Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield / Blog Tour

Hello everyone! You may or may not have noticed that I took a bit of a hiatus for the last few weeks to focus on the end of the semester and just to focus my time elsewhere.

But I’m back today to share such an exciting book review for Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield, who you may know from the show Riverdale!

I just want to jump right in because I adored this story and want to talk about it.


Sexual assault, rape, death, grief, loss of a parent, domestic abuse, and possibly more.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Tilla has spent her entire life trying to make her father love her. But every six months, he leaves their family and returns to his true home: the island of Jamaica.

When Tilla’s mother tells her she’ll be spending the summer on the island, Tilla dreads the idea of seeing him again, but longs to discover what life in Jamaica has always held for him.

In an unexpected turn of events, Tilla is forced to face the storm that unravels in her own life as she learns about the dark secrets that lie beyond the veil of paradise—all in the midst of an impending hurricane.

Hurricane Summer is a powerful coming of age story that deals with colorism, classism, young love, the father-daughter dynamic—and what it means to discover your own voice in the center of complete destruction. 

Before I begin this review, I want to start by saying that this book is incredibly heartbreaking. It covers some very deep and difficult topics, and there were times where I was having trouble reading the descriptions. Please be cautious going in!

That being said, I really loved this book. It is such a wonderful story of a family that is broken and trying to heal. This was a book that really talked about humanity and showed that everyone makes mistakes. That does not excuse their actions in any way, but it shows you that life is not so black and white. It’s messy sometimes.

The cast of characters was great. They were all so unique and interesting to learn about. The dynamics between them were also done really well—from the dialogue to their actions.

It was also so rich in culture. Not only do you get really beautiful descriptions of Jamaica, but the author uses Patois throughout the story, so you really feel like you’re in the country with Tilla!

The ending especially broke my heart, but I appreciated the character development that Tilla experiences. She really grows into herself as a person and becomes comfortable with her life.

In the beginning, she did some frustrating things, but I don’t fault her for it. I’ve definitely behaved the way she did when I was younger, so even though I was reading it from a “wiser” perspective, I could still see her justifications for her actions.

Side note: Mia, Tilla’s sister is so precious and must be protected at all costs. I want a whole book just about her. Reminded me a little of Kitty from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before!

I spent a couple of hours flying through the 2nd half of the book because I really needed to know what was going to happen.

There were a couple of flaws that knocked it down a star for me, but not enough to hinder my enjoyment. First, there was just a bit too much miscommunication for me, which is one of my pet-peeves in books. However, I was thinking about it from a YA POV and it’s definitely something I could see happening to me at that age.

Also, I wish that some of the side plots were taken out. They didn’t fully feel fleshed out to me, and I think they could have just been taken out.

Overall, this was a phenomenal read. I will definitely be picking up a finished copy for myself! And good news—The book is officially out today, so you can go get your own copy!


Let me know if you’ve read this or plan to! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Bookstores I Want to Visit One Day!

I’m sure many of you have a favorite bookstore or library in your area that you like to browse for hours. I love discovering new bookstores near me to go check out, especially because it means I’m not supporting Amazon or B&N.

But there are also a ton that I am dying to go visit, but they are just too far away! You may have heard of some of them before, and there are a ton of others on my list (but I didn’t want to make this post too long). Let’s check them out!

*None of the images are mine, I do not own them.

Daunt Books — London, England

Number one on my list is a famous bookstore in England! First off, it has always been my dream to live in London for a few months, and that is finally going to come true this Fall! I will be studying abroad this September, and I’m actually going to be living in the same neighborhood as Daunt! That is a bit dangerous honestly, but I am so excited that I will be able to make this visit a reality soon.

Shakespeare & Company — Paris, France

This is a popular one that many people have heard of before. I have always dreamed of going to France and seeing this bookstore. The original Shakespeare & Co, which was closed during WWII, was a gathering place for many famous writers, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, and more!

