Made for Us by Samantha Chase
Posted on Thursday, October 1st, 2015 by Aimee

I received this book for free from Sourcebooks, Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Made for Us by Samantha ChaseMade for Us (The Shaughnessy Brothers, #1) by Samantha Chase
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 4th 2015
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: ARC, print ARC
Source: Sourcebooks, Sourcebooks Casablanca
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The Shaughnessy brothers—Aiden in particular—have spent the years since their mother’s untimely death taking care of each other and trying to make their father proud. And Aiden has managed pretty well so far. But his father is starting to worry he’s neglected himself. At the age of thirty-four, he is successful and handsome, and he still has no grandchildren!

Aiden’s met plenty of attractive women over the years, but who has the time? It isn’t until he meets Zoe, a designer on one of his jobs, that he starts realizing he wants something more...

Adult contemporary isn’t a genre I normally dive into, but the promise of a hardworking hero and a fierce heroine definitely appealed to me. Made for Us gave me that… but only in the first ten pages. Ultimately, this book ended up turning into an overly dramatic book full of angst.

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Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
Posted on Sunday, July 26th, 2015 by Aimee

I received this book for free from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Clarion Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mechanica by Betsy CornwellMechanica by Betsy Cornwell
Published by Clarion Books on August 25th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Steampunk, Family, Fantasy & Magic, Friendship, Girls & Women, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: ARC, digital ARC
Source: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Clarion Books
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Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

More often than not, when a book annoys the fuck out of me, I:

a.) Tell the characters to stuff it;
b.) Roll my eyes every five minutes; and
c.) Throw my book/Kindle across the room (and onto my bed!–no way I’m destroying my babies).

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