Book Review: “The Forest Queen” by Betsy Cornwell

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

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“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: “Wintersong” by S. Jae-Jones

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The last night of the year. Now the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride….

All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind and spirit and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesel can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds–and the mysterious man who rules it–she soon faces an impossible decision. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

Dark, romantic, and powerful, Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won’t soon forget.”

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This book left me in awe. Everything, the characters, the plot, the setting, completely set a dark and mystical tone. The gorgeous writing had me staying up until midnight, enjoying this beautiful fantasy.

The main character Liesel is probably one of my favorite female protagonist I’ve read about in a while. She was brave and selfless, but she also had many flaws. I loved seeing her character grow! There were moments where Liesel seemed so calm and badass, but there were just as many moments where I thought she was slowly losing her sanity. There were so many different sides to her, and I loved reading about all of them.

The plot is AMAZING! I started reading thinking I would only read 50 pages, but as soon as I read the opening I was hooked. I finished this book in 24 hours, which surprised because I haven’t done that for a book in a while. The book is split it up in different sections, and each section got better and better. There were moments where I was anxious, where I was bawling my eyes out, where I was smiling like an idiot and dying from laughter. The plot gave me a little taste of every emotion. The plot was engaging and full of mystical adventure!

Ooooffff, now I’m a sucker for romance and this book had me good. I love romance books, but when the couple starts young and meets later on now those are my favorite type of romance books. Young love is adorable! Liesel and the Goblin King had so much chemistry. From there little flirty remarks, they’re passion for music, they’re relationship was gorgeous. They were like star-crossed lovers, but underground and add goblins into the mix.

Now that I’ve covered other parts of the book I need to talk one important aspect, the Goblin King. He was a mystery. I don’t even know how to describe him, he was so mysterious. I will say though, I loved reading about him! I saw so many different sides to him I don’t think I can talk about only one. He was flirty, mischievous, scary, gushy, depressing and all and all the perfect Goblin King.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 5 out of 5. I highly recommend that you read this book. The whole reason I read this book was because, I saw it all over bookstagram, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s engaging, vivid, and beautifully written. As I said earlier this book is definitely Labyrinth meets Beauty and the Beast. The characters are interesting and have many different layers to them. This book is difficult to put down so I recommend reading it on a day you don’t have to do anything. “Wintersong” is AMAZING! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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✰ ‘Wintersong’ by S. Jae-Jones

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

BEST Fantasy Books To Read!

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Hi everyone! Welcome back to my blog! Today I’ll be talking about some fabulous fantasy (through back to my first post) books. I decided to make a part 2 mainly for two reasons:

1. I love fantasy books and will use any excuse to read them.

2. My first post was actually on fantasy book and since my one year anniversary is coming up, I thought it would be fun to recreate it!

While some of these books have been published recently while others are hidden gems in your never-ending tbr pile. Make sure to subscribe for more information about these marvelous books! Now here are the books:

  1. “The Treachery Of Beautiful Things” by Ruth Frances LongProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset     Confession: This book has been on my tbr for about 4 years, yikes. I know, I know, 4 years, that’s a little crazy, but luckily one day I was looking at my tbr, and this book popped up. First, the whole image of this book is just stunning. The cover, the title, the writing is just gorgeous. This book is a magical fae story, one that will leave you in awe!

2. “Wintersong” by S. Jae-Jones

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Now ‘Wintersong’ is one of those books that have taken over bookstagram. I would see it all the time! Every new account I would skim upon, this book was alway somewhere in their feed. So I finally called my local library and put this book on hold, let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed. This book is Labyrinth meets Beauty and the Beast. So definitely add this book to your list because you won’t be disappointed.

3. “Tempest Rising” by Tracy Deebs

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If you want a good beach read then this is it! “Tempest Rising’ is a form of The Little Mermaid and The Lightning Thief combined. This book is a splash, haha! With adventure, a drama-filled love triangle, and a magical heritage. This book will surely add something different to your tbr list!

4. “Stolen Songbird” by Danielle L. Jensen

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If you liked ‘The Wintersong’ by Danielle L. Jensen, then this book is the perfect next read for you. With a secret troll rebellion, a steamy romance and secrets all around, this book will surely have you hooked! I liked this book so much, that when it fell in between my lofted bed and the floor I squeezed in between my bed and the window to get it out.

5. “The Forest Queen” by Betsy Cornwell

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Everyone knows the story of Robin Hood. Coincidently I watched the latest Robin Hood movie last night. In this book, Robin Hood meets feminism! Following Sylvie as she retells the story of Robin Hood in a different light. This book is filled with action-packed adventure and awesome women power.

