Thursday, April 2, 2020

What I Like About You By: Marisa Kanter

What I Like About You
Author: Marisa Kanter
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: April 2020
Format: ARC Paperback
Pages: 416
Rating: 4.5/5
Can a love triangle have only two people in it? Online, it can... but in the real world, it's more complicated. In this debut novel Marisa Kanter explores what happens when internet friends turn into IRL crushes.

There are a million things that Halle Levitt likes about her online best friend, Nash.

He’s an incredibly talented graphic novelist. He loves books almost as much as she does. And she never has to deal with the awkwardness of seeing him in real life. They can talk about anything…

Except who she really is.

Because online, Halle isn’t Halle—she’s Kels, the enigmatically cool creator of One True Pastry, a YA book blog that pairs epic custom cupcakes with covers and reviews. Kels has everything Halle doesn’t: friends, a growing platform, tons of confidence, and Nash.

That is, until Halle arrives to spend senior year in Gramps’s small town and finds herself face-to-face with real, human, not-behind-a-screen Nash. Nash, who is somehow everywhere she goes—in her classes, at the bakery, even at synagogue.

Nash who has no idea she’s actually Kels.

If Halle tells him who she is, it will ruin the non-awkward magic of their digital friendship. Not telling him though, means it can never be anything more. Because while she starts to fall for Nash as Halle…he’s in love with Kels.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Six Week Single Dad By: Julie Archer

The Six-Week Single Dad
Author: Julie Archer
Publisher: Julie Archer
Published: October 2018
Format: Paperback
Pages: 94
Rating: 4/5
It’s only six weeks… 

Hayden Kinsella all but panics when his ex says she’s leaving him to care for their son while she skips off to Paris. 
Problem is, he’s never looked after little Alfie for more than a day on his own. 
Seeking help from his best friend’s younger sister may be the answer. 
Or maybe not, since the gorgeous Bea has always been off limits. 
But it’s only for six weeks. 
Who is he kidding? 

A lot can happen in six weeks…

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Habits By: Anna B. Doe

Habits (Greyford High #2)
Author: Anna B. Doe
Published: March 2019
Publisher: Anna B. Doe
Format: E-Book
Pages: 354
Rating: 4/5
How can something so wrong feel so good?

Senior year.
Three girls. Three guys.
Secrets and lies.
Demons of past and present.
Old insecurities and new fears.
One more year left to pretend.
One more year to wreck it all.
The countdown begins.

All Jeanette Sanders wanted to do was escape her past and forget everything that has happened. Coming to Greyford was supposed to be her new beginning, a clean slate. Only it seems like her past doesn’t want to let her go. As her old insecurities start to return in full force and lies grow bigger than ever, the only thing left is the hope that her broken heart will survive this time around.

Andrew Hill has been betrayed one too many times in the past. Cynical and cold-hearted, he closed off his heart for good and doesn’t plan on letting anybody in ever again. Especially women. But his heart doesn’t seem to care and starts beating faster every time a particular black-haired beauty gets in his way and puts him in his place.

He wants her body, not her heart. She tries to resist him, but the pull is too much.

They know they’re all wrong for each other, but some habits are too sweet to give up.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Little Red Reading Hood And the Misread Wolf By: Troy Wilson

Little Red Reading Hood And the Misread Wolf
Author: Troy Wilson
Published: July 2019
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Format: ARC Hardcover
Pages: 32
Rating: 5/5
A retelling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood, starring our bookish heroine Red and a misunderstood, book-loving wolf desperate for a good story. 

Little Red Reading Hood loves--you guessed it--reading! She applies everything she learns from books to the real world. So, when she sets off to take her sick grandmother a homemade treat, she's prepared for anything that comes her way. In keeping with the original story, Red is in for a surprise when she arrives to find a wolf disguised as her grandmother. But this is no ordinary wolf. . . This is the Misread Wolf, who's after something more delicious than your average snack. He's desperate for a bedtime story and knows Little Red Reading Hood might just be his only hope.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Lines By: Anna B. Doe

Lines (Greyford High #1)
Author: Anna B. Doe
Publisher: Independently Published
Published: November 2018
Format: E-Book
Pages: 278
Rating: 3.5/5
Senior year.
Three girls. Three guys.
Hockey and rivalry.
Mean girls and friendships.
Old loves and new chances.
One more year of being invisible.
One more year to win it all.
The countdown begins.