Al Ateneo Grand Splendid — Buenos Aires, Argentina

I am in love with this bookstore. It has such a beautiful design. It is built inside of an old theater, which is really cool! I am just mesmerized by the rows of shelves, incredible ceiling, and floors of books. You could truly spend hours inside of this bookstore and not get bored. It looks like there are tons of spaces to explore.

Cărturești Carusel — Bucharest, Romania

This is probably my favorite bookstore on the list, and I hope that I will be able to travel here while I am in Europe in order to visit it, too! It looks so crisp and aesthetically pleasing. I can see all of the bookstagram possibilities here! And, of course, so many books to look at!

City Lights Books — San Fransisco, California

Finally, we have a bookstore here in this US that I want to visit! There are tons that I have yet to go to in my home country, but this is one I would really like to go to one day. I love the pink tone of the building and the pretty interior. Plus, I’d love to walk around San Fransisco, too. It feels like such a popular YA book setting!

There you have it! Here are a few of the bookstore I want to visit (some hopefully soon!). Do you have any bucket list bookstores? Let me know in the comments!

March 2021 Wrap Up

We are already a quarter of the way through 2021! Can you believe it? I certainly can’t! Somehow despite March being one of my lowest months of the year so far (in terms of health & productivity), I managed to read more than the last two months! I guess I just escaped into books much more than I realized.

It was an okay reading month for me. I read a decent amount of really great books, and then a few “meh” books, too.

Let’s dive in!

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green — ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I have wanted to read this book since it first came out a couple of years ago, but I let it sit on my shelf for far too long. I don’t know why I didn’t get to this one sooner! I fell in love with the writing style—it’s witty, fast-paced, and just so intriguing. Book number two is already on my TBR and I am really looking forward to reading it!

You by Caroline Kepnes — ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Can you believe I still haven’t watched the Netflix adaptation of this yet? I was waiting until after I read the book because I already owned it. I knew if I didn’t read it first, I never would. Unfortunately, it wasn’t my favorite read. It’s another case of a book being very hyped up for me that hinders my enjoyment a bit.

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough — ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I decided to pick this one up since the Netflix show just came out (& I didn’t want this to turn into another You situation where I let it sit for years). I personally enjoyed the show more than the book in this instance. I feel like the book gives away too much to the point where I was guessing a lot of the plot. I prefer to be really surprised by the mystery/thrillers I read! It was still enjoyable, and I’m probably going to read more from Sarah Pinborough in the future!

House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune — ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Apparently I hit a bit of an “average three” block this month. I know everyone absolutely loves this book. I wanted so badly to love it, too. However, I didn’t find myself craving to read it. It was very slow moving to me, and I just didn’t think I was the right audience for this book! Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very cute and fun read, it just didn’t hit me the way it hit others and that’s okay!

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy — ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I read quite a bit of mysteries and thrillers this month, totally unintentionally, but I’m enjoying it! I’m really trying to work through the unread physical books I have because I’m going to be studying abroad in the fall and will only have my kindle and phone with me. Anyway, this was a really enjoyable read! The ending shocked me completely. I also really enjoyed learning about the secrets each of the characters was hiding. It was very well done!

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker — ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is a story about two sisters who disappear one day, and three years later, only one of them returns! It was such an eerie read. And it was surprisingly gruesome!? I was not expecting the ending at all, but I really liked it.

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales — ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

THIS BOOK WAS SO CUTE!! I had the e-ARC of this book for months now, and I can’t believe I waited so long to pick it up. It was a total page turner. I don’t read as many YA books as I used to, but this one is definitely on my list of favorites now!

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid — ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You all know how much I adore Daisy Jones & The Six at this point, so I won’t say anymore, but I was beyond excited to read TJR’s newest release! I am so grateful to the publisher for sending me an e-ARC. This was a really good read! It wasn’t quite up to the Daisy Jones or Evelyn Hugo level for me, but it was still phenomenal! It gave me all of the best summer vibes, and I played Miley Cyrus’ song Malibu on repeat while reading this one! I’m excited for it to hit shelves so I can grab a copy for my bookshelves soon!

