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Never Never: Part Three | Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

This is the continuation of Never Never: Part One and Part Two
“Trust your gut. Not your heart, because it’s a people pleaser, and not your brain, because it relies too heavily on logic."
Genre: Mystery/Romance. Number of Pages: 92. Perspective: First Alternating. Location: New Orleans, LA.
This is the final part of the Never Never novella series. It is about Charlie and Silas, a couple that keeps simultaneously losing their memory. They have to solve the mystery of what happened before they lose their memories again. For a complete summary, you can go here.
So for those of you who don’t know, Colleen Hoover writes romance stories with super crazy twists. Tarryn Fisher writes really dark anti-love stories with crazy twists. So of course, I expected an epic twist when both of them are writing together. In reality, the ending left me rolling my eyes. The build up in the first two books was great! The wait in between books was not so great. The combination left me feeling disappointed wi…

Hex | Thomas Olde Heuvelt

“Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay 'til death. Whoever settles, never leaves."
Genre: Horror. Number of Pages: 384. Perspective: Third. Location: New York.
Hex is the story of a town that is cursed by a witch with her eyes and mouth sewn shut. She shows up in houses and just stands and stares for days at a time. The people of the town can never leave and are plagued by the fear of what would happen if the witch’s eyes and mouth are ever opened. For a complete summary, you can go here.
This book started off kind of funny and light-hearted. The middle starts to get a little creepy and suspenseful, and the end is downright strange. It was an enjoyable book, but you’ll have to wait a long time for the climax. The bulk of the action happens in the last 50 pages. For me, that felt rushed and left me with more questions than answers. 
Hex was originally written in Dutch and translated to English. With that in mind, I am utterly impressed with the flow and readability of the story. Th…

I’ll Give You The Sun | Jandy Nelson

“Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story."
Genre: Young Adult/Romance. Number of Pages: 371. Perspective: Alternating First. Location: California. 
I’ll Give You The Sun follows a set of twins, Jude and Noah, through middle school and high school. The perspectives alternate between Noah’s, when the twins are still close at the ages of 13 and 14, and Jude’s, when they are 16 and no longer speaking. It pieces together a puzzle of tragedy, secrets, and longing for forgiveness. For a complete summary, you can go here.
Wow. I have been in a review rut lately. I’ve been waiting to write reviews for a while after finishing a book, but I had to write this review immediately after finishing reading. I honestly feel like I am in the middle of a book hangover. I wanted so badly to finish the book to see how it ended, but I am sad that I have no more book left to read. I would love for the story to keep going. This is now one of my favorite books, and I already cannot wait to read…

Inventing Your Own Novel Setting

This is a guest post by Melissa McClone.

Christmas at the Castle is the tenth Christmas-themed romance novel I’ve written, but it’s my first holiday story set outside the United States. I created Alistonia in my book The Cinderella Princess, but that country was nothing more than a name suggested by one of my readers on my Facebook page. So when I decided to use Alistonia as the setting for my Christmas book, I had a little work to do.
First, I needed to figure out where the country was on the map. I finally picked the eastern slope of the Alps. That sounded like a place that would be Christmassy and have snow. I also needed to determine what kind of Christmas traditions the characters and countries might have. I didn’t just want to carry over what is familiar to me, so I researched European Christmas traditions.
My favorite thing I discovered, and something I want to experience in person someday, is the Christmas Market. These street markets happen throughout Europe during Advent/Decemb…

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