Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between


Title: Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Poppy
Source: Purchased
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this irresistible novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions.

Review:

This book had me laughing and crying. Right away, I was rooting for Clare and Aiden to stay together. 

Though they go through Clare’s list of places that are important to their relationship, the story doesn’t just follow that list. There are many twists along their journey that night, many involving their best friends Stella and Scotty. 

Clare and Aiden are such a cute couple! Their relationship is shown in the present, rather than demonstrated through flashbacks. I was glad that the story stayed in the present, because sometimes flashbacks can become tedious. You still get a very good picture of their relationship through their last night together. 

I have to admit, I had tears pricking my eyes by the end of the story. I definitely recommend this book for a cute summer read!

The Rule of Thirds


Title: The Rule of Thirds
Author: Chantel Guertin
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: ECW Press
Source: Purchased
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Pippa Greene never goes anywhere without her camera. She and her best friend/supermodel-in-training Dace long ago mapped out their life plan: Pippa will be the noted fashion photographer, and Dace the cover girl. But ever since last spring, things have changed for Pippa — and her junior year at Spalding High proves to have its own set of challenges. Not only is Vantage Point, the statewide photography competition, in three short weeks, but her mandatory volunteer placement lands her at St. Christopher’s Hospital, a place Pippa never wanted to set foot in again. With humour and pluck, she navigates her new role as a candy striper (watch out for Code Yellows), her changing relationship with her best friend (goodbye Honesty Pact), and — perhaps most stressful of all — her new love interests (yes, love interests plural).

Will Pippa make it to Vantage Point without having a panic attack? Will either one of the guys prove less sketchy than her last boyfriend? Can she and Dace figure out a way to dream big and be best friends? One thing is certain: real life is a lot more complicated than a photograph.

Review:

I loved this book! It’s a great start to this series.

The characters are well developed. I really liked Pippa. She’s a smart girl who’s been through a lot. I also liked the love triangle between her, Ben, and Dylan. The final question is: will she choose Ben or Dylan?

Pippa’s interest in photography is a unique aspect of the book. Each of the books in the series (The Rule of Thirds, Depth of Field, and Leading Lines) are named for photography terms. I learned a lot about that hobby in this book.

I highly recommend this book, if you like YA books!

Blog Tour: Seven Days With You

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Title: Seven Days With You
Author: Hugo Driscoll
Genre: Young Adult
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Release Date: April 10, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sean Johnson’s life as a small-town farmhand has been nothing but predictable, but when hemeets Sophia Hillingdon at the local animal sanctuary, she gets him out ofan eighteen-year rut, away from the mundane existence on the farm, and a grieving, drunken father. Sophia is the first person who understands him and makes him believe that he might get out oftheir small town, who tells him, he has the potential tobe whoever he wants tobe and do whatever he wants to do. But as their relationship unfolds, it is the most devastating of news that will change both of them forever.

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Review:
This book is a very touching story. Sean and Sophia have a fast paced relationship. Though they are from completely different families, in different social classes, they seem to be meant to be together.
For some reason while I was reading this story, I kept thinking it was set in the Mid-West United States. I love reading British literature, but it just didn’t feel like it was taking place in England. Maybe if the characters spoke with more of an accent, it would have felt like a British novel. 
This is a cute short book for your summer romance reads. 

 

About the Author:

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Hugo Driscoll is a 25-year-old British author and content writer for an online publication in London. Seven Days with You is his first novel.

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The Lying Game


Title: The Lying Game
Author: Sara Shepard
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Purchased
Release Date: December 7, 2010
Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

I had a life anyone would kill for.

Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does–an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me–to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, care-free daughter when she hugs my parents goodnight? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.

Let the lying game begin.

Review:

From the beginning of this story, I was hooked. Then mystery of Emma’s twin, Sutton, being killed began right away. I couldn’t predict where the story was going, which intrigued me.

