May 22, 2018

Review: How We Roll by Natasha Friend

How We Roll by Natasha Friend 
Genre: Young Adult
Publication: June 5th, 2018 by Farrar Straus Giroux

Quinn is a teen who loves her family, skateboarding, basketball, and her friends, but after she's diagnosed with a condition called alopecia which causes her to lose all of her hair, her friends abandon her. Jake was once a star football player, but a freak accident—caused by his brother—he loses both of his legs. Quinn and Jake meet and find the confidence to believe in themselves again, and maybe even love.

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I don't really know what to say about How We Roll, because to be frank, I don't really feel like a read a book. The best way I can describe How We Roll is to say that it felt incomplete. There was a lot of potential with this one but ultimately it felt like every aspect of the story was incomplete. Like this is the bones of a great story, waiting to beefed up.

There are a lot of great elements to this book. Quinn has alopecia and her little brother has autism. Jake was a star football player who loses his legs in an accident, and harbors a lot of resentment for the other person involved. So many interesting concepts, so much to learn from! If only they had been fleshed out.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a cute book. In the short time we know Quinn and Jake, there is a bit of growth. I just wish we’d gotten more out of it. These characters were interesting, but I just walked away feeling like we missed out on something.

May 08, 2018

Review: The Game Can't Love You Back by Karole Cozzo

The Game Can't Love You Back by Karole Cozzo
Genre: Young Adult
Publication: May 15th, 2018 by Swoon Reads

Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school's baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she's focused on one thing and one thing only—being the best pitcher she can be.

But when a freak accident forces her high school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren't used to having a woman on their team. And the new team's star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can't afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher—even worse, to a girl.

As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played?


I love sports. Okay, that’s not true. I love football, I could do without the other sports. BUT. I love the love for sports, and I love reading about characters who love sports, and I love reading books where the author knows what they’re writing about. Nothing irks me more than a “sports romance” where the sport is a plot device and the author clearly knows nothing about the sport. Irks. IRKS. So, I’m happy to say that in The Game Can’t Love You Back, the characters’ love for baseball felt genuine. 

I devoured this book. I’m not going to say it absolutely blew me away, but it was adorable and I was hooked from Eve and Jamie’s first encounter. Their chemistry and banter was so much fun. 

I do think there was a missed opportunity for a bit more depth, specifically with Jamie’s home life. But, if it’s not that kind of book then it’s not that kind of book, and that’s okay. 

If you’re in the mood for a quick and cute contemporary read, this one is for you!

May 07, 2018

FAST RIDE by Michelle Dayton + Giveaway!

We are excited to celebrate the release of Michelle Dayton’s new release, FAST RIDE! Join in on the fun with reviews, excerpts, plus a giveaway! FAST RIDE is a spicy, surprisingly emotional, contemporary romance, the first in a brand-new series. Find out what happens when Jen Appleton says yes to a one-night stand in a roadside motel with the hot, hot, hot Garrett Tracy.

Title:  Fast Ride
Author: Michelle Dayton
Published: April 30, 2018
Publisher: Self-published
Series: Tracy Brothers
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 53K


Jen Appleton is the woman who always says yes. To her boss. To her employees. To charity. To everyone except herself. But when she rear-ends a red Porsche on her way home from a nasty day at work, and the man driving the midlife-crisis cliché turns out to be hot, hot, hot, Jen decides tonight’s the night to say yes to things she’s never said yes to before.

Yes, to a one-night stand in a motel.

Yes, to the hottest night on record.

Yes, to anything Garrett Tracy wants to do to her body.

Garrett knows the chemistry between them can only be described as extreme. But it’s just one night. And then he can get back to work convincing his ex-girlfriend to give him another shot.

When Jen approaches Garrett as the only person in Chicago who might solve her massive work problem, he agrees to help—on the condition that Jen will coach him in winning back his ex. As they work on their projects, Jen and Garrett can’t resist the incredible attraction sparking between them. It’s the perfect friends-with-benefits situation. Until Jen’s heart finally forces her to start saying no.

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There are only three things Michelle Dayton loves more than sexy and suspenseful novels: her family, the city of Chicago, and Mr. Darcy. Michelle dreams of a year of world travel – as long as the trip would include weeks and weeks of beach time. As a bourbon lover and unabashed wine snob, Michelle thinks heaven is discussing a good book over an adult beverage

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May 01, 2018

Review: Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over by Shani Petroff

Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over
Author: Shani Petroff
Publication: May 15th, 2018 by Swoon Reads

A bad storm, two canceled flights, stuck in an airport with a hot stranger and the guy who broke her heart... what could go wrong?

After Sari caught her boyfriend Zev cheating on her, their romantic Florida vacation was ruined. She can't get back to NYC soon enough. Unfortunately, mother nature may have different plans. A huge storm is brewing in the Northeast, and flights all over the country are getting canceled—including Sari's. She winds up stuck at the airport for hours. With Zev!

When another stranded passenger (a hot NYU guy) suggests a connecting flight to Boston, Sari jumps at the chance. But when her mom freaks out about her traveling alone, she has no choice—she has to include Zev, and somehow survive being trapped with the guy who broke her heart! 



This is rare for me, but I’m going to choose not to actually rate Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over. I know exactly how I felt about it (didn’t care for it), but I don’t think this book was for ME. 

This book doesn’t feel like young adult, or at least as we’ve come to know the genre. Despite the characters being 18, it felt more like middle grade. Definitely squeaky clean. 

To be frank, the book felt quite shallow. Sari’s boyfriend cheated on her, and she’s devastated, sure…but there was more time spent in a single line in the airport than there was spent on the incident or the immediate aftermath. It was hard to really feel sorry for Sari, or root for either of them, because their relationship had so little development.

I also didn’t appreciate the way Fitz’s character didn’t really exist on his own…he was only there to serve a certain purpose for Sari, and that was a bit annoying.

I will say it was quirky and I can see the appeal this author’s books would offer to a certain demographic. Which is why I won’t rate it. For me, it would be about a 2 star, but I’m not sure that’s fair because, as I said, I’m just not the intended audience for this one. 

If you’re in the market for quick and clean YA, this one may tickle your fancy.

April 10, 2018

Release Blitz: BEYOND A DARKENED SHORE by Jessica Leake + GIVEAWAY!

Beyond a Darkened Shore
Genre: Young Adult, fantasy
Publication: April 10th, 2018 by HarperTeen

The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.

The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn, but the entire world.

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle the two might have a chance to save their world.

With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love…even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.


Once upon a time, Jessica Leake was a psychotherapist, but even though she loved her clients, she couldn’t stop writing.

She wrote and wrote until she got her first book published, and then she wrote some more. In between all that writing she had four beautiful and hilarious children with her husband (best friend and man she’s known since high school; also hilarious), moved back to her adopted hometown of Greenville, SC, built a chicken coop, and got a bunch of chickens that poop breakfast every morning. She also has two dogs to keep the chickens in line. (The dogs made her write that last bit.)

Arcana and The Order of the Eternal Sun are available now, and Beyond a Darkened Shore, her YA debut from HarperTeen will be released in April 10, 2018.

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