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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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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Books To Bring on Vacation

Hello all of my bookish readers! It is a little over halfway into the month and I know we are all feeling those summer-y vibes this time of year, and what do people do during these months? They go on vacation! My typical vacation consists of running around Disney World for a few days, but a lot of people’s vacations are lounging around, sitting by a beach, maybe camping at a lake, just being on vacation!

I wanted to put out a little post of what books you guys should bring with you on vacation this summer. Most of these books give me that summer feeling, so let’s just get right into the post!


(1) The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren

Of course this amazing book because duh… most of the book takes place in Hawaii! This is a really cute read if your just lounging by the pool or on the beach so I would definitely recommend you pick this one up and add it to your vacation TBR.

(2) Almost Impossible – Nicole Williams

I picked this one that I don’t think a lot of people know about for two reasons: 1) it takes place at a public pool with lifeguards and snack stands and 2) it’s a very light-hearted easy read. I got through it pretty quickly, there’s nothing too heavy to make it a drag read on vacation, but it won’t bore you either.

(3) The Last Black Unicorn – Tiffany Haddish

The Last Black Unicorn

It’s not a whimsical romance, but it is quite hilarious. Definitely will put a smile on your face with some of the stuff she talks about. If your a Tiffany Haddish fan, definitely pick this up. If not, still pick it up because you will laugh… a lot, I guarantee.

(4) While It Lasts – Abbi Glines

While It Lasts (Sea Breeze, #3)

Yes, this book says it’s #3 in a series, but I promise you, you can totally read it on it’s own, it is sooooo amazing. I’ve read this book from her about 3 times already and it is just… ugh. So good! Again, great romance, takes place in the heat, and it’s not so serious. Try Abbi Glines as an author in general, but definitely pick this one up.


What are some books you guys plan on bringing with you on vacation this year?


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My Favorite Books of 2019… So far!

Hello to all of my bookish friends. Since we are already a little over halfway through the year, I wanted to talk about some of my favorites that I’ve read so far. Typically if I give a book a 5 star rating, it’s added to my ‘favorites’ list in my head. 5 star books are books I typically tend to read and after I read them, I know I’ll pretty much remember their main story line. So let’s just get right into the list of my favorites so far this year!


(1) Legendary (Caraval #2) – Stephanie Garber

Yes, of course we are going to start off this list with one of my favorites! This series is honestly amazing, and even though I’m really not that into fantasy, I definitely don’t mind reading these books at all. Caraval I gave a 4 star rating, but Legendary is 100% a 5 star rating. One of the great instances where the sequel is better than the first book in the series. Can’t wait to get to Finale!

(2) Romanov – Nadine Brandes

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Such a great book! I got the chance to read this in January and ugh! It was amazing. This was my first read from Brandes and I fully intend to pick up anything she writes in the future. The writing was amazing, the characters were so empowering, honestly just pick this one up if you guys have the chance. It won’t let you down!

(3) Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) – J.K. Rowling

I know, kind of crazy I’m just getting around to these but I’m so glad I did! I read the first 4 books so far this year, and I actually plan to read the rest around Christmas time, since I’ve noticed a pattern of celebrating Christmas in almost every book. Book #2 and #4 were good, I gave them 4 stars, but not as amazing as book’s 1&3. Can’t wait to get to rest of the series later this year.

(4) Undead Girl Gang – Lily Anderson

This book was an unexpected love for me. I knew it was going to be good, but wow was I so surprised on how much I really did love it. Again, first time I’ve ever read anything from her, and I’m really glad I did. Zombie type material really doesn’t interest me all that much, but I’m glad it wasn’t as zombified as I thought. Overall, really good and I hope you guys have time to pick this up if you haven’t already.

(5) Daisy Jones & The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Yes! This is probably one of my favorite books OF ALL TIME! I mean this book was absolutely incredible, it took my breath away at how beautiful this was. A must read this 2019!

(6) The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren

Last but certainly not least, The Unhoneymooners. This was a book that was so hyped honestly I was a little scared to read it, but after 20 pages, I was in love with it. I mean, I read it in a day, which really says a lot about a book… especially if it’s roughly 400 pages! The writing, the characters, the story, the humor and the love, everything about this book was amazing. I can’t wait to look more into Lauren’s writing and pay attention to her future releases.

What have been some of your favorite’s that you’ve read this year? Let me know in the comments below!


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Upcoming Book Releases: July 2019

Goodbye June, Hello July!

It’s feeling like summer guys, and with that feeling comes my total contemporary mood. July’s releases look really promising this year, so let’s get right to it!


