Tag: Contemporary

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

When I read the blurb for this book, I immediately thought of the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and the line when the lead character says: Greek women grow-up and marry Greek men to have Greek babies… or something like that. And that seems to be what is happening in the book when Kristen’s parents send her on a singles cruise to the Caribbean hopeful that she’ll meet a nice Greek boy to eventually marry.   Who she meets is Pasha. He’s your typical brooding bad-boy character. Hockey player. Hot. Oh, and Russian, not Greek. I liked Pasha’s character, […]

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Little Monsters

Little Monsters

Little Monsters is the first book I’ve read by Kara Thomas. The tagline hooked me immediately, probably because I’m a big Pretty Little Liars fan, and that’s what prompted me to pick up a copy. For fans of Pretty Little Liars, Little Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls. The part in the tagline about girls manipulating each other took me straight back to high school and the cliques, the peer pressure, and the downright nastiness that can sometimes exist between girls. It’s a sad truth, […]

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Feature Friday: The Date To Save

Feature Friday: The Date To Save

Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to. This week, my selection is… Expected Publication:  September 12th, 2017 by Point Summary per Goodreads… The word is out… BROOKS MANDEVILLE, quarterback: Friday is the homecoming game and dance. It is a very big deal. NATALIE WAGNER, marching band clarinet: Our band’s halftime show performances are legendary even if our football team isn’t. CINTHIA ALVAREZ, Academic Battle team member: Our Academic Battle team has won five years in a row. This Friday, it’ll be six. TANNER ERICKSEN, sophomore class candidate for […]

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One of Us is Lying

One of Us is Lying

I have been waiting for the release of One of Us is Lying (OOUIL) since I first read the story summary some months ago. As soon as it was in my library’s system, I reserved a copy… me and half of Winston-Salem. I think I was number 200+ on the waiting list for one of only two copies. If everyone read quickly—and returned books to the library just as quickly—it wouldn’t have been too horrible a wait. After all, I have other books to read. My TBR list is insane! But some people are sloooooow readers. Not only that, they […]

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The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

I’m not quite sure where to begin. There are so many things I could say, but they all have the potential of spoiling something important. And this book is one that you don’t want someone to spoil. It’s meant to be savored page by page. It’s meant to entertain, and it does, but it’s also meant to get the gears in your brain moving. Can you figure out the twists and turns, the who, and the why? The how and the what-happens-next? Maybe. First line: Anne can feel the acid churning in her stomach and creeping up her throat; her […]

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Feature Friday: A Map for Wrecked Girls

Feature Friday: A Map for Wrecked Girls

Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to. My pick this week released a few days ago, but it sounds way too good not to include in Feature Friday so I’m posting it today. This week, my selection is… Expected Publication:  August 15th, 2017 by Dial Books Summary per Goodreads… We sat at the edge of the ocean—my sister Henri and I—inches apart but not touching at all. We’d been so sure someone would find us by now. Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of […]

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Freeks by Amanda Hocking

Freeks by Amanda Hocking

Freeks is the first book by Amanda Hocking I’ve read. I know, I know. I heard everyone gasp when they read that confession. I don’t know why I’ve never read one of her books before now. They’ve just sort of gotten buried under my ever expanding TBR pile, which has almost taken over my home like the blob in the horror movie of the same name. They just keep expanding. And my list of books to read will expand again when I add everything Amanda Hocking has ever written to it. Step Inside A Wondrously Strange New World… I have […]

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Feature Friday: Kissing Max Holden

Feature Friday: Kissing Max Holden

Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to. This week, my selection is… Expected Publication: August 1st, 2017 by Swoon Reads Summary per Goodreads… Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea… After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn’t himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn’t know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn’t let him kiss her. But she can’t resist, and when they’re caught in the act by her dad, […]

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Girl in Snow

Girl in Snow

Girl in Snow is the debut by Danya Kukafka. It’s labeled an adult thriller. However, I think it is suitable as a mature young adult read, as well, since two of the main characters are young adults. When I was contacted by Simon and Schuster and asked if I wanted a galley, I debated. I love books. Well, reading them, specifically. And I enjoy finding new authors. But I had so much of my own writing and editing to work on, that I really didn’t feel I had the time to devote to reviewing. Then, I read the synopsis. The […]

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Feature Friday: What To Say Next

Feature Friday: What To Say Next

  Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to.   This week, my selection is…   Expected publication: July 11th, 2017 by Delacorte Press   Summary per Goodreads… From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes a charming and poignant story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection just when they need it most. For fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Niven, and Rainbow Rowell. Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world. KIT: I don’t […]

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Feature Friday: The Impossible Vastness ..

