Tag: realistic fiction

May 28
{Book Review} Sound Bites by @RachelKBurke

{Book Review} Sound Bites by @RachelKBurke

Sound Bites by Rachel K. Burke Publication Date: Jan 2012 Source: Blog Tour Age Group: New Adult/ upper YA Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, 150+ reading challenge, Debut Author Challenge, Just Contemporary challenge, Standalone Challenge Buy this Book: Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): Renee Evans has a knack for trouble. After walking in on her best friend and boyfriend in bed together, twenty-five year-old Renee flees sunny Los Angeles and her dream job as a music journalist and returns to her hometown of Boston – only to meet Dylan Cavallari, the mysterious, aspiring musician who lives in her apartment building. Dylan’s piercing gaze and womanizing demeanor make him exactly the type of guy that Renee should steer clear of – which is most likely the reason she falls for him. But when Renee’s troublesome ex comes back and threatens to drive her and Dylan apart, Renee is forced to face her past and save her relationship with Dylan before it’s too late.Sound Bites dramatizes what happens when Renee finds herself caught between a painful past… Read more »

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May 09
{ARC Review+G!veaway} The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington

{ARC Review+G!veaway} The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington

The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington ebook Expected publication: May 15th 2012 by Billington Media Age Group: YA Source: Blog Tour Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge,  Just Contemporary challenge, Standalone Challenge, ABC challenge Summary(from Goodreads): Warning: Sexual References, occasional course language.When sixteen year old Poppy Douglas writes a song about her ex-boyfriend Cam and ex-friend Nikki, she has no idea that her heartbreak is about to go global.A local band picks up her song from Youtube and soon she’s along for the ride with her own fanbase as they blow up on the local club scene and hit the international charts. Though it turns out leaving Cam behind isn’t as easy as she had hoped.Tangled in a web of unfinished homework, ill-considered sexting and a new lead-singer boyfriend, Poppy has a choice to make between the ex that inspired it all and the rock God whose poster lines the inside of half the lockers at school. But as she struggles to keep her emotional dirty… Read more »

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Apr 30
{Review+Texts} Saving You, Saving Me by Kailin Gow

{Review+Texts} Saving You, Saving Me by Kailin Gow

Saving You, Saving Me by Kailin Gow Pages: 290 Publication Date: April 16th 2012 by theEDGEbooks.com Age Group: YA Source: ARC for blog tour Series: You & Me trilogy #1 Challenge(s): Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge,  Just Contemporary challenge,  ABC challenge Buy this Book: Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): 18 year old high school senior and aspiring psychologist Samantha Sullivan (Sam) never thought she would fall for the one mysterious guy she has been speaking to over the phone for months, the boy the counselors called Daggers. She wasn’t supposed to talk to him outside of their sessions. But as she began to peel the layers of Daggers and learn who he is, the one boy she is supposed to be saving, might just be the one who is saving her.   I feel like I don’t read enough contemporaries. I have enjoyed most of the ones that I have read, so I have no idea why I don’t read more of them. Saving You, Saving, Me is a gritty, real story…. Read more »

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Mar 29
{Review+G!veaway} Forgiving Trinity by Liz Reinhardt

{Review+G!veaway} Forgiving Trinity by Liz Reinhardt

Forgiving Trinity by Liz Reinhardt Kindle Edition about 300 pages Published (first published December 23rd 2011) age group: YA Source: Blog tour Challenges: ebook, ya, contemporary, 150+ Buy this Book:Amazon  Summary:  At seventeen, Trinity McCabe has already made enough mistakes to fill a lifetime. Especially the one where she got high, drove a car, and almost killed a dog. And then let her friend Aidan take the blame. She’s clean now and desperate to fix the messes she’s made, but first she’s going to have to get out of her pajamas. As Trinity struggles to stop sleepwalking through life, she faces the painful, tingling sensation of waking up. It’s sometimes embarrassing (she really didn’t want to have lunch with Aidan’s mom), sometimes terrifying (group therapy is beyond intimidating), and sometimes, amazingly enough, pretty romantic (who’d have though Aidan would be such a great kisser?) Trin is lucky, though—luckier than she deserves, she’s sure—and she doesn’t travel this road alone. Her family, her therapist, and her new friends are all pulling for… Read more »

