Review: Jenn Bennett’s Alex, Approximately

     Bailey Rydell lives in DC with her mother, where she spends most of her time online chatting with a guy who calls himself Alex. They both love movies, and when Alex asks Bailey to come to a movie festival with him in his home town in California, Bailey realizes that he lives in the same town as her father. So when Bailey goes to live with her father at the beginning of the summer, she starts looking for him but doesn’t tell him that she’s here. With her new summer job, new best friend, Grace, and new mortal enemy, Porter, it just slipped her mind.

     With Porter seemingly always around, Bailey and he just can’t seem to get along! However, as Bailey gets to know this cute little surfing town better and Porter along with it, her feelings start to change into something different, something … sweet? Bailey can’t help feeling bad about “cheating” on Alex, even though they’ve never met or dated, but it turns out that she doesn’t need to worry. You see, Porter is Alex … approximately.

     Alex, Approximately is the cute beach romance that everyone dreams of, and if we can’t all have it, why not read about it! Jenn Bennett spins a sweet, irresistible story that will get you sucked in and gasping with all the plot twists, steamy scenes, and drama that happens in Coronado Cove, California. Population: all romance lovers.

 

 

Review: Mary E. Pearson’s The Kiss of Deception

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     Princess Arabella Celestine Idris Jezelia has it all – including an untraditional name tacked on to the end of her official title. But to her, that is the name that has always felt the most real to her, and so she decides to go by Lia. On the day of Lia’s wedding, she runs away with her attendant Pauline to escape an arranged marriage. As she sees it, the prince of Dalbreck doesn’t deserve her hand in marriage if he can’t even be bothered to meet her beforehand. With only the clothes on their backs, their horses, and a stolen secret, Lia and Pauline set off in search of a new life.

     They reach the town of Terravin and start over by working at a local tavern. There, Lia meets two men, Kaden and Rafe, but what she doesn’t know about them is that one of them is the prince she was supposed to marry and the other a hired assassin there to kill her. As Lia realizes that she is in more danger than before, she also finds herself falling for one of the new men in her life. Will love be enough to save them all?

     The Kiss of Deception is a riveting novel that will grasp you and not let you put it down until you’ve finished. With plot twists keeping you hooked until the very end, Mary E. Pearson has created a story that will never let you go. You’ll find yourself rooting for love and hoping that Lia doesn’t pick the wrong person and damn them all.

 

Review: Ami Polonsky’s Gracefully Grayson

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Grayson Sender is a boy. Or at least that’s what everybody else sees. Inside, Grayson is a girl. Ever since she was a child, she’s known that she wasn’t who everyone thought she was. She pretends that her sweatpants are skirts, and draws princesses in her notebooks with glitter pens. Grayson is desperate to not let anyone know her secret, and it’s not very hard. You see, Grayson has no friends. She spends all her time either in thrift stores or in her own room.

When the school play auditions start, Grayson tries out for the lead. The female lead. And she gets it. Of course, because Grayson looks like a boy to everyone else, this poses some issues, issues that end up breaking Grayson’s arm. When the PTA considers firing the teacher that gave Grayson the part she has dreamed of, she knows this has gone too far. Once she gets on stage for that final performance, she shows them all that who you are on the outside doesn’t match who you are on the inside.

Gracefully Grayson is a beautiful story that will drag you along with it, making you pull for Grayson, and soon you will fall in love with the amazing character that Ami Polonsky has created. Gracefully Grayson will teach you that it’s OK to be yourself, that what you look like doesn’t define who you are, and that if you reach out to someone, you can change their world.

Review: Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed

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     Helen has lived her whole life as an outcast in her town. She is tall, super strong, and fast, not to mention gorgeous! So when a new family moves in that seem to have the same “problems” like her, she is immediately intrigued. Except, of course, when she sees them. Whenever Helen encounters any member of the Delos family, she is thrown into a murderous rage and then immediately gets terrible cramps. What she doesn’t know is why.

     Suddenly, after Helen saves one of the boys’ lives, she doesn’t feel the urge to murder anyone anymore. Especially not Lucas, whom Helen can’t seem to stay away from. As she spends more time with them, she learns more about what they are – herself included. The Delos’ and Helen are one of the remaining few Scions – descendants of the gods. While Helen is developing her normal Scion talents, as well as a few extra rare ones with the help of the Delos’, she soon learns that no matter how badly she and Lucas want each other, they can never have each other or they will start an eternal war. And to make matters worse, Helen soon learns that the rest of the Delos’ relatives are coming to kill her. Will she be able to stop a war that will destroy civilization as we know it and herself?

     Josephine Angelini has written a gorgeous tale of starcrossed lovers trying to save themselves and the world at the same time. The perfect mix of Twilight and Percy Jackson & the OlympiansStarcrossed will pull you in and never let go. Learn to love yourself and others alongside Helen and find out what Fate truly means.

 

Review: Natasha Friend’s How We Roll

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Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that makes your hair fall out. It sucks. Especially during high school. When Quinn McAvoy’s hair starts falling out the summer before 8th grade, her whole life starts falling apart. She no longer fits in with her school, especially not with her friends. So when her family decides to move Gulls Head, Massachusetts, she has a chance to start over. A chance to start a new life.

On the first day of school, Quinn wears a wig to school. How would anyone know that that’s not her real hair? When the popular girls take her in as one of their own, Quinn thinks she may have finally found a place for herself in this new school, until a boy in a wheelchair turns her world upside down. Ever since his accident, Nick has had a hard time fitting in. When Quinn decides to become friends with him, she changes both their worlds for the better.

How We Roll tells the story of Quinn McAvoy, a girl with many things that go wrong in her life, including everyone finding out her secret, a brother who has autism, and friendship that could possibly fall apart at one touch until one day changes it all. How We Roll is a story of how to deal with whatever life throws your way, how one person can change your life, and how friendship will make you a better person.

