By Your Side by Kasie West

30256248Title: By Your Side
Author: Kasie West
Date Started: July 23
Date Finished: July 28
Format: Paperback from local library

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her. Continue reading

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Forever in Love by Susane Colasanti

c22a55b0477d7c6ea2bb3a37197b7080Title: Forever in Love
Author: Susane Colasanti
Series: City Love Trilogy
Previous Books in the Series:
1. City Love
2. Lost in Love
Date Read: July 28
Format: Hardcover from my shelf

Sadie is trying to find the strength to confront a past family trauma and forgive the boy who broke her heart. Darcy needs to figure out how to make it on her own for the first time and finally accept the love she deserves. Rosanna’s boyfriend might still be in love with his ex…and she can recognize the abuse of her past reflected in a girl who needs her help. As the summer comes to an end, will they learn to love themselves and support one another with a bond of sisterhood that will never be broken? Continue reading

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Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

32051572Title: Dividing Eden
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Date Started: July 26
Date Finished: July 28
Format: Hardcover from my shelf

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure. But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option: to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom. Continue reading

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Now I Rise by Kiersten White

22817331Title: Now I Rise
Author: Kiersten White
Series: Conqueror’s Saga
Previous Book in the Series:
1. And I Darken
Date Started: July 24
Date Finished: July 26
Format: Hardcover from local library

She has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her. Continue reading

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The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

710888yo8klTitle: The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
Author: Kody Keplinger
Date Started: July 21
Date Finished: July 23
Format: Paperback from local library

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone. And eventually, through this realization, Bianca begins to see how harmful her unhealthy way of dealing with her problems has been, and finds a way to confront them head on. Continue reading

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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

12294652Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Date Started: July 20
Date Finished: July 21
Format: Hardcover from local library

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself? Continue reading

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Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce

wolf-speakerTitle: Wolf-Speaker
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: The Immortals Quartet
Previous Book in the Series:
1. Wild Magic
Date Read: July 20
Format: ebook from the digital library

When Daine is summoned by the wolf pack that saved her life a year earlier, she knows she has to go. She and Numair travel to Dunlath Valley to answer the call. But when they arrive, Daine realizes with a shock that it’s not just the animals whose lives are threatened; people are in danger too. Dunlath’s rulers have discovered black opals in their valley and are dead set on mining the magic these stones embody. Daine learns that Dunlath’s lord and lady plan to use this power to overthrow King Jonathan — even if it means irreversibly damaging the land and killing their workers. On a mission to save both her animal friends and her human ones, Daine has to master her wild magic in order to fight for the kingdom and triumph over the would-be usurpers. Continue reading

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