The Betrothed – Kiera Cass

I think I need to lower my expectations. ⭐️⭐️/5

There’s a lot I can say against this book, but the cover is truly gorgeous

As you may have read in my April Wrap Up, I absolutely adored Kiera Cass’ series The Selection. So, when I found out about The Betrothed, I couldn’t contain my excitement: More royal romance and feelings turned up on high, I had a feeling I was going to love it. But then, the book came out, and I just didn’t.

Let’s just start with what I liked, because I did enjoy some of it. The general plot is pretty cool. Lady Hollis is being courted by the young King Jameson, like he has a lot of other ladies since his coronation. Only, this time, it seems like he means it, and plans on making Hollis his Queen. Hollis herself isn’t really sure this is the life she wants for herself, especially when she starts having more responsibilities around the palace.
I also really liked the politics involved in the story, which was quite refreshing in this type of book where you usually only learn about the country the book is set in. Here we get to see how other countries function and how that impacts the court!

Now for what I didn’t enjoy. Honestly, Hollis, the MC, was just not likable. Her voice fell flat and made the narration … well, i guess the appropriate word would be meh. Especially compared to America or even Eadlyn, both of whom had such overwhelming emotions I could feel my heart racing while reading. Same issue with Jameson: he just seemed like his personality was empty. Maybe this is because when we start the book, he’s already deep in his courting, so we don’t get to see an evolution in his character. Silas was even worse in that way, his part just made no sense. All through the book, I kept expecting the whirlwind romance, and i feel like it never came. Which makes no sense when compared to the high stakes surrounding all the events that took place.

Maybe this disappointment comes from me expecting it to be as good as The Selection, so if you either haven’t read that series or didn’t like it, maybe you’ll like The Betrothed. Sadly, I didn’t.

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The Stuck at Home Book Tag

I was tagged by Naemi @abookowlscorner to do the Stuck at Home Book Tag, and, even if lockdown is technically over, I haven’t left the house much, so here goes!

Here are the Tag Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about to do this tag

What are you currently reading?

This year one of my goals it to finally read the Percy Jackson series. I never did before because my first introduction to it were the movies, and though I somewhat enjoyed the first one, they never made me want to read the books they were inspired (and I use that word loosely) by. But seeing so many of my friends talk about it and like it made me want to finally give it a try. And I really do like them. Weirdly, it’s taking me forever to finish each one, but I still feel invested in the story, and I’m starting to get just as excited as everyone else about the series finally having a proper adaptation on Disney+ soon!

What’s your favorite “can’t leave the house” activity?

I’ve been rewatching a lot of my old favourite shows since March. I went through Friends, Gilmore Girls, the Big Bang Theory, and right now I’m watching my all time fave One Tree Hill. I guess the general anxiety of lockdown and covid is making me want to have the entertainment equivalent of a teddy bear.

A book you’ve been meaning to read forever?

I guess the rest of the Percy Jackson series? They HAVE been on my list for years and I just hadn’t gotten around to them before now.

An intimidating book on your TBR?

I’ve had War and Peace sitting on a shelf for years, and I’d started it as a teen but gotten very confused, so now I’m just scared to try to pick it up again. It’s so big too, I’m afraid I’ll never be able to finish it if I start

Top three priority books on your TBR?

I just ordered Hazel Hayes’ Out Of Love which came out today, so that’s going to be my next book as soon as it gets to me. Number two would be Asking for a Friend by Kate Mallinder, which I got an ARC for through NetGalley and need to finish soon. And lastly Rose, Interrupted by Patrice Lawrence, which I got at YALC last year and still haven’t gotten around to reading.

Recommend a short book?

Recently I read Forté by Manon Heugel and Kim Consigny, which is a wonderful graphic novel of around 200 pages. It was simply a gorgeous read.

Recommend a long book?

I’m in the middle of writing my dissertation on it, so I HAVE to say the complete Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. I think it’s a fascinating read as an adult, when you get to really think about some of the implications around the book, knowing the context writing and the author’s background.

Something you’d love to do while stuck at home?

