Book Review: “The Forest Queen” by Betsy Cornwell

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D E S C R I P T I O N

“When sixteen-year-old Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, Sylvie feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. Her dearest friend asks her to run away to the woods with him, and soon a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen.”

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While reading this book I LOVED all the original Robin Hood references like instead of Little John it was Little Jane, and even Mariam showed up in one of the scenes. Sylvie’s brother was the sheriff and was abusing the commoners just like in Robin Hood. There was even a robbery scene, even if it was only one.

Probably the best part of this book was the GIRL POWER! With Sylvie being the ultimate girl boss. She helped so many people and was the ultimate supporter. She had so many moments where I felt proud of her, whether it was her sticking up for self against her brother or comforting her new friend Little Jane, there was always some girl power that needed some proud recognition.

Thorny Features     

I’ve noticed that throughout my years of reading, I’m not the biggest fan of books with slow plots, and the plot in this book was slow. I was bored for most of the book because there wasn’t an exact direction where this book was going in. It just kind of flowed. Even when the plot did pick up, it wasn’t that exciting.

There were a few ‘gory’ scenes like Sylvie and Little Jane splitting and eating a heart together, and I’ll be honest, those scenes are just not for me. Even the first chapter is pretty descriptive when it talks about Sylvie hunting and killing a deer. Just a little warning, this book does contain mention of rape, suicide, and assault.

If you’ve been following my blog for long, you know I love romance, well not in this book. I feel like Sylvie and Bird just kind of ended up together at the end, there was no build to their relationship. I would have preferred if, throughout the book, it showed their relationship developing, even a few short scenes would have made a difference.

Final Thoughts     

Overall, I rate this book a 3 out of 5. I loved the idea of this book, but this book just wasn’t for me. There were too many little things that just ruined the book for me. I liked the darker twist to Robin Hood as well as the women empowerment, but I don’t know if I would read this book again. I would recommend that you at least try reading this book because there were some nice qualities to this book. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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Book Review: “Stolen Songbird” by Danielle L. Jensen

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D E S C R I P T I O N

“For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…

But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for…”

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Despite not really liking Cécile, the main character, I LOVED Tristan! He was so entertaining. His sarcastic remarks had me dying laughing. Even though he seemed very carefree and funny, Tristan was very caring and dedicated.

Now I’ll be honest, the plot took me a while to get into, which is a little strange considering I’ve read so many other books with similar plot lines. However, once the plot took its shape, I found the storyline to be much more entertaining and unique. Involving different aspects, I wouldn’t have even thought about. More plot twist took place, and I loved all the different twist and turns! Once the storyline took off, I couldn’t get this book out of my hands. So much so that when my book fell asleep my lofted bed when I was sleep tried using different things to get out. Hangers, tongs, but I just ended up squeezing my way in-between the window and the bed, lol.

Fun fact: I’m a sucker for a good family drama (Check out my blog post about some books with family drama), and this book had some difficult family dynamics between Tristan’s family. With the wicked king, strange queen, and insane brother, Tristan’s family was a handful. I enjoyed reading about their entertaining family.

Thorny Features

            I didn’t hate Cécile but, I didn’t love her either. Sure, there were moments where she was selfless and brave, but there were also moments where acted like a brat. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Cécile, she was kind of irritating. Just the way her personality was in some of the dangerous scenes annoyed me. I felt like I was watching a scary movie and was yelling at the main character not to go into the basement.

The relationship between Cécile and Tristan had me conflicted. Sure, they had cute moments but, in my opinion, the whole relationship went by to fast. First there married and don’t talk, then they have one meaningful conversation and now it’s at the ‘I love you’ stage. I just didn’t get how fast it went by.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 4 out of 5. The plot became a lot more enjoyable towards the end. With the different twist in turns, I finished this book in two days. Now even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of Cécile, I loved Tristan and the different layers to his character. The drama in this book reminded me a lot of Gossip Girl, but with trolls, haha. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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✰  ‘Stolen Songbird’ by Danielle L. Jensen

Book Review: “The Treachery of Beautiful Things” by Ruth Frances Long

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D E S C R I P T I O N

“A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she’s lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice–and not just her own.”

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I love a good fae book! Something about reading about these mischievous little creatures, I find to be interesting. One thing that I’ve always found fascinating is the fae world. I think Ruth Frances Long captured the fae world beautifully. Capturing the beauty but also the treachery (haha see what I did there) that is the fae world.

