Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Tropes

Top Ten Tuesdays (TTT) is a weekly event now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's TTT is: Favorite Tropes. 



Hate to Love
This is probably my favorite trope. I'm a sucker for a good hate-to-love romance.
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Fake Relationship (Fauxmance)
This one is so fun, and always seems to have a little bit of tension that seems similar to a hate-to-love romance.
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Survival Setting
I'm such a sucker for survival stories. Especially ones where a romance forms as it seems to add a hope element to the story.
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Heists or large quests
I'm always down for a good heist or quest. There's only one book that comes to mind for a heist, but I'd love to read more.
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Traveling
I don't travel often, so I end up doing my traveling through books. I love reading about different travel experiences characters have. Especially when there's a romance involved.
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Opposites Attract
I find it so interesting when opposites attract and I love reading about it.
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Star-Crossed Lovers
I love to root for love, especially in stories of star-crossed lovers. Though I do prefer the happier endings over the sad ones when it comes to this trope.
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Person in disguise
There's always such a good story behind a good disguise. Why someone would be so determined to don on a disguise. It usually makes a good tale and I love seeing if any romance develops out of it.
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Mythology
I'm so fascinated by mythology - the stories, the characters, the gods, all of it. I love when books mention mythology whether it be retellings, a part of the story or just set during the time when mythology was prevalent and therefore part of the lives and culture of the characters.
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Bookish Characters
Of course, I'm a fan of fellow book lovers. I love relating to characters this way.
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Book Review: Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro + Emily Henry

Hello GirlsTitle: Hello Girls
Author: Brittany Cavallaro + Emily Henry
Release Date: August 6, 2019
Pages: 320
Format: ARC ebook
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary/Suspense

       
From critically acclaimed authors Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry comes a page-turning, darkly funny teen novel about two teenage girls who have had enough of the controlling men in their lives—and take their rage on the road to make a new life for themselves. Best friends are forged by fire. For Winona Olsen and Lucille Pryce, that fire happened the night they met outside the police station—both deciding whether to turn their families in. Winona has been starving for life in the seemingly perfect home that she shares with her seemingly perfect father, celebrity weatherman Stormy Olsen. No one knows that he locks the pantry door to control her eating and leaves bruises where no one can see them. Lucille has been suffocating beneath the needs of her mother and her drug-dealing brother, wondering if there’s more out there for her than disappearing waitress tips and generations of barely getting by. One harrowing night, Winona and Lucille realize they can’t wait until graduation to start their new lives. They need out. Now. All they need is three grand, fast. And really, a stolen convertible to take them from Michigan to Las Vegas can’t hurt. A darkly funny, razor-sharp collaboration between Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry, Hello Girls is the unforgettable story of two girls who are filled with equal parts rage and love—and must reclaim their power if they are ever going to get away with their daring escape.

I grew up watching movies like Thelma and Louise and that's exactly what this story reminded me of, just with cell phones and young heroines. The friendship between Winona and Lucille is absolutely perfect. They are as different as two people can be, in terms of how they grew up. Winona lives in a huge house, comes from a wealthy family, and a monster of a dad. He's really, truly, the creepiest dad I've read in YA. Then there's poor Lucille, who has grown up poor, with a no-good mother and a controlling brother who runs the household - laden with drugs and devoid of any decent role models or even a semi-safe home life.

So one day, Winona snaps. And she leaves. And Lucille is there for the ride and what ensues is a chaotic, dangerous, and thrilling adventure. It's a road trip where they learn more about each other and themselves and their friendship is truly #goals because I love the relationship between these two. They are the heart of the story. One particular line really stood out to me:

It struck her then that the two of them were crouched between a church and a police station -- two places of confession -- and that, for whatever reason, they'd chosen each other instead.*

It was evident that the two authors are close in real life because the friendship between the two main characters came through so brilliantly. And by the end of the book, I just wanted Winona and Lucille to be happy for the rest of their lives - because they lived with me long after I read the last page.
So if you're looking for a character-driven story focused on female friendships, overcoming obstacles under difficult circumstances, and a story beautifully and poignantly written, you're going to want to pick this one up. As always, happy reading!

*I read the ARC so language is subject to change in its final published form.


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I'd Get at the Bookstore/Library Today

Top Ten Tuesdays (TTT) is a weekly event now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's TTT is: Freebie. For today's topic I choose to do Ten Books I'd Get at the Bookstore/Library Today. There are so many new releases and books I'm excited to read that picking out ten books at the bookstore/library would be fun and easy. 



   

   

 




It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by
Book Journey * *
Here is what we Finished, Currently Reading, and what is
Next In line. How about you? These were some fantastic reads and we are so excited to share what we think with you! So make sure you keep your eyes out for our reviews!

Darkfever (Fever, #1) Evvie Drake Starts Over The Nickel Boys The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry  

Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers
Castle of Water






Stacking the Shelves


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
We love getting new books and seriously can't wait to dive into them.
How about you? What new books did you get?

The Never Tilting World (The Never Tilting World, #1)

Jemima Small Versus the Universe I Can Be A Better You Immunity (Contagion, #2) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & ClayRevolution Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1) Castle of Water
The Cerulean  (Untitled Duology, #1)

Roar (Stormheart, #1)





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