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review 2020-06-24 17:55
The Worst Best Man
The Worst Best Man - Mia Sosa


I Picked Up This Book Because: I can’t resist the hype around books lately. LOL

The Characters:

Carolina “Lina” Santos:
Max Hartley:
Andrew Hartley, Lina’s Mother, Aunts and Cousins whose names I don’t remember

The Story:

This is my first book by Ms Sosa but it won’t be my last. I love how this story was built. Lina and Max had palpable chemistry even before they made up. I love how they teased each other. They are one of my favorite kinds of couples.

The Random Thoughts:


4 Stars

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review 2020-05-21 16:22
The Worst Witch Saves the Day - Jill Murphy,Jill Murphy
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This is such a fantastic series. I absolutely love it!

Another brilliant chronicle of chaos, mishaps, and things going wrong, but Mildred Hubble working it all out in the end. I was instantly pulled in by another term at Miss Cackle's Academy and ended up reading this much more quickly than I intended to. This is a perfect story to get lost in.

Great storytelling with a wonderful balance of detail and suspense.

The illustrations were also amazing and accompanied the narration well.

A splendid read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am so in love with this series and cannot wait to continue it.
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review 2020-03-30 09:17
Nonsense - Edward Lear

This was utter nonsense!

I guess the title should have given fair warning, but I was still surprised at it. Maybe I was missing a lot, but I could not get anything out of these poems and was just hoping the book would finish quickly.

Really not my cup of tea.

~Little Black Classics 100~

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review 2020-03-12 18:03
The Worst Is Yet To Come by S.P. Miskowski
The Worst is Yet to Come - S.P. Miskowski

I wrote a review. It's a freaking miracle.

“This is the one. She’s no good, you’ll see.” (Ooops, I feel called out, lol)

Tasha doesn’t have any close friends. She doesn’t fit the mold of the overly tanned and waxed crew in her school and when she catches the eye of new girl Briar, she feels an instant kinship and steps in when she spies her getting harrassed by the class bully. They soon start hanging out in a whimsical and overgrown garden (where I’d like to live forever) but the bully finds them and things take a sinister turn. There are things in their tiny town that lurk and feast on pain, suffering and darkness and it seems they are just getting started.

I never quite knew where this story was headed and I loved that. I loved the off-kilter feeling of this book. There’s a feeling of inescapable dread that blankets everything past and present and I absolutely loved that too. I mean, you know the worst is coming but how bad is the worst going to get? And will any of them ever be okay again? I had to know because I was worried for these kids.

Teen girls and high emotions and secrets all make for a potent mix that is irresistible to malignant spirits and to myself, apparently. The two teens, Tasha and Briar, are fantastically, messily flawed and their parents aren’t any better. There is so much dysfunction in this story that feeds right into the malignant forces hiding in the corners. It all meshes so well.

As I was reading, I discovered this book is only one piece of a world created by the author in several other books. I think I would have benefited from reading those stories first because #1 I am nosy and #2 there are a few loose ends and comments in regards to previous events mentioned here that I didn’t fully comprehend. Maybe it was my distracted brain? That’s entirely possible these days but I can’t answer that because *cries* I READ THINGS OUT OF ORDER AGAIN! Anyhow, this book does stand decently all on its lonesome and I’m going to read the other books whenever I get my life back to some state of normal (fingers crossed).

If you’re looking for an intoxicating read that doesn't throw all of its scares in your face (not that there’s anything wrong with that!) than I feel pretty good about saying this is the book for you. Look out for the slow creep because that’s what’s gonna get you here!

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review 2020-02-06 02:39
Review: The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
The Worst Best Man - Mia Sosa

3.25 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin


A wedding planner left at the altar who is forced to work with the best man who helped ruin her wedding-that-wasn’t? Sounds like a great recipe for an enemies-to-lovers romance to me. But to say I’m divided on how I feel about The Worst Best Man is pretty accurate. I didn’t enjoy the first half of the book and there are a few times I contemplated just not finishing it. I’m glad I resisted, for the second half is wonderful.

Let’s get the bad out of the way, shall we? Lina was left at the altar by Andrew, who hints that his brother and best man, Max, may have said something that spurred him to ditch his own wedding. Since he was drunk at the bachelor party, Max doesn’t remember what he said. Three years later, Max and Lina are paired together to present a pitch that could be a big deal for Lina’s business and help Max get out of his brother’s shadow at work. The problem is, Lina still holds Max responsible for what happened on her wedding day. Why, when it was Andrew who left her at the altar and didn’t even have the decency to tell her himself? I’m not really sure. It would have made sense if (1) Lina had been in love with Andrew and still brokenhearted three years later (she wasn’t, she isn’t, and she barely spares him a thought) or (2) Lina and Max had a friendship or some form of relationship before the wedding that made Max’s behavior feel like a betrayal (they barely knew each other). Since neither of these are the case, Lina’s attitude toward Max and the ways she tried to punish him came across as juvenile, even though I can see why Lina might have wanted a target for her anger and embarrassment (even if that target didn’t deserve it). I wanted to shout at Max to cut his losses and run for it. What made me stay with this book was Lina’s relationship with her loving family and author Mia Sosa’s infusion of Brazilian culture. Lina is a first generation Brazilian American and Ms. Sosa does an incredible job of weaving her heritage into this book. She also does a great job of showing why Lina tries so hard to control her emotions, confronting the bias and dismissiveness Afro-Latinx women face in the workplace when emotions get involved. Ms. Sosa does this so well that I stuck with the book even though I was incredibly frustrated by Lina and Max’s interactions. I’m so glad I did.

Once Lina and Max start to lean into their mutual attraction and the emotional pull between them, The Worst Best Man shines. The two of them start to grow, to confront their fears, wounds, and vulnerabilities. The second half of this book is fantastic; funny, heartwarming, charming…there’s so much to enjoy. I loved that Max was a safe space for Lina to let down her guard. He’s a genuinely good, thoughtful, dependable man who deserves to be seen for all that he is on his own. And I love that Max saw the real Lina and fell for all that she is. He doesn’t try to change her professional image, doesn’t suggest she become someone else to win a job, but supports her every step of the way. It’s not a smooth road to happily ever after for these two, but you understand the bumps in the road and it becomes easy to root for them. So while I’m torn on how to rate this because I had such differing views on the first versus the second half, I will say that I was very happy with how Lina and Max’s story ended and I’m looking forward to reading more of Ms. Sosa’s work.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2020/02/review-worst-best-man-by-mia-sosa.html
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