Mini-Reviews Monday #4

Mini-Reviews Monday is a monthly series in which I attempt to get caught up on reviews in bulk. These reviews are a highlight reel instead of an in-depth look into my time reading these novels. If you would like an in-depth version of my review, let me know in the comments!

#Moonstruck (#Lovestruck #2)#Moonstruck by Sariah Wilson

Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: July 17th, 2018
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Format: ebook
Rating: fangirlstarsfangirlstars
Uh yeah so this one was a dud. This read, was a buddy read with the wonderful bean Soph @ Bookwyrming Thoughts and it was…a time to say the least. Everything in this story was so insta-love and the fake relationship trope (my favorite trope next to enemies to lovers) was the fakest fake relationship I have ever read. I think the fake relationship lasted maybe six pages at best, before they decided to make things official and “real”. Yeah, not a fan was I.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love me a good insta-love trope–I mean I stan Twilight for heaven’s sake– but I like instant love when it’s done well and sadly this didn’t make it into the done well category. The reasoning behind different actions that were suppose to push the plot forward, weren’t thought or fleshed out. I found myself having to listen to the audiobook of it to get through certain parts, because I kept getting sucked out of the story while reading it. I couldn’t really relate to either of our main characters because they felt like paper dolls instead of real people.

The Priory of the Orange TreeThe Priory Of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Genres: Adult Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: February 26th 2019
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Rating: fangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstars
A little rocky at first, but I was hooked after the first few chapters! I was given an exclusive early excerpt by Netgalley for my honest review and after reading it I can say that The Priory of the Orange Tree is a promise of a tale that will leave you breathless and in awe, as fantasy meets adventure. I am honestly so excited to see how the rest of this story plays out when it is released in February!

Perfectly InappropriatePerfectly Inappropriate by Stacey Kennedy

Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: November 27th 2018
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Rating: fangirlstarsfangirlstars.5
A super quick read, it was hot and spicy, but like I said–super quick. I was almost annoyed at how insta-love-esque the entire book was. It was not even a week together and they are already professing their undying love for one another. I love a good insta-love story if done well, and if I’m honest, I don’t think this one hit the mark. Everything was fast paced and nothing felt organic. The BDSM was super bland and the characters were one dimensional at best. Both Olivia and Noah didn’t have a backstory that translated well to their current life and I felt that they just lived and revolved around their trope, instead of the trope revolving around them and who they are. With that said, I had a super hard time connecting to the characters and believing their struggles.


  1. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    January 14, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Great mini reviews! I haven’t read these but I’m interested in a couple. I have a cowboy romance by Stacey Kennedy on my bookshelf that I need to read.

    1. sammers65

      January 14, 2019 at 10:51 am

      Thank you! oooo Cowboy romance! I wouldn’t mind reading her again, I’d just go in with lower expectations than before lol.

      1. Kayla @ Books and Blends

        January 15, 2019 at 2:20 pm

        Thanks for letting me know. I was going to read it with high expectations because of that cover.

        1. sammers65

          January 15, 2019 at 3:54 pm

          Same! Her covers are deceptively beautiful!

  2. Rosie Amber

    January 14, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Fantastic book cover for The Priory Of The Orange.

  3. Book_rambler

    January 14, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Great mini reviews! I read the excerpt of The Priory of the Orange Tree and am excited to read the entire book.

  4. Michelle

    January 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Everyone is so hyped about The Priory of the Orange Tree and here I am, idek what it’s about 😂

  5. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites

    January 14, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    oooooh all these covers are gorgeous 😍 I’ve heard lots about Priory of the Orange Tree so it’s definitely on my list to check out!

  6. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

    January 14, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    “They felt like paper dolls instead of real people.” 😂😂😂😂 Sam. I would’ve done audio but I wouldn’t have paid attention let’s be honest.

    1. sammers65

      January 15, 2019 at 10:07 am

      😂😂😂😂 mood

  7. Charvi

    January 15, 2019 at 3:52 am

    The Priory of the Orange Tree is so hyped but I don’t think I’ll ever get to it. It’s just humongous annd I’m kinda scared of starting it 😅

    1. sammers65

      January 15, 2019 at 10:08 am

      its definitely huge! But I like to think of it as more story to love lol 😂

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