Becoming a productive person ? As I said, I’m supposed to be writing my dissertation, but with all libraries being closed, I’m having a hard time focusing while being stuck at home for three months now. I’ve tried so many productivity techniques but they only last for a few days and then I go back to staring at a blank screen for days

What do you plan on reading next?

I honestly never plan on what to read next, I just either look through all my unread books and pick out that appeals to me in the moment. One book I plan on reading as soon as it’s out is Loveless by Alice Oseman, so at least I know what I’m reading on July 9! But before then, no idea. Promise I’ll tell you about it though!

I have to nominate people now, here goes :
Stéven from @steavenreads
Morrissa from @morrbooks
If anyone else wants to do it, feel free!

I hope all of you are staying safe in those times, both because of covid, and through the protests happening all around the world. I stand with the Black Lives Matter movement, and if you haven’t already, I urge you to sign the petitions, starting by those listed here. Stay safe, and stay aware.

You can find me online there :
Twitter: @Unapolojaytic_
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Goodreads: Jay

Beach Read – Emily Henry

I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Can you tell I miss the actual beach a lot ?

A few weeks ago, I was browsing through NetGalley and I saw that Beach Read was available for request. Not only did the title make it sound like exactly the type of book i’d been wanting to read, but i’d also seen a few people online reading it, so I decided to test my luck and request it! I’d been getting a few rejections so I really wasn’t hoping for much, but a few days later an email popped up telling me Emily Henry’s upcoming book was available for me to read! WOOOOO! First book I got approved for!

Let’s talk some more about that title, will you ? What makes a Beach Read ? For me, it’s a book that you can’t put down (perfect to spend hours on the beach), and makes you swoon (who doesn’t want to dream on holidays) while still teaching you some life lessons (gotta have something to talk about after summer, right?). And Beach Read filled all those boxes perfectly!

The book follows January Andrews as she spends the summer in the house her dad left her when he died. Which she learned about at his funeral when his secret mistress approached her and shattered all her illusions about her parents’ love story. Which, you might understand, isn’t very helpful for a romance novels writer. January has a book to deliver to her publisher and she already spent most of her advance, so when she breaks up with her long term boyfriend, she has no choice but to go to that house and try to understand her late father. Things take a turn when she finds out that her new next door neighbour is none other than her college nemesis and fellow published author (though not of romance at all) Augustus (Gus) Everett. He too is facing a bad case of writer’s block, and they strike a deal to teach each other about their respective genres.

Through the book, January deals with so much more than romance. She learns how to face family secrets and how to maybe forgive her dad for not being perfect. She opens herself up to a completely different world, and most of all, she finds herself to be much stronger and resourceful than she thought herself to be. Meanwhile, Gus learns to let people in and to see himself as more than damaged.

Just like any beach read, this book will surprise you by how serious and dark it can sometimes be, while still making you smile and swoon. And if you’re like me, will make you ignore all your responsibilities until you’ve finished reading it. If this doesn’t become everyone’s favourite summer 2020 book, I don’t understand.

You can find me online there :
Twitter: @Unapolojaytic_
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Goodreads: Jay

The Book Blog Newbie Tag

Since I’m new here, I thought taking part in a tag would help you guys get to know me and my bookish madness! I found this particular one on booksforahufflepuff‘s blog. If you’re new like me, don’t hesitate to take part too, and send me the link to your version !

📚Why did you start this blog?
I’ve been trying to make my intense reading habits into something productive for a while now. I used to post my goodreads reviews on a tumblr blog, but the platform just didn’t feel good, so it sort of died on it own. Then, covid-19 hit and I found myself with too much time on my hands, so here I am.

📚What are the fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?
Over the years I found that I’m very good at determining which books my friends would really like, so, maybe I could broaden that ability?

📚What are you most excited for about this new blog?
I’m excited to do more than just book reviews and to actually get to talk about anything relating to books! This way I can nerd out without annoying my friends too much (except when I incessantly tell them to go read my blog).

📚Why do you love reading?
I think what I love most about it is that I get to escape into other worlds or lives that I would never have. I think books are one of the best ways to put yourself in other people’s shoes and broaden your views on life.

