Review: Lucky Caller (Emma Mills)

Lucky Caller
Author: Emma Mills
Publication Date: January 14, 2019
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

With the warmth, wit, intimate friendships, and heart-melting romance she brings to all her books, Emma Mills crafts a story about believing in yourself, owning your mistakes, and trusting in human connection in Lucky Caller.

When Nina decides to take a radio broadcasting class her senior year, she expects it to be a walk in the park. Instead, it’s a complete disaster.

The members of Nina’s haphazardly formed radio team have approximately nothing in common. And to maximize the awkwardness her group includes Jamie, a childhood friend she’d hoped to basically avoid for the rest of her life.

The show is a mess, internet rumors threaten to bring the wrath of two fandoms down on their heads, and to top it all off Nina’s family is on the brink of some major upheaval.

Everything feels like it’s spiraling out of control―but maybe control is overrated?


Lucky Caller is one of those books that I just want to scream, “I loved it! I loved it! I loved it!” and be done with the review. The whole thing was just so darn good and I loved everything about it. I mean, you don’t really need to know anything else right? Don’t worry. I won’t do that to you. Instead, I’m going to give you a list of what makes Lucky Caller so freaking fabulous.

What I loved:

  • Once again, Emma Mills’s writing excelled. She made me fall in love with everything about this book.
  • I loved Nina. I could find pieces of my teenage self in her.
  • Nina’s relationship with her family was perfect. It wasn’t all fun times and feel good moments, but it felt like a true family navigating the changes that come with divorce, remarriage, and sisterhood.
  • If you’ve read an Emma Mills’s novel, you know she excels at writing friendship groups. I’m happy to say she didn’t leave us hanging in this aspect. This time, instead of giving us an already established group of friends, she gave us one that developed over the course of the book. It was cool to see the get to know each other and forge friendships.
  • Jamie was someone from Nina’s past and I loved how he worked into her present. I loved how their friendship proved that even when you have a falling out, you can come back together with a little truth and humility.
  • I loved the glimpses of Nina’s dad’s radio persona.
  • Plus, Jamie made for a sweet love story. A really, really, really, really slow burn love story. The slowness may frustrate some, but I loved it. I felt right for the story AND it made the focus more on Nina and her relationships with the entire cast of characters.
  • The radio show was a great idea! I’ve only read a couple of books with a similar setting and they add such a unique way to tell a story. I loved how it tied into the friendships and family relationships. It was so much fun to read about!
  • The ending was PERFECTION! I loved how everything was all tied up in such a pretty, cool bow. (Blink and you might miss why the book is called Lucky Caller.)

The only things that could have made me love Lucky Caller more (if that’s even possible):

  • Frank Sanger. I know, I know. He’s from a completely different Emma Mills’s book, but everything is better with Frank Sanger. 😉 I would have been down with a cameo. Just saying.
  • I love the cover, but I do miss that it doesn’t look like all of Emma Mills’s other covers. Those stand out so much and are so beautiful. They’re hard to top.

If you love YA contemporaries and you haven’t picked up a book by Emma Mills, you’re missing out. BIG TIME. She’s easily established herself as one of my favorite writers in this genre because her words make me happy. She puts so much heart into her stories. I honestly haven’t met an Emma Mills book I haven’t liked, and I’ve read all of them.

YA Mini Reviews: Eyes on Me & I Know You Remember

Eyes on Me
Author: Rachel Harris
Publication Date: March 26, 2019
Published: Entangled: Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Look up the word “nerd” and you’ll find Lily Bailey’s picture. She’s got one goal: first stop valedictorian, next stop Harvard. Until a stint in the hospital from too much stress lands her in the last place a klutz like her ever expected to be: salsa dance lessons.

Look up the word “popular” and you’ll find Stone Torres’s picture. His life seems perfect—star of the football team, small-town hero, lots of friends. But his family is struggling to make ends meet, so if pitching in at his mom’s dance studio helps, he’ll do it.

When Lily’s dad offers Stone extra cash to volunteer as Lily’s permanent dance partner, he can’t refuse. But with each dip and turn, each moment her hand is in his, his side job starts to feel all too real. Lily shows Stone he’s more than his impressive football stats, and he introduces her to a world outside of studying. But with the lines blurred, can their relationship survive the secret he’s been hiding?

