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Review: Kissing Games (+ Five Questions With Tara!)

Tara Eglington - Kissing Games
Published: June 5, 2018 by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher (Thank you so much, Wednesday Books!)
Rating: 2.5/5

The course of true love never did run smooth. For a girl who shares her name with a princess (a.k.a Aurora from Sleeping Beauty) Aurora Skye’s life seem fathoms away from a fairytale. Sure, she’s landed Hayden Paris, Potential Prince extraordinaire. And she got her wish -- one first kiss with all the knee-trembling, butterfly-inducing gloriousness she’d hoped for. 

But Aurora’s learning that a kiss is just the beginning of a story. Instead of being the truly transcendent, utterly epic follow up it should be, her second attempt at kissing has literally landed Hayden Paris in the emergency room. If that’s not mortifying enough, the whole school is now referring to her as ‘Lethal Lips’.

Meanwhile it’s all systems go for her best friend Cassie - she and Potential Prince Scott are totally loved u…
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Review: Hollywood

Keegan Allen - Hollywood Published: April 24, 2018 by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Photography
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Rating: 3.5/5

A photographic tour of the different sides of Hollywood by the bestselling author of life.love.beauty.

The actor, photographer, and bestselling author reveals the Hollywood we see--and the one we don't--with a photography narrative featuring more than 250 emotionally charged color and black and white photos. Keegan Allen is a Hollywood native, growing up in a world that millions visit and many more imagine. With an avid fan base that follows him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and a busy career that includes seven years on the hit series Pretty Little Liars as well as films directed by James Franco and Gia Coppola, Allen also is a lifelong photographer whose first book, life.love.beauty, was a national bestseller.

Now Keegan turns his eye and camera to the place he knows best. Hollywood captur…

Review: The Princess Saves Herself In This One

Amanda Lovelace - The Princess Saves Herself In This One Published: April 23, 2016 by CreateSpace
Genres: Poetry, Romance (?????)
Pages: 156
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 2.5/5

"Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we're off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales."

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

DNF Alert: Wild Beauty

Anna-Marie McLemore - Wild Beauty Published: October 3, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Magical Realism, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Source: Myself (Well, Amazon)
Rating: 2.5/5

Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

Review: Dear Martin

Dear Martin - Nic Stone Expected publication: October 17, 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 224
Source: NetGalley
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Rating: 4.5/5

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.

Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop besi…

Review: The Start of Me and You

Emery Lord - The Start of Me and You Published: March 31, 2015 by Bloomsbury
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 376
Source: Brought that ish 😎
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Rating: 3.5/5

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it's never too late for second chances.

It's been a year since it happened―when Paige Hancock's first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her―the perfect way to convince everyone she's back to normal. Next: Join a club―simple, it's high school after all. But when Ryan's sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally op…

Blog Tour Review: Not Now, Not Ever (Plus, An Interview With Lily!)

Lily Anderson - Not Now, Not Ever

Published: November 21, 2017 by Wednesday Books
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Rating: 4/5


The sequel to The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You, inspired by The Importance of Being Earnest.

Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn't going to do this summer.

1. She isn't going to stay home in Sacramento, where she'd have to sit through her stepmother's sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
2. She isn't going to mock trial camp at UCLA.
3. And she certainly isn't going to the Air Force summer program on her mother's base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender's Game, Ellie's seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it's much less Luke/Yoda/"feel the force," and much more one hundred push-ups on t…