Mini-Reviews Monday #6

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!

The Mermaid's Voice Returns in This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic, #3)The Mermaid’s Voice Returns In This One by Amanda Lovelace

Genres: Poetry
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Publication Date: March 5th 2019
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC
Rating: fangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstars
Amanda Lovelace will forever be apart of my favorite poets list. Her words are always gripping, raw, and powerful–and this poetry collection is no exception. Unlike previous collections in the series, this one felt more…everywhere–like their wasn’t a set direction we were heading but rather it was jumbled and all over the place. I am not sure if this was intentional and a way to imitate how life can be jumbled and messy; but I don’t think I was a huge fan of this aspect. Lovelace also incorporated poetry from other poets within this collection which is also a new aspect within the series. I didn’t mind this integration of other’s works as it brought a fresh and different perspective to the heavy topics that Lovelace tackles in her poetry. Overall though I really did enjoy this one and found several of her poems that spoke to me on a deeper level than others.
CW: child abuse, gun violence, intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, eating disorders, self-harm, suicide, alcohol, trauma, death, violence, fire.


CloserCloser by Alexa Riley

Genres: Erotica, Romance
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: November 4th 2018
Source: Podcast, Kindle Unlimited
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Rating: fangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstars
This was a time in a half. Honestly, would have given this two stars if it weren’t for me listening to it through the podcast, I thoroughly enjoyed my time gasping and blushing like a maniac while I sneak read/listened to this while at work. There really wasn’t a plot, and everything happened in a span of 24 hours (folks they meet and the next day we are engaged and professing love). If you know me I am here for development, whether that be character wise or plot wise. Unfortunately, I got neither. But what I did get, was some steamy as hell scenes that had me fanning myself like a mad lady and waddling to KU to read the epilogue. 83 pages wasn’t enough.

Sunstone, Vol. 1Sunstone Vol. 1 by Stjepan Šejić

Genres: Graphic Novel, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: January 6th 2015
Source: Library
Format: Physical
Rating: fangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstars.5
Well this was a time.
I got super hyped up when I found out that this was a romance Graphic novel surrounding two females as the main relationship. Y’all already know I thirst hardcore for f/f romances. The beginning of the graphic novel hooked me in, I was invested in the online relationship and backstories of both Lisa and Ally–add in their kink/interest for BDSM, and I was sold. I loved the honesty that these characters gave off and how the awkwardness of first meetings and wondering what will happen next as a relationship takes formation, felt authentic and real. The only reason why I didn’t give this a full five stars is because every sex scene was cut off (vagina tease if you ask me) and the end explanation of how the story came to be bored the literal snot out of me–I wanted to be back reading about Lisa and Ally’s relationship, not how the story was formed.

Meet CuteMeet Cute EXTRACT by Helena Hunting

Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: April 09 2019
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC
Rating: fangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstars.5
This story is adorable. I was so excited that I got a chance to read the sample of Meet Cute for Netgalley and this contemporary romance did not dissapoint in the slightest! From the very chapter I connected with Kailyn our heroine and felt the second hand embarrasement that came with all of her run ins with the famous Daxton Hughes. This sample is only the first four chapters, but hot damn did I swoon HARD with each of them. I love a Hero who will do anything for family, and I love a heroine that knows what she wants. I really just need the entire book in my hands right this moment. My heart needs answers.



    February 18, 2019 at 10:58 am

    I can’t wait to read The mermaids voice…! And Closer certainly sounds, er, interesting… might have to look that one up 😉 🤣

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      February 19, 2019 at 12:24 pm

      IT IS SO GOOD! And yeah closer was….something lmao

  2. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    February 19, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Great mini reviews! I can’t wait to read Meet Cute!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      February 20, 2019 at 1:19 pm

      Thank you! Me too! I cried a little inside when I saw that there were no more pages in the sampler!

      1. Kayla @ Books and Blends

        February 20, 2019 at 3:54 pm

        Have you tried requesting it from the publisher?

        1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

          February 20, 2019 at 3:55 pm

          I did! I haven’t heard anything back from them yet tho, so who knows. 🤷‍♀️

          1. Kayla @ Books and Blends

            February 20, 2019 at 4:47 pm

            If you don’t hear from them, I’ll let you borrow my physical copy!

          2. Sam || Fictionally Sam

            February 21, 2019 at 4:09 pm


          3. Kayla @ Books and Blends

            February 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

            Of course! Us bloggers have to help each other out!

          4. Sam || Fictionally Sam

            February 22, 2019 at 10:52 am

            Mah heart….mah soul…

  3. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

    February 21, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    the mermaid’s voice was so good, I am glad you enjoyed it & I agree about it not feeling necessarily cohesive. But I loved it and didn’t care. LOL

  4. February Wrap Up – Fictionally Sam

    March 1, 2019 at 10:06 am

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