Caitsbooks Reviews: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey - 3.5 Stars

The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey – A Cute Read, with Depth (ARC Review)

*All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change*

Overall: 3.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 3/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 3.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Library of Lost Things is an interesting read that’s a mix between cute romance and heavy family drama.

“The circle never broke. We lived in a home strung across tightropes.”

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// Content Warning: Illness (Post-Concussive Syndrome), Mental Illness (Hoarding) //

Release Date: 10/8/2016
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Page Count: 384
Premise:

When Darcy Wells meets Asher Fleet, a former pilot whose dreams seem just out of reach, she doesn’t expect to care for him. For once, she doesn’t want to hide in her books. But after years of protecting her mother’s secret of being a hoarder, Darcy doesn’t know how to let anyone into her cluttered life.

“Holding a real book is like holding something alive. There’s the grit of the pages between your fingers as you turn them. The edges get soft and worn. With a real book, you feel the weight of the story more.”

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Caitsbooks Reviews Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud - 3 Stars

Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud – A Cute Read (Review)

Overall: 3/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 3/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: Truly Madly Royally would be great if you’re looking for something easy to read and basic. It’s not great, but it’s fun.

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Release Date: 7/30/2019
Publisher: Point Paperbacks
Page Count: 304
Premise:
When Zora goes to a prestigious summer college program, she never expects to meet an actual prince. She also didn’t expect the instant chemistry they would share. But dating a prince comes with attention, and being in the spotlight isn’t always fun.



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Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale – ARC Review

I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All quotes are taken from the ARC, and all opinions are my own.

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Small Town Hearts is a fantastic read, with something for everyone, from an adorable romance to a great portrayal of the ups and downs of friendships.

“This was the summer that everything had come undone, unspooling our lives like the wickedest of storms. Now there was only the calm, the after.”

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Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea (ARC) by Tahereh Mafi

38720939 I was lucky enough to receive a galley while at BEA this year, and I was so excited to dive into this fantastic read. Quotes used in this review are from the unfinished galley and may be changed in the published edition. 

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: A Very Large Expanse of Sea discusses important and relevant topics in a way that is sure to open your eyes, it is beautifully written and immediately pulls you in.

“It never stops hurting. It only gets easier to recover.”

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Review: What If It’s Us (ARC) by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: What If It’s Us is an adorable tale of love and friendship that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotion through NYC.

Release Date: October 9th, 2018
*Quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change upon publishing.*

“’But what if the story should quit while it’s ahead?’
‘How do you know unless you give the story another chance?’”

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Review: Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

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I was so excited to see a book coming out combating Islamophobia and showing the damage these horrible stereotypes cause. Unfortunately, Love, Hate & Other Filters wasn’t as amazing as I had hoped it would be.

Overall: 3/5 Stars
Characters: 2/5
Setting: 3/5
Writing:
3/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review In A Nutshell: The initial premise of Love, Hate & Other Filters is so good, and the scenes that revolve around Islamophobia and racism were compelling and left an impression. However, the other aspects of this book lacked any impact and took away from my overall opinion of it.

“These terrorists are the antithesis of Islam. They’re not Muslim. Violence has no place in religion, and the terrorists are responsible for their own crimes, not the religion and not us.” 

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Review: Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

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Overall: 3/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5
Setting: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: Stay Sweet is a nice summer read, but nothing too mind-blowing or memorable.
“How can any girl expect a high school boy to give her the moon and the stars when he’s basically an overgrown testosterone gland with legs?”

Review: Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

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Overall: 3.7/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 4.5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: Listen to Your Heart is an adorable YA contemporary filled with humor, friendship, and of course, romance.
“I wondered if life was about facing fears. Sometimes we overcame them and sometimes they overcame us. On the days we won, we had every right to celebrate.”

Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennet

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Overall: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
If you don’t feel like reading this long review, here is my review in a nutshell: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is a cute romance that is sure to make you fall in love.

“This was the night bus, not a Journey song. Two strangers were not on a midnight train going anywhere. I was going home, and he was probably going to knock over a liquor store.”

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