Review: What I Want You to See by Catherine Linka

Review: What I Want You to See by Catherine Linka

What I Want You to See by Catherine Linka is a book I was excited for since it promises crime and art—two elements I always love in a story. I enjoyed the way art is translated onto the page, but my love for the book pretty much ends there. I had a difficult time connecting with the main character, and there is not enough emphasis on the action of the art crime, making the story fall flat. Continue reading

Review: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Review: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

As a big fan of YA Christmas books, I was excited when I first heard of 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston. I was expecting festive fluff, and this book delivers on that with its dynamic family and perfectly cheesy dates. This is a light and fluffy read that is sure to get the reader in the Christmas spirit.

Review: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley ElstonTitle: 10 Blind Dates
Author: Ashley Elston
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: October 1, 2019

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

One broken heart, ten blind dates—and a whole lot of confusion!

Sophie wants one thing for Christmas—a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever . . . or is it?

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Review: 10 Blind Dates

Inspiring

This book follows Sophie, who is dealing with a recent heartbreak, as she is set up on 10 blind dates by her family. It is easy to sympathize with Sophie, but it is also inspiring to see her transform and bounce back from her broken heart. The book is filled with winter vibes as it takes place over Christmas, and I loved reading about each of the festive dates, some more outrageous than others. There is also a balance between fun and heartfelt moments as there is a subplot with Sophie’s pregnant sister and complications she faces. As well, family is one of my favourite elements in YA, and I was happy to see such a big, lively family that (mostly) wants the best for Sophie.

Cosy Read

This book is a cosy read that is perfect for curling up with as the weather gets colder. This one is both wholesome and heartfelt, and the main character truly transforms throughout the book. I would definitely recommend this one to fans of Hallmark movies.

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About Ashley Elston

Ashley Elston

Ashley Elston lives is North Louisiana with her husband and three sons. She worked as a wedding and portrait photographer for ten years until she decided to pursue writing full time. Ashley is also a certified landscape horticulturist and loves digging in the dirt. Her debut novel, THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING was published by Disney Hyperion in 2013 and was a finalist in the Best Young Adult category of the International Thriller Writers Awards.

Review: My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life

Review: My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream LifeTitle: My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life
Author: Rachel Cohn
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: December 18, 2018

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

"I'm here to take you to live with your father. In Tokyo, Japan! Happy birthday!"

In the Land of the Rising Sun, where high culture meets high kitsch, and fashion and technology are at the forefront of the First World's future, the foreign-born teen elite attend ICS-the International Collegiate School of Tokyo. Their accents are fluid. Their homes are ridiculously posh. Their sports games often involve a (private) plane trip to another country. They miss school because of jet lag and visa issues. When they get in trouble, they seek diplomatic immunity.

Enter foster-kid-out-of-water Elle Zoellner, who, on her sixteenth birthday discovers that her long-lost father, Kenji Takahari, is actually a Japanese hotel mogul and wants her to come live with him. Um, yes, please! Elle jets off first class from Washington D.C. to Tokyo, which seems like a dream come true. Until she meets her enigmatic father, her way-too-fab aunt, and her hyper-critical grandmother, who seems to wish Elle didn't exist. In an effort to please her new family, Elle falls in with the Ex-Brats, a troupe of uber-cool international kids who spend money like it's air. But when she starts to crush on a boy named Ryuu, who's frozen out by the Brats and despised by her new family, her already tenuous living situation just might implode.

My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life is about learning what it is to be a family, and finding the inner strength to be yourself, even in the most extreme circumstances.

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Review: My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life

Any book about Japan or private school is a win for me, so My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn was an instant must-read. The book is both entertaining and emotional, and the main character is likeable. I especially loved reading the descriptions of Tokyo. This is a fun read that is also informative. Continue reading