Author: Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Review ~ Well Met ~ Jen DeLuca

Review ~ Well Met ~ Jen DeLuca

In Well Met, we become acquainted with the town of Willow Creek as well as some of its inhabitants. And we are introduced to its annual Renaissance Faire. This first installment revolves around Emily, who has come to town to care for her sister and niece following a car accident, and Simon, the local boy turned English teacher turned Master of Ren Faire. It was a lot of fun! What Worked: Characters I immediately was drawn to Emily, a young woman down on her luck. Having recently been dumped by her long-time beau after supporting him through law school, she’s in town taking care of her older sister. Emily is dealing with feeling she’s not enough and upon first meeting […]

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Review ~ Wicked All Night ~ Jeaniene Frost #SIAM

Review ~ Wicked All Night ~ Jeaniene Frost #SIAM

I can! I can read a series in a month! Special thanks to Anne @Books of My Heart for organizing our buddy read of the Night Rebel series with Berls @Because Reading and Lillian @Mom With a Reading Problem. It was a lot of fun!   Ian and Veritas’ story had ticked all my boxes so far so Wicked All Night had a lot to live up to as the final installment. While it did deliver on most of my expectations, there were too many unanswered questions to leave me fully satisfied. Once again, we pick up the story where we left off and this last piece moved at break-neck speed. We have Veritas heading to the Netherworld in order […]

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Review ~ Wicked Bite ~ Jeaniene Frost #SIAM

Review ~ Wicked Bite ~ Jeaniene Frost #SIAM

Oh good golly! Wicked Bite picks up where Shades of Wicked left us and hurtles us onto a thrilling, fast-paced continuation of Ian and Veritas’ story. And let me tell you – Ian made me love him even more in Wicked Bite and I didn’t think that was possible. 😉 Wicked Bite sees Veritas attempting to fulfill a promise by hunting down souls. She’s doing her damnedest while also avoiding Ian for…reasons. Events in the last book have Ian’s memories a little hazy but he remembers Veritas and his feelings for her quite clearly. However, Veritas is not only running from Ian’s memories – or her belief in the lack thereof. She’s also protecting him from the extreme danger she […]

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Review ~ Shades of Wicked ~ Jeaniene Frost #SIAM

Review ~ Shades of Wicked ~ Jeaniene Frost #SIAM

I’ve been a fan of Ian (for the most part) since first meeting him. He provided a lot of comic relief, to be sure, but his reaction to Cat killing someone in his employ made me wonder at what was beneath this devil-may-care veneer. We’ve seen glimpses throughout the series but in Shades of Wicked, we are finally made privy to the real Ian. And let’s not forget Veritas. Upon first introduction, I liked her because I could see she wasn’t the hard-nosed Law Guardian she should have been. I had no idea the layers she had or the impressive being she is. There couldn’t be a more perfect partner for Ian. Shades of Wicked sees Veritas teaming up with […]

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Buddy Read Chat Review ~ Devious Lies ~ Parker S. Huntington

Buddy Read Chat Review ~ Devious Lies ~ Parker S. Huntington

Once again, I had the pleasure of buddy reading with my friend, Nadene @Totally Addicted to Reading. We hope you enjoy our chat review of Devious Lies by Parker S. Huntington. You can check out this chat review (Nadene’s review includes her thoughts on the narration since she listened) and more at here.   Age-gap and enemies-to-lovers tropes are probably in my top 5-7 favorites. Getting them combined was good stuff. I particularly liked how Emery and Nash were acquainted. That his family had worked for hers. And that she’d spent more time with his family than her own. I also appreciated how Huntington wove together the different timelines so we got the backstory. Honestly, I could see they were […]

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Brandee & Linda’s Excellent Reading Challenge Adventure 2023

Brandee & Linda’s Excellent Reading Challenge Adventure 2023

Linda and I love participating in reading challenges. But there are so many to choose from! And because there are so many we’d like to join but wouldn’t be able to accomplish, we are, once again, creating a reading challenge for ourselves that’s pieced together from other challenges. BIG shoutout to GirlXOXO for providing a comprehensive list of 2023 reading challenges for us to choose from! All challenges listed link back to the websites of those hosting each particular challenge. Thanks to all those who host these challenges! Here’s what’s on tap for us this year: From the Decolonize Your Bookshelf Reading Challenge: Choose 4 from the list in the graphic.   Finishing the Series Reading Challenge This one might […]

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Brandee & Linda’s Excellent Reading Challenge Adventure ~ Year-End Update

Brandee & Linda’s Excellent Reading Challenge Adventure ~ Year-End Update

Wow! I can’t believe 2022 is almost over. Linda and I will definitely be putting together a challenge for ourselves in 2023 by piecing together parts of other challenges. But here’s a look at how we did this year. As always, a shout out to GirlXOXO for providing a comprehensive list of 2022 reading challenges for us to choose from! All challenges listed link back to the websites of those hosting each particular challenge. Thanks to all those who host these challenges!   From the Read Harder Challenge: Read a book set in a bookstore. The Boardwalk Bookstore by Susan Mallery Read an award-winning book from the year you were born. Read a queer retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, […]

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Can You Read a Series in a Month? Challenge ~ Readalong Twist

Can You Read a Series in a Month? Challenge ~ Readalong Twist

If you’ve been here a while, you’ve seen Linda and/or I participate in this challenge. In January, a special readalong twist is being offered which I’m going to join. This year I’ve participated in the Night Huntress Readalong. To wrap up the readalong, we’re reading the final 3 books of the series in January. We’ll have book chats about them as well. So I’m going to read:                 Now, you can join in the challenge as it’s typically done – just picking a series to read in a month. To see all the official rules and details, click here. Are you going to join me?   Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your […]

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COYER 10 Year Anniversary Sign Up Post

COYER 10 Year Anniversary Sign Up Post

  The COYER Challenge turns 10 in 2023! To celebrate, Michelle & Berls are “marching backwards towards how it all started.” This means, primarily, they’ve divided the year into chapters and the rules for each chapter more or less go from how they are now to what they were like 10 years ago. Read-a-thons, the COYER Community, Readalongs, Book Club, and other challenges are wrapped in as well. To see all the details and/or participate, click here. It’s guaranteed to be a good time as well as cleaning off lots of those freebies/cheapies from our ereaders. And Linda and I ARE IN! How about you?   Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog […]

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Buddy Read Review ~ The Deal ~ Elle Kennedy #COYER

Buddy Read Review ~ The Deal ~ Elle Kennedy #COYER

I had the pleasure of buddy reading The Deal with my friend, Nadene. You can check out her review and more at her blog. Here’s our conversation: What were your favourite moments? My favorite moments were any time with Hannah and Garrett sparring But I also loved all the sweet moments: I loved their first get together a studying. I loved how he persuaded her to do the fake date. I loved all the moments where he spent gaining her trust so that she could confide in him and share her story. And I loved when he shared his story with her.   What did you think of the characters? I liked all the characters with the exception of Cass […]

Posted 22 December, 2022 by Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 16 Comments
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