ARC Reviews, Romance, YA Fiction

The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras

Grades 9-12

bookViv has always been an over-achiever and has a plan to get the perfect grades, the perfect SAT scores, and get into the perfect college. But when she meets a new group of friends at her job at the community pool, she realizes that she can be whoever she wants, because they don’t know anything about her past. She just doesn’t know who that person is yet, but she starts to understand that she is allowed to be less than perfect.

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book,

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Horror/Thriller, Mystery, Series

The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay

Ages 18+

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The last book in the Promise Falls Trilogy, The Twenty-Three was suspenseful from beginning to end. On May 23rd, catastrophe strikes as hundreds of people head to the hospital in the Promise Falls community because of flu-like symptoms. However, no one can figure out why everyone is so sick. Detective Barry Duckworth has a mission of his own: to figure out who murdered a local college student. It seems disaster has struck everywhere in the small town. Can things be resolved before it’s too late?

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

Romance, YA Fiction

How To Keep A Boy From Kissing You by Tara Eglington

Grades 9-12

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This is a sassy and romantic story! Aurora Skye has a strategic plan on how to keep all the boys who try to kiss her from doing so. She’s never been kissed, and, though she’s had plenty of opportunity, she is waiting for the right guy. When she finds out that she has a secret admirer, she is certain that he is the one she’s been waiting for. Then, she is cast in the school play “Much Ado About Nothing” as the lead role opposite her former friend and current archenemy, Hayden. She’s horrified. He can’t be her first kiss! And in a play, in front of the whole school, no less. Will she be able to keep him away until she finds her secret admirer, or will it all come crashing down and end up being a complete disaster?

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Romance, Short Stories

Paris For One & Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

Ages 18+

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Twenty-six-year-old Nell is meeting her boyfriend on a romantic weekend trip to Paris. She finds herself in an interesting position,  however, when he fails to show up. Instead of sulking, Nell takes the opportunity that she’s been given and tries to make the most of it. Eight stories follow this one, and add charm and romance to the collection.

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, YA Fiction

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

Ages 14+

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Sloane moves to Florida from New York and becomes involved in a close knit group of friends. Two of those friends are twins Gabs and Vera. When a painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes it upon herself to bring it back to the twins. She started on the journey feeling like the twins needed her to do this for them, but what she doesn’t realize is how much she needs them to help her in return.

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

 

ARC Reviews, Romance, Series

Just A Kiss by Denise Hunter

Ages 14+

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Just A Kiss, the third book in the Summer Harbor series, was heartwarming and inspiring. Riley went to bootcamp to become a marine when he couldn’t handle the fact that the love of his life was with his brother. Now, Riley’s tour in Afghanistan is up, and he returns with every intention of telling Paige how he feels. However, an IED leaves him an amputee, but Paige is all too happy to take care of him, her best friend. Will Riley be able to come clean and tell Paige that he loves her? Or will he fall apart at the seams?

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Romance

Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Ages 14+

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This sweet love story didn’t start out as a love story at all. Julia starts to blog about her annoying neighbor Cain, giving him the nickname Ebenezer so as to hide his real identity. She is on a mission to “kill him with kindness” after he steals her newspaper. She expects to change his outlook on Christmas, but what she doesn’t expect is to fall in love with him. What will happen if and when he finds out that he’s her little project? And worse, what will happen if he finds out about the blog?

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

Memoirs

Unslut by Emily Lindin

Ages 14+

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This intense, eye-opening memoir chronicles Emily Lindin’s life as a middle schooler and peer-labeled “slut.” The book is made up of diary entries of Lindin’s middle school years, and footnotes that the adult Emily Lindin has added to examine the craziness of her relationships with her friends, enemies and various crushes and boyfriends. The purpose of the memoir is to shed light on how crazy kids’ lives can be, and what we as adults can do to help them. She includes entries that talk about kids ages eleven to thirteen drinking, engaging in sexual behavior and acting nasty towards each other, like it’s no big deal at all. The Unslut Project began as a blog, but when women started sharing their own stories, and took it a step further, and published the memoir in hopes that it would shed light on the sexual bullying of girls and women.

Romance, YA Fiction

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Grades 9-12

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Libby Strout is known for one thing: being America’s fattest teen. No one bothered or cared to get to know her for who she really is. After her mother’s death, she is done with home-schooling and now ready to attend high school after a long while of staying home all the time.

When Libby gets mixed up with Jack Masselin, a boy who goes to her school, the two of them end up in group counseling and community service. Jack knows how to give people what they want, but he has a secret: he is unable to recognize faces. Because of this, he spends his time trying to “get by,” and he constantly reminds himself not to get too close to anyone. As time goes on, Libby and Jack’s relationship starts to change. Will Jack be able to come clean to Libby about his secret?

Adult Fiction, Romance

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

Ages 18+

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Russel Green has everything he ever wanted: a ravishing wife, an adorable six-year-old daughter, and an advertising career he loves. The reality that he knows is ripped from under him in a matter of months, however, and he is left jobless, separated from his wife, and taking care of his daughter all alone. Will be able to adapt accordingly or crack under pressure?