Review + Giveaway || Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski

Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski
Publication Date: April 18th 2017 by Swoon Reads
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★
Amazon / Book Depository

Synopsis

Can friendship, Star Trek, drama club, and a whole lot of coffee get two nerdy best friends through the beginning of their senior year of high school?

Meg and Linus are best friends bound by a shared love of school, a coffee obsession, and being queer. It’s not always easy to be the nerdy lesbian or gay kid in a suburban town. But they have each other. And a few Star Trek boxed sets. They’re pretty happy.

But then Sophia, Meg’s longtime girlfriend, breaks up with Meg. Linus starts tutoring the totally dreamy new kid, Danny—and Meg thinks setting them up is the perfect project to distract herself from her own heartbreak. But Linus isn’t so sure Danny even likes guys, and maybe Sophia isn’t quite as out of the picture as Meg thought she was. . . .

From crowdsourced young adult imprint Swoon Reads comes Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski, a fun friendship story about two quirky teens who must learn to get out of their comfort zones and take risks—even if that means joining the drama club, making new friends, and learning how to stand on your own.

I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher as part of the Blog Tour. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

This book is really cute! I definitely enjoyed reading it! I haven’t read a book in which both main characters are queer and I loved every second of it.

Meg and Linus have been friends forever and they share a lot of common things. Their friendship was the main theme of the book and I had a great time seeing it grow and develop further. They both deeply care about each other and it was quite the spectacle to see how this was actually one of the reasons of their small “falling apart”. It’s very much relatable and realistic because as I’m reading the book, I could recall similar events that happened to me and my friends. So yes, this book is like my kindred spirit.

Meg is more relatable for me as compared to Linus, because we’re similar about many things. For one, I do act as a matchmaker between my friends and their crushes, especially if both of them are my friends. Haha! It’s a great feeling to help out, especially if they end up being together. Although, both Meg and Linus are fabulous characters.

“I will just never understand how some people honestly believe that making another person feel severely uncomfortable is the best way to win them over.”

The development between Linus and Danny’s relationship was a treat to read. I really enjoyed them both and I swooned so hard! Their scenes made me smile ear to ear! <3

Another thing I enjoyed about the story was the casual drop of pop culture references. Meg and Linus have this thing of having Star Trek marathons. Even Star Wars and Firefly were mentioned, also the Delorean, which was really cool because I’m a fan of all of these!

The only thing I had an issue with was the pacing. The book was a little slow at first, but then it picks up as you go further into the story. So, albeit that, I was able to read the book in one go. I also enjoyed how Meg and Linus were able to gain more friends throughout the book. Another thing was the depiction of family relationships in the book, it was really great and I love how open the characters were to their parents, and their parents being supportive to them.

Overall, this book was really a great and enjoyable one. It’s such an amazing debut! The LGBTQ+ rep was amazing, friendships and family relationships were perfect! I’m glad both Meg and Linus got a happy ending!

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Review + Giveaway || Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen

Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen
Publication Date: March 13th 2017 by Entangled Teen
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★
Amazon

Synopsis

Kate ships tons of fictional couples, but IRL her OTP is her and Mick, the hot quarterback she’s crushed on since, like, forever. With only one semester left of senior year, it’s now or never if she wants to land him in time for prom. Since she’s flirtationally challenged, she enlists Cooper Callihan, the guy who turned popular seemingly overnight but who used to be a good friend.

Cooper lives and breathes rowing, but his partner just broke his wrist. When he remembers Kate’s good with a set of oars, he strikes a deal: help him train, and he’ll make sure her crush notices her. Only he didn’t know how addicting spending time with her would be. Or how the more successful the Operation is, the more jealousy he experiences.

The mission has been set. The troops have their marching orders. But what if the target is the wrong guy all along?

I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

This book was super cute! Friends to lovers is my favorite trope, so it wasn’t hard for me to love the story. I rooted for Kate and Cooper since the start because their chemistry is so cute and undeniable!

