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Expiration Dates

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Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle
Atria Books
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Expiration Dates is a wonderful book. If you’re looking for a read that is surprising, sweet, sad, and hopeful, then this is the book for you! I absolutely loved this book. It is by far my favourite by Rebecca Serle.

The concept of finding notes that tell you how long each relationship will last is unique and makes this story incredibly interesting. However, as you can imagine, seeing the future is not all it is cracked up to be. Daphne Bell, who is searching for her forever person, receives a blank piece of paper that may lead her on a path she may come to regret.

Filled with love, humour, and great characters, this book comes highly recommended.

Many thanks to the author, Atria Books, and NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review this ARC for my honest review.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced eArc of Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle.

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One of the things I love about "Expiration Dates" is how it explores the concept of fate and destiny in such an interesting way. Have you ever thought about whether love can be controlled, predicted, or is it all in the hands of destiny? This book poses that question. The idea that relationships have expiration dates and that there is a definitive time when we meet our soulmate is intriguing. I also loved the friendship between Daphne and Hugo. It was so heartwarming. As a fellow Angeleno, I love that the book is set in Los Angeles. "In Five Years" is still my favorite Rebecca Serle book so far, but "Expiration Dates" is a really great book as well. I believe it has the potential to be enjoyed by a wider audience and I highly recommend it.

Thank you Netgalley, Atria Books, and Rebecca Serle for the eARC.

Expiration Dates is out now!

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This book was about the journey to self discovery, trusting in yourself, and by choosing your own path. Serle always has a deeper message to her stories- ones that break the heart and mind open, and makes the readers think and feel.
Although not my favorite of hers, it was still excellent!

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I love how short and Enrique Rebecca Serle's books are. They are great for spring when life is crazy busy. This one was very creative with the letters saying how long your relationship will last. I really Enjoyed it and will recommend to others.

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I really enjoyed Rebecca Serle’s other books and was so excited to receive an ARC of this Expiration Dates. I love the way Serle wraps her stories in magical realism. How ever, this book was a disappointment. It felt like she maybe had come up with an amazing plot line, but was then forced to finish it too quickly. The attention to detail felt sunk into her descriptions of clothing and settings rather than the story telling and character development. It had so much potential, but in actuality, it fell painfully flat.

Still, I’m not mad I read it. The magical realism was interesting and there were a few twists and turns I found engaging enough to finish it. All in all, it was an interesting premise with a lacking execution.

Thank you to NetGalley for an Arc in exchange for an honest review.

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I have never really been a fan of magical realism but I have read a few books lately that employs this technique and I have enjoyed them. This is another one and I found the story very captivating. I liked the two main characters and appreciated their personal growth throughout the book. The plot is unique with Daphne believing her romantic relationships have expiration dates thanks to anonymous notes she receives. So does she end relationships because she believes time is up or has the relationship really run its course? This book is well written and heartfelt! I have read another of this author’s books, In Five Years, which I also enjoyed so now I need to check out her others.

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This is my second book I've read by Rebecca Serle, and after reading I had mixed feelings about this book. I thought this book was cute, but for me personally, it just didn't live up to her book, In Five Years. While it was an easy read, I found parts of the book to be a bit slow and I had a hard time getting into the magic realism aspect of it. I will say I really enjoyed getting to know all of the characters and Rebecca's descriptive writing style on each of them intrigued me, All in all, I thought Expiration Dates had a good premise and is definitely a read for someone who enjoys a little magic to their story!

Big thank you to the publisher for the ARC in return for an honest review!

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Expiration Dates, by Rebecca Serle, is a romance with some elements of fantasy. The premise of receiving notes with a love affair's end date greatly appealed to me. I have picked up and put down this book countless times since downloading it last summer. To be honest, I did not finish at about 50%. I found Serle's writing to be very descriptive, from the clothes the protagonist was wearing to the L.A. scene. It was hard for me to get swept away in the story when it paused to describe details in depth. Just because it was not for me, it does not mean that it won't be a love for you! There is definite, whimsical potential in these prose. Thank you, NetGalley, and Atria, for allowing me access to Expiration Dates.

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I really enjoyed this book by Rebecca Serle and have recommended it to friends & family, it’s a fun, endearing, uplifting novel and I loved the characters and pace. Can’t wait for Rebecca’s next one!

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I read this book in one sitting. I loved it BUT there are reasons it’s a 4 star read instead of 5. First, the dialog felt choppy, flat, and stiff at the beginning- specifically between Jake and Daphne. This might have been intentional and a bread crumb for what was to come, but it distracted me. I also felt like adding in Daphne’s heart condition in the middle made the story feel disorganized. It didn’t feel like a twist, just an, “oh yea I forgot, I have a heart condition.” It was clearly always Hugo for Daphne. It was also easy to predict that Hugo left Jake’s note. I’m not sure what exactly clued me into that, but it wasn’t a shock when I found out. Now the end-what the hell? I needed more. I needed more than they get coffee together 16 months later. We don’t have to go through her entire life but COME ON!!

