Lost and Found Sisters

Jill Shalvis

Jill Shalvis writes very enjoyable romance novels. She rarely writes a dud and while they're not particularly memorable they are so much fun while you're reading them.
This particular story follows Quinn - still reeling from the loss of her sister Beth.
In swift succession she learns she's adopted, that her birth mother has died from cancer and that she has a teenage sister.
It's got great female relationships and a half-decent romance.
Definitely worth checking out if you're into contemporary romance.

Rating: B+



The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts

Annie Darling

When her friend, mentor and boss dies Posy unexpectedly inherits the bookshop she's worked in all her life.
Not a natural business person she still realizes that something has to change for the shop to remain open.
She decides to re-open the shop as a specialist in the genre she loves - romantic fiction. Unfortunately she has to deal with her boss' rude grandson who is determined that the shop should be a specialist crime bookshop.
Inevitably after many stumbling blocks romance ensues.
I quite enjoyed this one and on balance more than the second book in the series even though the quality was roughly the same. Mainly because the characters in this novel aren't as pointlessly dumb as in the follow up.

Rating: B


2017 Books

It's been a year of reading in fits and starts - I never quite seemed to have the focus to read a lot. I'm hoping to read a bit more in 2018. We'll see how it goes!

  1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, rated B+
  2. The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi, rated B+
  3. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher, rated A-
  4. Armada by Ernest Cline, rated B-
  5. Hold Me by Courtney Milan, rated B
  6. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick, rated B-
  7. Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn, rated B+
  8. You Drive Me Crazy by Anna Premoli, rated C+
  9. Love To Hate You by Anna Premoli, rated B-
  10. Until Love Do Us Part by Anna Premoli, rated C
  11. True Love At The Lonely Hearts Bookshop by Lucy Darling, rated B
  12. Wildflower Bay by Rachael Lucas, rated B-
  13. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, rated B-
  14. The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones, rated A-
  15. Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, rated B+
  16. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, rated A-
  17. The Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich, rated B-
  18. Sleepless In Manhattan by Sarah Morgan, rated C
  19. One Dance With A Duke by Tessa Dare, rated B-
  20. Rogue One by Alexander Freed, rated B-
  21. Once Broken Faith by Seanan McGuire, rated A-
  22. All Or Nothing by Deborah Cooke, rated B
  23. The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire, rated A-
  24. Sleigh Bells In The Snow by Sarah Morgan, rated B-
  25. Sourdough by Robin Sloan, rated B+
  26. Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan, rated B-



Miracle on 5th Avenue

Sarah Morgan

The third member of the Urban Genie crew (see Sleepless in Manhattan) finds love.
Asked to decorate an author's apartment over Christmas while he's on retreat in Vermont sweet-natured Eva discovers that he's not in Vermont at all.
Stuck in the flat with the attractive but brooding Lucas Blade sparks start to fly.
Of course it wouldn't be a romance if there weren't obstacles in their way.
Far more fun than the first book in the series I burned through this one over the course of New Years Eve. If you like a sweet predictable romance then this is one for you.

Rating: B-




Robin Sloan

Stressed San Francisco based programmer Lois Clary finds comfort in takeaway sourdough and soup. When the proprietors have to leave the US they leave their sourdough starter with her and it leads to a transformation in her life.
A slight but enjoyable tale with a very likeable protagonist.

Rating: B+



Sleigh Bells In The Snow

Sarah Morgan

Enjoyable christmas romance. I've reviewed this one before.

Rating: B-



The Brightest Fell

Seanan McGuire

Family affairs come to a head with Toby's mother Amandine binding her to find and return her missing half-sister.
The search takes her through the realms of Faerie and causes serious collateral damage along the way.
My favourite Urban Fantasy series continues in stellar fashion. I'd recommend that you read this series but maybe start with an earlier book.

Rating: A-



All or Nothing

Deborah Cooke

Cancer survivor Jen Maitland brings a fake boyfriend to meet her mother in the hopes that a stuffy annoying lawyer type will stop the romantic inference for a while.
This being a romance things don't quite go to plan.
This is a surprisingly enjoyable sweet natured contemporary romance. Well worth a shot if you like the fake dating trope.

Rating: B



Once Broken Faith

Seanan McGuire

Following the events of the previous book the royalty of North American Faerie gather to discuss the future of the Elf Shot cure.
Politics soon turns dirty and Toby has to identify the culprit before everything goes to hell.
It's just another highly enjoyable book in the series - maybe's about time you gave it a shot?

Rating: A-



Rogue One

Alexander Freed

By the numbers novelization of the enjoyable Star Wars film. I was hoping for some more fleshing out of the story but there's just next to nothing new in there at all.

Rating: B-