Trope Tuesday #4: Flirty Stepsiblings.

Trope Tuesday is a meme/series created by Lacy Literacy. On Tuesdays, the goal is to discuss one trope that you dislike, love, are indifferent to, hate, currently annoyed by, think is problematic, etc. You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.

Flirty Stepsiblings has a pretty self explanatory trope title. And it’s a huge taboo trope where step-siblings fall in love. So basically, you’ve got two people who don’t share any DNA whatsoever, mostly teenagers, whose parents have recently gotten hitched, and they have to learn how to live with each other until baam, hormones happen.

I’ve read quite a few romance books from this trope actually, but frankly most of them are so bad. The one that I liked the most was Stepbrother Dearest, which is definitely darker than I expected and I loved that about it. Even with all the heavy subjects it still managed to be sweet at the right parts. Plus I liked the characters a lot.

I think the most popular one, that at least I’ve seen a lot about, is Too Far Series also known as Rosemary Beach Series. When I started getting into new adult books this series showed up everywhere I looked. And it’s not that I hated it, but I didn’t really understand why people liked it so much. It’s very cliche and basic, but it does have a good vibe overall.

This trope is hard to deal with, because although I personally love taboo stories in general, I also know that people view it in a bad way most of the time, hence it being taboo. Besides, most authors doesn’t really do a good job with these topics, unfortunately.

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Blog Tour: The Paths We Choose by M. Hollis.

Hi guys! In just one day The Paths We Choose will be out and I’m here to share with you guys the playlist the author created so we could enjoy the book even more, and personal opinion; I’ve been listening to it for days now, it’s so good! You can check out the playlist here, and I also have it on Spotify if you prefer, but be warned, some of the songs won’t show up to you because they don’t have it in their archive and I added from my local files, and I also added a few other songs that I think it fits well with the book.

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I also want to show you guys the fancast the author picked out that comes closer to how she imagines the characters, they’re all incredible! You can check it out here.

The Paths We Choose will be released tomorrow on April 6th. If you still haven’t added it on goodreads, you can do it here and pre-order it here! The Melody of You and Me is available in paperback and Kindle, which you can find here. You can also check out my review here, I 100% recommend these novellas!

Trope Tuesday #3: Star-Crossed Lovers.

Trope Tuesday is a meme/series created by Lacy Literacy. On Tuesdays, the goal is to discuss one trope that you dislike, love, are indifferent to, hate, currently annoyed by, think is problematic, etc. You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.

Star-Crossed Lovers is probably the most popular romance trope out there, I mean, who doesn’t know about Romeo and Juliet? Actually, this trope has been refereed to more often than not as ‘Romeo and Juliet’ instead of its actual name.

The trope happens when two lovers are destined to be kept apart no matter how hard they struggle to be together. It could be fate, or fatally-feuding families, or it may be something as mundane as a few hundred miles’ separation, but something will always be in their way.

There are way too many popular books with this trope that you probably already read or at least heard about it, like The Hunger GamesVampire Academy and The Raven Cycle just to name a few. My personal favorites are Blood For BloodCinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) and Shatter Me.

One of the most common version of this trope, Interspecies Romance (i.e. when people from different species fall in love, like let’s say, vampires and humans), is still very present in popular books, Twilight anyone? Other well known series are Lux SeriesPenryn & the End of DaysWarm Bodies, etc.

Overall, this is a trope that could be handled in so many different ways, and it could be amazing or it can be tiring and cliche, it really depends on how the author deals with it. So I personally don’t go looking for books in this trope but I don’t judge or avoid books based on it either.

Top 10: Laugh Out Loud Books.

There are some books that aren’t necessarily good but they are so hilarious and overall super fun to read. This are my top ten books that totally made me laugh out.

13500758Lingus by Mariana Zapata.
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Mini Review: I absolutely adore Mariana Zapata, she’s definitely one of my favorite authors, all of her books are incredible, and Lingus isn’t any different. This is such a fun book, Kat is an amazing character and I loved her relationship with her friends, it didn’t have any of the bitchiness frenemies bullshit, they loved and support each other which it’s what any good relationship is all about. Tristan is so charming, I just loved him so much. Also his relationship with Kat was so precious, and of course, like every Zapata book, SLOW BURN.

25883848The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.
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Mini Review: There isn’t one thing I dislike about this book, not one. I honestly love it so much, the characters, the story, the development, the interactions, the writing… literally everything. Please do yourself a favor and pick it up, I swear you won’t regret it.

12033455I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella.
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Mini Review: A while back I was super into adult chick-lit and honestly everywhere I looked there was a Sophie Kinsella book, and the only one that I truly enjoyed is this one. Well, enjoyed is an understatement really, because I completely loved this book. Poppy is so funny and quirky, I absolutely love her, she’s the type of character I aspire to be and I loved her as a protagonist. And Sam is my type of dream guy. You know those personality traits and characteristics you always want in a guy but never really find it? Yep, Sam has them all. He’s quiet, sarcastic, intelligent and successful. Although, I know my friends don’t agree with my type of guy, so I guess he’s not everyone’s type, but do believe it fits really well with the story.

26148083Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata.
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Mini Review: I couldn’t resist to add another Mariana Zapata book, this one was super light and fun. Very unproblematic and just cuteness everywhere. And of course, slow burn which I absolutely adore.

 

30325011Managed (VIP #2) by Kristen Callihan.
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Mini Review: This book is so incredible. I’ve read a lot of Callihan’s books okay, but this one holds a special place in my heart, it’s so adorable and fun to read. I loved the characters so much, Gabriel and Sophie have a great story and I enjoyed it immensely.

22857396Sweet Addiction (Sweet Addiction #1) by J. Daniels.
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Mini Review: This was one of the first new adult books I’ve ever read, and it was so fun. Dylan’s relationship with her best friends are the best thing to read, their banter is so funny I never wanted it to end. Reese was a nice character as well, a little too possessive and jealous for my taste but overall this was very enjoyable.

22715924No One Like You (Barefoot William #4) by Kate Angell.
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Mini Review: My favorite thing about this book is how the dogs have so much personality that it feels like a character as well. It’s so nice to read it and it just adds to the overall appeal of the book to be honest. It’s such a fun summer book and it can totally be read as a stand-alone.

15858248Wallbanger (Cocktail #1) by Alice Clayton.
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Mini Review: Okay, I have to admit that when my friend recommended me this book I was a little unsure if I would read it. But I’m so glad I picked it up, it’s honestly one of the most, if not the most, hilarious books I’ve ever read. The overall isn’t like omg the best book ever, but it’s so enjoyable to read and it’s guaranteed to make you laugh.

 
26252659Big Rock by Lauren Blakely.
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Mini Review: I like Blakely’s books because they’re a fun and quick read. I honestly laughed so much while reading this that you wouldn’t believe. It has one of my favorite tropes, fake dating, and how it’s handled here it’s so entertaining, I loved it. And to be fair, all of her books could fit this category but that wouldn’t be fair, so I’ll just leave this one here.

1824673318663319Fool Me Once Series by Tara Sivec.
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Mini Review: Yes, I’m cheating, and well technically I still haven’t gotten around to reading the last book in this series, but the two books I did read I loved it. It’s super fun and light to read, I remember reading it in a road trip and it made the time pass so quickly because I was having so much fun with it.

Trope Tuesday #2: Best Friend’s Sibling.

Trope Tuesday is a meme/series created by Lacy Literacy. On Tuesdays, the goal is to discuss one trope that you dislike, love, are indifferent to, hate, currently annoyed by, think is problematic, etc. You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.

Best Friend’s Sibling is one of those tropes that everyone knows about, and most people pretend to hate it but deep down have a soft spot for it. Well, at least I do.

The trope happens when the hero or heroine fall in love with their best friend’s sibling, and that’s pretty much all there is to it. It usually happens in two situations; the hero/heroine go away for a while and when they come back they realize their best friend’s sibling changed and now they’re see them in a different light. Or they’ve always been attracted to each other but never did anything about it afraid to hurt their sibling/best friend.

Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my favorite authors, and she has written two books with this trope; Be with Me and Tempting the Best Man. Both of these books are part of a series but it can be read as a standalone, they’re a tiny bit overly dramatic and angst ridden, which can be annoying but from this trope they usually are.

My favorite book from this trope is On The Fence by the fluff queen Kasie West. I love her writing and I absolutely love this book, it holds a special place in my heart. It’s about Charlie, a girl that is surrounded by boys her whole life, with three brothers and single her dad. But then she finds herself working at a chic boutique to pay off a speeding ticket during the summer and starts seeing things in a new light. Another favorite of mine is Mister O by Lauren Blakely, it’s very fun and entertaining.

Other books from this trope that I’ve read but aren’t as good is The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han, I have friends that enjoyed it a lot but personally I don’t see the appeal, it’s an okay trilogy and quick to read whenever you feel like a summery romance story, but I wouldn’t call it great.

Overall, this trope doesn’t bother or annoy me but it isn’t a personal favorite either. Depends a lot on how the author handles it.

Top 10: Too Cute To Handle YA

If you’re anything like me, you love some good young adult fluffiness. So I thought I’d share with you my Top Ten Too Cute To Handle Young Adult books. Yay!

tumblr_mixxgtpasx1s3jza0o1_500 Anna and the French Kiss Trilogy by Stephanie Perkins.
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Mini Review: Yes, I’m totally cheating putting this trilogy as only one book but I just love them so much. They’re so light and adorable. All of the characters are so precious and they’ll forever hold a place in my heart. My personal favorite is Isla and the Happily Ever After, but all of them are just so damn cute.

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Play On (Lewis Creek #1) by Michelle Smith.
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Mini Review: Absolutely adorable! I loved everything about it. We have the book only from the guy’s point of view (not that it isn’t common but it has been so long since I’ve read one like that, it’s usually dual points of view or just the girls so I was very excited with that) and his inner monologues and expressions are so funny and cute I really enjoyed it.
I’m a sucker for sports book mostly because a) really hot guys and b) the companionship aspect of it, I love the idea of being in a team that’s like family to you, I think it’s so precious and that showed in this book so beautifully it was amazing to read.
One of the main characters suffers with depression, and it’s presented it in a different side, the side of how it feels for the people that loves them but feel helpless against this mental illness. It was dealt with it admirably well.
The main character’s best friend is gay, and he and his boyfriend have to go through coming out and everything that follows, especially since the book is set in a small close minded town, so it also deals with acceptance and how hard it is for them when someone from their family do not approve. Showing how there’s still a long way to go until we get to a point that people don’t have to ‘come out’ and simply be whatever they are.
I enjoyed this so much and I’m so glad I picked it up!

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Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love #1) by Jessica Park.
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Mini Review: This is probably one of my favorite young adult books ever. I loved everything about it. The characters are INCREDIBLE. Julie is such a great protagonist, she’s witty and funny, I loved being in her head. Matt is the cutest, he has the quiet and moody thing going on and I really love love interests like that, even though it’s not for everyone. Celeste is so amazing, I loved how relatable she was. These three characters makes everything worth reading, I swear.

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum.
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Mini Review: I’m crazy about the ‘we met online first’ trope, so this book was like winning the lottery for me, it has the perfect amount of friendship, humor, emotion, a hint of mystery, and of course, romance. Nowadays it’s pretty normal to have online friends so the idea of this trope isn’t so far fetched anymore, which it’s even more exciting for me. I loved the characters so much, and I found myself smiling like an idiot through most of the book, absolutely adorable.

15749186To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.
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Mini Review: I know this one is a favorite for a lot of people and I have to agree that everything about this book screams adorable. Lara Jean is such a cute character, I just wanted to hold her all the time. The family dynamic is amazing, I love seeing that in young adult books. And of course, Peter is everything a girl wants in a guy personified. Everything was very sweet and innocent, I enjoyed it immensely.

25488913Any Other Girl by Rebecca Phillips.
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Mini Review: I remember when I read this book for the first time and I got so obsessed with it, I only wanted to read books similar to this one and I found none that came close to this to be honest. It’s just so adorable?? I am  still in love with everything.
Kat is so authentic, I loved her personality and how incredible she is! And her dads are the best, honestly!
Emmett is such a sweetheart! I felt so bad for his mom and what they had gone through with his father but he’s still so sweet to everyone. Swoon.
Family and friendship are a huge part of this book and it’s something that always makes books a thousand times better for me.

18660447The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West.
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Mini Review: Kasie West is the queen of young adult fluff, I absolutely love all of her books, but this one is my favorite. Fake dating is definitely one of my favorite tropes and reading what West did with it was amazing. I loved the characters so much and the development that happened even with a relatively short period of time. Gia can be annoying at times, but she’s very relatable, at least to me she was. I’m always with my phone and I look for validation from everyone, which I’m trying to change and it was nice seeing the her develop in that way.

22724488Cinder & Ella (Cinder & Ella #1) by Kelly Oram.
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Mini Review: This book has two of my favorite tropes, we met online first and I fell in love with a celebrity, so of course I loved it! Ellamara is amazing, she’s so strong and with everything she’s been through I don’t think I would react the same way, she made more of an effort to make a horrible situation less horrible and I admired that in her. Brian was sweet, a little too flirty for my taste but overall these two was a cute combination. I loved Juliette, Violet and Rob, there’re amazing and I want a group friend like them so bad. I can’t wait to read the second book.

12000020Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
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Mini Review: So beautiful. Absolutely incredible. I loved everything about this book. Dante is one of the most precious characters I’ve ever seen, he’s so important to  me and I love him so much. Ari’s development is outstanding to, see and the book develops in a perfect pacing, I honestly loved everything about this story.

16059149Magnolia (Magnolia Branch #1) by Kristi Cook.
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Mini Review: HATERS. TO. LOVERS. I just can’t with this trope okay? The banter, snarky remarks, messing with each other, baiting each other… the whole thing makes me so happy. Everything about this was so fun to read and honestly the story and characters were so cute?? Loved it. Although, I was a little surprise with how it was handled certain situations, I wasn’t expecting it from a book like this but it didn’t affect my view on the book overall.