Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time around a romance read I loved, and what I thought was a YA romance but turned out to be something completely different.


Title: The Life We Almost Had
Author: Amelia Henley

Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: July 23rd 2020
Publisher: HQ
Finished reading: May 8th 2021 
Pages: 400

“And despite that day, despite everything, I’m not ready for it to end.
Is he?”


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It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Louise Jensen‘s thrillers, so when I first heard that she was going to write romance under the name Amelia Henley I was over the moon. I absolutely adore her writing style, and I already knew I was most likely going to love her stories no matter what genre writes. I’m not sure why it took me this long to actually pick up The Life We Almost Had, but I’m glad I finally did as this story has reconfirmed to me that you cannot go wrong when it comes to her writing. Heartrending, poignant, hopeful, tragic… This story is basically an emotional rollercoaster and my heart went out to Anna and Adam. My only complaint would be the introduction of the whole cheating angle, which I could have done without, but otherwise this was an absolute fantastic story. I loved the setting on the (fictional) Spanish island too, and how important of a role it played in both past and present. The whole science angle was fascinating as well, and I really liked how everything was wrapped up in the end. Highly recommended if you enjoy well written contemporaries that offer dept and a wide range of emotions and topics as well as a romance angle.


Title: Take Me There
Author: Carolee Dean

Genre: YA, Fiction, Contemporary
First published: July 1st 2010
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books For Young Readers
Finished reading: May 14th 2021
Pages: 325

“How far can you go down the wrong path before you can’t get back on the right one?”


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This was a TBR jar pick and I honestly didn’t even remember I had in on my shelves… I was in the mood for a romance read though and I like road trip stories, so I thought I was going to have a great time reading Take Me There. Imagine my surprise when I ended up finding a completely different story instead, and both the cover and the blurb are mostly false advertisement. Trust me, this is NOT a romance read. In fact, we hardly see anything of Jess and what romance there is feels underdeveloped. Instead, this story focuses on something completely different: Dylan and his problems as well as the fact that his father is currently on death row and his execution date is coming close. Wait, what? Oh yes, not at all what you were expecting after reading that blurb right? Take Me There focuses mostly on Dylan ‘being a bad boy’ as well as him running away to Texas to discover more about his father, his family and their secrets. Not a bad story on its own, but I found that the execution was a bit lackluster and I never connected to the writing style or characters. The poetry does give the story a little something extra, but overall it wasn’t enough for me.


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