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The Distance From Me to You Review

October 18, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 1 ★★★½

The Distance From Me to You ReviewThe Distance from Me to You by Marina Gessner
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on October 20th 2015
Pages: 352
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three-half-stars
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Wild meets Endless Love in this multilayered story of love, survival, and self-discovery.
McKenna Berney is a lucky girl. She has a loving family and has been accepted to college for the fall. But McKenna has a different goal in mind: much to the chagrin of her parents, she defers her college acceptance to hike the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia with her best friend. And when her friend backs out, McKenna is determined to go through with the dangerous trip on her own. While on the Trail, she meets Sam. Having skipped out on an abusive dad and quit school, Sam has found a brief respite on the Trail, where everyone’s a drifter, at least temporarily.
Despite lives headed in opposite directions, McKenna and Sam fall in love on an emotionally charged journey of dizzying highs and devastating lows. When their punch-drunk love leads them off the trail, McKenna has to persevere in a way she never thought possible to beat the odds or risk both their lives.

This book has been advertised as Wild meets Endless Love which is an interesting comparison if you ask me. Anyway, I think the concept of a high school graduate hiking the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia was fairly fascinating if you ask me. I loved the beautiful prose of this work and I liked the characters quite a bit. The Distance From Me to You has its fair share of strengths and weaknesses, but it’s still a book that stuck with me, and that alone counts for something.

McKenna was a determined and driven lead character. I loved how independent and fearless she was. Though she encountered many hardships along her journey, she never turned around and went back home. She was extremely resourceful and intelligent, I loved the research that she did to prepare as she hiked. Sam’s past was completely heartbreaking and I totally sympathized with him. He’s sort of your typical popular good looking love interest, but he also was more complicated than that. However, I think the author could have resolved it and dug even deeper than the way she left his story. I felt like there was still so much left to uncover and it disappointed me that we didn’t get that.

The relationship between McKenna and Sam was pretty darn swoon worthy. I did feel like it moved a little on the fast side, and it was pretty much a case of insta-love which I am never typically happy with. Sam does draw back from McKenna in the beginning, but there is still an instant attraction that the two clearly have. In the end, the pair as a couple was believable to me. I felt like they balanced each other out well and they took care of each other, which is something that you don’t always get a chance to see in YA books.

I will admit, the book does have some fairly obvious flaws and I feel like a lot of things weren’t addressed as often as they should have been. As a whole, the story was still fast paced and intriguing. I felt like the parental figures could have had more development, but the author was telling McKenna and Sam’s story, not the parents. I recommend this for Young Adult lovers who like romance and unique plots.

three-half-stars

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Against All Odds Review

October 17, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★★

Against All Odds ReviewAgainst All Odds by Patricia Vanasse
Published by Pants On Fire Press on 25 September 2015
Pages: 313
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four-stars
Sometimes boy meets girl, and the stars align, and their future is laid out neatly before them. Together forever. Meant to be. But Max and Loren are not one of those couples.

Seventeen-year-old Max DuPont is on the verge of becoming a ward of the state and foster kid. Contrary to expectations, Max is not from the "wrong" side of town. He's from a good home in a nice neighborhood, but his mother left after his father lost his job and turned to drinking. Max has been struggling to keep his head above water ever since. All he wants is to survive his senior year, play hockey, and move on to college. When his dad lands himself in jail, Max has no choice but to accept an offer to live with his father's do-gooder attorney, Mr. Larssi. The only contingency is that Max must stay far away from Larssi's beautiful teenage daughter Loren.

Loren is aware that she's had every opportunity in her young adult life—at least, that is, every opportunity her parents designed for her. She excels in academics at a competitive prep school, she never parties, she never dates, and she's a budding ballerina and major hopeful for a Juilliard scholarship. But since her best friend Lily died tragically three months ago, Loren is lost. She knows just how precious life is. But she has no idea how to make the best of it. How can she live—really live—with obsessive parents breathing down her neck…and inviting the only guy who never noticed her to live right under their roof?
Loren's first step in living her own life might be to get Max to notice her. Max's only chance at a solid future without foster care is to keep his distance from Loren. But their chemistry is undeniable. And they can't fight the odds forever…

Based on the cover and description alone, I could tell that this book was for me. If you can’t already tell from the type of books that I usually review on my blog, I love YA contemporary romances. Not all of them always work for me, but this one fortunately did. I believed in Lo and Max’s relationship, and I also felt like it was a well developed story that handled real world issues with extreme ease.

