ARC Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend

Title: The Fill-In Boyfriend
Author: Kasie West
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: May 5th 2015
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I would also like to thank Paulien for buddy reading this book with me. :)

While Reading: "Gah, this book makes me giddy. It's cute and it has enough snark to make me laugh once in a while. Kasie West has done it again, folks!"

  When Gia's boyfriend Bradley dumps her in the parking lot on prom night, Gia is devastated. Her friends were already doubting if this college guy Bradley was even real, and her showing up date-less on prom would only solidify their doubts. So when Gia looks around the parking lot and sees a guy inside the car, she asks for a favor for him to pretend to be Bradley. Fill-in Bradley did such an amazing job, and Gia just couldn't help but think of him and want to know him more.

  The Fill-In Boyfriend was one of my most anticipated 2015 releases since I loved reading all of Kasie West's contemporary romance novels, and this one sure didn't disappoint. I just love West's style of writing, and I once more got a taste of it in The Fill-In Boyfriend.

  This book made me giddy, laugh and feel all the feels. This was a fantastic light read; a break from all the books with heavy issues that are popular lately. But despite this being a light read, it was still very meaningful and I still took a lot from it. I really connected with the story even though I've never had a similar experience.

  What I loved about this book was how it showed a very fun, almost unrealistic family, and an imperfect family. In most books it's just one, and usually it's the 'bad family' which is shown. It's nice to see 'good families' in books for a change, and it's even nicer to see how every family can be different!

  I really loved Hayden and Bec in the story. I loved how understanding and compassionate Hayden was, how quirky and real Bec was. I love how they are as siblings. It makes me wish to have them as friends, and it also made me wish that I could have the same relationship with my siblings.

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  This was a really great read. I'm so glad that I was not disappointed because I've read mixed reviews. I admit that this book is not for everyone, but it definitely was for me. :)

ARC Review: Because You'll Never Meet Me

Title: Because You'll Never Meet Me
Author: Leah Thomas
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2015
My Rating: 2.5 Stars

  In a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.

  Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.

  A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.

I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Ollie and Moritz start writing letters to each other as recommended by Ollie's doctor to come to terms with what has happened to me. As the letters increase, so does their friendship. But these two boys can never meet. Aside from the fact that Ollie lives in America and Mo lives in Germany, Ollie is 'allergic' to electricity, while Mo has a pacemaker. Meeting will kill one of them.

When I first read the synopsis for this one, I was really interested. I mean, I have never heard of anything close to this before, and I definitely wanted to read it. Imagine my delight when I got approved for an advance copy! However, I was seriously disappointed by this book.

The first half of the book was so horrible that I really had to force myself to read on. I was really bored because it was all narration. Had it not been for the "twist" mentioned in other people's reviews, I wouldn't have found the strength to read on. It didn't help that the version that I got on my Kindle got words without spaces, justlikethisone, and didn't have apostrophes. Ollie's letters didn't contain quotation marks to indicate conversations, and I was really just confuse. It was an effort on my part to understand the book and to keep reading.

However, I am glad that I continued to read on because by the latter half of the book, it became better. Maybe it became more interesting for me, or maybe I just got used to the tone of the whole book and how the letters were written. I actually started enjoying it towards the the 30% of the book.

I really liked how even though this book has ample amount of romance in it, it centered on the friendship between Ollie and Mo, and how they were very encouraging to each other, despite being blunt. Especially because they were being blunt. Even though they'll never meet, their friendship is real and true. Props to the author too, for having a really original and imaginative plot.

On the other hand, I was just confused regarding the kids. What are they, mutants? Aliens? Are those "superpowers" they have, what with Ollie's electromagnetism and Mo's echolocation? In another note not related to this, I felt like Liz was just a plain bitch. I have no idea why, but she just gives that vibe off to me.

There were a lot of things that I disliked about the book, but there were also things that I liked. Although I didn't really enjoy this book like I thought I would have, I know that many people enjoyed this, and it's worth giving this book a shot.


