots of action and there wasn't much of it. It's very much a "It's not you. It's me." thing. I just found it boring after a bit and I had no motivation to pick it up. Which is sad because it seemed like it should have been one of those books I absolutely adored.

 Honor Among Thieves By Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre
This is one of those books I DNFed early on on. I really enjoyed the sentient spaceships and the worldbuilding around that but the main characters and the premise of the story fell flat for me early on. I ended up DNFing only a few chapters in and haven't felt the need to try to pick it up again.

What books have you DNFed this year?
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