With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo is a touching story about following your passion and cooking. The main character is mature, and the subject of teen motherhood is handled in a way that is sensible, while it is not really in the spotlight of the story. Ultimately, I found this book original and very readable. Continue reading
Author: Jennifer Castle
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
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?
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
Christmas book reviews seem to be a theme this season on The Candid Cover! Some of them have been a lot of fun and interesting to read. It has definitely been a nice change of pace leading up to the holiday season. This post contains some short and sweet Christmas book reviews for The Best Girl, The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman, and Sock it to Me Santa. Continue reading
Author: Catherine Clark
Publication Date: December 13, 2005
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.
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
Author: Emma Harrison
Publication Date: November 24, 2009
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!
Unless Grayson comes with the tiara . . .
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