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez — ⭐️⭐️

I don’t want to spend too long talking about this one because I simply did not enjoy it. The writing was really beautiful, but aside from that, it did not have much going for it in my opinion. I was confused at times, bored at others, and disgusted for the majority of the book because the “romance” of the book is really just creepy, obsessive behavior that I am not okay with.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver — ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I ended the month with a really quick read. I finished it in just two days! I listened to it on audio, and I think that contributed partly to my low rating. I just didn’t enjoy reading from the perspective of a high school mean girl. The main character was just too unlikeable for me (& not in a good way, cause I can enjoy an unlikeable character from time to time). I’m planning on watching the movie soon, which I think the story would translate better as. I’d love to know your thoughts if you’ve read it!

What was your reading month like? Did you find any new favorites? Chat with me in the comments!

TV Shows I’ve Been Loving

Hello everyone! For today’s post, I wanted to talk about something a little different than usual—tv shows! I don’t often talk about what I’m watching, so I thought it would give you some more insight into my likes. If you know of any similar tv shows that you think I’d be interesting in, please share as well!


This is the show that inspired this post idea! This Apple TV original is a satire about Emily Dickinson’s, but with a modern twist! It was so well done in my opinion, and the actors all did a phenomenal job of making this show what it is. It’s funny and witty, and full of drama. If you liked Bridgerton and want to watch a show that’s from the same time period but takes place in America, this one’s for you!

The Crown

If you, like me, watched the Meghan Markle interview with Oprah, then you may be super fascinated by the rest of the royal family now. I have had The Crown on my list of shows to watch for months now, but watching the interview made me jump straight in! I’m on season 2 and so far really enjoying it. It’s a lot more slow moving than I expected, but it also covers a lot of history/time.

I’d really love to pick up some historical fiction books based on the royals, so if you have any recommendations, please send them my way!

Night Stalker

Aside from my fascination with the royal family, I’ve also always had an interest in true crime. Netflix has come out with or added tons of crime docuseries recently, so whenever I have a free weekend, I will just go through one of them! This one made my skin crawl, but I enjoyed it as a whole! Richard Ramirez is terrifying, so I am surprised I didn’t have nightmares after this one. If you’re not someone who can handle murder, I would obviously not recommend it. But if it’s something you like learning about, it gave a lot of information and was super thorough.

What are some of your favorite tv shows? Have you seen any of the ones I included? Hit me with your answers in the comments!

Mini Book Reviews !

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

This is such a haunting novel. It follows a white family as they begin their vacation at an Airbnb, when suddenly the owners of the house show up—an elderly Black couple. The book is about family, trust, and humanity, in a way.

I went into this novel pretty blind, knowing only that it was gaining a lot of momentum in the book community.

The beginning is wonderfully done and had sucked me in immediately. The world opens up slowly, and the plot unravels piece by piece. It is truly chilling. It is a dark and atmospheric book, but the thrilling elements to it added another dimension. But more than that, it is uncanny. It felt familiar in a strange way, almost like déjà vu. I had goosebumps at times because I didn’t know what was going to happen next.

The book also has very timely discussions surrounding race and class, which alone are worth reading the book for.

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

This book was such a treat! I had no expectations going into it, I was just on the lookout for some new historical fiction books to read. I am so glad I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this (in audiobook format, thank you Netgalley).

This dual timeline novel was so atmospheric. The trick to these stories is that both plotlines need to be interesting—and they were! I adored reading about Nella & Eliza as much as Caroline.

It reminded me a bit of The Witches of New York by Ami McKay. Not only do we have a hidden, women-run shop in both stories, we also have the arrival of a newcomer who asks for a job! If you enjoyed McKay’s book, this one will be right up your alley. The plot similarities end there, though because Penner’s novel was very unique; I don’t think I’ve read anything like it before.

