American Royals (Arc Review)

American Royals  by Katherine McGee

Published by  Random House Books for Young Readers on September 3, 2019)

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 443

Format: BEA

Source: ARC

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

What if America had a royal family? If you can’t get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha. Perfect for fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue and The Royal We!

Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown. 
Two girls vying for the prince’s heart. 
This is the story of the American royals.

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

The duty. The intrigue. The Crown. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded–and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this read. I was super impressed with the world building and how Katharine crafted the world building of this book. I also really liked how this book followed three very different girls all involved in this royal world. I also really did enjoy the various romance that were developed through this novel. I really did like them all. I also loved the political drama that was was the focus of this novel. It was a super fast pace read, and one that def. threw me for twists. I really am excited to for book two and see what occurs next. This book was such a fun summer read!

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American Royals (Arc Review)

American Royals  by Katharine McGee

Published by  Random House Children’s Books on September 3, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 448

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2019 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown. 
Two girls vying for the prince’s heart. 
This is the story of the American royals.

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this read. I was super impressed with the world building and how Katharine crafted the world building of this book. I also really liked how this book followed three very different girls all involved in this royal world. I also really did enjoy the various romance that were developed through this novel. I really did like them all. I also loved the political drama that was was the focus of this novel. It was a super fast pace read, and one that def. threw me for twists. I really am excited to for book two and see what occurs next. This book was such a fun summer read!

The Start of Me and You (non-spoiler review)

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Published by   Bloomsbury USA Childrens on March 1, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 416

Format: Audibook

Source: Audible

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

It’s been a year since it happened–when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her–the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club–simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

My Thoughts:

I really loved this read! I was super invested in the characters and felt like this book was a nice blanch between tackling grief issues but also self discovery and friendship and breaking out of your comfort zone. I really loved how this book focused on friendship dynamics. I loved how this book had various romance issues and found the book to super compelling. I really am excited to dive into the sequel book soon!

Going off Script (Non-Spoiler Review)

Going off Script  by Jen Wilde 

Published by  Swoon Reads on May 21, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 304

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Seventeen-year-old Bex is thrilled when she gets an internship on her favorite tv show, Silver Falls. Unfortunately, the internship isn’t quite what she expected… instead of sitting in a crowded writer’s room volleying ideas back and forth, Production Interns are stuck picking up the coffee.

Determined to prove her worth as a writer, Bex drafts her own script and shares it with the head writer—who promptly reworks it and passes it off as his own! Bex is understandably furious, yet…maybe this is just how the industry works? But when they rewrite her proudly lesbian character as straight, that’s the last straw! It’s time for Bex and her crush to fight back. 

Jen Wilde’s newest novel is both a fun, diverse love story and a very relevant, modern take on the portrayal of LGBT characters in media.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I thought this book was a book the was prefect about fandoms, t.v show life and also being in writers room. The show this book was about reminded me so much of the teen wolf fandoms. I really enjoyed this novel and flew through it and it was such a fast pace read. I also really loved the diversity of this novel and was super impressed by it. This book really reminded me of the tensions and hollywood drama that was focused in geekerlla and princess and the fangirl. I really enjoyed this read and iff you like books about fandom life and geek culture and also diverse reads and standing up for what you believe, you should check out this read!

Geekerella: Non-Spoiler Review

 Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Published by  Quirk Books on April 4, 2017 

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 337

Format: Audibook

Source: Audible

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

My Thoughts:

This book was prefect! I love it so much! It has so many of my favorite things 1) awsome romance 2) hollywood life meets average life 3) fandom love 4) adorable dogs! I can’t say enough good things about his book. If you are a fandom lover any fandom read this book. It is so good and also such a fast pace read! This book made me laugh, cry and yell at my book! GO READ IT!