My thoughts:

I have had my eye on Eyes on Me since I read Lenore at Celebrity Reader’s review of it. It just sounded like such a fun and cute read. I am happy to report it totally was! There were so many great things about it. I loved the characters and their story. Lily and Stone were two very different, complex characters. They had issues like anxiety, stress, money problems, and living up to expectations. Despite those tough topics, the story was still able to be light and fun in the way I love YA contemporaries to be. My only little issue with it was that at one point it slowed down a bit for me. No worries, though. It picked right back up for a swoon worthy ending.

I Know You Remember
Author: Jennifer Donaldson
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Jennifer Donaldson is back with another twisted thriller perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Gone Girl.

Zahra Gaines is missing.

After three long years away, Ruthie Hayden arrives in her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska to this devastating news. Zahra was Ruthie’s best friend–the only person who ever really understood her–and she vows to do whatever it takes to find her.

Zahra vanished from a party just days before Ruthie’s return, but the more people she talks to, the more she realizes that the Zahra she knew disappeared long before that fateful night. Gone is the whimsical, artistic girl who loved books and knew Ruthie’s every secret. In her place is an athlete, a partier, a girl with secrets of her own. Darker still are the rumors that something happened to Zahra while Ruthie was gone, something that changed her forever…

As Ruthie desperately tries to piece together the truth, she falls deeper and deeper into her friend’s new world, circling closer to a dangerous revelation about what Zahra experienced in the days before her disappearance–one that might be better off buried.

In her stunning follow-up to Lies You Never Told Me, Jennifer Donaldson once again delivers a propulsive thriller with a masterful twist, skillfully creating a world where nothing is quite as it seems.

My thoughts:

I loved Jennifer Donaldson’s début novel, Lies You Never Told Me, so I was super excited to read I Know You Remember. I Know You Remember was a great YA thriller. It was complex in the way that an adult thriller would be with twists, turns, and things to make me question if my ideas were right or wrong. Even the suspicions I had that were right still managed to throw me for a loop. Stuff happened that I wasn’t expecting and it was awesome. Overall, it was a great YA thriller.

Cover Reveal: Enemies (Tijan)

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Stone Reeves was my neighbor, and I’ve hated him since sixth grade.

Enemies, an all-new enemies to lovers stand-alone sports romance from New York Times bestselling author Tijan, is coming December 2nd and we have the incredible over!

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Gorgeous and charismatic, he became the town’s football god, while I became the town’s invisible girl.

He went to a Division 1 school for football, while my father was fired by his father.

His team won the National Championship, while my mother died the same day.

He was a first round pick for the NFL …

… while I made the worst decision in my life.

Now I’m in Texas trying to pick up the pieces of my life.

But, Stone is here.

Stone is everywhere.

It doesn’t matter that disaster has struck my life again.

It doesn’t matter that he’s the one trying to console me.

It doesn’t matter that he’s the nation’s newest football obsession.

Because for me, he always has been and always will be my enemy.

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Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

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WWW Wednesday: November 6, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Recently Read

I read a lot this past week mostly because I hurt my knee and I’ve been trying to stay off it and let it heal. I started this week reading November ARCs. I read Man Cuffed (Man Hands, #4) and Beard Necessities (Winston Brothers, #6). I also read a couple of books off my TBR: Eyes on Me and I Know You Remember. I finished up the week with 2020 ARCs of Love Her or Lose Her (Hot & Hammered, #2) and Lucky Caller.


Currently Reading

I started reading Flight Patterns which has been on my TBR since it came out in 2016. Then I got an ARC of The Billionaire’s Forbidden Little Sister that I needed to read sooner than later, so I started that one too. Normally I’m not big on reading two books at once, but sometimes you just have to.

Reading Next

I’m not sure what I’ll read next. It will either be a NetGalley ARC or something off my TBR.

What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Give Off Autumn Vibes

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Books That Give Off Autumn Vibes

These covers scream fall to me.

1. Finding Me
Author: Kelly Gunderman

2. Rock Bottom Girl
Author: Lucy Score

3. On Thin Ice
Author: Julie Cross

4. Wolfhunter River
Author: Rachel Caine

5. The Sweet Gum Tree
Author: Katherine Allred

6. The Ghostwriter
Author: Alessandra Torre

7. Going Long
Author: Ginger Scott

8. Losing the Field
Author: Abbi Glines

9. Hail Mary
Author: Nicola Rendell

10. One Kick
Author: Chelsea Cain

Review: Landon & Shay: Part 1 (Brittainy C. Cherry)

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You know what they say…

All’s fair in the game of love and war—especially the heartbreaks.