📚What book / series got you into reading?
I’ve grown up in a family of readers, so I’ve always been into reading, but the first series I remember falling in love with and wanting to re-read over and over is (very unoriginally) Harry Potter, when my dad gifted me the first book for my 6th Christmas. Thanks dad!

⚡️ Have an ~exclusive~ look at my Potter Shelf™️, protected by hair tie wielding Pickett ⚡️
I’d show you my french editions, but i’m sort of ashamed of the state they’re in…

📚What questions would you ask your favorite authors?
Sarah Dessen: How do you manage to create stories that I love just as much as a 23 year old than I did as a 15 year old ?
Alice Oseman: If you had to pick between only keeping your novels or Heartstopper, which would you, and why?
JK Rowling: Cursed Child … Why?

📚What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome?
Probably not getting discouraged if no one ever reads this.

📚Where do you read?
Mostly in bed recently, but also on trains when I have to take public transportation. And, when the weather is nice, I read in the sun on the garden swing. But really I read everywhere, whenever I have the time.

📚What kind of books do you like to read?
I mostly read YA, with a sprinkling of NA and a dab of fantasy when the mood strikes me.

That’s it for me today! Hope you enjoyed this, and I’ll see you soon for more bookish babbling!

You can find me online there :
Twitter: @Unapolojaytic_
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Goodreads: Jay

Aix Marks the Spot – S.E. Anderson

I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

(Did you guys know taking pictures of screens outside is nearly impossible ?)

When I was looking through NetGalley’s Read Now selection, I was immediately intrigued by the tittle of this book. You see, I’m French, so when I see people talking about France without it being centred on Paris, I’m pleased. Not that I don’t like Paris, but the country has some much more to offer than the Eiffel Tower. And this is one of the strongest messages I got from this book.

Jamie’s dad is French and he and her mom met in Aix en Provence while going to university. But neither of them has been back since before Jamie was born and they moved to Philadelphia. Her dad hasn’t even spoken to his mother in seventeen years. But when Jamie’s mother gets in an accident and needs space to go through Physical therapy, Jamie is sent to spend her summer with her French grandmother, whom she has never met and can’t even communicate properly with. As she readies herself for the worst summer of her life, Jamie meets Valentin, a local French boy who agrees to help her retrace the steps of her parents falling in love.

If you’re looking for a book that will make you leave reality to go traipsing around the south of France, this is it. In it, you’ll find family drama, language confusion, south of france scenery, falling in love, a treasure hunt, and most of all, a lesson on the importance of communication.

All in all, this was a pretty good book. I loved getting to see a bit of my own country through the eyes of a newcomer, it made me want to plan a trip with friends to see all the place mentioned in the story (maybe that’ll happen once this whole covid thing is over, who’s with me?). Anderson’s writing sucks you in and makes every landscape extremely vivid, I could hear the cicadas chirping in my head and smell the lavender all around me.

This might be the perfect book if you’re longing for summer adventures and a lovely love story spanning two generation.

You can find me online there :
Twitter: @Unapolojaytic_
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Goodreads: Jay

My April Wrap Up

Since we’re still at the start of May, I thought a full wrap up of the books I read during the month of April, especially since there were a lot more than there usually is. That might be the one good thing covid-19 did. So here’s the list of the 14 books I finished over the last month:

1- Well Met by Jen DeLuca from April 2nd to 3rd
2- The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa from April 4th to 5th
3- Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey from April 6th to 8th
4- The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper from April 8th to 11th
5- The Selection by Kiera Cass from April 11th to 12th
6- The Elite by Kiera Cass on April 12th
7- The One by Kiera Cass from April 12th to 13th
8- The Heir by Kiera Cass from April 13th to 14th
9- The Crown by Kiera Cass from April 14th to16th
10- Say You Still Love Me by K. A. Tucker from April 17th to 20th
11- Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki on April 20th
12- The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guilory on April 21st
13- The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey from April 23rd to 25th
14- Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker from April 29th to 30th

Now, for a breakdown of those books:

First, out of those 14, the Selection Series by Kiera Cass (books 5 to 9) were re-reads, and I loved them just as much as i did when i first read them in 2018. It was made even more fun by some of my friends joining me in my reading! I don’t think I’ve ever felt as much joy as i did waking up to 4AM feels-filled texts from my friends who had been kept awake by those books. Sorry about your sleep schedules loves, as least we’re in this together.

