Waiting on Wednesday: Rent a Boyfriend

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that is all about sharing and putting a spotlight on upcoming unreleased books that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. My TBR pile is overrun with books that haven’t been released yet, but my choice for this week that I’m specifically looking forward to is…

Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

( 11.10.20 from Simon Teen)

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“Chloe Wang is nervous to introduce her parents to her boyfriend, because the truth is, she hasn’t met him yet either. She hired him from Rent for Your ’Rents, a company specializing in providing fake boyfriends trained to impress even the most traditional Asian parents.

Drew Chan’s passion is art, but after his parents cut him off for dropping out of college to pursue his dreams, he became a Rent for Your ’Rents employee to keep a roof over his head. Luckily, learning protocols like “Type C parents prefer quiet, kind, zero-PDA gestures” comes naturally to him.

When Chloe rents Drew, the mission is simple: convince her parents fake Drew is worthy of their approval so they’ll stop pressuring her to accept a proposal from Hongbo, the wealthiest (and slimiest) young bachelor in their tight-knit Asian American community.

But when Chloe starts to fall for the real Drew—who, unlike his fake persona, is definitely not ’rent-worthy—her carefully curated life begins to unravel. Can she figure out what she wants before she loses everything? “

Nothing will ever compare to the fake dating trope, and I am HERE for this book! It sounds fantastic and I cannot wait to fall in love with Chloe and Drew while they slowly fall in love with each other!

Five Books I’m Unhauling (& my reasons for why)

Happy Monday! During the past few months of quarantine I’ve been slowly building a huge pile of books in the corner of my room that are waiting impatiently to find new homes. At this point the pile taunts me, I’m honestly scared that someday it’s going to be crashing down while I’m sleeping. So, before they fall onto me while I sleep, I want to share Five Books I’m Unhauling (& my reasons for why).

60685511. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater // goodreads

After years, I’m finally dehauling the entire Shiver trilogy. I read these books in 2017 and found that they weren’t for me. Now, three years later, they’re still taking up space on my shelves despite not having reread them or having ever taken photos of them. Therefore the trilogy has now found it’s way into the dehaul pile.

 

228365752. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

Y’all, I tried. I really tried. Despite all of the reviews I’ve seen for this book I thought I would go ahead and read it anyways. But, let’s just say that the reviews were right. This is one of the worst books I’ve ever read and I’d prefer for it to not be taking up shelf space anymore. You can find my full review for it here!

 

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Not to sound like a broken record here, but this was another book that I tried despite bad reviews…and I should’ve saved the time and money by listening to those reviews. I was let down a lot by this book and feel no need to keep it around anymore. I DNFed it around 30%. You can find my full review here!

 

393968744. Hearts Made for Breaking by Jen Klein

Jen Klein wrote one of my favorite YA contemporary books, Shuffle, Repeat , so I was excited to try out another book from her! Sadly this story wasn’t for me and I ended up giving it 1.5/5 stars. I couldn’t connect to the characters and decided to let my copy go. You can find my full review here!

 

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I’m so sad to be letting such a stunning cover go, but alas, I don’t think it’s worth keeping anymore. I gave this book 1.5/5 stars over a year ago and at this point I feel it would be best for my copy to find a new home. You can find my full review here!

 

 

ARC Review: Vicious Spirits

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Author: Kat Cho

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: 08.18.20

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Source: E-ARC

My Rating: 5/5 stars

* this synopsis contains major spoilers for Wicked Fox! If you haven’t read the first book yet then click away to avoid being spoiled*

Synopsis: “As Vicious Spirits begins, Miyoung and Jihoon are picking up the pieces of their broken lives following the deaths of Miyoung’s mother, Yena, and Jihoon’s grandmother. With the support of their friend Somin, and their frenemy, Junu, they might just have a shot at normalcy. But Miyoung is getting sicker and sicker by the day and her friends don’t know how to save her. With few options remaining, Junu has an idea but it might require the ultimate sacrifice and, let’s be honest, Junu isn’t known for his “generosity.” Meanwhile, the events at the end of Wicked Fox have upended the forces that govern life and death and there are supernatural entities lurking in the background that will stop at nothing to right their world. “

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This sequel is incredible. I adored the expansion and development of this story! Vicious Spirits was one of my most anticipated releases for 2020 and I was not disappointed. This is easily one of the best sequels I’ve ever read AND will most likely end up on my list of favorites from this year.

I lovedddd the expansion of the characters in this book. Of course I’m a fan of Miyoung and Jihoon, so seeing their return was a treat. But, I also enjoyed the new focus on Junu and Somin! They were both well written with fantastic depth and development. By the end of this story it hurt to finish reading because of how much I’ve come to love these characters.

Speaking of the Junu and Somin, the romance in this book was everything!! It was steamy, swoony, and authentic. I was very impressed with this pair and their relationship.

