Waiting on Wednesday: A Million Junes

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

 

A Million Junes by Emily Henry

A Million Junes

 

 

From Goodreads:

Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude in Emily Henry’s brilliant follow-up to The Love That Split the World, about the daughter and son of two long-feuding families who fall in love while trying to uncover the truth about the strange magic and harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations.

In their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, the O’Donnells and the Angerts have mythic legacies. But for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them, except to say it began with a cherry tree.

Eighteen-year-old Jack “June” O’Donnell doesn’t need a better reason than that. She’s an O’Donnell to her core, just like her late father was, and O’Donnells stay away from Angerts. Period.

But when Saul Angert, the son of June’s father’s mortal enemy, returns to town after three mysterious years away, June can’t seem to avoid him. Soon the unthinkable happens: She finds she doesn’t exactly hate the gruff, sarcastic boy she was born to loathe.

Saul’s arrival sparks a chain reaction, and as the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers conspire to reveal the truth about the dark moment that started the feud, June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored. And she must decide whether it’s finally time for her—and all of the O’Donnells before her—to let go.

This sounds really good! Is it already on your TBR?

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ARC Review: Alex, Approximately

Alex, Approximately

 

SWOON! All of the swoony feelings! This felt like a modern retelling of You’ve Got Mail. Perhaps it was supposed to be but since I adored that movie, I could not wait to get my hands on this story. I was not disappointed. I loved every page of this delightful story.

Seventeen year old Bailey is a classic movie buff and regularly chats online with a boy she knows as Alex. They both have a deep love and appreciation for classic film. Bailey’s home life situation in New Jersey changes and she is forced to move in with her dad who lives in California. Her online crush, Alex, lives in California (in the same city as her dad, no less!) but she is too scared to tell him she is moving. She fears their online chemistry will not translate into real life chemistry. After moving, she starts working at a movie museum and catches the eyes of the very outgoing Porter Roth, who is a quiz-loving, weather-obsessed, surfer who works as security guard and also nerds out about movies. It starts as a casual friendship but it quickly becomes more. Bailey soon feels wrong for liking Porter so much while she still has feelings for Alex. She realizes it is time to come clean and tell Alex the truth. Little does Bailey know that Porter is Alex…

I shipped this book so hard I may have hurt myself. You name the swoony feelings and I had them. This book is the reason I love YA Contemporary. I only wish there were more like it. The reader is told from the beginning that Porter is online Alex, so there is no mystery there, yet to see how they interact every day it left me screaming, “HOW can you not tell that is Alex?!” Then again, it probably would not have been such an amazing read if Bailey had figured things out at the beginning, right? That being said, the characters were so dynamic throughout the entire read. I felt they were so well developed and they grew as the story went on. The author did not leave them clueless or not allow to mature as new clues appeared and events took place. I will admit, Porter was my favorite character. For lack of a better word, he was perfectly written in his role. I swooned for him hard. Reading Porter and Bailey talk about shared experiences brought a huge smile to my face. I really enjoyed how Bennett made this story feel real. I believed the thoughts and emotions these characters had and felt I was on the journey with them. Everything about this story felt believable.

Let us not forget the supporting characters in this story. Every one of them played a part and this story would not be what it is without them. Grace is front and center in my mind when I say that. I liked her “take no crap” attitude. The poor girl has been through her fair share of bad things but knows good people when she meets them. I liked how Bailey’s dad was very present in her life, even though their family went through some serious trauma years before. He wants to be involved in his daughter’s life and will do whatever he can to make that happen. He also felt like a real person. Even when he admitted to dating someone new. Good for you! It proved that even though parents get divorced, they are still real people.

I did not want this story to end. It was such a fun read that I wanted their story to continue. Bennett had a way of weaving a contemp story that pulled me in and I never wanted to leave. I don’t jump on the OTP bandwagon often (or at all) but I must admit, Porter and Bailey are on my OTP list. Probably at the top of that list. I wanted to stay in sunny California and bask in the sweetness that was their story. I don’t re-read a lot of stories but I know this is one I would happily pick up again. I couldn’t stop myself from giving this swoony read 5 stars because I believe this is what a contemporary story is supposed to be.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Flame in the Mist

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

 

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

 

 

From Goodreads:

“The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

I cannot wait to read Renee’s newest novel!! Is it already on your TBR?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Alex, Approximately

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

 

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Alex, Approximately

 

 

From Goodreads:

“In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “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 arch-nemesis. But life is 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.”

I cannot wait to read this contemp! Is it already on your TBR?

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