The siren review

“Once you’ve bathed in the warmth of that limelight, you find you’re damn cold when it no longer shines on you, no matter how you despised its glare.”

Whew!! That was a RIDE. Page turner. I. Could. Not. Put. This. Book. DOWN!

Let me tell you about these characters…Cole Powers: celebrity icon, gorgeous man with charisma to spare, penchant for fast cars, expensive wine, and beautiful women. Stella Rivers: ex-wife of Cole Powers, cast opposite of ex-husband in Power’s son’s film The Siren. Taylor Wasserman, recruited to produce the film, hopeful to turn her career around- something about her being fired for embezzling and having an affair with a coworker. Felicity Fox: Stella’s mysterious new assistant. With a hurricane brewing off shore, these three women find themselves trapped, united against a common enemy.

The Siren will have readers HOOKED as they attempt to determine who is the villain or the hero. Who is lying? What really happened? Katherine St. John’s sophomore novel is the perfect thrilling beach read!

-celebrity gossip
-Britney Spears circa 2007 = Stella Rivers and a pickle jar
-drama, drama, drama
-murder mystery
-escapist thriller
-Caribbean Island of St. Genesius
-multiple POV
-past vs. present

Song: Murderer by Buju Banton

Thank you Grand Central Publishing for sending me a finished copy!

That promise review

“I want the kind of love worth fighting for, Dani, and I wish with all my heart that this were us for real.”

A few summers ago, on a family trip to the Ozark’s, Chase and Dani went from being childhood BFF’s to something much more. Before it got all screwed up. That Promise will have readers hearts beating out of their chests! Tears will be POURING down your cheeks. I ADORE Chase and Dani! They’re like…

and like…

Damon makes me LOL. Is Pace sticking around? I’m totally shipping him and our Hay Girl! Jillian Dodd did a fantastic job with Chase and Dani’s character growth. Redemption. Will Chase and Dani seek forgiveness? Make things right? Heal? The epilogue has me REELING (and squealing!) in the BEST way and TOTALLY ready for the next book!

-my best friend’s older sister
-witty banter
-second chances
-football/YA sports romance
-family dynamics
-dual POV
-BROmace. Shock & Awe baby
-#IsThisAKissingBook: “I would kiss that.” but wait. There’s more. “I kiss the top of her nose”.

Thank you Jillian Dodd for an advanced copy!

🎶 Song: Like I Do by Steve James ft. Brooke Tomlinson 🎶

The summer of lost letters review

“Be brave, take risks, show some chutzpah.”

Looking for your next YA beach read? This. Is. It! The Summer of Lost Letters is a heroic story with a main character that is hilarious! Sure, she’s hyper, and nosy, and aggravating. But. She’s real. And maybe she’s like a Victorian heroine, ready to faint over Noah Barbanel. (Who isn’t?).

He is a delight and butterflies and incandescent joy. Abby is seeking information about her late grandmother, who came to the US in 1930. A box of letters show up on Abby’s doorstep. Love letters. From a mystery man named Edward Barbanel to her recently deceased grandmother. Love letters from a mansion on Nantucket. Summer fun: Go to Nantucket. Find Edward. Find out about O’ma’s past. Rich, hot, popular Noah Barbanel= grandson of Edward Barbanel. GASP. The duo team up to to Sherlock Holmes & Watson a lost necklace, a grandmother’s legacy. Along the way, will Abby and Noah will find their own happy ending and cute little love story?

-first love & family secrets
-adventure & sense of purpose
-love letters
-inner dialogue that will have you LOL
-“wit that is like a wick, burning high and bright”
-Jewish rep
-History & WWII
-#IsThisAKissingBook: “I’d basically beg Noah Barbanel to kiss me.”

Thank you Penguin Young Readers for an advanced copy!

🎶 Song: Love Letters by Mauve 🎶

Stay with me review

“I’m bullet proof, yet she’s slowly penetrating every part of me.” – Oliver Masters

Alright. No review will do this series justice. I’m gobsmacked. Don’t spend time reading my review. Pick up this all consuming story!

Nicole Fiorina’s debut novel is wildly addicting, intensely emotional, insanely romantic. Poetic. Mia and Ollie are sure to…stay with me. (see what I did there?).

“He became my oxygen, stealing my breath only to return it. My lifeline.”

Oliver Master’s poetry will influence readers to believe in love. Endlessly romantic, deep in its yearning, and groundbreakingly inspiring.