The plot in this book is FANTASTIC. I was hooked onto the premise from the first chapter. It’s been a while since I’ve felt this emotionally attached to a story. I seriously could not put this book down. I spent the entire read smiling and crying along with the characters, I was just that hooked into it.

I can’t even explain how much I loved this book. The characters? Fantastic. The writing? Incredible. The plot? Addicting. The mythology? Fascinating. My heart? Somehow equally broken and healed. Vicious Spirits was an incredible sequel that I will not soon recover from.

Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with an E-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Bad Boy and the Tomboy

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that is all about sharing and putting a spotlight on upcoming unreleased books that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. My TBR pile is overrun with books that haven’t been released yet, but my choice for this week that I’m specifically looking forward to is…

The Bad Boy and the Tomboy by Nicole Nwosu

( 10.13.20 from Wattpad Books)

Always comfortable being one of the guys, Macy Anderson is laser focused on only three things: studies, soccer, and a scholarship. Romance is the last thing on Macy’s mind, until Cedric Cahill—the one boy she’s ever crushed on—asks her out on a date.

Handsome and charismatic, Cedric’s everything Macy has ever wanted in a boyfriend. There’s just one problem: Cedric’s cousin Sam. Brazen and unapologetic with a bad-boy reputation to match, Sam has an annoying way of constantly showing up in Macy’s life. Something crackles beneath their “just friends” relationship, and soon Macy’s thinking about him in all the ways she shouldn’t—pushing things too far when she’s around him.

As the tension between them escalates, Macy needs to decide if it’s worth risking both a friendship and a relationship to find out where her heart’s loyalties truly lie. Especially when the truth behind Sam’s bad-boy demeanor changes everything between them forever.”

How cute does this book sound? I found it while scrolling through NetGalley and it instantly got my attention. The bad boy/ tomboy combination sounds like it could be the perfect recipe for swoons and I’m looking forward to picking it up!

Book Review: This Lie Will Kill You

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Author: Chelsea Pitcher

Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller

Release Date: 12.11.18

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Source: Purchased

My Rating: 3/5 stars

Synopsis: “One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.

But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true.

Now, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge, a person who will stop at nothing to uncover what actually happened on that deadly night, one year ago.

Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free?
Or will their lies destroy them all?”

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TW: drowning, murder, emotional abuse, violence, drinking

My feelings about this book are very very mixed. Overall I enjoyed reading it, but there were a few things in the story that made me lower my rating.

First of all, this book was incredibly scary and haunting. It gave me chills just from reading it. I even had to avoid reading this book before going to bed because it was that spooky. The author did a fantastic job making this book scary and atmospheric! A large part of this is due to the writing which was beautiful, lyrical, and dark.

When it comes to the plot, the way everything was constructed was clearly planned AND the execution was well done! The story was layered in a way that always kept me guessing and trying to figure out what was happening. It made for a very addicting read!

My biggest issue with this book was that, while the writing is beautiful, it also pulled me out of the story a few times. The characters would say these beautiful lines that a teenager would never. ever . actually say. This made it hard to believe the story and caused me to laugh a few times because the dialogue felt so forced.

Other than that I found the ending a bit confusing. It was a lot of information and things coming together quickly which made me confused.

But, all in all, this wasn’t a bad book! It was very creepy and I think it would be the perfect spooky read for October.

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ARC Review: Now & When

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Author: Sara Bennett Wealer

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release Date: 07.14.20

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Source: E-ARC via Netgalley

My Rating: 1/5 stars DNF

Synopsis: “There’s something about Truman Alexander that Skyler Finch finds incredibly annoying. Actually, several things: his voice (grating), his arrogance (total know-it-all), his debate-team obsession (eyeroll), and his preppy vibe (does he iron his shorts?). She does her best to avoid him and focus on the important stuff: friends, school, and her boyfriend, Eli. His promposal was perfect–just like he is–and the future is looking bright. Or is it?

For some unexplainable reason, Skylar’s phone is sending her notifications from the future . . . a future in which, to her horror, she appears to be with Truman. As in, romantically. As in, Skyler cannot let that happen.

But trying to change the future means messing up the present, and what Skyler sees keeps shifting. Classmates disappear and reappear, swap partners and futures. Turns out there are no actions without reactions, and life doesn’t come with a road map. But sometimes the wandering leads you exactly where you need to be, and people–like glitchy phones–are full of surprises. “

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I’m sad to say that I am DNFing this book.

I was really hooked onto this story when it first began. The writing was enjoyable and I’ve been so interested in seeing where the author was going to take this! I loved the concept of a character being able to see into the future. That mixed with the whispers of an enemies-to-lovers romance had me very hyped up to read this! However, after getting about 20% in I decided to set it aside for now. My main reason for this is details and discussions of self-harm and suicide that caught me off guard and were upsetting to me. I had a hard time reading these details and that overall made me fall out of interest with the story. I wish this book had trigger warnings, or that I had at least seen someone mention that this content was included, so that I could’ve been prepared for it while going in blind.

