Movie Monday: Love, Simon

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

Last week I watched Love, Simon. It is an adaptation of a well-known ya contemporary book Simon vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda.


Love, Simon

I think by now everyone and their mothers have already heard about one of the most amazing ya contemporary books that came out few years ago: Simon vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda.
The hype around that book was real, and it was justified, because the novel is astonishing.

However, we are not here to talk about the book, we are here to talk about the movie (tbh, I planned to do book to movie comparison but as I was watching, I realized just how much of the book I actually forgot, so it wasn’t possible).

The movie was astounding! It was everything I wanted and more.
After a very, very long time, I feel like I watched a movie that can be compared to my favorite movie of all time: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

When I compare it, I think about the feelings I had while watching (Oh, the feels!!!) and the atmosphere through the movie, but the stories are completely different. One thing that they definitely have in common is that both movies have important messages. Different, but very important.

I feel like Love, Simon is the movie everyone would enjoy. I can not imagine how someone would not like it. My friends who watched it all enjoyed it, some even recommended it to me because they didn’t know there was a book and that I have already read it.

I watched it with my fiance and tbh I was little afraid how he’d react because he doesn’t like high school movies, but he loved it. He told me it was the best movie we’ve seen in a while and that it will probably become evergreen. I hope he’s right!

If you still haven’t watch Love, Simon, what are you waiting for??
It’s streaming on Netflix and it is also available on DVDs in some countries.

Book Review: Love Notes for Freddie by Eva Rice

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Title: Love Notes for Freddie
Author: Eva Rice
Publisher: Quercus Books
Date: July 28th, 2016
Pages: 325
Format: eARC
Source: from Publisher for a review


Synopsis (from Goodreads): Marnie FitzPatrick is a reclusive sixth-former from Hertfordshire with a dysfunctional family, a penchant for Pythagoras’ Theorem and an addiction to doughnuts and gin. Julie Crewe is a disillusioned maths teacher who lives vicariously through the girls she teaches, yet who once danced barefoot through Central Park with a man called Jo she has never been able to forget.

This is the story of what happened in the summer of 1967, when the sun burned down on the roof of the Shredded Wheat factory, and a boy called Freddie Friday danced to the records he had stolen. This is about first love, and last love, and all the strange stuff in between. This is what happens when three people are bound together by something that can’t be calculated or explained by any equation.

This is what happened when they saw the open door.



Years ago, I came across a book called The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets.
I still remember how much I loved the writing style and the way Eva Rice described the setting, making me feel like I was there, with two girls she created in that cold but wonderful house where one of them lived. I remember how they liked music, Elvis Presley and fashion, and how one of them made herself a green coat from an old blanket.
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets in one of my all-time-favorite books today and I truly believe that that book will stay with me forever.

When I found out Eva Rice had a new book I was so excited. I had no idea what to expect from the story, but I had a feeling I would like it.
I mean, how could I not? It was created from the same mind that brang one of the best stories I had a pleasure to read in my life.

Love Notes to Freddie takes place during summer 1967. It follows Marnie FitzPatrick – a teenager who got expelled from her private school, Julie Crewe – Marnie’s (ex) Mathematics teacher and Freddie Friday – a boy who loves to dance and dreams of being a professional dancer.

Yet again, Rice’s writing style was amazing. There are no other words that can describe it better.
I wasn’t sure whether her style will have the similar impact on me as the one in her first book had, because I read that one in croatian translation, but I didn’t have to worry.
Even though this time around I read one of her books in a different language, the writing style was recognizable.
And in all honesty, even though I liked the story in a whole, the writing style is absolutely the best part of this novel.
Some people might not find it as their cup of tea and some might say that it’s a bit slow, but it is the style that suits me the best.

Marnie, Julie and Freddie were loveable characters. They were and they weren’t unique at the same time, but the way Eva Rice presented them made me fall in love with them even though I couldn’t even say why did I care about those people so much. I couldn’t help but root for Freddie to make his dream come true, I felt heartbroken over Marnie and wanted to be there for her when she was lost, and I had to feel sad for Julie and her broken dreams.

