arc review – the impossible vastness of us

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the impossible vastness of us by samantha young

release date – june 27th, 2017

genre – ya contemporary romance

publisher / imprint – harlequin teen

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source – received arc from yallwest

summary (from goodreads) –

india maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. it’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. now she’s living in one of boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancé and his daughter, eloise. thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend finn, india feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

but india’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. eloise and finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. in fact, everyone’s life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. and as india grows closer to finn and befriends eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever…

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book review – to all the boys i’ve loved before

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to all the boys i’ve loved before by jenny han

release date – april 15th, 2014

genre – ya contemporary romance

publisher / imprint – simon and schuster books for young readers

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source – purchased copy at barnes and noble

summary (from the book) –

lara jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. they aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her, these are ones she’s written. one for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. when she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, lara jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

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arc review – fear the drowning deep

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dear the drowning deep by sarah glenn marsh

release date – october 4th, 2016

genre – ya historical paranormal romance

publisher / imprint – sky pony press

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source – received e-arc from edelweiss

summary (from goodreads) –

witch’s apprentice bridey corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the isle of man.

soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares bridey’s suspicions about the sea. no one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. the cause of the deep gashes in fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. in exchange for saving his life, fynn teaches bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

now, bridey must work with the isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.

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arc review – nevernight

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nevernight by jay kristoff

release date – august 9th, 2016

genre – mature ya high fantasy

publisher / imprint – thomas dunne books

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source – received arc via publisher

summary (from goodreads) –

in a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

daughter of an executed traitor, mia corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

now, mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire republic—the red church. if she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the blades of the lady of blessed murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. but a killer is loose within the church’s halls, the bloody secrets of mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

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book review – the start of me and you

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the start of me and you by emery lord

release date – march 31st, 2015

genre – ya contemporary romance

publisher / imprint – bloomsbury

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source – purchased copy from barnes and noble

summary (from goodreads) –

it’s been a year since it happened—when paige hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. after shutting out the world for two years, paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. first: get her old crush, ryan chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. next: join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. but when ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, max, moves to town and recruits paige for the quiz bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. will paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

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arc review – our chemical hearts

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our chemical hearts by krystal sutherland

release dare – september 4th, 2016

genre – ya contemporary romance

publisher / imprint – g.p. putnam’s sons books

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source – received arc from b-fest

summary (from goodreads) –

henry page has never been in love. he fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him – at least not yet. instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. then grace town walks into his first period class on the third tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.

grace isn’t who henry pictured as his dream girl; she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. but when grace and henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. it’s obvious there’s something broken about grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. and yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl.

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book review – in real life

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in real life by jessica love

release date – march 1st, 2016

genre – ya contemporary romance

publisher / imprint – st. martin’s press

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source – purchased finished copy

summary (from goodreads) –

hannah cho and nick cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. they talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another.

there’s just one problem: hannah and nick have never actually met.

hannah has spent her entire life doing what she’s supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. she impulsively decides to road trip to las vegas, her older sister and bff in tow, to surprise nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.

hannah’s surprise romantic gesture backfires when she gets to vegas and finds out that nick has been keeping some major secrets. hannah knows the real nick can’t be that different from the online nick she knows and loves, but now she only has night in sin city to figure out what her feelings for nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.

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