Category: Dark and Gritty

{top shelf review} Unloved by Katy Regnery

{top shelf review} Unloved by Katy Regnery

This story. This absolutely beautiful love story. It spoke to me and touched me. The writing was beautiful, almost magical in the way the words wrapped around each other on the page to draw me in. I loved both Cassidy and Brynn. I loved them as individuals, and I’m pretty sure angels sang when they shared their feelings. I felt, yes, I’m telling you, my heart felt both the anguish and pain, as well as the […]

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{top shelf review} Where I End by Michelle Dare

{top shelf review} Where I End by Michelle Dare

Gripping. I absolutely LOVED Cy and Evie’s story. It caught me from the first page and I couldn’t put it down until I read the very last page. Ms. Dare’s words drew me in as they beautifully wove such a deep story. It was a story that broke my heart, but it also healed my heart, however, not perfectly. I think that’s what I loved about it. This story was real – just because Cy and Evie […]

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{top shelf review} Luca (Ruin & Revenge #2) by Sarah Castille

{top shelf review} Luca (Ruin & Revenge #2) b..

This book, omg THIS BOOK!! I loved Luca it. The intensity of…everything! It started with the attraction between Luca and Gabrielle which was dark, deadly, passionate and consuming. It made me feel alive the same way it did Gabrielle. I could feel the crackle in the air the second I met them. The first glance, Luca right off the bat admitted his attraction/interest/infatuation with Gabriel, and I like that she straight up went to go see him […]

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{top shelf review} The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

{top shelf review} The Butterfly Project by Emma S..

I loved this story! This is the 3rd Emma Scott book I have read, and she is 3 for 3 – she writes amazingly deep and emotional love stories that touch me and make my heart full. Both Zelda (I wasn’t a fan of her name but went with it) and Beckett were very broken, and neither from your typical New Adult baggage. Both of them were still strong, trying to live their lives but not doing a very […]

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{ARC REVIEW} The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

{ARC REVIEW} The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

♥ Quick Thoughts and Rating: 5 stars! I can’t imagine how challenging it would be to tackle the voice of a movement like Black Lives Matter, but I do know that Thomas did it with a finesse only a talented author like herself possibly could. With an unapologetically realistic delivery packed with emotion, The Hate U Give is a crucially important portrayal of the difficulties minorities face in our country every single day. I have no doubt that […]

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{ARC REVIEW} American Street by Ibi Zoboi

{ARC REVIEW} American Street by Ibi Zoboi

♥ Quick Thoughts and Rating: Actual rating of 3.5 stars! Packed with emotion and a vivid cast of characters, American Street captured the true voice of young American teens everywhere, both the ones born and raised in the U.S. and others who have immigrated here. With honest ethnic, cultural, and LGBTQIAP+ representation, Zoboi tackled the “diversity in lit” and “own voices” challenges with a sincere passion that burned clearly across the pages. ♥ Review: I’m having a difficult go of trying […]

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{Review} My Peace (Beautifully Broken #5) by Courtney Cole

{Review} My Peace (Beautifully Broken #5) by Court..

*Note:  This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the author but that did not in any way influence this review!   My Peace is a novella and, if you know me, you know that I almost always feel like I need more from these short books.  But, truthfully, this story it’s so full of angst, heartbreak, and hope that I was left very satisfied…and exhausted.  We met Pax in If You Stay, the […]

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Kiss the Boys (Lost Girls #2) by Chris Myers

Kiss the Boys (Lost Girls #2) by Chris Myers

I always love a gritty story with lots of sadness. I think it’s because I always find the healing so lovely. I read the synopsis and it sounded great…but I was worried this was a love triangle…or in this case a love square. While I won’t deny or admit anything (spoiler – phobia), I want you to know it all worked out as it needed to work out and I never had a coronary. 😉 […]

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Blackout (Lost Girls #1) by Chris Myers

Blackout (Lost Girls #1) by Chris Myers

Brilliant! This book was right up my alley. I haven’t read a book in ages that had me glued to the pages. I love a good romantic suspense/thriller and Blackout fit the bill beautifully. The story kept me thinking I might know what happened…but then something would shift and throw me off, ah the the mystery was definitely there and really well done. The romantic connection between Dare and Teal was undeniable. I loved the feeling […]

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Collateral (Blood & Roses #6) by Callie Hart

Collateral (Blood & Roses #6) by Callie Hart

Great ending to s aeries I have fully enjoyed. This had everything: action, romance, sexy times, danger and lots of double crossing. Sloan and Zeth’s romance made huge strides and it was glorious. Their intimacy was so touching, so real, so alive that I couldn’t help but fall in love along side of them. There was still plenty of sexy time, and once again I still didn’t enjoy the whole pain aspect of it, but as usual […]

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