Max was a dreamy character who had a heartbreaking past. I know I’ve read a lot of books lately that have had this, but I still found this to work due to how charming Max is. He isn’t your typical bad boy, but he still has a little bit of a past with being a womanizer and having problems with drinking too much. However, he got his act together once his mother left him with his drunk father and he began to completely apply himself in school and get perfect grades. It always breaks my heart when the main character is forced to mature and take care of their parents, despite the fact that it should be the other way around. I found Max’s passion and love for hockey to be very convincing, although I kind of would have liked to see even more of that, but I know that the story needed some room for other important plots as well.

Loren is a character that I related with on a personal level. Like Loren, I also lost my best friend, even though the death happened differently and I was much younger at the time, but it was still very difficult. Some people might read this and feel like Lo was overly dramatic about it, and shouldn’t have thrown a fit about going to counseling. Speaking from experience, I know that it’s hard to admit that you need help when experiencing that level of grief. I liked how Lo would knock off items on her bucket list that she created with Lily because it felt like each item reminded her of Lily. That’s something that I also understand because there are many things that I would do when my best friend died that made me feel closer to her and helped me grieve all at once.

The relationship between Lo and Max was obviously totally complicated. Max felt like he had to stay away from Loren due to her fathers huge rule. I thought it was even more complex how Max wouldn’t tell Lo the real reason why he couldn’t be with her in public was due to that rule, but it also shows what a good guy he is since he didn’t want to come between her and her dad. The romance moved fairly slow which made it feel even more real. Despite his initial attraction, it’s pretty clear that nobody would get involved with someone right away when so much was at stake for them. Once it did finally happen, I was more than ready for it. I feel like the author wrote this extremely well.

All in all, this was a fabulous book that I was impressed with. I was beyond excited to read it when Patricia Vanasse contacted me and asked if I would review it. So thank you to Patricia for allowing me to receive a copy of your incredible book! I really felt like Patricia handled tough issues like alcoholism and social work in a real way. I also loved how both Max and Loren had a sport that they were passionate about. Like I already said, Max had hockey, but Lo had ballet. Dance isn’t something that I’m an expert on, but I loved reading about it and felt like the imagery was extremely well done. In general, this was a quick read and I was immersed in their story.

I recommend this for fans of:

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four-stars

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Blog Tour: Super Freak

October 16, 2015 Blog Tours, Reviews 0 ★★★½

Blog Tour: Super Freak

Blog Tour: Super FreakSuper Freak by Vanessa Barger
on October 13th 2015
Pages: 285
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three-half-stars
Thirteen-year-old Caroline is a freak. Her parents have uprooted her to a town full of Supernaturals. You'd think she'd be thrilled. But, to someone without a magical bone in her body, this daughter of tree sprites feels even more like an outcast than she ever has before. To make matters worse, her new home is cursed. But when Caroline takes to investigating the mysterious and strange happenings of Harridan House, her BFF goes missing. Seems someone doesn't want Caroline sticking her non-magical nose where it most certainly doesn’t belong. Determined to prove herself, Caroline uncovers a plot to destroy her new hometown. But what's a human without magical powers to do? Caroline better figure it out fast, before she loses everything she has ever loved and the whispers she's heard all her life prove true: "Caroline is a useless super-freak."

I’m beyond thrilled that I could be involved with the blog tour for Super Freak, a brand new middle grade book from Tantrum Books! This was a quick and sweet read that I was very into from start to finish. Vanessa Barger has crafted a cute story that was extremely creative and nothing like anything I’ve ever read before. I think she’s really onto something different and refreshing in the middle grade world and I like it a lot!