So, overall I think this story has great potential and a nice concept, However, the sensitive content has deterred me from continuing but I hope that others can read and enjoy the story!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Slingshot

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that is all about sharing and putting a spotlight on upcoming unreleased books that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. My TBR pile is overrun with books that haven’t been released yet, but my choice for this week that I’m specifically looking forward to is…

Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein

( 04.27.21 from Wednesday Books)

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Grace Welles had resigned herself to the particular loneliness of being fifteen and stuck at a third-tier boarding school in the swamps of Florida, when she accidentally saves the new kid in her class from being beat up. With a single aim of a slingshot, the monotonous mathematics of her life are obliterated forever…because now there is this boy she never asked for. Wade Scholfield.

With Wade, Grace discovers a new way to exist. School rules are optional, life is bizarrely perfect, and conversations about wormholes can lead to make-out sessions that disrupt any logical stream of thoughts.

So why does Grace crush Wade’s heart into a million tiny pieces? And what are her options when she finally realizes that 1. The universe doesn’t revolve around her, and 2. Wade has been hiding a dark secret. Is Grace the only person unhinged enough to save him?”

Y’all, how stunning is that cover? The colors are beautiful! On top of that this story sounds very unique and interesting. I’m very excited to dive into it.

Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with an E-ARC via Netgalley!

Blog Tour: Recommended For You

Author: Laura Silverman

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release Date: 09.01.20

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Source: Publisher

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis: ” To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets You’ve Got Mail in this charming and hilarious rom-com following two teen booksellers whose rivalry is taken to the next level as they compete for the top bookseller bonus.

Shoshanna Greenberg loves working at Once Upon, her favorite local bookstore. And with her moms fighting at home and her beloved car teetering on the brink of death, the store has become a welcome escape.

When her boss announces a holiday bonus to the person who sells the most books, Shoshanna sees an opportunity to at least fix her car, if none of her other problems. The only person standing in her way? New hire Jake Kaplan.

Jake is an affront to everything Shoshanna stands for. He doesn’t even read! But somehow his sales start to rival hers. Jake may be cute (really cute), and he may be an eligible Jewish single (hard to find south of Atlanta), but he’s also the enemy, and Shoshanna is ready to take him down.

But as the competition intensifies, Jake and Shoshanna grow closer and realize they might be more on the same page than either expects… ”

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Laura Silverman is an author and editor currently living in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her MFA in
writing for children at the New School. Her books include Girl Out of Water, You Asked for Perfect, It’s a
Whole Spiel, and Recommended for You. Girl Out of Water was a Junior Library Guild Selection. You can
contact Laura on Twitter @LJSilverman1 or through her website LauraSilvermanWrites.com.

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Review

Recommended For You is the perfect fluffy book to pick up this Winter! It’s loaded with energy, fluff, adorable romance, and amazing representation. The story is a quick read that I finished in two sittings and seriously enjoyed. It was cute and perfect for fans of younger YA contemporary.

One of my favorite elements of this book was that is features an Indie Bookstore! It served for such an amazing story focus and the author did a great job creating an atmospheric feeling. The world building made everything feel cozy and helped make the story come off the page. Once Upon, the indie bookstore featured, was amazing and I totally wish I had a place like that near me! I loved the discussion of the importance of indie bookstores and the overall feeling of Once Upon. I am more than a little jealous that Shoshanna gets to work at such an amazing place!

And speaking of Shoshanna, she was the cutest protagonist! She was a sweetheart and brought light to the page. Her narrative was sweet and I feel like younger YA readers would easily connect to her. I enjoyed her character development through the story, she made mistakes and learned from them, which was enjoyable to see. I also really enjoyed the side characters. Her love interest was adorable, her best friends were fantastic, and I adored her moms!

If you’re looking for a book with great rep, look no further! The representation in the cast of characters was incredible. This book features a Jewish family and has lots of LGBTQ+ rep. I loved seeing these elements in Recommended For You!

Lastly, I was impressed with the issues and conversations presented in this book. For a younger YA reader I feel like it would be very important to read about these topics. For example, this story covers issues in friendships and how to handle them in a healthy and productive way. It also discusses parents fighting and the feelings that come with that. I thought both of these topics were well handled.

Overall I really enjoyed this read! It was fast paced while also including a lot of important conversations and diversity. The romance was adorable and the entire story was very atmospheric. The writing made it a quick read that was impossible to put down! I’d highly recommend this book for fans of Indie bookstores, fluffy romances, and Winter time shenanigans!