A Second Book and a Sequel That Have Nothing in Common // Mini-Reviews

To Be Honest (Maggie Ann Martin) | Goodreads | 3.5 stars I think I rated this second book from Maggie Ann Martin the same as her debut, The Big F, but I think this one is my favorite from her so far. A combination of characters I liked better and storylines that interested me more all made that possible. … More A Second Book and a Sequel That Have Nothing in Common // Mini-Reviews

High School Drama and Relationships Go Hand in Hand // That’s Not What I Heard by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Title: That’s Not What I Heard Position: Standalone Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm (Love à la Mode) Genre: Contemporary Pages: 353 Rating: 3.5/5 What did you hear? Kimberly Landis-Lilley and Teddy Lin are over. Yes, the Kim and Teddy broke up. At least that’s what Phil Spooner thinks he overheard and then told Jess Howard, Kim’s best friend. Something about Teddy not liking Kim’s … More High School Drama and Relationships Go Hand in Hand // That’s Not What I Heard by Stephanie Kate Strohm

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

The Only Thing These Books Have in Common Are Romance and Some Miscommunication // Mini-Reviews

Love à la Mode (Stephanie Kate Strohm) | Goodreads | 3 stars Oh book, you had so much promise, and although you manage to fix some things up by the end, there was still so much you failed to get right. I know this sounds like I hated the book, and I’ll admit that there were moments when I did … More The Only Thing These Books Have in Common Are Romance and Some Miscommunication // Mini-Reviews

Dear Rachel is the New Dear Diary // Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner

Title: Dear Rachel Maddow Position: Standalone Author: Adrienne Kisner Genre: Contemporary Pages: 272 Rating: 5/5 Brynn Haper’s life has one steadying force–Rachel Maddow. She watches her daily, and after writing to Rachel for a school project–and actually getting a response–Brynn starts drafting e-mails to Rachel but never sending them. Brynn tells Rachel about breaking up with her first serious girlfriend, about … More Dear Rachel is the New Dear Diary // Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner

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

Let’s Hear It For the 3 Star Books I Actually Really Enjoyed // Mini-Reviews

Two Dark Reigns (Kendare Blake) | Goodreads | 3 stars This book, and this series in general, is so odd to me – I really enjoy it and wanted to read it, from beginning to end, but I also dislike most of the characters. There are multiple characters whose perspectives we follow, and because I dislike so many … More Let’s Hear It For the 3 Star Books I Actually Really Enjoyed // Mini-Reviews

Families Can Be Just As Thrilling as Kidnapping Mysteries // The Second Life of Ava Rivers by Faith Gardner

Title: The Second Life of Ava Rivers Position: Standalone Author: Faith Gardner Genre: Contemporary/Mystery Pages: 364 Rating: 4.5/5 Ava’s disappearance was the crack in the Rivers family glacier. I wish I could explain to you how we were before, but I can’t, because the before is so filmy and shadowed with the after. The after is all Vera remembers. When her … More Families Can Be Just As Thrilling as Kidnapping Mysteries // The Second Life of Ava Rivers by Faith Gardner

Quirky Girls and Serious Guys Have a Habit of Falling in Love // Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Title: Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating Position: Standalone Author: Christina Lauren Genre: Adult/Contemporary Pages: 309 Rating: 4/5 Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong … More Quirky Girls and Serious Guys Have a Habit of Falling in Love // Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren