Monthly Recap: May 2017

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Hi everyone! Today I’ll be reviewing what I read, what I reviewed, and other IRL things that’s been going on!

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Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index Playlist + Giveaway!

Welcome to the JUNIPER LEMON’S HAPPINESS INDEX blog tour! Today I’ll be sharing a playlist for this novel and presenting a giveaway! First, here’s a bit about the book:

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Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel
Series:
 n/a
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication: May 30th 2017 by Kathy Dawson Books
Length: 320 pages

It’s been sixty-five days since the accident that killed Juniper’s sister, and ripped Juniper’s world apart.

Then she finds the love letter: written by Camilla on the day of the accident, addressed mysteriously to “You,” but never sent. Desperate to learn You’s identity and deliver the message, Juniper starts to investigate.

Until she loses something. A card from her Happiness Index: a ritual started by sunny Camie for logging positives each day. It’s what’s been holding Juniper together since her death – but a lost card only widens the hole she left behind. And this particular card contains Juniper’s own dark secret: a memory she can’t let anyone else find out.

The search for You and her card take Juniper to even less expected places, and as she connects with those whose secrets she upturns in the effort, she may just find the means to make peace with her own.

This is a smart, funny, poignant book guaranteed to make you laugh and cry – and maybe even take notes.

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#ReadADessen: The Moon and More Playlist + Giveaway!

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If you weren’t aware, Sarah Dessen is coming out with a new novel, ONCE AND FOR ALL, and until its release, Penguin is hosting a tour to feature all of Sarah’s previous novels! This week I’m featuring THE MOON & MORE!

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The Moon & Moore by Sarah Dessen
Series:
 n/a
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance

The perfect life?

At first glance, Emaline seems to have it all. A great boyfriend, a close-knot family, an idyllic beach town to call home. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Then she meets Theo, an ambitious young New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. He’s sophisticated and exciting, and thinks Emaline is destined for bigger things.

Emaline wants the moon and more, but can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going?

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Review: A Million Junes by Emily Henry | Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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I’m so happy to be on the blog tour for A MILLION JUNES by Emily Henry! I really loved Emily’s debut, THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD, which I read this year, and I’m happy to say I loved this one just as much, if not more! Here’s a bit about the book:

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A Million Junes by Emily Henry
Series: n/a
Genre: YA Magical Realism, Romance, Contemporary
Publication: May 16th 2017 by Razorbill
Length: 350 pages
Format: eARC

There are two things everyone in Five Fingers knows about the O’Donnells and the Angerts. One: They’ve been there the longest, ever since the town was first founded in the Gold Rush days. Two: They hate each other.

June O’Donnell–a.k.a. Junior, a.k.a. Jack, a.k.a. Jonathan O’Donnell IV, a.k.a. the first female O’Donnell first-born–has always been haunted–in more ways than one–by her family’s complicated legacy. When June’s father and best friend, Jack III, died suddenly seven years ago, she made up her mind to skip college and live the life of adventure that her dad always wanted for himself. Now seventeen and heading into her last year of high school, June is itching to leave her ghosts behind in Five Fingers and travel the world. It’s not that she’s not happy–she is, mostly–grief has left her with an emptiness that she believes only real life experience can fill.

But then what kind of O’Donnell would June be if an Angert didn’t swoop in at a crucial moment and ruin everything? Enter Saul Angert, the eldest son of Eli Angert, a.k.a. June’s father’s mortal enemy, back in town from a writing career in the city to care for his ailing father. Somehow June’s path just keeps getting tangled up with Saul’s, no matter how creatively she tries to avoid it, until the unthinkable happens: She finds herself intrigued by this gruff, taciturn, yet strangely tender boy whom she was born to loathe.

But when June and Saul accidentally stumble into a bit of the forest magic, they are allowed a glimpse into the past at the fateful, horrible moment that started all the trouble between their families. Now, everything is different. The only problem is, June doesn’t know if this new discovery means she should hate the Angerts even more, or if it’s finally time for her–and all of the O’Donnells before her–to let go.

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ARC Review: How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

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How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
Series: 
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Genre: YA Contemporary, LGBT+
Publication: May 2nd 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Length: 336 pages
Format: eARC

All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

 

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Review: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

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The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Series: 
n/a
Genre: YA Contemporary, LGBT+
Publication: May 16th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
Length: 384 pages
Format: ARC from publisher (Thank you!)

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

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#ReadADessen: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen + Giveaway!

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If you weren’t aware, Sarah Dessen is coming out with a new novel, ONCE AND FOR ALL, and until its release, Penguin is hosting a tour to feature all of Sarah’s previous novels! This week I’m featuring Lock & Key!

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Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen
Series:
 n/a
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance

Ruby, where is your mother?

Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she’s been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.

That’s how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn’t seen in ten years, and Cora’s husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it’s a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

Best-selling author Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again.

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