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How many of my Anticipated 2021 Releases did I actually read? πŸ“š

2021 Releases Update

Hello fellow bookworms πŸ“š I did a post about what 2020 releases that I have or haven’t read yet last year, and really wanted to make another edition for what 2021 releases I managed to read and what books are still on my TBR ❀ Once again the books are sorted intoΒ 3 categories: read (with the rating), unread (also mentioning if I own the book already), and removed from my TBR. This post has become an annual tradition on my blog by now and I love it, as it’s always interesting to see how many books I actually ended up reading πŸ‘€

For reference ~ My Most Anticipated Releases Lists for 2021 πŸ“š


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Happily Ever Afters (Elise Bryant) ❌ Removed from TBR! ➽ I was very excited for this book about an aspiring writer, but from reviews I found out that there is a cheating plotline. I generally dislike that, especially as it seems like the main character doesn’t face any criticism for it and the girlfriend of the guy is demonized in order to justify it πŸ˜”

Concrete Rose (Angie Thomas) β›”Β Unread! ➽ I really wanted to read this book since it came out – I waited ages for another Angie Thomas book – but somehow never ended up reading it πŸ˜… I had it on my March TBR, it was the end of the month too quickly and I didn’t end up finishing it.


You Have a Match (Emma Lord) βœ…Β Read! Rated 3.5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐ ➽ I was a bit let down by Emma Lord’s 2021 release after loving Tweet Cute so much πŸ˜” This had a summer camp and sister relationships, but the romance was annoying and generally I wasn’t that hooked.

Across the Green Grass Fields (Seanan McGuire) βœ…Read! Rated 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ Once again Seanan McGuire writes a great novella in her Wayward Children series! This one was about a new character called Regan and her adventures in the Hooflands 🐎


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As Far as You’ll Take Me (Phil Stamper) βœ…Β Read! Rated 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ This was a great book about finding your way and traveling. Phil Stamper writes great queer books! Be aware that there’s detailed description of a developing eating disorder though, as this isn’t mentioned in the synopsis.

A Dark and Hollow Star (Ashley Shuttleworth) βœ…Β Read! Rated 2 Stars ⭐⭐ ➽ Sadly this was one of my least favorite books of the year. There was simply too much going on with this book: convoluted worldbuilding, confusing plot, and a slow pace πŸ˜…

The Desolation of Devil’s Acre (Ransom Riggs) βœ…Read! Rated 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ This was the finale of the Miss Peregrine’s series and I loved it! ❀️ I’m glad that this was longer than the fifth book even though I wish that the ending hadn’t been as rushed!


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A Trial of Sorcerers (Elise Kova) β›”Β Unread! ➽ I’m very behind on Elise Kova’s books, I need to make an effort to check them out. She writes lots of fantasy romance and this one has magic/sorcery, which I always love to read about πŸ₯°

Our Last Echoes (Kate Alice Marshall) βœ…Β Read! Rated 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ Kate Alice Marshall writes the best mystery/horror books! Ever since reading Rules for Vanishing, I have loved her works and this one is actually set in the same universe with a familiar character πŸ‘€


Lost in the Never Woods (Aiden Thomas) β›”Β Unread! ➽ I keep saying that I’ll read this book, but there are so many books catching my attention πŸ™ˆ I definitely want to read more by Aiden Thomas after reading Cemetery Boys, especially as a new book is coming out this year!

Rule of Wolves (Leigh Bardugo) β›” Unread! ➽ I procrastinate finishing series, so this doesn’t really come as a surprise to me πŸ˜… This is the finale of the King of Scars Duology and I believe the last book in the Grishaverse that Leigh has planned. I will read it, but currently I’m not 100% in the mood for it!


