Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

❝ I imagined a senior year where nobody would look at me, afraid of being associated with the girl who’d infiltrated an a cappella group, like the least impressive spy of all time. It didn’t matter. I wasn’t planning on getting caught.❞

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Title: Noteworthy
Author: Riley Redgate
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books

Links: GoodreadsAmazon | Barnes & Nobles  

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* 

Rating: ★★★★½

Synopsis via Goodreads: It’s the start of Jordan Sun’s junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she’s an Alto 2, which—in the musical theatre world—is sort of like being a vulture in the wild: She has a spot in the ecosystem, but nobody’s falling over themselves to express their appreciation. So it’s no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight.

Then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshiped … revered … all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

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Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

❝ If my mom were here, she would know what to do. But she isn’t here. She’s never here when I need her, which is why I’ve learned not to need her.❞

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Title: Girl Out of Water
Author: Laura Silverman
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Links: GoodreadsAmazon | Barnes & Nobles  

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* 

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.

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American Street by Ibi Zoboi

❝ My two paths meet at this corner, and it seems like I have to choose one. One street represents a future, the other leads to a different kind of life. Papa Legba, the keeper of the crossroads, will help me choose.❞

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Title: American Street
Author: Ibi Zoboi
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

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Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: The rock in the water does not know the pain of the rock in the sun.

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

“You have all these fears, your body endures all this pain and heartache, but you keep going. I think that’s really brave.”- Luke, Under Rose-Tainted Skies

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Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Publication Date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Clarion Books

Links: Goodreads | Barnes & Nobles | Book Depository

*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.  

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up. 

Readers themselves will fall in love with Norah in this poignant, humorous, and deeply engaging portrait of a teen struggling to find the strength to face her demons.

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Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

 “I had a hundred and seventeen days in which to convince Will Traynor that he had a reason to live.”- Louisa, Me Before You

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Title: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Series: Me Before You

Publication Date: December 31, 2012

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books/Viking

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis via Goodreads: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by a book!

Me Before You is the perfect example of why I AVOID reading adult contemporaries! They are NOT always hearts and flowers and tend to be a more accurate representation of reality compared to YA contemporaries. IT GET’S REAL and I do NOT like it! Let’s get this review started.1After the tea shop she is working at closes down, Louisa starts her search in looking for a new job. She lands a job as a carer for a young man, who after being involved in a motorcycle cycle accident, is left wheelchair bound with very little desire to continuing living. Hoping to change Will’s mind and lift his spirits, Louisa devises a plan to show Will that his life is not limited just because he is in a wheelchair. What Louisa doesn’t plan on is Will changing her life, causing her to question her own life choices and what it means to really live.

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I had originally planned on reading Me Before You back in May, but put it down because I was not in the mood for contemporaries. After the trailer was released, I knew I had to pick this book up, ASAP

The first 80% of this book was really light and easy to read. We have our MC, Louisa, who doesn’t have a clue about what she wants to do with her life. She is twenty-seven-years-old, still living at home wit her parents and is in a relationship that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Then we have Will, who before his accident, lived a pretty extravagant lifestyle. Now, he spends most of his days in bed with no motivation to keep living.

I thought Louisa and Will complimented each other quite nicely as they were complete opposites. Louisa is literally like a ray of sunshine and Will is the dark cloud on the horizon threatening to rain on her parade. I loved the banter between the two because Louisa did not put up with Will’s attitude. She does not sugar-coat things and this took me by surprise because I had first pegged Louisa as being a bit naive and a pushover, but boy was I wrong. She actually stands her ground and does the opposite of what I expected her to do when it came to making difficult decisions. 

Family played a big role throughout this book. Louisa’s family is a close-knit bunch who are always there for each other. Even when they are fighting, they still loved each other. On the other hand, we have Will’s family who total opposite of Louisa’s family. They have grown apart since Will’s accident and even though Will’s mom tries to keep everyone close, the damage is already done. Both families also play a huge role in the overall plot because Louisa is being pulled by both sides, where her family feels that she is taking on too much when it comes to Will, while Will’s family are banking on her get Will to change his mind. This conflict leads to Louisa having to make an important decision that could change her relationship with both families. 

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So now on to the heartbreak. The last 20% was the most difficult to read because things start falling apart from here on out. Louisa ends her relationship with her long-time boyfriend. She also admits to having feelings for Will and even though he too feels the same, IT IS NOT ENOUGH! Cue the tears!

Will still intends to go through with his plan and Louisa has failed in changing his mind. Whether or not you support Will’s decision, I think we can all agree that it was NOT an easy one and this just shows that LOVE does not conquer all. There are so many other factors that need to be considered and while letting go may be hard, it may be the best option for that person. But DAMMIT Will, WHY?!

4This book BEAUTIFUL, HEARTBREAKING, and REAL! It just goes to show that our lives are precious, and if this book has taught me anything, is that we should JUST LIVE because anything can happen in the blink of an eye. READ THIS BOOK and CRY. Now I need June 3rd to hurry up so I can hold the book while watching the movie and CRY some more!