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Feb 08
{Book Review} Because of Low by Abbi Glines

{Book Review} Because of Low by Abbi Glines

Because of Low by Abbi GlinesPages: ~200 pagesExpected publication: February 14th 2012Age Group: Upper YASource: AuthorChallenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, Just Contemporary challenge, Standalone Challenge, ABC challenge,Summary(from Goodreads): Marcus Hardy had hoped to enjoy a year away at college while he put the summer he’d rather forget behind him. But instead, he’s jerked right back to the coastal town of Sea Breeze, Alabama due to a family crisis. His dear ol’ dad found himself a girlfriend only a few years older than Marcus. So now his sister needs help dealing with their mother who is mentally falling apart. The only bright spot to returning is the fascinating red head who sleeps over several times a week. The problem is she’s sleeping in bed with his new roommate, Cage Watson.Willow “Low” Foster needs a place to live. Running to Cage’s apartment every time her sister kicks her out isn’t exactly a long term solution. Juggling her courses at the local community college and a part time… Read more »

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Jan 28
{Book Review} Hooked by Catherine Greenman

{Book Review} Hooked by Catherine Greenman

Hooked by Catherine Greenman Hardcover, 276 pages Published August 9th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers Age Group: YA Source: Publisher  Challenge: None Buy this book: Amazon Summary:  Thea Galehouse has always known how to take care of herself. With a flighty club-owner mom and a standoffish, recovering-alcoholic dad, Thea has made her own way in her hometown of New York, attending the prestigious and competitive Stuyvesant High School. But one chat with Will, a handsome and witty senior, and she’s a goner—completely hooked on him and unable to concentrate on anything else.Always worried that she loves Will more than he loves her, Thea is pleasantly surprised when their romance weathers his move to college and Will goes out of his way to involve her in his life. But then, Thea misses a period. And that starts Thea and Will on a wild ride that neither of them could have possibly prepared for. When they decide to keep the baby, their concerned parents chip in what they can to keep Will in school… Read more »

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Jan 22
{Book Review} Blue Sky Days by Marie Landry

{Book Review} Blue Sky Days by Marie Landry

Be sure to come back on Saturday for my character guest post and giveaway of Blue Sky Days!  Blue Sky Days by Marie LandryPages: 207Publication Date: January 17, 2012Age Group: YASource: Author for Blog TourSeries: noneChallenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, Debut Author Challenge, Just Contemporary challenge, Standalone Challenge, ABC challengeBuy this Book: Amazon Kindle Summary(from Goodreads): A year after graduating from high school, nineteen-year-old Emma Ward feels lost. She has spent most of her life trying to please her frigid, miserable mother – studying hard, getting good grades, avoiding the whole teenage rebellion thing – and now she feels she has no identity beyond that. Because she spent so many years working hard and planning every moment of her life, she doesn’t have any friends, has never had a boyfriend, and basically doesn’t know who she is or what she really wants from life. Working two part-time jobs to save money for college hasn’t helped her make decisions about her future, so she decides it’s time… Read more »

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Dec 02
{Review+Giveaway} Hushed by Kelley York

{Review+Giveaway} Hushed by Kelley York

Hushed by kelley York Paperback, 260 pages Expected publication: December 6th 2011 by Entangled Publishing Age Group: YA Source: Publisher challenge: None Buy this Book: Amazon Summary (from Goodreads) He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption. This… Read more »

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Nov 30
{Review+Giveaway} Stay Tuned by Lauren Clark

{Review+Giveaway} Stay Tuned by Lauren Clark

Stay Tuned is such a refreshing read. I don’t read enough contemporary as it is, and when I do pick up contemporary it tends to be happy go lucky romantic comedies. I enjoy other sub-genres but they have to be done really well to hold my interest. Anything that deals with more serious issues and/or drama has to be well written and well thought out for me to enjoy it. Stayed Tuned is all of the above. It’s well written, well thought out, beleiveable and best of all utterly relatable. Melissa is such a great character. I instantly connected with her, all of her insecurities about not being good enough to be an anchor, all of her thoughts and annoyances. I thought she was really well fleshed out. She could really have been any woman dealing with juggling work, success (or the fear of not having it) friends, and problems at home. I think that anyone can relate to at least one of the struggles that Melissa goes through in… Read more »

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