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The Holloway Girls

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I recieved the arc through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, all opinions following are based on my own experience reading the book.

As much as I did enjoy reading it, I can not deny it also was not exactly what I was expecting by reading the synopsis. We meet the Holloway sisters who on their 16th birthday get magical powers and whoever they kiss gets good luck. THE POTENTIAL it had was mindblowing but I must admit that since it's way more focus in the characters inner world, the pacing becomes rather slow. Also, the magic world was sadly barely explained.

I just wish we could had at least seen a lot more of the dynamic between the sisters and how the magic affected them in their own way. 

I can see how many people will like it though, it was a fun YA read overall. I do wonder, however, if it's really YA or more on the middle grader side.

Thank you netgalley and sourcevooks for the chance once again.
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This book was a fun and light, quick read. There was a lot of juicy drama. I picked it up thinking there would be lots of magic in it. But there was VERY little magic in the story but It did give me practical magic vibes. I was hooked from the start, I really like Remy's character and how dark she can be, she's really badass and has good taste in music. I really enjoyed all the characters. Can't forget how beautiful the cover is, I absolutely love it. I wish there was more to the story tho, maybe more backstories/magic. This will be a perfect book for the YA section. I really enjoyed it.


Thank you @netgalley and @sourcebooksfire for giving me the chance to read and review this book.
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The Holloway Girls by Susan Bishop Crispell was a book I was looking forward to reading and found myself disappointed with the book itself. The blurb of the book was confusing to understand and wasn't the premise of the actual book which is why I was disappointed when I completed the novel. The story follows Remy who is now in her kissing season, but kisses Issac who likes somebody else, leading to bad luck for him throughout the season. Remmy vows not to kiss anybody else until the kiss on Issac is lifted. The kissing season could be compared to a season like Brigerton the only difference is that the Holloways have magic. There are more family dynamics, especially between the sisters than romance, so adjust your expectations in advance. The plot wasn't there for me and I just felt like the book was missing the spark. Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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The Holloway Girls is a book that I think will appeal to young readers, especially young girls. It is a very entertaining book with wonderful characters..
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3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars. 

Special thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for sharing this digital ARC with me in exchange for my honest review. 


Every girls dreams about their Sweet 16. Remy is especially ecstatic because instead of a party full of gowns and glammer, it's her "kissing season"; just as every Holloway girl has had before her. When someone gets kissed during the season, they are gifted with good luck. 

The difference between Remy and those before her is, she doesn't want to just kiss anyone. She has her sights set on Isaac and hopes he will finally notice her. 

As always when magic is involved, mishaps occur, century set rules were broken. Someone gets injured and the town blames Remy and shuns her thinking she set this curse in motion. 

I enjoyed this read. It was fast-paced and kept me engaged. There were just times I felt I was reading a soap opera instead of an emotional teen’s journey in finding herself and shedding family secrets. There could have been a little more grit to it. 

I did like how the characters evolved. From beginning to end I felt like they each were much more interesting to read about and I loved the relationships formed. 

I would read another book by this author and am even hoping maybe this story will continue.
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wasnt too sure on this book when i first started as it was felt aimed lower then i am use to reading but as soon as i got to about 50 pages in, i was hooked by it. 

the characters are good with interesting development and make you want to hug and protect them for some reason. the story line itself is different and had great up ands downs.

defo one for the weekend easier read but over all a solid 4 stars
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Genuinely one of the best 'forbidden' romance books I've read. The tension was toe-curling, and I just loved it!! Sometimes a book is just meant to be a duology, and I think The Holloway Girls is one of them. I would have loved to watch the character development stretch into a whole other book because I felt like the main storyline got in the way of it; they were off doing magic research or ripping books apart right when they were about to make a life turning decision. Also, I love Maggie and would have loved to see her appear way more than she did (considering she appeared 3/4 of the book). I can't wait to recommend this book to everyone!!!
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This was by far one of my favorite young adult books of 2022. Everything was expertly written. I enjoyed the plot, the characterization of the sisters, the integration of both queerness and magic. This was a really fun read that I couldn’t put down.
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"The Holloway Girls": 3⭐

Thank you so much for writing such a fun book. Being kissed by a Holloway girl can mean good luck. But what if things didn't happen the way we wanted them to happen?
I really liked the premise of this book, even tho the blurb was a bit confusing. I really liked all the emotions protrayed by our MC and how the story developed.
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I absolutely adored this book! It hooked me from the first page, and kept me hooked the entire time! Highly recommend.
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I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review.

