Review: The Forgotten Book by Mechthild Gläser

The Forgotten Book by Mechthild Gläser
Genre: YA Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance
Publication: January 2, 2018 from Feiwel & Friends / Macmillan USA
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 368  pages
Format: ARC from Fierce Reads
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

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A Jane Austen-inspired YA tale about a sixteen-year-old girl who finds a magical book—and discovers that anything she writes inside it comes true.

Emma is used to things going her way. Her father is headmaster of her prestigious boarding school, her friends take her advice as gospel, and she’s convinced that a relationship with her long-time crush is on the horizon.

As it turns out, Emma hasn’t seen anything yet. When she finds an old book in an abandoned library, things really start going Emma’s way: anything she writes in the book comes true.

But the power of the book is not without consequences, and Emma soon realizes that she isn’t the only one who knows about it. Someone is determined to take it from her—and they’ll stop at nothing to succeed.

A new boy in school—the arrogant, aloof, and irritatingly handsome Darcy de Winter—becomes Emma’s unlikely ally as secrets are revealed and danger creeps ever closer.

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2018 Releases We’re Excited For

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2018, with all it’s new book deal announcements, is slowly turning out to be a great year for the bookish community. With lots of debut authors finally getting published, sequels that have been widely anticipated by readers from all over the world, and new and exciting worlds just waiting to be discovered, we’re all pretty sure that the year ahead will be one of the best there is. And today, your Arctic Books crew is proud to individually present 5 of their most anticipated 2018 releases!

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Review: Meet Cute Edited by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Meet Cute: Some People are Destined to Meet edited by Jennifer L. Armentrout Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQPIA+, Anthologies, Short Stories
Publication: January 2, 2018 from HMH Books for Young Readers
Series: No. Standalone.
Length: 320 pages
Format: eARC from HMH Teen via NetGalley
Rating: ★★★★★

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Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.

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Review: It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne + Playlist + Giveaway

It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Publication: October 1st 2017 from Usborne Publishing
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 411 pages
Format: Finished copy provided by the publisher and the blog tour host
Rating: ★★★★★

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Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…

The greatest love story ever told doesn’t feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clichés. Oh, and zombies… YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.

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Introduction to #romanceclass + 10 Book Recommendations

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Ever since I started blogging for Arctic Books, I feel like I’ve been yapping about #romancecless already. Now, for those who don’t what the hashtag is for, I came up with this post for you! I had loads of fun brainstorming for this post, and I honestly can’t wait to hear from those who I will be able to persuade to check out the involved books. Today, I’m so honored to share with everyone my first-hand experiences with the community, the authors, and the stories involved with this iconic class.

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Review: Meant to Be by Julie Halpern

Meant to Be by Julie Halpern
Genre:
YA Contemporary, Romance, Science Fiction
Publication:
October 24, 2017 from Feiwel & Friends
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 320 pages.
Format: ARC from publisher
Rating: ★★★★☆

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In a world where the names of MTBs—”meant to be” mates—appear on the body at age eighteen, a girl must decide whether to believe the phenomenon or follow her heart in this YA novel.

It started happening a few years ago: the names of MTBs—”meant to be” mates—appeared emblazoned on the skin at age eighteen. Agatha’s best friend has embraced the phenomenon and is head over heels in love with her MTB. But Ag isn’t so sure. As she searches the interwebs for her MTB (who has a common name, no less) she finds herself falling for a co-worker at the local amusement park. Is he a better match? What does Agatha really want in a mate, and moreover, what does she want for herself?

With her trademark wit and irreverence, acclaimed author Julie Halpern explores an age-old question: Who are we meant to be with? Readers won’t be able to resist knowing the answer.

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Monthly Recap: October 2017

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Hi everyone! It’s that part of the month again when we wrap everything up! We can’t wait to share with you what we read, reviewed, posted, and other in-real-life happenings!

October’s been an extremely busy month for us all. With exams, deadlines, and other obligations getting in everyone’s way, we’ve officially gave in to our realities. No worries, though! Even if we’re buried deep in loads of stuff to do, we always find time to read and share our thoughts through blogging! So let’s take a look into how our October went:

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Book Review: My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff

My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance, Hate to Love
Publication: October 31, 2017 from Swoon Reads
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 332 pages
Format: ARC
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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Charlotte Charlie Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He s the school s star athlete, in the National Honor Society, invited to every party, contributes to the school paper (where Charlie is co-editor), and is about to be featured as One to Watch in a teen magazine basically, he’s exactly the type of guy Charlie s meant to be with. The only problem he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie is determined to be Teo’s date to the Christmas ball. And she has a plan: To rig the paper’s Secret Santa so that she can win his heart with five perfect gifts. But to do that she needs help. Enter J.D. Ortiz Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy-going, laid back, unorganized, spontaneous, and makes a joke out of everything the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he’s willing to provide insight into what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.

Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

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Review: Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me by Carrie Ann DiRisio

Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me by Carrie Ann DiRisio
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication: October 3, 2017 from Skypony Press
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 332 pages
Format: ARC
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?

Or maybe you’re just really confused about what “opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs” actually are?

Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a “self-help” guide (with activities–you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love.

As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.

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Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Genre: YA Contemporary, Horror, Mystery
Publication: September 26, 2017 from Dutton Books for Young Readers
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 289 pages
Format: ARC
Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5)

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Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

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