G. Bianco, 2019
Today’s Pub Day recommendation, which is The Kiss Curse by Erin Sterling, goes out to everyone who’s already decorated their house for Halloween! But then again, who doesn't love a good Halloween story any time of year?!
Gwyn Jones is perfectly happy with her life in Graves Glen. She, her mom, and her cousin have formed a new and powerful coven; she’s running a successful witchcraft shop, Something Wicked; and she’s started mentoring some of the younger witches in town. As Halloween approaches, there’s only one problem—Llewellyn “Wells” Penhallow. Wells has come to Graves Glen to re-establish his family’s connection to the town they founded as well as to make a new life for himself after years of being the dutiful son in Wales. When he opens up a shop of his own, Penhallow’s, just across the street from Something Wicked, he quickly learns he’s gotten more than he bargained for in going up against Gwyn. When their professional competition leads to a very personal—and very hot—kiss, both Wells and Gwyn are determined to stay away from each other, convinced the kiss was just a magical fluke. But when a mysterious new coven of witches come to town and Gwyn’s powers begin fading, she and Wells must work together to figure out just what these new witches want and how to restore Gwyn’s magic before it’s too late.
Not going to lie, I was a little hesitant about this book initially since I thought The Ex Hex was just okay. However, I ended up really enjoying The Kiss Curse! The romance plot is not only fun to read about, but this book’s the perfect not-scary book to get you in the Halloween mood!
This book had a great balance of enemies-to-lovers, romantic tension, adventure, and mystery which make this book very enjoyable to read! And while this book works better as a sequel, you can probably still get away with reading it as a stand-alone!
If you’re looking for a romance with all the witchy and Halloween vibes, this is the book for you!
*I received an ARC from Avon Books in exchange for my honest opinion.
Last month, I read the highly-anticipated 2022 release that was Husband Material by Alexis Hall. While I enjoyed its predecessor, Boyfriend Material, I wasn’t quite as obsessed with it as other people. However, I was still intrigued enough to grab the sequel, but I’m not gonna lie to you guys: I wasn’t a big fan of it…
In Boyfriend Material, Luc and Oliver met, pretended to fall in love, fell in love for real, dealt with heartbreak and disappointment and family and friends…and somehow figured out a way to make it work. Now it seems like everyone around them is getting married, and Luc’s feeling the social pressure to propose. But it’ll take more than four weddings, a funeral, and a bowl full of special curry to get these two from I don’t know what I’m doing to I do.
I mean this book was a cute sequel, but it was kind of underwhelming to me. There seemed like there was no real direction to the plot and there was minimal character development. Throw in a bunch of British references that I didn’t understand and had to Google every other page, this book was just okay for me.
I was honestly shocked there was a sequel written to begin with and idk if it was really needed, but it was still kinda enjoyable to jump back into Lucien and Oliver’s world.
I feel like this book has been getting mixed reviews, which I think is pretty accurate for the way this book is written. While I didn’t hate it, I don’t think I’d be interested in any other follow ups to Luc and Oliver’s story.
Enola Holmes fans rejoice! Everyone’s favorite young sleuth is back with another mystery that readers both young and old will enjoy. The newest installment in Nancy Springer's series, Enola Holmes and the Elegant Escapade, is set to be released on September 6th and will have readers flipping the pages to see what’s going to happen next!
Enola Holmes, the much younger sister of Sherlock, is now living independently in London and working as a scientific perditorian (a finder of persons and things). But that is not the normal lot of young women in Victorian England. They are under the near absolute control of their nearest male relative until adulthood. Such is the case of Enola's friend, Lady Cecily Alastair. Twice before Enola has rescued Lady Cecily from unpleasant designs of her caddish father, Sir Eustace Alastair, Baronet. And when Enola is brusquely turned away at the door of the Alastair home it soon becomes apparent that Lady Cecily once again needs her help. Affecting a bold escape, Enola takes Lady Cecily to her secret office only to be quickly found by the person hired by Lady Cecily's mother to find the missing girl—Sherlock Holmes himself. But the girl has already disappeared again, now loose on her own in the unforgiving city of London. Even worse, Lady Cecily has a secret that few know. She has dual personalities—one, which is left-handed, is independent and competent; the other, which is right-handed, is meek and mild. Now Enola must find Lady Cecily again—before one of her personalities gets her into more trouble than she can handle and before Sherlock can find her and return her to her father. Once again, for Enola, the game is afoot.
Enola Holmes is back with another thrilling and endearing adventure! If you’re wondering “Wasn’t this a movie with the girl from Stranger Things?” then you’d be correct! This is the 8th book in the series that inspired the Netflix movie and it’s the perfect book to engage young adult readers!
Enola is a feisty and headstrong character and her strong belief in fighting for what is right and helping those she cares about is inspiring to read about. Featuring cameos from Sherlock Holmes himself and a cast of fun supporting characters, this read will have you flipping the pages to see how Enola will manage to help her friends and solve the mystery!
For younger readers or anyone who loved Nancy Drew as a kid, this book is for you!
*I received an ARC from Wednesday Books in exchange for my honest opinion.
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