I also seem to have gone on a New Adult/Romance roll last month! (Books 1, 2, 3, 10, 12, 14) I don’t usually read them that much, but I guess lockdown had me wanting sweet swoony books to take my mind off the impeding doom. Out of the six of them, I have two favourites, which are coincidentally the first and last books I read!
Jen Deluca’s Well Met had everything for me to ignore the real world: existential crisis, heartbreak, family drama, and, most importantly, A RENAISSANCE FAIR! Plus, the author is working on a second book all about side characters, and I for one can’t wait for it to come out in September!
Wild at Heart is the sequel to one of my favourite books from last year, the Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker. This series is making me want to go to Alaska and fly around in tiny planes, which is not something I ever thought I would think, much less admit to the entire internet.

Weirdly enough, I didn’t read much contemporary YA, which I usually read A LOT OF. But the two I read, The Gravity of Us, and The Library of Lost Things were great! I especially loved the last one, I found myself empathizing with Darcy, the main character, and her tendency to believe that things happen like they do in books, and to take inspiration in them for real life events. I feel like lately i’ve read a lot of books featuring book loving characters. I wonder if it’s a trend in the book published or just me picking those books out? Maybe if I ever finish my dissertation (which I should be doing right now instead of writing this post), I’ll do some research on the subject!

Now for the most out of place read book of my list is Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. See, I don’t usually read a lot of graphic novels (except Heartstopper, Nick and Charlie are my daily drug), but this one was so very pretty and nice, and important. I went through it super fast, and I ended up wanting to find more graphic novels to read in the future. If you have a suggestion, please send it my way!

What have you read in April? Did covid-19 make you escape in books like me or was it the opposite?
I can’t wait to do this again for May, and in the meantime I hope you’re all taking care of yourself!

You can find me online there :
Twitter: @Unapolojaytic_
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Goodreads: Jay

Hideous Beauty – William Hussey

Hideous Beauty is brilliantly written and manages to be equally dark and light, funny and sad. It will truly move you in every way possible.

This cover is just as gorgeous as the rest of the story is

Now for a little story time. Back in July 2019, my friend Manon introduced me to the wonderful event that is YALC in London. Not only were we surrounded by books, book lovers and authors for three day, we also got some opportunities to get our hands on some proof copies of upcoming books! As you may guess, I was extatic. On the last day of the convention, Usborne Publishing was doing a cover unveiling of William Hussey’s brand new book, Hideous Beauty, to be published the following year. While we were all gaping at the beauty of the cover (seriously, have you seen this thing, I want to blow it up and frame it, it’s so pretty), the people of Usborne asked us if we wanted to sign up to possibly receive a proof copy a few months later. So as Mr. Hussey was signing chapter samplers and getting people excited for his book, I put my name down, thinking that I might as well take my chances, as weak as they may be…

Then, to be perfectly honest, the whole thing slipped my mind. But, in october, I got an email saying that I was actually going to be sent a copy! For free! Even though I live in FRANCE! WHAT!!!!!!! And so, a few weeks later, the magical book showed up in my mailbox. For a while, the book just sat on a shelf, waiting for me to pick it up. I had a feeling it would need my full brain power, so I waited a while to read it. Then lockdown hit, and I just knew it was time for me to pick it up…

It took me a little over 24 hours to read this, and it’s only because I forced myself to put it down. Right from the first chapter, I was hooked. Ellis and David’s story was incredibly addicting and moving. For the first time in ages, I found myself taking notes and ranting on social media about a book I was reading (have a look at my twitter thread). I can’t count the number of times my heart broke while I was reading. And, not only is the story amazing on its own, the number of important subjects Hussey touches on is incredible. Not only does the story deal with grief, young love, and coming out, the characters are also facing issues of abuse, cancer, and even some drug abuse.

