Mini Review Monday: 6/4

Happy Monday friends! After a week away traveling and visiting family, it’s wonderful being back and spending some time blogging. I’m continuing along with my journey to bring down not only my NetGalley TBR, but the overall amount of unread books I have on my shelf and it’s coming along nicely. I have two mini reviews for you this week, both of which I enjoyed. One is the sequel to Sweet Tea And Sympathy by Molly Harper (hilarious!) and the next was a YA contemporary romance that turned out to also be a bit of a mystery/thriller! Scroll down for more thoughts on both and let me know if you’ve read either of these yourself.



Book Title: Ain’t She A Peach
Author: Molly Harper
Series: Southern Eclectic #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
Pub Date: 6/12/18

Frankie McCready talks to dead people. Not like a ghost whisperer or anything—but it seems rude to embalm them and not at least say hello.

Fortunately, at the McCready Family Funeral Home & Bait Shop, Frankie’s eccentricities fit right in. Lake Sackett’s embalmer and county coroner, Frankie’s goth styling and passion for nerd culture mean she’s not your typical Southern girl, but the McCreadys are hardly your typical Southern family. Led by Great-Aunt Tootie, the gambling, boozing, dog-collecting matriarch of the family, everyone looks out for one another—which usually means getting up in everyone else’s business.

Maybe that’s why Frankie is so fascinated by new sheriff Eric Linden…a recent transplant from Atlanta, he sees a homicide in every hunting accident or boat crash, which seems a little paranoid for this sleepy tourist town. What’s he so worried about? And what kind of cop can get a job with the Atlanta PD but can’t stand to look at a dead body?

Frankie has other questions that need answering first—namely, who’s behind the recent break-in attempts at the funeral home, and how can she stop them? This one really does seem like a job for the sheriff—and as Frankie and Eric do their best Scooby-Doo impressions to catch their man, they get closer to spilling some secrets they thought were buried forever.

Every now and then I seek out books that are lighter reads, ones that require no investment on my part but are entertaining and relaxing. Molly Harper’s Southern Eclectic series feature books that fall precisely in that category. I still have to read the two novellas that fall between books #1-2, but the real reason I pick up these books is they make me laugh until I bust a gut. I was raised a Georgia peach, and I get a kick out of seeing small town southerners portrayed in mainstream fiction. While it’s a little over the top, I found myself reminiscing on certain points that Harper got spot on. If you’re looking for a fun, light, and humorous read, I would recommend picking this up. Frankie was my favorite side character from the first novel, which is probably why I enjoyed Ain’t She A Peach a little more than Sweet Tea And Sympathy. These stories can be read as stand alone novels, but I would recommend reading both full size novels to get all the background (and extra laughs) that you can!

*My review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.


Book Title: All The Little Lights
Author: Jamie McGuire
Series: None
Genres: YA, Romance, Contemporary Fiction
Pub Date: 5/29/18

The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town.

Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart.

Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town’s growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left.

As everyone who has come before me in reviewing this title, I’m having trouble finding the proper words (and the spoiler free topics) to discuss just how this book made me feel. While it was unforgettable, multi-faceted, and tender, it was also dark and mysterious, mostly in the second half. I was pleasantly surprised with the change of pace and tone in the latter portion of the story, and almost wish that had been a focal point for the entirety of the novel. It was a bit lengthy for the type of book that this is, so I felt about 75 pages could have been cut without changing any major vibes or story anchors. I was, like most others have stated, surprised and shocked by the twist in the ending. It was moving, but felt slightly disjointed from the overall feel of the novel. As a whole, I enjoyed reading this, and as my first Jamie McGuire title I’m eager to continue on with her books.

*My review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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