This is the story of love in different shapes. It talks about love of a girl for a boy, because she is interested in him. It talks about love a woman can have for a boy because, in him,  she sees a dreamer she once was. It talkes about love for dance, about the passion someone has and a dream that keeps that person going.
It talks about parent’s love. It talks about friend’s love, brother’s love. It shows us how many forms love can have.
Even if forbidden, a love can still be strong.

Maybe that is the reason why this novel is so beautiful. You can feel the love coming from it’s pages, and you can’t help but love it.

It also covers some serious topics, showing us how much big of a consequence one secret can have and how far guiltiness of a person can go.

The story is written in first person, following Marnie’s and Julie’s POV.
This is an adult novel, but I think younger audience would enjoy it just as much.
After all, it follows a perspective of a teenager and a perspective of a woman who most of the time is reminiscing about the days when she was young.
If you’re a reader of ya genre and would like to try adult general fiction, this book is a great choice to start with.

Love Notes for Freddie is also a good choice if you’re looking for diversity in books.


Book Review: A Little More Love by Kendra Leigh Castle

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Title: A Little More Love
Series: Harvest Cove #5
Author: Kendra Leigh Castle
Publisher: Berkley
Date: September 6th, 2016
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: from Publisher for a review


Synopsis (from Goodreads): For fans of Jill Shalvis and Kristan Higgins, a sweet, small-town romance about writing your own happy ending…
Kira Andersen’s professional instinct for a story has never led her wrong. So when she learns of a famous writer hiding in plain sight in a tiny New England town, she can’t resist following the trail. The only problem is everyone in Harvest Cove seems intent on keeping her from tracking down the elusive author—especially a handsome distraction who’s making it very hard to focus on the job…
Henry “Fitz” Fitzroy has no intention of letting a nosy reporter uncover his alter-ego as superstar writer Malcom Roy. Only Kira’s persistence is hard to deny—as is his own attraction to her. The more time he spends with her, the more he discovers he’d give almost anything to keep her in his life. But as work and play become inexorably entwined for Kira and Fitz, they realize that getting what they want for their careers might mean losing everything their hearts desire…



A Little More Love is fifth (and final) book in the Harvest Cove series, but it can easily be read as a standalone.
I haven’t read the first four  books  and I had no problems  when it comes to following the story and figuring out characters’ relationships.
That being said, after finishing this book I’d be glad to go back to Harvest Cove and read other novels in the series.

In this installment we follow Kira who came to Harvest Cove to visit her brother. Family visit is not the only reason Kira arrives in that small town. She is a reporter  on a mission. After finding out that the famous writer who writes under a pseudonym hides in Harvest Cove, she is determined to tell the world his true identity in an exclusive interview.

A Little More Love was a perfect romance read.
Written in the third person, with likeable characters you’ll fall in love with, it will bright your reading hours and warm your heart.

Kira was wonderful narrator I couldn’t help but grow attached to, but my favorite character was Fitz. He is that geeky, insecure but at the same time attractive guy who, to me,  stands up from other love interests in the sea of romance novels.

Side characters were also personable and  reading scenes with them was a pleasure.

The writer did an amazing job describing the setting and it was like the small town of Harvest Cove almost had it’s own personality.

Love scenes were somewhat descriptive, but it was all with good taste and there was no overdoing when it comes to details.

The writing style is pretty simple, but still enjoyable and easy to read.

I really enjoyed losing myself in this little world with characters Kendra Leigh Castle created and I am looking forward to read other novels in the series.


Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop, hosted by BookHounds.

In this giveaway I decided to give not one, but two books: one of my choice, and one of your choice.

The giveaway is international as long as TBD ships to your country.

After you enter this giveaway, don’t forget to visit other blogs for more giveaways.


