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Book – Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

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Sonny in a known liar. She has been living with her friend Amy for a few weeks before Amy’s parents confront them about it. Sonny’s phone and car keep breaking down on her so she has lost several jobs because of tardiness. When Ryder moved to town everyone thought he was cute until he opened his mouth and then they all wanted him gone. But Ryder has a crush on Amy, but Sonny has her phone. It was an honest mistake. Sonny thought he knew he was taking to her, not Amy. But once it all stared a scheme was devised to make Ryder like Sonny instead.

 

Book – Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips

Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips

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Lexi puts out the “good girl” vibe to the school. The only ones who know she isn’t perfect is Tyler Flynn, the bad boy she has sneaking in her window to release some of the stress in her life and her best friend who lives across the street. While at school she only ever hangs out with the popular perfect kids, including her long time crush Ben. Her mother left her father long ago because he was endangering Lexi while he used drugs. Lexi has always thought her dad wanted nothing to do with her, but now that she is almost out of the house she has found out that isn’t the case. When her world of lies breaks down Everything may just hit the fan and she may have to figure out who she really wants in her life and who she really doesn’t.

I liked this one, but it didn’t grab and keep me like some others do. It was very real, most of the time. Sometimes I thought that Lexi wasn’t really a character that I could like and that really hurt this books chances with me.

Book – The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

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Aly has always been a tomboy, but when she realizes that every date she has had to school dances has been a pity date or with friends and never with a guy who wanted to date her she decides its time for a change. She enlists her best friends  to help her change the way she looks to attract guys. Thus “Operation Sex Appeal” starts, and when her best friend Brandon tells her about the to categories that all the boys put the girls into (casuals and relationships) Aly realizes she is gong to have to learn to be a “casual” and enlists Bradley to help her sell the idea that she can be a casual by pretending to date her. Their friendship takes a turn with one passionate kiss during a game of truth and dare, but Brandon doesn’t want the heartbreak of relationships after he saw what his fathers death did to his mom and he really doesn’t want to loos Aly as a friend. When “Operation Sex Appeal” brings Aly out of her shell everyone notices and both Aly and Bradley will need to deal with the consequences.

I was in a romance reading mood and this one had my attention so much i read it straight through. It was cute and had me laughing the whole way.  Apparently it has a sequel and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

 

Book – The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

fill in boyfriendGia has been talking about her boyfriend Bradley for a while now, but none of her friends have ever met him. So when he  dumps her in the parking lot right before the dance she knows she can not go in without Bradley, but then she sees a really cute guy dropping off his sister and asks him to be her fill in boyfriend and she will pay him back whenever he needs a fill in girlfriend, no stings attached. Having seen her get dumped the mystery guy decides to be helpful and runs home to change. For one night he is Bradley and Gia has the time of her life, never knowing his real name. When she asks mystery guys sister for his name she is told to stay away from him, until mystery guys ex-girlfriend is having a party and his sister asks her to fill in as his girlfriend. Mystery guy may be the best boyfriend she could ask for so when Bradley shows back up in her life things could come crashing down around her.

This is a cute story that really needs to be read by every popular mean girl and anyone who likes cute love stories and wants to smile. The family drama really brought this story to its full circle.

Book – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas

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Feyre, is the youngest of 3 sisters. Their mom died and their dad lost all their money in a gamble move and now has a leg that wont let him do much work so Feyre takes care of the family. She learned to hunt and clean the game she brings in. When she kills a large wolf in the woods she had thought it was big enough to be a Fairy in disguise. Everyone lives in fear of the Fairies. When TamLin, the fairy lord of the Spring Court demands her life for killing one of his men Feyre is forced to live at TamLin’s Court on the other side of the wall for the rest of her life to make up for killing one of them.

This is basically a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with hints of the Scottish folktale of TamLin. It kept me enthralled in it the whole way through. I can’t wait for book 2!

