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Write Me Home by Crystal Walton – Emotionally Complex Contemporary Romance

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Author: Crystal Walton

Publisher: Impact Editions (Indie)

Source: Amazon Purchase

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction

Series: Home in You, Book 1

Rating: ★★★★

REVIEW | Ten years ago, the world became a darker place for Ethan DeLuca. Since that day, he’s been punishing himself and pursuing every opportunity to “rescue” everyone but himself. With his grandmother’s health in decline, he returns to his small hometown where he meets Cassidy McAdams. Beautiful and everything Ethan shouldn’t be wishing for, Cass too is hiding scars. (Something she hides by trying to reopen her grandfather’s camp.) Her past is covered in them, and yet despite her walls, Ethan walks into her life as the person she didn’t know she needed.

Broken hearts, souls and lives collide in their otherwise safe worlds. But what happens when danger lurks around the corner?  Continue reading “Write Me Home by Crystal Walton – Emotionally Complex Contemporary Romance”

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Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts

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Author: Alexandra Coutts

Publisher: Mac Teen Books (Farrar Straus Giroux)

Source: Publisher provided ARC

Publication Date: 2015

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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen Contemporary

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW: From the moment I saw the title for this piece of YA lit, I was hooked. It’s rare that a YA novel sticks with me as this novel’s premise did. In my experience of this genre, I’d never before run across this idea which is why Alexandra’s second novel (at least by this non de plume) intrigued so much. The reason for this is the story, which follows 17-year-old Tamsen. Tam isn’t like most girls her age. Instead of giggling with her girlfriends or preparing for senior year, she is burying her husband. She married young and was only married a matter of weeks before her beloved Noah’s heart stopped. Suddenly her forever was nevermore. Feeling without a purpose, Tam moves back to her father’s house where she is expected to go back to mundane life by finishing school, but with such a dark cloud over her, will anything ever feel normal again? Continue reading “Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts”

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Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

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Publisher: Bloomsbury

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (ARC e-copy)

Publication Date: 2015

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Series: If Only Line, 5

Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Contemporary

Review: They say fiction imitates life. This seems to be true of the latest in Bloomsbury’s “If Only” line. The fifth novel is like a backdoor snapshot of political life, only it’s seen through the eyes of two sixteen-year-olds. In this case it’s Katie, daughter of the republican candidate for president and Drew, son of the democratic candidate. The two meet while participating in a joint television interview, and wind up spending the day together. What they discover they like is getting to know each other without the pressures of their parents campaigns, which may be exactly what will end up driving them apart.   Continue reading “Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted”

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Wild Hearts, by Jessica Burkhart

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Author: Jessica Burkhart
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Publisher ARC
Publication Date: May 2015
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Series: If Only, 4
Genre: Fiction; Teen Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

After reading an earlier book in this companion novel series, I was really excited to jump into reading this latest novel. First I’ll start by saying that the YA market is my “happy reads” place. I read them to enjoy a lighthearted, easy read and if I discover a story that looks beyond just a sweet love story, then I’m all for it. I certainly did enjoy this novel, but it also didn’t capture my fancy in the same way its peer did. The story follows two teens on the cusp of breaking the feud between their fathers. Brie Carter has moved constantly (thanks to her dad’s work as a developer) ever since she can remember. For this reason she keeps her distance from making friends – or having a boyfriend. But that all changes with her latest move to Wyoming. There she meets Logan, a cowboy who’s not just good-looking he’s always dedicated to his family and working hard to make their life work. Needless to say, Brie takes an interest in having the one thing she never allowed herself before. Continue reading “Wild Hearts, by Jessica Burkhart”

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Speak (Penguin)
Source: Purchase
Publication Date: 2012
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Series: If I Stay, book 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary YA/Teen
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: As I’ve expressed before, reviewing secular fiction is a tough business. It’s more complicated than the Christian fiction that dominated my reading for years so I’m just going to follow suit with my methods of reviewing that and say this: If I Stay was probably the (best) most surprising read of the year for me. The reasons why are recounted below though first, for anyone who may be unfamiliar with the material, here’s a little about what the book is about. It tells the first-person narrative about Mia. A high-school junior whose life is a happy one with her kind-of hippie parents (her dad is a teacher and mom is a travel agent) and her younger brother, Teddy. She is never really sure who she is or what’s to be and in a family of rockers (her dad once had his own band and travelled on tour, a life Mia grew up in), Mia is a talented classical musician who plays the cello. A talent her family has never seen the likes of. Into this life walks a student transfer named Adam who Mia explains just “was” when they met – he was confident in who he was already. Like her father, he’s a singer in a band and as his fame and recognition rises, he and Mia spend nearly every waking hour together. Though on this snow day when everything is not as perfect as their two years were, Mia’s life is forever about to change when it’s struck by tragedy. Continue reading “If I Stay by Gayle Forman”