Book of your choice should be up to 16 US$, and you can also choose one of 5 books I chose for you.
Here are your options:

18298225 12294652 23343303 the secret by the lake the unexpected everything

These are all books I read and loved, so I hope you will enjoy them too.

You can enter here:

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  • This giveaway is international as long as The Book Depository ships to your country.
  • You must be 18+ old to enter or have your parent’s permission to enter (because I’ll need to ask you to give me your adress so I could send the book to you).
  • I am not responsible for the shipment, but am responsible to order a book on time (The Book Depository is responsible to deliver you a book on time and in a good condition).
  • Once chosen, winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to reply, otherwise another person will be chosen as a winner
  • NO CHEATING! Cheaters will be disqualified

Good Luck! :)

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Guest Post + Giveaway: Love Charms and Other Catastrophes (Blog Tour)


I am happy to be today’s stop on Love Carms and other Catastrophes blog tour.

Today I am bringing you a guest post in which lovely Kimberly is sharing a recipe for the perfect guy, and a giveaway where you can win yourself a copy of the book.

I want to say thanks to Giselle from Xpresso Tours for giving me this opportunity.

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Love Charms and Other Catastrophes by Kimberly Karalius
(Grimbaud #2)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 17th 2016love charms
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Aspiring love charm maker Hijiri Kitamura was excited to come back to Grimbaud for her sophomore year-until she learns about the upcoming charm making competition. Grimbaud has just started to recover from the tyranny of Zita’s love fortunes and it would be too easy for the winning charm maker to take Zita’s place. The only solution is for Hijiri, with the support of her friends and fellow rebels, to win the contest herself.

Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done, especially when Love itself has decided to meddle in Hijiri’s life. Concerned that it’s favorite charm maker has given up on finding a boyfriend of her own, Love takes matters into its own hands and delivers the perfect boyfriend to her in a giftwrapped box…literally.

Get ready to be charmed by this magical, quirky sequel to Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius.

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Guest Post

A Grimbaudian Recipe for the Perfect Guy


Disclaimer: Don’t try this recipe unless you’re in Grimbaud. Otherwise, you could find yourself stuck with questionably edible cake batter that may scare your neighbors.




2 packages of the cake mix of your choice, according to your sweetness preference (EX: yellow cake produces friendly boy-next-doors while gingerbread cake results in boys with sass)

2 marbles for eyes

1 elephant ear cookie for ears

1 boy-shaped cooking mold, according to body preference

Hair – preferably real hair – for your boyfriend, according to how much you want on his head and facial hair, if any

1 stand-in heart. Can be any object like a pocket watch or tissue box, but choose carefully. Your boyfriend may take on some traits from your stand-in heart

12 eggs

8 teaspoons of vegetable oil

4 cups sugar

12 cups all-purpose flour

6 teaspoons baking powder

1 ½ teaspoons salt

4 cups milk

4 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups butter (softened)




In a large bowl, cream the softened butter and sugar, slowly beating the eggs in one at a time. Add vanilla extract, baking powder, salt, milk, vegetable oil, cake mix, and the flour until the batter is thick and well-mixed. Then pour the batter into the boy-shaped cooking mold.


Now the real work begins. Take your marbles and put them where your perfect guy’s eyes should be. Remember to only sink them halfway in, so that the marbles are carefully embedded, but not submerged in the batter. Using your hands or tools, sculpt his nose and mouth. The nose can be tricky; consider using a non-edible option like a silicone or clay nose. If this is your first time, you may want to stick with a simple smile for the mouth. If you sculpt a smirk, your perfect guy will smirk a lot. Then, cut the elephant ear cookie in half, essentially creating two ears, and place them correctly on the sides of the head. In the same manner, give your perfect guy a head of hair and maybe a moustache. Use tweezers if your hands tend to shake.


Lastly, completely submerge the stand-in heart so that it can’t be seen. Consult a diagram if you’re not sure where the heart should go.