Senior year can’t come or end fast enough for Amelia Campbell. For the shy, nerdy girl-next-door that she is, high school is torture and all she wants is for it to be over. Having her heart broken by a popular, womanizing boy all those years ago doesn’t help the matters. Nor does his best friend who still has a habit of mercilessly teasing her. Now, she only has one year left, one year to be invisible before she can move on with her life.

Derek King doesn’t do drama, but his life is all about drama once Maximillian Sanders steps foot into his town, his school, and into Amelia’s life. Max is always around, and he is making her smile again. But the boy who once broke her heart isn’t ready to let her go. Older and wiser, Derek isn’t about to let someone take away what he wants, and he wants Amelia.

She's set on not believing in him and on not getting her heart broken once again. He is set on showing her wrong.

She says she hates him, but maybe the line between past and present, love and hate is thinner than she ever realized.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

A Pizza My Heart By: Teagan Hunter

A Pizza My Heart (Slice #1)
Author: Teagan Hunter
Published: June 2019
Publisher: Teagan Hunter
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 245
Rating: 4/5
Most people would probably be embarrassed to land themselves back in their hometown and working at a pizzeria after an ugly divorce. 

Not me. 

It’s home, and I have one last shot to make Wren Daniels see me as more than just her brother’s best friend. 

When the opportunity to show her what’s been right in front of her this whole time presents itself, I take it, holding nothing back this time. 

Wren thinks we’re pretending, but there’s nothing fake about the way I feel. 

After all, she’s always had…a pizza my heart.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

All That I Am By: Rachel Brookes

All That I Am (Men of Monroe #1)
Author: Rachel Brookes
Published: May 2017
Publisher: Rachel Brookes
Format: E-Book
Pages: 426
Rating: 4/5
A kickass home d├ęcor boutique – tick
A sassy mouth and absolutely no filter – tick
A wall so strong no man could ever tear it down - tick, tick, tick!

Or so I thought.

Until I meet Detective Ben Hunt, the owner of exquisite blue eyes, a god-like physique and a seductive smirk that makes me weak at the knees. He charges into my life like a force of nature. No matter how hard I try to keep the walls up around my heart, he’s made it his mission to shatter them. I have no chance of resisting him, but I would make sure I won this tug of war.

Which was what I wanted. 

Right? When did the idea of losing myself to him start to sound so good?

I wish Ben was the only battle I faced. There’s a reason this small town needs a good detective. One way or another I’m going to have to brace for impact, because no wall I build can stop the new threat thundering toward Monroe. 

After all, secrets only stay a secret for so long around here.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Truly Yours By: Kennedy Fox

Truly Yours (Roommate Duet #4)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Published: September 2019
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Format: E-Book
Pages: 292
Rating: 5/5
I knew within moments of meeting Mason Holt that he would change my life forever. 
I just didn’t realize how much. 

As my world spirals out of control, he continues to stay by my side, protecting and taking care of me. Being just friends is all he’s been able to offer, that is until both of our lives are threatened. Now that our relationship is blossoming into something more, I can’t be what he needs even if I wished I could. 
Bad timing strikes again.

When I think we can finally be together, someone threatens to tear us apart. I’m not the same girl Mason met three years ago, but I’m determined to fight for what I’ve always wanted—him.

**This is book 2 in the Mason & Sophie duet and must be read after Truly Mine. Recommended for ages 18+** 

Sunday, February 16, 2020

When You Ask Me Where I'm Going

When You Ask Me Where I'm Going
Author: Jasmin Kaur
Published: October 2019
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: ARC Paperback
Pages: 256
Rating: 4.5/5
so that one day
a hundred years from now
another sister will not have to
dry her tears wondering
where in history
she lost her voice

The six sections of the book explore what it means to be a young woman living in a world that doesn’t always hear her and tell the story of Kiran as she flees a history of trauma and raises her daughter, Sahaara, while living undocumented in North America.

