Review (a.k.a. Amanda Catches Up on Life)

HELLOOOOOOO my friends! Wow, has it been a year and a half or what? Did you guys ever get super overwhelmed with life you’re like “I’m going to step back from things for a second,” and then next thing you know it has been months? Because yeah. That’s what happened to me.

But does it feel good to be back! I’ve been in some weird spot in my life that I’ve been in a perpetual physical book slump. No lie. I’ve been reading and rereading ebooks like it’s my job or something. But as for physical books? Again, it’s been months since I finished one. I’ve had Before She Ignites started from my “I’m going to finally read all my Owlcrate books instead of having them sit on my shelves” endeavors, and instead it looks quite lovely sitting on my table. And my boyfriend got me City of Brass for Christmas (!!!), which I immediately started….and finished last night. That might be the longest it’s taken me to read a book since Moby Dick in college….

Needless to say, it would be rough to do a review for every book I’ve read since *checks calendar* November…? Gosh, Amanda, you are the worst. *hides head in shame* So I would like to officially apologize and offer up a series of mini reviews. Bite-size, if you will. Like an appetizer. A little tease.

I’m going to stop now while I’m (not so) ahead.


Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell

This books was a YA contemporary delight to read. It was like the whipped cream on top of a latte. (Look, I don’t know what’s wrong me with either and why there’s going to be nine thousand food metaphors in this post. I’m sorry.) It’s about twin sisters, Claire and Poppy, who are basically #InstaFamous. Their mother started a blog when they were younger and now they’re fully in the spotlight—whether they like it or not. I’m not going to lie, this one was full of twists and turns that I was not expecting, since in my experience YA contemporary tends to be pretty much straightforward and you know what you’re going to get when you pick it up (NOT a bad thing, mind you). But if you’re looking for a fun read, this is worth checking out!


Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

So you may or may not remember my desperate pleas and attempts to get my hand on an ARC of this book prior to my four-month hiatus. I may or may not have debated offering up a kidney at some point. But, but, BUT! Then the magical day came that I got my hands on this beauty! *heart eyes* And can I just say it did NOT disappoint. At all. It was the twisty, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat read I was expecting and I devoured this book faster than a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. The good news is this book comes out soon so it will be available to everyone! The bad news is I desperately need more. So. There’s that.


Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

If I had to pick any book that singlehandedly got be out of my book slump, this would be it. O. M. G. I’m filing this one as more “New Adult” than YA, but that should only matter if you’re hesitant about reading scenes that are a little….more than a kiss. I honestly cannot say enough about this book. I could not put it down (I was reading it on my lunch break and it was ROUGH going back to work. ROUGH, I tell you.) Red, White, & Royal Blue is a hate-to-love romance between the President’s son and the Prince of England. Besides being a romance and a hate-to-love one at that, there’s so much banter that I couldn’t help but think this book was made for me.


The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is quickly becoming an auto-buy author for me. This is another New Adult hate-to-love romance, this time about the unlucky sister who is forced to take her sister’s honeymoon trip after the ENTIRE wedding ends up with food poisoning. Poor her, right? EXCEPT…she’s stuck with her nemesis, her brother-in-law’s brother. And they’re forced to pretend to be the newlyweds. What could go wrong? This was another hard-to-put-down read, and I definitely recommend this one to start with if you’re new to Christina Lauren.


The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

So Kyleigh and Lauren have been BEGGING me to read this one. They are low-key obsessed, you guys. And having finished this book last night, I can see why. First, Dara. Second, this entire book is so magical and fun and absorbs you. Third…Dara. Now I need to get my greedy little hands on Kingdom of Copper because I have sooooo many questions.

There you go, guys! I promise I’m going to try to be better because I missed this, and I miss you, and I miss reading! I have months of Owlcrate books I need to get through, not to mention the 109,195,234 other books I have yet to read, and I told myself I’m not allowed to buy more books until I make a dent in this stack. Game on!

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