I loved Vanessa Barger’s writing style from the very first page. Caroline was a sassy and hilarious character that I immediately connected with. Who doesn’t feel like a freak sometimes or maybe even all the time? I know that when I was her age particularly, I often felt like I was the only person in my family or at my school who was different from the other kids. I felt like Barger put a unique spin to the story making Caroline being literally the only person around her who had no ounce of magic. Initially, I was thinking that she would be the only one in her family to lack magical powers, but I felt like this way was a lot more different and fascinating.

Besides Caroline, the other characters were also cool and fun to read. I loved her best friend who is a half vampire, Diana. The girl immediately sticks up for Caro and I adored how protective and sassy Diana was from the first scene that we met her. I wish that the author could have explored why Kevin, who is a vampire with a much nicer twin named Leo, was so mean to her. At one point, he does begin to get nicer and I was hoping for an explanation behind why he was bullying her in the first place and also why he chose to stop. Maybe that’s something that only I thought of when reading since it’s typically supposed to be a shorter book, but I think that could have possibly been worked in somehow.

All in all, I recommend this for younger readers because it is different and intriguing. It has hilarious and relatable characters. It also blends fantasy in there, but not in an overwhelming way. I felt like Barger wrote the story so well, I was definitely craving more by the time the book ended. In my humble opinion, you should give this one a shot if you’re a fan of middle grade books, it won’t let you down!

Tour Date:

October 12-23, 2015

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Giveaway:

• Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Super Freak by Vanessa Barger (INT)

ABOUT VANESSA BARGER:

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Vanessa Barger was born in West Virginia, and through several moves ended up spending the majority of her life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a graduate of George Mason University and Old Dominion University, and has degrees in Graphic Design, a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, and a Masters in Technology Education. She has had articles published in Altered Arts Magazine, has had some artwork displayed in galleries in Ohio and online, and currently teaches engineering, practical physics, drafting and other technological things to high school students in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), the Virginia Writer’s Club, and the Hampton Roads Writers. When not writing or teaching, she’s a bookaholic, movie fanatic, and loves to travel. She is married to a fabulous man, and has one cat, who believes Vanessa lives only to open cat food cans, and can often be found baking when she should be editing.

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three-half-stars

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Outspoken Review

October 15, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 1 ★★★★★

Outspoken ReviewOutspoken by Lora Richardson
Published by Self-Published on 16 August 2015
Pages: 252
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five-stars
Penny Beck is a girl who says yes when she means no.  She keeps to herself, follows the rules, and does what she’s told. After a disastrous experience with her boyfriend, she's determined to change from the spineless person she’s always been into the strong woman she wants to become.  All she needs is a little practice.

On a cross-country trip to check on her grandpa, she strives to become bolder and more outspoken with the strangers she meets.  Penny's plan is to practice saying and doing what she wants without worrying about what anyone else thinks.

Then she meets Archer, an introspective loner to whom she finds herself drawn.  She realizes she does care what he thinks, very much.  Will Penny be able to stick to her plan, or will she revert back to her people-pleasing ways?

I’m really glad that I had the chance to read this book! Based on the description alone, I could tell that this was a story right up my alley. There is no love triangle and there is a beautiful balance of family dynamics and female and platonic female-male friendships. This book was definitely really great based on the writing and how I personally was able to connect with the characters. I think different readers will feel different things depending on their own connections, but I still believe that this a book that can be enjoyed by many readers.

As I said, Penny was a character that I immediately understood. She’s a people pleaser, and tends to do things just because it’s what the people closest to her want her to do. I’m sure I’m not the only person who also has problems with telling people no. I hate letting people down, and that’s exactly how Penny is. Our similarities end in the respect that Penny is brave enough to travel halfway across the country and take care of her grandpa, who has early Alzheimer’s.

The characters were all incredibly well written. There weren’t any characters that I felt like served no purpose or were totally unlikable. I loved the friends that Penny made in South Carolina. Gwen and Marissa were dynamic and outgoing, completely different from Penny and that’s why she got along so well with them. She longed to be a more easygoing person who does less of what people want her to do and more of she wants for herself. I also enjoyed her friendship with Marissa’s brother Mike and felt like it was a nice platonic relationship. Although we didn’t get to see much of them, I also liked Penny’s seven siblings. Her Grandpa was also a well written character, some scenes involving him truly broke my heart because it was so realistic.

