A Date for Hannah – Callie Henry

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High-schooler, Hannah, has always been self-conscious about her weight, so when hottie swimmer, Liam, pays her extra attention at her sister's wedding, she has a hard time trusting his interest. Throughout the evening, Liam's charm wins her over, until they're falling hard for each other. But the next day, Hannah learns something that may ruin it all.

*****

All stories in the LIFE (Love is for Everyone) series portray true-to-life, teen-aged characters, with real personalities and common issues, who experience the lightning bolt of first love in their own, individual ways!

A Date for Hannah by Callie Henry, Katy Regnery
Series: Love is for Everyone #1
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
Format: ARC, eBook
four-stars

Katy Regnery is one of my favorite authors. I’ve been a fan since I first read The Vixen and the Vet a few years back. It just so happens I’m a huge fan of the young adult genre as well, so when I found out she wrote a young adult romance under her new pen name, Callie Henry, I flipped. I jumped at the chance to get an ARC, and I’m so happy to report I wasn’t disappointed 🙂

This short book is a super sweet story that follows Hannah, a plus-size teenager with insecurities a mile long, and Liam, a young man who’s trying to overcome past mistakes and become a better person. They meet one another at Hannah’s sister’s wedding and the young lovebirds are instantly drawn to each other. Sparks fly, and so begins a short tale of young love.

Hannah was so relatable to me–sometimes painfully so. I’ve struggled with insecurity all my life, and it was especially bad when I was a teenager. I couldn’t help but wish this sweet book had been around when I was a teenager so I could have a female character I felt like I could relate to. I remember being so frustrated with all the female characters being beautiful and statuesque with clear skin; poise and confidence. I would have loved to read about Hannah; a young woman who isn’t the stereotypical model beauty, but she’s beautiful nonetheless.

And then there’s Liam. Adorable, charming, funny Liam. As a teenager, I would’ve fallen so hard for a boy like Liam. As it is, at 26, I think he’s adorable and completely swoon-worthy. He’s the perfect book boyfriend.

While being shorter than your average novel, this story packs a punch. It’s sweet without being unbelievable and even when there’s a bit of conflict, you can’t help but feel the underlying message of hope. Callie Henry knocked the ball out of the park with this one, and I’m absolutely ecstatic to follow along as she adds more books to this series. This is the perfect book for young adults and grown adults alike. I highly recommend 🙂

four-stars

Broken Compass by Jo Raven

This book is suitable for 18+ due to mature content.
Broken Compass by Jo Raven

What if you were in love not just with one, not just with two, but with three hot guys?And what if they wanted you back?

There are three of them. Three boys. We’re friends. Neighbors. Our lives are linked through disaster, fear and pain. I love them all. Not sure I can live without them. Can we just stay friends? Can we ignore the desire flaring when we’re around each other? Can I kiss one and not the other? I can’t choose. Don’t want to choose. And I’m not sure they can, either. This story will either end up in heartache, or as any story should: in a happy ending.

Love is not a road. It’s a country. A sprawling galaxy. Love has no compass. No rules. No limits. Love is a universe. Lose yourself in it.

*** This is a Reverse Harem romance - that is, one girl and three boys all ending up together happy after many adventures. It can be read as a complete standalone. Full novel length. ***

*This is the story of Sydney and her boys. You met Sydney in Bad Wolf - she is Gigi's best friend. *

COMING June 19, 2018Cover reveal coming in June 2018

Broken Compass by Jo Raven
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Reverse Harem
Format: eBook
four-half-stars
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Jo Raven is one of those authors that I’ll one-click without even reading the description. I’ve been a huge fan of hers since I read the first book in the Inked Brotherhood series several years ago (which is amazing–you should go read them!) and since I’ve been in a bit of a reverse harem kick as of late, I flipped out when I discovered she was writing one. I bought the book as soon as I was able to and finished it in two days.

As is her MO, this book is raw. It’s angsty, it’s gritty, it’s explicit, and it breaks your heart into a million pieces before you’re finally–finally!–given the happy ending. I guess that’s part of what makes the happily ever so sweet; you feel like the characters truly deserve all the love and happiness that comes to them after the crappy cards they’re dealt all their lives.

The feels in this book are major, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who dislikes angst or themes of abuse. It goes there and beyond. I don’t know how she does it, but Jo consistently gets me to feel like my heart is being ripped from my chest while dangling that glimmer of hope in front of my face. There were times I honestly had to step away from this book for a bit just to calm my erratic nerves. These breaks didn’t last long, of course, because I had to know what happened next 😉

The book shifts between all four characters’ points of view, which is something I loved. It feels like you get a better understanding of the emotions each character feels and the headspace they’re in when you’re able to read it from their own unique perspective. It also allows you to see how much each person means to them individually, and it was neat to be able to get inside their heads and understand where they’re coming from; why they grow to love the other people in this relationship and what each relationship means to them–individually and as a whole.

Each person in this relationship has some sort of hang up stemming from long-kept secrets and broken hearts. While some have been abused more in the physical sense, each has been abused mentally and emotionally, and a lot of the time, that type of abuse is harder to heal from. Physical scars fade over time, but mental and emotional scars can stay with you for years. This story also touches slightly on mental illness and addiction and you’re taken on a tumultuous ride with each person as they fight his or her demons in an attempt to finally heal.

There’s also a part in the book, around the middle all the way toward the end (and no, I’m not going to share because it’s too spoiler-y), that I honestly felt like I couldn’t breathe. My chest hurt, my nerves were fried, and I kept yelling at the book, asking “how can this be?!” I knew–or at least, I sincerely hoped–that all would work out, as per Ms. Raven’s usual storytelling, but that didn’t help a whole lot in the moment. Once I hit that part, I could. Not. Put. The. Book. Down. If I thought I was glued to the words on my kindle before, it was nothing compared to when I got to the middle of the book. That was it. Nothing else was going to get done until I finished that book. lol.

Of course, like my head continuously tried to reassure my heart would happen, there is a happy ending. It’s flawed. It’s heartwrenching. It takes a long time to get there. But it’s beautiful. This story is beautiful. I absolutely adored it.

If you’re a fan of the reverse harem subgenre and enjoy angst-ridden reads that will bring you to your knees and flawed characters that you can’t help but fall in love with, look no further. I highly recommend this book (and any other Jo Raven book, because let’s face it: her books are like crack for me). And if you do read it, please let me know how you like it!

 

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*All pictures used are from Unsplash and edited by me unless otherwise stated.

 

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four-half-stars

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"I loved your YA story! Your fairy tale style is perfect for this age group, with refreshing characters." --former Mills & Boon editor, Tessa Shapcott

Fans of Hallmark movies and sweet stories of first love will adore Callie Henry’s new series!

High-schooler, Hannah, has always been self-conscious about her weight, so when hottie swimmer, Liam, pays her extra attention at her sister's wedding, she has a hard time trusting his interest. Throughout the evening, Liam's charm wins her over, until they're falling hard for each other. But the next day, Hannah learns something that may ruin it all.

*****

All stories in the LIFE (Love is for Everyone) series portray true-to-life, teen-aged characters, with real personalities and common issues, who experience the lightning bolt of first love in their own, individual ways!

A Date for Hannah (Love is for Everyone Book 1) by Callie Henry, Katy Regnery
Series: Love is for Everyone #1
on August 6, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
Format: eBook
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SO. EXCITED. to dig into this one!

I’m a huge fan of Katy Regnery and I love the young adult genre, so I’m absolutely thrilled to have an ARC of this book!

Okay, now, shh … I have some reading to do 😉