Guest Blogger: Lacey from Booklovers For Life with a review for Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
But before we get to her review, here is a little Q&A with her and the many ways in which you can go follow her after we are done!
Tell us a little bit about you before we go into bookish questions… Where are you from? Have you always lived there? What are your hobbies besides reading?
Hi Anne! Thank you for having me on Glimpses of my Books :) I’m born and raised in SoCal, have lived in LA almost my entire life and then moved to San Diego for school for a few years. I love it here! I’d live here forever if I could. As for hobbies besides reading… does collecting books count!? Lol. But I do love finding new restaurants to eat at. I’m a huge foodie.
- When/What got you into reading?
I got into reading around 5th/6th grade. I was over at my cousin’s house and she had one of the books in The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot on her desk and I remember picking it up and checking it out. From there I basically read everything Meg Cabot and then ventured into everything YA and romance.
- What other 3 books you think deserve praise so far this year?
The Surviving Trace by Calia Read. A fantastic time travel romance.
Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas. The perfect forbidden romance!
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. It’s got an autistic, techy heroine and an amazing, diverse cast of characters. Plus it’s an escort romance!
- Do you have a favorite genre?
If you couldn’t tell, I’m a romance junkie! I’ll read anything as long as it’s got romance, from contemporary, to fantasy, to historical.
- Is there a book you really did not enjoy reading lately? Which one? Why?
Dirty Sexy Player by Laurelin Paige. I was super excited for this one since it’s a spinoff of another series by Laurelin that I loved, but I was disappointed by it. The hero was so immature and childish. And I absolutely hated the way it ended.
- Do you have an all time favorite book or book series?
Kulti by Mariana Zapata! It’s a friends-to-lovers, soccer romance, and slow burn perfection.
- How about a favorite author?
This is so hard, but probably Mariana Zapata (again). She did write my all-time favorite book, and she’s the queen of slow burn. I flat-out love every single books she’s ever written.
- Last but not least, where else in this big wide web world can we find you?
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
My very first 6 star review of 2018 (and the first in a while) has to go to Love and Other Words, a gorgeously written love story by one of my favorite authors, Christina Lauren. I can’t remember the last time I was this wholeheartedly obsessed with a book. The storytelling was incredible, the blend of past and present seamless. I couldn’t get enough of Macy and Elliot. If there’s one book you need to read this year, let it be this one.
I adore second chance romances – it is one of my go-to tropes, but I admit there have been few and far between that have been done perfectly. L&OW was everything I wanted in a second chance romance – and also so much more. Told in alternating chapters of Then and Now, we have teenaged Macy and Elliot who meet, connect, become best friends, and fall in love for the first time, alongside their adult counterparts, who reunite for the first time in eleven years and fall in love for the second time.
I read L&OW in one sitting. I literally could not put this book down, nor did I want to let the characters go by the time I got to the end. Elliot and Macy’s love story of friendship, heartbreak, and second chances absolutely stole my heart. Theirs is a love that is tender, raw, and beautiful beyond words. This book is now my favorite read of 2018 so far – it is pure perfection.