If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich

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What do you do when your two favorite young adult authors come together to write a new book? You freak out and read it all in one sitting!

Thank you Wednesday Books for my gifted ebook in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heart-breakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining under the pressures of fame, and Ruben confides in Zach that he’s feeling smothered by management’s pressure to stay in the closet. On a whirlwind tour through Europe, with both an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, Ruben and Zach come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance. But when they decide they’re ready to tell their fans and live freely, Zach and Ruben start to truly realize that they will never have the support of their management. How can they hold tight to each other when the whole world seems to want to come between them?

As expected, I absolutely loved this book. These authors are phenomenal and work together so beautifully. This book mimics the rumors about the band members from One Direction, so if you are aware of those, you will love this book too. Honestly, if you are a fan of boy bands in general, you will also love this book. I really appreciate how inclusive this book was which makes me recommend this for all readers even more. Enjoy the adventure these boys go through and watch them grow and learn in front of your eyes. It’s the best!

5/5 Stars

The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin

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I’m a huge weather nerd – so this book was a must-read for me!

Thank you Sourcebooks Fire for my gifted ebook in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season. In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It’s wild and volatile, and the price of her magic―losing the ones she loves―is too high, despite the need to control the increasingly dangerous weather. In Winter, the world is on the precipice of disaster. Fires burn, storms rage, and Clara accepts that she’s the only one who can make a difference. In Spring, she falls for Sang, the witch training her. As her magic grows, so do her feelings, until she’s terrified Sang will be the next one she loses. In Summer, Clara must choose between her power and her happiness, her duty and the people she loves… before she loses Sang, her magic, and thrusts the world into chaos.

I thought this was such a unique story; I loved it! This is a contemporary young adult fiction book with a touch of magic and fantasy that was so well done! I think it helps that I’m a science geek and environmentalist by trade. I was just utterly engulfed in the story and it had the cutest touch of romance. This is a perfect read for any time of the year!

5/5 Stars

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

There’s something about reading a young adult fiction book in the summer that just completely captivates me. This one is no exception!

Thank you Delacorte Press for my gifted ebook in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Evie Thomas doesn’t believe in love anymore. Especially after the strangest thing occurs one otherwise ordinary afternoon: She witnesses a couple kiss and is overcome with a vision of how their romance began . . . and how it will end. After all, even the greatest love stories end with a broken heart, eventually. As Evie tries to understand why this is happening, she finds herself at La Brea Dance studio, learning to waltz, fox-trot, and tango with a boy named X. X is everything that Evie is not: adventurous, passionate, daring. His philosophy is to say yes to everything–including entering a ballroom dance competition with a girl he’s only just met. Falling for X is definitely not what Evie had in mind. If her visions of heartbreak have taught her anything, it’s that no one escapes love unscathed. But as she and X dance around and toward each other, Evie is forced to question all she thought she knew about life and love. In the end, is love worth the risk?

THIS BOOK. ALL THE FEELS. I jumped into this one without having read the synopsis, and I think that made this book all the better. You’ll laugh, cry, swoon, and cheer throughout the whole book. It’s utterly beautiful and I wish more books were like this. I feel like Nicola is the Sarah Dessen of this generation! Also, be sure to read the Author’s Note at the end – it’s a tear jerker, but also wonderfully beautiful.

5/5 Stars

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

I got a pretty awesome package from Simon Teen – I’m pretty much obsessed with this artwork and the mug!

Thank you to Simon Teen for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Today, she hates him. It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time. Tonight, she puts up with him. When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other. As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.

I really wanted to love this book. It has every trope I desire in a young adult novel! I think I just really didn’t like the main character Rowan. She got on my last nerve and I wanted to just move on from her from the beginning. It also didn’t really seem like a true high school experience that you or I would have had (can’t fault that though, it just seemed totally unrealistic). I also wasn’t a fan of the cussing. I felt like it was there to look cool? It just felt so out of place and unnecessary. What a bummer.

2.5/5 Stars

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

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I’m a huge fan of Jenn’s. She is one of the best at creating a feel-good young adult romance/coming-of-age story! Here’s her latest novel, Chasing Lucky!

Thank you Simon Teen for my gifted ebook in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there. What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy, Lucky Karras. Outsider, rebel…and her former childhood best friend. Lucky makes it clear he wants nothing to do with the newly returned Josie. But everything changes after a disastrous pool party, and a poorly executed act of revenge lands Josie in some big-time trouble—with Lucky unexpectedly taking the blame. Determined to understand why Lucky was so quick to cover for her, Josie discovers that both of them have changed, and that the good boy she once knew now has a dark sense of humor and a smile that makes her heart race. And maybe, just maybe, he’s not quite the brooding bad boy everyone thinks he is…

Ugh, I wanted to love this way more than I did. Part of it is because I think I’ve read so many young adult romance novels in my lifetime that I feel like every single one of them is a story about a girl and trying to survive a move with their single parent. I just felt like the beginning of this story has been done so many times and I’m ready for something new and unique. I still love Jenn’s writing and great way at capturing all the emotions on paper, I just was hoping for something slightly different. I’m still adding this to my library!

3/5 Stars

Again Again by E Lockhart

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If you’re like me, it’s so exciting to see a new release from E Lockhart! We Were Liars is one of my all-time favorite books!

Thank you Delacorte Press for my gifted ebook in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: If you could live your life again, what would you do differently After a near-fatal family catastrophe and an unexpected romantic upheaval, Adelaide Buchwald finds herself catapulted into a summer of wild possibility, during which she will fall in and out of love a thousand times—while finally confronting the secrets she keeps, her ideas about love, and the weird grandiosity of the human mind. A raw, funny story that will surprise you over and over, Again Again gives us an indelible heroine grappling with the terrible and wonderful problem of loving other people. 

Noooo 😦 I had such high hopes for this one! I think trying to make other books live up to it is just asking too much. This one was different in many aspects and really should never even be considered to compare to WWL. The book has parts where you can see the main character act a scene out in a few different ways to see the possible outcomes. This was just too much for me. There was no telling when it would happen or how many different outcomes you would read about, and they just didn’t make sense…it’s an interesting concept but it ruined the book for me.

2/5 Stars

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

OH how I loved this book…let me count the ways!

Thank you Wednesday Books for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Summer love…gone so fast.
Will Tavares is the dream summer fling―he’s fun, affectionate, kind―but just when Ollie thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After, summer vacation ends and Will stops texting Ollie back. Now Ollie is one prince short of his fairy tale ending, and to complicate the fairy tale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country. Which he minds a little less when he realizes it’s the same school Will goes to…except Ollie finds that the sweet, comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, closeted―and, to be honest, a bit of a jerk.
Ollie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn’t ready for a relationship, especially since this new, bro-y jock version of Will seems to go from hot to cold every other week. But then Will starts “coincidentally” popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, and Ollie finds his resolve weakening.
The last time he gave Will his heart, Will handed it back to him trampled and battered. Ollie would have to be an idiot to trust him with it again.
Right? Right. 

Need a feel-good book? THIS IS IT! GOSH I loved this book and read it so fast because it was so dang good and oh my gosh I just didn’t want this book to end! Think of an LGBTQIA version of Grease. Summer lovin’ turned to every day reality. The characters were lovable and relatable too. It’s freaking adorable, emotional, and had a wonderful ending! It’s not graphic in it’s sexual content at all (something I have seen people ask about). It’s just so dang cute.

5/5 Stars

The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen

During times likes these, adventuring off to a fantasy novel is the best thing to do!

Thank you Henry Holt and Co for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: As the new chieftain of the Crows, Fie knows better than to expect a royal to keep his word. Still she’s hopeful that Prince Jasimir will fulfill his oath to protect her fellow Crows. But then black smoke fills the sky, signaling the death of King Surimir and the beginning of Queen Rhusana’s merciless bid for the throne. With the witch queen using the deadly plague to unite the nation of Sabor against Crows—and add numbers to her monstrous army—Fie and her band are forced to go into hiding, leaving the country to be ravaged by the plague. However, they’re all running out of time before the Crows starve in exile and Sabor is lost forever. A desperate Fie calls on old allies to help take Rhusana down from within her own walls. But inside the royal palace, the only difference between a conqueror and a thief is an army. To survive, Fie must unravel not only Rhusana’s plot, but ancient secrets of the Crows—secrets that could save her people, or set the world ablaze.

This is the second book in the Merciful Crow series, which is proving to be a phenomenal story-line! This was a great sequel packed with romance and tons of adventure. In fact, I think the ending of this book was a bit too extravagant for my liking because so much is going on! I love that it has a thriller and romance twist to this fantasy plot. The characters are extremely likable which makes you become so invested in everything going on. I highly recommend reading the first before this new addition comes out this summer!

4/5 Stars

YA Book of the Month Club September HUGE DISCOUNT

If you’re anything like me, you’re broke but want to buy all the books.

I’ve got a solution for you because I have the best discount code you could ever imagine!

Have you checked out YA Book of the Month Club’s September picks? They are STELLAR and you can choose one today for just $5!

Haven’t seen them yet? I’ve blogged about 2 of them…but check all the choices out!

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There seriously isn’t a bad book in this stack. ALL of these are on my list to read! Right now, you can pick one for just $5 by using this link here and entering promo code YALIT. This deal ends September 30th or when these books run out which is getting pretty close! Don’t experience FOMO!

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

It’s no surprise that I love Young Adult Books. I JUMPED for JOY when Book of the Month started a young adult box! I have ALWAYS loved that you can get a brand new book (sometimes even before they are released in stores) for WAY less than what they cost in stores new. Plus, they come hardcover 🙂

I’m ESPECIALLY OVER THE MOON EXCITED that my most highly anticipated read this year is one of their September books. I have read both David’s wife Nicola Yoon’s books as soon as they came out (see my past reviews on them!), so it was no surprise that I was THRILLED that he has written his first book.

Synopsis: High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.

It’s AMAZING and looks like there will even be a sequel! You can get your copy TODAY for only $5 using the code “YALIT” through this link here. They ship super fast too so you won’t have to miss out on reading this soon. Let me know what you think of it!