The story follows the Holloway sisters who on their 16th Birthday receive magic where whoever they kiss receives good luck. Her sister Maggie has just had her season and now it is Remy's turn. Unfortunately Remy's first kiss Isaac already likes someone else, this leads to disaster and ongoing bad luck for Isaac throughout the story.

Remy then vows not to kiss anyone else for the season until she can fix the curse on Isaac. This is made much more difficult when new neighbours Tobin and Juliet move in next door. Can she figure out a way to fix Isaacs curse and fix what is left of her season?

This book is an enjoyable read however there was less focus on the magic than I had anticipated and the book was very much more romance driven. While this was still entertaining I would have liked a bit more depth into the magic being added into the plot.

I did feel at points in the middle that the story didn't seem to have a massive amount going on other than the romance between Remy and Tobin. Remy at times could also be quite whiny but she is a teenager so we can let that slide.

Overall while the plot could have done with a bit more depth it was still a light enjoyable read and good for the YA romance bracket.
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I thought this story was well written; the writing flowed easily, and I enjoyed the concept.

During their kissing season, anyone the girls kiss will receive good luck. Remy is the younger of the Holloway sisters, and last year was her sister's Maggie's Kissing Season - this next year will be hers. Kisses from Holloway Girls during their season gives the receiver good luck, if they follow the rules. When Remy’s kissing season begins she expects the same will happen to the first boy she kisses. Instead, the boy receives bad luck and Remy’s kiss is considered “cursed.” Suddenly, all of her friends other teens in her world turn on her. They pull cruel pranks on her, say awful things to her and about her, and make Remy’s life miserable for several months.

Remy is a wonderful narrator and we are pulled inside her head and feel as if we are experiencing what she is in real time. This book was just light hearted, nostalgic, and fun and I enjoyed the diversity in the characters!
And the music references were solid.
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I thought this story was well written; the writing flowed easily, and I enjoyed the concept.
During their kissing season, anyone the girls kiss will receive good luck. Remy is the younger of the Holloway sisters, and last year was her sister's Maggie's Kissing Season - this next year will be hers. Kisses from Holloway Girls during their season gives the receiver good luck, if they follow the rules. When Remy’s kissing season begins she expects the same will happen to the first boy she kisses. Instead, the boy receives bad luck and Remy’s kiss is considered “cursed.” Suddenly, all of her friends other teens in her world turn on her. They pull cruel pranks on her, say awful things to her and about her, and make Remy’s life miserable for several months.
Remy is a wonderful narrator and we are pulled inside her head and feel as if we are experiencing what she is in real time. This book was just light hearted, nostalgic, and fun and I enjoyed the diversity in the characters!
And the music references were solid.
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It was a quick and lovely read. It wasn't about magic or felt deep and wildley normal. It was a fun ride and it taught a lot about life. How to be yourself without being an advice book. The protagonists were really lifelike aswell, which I really liked. So yeah, it's a great read for everyone who want's a little sunshine on their gloomy days.
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Okay, this book I don’t even know where to begin. It checked all my boxes.
-Romance check.
-Magic check.
-Queer representation check.
-Baking check.

Let’s also not forgot the playlist that goes with the book. Overall I loved the main characters, I loved the plot, the writing of this book is amazing. So many options for a spin off. Can not wait to see if the author releases anything else. I recommend this book so much.
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I really enjoyed this for the most part! I havent read anything quite like this and overall this was a really cute, fun read! I loved the romance and the magic we did get but I do wish the magic element was explored more.

