YA Contemporary, YA Romance

BOOK REVIEW: Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

I’m the hero of my own story.

Synopsis: Addie traipses around Ireland following a guidebook for the brokenhearted.. but she discovers there are also things worth mending besides a broken heart.

Published May 8, 2018 by Simon Pulse

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance

Themes: travel, Ireland, brother-sister relationship, siblings, best friends, passion, writing, aspirations, expectations, stereotypes, sports, football, fandom, adventures, courage, heartbroken, break-ups, divorce, moving on

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Love & Luck

Love & Luck was an absolutely wonderful read, mixing fresh and classic themes that all meld into a perfect contemporary piece! It’s a story about self-discovery, being brave, and worthy friendships.

I especially enjoyed that it’s not your usual YA contemporary romance read that is centered around the boy-girl romantic relationship – this one’s mostly about Addie’s relationship with her brother, Ian.

Addie’s journey to self-discovery is so great to read, and I just love how her friendships/relationships/interactions with people are portrayed. Even the “villain” in the story is somewhat lovable.

…age has nothing to with what you can accomplish – if you’ve got it, you’ve got it. Why wait until you grow up? And then once you’re all grown-up, why stop?

Besides the fun plot and characters, I love the wit and wisdom packed into this! I especially loved the entries from the Ireland for the Heartbroken guidebook – oh, how I wish it’s a real thing, I would sooo buy it. Not that I’m wishing for a broken heart. I just saw that the B&N exclusive edition has additional entries, so I might just grab myself a copy so I can own this beautiful book + read those fun entries!

You don’t need anyone, unless you want them. You’re enough all on your own. You’re more than enough. You’re Maeve.

I wanted to get this review out before the summer ends because it definitely is a PERFECT summer read! If you’re looking to get out of a reading slump, this one’s also for you, since it’s short and sweet and quite uplifting!

P.S. London is my top dream destination! Why? Two words: Jane Austen. Although I’ve read a lot of books set in Ireland and Scotland, I want to visit those too!!!

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Thank you Simon & Schuster for my review copy!

Have you read Love & Luck and/or Love & Gelato yet? Which one did you like better, and why?

What are your most recent favorite contemporary reads?

Where is one of your dream destinations?

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BLOG TOUR: Arrowheart

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Kiss the boys and make them cry…

Synopsis: 

The gods are gone. The people have forgotten them. But sixteen-year-old Rachel Patel can’t forget – the gods control her life, or more specifically, her love life. Being a Hedoness, one of a strong group of women descended from Greek God Eros, makes true love impossible for Rachel. She wields the power of that magical golden arrow, and with it, the promise to take the will of any boy she kisses. But the last thing Rachel wants is to force someone to love her… When seventeen-year-old Benjamin Blake’s disappearance links back to the Hedonesses, Rachel’s world collides with his, and her biggest fear becomes a terrifying reality. She’s falling for him – a messy, magnetic, arrow-over-feet type of fall. Rachel distances herself, struggling to resist the growing attraction, but when he gives up his dream to help her evade arrest, distance becomes an insurmountable task. With the police hot on their trail, Rachel soon realizes there are darker forces hunting them – a group of mortals recruited by the gods who will stop at nothing to preserve the power of the Hedonesses – not to mention Eros himself, who is desperate to reverse the curse… Rachel must learn to do what no Hedoness has done before – to resist her gift – or she’ll turn the person she’s grown to love into a shadow of himself… for ever.

Published on June 14, 2018 Hodder Children’s Books

Genre: YA Romance, YA Fantasy

Formats: paperback, eBook

384 pages

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About the author

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After graduating high-school, Rebecca Sky set out on a five-year, 24 Country exploration to find herself. She slept in a hammock in the Amazon Jungle, skinny-dipped off the West African Coast, ate balut and climbed the chocolate hills in the Philippines, and fell in love in Cuba (then again in Brazil, and a final time to a Rocker from Canada). Rebecca returned home to the West Coast captivated by the world and ready for another adventure.

So she did what every wanderer does when standing still—began writing. Her work has since garnered over 20 million reads on Wattpad, and she’s had the opportunity to partner with some really great brands. She was featured in The New York Times and The Boston Globe, (check out those articles here). Her debut Arrowheart, book one in THE LOVE CURSE series is published by Hodder Children’s Books a division of Hachette Book Group.

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BLOG TOUR (+mini review): The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista

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Happy the day after fourth of July! Hope no one’s too hungover? 😉

Well, I’m here today to bring you another blog tour post! Please click the banner above to check out the full tour schedule!

