Review: Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Wanderlost is a really fun read. Aubree has just graduated from high school, but she’s never been anywhere. She’s set to start college in the fall in her hometown. Her sister, Elizabeth, the perfect one, gets arrested for hosting underage drinkers at Aubree’s graduation party. When she concocts a crazy plan to have Aubree to fill in for her as a tour guide in Europe for the summer, Aubree is less than thrilled. But feeling responsible for her sister’s situation, she reluctantly agrees. Aubree is soon in Europe with a Spanish-speaking bus driver and a small group of senior citizens who are expecting her to […]

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Review: The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

The Impossible Fortress is absolutely adorable in all its geek-romance glory. Billy and his best friends, Alf and Clark, are obsessed with Vanna White. It’s 1987, and they need to get their hands on the new issue of Playboy magazine because it has naked pictures of America’s sweetheart. They hatch a plan that involves buttering up the store owner’s daughter, Mary. Billy is selected for that job, but maybe he doesn’t want to use Mary. Mary is the only other person who’s interested in programming computer games like Billy is. And when she tells him about a computer game competition for students, run by Billy’s idol, he […]

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Review: The Romantics by Leah Konen

The Romantics by Leah Konen

Underneath a unique writing style, The Romantics is really just a fairly predictable slow-burn contemporary romance. The story is narrated by Love, in rather the same way that The Book Thief is narrated by Death. The main character is Gael who’s been rather unlucky in love. In the opening scene he catches his girlfriend cheating on him with his best friend. From there Love discusses his mistakes, ranging from Gael’s parents’ divorce to an accidental rebound girl for Gael, and his plan to unite Gael with his true love. I enjoyed the definitions of the different types of people: romantics, serial monogamist, etc. and the relationship advice […]

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Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into reading Dumplin’. I hated Julie Murphy’s last book, Side Effects May Vary, but I’d heard so many great things about this book. My book club selected this book; otherwise I may not have read it. I am so glad I did. I really enjoyed it. Willowdean (aka Dumplin’, her mom’s nickname for her) is the overweight daughter of a former beauty pageant winner. Her mother now runs the town’s teen pageant. Willowdean has always been more like her aunt, who’s just died. Amidst the usual teen drama – first love and a falling out with her best friend – […]

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Review: We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

We Are Still Tornadoes was an unexpectedly delightful read. I got it from NetGalley many months ago, and I’d forgotten what it was supposed to be about. It’s an epistolary novel, which I love. It takes place in 1982, and the letters are written back and forth between Scott and Cath, best friends, now separated by a few hundred miles as Cath has left their rural Maryland town for Wake Forest University in NC. Scott is staying home and helping his father at their family store. This book made me laugh out loud many times. Scott and Cath’s letters are both funny and poignant. They’re dealing […]

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Review: Rules for 50/50 Chances

Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern

This book had more substance than I was expecting. I knew going into reading it that it was about a young girl’s decision of whether or not to find out whether she has the gene for Huntington’s disease. What I did not know is that it is also a contemporary inter-racial romance. I was happily surprised. McGovern handled both subjects very well. Rose’s mother is slowly dying from Huntington’s disease, and since she’s almost 18, she can decide for herself whether or not to get tested for the gene. She’s an amazing ballet dancer, and she’s having trouble deciding on colleges since her future health is […]

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Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless is Marissa Meyer’s first stand-alone book, and for me the pacing was a little off. Marissa is amazing at world-building, and she did a great job playing around within Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. She imagined many insane elements and situations, but as someone who was fairly familiar with the world, I thought the beginning of the book was rather slow. I wanted to jump into the action right away. Also, once the action did start, there was almost too much going on. That being said though, I did really love this story. Catherine wants to be a baker. She and her housemaid have dreamed of opening their […]

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Review: The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

This book is about 10 years too late for me. It reminded me a lot of Twilight, but I am well beyond the immortal-falls-instantly-in-love-with-a-human kind of romance. I forced myself to finish this book, but there was very little that I enjoyed. X is a bounty hunter from hell who’s sent to Earth to bring back an evil soul. In the attempt he encounters Zoe and falls in love at first sight. He ignores his duty and rescues Zoe and her brother instead. The entanglement develops further as he begins to get ill for skipping out on his assignment. The romance is the main plot […]

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Review: Always by Sarah Jio

Always by Sarah Jio

Always sucked me in right away. Kailey was fiercely in love in her 20s, but then Cade disappeared without explanation. Ten years later she has finally moved on. She is engaged to Ryan, but when she sees Cade, a homeless man now, outside of a restaurant one night, her whole world is turned upside down. This book alternates between the past, the music scene in Seattle in 1996, and the present, Seattle in 2008. The reader sees Kailey and Cade fall in love, and she watches Kailey try to help Cade in the present while keeping her relationship with Ryan going. I’d never read Sarah […]

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Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star is an adorable and fun contemporary YA romance that takes place over one day. It’s a quick read, and I loved every second of it. Natasha’s family is about to be deported back to Jamaica, and she’s determined to stop it. Daniel’s Korean family owns a black hair care store. They’re an unlikely pair, but a chance encounter sparks a passionate relationship. This book is written in alternating chapters in Natasha’s and Daniel’s voices. I connected with them both right away. I loved that this story reverses the typical gender roles. Natasha is the scientist who doesn’t believe in love. […]

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