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Review: Chasing Lucky

Title: Chasing Lucky

Author: Jenn Bennett

Date of Publication: May 5th, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

Josie Saint-Martin is well-versed in the art of concealment. Bullied as a child, she’s spent most of her life with her single mother, moving from city to city, covering up what she doesn’t want others to see, comfortable behind the lens of her favorite vintage camera . . .until Josie’s grandmother dies and they return to her mother’s historical New England hometown to run the family bookstore. There, Josie pulls off the ultimate camouflage: dating Adrian, the Harvard-bound son of the most influential man in town.

But her smokescreen is blown when Adrian breaks up with her during his high school graduation party, and Josie’s poorly executed act of revenge lands her big-time trouble—jail alongside the last person she’d want to share a mugshot with: the mysterious and brooding son of the boat mechanic next door, Lucky Karras.

Forced to spend the summer together in mandatory community service, Josie and Lucky become the talk of their coastal town—shamed, trolled, and publicly disgraced. The weird thing is, Josie starts to not mind, because the pair have more in common than she once thought. A lotmore. But during a summer of secrets, in a town built on gossip, everything rises to the surface. Can Josie and Lucky swim past these obstacles, or will they both go down together?

My Review:

I’m never let down when I read a Jenn Bennett contemporary so my expectations were pretty high when I started Chasing Lucky! And luckily, it was just as awesome as all her other contemporaries!

I really liked Josie and being in her head. She had an interesting back story with her secretive mom. Also, as a side note, I’d like a book on Josie’s mom! Anyway, Josie was a photographer and I connected to her right away!

Lucky was the most adorable little thing ever. He has baggage and I wanted to give him a hug. I really liked his connection with Josie and when they were on the pages together, they lit them up!

Bennett writes the best dialogue and banter and I just want her to write contemporaries forever!

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What’s your favorite contemporary book?

Review: The Lady Rogue

Title: The Lady Rogue

Author: Jenn Bennett

Date of Publication: September 3rd, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Some legends never die…

Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.

Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.

Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it.

My Review:

Jenn Bennett is one of my favorite authors ever, so when I saw she was doing a YA fantasy I was so excited! I love seeing authors write different genres even though her YA contemporaries are a-amazing!

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Theo was awesome! She was strong, emotional, challenging, and admitted when she was right or wrong. Huck was the perfect sidekick—swoony, sweet, protective, funny. Their bickering was the best!

The world building was great and we get to explore such places as Turkey and Romania. And there is quite the chase that Theo and Huck have to take part in to escape people after them. I will say that one of my favorite action scenes was the airplane one!

And the magic! There was just so much awesomeness tangled up in this book, whether you are looking for contemporary, adventure, fantasy, romance—it’s all there! I really loved this one and can’t wait to see what happens next with Theo in book 2!

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Favorite Books of 2018

Ten of my favorite YA books! 

Favorite Horror (Since horror is awesome, it gets its own category)

Favorite NA/Adult

 

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What’s your favorite book of the year?

April Reads 2018

I’m going to be behind on reading this month because I’m going to be doing a lot of writing, so I don’t have anything for sure planned at the moment!

 

Our book, Bacon Pie, releases April 13th! Pre-order now! Amazon

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Book Releases This Month!

 

What are you reading this month?

Review: Alex, Approximately

Title: Alex, Approximately

Author: Jenn Bennett

Date of Publication: April 4th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

My Review:

This is the third Jenn Bennett book I have read, and it was super cute. However, I do like The Anatomical Shape of A Heart and Starry Eyes much more. Also, I seriously hate this cover! It could have been a hundred times better—but not a big deal.

I actually liked both of the character here and found them both adorable, but again, not as much as in Jenn’s other books. There was also some weird drama, like with the drug addict friend. Also, sometimes I wanted to shake Bailey and just yell, “Open up to him!”

I’m also not sure why Bailey didn’t tell Alex that she was moving to the West Coast. I get it she’s an “evader”, but still! The romance between Porter and Bailey was spot on—fighting to lovers is the best kind!

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Bennett always gives her characters distinct and awesome personalities that show great characterization. This was a fun read, and I was addicted to every page. I seriously can’t wait to read her next book!

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Review: Starry Eyes

Title: Starry Eyes

Author: Jenn Bennett

Date of Publication: April 3rd, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

My Review:

I absolutely loved The Anatomical Shape of A Heart by Jenn Bennett, so when I saw this I was like oooooh I have to read it. I generally am let down by most YA contemporary with an exception of a few authors. This one was really good! Camping in the wilderness? Come on, that’s awesome!

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So at first to be honest, I was pretty annoyed with the MC in the first couple of chapters. She eventually got on my good side as I delved deeper into the book. I also really liked her name—Zorie. Now, Lennon I loved from the first moment he appeared on the pages—funny and adorable!

There was just so much cuteness it’s insane! The writing was funny, beautiful, and addicting. I need to go ahead and read her other book Alex, Approximately because I still haven’t read that one! I know it’s early in the year but so far this is my favorite contemporary this year.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads

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The Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.
This week is Top Ten Beach Reads:  Here are mine

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Give me a chair, some sand, the sound of the ocean, and these amazing words from these books, and I will be good.

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What is your ultimate beach read?