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Synopsis: The only way to get over a hopeless crush is to find someone new…Enter: The Boyfriend Bracket! Putting a new spin on a classic trope, Kate Evangelista explores family bonds, changing relationships, and senior year as our heroine tries to get over her brother’s best friend.Stella has had a hopeless crush on Will, her older brother’s best friend FOREVER, but now that Cam and Will have graduated and are going off to college, this year is her chance to really strike out on her own. Without her overprotective brother and his sidekick around to distract her, she can focus on having all the typical high school experiences that she’s always dreamed of―starting with finding a boyfriend! With the help of her best friend, Franklin, she comes up with the perfect plan to have a boyfriend by Christmas: The Boyfriend Bracket. Or it seems like the perfect plan . . . right up until Will starts showing up again. How is she supposed to find the perfect boyfriend when none of her dates measure up to the one boy she can never have? The Boyfriend Bracket puts a new spin on a classic genre in a fun, unforgettable way.

Published June 19, 2018 by Swoon Reads

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance

Themes: childhood crush, brother’s best friend, brother, fashion, bullying, mean girls, high school dances, college applications, the bro code, best friends, dating

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A few things I liked about The Boyfriend Bracket: 

  • Stella’s a Filipina, so that’s cool. I like the references here and there.
  • It’s nice seeing the different culture in play. Like how overprotective Cam is, Stella’s brother, of Stella – turned up a few more notches more than usual. And also how Stella doesn’t have to worry about paying for college because it’s common in the Philippines for parents to have planned for it.
  • I admire Stella’s passion for fashion. I like how she dreams big. She’s not just shooting for something good enough. She’s shooting for the big things. As Trump said, As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big. 
  • Franklin! I think I enjoyed Stella’s interactions with Franklin the most – their friendship is #GOALS. I love the Rapunzel scene at the tree house the best.

Franklin: Oh, Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, so that I may climb thy golden stair.

Stella: Ah, handsome prince, sadly I have cut my hair. You must make do with the rickety stairs.


About the author

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When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with an Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full time and is based in the Philippines.

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Have you read or are you planning to read The Boyfriend Bracket? 

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ARC REVIEW: Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins (Dec 2018)

Male, female, and all the other ways we categorize each other – we’re all just people – individual personalities, making mistakes and trying to get by.

Synopsis: When seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe gets cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved, then watches her parents’ marriage crumble, she decides to forget about relationships and turn the tables on the boys of the world. It’s time to take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, and bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it’s time to collect. Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break.

To be published on December 18, 2018 by HarperTeen

e-ARC provided by the publisher through Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance

Themes: squad, friendships, foreign travel, foreign languages, dating, emotions, feelings, divorce, family, siblings, high school, classes, poetry, prom

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I’m taking back my life, one kiss at a time.

I have to say, I was a little bit underwhelmed – I was expecting it to be more lighthearted than it turned out to be. There was a little bit too much drama than I cared for and Zae wasn’t really that likeable.

I’ve never read a book by Wendy Higgins before, but Kiss Collector didn’t quite make me keen to pick any of them up.

All that said, the only reason I didn’t DNF this and kept going are those poems (Wendy sure knows how to write those poems…) and the little mystery about the poet (I mean, I figured it out right away, but I still wanted the confirmation 😅)

Ode to the straw that fits in the pouch that rests in your hand.

The straw that meets your lips, pink as blossoms.

The proud, cylindrical piece of plastic that stands up to greet you with its chest out, ready to be used by you, to quench you.

Oh, to be that straw, partially submerged in 66 percent fruit juice,

And partially submerged in your mouth. Enjoy, little straw, enjoy.

Thankfully, it did have a very sweet ending, that made me just a little bit less regretful for reading it… but then I did find another book boyfriend so maybe it was worth it after all. Now, if only I actually get to finishing those #SwoonySaturdate drafts I have in mind…

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BLOG TOUR (+mini review): Wavehouse by Alice Kaltman

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Hi all! Phew! It’s Friday! I’m super ready for the weekend…

And to start the weekend right, I’m here to recommend a great read for the hot months of summer – Wavehouse by Alice Kaltman. And as a gift for stopping by, you can scroll down and enter the giveaway and who knows, you might just win a copy and get to enjoy the book for FREE!!

