romance · Young adult

The Love Hypothesis – Ali Hazelwood ★★★★★

Blurb; As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.

That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding… six-pack abs.

Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.

My Review; My first book of 2022 and my first buddy read with Mel from Melanie’s Reads. What a way to start the year with this perfect, five star read. We both throughally enjoyed it! It’s apparently highly recommended over on TikTok and I can see why, I get the hype for once. It’s brilliant.

Romance. Young adult. Funny. Parts had me giggling, there’s a couple of sex scenes too so not for young young readers. Beautiful love story. A few longer chapters within but we flew through this one. Easy, light read. Highly recommend. Has some science to it all too. Great setting. I look forward to Ali’s next book! A well deserved five stars from me. One I won’t forget for a long time.

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mystery · suspense · Young adult

You’ll Be The Death of Me – Karen. M. McManus ★★★★

Blurb; Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day.

Type A Ivy lost a student council election to the class clown, and now she has to face the school, humiliated. Heartthrob Mateo is burned out–he’s been working two jobs since his family’s business failed. And outsider Cal just got stood up…. again.

So when Cal pulls into campus late for class and runs into Ivy and Mateo, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn a bad day around. They’ll ditch and go into the city. Just the three of them, like old times. Except they’ve barely left the parking lot before they run out of things to say…

Until they spot another Carlton High student skipping school–and follow him to the scene of his own murder. In one chance move, their day turns from dull to deadly. And it’s about to get worse.

It turns out Ivy, Mateo, and Cal still have some things in common. They all have a connection to the dead kid. And they’re all hiding something.

Now they’re all wondering–could it be that their chance reconnection wasn’t by chance after all?

My Review; Huge fan of this author so was excited to read this one. I actually devoured it within a day and really enjoyed it. The story is told through three main characters… Ivy, Mateo & Cal. What starts off as a day skipping school soon turns dark when a murder happens and they’re in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Ofcourse they don’t help themselves because they have to investigate what happened themselves, putting themselves in danger. Fast paced. Easy reading. The whole story spans over one day and the outcome and ending got me. Didn’t expect it. Very much a young adult read involving high schoolers and drugs. But one I enjoyed. This also has gorgeous sprayed edges which are purple. A well deserved four stars from me.

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fantasy · Young adult

*BLOG TOUR* Allied – Molly Zenk & Sarah Biglow ★★★★

Blurb; Six weeks after Edith and her vampire family were exiled from their clan, Darren waits at the rendezvous, poised for a reunion that might never come. With every passing day, his hope of ever seeing the vampire who showed him what it means to be human again dwindles.

On the run from Hunters and her own clan alike, Edith strives to protect those in her care, all the while fighting to get back to Darren and the family she’d long dreamed of. But even when their paths do cross again, reunion comes at a cost.

When Mr. Heartsong brazenly declares war on all humanity, allegiances will be tested. Will Edith side with the man she’s come to believe may be her destiny or the creator who gave her a second chance at life?

My Review; This is book two in the series and it’s been a while since a read book one so I had to refresh my memory a little. Took a few chapters to get back into it but then I was hooked. Brilliant read I devoured in one night. Familiar characters. More fights. More deaths. The ending… Wow. It left me wanting book three already. Huge cliffhanger. Highly recommend this series. Short. Easy reading. Fast paced. Full of action. Perfect for any vampire fans. YA/Fantasy. Amazing. A well deserved four stars from me. I look forward to book three.

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