“This girl is my heaven. With lips of an angel, the sweet taste of mercy lingers. She has halos in her eyes, and my heart beats to the sound of her wings.”

If The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks and Hopeless by Colleen Hoover had a baby it would be Stay with Me by Nicole Fiorina. So am I saying you’re going to cry? Yes. That’s exactly what I’m saying. Have a Kleenex. Readers, this series is HEAVY. Dark. Check out Nicole’s CW before you dive into this captivating tale.

“I’m not going to save you, Mia. I don’t want to be the one. I’m going to show you how to save yourself.”

gifs for Stay with Me

(No Kissing)

-emotional rollercoasters
-boarding school & crazy train secondary characters
-suspense & twists (BOMBS be dropped!)
-A LI with emerald eyes, inked skin, and a beautiful soul
-Noah Calhoun & Allie Hamilton
-mental health rep
-broken & beautiful themes
-#IsThisAKissingBook: “Had he already fallen for me after one, stupid drug-induced kiss?”. Note this is not a YA novel.

Ps. there IS a cliffhanger. But lucky for us the entire series is ready for your binging pleasure.

To enhance your reading experience, Nicole has a playlist for SwM. Listen Here

🎶 Song: Adore You by Miley Cyrus 🎶

Heartbreakers and fakers review

“And then I saw you reading, and you smiled at me, and it was that little smile that got me through it all. I was like, this girl gets it.”

Oh, you want to know the tea? I gotchu, sis. So Penny and Olivia and BF4E. Penny has been in love with Jordan for years. Like life long debilitating crush. He finally asked Penny to be his girlfriend. Jordan and Kai = bromance. Kai is one of the most annoying people on the planet. Kai is ALSO Olivia’s boyfriend. Yikes. First night of summer. First party and Penny wakes up buzzing with fear that something is wrong. And she is right. She kissed KAI TANAKA. Kai, her long time nemesis. Kai, her besties boyfriend.

There’s a theory among the friends, that Kai and Penny are secretly into each other or something. Like Han and Leia vibes.

Penny’s not feeling it. But people believe it. And everyone forgives a good love story, right? So…How are Kai and Penny going to get Olivia and Jordan back? By pretending to date to make them jealous. Classic freaking idiot kid behavior.

I LOVED Heartbreakers and Fakers! YA rom-com with max com. Penny and Olivia’s pet names for each other are comical. “You’re the dollop of whipped cream in my PSL.” SO LOL! And Kai’s nicknames for Penny “hey, lemon poppy seed muffin”. Okay. Snort! Kai is funny. He’s got jokes. There are two scenes that are steal-your-breath-precious!

And wait. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies. There is massive betrayal, manipulation, and toxic friendships. Secrets and lies! Oh, my!

Cameron Lund! This was such a FUN read! If you want a few hours of escapism…Heartbreakers and Fakers is what you need, dear reader. Perfect for fans of Emma Lord and Rachel Lynn Solomon.

-fake dating
-enemies to lovers (it’s an eternal flame)
-self discovery
-puns & jokes
-lots of good music (Khalid, Lana Del Rey, AC/DC)
-#IsThisAKissingBook: uh…blinks a couple times…duh.
-Disneyland! (I know that weirdly long line for Peter Pan)

“I think that’s whats so great about love: it’s something worth putting in the extra effort for.”

All the thanks to Penguin Young Readers for an advanced copy!

🎶 Song: As I Am by Justin Beiber ft. Khalid 🎶

Click here for a Heartbreakers & Fakers playlist

The cruelest mercy review

“‘Rule with me’, he says, and my stomach drops. ‘Fight beside me, and we will be unstoppable. I will do everything you ask.'”

The trio is back: Jet, Kasta, and Zahru! You heard me. Kasta is back (surprise he’s not dead!) and claiming HE is the true heir to the throne and winner of the Crossing bearing the gods mark as proof. And Z’s love for chocolate is still s-t-r-o-n-g but she has this annoying, persistent bruise on her chest that kind of looks like the mark the winner of the Crossing is supposed to receive.

Jet is managing the kingdom of Orkena and the threat of war. Will Z and the gang be able to stop Kasta from becoming Mestrah and disastrous king?

A satisfying sequel to The Kinder Poison series! I could not make up my mind which Prince I adore but I am now officially joining #TeamKasta! Z is still full of sass and sarcasm that will make readers LOL. Her love for baked goods is relatable. Jet is a peach! Kasta is the Deathbringer, stabby-stabby psychopath prince. Cool, cool, cool. I forgive you. I love you. Bring on TKP 3!

