Meet me At Midnight (Arc Non-Spoiler Review)

Meet me at midnight  by Jessica Pennington

Published by   Tor Teen on April 7, 2020

Genres: young adult , contemporary

Pages: 304

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge: arc 2020

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Sidney and Asher should have clicked. Two star swimmers forced to spend their summers on a lake together sounds like the perfect match. But it’s the same every year–in between cookouts and boat rides and family-imposed bonfires, Sidney and Asher spend the dog days of summer finding the ultimate ways to prank each other. And now, after their senior year, they’re determined to make it the most epic summer yet.  But their plans are thrown in sudden jeopardy when their feud causes their families to be kicked out of their beloved lake houses. Once in their new accommodations, Sidney expects the prank war to continue as usual. But then she gets a note–Meet me at midnight. And Asher has a proposition for her: join forces for one last summer of epic pranks, against a shared enemy–the woman who kicked them out. 
Their truce should make things simpler, but six years of tormenting one another isn’t so easy to ignore. Kind of like the undeniable attraction growing between them.

My Thoughts:

I did really enjoy the setting and the concept of this read. I thought this explored a realtionship that I have not often seen in YA literature. I really enjoyed the love to hate elements of the story. I really liked the setting that we saw in previous books in this series. I struggled a bit with the pacing of this book and the tension was not as “intense” or captivating as I wanted it to be. But it was super fun read and I would def read more by the author in the future.

What I like about you (Arc Review)

What I Like about you by Marissa Kanter

Published by  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on April 7, 2020

Genres: young adult, contemporary

Pages: 416

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge: 2020 arc

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Heartwarming, endearing, and sure to leave you swooning, What I Like About You shines with authentic characters you will absolutely fall in love with. This story is as sweet as the cupcakes you’ll be craving by the end!” —Rachael Lippincott, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Can a love triangle have only two people in it? Online, it can…but in the real world, its more complicated. In this debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Morgan Matson, Marisa Kanter hilariously and poignantly explores what happens when internet friends turn into IRL crushes.

Is it still a love triangle if there are only two people in it?

There are a million things that Halle Levitt likes about her online best friend, Nash.

He’s an incredibly talented graphic novelist. He loves books almost as much as she does. And she never has to deal with the awkwardness of seeing him in real life. They can talk about anything…

Except who she really is.

Because online, Halle isn’t Halle—she’s Kels, the enigmatically cool creator of One True Pastry, a YA book blog that pairs epic custom cupcakes with covers and reviews. Kels has everything Halle doesn’t: friends, a growing platform, tons of confidence, and Nash.

That is, until Halle arrives to spend senior year in Gramps’s small town and finds herself face-to-face with real, human, not-behind-a-screen Nash. Nash, who is somehow everywhere she goes—in her classes, at the bakery, even at synagogue.

Nash who has no idea she’s actually Kels.

If Halle tells him who she is, it will ruin the non-awkward magic of their digital friendship. Not telling him though, means it can never be anything more. Because while she starts to fall for Nash as Halle…he’s in love with Kels.

My Thoughts:

Overall I loved the concept of this novel so much. As book lover and someone involved in the world of books, reviews and supporting books that part of the book I adored. I thought that part was so true to my own life and really loved that part of the book. I also really loved the used of emailing and social media as a source of friendship and communication. I also really liked how Marisa explored how her main character tackled anxiety. I thought this book was super fast pace read. It is def a book I would re-read again in the future. I loved how this book also talked about the book industry in a honest way. I thought some elements of the books were not wrapped up nicely as I would like and also thought this book had some predicable moments but overall I loved this read. If you are booklover, this might be the perfect read for you and the romance was so cute overall but online and off!!

Echoes Between us (Arc Review)

Echoes Between Us  by Katie McGarry

Published by   Tor Teen on January 14, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 384

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge: 2020 release

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Echoes Between Us is bestselling author Katie McGarry’s breakout teen contemporary novel about a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her.

Veronica sees ghosts―more specifically, her mother’s ghost, thanks to the blinding migraines that consume her whole life and keep Veronica on the fringes. But the haunting afterimages make her wonder if there is something more going on….

Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but this All-American is hiding an adrenaline addiction that could kill him. Drawn to each other after a chance meeting, can they help each other battle the demons that haunt their every step or will they push their luck too far and risk losing it
all…including their lives?

