Always Never Yours (Non-Spoiler Review)

Always Never Yours  by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Published by Penguin Books on May 22, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 349

Format: Hardback

Source: personally bought

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are. and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theater, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible. But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script. Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to star in her own love story?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I thought the backdrop of romeo and juilet production was so prefect. I also was really drawn to the character of megan. I thought she was unique character because she was not likable from page one but she grew on me throughout the read. I thought this was also a very sex positive novel and thought it was a super realistic read. I loved the complicated family dynamics off all the characters and also the connection this story had to Romeo and Juliet. I will def read more by this duo of authors in the future.

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Somewhere only we know (Non-Spoiler Review)

Some Where only we know by Maurene Goo

Published by  Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) on May 7, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 312

Format: Hardback

Source: personally bought

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

10:00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she’s just performed her hit song “Heartbeat” in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She’s about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She’s in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.

11:00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She’s very cute. He’s maybe curious.

12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.

With her trademark humor and voice, Maurene Goo delivers a sparkling story of taking a chance on love—and finding yourself along the way.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book. I thought his book had some of my favorite troups like romance with star, love to hate romance and some much self-discovery. I also really enjoyed the focus on the K pop world. I did not know much about this world but I found it super fast pace read. I really did like the duel POV and was super invested in both leads. I also liked how both main characters had some self-divsovery storylines. I enjoyed this read alot and found it to such a fast pace read that I flew though. I def need to read more by this author in the future!

Bea/Con Picks: Maybe this time by Kasie West!!

So I had the pleasure to spend a almost a week at Bea and book con! I want to feature some titles that I am so excited to read soon!

Maybe this time!!



Book Summary!!

One year. Nine events. Nine chances to . . . fall in love?

Weddings. Funerals. Barbecues. New Year’s Eve parties. Name the occasion, and Sophie Evans will be there. Well, she has to be there. Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.

Enter Andrew Hart. The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie. Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew. Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school. But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated. Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn’t so bad after all . . .

Told over the course of one year and following Sophie from event to event, this delightful novel from master of romantic comedy Kasie West shows how love can blossom in unexpected places.

Book Information:

  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Point on July 9, 2019
  • Publication Date: July 9, 2019
  • Sold by: Scholastic Trade Publisher

Author Information!!

Kasie West is the author of several YA novels, including The Fill-in BoyfriendP.S. I Like YouLucky in Love, and Listen to Your Heart. Her books have been named as ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and as YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. Kasie lives in Fresno, California, with her family, and you can visit her online at kasiewest.com.

Let me know if you are going to pick up this book this summer!

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Hot Dog Girl (Non-Spoiler Review) Arc!!!

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

Published by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on April 30, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 320

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Elouise (Lou) Parker is determined to have the absolute best, most impossibly epic summer of her life. There are just a few things standing in her way:

*  She’s landed a job at Magic Castle Playland . . . as a giant dancing hot dog.
*  Her crush, the dreamy Diving Pirate Nick, already has a girlfriend, who is literally the Princess of the park. But Lou’s never liked anyone, guy or otherwise, this much before, and now she wants a chance at her own happily ever after.
*  Her best friend, Seeley, the carousel operator, who’s always been up for anything, suddenly isn’t when it comes to Lou’s quest to set her up with the perfect girl or Lou’s scheme to get close to Nick.
*  And it turns out that this will be their last summer at Magic Castle Playland–ever–unless she can find a way to stop it from closing.

Jennifer Dugan’s sparkling debut coming-of-age queer romance stars a princess, a pirate, a hot dog, and a carousel operator who find love–and themselves–in unexpected people and unforgettable places.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this read. I thought it was such a fun summer read and I really like the cast of characters but especially the setting of the old theme park. I also really liked the town the book was set it and how this book had a intreating big plot that i don’t often see in books. I really enjoyed the diversity of the realitonships in this book and it was a fun read. The lead character was not my favorite but she grew on me throughout the novel. I really did enjoy this read and flew through it. I think the setting and the romance diversity was the highlight of this novel.

Little Do we know (Non-Spoiler Review)

Letters to the lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Published by  Disney Hyperion on June 5, 2018)

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 416

Format: Hardback

Source: personally bought

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Lifelong best friends and next-door neighbors Hannah and Emory have never gone a single day without talking. But now its senior year and they haven’t spoken in three months. Not since the fight, where they each said things they couldn’t take back. They’re aching to break the silence, but those thirty-six steps between their bedroom windows feel more like thirty-six miles.

Then one fateful night, Emory’s boyfriend, Luke, almost dies. And Hannah is the one who finds him and saves his life.

As Luke tries to make sense of his near-death experience, he secretly turns to Hannah, who becomes his biggest confidante. In Luke, Hannah finds someone she can finally talk to about all the questions she’s grappling with. Emory just wants everything to go back to normal–the way it was before the accident. She has no idea why her relationship is spiraling out of control. But when the horrifying reason behind Hannah and Emory’s argument ultimately comes to light, all three of them will be forced work together to protect the one with the biggest secret of all.

In the follow-up to her New York Times bestseller, Every Last Word, Tamara Ireland Stone crafts a deeply moving, unforgettable story about love, betrayal, and the power of friendship.

My Thoughts:

This book was def not what I was expecting. I was super invested in both POV and loved how the romance in this book took a subtle back seat and focused more on friendships. I was suprised by the focus on religion but it was did not come across as preachy in any way. This book really focused on self discovery for both girls. I really liked how this book also tackled miracles and fame as a element to this story. This book also did deal with harder issues as well and was a more emotional read. This book was not what i was expecting but I enjoyed it.

