• ARC's,  Book Reviews,  Recommendations

    Dali Summer: review & blog tour

    About Dali Summer

    • Paperback: 344 pages
    • Publisher: Tule Publishing Group, LLC (May 5, 2020)

    Her wild and vivid visions inspire an icon…

    Synopsis

    Nothing is more important to prim, colorblind Dolors Posa than family and living down the shame of her illegitimate birth, but when the sudden onset of fantastical visions threaten her sterling reputation, she must search for answers before the inhabitants of the tiny village of Cadaqués brand her as demente– crazy like her mother. In a quest to stop her hallucinations, she befriends a beautiful, intoxicating fortune teller and her handsome anarchist brother, as well as becoming a reluctant muse for thirteen-year-old Salvador Dali. In a summer that changes everything, Dolors must choose between her family’s reputation and a life filled with adventure, friendship, rapturous color and the possibility of love.

    Set against the political upheaval of 1917 Spain, Dali Summer captures the fierce spirit of Catalonia, the generosity and stubbornness of its people and the blossoming promise of a woman who thought life was bland and empty and had long ago had passed her by.

    Review

    What a fascinating premise – a colorblind girl and the world she sees portrayed through her eyes. Then the contrast of the vivid color from new friends, including Salvador Dali, and even love. I am a huge fan of books that incorporate art into their storylines so I was hooked from the beginning.

    The characters were just as easily imagined as the colors in this book. They were well developed and easy to identify with. The writing was excellent and I plan to read more by this author.

    My one issue: there were a lot of moving parts to this story. It almost felt as if it needed to decide between being a historical fiction novel and a character-driven story. It certainly was not a deal breaker for me but I was torn between the characters and wanting to learn more about the history of the time period.

    If you enjoyed Where The Crawdads Sing or Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, you will most likely enjoy this book as well

    ✂️✂️✂️✂️/5

    Purchase Links

    Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

    About T. J. Brown

    Well behaved women rarely make history. Teri Brown lived that quote way before she ever even heard it. The two things she is most proud of, (besides her children), is that she jumped out of an airplane once and she beat the original Legend of Zelda video game. She is a novel writer, head banger, pet keeper, math hater, cocktail drinker, booty shaker, book reader, city slicker, food fixer, French kisser, rule breaker, wine sipper and word scribbler. She loves her husband, kitties and chocolate.

    Find out more about Teri at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

    Thanks to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for the gifted copy in exchange for my unbiased review.

     

  • ARC's,  Book Reviews,  Recommendations

    Beach Read: a review

    Book details

    Author: Emily Henry

    Publisher: Berkley

    Publishing date: May 19th, 2020

    Pages: 384

    Synopsis

    A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

    Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

    They’re polar opposites.

    In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

    Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

    Review

    ✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️/5

    𝑊ℎ𝑎𝑡’𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑑 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑟𝑒?

    𝐇𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐝𝗼𝐰𝐧, 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐫𝗼𝗺𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐟𝗼𝐫 𝗺𝐞.

    This book is anything but a beach read. You can totally read it on a beach but consider yourself warned that this is one giant tangle of emotions that will capture even the hardest of romance reading hearts.

    Like mine. Keep your sunglasses on for this one.

    Betrayal, loneliness, dysfunctional families, friendship, and secrets – this book has it all. But somehow it counters all the feels with sharp writing, wit, sarcasm and fantastic dialogue and chemistry. I read this book in a day. The complex emotions and relationships make it hard to put down. It’s one of those I need to know what happens next books.

    I am a self-professed romance book avoider but I’m willing to reconsider after this book. I laughed and teared up and still had moments where the writing was captivating for my inner book snob. The depth of the characters alone took this out of the chic-lit category and put it somewhere in between literary fiction and awesome.

    If you enjoyed Fleishman Is In Trouble or All This Could be Yours, you will most likely enjoy Beach Read.

    This book is available on May 19th from your favorite local book seller.

    I received this book as my Book of The Month pick. Not a member? Click here to join for $9.99.

     

%d bloggers like this: