Throwback Thursday: Mini reviews for books that didn’t get reviewed in July

Maybe This TimeMaybe This Time by Kasie West (Goodreads Author)

One year. Nine events. Nine chances to . . . fall in love?

Weddings. Funerals. Barbecues. New Year’s Eve parties. Name the occasion, and Sophie Evans will be there. Well, she has to be there. Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.

Enter Andrew Hart. The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie. Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew. Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school. But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated. Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn’t so bad after all . . .

Told over the course of one year and following Sophie from event to event, this delightful novel from master of romantic comedy Kasie West shows how love can blossom in unexpected places.

My review

This was the last book I read while I was on vacation in early July. I spent most of my vacation waiting to download it, but of course I was still doing other stuff. I was just eagerly waiting for it.

Maybe This Time by Kasie West was much better than the Fame, Fate book that came out earlier this year. I just loved the wedding aspect of it, and I liked the whole enemies to lovers trope… I liked how well developed that part was. Andrew and Sophie even had time to become friends before jumping into the romance part and I just really liked that aspect. One of my favorite scenes with them was at the festival and the whole maze part.  This was just a really cute read, and it’s definitely perfect for the summer time.

I bought the ebook and physical book even though I don’t let myself do that much anymore because being an adult means more bills now, but I’m back on a book buying ban this month.  The cover was super pretty, ok? Don’t judge me for buying the book too. I had the best of both worlds! 😉 It was a 5 star read.


Sorcery of ThornsSorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (Goodreads Author)

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, chaAll sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

My review

I’m not sure what it is about hyped books that just makes me have the opposite opinion of everybody else.
I was genuinely interested in wanting to try this book and I got it from my library’s Overdrive as a library ebook.
I just couldn’t really get into the plot or connect to the characters even though I wanted to. This was just ok to me. I’m really picky with fantasy as it is, which is why I get the books from the library when I might not be sure about the book.
I’m sorry I just missed the hype train for this book once again. I gave it a fair shot since I actually finished it!  It was a two star rating because it was just ok.

42202007Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash (Goodreads Author) 3.50  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  63 reviews

Modern love plus online anonymity is a recipe for romantic disaster in this lighthearted new romance from the author of The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love.

How bad can one little virtual lie be?

NYU freshman Mariam Vakilian hasn’t dated anyone in five months, not since her high school sweetheart Caleb broke up with her. So, when she decides to take advantage of an expiring coupon and try out a new virtual reality dating service, it’s sort of a big deal.

It’s an even bigger deal when it chooses as one of her three matches none other than Caleb himself. That has to be a sign, right?

Except that her other match, Jeremy, just happens to be her new best friend IRL.

Mariam’s heart is telling her one thing, but the app is telling her another. So, which should she trust? Is all fair in modern love?

My review

So I actually didn’t love this book from the beginning. I was pretty upset that this was going to be one of those books where the girl just focuses on the ex boyfriend, but Jenny from Soshetries ended up convincing me to keep going with this book and I’m glad I decided to listen to her because MAN! This book just turned into a complete 180 on me in the opposite direction.

And that was a good thing.

Virtually Yours is a book that I wish I had available when I was in college. College was about five years ago, so I can still relate to that scene. And then I can sort of relate to the ex boyfriend thing too.

The whole plot was really cute. I love young adult stories that take place in college settings. I think there needs to be more of those books because there are still teenagers in college too. I like how the romance plot played out… and the main character was likeable also. She really went through so much growth changes throughout the book and I was really happy about that.

Plus, that whole virtual reality dating app thing sounds really cool!

I originally had this be a 4.5 star rating but I rounded up to a five star. I think this book is perfect for those that are in that in between time of waiting to start college. I really enjoyed this one.


There's Something About Sweetie (Dimple and Rishi, #2)There’s Something About Sweetie (Dimple and Rishi #2)  by Sandhya Menon (Goodreads Author)

Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After he’s dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.

The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl—under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?

Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.

Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.

Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?

My review

There’s Something About Sweetie is another beautiful diverse book where the main character goes through character growth and gains confidence in the book. It was just so enlightening to read and I think I may have enjoyed this book more than When Dimple Met Rishi.

I liked the main characters in this book and she also went through so many changes in the book. This book actually made me laugh a couple of times. I think this is just another one of those books where everybody should read it also. It was just so good and empowering.  I wish I could come up with more ways to say, read this book, it is good! But that’s basically all I have to say about it at the moment.


Have you read some of these books? What was your favorite book from July? 

1 thought on “Throwback Thursday: Mini reviews for books that didn’t get reviewed in July”

  1. I love all Menon’s books, and she gave us a great story with There’s Something About Sweetie. I adored Sweetie and liked how Menon gave Ashish a lot more depth than he seemed to have, when we had previously met him. The dates were so fun and cute and I loved the Patels involvement.

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