Some of It Was Real

Thank you, Berkley Publishing, for the gifted copy of Some of It Was Real. 🔮{partner}

Genre: Fiction
Trope: Romance/Mystery
Pub Date: 7.26.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆.5


“Psychic-medium Sylvie Young starts every show with her origin story, telling the audience how she discovered her abilities. But she leaves out a lot—the plane crash that killed her parents, an estranged adoptive family who tend orchards in rainy Oregon, panic attacks, and the fact that her agent insists she research some clients to ensure success.

After a catastrophic reporting error, Thomas Holmes’s next story at the L.A. Times may be his last, but he’s got a great personal pitch. “Grief vampires” like Sylvie who prey upon the loved ones of the deceased have bankrupted his mother. He’s dead set on using his last-chance article to expose Sylvie as a conniving fraud and resurrect his career.

When Sylvie and Thomas collide, a game of cat and mouse ensues, but the secrets they’re keeping from each other are nothing compared to the mysteries and lies they unearth about Sylvie’s past. Searching for the truth might destroy them both—but it’s the only way to find out what’s real.


“If someone you loved met a violent end or suffered an illness before passing, that wasn’t their life. It was all the years before then – every joy, celebration, adventure, and love. Death is only a moment.”

I went into Some of It Was Real thinking it would mainly be a romance — I was very wrong. The first 100 pages of this book had an exceptional tense undertone. I kept telling myself, ‘one more chapter, one more chapter,’ until I finally had to force myself to put the book down. But, once I had set the book down, I wanted to pick it up again and see where the story would take me.

Psychics and mediums have always been an interest of mine. Do I know that there are fakes out there who scam people? Yes. But, I think there are people out there who are authentic. So, amongst all the drama of this story, I was still cheering for Sylvie.

As for the characters, I loved Sylvie. I knew she came with a lot of baggage (her parents treat her terribly), but I still liked her. I didn’t love Thomas; he was too wishy-washy for me. I wanted him to either get on with it or get over it. But, the stars of the show? They were Moose and Chris (dog and cat). They were my favorites, and I was a mess reading the chapters that focused on Chris’ health decline.

🔎 Tense – more of a mystery than I expected
😤🥰 Enemies to lovers romance
📖 One more chapter.. one more chapter
🐕🐈 Chris & Moose

❌ – This story deals with death (of all kinds), but the most brutal chapter for me was losing Chris (no spoiler, you know it’s coming from the first encounter). The death of an animal is never easy, especially when that animal has been with us for almost our whole life.

I recommend reading Some of It Was Real if you’re looking for a story that has a bit of mystery, suspense and romance.

Format: 352 pages, paperback
Published: July 2022
ISBN 0593438698 (ISBN13: 9780593438695)

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