Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2019

February 2

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be doing my monthly wrap-up for February. I read 17 books. Click on the title to see my reviews. Either from WordPress or GR mini reviews. I’ll mention which of the two. If I haven’t reviewed a book I will include the book GR link. Author links not included. Let me know in the comments what you read in February!

Book(s) that I DNFed (0-2 stars):

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  1. King of Scars by: Leigh Bardugo-Mini review
  2. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by: Christina Lauren-Mini review
  3. Dark of the West by: Joanna Hathaway-Mini review
  4. Beyond the Veil by: Pippa DaCosta and Hollie Jackson (Narrator)
  5. The Winner’s Curse by: Marie Rutkoski and Justine Eyre (Narrator)-Wordpress review
  6. A People’s History of Heaven by: Mathangi Subramanian-Mini review
  7. Hurricane Season by: Nicole Melleby-Mini review
  8. The Women’s War by: Jenna Glass-Mini review
  9. Wicked Saints by: Emily A. Duncan-Mini review
  10. Don’t Date Rosa Santos by: Nina Moreno-Mini review

Book(s) that I Enjoyed (3-4 stars):

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  1. Blackbird Chapter 5 by: Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel (Artist)
  2. The Case Study of Vanitas Chapter 34.5 by: Jun Mochizuki
  3. Edens Zero Chapters 30-33 by: Hiro Mashima-Series link

Favourite Book(s) of the Month (4-5 stars):

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  1. Famous in a Small Town by: Emma Mills-Wordpress review

 

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Book Haul: February 2019

February 1

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be doing my book haul for February. Book Haul is when you share books that you bought from the bookstore, ebooks/kindle, borrowed from the library or a friend, books you won through giveaways, and books for review purposes. GR links for (only) the book titles. Let me know in the comments what books you hauled in February!

Library: 

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  1. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by: Christina Lauren

Ebook/Kubo/Kindle/Audible:

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  1. Vardaesia by: Lynette Noni
  2. The Case Study of Vanitas Chapter 34.5 by: Jun Mochizuki
  3. Hidden Legacy 2-3.5 by: Ilona Andrews and Renée Raudman (Narrator)-Series link

Netgalley/Publisher:

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  1. Don’t Date Rosa Santos by: Nina Moreno

Bookstore:

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  1. King of Scars by: Leigh Bardugo-Not included in image
  2. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, Vol. 9 by: Tappei Nagatsuki and Shinichirou Otsuka (Ilustrator)
  3. A Sprinkle of Spirits by: Anna Meriano
  4. Watch Us Rise by: Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan 

Review: Famous in a Small Town

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Famous in a Small Town by: Emma Mills

My Rating: 4 Stars

For Sophie, small town life has never felt small. With her four best friends—loving, infuriating, and all she could ever ask for—she can weather any storm. But when Sophie’s beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it’s her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town’s only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival.

The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return.

What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks, and revelations that could change everything—along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy with a magnetic smile and secrets of his own.

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger warning: Mention of car accident, mention of prison, mention of fatal accident, and taking credit for someone else’s work.

Sophie and her friends are preparing to enjoy their summer break. Much to the group’s surprise a new boy August moves in. August is the brother of Sophie’s neighbor. While working Sophie overhears her band teacher talking about the upcoming fundraiser. The teacher mentions that they will likely not be able raise enough money to participate in The Rose Parade. Sophie takes action into her own hands and decides to get Megan Pleasant to come back and perform. Only Megan has sworn never to return home. 

Emma Mills has been on my radar since I enjoyed This Adventure Ends. I was hesitant when I heard about Famous in a Small Town. Ultimately I gave in to my curiosity. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it! This book is written in first person following Sophie’s point of view. There are flashbacks, text messages, online articles, and social media posts.

There’s something about reading an Emma Mills book. It’s like hugging a blanket. You know it’ll be fluffy and have a huge emphasis on friendship. It’s comforting. And no surprise this is what was present in Famous in a Small Town. 

I absolutely adored the friendship! Sophie has a large friend group and all of them get along with each other. Their conversations were also so funny! As well as relatable. Each character was unique and original. It was even better when August joined the friend group. 

I really enjoyed reading about Sophie’s growth! And her character in general. She wasn’t perfect and she knew that. Sophie genuinely wanted to work on herself and become a better person. She was sweet and caring. It’s a nice change to read about those kinds of characters.

I also really liked August’s nieces! They were so cute! And a delight to read about. I particularly enjoyed it when Sophie babysat them. Sophie would do anything to keep them happy. And wasn’t afraid to act a bit goofy in the process.

I found Famous in a Small Town to be the more romance oriented than This Adventure Ends. Early on Sophie realizes she has a crush on August and asks him out. He politely refuses and asks that the two remain friends. I really enjoyed reading about their relationship!

August was such a sweet character. I actually expected him to be brooding. And in a way he was. But not exactly. Through Sophie and her friend group, as well as his brother August came out of his shell. I really enjoyed reading about his character development!

I was really surprised about the mystery aspect! The whole Megan Pleasant situation was a bit bizarre in the beginning. I didn’t think much off it. Then it went in a direction that I wasn’t expecting. There is another mystery aspect that was also quite surprising. I liked how each mystery was handled.

My only problem with Famous in a Small Town was how Sophie’s parents weren’t really present. This isn’t that large off an issue and it didn’t effect my rating. I just would’ve preferred for them to be more present.

Overall I really enjoyed this! Highly recommend.