A Kiss in the Dark By Gina Ciocca [Review]

A Kiss in the DarkRELEASE DATE: March 06th, 2018
Gina Ciocca
Young-Adult, Contemporary, Romance.
Simon Pulse

After being kissed by a mystery guy when the lights go out during a football game, Macy is determined to figure out which of three possible boys is the culprit in this funny, poignant, and achingly romantic novel from the author of Last Year’s Mistake.

When the lights go out at a Georgia high school football game, senior Macy Atwood finds herself in the arms of a boy who kisses her senseless—but he’s gone by the time the lights come back on. All she knows is that there was something special—and oddly familiar—about her mystery kisser. Continue reading

Collide By Michelle Madow [Review]

CollideRELEASE DATE:  February 9, 2017
AUTHOR: Michelle Madow
GENRE:  Young-Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Dreamscape Publishing

SUMMARY: I should have died when I was shot at the Halloween dance.

Instead I woke up—one week earlier, in a parallel universe where my mom’s fatal car accident six months ago never happened.

A world with my mom still in it was all I ever wanted. But in this timeline, everything is different—my grades, my friends, and even my boyfriend. I’m a stranger in my own body, and I don’t like who I’ve become.

But one thing is the same—that shooting will still happen at the end of the week.

I’m the only one who knows. Which means I’m the only one who can stop it.

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The Way to Game the Walk of Shame By Jenn P. Nguyen [Review]

RELEASE DATE:  June 07, 2016
AUTHOR: Jenn P. Nguyen
GENRE: Young-Adult, Contemporary, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Swoon Reads
SUMMARY:  Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard. Continue reading

Crushed(The Witch-Game #1) By Kasi Blake [Review]

RELEASE DATE: August 4, 2015
AUTHOR: Kasi Blake
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Witches, Magic.
PUBLISHER: Clean Teen Publishing
SUMMARY: The Noah girls have beauty, powers, and brains.
They use all three to play their games.
They blow the dust,
the boys are crushed,
and no one is ever the same.

Each year the Noah girls play a secret game— Crushed. The rules are simple.

1. Use wisdom to pick your target. The boy can’t be too weak or too strong-willed.
2. Blow the enchanted dust into your target’s face to enchant (Crush) him.
3. Give verbal commands and assign them tasks to perform throughout the year. The more tasks completed, the stronger the witch’s power grows. Continue reading

Eleanor & Park By Rainbow Rowell[Review]

RELEASE DATE: February 26th, 2013 
AUTHOR: Rainbow Rowell
GENRE: Young-Adult, Contemporary, Romance.
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press
SUMMARY: Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under. Continue reading

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli [Review]

RELEASE DATE: April 7th, 2015
AUTHOR: Becky Albertalli
GENRE: Young-Adult, GLBT, Contemporary, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray
SUMMARY:Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met. Continue reading

Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips

RELEASE DATE: July 6, 2015
AUTHOR: Rebecca Phillips
GENRE: Young-Adult, Contemporary,   Realistic-Fiction,  Romance.
PUBLISHER: Kensington
SUMMARY: When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High’s resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:

1. Avoid her at school.
2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.

Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Continue reading

Believe Me, I’m Lying by Jordan Lynde

TITLE: Believe Me, I’m Lying
RELEASE DATE: January 1th 2015
AUTHOR: Jordan Lynde
Young-Adult, Contemporary, Romance.
When seventeen-year-old Harley’s parents are killed in a car crash, she’s desperate to find work so that she can support her little brother, Elliott. Pretending to be twenty-one, Harley accepts a role as a teacher – at a school for delinquents. It’s tough – but life gets even more complicated when Harley starts to have feelings for not one, but two of her students . . . Continue reading

Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott

RELEASE DATE: June 9th 2015
AUTHOR: Jessica Alcott
GENRE:Young-Adult,Contemporary,  Fiction,Romance.
PUBLISHER:Crown Books for Young Readers
SUMMARY: Charlie, a senior, isn’t looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom.

But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he’s the only one who gets her.

She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush.
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The Fill-In Boyfriend By Kasie West

RELEASE DATE: May 5th 2015
AUTHOR: Kasie West
GENRE: Young-Adult,Contemporary,
SUMMARY: When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley. Continue reading