February 4, 2003, promises to be a typical day for Olivia Ross—a greeting card writer whose passion project is a screenplay of her own. But after she and a handsome actor have a magical meet-cute in a coffee shop, they make a spontaneous pact: in ten years, after they’ve found the success they’re just sure they’re going to achieve, they’ll return to the coffeehouse to partner up and make a film together. The only problem? Olivia neglected to get the stranger’s name. But she doesn’t forget his face—or the date.
What a lovely little book! I chose TP because I’m a plant parent too, a hobby I picked up from my mom: her place is chock full of them, bought and rescued both - don’t ask - and every once in a while she knocks on my door with a grin and a new leafy baby.
Chimera, edited by Ashley Hutchinson and published by Lost Boys Press, is a collection of short stories by ten talented authors, all having a common theme: monsters. I've been gifted with an ARC in exchange of a honest review, which I'm more than happy to supply.
I do have some unhealthy fascination with lighthouses, yes. To me, they represent the quintessence of heaven: peace, solitude, and endurance wrapped in a colorful building. While they’re connected to the land - and sometimes the piers are just as stunning as the lighthouses themselves, you’ll see - they stand alone for the most part.
Remember my adversion to multiple POVs and third person? Forget everything I've said so far and repeat this with me: THIS BOOK IS AWESOME. Entertaining, compelling characters? Check. Surreal setting? Check. Interesting plot? Check, again. I'm gonna have a really hard time writing something coherent enough about this novel because it is perfect. I'm talking about Dead Heads, by R Young, and here's my review.
Just like the cover, TTN is evocative and vivid. The characters are well thought out, each of them with a different voice. That’s quite a feat, even more so because the cast is pretty big. Well done, Evan
The Newlyweds puzzles me. Like, a lot. I picked it on Netgalley, intrigued by the synopsis: a good old psychological drama, two newlyweds (hence the title) hiding things from each other, pretty straightforward yet interesting enough to make me anticipate some plot twists. It delivered, in a way, but - puzzled, as I said. Stay with me for a moment here.
Today I'm reviewing Orange City, by Lee Matthew Goldberg. As the snippet suggests, this is a dystopian novel set in a secret city. The city is ruled by a tyrant, and the most important rule is that its citizens have to obey, or else they end up in the Zones, a place nobody wants to end in.
I love photography. Nature, architecture, interior decor, food, (period) clothes, small towns and bigass cities, you take a good picture of them and I’ll jazzhand all over it. With added pterodactyl noises too if it’s a really, really good one. TL;DR living vicariously through professional photographers is my jam. So, when I saw Connecting You to Wonderlands: Japan, by Takashi Sato, I knew I had to grab it.
Remember how I was talking about a lucky streak with ARC? Well, it keeps going! Meet The Savage Instinct, by M. M. DeLuca.