I’m glad to be one of the hosts for the ongoing Wavehouse blog tour – you can check out the complete tour schedule by clicking on the banner above 🙂

Synopsis: Sixteen year-old Anna Dugan is a super surfer who feels most at home when taking off on a ten-foot wave. But surf culture bores Anna big time. While other surfers follow trends and speak the lingo, Anna harbors a secret desire to be an artist, drawing houses made of waves. It’s not the most practical dream for the daughter of a single mom living in Kendall’s Watch, a beach town where most kids are so surf-centric they think ‘Current Events’ have something to do with ocean tides. Anna is not only the best surfer in Kendall’s, she’s also the shyest. When a surf scout comes to town to gauge her talent, Anna freaks out and refuses to let him watch her. To protect herself from the pressure and the panic, Anna decides to only surf at her private break, Secretspot, for the rest of the summer. But Secretspot becomes treacherous in ways Anna never imagined, and the danger has nothing to do with waves. When a gorgeous stranger paddles out, smiling a bewitching smile and surfing like a god, their chemistry is impossible to ignore. A series of events are set in motion that will change Anna’s life forever; events that raise difficult questions about love, honesty, betrayal and family ties. In the end, is it worth it? Dive in to Wavehouse, life-preserver recommended, and the decision is yours.

Published June 15, 2018 by Fitzroy Books

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Themes: surfing, shyness, performance anxiety, ocean, water, waves, competitions, going professional, mother-daughter relationships, serial dating, best friends, drawing, artist, family, grandparents

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

289 pages

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The world is your oyster, and don’t you forget it.

What I liked about Wavehouse


About the author:

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As a young girl I longed to be a mermaid. My idol sat demurely on the Chicken of the Sea tuna fish cans. I peeled labels off to save her image. Every night before bedtime I squeezed both legs in to one side of my pajama bottoms and shuffled around the house pretending I was as beautiful as the tuna fish mermaid.

Real mermaid-hood proved elusive, so I became a modern dancer instead. For over twenty years I worked with brilliant choreographers and performed in amazing places. And while I’m still paid to do the occasional pirouette, I’m now mostly known as a Parenting Coach/Writer helping out moms and dads, and talking to kids also, about their (often annoying) parents.

But honestly? I’m most at home when upside down and underwater. I’ve been swimming my entire life, and surfing for the better part of adulthood. It’s no surprise my two novels are totally ocean-centric. Saving Grace is about a mermaid, and Wavehouse is about a surfer. And I guess they’re both about me, too.

My short fiction (for adults) takes place on land, sea, and air. I’m thrilled that Staggerwing, a collection of my favorites, is forthcoming from Tortoise Books in October, 2016.

These days I split my time between Brooklyn and Montauk, New York where I wear my pajamas regular style. But if too much time passes without a swim or a surf, I’m tempted to revisit my childhood shenanigans. Wouldn’t it be fun to flip-flop about like a fish out of water or a beached mermaid, restless and hungry for the incoming tide?

If you want to reach out about bookish stuff, send me an email via the cute little Contact pop-up, or via my literary agent, Zoe Sandler of ICM Partners.

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  • 2 winners will receive a hardcover of WAVEHOUSE, US Only.
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ARC REVIEW: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera (Oct 2018)

I guess that’s any relationship. You start with nothing and maybe end with everything.

My synopsis: Arthur is an intern at a high-powered New York law firm, with big dreams and a big future. Ben just went through a bad breakup and to make matters worse, he has to see his ex in summer school. The two meet and sparks fly – but will those sparks only last one summer?

To be published October 9, 2018 by HarperTeen

e-ARC provided by the publisher through Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance, YA Coming-of-Age, YA Romantic Comedy

Themes: LGBT, dating, finding each other, New York, city life, moving on, breakups, Broadway, fandom, writing, fantasy fiction, destiny, fate, the universe, best friends, friendships, bumps in relationships

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Before anything else – Fansens, you’re going to love this – the title is inspired by Dear Evan Hansen‘s track “Only Us” and the book (at least, the ARC is!) is actually divided into 4 different sections: What If, It’s Us, And Only Us, and the epilogue, What if it’s you and What if it’s me?

I always thought love was about the showstopper moments. No dialogue, no filler. But if the quiet parts are filler, maybe filler’s underrated.

That said, What If It’s Us is a sure-to-be-loved contemporary romance that immediately starts out with a hilarious meet-cute scene. I literally laughed out loud.

It’s your typical summer romance – Ben is an NYC resident with no big hopes for the future, and Arthur is a promising young man headed to one of the Ivy Leagues. The question is whether they will pursue a romance such as theirs when they well know that they will part ways after the summer, in a few weeks.. then a few days. Then add to that countless Broadway references… countless. I mean, this book have me obsessed with Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton within a few chapters! I wouldn’t quite call myself a full-fledged Hamilfan or Fansen yet, but I’m quite sure I’ll be a pretty easy convert, all I need is to go and watch the shows on Broadway… hopefully some time this year??

Like I said, the romance between Arthur & Ben is pretty straightforward and pretty much what you’d expect from this genre. What I particularly enjoyed is the friendship between Ben and Dylan – they’re best friends and Dylan is so funny and his personality is pretty much a scene-stealer!

