ARC Review + Giveaway || How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
Publication Date: May 2nd 2017 by HMH BFYR
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis

All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

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.

Okay, first of all, I’m glad that I seem to be in a diverse reads marathon because the past several books that I recently read features an LGBTQ+ main character. Another thing is that I was really looking forward to reading this one, not only because I loved Ashley’s Suffer Love, but also, the main character is bisexual which I can identify with.

For some reason, I liked that the story started with a conflict. Grace was forced to live with his ex-boyfriend, Jay, because her mom was currently dating Jay’s dad. Isn’t there anything more awkward? To add, Grace’s mother was also unstable, so she basically learned to be more independent than she should be. To top that, her mother develops a bond with Eva, the girl she likes, and Grace felt a little betrayed by that.

I think I fell in love with Grace and Eva too early, because I always anticipate for their scenes together. They’re just so lovely and their chemistry was strong. I quite enjoyed the fact that they hit it off quickly, and how the whole thing unfolded was enjoyable to read. Grace was also able to explore her feelings and sexuality throughout the book and it was delightful to read because Ashley nailed it with her writing.

“Here’s the thing about wishers: they’re always changing you. They’re either dying out or they’re realized, and then they’re not wishes anymore.”

Another thing I loved about the book was Luca and his personality! I love how supportive he was of Grace and that he always has her back, and vice versa. Also, Luca’s relationship with his mom was tight, and free. I enjoyed their occasional banter, and of course, sweet scenes together.

I guess the only issue I had with the book was how little the situation about Grace’s mom, Maggie, was resolved. I think there could have been a better resolution for her situation. Also, it may be a little odd, but I would have loved to have seen more of Jay, his dad, and the overall home situation. Though I guess, I would understand why Grace would prefer to be not at home at all. However, I enjoyed the little interactions Grace had with Jay, especially towards the end of the book.

Overall, this book didn’t disappoint. Blake’s writing flows freely in this character-driven book. She nailed writing different kinds of relationships and all of those were shown in this book. I totally recommend this one especially if you’re looking for a sweet, yet poignant f/f YA.

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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: ★★★★
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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: ★★★★
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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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