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The Half-Orphans Handbook (Joan F. Smith) βœ…Β Read! Rated 3 Stars ⭐⭐⭐ ➽ This is about a grief camp and I enjoyed the idea of that! I wasn’t completely wowed, as I expected to love this way more and also thought there would be a podcast element involved, when there wasn’t πŸ˜”

Victories Greater Than Death (Charlie Jane Anders) β›” Unread! ➽ A fun, short space adventure that I still want to read, but somehow it’s never the right time πŸ˜… This should be a quick read, so I’ll definitely be reading it at some point!



In Deeper Waters (F.T. Lukens) β›” Unread! ➽ A historical fiction with pirates and queer rep, so I’m still very excited for it! I haven’t yet found the time to pick it up, but the premise is too good to pass up and I keep seeing Luken’s upcoming books πŸ‘€

Fugitive Telemetry (Martha Wells) βœ… Read! Rated 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ Of course I had to read the newest Murderbot Diaries books as it’s one of my all-time favorite series ❀️ Chronologically, this is set before Network Effect and explores Murderbot’s time on Preservation!


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Blade of Secrets (Tricia Levenseller) β›” Unread! ➽ This is a fantasy about magical weapons and a blacksmith with social anxiety, so I’m very hyped! I’ll be reading this next month for Mental Health May and I’m incredibly hyped πŸ₯°

Realm Breaker (Victoria Aveyard) β›” Unread! ➽ I loved Aveyard’s Red Queen series and was eager for new books by her! I have to admit that there are Fantasy authors that have a higher priority for me, but I still very much want to see a different world by Aveyard ❀️

Misfit in Love (S.K. Ali) β›” Unread! ➽ This is the sequel to Saints and Misfits, one of my favorite contemporary books that surprised me by how much I loved it πŸ₯° I haven’t picked this up because a) it features a love triangle and b) I’m always nervous about standalone books being extended when they could have stood on their own.


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The Nature of Witches (Rachel Griffin) βœ…Β Read! Rated 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ I’m so glad that I read this! It was one of my most anticipated books as it’s about witches and seasonal magic πŸ‚ It lived up to my expectations and was a fantastic, magical book!

The Ghosts We Keep (Mason Deaver) β›” Unread! ➽ I’m still haven’t read any of Deaver’s books (I Wish You All the Best has been on my TBR for so long), but I still find myself drawn to them! The Ghosts We Keep is about grief and I hope I can read it this year 😊

The Witch King (H.E. Edgmon) β›” Unread! ➽ SO hyped for this! I didn’t get around to reading it last year, but I love that this features a diverse fantasy world and fairies! I have a good feeling about it and hope to read it this year πŸ₯°


An Emotion of Great Delight (Tahereh Mafi) ❌ Removed from TBR! ➽ I haven’t really been interested in Tahereh Mafi’s books recently, even though I liked A Very Large Expanse of Sea. I just feel like I have kind of moved on from her books, though this one definitely seemed to be an emotional, impactful book!

My Contrary Mary (Hand, Ashton, Meadows) β›”Unread! ➽ The authors wrote The Lady Janies Trilogy and are back with a new one about historical characters called Mary! I loved the humor of their retellings and I’m excited to read their take on Mary, Queen of Scots 😊

Witchshadow (Susan Dennard) β›” Unread! ➽ I talked about this before, but I didn’t read this book because I kept seeing some fans unhappy with how it turned out πŸ˜… I usually avoid spoilers, but I saw it by accident on Tumblr and it made me a bit nervous. I don’t think the final book is coming out this year (but a new series called The Luminaries is coming!!), so I still have time to read it!


Between You, Me and the Honeybees (Amelia Diane Coombs) β›” Unread! ➽ So sad I still haven’t read this summer contemporary featuring bees and rivals to lovers! I have been waiting for the paperback release (in June) as my library doesn’t have a copy. I’ll read this as soon as I can get my hands on the paperback πŸ₯°

Of Princes and Promises (Sandhya Menon) β›” Unread! ➽ This is the second book in the St. Rosetta’s Academy series and a retelling of the Frog Prince. It’s a companion novel about two characters from the first book that I found interesting! I got an Arc but put it down, as I wasn’t happy how Rahul was handled. He’s heavily autistic coded but the rep felt very stereotypical even to me.



