Sometimes Covers Reflect the Stories Within Them // Mini-Reviews

This Adventure Ends (Emma Mills) | Goodreads | 4.5 stars I’ve been hearing more and more about Emma Mills over the years, but I never picked up her books – until I saw this beauty in a Barnes & Noble. Even though I hadn’t read any of her stuff, the cover was pretty and it … More Sometimes Covers Reflect the Stories Within Them // Mini-Reviews

Sometimes Schools Don’t Teach Us Anything // The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh

Title: The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me Position: Standalone Author: Olivia Hinebaugh Genre: Contemporary Pages: 304 Rating: 4/5 Seventeen-year-old Lacey Burke is the last person on the planet who should be doling out sex advice. For starters, she’s never even kissed anyone, and she hates breaking the rules. Up until now, she’s been a straight-A music geek that no … More Sometimes Schools Don’t Teach Us Anything // The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh

Tudor-Era England is Going Strong in Modern-Day High School // The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

Title: The Dead Queens Club Position: Standalone Author: Hannah Capin Genre: Contemporary/Mystery/Retelling Pages: 464 Rating: 4/5 Mean Girls meets The Tudors in Hannah Capin’s The Dead Queens Club, a clever contemporary YA retelling of Henry VIII and his wives (or, in this case, his high school girlfriends). Told from the perspective of Annie Marck (“Cleves”), a 17-year-old aspiring journalist from Cleveland who meets Henry at … More Tudor-Era England is Going Strong in Modern-Day High School // The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

Cheerleaders and Witches Have More in Common Than You Might Think // Mini-Reviews

The Cheerleaders (Kara Thomas) | Goodreads | 4 stars Kara Thomas is pretty darn good at writing dark mysteries, and I think this is no exception. Her protagonists are rarely likable – you might feel sorry for them or relate to them, but they’re never happy, super-nice girls. This is just another level of realism, … More Cheerleaders and Witches Have More in Common Than You Might Think // Mini-Reviews

Podcasts and Grief Birds Have Nothing in Common Other Than This Post // Mini-Reviews

Listen to Your Heart (Kasie West) | Goodreads | 4 stars Another fluffy Kasie West contemporary that managed to make me happy – I have yet to rate a West book less than 3.5 stars (and I might be wrong – they might all be 4 stars and higher). I was sad that I didn’t … More Podcasts and Grief Birds Have Nothing in Common Other Than This Post // Mini-Reviews

We Need More Diverse Loves, But It Doesn’t Always Work Out for Me // Mini-Reviews

The Way You Make Me Feel (Maurene Goo) | Goodreads | 4 stars This book took me a while to read, but not because I wasn’t enjoying it. I’m glad I took it slow most of the time – it’s a nice book to savor. This is Maurene Goo’s third book, and I think it’s my favorite. I really … More We Need More Diverse Loves, But It Doesn’t Always Work Out for Me // Mini-Reviews

Love Comes in All Forms // Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Title: Let’s Talk About Love Position: Standalone Author: Claire Kann Genre: Contemporary Pages: 288 Rating: 4/5 Alice had her whole summer planned. Nonstop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting—working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her … More Love Comes in All Forms // Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann