One Night Only by Catherine Walsh – ARC Review

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One Night Only by Catherine Walsh

Series: N/A

Publisher: Bookouture

Expected publication: July 30th 2021

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Adult

Format: ARC

Buy: Amazon

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*


Who could have predicted this? Being at the same wedding. In Ireland. There’s a reason one-night stands are one-night stands. You’re not supposed to see each other again, especially not when you’re the maid of honor, and he’s the groom’s brother…

Sarah Anderson has never been more excited about anything in her life. She’s going to her best friend’s wedding. And not just any wedding. An Irish wedding. Goodbye New York, hello rolling green hills and men with beautiful accents and twinkling eyes.

But Sarah should have known that not all guests are fairy-tale princes…

There’s the chinless Uncle Trevor, whose idea of small talk is to claim climate change is a conspiracy.

Then there’s Great Aunt Eileen, who doesn’t talk at all (she’s too busy replacing the hotel cutlery with her own set).

Worst of all, there’s Declan Murphy. Best man. Brother of the groom. And the man Sarah last saw naked.

Is there anything more mortifying than bumping into a one-night stand halfway across the world? Especially as Declan seems determined to embarrass Sarah at every turn. At least when the wedding’s over she’ll never have to see him again.

But, back in New York, Sarah finds the more she tries to forget Declan, the more she can’t shake the thought of that infuriatingly charming smile and the way he wears a tux…

Was he really just for one night only, or might Declan Murphy be The One?

Prepare to laugh until you cry with this perfect feel-good romantic comedy about taking a chance on love. Fans of Sophie Ranald, Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes won’t be able to put this down!

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This book gripped me from the very beginning! It’s so freaking fun! Sarah is Annie’s best friend and her maid of honor. She is incredibly excited about that and the fact that it’s going to be in Ireland! Except, when she gets there, the groom’s brother is her last one-night stand! And as if that wasn’t enough, he doesn’t leave her alone and keeps trying to embarrass her! Could it get any worse?!

I really enjoyed Sarah for how relatable she is. She is afraid of compromises due to a bad breakup and the divorce of her parents. So she opted for another way that would break her further – one-night stands. But this time things didn’t really go as planned. Enter, Declan! I freaking loved him. He is incredibly funny and easy going. You can see he has his demons but overall he has such a charming personality! I loved seeing them together bickering and learning about each other. I couldn’t stop reading and smiling for how cute it was.

I also really liked Annie’s and Sarah’s friendship. They were so important to each other and I could feel it through the pages. They are very different and that made it even more interesting. Sarah is forward and is not afraid of showing who she is and taking what she wants. While Annie is more shy and more cautious.

I loved that there was a lot more to their story than just the romantic aspect. It really made it not only more relatable with all that was happening but more exciting and complex. And I mean who doesn’t want to read about a big messy Irish family? I know I do.

I found the plot really interesting and although at times I could guess what was going to happen, it was still entertaining and a lot of fun! I really liked the humour and I laughed quite a bit with this one. Especially due to Declan! Did I mention I loved him??

The writing was easy and gripping and the development was just what I needed at the moment. It’s an easy and fun book full of drama, chaos and love, and I could totally see myself re-reading it.

Fave quote: “”We’re taking things slow”. “Have you slept with him?” “Of course,” she says, and reclines on her elbows “slow, not stationary”.”

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What did you think of it? Have you read it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

The Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill

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The Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill

Series: Tea Dragon #2

Publisher: Oni Press

Expected publication: September 17th 2019

Genres: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, LGBTQ+

Pages: 136

Format: ARC

Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

Rinn has grown up with the Tea Dragons that inhabit their village, but stumbling across a real dragon turns out to be a different matter entirely! Aedhan is a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village but fell asleep in the forest eighty years ago. With the aid of Rinn’s adventuring uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel, they investigate the mystery of his enchanted sleep, but Rinn’s real challenge is to help Aedhan come to terms with feeling that he cannot get back the time he has lost.

