The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd
I’ll be honest, parts of this book were really confusing for me. I’m not entirely sure what the Haberson map was all about. And the ending was a tad fuzzy for me as well.
With that being said, Shepherd is a good writer and the flashback scenes were really great. I didn’t LOVE Nell and it’s always hard for me when I can’t really connect to a main character. But I thought the other characters were fine.
I was really anticipating this book, but overall it was just okay for me. 3/5
Flying Solo by Linda Holmes
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It was a little boring at times and I had a hard time relating to Laurie in general. I liked the heisty bits, but that really wasn’t very much of the story. I would have liked more of Laurie’s brothers maybe? More of her immediate family? I don’t know. It just didn’t feel totally well-rounded to me, though I did appreciate Laurie’s journey of self-discovery. 3/5
Love at First by Kate Claybourn
Light and easy with a fun cast of secondary characters. I thought this book had a good amount of depth with our main characters without getting too heavy. I enjoyed both Will and Nora as characters as well. 4/5
Counterfeit by Kristin Chen
This book was written in a unique way and I didn’t always enjoy it. I didn’t like the main characters and couldn’t relate to any of the decisions they made. As a young Chinese American mother myself, I expected to relate to Ava more, but I just didn’t. At all. I feel like the plot itself could have been written in a more suspenseful way. Overall, I just feel pretty disappointed in this one. 2.5/5
The Bodyguard by Katherine Center
TO NO ONE’S SURPRISE, I LOVED THIS BOOK. Anyway, it had just the right amount of romance while also balancing the Stapleton’s family dynamic and Hannah’s past. I liked the other members of the Protection Agency as secondary characters. The ending genuinely took me by surprise and I wondered how the author was going to explain it, but everything made sense in the end. I thought the pacing was great. We got enough time with the main characters without feeling like the story was dragging. Overall, if you’re a fan of celebrity romances, this should definitely go on your list! And if you’re not, this is still a fun book! 5/5
Daughter of Sparta by Claire Andrews
It was just kind of hard for me to buy Daphne as the savior of Olympus. Every single time she fought someone, she was always “barely” getting out of the way of a fist or sword or whatever. Her fighting skills just didn’t seem that impressive and the reader wasn’t let in on her thoughts or strategy most of the time. So in the end, it feels like our heroine just happens to win a bunch of fights. Also, the romance with Apollo is just not it. 3/5