Carry the boy-shaped mold to your backyard or a quiet spot outdoors. Make sure you place the mold so that it has direct contact with the sun. Then sit cross-legged on the ground and have a thrilling one-sided conversation with Love. Tell Love why you chose the ingredients you did, what you hope your perfect guy will be like, and anything else you feel it needs to know. Then leave the mold outside overnight. Check the next morning to make sure the mold is empty.


Expected results may vary. Your perfect guy may pop up in unlikely places or literally ring your doorbell to introduce himself. If you smell something like cake in the air, you’ll know he’s close by. Have faith and confidence in the hard work and well-wishes you put into him. Love never fails!

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Giveaway (US and Can only)

  • A print copy of Love Charms and Other Catastrophes
  • Giveaway ends May 19th


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Kimberly KIMBERLY KARALIUS holds an MFA in fiction from the University of South Florida, and has been sharing stories on with a strong following of enthusiastic readers since the site’s conception. Although Kimberly lives in sunny Florida, she prefers to stay indoors and sometimes buys a scarf in the hopes of snow. She loves watching really old cartoons and silent films. Being in Florida certainly has one big perk: going to Disney World. Which she does. Frequently. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters is her debut novel.


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Book Review: No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista

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Title: No Love Allowed
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Swoon Reads
Date: April 19th, 2016
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: from Publisher, for a review


Synopsis (from Goodreads): It’s all fun and parties until someone falls in love in this modern fairy tale from author Kate Evangelista.

Caleb desperately needs a fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties for his father’s law firm with a pretty girl on his arm, or he gets shipped off to Yale to start a future he’s not ready for and isn’t sure he wants. And sadly, the last unattached girl in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him. Fortunately, Didi, recently fired waitress and aspiring painter, is open to new experiences. As the summer ticks by in a whirl of lavish parties, there’s only one rule: They must not fall in love!



„Love destroys people to the point where they don’t even care who else they hurts in the process.“

It has been three days since I finished this book and still, it is all I’m thinking about.

Ask me why is that, what makes this novel so special that it captures my mind like there’s no important things in my life, and I problably wouldn’t know what to tell you.

But what I do know is that I don’t think that any review I write for this piece can do it justice.

The story is written in third person, following two perspectives: Caleb’s and DiDi’s.

Caleb comes from a wealthy family and all he wants is to have a gap year between going to college, so he could travel trough Europe with his cousin Nathan. In order to earn that, he has to spend the summer attending certain events with his family, and have a girl that will make him a company.

That’s where Didi comes in. She’s a girl raised by a single mother, not poor but definitely far from being rich. She agrees to pretend to be Caleb’s girlfriend for the summer, so she could experience the lifestyle she never had. Also, Caleb agreed to pose her for her painting, since she’s an artist.

They make an agreement: One mustn’t fall in love with the other.

What took me by surprise in this story is it’s characers and how the story kept me inrigued.
Nor Caleb or Didi were likeable. They were gray, had their flaws, but still, I cared about them and wanted to know everything about them: why they acted the way they did, what made them think the certain way and how they are going to deal with cards that life throws at them.

This is the story you read for it’s completeness. Even though main characters aren’t the ones you want to befriend, you still root for them and want the best for them.
Side characters are so interesting, I really got attached to Preston, Nathan and Natasha.
They have that impact on you as a reader:  you want to know more about them.
When I heard that the story about Preston and Nathan is planned to be published later this year, I welcomed the news with all my heart.

Although at first this novel gives an impression as a cute ya spring/summer read, with it’s goergous cover and warm colors, that is not the case.
Yes, it does have cute moments and swoon worthy situations, but it also deals with some serious topics like mental illness and suicide.
I think when it comes to those, the writer did her research well.

