If you’re new to Hide Your Wallet, this is where we list new releases we’re pretty excited for in the coming month. Each reviewer has a book maximum (five per person), but we’ve separated HYW into two parts. The first HYW of the month will cover books that release from the 1st to the 14th. The second HYW will cover books released from the 15th to the end of the month. We also think this … Continue reading October’s New Releases, Part Two
It’s Wednesday! Heck yeah! We are just barreling toward election day and while I feel like this election cycle has lasted 84 years, I’m both terrified and relieved it will be over soon. And let this serve as a reminder to VOTE if you haven’t already. (Also, vote in local elections when you can!) … If you’ve enjoyed books by Simone St. James, she has some recommendations for you on where you can get more haunted … Continue reading Links: Scary Places, Paper Dolls, & More
RECOMMENDED: Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall is $2.99! Carrie reviewed this one and gave it a B+:
I thought this book was lovely. It had real depth. There were characters who made me angry. Sometimes those characters were truly awful people and sometimes they were good people who made mistakes (hello, Luc, you mess). Sometimes the book made me sad. Mostly, it made me swoon and laugh in equal measure – a great stress read!
This guest review comes from Rhoda Baxter! Rhoda writes contemporary romantic comedies about smart women and nice guy heroes. She also writes multicultural women’s fiction as Jeevani Charika. Her latest book is That Holiday in France . Rhoda can be found on her website or on Twitter (@rhodabaxter). … I’m new to K-drama (but not new to Asian teledramas as such: we used to watch Oshin – dubbed into Singhalese – when I was a … Continue reading Guest Squee: Crash Landing on You (Netflix)
It’s time for another edition of Stuff We Like! It’s Prime Day, and there are a few deals we wanted to highlight – plus we’re curious what you’re shopping for, too! Want to see? Just click that image above or click right here, and come shop with us! And if you’d like to browse some more, we have a complete Stuff We Like archive, including past Gift Guides and other posts of our favorite items.
RECOMMENDED: Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas is $3.99 and part of today’s Kindle Daily Deals! So many readers were looking forward to this book when it first released, and Carrie gave it a B+:
Devil in Spring was so delightful that I read it slowly because I had to take frequent squee breaks. I truly cannot sufficiently express how overjoyed this book made me. That said, I don’t think it will be everyone’s catnip, because the main character sometimes seems overly young and naïve, even given her character quirks.
This HaBO is from Sarah, who is looking for an older category romance: I’m looking for a hurt/comfort style romance that I read long ago. We had a health scare with my father, who is going through cancer treatment, and I feel compelled to read some hurt/comfort romances where the heroine is taken care of. I know it sounds weird given the circumstances but I’ve always had the vague memory of one of the first … Continue reading HaBO: Jewelry Store Robbery
I adored this book so much, but it’s not a light or easy read. This historical fantasy about three sisters in 1893 does not permit them to take an easy route on their journey towards a decent life. There are two romances, but they are not central to the book, which keeps its focus on the sisters as they struggle for autonomy and power for women in a ferociously patriarchal world. Here’s the plot description … Continue reading The Once and Future Witches, by Alix E. Harrow
RECOMMENDED: The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh is $2.99 at select vendors! Kiki gave this one a B+:
Many readers WILL be enthralled with the emotion of Bastien and Celine and for them the final sections of the book will be as thrilling as they were surely meant to be. Think that might be you? Go out and get yourself some Victorian era New Orleans vampires.
The Midnight Bargain reminded me why I love fantasy novels, and then wrecked me with its social commentary about a Regency-inspired world. This is a story about women feeling trapped by social constraints, scrambling to escape, and discovering along the way that transforming a society is more satisfying than just saving oneself. I loved the book’s drawing room politics, djinn-inspired magic, chosen family, and the way the story didn’t shy away from the heroine’s ambition, … Continue reading The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk
The Absinthe Earl by Sharon Lynn Fisher is 99c! Carrie read this one and gave it a C+ and has some caveats on whether you’ll enjoy it:
I recommend this book if you like Irish mythology and have a high tolerance for operatic behavior and stakes, surreal imagery, a fast-paced romance, and weird rapey supernatural beings.
Fame Adjacent is, for the most part, a good book, but not a very good romance. This story addresses the addictive nature of the internet and the toxic effects of fame through the narration of Holly Danner, who finds love on a road trip with Thom, a fellow internet addict. The story is more rom-com than romance novel, but even by the standards of rom-com the romance part of the book is pretty weak. Back … Continue reading Fame Adjacent by Sarah Skilton