Paper Hearts by Ali Novak {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Paper Hearts
Author: Ali Novak
Series: The Heartbreaker Chronicles #2

Synopsis:
“When I met Alec Williams, I nearly fainted. Totally embarrassing, but how often does a regular girl get to meet a famous heartthrob?”

Felicity has been living in the shadow of her best friend Lucy since they were kids. But things change when she is introduced to a quiet guy named Alec. At first Felicity is intimidated by his fame, but as the two grow closer she starts to realize that Alec just might be the guy of her dreams. No other guy has ever made her feel so alive.

The only problem? Lucy has different plans for Alec—plans that start with prom.

Felicity quickly realizes that she will have to make a decision. Will she choose her best friend who has always been there for her, or the mysterious boy that she can’t stop thinking about? Whatever her choice, someone is going to be left broken hearted.

Meet… The Queen of Hearts.

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Review

So cute and so much to swoon over!

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Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating
Author: Christina Lauren
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

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Review

I knew I had to read this book when Sally Thorne, the author of The Hating Game, couldn’t stop gushing about it.

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The Heartbreakers (The Heartbreakers Chronicles #1) by Ali Novak {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: The Heartbreakers
Author: Ali Novak
Series: The Heartbreakers Chronicles #1

Synopsis:
“When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music.”

Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.

Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?

But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?

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Review

This was such a cute story that had me laughing and on the verge of tears!

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Blurred Lines (Love Unexpectedly #1) by Lauren Layne

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Blurred Lines
Author: Lauren Layne
Series: Love Unexpectedly #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
In a novel that’s perfect for fans of Alice Clayton and Emma Chase, Lauren Layne delivers a sexy take on the timeless question: Can a guy and a girl really be “just friends”?

When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate—and platonic. Six years later, they’re still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland’s trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker’s boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben’s no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can’t seem to get the hang of casual sex—until she tries it with him.

The arrangement works perfectly . . . at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker’s ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.

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Review

I’d been in the most epic book slump for over a month and this was the first book that finally, finally tore me out of it.

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Nevermore (Nevermore #1) by Kelly Creagh {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Nevermore
Author: Kelly Creagh
Series: Nevermore #1

Synopsis:
Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

His life depends on it.

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Review

This was an amazing paranormal book that satisfied my craving for a perfect supernatural book!

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Wanderlust (Part Time Lover) by Lauren Blakely

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Wanderlust
Author: Lauren Blakely
Series: Part Time Lover
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
A charming British hero, the woman who tempts him, and a hands-off arrangement that’s oh-so-hard to maintain.

My bags are packed and I’m ready to go. All I have to do is board a plane, and I’ll be on my way to fulfilling a promise I made long ago. Bonus points — my last week in Paris looks to be even better when I meet a gorgeous, clever American woman and make plans to take her back to my flat that night.

But before we can get together for what would surely be a fantastic final fling, my boss hits me with a double whammy. My previous client didn’t pay, so there’s no trip, and the new client I now desperately need is none other than the tempting American I’m about to take home.

Have I mentioned this timing bloody sucks?

***

I’ll admit it — I have a big weakness for a hot British accent. As in, they make me swoon, sigh, and want to toss my panties. Good thing I can avoid that kind of temptation in Paris. So it’s just my luck that the man who’s the key to success in my new job is the man whose voice makes me melt. Oh, and we have to spend all our days together for work.

Thanks a lot, fate.

To top it off, I quickly learn he’s witty, kind and has a heart and mind I’m falling for fast.

All I have to do is resist him every single freaking day. That’s so easy. Not.

But then I learn that’s nothing compared to the real hurdle we face.

What could go wrong with falling in love in Paris? Nearly everything, it seems…

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Review

Until I read this Lauren Blakely book (and the several others I read after it), I didn’t realize how much of a go-to author she would become for me.

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The Redeemable Prince (Star-Crossed #7) by Rachel Higginson {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Redeemable Prince
Author: Rachel Higginson
Series: Star-Crossed #7

Synopsis:
Seraphina Van Curen and Sebastian Cartier thought they were soul mates once upon a time. But for over a year, they have been well aware of just how quickly love can turn to hate and how cruel fate can be.

They might not be able to stand the sight of each other, but that’s okay since they avoid each other like the plague.

When danger strikes too close to home, and ancient Magic surfaces, they find themselves in the center of a deadly war. Seraphina and Sebastian strike an uneasy truce in order to end Dmitri Terletov, once and for all. They must work together to save what’s left of the Kingdom and protect the people they love most.

Along the way, they discover fate isn’t finished with them yet.

Fate is just getting started.

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Review

The last book in the series and I’m so happy with it yet SO sad it’s over!

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Fateful Magic (Star-Crossed #6.75) by Rachel Higginson {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Fateful Magic
Author: Rachel Higginson
Series: Star-Crossed #6.75

Synopsis:
Lilly Mason has had a rough life. And an even rougher relationship with her fiancé, Talbott Angelo.

She has felt hopelessness in hopeless situations and despair when the world seemed to crumble around her. But one person has been her rock through it all, the love of her Immortal life, Talbott.

Their relationship has been through as many ups and downs as Lilly’s safety. There was a time when Lilly was certain they could never have a future. And then, when a future together became possible, there were too many other reasons for Lilly to put off the man who wanted to marry her.

Talbott wants to finally give Lilly the wedding she deserves. And Lilly just wants to say “I do” to the man she has loved since she was a teenager.

When outside forces threaten to rip these two Immortal soul-mates apart once again, Talbott and Lilly will do whatever it takes to make their union permanent. They will sacrifice whatever they need to in order to turn their fateful love into something that lasts as long as they will.

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Review

Love!

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Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons #1) by Christina Lauren

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Sweet Filthy Boy
Author: Christina Lauren
Series: Wild Seasons #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him.

But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play.

When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away.

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Review

This was only the second Christina Lauren novel I’d ever read and it’d had been sitting in my Audible library for quite some time.

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Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Obsidian
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

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Review

I had high hopes for my very first Jennifer L. Armentrout novel, particularly this series since I’ve heard so many good things about it … I even met her and the cover model for this series at Apollycon a couple years ago.

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