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I enjoyed the last two books I read by Rebecca Serle and was looking forward to reading Expiration Dates. I had assumed that this was a romance story, and although there is romance, it is more of a women's fiction, finding yourself and taking chances than romance. As with her previous books this is full of magical realism, which I enjoy. Daphne Bell believes that her life is left up to faith and a plan from the universe. Whenever she meets a man that she is interested in, she receives a paper with his name and date. Than is when their relationship ends. Over the last twenty years, these papers have been accurate and the only man she still has a relationship with is Hugo, an ex that she spent three months with and now they are best friends. He is the only one who knows about the notes. Will she ever get a paper without an expiration date? Finally, the night of a blind date at her favorite Los Angeles restaurant, there’s only a name: Jake.

This was an interesting story with a very intriguing premise. This book is Daphne's journey in life to find her love, her soulmate. There were times I didn't like Daphne's actions, but I always liked her. I can't imagine how her life must have been knowing what she knew. I really liked Hugo. He grounded Daphne, and helped her come to grips with her many relationships and the papers. Jake was amazing, and I thought it was a great match for Daphne. The problem was her honesty. Could she tell Jake everything? This was a well written story, but I do think there were a lot if minute details that became a bit repetitious. The ending of this book was quite a twist and I was surprised by the direction the author took this one, but overall, it was a good story that I enjoyed.

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Thank you to Simon Audio and Atria Books for the copies to review!

I am a huge fan of Rebecca Serle and her books, and I love the little bit of magical realism she weaves into each one. It worked for me again here with Expiration Dates, where Daphne believes the universe has a plan for her, specifically in how long she will date someone. Every time she meets a new man, she receives a slip of paper with a date on it telling her how long she will be with him. Sometimes it’s days, sometimes it is months or longer. Then one day she gets a piece of paper with only a name and no expiration date, Jake.

This was another one that gets you thinking, mostly that time is always moving, in that it is moving fast and should not be taken for granted. There are elements in here not contained in the synopsis, which only enhanced the story and I really loved this one. It was an interesting premise and well executed I thought. The audio was excellent, and while I knew how it would end, I still loved how this all wrapped up. All the stars for this book and I cannot recommend it enough.

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This book was not for me. Expiration Dates tells the story of Daphne, a 30-something woman who receives a note at the start of each relationship telling her when it will end and true to each card, the relationship ends when the card says it will. I love a book with a little magical twist, so this book is right up my alley. As I was reading it, I found it to be predictable and many of the characters to be one-dimensional and flat. The conflict between Daphne and her soulmate came off as contrived and the ending was a bit unbelievable given some of the events in the middle. I appreciated the way that the book tried to discuss fate vs. free will, though I ultimately found that unsuccessful as the analysis didn’t come until about 90% through the book.

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I absolutely loved this book. It was very well written. I loved the “twist” although it’s a bit of a heartbreaking book. It was so good!

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3.5 Stars

Every time Daphne dates or is about to date someone, she receives a slip of paper with a name and an amount of time the relationship will last. Whether it is 3 days or 3 years, she knows how long she is going to date that person. When she gets a slip of paper with just a name and no amount of time, she is sent on a journey to find if this is her forever person or what this means for her.

For the most part, I enjoyed this new book by Rebecca Serle. The little bit of magical realism adds a little something fun and unique. (Spoiler alert - I don’t mind that it wasn’t explained ever). I found it to be a quick read with lots of different emotions and some interesting twists. The fate vs free will aspect comes into play as well. There were some things about the book I didn’t love - some of Daphne’s decisions were frustrating and Hugo’s lack of character development were two big issues I had. Overall though, it was an enjoyable, fast read.

Thank you NetGalley, Simon & Schuster and Rebecca Serle for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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This was all right. Very predictable though, so that was a little disappointing. The premise was interesting and I wondered where it was going to go and how it's deal with the idea of "predestiny" and whatnot. But, again, predictable.

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This had such promise, but when a pivotal component of not only the character's sense of self but also of the entire theme is presented as a "reveal" mid-way through the novel, you'll lose me. Also, the main character was just so obnoxious, so there's that.

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Expiration Dates was another hit from Rebecca Serle. I loved the concept of knowing when a relationship will end.

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I absolutely loved this book and thought the ending was so cute! I also loved reading it as someone who has lived in LA the last 8 years.

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