July mini review round-up

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite | June 25, 2019
For Pride Month I made it a point to focus on LGBT reads and this one in particular was among my most anticipated reads of the year. I’m a huge fan of historical romance and I can’t recall ever coming across a novel even featuring LGBT characters, let alone front and center on the cover! Not only were two ladies the stars of the show, but there was also a heavy dose of botany and astronomy – yes please!Running away from a broken heart after watching her lover marry, Lucy abruptly shows up at the home of a Countess, determined to be the one to answer her request for a translator of a prominent French astronomy text. Lucy’s fully confident in her abilities, after all, while her father was revered in his field, it was Lucy who took over the work.

While I fully enjoyed the bits of science sprinkled throughout, I’m a little disappointed to say I found this one lacking. I’m delighted the book exists and had a great time reading it, but overall it left me wanting. Still, I’m curious to see where the series goes from here!

Romanov by Nadine Brandes | May 7, 2019
Tell me a book is about the Romanovs and there basically a 100% chance I’ll read it. Several years ago I featured an edition of Get Your Fix that focused solely on novels and non-fiction about the dynasty. I’m more than a little obsessed with this family.

That obsession was not strong enough to stop the absurd amount of eyerolling I did while reading this book. I’m always up for stories of Romanov survivors. Throw in a bit of magic and I’ll roll with it! Unfortunately, this book was all over the place. Anastasia – Nastya – wants to be a spell caster instead of a grand duchess. This magic system was never fully explained and left me confused. There’s special ink and bits of paper and magic words seemingly burst forth from the caster’s mouth.

If that was the book’s only downfall I could have excused it. HOWEVER, the kicker that had me frantically texting a friend as each ridiculous page went by: Anastasia and Alexei both die – Alexei TWICE – but don’t worry, Anastasia simply magics them back to life. While as ghosts (the first time around), the pair spend a few pages going on ghost adventures in the forest while the bodies of their parents and sisters lay in a pile behind them, and in the end Anastasia falls in love with the guard who shot/killed her. No thank you.

Trespassing by Brandi Reeds | April 1, 2018
In an attempt to try to rectify my pathetic netgalley stats, I’ve been making an effort to review old titles. Trespassing is a domestic thriller that instantly caught my eye when I first came across it, but never made the time for it. Until now. And I’m kicking myself for letting it sit so long!

Veronica’s life seems to be ripping apart at the seams. Her latest round of fertility treatments has failed, her 3-year-old has a new imaginary friend that seems more evil than innocent, and her pilot husband has just left for a flight…and doesn’t come back home. Veronica tries to hold it together and not fret, but Elizabella keeps insisting her imaginary friend told her Daddy’s dead. What follows is a cat-and-mouse thriller, from fake paystubs to a fully-paid house in the Florida Keys. Veronica’s grasp of reality loosens as she realizes her husband wasn’t the man she thought he was – and is someone after her now?

Despite the size of this novel, I tore through it, fully invested and engaged. I needed to know what was going on, I wanted explanations from her husband nearly as bad as Veronica did! While the ended was a little overdone, I really liked this one and can’t wait for Reeds’ next novel!

How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway | July 30, 2019
Mel is stuck at a dead-end job working the help desk of a start-up full of brogrammers who all believe they’re God’s gift to the tech industry, yet can’t understand that disabling ad blockers in order to browse for porn just might result in a wave of viruses. Multiple times.

After the hottest dating app, Fluttr, leaves her ghosted, Mel decides to take matters into her own hands. JerkAlert was only meant to be a fun way for Mel and her friends to blow off steam – their way of getting the word out about the sexist, misogynistic, married men on Fluttr – but it took off and soon hundreds of women are leaving warnings about the seemingly nice guys on the app.

Had this just been a story about JerkAlert, I think I would have enjoyed the book far more. Instead, there’s an office romance between Mel and one of the techies hoping to make it big with a fantasy football app. I had hoped to get more out of this one than I did, but at least it was a fast, one-sitting read.


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