2.27.2016

Book Review | The Girls Series

My confession for the day: I read about five books a week. I know that sounds like a lot but in my defense, I don't watch a lot of TV, these are not incredibly dense books and I have always been a speed reader. Growing up in Tennessee in the eighties and nineties, we did not have a bookstore in our little town. So when we would travel to a larger city mall to shop, I would always buy a book at B. Dalton Booksellers or Waldenbooks. And I usually had it finished by the time we arrived home that night, to my mom's irritation. So even though today I have two kids, a job, responsibilities and hobbies, I manage to fit in my reading during lunch, on the elliptical machine at the gym, in the car during kid sports practices, in the bathtub and when I stay up too late while everyone else is sleeping.

It has been too long since I have done a post devoted solely to a book review so today is the day! These books have exploded across my blog feed in the past week with three different bloggers I know talking about different books in the three-book series. I read Smart Girl (book three) as a ARC (advanced reader copy) from Netgalley months ago and although I absolutely loved it and gave it a 5-star rating on Goodreads, for some reason I never read first two books. A grievous error on my part that I remedied this week. So let's talk about Party Girl first.


This was definitely a cute story that made me never, ever want to go into party planning. I liked Landon, especially when she defied the stereotype of the blonde Texan girl with big hair and a big accent. She reminded me a lot of Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. It was a frothy, cotton candy kind of book and a bit of a fairy tale, but with a heart the size of Texas. It was also pretty clean, which was refreshing to read after some of the sex-soaked books that I have picked up lately. I am no pearl-clutcher, but F-bombs do not shape a character. I really liked everyone here, especially Miko, who is the main character in Smart Girl.

4 out of 5 basset hounds
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Next up is Sweet Girl. Sweet Girl was my least-favorite of the three because of the main character Max, whom I found not very likable. Her attitude is explained in the book, but I thought that the reason was a little on the cliche'd side. The love interest was adorable though and their banter saved the book for me. This book also made me very hungry and wish that I was a baker. All the gang was back, Miko was still awesome but I did think that Landon became two-dimenional in this book. Definitely the weakest link but still needs to be read to understand the whole series.

 3 out of 5 basset hounds
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Even after re-reading this with the series, Miko is still far and away my favorite. What a unique, fun and endearing character. I loved the story, I want Miko to be my friend and the epilogue is still made of perfection. I liked how the author confronted romance stereotypes and turned them on their ear, I liked that the main character was spunky and different and I liked that the story was realistic, funny and well-crafted. This was a great read and I recommend it to anyone looking for a contemporary romance that is honest and not shmoopy. 
 
5 out of 5 basset hounds
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If you are looking for a fun series without a lot of drama but with a big heart, definitely check these out. Especially since they are free on Kindle Unlimited right now!






Happy weekend!

3 comments:

  1. This is bad of me but the covers make me think bad books! Ahhh I miss the 90s and B Dalton & Scribners. Good memories!

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  2. Augh, Liz -- I deleted your comment by accident. I was cleaning up spam and hit the wrong button. Thank you for leaving such a nice comment, I clearly need more coffee on this Monday morning. #commentresponsefail

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  3. I am the same way about books well except for the kids part. I learned my love of reading from my parents, grandmothers and great-grandmother. I will have to check these out. If I ever get caught up on reading blogs.

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