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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

All the Rage by Courtney Summers
"The sheriff's son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything-friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy's only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn't speak up. Nobody believed her the first time-and they certainly won't now-but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear."- summary from Amazon



FTC: Borrowed book from local library. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

Monday, April 18, 2016

On the Fence by Kasie West

On the Fence by Kasie West
"She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door.

With three older brothers, Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, has always been more comfortable calling the shots on a basketball court than flirting with the opposite sex. So when her police officer dad demands she get a summer job to pay for the latest in a long line of speeding tickets, she's more than a little surprised to find herself working at a chichi boutique and going out with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with her neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden, sitting back-to-back against the fence that separates them. Braden may know her better than anyone. But there's a secret Charlie's keeping that even he hasn't figured out—she's fallen for him. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high."- summary from Amazon

I absolutely loved West's debut YA romance and have been meaning to keep up with each new release, but somehow fell behind. I finally read this book a couple months ago and really enjoyed it. Her books are very Dessen-esque; a romance surrounded by some great insight and emotional depths.

FTC: Received ARC from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek by Seth Rudetsky

The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek by Seth Rudetsky
"Broadway, New York. The shows, the neon lights . . . the cute chorus boys! It's where Justin has always wanted to be--and now, with a winter internship for a famous actor, he finally has his chance to shine. If only he could ditch his kind, virtuous, upright, and--dare he say it?—uptight boyfriend, Spencer. But once the internship begins, Justin has more to worry about than a cramped single-guy-in-the-city style. Instead of having his moment in the spotlight, he's a not-so-glorified errand boy. Plus, Spencer is hanging out with a celebra-hottie, Justin's best friend Becky isn't speaking to him, and his famous actor boss seems headed for flopdom. Justin's tap-dancing as fast as he can, but all his wit and sass might not be enough to switch his time in New York from nightmare-terrible to dream-come-true terrific."- summary from Amazon

Such an awesome and funny book- I loved the central mystery of it and Justin's voice is so compelling that I ended staying up way too late last night reading the second half of the book!

FTC: Received ARC from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Focus on Me by Megan Erickson

Focus on Me by Megan Erickson
"Colin Hartman can now add college to his list of failures. On the coast-to-coast trek home from California, Colin stops at a gas station in the Nevada desert, and can’t help noticing the guy in tight jeans looking like he just stepped off a catwalk. When he realizes Catwalk is stranded, Colin offers a ride.

Riley only intended to take a short ride in Colin's Jeep to the Grand Canyon. But one detour leads to another until they finally find themselves tumbling into bed together. However there are shadows in Riley's eyes that hide a troubled past. And when those shadows threaten to bury the man whom Colin has fallen in love with, he vows to get Riley the help he needs. For once in his life, quitting isn't an option…"- summary from Amazon

This was such a lovely, sweet and sexy gay new adult book. I loved getting to know these two characters and watch them slowly fall in love with each other, and deal with the obstacles that came their way and the moments of self-doubt that kept them from each other.

FTC: Received e-galley from Netgalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett

The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett
"Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength.

This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad.

As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land.

There will be a reckoning. . . ."- summary from Amazon

Though it is very sad that this is the last Terry Pratchett book the world will get to have, it is such a fitting final book and simply amazing. I absolutely loved it. I've always enjoyed the Tiffany Aching series in general so I may be a little biased, but the book seems to be written as a goodbye from Pratchett himself, bringing in all sorts of characters from the vast world of his Discworld books when the death of someone very special and influential brings everyone together, and brings the fairy horde out to invade during this moment of weakness. Tiffany is also learning to grow up, and figuring out that she can't do everything all on her own; sometimes you need to delegate or call for help, which is an important lesson to learn.

Overall, a fantastic final book from the legendary Pratchett. If you have not checked out any of his works, please do; he was simply an amazing fantasy writer.

FTC: Borrowed book from local library. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.