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No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli

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No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli
Series: N/A
Publisher: Fish Out of Water Books
Published February 20th, 2018
Genres: YA, Realistic Fiction
Pages: 228
Format: Paperback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

Following a family tragedy, 18-year-old Gabe LoScuda suddenly finds himself thrust into the role of caregiver for his ailing grandfather. Between the shopping trips and the doctor visits with Grandpa, Gabe and his friend John try to salvage their senior year, meet girls, and make the varsity baseball team. It doesn’t take long for Gabe to realize that going to school and looking after a grandfather with Alzheimer’s is more work than he ever imagined. And when long-lost Uncle Nick appears on the scene, Gabe soon finds that living with Nick and Grandpa is like babysitting two grown men. Aside from John, the only person who truly understands Gabe is Sofia, a punk-rocking rebel he meets at the veteran’s hospital. When these three unlikely friends are faced with a serious dilemma, will they do what it takes to save Grandpa? If there’s a chance of preserving the final shreds of Grandpa’s dignity, Gabe may have to make the most gut-wrenching decision of his life—and there’s no way out.

* Was offered a digital copy* from the Author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.* *I did buy the book myselfRead More »

The Wicked King by Holly Black

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The Wicked King by Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air #2
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Published January 8th 2019
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 326
Format: Paperback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

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MANGA 1st IMPRESSIONS -Tokyo Ghoul, Black Butler and The Ancient Magus’ Bride

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Hi guys! I haven’t done manga reviews in quite a long time, but I’ve recently gotten 3 new manga books that I’ve never tried before but wanted to, so, I decided to do a first impressions on them in one post!

These ones are the three mangas I recently got and read in order:

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Tokyo Ghoul, Vol.1 by Sui Ishida

Black Butler, Vol.1 by Yana Toboso

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol.1 by Kore Yamazaki

Like I said, I’ve heard of these books for quite some time and always wanted to get to them, but this is the first time I actually read them. As for my predictions on what I was going to like the most, I was completely wrong!Read More »

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

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The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
Series: Winternight Trilogy #3
Publisher: Del Rey (Ebury Publishing)
First published January 8th 2019
Genres: YA, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: Hardback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

One girl can make a difference…

Moscow has burned nearly to the ground, leaving its people searching for answers – and someone to hold accountable. Vasya finds herself on her own, amid a rabid mob that calls for her death, blaming her witchery for their misfortune.

Then a vengeful demon returns, renewed and stronger than ever, determined to spread chaos in his wake and never be chained again. Enlisting the hateful priest Konstantin as his servant, turmoil plagues the Muscovites and the magical creatures alike, and all find their fates resting on the shoulders of Vasya.

With an uncertain destiny ahead of her, Vasya learns surprising truths of her past as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all…

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From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

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From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon
Series: N/A
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published May 22nd 2018
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 330
Format: Hardback – Owlcrate Exclusive Edition
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

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An Authentic Experience by Kelly Wittmann

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An Authentic Experience by Kelly Wittmann

Series: N/A

Publisher: Sara Camilli Literary Agency

Published February 13th 2018

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Pages: 254

Format: Ebook

Buy: Amazon

* Received this copy from the Author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

Fifteen-year-old Silver Abelli’s life has been as tumultuous as the punk rock she was raised on. Her divorced parents just don’t get along, even though they’re both musicians who stubbornly spurn the mainstream but secretly crave the limelight. Silver has always lived with her mom, Nicola, but when Nicola is diagnosed with a brain tumor, she must go to live with her obnoxious, hard-partying father, Renz. Because her family is so traumatized by Nicola’s condition, Silver doesn’t know where to turn when she suffers her own trauma. Will the truth set her free, or will it only make a bad situation worse? Find out in this story of family, friends, and young love.

CW: Rough language, one scene of violence

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