Book Review | Twice In A Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Hey everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day! How is everyone’s February going? Today I have plans on doing absolutely nothing other than playing Apex Legends and reading… all day long. What are you all up to today?

Guys, I am so happy this book was a part of my romance reads month! It turned out to be one of my favorites of 2020, and it’s only February! I loved it so much and it really helped me get out of my slump, which I was really happy about of course.


Twice in a Blue Moon

Twice In A Blue Moon

Christina Lauren

Pages: 358

Format: Paperback

Audience: Adult

Genre(s): Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: October 22, 2019

Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.

During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.

Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.

With Christina Lauren’s signature “beautifully written and remarkably compelling” (Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author) prose and perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner, Twice in a Blue Moon is an unforgettable and moving novel of young love and second chances.

  • The writing – Of course, the number one thing I truly love about this was the great writing. Yet again, the writing duo that is Christina Lauren completely blows me away again. They are starting to get dangerously close to beating Abbi Glines as my favorite author.
  • Sam and Tate in London – I LOVED the London scenes! The first 7/8 chapters not only blew me away, but that’s where they really hooked me. I don’t think I could tell you which character I loved more because both were equally amazing. It wasn’t like both were unbelievably hot, unrelatable people like in some romance books. The two of them were relatable, down to earth, and just so perfect to be apart of a fluffy romance story.
  • The movie set – I don’t think I have ever read a book where it was actually taking place on a movie set. I loved that dynamic and thought it was so different yet.. really nice! I’ve read books with celebrities in it, but never when the celebrities are working and actually on set during the making of a movie. Definitely enjoyed that part.
  • Fluffy and light yet still super entertaining – This book was in no way super serious to the point where it gave me a headache, it was fluffy and light-hearted and definitely good for a change. Sometimes romances can be too…. over the top with the dramatics to say the least.
  • It should be made into a movie, easily – HONESTLY, Christina Lauren! I will write scripts for your books and send it to whoever will take it! For this book and The Unhoneymooner’s. I’m sorry but why has no one made a movie or why is a movie not in the works yet for these books. Good lord.
  • Predictability– The only problem I saw with this book, but honestly it wasn’t even that big of a problem, was the predictability part. I did predict basically the entirety of this story, but I’m glad my predictions were right.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Absolutely! This book is definitely one of my favorites of 2020 so far… and it’s only February!


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WWW Wednesday #33 – 2/5/20

Good morning everyone and Happy Wednesday! Of course, it is Wednesday so that means a WWW Wednesday.

Now, it’s time for another WWW Wednesday, as always. This book meme is hosted over at Sam’s Taking On A World of Words page! Just answer the 3 questions below every Wednesday, and feel free to post your answers in the comments and of course check out the other participants and see what else they are reading for the week. The questions are:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What have you finished reading?
  3. What will you read next?

So let’s get onto the post!


What are you currently reading?

Shadow of the Batgirl

Shadow of the Batgirl – Sarah Kuhn

What have you finished reading?

Twice in a Blue Moon

Twice In A Blue Moon – Christina Lauren ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

What will you read next?

Love and Other Words

Love and Other Words – Christina Lauren


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February 2020 TBR

Here it is! The month of love. So what does this mean for a reader like me? Time to read a bunch of romance novels.

I haven’t been in all that much of a reading mood, but last February I was on fire with the whole reading thing, and I hope that this month will kick me back into gear too.

I’ve been super excited to read some romance books this month. Last February I decided to read the Harry Potter series in February, and that kind of took any chance I had of reading romance books, and although I loved reading Harry Potter for the first time, I definitely felt like I was missing out. NOT THIS MONTH! This month will be different.

I quickly realized last month that I had put some romance novels on my January TBR, and since I barely read anything last month, I decided to push all those books to February and even add some more. So let’s get right into the February TBR plan!


Love and Other Words – Christina Lauren

Love and Other Words

Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel #1) – Emily Giffin

Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel, #1)

After (After #1) – Anna Todd

After (After, #1)

Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue

The Selection (The Selection #1) – Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Heartless – Marissa Meyer

Heartless

Making A Play (The Field Party #5) – Abbi Glines

Making a Play (The Field Party, #5)

Love & Luck – Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Luck (Love & Gelato, #2)

Twice In A Blue Moon – Christina Lauren

Twice in a Blue Moon

Roomies – Christina Lauren

Roomies

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WWW Wednesday #32 – 01/29/20

Good morning everyone and Happy Wednesday! Of course, it is Wednesday so that means a WWW Wednesday.

