From what I bought, to what I loved and hated, these are what caught my eye last week.
What I Read
An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
What I thought:
5 Stars – I’m actually on the blog tour for this one so you’ll have to wait and see my full thoughts a little later this month. It’s worth the wait, I promise
The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.
Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.
And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.
What I thought:
5 stars – Where do I even start with this one? I absolutely adored Jenn’s debut and this one was just as delicious. Her books are swoon-worthy, to say the least. I feel like I know these guys, they’re wonderfully fleshed out and just, real. The romances Jenn writes always feel real and tangible, never rushed. The couples make real decisions, there’s never some timeline. A lot of people think you should wait until at least x amount of months dating before having sex or kissing but Jenn keeps it real. Some people will have sex day one, others wait until marriage. It just happens.
CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE MENTION OF FEMALE MASTURBATION PLEASE???? The media and other sources act like it never happens. They’re still stuck in well ,the 1950’s, thinking sex isn’t for women and we’re not supposed to like it. Spoiler alert: a lot of women do. I was so happy to see this included and handled because it happens. This is a great reassurance for teens or even adults. It’s okay. No, you’re not weird or gross.
This book also touches on something very real these days, falling in love online. Sometimes you know everything about the person or sometimes you’re more careful with your information but spoiler alert, it happens. Quite a lot. She handled this the way it should be like it’s a normal part of life. For many, it is.
This novel wasn’t just fluff, it had a point too. Sometimes you need someone to push you out of your comfort zone to live life. Whether that’s after a tragedy, or you’re just too scared. It doesn’t have to be romantic, like in this case. But sometimes you just can’t do it all on your own. And that’s okay.
America’s Favorite Teenager, Archie Andrews, is reborn in the pages of this must-have graphic novel collecting the first six issues of the comic book series that everyone is talking about. Meet Riverdale High teen Archie, his oddball, food-loving best friend Jughead, girl-next-door Betty and well-to-do snob Veronica Lodge as they embark on a modern reimagining of the beloved Archie world. It’s all here: the love triangle, friendship, humor, charm and lots of fun – but with a decidedly modern twist.
What I thought:
2 stars – The only reason this even got two stars was because of Fiona Staples, she’s easily growing to be one of my favorite comic artists. But this was just… boring. I read a few Archie comics as a kid and this felt nothing like it. I wasn’t hooked or dying to pick up the next one. I just didn’t care.
On the 21st, a panel of lovely ladies made their way to my local B&N.
( Shannon Alexander, Emily Henry, Brittany Cavallaro, Kat Helgeson, Sarah J. Schmitt)
I had the most wonderful time. There weren’t too many people at the event so it made it even more intimate and fantastic. I’ve been friends with Emily for a year and a half now and I was so excited to actually meet her in person! She was even sweeter than I could have ever imagined.
She wrote this in my book and when I think about it too much, I cry. I’m sappy. And sometimes, you just need someone you look up to tell you something like this. I also got my copies of the Charlotte Holmes series signed but I forgot to take a pretty pic of those.
On the 30th, I went to the launch of Francesca Zappia’s newest book Eliza and Her Monsters. It was a very massive B&N I’d never been too. It was a really laid back time and her whole family being there was even more enjoyable. It was fun to watch her family lovingly heckle her and ask her a million questions.
My OTSPSecretSister package this month was Harry Potter themed and I loved it all. A special thanks to Tara Sonin and Kate for the arcs. Can we talk about that gorgeous preorder pin for A Map for Wrecked Girls?
How have the last two weeks stacked up for you? Did any of you go to Bookcon or BEA?