Dylan cuddles up next to me and Samantha accepts it because if she’s in this for the long run, this is her new life.

I love friendships like this. It’s so precious. There’s also Arthur’s best friends and his office squad – this story is just overflowing with great friendships, and it’s one of its major themes.

Other than the fact that it totally made me love Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen, I wouldn’t say it’s a particularly memorable read, but it’s definitely one you should check out if you’re already a fan of either Becky Albertalli or Adam Silvera – meanwhile, I couldn’t tell which POV was written by whom… if I have to pick, I mostly liked Arthur’s chapters 🙂

Thank you HarperCollins for my review copy!

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Thanks for reading!

BTW, Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers out there – and to your families ❤

Are you planning to read What If It’s Us?

Have you read any books by Becky Albertalli and/or Adam Silvera, and did you like it/them?

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ARC REVIEW: From Twinkle with Love by Sandhya Menon (May 2018)

So remember this day. Remember this moment. And go explore the universes. They’re waiting.

My synopsis: Twinkle Mehra is an aspiring filmmaker and she chronicles her life in a diary addressed to various female directors (i.e. Sofia Coppola, Mira Nair) she looks up to. A self-proclaimed wallflower/groundling, she is eager to transform into her shiny, ideal self and finally gain the respect and attention of the silk-feathered hats population and she thinks dating the smart, athletic, and popular Neil Roy will get her there. But another opportunity presents itself when Neil’s identical nerdy, groundling twin Sahil Roy offers to work on a movie with her as her producer for the upcoming Midsummer Night festival. 

To be published May 22, 2018 by Simon Pulse

e-ARC provided by the Simon & Schuster through Edelweiss+ 

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance

Themes: Indian culture, fimmaking, aspirations, dreams, best friends, friendships, love, soulmates, romance, future, the stories we tell, popularity, parent-children relationships, finding yourself, identical twins

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I don’t think I’m wrong when I say people won’t be disappointed! I have not read When Dimple Met Rishibut from what I’ve heard about it, I knew that this will be a cute contemporary read – I actually am planning to pick it up soon because of this 🙂

From Twinkle with Love is a cute and lovable story of a dreamer, told in a unique diary-like format – Twinkle’s personality, passion, and wit is sure to pull you in! I’ll definitely be watching out for future works by Sandhya Menon.

First of all I’d like to mention, I just love that we’ve reached the day and age when people from different backgrounds and cultures get the representation they deserve. I love the openness that the reading community is evolving into! In previous years, I would never have imagined that I’ll be picking up books with so much diversity in it, and this is a shoutout to the authors who didn’t get cowed by the resistance/barriers and courageously told their stories, but also to the people who helped pave the way and make these kinds of books happen >>> THANK YOU. 

I absolutely loved the characters. I appreciated Twinkle’s passion for filmmaking – I enjoyed all the film references (even though I sadly did not get all of them). She wore the coolest shirts!! Sahil was this nerdy but equally passionate guy – he was insecure in some ways (but that’s okay, aren’t we all?) that you just want to hug all the time. He’s so dependable, and I just want to say all the good things, but you just have to wait for next #SwoonySaturdate post for that! Another character I will especially mention is Victoria Lyons – I was really surprised by her, but I don’t want to say any more than that!

You’re kind of cool in a weirdly quirky way. It draws people in.

Another super cool part is when we get some other POVs throughout, not in any predictable way, but it just kind of pops in out of nowhere, and I thought that was so much fun and very interesting.

The plot itself kept me going because I like when there’s a production element in the plot – I just have to watch Dracula now! It was so much fun reading about how they picked costumes, and all the planning that went into the film. I think I enjoyed that the most, and also how the “big day” turned out to actually be “the big day.”

And of course, this review won’t be complete without my comments on the romance! I am totally sold on it, and I thought it was super cute and I was all in! It was so honest, and just adorable in every way.

But when I see you… every time, Twinkle, I feel those golden fireworks inside me. And the only reason I can think of is that you have some kind of chamatkaar. You must be a special kind of miracle.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this very much! It gave me some The Outcasts / Can’t Buy Me Love film vibes, and the whole film production theme reminded me of Emma Mill’s Foolish Hearts. I can’t wait to hear everyone’s thoughts on it once it comes out next month!!

Thank you Simon & Schuster for my review copy!

Thanks for reading! Also, because my words cannot possibly be better than the author herself, I included a special message for you from the author below…

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS FEATURE (the words of Sandhya Menon):

Last, but far from least, this book is especially for you. You, who stumble but refuse to fall. You, who refuse to dim your shine. The world desperately needs your voice, your courage, your heart. Twinkle on. 

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