I was definitely at the edge of my seat as the novel began to unfold. The storytelling was wonderful, and Penner will be on my radar for sure!

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

This book absolutely broke me. Like, I sobbed. A lot. But it was so beautifully written, everyone needs to read it.

This book made me feel so many emotions: anger, frustration, sadness, and love. It brings to light so many important issues surrounding child abuse and neglect, and as someone who is working in this industry right now, it breaks my heart.

It’s definitely really hard to read at times, so be aware (many trigger warnings in this one as well—child abuse, slut shaming, homophobia, death, murder, PTSD, and more).

I read it in a matter of days because of how fast-paced it was, and it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

I’ve already placed holds on Allegedly and Grown, also by Jackson, because I need to read even more by her!

I loved these books, but I’d love to know what your thoughts were if you read them! Did you feel the same way as me?

Spring 2021 TBR

I am proud to say that I completed my Winter TBR, which is something that in the past I was not always great at. I think seasonal TBRs with only a few books on them are key to my success! The Spring starts in a couple of weeks, and I’m really looking forward to the warmer weather. I think covid-19 really turned me into an outdoorsy person, so I miss spending time in the sun. This season, I chose a few books that I really want to get to, but also ones that I keep putting off for different reasons.

Without further ado, let me share my next TBR list with you!

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

I got this book towards the end of 2020, and it’s one that I keep staring at on my bookshelf. But it’s a really long read, and that terrifies me a little bit, which is why I’ve been putting it off. I think putting it on this list will really force me to pick it up as soon as possible!

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

This is another one that I am looking forward to reading, and I have an ARC of it, too! It comes out today actually, but I wasn’t able to get to it last month like I had hoped. I want to give it the attention that it deserves, and possibly even share a review if I enjoy it.

Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein

I also have an ARC of this book that comes out in April! I want to read it sometime before it is released, which is another reason why I am adding it to this list. It has one of the most gorgeous covers ever, and it is being published by one of my favorite imprints- Wednesday Books! They’ve published tons of cute YA contemporaries that I’ve loved, so I have high hopes for this one.

Four Hundred Souls edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

This is nonfiction book that tells the history of Black American history, written by 90 authors. I know that this is going to be a phenomenal and informative read. I have heard nothing but great things about it, and I have the audiobook, which I’m probably going to pick up next!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Another book that I’ve heard only rave reviews for. I’m adding it to this TBR because I am on hold to get it from Libby right now, so I know that I will need to get to it once I have it!

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments!

February 2021 Wrap Up

I’m happy to say I had another really amazing reading month! I read 8 books, which is the same as last month. This month was another one where I focused on audiobooks, so I really want to prioritize physical reads in March. But I’m happy with all of the books I did read!

A Promised Land by Barack Obama— ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I really enjoyed reading Barack Obama’s memoir! It was really long, and I do think it could have been edited down a little bit, but overall it was very informative. I was only 8 years old when Obama first went into office, so I didn’t know much about his early career. It was nice to get to learn about all that he’s done, and I will definitely be picking up volume two when it is out!

The Listening Path by Julia Cameron— ⭐️⭐️⭐️

My first two reads of the month were nonfiction, which is pretty surprising! This one was all about listening—whether to yourself or to the world around you. There were a couple of concepts I liked, but a lot of it just felt repetitive and didn’t really align with me. If you want to learn more about listening to yourself, I think it’s a worthwhile read.

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam— ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wow this was a phenomenal read. It was so eerie and almost uncanny. The plot of this thriller unraveled very slowly, but in the best way possible. It was so interesting to listen to this, I felt like I was there with all of the characters. I honestly had goosebumps the majority of the time. Definitely one of my favorites of the month!

Kelroy by Rebecca Rush— ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is a book I read for school. Honestly it’s already a blur in my mind, so I don’t think it’s worth talking about too much. If you want to read an underrated 19th century novel written by a novel, maybe this one will be for you!

