Book Review: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Title: The Love Hypothesis

Author: Ali Hazelwood

Publisher: Berkley Books

Genre: Romance

Content/Trigger Warnings: For a list of potential content and trigger warnings, check out this book’s page on

Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis

As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.

That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding… six-pack abs.

Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.

My Review

“Did you… Did you just kiss me?” He sounded puzzled, and maybe a little out of breath. His lips were full and plump and… God. Kissed. There was simply no way Olive could get away with denying what she had just done.

Still, it was worth a try.


As you may or may not know, I’m still a relative newbie when it comes to the romance genre. I’m still trying to figure out which tropes do and don’t work for me. So I went into this fake dating rom-com with an open mind and, happily, it didn’t not disappoint!

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Let’s Do A Book Haul

Through various methods, I have picked up quite a few books recently. I figured it was about time to talk about them! As we get close to the end of year and I realize that my upcoming 2020 book buying ban is fast approaching, I find myself buying ALL THE BOOKS!

Because I have a problem, y’all.

So I’ve got quite a list! I’ll break it down by where I acquired said books.

Library Books

  • The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill: This is a graphic novel that is about these adorable little dragons that grow tea leaves and I just want to devour it. It looks so cute!
  • Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor: A sci-fi trilogy that I’ve been wanting to read for quite some time. Black women in space… yes, please!
  • Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks: A graphic novel that I’ve heard a lot about and just sounds super cute. It’s about two friends who are working their last season at the local pumpkin patch and have decided to live it up!
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang: I’m gonna admit that I’m not 100% sure what this one is about, but it just looked so pretty!

Book of the Month

  • The Water Dancer by Ta-nehisi Coates: I’ve been curious about this book for awhile, so I snatched it up as an add on. I really enjoyed Coates’ nonfiction… perhaps that will carry over.
  • When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis: Alright, the only reason I added this book on was because my best friend knows the author and I wanted to support her, lol. But! It does sound interesting and I’m excited to read it.
  • The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell: This was my pick for November because I love me a good thriller. Also, I didn’t like any of the other picks and I wanted add-ons sooooo *shrug*
  • Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: I finally caved after hearing about this book literally EVERYWHERE. It was my pick for my December BotM box.
  • Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade: A book about the guy that is not the Chosen One, but has to go on the quest with him just sounds like it’s gonna be a lot of fun. And it’s pretty short, so I’m interested to see what the author can accomplish.
  • Reverie by Ryan La Sala: I added this book on solely because I follow the author on Twitter and he is HILARIOUS xD I make interesting book purchasing choices.

Bookstore Purchases

  • Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan: I finally own the sequel to Girls of Paper and Fire and I am r e a d y! (Probably still won’t be reading this til 2020, tho)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: I love Neil Gaiman and I love reading his young adult/children’s books. Coraline is one of my favorites. I’m excited to dig into this one.

Free (to me) Books

  • The Institute by Stephen King: My Stephen King collection grows!! I got this book in a holiday exchange along with a pair of super cozy winter socks. I’m excited about this book but, ngl, the socks are currently winning for best. gift. EVER.

Alright! That’s all my new books and, man, it is a stack. This is why my TBR will never shrink. Though I will be working on that next year! I’m really curious to see how well I manage to stick to my buying ban… I just want all the books, y’all.

So, have you read any of these books? Are there any I should prioritize in 2020? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow

Title: Gods of Jade and Shadow

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction

Source: Purchased (Book of the Month Club)

Rating: ★★★

One sentence synopsis

Casiopea Tun, a young girl growing up in 1920’s Mexico, opens the wrong trunk and has to go a-questing with the Mayan god of death.

Favorite quote

“Words are seeds, Casiopea. With words you embroider narratives, and the narratives breed myths, and there’s power in the myth. Yes, the things you name have power.”

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