Wilder Girls

Wilder Girls – Rory Power (July 9)

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

How to Hack a Heartbreak

How to Hack A Heartbreak – Kristin Rockaway (July 30)

By day, Mel Strickland is an underemployed helpdesk tech at a startup incubator, Hatch, where she helps entitled brogrammers–“Hatchlings”–who can’t even fix their own laptops, but are apparently the next wave of startup geniuses. And by night, she goes on bad dates with misbehaving dudes she’s matched with on the ubiquitous dating app, Fluttr.

But after one dick pic too many, Mel has had it. Using her brilliant coding skills, she designs an app of her own, one that allows users to log harrassers and abusers in online dating space. It’s called JerkAlert, and it goes viral overnight.

Mel is suddenly in way over her head. Worse still, her almost-boyfriend, the dreamy Alex Hernandez–the only non-douchey guy at Hatch–has no idea she’s the brains behind the app. Soon, Mel is faced with a terrible choice: one that could destroy her career, love life, and friendships, or change her life forever.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill – Abbi Waxman (July 9)

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book. 

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all–or mostly all–excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options.
1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.) 
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee). 
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page. 

That's What Frenemies Are For

That’s What Frenemies Are For – Sophie Littlefield, Lauren Gershell (July 30)

Julia Summers seems to have it all: a Fifth Avenue apartment, a successful husband, and two adorable children attending the best private school in the city. She relishes wielding influence over her well-heeled girlfriends . . . but her star appears to be fading. That’s why, when stranded in Manhattan for the summer as the entire Upper East Side flees to the Hamptons, Julia is on the hunt for the next big thing–the hot, new fad that will put her back on top.

Enter Flame, the new elite fitness craze. Seductive and transformative, Flame is exactly what Julia needs–and demure, naïve instructor Tatum is her ticket in. Turning Tatum from giggly blonde to trendy guru proves hard work. Yet Julia’s triumphant comeback at summer’s end doesn’t quite go as planned, and when things suddenly get ugly–and even deadly–she realizes she may have been in way over her head. And Tatum, waiting in the wings, begins to grasp just how much power her newfound stardom holds . . .

Then, with Julia’s life already spiraling out of control, her husband is arrested for fraud and bribery. As her so-called friends turn their backs on her, and Tatum pursues her own agenda, Julia is forced to rethink everything she knew about her world to reclaim her perfect life.

But does she even want it back?

Truly Madly Royally

Truly Madly Royally – Debbie Rigaud (July 30)

Fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She’s excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she’s definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who’s an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming…and undeniably cute. Zora can’t ignore the chemistry between them. When Owen invites Zora to be his date at his big brother’s big royal wedding, Zora is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, along with her family and friends. Everyone is talking about her, in real life and online, and while Owen is used to the scrutiny, Zora’s not sure it’s something she can live with. Can she maintain her sense of self while moving between two very different worlds? And can her feelings for Owen survive and thrive in the midst of the crazy? Find out in this charming romantic comedy that’s like The Princess Diaries for a new generation.


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Book Review: Kiss Me In Paris by Catherine Rider

Title: Kiss Me In Paris

Author: Catherine Rider

Pages: 216

Format: paperback

Genre: young adult, romance, contemporary

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

⭐⭐⭐/5

Serena Fuentes won’t waste one moment of her whirlwind trip to Paris. She has it all mapped out, right down to the photos she will take, and the last thing she wants is a change in plans. Yet suddenly she’s touring the city with Jean-Luc, a French friend of her sister’s boyfriend. He has to take pictures of his own if he ever hopes to pass his photography class, and his project totally slows Serena down. Why can’t he get with her program? One minute they’re bickering, the next minute they’re bonding … and soon they’re exploring corners of Paris together that Serena never imagined. When it comes to love, sometimes it takes a different lens to see what’s right in front of us. A romantic adventure for anyone who sees the possibilities in a spontaneous tour of the City of Lights with a charming French stranger, and anyone who’s ever wondered if true love is waiting on the other side of the ocean. Catherine Rider’s delightful follow-up to Kiss Me in New York will sweep you off your feet.

Honestly, my rating is kind of generous for this book. If I had to say one thing I liked, I would say the humor. I found myself laughing a few times during this and it made me enjoy it slightly more. It’s probably what kept me from DNF’ing or giving it a lower star rating.

For the setting to be in Paris, I did not get the Paris feel what-so-ever. It felt pretty bland, I couldn’t get wrapped up in the Christmas-y Paris feel. It’s probably just me that felt that way but, it definitely brought the rating down.

Also, I know some contemporary YA is supposed to be kind of cheesy feeling, but really? This was over the top it kind of made me cringe. The two characters that were supposed to be like the love interests were awful for each other. They both seemed to like be annoyed with one another, and although Rider tried to write it as if they started to get along, they really didn’t! They just fought basically throughout all of it!

Also, the whole idea of Serena re-living her parents honeymoon… kinda cringey in itself. For me at least that’s cringe-worthy. But again, maybe it’s just me!


What have you guys thought of this book?