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner— ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I was so surprised by this book in the best way possible! I honestly did not know anything about it before going in. It caught my eye on Netgalley one day, which is how I was able to listen to it. It was phenomenal!!

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert— ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is the second book of a family romance trilogy (though you can read them in any order or as stand-alones), and I loved it as much as the first! Talia Hibbert writes really amazing characters, and this book is no exception. I really loved the different topics this book touched on, from toxic masculinity and anxiety rep to an independent bisexual woman! It all just came together so well. I can’t wait to read about Eve Brown next!

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson— ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book has been on my radar for a really long time, so I’m really happy that I finally picked it up. I read it in a matter of days, but it was so difficult to put down. I would have finished even faster if I didn’t have other responsibilities! If you don’t know what this book is about, I think that’s the best way to go into it. It’s a YA mystery that will leave you heartbroken, but the writing was beautiful.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë— ⭐️⭐️⭐️

It took me over 2 weeks and 2 tries to read this book. Classics always take me a while, but this one was especially difficult for me to read, I’m not really sure why. It wasn’t horrible once I got into it, but I found it confusing because of how many characters there were. It was definitely a bit difficult to keep up with, but I might watch some sort of adaptation of it which I think will help me get everything straight.

I hope you found a new book to add to your TBR and that you had a good reading month, too! What was your favorite book of the month?

My Beginner’s Guide to Journaling

Have you ever decided you wanted to start journaling, so you picked up a new notebook, wrote down the events of your day, and then never picked up that journal again?

I’ve been there.

I think the reason that a lot of people give up journaling after a few days is because they have a lot of expectations going into it, and those expectations aren’t met from the start. That was certainly the case for me a few years ago. I kept hearing so many successful people talking about how journaling was life changing for them, but I wasn’t seeing those same results. At least not at first.

I finally became much more consistent with my journaling habit over the last year, and I can now see that it is a really powerful tool. But before you begin, you have to let go of all of our thoughts and expectations about it. Just go in with a clear and open mind.

What do you need to get started?

Any notebook will do. My recommendation? Get something that you like, but that isn’t too expensive. You want to be excited to go back and write everyday, so a notebook that is pleasing to you is important. However, you don’t want to feel any pressure when you start, or feel afraid to mess it up.

Of course, you’ll also need a writing instrument. Over the years, I have tried many different pens, pencils, markers—you name it. I like to stick to plain black ink using my favorite pen (I use Paper Mate InkJoy gel pens), but it really is up to you decide what you like!

Now what?

Now you write! I know you may be thinking, but what do I write about? That’s the beauty of journaling. There really is no right answer.

Some days, I finish watching a really interesting movie or reading a book that made me think about life in a new perspective, so I write out those thoughts.

Other days, something happens in the news that shakes me to my core, so I write down my opinions on it.

Or, I had a really great day, so I simply recount the events that happened, and explain how I felt.

Some days I create lists of things I want to try, habits I want to form, goals I have for the next month!

If you’re really struggling to think of something to write one day, don’t force it! Some people like to use prompts to get their writing going, but I’m not usually a huge fan of using prompts because I feel like journaling should be very organic and you should write what’s on your mind. Usually that will tell you more about what’s going on in your head in my opinion! BUT– if you like them & they work for you, by all means go for it! If I have nothing to write about, I just won’t write that day.

I think the thing that trips people up is that they believe they have to write everyday in order for journaling to be effective.

The real secret is consistency over the long term.

You can miss a day or two, but I would avoid missing more than two days. Try writing every other day, or fitting it into your schedule 4 days a week. And keep up with it for more than a week or two! Try to commit to a whole month to really let it become a habit.

I don’t even think about it anymore, journaling has just become part of my routine.

I’ve also started to think about things I want to write about during the day. If a thought pops up that I’d like to explore, I usually jot it down on a post it note or on my phone so that I can remember to write about it when I go to journal!

Final Thoughts

This is obviously not a very comprehensive guide. It’s simply the basics. But I really want to emphasize that there are no rules when it comes to journaling. You can make it whatever you’d like, just find what works for you.