Penny and Archer were great characters on their own, but they were even better together. I loved how slowly but surely the build up between them was. Archer’s story was extremely sad, but his honesty and how he opened up to Penny was fascinating and also swoony to read. I’m always a fan of the loner love interest and Archer didn’t disappoint. He also went a lot deeper than what you’d first expect. My favorite thing about him was that he never beat around the bush when it came to how he felt about Penny. I always find it refreshing when the main male character isn’t hot and cold with the MC. I won’t be forgetting about Archer and his romantic and honest ways anytime soon.

There are very few things that I would change about this book. It was a quick read, and just what I needed. Yes, it has drama, but it’s a realistic amount. Some YA books are hard for me to connect with because the plot doesn’t seem like it would really happen to any teens that I know, but this one was just the opposite. I was beyond thrilled when Lora Richardson approached me about reviewing her book because the description automatically spoke to me. I hope that you guys also give this a try because it’s the kind of story that we need to see more of in Young Adult novels.

five-stars

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The Masked Truth Review

October 15, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★★★

The Masked Truth ReviewThe Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong
Published by Doubleday Canada on October 13th 2015
Pages: 352
Source: Purchased
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five-stars
In this heart-stopping suspense thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong proves herself to be a master of terror and suspense.
Riley Vasquez is haunted by the brutal murder of the couple she was babysitting for.
Max Cross is suffering under the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis he doesn’t dare reveal.
The last thing either of them wants is to spend a weekend away at a therapy camp alongside five other teens with “issues.” But that’s exactly where they are when three masked men burst in to take the group hostage.
The building has no windows. The exits are sealed shut. Their phones are gone. And their captors are on a killing spree.
Riley and Max know that if they can’t get out, they’ll be next—but they’re about to discover that even escape doesn’t equal freedom.

I know this book was just released on Tuesday, but it really needs more attention than what it’s currently receiving. Why isn’t everyone reading this book?! Honestly, it’s a total must read. It’s not an easy read due to all of the unpredictable twists and turns that happen right from the very start, but it is definitely a worthwhile journey in the end of it all. I’ve never read any of Kelley Armstrong’s books before, but I’m certainly intrigued in her work now.

There isn’t much that I can say about the storyline and all my thoughts about the book because it’ll ruin everything. I will let you guys know that nothing is what it seems. It’s better to just lay back and read through it, it’s not easy to guess all the details in The Masked Truth. Alright, I already feel as if I’ve given too much information away.

A safer territory is talking a little bit about the characters. I loved both Riley and Max as our two main characters. They both have sad pasts and struggle with their own respective mental illnesses. Riley is suffering from PTSD due to the fact that she saw the parents of the kid she was babysitting get murdered. Max has a serious mental illness of his own that he is hesitant to tell others about. I’m not going to get into it although it isn’t exactly a secret. It isn’t revealed in the Goodreads description, so I’m going to avoid it as well. I will say that you’ll feel for both of these characters as they struggle with figuring out their place in this world.

This is a hopelessly vague review that I’m sure you got very little out of. I’m sorry for that, but this is just one of those that you have to figure out as you go along. Before I read it, I had read reviews that other bloggers had written about it talking about how swoony Max is and the relationship is in general. Initially, I wasn’t sure how that was going to work considering the fact that it has so much plot going on that it seems to not have much time for any romance at all. Somehow Armstrong manages to work it into the story in such a natural way that seems so effortless. I loved her writing and the unique storytelling. This was such a creative story that was so intense and made me feel as if I was going to die if I didn’t find out how the story was going to end. I’m glad that I managed to somehow survive through it without jumping to the ending first. I can’t recommend this one enough to anyone who enjoyed books similar to Gone Girl or We Were Liars!

five-stars

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Waiting On Wednesday: Underwater

October 14, 2015 Features 3

Waiting On Wednesday: UnderwaterUnderwater by Marisa Reichardt
on January 12th 2016
Pages: 288
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Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself.
But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school.
When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside.
Underwater is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.