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book as the sequel book in this series. I loved sawyer and veronica as a characters. I though this book had so many mini elements or mysteries that so nicely came together at the end. I also liked how we saw the previous couple, I wish we saw them a bit more but I loved seeing some of the smaller characters again. The lives of of these two teens also addressed so many different topics like believing in ghosts, deaths, illness and addiction and so many different facets of them both. I liked how the end of this book was structured because I felt like like the pacing helped the audience get more closure about this story. I really enjoyed this read!! I hope we get another book set in this world soon! 

What To Say Next (Non-Spoiler Review)

What to say next  by Julie Buxbaum

Published by  Ember on April 3, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 320

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally bought

2020 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Two struggling teenagers find an unexpected connection just when they need it most.

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT:I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID:In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her. 

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

Thoughts!!

I really enjoyed this read. I thought the mystery elements could have flowed a bit better. I adored david character and loved how this book focused on harder issues like grief and also autism in kids. I loved the relationships dyamnics between the characters. I found this read to be so refreshing. I wish i liked Kit character a bit more but this book such a fast pace read with some harder tones. I would def read more by this author in the future.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book so much. I thought this def. a emotionally compelling novel. I really loved how this book tackled grief in various forms from various characters. I loved both POV so much. I loved the cast of characters that we met. I really enjoyed the use of letters as a element to start each chapter. I really was invested in both sides of this story both jules and declan. I loved the family dynamics for both lead characters. I really liked the slow burn romance as well that developed. I could have done without one plot point because i thought it was a tad predicable but i was really impressed with it. I really can’t wait to read rev story next

Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things (Non-Spoiler Review)

Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things  by Jacqueline Firkins

Published by   HMH Books for Young Readers on December 17, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 384

Format: Hardback

Source: Book Of the Month

2019 challenge: 2019 book

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

In this charming debut about first love and second chances, a young girl gets caught between the boy next door and a playboy. Perfect for fans of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Mansfield, Massachusetts, is the last place seventeen-year-old Edie Price wants to spend her final summer before college. It’s the home of wealthy suburban mothers and prima donnas like Edie’s cousins, who are determined to distract her from her mother’s death with cute boys and Cinderella-style makeovers. She’s got her own plans, and they don’t include any prince charming.

But as she dives into schoolwork and getting a scholarship for college, Edie finds herself drawn to two Mansfield boys strumming for her attention: First, there’s Sebastian, Edie’s childhood friend and first love, who’s sweet and smart and . . . already has a girlfriend. Then there’s Henry, the local bad boy and all-around player who’s totally off limits—even if his kisses are chemically addictive.

Both boys are trouble. Edie can’t help herself from being caught between them. Now, she just has to make sure it isn’t her heart that breaks in the process.

My Thoughts:

I did like this read. But i felt like both the pacing and also me feeling connected to these characters were not as strong as I waned it to be. This is a book that I would have enjoyed being in the POV of the other male leads would have helped. I enjoyed the elements of retelling and I liked the various art elements like music, theater and english that enhances this story. I really liked the various romances in this book and found them both to fun. I def liked one more then the the other. I also found the realtionship between the cousins was a fun one. I liked this read and really enjoyed the epilogue and how this story was wrapped up

Love and Other Train Wrecks (Non-Spoiler Review)

Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen

Published by   Katherine Tegen Books on January 2, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 368

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally Bought

2019 challenge: Beat the BackList Challenge

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

A whirlwind twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet—and perhaps change their minds about love—on a train ride in the middle of a snowstorm. Leah Konen’s Love and Other Train Wrecks is perfect for fans of Emery Lord and Jennifer E. Smith.

Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s traveling home for one last chance with his first love, and he needs a miracle to win her back. Ammy doesn’t believe in true love—just look at her parents. If there’s one thing she’s learned about love in the last year, it’s that it ends. 

That is, until one winter night when Noah and Ammy find themselves in the same Amtrak car heading to Upstate New York. After a train-wreck first impression between the two of them, the Amtrak train suddenly breaks down—in the middle of a snowstorm. 

Desperate to make it to their destinations, Noah and Ammy have no other option but to travel together. What starts off as a minor detour turns into the journey of a lifetime, but come morning their adventure takes an unexpected turn for the worst.

Can one night can really change how they feel about love…and the course of their lives forever?

My Thoughts:

I wanted to love the book more then I did. I found these characters to engaging. I really did like the time frame of this novel. I wanted to love this book more. I felt the plot was not as engaging for me and it was slower pace novel. The ending “shock” was not as fuild and felt like it was not as ending plot. I really did like the locations that characters went to but wanted to feel more connected to these characters. I enjoyed this book, but did not love it enough to re-read it.

Adorkable (Non-Spoiler Review)

Adorkable  by Cookie O’Gorman

Published by   Entangled: Teen on December 3, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 340

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge:Arc 2019

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz.

Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she’s done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There’s only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take.

Her solution: She needs a fake boyfriend. And fast.

Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around hottie, and Sally’s best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He’d do anything for Sal―even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she’s “more than pretty,” and expertly kissing her at parties.

The problem: Sally’s been in love with Becks all her life―and he’s completely clueless.

This book features two best friends, one special-edition Yoda Snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses, and begs the question:

Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun?

My Thoughts:

I found this read to be a rather fun read. I enjoyed how “fandom” heavy this book was. I really did like the love intreats in this book. I wish this book had also had duel POV and flew through this read. I like sally as a main character and really enjoyed the fake dating group and best friends to maybe something more themes. I really loved the soccor elements as well. I would read more by this author in the future.

I Hope You Get This Message (Non-Spoiler Review)

I Hope You Get This Message  by Farah Naz Rishi

Published by   HarperTeen on October 22, 2019

Genres: Contemporary, ScienceFiction

Pages: 432

Format: Hardback

Source: Owl Crate

2019 challenge: 2019 Book

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

In this high concept YA novel debut that’s We All Looked Up meets The Sun Is Also a Star, three teens must face down the mistakes of their past after they learn that life on Earth might end in less than a week.

News stations across the country are reporting mysterious messages that Earth has been receiving from a planet—Alma—claiming to be its creator. If they’re being interpreted correctly, in seven days Alma will hit the kill switch on their “colony” Earth. 

True or not, for teenagers Jesse Hewitt, Cate Collins, and Adeem Khan, the prospect of this ticking time bomb will change their lives forever.

Jesse, who has been dealt one bad blow after another, wonders if it even matters what happens to the world. Cate, on the other hand, is desperate to use this time to find the father she never met. And Adeem, who hasn’t spoken to his estranged sister in years, must find out if he has it in him to forgive her for leaving. 

With only a week to face their truths and right their wrongs, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem’s paths collide as their worlds are pulled apart.

Review!!

I will admit I really did enjoy both the characters in this read and also the suble science fiction twist in this novel. I really did like the diversity of the POV and also how the characters. I thought this book also dealt with harder topics that are so common in the world but rarely seen and loved how this book handled belief and what to believe and found it to be so intreasting. I wish the book had a more clear ending, But if you enjoy books with a open ending this might be the book for you. I also wish all there POV tied in a bit more. I did also like that these characters came from not only some many different backgrounds but also places. Fans of we all look up, should check out this read.

The Map From here to there (Arc Review)

The Map from Here to There  by Emery Lord

Published by   Bloomsbury YA on January 7, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 368

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2020 challenge: New Release

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Acclaimed author Emery Lord crafts a gorgeous story of friendship and identity, daring to ask: What happens after happily ever after?

It’s senior year, and Paige Hancock is finally living her best life. She has a fun summer job, great friends, and a super charming boyfriend who totally gets her. But senior year also means big decisions. Weighing “the rest of her life,” Paige feels her anxiety begin to pervade every decision she makes. Everything is exactly how she always wanted it to be–how can she leave it all behind next year? In her head, she knows there is so much more to experience after high school. But in her heart, is it so terrible to want everything to stay the same forever? 

Emery Lord’s award-winning storytelling shines with lovable characters and heartfelt exploration of life’s most important questions. 

My Thoughts:

I thought this was such a solid standalone novel to the first book in this series the start of me and you. I loved how this book was again set along almost a whole year of their life and took place directly after book 1. I hoped this book would have took us to the the end of summer but it only went to spring break. I am secretly hoping we get a third book to complete this series. I really loved the main characters in this book and the topics that were discussed. I loved the pace of this novel and really flew through it. I did not love the opening ending, but I am hoping we get a concluding novel. I really did loved the dynamics of this characters in this novel and how they changed from the start of this series. It was a great read!

The Way You Make Me feel (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

Published by   Farrar, Straus and Giroux on May 8, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 336

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

From the author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, a laugh-out-loud story of love, new friendships, and one unique food truck.

Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind? With Maurene Goo’s signature warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.

My Thoughts:

I read this book in a day. I really thought this was such a fun summer themed read. I read the next book by this author and felt that this book was also super strong. I liked that this book focused so much on self discovery. I really also enjoyed how clara changed so much throughout this novel. This book had a lot of mini plots travel, job, competition and they did not all mesh together super well to make a strong clear novel. I felt like some parts were quickly tied up and I wanted the last 50 pages to be bit longer and sreached out. I really did enjoy the characters in this book thought and would read more by this author in the future.