Heartbreakers (Review)

The Heartbreakers
By: Ali Novak

Since Cara's health has been deteriorating, all Stella Walter can think about is trying to cheer her sister up. Her life revolves around Cara to the point where Stella drops out of one of the country's top photography programs so she can spend what little time she has left with her sick sister.

With Cara's birthday around the corner, Stella wants to get her the perfect gift. An autographed poster of her sister's favorite boy band should do the trick. Sounds simple enough, right? But life isn't always so easy.

Not only does Stella hate The Heartbreakers because of their terrible music, but when she realizes that the cute boy she met at Starbucks is really Oliver Perry, the lead singer of the band, her life seems to spin out of control...

Will Stella be able to swallow her pride and get the autograph that she so desperately needs to make Cara happy? And will Oliver be able to show Stella how to live her own life again?

Meet... The Heartbreakers.
 

2015 Summer Reads July Giveaway



I've been racking what to give for July. What theme could I come up with? And the only answer my brain could supply was "?????????????". 

Then a couple weeks ago on the the challenge participants tweeted me and requested an international giveaway. That seemed beyond fair. But it always presented with a problem, what about the prize package? (Or maybe it's just me.)

So for July, it's reader's choice. Pick your poison. If you win this giveaway, you'll get to choose how up to $25 worth of books from Amazon or The Book Depository (that's including shipping costs). 

What ever book(s) your heart desires. 

Rules:
Link any reviews for any YA book on the linky list below.
You have until 11:59 July 31st to link any YA reviews you did in July. 
Every link counts as an entry.
You have to signed up to the challenge (joining the GR group counts). 
You have to be 13 years or older. 
Winner of giveaway has 24 hours to respond and claim their prize or prize will be forfeited. 
Another winner will be chosen if original winner forfeits their prize. 


This Lullaby (Review + Giveaway)

This Lullaby
By: Sarah Dessen

When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn't mess around. After all, she's learned all there is to know from her mother, who's currently working on husband number five. But there's something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy's rules. He certainly doesn't seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can't seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy's starting to understand what those love songs are all about? 





Crimson Bound (Review)


Crimson Bound
By: Rosamund Hodge

When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.

I Was Here (Review)


I Was Here
By: Gayle Forman

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

Jesse's Girl (Review)


Jesse's Girl
By: Miranda Kenneally

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?

The Blog Most Likely To... (Giveaway)

In honor of Huntley Fitzpatrick's My Life Next Door and The Boy Most Likely To, I've been asked by Penguin Teen to help celebrate these books. I'm very glad to because I loved My Life Next Door and have been anxiously waiting for The Boy Most Likely To since it was announced!


Reading a book for the first time is amazing. Almost indescribable. Especially when you really connect with a book. It can be exciting and thrilling and you don't know what's going to happen next. Because you don't know, anything seems possible. I love that feeling.

But what I love more is revising a book that I know and loved. The familiarity of the story and characters. They feel like people you know, like they can be friends – they are friends, after all, you've been through that journey with them. I love how you find something different every time you reread and how meaning shifts as time passes and you go through different phases in your life. It's absolutely wondrous.


To All The Boys I've Loved Before & PS I Still Love You
By: Jenny Han

I know PS I Still Love You recently came out but I've already lost count of how many times I read it. I honestly love both books so much, I didn't think I could love any Jenny Han book more than The Summer Series, but I do. I love Lara Jean and Peter. And Kitty. And Margot. And all the baking. I think I reread it so much because I wasn't unlike Lara Jean when I was growing up and I'm still waiting for my Peter Kavinsky. Also, did I mention Peter?

















The Raven Cycle
By: Maggie Stiefvater

I started this series recently and I'm so glad that I did. It's hilarious and unexpectedly swoony. It's an adventure and most of all I love the camaraderie.  It's a slow burn and I love that part of the romance but what I love more is the friendship. It's firecrackery but through it all, even though they fight, you know that they love each other and would do anything for each other. Plus I love the sass. And the assholery.


Anna and the French Kiss & Lola and the Boy Next Door
By: Stephanie Perkins

Maybe it's because the was a big gap between the first two books and the final book in the companion set, but I'm partial to Anna and Lola more so than Isla. Plus I love Etienne St. Claire and Cricket. I love that writing. The setting. The story. And the more I reread it, the more that I love it and I can stop. Plus I don't want to.

In anticipation of the release of The Boy Most Likely To, I'm definitely planning on rereading The Boy Next Door. Hell, I might reread both of Huntley Fitzpatricks books.
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The Fill-In Boyfriend (Review)


The Fill-In Boyfriend
By: Kasie West


When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.


2015 Summer Reads June Giveaway

Thank you everyone who signed up for the challenge. It's going to be a great summer and to kick off the challenge, here's the second giveaway. 


Sorry, it's late but it's up!! You can add all your YA reviews for June anytime you want :)

(also known as the Floridan eternal summer prize)

The Rules:
To enter the giveaway, just link any YA book that you've reviewed in the month of May.
You have from June 1st to June 30th to link your reviews.
Every link counts as an entry.
You have to signed up to the challenge. 
You have to be 13 years or older. 
Winner of giveaway has 24 hours to respond and claim their prize or prize will be forfeited. 
Another winner will be chosen if original winner forfeits their prize. 

The Prize:
Winner's choice of the following novels set in FL:
Paper Towns by John Green
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
And
ARC of The Devil You Know by Trish Doller. 
And
Florida inspired swag. 




Between Us and the Moon (Review)


   Between Us and the Moon

By: Rebecca Maizel

Ever since Sarah was born, she’s lived in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Scarlett. But this summer on Cape Cod, she’s determined to finally grow up. Then she meets gorgeous college boy Andrew. He sees her as the girl she wants to be. A girl who’s older than she is. A girl like Scarlett.

Before she knows what’s happened, one little lie has transformed into something real. And by the end of August, she might have to choose between falling in love, and finding herself.