I’m so excited to be participating in my first TBR & Beyond Tours blog tour of 2023! I’m extra excited because it’s for a book by an author who is swiftly becoming a favorite: Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert! This is Talia Hibbert’s YA debut and, spoiler alert, I adored it.
But, before I jump into my review (and a playlist I threw together while reading!) I want to say thank you. Thank you to the people at TBR & Beyond Tours for choosing me to take part in this tour. Thank you to the publisher for granting me access to the book via Netgalley. And thank you to all my readers for supporting my little blog! Also, if you’d like to support the other incredible bloggers and bookstagrammers participating, make sure to check out the tour schedule by clicking here.
Alright! Now let’s get to the tour post!
Title: Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute
Author: Talia Hibbert
Publisher: Joy Revolution
Publication date: January 3rd, 2023
Age group: Young Adult
Content/Trigger Warnings: Depictions of anxiety and struggles with OCD, child abandonment, depictions of intrusive thinking
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Brown Sisters trilogy, comes a laugh-out-loud story about a quirky content creator and a clean-cut athlete testing their abilities to survive the great outdoors–and each other.
Bradley Graeme is pretty much perfect. He’s a star football player, manages his OCD well (enough), and comes out on top in all his classes . . . except the ones he shares with his ex-best friend, Celine.
Celine Bangura is conspiracy-theory-obsessed. Social media followers eat up her takes on everything from UFOs to holiday overconsumption–yet, she’s still not cool enough for the popular kids’ table. Which is why Brad abandoned her for the in-crowd years ago. (At least, that’s how Celine sees it.)
These days, there’s nothing between them other than petty insults and academic rivalry. So when Celine signs up for a survival course in the woods, she’s surprised to find Brad right beside her.
Forced to work as a team for the chance to win a grand prize, these two teens must trudge through not just mud and dirt but their messy past. And as this adventure brings them closer together, they begin to remember the good bits of their history. But has too much time passed . . . or just enough to spark a whole new kind of relationship?
First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:
Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
Finally… reveal the book!
If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!
I’m excited that it’s time for the weekend and I’m excited for another First Lines Friday! This week, I’m featuring a book that is on one of my year long TBRs. I really need to start focusing on those books because the year is already halfway over. That fact is honestly quite mindboggling to me. Still, this romance is one I’ve been aching to read for some time now.
Let’s see if the first few lines can get me even more excited!
“Eve Brown didn’t keep a diary. She kept a journal. There was a difference.
Diaries were horribly organized and awfully prescriptive. They involved dates and plans and regular entries and the suffocating weight of commitment. Journals, on the other hand, were deliciously wild and lawless things.”
Though I’m sure it’s fairly obvious what this is, it’s the last book in a romance trilogy.
It follows the youngest sibling’s route to love.
And, if it’s anything like the first two books in this series, it’s going to get quite steamy!
Today seems like as good a day as any for a nice book tag! This one is perfect for the month of February, as well. I know Valentine’s Day is over, but I still wanted to get this one end before the month of loooove was over. Why? Because it’s the Romance Reader Book Tag! Now, I’m still a novice when it comes to romance novels. I’ve only recently started actively picking them up more and trying to figure out what I like. That being said, I’ve been having a lot of fun exploring this genre and I’m eager to continue.
Before we get to the post, I want to thank the wonderful Ashlee @ Books Are 42 for tagging me! You should definitely go check out her blog if you haven’t already. I promise you’ll find something there to enjoy! I tried to discover who originally created this tag, but hit a dead end. If anyone knows, please share so I can give credit where credit is due!
Now, let’s get to the tag!
What age did you start reading romance novels?
As I was thinking of the answer to this question, I was going to say I didn’t pick up a romance novel until fairly recently. I’ve read books involving romance for forever, but not something that was specifically shelved in romance. But then I recalled being a teen and discovering my mom’s collection of Amanda Quick novels! I can’t tell you for certain which ones I actually read (none of them have stuck in my memory) but I know I read at least a few. Then I avoided romances for years because, for some misguided reason, I thought all romances were like historical romances. It wasn’t until my 30s that I tried a couple of contemporary romances and found I didn’t hate it, lol. Now I’m happily digging into the genre more.
If you could pick one hero to meet from your favorite romance novels who would it be and why?
Oh, definitely Zafir from Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert! He’s such a giant teddy bear and I love how sweet he is with Dani. Besides, he would probably have good romance recs to keep me going on my romance reading journey! And he sounds like he wouldn’t be bad to look at for an extended period of time. There’s also the off-chance that he’ll bring Dani along and we can be nerds together!
Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!
It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday! And this one is calling me out. Why? Because I’ll be talking about the top five series I haven’t finished and I am spoiled for choice 😅 I’ve found that I am excellent at starting series and… not so great at actually completing them. I partly blame this on having to wait for new installments in ongoing series. Mostly, though, it’s because I get distracted very easily!
But enough excuses. Here are my top five series that I haven’t finished but really want to complete.
#1. The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
Before we begin, I know that there is a complete separate trilogy that is technically part of the Mistborn series. I am choosing to ignore it for now! Mostly because I finished the second book in this series years ago and still haven’t picked up the last one. I don’t know why, either! I love Vin and the world of Mistborn! And every time I pick up a Brandon Sanderson book, I get completely sucked in. I’m gonna finish it this year, I swear, and I just know I’m gonna love it.
#2. The Great Library series by Rachel Caine
This entry is actually quite embarrassing because I absolutely adore this series and recommend it all the time. Yet I haven’t even finished it! For this series, I think I’m just not ready for it to be over. I love the characters in this series, I love the world, and I’m not ready to say goodbye! Still, finishing this series is one of my goals for 2022, so it’s getting done this year. I know I’m going to love it ❤
If you spend anytime in the online bookish community, you probably already know what this post is about. You probably saw a certain graphic floating around the internet at the beginning of 2022. If not, let me give you a peek at the beautiful template made by @shadowbooker over on Instagram!
This graphic/challenge prompts you to read 12 books that have been recommended to you by 12 friends. It sounded like fun (and was literally everywhere), so I figured I would give it a shot! So, through a mix of both online and IRL friends and family, I cobbled together a TBR of twelve recommendations that I wish to read in 2022.
My 12 Challenge
First, I want to say “Thank you!” to everyone who gave me a recommendation! I made sure to ask for books beyond my usual SFF realm and y’all certainly delivered. I think I have a good mix of SFF, mystery/thriller, and romance going on here and that’s exactly what I asked for. I do love my fantasy and science fiction, but 2022 feels like a good year to try and branch out a little more. That being said, let’s take a look at the books that I ended up choosing from all your wonderful recommendations ❤
Dani Brown is a woman focused on academia who doesn’t have time for relationships but, when she asks the universe for the perfect fuck-buddy, she gets more than she bargained for in the university security guard she loves to flirt with, Zafir.
“Major or minor, if something keeps you human when pressure makes you feel like a volcano, hold on to that thing by whatever means necessary.”
Though I tend to be a genre-hopper, there are two genres that I generally avoid. One is Westerns (I don’t like them in movie form, either) and the other is romance. Recently, however, I had noticed there were quite a few romance novels out there that actually sounded… interesting. I’d heard about them on Booktube, in Goodreads groups, or over on book Twitter. The more I heard about them, the more I thought that maybe it was time to lift my arbitrary and, frankly, silly ban on romances.
I ended up picking up three new adult romances that I had heard a lot about and found the most compelling: Well Met; Get a Life, Chloe Brown; and The Unhoneymooners. And, lo and behold, I liked all three of them! Let this be a lesson to myself. Don’t judge a genre by your preconceived notions!