Monday, March 4, 2019

Books I Read in January & February

I didn't get the chance to do too much reading over the past two months.  I was more focused on transitioning to my new school schedule and classwork.  However, the two physical books I read were both about acting/movies, which I thought was funny as I didn't do that on purpose.

Finding Alexei by Kendall Ryan
Bossy Brit by Kendall Ryan
I grouped these two together because they're both by Kendall Ryan and have a similar setup.  Both are short romances. Finding Alexei is about a chance encounter between two people who end up falling in love. And Bossy Brit is about a CEO and assistant falling in love. Of course, both stories also through in a few difficulties and circumstances, but neither of them really have a conflict. And if it does the characters resolve it really quickly. It makes them very mature, but as a reader, I was expecting things to play out longer. The stories are nice, quick reads.

Just Friends by Billy Taylor
I don't know if you guys remember this, but a few years ago this book was all over the internet because it's filled with cute sentences. The storyline itself is adorable. August is trying to balance her dreams and her feelings towards her best friend. She's struggling with the classic "Is telling him how I feel worth the risk of our friendship?" dilemma, while everyone else in her life is telling her to go for it. I really enjoyed this story and read it in a day, but I did have a few issues with it.

First, I don't think Ethan would have dated Eleanor, at least not when he did. I think Ethan should have been a character who either had a ton of girlfriends over the years or the Ethan/Eleanor relationship should have been a misunderstanding or at least should not have been as serious as they were. I won't spoil it, but at the end of the book, Ethan gives August a gift that he had been planning on giving her since the day they met and I don't believe he would be in a serious relationship a few months before he was planning to give this gift.

Two, another amazing aspect of this book is that it was self-published. However, it is sprinkled with grammatical and spelling mistakes. I would read something, think that's not correct, and then keep going. The mistakes did nothing to change my opinion of the storyline, but they were noticeable.

Unscripted by Claire Handscombe*
Release Date: April 4, 2019
I am going to try and give this review without spoiling too much of the plotline since this book doesn't come out for another month. However, being spoiler free has never been my strong point.

This novel follows four characters whose lives all intersect in one way or another. Libby is driven by her dream of writing a novel that will lead her to her favorite actor. She has a fantasy of the two of them falling in love and living happily ever after, which causes her to act selfishly in order to follow her dreams. However, someone she is still a loveable character you can't help but root for.

Dan is Libby's best friend and has been in love with her for years, but knows he can never replace her favorite actor, so he helps pay for her dream and eventually moves on for a short while.

Thom is the favorite actor who invited Libby to live with him for the summer and co-write a screenplay based off of her book. Although he's warned about her crush, Thom doesn't seem to be too worried about anything happening between the two of them as he is still in love with an ex-girlfriend from his college days.

Ebba is Thom's ex-girlfriend who helps Libby get her book published. She doesn't agree with Thom inviting her to stay because Ebba knows the extent of Libby's crush. When she and Thom start to get more serious, they both know it will crush Libby.

I really enjoyed following the storylines of each character in this book and getting the chance to learn from their perspective. Although Libby comes off a little naive, I found myself glad she was able to live out her dream and learn for herself that real life and fantasy are never the same. All four of the characters are connected in a way that reminds readers that the world isn't very big and if you want to do something you can achieve it if you're not too scared. This is definitely a title looking out for when it's available next month.

*This title was gifted to me, but the reviews are my own


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