What I Read + Reviews | March 2021

what i read reviews march 2021

March book reviews – let’s do this! It was a decent reading month for me with a good mix of stories and characters that kept me interested and engaged.

ACT YOUR AGE, EVE BROWN (The Brown Sisters #3) by Talia Hibbert | *ARC received from NetGalley

My rating and review: 3.5 stars. I get the impression that Talia Hibbert struggled with how to wrap up this series and give the youngest Brown sister as great a book as the first two. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it – I did! There were several laugh-out-loud moments, relatable characters (flaws and all), and obviously, Jacob Wayne. But … like Eve’s character, the writing/story/plot was all over the place. At times chaos. There was either too much or too little going on. The development and substance that I adored in the first two books was sorely lacking in this one. The author could’ve pushed further – particularly on the topics of abandonment, perceptions of failure, autism, etc. Filling those gaps would’ve provided a more well-rounded contemporary romance on par with the first two books.

EVER AFTER ALWAYS (Bergman Brothers #3) by Chloe Liese

My rating and review: 4.5 stars. Aiden and Freya. Sigh. I’m still torn if this is my favorite of the series. I definitely loved it just as much as the first two, if not slightly more. I admit that certain parts in the book hit me HARD. Like literally slayed me. It was so relatable and realistic, and I appreciate that the author shed a light on marriage topics that are not often discussed. This is hands-down one of the best contemporary romances that I’ve read in years.

TO HAVE AND TO HATE by R.S. Grey | *ARC received from author.

My rating and review: 3 stars. The chemistry between Elizabeth and Walt was lacking and read very forced. Did I miss the part where overnight they couldn’t live without each other? This maybe could’ve been remedied with some chapters from Walt’s perspective (like the epilogue, which was one of the few parts of the book that I adored). I also found Grey’s usual humor/wit/banter to be nonexistent throughout most of the book, which was a disappointment since that’s typically what I look forward to most in her writing. Marriage-of-convenience is a new trope for Grey, and while I applaud her effort this missed the overall mark for me.

THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV by Dawnie Walton

My rating and review: 3.5 stars. For a debut novel, WOW. It was incredibly well-written. There’s no denying the complex appeal of Opal. Walton created a strong female heroine that’s sure to live on in the literary world for years to come. I also found the interview writing engaging – it pushed forth the author’s narrative in an authentic, compelling way that couldn’t have been achieved in a traditional manner.

Currently reading: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Let’s connect on Goodreads! You also can keep up with all my reading in the archives.

Linking up for Show Us Your Books with Steph and Jana.

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18 Comments

  1. 5.1.21
    Morgan said:

    I read Get A Life Chloe Brown and really liked Chloe’s character. I recently read Act Your Age, Eve Brown as part of the Lots of Sass Book Club. I was able to meet Talia Hibbert during the book discussion and she was so nice and interesting! I think I’ll read the Chloe Brown book next.

    • 5.7.21
      Karly said:

      How fun that you got to meet the author!

  2. 4.20.21

    I do not read too much fiction or romance books I like to ready historical books I just read one on the impressionist movement in Paris. Now I am reading about an investigation of the Romanovs and how they died. But that last book sounds really good and LOVE the design.

    Allie of
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    • 4.26.21
      Karly said:

      Sounds like a couple interesting reads!

  3. 4.15.21
    Heather said:

    Oh yay I love those Bergman Brothers books too! I can’t wait for the next one!! Hope you are loving Addie LaRue! That one blew me away, honestly, even before all the hype. I liked Opal & Nev too and me and R.S. Grey have broken up a bit but I might try one of her newer ones someday when I have KU again. I think my favourite Brown sister was Dani!

    • 4.26.21
      Karly said:

      LOVED Addie LaRue. So, so good.

  4. 4.14.21
    Carolann said:

    Hey there! I found you through the linkup! I read Addie Larue and I absolutely loved it…. I am having a hard time finding a book that compares. Everything else I’ve read after is just letting me down! I got The Final Revival of Opal and Nev from BOTM last month but haven’t gotten to it yet. I might have to read it next.

    • 4.26.21
      Karly said:

      I can understand why everything after Addie has been a let down – it was so good!

  5. 4.14.21
    Anne said:

    I was interested in picking up Opal & Nev after the Daisy Jones & the Six comparisons – I do love when an interview (or any non-traditional) format really works to tell the story in a way that wouldn’t have worked as well otherwise.

    Stopping by from Show Us Your Books!

    • 4.26.21
      Karly said:

      I don’t personally agree with the comparisons to Daisy Jones – Opal & Nev is a totally different book/story, and even the interview format is a bit different!

  6. 4.13.21

    I’ve only read the first book in the Brown Sisters series but enjoyed it. I read The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue last month and really liked it.

    • 4.26.21
      Karly said:

      The Brown Sisters was a solid series.

  7. 4.13.21
    SMD said:

    I liked Opal & Nev. Excellent for a debut. More Opal and less Nev would have increased my liking.

  8. 4.13.21

    I have Opal & Nev to hopefully read soon. I like books told in oral history form.

    • 4.26.21
      Karly said:

      Will be interested to hear what you think!

  9. 4.12.21
    Biana said:

    I usually like RS Grey books, but do think sometimes they rush the characters into the love portion!

    • 4.26.21
      Karly said:

      Sometimes, there’s just that “thing” missing!