Pivot Point (Non-Spolier Review)

Pivot Point by Kassie West

Published by  HarperTeen on February 12, 2013

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 357

Format: paperback

Source:

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Perfect for fans of Sliding Doors, Kasie West’s riveting novel Pivot Point follows a girl with the power to see her potential futures.

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, a special type of clairvoyant, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she is able to look into the future and see both outcomes. So when her parents tell her they are getting a divorce and she has to pick who she wants to live with, a Search has never been more important.

In one future Addie is living with her mom in the life she’s always known and is being pursued by the most popular guy in school. In the other she is the new girl in school, where she falls for a cute, quiet artist. Then Addie finds herself drawn into a murder investigation, and her fate takes a darker turn. With so much to lose in either future, Addie must decide which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she’s willing to live without.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this departure for Kasie West and really enjoyed how she crafted a science fiction lite world. I really was captured by the world builidng and also the duel timelines that was created. I really loved how this timelines really was so well done and loved seeing how a simple action can change everything. I was equally invested in both timelines and really enjoyed both BOYS as well. I found Addison to be a complelling lead and really can’t wait to dive into the sequel. The highlight of this book was def the complex romances and the world building. This book is high now my on my lists of favorites by this author!

Call it what you want (arc review)

Call it What you Want  by Brigid Kemmerer

Published by  Bloomsbury YA on June 25, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 384

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.

Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship . . .

In her compulsively readable storytelling, Brigid Kemmerer pens another captivating, heartfelt novel that asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?

My Thoughts:

This book was super compelling and emotional read. I really grew attached to not only the main character and was so invested in POV. I also grew to really enjoy the various side characters that we met. I also really enjoyed this book focused on male friendships and how complex those relationships can be. I see so many books focusing on female friendships but this was refereshing read. This book was super emotional and I really was captured from page one. I really thought this book tackled so many harder issues and just made it compelling read that did not make it choppy to read. I really am excited to see what happens in future books in this series and who those books will focus on

The Princess and The Fangirl (Arc) Non Spoiler Review!!

The Princes and The Fangirl  by Ashley Poston 

Published by   Quirk Books on April 2, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 323

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!

Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: to save her favorite Starfield character, Princess Amara, from being killed off. On the other hand, the actress who plays Amara wouldn’t mind being axed. Jessica Stone doesn’t even like being part of the Starfield franchise—and she’s desperate to leave the intense scrutiny of fandom behind. 

Though Imogen and Jess have nothing in common, they do look strangely similar to one another—and a case of mistaken identity at ExcelsiCon sets off a chain of events that will change both of their lives. When the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, with all signs pointing to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. The deal: Imogen will play Jess at her signings and panels, and Jess will help Imogen’s best friend run their booth. 

But as these “princesses” race to find the script leaker—in each other’s shoes—they’re up against more than they bargained for. From the darker side of fandom to unexpected crushes, Imogen and Jess must find a way to rescue themselves from their own expectations…and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.

My Thoughts:

I really adored this book. I love the small cameos we got to the previous book in this series. I also really enjoyed Ashley twist on the the prince and pauper myth. I really had a hard time putting this book down. I loved the duel female POV and also how the book featured two very different romances pairings. I really enjoyed how this book tackled different parts of fandom life especially how women as actress are treated in the media. I really flew though this book and found it to such a prefect read. This book was the right book to life my heart and just remind me why I love cons so much!

American Panda (Non-Spoiler Review)!!

American Panda  by Gloria Chao 

Published by  Simon Pulse on February 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 320

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

From debut author Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how, unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.

My Thoughts!!

I really did enjoy this book I really liked how this book really give me insight to a totally different culture and found it really eye opening. Mei is a character that grew on me but she def could be a harder characters. I liked the romance but did not love it. I really did like the self discovery part of this novel and dealing with finding your dream path and dealing with parent objections. I also like how the phone calls really framed this novel and was a nice sturcuring element. I hope to read more books by this author in the future.

Field notes on Love (Non-Spoiler Review)

Field Notes On love by Jennifer E Smith

I really liked this read!!

Published by  Delacorte Press on March 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 278

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!S

It’s the perfect idea for a romantic week together: traveling across America by train But then Hugo’s girlfriend dumps him. Her parting gift: the tickets for their long-planned last-hurrah-before-uni trip. Only, it’s been booked under her name. Nontransferable, no exceptions. Mae is still reeling from being rejected from USC’s film school. When she stumbles across Hugo’s ad for a replacement Margaret Campbell (her full name!), she’s certain it’s exactly the adventure she needs to shake off her disappointment and jump-start her next film. A cross-country train trip with a complete stranger might not seem like the best idea. But to Mae and Hugo, both eager to escape their regular lives, it makes perfect sense. What starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into something more. But when life outside the train catches up to them, can they find a way to keep their feelings for each other from getting derailed?

My Thoughts!!

I normally always like this books by this author and this book did not disappoint me. I really was so invested in this story and also the characters. I also really liked the duel POV for these characters. Also the concepts of traveling throughout america was a really fun troup that kept me engaged from page one. The characters themselves a budding film maker and a setuplet was such a awesome paring. It made me really happy this book. I read it rather fast and really enjoyed it. I loved how this book tackled alot of self discovery issues on both sides of the story. I really enjoyed this read and thought it was a prefect summer themed read!