I’f I am being Honest (Non-Spoiler Review)

I’f I am being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on April 23, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 370

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally Bought

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Cameron Bright’s reputation can be summed up in one word: b*tch. It’s no surprise she’s queen bee at her private L.A. high school–she’s beautiful, talented, and notorious for her brutal honesty. But when she slips up in front of her crush, Andrew, any affection he may have had for her quickly fades. To win him over, Cameron resolves to “tame” herself, much like Shakespeare’s infamous shrew, Katherine. If she makes amends with everyone she’s ever wronged, Andrew will have to take notice. Thus, Cameron begins her apology tour with Brendan, the guy whose social life she single-handedly destroyed. At first, Brendan isn’t so quick to forgive, but slowly he warms to her when they connect over a computer game he’s developing. To Cameron’s amazement, she actually enjoys hanging out with Brendan; he appreciates her honesty in a way Andrew never did, and she’s left wondering: maybe you shouldn’t have to compromise who you are for the kind of love you deserve.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book so much. I found this book to such a joy to read. I really loved seeing the lead character and how this book transformed her. I also really loved how taming the shrew was represented in the book though her english class. I thought the self discovery of the path in this book was so strong and really focused on so many issues not only cameron behavior but also her future paths. I really loved the romance and found it is be so refreshing and I really enjoy the boy in this book. The elements of friendship I also found to be super compelling. I can’t not say enough motive things about this book. I also loved the always never yours cameo for those characters. This book was so much fun to read. I will be waiting for the third book!

Maybe this Time (Arc Non-Spoiler Review)

Maybe This Time by Kasie West

Published by  Point on July 9, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 468

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2019 challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

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.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I thought the structure from this book was so unique and really enjoyed how it took place over the course of a year but on only certain events. I really liked how this book not only focused on the lead girl and her boy but also focused heavily on self discovery and also really focused on friendship. I would def. cat. this book as love to hate and it really captured me. I think also enjoyed how this book focused on smaller time and the drama that comes from that. The structure in this book was the highlight for me, and I really liked how this book focused on romance and friendship!

Cover reveal: SEKRIT

I am so excited to be apart of this cover reveal from Entangled teen for C by Crave Tracy Wolff.  This book will be published on April 7th 2020!!

Cover Reveal:

Summary!!

Crave is a romantic and thrilling tale of forbidden love, about the undying battle between feeling nothing and feeling so much, it could destroy everyone you love.

Book Information!!

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Teen (April 7, 2020)

I am so excited to be checking this book out next April!

Love a la Mode (Non-Spolier Review)!!

Love a La Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Published by Disney Hyperion on November 27, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 336

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!!!

Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. . . . Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent’s school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Life in Paris, however, isn’t all cream puffs and crepes. Faced with a challenging curriculum and a nightmare professor, Rosie begins to doubt her dishes. Henry Yi grew up in his dad’s restaurant in Chicago, and his lifelong love affair with food landed him a coveted spot in Chef Laurent’s school. He quickly connects with Rosie, but academic pressure from home and his jealousy over Rosie’s growing friendship with gorgeous bad-boy baker Bodie Tal makes Henry lash out and push his dream girl away. Desperate to prove themselves, Rosie and Henry cook like never before while sparks fly between them. But as they reach their breaking points, they wonder whether they have what it takes to become real chefs. Perfect for lovers of Chopped Teen Tournament and Kids Baking Championship, as well as anyone who dreams of a romantic trip to France, Love à la Mode follows Rosie and Henry as they fall in love with food, with Paris, and ultimately, with each other.

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was a prefect summer read. I really how this was concept novel about a cooking school in paris. I wish paris was represented and used a bit more. I really loved how this book was duel POV Novel. I liked both characters. I also like how this school was not easy for both students and showed the challenges that they faced. I think this book relyed alot on lack of communication to develop their story and that was okay, but it kinda off frustrated me at points. I would def read more by this author in the future. I w0uld love a sequel book about their second semester and see how that would go, but a fun summer read for sure!

Serious Moonlight (Non-Spoiler Review)

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Published by  Simon Pulse on April 16, 2019 

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 432

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.

Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.

In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where Birdie waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.

To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that the most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I normally love Jen Bennett books and this book was no exception. I really enjoyed how this book focused on the self discovery for the lead girl. I think the setting of this story the older hotel was so fun, I just wish it was featured a bit more. I found the plot to be predicable at moment but still a enjoyable plot and not too predictable. The romance was super compelling and I found myself often screaming at the book. I would have liked a clear epilogue but other then that was fun summer themed read!