ARC REVIEW: Rumor Has It by Farrah P. Polestico

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Rumor Has It

Farrah P. Polestico

Published November 30th 2015 by Smashwords Edition

YA > Contemporary | Romance

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3 ★★★

 

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It’s senior year and it’s now or never. Callie Rivera always wanted to be part of her school’s drama club, and she finally musters the courage to audition for Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Only she got the audition dates wrong and landed a role that only existed in her wildest dreams. And her co-actor? None other than Landon Arcival, theater actor extraordinaire, not to mention Callie’s (former) crush— or so she says.


Callie is living the dream, until she wakes up to a nightmare. According to the rumor mill, she is sleeping with different guys in her school. Of course, it isn’t true, but who would believe her? And the worst part? It may or may not be her fault the rumors spread in the first place.


What to do? Callie finds herself in the middle of a hot mess. But then Landon proposes the perfect plan that can fix everything, but only if they don’t fall for each other first.

 

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“It’s only romantic when it’s Shakespeare”

 

Let me just start off by saying that although Rumor Has It may have a rather NA-ish cover, the novel is nothing but sweet and it very much belongs to the ya genre. This story reminded me of Easy A when it started. That fact made me happy and a bit nervous somehow. Nervous because I was fearing that the story will flow just like what happened in the movie. But I was relieved when it was starting to get obvious that the author is making her own spin and by the near end, Rumor Has It is totally standing in its own story.

I like Calie. I’m pretty sure we, especially girls, have been in her position where you think the only logical thing to do is lie. And you may think that it’s not gonna do any harm but in the end, you’ll have to face the consequence of that lie you made. Calie is likeable and a character that girls will relate to. Just like every high school girl in this world, she just likes to fit in, survive highschool unscathed and make all those goals and dreams come true. But who said that highschool is easy? NO ONE. Because it’s not.

The romantic aspect of Rumor Has It take a huge part of the story. It was sweet and perfect for tweenteens readers. Although I wish it didn’t move in such a fast pace and that we got to know more about our love interest, people will be charmed. Nobody can resist those popular-unpopular love tales. And the fact that our main characters are involved in plays and reciting Shakespeare like it’s the easiest thing in the world, it just made them more precious in my eyes.

Rumor Has It is a short yet satisfying contemporary read. Perfect for readers who inhale ya contemporaries like crack. Its about friendships, staying true to who you are and of course, young love. 

 

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Farrah F. Polestico wanted to be a lot of things in life— an engineer, a nurse, an astrophysicist. But it wasn’t until she was thirteen when she knew for sure she was going to be a published writer. And now she is. When she’s not up all night writing her next book, you can find her reading anything and everything from a Charles Dickens novel to old grocery receipts.


   

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ARC REVIEW: Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

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Underwater

Marisa Reichardt

Expected publication: January 12th 2016 by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux

YA > Contemporary | Romance

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4 ★★★★

 

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Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself.

But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school.

When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside.

Underwater is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.

 

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‘It turned out I wasn’t dying on the outside. I was only dying on the inside, where nobody could see.’

 

Wow. Underwater stunned me! This is the first 2016 book that I read for this year and boy what a good choice! This debut novel deserves to be in your to read list people, but don’t make it stay there for too long. In fact, after reading my review, I highly suggest that you pick this book up immediately and get to reading. 

Morgan doesn’t go outside anymore. She study online, she meets with her therapist at her house and she only talks with her mother and her brother. Any other interaction besides that gets her nervous and gives her panic attack. There’s a reason behind why Morgan turned out to be this way. You see, she is not used to be like that. But an incident that she witnessed changed everything.

There’s a lot to be praised about Underwater but I’ll start with the author’s vivid and lyrical writing. It’s impossible to read this book without the words tugging your heartstrings. Every emotion that Morgan feels are easily rolling off through the pages and you can’t help but feel with her. Her sadness, anxiety, excitement and of course even her joy. Throughout the whole book I feel like Morgan was just a close friend, and she’s telling me her story. And I’m savoring each word.

We can all agree that the plot has been done before. I have read some already. In fact, the concept is not at all new. And like I say everytime, I admire the authors who writes realistic fictions such as this. But what makes Underwater stands out? Underwater doesn’t shy away with every issue that a person like Morgan encounters. This novel is raw and real. Every character is alive and will affects you in their own ways. But the most important thing that Underwater have is that it makes you aware. It makes you think! What if you’re in the position of Morgans mother? What if you have a friend just like Morgan? What if you’re in Morgan’s shoes?

There was a romance aspect in this novel as well but its not really the main point of the story. The guy didn’t save Morgan, she saved herself. She didn’t save herself for the guy either. She did it for herself. And that’s what’s important to me.

A powerful and mesmerizing novel. That’s what Underwater is. There are A LOT of books coming out this year and I’m sure your TBR is already stuffed. But this book is not something you want to miss. Underwater is important, real and provocative. I can’t wait to hear more of Marisa Reichardts contribution in the YA table. 

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

 Caroline-Patti-225x300

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I’m a SoCal native and high school writing instructor. I currently live in Los Angeles and can usually be found huddled over my laptop in coffeehouses or swimming in the ocean. 

My debut YA contemporary novel, UNDERWATER, will be out 1/12/16 from Macmillan/FSG and 4/7/16 Macmillan Children’s UK.

I love all books and all genres. While I do keep track of all the books I’ve read here, I generally don’t do ratings or reviews.

 

 


   

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Shade Me (Nikki Kill #1) by Jennifer Brown

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Shade Me (Nikki Kill #1)

Jennifer Brown

Expected publication: January 19th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books

YA > Contemporary | Mystery

Purchase links: Amazon

 

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Nikki Kill does not see the world like everyone else. In her eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray. Thanks to a rare phenomenon called synesthesia, Nikki’s senses overlap, in a way that both comforts and overwhelms her.

Always an outsider, just one ‘D’ shy of flunking out, Nikki’s life is on the fast track to nowhere until the night a mysterious call lights her phone up bright orange—the color of emergencies. It’s the local hospital. They need Nikki to identify a Jane Doe who is barely hanging on to life after a horrible attack.

The victim is Peyton Hollis, a popular girl from Nikki’s school who Nikki hardly knows. One thing is clear: Someone wants Peyton dead. But why? And why was Nikki’s cell the only number in Peyton’s phone?

As she tries to decipher the strange kaleidoscope of clues, Nikki finds herself thrust into the dark, glittering world of the ultra-rich Hollis family, and drawn towards Peyton’s handsome, never-do-well older brother Dru. While Nikki’s colors seem to help her unravel the puzzle, what she can’t see is that she may be falling into a trap. The only truth she can be sure of is that death is a deep, pulsing crimson.

Shade Me is award-winning author Jennifer Brown’s first book in a thrilling suspense series about Nikki Kill.

 

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Jennifer Brown is the author of acclaimed young adult novels, Hate List, Bitter End, Perfect Escape, Thousand Words, and Torn Away. Her debut novel, Hate List, received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA “Perfect Ten,” and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Bitter End received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Her debut middle grade novel, Life on Mars, was released in 2014, and her second middle grade novel, How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me from Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel will be released in summer 2015. She also writes women’s fiction under the name Jennifer Scott.
Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.

 

 


   

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ARC REVIEW: Proof Of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

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Lexa Hillyer

Published June 2nd 2015 by HarperTeen

YA >  Contemporary

352 pages

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 ★★★

 

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Before: It was the perfect summer of first kisses, skinny-dipping, and bonfires by the lake. Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe knew their final summer at Camp Okahatchee would come to an end, but they swore they’d stay friends.

After: Now, two years later, their bond has faded along with those memories.

Then: That is, until the fateful flash of a photo booth camera transports the four of them back in time, to the summer they were fifteen—the summer everything changed.

Now: The girls must recreate the past in order to return to the present. As they live through their second-chance summer, the mystery behind their lost friendship unravels, and a dark secret threatens to tear the girls apart all over again.

Always: Summers end. But this one will change them forever.

REVIEW

Proof Of Forever, on first glance, is Disney material. From the cover to the theme to the entire idea of being thrown back into time courtesy of a Photo Booth. Very idyllic. And that is the frame of mind I went with into this book. And I’m pleased to report, that this book was nothing like the cheese fest or the fluffy cotton candy I expected. It was honest and real and even though it wasn’t perfect, it’s going to be a book I’m going to remember for a long while.

This book is about time travel but it’s not your typical Sci-Fi. This book is also technically about four girls and their (mis)adventures, but it’s about so many more characters. Basically, Proof Of Forever is not your typical Contemporary so DO NOT judge it that way. The book follows four girls, Tali, Luce, Zoe and Joy. They used to be best friends and they’d sworn to remain best friends after their last summer at Camp Okahatchee. But as these things usually go, life got in the way, and they drifted apart, almost becoming strangers to each other. But two years later, when Joy suggests they all meet up at the reunion night of Camp OK, they grudgingly agree, only to be thrown back into time to two years ago, when they were fifteen; their last summer at the camp. There they realise that they have to do everything the way they’d done it before, so as not to alter their futures. But while their bodies might be fifteen years old, each of them have changed and grown. The book is all about how they deal with their growth and reconcile themselves with the people that they’ve grown into (or will grow into) and their attempts to go back to their time again.

The book was rather predictable where it came to plot—I was sure right away about certain things that would happen and I turned to to be right. This is the precise reason I found myself having a so-so opinion where it came to the story itself. Talking about each character is a little easier, because the end result was predictable (to me, at least), the way they went about their days at the camp weren’t. They were not all perfect human beings, and they did a lot of things that I didn’t quite agree with, but I suppose it did enhance the whole learning curve that the girls experienced.