What I liked the most about this book is Didi’s passion for Van Gogh. You can feel it trough the whole novel.
The story starts with quote by Van Gogh, and when following Didi’s perspective you can notice that everyday things like clouded sky reminds her of his work. She also talks about him with passion, but still she doesn’t overdo it.
Her affection for Van Gogh’s work and him as an artist is almost touchable, like it has a personality on it’s own (just like Paris had in Stephanie Perkin’s Anna and the French Kiss).

This novel also has some beautiful, memorable scenes, like 4th July scene and the one at (almost) very end with paintings.

The story is not only full of vizuals, but music also plays a part in it. Not a big one, but you can still feel it.
I guess it had an impact on the author while she was creating her story.

The writing style is good and you can speed trough this book.
It is not poetic and has not many memorable quotes, but it is still really beautiful.

I couldn’t help but be reminded of Katie McGarry‘s books while reading.
The writing style is still very different from McGarry’s, but I think that her fans would enjoy this novel as well.



Note: You can read my interview with an author and win yourself a copy of No Love Allowed here.

Book Review: The Second Love of My Life by Victoria Walters

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Title: The Second Love of My Life
Author: Victoria Walters
Publisher: Headline Review
Date: April 7th, 2016
Pages: 320
Format: paperback ARC
Source: Won in a giveaway


Synopsis (from Goodreads)Victoria Walters’ debut novel is a powerful tale of love, grief and survival, perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern, Lucy Dillon and Miranda Dickinson. ‘Brilliant and superior women’s fiction’Heat

In the Cornish town of Talting, everyone is famous for something.

Until recently Rose was known for many things: her infectious positivity; her unique artistic talent; and her devotion to childhood sweetheart Lucas.

But two years ago that changed in one unthinkable moment. Now, Rose is known for being the young woman who became a widow aged just twenty-four.

Though Rose knows that life must go on, the thought of carving out a new future for herself is one she can barely entertain. Until a newcomer, Robert, arrives in Talting for the summer…

Can Rose allow herself the chance to love again?

Get lost in Victoria Walters’ immensely touching debut novel, and discover a world that will capture your imagination and heart.


Readers are falling in love with THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE:

‘A beautiful story – full of heart’ Giovanna Fletcher

‘A sobtastic story’ Red Online

‘Just darn brilliant’ Look

‘Brilliant and superior women’s fiction’ Heat

‘Heartbreaking and heart-awakening’ Lisa Dickenson



„ But the problem with moments is when you know you won’t have any more of them, they become infinitely more significant.

I wish I had treasured the moments more at the time but that’s the problem with moments, you never know when you are about to have your last one.“


The Second Love of my Life is a story about a young woman named Rose who lost the man she supposed to spend her life with. Two years after the horrible accident that left her without her husband, she is still trying to pick up the pieces of herself.

Saying that I liked this book would feel like underrating it. Saying that I loved it would still feel like underrating it.
That is the problem when it comes to reviewing a book you feel like is one of the best pieces you have read in months.
No matter how hard you try to put your feelings out there, you just feel like there’s no review that could do it justice.

I am so grateful that I had an opportunity to read this book and to discover this amazing writer while she is still a debut author.
Victoria Walter’s writing style is so beautiful and I have a feeling we will read a lot of her work in the future. At least I hope we will.

She captured Rose‘s inner struggle in such a beautiful and yet realistic way, that I, as a reader, wanted to transform myself there, in an imaginary town called Talting, and be there for her.
It was hard at some parts reading how terrible Rose had felt, but at the same time, there was beauty in it.
Reading this book was a bautiful experiance.
Books like this one are the reason why I read.

I liked every character in this book, which is a rare thing for me.
I already read Walter’s short story The Summer I Met You (and I liked it) in which we follow Rose’s best friend Emma. Even though I liked her there, I can honestly say that I liked her here, as a side character, even more.

I loved the atmosphere in this book. Reading about small towns and it’s residents are what I usually enjoy and reading about Talting was no exception.

However, my favorite part in this book was the one that’s taking place in Scotland.
The reason for that is not the place, but the realisation that came to a certain character there.

