Book Review: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

31952703I wish I had adequate words to describe my feelings for this book.

After I finished, I kind of just stared out the window of the car and held the words I’d just read close to my heart, like a beautiful moment that I wanted freeze for just a few seconds more.

This book is, undoubtedly, written in deep blue. It deals with authentic, real themes such as grief, death, divorce, and (the dreaded enemy of any teenage lovers) unrequited love.

The main characters, Rachel and Henry, felt like real people. Their backgrounds were not explored in depth, but the development over the course of the book was amazing. They both had their own struggles and their own voice. The book was split into POV between the two of them, and unlike most books that do this, I was able to distinguish between Rachel’s voice and Henry’s voice.

And even the side characters had amazing storylines, which is so rare in YA fiction these days. I loved Henry’s odd, cute, and lovable sister George. And Rachel’s connection to her brother, Cal, who drowns before the book takes place, is heart wrenching, heartbreaking, and heartwarming all at the same time. I almost wish the book had explored some of the side characters more, because they were all uniquely intriguing and I wanted to keep following their story.

One thing I loved even more than the characters, though, was the setting and the idea behind it. This mostly took place inside a bookshop that Henry’s family owns. It has a section called “The Letter Library” where people can leave notes in the margins of books or underline words for other people to find. Normally I am completely against writing in books, but in this context I think it’s a lovely idea.

The only thing I disliked about this book (at times) was the writing style. It fluctuated from being very descriptive to very succinct and precise and sometimes I just wanted more. Perhaps the author wanted it to be simplistic, but I thought it would benefit more in places if we were shown more and told less.

Overall, if you like books, oceans, and a bit of a happy sort of sadness, I’d say you would find Words in Deep Blue quite enjoyable.

 

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Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson: ft. Jane Austen Vibes and Swoon Worthy Boys

An immersive read for Austen fans alike, Edenbrooke suffers slightly in excess description and repetitiveness, but will ultimately enchant readers craving Regency Era romance.

So, fun fact- I recently got a job at a bookstore. And I’m telling you, working12820360 at a bookstore is the ultimate dream job. Full disclosure, it’s not really healthy for my wallet, but it’s a heavenly experience.

And there’s this book that my manager loves called Edenbrooke. I mentioned once that I’m kind of a Jane Austen fan, and she promised me that I would love Edenbrooke as well.

Yesterday at work I caved and bought it. (I have absolutely zero self-control when it comes to buying books. Hahahaha.) I went home, sat on my bed and opened to page one, and didn’t move until I’d closed the book three hours later.

There were a *few* things that bugged me, but overall this was probably one of the best Regency Era novels I’ve ever read. If you’re a fellow Jane Austen fan, I would totally recommend this book to you. If you like flirtatious rich young men (@ me) you will love this book.

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Lucky in Love by Kasie West: Lions and Tigers and Anteaters, Oh My!

Lucky in Love is a quick and easy summer read that lacks some of West’s usual charm.

Everyone knows how much I love Kasie West; she’s my favorite contemporary authortop6, hands down. I’ve read The Distance Between Us about two dozen times and I absolutely loved P.S. I Like You and The Fill-In-Boyfriend. 

Every time I open a new Kasie West book, I can’t help but feeling excited.

I wish I felt the same way about Lucky In Love. I wish I did. I wish I could tell you that it was the cutest book I’ve ever read and that when it’s set loose on the shelves in July, you should rush to the store to buy it.

Don’t get me wrong, this book was still cute. Of course it was. I don’t think Kasie West could ever write something that wasn’t cute. But some of the elements that make her other books so heartwarming were missing from this one. That said, I think fans of West will still find this book enjoyable.

 

 

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Texas, Tea, and Austen.

A lovely take on the classic Austen novel- for fans of Jane Austen, this will definitely be your cup of tea. 

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4 stars

This book surprised me.

I’m a big fan of Jane Austen, and most of the time when I read an Austen centered book, I don’t like it very much. I always feel like the author of the book is a) trying too hard to make their book sound like a Jane Austen novel or b) stuffing so many Austen references into their book that you feel like you’re being slapped in the face.

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Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (plus cotton candy, because why not)

Fun fact: I probably never would have picked up this book if it wasn’t for that delicious h25756328azelnut gelato that I had on our trip to Las Vegas.

Mmm, that was the most delicious non-ice cream ice cream that I’ve ever had.

(Also, it has a pastel cover, and I have developed a new obsession with pastel covers.)

I’d heard a lot of mixed reviews about this book. A lot of my favorite reviewers gave it one or two stars, which surprised me.

I think the reason this book might be getting some lower-end reviews is because it’s a cotton candy read.

See, a cotton candy read is a book that isn’t particularly eye-opening or life-changing, and it might not actually do you any good; it’s just a bunch of fluff that tastes really yummy.

The main character, Lina, has her fair share of struggles: her mother passes away from cancer and she is sent to a foreign country [aka Italy] to live with her father, who she didn’t even know existed.

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