Reviews by Melanie Bopp

B-
So Wild a Dream

Reading Beautiful Wreck in 2014, I was blown away by Larissa Brown’s dreamlike writing style and the romance within. When I read the first part of the follow-up in 2016, I enjoyed the story but wasn’t left with that lovely breathless feeling I craved. Luckily, while I wasn’t floating weightles ...

B
Shadow of the Fox

Every thousand years, the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers can be used to summon the great dragon, who will grant a single wish. To keep the scroll safe from evil doing, it was split into three parts and scattered across the land. Now, as the deadline looms, multiple forces are in play for the scroll pi ...

B-
A Match Made in Bed

We’ve all read historicals where the heroine is an heiress, ones where the leads share a past, ones with a misunderstanding resulting in the heroine being ruined. It’s a fairly common trope. And yet as familiar as everything is in A Match Made in Bed, it was such a fun, fast read that I enjoyed ...

B-
Island of the Mad

I’ve been a huge fan of the Mary Russell series since The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, which came out almost twenty-five years ago. After fourteen books, and five novellas, Mary Russell’s world is well developed, and definitely something I can highly recommend to historical mystery fans. While I en ...

B+
If You Leave Me

Set during the Korean War and the years beyond it, Crystal Hana Kim’s If You Leave Me explores both the split between duty and romantic desire and the way choices can echo through the generations for years to come. Lee Haemi is a sixteen year old refugee from South Korea living in a camp by the ...

C+
Riven

The first in a new series, Riven follows the love story of rock stars. Well, of one current and one former rock star. Theo Decker, lead singer with the band Riven, is at the top of his career, with no end in sight. For him, though, it’s a never-ending spiral of everything but the music, the only p ...

B-
Brightly Burning

Revamped classics and fairy tales are still big, especially in the YA world, and apparently the world needed another Jane Eyre retelling. What drew me to this one, however, was the setting - Jane Eyre in space! In Brightly Burning, we follow Stella Ainsley as she moves from her ship and job as engin ...

C
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 ...

B
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 ...