New-WoW3Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine. It focuses on upcoming releases that we are most looking forward to reading. I love participating in this week after week and hope you enjoy it as well!

I’m definitely excited about this one. It’s the authors debut novel and it seems to be receiving positive reviews so far. I’m anxious to see how the book portrays mental illness so hopefully it’ll live up to my pretty high expectations! This will be a great read and I look forward to reading it in January.

Hope you enjoyed reading my WOW for this week. Let me know what your pick was!

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A Shot of Reckless Review

October 14, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★★

A Shot of Reckless ReviewA Shot of Reckless by Maddie Paige
Published by Elephantine on October 14th 2015
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four-stars
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Art major, Roxy Thompson, is a ball of fun—but she's also careful to keep her walls intact when it comes to men. She likes relationships just like her coffee: light and sweet. After having her heart shattered once before, she’s determined not to ever feel that broken again.
College senior, Lake Foster, is just tempting enough to make Roxy rethink her rules of engagement. Suddenly, high-dollar shots and a no-strings night out aren't enough anymore. But Lake isn't looking for long-term. His future is set, and in four months, he intends to graduate and leave Georgia—and everything in it—behind. Luckily, short-term fun is Roxy’s specialty, and Lake can’t resist what he promises will be a fleeting taste.
Will Roxy and Lake really walk away when their time is up? They only have one shot to find out.

I received an advanced copy of this title for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. That has not affected my review.

This is an under the radar book that is just being released today, but still deserves plenty more attention than what it’s currently receiving. Big thanks goes to Me, My Shelf, and I for not only bringing this awesome New Adult title to my attention, but allowing me to review this book as well. I didn’t know ANYTHING about A Shot of Reckless going into this, but I was struck by the narrative and the flow of the novel. It was well written and memorable and goes up there towards the top of my list regarding the best NA books I’ve read so far this year.

For the rest of my review, I’m going to mix things up some. I’m going to call out some of the overused tropes typically found in New Adult or really any book, and talk about it in relation to this specific book.

Insta-love

The initial romance in this one is pretty similar to how it usually is in NA books. Basically, they meet at a bar and the attraction is instantly felt between them.

Friends with benefits

Once they give into their feelings and have sex, they still fight having a relationship. Lake is leaving for California soon and Roxy has kept boys at a safe distance since she caught her high school boyfriend with someone else. I wouldn’t exactly call it friends with benefits since they never officially call it that, but they do agree for it to be casual so it’s sort of along the same lines.

Love triangle

None at all really! Lake does have a female best friend, but I felt like the authors did a good job at making it platonic between them. There were a few moments where I was a little weary about it, but it turned out working just fine in the end. This is a hard thing to pull off and they do it with ease.

Slut shaming

This book does a seriously brilliant job at avoiding this at all costs. While Roxy being promiscuous is addressed by some of the insignificant male characters, there is no slut shaming done by the main character which is sadly not always found in NA stories.

Pure MC

As you can likely tell by my previous notes, Roxy isn’t a virgin. Some New Adult stories have become more open minded regarding this topic, but I still see quite a few innocent and pure female characters. While there is nothing wrong with this, it can get more than a little bit excessive. Therefore, it was refreshing to me that she wasn’t like that.

Lack of parents/crazy parents

Roxy’s parents actually cut her off because she majored in art so there was obviously some parental issues going on here. We don’t get to see Lake’s father which I was kind of hoping for, but I also get that the book needed more room for more pressing issues.

Bad boy love interest

Lake is far from being a bad boy. Roxy is the more wild one of the two but the authors make this work. I really loved Lake, he was a genuinely nice guy who felt responsible for taking care of his friends. He was really mature and had his shit together which is always nice to see.

