Thursday, February 15, 2024

Last Chance Books by: Kelsey Rodkey

Last Chance Books
Author: Kelsey Rodkey
Published: May 2021
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: ARC Paperback
Pages: 368
Rating: 3.5/5
Don’t you just love the smell of old books in the morning?

Madeline Moore does. Books & Moore, the musty bookstore her family has owned for generations, is where she feels most herself. Nothing is going to stop her from coming back after college to take over the store from her beloved aunt.

Nothing, that is—until a chain bookstore called Prologue opens across the street and threatens to shut them down.

Madeline sets out to demolish the competition, but Jasper, the guy who works over at Prologue, seems intent on ruining her life. Not only is he taking her customers, he has the unbelievable audacity to be… extremely cute.

But that doesn’t matter. Jasper is the enemy and he will be destroyed. After all—all’s fair in love and (book) wars.

First, I'd like to thank Harper Collins Canada for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. Personally, I really wanted to love this story, but I think it just wasn't for me this time around.

I think there was definitely a lot that played into this story, and I really did love the fact that it was a book about books and bookstores with a dash of romance laced within. As a reader myself, I did feel this connection to the story and a bit with the characters and their love of reading and all things books.

However at the same time, I felt like there were moments that could've just been taken out, some of it was just so heavily focused in certain aspects it pulled away from the story to me. I also felt like Maddie was a bit immature, that it was almost off putting. Now I know as a teen, you don't always think clearly, but like damn... girl needs a head check a bit here lol!

I did really enjoy the rivals part and the back and forth between her and Jasper. Plus the book signing was really cool too! I think when it came to most of the romance/rivals part, that's what kept me reading!

Overall, I think there was potential for it to be even better, but for me personally I just wasn't a huge fan. That's not to say someone else might not love it, but it simply wasn't for me.

That's all for my review, be sure to check it out and maybe you'll enjoy it!

So until the next time, keep reading!
Your Graduated Bookworm! :)

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