Now, it’s time for another WWW Wednesday, as always. This book meme is hosted over at Sam’s Taking On A World of Words page! Just answer the 3 questions below every Wednesday, and feel free to post your answers in the comments and of course check out the other participants and see what else they are reading for the week. The questions are:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What have you finished reading?
  3. What will you read next?

So let’s get onto the post!


What are you currently reading?

You (You, #1)

You (You #1) – Caroline Kepnes

I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons

I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons – Kevin Hart

What have you finished reading?

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #1)

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland #1) – Lewis Carroll ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

What will you read next?

Twice in a Blue Moon

Twice In A Blue Moon – Christina Lauren


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Top Ten Tuesday #39 – Favorite Books I Read in 2019

Hello everyone and it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Oh and, Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!

This was an idea created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules basically go a little like this:

Jana creates a new topic every Tuesday to make your list, and you create your own Top Ten (or three, or five, or twenty, however many you choose!)
Link back your posts to That Artsy Reader Girl so when others read your post, they’ll know where to go to get more info about future upcoming topics.
There is a linky widget on Jana’s Top Ten Tuesday post so other’s can see your post as well as you being able to check out everyone else’s! So definitely leave your links!
Don’t be afraid to add your own twist to it!

This week’s topic: Favorite Books I Read in 2019 (in no specific order)


(1) The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners

(2) Finale (Caraval #3) – Stephanie Garber

Finale (Caraval, #3)

(3) Renegades (Renegades #1) – Marissa Meyer

Renegades (Renegades, #1)

(4) Opposite of Always – Justin A. Reynolds

Opposite of Always

(5) Daisy Jones and the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six

(6) Undead Girl Gang – Lily Anderson

Undead Girl Gang

(7) Until Friday Night (The Field Party #1) – Abbi Glines

Until Friday Night (The Field Party, #1)

(8) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

(9) Romanov – Nadine Brandes

Romanov

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Book Review | Josh and Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating by Christina Lauren

YES! Another Christina Lauren book I ended up loving. The first one I read was The Unhoneymooners, and now this?? I now have every other book of theirs on hold at the library and I cannot wait to dive more into their writing style and just ugh! Okay, let’s get into the review now. Just had to let you all know how in love I am with their writing style.


Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

Title: Josh and Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating

Author: Christina Lauren

Pages: 309

Format: paperback

Genre(s): Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

  • Friends to Lovers trope – One of my favorite trope’s of all time was in this book and ugh, YES! They were such good friends, you kind of were at some moments like ‘ehh, should they be friends? or should they be more?’ But eventually you get over that and gain pure joy over the fact that they should be more than friends.
  • Josh – Josh is awesome! It’s been a long time since I’ve truly been in love with a male romantic character in a book and Josh was just so.. :)! Haha.
  • Winnie – Winnie! Yes, she is a dog, but ugh I loved her too! I love when authors are able to show how likeable a character is through animals. It’s a FACT dogs can tell between good people and bad people, they can tell! They know who they like and who they don’t right off the bat. Winnie was in LOVE with Josh and it was adorable reading how she followed Josh around, cuddled with Josh, just super cute stuff there.
  • The writing – Just like The Unhoneymooners, the writing was phenomenal in this book. I am really starting to love the duo that is Christina Lauren and very excited to continue reading books from this amazing partnership.
  • Great relationship – To make this book a great read, like every romance book, you have to have a good relationship. And this relationship wasn’t good, it was freaking amazing! A lot of chemistry, a lot of connection, a lot of love and was just awesome.
  • Love triangle trope – Sadly, this book has my least favorite trope, which unfortunately is one of the most common ones. I hate love triangles, and of course this had it. It was a cliche love triangle where you know the other person just shouldn’t belong and the couple you’re cheering for now has this major obstacle in it’s way and you’re just like…UGH! NO! It’s so frustrating!
  • Hazel’s short moment of stupidity – Hazel is a really smart girl, she’s a teacher, trivia winner, and just is really quick to think. But all of a sudden, during that love triangle, she wants to slow down and start doing stupid stuff. *face palm*

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

100% yes! This was a great read and I am just so excited to read more from the lovely writing duo that is Christina Lauren.


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