Cover Reveal! You ready for the bright, fun cover of The Summer I Became A Nerd? The Summer I Became A Nerdby Leah Rae Miller Synopsis: On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl’s body isn’t just unknown, it’s anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way. Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever. Author:Born and raised in Louisanna, Leah Rae Miller still lives there on a windy hill with her husband and kids She loves comic books, lava lamps, fuzzy socks and Cherry Coke. She spends most of her days reading things she likes and writing things she hopes other people will like. I’ll be honest, I am a nerd...Read More
Title: Point of Retreat Author: Colleen Hoover Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publication Date: February 2012 Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Realistic Romance Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two Synopsis can be found here.NetGalley review. Review: Will and Layken have made it through some very harsh times, but they’re together now and are working through one day at a time. That is, until something surfaces that causes them to re-evaluate everything they know. I enjoyed the first book so much, I immediately started reading this second book, and last one in the series. Will and Layken’s romance continue in Point of Retreat. They’re thinking about taking their relationship to the next level, but it seems that the universe keeps getting in the way. And then when a huge problem arises, Will finds himself unable to convince Layken of the most important thing in their lives is real. This second book was very satisfying for me. While I madly loved the first book, this second one wasn’t as powerful or romantic as the first. However, it did have a beautiful development of characters, new obstacles and showed the deepening of relationships. While the first book is all about love, I thought this second book was all about love, in the real world. I still loved Will and while Layken seemed a bit dramatic for me, I liked her too. It was refreshing...Read More
Title: The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy Author: Nikki Loftin Publisher: Razorbill Publication Date: August 2012 Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Horror Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone Synopsis can be found here.NetGalley review Review: Lorelei’s school mysterious burns down and so Splendid Academy is their only choice. It helps that Splendid Academy is a new and beautiful school, a sparkling playground, prestine classrooms and free breakfast and lunch every day. It helps that the principal has taken a shine to Lorelei. But something isn’t right in this perfect school where the kids eat candy all day and create their own schedules. Something isn’t right in the way Lorelei’s teacher looks at her. And what isn’t right might just be too sweet to see. A cute read, this book is the perfect balance of horror and fairy tale. Splendid Academy is more than meets the eye and I don’t want to say too much about it because I don’t want to spoil the fun. I liked Lorelei and Andrew, two very different children who are equally suspicious of the faculty at Splendid. I like that Andrew is not a typical good looking kid and has a sense of humor to him. Of course there are absentee parents. Dad is pretty oblivious to anything his children are doing, focusing only on his new wife, their new stepmother, Molly. Molly, while not quite...Read More
Title: Slammed Author: Colleen Hoover Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publication Date: January 2012 Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Realistic Romance Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One Synopsis can be found here.NetGalley review. Review:Layken is uprooted from her life in Texas after her father’s death. Her mom moves her and her brother to far away to start a new life. And there she meet Will, her next door neighbor, and potential soul mate.Will and Layken forge an irresistable bond, but something comes to light that tears them apart. Now, they are forced to stay friendly, while inside each person is pining for the other. But through Slam Poetry, maybe another bond can be formed. Maybe it’s a way to communicate, when conversation fails. I really enjoyed reading this book. Thank you Colleen Hoover. It’s been a while since I’ve sat on the couch and read for hours, not wanting to do anything, including watch The Vampire Diaries. Seriously. I recorded it for later. I had to. I needed to finish reading this. It was so good. I’m going to try my best not to give anything away. Will is funny, strong and personable. He’s a great male lead, sensitive and mature. I loved the brothers, fantastic comic relief. Eddie is priceless and sweet, full of goodness. And Layken is pretty cool. I liked her inner monologue and her inner frustrations seemed...Read More
Title: 52 Reasons To Hate My Father Author: Jessica Brody Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Publication Date: July 2012 Genre: Young Adult Fiction Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone Synopsis can be found here.Library copy. Review: Lexington Larrabee is in for a rude awakening. After causing a huge “incident” one night, her father comes to the decision that his spoiled heiress daughter needs to start taking some responsibility for her actions. And so he tells her she must complete 52 jobs in 52 weeks, in order for her to get her trust fund- $25 million dollars. Lexi, who has never worked a day in her life also has a babysitter- her father’s intern Luke who is watching over her and her jobs, making sure she completes them and hopefully learns something from them. What fun!I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Lexi. There’s only so much sympathy I have for a spoiled, million dollars heiress. But from the start, Brody does a wonderful job of making Lexi into a normal girl. A very spoiled, bratty and delusional girl, but a teenage girl nonetheless. And totally likeable!!! She can be sweet, thoughtful and has generally been neglected her entire life. Her father’s minions and servants have been raising her from a very young age.So already, while Lexi has everything materialistic, she doesn’t have anything she actually needs....Read More
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