What I loved most about this story is the way it’s told from two times. On one side, you get David and Ellis’s love story, before their accident, telling you all about the way they fell in love. And on the other side, David, after the accident, determined to understand what brought the love of his life to his death and what he was hiding from him. I think it’s this dual storytelling that allows the novel to be this heart-wrenching while also keeping some lightness.

All in all, I truly believe there is something for everyone in this novel. There’s a love story, there’s LGBT, there’s mystery and clues, there’s the best friends adventures (Mike is a truly wonderful friend and he made me miss my bff in these times of lockdown).

So, please come May 28th, get yourself a copy of Hideous Beauty, you won’t regret it. For now, for the impatient ones, you can always wish for it on NetGalley!
Once you’re done reading it, please come talk to me about it, we can cry together!

You can also find my review on goodreads.

You can find me online there :
Twitter: @Unapolojaytic_
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Goodreads: Jay

Hi, I’m Jay.

Hello everyone!
I guess it’s time for me to introduce myself!

My name is Juliette, but most people call me Jay. I’m 23 and I live in France.

This is my face and my trusty e-reader

Since I was a child, I’ve always loved reading and talking about the books i love, and this is what this is for. I originally had a tumblr blog where i posted my reviews, but I’m not a fan of the platform, so here i am! Hopefully some people will read me!

I mostly read YA and some NA, so that’s what you can expect to read about on here! My first review should be with you soon!

You can find me online there :
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Goodreads: Jay

Falling for Wonder Boy – Kristine Carlson Asselin

03.02.2019 – 06.02.2019 (see my review on Goodreads)

4 stars out of 5

“Falling for Wonder Boy” is the second book is the Vernon High Chronicles series. In this second installment, Kristine Carlson Asselin turns away from Ice Hockey and turns to golfing. Kate Anderson is the sixteen year old daughter of the owner of a small golf course. Her goal for the summer is to qualify for the New Hampshire Junior State Golf Championship. But pressure is added on her shoulders when she overhears that she needs to win to bring back new clients to the course before her family goes bankrupt. Between navigating the pressure of being one of the only girls to compete in such tournaments, and being stuck into a love triangle with two of the golf course employees, Kate is set for an eventful summer.
Falling for Wonder Boy was a great light read that had me hooked. If you liked the first book, this one is even better, the pace just keeps pulling you back into your book. It also does touch some very important subjects like running a family business, sexism in sports, and how hard it can be for small businesses to compete against bigger ones.

I got an arc of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

For the Record – Charlotte Huang


30.07.2018 – 02.08.2018 (see my review on Goodreads)

3 stars out of 5 

After going on a talent show, Chelsea is called by a label to replace one of her favorite band’s lead singer. Overnight, she joins Melbourne and becomes a rockstar. But she has to deal with not being warmly welcomed by her band members, or by the fans, both of whom believe her to be a sell out of having gone on that show. Then she meets heartthrob Lucas Rivers and get propelled to a much higher level of fame, which angers the band even more. During the summer tour, stuck in a love triangle with the out-of-reach bassist of the band and Lucas, trying to make herself accepted by the fans, and trying to maintain her friendship with her best friend, Grace won’t have much time to appreciate the experience. 

Though this book isn’t one that I’ll remember my whole life, it was a perfect summer read. The characters are relatable despite their crazy life, and you get transported into a world most of us will only ver dream of knowing for real. If there’s one thing this book does well, it’s portraying the people in Hollywood as just that: people. Their feelings and reactions are just what we mere mortals experience. The only different thing is the scale of their lives. For The Record is also a nice introduction to what fame can truly feel like. 

It is however a forgettable book. As I’m writing this two months after reading, I don’t remember much about the book. No particular scene comes to mind when I try to recall the story. Added to the fact that Chelsea’s story is no very believable, this book will only stay in my memory as a fun summer read.

If you’re looking for a fun read about fame and what it’s like to navigate Hollywood, this is the book for you.

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