This is my first read from Cindi Madsen so I didn’t know what to fully expect and I’m really glad to say that I definitely enjoyed the story. Kate and Cooper’s characters are easy to relate to, especially with Kate and her fangirl talk. I felt like we had so much in common, which was one of the reasons why it felt easier to read the story.

I also enjoyed the characters’ journey from friends to lovers. It was fun to see the whole thing unfold. I adored Cooper so much, since the beginning. Also there’s the fact that Cooper is a big space nerd, which I loved BECAUSE SAME, MAN. SAME!

Overall, I love the whole dynamics of the story. From friendships, family, and the romance, everything felt perfectly balanced. I just wished there was more distinguished voice difference between Kate and Cooper because it was a little confusing to read from two POVs, and this hasn’t happened to me before. Anyway, this book is overall great and definitely swoonworthy!

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Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David

Keeping The Distance by Clarisse David
Publication Date: February 6th 2017
Source:  ARC from Author
Rating: ★★★★
Amazon

Synopsis

No bets. No fake relationships. Just a very real one that has to be kept under wraps.

Seventeen-year-old Melissa wants to dye her hair cotton candy pink and focus on her ukulele instead of Physics. But she can’t. As the daughter of a Catholic school principal, living up to her model student image 24/7 is a must. Something’s about to give under all the pressure. She only hopes it isn’t her.

Getting involved with a troublemaking basketball player is the last possible thing she needs…

Lance is used to getting what he wants. With a pretty face he uses to full advantage and his role as co-captain of the basketball team, the easy way is the only way he’s ever known. Until the day he notices the prim Melissa he’s known forever is actually hot and decides to ask her out. He has no idea he’s about to learn the lesson of a lifetime.

Not getting what he wants might exactly be what he needs…

I received an ARC of this book from the Author. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

Hate to love trope isn’t exactly my favorite but I did enjoy this book so much. Clarisse David writes these types of stories so damn good. It really took me a long time before I was able to form coherent thoughts about the book, I have to admit that I’m still struggling, but screw it. This review might be short but I need to share these thoughts with you, and hopefully force you to pick this book up!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed the banter between Lance and Melissa. It actually reminded me of two of my friends back in high school, and guess what? They ended up as a couple, they still are until today.  I also love the development of both characters, and their dynamics.

The story was a little predictable but I love the anticipation I felt while silently longing for that happy ending. The pacing was also a little slow at times, but overall this was a cute, swoonworthy read! I highly recommend this book!

Blog Tour || The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Publication Date: February 28th 2017 by Balzer + Bray
Source: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: ★★★★★
Amazon / Book Depository

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

This book is revolutionary. I’m honestly left without words. I don’t even need to pitch this book because I’m pretty sure it’s either you’ve already read it or it’s on top of your TBR pile. If you haven’t heard of this book, well, where were you in the past several months?

I feel like this review is going to be really short because I’m still speechless about this book. This is just going to be me, pushing the book to you.This book is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and damn right it’s a great tale.

This book is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and damn right it’s a great tale. I really enjoyed the story and the characters and their dynamics. Starr was relatable and a badass heroine. I love her relationship with her family. Her brothers are funny, and her parents are basically her OTP! She’s also close to her Uncle Carlos. The book practically contained 40% family relationships.

“It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black.”

It also explored interracial relationships and I really appreciated it. The Hate U Give opened my eyes and mind further when it comes to racial issues and the whole Black Lives Matter movement. I felt more educated about it and this is why this book is really important. Besides racism, it also tackled police violence and the criminal justice system.

This book has been making noise and has never left the spotlight since last year and it definitely deserved all the early praises and hype. Angie Thomas’s writing is thoughtful and genuine. She perfectly incorporated relevant social issues in a contemporary novel, which is something I’m definitely looking forward to reading more in the future. Honestly, if you haven’t read this book yet, please do!