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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No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista (ARC Review + Giveaway)

no holding backNo Holding Back by Kate Evangelista
Publication Date: October 18th 2016
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis

A romantic European vacation is the perfect excuse to let go in this highly anticipated sequel to No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista.

Everyone knows that Nathan is in love with his best friend, Preston…Everyone except Preston. Nathan has always accepted that Preston was too focused on his swim training to worry about love. But Preston is heading off to train for the Olympics soon, so if Nathan wants his chance at love, he has to speak up now. But saying “I love you” is surprisingly difficult, even for someone as confident as Nathan. Maybe a whirlwind vacation in Europe could help? But… what if it doesn’t work out and he loses the best friend he’s ever had?

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 was one of my most anticipated reads because I truly loved Nathan and Preston since No Love Allowed and I’m so glad that I wasn’t disappointed! It turned out to be a pretty quick read for me and I truly was left wanting more, but at the same time I was satisfied with it.

Nathan and Preston were truly adorable. They do have opposite personalities and I love how their polarities complement each other. I also love that most of the book’s setting was in Europe like this was truly GOALS AF! What wouldn’t you give just to spend a great time with your best friend-turned-lover in Europe? Seriously!

“You don’t need to sacrifice love just because you have a dream.”

Speaking of, one of the best things about this book was that best friends to lovers trope. I’m a sucker for that type of romance and I will never ever get tired of it. This one really did the job great.

The pacing of the book was mostly good, though it lagged a little in the middle but I didn’t really mind it that much. It was also predictable but hey, at least I got a satisfying ending.

“In everything, the one constant was Nathan.”

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Kate Evangelista’s romantic story skills leaves you wanting more. Speaking of romantic, there’s a hot shower scene in this book so go read!!!

P.S. I’m not sure if it really was me on the Acknowledgement Page. I’ve yet to confirm with Kate, but if in case it was me, WELL, I’M DAMN LUCKY AND GRATEFUL BECAUSE IT’S MY FIRST TIME TO SEE MY NAME ON THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS HUHU!

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No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista (ARC)

no love allowedTitle: No Love Allowed
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publication Date: April 19th 2016 by Swoon Reads
Source: Borrowed ARC from Pinoy Book Tours
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis

It’s all fun and parties until someone falls in love in this modern fairy tale from author Kate Evangelista.

Caleb desperately needs a new fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties for his father’s law firm with a pretty girl on his arm, or he gets shipped off to Yale to start a future he’s not ready for and isn’t sure he wants. And sadly the last unattached girl in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him. Fortunately, Didi, the waitress at the Country Club who just lost her job, is open to new experiences (also, art supplies are expensive!). It’s the perfect setup for them both. Caleb has only one rule for the arrangement: Didi must not fall in love with him.

The summer nights tick by in a whirl of lavish parties, and Didi is enjoying her foray into high society. But Caleb soon starts to worry that this time he’s the one in danger of falling in love…

I received an ARC of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

I first read this novel as a manuscript on Swoon Reads and I did enjoy it. Reading it again as an ARC made me remember all the great feelings I had for this book. For one, this book ultimately got me swooning over Caleb!

The story revolves around Didi and Caleb, the latter privileged and the former seems to be on the other side of the social hierarchy. With that said, it’s somehow expected to have conflicts within friends and family of both characters but what I really liked about this book was it sort of debunked that stereotype. Caleb’s friends actually became friends with Didi as well. Only Caleb’s father was the one who disapproved of their friendship.

“Love destroys people to the point where they don’t even care who else they hurt in the process.”

Both main characters are strong, especially Didi. She also is bipolar and a very talented painter. Caleb and Didi really had an amazing chemistry and their characters were written very well.

I also adored Nathan, Preston and Natasha and I’m really excited to read the sequel which will feature Nathan and Preston!!

Overall, the book was really enjoyable! It’s a very light, fun and a bit emotional read!

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ARC Review + Giveaway: Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall

SignsPointCoverTitle: Signs Point To Yes
Author: Sandy Hall
Publication Date: October 20th 2015
Rating: ★★★
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Synopsis

The author of A Little Something Different brings you the most adorkable romance ever.

Jane, a superstitious fangirl, takes an anonymous babysitting job to avoid an unpaid internship with her college-obsessed mom. The only problem? She’s babysitting the siblings of her childhood friend and new crush, Teo.

Teo doesn’t dislike Jane, but his best friend Ravi hates her, and is determined to keep them apart. So Teo’s pretty sure his plans for a peaceful summer are shot. His only hope is that his intermittent search for his birth father will finally pan out and he’ll find a new, less awkward home. Meanwhile, at Jane’s house, her sister Margo wants to come out as bisexual, but she’s terrified of how her parents will react.

In a summer filled with secrets and questions, even Jane’s Magic 8 ball can’t give them clear answers, but Signs Point to Yes.

This was the first Sandy Hall novel I’ve ever read and now I have finally understood the hype with her books. This book was really adorable!

This book is about Jane, who’s really superstitious, who took up a babysitting job which turned out to be Teo’s sisters. She has nothing to do with Teo, except she developed a new crush on him and they’re pretty acquainted with each other,  but Teo is best friends with Ravi, Jane’s nemesis.

The pacing of the story was steady and the narration was really good. The characters were adorable but I have to admit that some characters felt really flat. I think my favorite character was Margo.

The plot sort of went crazy towards the end of the book, with the mystery of Teo’s father being tackled in the book. I guess it started pretty good then went south. I appreciated the fluff and the humor though. Even though I had some issues with it, I still enjoyed reading this book!

About Sandy Hall

sandy hallI’m a teen librarian from New Jersey where I was born and raised. I have a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When I’m not writing, or teen librarian-ing, I enjoy reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT is my first novel.

Author Links: Website // Goodreads // Twitter

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