Landon & Shay: Part 1
Series: L&S Duet, #1
Author: Teagan Hunter
Publication Date: October 30, 2019
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Shay Gable hated my guts, and I hated hers, too.

We went out of our way to avoid one another at all times. When she came my direction, I went the other. When we locked eyes, she’d turn and walk away.

All of that changed the day I was presented with a challenge. It started out as a stupid bet: make Shay fall in love with me before I fell in love with her first.

That was an easy bet for me to win.
I didn’t love, I hardly liked.

Yet slowly the game started to shift. Shay made me crave things I never knew I wanted.
Love.
Happiness.
Her.

The closer we grew, the more she challenged my darkness, and the parts I kept locked away.
The hurts.
The pains.
The truth.

The game between us became too real, our feelings intermixed, and the risks of hurting one another grew higher.

But you know what they say…
All’s fair in the game of love and war—especially the heartbreaks.


I wasn’t quite prepared for Landon & Shay: Part 1 for a couple of reasons. The first being what I remember of Landon and Shay’s characters from Eleanor & Grey. I remember Shay being nervous about being around Landon and that they used to hate each other. That’s about it. I wish I would have gone back to that book and skimmed a little bit to have a better grasp before reading this book. (That does not mean you need to read Eleanor & Grey before you read this book. You don’t.) The second reason I wasn’t quite prepared was that this book was solely about their past. I was expecting more a flashback situation like what took place in Eleanor & Grey. That’s not what I got. I’m actually happy about that because Landon & Shay: Part 1 felt like a complete story with an ending that could possibly be the end (Why you would want it to be would be crazy, but to each their own.), but also sets up for the next book. I can see why Cherry felt the need to split this story into two books.

As for the story itself, it was a beautiful enemies to more romance. I would almost classify this book as YA or NA, but I know that the rest of the story to come in Part 2 will be adult contemporary so I won’t. Landon and Shay are high school enemies. They banter in rude comments and dirty looks until one party changes things. The more they get to know each other, the more Landon and Shay realize maybe they don’t hate each other so much. That doesn’t mean their new relationship with each other is easy. Their new connection is constantly threatened by the world around them.

Landon & Shay: Part 1 was exactly what I’ve come to expect from Cherry. She’s one of the few authors who can get me so wrapped up in the emotions of the story. I feel every word she’s written. Landon & Shay: Part 1 was filled with animosity, frustration, anger, sadness, love, and hopefulness. I felt every single on of those emotions. It was also heavy on the angst, but that was just due to the nature of the story and some of those other emotions. If you’re a fan of Cherry’s you’re going to love this book and be grateful the next one comes out soon.

 

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Author Brittainy C. Cherry is an Amazon #1 bestselling author. She has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelor Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing. Her novels have been published in 18+ countries around the world. Brittainy lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin with her fur babies.

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Cover Reveals: The House of Scarlett & The Fight for Forever (Meghan March)

I am excited to share with you the covers for the last two books in the LEGEND TRILOGY by MEGHAN MARCH! Check them out!

THE HOUSE OF SCARLETT

Gabriel Legend is unlike any other man I’ve ever met.

He came into my life like a hurricane, shattering all my assumptions and preconceived notions.

I wasn’t prepared for him. I wasn’t prepared for any of it.

But life doesn’t wait until you’re ready.

Whatever happens next, I know one thing for certain.

I will never be the same Scarlett I was before I met him.

House of Scarlett releases December 10, 2019.
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THE FIGHT FOR FOREVER

You can only keep what you can protect.

That’s all I’ve ever known. It’s the way I’ve lived my life.

Now, everything I never knew I needed is at risk, and I’m not letting  anyone take it from me.

I won’t let anyone take her from me.

They say love is a battlefield, so I’m ready for war.

This time, it’s the fight for forever.

The Fight for Forever releases January 14, 2020. 
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Review: The Kingmaker (Kennedy Ryan)

The Kingmaker
Series: All the King’s Men Duet, #1
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Publication Date: October 28, 2019
Publisher: Scribechick Media, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

𝙋𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧. 𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣. 𝘽𝙚𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙮𝙖𝙡.

𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗔® 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱-𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿 𝗞𝗲𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱𝘆 𝗥𝘆𝗮𝗻 𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝗰 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗴’𝘀 𝗠𝗲𝗻 𝗗𝘂𝗲𝘁.

Raised to rule, bred to lead and weaned on a diet of ruthless ambition. In a world of haves and have nots, my family has it all, and I want nothing to do with it.

My path takes me far from home and paints me as the black sheep. At odds with my father, I’m determined to build my own empire. I have rules, but Lennix Hunter is the exception to every one of them. From the moment we meet, something sparks between us. But my family stole from hers and my father is the man she hates most. I lied to have her, and would do anything to keep her. Though she tries to hate me, too, the inexorable pull between us will not be denied.

𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘦𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘐.


The Kingmaker… Wow. Kennedy Ryan has done it again. The blurb pretty much says it all with powerful and passion. The journeys Lennix and Maxim went on… I’m just speechless. Kennedy Ryan is one of the best at mixing social commentary and romance, and she excelled at it in this book. I not only loved reading The Kingmaker, but I felt like I learned something.

What I loved most about The Kingmaker was Lennix. She was strong — so strong. Every part of her story was inspiring and interesting. Maxim was just kind of there when compared to Lennix. I honestly didn’t mind that either. I wanted more of her story than I did his.That’s not to say he wasn’t interesting or important. He was. He just wasn’t quite the force Lennix was.

My only issue with this book is actually in the romance of it. It was a little too insta-lovey for me. The week that tied Lennix and Maxim together wasn’t a long enough time for me to truly believe a lingering connection. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t love them together or how things played out. I just would have liked a little more time to build a lasting connection.

Wait. I lied. That wasn’t my only issue. I’m also angry with Kennedy Ryan for that freaking cliffhanger. It was brutal. One of the most brutal cliffhangers ever and she’s making us wait THREE WEEKS for the next book. At least I’ll have time to recover from everything she put me through in The Kingmaker, I guess.

Review: Getting Played (Emma Chase)

Getting Played
Series: Getting Some, #2
Author: Emma Chase
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Publisher: Emma Chase, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Dean Walker is all about keeping life simple. He’s effortlessly talented and intelligent—spending his summers playing drums in the local band and the rest of the year teaching high school in the same Jersey town where he grew up. He likes his love life simple too, enjoying the commitment-free hook-ups his good looks and sexy charm have always made oh so easy.

Then he meets Lainey Burrows. And his simple, easy life gets turned upside down.

One wild one-night stand was all it was ever supposed to be, so Lainey is shocked when she discovers that her sizzling summer fling is also her son’s new math teacher. But that’s nothing compared to the most unexpected twist of all—their hot hook-up left Lainey knocked up, and now they’re about to become parents. Together.

What ensues is an addictive, insatiable, sweet and tender romance that won’t be simple, but it will be more than worth the fight.


I hate to admit this, but I wasn’t in a hurry to read Getting Played. It’s been about a year and a half since the first book in the Getting Some series, Getting Schooled, was released and I had forgotten how much I loved the setting and characters of the series. I’ve been in this mood for romantic comedies lately, saw Getting Played on my TBR, and decided to read it. I’m so, so happy I did because Getting Played was SO MUCH FUN!

What did I love about Getting Played? Everything. I loved the way Lainey and Dean originally met. I loved the way they became re-acquainted — Lainey pregnant and Dean as her teenage son’s math teacher. All of the dynamics between them were so entertaining. Plus, both Dean and Lainey were easy characters to love. Lainey was confident, driven, and self-sufficient. Dean was a little cocky, both a nerd and a jock, and a nice guy. There was just the right amount of humor and sweetness in their love story. Add in Grams, Jason, and the rest of the gang and I couldn’t ask for more.

I loved every minute I spent devouring Getting Played. Emma Chase hit a home run with this book. I really hope there’s more to come in this series and soon!

WWW Wednesday: October 30, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Recently Read

This week I read started by reading a couple of ARCs with Landon & Shay: Part 1 (L&S Duet, #1) and Yours in Scandal (Man of the Year, #1). Then I read Never Got Over You, The Simple Wild, and The Kingmaker (All the King’s Men Duet, #1).


Currently Reading

I’m currently reading an ARC of The Fall of Legend (Legend Trilogy, #1).

Reading Next

I really loved Jennifer Donaldson’s debut novel, so now I’m reading her sophomore release I Know You. It’s a YA thriller, so perfect for it being around Halloween.

What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