Review: Gloria Chao’s American Panda

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     Mei is a 17-year-old in college, and she should have her whole life planned out, but she doesn’t. Then again, it doesn’t matter as her parents have planned it for her: pre-med at MIT, become a doctor, marry a Taiwanese Ivy League students (preapproved by her parents of course, and have children with him, preferably starting with a son. And if Mei doesn’t follow this plan, well, then she’ll end up like her brother: disowned, left on his own, with no financial or emotional support whatsoever. However, the one thing Mei does know is that she doesn’t want to be a doctor. She hates germs and everything related to medical school, but she still tries to convince herself it’ll be okay by shadowing a doctor on campus, but it’s hard to make yourself into the person you least want to be.

     As Mei starts to figure out what she wants and who she is, away from her parents (mostly), she also discovers what really happened with her brother. He got disowned because he started dating the wrong girl. Mei starts to reconnect with them, and she starts to wonder if lying to herself and her family is worth it. She doesn’t want to end up like her brother, but she also doesn’t want to become the perfect Chinese girl, especially with her love for dance, and this new boy that’s caught her eye – a boy that is not Taiwanese. Can she fix everything before it all blows up in her face?

     Gloria Chao has given us a heartfelt novel that shows us how to find the best of every situation and how to be true to ourselves, no matter what anyone says. American Panda will have you rooting for Mei all the way through, crying with her, laughing with her, and hoping for the best. American Panda is a story about acceptance and loving yourself, even in the face of adversity.

Book Review: One Dark Throne, Kendare Blake

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After the indelible events of the quickening, it seems that all sisters have a good chance to win the crown. Katherine, the once weak sister, is now stronger than ever after returning from her mysterious disappearance. Meanwhile, Arsinoe is attempting to hide her secret talent and trying to figure out how she can use it to her advantage. Lastly, Mirabella, no longer the chosen queen, is faced with attacks that not only put her in danger, but those around her. As this Ascension year begins, all sisters are put to the test to see who will be the next queen of Fennbirn.

One Dark Throne is a thrilling and suspenseful tale of sisterhood, love, betrayal, and family. Right off the bat the story continues where it left off from the first book, Three Dark Crowns, which left its readers on the edge of their seats. This book is for anyone who loves a rich story full of unexpected twists and an extraordinarily built world full of magic.

The Prom – Saundra Mitchell

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The thing that Emma Nolan and her girlfriend, Alyssa Greene, want most of all is to
dance together and share a special moment at their senior prom. A few problems are standing in their way: for one, they live in a super small, conservative town in Indiana, and two, Alyssa’s not out yet and her mom is the PTA director. When the town finds out that Emma is planning to bring a girl (name unknown) as her prom date, the community, specifically the PTA, starts to fight against this so-called “homosexual prom.”
When Barry Glickman and Dee Dee Allen hear about Emma and come to help, however,
everything changes. With these two major Broadway stars on Emma’s side, suddenly there are two sides to the story, not just one. When prom comes around, it seems that maybe Emma will get to go with her girlfriend after all! But when things turn drastically wrong and it turns out Alyssa’s mom is behind it, will things ever be the same between the two? Will Alyssa find a way to fix her relationship with both her girlfriend and her mother?
In this heartwarming novel based on the hit Broadway musical, The Prom is a sweet story of love winning out, no matter the conditions. Saundra Mitchell perfectly transcribes the Broadway show into a book that will teach you important life lessons and have you screaming “Encore!” for more.

In A Perfect World – Trish Doller

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Caroline Kelly has her whole summer figured out. It’s her last summer before senior year and she’s ready to spend as much of it as she can with her best friend and boyfriend. When Caroline’s mother is suddenly offered her dream job in Cairo, Egypt, Caroline’s whole life is flipped upside down. Instead of spending the summer at the waterpark and soccer camp, she now has to travel to a new, foreign country where she doesn’t know the language or anyone there.

At first, Caroline spends her time hiding away in her room, wistfully video chatting her friends back home and wishing things were different. But when a cute, English speaking boy named Adam shows up at her house, she starts to venture out of her apartment into the cradle of civilization where she discovers how different life is for people in Egypt. She starts learning more about culture and she’s shocked by how sheltered she’s been her whole life. When things start to spin out of control, Caroline finds herself leaning on Adam more and more until she discovers feelings she never knew she had.

In A Perfect World is a tale of discovering a different part of the world and finding yourself in places you never thought you would. Trish Doller shares with us a gorgeous novel of love and privilege that will change your view point of the world forever.

A Field Guide for Heartbreakers by Kristen Tracy (published by Sanjay Aiyer)

According to Dessy’s best friend Veronica, there are two types of people in the world: the
heartbreakers and the heartbroken. Veronica is obviously a heartbreaker and Dessy’s heartbroken – especially since she just got dumped – but Dessy has always wanted to be more like Veronica. To be carefree and wild and not worry about what other people think but she can’t seem to do it. So their writer’s workshop in Prague is the perfect time for Dessy to break out of her shell, and maybe finally get over her ex by finding a hot European guy.
As things start to heat up in Prague with a psycho roommate out to get Veronica and a
wall of hot boys, Dessy starts to lose sense of who she is. She realizes that she’s not Veronica and that she needs to find her own way in this unfamiliar environment. As friendships fall apart and guys start to fall into Dessy’s lap, she needs to figure out who she is and what she wants out of this trip.
A Field Guide for Heartbreakers is the perfect adventure with a summer fling. Reading
this book you will fall in love with Dessy and root for her through her crazy adventures. Kristen Tracy perfectly combines teenage romance into finding one’s self and teaches us an important lesson that shows us the way to one’s heart: be yourself.