A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott

❝ We’re two kids who found each other when each needed someone to believe in them the most. Our bodies have grown. Our hearts are still the same. And they knew…Mine knew all along, and his remembered.❞

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Title: A Boy Like You
Author: Ginger Scott
Series: Like You
Publication Date: March 3, 2017
Publisher: Self-published

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Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: They say everyone’s a superhero to someone. I’m not sure who I’m supposed to save, but I know who saved me.

We were kids. His name was Christopher. And up until the day he pulled me from death’s grip, he was nothing more than a boy I felt sorry for. In a blink of an eye, he became the only person who made me feel safe.

And then he disappeared.

Now I’m seventeen. I’m not a kid anymore. I haven’t been for years. While death didn’t take me that day, the things that happened left me with scars—the kind that robbed me of everything I once loved and drove me into darkness. But more than anything else, that day—and every day since—has taken away my desire to dream.

I wasn’t going to have hope. I wouldn’t let myself wish. Those things—they weren’t for girls like me. That’s what I believed…until the new boy.

He’s nothing like the old boy. He’s taller and older. His hair is longer, and his body is lean—strong and ready for anything. I don’t feel sorry for him. And sometimes, I hate him. He challenges me. From the moment I first saw him standing there on the baseball field, he pushed me—his eyes constantly questioning, doubting…daring. Still, something about him—it feels…familiar.

He says his name is Wes. But I can’t help but feel like he’s someone else. Someone from my past. Someone who’s come back to save me.

This time, though, he’s too late. Josselyn Winters, the girl he once knew, is gone. I am the threat; I am my worst enemy. And he can’t save me from myself.

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Making Faces by Amy Harmon

“Death is easy. Living is the hard part.”- Bailey, Making Faces

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Title: Making Faces
Author: Amy Harmon
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

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

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have…until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast where we discover that there is little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

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The Hard Count by Ginger Scott

“He’s made me want to act, to be better. In a little more than a minute, Nico Medina has made me believe—he’s made most of us believe.”- Reagan, The Hard Count

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Title: The Hard Count
Author: Ginger Scott
Publication Date: July 15, 2016
Publisher: Self-published

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Rating: ★★★★½

Synopsis via Goodreads: Nico Medina’s world is eleven miles away from mine. During the day, it’s a place where doors are open—where homes are lived in, and neighbors love. But when the sun sets, it becomes a place where young boys are afraid, where eyes watch from idling cars that hide in the shadows and wicked smoke flows from pipes.

West End is the kind of place that people survive. It buries them—one at a time, one way or another. And when Nico was a little boy, his mom always told him to run.

I’m Reagan Prescott—coach’s daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter in the perfect family.
Life on top.
Lies.

My world is the ugly one. Private school politics and one of the best high school football programs in the country can break even the toughest souls. Our darkness plays out in whispers and rumors, and money and status trump all. I would know—I’ve watched it kill my family slowly, strangling us for years.

In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light.
Quarterback.
Hero.
Heart.
Good.
I hated him before I needed him.
I fell for him fast.

I loved him when it was almost too late.

When two ugly worlds collide, even the strongest fall. But my world…it hasn’t met the boy from West End.

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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

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*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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Did I Mention I Miss You? by Estelle Maskame

“Maybe these past three years we’ve been fighting so hard to get everyone else to accept our relationship when the only two people who needed to accept it was ourselves. And after all this time, I think we finally have.”- Eden, Did I Mention I Miss You?

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Title: Did I Mention I Miss You?
Author: Estelle Maskame
Series: The DIMILY Trilogy
Publication Date: December 6, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

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

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: A year has passed since Eden last spoke to Tyler. She remains furious at him for his abrupt departure last summer but has done her best to move on with her life at college in Chicago. As school breaks up for the summer, she s heading back to Santa Monica, but she s not the only one who decides to come home…

Having been left behind to deal with the aftermath of their bombshell revelation and a family torn apart, Eden has no time for Tyler when he reappears. But where has Tyler been? And is she as over him as she likes to think? Or can Tyler and Eden finally work things out, despite their family and against all the odds?

The explosive finale to Estelle Maskame s international bestselling DIMILY trilogy, and the highly anticipated conclusion to Eden and Tyler s addictive love story.

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Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

“I’m a Royal, baby. I don’t run. I fight.”- Reed, Twisted Palace

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Title: Twisted Palace
Author: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals
Publication Date: October 17, 2016
Publisher: Everafter Romance

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

Rating: ★★★½

Synopsis via Goodreads: These Royals will ruin you…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

“After all their mad escapes and close calls, he’d started to believe the six of them were somehow charmed, that his guns, Kaz’s brains, Nina’s wit, Inej’s talent, and Wylan’s ingenuity, and Matthias’ strength had made them somehow untouchable.”- Jesper, Crooked Kingdom

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Title: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

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Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

“Six people, but a thousand ways this insane plan could go wrong.”- Jesper, Six of Crows

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Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

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Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember

“This was her adventure. I was part of her one adventure. But when she didn’t move to release my fingers, I let myself wonder, for just a second, if it were possible she wanted what I did and if she felt vulnerable too.”- Mnemba, Unicorn Tracks

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Title: Unicorn Tracks
Author: Julia Ember
Publication Date: April 1, 2016
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

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Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: After a savage attack drives her from her home, sixteen-year-old Mnemba finds a place in her cousin Tumelo’s successful safari business, where she quickly excels as a guide. Surrounding herself with nature and the mystical animals inhabiting the savannah not only allows Mnemba’s tracking skills to shine, it helps her to hide from the terrible memories that haunt her.

Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, through the wilderness as they study unicorns. The young women are drawn to each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway. Together, they must find a way to protect the creatures Kara adores while resisting the love they know they can never indulge.

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

“The world will be saved and remade by dreamers…”- Aelin, Empire of Storms

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Title: Empire of Storms
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

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Rating: ★★★★½

Synopsis via Goodreads: The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

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