What We Devour (Linsey Miller) βœ…Β Read! Rated 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ Linsey Miller is such an underrated writer! What We Devour is a great dark Fantasy book about volatile magic, dark gods and a dangerous door. It had a great morally grey main character and is very atmospheric, character-driven at its core!

The Taking of Jake Livingston (Ryan Douglass) βœ…Β Read! Rated 2 Stars ⭐⭐ ➽ My biggest disappointment of 2022 as I was incredibly excited for this horror book about a medium haunted by a vicious ghost πŸ˜” The premise was so good, but the story was all over the place and I had to drag my way through the book at some point.

XOXO (Axie Oh) β›” Unread! ➽ I loved Axie Oh’s debut series, so I really need to read more of her books! This is the perfect summer contemporary, all about a girl who falls for a boy who turns out to be a popular K-pop star 😱 I don’t really listen to K-pop but I find the premise so interesting!


The Dead and the Dark (Courtney Gould) βœ…Β Read! Rated 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ This was such a GOOD book!!! Highly recommend it if you love mystery/thriller stories set in small towns that have some dysfunctional family dynamics 😱 I was completely engrossed in the story and on the edge of my seat the entire time!

Like a Love Song (Gabriela Martins) β›” Unread! ➽ This has the fake dating trope with bonus celebrities, so I was super excited for it! My excitement has waned a bit over the months, but I still think this would make a fun, summer contemporary read β˜€οΈ

Dark Waters (Katherine Arden) βœ…Β Read! Rated 4.5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 ➽ The third Small Spaces book, focused on the season of Spring! It follows the main characters who are still haunted by their old enemy as they take a boat trip that goes wrong. Perfect if you love the abandoned, creepy island trope πŸ‘€ I love this series so much and cannot wait for the last book to come this year! ❀️



A Lesson in Vengeance (Victoria Lee) βœ…Β Read! Rated 3.5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐.5Β  ➽ I was a bit disappointed with Victoria Lee’s newest book, for me it didn’t live up to her Fever King Duology at all. I liked the atmosphere and Dark Academia vibes, but the pacing was slow and I didn’t much care for the characters πŸ˜…

Phantom Heart (Gabriela Martins) β›” Unread! ➽ I got an Arc of this that I never managed to read, probably due to exam stress. I might pick this up in Fall, as it’s got some dark vibes πŸ‘€ This is a Phantom of the Opera retelling!


The Girls are Never Gone (Sarah Glenn Marsh) βœ…Read! Rated 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ I read this during October as it’s the perfect spooky book! There’s a haunted house (and lake) and features a ghost-hunting skeptic that is doing her new podcast πŸ‘» There’s sapphic romance, a diabetic main character, and a dog, so you definitely need to read this book πŸ˜„

Under the Whispering Door (T.J. Klune) βœ… Read! Rated 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ After loving The House in the Cerulean Sea, I had to read this!Β  It’s a story about a new ghost and the ferryman that is supposed to help him move on. There was so much forbidden love, found family, and character growth, a definite favorite of last year! πŸ₯Ί

The Bronzed Beasts (Roshani Chokshi) βœ… Read! Rated 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ I buddy read this with Marie at the beginning of this year! ❀️ It’s the final Gilded Wolves book and I was super nervous about how everything would turn out, but I loved this! The ending satisfied me and it was less painful than the second book πŸ˜„


Vespertine (Margaret Rogerson) β›” Unread! ➽ Another author that I kept waiting to announce a new book! I adore Margaret Rogerson’s Fantasy books and after waiting for 3 years there is finally another book ❀️ Vespertine is definitely a priority book for this year, as I need to read it! It’s about a nun and dark spirits, so right up my alley πŸ‘€

You’d Be Home Now (Kathleen Glasgow) β›”Unread! ➽ New Kathleen Glasgow book!!! I loved How to Make Friends with the Dark and Girl in Pieces so much! That means that I was eagerly awaiting a new book since there isn’t any more backlist for me to read πŸ˜„ I’ll hopefully be reading this emotional small-town drama next month!



