Tuesday, May 24

26 Kisses by Anna Michels

26 Kisses by Anna Michels
Release Date: May 24, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304

Summary: Breaking up with her boyfriend is not how Veda planned on starting her summer. When Mark makes it clear that it’s over between them, Veda is heartbroken and humiliated—but, more importantly, she’s inspired. And so she sets out on the love quest of a lifetime: use the summer to forget about Mark, move on, and move up. All she has to do is kiss twenty-six boys with twenty-six different names—one for each letter of the alphabet.

From the top of the Ferris wheel at her hometown carnival to the sandy dunes of Lake Michigan, Veda takes every opportunity she can to add kisses (and boys) to her list, and soon the breakup doesn’t sting quite as much. But just when Veda thinks she has the whole kissing thing figured out, she meets someone who turns her world upside down.

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Anna Michels’s debut is the story of one girl who realizes that moving on from the supposed love of your life means taking a chance—and having the courage to love again.

My Thoughts: This sounded right up my alley! A girl who gets dumped and vows to kiss so many guys in one summer! And with each guy, a new dilemma arises in herself. whoohoo.

We are introduced to Veda who has been dating the same boy for a while. He ends up dumping her and she’s devastated. But her cool best friend decides on an idea that should pull her right out of her depression. Kiss 26 guys before school starts back up. Each letter of the alphabet.

Veda thinks the idea is a little bit insane but she does it anyway. At this point, what does she really have to lose?

But of course she has to meet a boy she actually likes and wants to kiss. A boy she gets to spend her days working around. She gets along with him. He understands her. He gets her quirky personality and her love of things.

I really did enjoy this one a lot. It was a fun summer read, even though I read it in the winter. It’s a book you’d want to sit out and read all day long by the pool. It was so much fun. Veda had me laughing but I also had the feels a lot of the book. I also liked all the side characters. Her family, her friends, her co-workers.

I really enjoyed this one, and I flew right through it.
Overall: I could say a whole lot more about this one but I don’t want to ruin it for you. It was a cute read. It was a nice neat read. I really liked it and Veda and all her kisses!!!

Cover:  Love it! Love the colors and the little kisses. Its cute!

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Friday, May 20

Summer Of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider

Summer Of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
Release Date:  May 3, 2016
Publisher:  Disney Hyperion
Pages:  304
Age Group: Young Adult

Summary: Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle.

These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.

Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home.

But it turns out a measly ocean isn’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane’s carefree summer might not be as easy to find as she’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself.

My Thoughts:  I really thought this was really cute! We are introduced to Sloane who has dealt with quite the catastrophe at home so when she gets the chance to go to Hawaii, she jumps at the chance. Back home, her boyfriend got her best friend pregnant so Sloane is pretty upset.

Sloane gets to Hawaii with her twin brother Penn and she’s back with a group of friends. Some old, some new. She’s told herself she’s going to spend the summer relaxing and just being okay and not thinking about the drama back home.

Well, Sloane pretty much shuts herself off from home and meets a new guy. His name is Finn and he’s pretty dreamy. Finn is such a good guy. He has had his fair share of problems but he’s a good guy and he’s there for Sloane. Mostly.

I liked Finn, I really did but there were times I wasn’t so sure about him either.  Even her best friend and ex were jerks but I kind of felt sorry for them at times too! Confusing!

I really loved the atmosphere of Hawaii! I just loved reading about it and all the details!

This is such a cute summer read.

Overall:  I really liked this one a lot. I’d say it’s more of a 3.5 rating from me. I did enjoy it but at times I wanted to just know what was going to happen! It is kind of raw and gritty though!

Cover:  Love it! I think its cute and one I’d pick up in the store!

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Monday, May 16

The Season Of You And Me by Robin Constantine

The Season Of You And Me by Robin Constantine
Release Date:  May 10, 2016
Publisher: Balzer And Bray
Pages:  352
Age Group: Young Adult

Summary: Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee.

Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job.

Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.
Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.
Neither of them is expecting to fall in love.

My Thoughts: OMG I loved this book!!!! I loved both Cassidy and Bryan so much! They were so perfect for one another, even though they each had their flaws.

Cassidy has had a rough few months after a breakup with a boyfriend so she goes and stays with her dad for the summer! Her dad has a wife and they have a son together, so Cassidy has a stepbrother. He was so stinkin cute! I also loved Bryan and his family. He had a funny brother.

