Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer | Review

Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read an eARC of Call It What You Want. Receiving the eARC did in no way impact my thoughts or feelings of the book. All opinions in this review are my own.

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: June 25th, 2019 

Dates Read: March 15th, 2019

Trigger Warnings: mentions of suicide, grooming, violence, mentions of abortion, stealing

Pages: 384

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Genre: young adult, contemporary, romance 

Goodreads blurb:

When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.

Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship…

This captivating, heartfelt novel asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?

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Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno | Review

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Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: June 5th, 2018

Dates Read: February 15th – February 16th, 2019

Trigger Warnings: off page rape and sexual assault, underage drinking, anxiety depictions, drug use, animal death, mentions of dead parent

Pages: 272

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: young adult, magic realism, romance, LGBT+

Goodreads blurb:

A magic passed down through generations . . . 

Georgina Fernweh waits with growing impatience for the tingle of magic in her fingers—magic that has been passed down through every woman in her family. Her twin sister, Mary, already shows an ability to defy gravity. But with their eighteenth birthday looming at the end of this summer, Georgina fears her gift will never come.

An island where strange things happen . . . 

No one on the island of By-the-Sea would ever call the Fernwehs what they really are, but if you need the odd bit of help—say, a sleeping aid concocted by moonlight—they are the ones to ask.

No one questions the weather, as moody and erratic as a summer storm.

No one questions the (allegedly) three-hundred-year-old bird who comes to roost on the island every year.

A summer that will become legend . . . 

When tragedy strikes, what made the Fernweh women special suddenly casts them in suspicion. Over the course of her last summer on the island—a summer of storms, of love, of salt—Georgina will learn the truth about magic, in all its many forms.

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Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer | Review

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Release Date: August 2nd, 2008

Dates Read: January 31st – February 6th, 2019

Pages: 756

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Genre: young adult, romance, urban fantasy

Goodreads blurb:

To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hangs.

Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable, consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella’s life – first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse – seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed… forever?

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Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer | Review

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: August 7th, 2007

Dates Read: January 22nd – January 29th, 2019

Pages: 629

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Genre: young adult, romance, urban fantasy

Goodreads blurb:

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob – knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

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New Moon by Stephanie Meyer | Review

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Release Date: September 6th 2006 

Dates Read: January 14th – January 20th, 2019

Trigger Warnings: depression

Pages: 563

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Genre: young adult, urban fantasy, romance

Goodreads blurb:

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning…

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Twilight by Stephanie Meyer | Review

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: October 5th, 2005

Dates Read: January 3rd – January 8th, 2019

Pages: 498

Publisher: Little, Brown Company

Genre: young adult, urban fantasy, romance

Goodreads blurb:

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.

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The Bride Test by Helen Hoang | Review

Thank you so much to the publisher for approving me for an eARC of The Bride Test by Helen Hoang. All thoughts and opinions stated throughout the review are my own and are no way impacted by receiving a copy of the book.

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: May 7th, 2019

Dates Read: February 14th to February 15th, 2019

Pages: 320

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: romance, adult, contemporary

Goodreads blurb:

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

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