Escape. We’re all looking to escape the climate of things and the depressing state of the world right now. So what better idea than finding the perfect book to take you to the racetrack, or the beach, or into the arms of someone special? It’s so much fun to be someone different just for a little while, and these books let me do just that as I’ve been stuck at home the past couple months. I’m going to share a few of the books that have been doing their part to keep me calm and (more or less) happy, and I’ll basically copy and paste my own Goodreads reviews below for you to see.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe (Lauren James)
This book is a fantastic blend of the movie Passengers with The Search for WondLa series by Tony DiTerlizzi. I could not put it down easily, finishing the whole thing in just a day. The technological world is rich, and despite the major implication in the description, I could still barely see the twists coming. This book is special, and I might have to check out other works by this author. Would definitely recommend this book, no question about it! Incorporated some very relatable coming-of-age thoughts in it as well, which can be hard to do believably sometimes but this book NAILS IT.
Aix Marks the Spot (S.E. Anderson)
SUCH A FUN STORY! Jamie is an American visiting her estranged grandmother in France for the summer. While there, she finds old letters telling of a scavenger hunt left by her father – and she enlists the help of her cute French boy neighbor to help translate the locations and people she meets. This was a fantastic escape for me, which was much needed since I’ve been stuck at home. The characters are endearing, the plot is very believable, and the romance is so so sweet. You won’t want to put this one down. Two enthusiastic thumbs up from me!
The Rose Gate: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast (Faerie tale Romances #1) (Hannah Sandvig)
A fresh twist on a classic tale as old as time, this story brings heaps of whimsy and creative fantasy lore into a new and invigorating brew. The character of Leith is equal parts charming and deep, with layers and layers of story to unravel. And Isobel is a delightful protagonist – an average girl with a not-so-average adventure. Definitely give it a read, you will not be disappointed. I genuinely enjoyed getting lost in the Castle at Kilinaire for a few days, no doubt you will too!
As Much As I Ever Could (Brandy Woods Snow)
Gripping characters take you on a wild ride. What more could you want?
This Southern racecar romance is a high-speed jaunt from start to finish. It expertly tackles grief and tragedy, especially in the complicated context of growing up and finding yourself. Jett is a well-rounded character, a perfect counterpoint to CJ “Cami” in every way possible. When a romance simmers between them, they are challenged by their pasts to move forward and find happiness again. An absolutely hilarious, tongue-in-cheek feel good read that I didn’t want to put down. Will be looking into other books by this author for sure!
These books really kept me entertained, swooning, and distracted long enough to get through the first 8 weeks of quarantine in one piece.
If you’re like me and desperately need an escape, I totally recommend these books. Plus, you can consider escaping to Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Pier in my latest release, Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember. You can find that on Amazon HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Forgetting-Couldnt-Remember-Rewind-Duology-ebook/dp/B084QK6DFW/ref=pd_ybh_a_4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=25H1G4DTESBNP3PTM8FN
Thank you so much for being here along for this crazy ride! I truly hope you’re all managing to stay well and healthy these days. Take care, my friends!
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