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— BLURB —

She does everything right. So what could go wrong?

Mackenzie “Mac” Cabot is a people pleaser. Her demanding parents. Her prep school friends. Her long-time boyfriend. It’s exhausting, really, always following the rules. Unlike most twenty-year-olds, all she really wants to do is focus on growing her internet business, but first she must get a college degree at her parents’ insistence. That means moving to the beachside town of Avalon Bay, a community made up of locals and the wealthy students of Garnet College.

Mac’s had plenty of practice suppressing her wilder impulses, but when she meets local bad boy Cooper Hartley, that ability is suddenly tested. Cooper is rough around the edges. Raw. Candid. A threat to her ordered existence. Their friendship soon becomes the realest thing in her life.

Despite his disdain for the trust-fund kids he sees coming and going from his town, Cooper soon realizes Mac isn’t just another rich clone and falls for her. Hard. But as Mac finally starts feeling accepted by Cooper and his friends, the secret he’s been keeping from her threatens the only place she’s ever felt at home.

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— Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy —

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Release Date: February 1, 2022
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
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Waiting For Milo by Angel Devlin

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— SYNOPSIS —

He called her Rapunzel.

Now she’s back in a tower of her own making.

Can he rescue his princess and live happily ever after?

After purchasing her nan’s old home, Violet Blake wonders if the mysterious Waite family still live in the house across the garden. But there are bigger things to worry about—like how she’s going to get the hole in the ceiling repaired and the neglected house modernised. Lucky for her, the Waite family do turn out to be her neighbours and run a property renovation business.

Enter Milo Waite.

Caveman. Protector. Stubborn as hell.

He won’t take no for an answer and sets about making sure his princess has her castle. But repairing the house isn’t his only project. He wants Violet.

Real life isn’t a fairy tale though, and buried family secrets threaten not only their budding relationship but to tear their families apart.

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—MY REVIEW —

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Okay. This was honestly an adorably cute read. Yes, it’s an adult romance but it’s definitely more on the tamer side when it comes to the physical stuff (or at least the way the author has described those scenes.. the steaminess is on the down low).

Besides it being an adult romance book, the story centers around Violet and Milo who were somewhat childhood next door neighbours. Milo Waite and his family lived next door to Violet’s grandmother who she would spend time with whenever her parents were unable to care for her. Although Milo and his siblings were all similar ages to Violet, they never played together, let alone see each other on the account of his father and her grandmother having some issues with one another and never letting the kids hang out. Ever.

But that never stopped Milo and Violet from ever being curious about the other. Now years later, all grown up, Violet buys her grandmother’s old rundown house and realises that the Waites still live next door. And that’s when things start getting interesting.

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My very first impression of this book was… funnily enough how British it sounded. Lol. I’ve read quite a few books set in England with characters who are English but this would have to be the first book that totally and completely oozed characters from there. The way these characters speak — as in the slangs they use had me a little stumped. Haha. As an Aussie girl, who’s seen plenty of movies, tv shows and books set in England, not once have I felt like I needed one of those translations books you buy before going on a holiday in a foreign country so I could look up words and sayings until I came across this book.. *hangs head in shame* Hahaha.

Don’t get me wrong, in no way did it put me off reading it. If anything it was a little amusing trying to figure what the hell they were talking about. I mention this only because anyone who ends up reading Waiting For Milo and is also taken aback by this, don’t be put off, because I guarantee before the book is over you’ll actually get the lingo. Trust me! 😉

Okay. Secondly, whilst this was a love story overall between two neighbours, there’s a deeper and more serious subject matter within that makes their budding relationship more complicated. There are issues discussed within; such as abandonment and infidelity, as well as struggles and effects families go through having experienced these situations.

Milo Waite may come off as a happy go lucky type of guy when it comes to Violet and his siblings, but when it comes to his sad past, he tends to hide his feelings.

But the more Violet and Milo get reacquainted, the more they can’t avoid their pasts and the effects it has on both their families. There’s both light and shade within this story, which gives their relationship all the more a realistic and relatable feel to it. There’s always hurdles every couple goes through and sometimes some have family drama. Violet and Milo just happen to be one of those couples going through that.

I enjoyed getting to see snippets of Milo’s siblings and getting some kind of idea on what I could expect from them in this series. I like that there’s some strong personalities in the bunch that there’s bound to be some very interesting love stories to come.

And whilst Violet comes into this story lacking any sort of friendship, by the end she’s got some pretty solid girlfriends (ones who add some very girly comic relief throughout). There’s a smorgasbord of supporting characters in this book, that you will not have any trouble finding one that peaks your interest *wink wink* 😉

Although Violet and Milo’s relationship is a rollercoaster, it was a relatively well-paced book. At first it seems like it was almost love at first sight (at least in Milo’s case) when seeing Violet, but the growth in the relationship was evident and steady. There’s hesitation, wariness, and issues with trust.. but there’s also patience, protectiveness and friendship. The realism was there, people!

