Bath and Body Works Tag

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September is a crappy month for my blog. I’ve decided to just accept it. I actually have written two reviews, but they’re both for ARCs that can’t be posted yet. To keep the blog from being completely unpublished, I thought it was time for another tag. I saw this over on Inspired by the Page and thought it looked fun. Enjoy.

1. Pure Paradise: A book that was simply perfection.

Attachments

If you’ve followed my blog at all you know that I’m generally a pretty harsh rater and I haven’t really found book perfection yet. The book that probably comes closest – and is probably the most often mentioned on lists like this – is Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I gave it 5 stars before I started book blogging and it’s one of my favorites of all time.

2. Sweet Pea: A romance/contemporary novel that you really enjoyed.

If You Only Knew

If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins. This could be any Kristan Higgins book, honestly, but I’m going to go with her most recent.

3. Fresh Strawberries: A book you really enjoyed that came out this year.

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I didn’t expect much from this book, but I ended up really, really enjoying it. I definitely recommend it if you haven’t checked it out yet.

4. Warm Vanilla Sugar: A character and/or book that made you feel all warm and smiley.

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. I was smiling the majority of the time as I read this.

5. Paris Amour: A couple you majorly ship together.

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

Juliette and Warner from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. They’re perfect together.

6. Dancing Waters: A book that takes place on a beach/perfect beach read.

Truly, Madly, Greekly

Truly, Madly, Greekly by Mandy Baggot. The beautiful setting in this book made me really, really want to go to Greece.

7. I  Cake Books: Favorite book/character.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)

We should all know this answer by now, too: The Raven Boys and Blue. I love them so, so much.

8. Winter Candy Apple: A book set around Christmas or during winter.

Landline

Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Georgie decides to stay home and work as her family goes home to Omaha to see family for Christmas.

9. Beautiful Day: A book with an unusual/interesting/appealing setting.

Fairytale Beginnings

Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin. It’s set in a castle.

10. Dazzling Diamonds: Gorgeous cover(s).

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. Love the cover, not as impressed with the book.

Feel free to tag yourself if you’d like to participate!

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Review: Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin

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Synopsis from Good Reads:

Love is an open door…except when it keeps slamming in your face.

Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming – he’s out there somewhere, isn’t he?

When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of an historical building in the village of Clovers Rest, she’s not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away – a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner…Cameron Heartstone.

As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can’t ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they’ve both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after?

Fairytale Beginnings

I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

To be completely honest, I decided to read this book because of the cover. It’s whimsical and sweet and I was really in the mood for a cute, light read. While the book wasn’t entirely what I expected, it was a cute, enjoyable read.

Milly has a pretty awesome job working for a place called Castle Heritage that works on preserving castles. Cameron has recently inherited a property that he can’t afford to keep and renovate and hopes Castle Heritage will be able to help him. Milly, a die-hard Disney fan, loves the castle, but can tell right away that most of it is not the authentic architecture and thus Castile Heritage will probably not help. But because she likes Cameron and wants to help him, she stays a little longer than she should in a professional capacity and -surprise- they quickly fall for each other. Thrown into the romance plot is a bit of a fantasy element involving ghosts and curses and soul mates.

What worked for me:

-I felt like Milly and Cameron were both pretty well developed. They were likable characters and despite the insta-love, I was a fan of their romance.

-I love the castle setting. It was described very well and I wish it was real so I could visit it. It has dungeons and secret passages and a Disney-like appearance.

What didn’t work for me:

-The story started out pretty slow and it took me awhile to get into it.

-I was originally turned off by the presence of ghosts and curses because I wasn’t expecting that type of element in the story, but after awhile I got into it. I liked the incorporation of Milly’s possible role in breaking the curse, but I didn’t feel like that particular storyline was concluded in a satisfactory way. It felt like it was a big part of the plot for awhile and then it was kind of, “We’re real soul mates, forget about the curse.” I wish it would have either played a smaller role in the story or a bigger part in the end.

-Everything with Cameron’s PA Olivia was completely obvious and Cameron annoyed me for not seeing it and Milly annoyed me for never speaking up for herself.

Overall, I enjoyed Fairytale Beginnings. I wanted a cute, light read and this book delivered. I enjoyed the castle setting and liked the characters, but I felt the plot could have been pulled together a little more. I think readers who enjoy Chick Lit and are Disney-obsessed adults like Milly would enjoy this book.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 3 Stars

3 stars