Top Ten Tuesday: Books I loved with fewer than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is books I loved with fewer than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. I’m really excited about this theme because it’s been a while since I last shared my favorite hidden gems!

The King of FU by Benjamin Davis

23 ratings on Goodreadsmy review

Before Daylight by Andie J. Christopher

40 ratings on Goodreadsmy review

Summoner by S.D. Grimm

64 ratings on Goodreadsmy review

Seaside Sweets by Melissa Chambers

146 ratings on Goodreadsmy review

You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

150 ratings on Goodreadsmy review

What Makes Girls Sick and Tired by Lucile de Pesloüan

308 ratings on Goodreadsmy review

The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin

411 ratings on Goodreadsmy review

You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

474 ratings on Goodreads • my review will be posted in a couple weeks!

Frat Girl by Kiley Roache

604 ratings on Goodreads my review

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

682 ratings on Goodreads my review

Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! What are some of your favorite hidden gems? Let’s talk in the comments!

Favorites: August 2017

While I didn’t have any five-star reads in August, I did have an awful lot of four-star books. The following six books were great, and my favorite by far was Natalie D. Richards’ We All Fall Down.


Young Adult & Middle Grade:
💛 We All Fall Down
💙 Summoner
💚 Brown Girl Dreaming


New Adult & Erotic Romance:
💜 Fraternize
❤︎ His Ex’s Little Sister
🖤 Dirty Sweet

What were your favorite books in August?

ARC review: Summoner by S.D. Grimm


After her mother’s death six months ago, Allie Billings pushed everyone away.  Finally, one night, she decides to reconnect with her friends, and, on a dare, heads into a cemetery for a night of witching.  Allie doesn’t think that anything will come of it, doesn’t even believe that witching is a real thing, but she soon finds herself haunted by a vengeful ghost who has bonded to her.

Allie’s only hope of protection comes in the form of Cody Burkhardt, her cute new neighbor with a tragic past of his own.  Cody becomes Allie’s guardian, the one person who can protect her from the evil spirits that wish to harm her.  As the full moon draws nearer and the ghost’s power increases, it becomes more and more obvious that this spirit isn’t going down without a fight.

If you’re following my blog, you probably saw my post a couple weeks back that I’d been approved for a boatload of ARCs.  What happened was an email from Entangled Teen offering “highly-anticipated contemporary, sci-fi, and paranormal fall ARC’s available… now!”  I read the plot summaries and opened the request form, and thinking I’d maybe be approved for one if I was lucky, requested them all.  Well, I was approved for every last one.  I’m reading in order of release date, so Summoner came first.  I picked it up on a lazy Sunday afternoon and finished it Sunday evening.  I couldn’t put it down because I just had to know what happened next!

I know that the ghosts are the main focus of this book and Katerina totally freaked me out, but can we talk about the romance for a second?  I think that the slow burn almost actually killed me.  The anticipation of Allie and Cody’s relationship, just waiting for one of them to make the first move – ugh, it’s one of my favorite things about YA romances.  It was so well done here.

The writing was fast-paced with just enough swoony bits in between the action. I loved both Allie and Cody and rooted for them both individually and as a couple.  As for the actual paranormal plot, it’s been a really long time since I read paranormal YA on any kind of regular basis, so I wasn’t really expecting the twists.  (If you’re someone who reads a lot of paranormal YA, you might not be as surprised.)

All in all, Summoner was just really well done.  This was my first book by S.D. Grimm, but it will not be my last.  I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more of her work.

I received a free copy of Summoner from Entangled Teen in exchange for my honest review.