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review 2016-11-03 22:39
Under the Lights - Dahlia Adler

I usually open up my reviews with a general statement about the book, but fuck it, I'm just gonna skip right to discussing characters.

 

Well, I really liked Vanessa. She was funny, sarcastic, and oh so relatable. Not to mention, we need all the queer people of color we can get in literature #weneeddiversebooks.


In the beginning, Josh was a douche. A hilarious douche, but a douche nonetheless. But he grew up so much throughout the story and he also said this gem (I think?? Or was it Bri?): "fuck pleasing everybody else. You only live once. Who are you gonna do it for?"
Side note: that quote ^^ is amazing
One more thing about characters: Zander was a goddamn asshole. I felt sorry for him, but he was also a jerk.

 

I love the romance between Bri and Van. So adorable!!!

 

I liked the ending. I thought there was a few things not concluded but overall I was satisfied with how things finished.

 

Tl;dr version- I didn't fall in love with it, but it was enjoyable enough, and I do recommend it.

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review 2016-07-03 12:48
Out on Good Behaviour (Radleigh University, #3) by Dahlia Adler
Out on Good Behavior (Radleigh University Book 3) - Dahlia Adler

28/6 - This was my first f/f book, so I have no idea how it compares to other f/f books out there, but I thought this was pretty great. I felt the same reading this romance as I have with most previous romances - warm and squishy when love is finally admitted, frustrated when problems could be cleared up with a simple conversation and in need of a fan during the sex scenes. For my heart and brain it doesn't matter what bits go where or what shape those bits come in, if there's love it's all the same to me. I really loved Frankie and Samara, although I would have enjoyed this more if some of the chapters had been told from Samara's PoV because I don't feel like I got to know her very well, certainly not as well as I did Frankie. I wanted to know more about Samara's home life and I wish the epilogue had been longer, to show more of what happened once she and Frankie made it to her parent's place. I wanted there to be a HEA for Samara and her parents. Dahlia Adler is definitely an author I'll be looking out for in the future (both her f/f and f/m books)!

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text 2016-03-10 11:43
Story Sprites Round 3 Complete
Dreams of Gods & Monsters - Laini Taylor
The Circle (The Engelsfors Trilogy, #1) - Sara Bergmark Elfgren,Mats Strandberg
Sword and Verse - Kathy MacMillan
By Dahlia Adler Behind the Scenes (Daylight Falls) [Paperback] - Dahlia Adler
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles) - Marissa Meyer
Ice Like Fire - Sara Raasch
Some Girls Bite - Chloe Neill
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater
Happily Ever After: A Companion to the Selection Series - Kiera Cass
Truthwitch - Susan Dennard

Another Round of Story Sprites Completed!

 

 

Books Read

 

Pink Path

Book with Gay/Lesbian Romance – River Walker by Cate Culpepper – 5 Stars

Clairvoyance/Sixth Sense – Sage’s Eyes by VC Andrews – 2 stars  - Review

Characters with Code Names – The Rose Society (Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu – 4.1/2 Stars

Scandinavian Born Character – The Circle (Engelsfors #1) Sara Bergmark Elfgren

 

Yellow Path

>500 Pages – Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) Laini Taylor – 5 Stars

Book to Movie Adaption – The Devil’s Advocate by Andrew Neiderman – 1 Star - Review

Dragons! – The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire#1) by CJ Redwine – 3 Stars

Novel With a Map – Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) – by Sara Raasch 3 Stars – Review

 

Green Path

Stand Alone Fantasy – The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull -5 Stars – In mini review post

Single Word Title – Fairest (Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer – 4 Stars

Enchanted Forest – The Raven Boys (Raven Boys Quartet #1) by Maggie Stiefvater – 5 Stars

Strong Female Friendship – Behind the Scenes (Daylight Falls #1) by Dahlia Adler – 4 stars

 

Purple Path

YA Sci Fi – Starflight (Starlfight #1) by Melissa Landers -  3.1/2 stas

Novel with a Rebellion – Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan – 5 Stars – in mini review post

Prince or Princess – A Wicked Thing (A Wicked Thing #1) by Rhiannon Thomas – 4 Stars

Last Book in a Series – Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer – 5 Stars

 

Blue Path

YA Fantasy – Truthwith (Witchlanders #1) by Susan Dennard – 2 Stars – Review

First Book in a Series – Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neill – 5 Stars – in mini review post

Purple Themed Cover – Happily Ever After (A companion to the Selection Series) by Kiera Cass – 5 Stars

Supernatural Feud – Winter Falls (Twin Willows Trilogy #1) by Nicole Maggi – 4 Stars – In mini Review Post

 

Save me linking every one - see the mini review post here

You can see my Goodreads Shelf with the dates of the books read here

 

Best Books

Dreams of Gods and Monsters, Winter, The Circle, Happily Ever After, Sword and Verse, River Walker, Daylight Falls,  The Raven Boys, Some Girls Bite

 

Worst Books

The Devil’s Advocate, Sage’s Eyes, Truthwitch

 

Honourable Mentions

The Rose Society, Fairest, The Radiant Road, Ice like Fire.

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review 2015-11-07 00:00
Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes - Dahlia Adler Not really my cuppa. I'm mostly reading this because there are supposed to be lesbians in the sequel, but on it's own it didn't do much for me. It wasn't the writing which was good, and the characters and their emotions were believable, but I didn't really buy into the scenario. The Hollywood stuff all felt pretty fake, and I'm not really down with anything where the female character spends the last act being berated about how she done him wrong.
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review 2015-08-17 00:00
Under the Lights
Under the Lights - Dahlia Adler Under the Lights - Dahlia Adler Full review on my blog Caffeinated Bibliophile

*I received an ARC from NetGalley to review (I'm just really late reviewing it because I wasn't in the mood for contemporary for a long time)*

This book is kind of predictable, but it isn’t bad. It kind of reminded me of Gossip Girl (the show, I never read the books) if it had been set in L.A. and everyone was rich because of Hollywood fame. Alright, I’m mostly making that connection because Josh reminded me a bit of Chuck. Despite being a bit predictable, I actually really enjoyed this book. It surprised me with how often I was laughing, or cheering for the characters (or fighting tears, but let’s just blame that on hormones this one time). The pace was nice, so I got through it in about a day without ever getting bored. I didn’t even realize how much I was into the story until I had to put it down to go to bed and didn’t want to.

Josh was a total ass, but he was entertaining at times. I didn’t really like him, but by the end of the book I was kind of cheering him on, too.

Vanessa…I’m not sure how I feel about her, honestly. The things she went through were so real, but I still felt like she could have been a better character. I can’t put my finger on what it is that’s missing, though. I did like her, but I didn’t love her. My heart broke a bit for her, and I was totally rooting for her.

Brianna was possibly my favorite character. Bi girl, out and proud? Finally! I loved her, and I literally teared up when she was talking about coming out because I could relate. And, she (briefly) brought up the subject of bi erasure, which is something I haven’t encountered in a book before, and I was so happy to finally see it.

I liked the relationship between Bri and Van, and I want a companion novel just about them like right now. They were adorable and I want to know what things are like for them after the end of this book. And, I really want to know more about Bri and her backstory. I need to know more! I wouldn’t mind seeing how Josh turns out as well. And let’s not forget #LiamProblems, an inside joke that got me to snort-laugh at least once.

Overall, yep, I recommend this one. Well, I recommend it if you can get over Josh being an ass heh.
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