Sunday, December 15, 2019

Blog Tour Review-Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins

Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: December 17th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Retellings, Contemporary


Mansfield, Massachusetts is the last place seventeen-year-old Edie Price wants to spend her final summer before college. It’s the home of wealthy suburbanites and prima donnas like Edie’s cousins, who are determined to distract her from her mother’s death with cute boys and Cinderella-style makeovers. Edie has her own plans, and they don’t include a prince charming.

But as Edie dives into schoolwork and applying for college scholarships, she finds herself drawn to two Mansfield boys who start vying for her attention. First there's Sebastian, Edie’s childhood friend and first love. He’s sweet and smart and . . . already has a girlfriend. Then there's Henry, the local bad boy and all-around player. He’s totally off limits, even if his kisses are chemically addictive.

Both boys are trouble. Edie can’t help but get caught between them. Someone's heart is going to break. Now she just has to make sure it isn't hers.


Anytime I see there’s a retelling for a Jane Austen book, I quickly jump on it real quick. I don’t even read the synopsis, I just follow the story into oblivion because yes, I’m a huge fan. Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things is both cute and quirky—holding its own on an enjoyable read. 

The main character, Edie is taken from one of the only worlds she ever knew, to a new one. One filled with glamour and wealth. It’s obviously an adjustment. But let me talk about my favorite part of the whole entire books—THE ROMANCE! More importantly, the lovely boys of the book. Sebastian and Henry. I’m gonna go ahead and say that love triangles aren’t my favorite; especially when my fave guy isn’t the one whom the main character picks. 

The guys couldn’t be more different from each other and the whole time I’m screaming about who Edie should pick...and she doesn’t. It’s expected and predictable but it doesn’t mean I wasn’t any less disappointed. Overall, I thought Firkins wrote an amazing book that will most definitely interest fans of Han and Matsen. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are subjective but my own. 

About the Author:
Jacqueline's a writer, costume designer, and lover of beautiful things. She's on the fulltime faculty in the Department of Theatre & Film at the University of British Columbia where she also takes any writing class they’ll let her into. When not obsessing about where to put the buttons or the commas, she can be found running by the ocean, eating excessive amounts of gluten, listening to earnest love songs, and pretending her dog understands every word she says.

Tour Schedule:

December 11th

December 12th

Pages and Pugs - Review
Wishful Endings - Review
Snark & Squee - Review

December 13th

The Candid Cover - Guest Post
L.M. Durand - Review
Bookishly Nerdy - Review + Favourite Quotes
Devourbookswithdana - Review + Dream Cast + Favourite Quotes

December 14th

Jinxed Reviews - Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes
Book Briefs - Review
Bookishaestha - Review + Favourite Quotes

December 15th

Kait Plus Books - Interview
The Lovely Books - Review
Books of Amber - Review
The Reading Life - Promotional Post

December 16th

Here's to Happy Endings - Review + Favourite Quotes
A Gingerly Review - Review + Favourite Quotes

December 17th

Yna the Mood Reader - Review + Favourite Quotes
Sometimes Leelynn Reads - Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes


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Friday, December 13, 2019

Review— Just Don't Mention It (DIMILY #4) by Estelle Maskame

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: December 3, 2019
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 4 stars

Can love heal all wounds?

At seventeen, Tyler Bruce is hot -- a hot mess. His girlfriend is a knockout, his reputation's untouchable, parties are nothing without him. Even his car is unreal. But inside Tyler is broken -- and he'll stop at nothing to keep that a secret.

Then one summer Eden comes to stay. She's upfront, sharp and far more enticing than a stepsister should be. She also sees straight through Tyler's bad boy facade to the vulnerable kid within. The quiet kid who took all the punches. As Eden draws Tyler in, his defenses start to crumble around him. In his past, vulnerability only brought him danger. But now, it might just bring him everything he needs...if it doesn't break him.

As irresistible and dazzling as its Californian backdrop, Just Don't Mention It is a companion novel to the Did I Mention I Miss You trilogy that explores Tyler's story -- his heart-stopping tale of past hurt, finding hope and figuring out who the hell he wants to be.

Tyler’s story is rough and insanely heartbreaking. This is for all you DIMLY fans that have wondered about this mysterious and broken boy. We see first hand the pain, anguish, and absolute torture that Tyler has to endure. 

That is until he met Eden—beautiful, outspoken, and u like anyone Tyler has ever known. Seeing everything through his eyes brought back all the old feelings from the first book in the series. Back to the time that I fell in love with Maskame’s written word and that characters she accurately portrayed. 

If you’re a new reader of the series, I envy you. While you could absolutely read this without reading all the other books, I think you’d appreciate it more having read from book one. I loved this! Clearly. Plus I’m a sucker stepbrother/stepsister romances. 

*thank you to the author for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are subjective but my own. 

Buy the book:
Amazon US HERE
Amazon U.K. HERE

Need the first in the series? Get it HERE.

About the Author:
Estelle Maskame is a novelist from Peterhead in Scotland. After gaining universal acclaim online during her teenage years, she signed a print contract with the Edinburgh-based publisher Black & White Publishing at the age of seventeen. She left school and now writes full-time. Did I Mention I Love You? is her first novel.

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