Delving into current cultural conversations including sexual assault, mental health, feminism, and immigration, this narrative of resilience, healing, empowerment, and love will galvanize readers to fight for what is right in their world. 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Are Libraries Still A Thing?

Welcome back Bookworms! Today I've got a different post from the norm, but it's definitely a topic that I've been thinking for quite some time now. In collaboration with today's post, we've come up with some reasons why going to a library is still a great option in this modern age!

Saturday, January 25, 2020

This Is What It Feels Like By: Rebecca Barrow

This Is What It Feels Like
Author: Rebecca Barrow
Published: November 2018
Publisher: Harper Teen (HCC Frenzy)
Format: Paperback ARC
Pages: 400
Rating: 4/5
It doesn’t matter what the prize for the Sun City Originals contest is this year.

Who cares that’s it’s fifteen grand? Who cares about a gig opening for one of the greatest bands to ever play this town?

Not Dia, that’s for sure. Because Dia knows that without a band, she hasn’t got a shot at winning Sun City. Because ever since Hanna’s drinking took over her life, Dia and Jules haven’t been in it. And ever since Hanna left — well, there hasn’t been a band.

It used to be the three of them, Dia, Jules, and Hanna, messing around and making music and planning for the future. But that was then, and this is now — and now means a baby, a failed relationship, a stint in rehab, all kinds of off beats that have interrupted the rhythm of their friendship. No contest can change that. Right?

But like the lyrics of a song you used to play on repeat, there’s no forgetting a best friend. And for Dia, Jules, and Hanna, this impossible challenge — to ignore the past, in order to jumpstart the future — will only become possible if they finally make peace with the girls they once were, and the girls they are finally letting themselves be.

Rebecca Barrow’s tender story of friendship, music, and ferocious love asks — what will you fight for, if not yourself?

Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Dare By: Cate Sexton

The Dare (First Love Series #5)
Author: Cate Sexton
Published: July 2018
Publisher: Summerfield Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 82
Rating: 1.5/5
Litzy Graham is eighteen. She has earned everything she has, including her recently accepted application to the medical faculty in Harvard University. Now, she also feels she deserves to do what other students have been long able to do, indulge in a wild holiday abroad. Her foster care has finished, so Litzy is free to do what she wants. 
Saving and making money came naturally to Litzy, who even though she was in foster care since she was four was always good with money. She saved every penny she ever got spare, and she earned the rest. She now had enough for at least two years of college if she is thrifty. 
But for now, Litzy was going to have one hell of a holiday in Hawaii with the girls she met in the pre-med program for Harvard as one of them won 135 million dollars in the State lottery and is bringing them all with her. The girls are fun-loving and a lot more relaxed than Litzy when it comes to men, who she is shy around. 
So, Macy, the girl who won the lottery, dares Litzy to ask out the next guy she meets and sleep with him while they are there, for a prize of one million dollars. 

But what if the dare gets Litzy more than she’s bargained for? 

Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Hero By: Cate Sexton

The Hero (First Love Series #4)
Author: Cate Sexton
Published: June 2018
Publisher: Summerfield Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 77
Rating: 1.5/5
Montana Burke needs a hero. 
Life has slipped her by, so at forty, Montana becomes her own hero. 
She’s upping sticks in rural Ireland for a dream she once had years ago but was too afraid to take. 
Now tired of being the maiden free-babysitter aunt 
and enduring a boring job, Montana is giving it all up to follow that dream. 
She has secured a job in an exclusive law office in Manhattan. 
But before she goes, Montana goes on a night out in Killarney 
and spends a night of passion with a stranger. 
In another life-time he would be the man of her dreams, 
but it’s too late for Montana to indulge in those types of dreams… 

But maybe a hero in love is exactly what Montana needs? 

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