The plot of this book was highly entertaining. With all the different challenges that Jenny faced, whether it was deceiving monsters, crazy people trying to feed her to monsters and worst of all Mab, the fae queen, but Jenny doesn’t give up easily. I think the book being in the third person set the tone of this book. I liked being able to see all the betrayal and meddling going on, behind Jenny’s back. It defined what the fae are like perfectly.

Uhhh the drama! The betrayal! This book has it all! Especially betrayal. With all the different sides, there is a ton of deception and lying. There is literally no one who Jenny can trust. Take any drama tv show, and add fae, there you have this book.

The relationship between Jenny and Jack was like the fantasy version of Romeo and Juliet. They want to be together but there are so many factors that are stopping them. One is that Jack is not human. Their moments together have so much chemistry and passion, I loved their relationship!

One thing that I can guarantee is that the ending of this book was perfect! It was something I didn’t expect or see coming but made me smile ear to ear. The ending was like a full course meal, and I was completely satisfied.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 4 out of 5. Honestly, this book is just gorgeous. Even if you decide to read this book just because of the cover, you won’t be disappointed. The magical fae world was beautifully written about, and I highly recommend reading this book. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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‘The Treachery of Beautiful Things’ by Ruth Frances Long

Book Review: “To Best The Boys” by Mary Weber

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The task is simple: don a disguise. Survive the Labyrinth. Best the boys.

In a thrilling new fantasy from the bestselling author of the Storm Siren Trilogy, one girl makes a stand against society and enters a world made exclusively for boys.

Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port have received a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. The poorer residents look to see if their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.

In the province of Caldon, where women train in wifely duties and men pursue collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.

With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone is ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the deadly maze.

Welcome to the Labyrinth.

 

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Now I’ve mentioned this before in another blog post, if the main character isn’t enjoyable it’s hard to like the book, luckily Rhen was awesome! She was so badass and brave! I loved her! Out of all the characters I’ve read from this list, Rhen is most definitely my favorite. I loved how passionate she was, whether it was about her education or her family, Rhen was a strong character.

The relationships in this book adorable, my favorite being Seleni and Berryl! I loved how different their personalities were, Beryl’s shy and timid, while Silenini is loud and outgoing. Rhen and Lute were like definitely forbidden lovers. With them both coming from different backgrounds, and Rhen being courted by another guy. I liked Rhen and Lute together though.

I loved the dystopian feel to this fantasy book. It made the book more entertaining and unique. With the disease that is slowly spreading and killing people, the gender roles, this book was full of different conflicts surrounding this world.

Even though I loved this book in the end, it took me a while to get into the plot. Once the plot took off, I couldn’t put the book down! So many events were happening, there was drama and danger, it was AMAZING! The plot was so engaging and full of different surprises!

The ending of the book is by far my favorite! With different plot twist coming at me one after the other, this book was not leaving my hands anytime soon. Especially since I couldn’t predict anything that was happening.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 5 out 5. Like I mentioned in the introduction, this book is literally, Mulan + Maze Runner + The Hunger Games, in one book. I definetly recommend this book. It’s the perfect fantasy read and I highly recommend this book. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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‘To Best The Boys’ by Mary Webber

Book Review: ‘Wake’ by Amanda Hocking

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D E S C R I P T I O N
“Gemma Fisher seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now she’s falling harder for him every day. But Gemma doesn’t know that her ordinary life is about to change forever.

Penn, Lexi and Thea are strangers in town for the summer—and they’ve been watching her. Three sisters with mysterious powers, they invite Gemma to join their exclusive circle, and it changes her in ways she never imagined. Suddenly she’s stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.”

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For starters I found the plot of this book to be really entertaining. I found the idea of sirens to be unique and fun to read about. I think the whole idea of these beautiful girls who come to town only a couple of times a month and are this big mystery to be intriguing.

I found Gemma to be interesting. While she wasn’t the most unique character she was fun to read about. She has this care free personality but also seems to be very ambitious when it comes to her passion of swimming.

I thought the relationship with Alex and Gemma was cute. It’s your stereotypical boy next door situation just add a tail into the mix. They were sweet together and I thought Alex was ADORABLE. He had me giggling anytime he said anything.

If you do decide to read this book one thing that I found interesting was the backstory of the sirens. When Pen was talking about how they became sirens I liked how the author tied in Greek mythology. To me it made the book feel more authentic and interesting to read because it was surprising (unless you know a lot about Greek mythology, then maybe you already know, lol).

