10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac (Review)

31019571.jpgDIVERSE READ: Main character dealing with anxiety, f/f realtionship 

Genres: Young Adult, LGBTQIA+, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Summary: Think positive.
Don’t worry; be happy.
Keep calm and carry on.

Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.

Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?

My thoughts: 10 Things I Can See From Here is a heartfelt contemporary novel showcasing the life of Maeve who struggles with anxiety. She is sent to live with her father, and his family, for six months which flares up a lot of nervousness within Maeve. Her life isn’t always happy and steady. Things are always changing despite her best efforts to keep them the same, and she is constantly suffering from thoughts that cause her to panic during every day situations. So living with her father for six months is sure to cause some issues.

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Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith (Review)

32048554.jpgRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Summary: Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.

My thoughts: Jennifer E. Smith always crafts the cutest contemporary novels that give you those warm fuzzy feelings inside whenever you pick one up. And Windfall is no different. From the moment you dive into this story, you’re taken on a journey with Alice and her best friend, Teddy, who won a large sum of money. Their story showcases both the pros and cons on becoming rich as well as deeply rooted family issues that stick with young adults as they grow older and have to make tough decisions in life. Smith combines both a cutesy romance and a hard hitting commentary on grief and being let down in a story that will leave you smiling at the pages the entire time.
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Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey (Review)

banner-133037374Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Romance, New Adult

Summary: Lucas Thatcher has always been my enemy.

It’s been a decade since I’ve seen him, but our years on opposite coasts were less of a lasting peace and more of a temporary cease-fire. Now that we’re both back in our small town, I know Lucas expects the same old war, but I’ve changed since high school—and from the looks of it, so has he.

The arrogant boy who was my teenage rival is now a chiseled doctor armed with intimidating good looks. He is Lucas Thatcher 2.0, the new and improved version I’ll be competing with in the workplace instead of the schoolyard.

I’m not worried; I’m a doctor now too, board-certified and sexy in a white coat. It almost feels like winning will be too easy—until Lucas unveils a tactic neither of us has ever used before: sexual warfare.

The day he pushes me up against the wall and presses his lips to mine, I can’t help but wonder if he’s filling me with passion or poison. Every fleeting touch is perfect torture. With every stolen kiss, my walls crumble a little more. After all this time, Lucas knows exactly how to strip me of my defenses, but I’m in no hurry to surrender.

Knowing thy enemy has never felt so good.

My thoughts: The hate-to-love trope in romance novels is my favorite plot device, and I will never get tired of it being used. This story was no different. The petty animosity between Lucas and Daisy was hilarious and addictive to read about, knowing both characters were incredibly attracted to one another. Their banter and insults thrown at one another as they both try to rise to the top of a doctor’s practice in their hometown completely sucked me in. Yet again, R.S. Grey wrote another novel full of angst that I devoured in one day. 

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The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak (Review)

30753698.jpgRating: ★★☆☆☆

Genres: Young Adult, Coming of Age

Summary: A dazzling debut novel—at once a charming romance and a moving coming-of-age story—about what happens when a fourteen-year old boy pretends to seduce a girl to steal a copy of Playboy but then discovers she is his computer-loving soulmate.

Billy Marvin’s first love was a computer. Then he met Mary Zelinsky.

Do you remember your first love?

The Impossible Fortress begins with a magazine…The year is 1987 and Playboy has just published scandalous photographs of Vanna White, from the popular TV game show Wheel of Fortune. For three teenage boys—Billy, Alf, and Clark—who are desperately uneducated in the ways of women, the magazine is somewhat of a Holy Grail: priceless beyond measure and impossible to attain. So, they hatch a plan to steal it.

