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Best of Reviews 2021, Part Two

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http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/WP/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Bestof2021-213x300.jpgNB: This week, we’re taking a look back at 2021. We’ve got a week of best-of posts to share, with reviews, cover snark, sales, and more. We hope you enjoy revisiting our archives, and most of all, we wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and a happy new year – with all the very best of reading.

We’re counting down the best of our 2021 reviews, which I’m sure you’re all curious about. Counting down from ten, these are the first five reviews in terms of page views. There are some familiar faces in this top ten when compared to last year.

Let’s get into it!

The Lord of Stariel
A | BN
5. The Lord of Stariel by AJ Lancaster (December 20, 2020)

Review by Ellen

Grade: A

I adored this book and I NEEDED to tell the Bitchery about it. This is a whimsical, fun, sweet fantasy mystery with wonderful characters and a healthy dollop of romance. The pacing was on point and the setting and atmosphere were positively magical. If you are looking for something delightful and heartwarming that explores themes of family and homecoming, I highly recommend this book.


Devil in Disguise
A | BN | K
4. Devil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas (July 28)

Review by Catherine

Grade: B-

Devil in Disguise is a low-stakes, sexy romance, with cameos from some of my favourite characters from the other Wallflowers and Ravenel stories. It did suffer from one significant flaw (don’t play the Our Love Is Doomed card if it will be thrown away halfway through the story), and as I mentioned above, I’m not at all certain it would work as a standalone for someone who didn’t already know the Wallflowers.


People We Meet on Vacation
A | BN | K | AB
3. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry (May 11)

Review by Carrie

Grade: B

This book has a lot of ‘worst-trip-ever’ humor and a ton of truly delightful friendly banter, which I very much enjoyed. Its theme of travel makes it a lovely summer read and readers with the patience for a very slow burn will enjoy it, especially once Poppy’s character develops. I ended up being heavily invested in the book and the characters, and I loved traveling vicariously with these funny, sweet people and meeting their equally sweet friends and family.


The Heiress Gets a Duke
A | BN | K | AB
2. The Heiress Gets a Duke by Harper St. George (January 26)

Review by Amanda

Grade: A-

I was charmed by this book. Completely. There were a few elements that I’m tired of seeing in romances because they bum me out like shitty dads underestimating their very intelligent daughters, but getting to know August and Evan both as people and then as a couple (some great communication and growth happens, folks!) was a rewarding experience.


The Love Hypothesis
A | BN | K
1.The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwoon (October 4)

Review by Lara

Grade: B-

Well, colour me pink and call me tickled. This was a read that was worth waiting for. I had squirreled it away in my TBR knowing that the publication date was only in September (HOW are we past September already?!) and past me did present me a real solid in that respect. This is a slightly creaky but charming romantic comedy that had me smiling at the pages.

What do you think of the top five? Any surprises?

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