Mini Book Reviews – April 2024

Mini Book Reviews – April 2024: What To Read & What To Skip

Welcome to my regular round up of mini book reviews of what I’ve read this past month! This was an unusual month in that I only read one single physical book! My headphones and Kindle were my best friends – it makes me thankful for all the different ways I have access to read to best fit my life at the time!

In my list of mini book reviews, I include everything I’ve read recently that I finished.  I like to share both my five star reads and any misses to help you get a better idea of what you should read or might want to skip.

As always, I love to hear if you agree or disagree with my ratings! Let me know in the comments what you thought of my April 2024 mini book reviews.

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Mini Book Reviews – April 2024


Physical Books:


recipe for charmed

Recipe For A Charmed Life

by Rachel Linden

Women’s fiction with a dash of magical realism and dose of foodie fun! A chef in Paris is in the running to take over her own restaurant but an emotional reaction to devastating personal news has her taking a forced break from the kitchen. To make matters even worse, she’s completely lost her sense of taste.

Around the same time, Georgia gets an email from her long lost mother and takes her up on the invite to stay. As Georgia learns more about her mother and her family’s magical history, she starts to rediscover her passion for cooking and reevaluate her one-track goals.

This was a sweet story with a lovely family connection and a cute love story to add a little romance.  | 3.5 Stars | Buy From Amazon | Buy From Target 






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touch of darkness

A Touch of Darkness

by Scarlett St. Clair

It seems like Hades and Persephone retellings are incredibly popular right now, between this series and Neon Gods. Thankfully, they’ve all been excellent! In this spicy retelling of the classic myth, Persephone finds herself making a deal with the God of the Underworld to bring life into his realm. However, Persephone may be the Goddess of Spring but every plant or flower she touches withers away.

Between her failing magic, her mother’s overbearing nature, her new internship at the newspaper, and her inexplicable draw to Hades, Persephone finds herself in above her head in many aspects of her life. I adore Hades as the male main character, getting to know the real man behind his ruthless reputation. Persephone is also a lovely, naive woman who was endearing throughout the novel.  4.5 Stars | Buy On Amazon | Listen on Libro.fm (Get 2 FREE Audiobooks When You Try A Membership!)




listen for the lie

Listen For The Lie

by Amy Tintera

Everyone is recommending this book on audio vs reading it in print! It features a podcaster investigator as he records a new season of the show, so as readers we hear podcast episodes mixed in with the regular narration.

An unsolved murder of a woman in a small town is the subject of this season. Although she was never arrested, everyone believes Lucy was the killer. Lucy on the other hand, can’t remember a single thing about the night her best friend was murdered.

As Ben, the podcaster, interviews Lucy and everyone in town a decade later, new information comes to light that throws the whole town into disarray. But unless Lucy can remember why she was covered in blood or who she was with, they may never know who was the real killer.

3.5 Stars | Buy On Amazon | Listen on Libro.fm (Get 2 FREE Audiobooks When You Try A Membership!)








dungeons and drama

Dungeons & Drama

by Kristy Boyce

I know this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but my geeky heart adored it! A young adult novel with a gamer twist, this will bring back all the nostalgia of young love. A theater geek who made a bad decision is grounded and forced to work at her dad’s board game store as punishment. 

While there, she meets a group of kids who regularly play D&D, including fellow store employee, Nathan. He’s a devoted board gamer and is annoyed that she’s not taking the store (or the games) seriously. However, they might be able to help each other out… | 5 Stars | Buy From Amazon | Buy From Target




rom commers

The Rom-Commers

by Katherine Center

I was desperately awaiting Katherine Center’s latest and delighted to find it lived up to expectations! This is truly a love letter to the romance genre – showcasing all the reasons we readers love our happy ever afters. 

An award-winning screenwriter and a wannabe screenwriter are forced to draft a rom-com together. Charlie is only phoning this in to get a different script produced and he makes it clear he thinks rom-coms are terrible and unrealistic. Meanwhile, Emma is a die-hard fan of the genre and makes it her mission to show Charlie why he’s wrong.

Do yourself a favor and pre-order this now!!  | 4.5 Stars | Buy From Amazon | Buy From Target



For more mini book reviews, check out What I Read in March 2024!


  1. Hey Rachel – Recipe for a Charmed Life caught my eye immediately since I just did a post on all things bookish and food related. Thanks for giving me another title to add to the toppling TBR pile!

  2. Ohhh..I’ve been hearing good things about Katherine Center’s newest. I think I’ll ask for it for my summer birthday! She’s been a very reliable author for me!

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