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Book Review: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

malibu risingBook: Malibu Rising
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Age & Genre: Adult Historical fiction

Malibu: August, 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over-especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva.

The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud-because it is long past time to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.

Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there.

And Kit has a couple secrets of her own-including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them . . . and what they will leave behind.

My Rating: 3 STARS

My Review:

Malibu Rising wasn’t what I expected it to be, I don’t know if I just had high expectations but I was disappointed by it. I was interested in the story but it felt very similar to Daisy Jones (which I loved) but not in the way of evoking similar feelings just that parts of the story felt the same especially the flashback scenes with the parents since those parts were about a singer trying to make it out on the road and the family he left behind, it felt too similar to Daisy Jones to me but it wasn’t as captivating as it.

I liked the focus on the siblings but I just didn’t feel as connected to them as I wanted to and I felt that the characters in this book all got on as if they were older than they were. It felt like every character had this kind of weight on their shoulders that made them seem decades older than they were.

I thought the setting was great. The descriptions of Malibu from the 50s to the 80s felt very vivid, I could really picture the scenes and settings of it and I loved that. I also loved how the family surfed together and had this connection with each other and the water.  The writing was still compelling even though I wasn’t as emotionally invested in this story as with the author’s other books.

Overall I was disappointed in Malibu Rising but I still liked some parts of it. I loved the setting and the writing is compelling but I found it didn’t pull on my emotions as the author’s previous books.


My Summer TBR 2021

Summer has begun so I thought I’d do a list of the books I plan on reading during it. I don’t like listing too many books because I’m kind of a mood reader and want to leave space to change my mind but I do love doing seasonal tbrs so here are some books I can’t wait to read this Summer.

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen

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A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson
Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James. S.A Corey
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

What books are on your Summer TBR?

top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Books with Leaves and Branches on the Cover

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books with Nature on the Cover. There are a lot of book covers with nature on them so I decided to go with leaves and branches on the cover.

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From Blood and Ash (Blood & Ash #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Raybearer (Raybearer #1) by Jordan Ifueko
Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare
The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

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Song of Sorrow (Sorrow #2) by Melinda Salisbury
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Every Heart a Doorway (Wayway Children #1) by Seanan McGuire
Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
Orange by Ichigo Takano

Have you read any of these? What covers did you pick for this topic?

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The Anticipated Releases Book Tag 2021

I’ve seen the Anticipated Releases Book Tag about and I thought it’d be fun to do. The original creator is Ellyn (Allonsythornraxx), now onto the questions!


1) Your Most Anticipated Release Of The Year

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Crescent City #2 by Sarah J Maas would most likely be my most anticipated book but I’m not sure if that release date is definite so I’ll pick Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

2) A Book You’re Not Anticipating

I don’t really have a book in mind for this question.

3) Most Underhyped Anticipated Release


Descendants of the First (The Return of the Earth Mother #2) by Reni K. Amayo
A Lair of Bones (Curse of the Cyren Queen #1) by Helen Scheuerer

4) A Book You’ve Been Waiting On Forever!

Strange Fate (Night World #10) by L.J. Smith
Hunted by Jessie Mihalik

5) A Book You’re Anticipating Out Of Your Comfort Zone

I don’t really have a book out of my comfort zone that I’m anticipating.

6) Your Top 3 “Can’t Wait” Books Of The Year

Besides the ones I’ve already mentioned above, my top 3 ‘can’t wait’ books of the year are:

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The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko
This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

7) The Top 5 Most Anticipated Backlist Books On Your TBR

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

What books are you most anticipating? Are you excited for any of these books I’ve mentioned?

book tag

Julie and the Phantoms Bookish Tag

I watched Julie and The Phantoms last year on Netflix and I loved it, it has amazing songs and I loved the overall story and themes of the tv series. I saw this tag on WordsAboutWords blog and the original creators of the tag are MeeghanReads and Sarah.

a book at the top of your TBR


The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune – I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book ever since it was released so I really want to read it.

a book you were hesitant to read


The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes by Elissa R. Sloan – I was hesitant to read this because it has a bit of a low rating on Goodreads but the premise sounded so interesting that I ended up reading it anyway. 

a sequel that you waited a long time for


Shades of Allegiance (Anomaly #3) by Sandy Williams – I’ve waited for this book ever since the second book was released in 2016 and this one was just released last month, I really enjoyed this trilogy.

a book that took you by surprise


The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven – The humour and the important themes this book centred on really surprised me, I loved how it was written and I loved the main character.

an action-packed book


Polaris Rising (Consortium Rebellion #1) by Jessie Mihalik – This is such an action packed sci-fi space opera. The storyline was very interesting and I loved how each book in this trilogy focuses on a different sibling and I also really liked the romance in each book.

a book with incredible friendships


House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas – I read a lot of books with incredible friendships but this book immediately came to mind, I loved Bryce and Danika’s friendship.

a book that got you out of a slump


Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire – This book didn’t get me out of a reading slump but I think it would be a great book to get you out of one since it’s short and less daunting but also has a really intriguing premise and storyline.

a book with a great ensemble of characters


The Diviners by Libba Bray – There was a lot of main characters in this series and I loved them all. They all felt individual and had their own storylines that tied up with the other characters in the books. Their personalities were all fully fleshed out and they felt like real people.

the prettiest book in your collection


A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood – This has such a pretty cover and I love the silver foiling on it.

a series you wish would never end


Heart of Mist by Helen Schuerer – Heart of Mist is the first book in a YA fantasy trilogy, the last book has already been released and I’ve already read and loved that too but this is a series where I wish there was more books in it simply because I loved it so much and miss reading about the characters and story.

your fave otp


Kate and Curran (Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews) – Kate and Curran are just one of my many OTPs, I loved how their relationship evolved throughout the series and I loved reading about them together.

a book that is (almost) perfect


The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3 by Neal Shusterman – I loved The Toll and thought this book was the perfect ending to the trilogy. I don’t know if I was meant to answer this question with a book that I thought needed something more or something changed but instead I chose The Toll which I think is absolutely perfect and wouldn’t change anything from it.

a book that makes you cry


The Air You Breathe by Frances De Pontes Peebles – This is such an emotional poignant story and two young girls in Brazil in the 1930s from completely different backgrounds growing up together and wanting to become musicians together, it’s such a beautifully written story.

a villain you love to hate


Renegades by Marissa Meyer – There was so many interesting villains and heroes within this trilogy and I loved how you it’s not fully clear morally as to who’s a villain and who’s a hero.

a book that gave you feelings


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I feel like I don’t even have to explain why this book gave me all the feelings since everyone knows of this book and has probably read and experienced all those feelings themselves.

Have you watched Julie and The Phantoms? Or have you read any of these books?

top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Books Written Before I Was Born

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books Written Before I Was Born. The books I’ve listed below are books that were written before I was born and are also books I liked.

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The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Dark Visions by L.J. Smith

Have you read any of these books?