Thorny Features

I’ll be honest, I hated reading the chapters with Harper. In my opinion those chapters kind of ruined the book for me. I would be so engrossed about what was happening to Gemma in one chapter and then the next its talking about Harper and her feelings for Daniel. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t hate Harper’s characters, in fact, I feel like I could relate to her in some degree about being the older sibling but it was when the chapters were focused on her I ended up getting bored.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 4 out of 5. Yes, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to other people. I know there is a second book to this series, but I’m not 100% sure if I want to read it. Maybe if I really don’t know what to read next then I’ll read it, but I’m not sure. I’ve read ‘Switched’ by Amanda Hocking and I loved it! So definitely make sure to go check out those books (link below). I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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Book Review: ‘Love & Gelato’ by Jenna Evans Welch

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‘Love & Gelato’ by Jenna Evans Welch

D E S C R I P T I O N

“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.”

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Italy, oh Italy, how amazing it would be to go to Italy! This book is full of vivid descriptions of actual destinations in Italy! I felt like a tourist during some scenes and even found myself looking up pieces of art or destinations that this book mentioned. I loved the authentic Italian feel that I got while reading this book. It made me feel happy! This summer I plan on staying in Texas so it was nice to read about gorgeous Italy.

I loved the diary entries from Lina’s mom! The book follows Lina as the moves to Italy after her mother’s death. I loved the thought of Lina experiencing Italy and everything it has to offer with her mom. Reading the diary entries even inspired me to start journaling again!

The romance between Ren and Lina was adorable! Everyone loves a cute buddy to boyfriend relationship and that was exactly their relationship. Ren and Lina went on adventures together, laughed together, cried together, all in the spam of five days and a lot happened in five days.

When it comes to writing reviews I always try my best to be as honest as possible and not leave any of my thoughts out. That being said it did take me a while to really get into this book. It started out a little slow and after the first couple pages I was convinced that I wasn’t going to like this book, but luckily the plot started change and as it did so did my thoughts on this book. As soon as Lina read her first diary entry, I was hooked. So much changed and it made the book less about Lina exploring Italy and more about who her dad really is and what her mom was hiding.

Lina was an interesting main character. I feel like throughout the book I really got to see all sides of her, when she was happy, sad, this book really explored all the different emotions of Lina. She was curious and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind but you also see her vulnerable and cautious.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 5 out of 5. Even though the beginning was a little rocky for me I’m still rating this book 5 stars because when the plot did speed up, I couldn’t put it down. I had a tennis tournament while I was reading this book and I kept the book in my tennis bag. As soon as I got back to the hotel I got back to reading. I loved being able to read about Italy and hopefully (cross my fingers) I will be able to travel to Italy and eat LOTS of gelato. Let me know in the comments if you have read this book! Did you like? What was your favorite part? I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

Book Review: ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ by Morgan Matson

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D E S C R I P T I O N

“It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.⁣

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?⁣

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.⁣

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?⁣

Kiss a stranger? Um… ⁣

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?⁣

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?”⁣

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            Long story short…. I LOVED this book! Oh my god it was good! I’ll admit I had low expectations for this book and there isn’t a specific reasons why, but I just assumed that it would be like any other summer themed YA book, boy was I wrong.

When I first met Emily I’ll admit my first thought was “wow she seems a little clingy”, but after putting myself in her shoes I can see why she was so shocked when her best friend Salone is missing. Throughout the book Emily changes a lot. From the begginging you can see that Emily relies a lot on her and Salone’s friendship. She even defines herself as ‘Salones best friend’, but as the book continues Emily becomes a lot more independent and open to other people around her. While her growth as a character was beneficial for herself, there were also bumps along the way.

I thought the relationship between Emily and Frank was PERFECT! It was the perfect mix of friendship but also romantic chemistry. Don’t get me wrong there were issues along the way, one being Franks girlfriend (yikes) but everything sorts itself out in the end.

The plot follow Emily and her new friends, Dawn, Collins and Frank, as they accomplish all the different activities left on Salones bucket list that she left Emily. I found the plot to be entertaining. Each chapter was the gang completing a task and I found them all to be really entertaining. There was a little bit of drama, especially towards the end of the book, it got to the point where I couldn’t put the book down because I was so invested into what was happening!

Something random that loved reading about was Emily’s family. Her mom and dad are play writers and I found that to be really unique. Most of the book Emily’s parent are off writing there play, leaving Emily and Beckett to fend for themselves over the summer.

Thorny Features

Honestly, there wasn’t one thing that I didn’t like about this book. I liked it all: the plot, the characters, the romance, everything!