Cassidy ends up working at a day camp and there she gets to know Bryan. Bryan has had a rough year. He’s in a wheelchair and paralyzed in his legs. But that doesn’t stop him. He’s such a cute and funny guy. I could say so much about this one but I just loved it too pieces! It was funny but also so loving and warm. I loved all the side characters and the moments on the beach and getting slush. It was the perfect summer read (even though it’s only spring).

I can’t rave enough. I just loved this one. I was really looking forward to it and I’m so glad I read it!

Overall:  I finished it in a day! Loved it! Loved the characters, loved the story-line, loved the sun and sand! I just loved it! Duh!

Cover:  This cover was perfect for this one! I adore it! Loved how they are just sitting on the beach! It’s so cute!

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Friday, May 13

The Mirror King (Orphan Queen #2) by Jodi Meadows

The Mirror King (Orphan Queen #2) by Jodi Meadows
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 544

Summary:  Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.

HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right.

HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.

HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.

In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen

My Thoughts: Yep, as soon as I finished the last page of The Orphan Queen I had to jump right into the Mirror King! After that ending, OMG! We are back with Will and all her crazy and wild friends and not so friends! I’m so happy it pretty much started where the last one left off. I’m so glad! I needed to know what happened!

And I can’t say much about it without giving away spoilers soooo shhhhhh. I really loved that we are back on the mission on what in the heck is Will going to do and how is she going to save her kingdom. We also see a lot of sadness but there is happiness to make you swoon too.

Man I just zoomed right through this one. I stayed up late just wanting to know what happened. And, I’m glad we got to know Will even better. And her best friend. And her nemesis. So much happened, and so much devastated me. I laughed, I cried, I swooned. I just really enjoyed this one. I want to say more but I’m afraid I’ll give away spoilers so I’m going to stop there.

Overall: I LOVED THIS ONE! I think I liked it better than the first one even. I just love all the characters and I love learning more about them. I love that she can take care of herself but she also wants to truly be taken care of. She wants love, she wants it, she’s just afraid to have it.

I highly recommend this series, and I’m glad we got some kind of resolution. I’m glad how things went for the most part, even though there was a bit of sadness there but I still loved it! Recommend this series!

Cover: Love it. Hadn’t really looked at it up close until recently. Its nice.

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Tuesday, May 10

The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen

The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen
Release Date: May 10, 2016  
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 368

Summary:   A passionate summer love story about a girl, her childhood best friend recently released from juvie, and the small-town lies that have kept them apart. A teen romance debut with a dark edge.

Liz Grant is about to have the summer of her life. She and her friend MacKenzie are getting invited to all the best parties, and with any luck, Innis Taylor, the most gorgeous guy in Bonneville, will be her boyfriend before the Fourth of July.

Local teen convict released early.

Jason Sullivan wasn’t supposed to come back from juvie. A million years ago, he was her best friend, but that was before he ditched her for a different crowd. Before he attacked Innis’s older brother, leaving Skip’s face burned and their town in shock.

“Everything is not what you think.”

Liz always found it hard to believe what they said about Jason, but all of Bonneville thinks he’s dangerous. If word gets out she’s seeing him, she could lose everything. But what if there’s more to that horrible night than she knows? And how many more people will get hurt when the truth finally comes out?

“You’re the one person who believes in me.”

Leah Konen’s southern romance swelters with passion as it explores the devastating crush of lies, the delicate balance of power and perception, and one girl’s journey to find herself while uncovering the secrets of so many others.

My Thoughts: Honestly, I went into this one not knowing if I’d like it or not. I had heard some good things and some bad things about it.

I did find myself enjoying it throughout the story.

We are introduced to Liz who has always tried to the good girl. She has a mom, dad, an older sister. She has friends. She starts seeing a new guy named Inis. Inis is popular and everybody likes him. They think he’s a great guy. I liked him at first but as the story unfolded I just knew he wasn’t as perfect as everyone thought.

We are also introduced to Jason. Oh, sweet Jason. Jason made a mistake and has paid the price. Honestly, there was a lot more to the story than what we knew. But of course, Jason used to be Liz’s friend and she’s been told to stay as far away from him as she can. But that is kind of hard when his family still owns the house next door.

I knew there was going to be a lot to this story. It had a lot of depth and you really had to pay attention to the details.  I really liked Jason. I liked Liz but at times I wanted to ram some truth into her head.

I’m glad where the story ended up even though things weren’t peachy and perfect. It was raw and emotional.

Overall: I’d say this is probably more of a 3.5 cupcake rating. I liked it. I liked the plot but at times I felt like things went to slow but thats okay!

Cover:  I like it! Very romantic!

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