Feature Friday: The Impossible Vastness of Us

Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to. This week, my selection is… Expected Publication: June 27th, 2017 by Harlequin Teen Summary per Goodreads… I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has. India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to […]

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The One Memory of Flora Banks

The One Memory of Flora Banks

It’s hard for me to gather my thoughts and piece this review together. The One Memory of Flora Banks is the first book I’ve read by Emily Barr. It’s her YA debut, although she’s written many books for adults. First line: The music is too loud, the room too crowded, and it feels as though there are more people in this house than any human being could possibly know. The story is… different. The writing is different, as well. To be honest, when I first began the book I wasn’t sure I’d be able to finish. It is just written […]

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Romeo and What’s Her Name

Romeo and What’s Her Name

Romeo and What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff was full of cuteness, from the cover, to the title, to the story. Yet, I found that while the story was a cute, sweet romance (sort of. I’ll get to that), it touched on some deeper issues too, like the importance of friendship and learning about and accepting oneself. Emily was a great character. She was funny and smart and most importantly: she wasn’t perfect. She was relatable. One of Emily’s quirks is that she babbles when she’s nervous. Oh, wow, can I relate to that. I felt like I was reading about […]

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Feature Friday: The Fashion Committee

Feature Friday: The Fashion Committee

  Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to.   This week, my selection is…   May 23rd, 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers   Summary per Goodreads…   -The Fashion Committee is another winner by one of my all time favorite authors.—Meg Cabot, New York Times bestselling author of the The Princess Diaries and Mediator series Charlie Dean is a style-obsessed girl who eats, sleeps, and breathes fashion. John Thomas-Smith is a boy who forges metal sculptures in his garage and couldn’t care less about clothes. Both […]

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Feature Friday: Dear Reader

Feature Friday: Dear Reader

  Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to.   This week, my selection is…   Expected publication: May 9th, 2017 by Flatiron Books   Summary per Goodreads…     Gilmore Girls with magical realism! Dear Reader is an original, poignant modern-day take on Wuthering Heights, as a high school senior searches for her teacher and meets a boy who may just be Heathcliff come to life     For seventeen-year-old Flannery Fields, the only respite from the plaid-skirted mean girls at Sacred Heart High School at is her […]

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The Boyfriend App

The Boyfriend App

I picked up The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise on a whim. I was browsing my local library’s Overdrive account, looking for another book, and it popped up in the “suggested for you” area. It sounded fun and different so I decided to give it a try. It’s the first book of Ms. Sise’s that I’ve read. I was expecting a cutesy, swoony romance. I was pleasantly surprised when the story turned out to be about a high school girl who was somewhat of a hacking genius. Awesome. Yes, there was a romance, but it was surprisingly light. The majority […]

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Feature Friday: After You Left

Feature Friday: After You Left

Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to.   This week, my selection is…   After You Left Expected publication: April 1st, 2017 by Lake Union Publishing   Goodread’s Synopsis:   You want to know what the worst thing is? It’s not the embarrassment, or the looks on people’s faces when I tell them what happened. It isn’t the pain of him not being there—loneliness is manageable. The worst thing is not knowing why.   When Justin walks out on Alice on their honeymoon, with no explanation apart from a […]

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Tell Me Three Things

Tell Me Three Things

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum… well, I’m going to tell you three things.   First, I almost didn’t read the book because the anniversary of my dad’s death was just seventeen days ago, (at the time I’m writing this review) and I didn’t know if I was emotionally up to reading a story about a girl who’d lost her mother. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to review it objectively. I’m so, so glad I read the book. Even though Jessie is sixteen and I’m, well, not, I could still relate to her. Her character is real. She’s […]

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Love Me Tender

Love Me Tender

Love Me Tender, by Ally Blake, is the second book in the Cinderella Project Series. I read and reviewed the first book, Kiss Me Quick, which I enjoyed. I think, however, I enjoyed this title a little more. It had more of a Rom/Com feel to it, which I really liked.   On why Serafina wasn’t invested in finding “The One…”   Marcy joke that her ovaries were merely dormant. That one day they’d erupt and the explosion would be so astronomical it would block out the sun.   Serafina and Murdoch were interesting characters. I found them easy to […]

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New Release

New Release

  I’m thrilled to participate in the blitz for  the first book in Rachel Van Dyken’s: The Bachelors of Arizona. I love her books and writing style and can’t wait to get my hands on The Bachelor Auction! And check out that cover! It’s simple, but the colors just pop.   Title: The Bachelor Auction Author: Rachel Van Dyken Series: The Bachelors of Arizona #1 On Sale: October 4, 2016 Publisher: Forever Formats: eBook Price: $4.99 USD (eBook) Find the Book on Goodreads Find The Series on Goodread    Cinderella never had to deal with this crap. Jane isn’t entirely […]

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