Hey, bookworms! How are y'all doing today? I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend and happy Mother's Day! I had a delicious breakfast of waffles (with strawberries, whipped cream, and maple syrup, of course) and now I'm excited to post this blog tour stop for TBR and Beyond Tours' Sunkissed tour!
It's almost summertime, and that means it's nearly the season for devouring every summer romance that's ever been published in hopes that it might give the universe a hint that you'd really enjoy a summer romance of your own. Or is that just me? Seriously, though, a summer meet-cute or fake-dating scheme is my dream that has yet to come true. But anyway, Sunkissed by Kasie West is the summer romance you didn't know was missing in your life, and I'm so excited to be helping promote this wonderful book! I'd like to thank TBR and Beyond Tours for choosing me to be a part of this fabulous tour; also thanks to them and Delacorte Press for providing me with an ARC of Sunkissed as part of joining this tour!
I can't wait to tell you all about this book, so let's dive in! Keep scrolling to see my review, favorite quotes, and mood board inspired by Sunkissed!
This was such a fun, sweet summer read! Packed full of charming characters and inspiring messages, this won't be one to disappoint Kasie West fans, and anyone new to her books will certainly fall in love with this adorable contemporary.
The summer vibes in this book were brilliant. If anyone is looking for a cute romance for this summer (or anytime, really), this is it, folks. Sunkissed gave me all the feels. The summer swoon-worthiness of this book is off the charts, and there was a lot of contented sighing and giddy smiling from me while reading. This book was packed full of feel-good moments. It was the perfect blend of romance, adventure, and self-discovery, paired with warm sunshine and sweet guitar music.
Next, let's talk about the main character, Avery. From the first page, I easily identified with her: she was the good, obedient daughter who shied away from conflict, didn't rock the boat, and, in general, hadn't changed much over the years. She wasn't very interested in trying new things because she already knew who she was and what she liked...right? Except Avery comes to realize that she really doesn't know who she is, so she sets off on a summer adventure to try new things and discover her true self. Avery's character called to me so strongly because she's so similar to me. While I read about her, I was constantly thinking, "This is me, but as a book character!" It was a really fun experience to read about a character whom I identified so closely with. She also had a very inspirational character arc throughout the course of this book. It was a delight to read about her!
I really enjoyed reading about Avery's relationship with her sister, Lauren, and how it evolved throughout the book. It was heartwarming to see them grow to understand and respect each other's perspectives, becoming closer over the course of the summer. It was interesting how Avery and Lauren were so different from each other, and I feel like Lauren's more outgoing nature was really beneficial in helping push Avery out of her comfort zone. I also appreciated seeing Avery's relationship with her parents change throughout this book, especially in regard to her being more assertive and willing to show her parents her true self.
The romance in this book was so cute! I absolutely fell in love with the romantic interest, Brooks (and isn't that name both adorable and hot??). The romantic development between him and Avery was beautifully paced. That slow-burn was written so well, sprinkled with so many flirty, adorable moments. There were also some important conversations interspersed that helped solidify their relationship. Plus, their music collaborations and the eye contact and romantic song lyrics and ahhh I can't even, it was too cute. In conclusion, this was definitely my favorite Kasie West romance I've ever read!
That's all for my review of Sunkissed by Kasie West! I absolutely adored this book and highly recommend it! It's the ideal summertime read. I gave this book 4.5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨. Thanks for reading!
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My name is Rose (she/her) and I'm the creator of Books of Magic and Mystery. I love reading YA books, especially fantasy and mystery. When I'm not reading, you can find me baking, studying, or cuddling with my super-furry pets. Visit me on Instagram @booksofmagicandmystery!