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 5 out of 5. I loved this book! I definitely recommend this book, in fact this is one book I really suggest that you read this summer. This book even inspired me to write my own bucket list (3 out of 30 done, if you were wondering). I can’t believe I had low expectations of this book, especially with all the positivity surrounding this book! As I’ve probably mentioned before, I loved everything about this book, the summer bucket list to Emily’s crazy family, I loved everything! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

 

Book Review: ‘Sixteenth Summer’ by Michelle Dalton

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“Sixteenth Summer’ by Michelle Dalton

D E S C R I P T I O N

Anna is dreading another tourist-filled summer on Dune Island that follows the same routine: beach, ice cream, friends, repeat. That is, until she locks eyes with Will, the gorgeous and sweet guy visiting from New York. Soon, her summer is filled with flirtatious fun as Anna falls head over heels in love.

But with every perfect afternoon, sweet kiss, and walk on the beach, Anna can’t ignore that the days are quickly growing shorter, and Will has to leave at the end of August. Anna’s never felt anything like this before, but when forever isn’t even a possibility, one summer doesn’t feel worth the promise of her heart breaking… ”

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If you’ve been following my blog for long you know I’m a sucker for a cute romance! Even if the book is terrible with a capital T, I can manage as long as there is a strong chemistry between the characters. Straight off the back I wasn’t a big fan of this book, but I will say that the romance between Anna and Will was ADORABLE! If you love a sweet young romance then I think you might enjoy this book.

Thorny Features

Now maybe I’m just being picky but when I read books I like there to be chapters. It not only leaves a good stopping point but it also just makes me feel better that I’m not just pausing at a random point of the book

Now on to the main character Anna. She was fine for most of the book but towards the end she was a little bit of a negative Nancy. She always thought about the bad things that were going to happen with her and Will’s relationship. While Will was happy with just living in the moment, Anna kept overanalyzing things and that got annoying after a while. I just wanted to yell “JUST BE HAPPY”

There wasn’t any real direction going on with the plot. It never really went anywhere. The whole book was just Will and Anna hanging out. Don’t get me wrong, there were cute moments but honestly, I got a little bored after a while.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 3 out of 5. No, this book wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great. Out of all the books that I read this summer, this one is probably my least favorite. There were some sweet moments between Will and Anna but the whole book is pretty much just that. It got annoying after a while and that coming from someone who LOVES romance is a little weird. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

Book Review: “The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

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“The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

D E S C R I P T I O N

A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs’ joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the future they’ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.

This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.”

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            One thing that I loved about this book was the complexity of the characters. If I could describe the Plumb family in one word, it would be dysfunctional. The oldest was Leo, and it’s safe to say that he’s a HOT MESS. He’s a player, irresponsible and makes stupid decisions. Next, there was Bea, and honestly, she wasn’t that involved in the book. There were a few chapters that were following her, but she wasn’t always in the book. Bea is an author and the closest sibling to Leo. The third sibling is Jack, and he was one of my favorites. He is ambitious, hard-working, sometimes a snob, but still one of the most intriguing characters. Last but not least there is the youngest sibling, Melody. Melody was an interesting character. She is the only one of her siblings who had children, and I found it interesting to watch her grow from being a mother.  Melody was quiet, but she definitely had a problem with spending money. My favorite characters were Jack and Melody. I liked reading their chapters the most, and I found them the most interesting.

            I did like reading about the relationships in this book. I loved the inclusivity with Walker being gay and Nora, Melody’s daughter questioning her sexuality. Leo was a hot mess in the relationship department. He’s going through, a divorce, he starts up with an old fling, which leads to a big surprise. He is the king of terrible relationships. Bea starts things up with a guy, but it’s not really focused on.

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            The plot was something I had mixed feelings about. I love a well-structured plot with a clear problem, but this story seemed a little off. At first, it was about the Plumb family trying to get their trust fund, The Nest, but that isn’t mentioned as much towards the end of the book. Then Leo its all about finding Leo. There wasn’t a set problem. There were lots of moments that I found entertaining to read, and even though the plot was kind of messy, it was still entertaining to read.

            There were some moments in this book that was kind of confusing. Like I didn’t understand anything that involved Matilda. Maybe I just wasn’t paying attention, but I wished it just stuck to the Plumb family.

            This book talks about the rocky relationship between the Plumb siblings and their mother, but it only mentions it a couple of times. I wished there were more scenes with the mom involved, I think that would help explain why this family was so dysfunctional.

Final Thoughts

            Overall, I rate this book a 3 out of 5. This book wasn’t bad, and it had some interesting moments. I liked the complexity of the characters. If you liked watching Lorelai’s wealthy life and her struggles with her mom and dad, then I think you will like this book. There were some things that I wasn’t a big fan of in this book, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless.

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✰ ‘The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney