As I may or may not have mentioned, I love discovering lesser-known books in the Amazon Kindle store. While I love a good NY Times best seller as much as the next fangirl, I also love finding a hidden gem by an author who is just starting out and needs a push. Some of my favorite series are mostly unknown, and whenever I recommend them, I always get blank looks. But I’ve also gotten good feedback on them! So, in the spirit of recommendations, because I know we all love those, here are some of the best books/series I have found out there in the book world that deserve a spot on your TBR!
I posted a few days ago about winning an ARC of It Ends With Us and how I was so excited to read it, as I’d never read a Colleen Hoover book before. Now that I’ve read it, I’m wondering if her books come in a boxset or something, because I loved this book so much. Since I received this book in a contest and not in exchange for a review, I won’t include any spoilers. Especially since this book hasn’t been released yet. 😉
If you don’t know what this book is about, here is the synopsis from Goodreads and click here to visit the Goodreads page:
I was given an ecopy of this wonderful book by the author for an honest review. I will also be posting a YouTube video review, but I wanted to spread the word about how much I loved this book, so here is a written review too! 😊 There are some spoilers in this review, so be warned! Also, this book does contain some fairly graphic sexual scenes. They are written very tastefully, but just a warning to younger readers. You know what you can handle. Read more ›
It has been an embarrassingly long time since I posted a review. Part of this is because of my busyness, and thus laziness when it comes to reviewing, and another part is because I’ve been seriously considering going into BookTube, so I’ve been thinking I’ll just save my reviews for then. However, I still haven’t found the time to start a YouTube channel, so I figured I’d better quit putting it off and review some books!
So, the book I’ll be reviewing today is a book I found on the Amazon kindle store, in their unlimited books section. Meaning, I pay $10 a month and I can read as many unlimited ebooks as I like 😊 It’s an awesome idea, and it would be even more awesome if there were a bigger selection of “famous” books such as We Were Liars or The Matched series. But, just because the books on there aren’t amazingly popular doesn’t mean they aren’t worth reading. That’s the whole reason I’m writing this 😉 Because How I Found You was a lovely and unexpected book. It was paranormal and romantic and fresh. It was a book that, when I woke up at 3am, I told myself I’d only read for a few minutes, but that I stayed up until 5:30am to finish.
How I Found You is, in short, about a teenager, Rose, staying with her aunt and uncle for the summer because her parents are too busy traveling the world for work. Once she arrives there, two mysterious and sexy guys knock on the door claiming car trouble and would like to stay the night at her aunt’s house. And for reasons that baffle Rose, her aunt and uncle agree without question that these strangers can stay. One of these boy gives Rose the major creeps, but the other boy seems somewhat familiar to her. Couple this with the bizarre dreams Rose is having about death, and you are in for a summer you’ll never forget.
The things I loved about this book were the original storyline, the magic/romance, the character believability, Rose’s general badassery, and the way the storyline had me second-guessing myself until the end. Even though you think you know how the story is going to end from the beginning, it ends up ending totally different than you thought! Also, although this might be a slight spoiler, when these mysterious boys arrive at Rose’s door, they seem vampire-like. And honestly, I’ve read so many vampire novels, I almost didn’t want to keep reading. But! Let me tell you, I was so wrong about it. When you find out what these guys actually are, you’ll warm to this book even more!
A few things I wish this book had included was more backstory about the boys! I want to know more about the magic of their world, more about their pasts, and just more in general. But maybe that’s just because I loved their characters, and we’re always greedy with book boys 😉
Overall though, I enjoyed this book so much! That’s why I’m giving it 4.5 stars ⭐️ and telling all of you to go out, join Amazon unlimited for the first free month, and read this book! It’s a quick and refreshing read.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I’ll be honest. Going into this book, I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it. Not because I didn’t think the synopsis sounded promising, but because this book is pretty far out of my usual reading comfort-zone. It’s an adult romance novel, set in a Christian town. All of those things are very unrelated to my usual reading habits ;). However, once I started reading, I was instantly pulling into this story. I really enjoyed reading from this main character’s perspective. Jill has a very real narrative in a town of fake people. Although she finds comfort in her small town, she doesn’t really fit in. And reading about a town that is likely similar to so many in the world from an almost cynical view was really refreshing. And as the story progresses, we start to see the people she believed to lack substance as human. I enjoyed that a lot. We also see how Jill’s character grows (a lot) in a short amount of time. All because she met one guy, Sean. Their romance is swift but unusual. They offer each other more than a simple physical connection. And seeing the world as Sean sees it helps Jill realize that she has been living a dormant life. So she decides to make a change. However, while I won’t spill any spoilers, I didn’t see the twist at the end coming. Prepare a tissue!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It was a quick, fun, and romantic read that has a little wisdom in it too. Perfect for a rainy day or spare time at the beach! 🙂
*Disclaimer for younger readers: there is one semi-graphic sexual scene. While it’s definitely not 50 Shades, it’s still nice to have a heads up if that kind of thing makes you uncomfortable.
*Disclaimer related to religious content: this book is set in a Christian town. There is much mention of Christian values and the bible, as well as a few scripture quotes. Just another heads up in case religious-mentioning is not your cup of tea.
Before I get into the review of this book, I want to mention that the Significance series is one of my all time favorites. I’ve read all 4 previous installments at least 10 times. This series is one that I can always fall back on like a loyal friend. It’s guaranteed to get me out of a reading slump, becasue it’s the perfect combination of romance and paranormal genres. Sometimes I just like my romance without any drama 🙂 And in the previous novels, Caleb and Maggie were always a united front against every obstacle. And I love that. So, since I am such a huge fan of these characters, I was so excited to get my hands on this book! Undeniable Chosen is set in the same world as the other Significance novels. However, it is about 25 years in the future. And it is about Caleb and Maggie’s daughter, Ava and her new significant (from a rival family, the Watsons), Seth.
First off, I don’t think it is necessary to read the other Significance novels before reading this one. Ms. Crane writes in enough backstory that a new reader would get the gist of the past. But, I think you should read them anyway, before or after 😉
Second, I’ll confess I was a little bit nervous to read this book. Mostly becasue of my attachment to the characters in the first novels. I thought maybe I would miss reading about them; that these new characters wouldn’t measure up. But I don’t even know why I was worried. Ava and Seth are written so well, I couldn’t help but fall in love with them while they feel in love with each other.
The good: This new story didn’t feel like Caleb and Maggie’s story re-written. Ava and Seth have a story all their own, and I loved reading about them. From their first meeting and imprint (which didn’t go anything like I imagined), to their first fight, their first kiss, their first ‘I love you’s’, and their first battle against the Watsons, I was swept away in their love story. I loved that some storylines from the other novels carried over into this one. I also loved that this book had a lot more paranormal aspects than I expected. The supernatural was mixed in quite nicely with the romance, and helped tie up some questions towards the end of the book. The ending was satisfying, but left enough unanswered questions that I can’t wait for the next installment!
The just okay: I will say there were times when I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to hear from some characters, but only got brief mentions of them. I would have liked Ava and Seth to have more interactions with various Jacobsons. However, those were fleeting feelings, and probably stem from my love of the other installments. Ava and Seth kept me quite entertained in their world.
Overall, I would give this book 4.5 stars! It had a little bit of something for everyone 🙂 Lots of passion, action, romance, and wisdom. Shelly gives her characters a lot of depth, which I think makes them so much more relatable. She also always includes a feeling of togetherness in the Jacobson family, which makes the reader feel all warm and loved. Just another reason to read 😉
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