Daughter of the Deep (Rick Riordan) βœ… Read! Rated 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ This was my first read of 2022!! It’s Rick Riordan’s newest book, a sci-fi standalone retelling Captain Nemo and all about marine biology 🐬 I had a good time with it, even though I would have loved if it was a series, as there was much potential for sequeΓΆs!

All the Feels (Olivia Dade) β›” Unread! ➽ The companion to Spoiler Alert features one of my favorite characters from the first book and I’m super excited! I preordered this on Kindle and hope to read it this year, as IΒ  loved the fandom and romance πŸ₯°



A Marvellous Light (Freya Marske) βœ… Read! Rated 4? Stars ➽ I actually pushed myself and picked up this book! It was one of my most anticipated releases as it had so many of my buzzwords. It’s set in 20th century London with a twist, as there are magicians! And some great hate to love romance πŸ‘€

Gilded (Marissa Meyer) β›” Unread! ➽ I kind of lost interest in Meyer’s previous release – Instant Karma – but was excited for Gilded! It’s a fairytale retelling and I feel like this is the author’s strong point πŸ₯° I loved the Lunar Chronicles, as they were such great retellings, so I have high hopes!

All of Us Villains (Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman) β›” Unread! ➽ Another book I was super hyped for, as I love Amanda Foody’s fantasy worlds and this one gives off Hunger Games vibes πŸ‘€ I’ll be reading it for the 12 in 12 challenge later this year ❀️


Honorable Mentions I Read ❀

In Conclusion I read

… out of my 44 most anticipated 2021 Releases

➽ I have read 19 books (43% ~ this might be less than last year) containing five 5-star, eight 4-star, three 3-star, and two 2-star reads ⭐

➽ 23Β books are still on my TBR. Out of them, I own only 8 books, but some of them are available at my library πŸ“š

➽ I’ve also removed 2 books from my TBR ❌

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Have you read your most anticipated 2021 releases? Did they hold up to your expectations? Any books you’ve lost interest in? πŸ“š


32 thoughts on “How many of my Anticipated 2021 Releases did I actually read? πŸ“š

    1. I have so many thoughts lol! First off, I hope you get around to read The Witch King and Lost in the Never Woods. I enjoyed them both! Aiden Thomas seems like such a lovely person, and is quickly becoming an auto-buy author for me.

      I’m sorry you had to remove Happily Ever Afters from your tbr! While I personally enjoyed it, I completely understand your reasons for removing it.

      I have to get to reading Daughter of the Deep! Riordan is one of my favourite authors, for many nostalgic reasons lol. I’d love to read his books outside of the Percy Jackson series, just to try something different.

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      1. Thank you! I’m currently listening to Lost in the Never Woods on audiobook and I’m really enjoying it πŸ₯° Aiden Thomas is amazing and I cannot wait for his 2022 release to come out!
        Daughter of the Deep was great, still had all the charm of Rick Riordan’s writing, but a completely new world 😊 I lowkey wish it had been a series, as it’s so good!


    1. Thank you so much, Destiny! ❀️ Have you read some of your 2021 releases though? πŸ‘€ I also have a Goodreads shelf dedicated to them & every time the Goodreads awards come around I see how little I have read πŸ˜…


  1. i love reading posts like this! i feel like i vaguely remember hearing about cheating in happily ever aftersβ€”i took it off my tbr a while ago with some hesitancy, but now i’m glad i did it since what you described with the cheating storyline definitely doesn’t seem like something i’d enjoy. and i feel the same way about misfit in love! i was surprised by how much i loved saints and misfits, and i actually started reading misfit in love last year, but the love triangle is putting me off 😭