Book – Calvin by Martine Leavitt

Calvin by Martine Leavitt

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Calvin has always thought it wasn’t a coincidence that his parents named him Calvin, his grandfather game him a stuffed tiger named Hobbs and his best friend who live a few houses down was named Susie. Now at seventeen, Hobbs (who was washed to death) comes back and is talking to Calvin. The doctors have diagnosed Calvin with schizophrenia. Watterson is the only one who can help Calvin, or so he has convinced himself. But since Watterson is a recluse Calvin is going to have to do something extraordinary to get his attention. He writes a letter to Watterson’s publisher explaining that he is going to walk across the Lake Erie and meet him at a specific time.

This is one of those books that I finished in one sitting. It was so interesting and good that I sped through it. The ending was kind of heartwarming if you think about it. I don’t want to go into details unless someone just wants to find out what happens, but other then the *shudder* inducing moment it really made you want to go out and buy a tiger for the kids in your life.

Book – The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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Mikey, his sister and their 2 friends are laying in their field (that nobody ever comes to) when out of nowhere one of the indie kids runs by them being chased by a glowing girl. The indie kids have been the ones who have fought the vampires and gods in the past, once they even blew up the school. Mikey and his friends are not indie kids, they just have to deal with the damage that gets inflicted because of them.

Not a book I will ever read again. I was in fact very against this book simply because it had a lot of action but none of it really was happening to the main characters, which i get is the idea, but it was boring and dull to me. I know several people love this one, but its really not for me.

Book – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a funny, innocent-ish, real life drama about first love and having the courage to say, “this is me and I’m good with that!”

Simon Spier is just your average “in the closet” gay teen in the south with a lot of friends and a secret internet relationship with another student at his school, Blue. Together he and Blue have been using secret identities to get to know each other. Their first love romance really brings the story to a place that everyone has been before. Neither of the boys are “out,” but when another guy at school, Martin, finds out about the emails, he uses the information to blackmail Simon into helping him get closer to Simon’s friend, Abby.

The mystery of who Blue truly is isn’t what kept me interested. It was the sweet innocence and beauty of the character that is Simon that kept me wanting to read more. I laughed out loud and I know I snorted a time or two reading this one.Everyone who has experienced first love will be able to relate to this book.

Book – Court of Fives (Court of Fives, #1) by Kate Elliott

Court of Fives (Court of Fives, #1) by Kate Elliott

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There are two types of people in Jessamy‘s world. Patrons and Commoners. Patrons are the upper class. They invaded years ago and made this land their own to get away from the war that broke out in their homeland. Then there are the commoners. They were here before the Patrons came, but now they aren’t much better then slaves. Jessamy‘s father is a patron, but her mother is a commoner. They were never allowed to marry, but they have 4 daughters that have been raised to act like patrons even though they are commoners. Jessamy doesn’t care about any of that. She just wants to run the Fives. The Fives is a race that anyone can enter if they have the money to do so. And when she finally gets to run it for the first time she is up against the prince, Kalliarkos. She can’t win because if she does then she has to reveal who she is and it would kill her father to know that she is running so she lets Kalliarkos win. This one act changes the lives of everyone in her family.

NICE! I love Kate Elliott. She creates worlds that are just fantastic! Pure fantasy at its best. I hope there will be more to this since it kind of left it with lots of questions and I think there is a second book coming.

Book – Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

everything everythingMadeline is allergic to the world! Anything can set her off and make her sick so she has only ever been inside her own home. She has only ever touched her mom and her nurse. Now she is 18 and a family moves in next door, among which is a fascinating boy named Olly.  The boy can’t keep still. The first time she sees him from her window he runs up the side of his new home and flips. And with that first look on the cute boy with the dimple next door Madeline’s entire world will change.

Okay wow!Her mom and his dad both need help. I really got into this book and think it’s one of the better ones to come out this year! I can’t really talk about it much since I just may give away a spoiler or two if I do, but I will say this…Who is paying for that girl’s credit card? And yes I saw the big OMG moment coming from a mile away. Even with me seeing it coming this is still a great read!