Overall, reading The Second Love of My Life was an emotional ride I am glad I took.
I am so happy I discovered this author and I can’t wait to read her next book, even though I don’t know when that will be.
At this point, it doesn’t even matter, because this book convinced me that it will be worth waiting for it.
In the meantime, I am sure I will re-read The Second Love of My Life few times (or more).


Spring Reading: 10 books I want to read this Spring

Happy first day of Spring, everyone!!!

I did some blog hopping these days, and got an inspiration for this post.
I know this was a theme for TTT, but since I don’t do TTT and I still wanted to write about my Spring reads, I decided that first day of Spring would be a perfect day..

My main inspiration came from the post by Liv from curlyhairbibliophile .

Without further ado, these are 10 books I want to read this Spring:


  1. The Second Love of my Life by Victoria Walters

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This book comes out on April 7th. I already read it’s short story prequel, The Summer I Met You (you can read my review here) and liked it very much, so I can’t wait to see what Walters cooked for us in her full-lenght debut.
I hear this women’s fiction story is a real tearjerker so I’ll make sure to prepare some tissues for myself.


2. The Winner’s Triology by Marie Rutkoski


I want to read this series for some time now and, since the last book is coming out soon, I figured it would be the best to just marathon the whole series. I want to do it ASAP, so that’s the reason why I’m choosing to read it this Spring.


3. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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Another series I want to marathon. First thing that bought me as a reader is the gorgeous cover for the last book in the series (yes, I know, I am shallow like that).
Second thing is, one of my favorite booktubers, Daniella from Pixie Tonic chanel said this is the best ya series outthere at this very moment, and I trust her opinion more they anyone’s.


4. Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel by Jane Costello

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My favorite author is coming out with her new book on March 24th. This book is the first one from this list that I’ll be reading, and I plan to do that on it’s releasing day, if TBD delivers it on time. I am too excited for this one!


5. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

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Another book I plan to read on it’s releasing day, April 5th (if TBD delivers it on time, that is!). Richelle Mead is also one of my all-time favorite authors and I can’t wait to see what she prepared for us this time!


6. Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen

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My favorite on-going series is coming to an end and I can’t wait to see how it all’s going to wrap up, but am also sad to say goodbye to this world and it’s characters.
I am sure this series will be the one I’ll re-read many times in my life.


7. I heart London by Lindsey Kelk

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I am the worst reader ever, because this is my favorite chick-lit series and I still haven’t finished it.
I just HEART Angela Clark and Jenny Lopez and can’t wait to hang out with them again this Spring.


8. The Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

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I simply can’t wait for this ya contemporary to come out. It sounds like it is written for me and I hope it will live up to my expectations. This one comes out on May 17th.


9. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery


This classic is the one I want to read very soon. I never got the chance to read it in my native language, so I bought it in English. I can’t wait to see how I’ll like the book that is loved by so many people in the world.


10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


Once again I am the worst reader ever. This book that is loved by so many people in the world is the one that is still not on my “read” list.
I plan to change that this Spring in a hope that I’ll like it.


What books do you plan to read this Spring?
Tell me all about it in comments. 🙂

Bullet Short Stoy Review: The Summer I Met You by Victoria Walters

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Title: The Summer I Met You
Author: Victoria Walters
Publisher: Headline Review
Date: February 11th, 2016
Pages: 65
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Escape to Cornwall and meet the characters of Talting in this wonderful digital short story and prequel to Victoria Walters’ captivating debut novel, THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE.

This is a summer romance that will last a lifetime…



„In that moment he made me as if we had lifted off from the ground and were dancing amongst the stars.“

What you need to know about this short story:

  • It is a prequel to Victoria Walter’s debut novel The Second Love of My Life, that comes out this April.
  • It is written in first person, from the perspective of a young girl called Emma.
  • Emma is telling the story in two different time periods: now and then, which are separated by the three months period.
  • The Summer I Met You is a story of falling in love.
  • Although Emma and her love interest, John, are main characters in this story, they are not main characters in the full-leight novel that follows this story.
  • Main character in The Secon Love of My Life is Rose, Emma’s best friend, and we get to meet her in this prequel.

