Review: Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle

Review: Together at Midnight by Jennifer CastleTitle: Together at Midnight
Author: Jennifer Castle
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: January 2, 2018

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

What does it really mean to be kind . . . and why does it sometimes feel like the hardest thing in the world to do? High school senior Kendall, who just returned from a life-changing semester in Europe, and Max, who is drifting his way through a gap year before college, struggle with these questions when they witness a tragic accident in New York City during the holiday season. Racked with guilt, the two accept a dare to perform random acts of kindness to strangers. The challenge pulls these two teens, who have a history together from back home, closer and closer as they explore a vibrant city filled with other people’s stories and secrets.

Kendall and Max can’t deny their growing bond, even though they both have other romantic entanglements and uncertain futures. As the clock counts down on New Year’s Eve, will they find themselves together at midnight?

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As 2018 draws to a close, what better read to end off with than Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle? This book is so touching as it tells the story of two people doing random acts of kindness at New Year’s. I enjoyed the main characters and their complexity, and the short chapters from the people they help add depth to the story. Fans of books like Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares will love this influential story. Continue reading

Review: Icing on the Lake by Catherine Clark

Review: Icing on the Lake by Catherine ClarkTitle: Icing on the Lake
Author: Catherine Clark
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: December 13, 2005

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

New Year's Resolutions
by Kirsten (with help from Crystal, Jones, and Emma)

1. Survive the month at my sister's house. Survive my 3-yr-old nephew and crazy sister.

2. Learn to ice skate better. Or not fall down. Or just get a cuter skating outfit.

3. Find hockey-playing, winter-loving hottie. and invite him to the weekend cabin trip (aka "groundhog getaway") with everyone.

Oh, sure. No problem.

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As a fan of anything skating related, I was excited when I first saw Icing on the Lake by Catherine Clark This book is short and sweet, and the main character is relatable. There is a love triangle in the story, but I still ultimately enjoyed it. Continue reading

Review: Snow Queen by Emma Harrison

Review: Snow Queen by Emma HarrisonTitle: Snow Queen
Author: Emma Harrison
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: November 24, 2009

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Chamberlain Ski Resort and Spa

Welcome to the 10th Annual Snow Queen competition!

I can't believe I got roped into this.

Snow Princesses must attend all pageant rehearsals, with appropriate outfits.

Well, no matter what it takes, I'm going to wipe that smirk off Layla Chamberlain's face.

Our rehearsal space can be booked to practice your talent.

Um, does "looking dumb in a dress" count as a talent?

See Grayson Chamberlain, the assistant director, with any questions.

If you insist! First question: How can someone so sweet (and hot!) be a Chamberlain?

Good luck! One of you will soon be our new Snow Queen!

Oh joy.

Unless Grayson comes with the tiara . . .

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When I first heard about Snow Queen by Emma Harrison, I knew I would enjoy it since I love anything about competitions and revenge. This book is so adorable as it recounts a winter beauty pageant, and the main character is quirky and caring. It is pretty clichéd, but that’s part of its charm. Continue reading

Review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam SilveraTitle: What If It's Us
Author: Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: October 9, 2018

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

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When I saw that Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, two of my favourite authors, had come together to create What If It’s Us, I was very excited. This book is at the same time profound and adorable, and the main characters are each likeable. I especially enjoyed seeing both the authors’ signature styles come through at times, and their work fits together nicely. I had extremely high hopes for this one, and it is safe to say that I was not disappointed. Continue reading