In case you were unaware, a lot of tragic events are happening in the world right now. Which made it imperative for me to find some really good escapism books to, well, escape into. If you’re also looking for something positive, take a glance at these recommendations.
A novel with great character growth and ghosts! What more could you want?
The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
What do you get when you combine a ghost-seeing ghostwriter with a super hot publisher who happens to be a ghost? Pure romantic gold. What really made this story so engaging was the focus on emotional growth amid the ghost story arc. Who knew they could combine a supernatural premise with solid character development and a side of romance? It was the perfect read to take me away from my dreary real-life stressors.
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For those of you feeling the need for some LBGTQ space adventure.
Ocean’s Echo by Everina Maxwell
I was a huge fan of Winter’s Orbit, Everina Maxwell’s debut novel, so I was all on board with her newest release: Ocean’s Echo. This is the story of Surit and Tennal, two strong-willed individuals who are forced together against their will. Slowly they find themselves in the very situation they were trying to avoid. I love a story that develops the romance so organically that it doesn’t need to be explained. Tennal and Surit are fated to be with each other, and their narrative clicks in a satisfying way. Add in space adventures and I was enthralled from beginning to end.
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Nothing creates the mood like going on heists and being kidnapped together!
Partners in Crime by Alisha Rai
Partners in Crime is such a great romantic adventure story. It is rare that a book mixes capers and hijinks with romantic growth and actually works. Usually, one side or the other is a stronger narrative. But, somehow, this book has that ideal combination, making it the perfect romantic adventure. Mira and Naveen have oodles of chemistry, and I love how much they grow as people throughout their journey. I would happily read another book by Alisha Rai.
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Fighting the good fight against banning books in an entertaining way.
The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks by Shauna Robinson
Maggie Banks is one of those characters I could read adventures about in book after book. She takes the most mundane events and creates havoc (in a good way). I loved the premise of Maggie against the establishment, the historical society forcing the local bookstore, owned by Maggie’s bestie, to only sell approved books. The way she got around the restrictions was funny and entertaining. Add in some solid romance and this book is 100% a new favorite read, one I plan on sharing with my real-life book club in the near future.
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Til the next turn of the page,
Dramas With a Side of Kimchi