The heist will be fraught with peril: a locked building, intrepid police officers, rusty fire escapes, leaps across rooftops, electronic alarm systems, and a hyperactive Shih Tzu named Arnold Schwarzenegger. Failed attempt after failed attempt leads them to a genius master plan—they’ll swipe the security code to Zelinsky’s convenience store by seducing the owner’s daughter, Mary Zelinsky. It becomes Billy’s mission to befriend her and get the information by any means necessary. But Mary isn’t your average teenage girl. She’s a computer loving, expert coder, already strides ahead of Billy in ability, with a wry sense of humor and a hidden, big heart. But what starts as a game to win Mary’s affection leaves Billy with a gut-wrenching choice: deceive the girl who may well be his first love or break a promise to his best friends.

At its heart, The Impossible Fortress is a tender exploration of young love, true friends, and the confusing realities of male adolescence—with a dash of old school computer programming.

My thoughts: The Impossible Fortress is a story about three teenage boys in the 80’s trying their hardest to get a copy of a Playboy magazine because- well, they’re teenage boys. What seemed like an easy mission turns into one that seems impossible for them. Enter Mary, the key to getting the Playboy magazine because her father owns a store that sells them. Billy reluctantly befriends her in hopes of getting closer to the treasured magazine only to realize that Mary has the same love for computer programming that he does. They begin to work together to create a video game in the midst of Billy’s mission with his best friends which changes his entire mindset. It creates a series of obstacles for Billy to get over once he begins to realize that maybe his crush on Mary is more important than the magazine. 

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Checkmate : This is War by Kennedy Fox (Review)

31946442.jpgRating: ★★★★★

Genres: Romance, New Adult

Summary: Travis King is the worst kind of asshole.
He taunts me for being a good girl and mocks my high standards.
He’s cruel, crass, and has enough confidence to last two lifetimes.
And I hate him.

It wouldn’t matter so much if he were avoidable.

But considering he’s my older brother’s best friend and roommate, I see him more than I’d ever want to.

His sculpted abs and gorgeous eyes are a waste on such an egotistical man, which makes me hate him even more.

Even though I’ve had a crush on him since I was ten, the feelings weren’t mutual and he’s always made that very clear.

He’s always loved getting under my skin and one night against my better judgment, I let him in my bed.

I’ve succumbed to his manwhore ways, but that doesn’t change a thing.

Because the King is about to get played at his own game—and lose.

Checkmate.

My thoughts: I am a sucker for a good romance story, and when it has the hate-to-love-trope? I’m immediately sold. My friends have recommended Checkmate to me for the past couple of weeks and I read this entire book in a day because I could not get enough of it. Checkmate is basically a romance story following Viola, who has to stay at her brother’s house for two weeks during her college spring break. But things don’t go according to plan when she finds out that she’ll be stuck in the house alone with her brother’s best friend who she is incredibly attracted to and also loathes at the same time. This sets the scene for the perfect romance story that has tension, great banter, and a steamy romance that you’ll become attached to after reading a few pages. Read More »

Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey (Cover Reveal)

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It’s finally here! A new R.S. Grey novel and cover reveal! I adore her contemporary romances because they are addicting to read and are so funny as well! (Check out my review for her last novel A Place in the Sun!) R.S. Grey expertly sprinkles in hilarious moments in between ones that are filled with tension to create perfect romance stories that I cannot get enough of. All her characters are quirky and so relatable, and I am incredibly excited to see what this story entails! 

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we carry the sky by McKayla Robbin (Review)

33357374Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: “all women carry
the sky
inside of them
didn’t your mother
ever
tell you that”

In her first collection of poetry, McKayla Robbin grows language “like wildflowers / from the wounds / that for years / would not close up.” Simultaneously vulnerable and fierce, her short-form poems engage themes of femininity, identity, violence, and healing.

Genres: Poetry, Feminism, Nonfiction

My thoughts: We carry the sky is a short poetry collection split into four sections that will hit you with various emotions along the way. I read this collection in one sitting a few days ago and was struck with the beauty of Robbin’s words strung together to form such awe inspiring poems. This collection tackles the topics of current affairs such as racism and the violence that stems from that hatred. It touches upon rape culture and so many more raw topics that will leave you breathless and wanting more. This collection has so much to offer and speaks out about an array of issues that every person can relate to in some way.

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