Thank you Sourcebooks and Net Galley for the e-arc!
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The Holloway Girls is a magical story that I devoured in one day!

Remy is the younger of the Holloway sisters. Last year was her sister's Maggie's Kissing Season, and this next year will be hers. Kisses from Holloway Girls during their season gives the receiver good luck, if they follow the rules. You must not have given your heart away to anyone else, or the luck will be bad luck instead. You can't take a kiss, either - it has to be freely given.

Maggie has kissed a lot of boys and girls during her season, and can't wait for Remy to have a great Season of kissing as well. But Remy isn't like Maggie, popular and outgoing and interested in kissing anyone and everyone. Remy is in love with Isaac, who has been dating Hannah off and on for years now. But lately he has been paying more attention to her, and he and Hannah are broken up right now. Maybe there's a chance that Remy can give him a kiss and the good luck that goes along with it her first night of her Season.

But everything goes wrong, because Isaac lies and says he's over Hannah. He jumps off the side of the quarry and crashes into the rocks instead of the water, ruining his chances to be on the diving team (and breaking some bones). The entire town blames Remy, saying she cursed him instead of blessing him.

This is the one part of the book that really bugged me, because it takes two to tango, and even though Remy should have guessed he wasn't really over Hannah, Isaac did lie to her and was only kissing her to get the good luck.

Remy decides the only course of action is to try to find a way to reverse the curse, and, while doing so, kissing no one else. But that decision is challenged frequently by their new neighbors, especially Tobin, who is everything she wants in a boy and really likes her, too. He is willing to help her try to reverse the curse, and wants to kiss her, cursed or not. 

This is also a story about sisters, as Remy and Maggie go through a really tough time after Remy feels that Maggie lied to her in an unacceptable way. Teens (and adults) will identify with how hard it is to get back to how things were after a betrayal.

This book has a satisfying ending, and I love how the magic is just accepted in this world. I love reading books with a touch of magic, and, like one of my favorite authors, Sarah Addison Allen, Susan Bishop Crispell is also from North Carolina and sets her books here. 

Thanks to Netgalley for the advance copy of this wonderful book!
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This was a fun read with some interesting dynamics throughout the plot. I don't know if I would have read this otherwise and it seemed very YA in a "Vampire Diaries" TV fashion. Fun, but not for me. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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A very good premise about magic and good luck gone astray. The Holloway girls have inherited luck bringing kisses, and it's kissing season, whenever one of the girls turns sixteen. Remy and Maggie are sisters and when Maggie's seasons ends, Remy begins. Remy has a crush on a certain boy, who seems eager to kiss her too, only she turns a blind eye to his infatuation with another girl and thus breaks a cardinal rule when she finally kisses him.  Riddled with guilt, heartbroken, and practically harassed by the boy's friends, Remy spends a miserable year, shunning everyone and trying to break the curse. She swears off kissing until the situation is resolved, but encounters a temptation when a cute boy moves into the neighboring house. 

While I'm a bit uneasy with the idea of a sixteen year old spreading kisses for luck to whomever, the story turned out rather chaste with very few kisses involved. Remy's comforts are baking and music, and there is a very cute playlist at the end of the book. The focus is on Remy's internal struggles, both with her sense of guilt, although the other party was even more to blame, since he was leading her on, and with status as a social pariah because of the incident. There is more family dynamics, especially between the sisters, than romance, so adjust your expectations in advance. All in all, a pretty solid read. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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The intriguing premise of a family where during the girls' 16th year they give luck to everyone they kiss, pulled me in from the start. Poor Remy. She tried to start her kissing season off with a bang, and ended up with a dud. In comes new boy, Tobin, but will Remy be able to fix her mistake before she misses out on this chance for true love? Very fun YA  romance with a hint of magic. Gotta love the family dynamic in the novel as well.
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