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Review: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”  ★★★★★ Buy the book here Page Count: 416 Genre: Romantic Suspense, Fiction Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca is a masterclass in riveting imagery, suspenseful scenes, and fascinatingly unreliable characters. I wasn't sure what to expect when reading Rebecca. This novel was a required read for one of… Continue reading Review: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

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Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Is it possible to meet the love of your life twice? ★★★★ One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid Buy the book here Page Count: 352 Genre: Romance, Drama, Fiction Synopsis: Emma seems to have the perfect life. She marries her high school sweetheart Jesse, travels the world with him, and settles far away from… Continue reading Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Image: Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood Buy the book herePage Count: 352Genre: Romance, Comedy, Fiction Synopsis: Bee Königswasser is a badass neuroscientist with a secret viral Twitter account, @What Would Marie Curie Do, that gives advice to women in STEM fields who have to deal with… Continue reading Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

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Review: Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay

Image: The book "Every Last Fear" by Alex Finlay sits on a textured white backdrop. Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay ★★★ Buy the book herePage Count: 368Genre: Fiction, Mystery, ThrillerContent Warnings (contains spoilers): Attempted sexual assault, physical assault, death of a parent, racism, mentions of pedophilia, mentions of suicide, death of a child Note:… Continue reading Review: Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay

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Review: If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

Fake Dating is a one way ticket to falling in love. ★★★★ Review: If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane Buy the book herePage Count: 432Genre: RomanceContent Warnings: discussions of previous sexual harassment and death of a child Laurie's life is turned upside down when her long term boyfriend ends their relationship. Laurie knows… Continue reading Review: If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

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Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry

January Andrews is a romance writer who has always believed in love. But after the death of her father, everything changes when she is given the key to his secret beach house that he shared with another woman during his marriage. A grieving January heads to this "lovenest"for the summer with hopes of using the time to pen her next novel and clear out the house.

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Review: A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Image: A paperback version of A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik sits on a navy blue sequined backdrop. (Julia Dath) A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik ★★★ Buy the book herePage Count: 336Genre: Fantasy, Young AdultContent Warnings: Death, violence Living is lethal in A Deadly Education. In this world, having access to magic means a… Continue reading Review: A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

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Review: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Hidden up in the mountains of Vermont is Ellingham Academy, an elite private school for unique minds, including artists, inventors, and writers. Founded by 1920s millionaire Albert Ellingham, the school was designed to make learning a game, and it only accepts 50 students each year on free tuition to attend.

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Top 10 Books I read in London

From January to May 2022, I spent my semester living in London and traveling around Europe. This meant lots of reading time on planes, trains, buses, and the London Underground. Of course I picked up some great books along the way! Here’s ten of my favorite reads from this semester. In London and looking for… Continue reading Top 10 Books I read in London

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Four Sequels That Are Better Than the First Book (And Four That Are Not)

Whether it's upped stakes, the introduction of a new character, or a plot twist, the second book can really make or break a series. Here's four sequels that, in my opinion, turned out better than their predecessor, and four that did not live up to expectations. If you've got a sequel that you love or… Continue reading Four Sequels That Are Better Than the First Book (And Four That Are Not)

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Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney

"Most people go through their whole lives, without ever really feeling that close with anyone." Image: book cover with blue sky background (Julia dath) Normal People by Sally Rooney ★★★★ Buy the book herePage Count: 273Genre: Fiction, Romance I know that I am late to the game with Normal People. It is one of those… Continue reading Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney

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Review: Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“When you think of me, I hope it ruins rock 'n' roll”  Image: Book Cover with floral background (Julia Dath) Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★★★★★ Buy the book herePage Count: 355Genre: FictionContent warnings: Drugs, addiction, abortion Daisy Jones & the Six tells the story of 1970s rock band The Six… Continue reading Review: Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Review: Crier’s War by Nina Varela

Image: Julia Dath Crier's War by Nina Varela ★★★★ Buy the book herePage Count: 448Genre: Fantasy, Romance, LGBTQ, Fiction, Young Adult Crier's War by Nina Varela is a queer enemies-to-romance fantasy read. In Rabu, Automae rule the land. But it wasn't always that way. In the War of Kinds, these Made beings took power from… Continue reading Review: Crier’s War by Nina Varela

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Review: All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue

All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue ★★★★★ Buy the book here!Page Count: 384Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBTQ+ FictionContent Warnings: Homophobia Magic, mystery, and mystery -- some of what readers can expect in this coming of age story from author Caroline O'Donoghue. When Maeve discovers a pack of tarot cards in the basement of St.… Continue reading Review: All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue

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Carmilla by J. Sheridan LeFanu is Vampire Goodness

Funeral, illustration by Michael Fitzgerald for Carmillain The Dark Blue (January 1872) Carmilla by J. Sheridan LeFanu Read the book here! Free via Project GutenbergGenre: Gothic horror, fiction I’m always looking for texts with a proximity to Twilight that aren’t Twilight. It is why I have a long standing obsession with Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy and rushed to… Continue reading Carmilla by J. Sheridan LeFanu is Vampire Goodness

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Review: Six Wicked Reasons by Jo Spain

Image: Julia Dath Six Wicked Reasons by Jo Spain ★★★★★ Buy the book herePage Count: 432Genre: Crime, thriller, fictionContent warnings: Discussions of murder, suicide, and assault I recently reviewed a Nora Roberts novel set in Ireland, but this Ireland-set story was entirely different. Missing sons, town gossip, and patricide all commune in this crime thriller… Continue reading Review: Six Wicked Reasons by Jo Spain

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Blind Date With a Book Review!

A magical Irish romance by a well known author As a newly serious romantic comedy fan, I recently made a trip to The Notting Hill Bookshop to find my next read. The small pile of paper wrapped titles labeled "Blind Date with a book" was absolutely irresistible. Here's the one I settled on: Image: Julia… Continue reading Blind Date With a Book Review!

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Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Image: Julia Dath The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★★★★★ Buy the book herePage count: 400Genre: Romance, historical fiction, LGBTQ+, fictionContent warning: intimate partner abuse, racism, homophobia, biphobia, abortion, and suicide. I was searching for a book that would surprise me. I've been reading a lot of romance lately, and a… Continue reading Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Review: The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

Who wants to meet the family on the first (fake) date? Image: Julia Dath The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas ★★★★★ Buy the book herePage count: 480Genre: Romance, comedy, contemporary, fiction The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas gives everything you might want in a romance novel: a lovable protagonist, classic tropes, and a… Continue reading Review: The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

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Review: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

The TikTok viral book delivers on troupe filled twists and turns. (Image: The Love Hypothesis) The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood ★★★★ Buy the book herePage count: 384Genre: Romance, comedy, contemporary, fictionContent warning: Discussions of workplace harassment and assault Ali Hazelwood's The Love Hypothesis has earned the title of being a "BookTok book" through being… Continue reading Review: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

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Review: Atonement by Ian McEwan

How far can the consequences of a stubborn lie reach? (Image: Julia Dath) When I decide something's not for me, it's pretty hard to change my mind. I hate cooked onions. Worms creep see out. My biggest stance for a long time was that I found all museums to be boring. Take, for example, my… Continue reading Review: Atonement by Ian McEwan

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Review: The Last Jedi (Star Wars Novelization) by Jason Fry

May the 4th Be With You — A TLJ Novelization Discussion Happy Star Wars day! In the midst of final exam season, I always look forward to this day to remind me of one of the pieces of media that encouraged me to pursue storytelling in the first place. The Star Wars films are some… Continue reading Review: The Last Jedi (Star Wars Novelization) by Jason Fry