You are officially ready to go off and explore your own mind! Good luck on your journey, you got this!

Do you journal already? Have you ever journaled before? What are your thoughts on it?

The Cake Flavored Book Tag, Yum!

A few months ago (we all know how bad I am at doing tags in a timely manner), I was tagged by Erin to do the cake flavored book tag! I love cake and I obviously love books, so this will be a fun tag to do…and it might make me a little hungry.

CHOCOLATE — a dark book that you loved

Wilder Girls by Rory Power: I wouldn’t say this is the darkest book I’ve read, but it definitely has some dark—and gruesome—elements to it. I adore Rory Power and her writing so much because of those elements, though. They are woven into the story in such a beautiful way. If you like Rory Power (or are interested in her books), I did an interview with her for my podcast last month that you can listen to here.

VANILLA —  favorite light read

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson: This is one of the most recent YA contemporaries that I read and loved! It has a few more serious elements to it, but overall it was such a great, light-hearted, funny read. I will be adding all of Leah Johnson’s future books to my TBR!

RED VELVET — a book that gave you mixed emotions

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson: I thought a 3 star read was the perfect choice for this prompt. This was a really good read that contained a lot of elements I love in books: mixed media, mystery, messy characters. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a favorite read. I’m still excited to read the rest of the series, though!

CHEESECAKE — a book that you’d recommend to everyone

Talking As Fast As You Can by Lauren Graham: I’m currently deep into a Gilmore Girls rewatch (something that I have playing in the background on my tv almost at all times), so this book came to mind. It’s a memoir by Lauren Graham who plays Lorelai in the show. This is just an overall great read. Lauren talks about the beginnings of her acting career, and it was really funny. I loved listening to the audiobook because it’s narrated by Lauren herself!

COFFEE — a book that you started but never finished.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë: This doesn’t really count because it’s a book I just started earlier this month but put down to finish a different read. I still plan on reading it this month, I just wanted to prioritize the other book first! In fact I’m hoping to finish it this week!

CARROT — a book with great writing

The Witches of New York by Ami McKay: I just read this one last month and I’ve talked about it quite a few times on my various platforms. I adored this book, though, and I will continue to shout about it to the world. The book was so beautifully written, and I think more people need to know about it!

What’s your favorite type of cake? Mine’s definitely cheesecake!

The Morning Routine that Changed My Life

Okay, I know that title is a little dramatic. But it’s true. I finally figured out a morning routine that has stuck with me for more than a few weeks. In fact, I’ve been following this routine for about 6 months now, and I love it!

What I’ve struggled with in the past was I tried to fit so much into my morning and make it as productive as possible. I found that I could only stick with it for a couple of weeks, or even days. It would quickly get overwhelming or I’d just be too tired to do it.

Now I’ve found the perfect balance between being productive and also easing into my day slowly! So, let me show you what it is!


I start my day off by waking up at 7. I begin my work around 9 for my internship or 10 on days I have classes! Waking up at 7 is the perfect amount of time to wake up and have some “me time” before I get started on my day.


In the first fifteen minutes of waking up, I go to the bathroom, wash my face, and drink some water. The time it takes obviously varies a little day by day, but about 15 minutes is the average.


Then, I crawl back into bed and spend about 30 minutes reading! The reason I love this routine so much is because I feel productive for starting my day with reading, but it’s slow and relaxing. It doesn’t require too much mental energy, and it makes me feel good!


After that, I go to make my breakfast! I usually make oatmeal or the occasional avocado toast, which takes me about 15 minutes to make. The time that I get up to do this varies depending on how hungry I am. I tend to get hungry pretty early because I eat my dinner early the night before, so it’s been at least 12 hours since I last ate.


Finally, I get dressed, do my skincare routine, and make my bed! Now I’m ready to begin my day.

Are you a morning or a night person? What are some of your morning habits? Tell me all about it in the comments below :)