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Review: Phantom Limbs

Paula Garner - Phantom Limbs Published: September 27, 2016 by Candlewick
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Source: #BooksforTrade
Rating: 2.5/5

How do you move on from an irreplaceable loss? In a poignant debut, a sixteen-year-old boy must learn to swim against an undercurrent of grief—or be swept away by it.

Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis’s little brother dead and both of their families changed forever. Since then, it’s been three years of radio silence, during which time Otis has become the unlikely protégé of eighteen-year-old Dara—part drill sergeant, part friend—who’s hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back to town, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he’s never forgotten and the brother he’s never stopped grieving. As it becomes achingly clear …

Blog Tour Review: California Summer

Anita Hughes - California Summer Published: June 19, 2018 by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Adult, Romance
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Rating: 2.5/5

"The perfect beach read!" —Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House Reunion.

"Tender and triumphant...California Summer made my heart sing."—Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of Between Me and You

Anita Hughes's California Summer is a charming and beautiful love story about a former Hollywood producer who trades her cast list in for cookbooks in the hopes of following her dreams and finding new love.

Ben and Rosie are Hollywood’s newest director/producer dream team. After hitting it big at Sundance, it seems that their ten years of love and hard work are finally paying off. Rosie is happy making independent films, but Ben wants the A-List celebrity package: a house in Beverly Hills, fancy cars in the driveway, and his name on the …

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…

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.

Blog Tour: In Sight of Stars

Gae Polisner - In Sight of Stars Published: March 13, 2018 by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Source: Publisher
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Rating: 2.5/5

Seventeen-year-old Klee’s father was the center of his life. He introduced Klee to the great museums of New York City and the important artists on their walls, he told him stories made of myths and magic. Until his death.

Now, forced to live in the suburbs with his mom, Klee can’t help but feel he’s lost all the identifying parts of himself—his beloved father, weekly trips to the MoMA, and the thrumming energy of New York City. That is until he meets wild and free Sarah in art class, with her quick smiles and jokes about his “brooding.” Suddenly it seems as if she’s the only thing that makes him happy. But when an act of betrayal sends him reeling, Klee lands in what is bitingly referred to as the “Ape Can,” a psychiatric hospital for teens in Northollow.

While there, he undergoes inte…

Blog Tour Review: Flight Season

Marie Marquardt - Flight Season Published: February 20, 2018 by Wednesday Books
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3.5/5


Back when they were still strangers, TJ Carvalho witnessed the only moment in Vivi Flannigan’s life when she lost control entirely. Now, TJ can’t seem to erase that moment from his mind, no matter how hard he tries. Vivi doesn’t remember any of it, but she’s determined to leave it far behind. And she will.

But when Vivi returns home from her first year away at college, her big plans and TJ’s ambition to become a nurse land them both on the heart ward of a university hospital, facing them with a long and painful summer together – three months of glorified babysitting for Ángel, the problem patient on the hall. Sure, Ángel may be suffering from a life-threatening heart infection, but that doesn’t make him any less of a pain.

As it turns out, though, Ángel Solís has a thing or two to t…

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.