The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth | Drumsofautumn ARC Review

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“History is who we are. The past shapes us. Even the parts you can’t remember.”

The Falling in Love Montage is a book that I picked up because of the f/f romance but I ended up loving for the family aspect.

At the center of the story is the protagonist Saoirse, who, after the break-up from her girlfriend, decides she no longer wants to be in a serious relationship. She comes up with this rule to only make out with straight girls because that doesn’t even give it the possibility of there being more (she has a clear rule to not do it for a dude’s attention, in case you are worried about that though).

Along comes Ruby, a girl that Saoirse is more than willing to make an exception for, knowing there is a time limit to it, with Ruby only being in town for the summer. Saoirse comes up with rules for this relationship too in order to not make it anything serious but as you can imagine, trying to recreate a movie’s “falling in love montage” doesn’t go well if what you want to do is NOT fall in love.

“See, the thing about the falling in love montage, is that when it’s over, the characters have fallen in love.

The romantic storyline wasn’t necessarily a weak point of the book but to me personally the aspect that stood out the least. Honestly, it was really more a way for the character to learn about herself and what she wants in life. And I don’t mean that in a bad way or like the love interest was the one who made the character change herself.

But what Saoirse really needed at this point in her life, was just to fall for someone and realizing that feeling deeply for someone and being with someone doesn’t mean that it has to be forever in order to make an impact or be of importance. I personally liked that portrayal because I think in YA we often have the feeling that a book needs to end with this feeling of forever for the romantic relationship in order for the book to have a happy ending and I just don’t think that’s true. So this definitely felt refreshing in a lot of ways.

My favourite aspect of this entire novel was the family dynamics though and the storyline about Saoirse’s mum having dementia, plus the element of Saoirse being at risk to have dementia herself. I loved Saoirse’s complicated relationship with her dad and his girlfriend. I thought that the way the author wrote this aspect was incredibly well done because as a reader you could very much see where Saoirse’s dad came from with the decisions that he made and the way he behaved in general, while also understanding Saoirse’s upset at it. It was a well balanced and nuanced portrayal of such a complicated issue.

I also liked when we got to the actual bottom of Saoirse’s anti-relationship rules, which is not so much the heartbreak but more so her potentially having dementia and forgetting everything, so that in her eyes basically nothing seems worth it. This aspect is surely not easy to write about but again, the author offered a really well balanced portrayal of this too.

I think that Saoirse’s development throughout this novel in general was very strong and the story leaves you with a feeling of hopefulness, especially about how things don’t always have to be forever in order to be meaningful and worth it.

“How about life’s too short to be second-guessing yourself the whole way? You can only go with what you feel right now and if you feel like it might make you happy, even for a while, jump in with both feet, girl, and get wet.”

Another aspect that I loved a lot was the friendship between Saoirse and Oliver, who is Ruby’s cousin. I feel like this was one of the most well written friendships, in general but especially between a guy and a girl. Their dialogues just seemed very natural and I liked that they were just teasing each other and still it was easy to tell, that they genuinely liked each other a lot. Their platonic chemistry was truly a pleasure to read about.

“Sometimes life knows what you need better than you do.”

Overall, I enjoyed this novel very much. I think all the aspects are well done and it is very refreshing in a lot of its execution of different aspects. If you are looking for a Contemporary with a f/f romance (plus points for lesbian being used on page) that offers a really interesting family relationship, I would absolutely recommend this novel.

Trigger and Content Warning for mention of assisted suicide and dementia.

