Reviews by Melanie Bopp

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Bed of Flowers

In Bed of Flowers, author Erin Satie has produced an interesting, and magic-free, fairy tale retelling. Young and beautiful Bonny Reed is the prettiest girl in town, and possibly the sweetest as well. Unfortunately, after a terrible fire some years before, her family has been through hard times. ...

B+
Rainy Day Friends

You know, this is the first Jill Shalvis novel I’ve read. How did I manage to miss her before? I thoroughly enjoyed Rainy Day Friends, which takes on the idea of a bad previous marriage in a way I haven’t seen before. Lanie Jacobs’ husband died six months ago. Perhaps she should be distraug ...

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The Queen of Sorrow

Note: This review may contain spoilers for previous books in series. It’s finally here, the final book in Sarah Beth Durst’s Renthia trilogy, and I have mixed feelings. On one hand, The Queen of Sorrow beautifully wraps up most of the threads from the previous books, leaving just one or two f ...

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The Art of Love

The Art of Love is the fourth book in the series Decades: A Journey of African-American Romance. If you haven’t yet heard of the project, jump over to our blog and check it out. Each story takes place in one decade of the twentieth century, and in The Art of Love, it’s time for the 1930s. Our ...

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Midnight Wolf

Apparently I’m late to the party, because Midnight Wolf, the first in the Shifter’s Unbound series that I’ve read is actually number eleven chronologically (not including novellas). Oops? While it definitely seems like paranormals have faded into the general romance backdrop, there are still s ...

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Love's Serenade

Love’s Serenade is the third book in the Decades series, telling stories of African American men and women throughout the past century. As a second-chance romance, it’s an interesting take on the trope, but overall I was disappointed with the end result. Taking place in late 1920s Harlem, we ...

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Space Opera

I am… not entirely sure what I just read, but I enjoyed it wholeheartedly. When I read the blurb and saw ‘Eurovision meets Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ I was hooked, and I’m pretty much the target audience for this book. I mean, come on. Eurovision in space. How could I not? And th ...

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Deadly Summer

Want to read a hometown mystery starring a former child actress trying to get out of debt? Yeah, I didn’t know I needed this in my life, but Deadly Summer, the first in a new series, mixes humor and mystery with a sweet romance in a way I wasn’t expecting. Summer Butler was a famous teen actr ...

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The Golden Hairpin

There are a lot of historical mysteries on the market these days, but not so many set in ancient China. And of those, how many, in English, were originally written by a Chinese author for a Chinese audience? The Golden Hairpin by Qinghan CeCe, originally written in 2015 and translated into English j ...

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Markswoman

There’s definitely been a surplus of kick-ass young women in YA fiction recently, and it’s a pretty great thing to see. Unfortunately, I’m not sure Kyra, this newest addition, will go down equal to the likes of Katniss, Hermione, and Tris. Markswoman, the first in a new series by Rati Mehrotra ...