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Break Even- Lisa De Jong

“We’re anything but bulletproof, but this isn’t how I imagined us going down.”- Marley, Break Even

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Title: Break Even

Author: Lisa De Jong

Publisher: Self- Published

Publication Date: December 27, 2015 

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

Synopsis via Goodreads: My story isn’t a love story … not the typical kind anyway.

As a lawyer, I’m used to discovery, but I never saw this one coming.

Every day, River gives me ten reasons to stay away, and then eleven reasons why I can’t. Our relationship was to remain strictly business, or at least I tried.

Four years of marriage, and everything with Cole has changed. I never knew two people who lived together could be so distant. But I’m not ready to give up on him.

One man wants to break me.
The other is just trying to get even.

Both are lying to me.

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That cover is PERFECT! The tagline for this book is on point because while the synopsis sounds like so many other books I’ve read before, the twist and turns in this book is what makes Marley’s story stand out from the rest.

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After being married for a few years, the honeymoon phase is coming to an end and the passion that Marley once felt with Cole is slowly burning out. Trying desperately to keep the fire alive for the both of them, Marley finds herself being tempted by her newest client, River Holtz. With her marriage barely hanging on by a thread and River promising her everything she desires, Marley must choose between saving her marriage or giving into temptation.

This story is told from Marley’s POV and it is most definitely not an easy story to tell. It starts off like your typical contemporary romance, but once sh!t hits the fan, things turned dark pretty quickly. Marley’s story is truly heartbreaking. There were many moments where I had to stop reading because I could NOT handle what was going down. Honestly, I don’t even know how Marley could put up with any of things that went down because I seriously just wanted to hurt a few characters. I just could NOT!

Cheating is a major theme in this book and while it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I think the twist the author puts on this theme is what makes this book worth the read. I did NOT see PLOT TWIST coming! It was messed up, down right the lowest thing someone could do. Who even does that to another person, just for the sake of coming out on top?! 

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Marley: I LOVE MARLEY! I wasn’t expecting to become so invested in her character, but I did and my heart went out to her. She did not deserve to be treated like that. AT ALL. She is such a strong character because I was expecting her to break down, but she didn’t. She kept her head held high and she actually ended up with the better end of the deal.

♥ Cole: I HATE COLE! He is such a manipulative ass! I can’t believe Marley even put up with that for all those years. The things he did as a husband is completely unforgivable. I thought he got off easy. I kind of want to run him over with River’s Ashton Martin!

 River: I am still on the fence about River. I spent the first half of the book hating him, but when his true intentions were revealed, I found it really hard to continue hating him (INTERNAL CONFLICT!). He completely surprised me, especially at the end. Although he too manipulated and used Marley for his own gains, he had a good reason for why he did the things he did and I don’t know if I can hate him for that.

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Honestly, I had no issues with this book. I LOVED it that MUCH!  I cried at the end, which I was not expecting. I can’t wait to re-read this book again, which will probably be sometime soon because did I mention I LOVED IT?

If your looking for a darker contemporary read with a twist I HIGHLY suggest you pick this book up. Also, if you haven’t check out any of Lisa De Jong’s works, I suggest you do so now!

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August TBR ’15!

Another month, another set of books to read! Since it is August, the last month of summer (my last month of freedom), I decided to load my TBR with a bunch of contemporaries because it’s summer and I’m in the mood for some cheesy love stories.

Book 1

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Continuing with the Lux series, I am picking up Opal. I’m really excited to see more alien action and of course Daemon. I also want to see Katy learn more about her powers and what she is truly capable of.

Book 2

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Putting this one on the list because I’m pretty sure I’m just going to pick it up anyways after finishing Opal.

Book 3

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I was provided an ARC of this book via Netgalley (Yay, my first one!!!). After reading The Wrath & the Dawn, I saw this book as recommended read on Goodreads so I decided to request it. I’ve heard good things so far and the cover is so pretty! (Review to come)
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Finally getting to the last book in the Marked Men series!! I’m so excited to dive into this one and finding out more about Asa and his past and he looks like he has just met his match with Royal. I will be doing a full review of this series so look out for that!

Book 5

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I read the Book of Broken Hearts a few months ago and it was pretty decent so I decided to check out Sarah Ockler’s latest release. It sounds like a cute, good summer read. (Review to come)

Book 6

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Sweet has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a few months. I read Easy a few months ago and liked it and I heard really sweet things about this book (yeah, cheesy I know) and I had to add it. (Review to come)

Book 7

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This series has been on my list for a while, I’ve just never had the time to get to it. So I am diving into this series this month and I can’t wait. I don’t really know much about this series but it looks like summer so adding this to the list.

Book 8

Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits, #1.5)

Adding some novellas into the mix, I can’t wait to read more of Echo and Noah because they are completely adorable together.

Book 9

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I know I maybe late, but I decided to pick up Anna and the French Kiss. The summary of the book never really caught my interest, but I’ve heard that this is a series that gets better with each book so hopefully I too will jump onto the Stephanie Perkins band-wagon.

Book 10

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I am sooooo excited for this novella. I love Guy, I wish he was my best friend too! I also be doing a full review of the Sometimes Never series because it has easily become one of favorite new adult series.

I think that’s going to be all for this month, hopefully I can get to all of them. Let me know what you guys are reading and I may check those out because one can never have too many books on their TBR list!

See you between the pages