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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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer | Review

Thank you so much to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of A Curse so Dark and Lonely. This in no way impacted my thoughts or feelings of this book. 

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Release Date: January 29th, 2019

Dates Read: September 7th, 2018 – September 8th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: mentions of abuse, mentions of murder, mentions of torture, parent with cancer, graphic war scenes, serious injury, a comment that implies rape, kidnapping

Pages: 481

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

Genre: urban fantasy, romance, young adult

Goodreads blurb:

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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June Wrap Up 2018

June of 2018 may be my best reading month ever. I read eighteen books this month. I have read so many incredible books this month, with many coming in under a four or five-star rating – something I give out rarely. I am beyond shocked and, honestly, quite giddy over these ratings. I am so pleased to see a month where I enjoyed a large number of what I’ve read. June was also a month where I got super on top of all my posts, trying to post more bookish discussions and writing lots of reviews. A lot of these books don’t have reviews posted just yet, but they’re coming. I’m currently scheduling posts for August now (oops) so prepare to see them popping up and be patient.

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More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer | Review

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Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: March 6th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: homophobic comments (challenged), rape, abuse (graphic), racism, divorce, sexual harassment, harassment, kidnapping (?), PTSD, anxiety, violence

Pages: 416

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Genre: young adult, contemporary, romance

Goodreads blurb:

Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay…until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.  

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Letters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer | Review

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Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

Trigger Warnings: school shooting joke, grief, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, car accident, cheating, the death of a sibling, the death of a parent, alcoholism

Pages: 400

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Genre: contemporary, young adult, romance

Goodreads blurb:

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

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