I’ll also admit–the book is rather slow. It’s written as third person POV, in four different POVs, and while I’d like to say that each girl had a different, unique voice, that isn’t completely true. After a certain point, the characters started to blend into one for me, which sucks, and I had to physically make notes trying to remember who is who. It might be just me, but yeah. That happened.

Again, if you do choose to read the book, don’t do it for the story itself, meaning the time-travelling part. I found myself enjoying the symbolism behind each character and what they learnt and how they learnt it, and I think you might too. The writing too was not quite my type, but it was perfect for the mood of the book,and that was amazing. It doesn’t grab you, but it definitely lures you into continuing to read the book. All in all, as far as “coming-of-age” YA goes, Proof of Forever may be something you might want to try if you’re looking for a bitter sweet ending and a couple of cute summer romances!

 

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ARC REVIEW: Level Up by Cathy Yardley

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Level Up

Cathy Yardly

Published January 3rd 2016

A > Contemporary | Romance

Purchase links: Amazon

4 ★★★★

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Geeky introvert Tessa Rodriguez will do whatever it takes to get promoted to video game engineer– including create a fandom-based video game in just three weeks. The only problem is, she can’t do it alone. Now, she needs to strong-arm, cajole, and otherwise socialize with her video game coworkers, especially her roommate, Adam, who’s always been strictly business with her. The more they work together, though, the closer they get…

Adam London has always thought of his roomie Tessa as “one of the guys” until he agreed to help her with this crazy project. Now, he’s thinking of her all the time… and certainly as something more than just a roommate! But his last girlfriend broke up with him to follow her ambitions, and he knows that Tessa is obsessed with getting ahead in the video game world.

Going from friends to something more is one hell of a challenge. Can Tessa and Adam level up their relationship to love?

 

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“You’re worth it. And I’m not just going to quietly let you go. I’m fighting for this one…”

 

If you want a romance book that would fit to any young adult reader and above, this one is for you. Level Up is the definition of Romantic Comedy. Cathy Yardley just mixed the right ingredients to make a RomCom that stays away from cliche but stays close to absolutely readable. I’m so lucky that this is the first book I get to review because as I’m writing this down, I have nothing but smiles, feels and swoons.

This is my first from Cathy Yardley and if this is how she works with every single one of her books then I’ll confidently say that I will love it as well. If you think about it, the plot of Level Up is not at all new. A guy and a girl roommates, something really is bound to happen. But Yardley made the typical plot-line exciting and refreshing with her quirky and real characters, witty dialogues and realistic turn out of the story. First of all, the interracial couple is what drawn me in to this book. Although it wasn’t such a big deal in the book, I feel like I haven’t read enough stories with interracial couples. It was such a huge reason why I adore this book so much.

Second is the undeniable chemistry of our main characters, Tessa and Adam. Tessa is the kind of heroine that every reader will like. Yes, I just said that. I mean, HOW CAN YOU NOT LIKE A HEROINE WHO LIKES SHERLOCK, HARRY POTTER AND DOCTOR WHO? It is not possible. I was rooting for her throughout the whole story. She just don’t have fandoms, she’s a feminist too. Yep. You read that right. In her field where men are dominating, all she wants is to be recognized, respected and to reach her personal goal. I don’t want to say anything anymore because it might be a spoiler but the way she did all that was with flying colors! Adam in the other hand, was endearing. A total alpha guy but adorable too. I always thought that if an author can write a hero like that, I will be happy and impressed. Cathy Yardley nailed it! Adam is that love interest who deserves all the swoon. Now the two of them together? You get a hilarious and sweet geeky story.

The romance was just the right amount. Not too much that the reader will find it cheesy and unrealistic but just enough to say that everything is genuine. You really won’t help but ask for more when you turn the last page.

You don’t want to miss Level Up by Cathy Yardley. It’s hilarious. It’s real. It’s a love story that melt hearts! The memorable characters will climb inside your heart while you’re caught by Yardley’s smooth and terrific writing. I highly encourage you to read this RomCom page turner, that way you can fangirl with me and we get to ask for a second book. Trust me, you’ll want it.

 

AUTHOR:

 

 Caroline-Patti-225x300

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Cathy Yardley needs to get out more. When not writing, she is probably cruising the Internet, sleeping or watching D-list movies and adding to her unnatural mental store of character-actor trivia. She is a closet fangirl for Supernatural, Sherlock, Doctor Who, and too many others to name. Her family is considering performing an intervention for her addiction to pop culture. Want to read more of her writing? Sign up for her notification list, and get a free novella, Hooked, from the Fandom Hearts series!  http://www.cathyyardley.com/notification-sign-up

 

 


   

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