ARC Review: How It Ends by Catherine Lo

Book cover for This is How it Ends by Catherine Lo

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: How It Ends
Author: Catherine Lo
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Stars: 3/5

Summary (from Goodreads): There are two sides to every story.

It’s friends-at-first-sight for Jessie and Annie, proving the old adage that opposites attract. Shy, anxious Jessie would give anything to have Annie’s beauty and confidence. And Annie thinks Jessie has the perfect life, with her close-knit family and killer grades. They’re BFFs…until suddenly they’re not.

Told through alternating points of view, How It Ends is a wildly fast but deeply moving read about a friendship in crisis. Set against a tumultuous sophomore year of bullying, boys and backstabbing, the novel shows what can happen when friends choose assumptions and fear over each other. Continue reading

ARC Review: The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander

 

Book cover for The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander.

I won an ARC in a giveaway.

Title: The Art of Not Breathing
Author: Sarah Alexander
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Stars: 3/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Since her twin brother, Eddie, drowned five years ago, sixteen-year-old Elsie Main has tried to remember what really happened that fateful day on the beach. One minute Eddie was there, and the next he was gone. Seventeen-year-old Tay McKenzie is a cute and mysterious boy that Elsie meets in her favorite boathouse hangout. When Tay introduces Elsie to the world of freediving, she vows to find the answers she seeks at the bottom of the sea.  Continue reading

ARC Review: Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

 

Book cover for Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Suffer Love
Author: Ashley Herring Blake
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Hadley St. Clair’s life changed the day she came home to a front door covered in slips of paper, each of them revealing the ugly truth about her father. Now as her family falls apart in the wake of his year-long affair, Hadley wants everyone-her dad most of all-to leave her alone.

Then she meets Sam Bennett, a cute new boy who inexplicably “feels like home” to Hadley. Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret about his family that could ruin everything.

Funny and passionate, Suffer Love is a story about first love, family dysfunction, and the fickle hand of fate. Continue reading

ARC Review: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

Book cover for This Raging Light by Estelle Laure.

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: This Raging Light
Author: Estelle Laure
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 22, 2015
Stars: 3/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Can the best thing happen at the worst time?

Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.  Continue reading