Michelle is the Social Media Coordinator. She will gladly sacrifice sleep to read! She loves to read fantastic world building, witty dialogue, romantic happy endings, edge-of-your-seat mysteries, interstellar adventures, and hopeful moments. On her nightstand, you'll find fantasy, romance, mysteries, and science fiction. Other than socializing for the Galaxy, she also loves all things Disney and Pixar, has a special place in her heart for Mizayaki, obsesses over korean dramas, anime, and 90s hip hop. Shh, she secretly wants to be a Stormtrooper.
Fantastic World Building
Romantic Happy Endings
Edge-Of-Your-Seat Mysteries and Thrillers
I have been overwhelmed with emotions that I have felt after reading Taylor Jenkin Reid’s Malibu Rising. On the surface, Malibu Rising is your summer fiction that takes place in 80s Malibu. But beyond that, Reid creates a world where we get to know the functional and dysfunctional relationships of the famous Riva family. As I was got to know each Riva family member, I found myself relating to each one of them on a deeper level. I wanted their goals, I understood their sorrow, and I felt their anger. It’s a testament to Reid that I can come away feeling like these characters will stick with me for a long while, allowing me to refer back to different moments of the book and wondering what other secrets there were. I recommend Malibu Rising for those who love the secret lives of Hollywood celebrities told with thought provoking storytelling.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is an engaging, alluring, and an extremely enigmatic story. As the reader, you will follow this story with such a simplistic ease, only to be absorbed into this intricate and detailed story. The characters are engaging and relatable, slowly finding their way into your hearts. It is evident that Schwab has enchanted us once again, keeping my interest from the very beginning to to the sweet end. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is atmospheric, bittersweet, and through the thought-provoking plot and wonderful characters, simply unforgettable.
Tamsyn Muir's Gideon the Ninth is a rule breaking story perfect for sci fi rebels and the space opera. At the most fundamental level, Gideon the Ninth is about revelations and acceptance of those truths. It shares a familiarity that we find with most fantasy stories, but what sets Gideon apart from the rest is the main character, Gideon. Gideon is tenacious and no-nonsense, and is perfect as an unreliable hero. Snark, a frivilous attitude, and a sparkling personality, Muir knows how to build an army of characters that will invade your soul. The adventure itself is filled with secrets around each corner, enough to make this one of my favorites.
Helen Hoang's The Heart Principle is an honest look at love for one's self, for one's family, and for any space for love itself. These topics were a great example of pain and truth when duty and responsibility is mixed in. Pressures of performance, of family duty, of even just trying to be who everyone thinks you should be? It all hit home. This was such a great representation of how things could be in a family such as Anna's, but also how it could be different from a family like Quan's. Both examples were true and real, and I really appreciated that.
I am not always a fan of Hate to Love, but mixed with The Taming of the Shrew, I knew I was in for a treat. Olive and Ethan’s story is uniquely hilarious, but also sincere and heartfelt. With every character that Christina Lauren writes, I always find pieces of myself in them. And because of that, I relate to their stories so much. The main characters have my heart, showing their own vulnerabilities and feelings that allows the reader to place themselves in their shoes. Complicated characters, a tangled relationship, but honest and true feelings with a spicy dash of romance.
Bombshell is such a fun story of a secret society of women filled with intelligence, power, and quick wit. This had a great mix of romance and story! Sesily is someone that has full control of her persona, and owns every fiber of her being. She knows who she is and controls every aspect of her life (society be damned!), surrounding herself with uplifting and inspiring women.
As for Caleb? There's something about him that you just instantly feel invested in. Is he the friend with unrequited love that had self deprecating reasons to not just go for what he wanted? Yes. TONS of angst and tension? You bet. If you’re looking for your next explosive romance, Bombshell is for you.
Tessa Bailey has mesmerized me with her perfect words, yet again. It Happened One Summer is a classic fish-out-of-water trope is filled with incredible chemistry and witty banter that takes place in a small fishing village. Piper, the main heroine, is noted to be heavily drawn from the character Alexis in Schitt’s Creek, and she is just as loveable as the iconic Netflix character. It Happened One Summer has your fill of sexy sailors, the adorable sister, and the best charming little village for a good old life altering story. I highly recommend this for your next vacation read, perfect for the summer!
Empire of the Vampire is the newest epic tale from Jay Kristoff, a master wordsmith with no qualms about the fate of his characters. From the opening sequence to the last, your mind will be engrossed and enamored with each character that you meet, each detail revealed, and beyond all else, your heart will do a steady up-trending pitter patter. Anxiety building moments, breath-taking descriptions, and in true Kristoff fashion, heartaches and stomach-plundering emotions. Empire of the Vampire is an epic tale, perfect for those looking for the dark fantasy adventure filled with hope, loss, darkness, faith, and overall epic badassery.
A fake relationship, calculated actions, and a friendship spun out of a chance accident? The Love Hypothesis is for you. Olive's story felt familiar to me, and I was invested from the start. I enjoyed seeing Adam through Olive's eyes. Tall, dark, and enigmatic? Possibly to Olive, but there's always two sides to a story, and Hazelwood gives us a glimpse in. Banter, sexual tension, nerdy conversation, and a plot twist at the right moment! Be prepared for all the feels, because The Love Hypothesis will bring it.
A Lot Like Adios is a story about unrequited love, of a love lost and returned. Mich and Gabe's individual stories blended with an additional form of unrequited love, and that's to family, family pressures and expectations - everything within the dynamics of a family like theirs. It's a testament of the quiet taste and style of Daria, who has put all of these elements together to make literary magic. Things like heartfelt memories, the conversation about their fanfiction, and even their feelings about familial duty - it all has a substance that is integral to the story.
A royal bodyguard, the teacher next door that lives like a hermit, and the Royals that stand between them. The Royals Next Door is about Piper, a school teacher who's hermit and anti-social life gets disrupted by Harrison Cole, the PPO (Personal Protection Offier) for the Royals that just rented the mansion next door. I enjoyed the light Enemies to Lover where the bodyguard is the lead and where the teacher isn't so timid. It was a perfect mix of angst and tense moments that just made me want reading more and more. Halle mentions C-PTSD for the main character, and was very therapy positive. Halle's writing is fluid, allowing me to quickly get lost in this small island and the characters that inhabit it. And once it started sizzling? Oh boy, hang on!
The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling is just the romance that will get you into the witchy season!
If you're looking for a light and enchanting romance filled with comedic quips, then look no further! In a town founded by a family of sorcerers, a young Vivienne Jones and Rhys Penhallow had an unremarkable summer. But after a terrible breakup (like leaving your summer lover to end your arranged marriage) results in tears, alcohol, and witchcraft that will cast a curse for the brokenhearted. Years later, the curse gets stronger, and as Rhys returns to the town to strengthen the ley lines, mishap and mayhem ensues. As Viv and Rhys break the curse to save the town, they must revisit the past to fix the future, as well as themselves.
Perfect for those looking for a witchy romantic sizzle for the fall season!