ARC Review: From Distant Star

Title: From a Distant Star
Author: Karen McQuestion
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Publication Date: May 19th 2015
My Rating: 3 Stars

  Seventeen-year-old Emma was the only one who hadn’t given up on her boyfriend, Lucas. Everyone else—his family, his friends, his doctors—was convinced that any moment could be his last. So when Lucas miraculously returns from the brink of death, Emma thinks her prayers have been answered.

  As the surprised town rejoices, Emma begins to question whether Lucas is the same boy she’s always known. When she finds an unidentifiable object on his family’s farm—and government agents come to claim it—she begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems. Emma’s out-of-this-world discovery may be the key to setting things right, but only if she and Lucas can evade the agents who are after what they have. With all her hopes and dreams on the line, Emma sets out to save the boy she loves. And with a little help from a distant star, she might just have a chance at making those dreams come true.

I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Everybody thinks that Lucas will die soon, except for Emma, his girlfriend. Out of desperation, Emma seeks the help of Mrs. Kokesh to provide her a potion to bring Lucas back from the dead. After doing what she was told to do, Lucas miraculously woke up and started to feel better, only now he's not like himself. Later on, the find out that an alien is inhabiting Lucas' body and Emma has to help him get back home so that she can get back the real Lucas.

This was a 'meh' book. I don't have any bad things to say about it, but I don't have much good things to say about it either. It's not so boring that I lost interest that I put the book down, but it wasn't so exciting to motivate me to read on either. It was not horrible, but it was not great either. There were parts where I just skimmed the book, but it wasn't that bad.

I guess the pacing and the plot alright, and I also liked the friendship that formed between Emma and the alien. I just wished that there were more parts that showed Lucas since the whole thing was about getting him back. The book was centered on him, but he was barely there. Honestly, this was really weird alien book, but props to the author for the very unique plot.

I racked my brain for more things to say about this book, but I can come up with nothing to sway me to one side. I guess I just have no strong opinions about this book. Thus, I am giving this book 3 stars to stay in the middle.

Cover Reveal: Until We Meet Again

Today, I am excited to present to you the cover of a much anticipated release for me, Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins! Without further ado, here's the pretty cover!

They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time.

Cassandra is a headstrong teenager craving drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and new stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger named Lawrence shows up on their private beach claiming it’s his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.

As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence’s life—in jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history—or risk losing Lawrence forever. 

  Come on, a love story that takes place in two different centuries? Who wouldn't want to read that?! Until We Meet Again is set to release on November 3, 2015. Until then, add this book on Goodreads and try your luck in winning an ARC copy of this book by following the instructions below! Good luck! :)


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ARC Review: Nowhere But Here

Title: Nowhere But Here
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Thunder Road #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: May 26th 2015
My Rating: 5 Stars

  An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

  Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

  Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

  No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  Oh my gosh, this was so, so good! I stayed up all night last night and I wasn't able to let myself sleep before finishing the whole book. This book reminds me again why I love Katie McGarry's works so much; why she is one of my favorite authors. Nowhere But Here is completely unique from her Pushing the Limits series, but it screams with just as much amazing-ness as that one.

  Emily visits her biological dad and mom's hometown in Kentucky one day for the passing of her biological grandmother, but what happens is totally unexpected. She becomes under house arrest because of the danger that the other motorcycle gang poses, and she is surrounded by men from the Reign of Terror. On top of that, she has to spend her summer with her biological family because of this danger. But as she gets to know her family, secrets get unraveled, and things get messy. On top of that, she begins falling for Oz, her bodyguard/escort.

  Nowhere But Here made me feel empathic towards the characters, even though there weren't really specific things that I could relate to. I think the most special thing about this book is how it makes the reader love all the characters, even the minor ones. Sure, some are rough and rude, but you get them. My favorite character is definitely Olivia, with her snarky and carefree attitude, but I love the other characters as well.

  The romance and story progressed well and the writing was, as always, amazing. The plot took me off guard. I love a book with a mystery, and this one definitely had me satisfied! It was really evident how well thought of the plot was, and for that I commend the author.

  I loved, loved, loved this book and I cannot wait for the next one! If you were ever a fan of any of Katie McGarry's other books or want a contemporary romance read with a hint of mystery, or if you just want a great book to read, I suggest you to give this one a chance. You won't be disappointed.

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