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This was a sweet introduction to the Waite Family series. In all honesty, as much I liked reading Milo and Violet’s book, I already have my eye on a couple of the other siblings’ stories. Hehe. A great read! Who would’ve thunk it? — That a band of brothers (and sister) working as tradies for their family contracting business each find love? An everyday setting that’s surprisingly refreshing.

RATING: ♥♥♥.5/5

Thank you to Angel Devlin for the ARC in exchange for my honest review! 

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WAITING FOR MILO by ANGEL DEVLIN

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Release Date: FEBRUARY 26, 2020

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The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag

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— SYNOPSIS —

Once upon a time, a demon who desired earthly domination fathered an army of dark daughters to help him corrupt humanity . . .

As children, Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea dreamed of a strange otherworld: a nightscape of mists and fog, perpetually falling leaves and hungry ivy, lit by an unwavering moon. Here, in this shadowland of Everwhere, the four girls, half-sisters connected by blood and magic, began to nurture their elemental powers together. But at thirteen, the sisters were ripped from Everwhere and separated. Now, five years later, they search for one another and yearn to rediscover their unique and supernatural strengths. Goldie (earth) manipulates plants and gives life. Liyana (water) controls rivers and rain. Scarlet (fire) has electricity at her fingertips. Bea (air) can fly.

To realize their full potential, the blood sisters must return to the land of their childhood dreams. But Everwhere can only be accessed through certain gates at 3:33 A.M. on the night of a new moon. As Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea are beset with the challenges of their earthly lives, they must prepare for a battle that lies ahead. On their eighteenth birthday, they will be subjected to a gladiatorial fight with their father’s soldiers. If they survive, they will face their father who will let them live only if they turn dark. Which would be fair, if only the sisters knew what was coming.

So, they have thirty-three days to discover who they truly are and what they can truly do, before they must fight to save themselves and those they love.

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— MY REVIEW —

The Sisters Grimm centers around four girls: Goldie, Bea, Liyana and Scarlet. They all have the ability to travel to Everwhere, and each have distinct powers that coincides with elements— e.g. earth, air, fire and  water. But over time they forget ever having possession of these gifts and by the time they’re all thirteen, not only have they lost their abilities, they can no longer remember how to travel to the magical world either.

Whilst all the girls are now seemingly living mundane lives, there are boys who have been trained as soldiers all their lives. And they’re coming out of the woodwork with the aim of hunting down and killing these girls by their 18th birthdays.. unless the girls accept evil fates.

Each girl in this book has their own quirks, traits and attitudes. But right off the bat, Goldie was the character I was instantly drawn to since the first page she was introduced in. And the further her story developed the more I realised the reason why I was drawn to her was because we are similar in a lot ways— (in personality, mannerisms, and at times the life situations).

These girls all have haunting stories. Some I found disturbing to a point. They were put in situations that they were forced into, or didn’t have the means to get out of it themselves. It’s saddening, and there were moments whilst I was reading their stories unravel that I was surprisingly taken aback by what I was actually reading.

There are multiple POVs in this book. Whilst I usually love that type of format— I have to admit there was just too many in this one that I found it a little overwhelming at times. I initially had to jot down each characters name and a short description of them on a post-it just so I could keep track of whose POV I was reading at the time.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit it took a little while for me to sink into this fantasy. Whilst the world-building is exceptionally imaginative, detailed, and unique— I couldn’t get a grasp of it like I wanted to from the get-go because the beginning read as if it was already in the middle of the story. If that make sense. I was like Alice down the rabbit hole. The story also goes back and forth from past to present.

Alice_RabbitHoleIt’s almost as if I’m expected to have already known about Everwhere, and the key these young ladies play in it. It isn’t until you start getting further and further along into each of their lives does it start revealing what that world entails. There’s no doubt about it.. it’s complex.

One of the things I enjoyed and looked forward to throughout the book was Leo’s (one of the soldiers) POV because it was a refreshing break from the girls, and in my opinion a much needed contrast.

You just have to get past the initial hiccup at the beginning because the second half really gets action-packed once all is revealed and the girls come together. *Avengers Assemble!* 😛 But seriously.. It becomes fast-paced, effortless— and truly a fascinating read.   

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This story really highlights girl power, one’s fighting spirit, and sisterhood, wrapped up in a somewhat dark YA fantasy storyline.

RATING: ♥♥♥.5/ 5

Thank you to Menna van Praag, Transworld Publishers, Bantam Press, and Papercharm Book Marketing for the ARC in exchange for my honest review! 🙂

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The Sisters Grimm releasing February 6, 2020

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Hope this was another helpful and interesting review for you. As always, catch you in my next one. Happy reading, guys! Xo