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Book – The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia


So yes to Romeo and Juliet, but a much better ending then a double suicide.

Frankie saw her boyfriend get beaten to death and could do nothing about it. Since then she can’t remember the killers face, but her life has spiraled and now she was arrested for drunk driving. Forced to change schools (no tolerance policy at her private school) she is now living with her dad, an undercover cop, and go to public school where she meets Marco.

Marco is a street racer who has been in trouble ever since his dad bailed on him and his sister. Marco has had a hard life. His mom died and his dad turned to stealing cars after his professional racing dream went up in smoke. Marco’s dad left his younger sister in a crashed car to die while being chased by the police. They haven’t seen him since so Marco now raises his sister on his own and has to find a way to pay the bills.

There is no doubt that Frankie and Marco are attracted to each other, but with Frankie’s dad out to catch car thief’s and the past coming back to haunt Frankie, these two have a world of pain to go through.

Book – Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson


Sloane disappeared and now Emily has been given a to do list. Sloane only leaves these when they will be apart for a long while, so Emily gets it into her head that if she finishes the list, she will see Sloane again. The only problem is that most of the things on the list are things she would never do. Hug a Jamie…kiss a stranger…go skinny dipping… So when the Mr perfect of her class, Frank Porter, offers tho help her with the list she finds a way to make it through the summer without her best friend, but she never expected to fall for him.

This is a really cute book that kept me with the story the whole way through. I wanted to know where Sloane had gone the whole way through, but I did feel like Emily should have held off on getting so close with Frank, not knowing the situation with him and his girlfriend, but Frank never really talked much about it. Plus who leaves their best friend with no notice? I thought it was great that so many people wanted to help her complete her list. And the romance that developed starting from friendship was just perfect. Overall one of my favorites!

Book – Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys


Told from the point of view of 4 people who all boarded the ship that was the worst naval disaster in history. A pregnant Polish girl, a Lithuanian nurse, a German sailor, and a Prussian art restorer and thief. These four people aren’t the only stories told in this book. Through the eyes of these 4 people many stories are told about the war and the horrors that many faced. The loss of over 9000 lives (mostly children) when the Russians torpedoed the ship the Wilhelm Gustloff that was transporting civilians, children and wounded soldiers.

A tone of the new books this year are all historical. And World War 2 is something that so many hit on that I’ve had my share of books on this topic to fill a lifetime, with that said…This one had a whole different take on the war. I never knew about the sinking of this ship. Turns out that part really happened. thousands of people died and it was worse the the Titanic! The different points of view really made the story. The German being an idiot, the secrets that the Polish girl and the Prussian are hiding gave the story an heir of mystery. I was more interested in the blind girls story and the wandering boys, but I thought the story was great. It worked the way it was written.

Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

It’s been a while since I last posted a book review, so I decided to go Jane Austen-ish with a book I loved! Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

love lies and spies

Juliana wants to talk to publishers about getting the scientific book (about a lady beetles) she and her father have been working on published. Spencer is an undercover spy for the war office who investigating a local family who is leaking secrets to the enemy. By chance these two meet while Juliana has ended up on the side of a cliff, holding on for dear life, hoping for a farmer to rescue her, not a gentleman. As Juliana and Spencer get to know each other they have hatched a plan to help their friends become a couple, but in truth it is Juliana and Spencer (who had no intentions of falling in love) who get closer as the mystery unfolds.

I smiled and laughed through this book and wish there were more books like it in this world. The characters felt real and interesting to me, even set in a historical time period. Yes some compare Juliana to Emma, but I think it was a sweet romantic story about two people who had no intention of falling in love.