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    1. Thank you so much, May! ❀️ I was so excited about Happily Ever Afters, but when I saw reviews mentioning the cheating, it quickly put me off πŸ˜” Oh no!! I was worried about the love triangle in Misfit in Love because I loved how the first book focused more on friendships! Sequels to contemporary books can be so tricky πŸ₯Ί

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  2. It is always satisfying to see posts like this and it reminds me that these books were released. It can be far too easy to lose tracks of books πŸ˜…
    I need to read Rules of Wolves too… It definitely slipped off my radar a bit, but like you, when I am in the right mood, I will pick it up! I need to know how it ends after all!
    I hope you get to pick up All The Feels soon. I would love to check some of Olivia Dade’s books out. I love the covers and sometimes romances are just what you want!
    Congrats on reading a good amount of new releases and I loved seeing which ones you enjoyed πŸ₯°

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    1. I love doing this recap, because I usually anticipate books so much … and then never get around to actually reading them πŸ˜… I haven’t been in the mood for the Grishaverse lately, but I’ll get around to reading Rule of Wolves someday, especially since it’s the last book in this universe!

      All the Feels is high up on my TBR for this year! And I also need to check out more of Olivia Dade’s books since I have been getting more into romance πŸ₯° Thank you so much, Sophie! ❀️

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  3. You did great Caro and I love how this post is formatted! I’m really excited to read Dark Waters this year, I think I’m going to read it closer to the release date of the final book so in case of cliffhanger, I don’t have to wait too long πŸ˜€ I had a great time with In Deeper Waters and the audiobook is also really good! I’m currently reading the newest release by the author and I would say it’s even better πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you, Tasya! ❀️ Dark Waters was fantastic and I hope you enjoy it! I’m also very hyped for the last book to come out 😊 I’ll definitely have to check out In Deeper Water, it sounds really great πŸ₯°


  4. I think you did a great job, Caro! and I love to see how you did with this challenge! ❀️❀️ Considering we’re bombarded with amazing books all the time, you did great! πŸ‘πŸ»βœ¨ And I know it’s not the first time I’ve said it, but I highly recommend Lost in the Never Woods, I adored it. ☺️

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    1. Thank you, Sofi! ❀️ There were truly so many good releases and I’m so sad about the ones I haven’t managed to read yet πŸ₯Ί I’m actually currently listening to Lost in the Never Woods on audiobook (about 55% into it) and I’m really enjoying it πŸ₯°


  5. I’m sorry You Have a Match let you down! I still have that on my tbr, as for some reason I love books with summer camps, they have a great vibe. I’d recommend reading Mason’s debut book, as (in my opinion) that one is much better than The Ghosts We Keep, and I don’t want you to be disappointed because they are a really great writer! Seeing you loving Riordan’s newest book makes me wonder if I should read it… I still don’t know, as I don’t enjoy sci-fi.
    I think you did great and I really liked this post!

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    1. I hope you still enjoy You Have a Match – because of the setting, it’s a great summer read! 😊 I read The Ghosts We Keep at the beginning of the month and liked it (3.5 Stars) but didn’t love it. I’m still eager to read more books by Mason Deaver as I enjoyed the writing style πŸ₯° Daughter of the Deep was great, it’s more about Captain Nemo and marine biology, so if that sounds good to you, you might like it!
      Thank you! ❀️

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  6. wow, i had no idea that happily ever afters had a cheating plot line… that’s very disappointing. i might consider taking it from my TBR too. i do hope you read concrete rose, though, hahah mostly because it is one of my favorites.

    in deeper waters and misfit in love are both still on my TBR too. i keep telling myself they’re short books so i should just prioritize them already, but i have the bad habit of letting new releases take up my monthly TBRs too quickly hahah.

    i would say you had pretty good luck in reading most of your anticipated releases! definitely did better than me hahah

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    1. Really sad about Happily Ever Afters, I was excited to read it, but then saw some very mixed reviews πŸ˜” I have been wanting to read Concrete Rose since the beginning of the year and it never ends up happening 😭 I’ll definitely read it this year though! πŸ™πŸ»

      So excited for In Deeper Waters and Misfit in Love! I also find it so hard to include all the books I want to read in my TBR’s, there’s just so many of them πŸ˜… Thank you! I’m always surprised that I did so well πŸ˜‚


  7. I get being excited for something (be it the cover, certain tropes, an author, etc.) and then not being able to make time for it or just not getting around to it and losing interest a little bit. I hope you’ll pick up Like a Love Song eventually though, because it was really cute. I love stuff set in hollywood.

