Book Review: The Wish by Nicholas Sparks #TheWish #BookReview #NicholasSparks

The Wish by Nicholas Sparks

Blurb:

1996 was the year that changed everything for Maggie Dawes. Sent away at sixteen to live with an aunt she barely knew in Ocracoke, a remote village on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, she could think only of the friends and family she left behind . . . until she meets Bryce Trickett, one of the few teenagers on the island. Handsome, genuine, and newly admitted to West Point, Bryce gradually shows her how much there is to love about the wind-swept beach town—and introduces her to photography, a passion that will define the rest of her life.

By 2019, Maggie is a renowned travel photographer. She splits her time between running a successful gallery in New York and photographing remote locations around the world. But this year she is unexpectedly grounded over Christmas, struggling to come to terms with a sobering medical diagnosis. Increasingly dependent on a young assistant, she finds herself becoming close to him.

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Book Review: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover #ItEndsWithUs #ColleenHoover #BookReview #Fiction

It Ends with Us

by: Colleen Hoover

My Review:

The story begins with Lily, a young college graduate who’s just moved to Boston. She’s excited to begin her life, but her father has just passed away, and she’s dealing with some rough emotions. One evening, she meets a man named Ryle on a rooftop. Lily is drawn to him right away, and they quickly fall for one another. Once they get involved in a relationship, Lily realizes that Ryle has some issues from his past, and by now, she’s deeply involved with him. Lily is all too familiar with some of Ryle’s behaviors because she too has an ugly past. 

I’m just going to start by saying that I’m glad I was able to get past the first part of this book. There were issues with the characters from the get-go. I didn’t like any of them, especially Ryle. There were red flags with his character from the beginning. He’s too straightforward and aggressive, and because of this, I was not feeling the emotion or romance in the story. The love they were supposed to have was unconvincing to me. As the story moved on, it seemed odd that some of the characters made it seem like Ryle’s past was a validation for his behavior. Bad decisions were made one after another. Perhaps my biggest problem with the story was the end, which was way too ‘happy’ and came to a close without much explanation. 

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Book Review: Love in the Wild: A Tarzan Retelling by Emma Castle #Retelling #Romance #RetellingReadingChallenge #BookReview

Love in the Wild: A Tarzan Retelling by Emma Castle

Blurb:

A Sensual, Powerful, And Thought Provoking Tarzan Retelling 

Eden Matthews stumbled upon the discovery of a lifetime while photographing wildlife deep in the heart of Africa…

A gorgeous god of a man living in the wilds of the African jungle among a family of gorillas…

When he saves her life she’s compelled to uncover the man’s tragic past and the fate which led him to grow up in the wild.

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Book Review: Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by L.J. Shen #BookReview #Romance #Fiction

Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1)

by L.J. Shen

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My thoughts:

5-stars to the angstiest romance I think I’ve ever read!

One word sums up the majority of the relationships in this book: dysfunctional. The two main characters in this book went to high school together and have a strong history of conflict. Both are fairly complex too. Vicious, the main male character, is a huge bully; he’s flat-out crude, not caring for a single second who he hurts or what people think about him. Although he’s nearly impossible to tolerate through much of the book, he has a past, and there were hints throughout that he was capable of change. There’s just something about him though; it’s intoxicating. Continue reading “Book Review: Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by L.J. Shen #BookReview #Romance #Fiction”