One thing that I didn’t like was the narration style. It appears to be a third person narrator with a close view of Emma. However, some paragraphs are told by Sutton. This switch between third person and first person was jarring at times. I had to stop to adjust to the change. There should have been some kind of break in the page or another distinction between the two narration styles.

This story reminded me of Sara Shepard’s other series Pretty Little Liars, but the story was still distinct enough to differentiate between the two.

I’m excited to read the rest of the series! Look for my reviews coming soon!

Textrovert


Title: Textrovert
Author: Lindsey Summers
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Keeley lost her phone at the country fair. When she went back to the picnic table where she was eating, she found it underneath. But that might, when she was in bed, someone called her claiming that she had his phone. Keeley had missed calls from her brother in the middle of the night. He needed a ride home because he had been drinking, but she had the wrong phone so he ended up driving home anyway. That’s only the beginning of the problems between Keeley and her twin brother Zack. He is worried about his chances of getting into college with a football scholarship. Keeley continues texting with the guy who has her phone until he can return it. They start a relationship that threatens to ruin everything else in Keeley’s life. 

This is a cute book. I’ve read some other stories like it before, with phones getting mixed up and the two people having a secret relationship over texts. That premise wasn’t original but the way it conflicts with the other relationships in Keeley’s life was unique. 

This the second book that was originally published on Wattpad that I’ve read recently. It’s amazing how writers can publish their stories online and then have them printed too. 

This is a good, light young adult read for the summer. 

Geekerella


Title: Geekerella 
Author: Ashley Poston
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Quirk Books 
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Elle’s father died in a car accident and she was left in the care of her stepmother and twin stepsisters. Her father created a fan convention for his favourite TV series, Starfield. He passed his love for that Star Trek-esque show down to his daughter. Her stepmother and stepsisters don’t share this fandom love. But when their favourite teen actor, Darien Freeman, is cast as the lead in the upcoming movie reboot, the twins are willing to go to the convention to meet him. Meanwhile, Darien has been a secret fan of Starfield for years, though it doesn’t fit with his teen heartthrob image. He’s worried about making an appearance at the convention, because the true fans don’t approve of his new role. So he texts the number for the creator of the convention, but ends up getting ahold of Elle instead. They start texting back and forth, each developing feelings for the myserious person at the other end of the line. With the help of Elle’s coworker, Sage, her fairy godmother, and their food truck the Magic Pumpkin, Elle makes it to the convention to have her happily ever after. 

I love adaptations of classic stories and fairytales, so I was super excited to read this book! It was all I expected it to be! The way that the Cinderella story was perfectly adapted into a fangirl fan fiction is amazing. Everything down to the costumes, the Magic Pumpkin food truck, and the glass slippers was perfect. 

One thing I loved about this book, that isn’t part of the story, is the cover. I love how the wraparound cover has drawings of the major characters. The illustrations are perfect and a great addition to the story. 

I read this story in less than 24 hours. I’m so glad I finally picked it up! 

Sublime Karma


Title: Sublime Karma
Author: Peyton Garver
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing 
Release Date: November 30, 2016
Rating: ★★★★

This review is part of the blog tour with YA Bound Book Tours. 

Brie is new at school. She catches the eye of two of the most eleigible bachelors, Ryan and Jake. She runs with Ryan on the cross country team. She sits beside Jake on the bus. But when she starts dating Jake, they realize they both come with baggage. Jake has a history with the captain of the cheer squad, as well as the girl next door. Brie lives with her mother and abusive stepfather. Both of them have lost parents. They have to try to push past their problems to make their romance last. 

There are a lot of characters to keep track of in this story. There were a lot of secondary characters, other than the main ones. This reflects the high school setting, but it was hard to keep track of everyone at first. 

Though there was a lot going on in the story, I got hooked right away. There were many subplots so there was lots of action. I really felt immersed in the story. 

The narration is third person, but it switches the focus between Brie and Jake. It was confusing at times when it switched between the two of them from one paragraph to the next. 

I really enjoyed this story!