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  8. This was such a good post to read! It must have taken ages to out together, it looks so good! πŸ₯°

    I’ve tried to read A Dark and Hollow Star 3 times now, so I’m glad it’s not just me that can’t get into it πŸ™ˆ I love urban fantasy but it doesn’t usually have multiple perspectives, and I never managed to get very far past the beginning. It doesn’t have a very exciting start πŸ˜…

    But Fugitive Telemetry!! I also read it straight away last year and loved it, 5 stars immediately. Murderbot is my comfort series ❀️ It’s funny that it’s in the same month as In Deeper Waters because they have the same audiobook narrator! I’ve listened to all the Murderbot audios and looove the narration, so when I tried listening to In Deeper Waters it was just too weird – like Murderbot was suddenly reading me a story about pirates 🀣

    I hope you manage to get to some of the titles still on your TBR, and that you have a good time this year with your 2022 releases! πŸ₯°

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    1. Thank you so much!! ❀️

      I’m very sad that I didn’t click with A Dark and Hollow Star πŸ˜” I was anticipating it so much, but the worldbuilding, perspectives, and convoluted plot really put me off. I felt like the author tried to do too many things and it slowed down the story .

      Fugitive Telemetry is truly so good!! Murderbot is also a great source of comfort for me, I love these books so much πŸ₯° Omg!! I had no idea In Deeper Waters was narrated by the same person as Murderbot 😱 I love Kevin R. Free as a narrator, but now I associate him so much with Murderbot πŸ˜‚

      Thank you! ❀️

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  9. I love this post idea so much, Caro! It was super fun to see what books you have and have not read, I’m glad I’m not to the only one who struggles to get to my most awaited books. 43% is really impressive, though, and I’m happy you enjoyed most of these books. πŸ₯° I’m really scared of Misfit in Love, and for the same reasons as you are. Also, as much as I love S.K. Ali, I wish she was writing entirely new books as opposed to sequels to standalones that were totally fine as standalones. πŸ™ˆ I also need to get to The Ghosts We Keep – I’m just so scared it will be too devastating for me. 😦 I loved All the Feels! I hope it’ll live up to your expectations. πŸ˜€ You’ve just made me add A Marvellous Light to my to-read list as it sounds great!

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    1. Thank you so much!! ❀️ There are way too many good books coming out each year, so it’s a struggle to get to all of them, while there are also so many backlist books to check out 😱 I keep putting off Misfit in Love because I also feel like it would have 100% been fine as a standalone! Now I worry I won’t like the sequel at all πŸ™ˆ

      I actually read The Ghosts We Keep recently on audiobook! I liked it, but it wasn’t quite a 4-star book. Nevertheless, I need to read more books by Mason Deaver 😊 I’ll definitely be reading All the Feels this summer and I’m SO hyped!! I read A Marvellous Light last month and it was just fantastic and magical πŸ₯°

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  10. Ah this is such a fun post, I love that idea so much! πŸ₯° I feel like you’ve done great with this list and I really hope you’ll get a chance to read Like A Love Song and Between You, Me and the Honeybees especially, as I adored these two! πŸ₯°
    I had no idea there was a cheating plotline in Happily Ever Afters… that’s good to know, need to reconsider this ahah πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie! ❀️ I’m still very excited about Like A Love Song and Between You, Me and the Honeybees – they sound like the perfect summer reads πŸ₯° I only discovered Happily Ever Afters had a cheating plotline by reading some reviews πŸ˜”

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