REVISITING PARIS: Anna and the French Kiss Series Reread

Although my TBR still quite scares me, I’ve been rereading books more and more over the past two years. As discussed in my 2019 rereading goals, I want to reread some of my favorite series this year, including Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss trilogy. I am so happy to say that I read all three books in April! During a particularly stressful month at school, this trilogy was such a fun way to de-stress, transporting me to Paris, San Francisco and NYC (with some cute boys in tow). While all these books are so atmospheric to their setting, I forgot how character and relationship driven these books are. While not necessarily a bad thing, I ended up changing what book in the series is my favorite.

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Anna and the French Kiss | Reread Rating: 4/5 Stars

Anna and the French Kiss was one of my favorite reads back in 2015. I’ve discussed this before, but Anna and the French Kiss had haunted me in my library’s YA section for a while. Its original cover kept me away. Upon discovering YouTube and the book’s gorgeous paperback cover redesign, I was called away to Paris with Anna and St. Clair. The settings and atmosphere throughout the series are perfection, but nevertheless, Anna and the French Kiss made me want to book a flight directly to a French bakery ASAP. My craving and need to try caramel eclairs and chocolate and raspberry gateaus are at all time highs. Aside from the food she gets to eat, I liked Anna for her interest in film (all the protagonists in each book have their own ‘special’ interest), making me want a more realistic trip (as compared to Paris) to my local movie theater.

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Book Bait: Things That Make Me Pick Up Books

In many  my reviews and anticipated releases posts, I often say something along the lines of “I knew I had to pick up this book because of X.” From the main character’s workplace to their hobbies, there are certain elements, aka book bait, that guarantee that I will pick up said book. As I prepare my summer TBR, I’ll be keeping the following book bait in mind.

Beach Town

Many of you know that I am a beach girl myself. I love reading books with this setting because it’s one that I can easily relate to and definitely crave in the summer. Okay, let’s be honest, it’s a year round NEED.

Baking

It’s practically 100% guaranteed that I will pick up the book if the synopsis mentions something along the lines of a character who loves baking or works in a bakery or restaurant. These books have recently been among my favorite to review because I like creating a inspired recipe from the book.

Food

This may go a bit hand-in-hand with baking, but I also like books that feature characters who work in restaurants or love to cook. Recently, I’ve been enjoying seeing some foodie trends come into play, like food trucks in Maurene Goo’s The Way You Make Me Feel.

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WITCHLANDS RETURN: Bloodwitch Review

Summary (from the publisher):War is sweeping the witchlands and tainted magic is destroying both friends and enemies. While the Bloodwitch Aeduan is keeping one crucial secret . . .

Here, loyalties will be tested as never before . . . The Bloodwitch Aeduan and Iseult the Threadwitch race for safety, desperate to evade the Raider King. His attempts to subdue the Witchlands are gaining momentum, as his forces sow terror in the mountains, slaughtering innocents. Despite differing goals, Aeduan and Iseult have grown to trust one another in the fight to survive. Yet trust is a tenuous bond . . .

When Merik sacrifices himself to save his friends, he’s captured by the Fury. However, Merik isn’t one to give up easily, and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect those he loves. Then, in Marstok, Safi the Truthwitch is helping their empress uncover a rebellion. But those implicated are killed and Safi becomes desperate for freedom.

Perhaps if Safi and Iseult were united, their powers could bring peace. However, chaos is not easily tamed and war has come once more to the Witchlands. Fate’s knife will come for them all, and the Bloodwitch Aeduan can no longer hide from his past.

 My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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 My Thoughts:

Earlier in 2019, I re-entered the world of Susan Dennard’s The Witchlands by rereading Truthwitch and then quickly moved on to Windwitch. After really enjoying the first two installments, I knew I couldn’t put off reading the third book in the series, Bloodwitch, any longer. I took about two months in between Windwitch and Bloodwitch mostly because a.) I jumped into one of my typical contemporary moods and b.) debated if I should read Sightwitch, the series’ novella about Ryber, beforehand. Although I’ve seen many great reviews for Sightwitch, I’m not the biggest novella fan and decided to just jump into Bloodwitch. As far as I can tell, having not reading Sightwitch did not affect my reading experience.

While Bloodwitch follows each member of our main cast, this book puts the much-loved Aeduan at the spotlight. I never really didn’t like Aeduan, but his role in Windwitch made me curious to see him take center stage in this installment. Although often heart-breaking, I loved the excerpts from his past. I’m also 100% on the Iseult and Aeduan train. I really liked exploring their relationship, especially with the compliment of Owl.

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EATING ALL THE CONTEMPORARY: May 2019 TBR

Today marks not only the beginning of the a new month, but the final two days of my junior year! While I am freaking out that this is my last summer before finishing my undergraduate degree, I am also happily freaking out over all of upcoming free and non–school related time, which means more reading time!

There are so many 2019 releases and other books I am so excited to finally get to this month. I’m more than likely going to read more books than what’s listed below- I may or may not need a fantasy to break up all the contemporary. Although I still pick up books based on my mood, I am definitely a growing TBR maker. There are just so many books I want to (lovingly) tackle on my TBR during this final spring month and summer.

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I feel sort’ve guilty that I haven’t yet read Daisy Jones and the Six because everyone and their mother has been freaking out about it. Because of all the hype and my county library’s lengthy holds list for this title, I figured I’d have to wait to treat myself to reading it at the end of the semester.

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (ARC)

 Red, White and Royal Blue was a possibility read on my April TBR. While I do read during the school semester, I particularly want to to be in the mindset (i.e. not be worrying about papers and presentations) to fully enjoy this one because everyone has been loving it so so much!

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Since I read Ashley’s Poston’s Geekerella in May of 2017, I figured I’d read the companion novel during the same month! I was really enchanted with Geekerella, so I’m hoping I have similar feels with The Princess and the Fangirl.

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