ARC Review: Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale | Blog Tour & Creative Post

Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale

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Rule #1 – Never fall for a summer boy. 

Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.

And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy?

Trigger Warnings (credit goes to the author)
* manipulative friendship
* mention of casual drug usage (weed, not shown on the page)
* alcohol consumption (on page)
* alcohol abuse (a character drinks and parties to the point of dehydration and sleep-deprivation; two characters get wasted and are too drunk to fully consent to sex with each other)

Why should you read Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale ? 

There was safety in things staying the same. A year from now, five years from now, all I wanted was for us to be the same, doing things together, being the people we’d always been. I didn’t want to be the kind of friends who drifted apart after high school, the kind who could live in the same town and still be strangers. I didn’t want to think about fall and college and uncertainties.” 

I signed up for this blog tour because I was intrigued by the idea of a light hearted contemporary- which I was seriously lacking- and of beaches and baked goodies. Small Town Hearts fulfilled all of my expectations and beyond. I loved every bit of the book and I finished it in a day .. and let me just say I deserve some credit ’cause I read it while cursing at my digestive system. Yes, it was a terrible day but Small Town Hearts totally occupied my heart and not my stomach and uh, thank god for that.

uggghhh okay, I’m gonna stop with the puns now.

Small town Hearts is perfectly set up in a little town in Maine and the descriptions of the beach, lighthouse… everything made me dive right into the book. Don’t even get me started on all the glorious foods that are mentioned in the book🤤🤤 Babe is our protagonist who is openly bi, works as a barista and also provides baked goodies..yum. Babe is such a sweet, lovable and RELATABLE character. She has got everything planned out for the summer or so she thought.

Babe had thought that this summer would be perfect as she wanted to spend it with her childhood friends Penny and Chad. Things start to wrong the moment she reaches Penny’s houseboat and Penny ends up asking her help to finalise a break-up with Chad. This is the moment when I’m like spewing curses at Penny and later at Chad. Besides saying “what the f***” and other such lovely words, I found myself thinking of my ex best friend.

Maybe Penny wanted to friends with Babe..I mean who wouldn’t?..but she took advantage of her every now and then. Babe’s actions were so damn relatable that I couldn’t unglue my eyes off of the book.

After a messy scene which ultimately led to the break up of Babe, Penny and Chad, Babe finds solace in her baking, with her friend and co-worker Lucy and one of the latest “summer boys” in town a.k.a Levi.

Levi is apparently a teenage blond god and soon, he becomes close with Babe but there’s the tiny negative point about him: he’s a summer boy. A summer boy is not here to stay forever and Babe is afraid of getting too close because she knows he’ll leave soon. This is not the only problem Babe was facing. Guess what? Her ex-girlfriend Elodie is back in town for the summer too! So, what should Babe do? Will she rekindle her relationship with Elodie or take a leap of summer love with Levi?

I love reading contemporaries and before starting this blog, the genre was a popular choice of mine… so I read a LOT of contemparies . I can say with absolute certainity that Small town Hearts is one of the best debut and contempoary read of all time. Lillie Vale’s writing will suck you in from the first page and you’ll wish that you could be sucked into that seaside town. The writing feels so calming and sumptuous at the same time. Tip: Do not read this book on an empty stomach or well, *ahem* a bad one.

Overall, I highly recommend this book if you love reading about bisexual protagonists, summer love, friendships, bittersweet endings, yummy food(yum Black forest cake), beaches. I can’t go on.. *screams this is torture and want to reread the book*..Okay. PLEASE BUY THIS BOOK and I would love you if you used my BD affiliate link to do so!

Thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

VERDICT:  

Author: Connect with Author Lillie Vale here or here

  • Publisher: Swoon Reads
  • Publication Date: 19 March , 2019
  • Paperback(ARC): 416 Pages
Thank you @thefantasticflyingbookclub for hosting this blog tour and letting me be a part of it

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My three 3-star(-ish) reads | Mini Review edition

My three 3-star(-ish) reads | Mini Review edition

Hi everyone! After my last post on my weekly reading update, I kinda ignored my blog for four days. I thought about writing a full review for the three books individually but Sea Monsters and The Cold is in her Bones are short reads so I’m posting a Mini Review for all three of them. Scroll down to read my mini-reviews of Sea Monsters, The Cold is in her Bones, and The Glass Woman:

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Sea Monsters by Chloe Ardidjis(3.5/5 stars): Set in a picturesque town/city of New Mexico,Sea Monsters by Chloe Aridjis offers us a look into some of teenage Louisa’s days. While reading the book, it was as if I was walking along with Luisa and even though there was no plot, I enjoyed the utter languidness it offered me. If you asked me to sum up the story for you, I’ll say that it was a coming of age story of a teenager called Luisa who is bored with her everyday life; so she decides to go on an adventure to find some missing circus dwarfs. Sea Monsters by Chloe Aridjis is not a must-read for everyone but I’d recommend it to someone who likes character-driven stories where the writer will immerse you into the character’s life with dreamy prose.

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The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea(3/5 stars) : The Glass Woman pulled me in with the promise of a haunting tale set in Iceland. The cover and the title goes perfectly with that imagery however, I was a tad bit disappointed after reading it. The story is set in the year 1686 and tells of a young woman called Rósa who had to leave her home to marry a wealthy stranger so that she could provide for her family. Life for a woman was hell in this place and this era. Misogyny reined and I felt so damn uncomfortable (to say the least) reading the way women especially Rósa were treated. The story had the vibe of Rebecca and The Miniaturist but it didn’t thrill me as much as I had expected it to. Rósa’s character was wonderfully written and I felt as if I was experiencing the story vicariously through her. I liked the writing; it perfectly resonated with the eerie atmosphere of the book. 

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The Cold Is in Her Bones (3 stars):The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale is a fantasy novel inspired by the myth of Medusa. The prologue glued me in but the story lost its rhythm somewhere along. This was set during a time where women were always supposed to be subservient and if anyone was not, then they were feared to be possessed by a demon. In here, we’re told of Milla’s story where she was always ignored by her parents and told to be obedient. She lived a quiet, unhappy life but all that changed when a girl called Iris arrives and soon after, a demon. I loved the atmosphere and the theme of female friendships. However, I lost interest in the story and the characters right around a pivotal moment. Overall, if you want to try a dark fantasy inspired by the story of Medusa,then you should add this to your TBR .

Thanks to the publishers for providing me with review copies in exchange for my honest opinions.
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How did you like my mini review? Did any of the books catch your interest ? If you’ve read Sea Monsters or The Glass Woman or The Cold is in her Bones, then let me know yout thoughts in the comments below!