An Event to Remember… or Forget

An Event to Remember… or Forget

By Melissa Baldwin

Genre: Chick lit, British chick lit

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book that I picked up on a whim. Maybe it’s because one of my dream jobs would be event planning? Sienna is an event planner soon to leave her current company and start her own one. She’s mostly happy with her boyfriend, Luke, although he always puts his career first. One night, she and Luke run into his old roommate, Ace. Sienna can’t deny the attraction she feels to save, especially when they keep running into each other. In the meantime, Sienna’s friends are getting pregnant and engaged, making her wonder where he relationship with Luke is headed.

This was just such a fun read. Sienna is a likable main character and I loved reading about her job. The book did have some awkward, stilted sentences. Not the most polished writing style, but a good plot and characters. I would definitely recommend it to chick lit fans!

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The Pact

The Pact: A Love Story

By Jodi Picoult

I’m torn about how many stars to give this one. On one hand, it was well-written and engaging. At no point did I consider not finishing it. On the other hand, it was not a very realistic or believeable story. There was one aspect of the ending that was ridiculously unbelievable and in the “discussion with the author” part at the end of my book, Jodi admitted she didn’t like the ending, but thought readers would hate her if she did something different. I can definitely see that she has matured because I’m sure she would go with her original ending had she written the book now.

Chris Harte and Emily Gold have grown up together their whole lives. No one is surprised when they start dating. When Chris is injured and Emily killed from a gunshot wound to the head, Chris says they made a suicide pact. Emily’s mother believes that Chris killed Emily, while her father believes he’s innocent. We don’t know what really happened until the end (although it’s not a surprise) at Chris’s murder trial.

I found it unbelievable that Emily showed zero signs of suicide and didn’t confide in anyone except Chris. The characters bothered me with their decisions, especially Chris and Emily. I really don’t like the subtitle “A Love Story” because Chris even admits at one point that Emily didn’t love him to do what she did. She didn’t consider the after effects for him. Chris’s story, when the truth was finally revealed, seemed like quite a stretch. I would recommend a different Picoult novel instead. 2 out of 5 chickadees singing.

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The Truth About Gemma Grey Review and Giveaway

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The Truth About Gemma Grey Summary

Life isn’t working out quite as Gemma had planned. Her breakthrough job turns out to involve writing clickbait articles about cats. Her boyfriend Jack is off travelling the world with his glamorous BFF and her mum’s social life puts Gemma’s own to shame.

Then, after a late-night online rant, Gemma’s YouTube channel goes viral and everything changes.

Suddenly, she’s living the dream – only it’s not turning out entirely as she imagined.

Gemma realises she’ll have to choose between fame, real love and being true to herself – because she can’t have it all. Or can she?

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My Review

Oh my goodness, I enjoyed this book! 5 out of 5 chickadees singing! Gemma is such a sweet and relatable main character. I feel like so many young women have felt the way that she does at points throughout the book. This book is also hilarious. Gemma gets herself into some crazy situations and has a funny “inner voice.”  Just reading about the lives of Youtube stars had me feeling incredulous. I learned SO MUCH about people who make a living vlogging. That brings up another great thing about this book- it’s very “of the moment.” From clickbait articles to ring lights, RIGHT NOW is the perfect time to read this book. It revealed a side of the internet I had never paid much attention to before. This book is a great example of fun chick lit. I highly recommend it!

Important Links

Buy the books:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071KKJ5JL

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Meet the author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SophieRanald/

Twitter: @sophieranald

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7233995.Sophie_Ranald

Website: https://www.sophieranald.com

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*I was given a copy of this book, content, and images as part of the book tour. I reviewed this book voluntarily and honestly, unlike some of the vloggers in Gemma Grey’s world.*

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The Big Weekend Review

The Big Weekend

By Libby Kirsch

Genre: Mystery, chick lit, cozy mystery

5 out of 5 chickadees singing!

I was given a copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. I just love this Stella Reynolds series! This latest installment was so enjoyable. Stella reports on a murdered man. His ex-wife, Tabitha, is in jail for the crime, but she says she’s innocent and needs to get home to her kids. Is she telling the truth? As Stella investigates, she finds more and more layers. Soon, Tabitha’s brother is killed at her house. A neighbor swears she saw Tabitha commit both crimes, but Tabith was in jail during the second one. Does Tabitah’s lawyer have anything to do with what’s going on?

In the midst of the murder investigation, Stella is trying to keep her relationship with race car driver Lucky strong. That isn’t so easy when they’re long distance and both so committed to their jobs. Will Stella be able to figure out her love life and solve the case?

I liked the intricate layers to this mystery. I always love reading about Stella’s investigative process as well. We get to see a little bit of where Stella’s crazy friend, Janet, is. It looks like Janet is about to get her own series, which is exciting. I hope Libby keeps writing Stella Reynold’s books, too, because they’re great. This whole series is so enjoyable and I highly recommend them!

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Poppy’s Proposal Review

Poppy’s Proposal

By Gavin Ough

Genre: Chick lot, romance, humor

4 out of 5 chickadees singing! I was given a copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it.

Finally, a chick lit that’s not completely predictable! Poppy works the front desk at a hotel and wonders if that’s all there will ever be for her. Poppy has always had a bit of a crush on surfer instructor Greg, but he shows no interest back. That is, until Poppy starts seeing Andrew, a wealthy royal. Poppy proposes to date both of them for a while and see what happens. Her roommate, Rhea, warns her not to, but she doesn’t listen.

For the first half of the book, I expected things to go one way in typical chick lit fashion. I was pleasantly surprised when they didn’t. This is a book with a lot of humor and a lot of heart. Poppy is a great main character people can relate to. The characters are all fun and incredibly different. I would definitely recommend Poppy’s Proposal to fans of chick lit.

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