What you should be warned about:the second love

  • It contains insta-love (which is not a bad thing, from my perspective).
  • Not all 65 pages of this ebook are an actual story, some of them are a part of an exclusive extract from The Second Love of My Life.

What I liked about this book:

  • The writing style is worth to be commended
  • The way the writer describes places is just so realistic and beautiful at the same time. I could’t help but imagine Emma’s room, the view to the sea and the smell of pigs and cows in the air, it was like being there partly.
  • Both setting were just amazing.
  • Characters were likeable, especially Rose and her husband Lucas.

What I’d like to change in this piece of work:

  • I only wish it was a bit longer so we could watch how Emma and John’s love was developing and how they spent time that Summer.

Overall, the purpose of this short story is to introduce us to characters from The Second Love of my Life. In that purpose, it succeeded.
When I say I can’t wait to read Walter’s debut novel, I mean it wholeheartedly. I really enjoyed this story and find the writing style so beautiful and appealing that I just can’t wait to see what the writer is going to present us in her full-leight book.

Even though this is a prequel, it can be read on it’s own and I think if you decide to give it a try, you will probably enjoy it. I know I did.


Book Review: A Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by

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Title: The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance
Author: Kirsty Greenwood
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Date: April 9th, 2015
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher for a review


Synopsis (from Goodreads): Jessica Beam is a girl who knows how to party. Only lately she’s been forgetting to turn up for work on time. Or in clean clothes. Down on her luck, out of a job and homeless, Jess seeks the help of her long-lost grandmother.

Things aren’t going well for Matilda Beam, either. Her 1950s Good Woman guide books are out of print, her mortgage repayments are staggering and her granddaughter wears neon Wonderbras!

When a lifeline from a London publisher arrives, the pair have an opportunity to secure the roof over their heads – by invigorating the Good Woman guides and transforming modern, rebellious Jess into a demure vintage lady.

The true test of their make-over will be to capture the heart of notorious London playboy Leo Frost and prove that Matilda’s guides still work. It’s going to take commitment, nerves of steel and one seriously pointy bra to pull this off…



It feels like it’s been months since I’ve read a chick-lit and I wasn’t even aware I missed it in my life.
This book reminded me how it feels to laugh out loud while just reading. It was good to be remembered.

In this book we follow Jessica, who is a party girl with not so much obligations or the work ethic in her life. All she wants to do is party, travel and not to take things seriously, until one day, the life slaps he. She has no job, no place to live and no money.

What I found in this novel is the fact that not one character in this book is likeable at the first apperience, but over the time, chapter by chapter, you start to get attached to them.

At first, I didn’t like Jessica. I tought she was selfish and deserved what came for her. Despise that, I wanted to know how she’s going to manage her new life. I also wondered if there’s going to be that typical character development where the character puts her old life behind her and becomes a different person.
I can gladely say this book is free of all those big cliches.

Peach was my favorite character. I can totally imagine that girl somewhere in the real world.
Summer was the one we should probably think about as a b*tch, but I actually understood her and I would probably act the same way she did, if I was her. Does that make me a b*tch too? Probably, but at least an honest one.
After all, Jessica’s leak of responsibilities and better judgement have put her in the position she found herself in.

Matilda, Jessica’s Grandmother, was my least favorite character. Although, I would like to read her books so I could try some of her advices.

Don’t let the cover and genre fool you! This book contains some serious topics, such as a suicide and depression, shattered loves and shettered personalities. That is what I like about this book the most.
And the fact that author knew how to present this story and touch those serious things in the book, but at the same time wrote a funny book without the dissrespect to people with simiral problems and in simiral situations, makes me appreciate her as an author.

If you seek for a new chick-lit, I warmly recommend this one.