That’s all that I’m going to touch on in this review, but I hope that you guys give this book a shot! I was pleasantly surprised by it and I hope that you feel the same way.

four-stars

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First & Then Review

October 13, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 2 ★★★★½

First & Then ReviewFirst & Then by Emma Mills
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on October 13th 2015
Pages: 272
Source: Netgalley
Also by this author: This Adventure Ends
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four-half-stars
Devon Tennyson wouldn't change a thing. She's happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon's cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn't want them first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.
Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

This is a book that I absolutely adored from the very first page. It’s marketed as being a “Friday Night Lights” meets “Pride and Prejudice” type story. I’ve never read “Pride and Prejudice” but I’m a huge fan of “Friday Night Lights,” it’s one of my favorite TV shows of all time. Anyway, I was happily pleased by this well written novel. Honestly, this is one of the cutest books I’ve read all year. I strongly recommend people to read this awesome debut!

The main thing to focus on from First & Then is the characters. Literally all of them, including the supporting characters were complex and layered. I’m going to start off with Devon, our main protagonist and narrator. She was a character that I could seriously relate to, especially when it comes to feeling like she hasn’t done much that she can write about in her college essay. At some points in the book, I felt annoyed by her and some of her insecurities but it was still pretty realistic. Foster was the comic relief of the novel. He was just so hysterical and unique, I just loved him. I can’t really explain it fully, but he was so innocent and pure. It’s something that you just have to read to understand.

There’s so much to say about Ezra but I’ll start by saying that I love him and his charm so much. He’s not your typical womanizer star football player or the charming good old boy football star. He’s actually known for being an intense jerk and Devon is immediately hesitant of him as she silently pines for her football player best friend Cas. I like that despite her crush, this isn’t a love triangle like Catching Jordan. He says so many sweet things throughout the novel that I found myself frequently highlighting so I wouldn’t forget it. Seriously though, I’ve lost count of how many times that I’ve went back and re-read ALL of the interactions between Ezra and Devon.

Comparing this book to Friday Night Lights is right on the money. Both have football backgrounds but are more centered on the relationships between every character than on football. Devon herself isn’t all that into football so we don’t have much technical terms which I think makes the book easy to read for those of you that aren’t huge football fans.

I knew literally nothing about the premise going into the book but it definitely lived up to all my expectations. I was pleasantly surprised by the plot and found it to be one that I could personally relate to. It was a light read which is exactly what I needed. Sometimes too much dark or drama in YA novels can get overwhelming, so this was a huge relief for me. I recommend it to anyone that wants a light read for the fall! You don’t have to like football in order to read this, it’s certainly a book for everyone.

four-half-stars

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Future Author Duos

October 12, 2015 Features 11

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Future Author Duos

The Broke and the Bookish hosts Top Ten Tuesday every week and the theme for today is top authors that you’d love to see write a book together. This topic required a lot of thinking for me, but I really liked it!

 

1. Rainbow Rowell and John Green

You have to admit, this would be one heck of a team! They both have unique styles of writing and have the ability to write insanely memorable characters.

2. Stephanie Perkins and Huntley Fitzpatrick

 

Reason number one is obviously that they are both redheads. But seriously, both of these authors have created some of the best book boyfriends in all of the YA world. Jase Garrett and Cricket Bell are actually a lot of like in the sense that they both live next door to the MC and they are both insanely sweet guys. I think they could write one killer novel together.

3. Emery Lord and Morgan Matson

Both of these girls have written gorgeous YA novels about road trips, summer, and love. They both write nerdy sweet boyfriends who you really don’t get to see a lot of.

4. Katie McGarry and Miranda Kenneally

 

I can’t think of any other two authors that write YA romance books with sports involved the way that Katie and Miranda do. I also love how sex positive they are plus all the characters are always likable.

5. Sarah J. Maas and Veronica Roth

 

I will confess: I haven’t read all of Sarah J. Maas’s books yet, but I do love what I’ve read from her so far. I also know that she’s EXTREMELY popular due to the awesome fantasy that she writes. Even though Veronica Roth writes Dystopian and not really the same kind of fantasy, I still wanted to pair them up because I think they would make a good team and the reads would go crazy for it.