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July 2020 TBR

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I feel like it has taken an ungodly amount of time, but I finally have defeated my reading slump, and I think I actually *gasp* rediscovered my love for reading. Like, throughout my day I am craving to read, at least on my ereader, and that is a feeling that I was really lacking for most of 2019 (and… obviously many months of 2020, too)! I still didn’t want to go too ambitious on a TBR, but it just feels so good to be excited again! So, here are the eight things that I truly can’t wait to pick up in July! ☀️

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan 🇨🇳
📚 ARC: July 14th 2020 by Doubleday
Buddy read with Isabella 💕

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett
📚 ARC: November 10th 2020 by Simon Pulse
Buddy read with Isabella 💕

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson 🌈🎧
The July Book Club Pick for Dragons and Tea 🐉☕

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel 🎧
Buddy read with Maëlys 💕

Across the Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children #6) by Seanan McGuire 🌈
📚 ARC: January 12th 2021 by Tor.com
Buddy read with Maëlys 💕

Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) by Janella Angeles 🇵🇭
📚 ARC: August 25th 2020 by Wednesday Books
Buddy read with Maëlys 💕

The Library of the Unwritten (Hell’s Library #1) by A.J. Hackwith 🌈🎧
Buddy read with Maëlys 💕

Loveless by Alice Oseman 🌈
July 9th 2020 by HarperCollins


Okay! There is my TBR for the month of July! Have you read any of these? Are you excited for me to read any of these? I’d still love to finish A Deadly Education (Scholomance, #1) because I feel like I have been at 50% for over a month now! I’m really enjoying it, I just think… I read it at a bad time in my life and now I never want to pick it back up? Whew! Maybe in July! I also would really love to read Catching Fire & Fire with Lea if we can make it work! I hope you all have the happiest of days and reading this July and always! 💗

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July 2019 Wrap Up

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Holy moly, friends, the Reading Rush really came through and boosted my books read stat for the year! I was able to read nine things last week, which was half of everything I read for the entire month! And, way more importantly, I read so many four and five star reads and I feel so very blessed with all the amazing stories I consumed this month!

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager ⭐⭐⭐

Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) by Jay Kristoff ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Black Veins (Dead Magic #1) by Ashia Monet ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie (Modern Faerie Tales #2) by Holly Black ⭐⭐

Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) by Rachel Hawkins ⭐⭐⭐

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren ⭐⭐

Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker ⭐⭐⭐

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Normal People by Sally Rooney ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Beauty and the Beast Girl by neji ⭐⭐⭐

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Save Me – BTS Webtoon (The Most Beautiful Moment in Life 0) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells ⭐⭐⭐⭐

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston ⭐⭐⭐⭐

River of Teeth (River of Teeth #1) by Sarah Gailey ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Tea Dragon Festival (Tea Dragon #2) by Katie O’Neill ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Okay, loves! I think that is everything! I promise to get so many of these reviews out soon! I didn’t even open Word during last week’s madness, but I promise to tackle my outstanding reviews-to-write list very soon! I love you all, and I hope you’re having the happiest of reading!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Auto-Buy Authors

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Hey, friends! I love this week’s topic so very much! Even though I am not sure how much it is going to surprise you! But I will always be here for any and all opportunities to gush about my favorite authors of all-time! So, I hope you enjoy! 💕


Elliot Wake

Tessa Gratton

Sebastien de Castell

Madeline Miller

Natasha Ngan

Leigh Bardugo

Rin Chupeco

Laini Taylor

Holly Black

N.K. Jemisin



Okay, friends! That’s it! Did I surprise you? I would love for you to comment some of your auto-buy authors! Or even your #1 auto-buy author! I hope you are all having the happiest of reading, and thank you so much for taking the time to read this post! 💗

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June 2019 Wrap Up

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Hey, loves! Wow, I finally feel like a regular book blogger again! So, during June I was traveling a lot! I went to NYC for a week, and I went to LA for two weekends, but I feel so very blessed that I was able to spend so much time with so many loved ones! But I won’t lie, I am looking very forward to being able to read all the things again come July! But I really did have a good reading month in June (Thank you, Smutathon and Summerathon)! June was also the month that me and all my friends fell in love with Tessa Bailey, so I was truly just living my best romance reviewer life all month long!

(Like always, you can click the links in each of the titles if you would like to read a more in-depth review of each book and see the individual trigger and content warnings.)

Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare & More ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cherry Pie by Madison Faye ⭐⭐

A Lesson in Thorns (Thornchapel #1) by Sierra Simone ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Queen of Dauphine Street (NOLA Nights #2) by Thea de Salle ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fix Her Up ( Hot & Hammered #1) by Tessa Bailey ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Final Draft by Riley Redgate ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales #1) by Holly Black ⭐⭐⭐

Getaway Girl (Girl #1) by Tessa Bailey ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring ⭐⭐⭐

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez ⭐⭐

Runaway Girl (Girl #2) by Tessa Bailey ⭐⭐⭐

The Major’s Welcome Home by Tessa Bailey ⭐⭐

Well Met by Jen DeLuca ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Halfway Girl (Girl #2.5) by Tessa Bailey ⭐⭐⭐

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Okay, loves! I think that is everything! Did you have a good reading month this June? What was your favorite read? Have you ever read a Tessa Bailey book? *drinks ice water forever* I hope you all had an amazing month, and I hope the last half of 2019 is truly magical for you all! I love you and happy reading, friends!

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May 2019 Wrap Up

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Okay, yeah, I know this is very late, but better late than never…. right? RIGHT? I hope so, haha! Okay, so in May I was in Hawaii for a little over two weeks, and I only was able to read three books while there! Then, when arriving home, I was so busy getting caught up with work and with packing for NYC that I just didn’t read very much (for me) in the month of May! But I was still able to read seven books that I really enjoyed and I’d love to talk to you about them!

(Like always, you can click the links in each of the titles if you would like to read a more in-depth review of each book and see the individual trigger and content warnings.)

Arranged by R.K. Lilley ⭐⭐⭐

Enthralled (The Enslaved Duet #1) by Giana Darling ⭐⭐⭐

Gideon the Ninth (The Ninth House #1) by Tamsyn Muir ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Blackbird, Vol. 1 (Blackbird #1-6) by Sam Humphries & Jen Bartel ⭐⭐

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman ⭐⭐


Okay, friends, that’s it! Again, I’m so sorry that this is so late! I swear, May and June have both just been whirlwinds for me and traveling! But I hope the rest of this summer I am able to focus on my reading and all my bookish endeavors! I hope you all are having the happiest of reading! And I hope you enjoy my June Wrap Up tomorrow!

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July 2019 TBR

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Hey, loves! How in the heck is it July already? I am thankful that I’m not doing any traveling this month though! Hopefully that means I will be able to read all the books and write all the reviews (that I’m a bit behind on, haha)! And I for sure am wishful thinking with this very ambitious TBR!

Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) by Jay Kristoff
September 3rd, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
Buddy read with  Jules!

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali
This is the July pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club! 🐉☕
July 8th: (Pages 1 – 68) Zayneb Saturday March 9
Oddity: Unpredictable Creatures
July 9th: (Pages 69 – 134) Adam Tuesday March 12
Marvel: Strangers
July 10th: (Pages 135 – 207) Adam Sunday March 17
Marvel: Zayneb at the Perfect Place
July 11th: (Pages 208 – 276) Zayneb Tuesday Marc 19
Oddity… And Marvel: Plotters
July 12th: (Pages 277 – End)

Valiant: A Modern Tale Of Faerie (Modern Faerie Tales #2) by Holly Black
This is for #FaerieAThon, which I am cohosting with JaneKristin, & Alexa!
July 8: Valiant, Chapter 1-2
July 9: Valiant, Chapter 3-5
July 10: Valiant, Chapter 6-7
July 11: Valiant, Chapter 8-10
July 12: Valiant, Chapter 11-END

The Black Veins (Dead Magic #1) by Ashia Monet
July 17th, 2019
Blog Tour Stop: July 13th!
Buddy read with Fadwa!

Normal People by Sally Rooney
Buddy read with Romie!

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
December 30th, 2019 by Graydon House
Buddy read with Taylor!

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin
September 3rd, 2019 by HarperTeen
Buddy read with Lea & Jane!

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
October 22nd, 2019 by Simon Schuster Audio
Buddy read with Lea & Jocelynn!

Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker
August 6th, 2019 by Atria Books
Buddy read with Kristin, & Alexa!

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
September 10th, 2019 by Orbit
Buddy read with  Jules!


Okay, friends! That’s my hopeful TBR! If I end up participating in The Reading Rush (@meltotheany – add me!) I will make a separate TBR! Let me know what you’re reading this month! And, like always, I’m wishing you all the happiest of reading!

