Reviews by Lisa Fernandes

B+
Reggie and Delilah's Year of Falling

Reggie and Delilah’s Year of Falling is a sweet novel that takes an in-depth look at a high school romance that starts on one New Year’s Eve and ends on another. Teenagers are bound to love and have fun sinking into it, especially if they have a fondness for online Dungeons and Dragons roleplayi ...

B+
Chick Magnet

Don’t let the blurb for Emma Barry’s Chick Magnet fool you; this is a surprisingly serious romance with a lot of dark issues floating about in its prose to match its sense of personality. But while it lacks the sense of easy-breezy fun the synopsis promises it’s beautifully poetic and romantic ...

B
Maame

Maame suffers a bit because I’ve read a several similar books over the past few years, each about women emerging from the pressures and stifling cloister of their family lives to become a fully actualized person. This novel offers a couple of new twists, but the author’s voice isn't especially d ...

B+
The Sweet Spot

The Sweet Spot is a tangled and complex though still fun story – it definitely feels like living in a busy brownstone. It is the well told story of three women, a building in Manhattan, and the quasi-foundling who binds them together.Lauren and Leo Shaw and their three kids have inherited the ...

B+
The Miniscule Mansion of Myra Malone

If you know anything about doll collecting or doll house crafting will appreciate The Miniscule Mansion of Myra Malone. But even if you don’t, its lush fantasy climbs will enchant as it weaves its spell over you.Myra Malone lives an isolated life in the attic of her grandfather’s cabin. Ever ...

A-
A Thousand Miles to Graceland

Sometimes a book absolutely blows me away, and sometimes a book will make me smile. A Thousand Miles to Graceland, which combines a lot of my favorite fictional tropes into a single book, managed to make me do both. Kristen Mei Chase’s writing is extremely engaging, the trip she takes readers on a ...

A-
One Duke Down

One Duke Down reminds me of some of my favorite older romances. A heroine hiding away in a small town, a sweet small town romance, combined with dazzling seascapes bring this love story to life.One sunny day, Miss Poppy Summers catches a man in her fishing net. An extremely handsome man with lon ...

B-
The Villa

The Villa is an inky-dark look at two sets of best friends coping with some jaw-dropping betrayals. It unfortunately sports some predictable twists, and then takes far too many distracting excursions along its primrose pathway, all of which keeps it from pulling a higher grade.Motivational autho ...

B+
You Should Smile More

One part 9 to 5, one part romantic comedy, You Should Smile More is a funny, delightful romp about sweet revenge and even sweeter friendship.Cat-loving Vanessa Blair is tired of being judged both for her outward appearance and her presumptive demeanor. Yes, the book’s titular phrase is often s ...

C+
A Guide to Being Just Friends

Emotional constipation is the name of the game for the latest part of Sophie Sullivan’s Jansen Brothers series. It arrives in the form of A Guide to Being Just Friends, in which two people try to go the When-Harry-Met-Sally route with their romance, only to trip over their own feelings. While Sull ...