Review – She Laughs in Pink by Jessica Calla

I have actually had the privilege of reading and editing the next two books in the Sheridan Hall series for BookFish Books, but She Laughs in Pink is the first installment and I’ve just now gotten around to reading it.

(I may be procrastinating reading my actual TBR by reading a bunch of [unlisted] romances instead…)


30208416Four years after her twin is murdered, Juliet Anderson still struggles with guilt, her parents, and her relationships. Two things keep her from falling into a deep, dark place—dancing and her best friend, Ben. So when Ben decides to play football for New Jersey University, Juliet doesn’t hesitate. She follows. Finally away from her past, there is nothing to stand in the way. Juliet will win Ben’s heart.

Then she meets Ben’s roommate, Chase.

On probation and hell-bent on adhering to a “new life plan,” aspiring artist Chase leaves his New York City home for New Jersey University and meets Juliet before even stepping foot on campus. For him, their connection is instant. She’s the most vibrant girl he’s ever seen. Her colors explode on his canvas, and he’s never been more inspired in his life.

Too bad she’s madly in love with his seemingly perfect, good guy roommate. (Goodreads)


I give She Laughs in Pink 4.5 stars!

Even having read the next two books before this one, this book is as much about the journey as it is the destination! Yeah, I knew about who would end up where and with who, and even knew the *big* thing that would happen going in, but this book was STILL amazing.

I think Jess does a wonderful job of conflicting her characters. She’s found that New Adult space where the characters are having to grow past the comfort/stability of their teen years while exploring the freedom and emotions of college and life beyond.

I love how, although She Laughs in Pink is romance and a large part of the story revolves around it, there are other things going on too. Romance isn’t lived in a bubble, and I love that life keeps interfering and going on while Juliet and Chase try to figure their stuff out (both separately and together).

I also probably cried a lot in the last half of this book (which, if you know me, is totally a good thing for the book).

I’d recommend for anyone who enjoys contemporary romance, especially with college-aged characters.

This Week’s Five!!!

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Yikes! It has been a while! Anyways, here are five recent things that have brought a smile to my face or that I’ve found interesting.

  1. How could I not start this off with MY PLANTS? It is springtime, pretty much (although I missed winter, somehow….*side-eyes Texas weather*). So my garden is started, and of course it’s a continual work in progress. While I plan on blogging more about it soon, the best place to find quick updates is my Instagram.
  2. It’s SPRING BREAK BABY!
  3. I’ve been playing the Fire Emblem Heroes app. While it’s definitely limited in relation to the actual games, it’s a somewhat-fun way to pass a little time on my phone.
  4. I’ve been trying to pick up on my writing again. It’s going alright so far. I’m experimenting with this particular project in which I just write, no planning and no plotting, because I seem to get stuck there and never actually move on. So I’m pantsing it.
  5. I’ve been enjoying listening to music lately. Sometimes I go through long stretches of time where I don’t listen to anything at all, but I’ve really been enjoying my headphones lately 😉

So, what are some things that have brought a smile to your face lately?

 

<3Julia

Review – Second Position by Katherine Locke

I won an ebook copy of Second Position in the beginning of 2016. I can’t believe it took me so long to get to it. But I’m glad I finally did.

Second Position is part of my 2017 #RockMyTBR challenge.

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Stacking the Shelves – March 5

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Hello there! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Usually a weekly meme, mine pop up on a monthly basis. These are the books I’ve acquired since the February edition. (Titles are links to Goodreads)

Bought

Heart of Clay by Shanna Hatfield

Valentine Bride by Shanna Hatfield

Earthrise by M.C.A. Hogarth

On the Way to Simple by Jennifer Acres

The Vixen and the Vet by Katy Regnery

Adamant by Emma Adams

Borrowed

Etiquette & Espionage (audiobook) by Gail Carringer

A Darker Shade of Magic (audiobook) by Victoria Schwab

Won/Gifted/ARC

The Big Inch by Kimberly Fish

#RockMyTBR 2017 February Recap

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#RockMyTBR (link) is a reading challenge hosted by Sarah K., The YA Book Traveler. Basically, the challenge is to read books that you already own that were published before the beginning of the year. I love this challenge. Even though I didn’t complete it last year, it was still fun to participate in and see what others were reading. Here’s my intro post for this year.

So how did I do in the month of February?

Altogether I read a whopping five books, and ZERO of them were for #RockMyTBR

Wow, am I following last year’s pattern or what?

Are you participating in this or any other reading challenges? How are you doing?