-high stakes adventure
-morally gray characters
-politics, secrets, & control
-magic & enchantments
-apology chocolate & a kitten
-#IsThisAKissingBook: “His kiss burns on my lips.” TWO Princes, readers. But #TeamKasta!

🎶 Song: Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Lorde 🎶

daughter of sparta review

“‘You are a gift to this world, my kataigida.’, he says. ‘A storm, calamitous and powerful.'”

Daughter of Sparta was SUCH an entertaining story! A tale of restoring Olympus, rescuing family, unfolding revelations, betrayal, seeking answers, and proving self-worth.

DoS is one of those books that has you on the edge of your seat! Nail biting! High stakes! Daphne is the opposite of women in ancient Greece. She is strong and fierce and trained by the great Paidonomos Leonidas of Sparta! BAWSE.

I am shipping Apollo & Daphne so hard! Maybe that’s wrong and I totally fell for Apollo’s charms. Apollo’s list of doomed conquests: me, party of one?

And I still have questions! Does that mean there will be a sequel? Please say yes! Readers need this action packed Young Adult book!

“A threat to you is a threat to me, my kataigida.”

-Greek mythology
-a little forbidden love
-chaos & darkness
-mythical beasts
-a journey/quest/task
-infinite wit
-feta cheese
-#IsThisAKissingBook: “With no reservation, I pour every ounce of my burgeoning feelings into our kiss.”

Thank you Jimmy Books for an advanced copy!

🎶Song: Fire by Saint Mesa🎶

summer 2021 reading

What time is it? Summer time! It’s our vacation!

(smooth transition).

School’s. Out. For. Summer!

I sincerely hope you sang those songs. My favorite thing about summer is no alarm! JK I have kids! Okay, okay, …but my favorite thing about summer is the extra reading time! It’s not all about cold popsicles, hanging by the pool, and juicy watermelon slices. Bring on ALL the cutie YA summer romances! These eleven books do summer lovin’ right. Happy reading! (Number of times summer was said: six).

  1. That Summer by Jillian Dodd
  2. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  3. Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols
  4. Sunkissed by Kasie West
  5. You Have a Match by Emma Lord
  6. The Uexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  7. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
  8. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  9. Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch
  10. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  11. The Last Summer by Ann Brashares

we can’t keep meeting like this review

“May you always have that top-of-the-Emipre-State-Building kind of love.”

👏🏼 Rachel Lynn Solomon. (Stands up). You did it again! 👏🏼

Major swooning. Characters who have burrowed their way into my soul. My heart was fluttering. Quinn has spent too long convincing herself that romance isn’t real. She doesn’t believe in grand-gesture movie romance. Tarek is the complete opposite. Every cell in his body is die-hard-romance. Tarek is THE sweetest boy who bakes all the sweet things and his favorite movie is Sleepless in Seattle. 🥰 sighs dreamily. 🥰 Quinn is implementing a No-Boy Summer…or will that turn out to be a spectacular failure?

YA readers are going to want to be a part of the Tarek fan club. We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This is charming and adorable and I want cake. In a mug. With hydrogenated palm kernel oil. WCKMLT is released on June 8th and if you are a fan of upper YA romance, you’re going to need this book!

-Sleepless in Seattle
-epic, sweeping, romantic gestures
-mug based desserts
-childhood friends
-mental health rep: generalized anxiety, OCD, clinical depression
-a sweet, sentimental, optimistic LI
-#IsThisAKissingBook: “Do you want to make out with me in my 2011 Ford Focus, Quinn Berkowitz?”

🎶 Song: The Greatest by Cat Power 🎶

Thank you Simon Teen for an advanced copy!

Nerdy corn review

“Because she was: smart. (Just look at her solve that quadratic equation!). A good friend. (There she is picking up her neighbor from the airport!). And always willing to help others. (Wow! She’s changing their oil and cleaning their gutters!)”

Fern wasn’t like the other unicorns. She liked building robots in her laboratory, coding software to program her computer, chemistry, reading, 3D printers. Even though she knew she was different, Fern was proud of who she was. The other unicorns don’t get her. At all. They would tease her for being different and never invited her to hang out with them at the Sparkle Dance Parties. Is Fern through helping rude unicorns? Or will she realize deep in her heart that being a good friend is far more important than holding on to a grudge? Nerdy Corn is a cute and sweet story about being yourself and always willing to help others. 🦄

Thank you Simon Kids for sending us this precious story!