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Review: The Art of French Kissing

Title: The Art of French Kissing
Author
: Brianna R. Shrum
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: June 5th 2018
Pages: 256
Genre(s): Young Adult, contemporary
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom’s warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge ingredient in her basket: Reid Yamada.

After Reid, her cute but unbearably cocky opponent, goes out of his way to screw her over on day one, Carter vows revenge, and soon they’re involved in a full-fledged culinary war. Just as the tension between them reaches its boiling point, Carter and Reid are forced to work together if they want to win, and Carter begins to wonder if Reid’s constant presence in her brain is about more than rivalry. And if maybe her desire to smack his mouth doesn’t necessarily cancel out her desire to kiss it.

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This was a cute and quick read with the added bonus of a cooking competition, even if the protagonist bothered me.Continue reading

Review

Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty

Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1)
Author
: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: May 5th 2009
Pages: 276
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary
Purchase: The Book Depository

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

I might just be too old for this book, but I can’t really understand the hype. It was a big letdown for me. Continue reading

Blog Tour

Blog Tour: One More Day (Review + Giveaway)

one more dayTitle: One More Day
Author: Kelly Simmons
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Release Date: February 2nd 2016
Pages: 320
Genre(s): Mystery, Contemporary
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon

❝  No one wants to be the mother whose child disappears. It’s unthinkable, the stuff of nightmares. But when she turns her back to pay a parking meter, Carrie Morgan becomes that mother. Ben is gone, and more than a year later, it’s clear that he is never coming back.

Until he does…for just twenty-four hours, before once again vanishing from his crib without a trace. Rumors start to circulate through Carrie’s small town. Whispers that she’s seeing things. That her alibi doesn’t quite add up.

Her husband and friends start to think she’s crazy. The police start to think she’s guilty. As the investigation heats up, Carrie must decide what to share, and why. Because the crime is about to be solved… and her secret revealed.❞

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Sourcebooks Landmark for letting me participate in the Blog Tour. One More Day was quite different from my initial expectations, but in a good way. I was gladly surprised by the turn the plot tookContinue reading

Review

Review: Finding Hope

26384905Title: Finding Hope
Author: Colleen Nelson
Publisher: Dundurn
Release Date: April 12th 2016
Pages: 200
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon

❝ Hope lives in a small town with nothing to do and nowhere to go. With a drug addict for a brother, she focuses on the only thing that keeps her sane, writing poetry. To escape, she jumps at the chance to attend Ravenhurst Academy as a boarding student. She’ll even put up with the clique-ish Ravens if it means making a fresh start.

At first, Ravenhurst is better than Hope could have dreamed. She has a boyfriend and a cool roommate, and she might finally have found a place she can fit in. But can she trust her online boyfriend? And what can she do after her brother shows up at the school gates, desperate for help, and the Ravens turn on her? Trapped and unsure, Hope realizes that if she wants to save her brother, she has to save herself first. ❞

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Finding Hope was a quick read for me, as I finished it in a few hours. I appreciated the book’s themes, but thought it was an okay read.Continue reading

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Review: Jesse’s Girl

16045315Title: Jesse’s Girl (Hundred Oaks)
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: July 7th 2015
Pages: 304
Genre(s): Young AdultContemporary, Romance
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon

❝ 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. 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?❞

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I’m not so secretly in love with country music, which is why I just HAD to read Jesse’s Girl. Ir’s about music and features a bold girl and a male country star. What’s not to love?Continue reading