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Coming up for Air by Miranda Kenneally

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Publisher: Sourcebooks – Sourcebooks Fire
Type: Companion Series (Hundred Oaks)
Where to Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository IndieBound
Publication Date: July 4, 2017

Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.

All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic tryout, so Maggie feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to sacrifice in the water to win at love? [ ]

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I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley.

Coming Up for Air follows Maggie as she deals with graduating, relationships, rivalries, and qualifying for the national swim team.  Overall, Kenneally wrote another deliciously realistic book book that tackles being a teen in a refreshingly upfront way.  From Maggie’s fear of driving to finding a budding friends with benefits type relationship with her best friend, Levi, Coming Up for Air never rips the reader from the Hundred Oaks world we’ve come to know and love.

All the characters are well-rounded, and I loved Maggie.  She was easy to relate to and you’re rooting for her 100%.  Even though she’s an amazing swimmer, she works hard for it, and I really appreciated that.  I also really loved that Kenneally didn’t make it a big rivals becomes best friends again situation because that doesn’t always happen.

I recommend this for teens that are a little older since Kenneally does tackle sex and sexual issues in a frank and no-nonsense manner.  She always does it so well, making sure it’s understood that no-one, especially girls, should feel bad about thinking or talking about sex.  It’s natural and her handling of the topic always leaves me satisfied.

The romance was one of the best best friends to lovers I’ve read.  It’s in my favorite tropes for romance novels, and Maggie and Levi’s friendship felt real.  They cared about each other, and that made the novel work so well.  This is probably my favorite Hundred Oaks book, and it’s so sad to know the series has ended with it.

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The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Publisher: Hachette – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Type: Standalone
Where to Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound
Publication Date: August 8, 2017

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give? [ x ]


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Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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Publisher: HarperCollins – Harlequin Teen
Type: Standalone
Where to Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound
Publication Date: July 25, 2017


A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear. x ]

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Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster – Simon & Schuster BFYR
Type: Standalone
Where to Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound
Publication Date: June 6, 2017


After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do? x ]

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Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

Author’s Website | Goodreads
Publisher: Simon & Schuster – Simon & Schuster BFYR
Type: Standalone
Where to Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound
Publication Date: June 6, 2017


After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do? [ x ]

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I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Author’s Website | Goodreads
Publisher:
 Macmillan – Farrar, Straus and Giroux BFYR
Type:
 Standalone
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Publication Date:
 May 30, 2017


Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She’s for sure going to Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama. x ]

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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Publisher:
Simon & Schuster – Simon Pulse
Type: Standalone
Where to Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound
Publication Date: May 30, 2017

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.n a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them. [ x ]

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