Review: Meet Cute by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review: Meet Cute by Jennifer L. ArmentroutTitle: Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Rating: three-half-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

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: Meet Cute by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Meet Cute by Jennifer L. Armentrout and more is just the anthology that I’ve been waiting for! This is an entire book featuring 14 incredible authors all about adorable first encounters. I personally enjoyed Jocelyn Davies, Kass Morgan, and Julie Murphy’s stories the most. I would definitely recommend this book to those looking for a feel-good read. Continue reading

Review: The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Review: The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia HandTitle: The Afterlife of Holly Chase
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genres: Retelling
Publication Date: October 24, 2017
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she'd become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn't.

And then she died.

Now she's stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge--as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly's afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . .

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Review: The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand truly surprised me. This is an original story based on the classic A Christmas Carol where the main character works for a company trying to save Scrooges every year. I found the main character to be likeable, even though she is intended to be dislikable, and I loved reading about the secrets at Project Scrooge. This is such a festive book that will definitely get the reader in the Christmas spirit. Continue reading

Review: Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Review: Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate StrohmTitle: Prince in Disguise
Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Also by this author: Love à la Mode
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: December 19, 2017
Rating: four-half-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Someday I want to live in a place where I never hear “You’re Dusty’s sister?” ever again.

Life is real enough for Dylan—especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.

As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises—including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.

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Review: Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm is all about a reality TV show set in Scotland and contains a likeable main character. I am always a sucker for books about royalty, so I knew I would love this story the moment I saw it. This book makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, making it perfect for the winter. Continue reading

Review: Three Sides of a Heart, Natalie C. Parker

Review: Three Sides of a Heart, Natalie C. ParkerTitle: Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles
Author: Natalie C. Parker
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: December 19, 2017
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

You may think you know the love triangle, but you've never seen love triangles like these.

These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories you don’t want to miss.

This collection, edited by Natalie C. Parker, contains stories written by Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Bethany Hagan, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, EK Johnston, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Natalie C. Parker, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and Brenna Yovanoff.

A teen girl who offers kissing lessons. Zombies in the Civil War South. The girl next door, the boy who loves her, and the girl who loves them both. Vampires at a boarding school. Three teens fighting monsters in an abandoned video rental store. Literally the last three people on the planet.

What do all these stories have in common?

The love triangle.

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Review: Three Sides of a Heart, Natalie C. Parker

Three Sides of a Heart by Natalie C. Parker is an anthology not to be missed. These sixteen short stories by some of my favourite authors each put a spin on the classic love triangle trope. There is definitely something for everyone, and it might even change your opinion on love triangles. Continue reading