6. “To Best The Boys” by Mary Weber

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If this book were an equation, it would be Mulan + The Hunger Games +  Maze Runner = this book! I loved reading this book! It’s the perfect combination of dystopian and fantasy, it’s worth reading. With lots of twist and turns, this book will have you gripping the edges in anticipation!

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✰ ‘The Treachery of Beautiful Things’ by Ruth Frances Long

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✰ ‘Stolen Songbird’ by Danielle L. Jensen

‘The Forest Queen’ by Betsy Cornwell

‘To Best The Boys’ by Mary Webber

Book Review: ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ by Anna Brashares

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“Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them.

But Tibby says they’re great. She’d love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them.

Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye.

And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.”

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Ahh! I liked this book so much more than I thought I would! I remember watching the movie in middle school and absolutely loving it! I didn’t read the book but now I’m questioning why!! The book is so good! It has it all: romance, drama, humor, character growth and adventure!

On with the characters, I loved them. Each girl was different from the other. From looks, background to personality they were all completely different. I’m sitting here trying to decide who was my favorite character but I can’t. I loved them all! Don’t get me wrong they all had their own flaws, like Carmen was had her own jealousy and insecurities.

I didn’t expect to like reading about the different girl’s summer but I loved it! I found it refreshing. I would read an intense chapter with Tibby but then have a nice breezy chapter with Lena. I think reading the different stories was one of my favorite things about this book.

There were two different relationships Lena and Kostos and Bridget and Eric. It’s safe to say that they both have major issues. For starters Bridget and Eric have a bit of an age gap and he’s her camp counselor. While Lena and Kostos just have this horrible misunderstanding that las throughout the whole book.

The end of this book. Ohh it got me good. I felt like I just went on the most emotional rollercoaster ever! I was laughing. I was crying. I loved it!

Thorny Features

I honestly can’t think of one thing I didn’t like about this book. Just reading it brightened my mood.

Final Thoughts

            Overall, I rate this book a 5 out of 5. I really enjoyed this book as you can tell and I would definitely recommend it to other people. I will say that I am sixteen and enjoyed reading this book so I don’t think this book is just for middle school students like I thought it would be. I liked how all of the girls were all different.  I think that made the book more enjoyable especially in the since that I could connect with each of the girls about something. I liked reading about the growth of the characters and I think other people will too. It was interesting reading about how the girls started out in this book and how they needed. I know there is a second book but ‘m not sure if I will read it. I will probably have to read some reviews and look over it. I just enjoyed the first book so much I wouldn’t want anything about the image of this book to change because of the second book. If you have read the second book let me know if it was good and if is worth reading! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

Book Review: ‘On The Fence’ by Kasie West

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“For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.”

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I actually enjoyed the characters in this book, surprised gasp. I feel like the for the past couple blog post I haven’t really liked the characters in books. Charlie was charming. She was nice (most of the time), she had a fun personality. Even though Charlie’s life seems well-made, Charlie has a problem expressing her emotions. At the end that comes and bites her in the butt.

Charlie’s brothers were hilarious, especially Gage. They were friendly, but also protective over their little sister. I loved reading scenes with them in it because the brothers always made me smile. 🙂

The story was engaging. I liked reading about Charlies ‘double life’. While she was at home, she’s this crazy tomboy, and at work, she’s this girly model. Charlie starts to do more of the girly activities and slowly starts to change herself from who she really is to what a boy might like. Which becomes one of the conflicts as the book goes on.

Something that I loved was the connection between Charlie and Gage. They have these calm talks by the fence (hence the title of the book), and their feelings start to grow. Their relationship doesn’t start for a while, but it was definitely worth the wait. In my opinion, a slow and steady romance beats a fast and instant relationship. Charlie and Gage are both different when they are with other people, but when they are with each other you see a different side of both of them.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time, you know I LOVE plot twist! Well no spoilers from me, but just know that this book has one and it was a twist I didn’t expect that’s for sure.

Thorny Features

Even though I liked Charlie, sometimes she was annoying. Like I said earlier, Charlie had her own issues. She lied SO many times! It just got so annoying to the point where I was shaking the book. Ahhh

Maybe this is just my inner feminist, but I didn’t really like the way that some girls were portrayed in this book. I mean I get it, it’s just a book, but the book made it sound like there were only two types of girls either tomboys and girly girls. It was just annoying because I didn’t like reading about that type of stereotype.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5. I liked this book, but I will say I had higher expectations going into this book. This book is short, so it’s super easy to read. Lots of entertaining moments. I would recommend this book just because it was fun to read. It’s the perfect sit by the pool and read a book type of book. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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

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‘Love & Gelato’ by Jenna Evans Welch


“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.