6. Jandy Nelson and Melina Marchetta

 

This is definitely the most far fetched one so far considering the fact that Melina Marchetta is Australian and Jandy is an American author. However, I simply couldn’t deny how similar their writing style is. I absolutely love how Jandy handled the subject of grief in The Sky is Everywhere and Marchetta did the same beautiful job with On the Jellicoe Road. Yes, this may never happen, but this is my dream list, not a predictable one!

7. Robin Benway and Gayle Forman

 

This may seem like a weird combo, but I chose them because they both wrote beautiful novels that feature music. Robin also proved that she could tackle serious subjects the way that Gayle has with her latest novel Emmy and Oliver.

8. Sarah Dessen and Courtney C. Stevens

 

This is another one that might seem strange to some of you but I swear I have some reasoning behind it. You may not be too familiar with Courtney C. Stevens since she’s only released one novel so far with her second one coming out in November. On the other side, Sarah has 16 books out. However, one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books is Just Listen which tackles the subject of sexual assault in such a heartbreaking and real way, which is what Courtney managed to do with her debut book Faking Normal. If you haven’t read either of these titles, you totally should!

9. J. Lynn and Tammara Webber

 

These are two brilliant New Adult authors. J. Lynn’s Cam from Wait For You and Tammara’s Lucas from Easy are both a lot alike if you think about it and I love them both!

10. Jen Frederick and Cora Carmack

Okay I know the image for Jen is a little different but I couldn’t find a real picture of her anywhere so I decided to just use the Goodreads image. Anyway, I picked these two since they both write amazing New Adult football books. I know that Jen’s is a lot more recent and only one in the series is out, but I was definitely impressed in the way that I was with Cora Carmack’s Rusk University books.

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Falling for the Wrong Guy Review

October 12, 2015 Reviews 3 ★★★

Falling for the Wrong Guy ReviewFalling for the Wrong Guy by Sara Hantz
Published by Entangled Crush on October 12th 2015
Pages: 170
Source: Purchased
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three-stars
Ruby Davis has a crush on her brother’s best friend. At least, he was his bestie until the big betrayal. Now Drew is off limits to everyone, especially Ruby. She can’t stand the way people treat him, or the way he feels about himself. It isn’t right. And those deep green eyes are calling to her.
Drew is scarred and damaged, and he has no business even looking at Ruby. But he can’t help himself. She’s beautiful, but he does his best to stay away. When they are assigned a school project, they become reluctant friends – even though they want so much more.
She’s torn between her feelings for Drew and loyalty to her brother. There’s no way they can ever be together...but love just might find a way.

As you can probably tell from my recent reviews, I love Entangled Crush books. This one wasn’t as great as the Backstage Pass books or Center Ice, (which I should be posting my review of here soon) but I did enjoy it for the most part. Truthfully, this book isn’t all that different from any other book that I’ve read where the little sister falls in love with the forbidden former best friend of her brother. It was a bit of a twist that the fallout between Drew (the love interest) and Blake (the older brother) was actually pretty serious stuff, not something petty. Blake’s on and off girlfriend was killed in a fire and she was with Drew the night that it happened. All that he walked away with was a terrible scar.

I didn’t feel all that connected with either of the characters. I think part of it was due to that the book was less than 200 pages and that just isn’t long enough for me to get all that attached to them. I was really touched by how Ruby and Drew ultimately ended up connecting. Basically, he feels drawn to her because she understands him in a way that no one else does. She’s nice to him but she doesn’t pity him. She understands what he’s going through regarding his scars because of her own disabled father.

My issues were with Drew’s attitude. I understood that he had a lot of baggage and wasn’t over the huge mistake that he had made. I get that, but at the same time, he treated Ruby terribly at times. It is one of my pet peeves when it comes to YA book characters of either gender. If one of them is being wishy washy for half of the book, the chances of me even caring about how the relationship ends up, decreases by so much.

It wasn’t a bad one, but it wasn’t my favorite Entangled Crush book. I feel like it had potential, but it just ended up being a book that I just sort of flipped through and wasn’t fully invested in. However, I’m beyond excited to see what this Entangled imprint comes up with next and hope it’ll be more my speed!

three-stars

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