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June 2019 Book Haul

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Hey, friends! June was a wild month for me! I was so blessed and privileged to be able to go to Book Expo and Book Con, where I received so many books which will shape my content for the rest of the year! But I also was sent a few more, and purchased a few more, too!

➽ PURCHASED BOOKS: 
Fix Her Up | Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
RWBY Anthology
Her Royal Highness
Love From A to Z
A Lesson in Thorns
The Modern Faerie Tales

➽ PURCHASED EBOOKS:
Cherry Pie | Review: ⭐⭐
The Queen of Dauphine Street | Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Hilariously Ever After
The Friend Zone | Review: ⭐⭐
Getaway Girl | Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Runaway Girl | Review: ⭐⭐⭐
Halfway Girl | Review: ⭐⭐⭐
The Major’s Welcome Home | Review: ⭐⭐

➽ ARCS:
Beyond the Black Door
Faker
The Wives
Ghosts of the Shadow Market | Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Okay, that’s everything I think! I did link my Book Expo and Book Con haul down below this, if you would like to see that video, too! Did you get any exciting books this month? Let me know! And I hope you’re all having the happiest of reading!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

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I cannot even begin to express to you how happy I am that is is Summer! I truly cannot wait to relax and just read all of the things that I am able to get my hands on! Most of you know that I just got home earlier this month from NYC, where I attended Book Expo and Book Con, and I was privileged enough to haul so many books! Therefore, most of this list is going to be able the ten ARCS from that convention that I hope to get to this summer!


Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu 


➽ Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite


No Ivy League by Hazel Newlevant


The Escape Room by Megan Goldin


The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renée Ahdieh


The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern


Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw


The Tea Dragon Festival (Tea Dragon #2) by Katie O’Neill


Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren


Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi



Okay, loves! Those are the ten ARCs I picked, but obviously I hope to read many more! If there is one here that you would like me to prioritize, please let me know! And I’m wishing you all the happiest of reading this Summer and forever and always! 💕

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Top Ten Tuesday | Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

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Hey, friends! Long time, no Top Ten Tuesday! But oh my word, it feels so good to be back! Especially with a topic as good as this week’s! There are so many good books coming out during the last half of 2019, but I am still going to make a top ten ranking of the ten I absolutely cannot wait for, with a single sentence each that hopefully tells you why!


➽ 10.) Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

Because anything LGBTQIAP+ with bookstores and witches will always get my money.


➽ 9.) The Tea Dragon Festival (Tea Dragon #2) by Katie O’Neill

Because few things in life make me happier than The Tea Dragon Society!


➽ 8.) Girls of Storm and Shadow (Girls of Paper and Fire #2) by Natasha Ngan

Because seeing an ownvoices queer, Asian book, staring a f/f romance, make The New York Times Best Seller list is all I’ve ever wanted, and all I continue to want.


➽ 7.) The Never Tilting World (The Never Tilting World #1) by Rin Chupeco

Because Rin Chupeco answers all my prayers!


➽ 6.) Dead Voices (Small Spaces #2) by Katherine Arden

Because Katherine Arden is my lyrical writing bae, forever.


➽ 5.) His Hideous Heart

Because this is the anthology to end all other anthologies, because of Rin Chupeco and Kendare Blake reimagining Edgar Allan Poe.


➽ 4.) Steel Crow Saga (Steel Crow Saga #1) by Paul Krueger

Because this is a Filipino author, inspired by his love of anime.


➽ 3.) Gideon the Ninth (The Ninth House #1) by Tamsyn Muir

Because, yes, I’ve already read this, but it’s my favorite debut of all time and you all need lesbian necromancers in your life, damn it!


➽ 2.) Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Because I’m that bitch, but you all are, too!


➽ 1.) The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black

Because this wouldn’t be a Meltotheany list without a Holly Black as my #1!



Okay, friends! I hope you enjoyed this half as much as I did writing it up! Please, let me know what is your most anticipated release for the last half of the year! And, as always, I’m wishing you all the happiest of reading!

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